DEC
20
2015

All About Reading Level 4 Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have an awesome Christmas giveaway for one of you today! All About Learning Press sent us All About Reading Level 4 for review, and we’re having so much fun with it! I had Tinker Bell, who is in 4th grade, review it for me. So let’s hear what she had to say about this program!   “I like all of the fun activities, it doesn’t seem like school.”  ~ Tinker Bell I’d have to agree with her assessment, I like that the activities for reading are fun for her, and anything that she asks to do gets a thumbs up from me! The AAR levels do build on one another, so it’s helpful if you start with Level 1, but if not, you can contact AALP to get help with level placement. The program covers some spelling rules, multi-syllable words, phonograms, prefixes, abbreviations, and words with an unaccented A. They also cover phonics practice as well. For our reading lessons, she really enjoys the fun hands-on activity book. They usually involve cutting, pasting, coloring, etc. … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2015

FotoFinch Elementary Photography Curriculum

Hi everyone! I reviewed a product for The Foto Finch a while back and we loved it. Strawberry Shortcake used it last year as her elective class. She loves to take pictures and it really helped her with learning how to use her camera as well as how to put together a well composed shot.   My other kiddos were anxious to try out the program themselves, but I wasn’t sure if it would be too difficult since they are younger. And so today I wanted to share with you the elementary level version that is now available! Along with written lessons, assignments, and activities, the elementary level curriculum also comes with video lessons to help explain the concepts and assignments which I love. That way students can choose whether the prefer to read the lessons, or watch them online. My son prefers to watch the video lessons and honestly so do I.   Each lesson is followed by a hands-on activity to help solidify the concepts taught. Just to give you an idea of the lessons, … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2015

Kwik Stix Review and Giveaway!

Good morning everyone! I have a really fun giveaway for you today, and just in time for the holidays! I’ll be giving away a set of the fun new Kwik Stix paint pens by The Pencil Grip!   I’m sure you’ve seen these popping up all over the internet, I know I have! And my kids were so excited when I said that they were sending some for us to review. At first I thought they’d just be like regular crayons or maybe even markers, but they aren’t. They’re actually paint in a stick. So they glide on really smoothly, and can be blended somewhat as well. They go on wet, but dry within about 90 seconds which is nice. And one that that I definitely appreciate is that they come out in an even amount. So you don’t have any large globs of paint like when working with paint and brushes.   We found that they work best with thicker, painting paper as opposed to regular copy paper. Since they are wet, they do act just like paint and can soak through thinner paper.   Hopefully … [Read more...]

DEC
13
2015

A Christmas Carol Literature Unit

Good morning lovely readers! I have a new literature unit for you today!  A Christmas Carol is definitely a classic in my book, and we’re enjoying going though it as a family. This has been a much requested unit, and it’s finally done, so I hope your family enjoys it!!   Story Summary: A Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday story for both kids and adults! On Christmas Eve the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghost of his former business partner, Marley. he’s informed that he will be visited by three spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. Through his adventures Scrooge has a change of heart in regards to life and to the Christmas season. Since it’s a bit more difficult to read, we’re doing it as a family read aloud in the evenings. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the original version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. There are several versions of this book, this red … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2015

2015 Girls Holiday Gift Guide

Last week I posted my educational toys holiday gift guide, and this week I have my fun gift ideas to share with you. Today I’m sharing my girls holiday gift guide, and then in a couple of days I’ll have some gift ideas for boys too!     One of the things that Strawberry Shortcake has been asking for is this Wooden Art Set. She loves to draw, color, and paint. I like that this one comes in a wooden box, and everything is stored neatly inside the case. It is easily portable, and includes most of what she’ll need to get creative! I’ll probably add in a drawing/painting paper spiral too.     Another thing on Miss Lady Bug’s gift list is the Frozen Karaoke Machine. I might regret it, but it looks like it might be cute LOL!   Another fun gift idea that I know Miss Lady Bug would love, is the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. It come with 3 activities, 5 games, and 3 challenges including a motion sensor. It can also take pictures and videos, including a voice … [Read more...]

DEC
06
2015

Anne of Avonlea Classic Literature Unit

Hey guys! I have another fun literature unit for you today. Anne of Avonlea is a super cute and charming story following Anne Shirley along with more adventure. If you If you enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, you’ll love Anne of Avonlea!     Story Summary: In this classic, Anne Shirley is grown up and starting out on her own life. She has begun a new job as a teacher at Avonlea School, and also started the Avonlea Village Improvement Society with her friends Dian, and Gilbert whom you will recall. While many things have changed, Anne is still just as prone to adventure as she ever was! I hope you enjoy this classic as much as I did! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Anne of Avonlea version as retold from the Lucy Maud montgomery original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2015

Lakeshore Learning Spiral Art Design Center

Looking for some great gift ideas this year? I’ll have more 2015 Holiday Gift Guides coming out soon so stay tuned! But in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway of one of my featured products this year! We got the Spiral Art Design Center for Miss Lady Bug this year and she loves it!   Actually I have my suspicions that a few of my older kiddos will love this too. I remember having one of these when I was a kid, and had so much fun making cool designs with the different disks and colors!   And I was right, everyone ended up giving it a try. I had to set a timer so each one could have a turn.   I’m really hoping they’ll enjoy this for awhile. And I think it’s a great way to encourage creativity while working on fine-motor skills too!   The other thing I like about this one, is that all of the pieces fit into the carrying case, so it’s easy to store, and travel with. Miss Lady Bug likes to bring it … [Read more...]

NOV
25
2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

As always I am thankful for our health, our families, my husband and awesome children, all of the wonderful people God has placed in our lives, and I’m also thankful for YOU my awesome readers! You’ve encouraged and inspired me and I’m so thankful for all of you! I pray you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends! Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your kiddos? I have a couple fun and easy activities you can do to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving Day! Thanksgiving placemat: Fold a piece of construction paper in half, then cut slits in it like shown below. Next cut a variety of colored strips from more construction paper, and have your student weave them in and out of the placemat base. Laminate your placemat or use clear contact paper to make it spill proof!   Here are a few ideas that we’ve done in the past as well… Thankful Turkey Craft Mosaic Cornucopia Craft I also have a preschool Thanksgiving pack for those younger ones … [Read more...]

NOV
23
2015

The Jesse Tree Free Printable

I posted this printable a few years back, but wanted to bring it back out this year! For about 3 years or so we’ve been putting up a Jesse Tree in our home to help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The Jesse Tree gets it’s name from Isaiah 11:1-2 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him.” The main Branch is a Biblical sign of the expected coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ and the faithfulness of God. The other branches of the tree represent a piece of the stories that make up the whole story of God’s relationship with His people. As we read through the stories we see God’s people awaiting the coming of the Messiah. Similar to how we anxiously wait through each day of December in anticipation of celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Creating a Jesse Tree for your family is a fun, hands-on way to walk through the story of Jesus. As you read through the daily devotions, … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2015

2015 Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Hi everyone! I can’t believe the holidays are already hear. And I’m sure a lot of you are starting to make lists of items to get, so I wanted to share some of our favorites with you as well. This year I’m going to post an educational gift guide, then another one for boys/girls, and finally one for sewers and quilters just incase any of my family is reading LOL!   In this post I have a bunch of fun stocking stuffer ideas for you as well as educational, and also fun, gifts for elementary aged students. Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.) Pilot FiXion Erasable Pens (We LOVE these and use them for school work all of the time because they’re erasable! YAY!) Fuzzy socks Candy Beanie Ballz Toothpaste and toothbrush! Gift Cards Play-doh Glow … [Read more...]