John and I have been trying to decide on either buying 3/4 of an acre lot and building a house or buying a pre-existing home. It’s been a stressful decision for many reasons. The most stressful reason for me is that I grew up on 13 acres and 3/4 of an acre is not even a sliver of what my dream property would be. If I could I’d move far away from a city and become more self sufficient. Obviously John’s brain cancer and Colby’s medical needs will pretty much prevent that from ever happening but after reading At Home in Dogwood Mudholeby Franklin Sanders from At Home in Dogwood MudholeI was able to live the dream vicariously for a little while.
When I was asked if I wanted to review this book I decided to read the sample chapter that was available at the time. Pig Persuader made me laugh so hard I had Jahnna coming down the hall to ask me what was so funny. If you have ever worked with pigs you will love this chapter! It was impossible for me not to remember my days in 4-H trying to keep pigs from escaping at the county fair or moving them from pens to a practice arena. I remembered trips to buy pigs with my dad and all the other 4-Her’s and how we all thought we knew what we were doing when we really had no clue. After reading the sample chapter it was obvious to me that Franklin Sanders has a gift in his ability to describe a situation and bring it life. So of course I had to request the opportunity to review it.
In full disclosure I must tell you that I grew up in California. We don’t really get the whole North vs. South thing unless your talking Northern California vs. Southern California and which one of them gets Bakersfield because nobody wants Bakersfield. I also lived in Bakersfield for three years and it’s one of the few places I would actually move back to but that’s a story for another day. The references to the Civil War lost me a time or two. I’ve always found historical trivia fun to read in a lighthearted manner but I really have no emotional or family ties to that time period other than visiting a plantation once when I was in Tennessee for a day. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book with a southern slant to it but by the time you finish At Home in Dogwood Mudhole you will know that Franklin is definitely Southern! You will also know that he is a Christian man and a family man as well.
Over all I felt this was a fun book to read. It’s a book based off of snippets of newsletters written by Franklin for the readers of his newsletter The Moneychanger. It starts in 1995 and brings back the focus surrounding Y2K and all the hype that went along with it. It was interesting to read those references and remember what a big deal that once was.
If you’d like to you can read the sample chapter Pig Persuader from Volume 1 and the sample chapter Home Alone Milking from Volume 2 if you’d like to read your own preview. Volume 1, Nothing That Eats, weighs in at 379 pages, and is available in paperback for $22.95, or ebook formats Kindle, ePub, or PDF for $16.95. Volume 2, Best Thing We Ever Did is currently available in PDF format, with Kindle and ePub to follow in late November, and the paperback is expected to ship the first week of December.
If you decide to order the book or even read the sample chapters let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your opinion. This is sadly my last review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Due to the curves life threw at us this last August, I have been finding it hard to keep up with reviews and my daily life. I have enjoyed my time on the crew so much and hope to be back on it again in 2015. In the mean time I’ll keep posting about the chaos of our life because that’s what keeps me sane!
There is currently no link to Norway as it’s a soon to be released title so keep an eye out for it!
Carole wanted a way to share her love of history and culture with children so she developed these books for kids ages PreK to 8. I reviewed the Kindle version of each book but they are also available as 8 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ soft bound books for those who would rather have a physical product. Each book is between 20 to 30 pages long.
The books are part historical part tour guide. The country is first introduced, the the location of it’s capital city followed by it’s location in the world on a globe. The remainder of the book discusses things that kids might like to know about the different countries. What their name might be said like, different foods they would eat, what they would call their parents, etc. At the end of each book is a pronunciation guide for words you might not know.
I glanced through the books after I loaded them onto Jahnna’s Kindle and then handed it over to her. She is 10 years old and I wasn’t entirely sure what her interest level would be in these after seeing the books myself. I figured at the very least this might be an opportunity for her to read them to Riley who is 6 and maybe they could learn to work together for once but I never hold my breathe on that wish! Jahnna is a fairly advanced reader for her age and she reads fast! I definitely wasn’t surprised when she came back within twenty minutes saying she was done. What did surprise me was how much she enjoyed them.
She came back full of information, questions on how to pronounce certain words and requests to cook some of the different foods discussed. We went over some of her questions added the foods she was interested in to our never ending list of recipes for her to cook and went over the pronunciation guides at the end of each book.
