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Friday, December 25, 2009
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Are you looking for an educational way to practice your children's skills while having fun? This file folder will help children learn new concepts and review for concepts already learned. It can be played by one child or as group game
Just print, cut and enjoy!!
Skill: Identify letters of the alphabet
Thursday, December 24, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
The opportunity to review 'The Tortoise and the Hare' by Maestro Classics came at a great time for our family. A friend and I were in the middle of teaching 'Introduction to the Symphony', a homeschool class for 4-6 year olds and many of the concepts we discussed are covered in this classic story. Another neat thing about this story is I always use the example of the tortoise when explaining to my students the need to practice slow and steady versus fast with lots of mistakes!
1. The Tortoise and the Hare by the Maestro himself, Stephen Simon, and narrated by Yadu, a.k.a r. Konrad Czynski
2. About the Story by Bonnie Ward Simon
3. Pretzel Vendor of paris Song
Maestro Classics / DixieLand band
4. About The Music by Stephen Simon
5. Now That You Know a Little More
6. Want To Have Some Fun? Prepare To Perform
7. Pretzel Vendor of Paris Song - Sing-Along
Mike Mulligan And His steam Shovel
Casey At The Bat
Juanita The Spanish Lobster
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Story of Swan Lake
Peter And The Wolf
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Mathletics is a web-based learning program that integrates home and school learning via the internet. As one of the world’s most used educational websites, it is an online learning resource helping students to enjoy math and achieve outstanding results.
As a member of the TOS crew, I received a free 45 day membership to this site to use and share my review comments with you.
The Mathletics curriculum will help to teach your child/student from grades K-8. It is a safe online community where no interaction exists between participating students! Mathletics allows your child to improve their math skills through live 60 second math challenges against other students from around the world as well as self paced math curriculum activities.
For the most part our family does not use the computer a lot so for my son Redd, Mathletics is an important reward for working hard on his schoolwork. To him, it is a game and in my mind a great review tool.
Mathletics strongly supports homeschooling with 24/hr a day access, lots of printable progress certificates with a self-paced approach that features instant feedback to the student and parent.
Mathletics is offered as an annual subscription for $59 and has a 10 day money back guarantee.
There are several aspects about this site that I really appreciated. It is easy on the eye, simple to navigate, introduces healthy competition, and safe because it does not allow communication between participants!
For a student that does not like or do well with worksheets, this program presents a fun alternative that will keep up a child's interest in the world of math.
Are you or your children interested in creating a computer game? Look no farther, Tektoma is the site for you! I recently received a complimentary 3 month subscription to the site. The site is geared towards ages 7 and up, so even though my kids are a little young right now to benefit from this membership, I look forward to learning what might be useful to them in the future.
Here are some of the game tutorials offered through Tektoma:
How To Make A Racing Game (for beginners and has no guns or shooting)
How To Make An Arcade Game (for all skill levels and involves cartoon shooting)
How To Make A Memory Game
How To Make A Platform Game (for more the more advanced student but involves no violence or blood)
How To Make A Fantasy Adventure Game (involves magic attacks and swords but involves no violence or blood)
The one I am most interested in working on is the Memory Game. I know plenty of families with 'tweens' in their house who would do great with the other tutorials.
Other Benefits That Tektoma Offers:
-Video Tutorials for ages 7-17
- Step-by-step easy to follow game creation instructions
- Your child will finish with a working game
- Kids get to share their creations
- A monitored members-only forum for your child to ask questions of experts
- Getting answers from programmers and fellow students (in a secure, safe and productive area) offers a comfortable place to learn and share ideas.
Safety is a top priority at Tektoma. All materials, projects and forums are moderated for appropriate content, language and graphics that are suitable for even young children. Come explore Tektoma’s online video tutorials and inspire your tech imagination!
PRICE: Just $14.95 per month or $140 per year gets you access to all the tutorials as well as online help via the forums. Payable by credit card or Paypal. Monthly fee automatically renews until canceled.
Here is a part that I know, you, my subscribers, would like to read about!
FREE MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Free 14-day Trial Memberships are available.
If you become a member there is also opportunity to tell others about the site and add extra free time to your membership!
