Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WAY Comes Home Kit a TOS Crew Review


Teaching health has been a subject that I have had a hard time finding something that is substantial. Recently, we have been using a hands-on health curriculum from HomeSchool Scholastics, an i4 Learning Company and their WAY Comes Home Kit. This is perfect for elementary kids K-5.
I received a physical kit, my kids where pretty excited when the box showed up at our front door and seen what was inside the box. I also receive access to online content that includes new lessons each month. You do not need to access the online content for this kit to teach it.

The WAY Comes Home Kit has all the essentials you need to complete this curriculum:

DVD Lessons, Journals for all three levels which are consumable for one student, Parent Guidebook, Fulcrum Balance Scale, Stethoscope, Bag 250 Transparent Counters, Foam Balls-2, Inkless Finger Print Pad, Glitter, Plastic Eggs, Measuring Tape, Plastic Bins, Flashcards, ChooseMyPlate Book, and 2 Posters. I am just going to cover a few items in detail.  
The Parent Guide Book is a paperback book with 147 pages. It breaks down the 5 modules and how to teach each one. Each module teaches a different concept with health and wellness.

5 Modules are:

Getting Started
Where Do You Begin?
Let’s Get Active
The Nutritional WAY
Health-It’s Personal

The modules are broken down for each age level. Each module is intended for 1 week of lessons. The lessons are concise and extremely easy to follow. I love simple and fun in a curriculum. There a lot of suggestions of adding on other activities for weekends and other suggestions. 
There are three Journals in the kit. One is for K-1 st grade, 2 nd- 3 rd grades, and 4 th-5 th grade. Each Journal is appropriate for its intended grade. You can purchase extra Journals separately. 

The journaling is an essential part of the program. My kids enjoyed the Journals a lot. I wasn’t sure if this would be an activity that my kids would like at first.

The vocabulary cards are broken down by level also. I taught 2 different levels and it was easy doing this curriculum as the Teacher Guide made it flow easily.

The DVDs are fun and engaging. My kids enjoyed them as they are fast paced and entertaining. An average lesson was around 30 minutes or less. 

How did I use WAY Comes Home Kit in my Homeschool?
I used this with my 13 year old daughter with special needs and she has a lot of feeding issues and learning issues. My 10 year old son also participated enthusiastically.

The first few days I spent getting myself familiar with the curriculum. There is a good guide in the manual to determine which journal is best for your kids.
The Teachers Guide was very helpful telling me what supplies I need for each lesson. It guided me step by step with the vocabulary cards and the activities.

Lots of art in the Art Attack portion. My kids really enjoyed being able to be creative. Despite being a little under the weather with some severe allergies we made nature self portraits, finger print art, and well my kids made food art and got my okay to play with their food.

We started out a module with first watching the DVD lesson. Afterwards, we would work on the different activities throughout the program. Our cat obviously became part of the lesson's-almost daily. She got use to a daily check up from my daughter whether she was active or inactive. She even sleeps through her check ups now. Bug figured out how to take a good heart beat with the cat before she figured out her brother.
There is so much hands on activities in the curriculum. Including the physical activities they did on the DVD. A lot of the time it was Little Man being active as Bug had a hard time with her arthritis doing to much physical activity.

My Final Thoughts

Wow impressive. The cost is extremely reasonable considering how much is included in the kit. Even ordering extra journals will not break your homeschool budget. I love that everything I need to teach the five modules is in the box. So easy!

This is a Christian centered curriculum and that makes it even better. It’s created by a homeschool mom with homeschoolers in mind. I didn’t have to reinvent any lessons to make it work for a homeschool situation. I like that it can be used to teach multiply grade levels.

Would I recommend the WAY Comes Home Kit? 100% I would.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAYComesHome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WAYComesHome @WAYComesHome
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/i4learning/

Don’t just take my word for it as many other TOS Crew have reviewed this also. Don’t forget to see what they have to say.

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