Riley came in while we were talking about some of the different words and then of course she wanted to know how to say them and what we were talking about. Surprisingly (maybe shockingly if you know these two and their relationship at times) they went off together to the toy room and read them over again. I love when a product is interesting enough to engage the different levels my girls are on and brings them together for a change.
Over all I felt these books were enjoyable. I don’t feel they are a good stand alone for kids older than 8 years old. Jahnna has an inquisitive mind so she makes those jumps on her own without much help but for other older kids this might not hold their interest for long. The age 8 for the upper range is very accurate in my opinion unless you want to continue on with the books and go deeper with them. They make a good starting point for learning about other countries and how children in those countries aren’t that much different from children here in many ways.
You can purchase the first three books in the series on Amazon in both Kindle and Softbound format. The Kindle editions are available for $.99 and the books are $8.99 each. If you were Me and Lived in…Norway is available for $1.99 on Kindle and $8.62 in paperback. They can also be purchased at Barnes and Noble for $9.99 with the Norway book being $8.63.
VocabularySpellingCityhas free and premium memberships for students K-12. I was able to review the Premium Plan. I know I’ve talked about Jahnna’s spelling challenges before. She spells phonetically. She also likes to add random letter e’s to the end of words, like loude instead of loud. We’d been using different methods that were straight forward but boring. I jumped on the opportunity to review this because it looked like fun and it would be something she would enjoy.
Unfortunately life got more than a bit crazy for us with the brain tumor and then Colby’s Deep Brain Generator dying on us and him needing surgery to replace it. I feel behind in keeping up with reviews and so we did not use this as much as I would have liked so far. I’m adding the so far because what we have used of it has been amazing. I was able to explore the site I just haven’t been able to use it much with Jahnna like I would have liked too.
First there are two types of accounts. If one of those types is free why would you spend money for a premium account? Here’s why:
For $29.99 a year you can have 5 students use your membership. You can track their activities and lists. You can customize and change the lists. Your students can participate in many different activities not just for spelling but also for vocabulary and writing.
There are over 50,000 words and 60,000 customizable sentences and definitions to use. A real person who says each word and sentence. There are Teacher Training Videos, printable handwriting worksheets, teaching resources with lists and lesson plans. There is a forum available and newsletters to help you out.
The next two pictures show a screen shot of some games. The Word-O-Rama game is Jahnna’s favorite. The little penguin guy made her laugh really hard.
I think my favorite resource are the suggested lists that are provided. It’s hard to keep up with daily life sometimes (pretty much all the time in our case!) so grade appropriate word lists are a great way to either make sure your student is where they need to be or to have in case you don’t have time to add your own lists.
I love that you can track your students activities and lists. It would be so simple to make lists for your oldest student and then reuse them as the rest of your students catch up. I am so bad at keeping records for school. You’d think having been a high school teacher I would be better at that but let’s just say it was never my strong suit then either. I guess it’s a good thing we school in a state that doesn’t require record keeping. That being said I do believe there is a place for records, spelling would be one of those places.
For $29.99 this is a program that I can see myself renewing when the time comes. I will admit to being slightly overwhelmed by all the features at first. Writing this review reminded me of the FAQ videos and that I needed to refresh myself and start over from step one with Jahnna. After going back through everything I’ve asked Jahnna how she felt about the program and if she wanted to work with this program or continue with the one we had been working on. She enthusiastically said VocabularySpellingCity. I knew she would and so next week we’ll get back into the swing of life and start working on learning to spell correctly again. Maybe I’ll start her off learning to spell Oligodendroglioma but that might be a little rough for her. I guess I’ll be nice and go with the suggested lists.
Wow! Last week was an incredibly long week. I was trying to get things wrapped up for Colby’s surgery on Thursday. What? I didn’t mention Colby was having surgery? Chalk that one up to the extra long week I had. The week before Colby was having a rough time. I’ve been slowly weaning him off of his Klonopin so I figured that was the problem. Then I noticed his right arm was moving like crazy.
This is a really short video of what his spasms look like and how fast they can sometimes end. At the very end of the video you can see his arm moving a little bit. The next day that arm was flying up in the air all sorts of crazy like.
