Thursday, July 30, 2015

What makes you happy? Minions? Freebies? Well, how about Minion Freebies?

What makes you happy? Minions? Freebies? Well, how about Minion Freebies? Minion Freebie - Educents 3 These free math activities on Educents offers 22 printable pages of math activities for Minion fans. It covers addition, subtraction, measurement, money, and more!

Minion Math Centers Freebie

  • Minion Addition (to 12)
  • Minion Subtraction (to 12)
  • Minions Making Ten
  • Minion Measurement
  • Minion Money Match
  • Missing Minion Numbers
  • Minion Number Cards
Minion Freebie - Educents 2 If you're looking for more ways to make math learning fun, check this out:

Early Math Musical DVDs

4dde_c6ab3b8_Early_Math_Collection copy This DVD set from Rock 'N' Learn is a fun way to boost math skills for the early grades. Like the Minions, these DVDs have fun characters your little ones will love to get to know! Math facts are easy to learn with fun music and exciting animation. Learn all about counting coins and bills and practice making change. Kids will learn to tell time to the hour, half hour, and minute using traditional analog clocks. Includes Addition & Subtraction Rap DVD, Money & Making Change DVD, and the Telling Time DVD. I hope this math freebie made by Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans makes you happy. Download the Free Minion Math Centers, then go ahead and do a little dance! :)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Heirloom Audio Collections - With Lee In Virginia {TOS REVIEW}

With Lee in Virginia Audio Drama Review
We love audio books. My husband says it's impossible to drive long distances without one. Needless to say we go through quite a few. G.A. Henty has become our true favorite. Enough action to keep hubby and I awake, and safe enough not to worry about the kids hearing something inappropriate. I was SO excited to hear that we were going to have the opportunity to review another awesome product from Heirloom Audio Productions I have reviewed a couple of other titles from them and so when then offered a copy of With Lee In Virginia I was super excited.

I am not an American history buff. Jam know a lot more about it than I do, my knowledge is based upon my reading and movies catalog as an adult. My husband and I were born and raised in England so I am sure you understand why my knowledge is a little lacking.

I was hoping this CD would arrive before we left on our summer holiday. As we were driving 18 hours each way I was definitely on the look out for as much audio as I could find. However, I am sad to say it didn't arrive in time. Although because of our chosen sport and many piano trips finding time to listen in the car was not difficult.

I started to listen to this CD with the kids as we were driving to our piano lessons and Grandma and Grandpa visits that happen every other week. We drive to our old hometown which takes us 2 hours round trip. The kids were enthralled straight away and the actors or story didn't disappoint! However after getting some work done on the car I realized I was going to have to go back the next day. The kids ended up sleeping at Grandma and Grandpas since I would be returning the next day and tried to make me promise not to finish the story without them. Luckily I didn't pinky promise as it was too hard. Driving the hour back thinking about the story was too much to take and I listened to it all the way home and finished it on the return journey. The kids were disappointed but not for long as I still let them listen to it later that day on our return journey.

This story is amazing, it is about the American Civil War told through the eyes of young Vincent. Vincent is a Southern landowner who is against slavery. He joins the war and fights for the Confederate States of America. He spends most of the war serving with the Army of North Virginia although the story takes him on many adventures and trials. He looses friends, helps slaves escape into Canada, and is even taken prisoner and has to escape himself.


As with most dramatized books or movies the story differs slightly from the original text. Jam can tell you all the details as he read the original after we listened to this interpretation as Henty is one of his favorite authors and this was one of the many he hadn't read yet. We also received a study guide with the CD. We haven't used it yet, as I always like to wait until we are familiar with the story. We have listened to it a couple of times together and so the study guide is definitely on our list this fall!

The audio is extremely well done. The story is catching and exciting and their are some really great actors in this production.


Sean Anstin - General Jeb Stuart
Kirk Cameron - General Stonewall Jackson
Brian Blessed - G.A Henty
Chris Antony - Mary Lee
Kelsey Lansdowne - Lucy Kingston
Jim Weiss - General Johnston
Justin Shenkarow - Vincent
Jojo Nwoko - Dan

Of course with all of the productions from Heirloom Audios there is a underlying theme that they really want the listeners to get. I always come away with at least one quote added to my arsenal. 'Duty' is definitely the key word in this production and of course the quote I have come away with refers to that.



We all loved this story and can't wait for more in the Heirloom Audio Collection I wonder what they will do next! like the company on social media to be among the first to find out.

With Lee In Virginia Facebook Page
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With Lee in Virginia Audio Drama Review
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UnLock Math {TOS REVIEW}

Unlock Math Review

I have reached another milestone. My older kids have both started to do math that is on the verge of making me feel uncomfortable. There we go I said it - math is NOT my favorite subject. When I say things like this my husband looks at me in unbelief. That's why we are a perfect pair. I love to read and helped him rediscover a love of reading after we got married, and he helps me with math. So when I was offered to review a new program for Boo to use this year I was excited! Boo has been using UnLock Math Pre- Algebra produced by UnLock Math.