What I appreciate most about Tektoma is the strong commitment to a safe, lighthearted approach to game making!
Monday, December 14, 2009
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Anybody that knows me at all knows that I am 'All About Spelling'! I loved this subject in school and am excited that Redd, my 6 yr. old is turning out to be the same way. I received this product from All About Learning Press free of charge to review and share my thoughts with you.
All About Spelling is unique in that it teaches all the sounds of each letter right from the start. For example, the letter 'a' is typically learned first as a short vowel but with this curriculum the child learns the 3 sounds for 'a' right away. (short a, long a, and ah).
Here are many reasons why All About Spelling works with beginners as well as being a powerful tool for remedial instruction.
All About Spelling is multisensory.
The lessons involve sight, sound, and touch.
All About Spelling is logical.
Spelling concepts are taught in a logical, understandable order. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson. The sequence has been carefully tested to produce long-term results.
If there is a reliable rule that will help your child out, they teach it. If there is a tip that will help your child master a certain spelling pattern, it’s in there presented in a very logical order.
The program is mastery-based, not grade-level based.
When students master a specific concept, they move on. If a child needs more practice in a certain area, it is allowed.
All About Spelling has continual review.
As the child learns new material, he or she also constantly reviews previously-taught concepts. The program is clear.
Children are taught what they need to know in a direct manner and do not have to guess or come to their own conclusions about the English language.
Each section includes excellent tips for introducing a new concept. One I loved was to introduce dictation (fancy word for spelling test) by using letter tiles that can be ordered separately. Then as the student becomes comfortable spelling on their own this way, dictation moves on to pencil and paper.
I personally received the following to use and review:
Starter Kit (Letter tiles, magnets, Phonogram CD-ROM)
This kit is used in Levels 1-6. If items are purchased separately, $31.85
Level 1 (includes Teacher's Manual and One Student Material Packet) $29.95
Concepts taught will include the following:
How to say and write the first 32 phonograms
How to segment words into their individual sounds
Short and long vowel sounds
How to identify and count syllables in a word
How to choose between c and k at the beginning of a word
When to double f, l, and s
How to spell /k/ at the end of a word
How to form plural words by adding s or es
Open and closed syllable types
Flashcards provide a visual and hands-on way to help your student learn and review phonograms, words, and spelling rules.
The Spelling Review Box helps you organize the flashcards so you can quickly see which words, phonograms, and spelling rules your student still needs to learn and review. (Flashcards and dividers are included; you supply the 3x5" index card box.)
The Segmenting Words activity helps your student identify the individual sounds in a word so that he can spell more easily and accurately.
Concept-oriented spelling lists that are grouped by similar phonograms and spelling rules.
Key Cards clearly present key ideas, concepts, and spelling rules that help your student thoroughly understand why a word is spelled the way it is and how to apply that knowledge to many other words.
The More Words and Dictate Phrases sections reinforce current and previously learned concepts, increase the student’s repertoire of words, and allow the student to apply his knowledge in practical situations.
The Progress Chart gives your student a visual reminder of how far he has come and motivates him to master the next step.
Level 2 (Includes Teachers Manuel and 1 Student Material Packet) $39.95
In a practical, hands-on way, your student will learn:
The open and closed syllable types
How to divide words into syllables
How to spell multisyllable words
When y can say /î/
How Silent E can make a vowel long
The vowel-consonant-e syllable type
Two spellings for the sound of /z/
The two sounds of long u
The difference between hard and soft c and g
Ways to spell long e
That English words don’t end in i, j, u, or v
The most common way to spell the sound of /er/
When to use oi/oy, aw/au, and ow/ou and more!
You can also sign up on the website to receive "20 Best Tips For Teaching Spellng" and a weekly email featuring free spelling tips!
I look forward to using this resource with all of my children on our homeschooling journey!
III John 2: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Nutrtion 101: Choose Life from the site Growing Healthy Homes. This resource contains so many things at once: a health curriculum, nutrition program, recipies, science and art projects and biblically based information on what God's best would be to maintain a healthy, productive family.