I couldn’t figure out why his arm would be having uncontrolled movement with a med step down until the light bulb went off in my head and I remembered his DBS neurologist saying that his battery should be ready to replace soon. So I pulled out his programmer to check it out. We call it his remote control. Sure enough there was the replace the battery message. For some reason I had it in my head that when that message showed up we had a year to replace his battery. Turns out it was only 90 days. I can guarantee that I hadn’t checked it over 90 days because it’s not something we mess with to often.
I called the doctors office and spoke with the nurse and she said that she’d call the neurosurgeons office and set up an appointment. Instead of an appointment they just scheduled the surgery. Luckily they scheduled it for Thursday so Colby didn’t have to miss any school. It was the start of fall break on Wednesday so the timing was perfect. I had a few phone calls from scheduling and the neurosurgeons office to set things up. The neurosurgeon nurse called on Monday to see if we were interested in a rechargeable battery. When we did the first surgery we were told that the rechargeable battery wasn’t as good for people who needed their generator on all day, so we didn’t do it. I decided to check in with the neurologist and get her thoughts on it and she agreed that 9 years in between surgeries was a much better option than every 3 years so that’s what we did.
It takes a little bit more effort on my part each night but that’s okay. His bedtime routine already takes between 15 minutes and 30 minutes so adding in a 10 to 15 minute battery charge while doing the other stuff isn’t an issue. Here’s a picture of the boxes the techs brought me in the parent waiting room.
Looks like fun right? Here’s what’s in the boxes.
The circular part on the bottom right goes over his stomach where the battery is inserted. The middle part is the charger and the part of the left is the charger for the charger. Confused yet? It’s not so bad. Today was the first day I’ve recharged him and it took about 45 minutes because it had been three days since his surgery. From now on I’ll do it every night. It’s easier in my opinion to build something like this into Colby’s daily routine instead of trying to do it weekly. I’d forget if I only did it weekly and that would be bad. If the battery goes completely dead three times you have to have it surgically replaced. I don’t want that to happen. Colby was a trooper for the surgery. He was supposed to stay over night for a 23 hour observation but he did so good right after surgery that he was able to go home after an hour. He’s still doing good but he will be out of school for a few more days.
So why else was it a long week? John got it into his head that we needed to get his living will put together, my life insurance and his VA insurance all done so that we have that in case the cancer doesn’t go completely away. He wants me to have life insurance so in case something happens to both of us the kids are taken care of. It’s a smart decision even if we weren’t dealing with his brain cancer. It’s something that’s easy to put off though if you aren’t dealing with a technically terminal illness. I say technically only because the odds are what they are and while I remain hopeful and optimistic it’s good to not have blinders on to seriousness of this disease. It’s not something I wanted to ever really think about let alone put into place.
It’s also been long because John is starting radiation tomorrow. So he’s been a little anxious and trying to get things done so that in case this hits him hard things are done and he doesn’t have to worry about little things. It didn’t help that he’s still crazy tired and his head still hurts from his surgery. It’s been emotionally draining on him knowing this was coming when we really didn’t want to go this route. The unknown is scary so as much as he’s been wanting to hurry up and get it over with he’s been kind of happy that it hasn’t started yet.
That’s about it for now. I think that was enough for the week, don’t you?
Remember last week when I made that horrible confession about my bathrooms? I probably should have included dusting, sweeping, dishes and laundry to the list of things I really don’t like to do. I’m not such a great homemaker even if I really want to be. I do continually try though so it must count for something right? Thankfully for me there are amazing resources out there like the The HomeMaker’s Mentor. If there wasn’t I might be in a lot of trouble! There are over 110 lessons included in this CD. I’ll admit I should be memorizing the one called Freshen & Perk Up Your Bathroom. I actually did read it and started working on ways to declutter our tiny master bathroom.
There is so much included on this CD that I’m still working my way through many of the pdf files.
Jahnna loves to bake so there was plenty on this CD to share with her. One of the best recipes for beginners is the Shortbread recipe that I’m including here. All you do is combine the following ingredients in a bowl:
2 cups sifted all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup powdered icing sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter
Mix with hands until dough forms a ball. Pat out evenly to 1/4” thick. Cut out and place cut out cookies onto baking sheet. Do NOT grease baking sheets. Prick with a fork and bake in a 300 degree pre-heated oven for up to 30 minutes or until sides are golden and cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheets and them remove to cool longer on wire cooling rack.
