The Company – Hewitt Homeschooling
Hewitt Homeschooling provides material and services for all age level of homeschooling. The offer curriculum, school, and achievement testing. They are even offering a Lighting Lit Contest. They try to emphasize both academics and character. Hewitt recognizes that children learn at different rates in different areas. Many of their material are multigrade so you can find what fits your child the best.
Hannah reviewed My First Report: Wild Animals, Small Mammals. The are designed to give you learning that isn’t just a fill in the blank. In the pack there are ideas for using My First Report in learning across all areas academic areas. Blank forms that you can make copies of to complete the assignments and 13 questionnaire sheets about small wild mammals. Each animal sheet has a number of questions to help the student focus their study. It also includes vocabulary words that can be used through that study of that animal. The most helpful blank form is the report sheet. They come in three different line widths and space to include a picture of the animal studies. You can have the child draw a picture of the animal or they can print out a picture to include in the lesson.
If you do an animal each week you can use My First Report: Wild Animals, Small Mammals for a full quarter.
My First Report was written with 3rd and 4th graders in mind but it can be used by 1st and 2nd graders with parental direction. They are also perfect for remedial use in children in 5th through 8th grade.
Our Use of Hewitt’s My First Report
Before I started the study I made enough copies of the report form blanks so we were ready to go. I had Hannah choose the animal of her choice each week and she worked on them for a day or two. I kept our study low-key since we have so many things going on this summer. She would use the questions to do research using the internet and then she would answer the questions on the blank sheet. She doesn’t think she draws very well so she would print out a picture from the internet and paste it onto her sheet.
Thoughts on Hewitt’s My First Report
Hannah loves animals so this was a good choice to get her excited and engaged. Because the questions were simple, yet open-ended it was easy for her to do the necessary research and get the answers she needed. The vocabulary list was a good chance to not only see what she already understood but gave her practice looking up and writing definitions. The ideas for expanding the curriculum were easy to understand and to implement.
As the website states My First Report can have remedial uses and this was how we used it. I think it works well for this because I student who is a bit writing phobic can look at the simple sheet with just a few questions and not be intimated. I let Hannah get away with short answers but this material would lend itself very easily to expanding. I have considered making Hannah go back and turn her sentence answers into a paragraph about the animal. My First Report style can make teaching better writing skills step by step easy. You can let the student give short answers, turn those into sentences, and then progress to paragraphs.
While it is designed to be used over a quarter when using with older children you could cover more than one animals a week depending on what you are trying to accomplish as part of the study. It was also a great fit for an easier summer learning experience.
The Facts on Hewitt Homeschooling – My First Report: Wild Animals, Small Mammals
My First Report: Wild Animals, Small Mammals comes in a packet of 52 – 8.5 x 11 sheets. There are forms that can be copied to use with the program. It is everything you need to do an animal study for one-quarter. It is written to be used by students in the 3rd or 4th grade. It can be used with parental help by students in 1st and 2nd grade. It can also be used by older students in 5th through 8th grade for remedial learning. It sells for only $8.95.
Hewitt Homeschooling Review Crew Link-Up
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