The program is divided into the following 6 units:
1) The Brain and Nervous System;
2) Digestion and Elimination;
3) Respiration and Olfactory;
4) Muscular and Skeletal Systems;
5) Cardiovascular and Immune Systems;
6) Endocrine System and Emotions.
Monday - Read over the chapter and discussion questions and choose activities.
Tuesday - Review chapter highlights and shop for or collect ingredients for the “Power” Recipe. Wednesday - Prepare the “Power” Recipe for snack or meal time.
Thursday - Choose activities from the “Power” Recipe.
Friday - Share highlights from the week during family meal time.
There are several ways of ordering Nutrition 101: Choose Life
Order the book for $99.95
Order the combo (book and CD-ROM) for $129.95
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I have been stocking up each week on cheap/free food and household items but am winding down! So, I have an abundance of coupons to giveaway!
3 envelopes with at least 100 coupons each are available.
To enter this giveaway do one or more of the following for entries:
1. Subscribe to this blog
2. Follow this blog
3. Write about this giveaway and leave a link in your comment
4. Answer the following question: What is your favorite Christmas song?
This giveaway will end December 16, 2009.
The way most history is studied and the way the Bible is read today doesn't really give most students a clear picture of how events overlapped and related to each other. This timeline clears up a lot of confusion and shows how world events were/are connected to what God shares with us in His Word.
The Amazing Bible Timeline will show you the order and the timing of people and events, the overlapping of lives (Noah lived until after Abraham was born meaning Abraham and Isaac could have heard about the flood from actual witnesses!), world historical events and where they fit into Biblical times, and seeing God's hand extended to all of mankind throughout history.
My oldest who is 10 will definitely benefit from comparing this chart to what she is learning at school. My other 3 (6 and under) right now just think it is a cool big picture but I see it as being a valuable tool to educate myself so that I can give them a better overall picture of man's history and relationship with God.
Order today to take advantage of their low price of $29.97 and free shipping until Dec 31,2009!
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2. Free gift wrapping including to/from gift stickers on the gift wrapped package inside as well as on the outside shipping box (be sure to check the "Please Gift Wrap" box on the order page)
3. Two gifts in one! A card with directions to download "Interactive Maps of the Holy Land" included with each Timeline.
4. Additional Suprise bonuses over the next month (Genealogy of Jesus Christ e-posters and more! )
You may call toll free 877-966.7300 for further questions or offline ordering.
The more we can understand the lives of these ancient people and the world events surrounding them helps us to connect with the principles God lays out for us so lovingly in His Word!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I know that you, my readers, should enjoy this resource/review! The reason is that this K-12 history curriculum is free and available to you! The Amercian Heritage Education Foundation sent a CD free of charge for me to use and review. (Request yours here!)
Today, I will mainly be giving you an overview of the elementary section because that is what category my son belongs to.
Here is a breakdown of what is offered to K-5 students.
Grade 1 - Amer Hist & Geog.: From Colonies to Independence: American
Revolution. Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence. Fourth of July.
Benjamin Franklin. George Washington. Symbols and Figures. Liberty Bell,
U. S. President, American flag.
Grade 2 - Amer Hist & Geog. : American Government: The Constitution. Government
based on the Constitution, government by consent of the governed, “We the People.”
Immigration & Citizenship. E Pluribus Unum, Statue of Liberty, newcomers to
America, idea of citizenship.
Grade 3 - Amer Hist & Geog.: The Thirteen Colonies: Life and Times Before the
Revolution. Colonies by region. Important cities.
Grade 4 - Amer Hist & Geog. American Revolution. Causes and Provocations. The Revolution. Making a Constitutional Government.
(A. Main ideas behind the Declaration. “All men are created equal,” inalienable and natural rights,responsibilities of government. B. Making a new government: From Declaration to Constitution.) Definition of republican government, Founding Fathers, Constitutional Convention. C. Constitution of the U. S. Symbols and Figures. White House, Great Seal.
Grade 5 - World Hist & Geog. England and the Golden Age to the Glorious Revolution. From the English Revolution to the Glorious Revolution. English Revolution
and Bill of Rights.
Each lesson comes with different hands on activities like crosswords, games, radio theatre skit, essays, etc. It is also designed so that multiple ages can be taught the subject matter at the same time (very important for homeschool families!).