Jahnna had a lot of fun making these and it’s pretty hard to mess this up so it’s a perfect project for younger kids.
This is one of many recipes you will find in the files. There is only one folder that I haven’t opened and I’m not likely to any time soon. It’s the one called Beans & More Beans. There’s a very long story behind my aversion to beans and it goes clear back to Kindergarten. So I can’t tell you what is in that folder you’ll just have to buy your own copy and find out for yourself! Sorry about that!
The CD is available for $37 with free shipping (reg $47) until Oct 18th so hurry and get your copy today!
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John and I went and spoke with the radiation doctor on Thursday. John was hoping to get started on Monday but that’s not the case. First he has to go and get an MRI and a CT scan tomorrow. Then they will make him a lovely mask that will look like this.
Doesn’t that look like fun? It’s used to bolt his head to the table so he can’t move for the minute or so that the radiation is on each day. The doctor said it takes longer to get him on to the table than the treatment does and that he will only be there for about fifteen minutes a day. The mask doesn’t take long to make but merging the images from the MRI and the CT scan into a 3D model of his brain takes 4 to 5 days.
After the model is made then he can start treatment. Six weeks of radiation. After that they’ll do an updated MRI and then he will start the chemo phase of this plan. That will take six to nine months. Good times! John just wants to get started so he can get it done faster so he’s a little impatient about another week of waiting.
As far as side effects go he shouldn’t notice much until about three weeks into it according to the doctor. That’s when his hair should start to fall out. Of course it won’t fall out all over his head just in a circle around the spot they radiate. He’s already planning on shaving it. That’s probably when the tiredness will begin also. He might have some nausea and some headaches from the start so we’ll stay on top of that. If he gets headaches then he will have to go back on a low dose of steroids. I’m guessing that because he is still having headaches a month after surgery he will probably need the steroids. At least it will just be a low dose and not a super high one.
That’s about it for now as far as the plan goes.
In other news Colby went to Shriner’s again and he will be getting his new back brace in a couple more weeks. I wish I could have taken a picture of them casting him for the brace. He thought it was pretty funny to be lying on basically a flat rope in the air. I had to hold his head and arms while someone else held his hips and legs while the other person wrapped him with the casting material. He was also approved for a stander and they are pulling one out of storage and cleaning it up for him. He tolerated it really well at his evaluation. He stood for over an hour which he thought was pretty cool. That should be ready to pick up about the same time as his brace.
That’s all for the last week. This next week it’s my turn to go see the orthopedic surgeon for my wrist. Hopefully all I’m looking at is a steroid shot. That would be nice. Wish me luck!
Hi! My name is Erin and I’m a stacker. I have stacks of papers, bills, crafts and stuff all over my house. My desk, my bookshelves, the back of the toilet! Okay, the back of the toilet belongs to John and his gun magazines. This summer with Colby was rough. I think he had some kind of virus or something every other week. He was cranky, I was cranky. I was tired after losing our nurses and the last thing I wanted to do was clean up anything.
Another confession for you. I hate to clean bathrooms. Despise doesn’t even come close to describing how much I detest bathrooms. John generally cleans them because he knows how much I hate it. It drives me nuts though to have dirty bathrooms though. My bathrooms have been beyond depressing all summer.
So last week we called a cleaning company.
There I said it. We hired someone to come clean our bathrooms. Something I never ever thought I’d do because who can’t keep their bathrooms clean? Oh that’s right, I can’t!
Really what it came down to was I finally had to admit that I can’t do it all. I know I can’t but I don’t like to admit it and on some level it felt like a huge admission of defeat. John’s starting radiation in two weeks (most likely, we’ll find out for sure on Thursday) between taking care of him and Colby, being up every night three to five times a night, homeschooling Jahnna, and dealing with Riley’s ITP, I know I can’t do it all.
I refuse to try and do it all. It’s not healthy for me and if I don’t take care of myself I won’t be able to take care of the one’s that need me to take care of them. After six years I’ve finally learned my lesson and I’m going to try and give myself a little breathing room.
Hi everyone! If you are new here let me introduce myself. I’m Erin, wife and mother to my crazy crew. This blog started as a way of keeping friends and family updated on our son’s stroke when he was 2 years old. That’s right kids can have strokes too! If you’d like to watch a video telling his story you can check out his page. I will apologize up front though and say that it hasn’t been updated since 2010 when he had his Deep Brain Stimulator placed. One of these days I will get around to doing that.
