APR
08
2014

Spielgaben Play Based Learning!

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Good morning readers! Today I have a special product to share along with a discount to pass along! I’m sure most of you have heard of Spielgaben by now, but it is new to our homeschool. And I have to say that we are loving this product!     For those of you who don’t know, Spielgaben is a company that produces environmentally sustainable and non-toxic child friendly materials. The Spielgaben set comes with all of the colorful materials you see below, including the 3 wooden trays and a chessboard that store all of the materials together. The set also comes with learning resources that include learning activities, user guides, over 30 sets of interactive worksheets, 65 inspiration cards, and more! The materials are good quality, durable, colorful, and everything has a place in the storage unit which makes clean up and organizing it all a synch!   “There are 8 to 12 years worth of learning activities and lessons including full color digital format of 4 sets user … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2014

Lakeshore Learning Count & Compare

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Hi everyone! I have a super fun review and discount coupon for you today from Lakeshore Learning! The Teeny Tot was super excited to receive the Lakeshore Learning Count & Compare game!   I mean who doesn’t love those little die poppers and baby froggies? The Teeny Tot had so much fun popping the die and moving the alligator mouth that she didn’t even realize she was learning!   The concept of this game is simple. Your child pops the die on both the right and left sides of the board. Then they place that many frogs on each lilly pad under the popper.   Next they move the alligator’s mouth so it’s open towards the side with the most frogs. Because everyone knows the alligator wants to eat as many frogs as he can!   This game is great for 1-10 number recognition, counting skills, and of course teaching greater than, less than, and equal math skills to preschoolers. For those ready to move on to larger numbers, they also … [Read more...]

JAN
13
2014

Teeny Tot Tuesday: Starting K4!

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Good morning everyone! I thought you might like to catch up with the Teeny Tot since it’s been awhile. First off she’s not so “teeny” anymore. Nor is she a “tot”. But I’m refusing to change her name just yet because it makes me cry. Sigh. Moving on. She finished my Letter of the Week curriculum and is moving on to the K4 Kindergarten curriculum. but since she’s not fully ready to move into reading we’re taking it slow. I’m mixing in some of the LOTW activities to keep working on motor skills, and then she’s also starting in on some of the K4 activities that she IS ready for. I did the same thing with Tinker Bell and she did great, so I’m hoping the same technique will work for the Teeny Tot. We shall see… We started off by reviewing our letters, sounds, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. Everything she learned last year. Since we take summers off, I find it best to spend a little time reviewing before moving on. Here she’s working on my A-Z and 123 Tracing Worksheets. You can see … [Read more...]

DEC
09
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 7: Math U See

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great time with all of my exciting Christmas giveaways. I love doing giveaways for you all because it’s my way of giving back to all of you who support my blog! You know I couldn’t do a giveaway without something from my favorite math curriculum vendor, Math U See! We’ve used Math U See since the beginning of our homeschooling journey and we still love it! About 3 years in to our homeschooling season I got a little stir-crazy and tried something else. Why? Who knows, I probably thought the grass was greener or something. I quickly realized that using MUS was keeping me from wanting to poke my eyes out on any given homeschooling day. So we quickly switched back to MUS and haven’t ventured away since. I can also attest to the fact that they have excellent customer service, and are dedicated to supporting the homeschooling community! And they’ve offered an awesome giveaway for my Christmas Extravaganza! Thanks to the generous … [Read more...]

SEP
15
2013

Math-U-See Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Math-U-See! And thanks to their awesome staff, they’ve offered a great giveaway for my readers today. One thing I love about Math-U-See is that they teach to mastery, and that means your student might not learn a certain skill right off the bat. They build on concepts so that the math skills actually make sense for your student. Students also use the MUS visual manipulatives to help further understand whatever skill they are working at the time. However to my surprise the students do not become depending on the manipulatives to solve problems. They’re simply hands on training tools to use until a concept is mastered. This is what the Math-U-See looks like in our workboxes. I pull out their worksheet each day and keep the video DVD and our little plastic storage container.     I also have a couple fun organization ideas for all of those blocks for you! For our large set of blocks I purchased the Small Craft … [Read more...]