Also available on this site is further teaching for 6-12 grades. The curriculum may be obtained in English or Spanish 3 different ways here: request a free CD, download for free, or request a print form for $19.50 per level.
If this subject is interesting to you, you should definitely check out their 'links page'!
The mission of The American Heritage Education Foundation is to restore an interest in learning the truth concerning how this great country came to be and providing this information free of charge to families, students and schools throughout the nation.
***As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was given this product to review. I was not paid for this post and do not have to return the product to the vendor. The opinions expressed in this post are those of the blog owner (me). ***
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
AVKO is another gem to add to your treasure chest of teaching resources! I was given a membership to this site in exchange for an honest review of the material offered with a membership.
Here are the many benefits of purchasing an AVKO Basic Membership for the cost of $25/year.
--Discounts on AVKO printed materials such as curriculum for reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and typing
--Hundreds of dollars worth of the following FREE e-books
The Patterns of English Spelling (All 10 Volumes)
Word Families in Sentence Context
To Teach a Dyslexic
Starting at Square One
The Teaching of Reading & Spelling: a Continuum from Kindergarten through College.
The Reading Teacher's List of Over 5,500 Basic Spelling Words
--Access to the Member Only section which includes misc. readings for comprehension and supplemental curriculum.
--AVKO Newsletter with freebies, discounts, resources, and promotions
--Access to Don McCabe's most popular workshop recordings in MP3 format.
--Supplemental Curriculum Materials including word games, worksheets, activities, and more!
(Flashcards, SAT help and Biblical proverbs in different translations also available here!)
--Access to Pretests and Placement Tests
--Access to the Answer Keys for the Unscramblers and Family Reunion exercises of the Engaging Language Kits
For myself, I plan on mostly using the list of 5500 basic spelling words, the misc. readings for comprehension and am reading through The Teaching of Reading & Spelling (this book is giving me insight to the frustration a dyslexic must have as well as showing me what I know and do not know about teaching reading). I also look forward to doing the word games with my kids. We love 'gameschool' here at my house!
One aspect of this site I haven't fully investigated yet but am definitely interested in is the Keyboarding Instruction for young learners. Computers are used so much in the schools and yet students are not taught how to type correctly till almost middle school. I really haven't put my kids on the computer much yet because I did not want to have to reteach them how to type. With AVKO, it looks like I now have an inexpensive way to begin teaching this important skill!
As a parent or teacher, the site helps to discover the different ways children learn. A multi sensory approach is used in many of these resources. I believe anybody that has a reading problem or is working with someone who does would greatly benefit looking into the wealth of resources offered by AVKO.
Go check out the freebies section and get acquainted with this awesome resource!
As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was given this product to review. I was not paid for this post and do not have to return the product to the vendor. The opinions expressed in this post are those of the blog owner (me).
On most of my giveaways I always ask some type of question to get tips and thoughts from my subscribers and I am way behind on posting them. So for Christmas and the New Year I am going to try to begin posting these. Thanks to all my subscribers. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Subscribers favorite Christmas Movies (from last year)
ShannanB aka Mommy Bits said...
My favorite Christmas Movie is Charlie Brown Christmas! I had it on Tivo but lost it when we switched to cable. Would love to own it.
I love How The Grinch stole Christmas!
My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas
! And my favorite Christmas movie is "It's a Wonderful Life."
wow my fave and well i realy love to win this for my little one i think she get a kick out of it thanks
My favorite Christmas movie is Fred Claus.
It was a cute movie.
My fave xmas movie is A Christmas Story!!
I love all of the holiday specials. Charlie Brown is my favorite! It doesn't feel like the holidays without him and snoopy.
My favorite Christmas movie is How the Grinch Stole Christmas...the original.
My favorite Christmas movie is...white christmas
Shooting Stars Mag said...
Just subscribed and my favorite holiday movie? Hmm...I love the new How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I really love Charlie Brown Stole Christmas though. :)
I like the Grinch who stole Christmas with Jim Carrey. Thanks!
Christmas Story is my favorite.
My favorite is the original Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer with the Island of Misfit Toys.
betty R. said...
would be its a wonderful life and frosty!