On my About Us page you can learn more about everyone else as well. Again that hasn’t been updated to reflect that my husband just had his second brain surgery three weeks ago because his brain cancer came back after two years instead of the seven to ten we were hoping to reach.
So now you know that we’ve had one stroke, two rounds of brain cancer and three brain surgeries you should also know that we have a daughter who is bi-polar and our other daughter has what is looking like idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or chronic ITP. No I can’t make this life of our’s up even if I tried!
Now that you know about the trials we’ve faced let me tell you how we deal with it. We laugh. We shake our heads and laugh. It’s usually inappropriate but it’s either that or cry and crying just gives me a headache. There’s also a touch of sarcasm added in just for fun which explains why I named my blog the way I did. Someone asked me once how life was going and I said it was full of chaos but I’d learned to embrace it and it’s true, I have. I’d love it if you’d join us on our journey through this crazy, chaotic adventure that is our life!
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Does anyone really understand the Electoral College? Every four years I vaguely remember what it’s all about and usually end up mad at the confusing nature of it all. Before the next election I will understand it much better thanks toThe Presidential Game. Before you think this is a political game you should know that it’s not. It’s strictly electoral college. Yes it’s between Republicans and Democrats but there is nothing in this game about each parties beliefs.
The game is for ages 11 and up but Jahnna at 10 years old and she understood the game just fine. I wouldn’t recommend it for much younger than that. Lately Jahnna’s been asking questions about politics and elections mostly because now that John is retired he can say what he wants about the government, especially how retired soldiers are treated.
The game is fairly simple. There are two parties which means this game can be played by two players or if more want to play you can divide up into teams. The turns are split up into weeks. It is suggested that you play a 30 week campaign which should take you about an hour to complete. Jahnna and I usually only played to 12 or 15 weeks. It’s suggested that you decide before hand how many weeks to play but I usually just paid attention to her attention span. If she was still interested we played longer, if she was getting bored or restless we cut it short.
There are three dice for each team. Before each team goes they must decide if they want to campaign or fund raise. If you choose to campaign then you select and announce which 3 states you will visit during your turn. You roll the dice and then decide which dice corresponds with each state you picked. So to use the example from the directions (because they explain it better than I can!) you choose Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois. You roll the dice and come up with a 6, 5 and a 3. You opt to give Pennsylvania 6 chips or votes, Ohio 5 and Illinois 3. Another way would be to give Pennsylvania 5, Ohio 3 and Illinois 6. It’s up to each team to decide.
If you decide to fundraise there are 4 states where that is allowed. I’m sure you can guess what they are based on the real life focus of political fundraising but in case you can’t they are California, New York, Texas and Florida. These states each have part of a dollar bill as their background which I thought was a pretty clever design idea! When you fundraise you state which state you will go to before you roll the die. If you roll a 10 then you have 10 votes to distribute. Half of the votes must stay in the fundraising state but the other half can be given to other states. At the end of your turn you draw a Politics Card.
The Politics Card is mostly rewards but there are a few penalties. Jahnna got one that said “The Governor of New Jersey endorses your opponent. The next day, the Governor is indicted in a corruption scandal. Add 5 votes to New Jersey.” This allowed us to have an age appropriate discussion on politicians, corruption, consequences and how that applies to individuals who aren’t politicians. It was fun to see how she had picked up some things off of the radio and was asking about them.
Scoring the game was where I had a problem. I think it was because the first time we tried to score the game I was pretty sick and the directions just did not make sense to me. I tried scoring the game the way I thought it said to but it was just a big mess. Finally I decided we should check out the Electoral WebMap Calculator that is provided online. After that it made everything understandable. I think I just needed the visual to make the connection in my foggy brain the first time because the next time I read the directions it was obvious where I’d gone wrong. If I hadn’t been able to figure it out I could have gone to the FAQ’s page and downloaded the pdf there with more explanations.
My overall opinion of this game is that it is pretty fun. The Electoral College isn’t exactly thrilling material for most people and I realized that I either tuned out in high school more than I thought I did or I just didn’t figure it was important enough for me to remember. This was a fun opportunity to introduce the subject to Jahnna and another way of encouraging her to learn more about the way our country is run. I can see us playing this game more as we get into election season or as the need arises in her studies.