We have used a few online math programs before and I love them. Boo however was sold on this program from the first minute. Other programs we have used you hear a voice somewhere off camera but with this program the teacher is right there on the screen. Alesia Blackwood is that teacher and she does an awesome job. After many years of teaching high school math she doesn't believe that there are 'math people' but that we have just lost the love of math that we had as children, when math was interesting and new and not 'scary'. I don't think I ever got out of the 'math is a foreign language - that I can't speak stage'. However I want more for my kids, I don't want them to be scared of math.

I signed Boo up for the program and sat next to her the first time she used it. It truly is easy to use, I didn't have to help her find her way round the program at all.



After you sign up for the course, you go to the main website page. In the right hand side top corner you see login section. If the student is working they just click on the student login, if as a parent you want to check progress, you sign in under the parent login.


After logging in the child comes to their welcome page.


Boo loves that the first thing she see's is her overall percent.


From the first day Boo has loved this program.

After logging in, the list of units are on the right hand side of the screen. The student clicks on the unit they are working on. Boo decided just to follow the course order even though it looks like you could jump around. She didn't feel that would make sense to her, and would recommend just working through the program. When you have clicked on the unit link it will show very visibly what you have completed. You can see a screen shot of on of Boo's previous units.


For example looking at the screenshot above Boo completed section 2.1 and 2.2 and then moved to the quiz on the right related to the lessons, before moving to 2.3 and 2.4. Boo thought the program was very easy to follow.

We did encounter a small problem with the program not recording her answers when she submitted them. One of her favorite 'help' features is a little chat button. This little beauty is down on the right hand side.


Boo has used a couple of times. Once when we were having technical difficulties and another time when I was out and was struggling with a math question. Every time we used it we received excellent customer support. Our technical issue was just a simple case of having to clear the 'cache' on Boo's laptop.

When I asked Boo what she loved about this program she mentioned that at the end of each sub-lesson in each main section you come to the page below. There is a 'warm-up' section that is missing from the picture, this helps you start thinking about math and gets her in the 'zone' for the rest of the lesson. After the warm-up Boo watches the lesson and then completes the practice problems. The 'Stay Sharp' section helps you review things you have previously learned. Then comes the 'Challenge' section, this section doesn't impact your grade negatively if you get it wrong, but is a bonus if you manage to solve it. This is actually Boo's favorite. She loves the challenge without the pressure of losing points. The 'Reference Notes' section gives you more examples of questions from the lesson that can be printed to refer to at a later time.


We definitely continue using this program for pre-algebra. Boo really enjoys it.

You can learn more about UnLock Math by following them on social media.

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UnLock Math Review


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

PM-180 Tens Unit Electronic Pulse Massager - Review

A few months ago my hubby hurt his back. There wasn't anything we could do to ease his pain, it was awful. A little while ago we tried a Santa Medical PM-180 Tens Unit it worked really well to ease his pain. I received this a little under a month ago My husband, myself, and daughter have all used it for various muscle aches and pains. Honestly it gives instant relief and it's so small it's easy to carry around. You don't have to worry about constantly replacing batteries as it comes with a little 110-240 Volt USB Charger.

The unit has a dual channel so you can use it simultaneously on two people or two areas. There are 8 Auto Programs and a manual mode.



Product Description

Santamedical PM-180 Rechargeable Tens Unit Electronic Pulse Massager is a compact, portable, micro-computer controlled device. It can be used in many areas in your body, including arms, neck and shoulders, back, low back, legs, feet, joints etc. It may help to relieve pain and numbness in the following situations: Stiff neck; Muscle pains from over-exercise or stretch; Numbness from some chronic condition; Carpal-tunnel syndrome; Relieve pain and relax muscle spasms, or may prevent muscle atrophy. Recharge the internal lithium battery to keep them powered up for massages 

In the box:
- Tens Unit handheld ontroller
- 4 electrodes
- A TENS unit manual
- TENS Unit
- 2 sets electrode wires
- Wall Unit Charger
- USB Cable
- Pad and Wires Collector
- Operating Manual


My daughter is a swimmer and sometimes gets an ache in one of her shoulders. We have used this a couple of times and she finds it really helps. Hubby swears by it too. He broke two ribs when he was younger and still suffers every now and again with back pain. This is definitely something worth keeping around.

The main benefits of this product are;

1. Pain Relief - (can't beat that)
2. Compact size - Portable
3. Rechargeable
4. Dual Channel
5. Stylish - looks like a little MP3 player.






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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Random Five Friday (on Saturday) July 25 2015

1. Finally it seems to have stopped raining. In fact the weather has got so warm our pool water actually felt warm this afternoon.

2. Although we have been doing school all summer I am getting a new full schedules organized. I can't believe I have a 9th grader, 7th grader and 2nd grader.

3. Have you ever watched the Young Indiana Jones TV Series. It's a really fun show and teaches quite a lot of history mixed in. If you haven't seen it you ought to really check it out.

4. Jam is trying to think of his Eagle Scout project. It's his final step as a scout.

5. Has anyone tried the erasable pens...which are the best, are they worth the money??


The Pebble Pond

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