CTC Math {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this program in exchange for an honest review.



Ever bought the wrong curriculum?  And then used it for 6 months before you realized it?  And then found just the right one when you needed it?  That happened to me when I go chosen for the CTC Math review with the crew.  DD6 had been working through her math curriculum all year…until I realized that not only did I hate it because it took too much of my time, but it was the wrong level. I did a little happy dance when found out we were going to receive the 12 Month Family Plan from CTC Math.


CTC Math

CTC Math is a company based in Australia.  Originally intended as extra tutoring for public school students down under, they decided to expand to the US and it has exploded!  CTC Math covers grade levels from Kindergarten through Trig.  From what i understand, CTC Math is a complete curriculum for K-Jr. High, but the high school math is more for extra tutoring, although they are working to change that.


The work is divided into broad topics with a video to explain each subtopic as well as demonstrate how to answer the corresponding questions in a lovely Australian accent.  For lower grades, students watch the video and answer a set of questions. After, the student can answer more, or keep their score.


If you aren’t sure what they know, you can go straight to the Comprehensive Test in each topic to see if the need to review it  or use it after the work is completed.  Depending on the score received in each topic, the student will earn a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.  The student can answer multiple sets of questions to improve their score & earn a higher medal.  A certificate is e-mailed to the parent once earned.

12 Month Family Plan costs $118.80 and covers up to 5 students automatically.  More than 5 students?  No problem, just email them and they can manually override it for you.


Likes and Dislikes

Since we wasted 2/3 of the school year doing the wrong math curriculum, we started by taking the comprehensive tests so we could skip what she knew.  Then she caught wind of the  medal/certificate thing and she was determined to get as many as she could.  She would plow through kindergarten lessons at 3 topics per day, earning better than Bronze in all but 1, I think.

She really is motivated by that aspect and did all Kindergarten math in just a few weeks.  I let her build confidence with the program and its nuances before starting her with the first grade work.


The accent is fun and its interesting to note the differences in how Aussies use words versus how we use them (like holiday vs. vacation).  I love that *I* don’t have to spend hours explaining it all and can work with my other kids.  I also love that it emails me a report automatically each month as a PDF, so I don’t have to go in and look.  LOVE that.  LOVE.  I also like that they can continue answering questions and are shown a report with the questions they answered right & wrong.  I also like the immediate feedback on each question so they could potentially not make the same mistake twice.


The last thing that I absolutely love is that there isn’t a lot of dorking around.  She can skip stuff she has mastered (or blow through 3 or 4 a day to earn medals. ;D) and go to new material as ready.  If she hasn’t gotten it, she can’t move on.  How can you add double-digits with being to add 1+6?

There are a few wishes that I have.  One is that you could assign work.  My 6 year old is capable of figuring out where to go on her own, but I could totally see her sister NOT being able to next year.  The oldest children seem to be extra mature…

Another is that the money section was easier to see.  The pieces of money were crazy small and poor quality.  I ended up telling her what the said on them at the beginning & she began to do it by the profile of the guy on it by the end…maybe that was the point?

The only thing I wasn’t fond of was the simple addition/subtraction.  They teach a bit of strategy to start and I prefer fact memorization.  BUT they do have a speed drill section.  My daughter isn’t a fan, but she’s not a fan of the flash cards either – Not ALL learning is fun :).   We have had to pause to spend a bunch of time on speed drill/flashcard type stuff before doing a lot of the first grade materials.


Overall, both my daughter & I liked CTC Math A LOT.  She is a visual learner, so the presentations work better for her than my preaching a lesson does.  It’s also no prep, which I love.  And it’s independent work for her, which I love even more!  I’m looking forward to blasting through first grade through the summer and being ready to pick up second grade where she should be if I hadn’t messed it up.  Providential, really, because I was researching less mom-intensive Math when this became available.  And I don’t have to buy books!
Read all CTC Math reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew team.


Jen S.




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Spring 2014 Ultimate Homemaking Library – $698 value for only $29.97!

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Finding the Spiritual in the Ordinary – Mom Seeks God {Book Review}

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


It’s funny how you can judge a book by its cover. Or even the first chapter or two. And then totally change your mind. That’s what happened when I read Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos by Julia Roller. I was surprised at the number of Catholic spiritual experts that she referenced, without mentioning it (Henri Nouwen & St. Ignatius of Loyola, to name two).