The Presidential Gameis available for $35 plus shipping and handling. Be sure and head over to read more reviews from the Crew to see what others thought.
I was offered the opportunity to review one of PeopleKeysonline reports. I chose The Personality Style Workbookto review because I thought it would be good for Jahnna to learn more about her personality style and how she relates to others. Sometimes she has trouble relating to kids her age because she’s very literal and a bit of an introvert. It really causes problems with her sister and I was hoping that this would also explain the other personality types so she could see how to get along better with her very energetic, outgoing and not so literal sister.
The online version of The Personality Style Workbook is available for $12.00. If you want to purchase more than one key code there are discounts available. The report will help the student identify their personality style using the DISC system. Students will better understand their behavioral style and learn their hidden motivators.
D – Dominant
I – Influencing
S – Steady
C – Compliant
If you have never heard of the DISC system I suggest you read this very informative page explaining more about it. After completing The Personality Style Report you will be able to help students find ways to apply this information by allowing them to gain an appreciation for diversity, so that they are able to relate better with educators, roommates, parents and friends.
I received the email link to start the report and had no problems opening it. The suggested age range for this report is 13-18 but I figured that Jahnna has a much higher reading and comprehension level so it shouldn’t be difficult to answer the questions. Unfortunately I didn’t take the literal side of her personality into account! I did not realize the agony four choices for each question would cause her. She could see each herself in each description and could not figure out which one was the most like her for any given question. I could but for her she just wasn’t ready for that type of self assessment. After struggling for a little while I asked her if she would rather I just take the test for the review and she could watch how I answered the questions to get a better idea for this type of assessment in the future. She thought that would be a great idea.
It was very easy for me to complete the test. I’ve taken lots of personality tests and I enjoy taking them so it was fun and I was able to complete this fairly quickly. Jahnna was amazed at how fast I was able to answer the questions so I had to explain a little bit on going with your first reaction to the question and not over thinking each option. She said she understood but I could see she was still a little confused. Doing this exercise with her I realized we really need to work on her test taking skills. While not having to take multiple choice tests for homeschooling is a great benefit for her it will also be to her disadvantage when it comes to college placement tests if we don’t start working on that a little more.
Once you submit your answers for the test you quickly receive another email with a link to your test results. My report was 17 pages long. The first page gives a basic overview of personality. It stresses that most people are a combination of types which was something I already knew but it helped me to explain to Jahnna why she had such a hard time answering the questions. The second page goes on to explain why knowing the different types can help you with your relationships with others and different situations that might come up.
The third page explains your personality type. This is what mine says “Erin’s style is identified by the name “Governor”. Below is a description of the Governor Personality Style.” The report goes on to talk about my emotions, my value to a team and my greatest fears. There is also suggestions on how to motivate me, how I evaluate others and areas for improvement. Overall I felt the Governor description to be a fairly accurate reflection of my personality. This is the only part of the report that talks about being a Governor which left me a little confused. There are no other references to the other personality types and the rest of the report goes on using the DISC system. Not really a big deal but I got the feeling that I was missing something. Not from the report itself which is very straight forward but maybe from the PeopleKeys system they have set up.
The fourth page is where it gets into the DISC system and contains your Personality Style Graph. This shows you where you scored in each of the areas that make up DISC. The highest score is your dominate type followed by the others. I scored highest with the I or Influencing section followed very closely with the C or Compliance. I find this interesting because they are basically opposites of each other which probably explains why I feel torn in stressful situations or why I behave the way I do depending on if I am comfortable with a situation or not.
Continuing on with the report it gets more general. The third and fourth page are are whats detailed for yourself the rest of the report includes information on the four personality traits so you can see how others act or think. The remaining sections were valuable for a discussion with Jahnna on how to interact with others and how she can have better relationships with some people in her life that she struggles with.
Overall I felt that this was a good program and can provide a lot of insight for an individual. I would use it with older students or adults. If your child does well with multiple choice tests than fifth grade and up would be appropriate with some parental guidance. Members of the Review Crew reviewed multiple products from PeopleKeys so I would encourage you to head over and read what they have to say about other products that are available.