JUL
15
2013

1-20 FREE B/W Pattern Block Cards

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Good morning everyone! As promised I have another fabulous freebie for you today. Last week I put up my full color Pattern Block Number cards and today I have the black and white version for all of you out there waiting! These are great for adding a little more challenge to your student’s day as well as saving on color printer ink. Just like the colored version, since this is a preschool activity I stuck with numbers 1-20. You can use these fun cards with any Wooden Pattern Blocks. (That is a link to find them on Amazon, but they should all be similar in size to other pattern blocks so you can use any brand you prefer.)   --> Click here to download the 1-20 B/W Pattern Block Cards <-- TO USE: I normally print these pages on cardstock then laminate them just so they last longer, but you certainly don’t have to do that. Here’s a close up of one of the pages. Your student will simply match the pattern block cards onto each sheet to re-create the number. I also added a … [Read more...]

JUL
08
2013

FREE 1-20 Pattern Block Cards

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Good morning everyone! I have a fabulous freebie for you today! Since had such a great response to my Alphabet Pattern Block Cards, I thought it would be fun to do a set of Pattern Block Number cards too! Since this is a preschool activity I stuck with numbers 1-20. You can use these fun cards with any Wooden Pattern Blocks. (That is a link to find them on Amazon, but they should all be similar in size to other pattern blocks so you can use any brand you prefer.) --> Click here to download the 1-20 Color Pattern Block Cards <--   TO USE: I normally print these pages on cardstock then laminate them just so they last longer, but you certainly don’t have to do that. Here’s a close up of one of the pages. Your student will simply match the pattern block cards onto each sheet to re-create the number. I also added a dashed font written version of each number so your student can trace and read the number as well just for a little added practice.   MORE PATTERN … [Read more...]

MAY
28
2013

FREE! 1-20 Do-A-Dot Number Worksheets

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Hi everyone! I know a lot of you have been looking for some more fun do-a-dot activities for your preschoolers! And after publishing the A-Z Do-a-Dot worksheets, I had quite a few requests for a numbers version, so here it is!   --> Download the FREE 1-20 Do-a-Dot Worksheets <--   Pairing these worksheets with colorful do-a-dot markers are a fun way to help students learn numbers 1 through 20. For those of you who don’t know, do what they are, do-a-dot markers are basically like old style bingo dabbers. But now they come in all sorts of fun colors, even glitter and pastels! I have my students place one dot in each circle to create the shape of the number. Here is the Teeny Tot using them on her Letter Q preschool activities so you can see what I’m talking about. Alternate uses: Have students place the paper on a magnetic tray, then place one magnet in each circle. Have students put one sticker in each circle. (The tiny star or happy face stickers … [Read more...]

APR
23
2013

Homeschool Math Curriculum Forum

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Hi everyone! Welcome to another homeschool curriculum forum post. Today we’re talking all about math! As most of you know I have previously tried both Abeka and Saxon math. Abeka was okay for the  younger years, but flashcards just weren’t doing it for us. We needed something more hands on as well as something that better explained the various skills we were learning. We switched to Math U See. While this curriculum was working well for us, I ventured over to Saxon for a bit just to see how it worked. After finding myself explaining Saxon lessons using our Math U See blocks and examples, we switched back to Math U See and haven’t looked back since. One thing to know about MUS is that they do teach to mastery, and that means your student might not learn a certain skill right off the bat. They build on concepts so that the math skills actually make sense for your student. Students also use the MUS visual manipulatives to help further understand whatever skill they are … [Read more...]

JAN
06
2013

Pop for Addition & Subtraction Giveaway

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Hola amigos! I have a great math game giveaway for you today! It’s called Pop for Addition & Subtraction by Learning Resources.   This game is actually a really fun way to review math facts in a less boring…we hate flashcards…kind of way. The container looks like a cute gumball machine, and each math fact is on a colorful gumball as well. Details: Cost: $9.99 Includes 90 math fact cards (1-10), 10 pop cards, a spinner, and instruction guide. For 2-4 players, but we’ve all been known to play together! How to play: To play the game each player takes a turn spinning the spinner. The picture your arrow lands on tells you how many gumballs you can take. If you can answer the math facts on the back of the gumball you get to keep it. If not you have to put it back in the box. Whoever has the most gumballs at the end wins!   But beware…there is a “POP” card and if you draw that, ALL of your gumballs have to go back into the box!  I believe … [Read more...]