Now, I have to admit that I can be a little pompous about my Catholic faith. As a result, I always wonder why whoever can’t just come back into the Catholic fold, especially when I see they are open to such wonderful pieces of it :). So when she was mentioning such Catholic bigwigs as St. Ignatius of Loyola and pieces of his Ignatian spirituality, I got up on my little horse and figured I’d have to pick it apart.

But I really grew to like Julia. She is very like me, from the spiritual pompousness to the very limited vocal range. Even how she wants to do things and then her introverted side talks her out of it. It’s uncanny, really.

Mom Seeks God is part how-to and part memoir about a year-long journey she undertook to meet with God amid the chaos of everyday life. Even how she came to take that journey was eerily similar. She read a ton of books and picked 12 spiritual disciplines, one for each month.

UNlike me, however, she got to most of them. Even while pregnant, she accomplished 10 which is more than I think I would have gotten to :). The spiritual practices she chose were:

  • Prayer
  • Fellowship
  • Submission
  • Study
  • Simplicity
  • Silence
  • Worship
  • Failure & Fasting
  • Service
  • And Celebration

She did a great job of illustrating how it is possible to meet God in all these places. In fact, me being me, in the middle of the fellowship chapter I stopped to add a play date invite to my calendar so I wouldn’t forget.

I really enjoyed her conversational and somewhat self-deprecating tone. Her stories, goals and even (especially?) her tips for each practice could have come straight from my world. The only thing I REALLY wanted to know, was what the other two practices were that she didn’t get to. Because then, I’d be able to try the while thing myself & see how it worked for me :).

Overall, I was somewhat surprised to find that I enjoyed this book immensely. A fun read, I’m contemplating checking out her source(s) for forms of spirituality and picking a few of my own for this year. Mom Seeks God does a great job of making spirituality very practical for busy moms. If you are feeling dry in your spiritual life (or are desperate to get it back!), go read Mom Seeks God. You might find a new perspective that helps you find God and nourish your soul.

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Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer. As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they’ll learn that motherhood itself is a spiritual discipline and can be God’s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.

Julia is celebrating the book’s release with a fun giveaway and connecting with moms during a live Facebook author chat.


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 1st. Winner will be announced at “Moms’ May Day” Facebook Party on May 1st. Connect with Julia for an encouraging discussion on spiritual discipline and finding joy in the middle of motherhood. Win prizes, connect with other moms, and be inspired.

So grab your copy of Mom Seeks God and join Julia on the evening of May 1st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 1st!

Good Luck!!

Jen S.

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Embrace Your Inner Dork While Getting Healthy {@CatholicMom}

So I was over at CatholicMom.com with and extra Tech Talk column last month –


I am a dork.  I won’t deny it.  There is something about tracking things that make me feel like I’m accomplishing something.  Last spring, I decided to invest in a FitBit One.  I’d show you pics, but alas it went missing in my newborn, sleep-deprived, nurse-everywhere state.  After it survived being in the washer & dryer.  Sigh.

Interested in what the FitBit can do for your healthy living journey?   Check out all of Embrace Your Inner Dork While Getting Healthy over at CatholicMom.com!

Jen S.

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3 Easy Ways to Celebrate Through the WHOLE Easter Season


Happy Easter!!


The Easter season lasts for the next 50 days! With Easter being so late this year, that means the Easter season goes through June! Here are 3 ways you can keep celebrating God’s greatest gift, all (Easter) season long.

First, here is a calendar to help you keep track of the Easter season from Catholic Icing.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday! Find out if there are Divine Mercy Sunday devotions nearby & attend as a family. You could also try one of these activities:

Divine Mercy Paper Chaplet Lacing Activity @ Making Music, Praying Twice

A Divine Mercy Sundae :) @ Catholic Icing

Divine Mercy Toilet Paper Tube Craft @ Catholic Icing


Jesus Ascension Mobile @ April’s Homemaking

Ascension Glowing Cloud Craft @ Catholic Inspired

Beautiful Ascension Day Printables @ Sanctus Simplicitus including bookmarks ad more. (Warning: This site’s owners are in schism.  Use at your own risk.)


Pentacost Menu including a Fruit of the Spirit Salad @ Family of the Vine

Stained Glass Suncatcher Craft @ Living Your Faith

Pentacost Windsock @ Shower of Roses


What does your family do to celebrate the WHOLE Easter season?

Jen S.





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