Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Journey Through Learning - Review

 I was recently given the chance to review a choice of some excellent products from one of my favorite Lap book companies A Journey Through Learning.

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I use their products regularly for our science studies as you can see from an earlier post here.

One of the things I love about this company is that it was founded by home school Mom's for home school Mom's instead of a school program that has been 'adapted' for homeschooling.

The items I could choose from were;

Letters, Numbers, and Shapes
The Earth
Knights and Castles

Unit Study
Astronomy and Space

We decided against the unit study because we had recently finished another A Journey Through Learning product that went with our Astronomy book.

Little J and I decided to start with Letters, Numbers, and Shapes.

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A lot of the information contained in the lap book was a review for Little J. However he loved having his own lap book to do like Jam and Boo.

We sailed through a lot of the little booklets. We did one or two each sitting and it was just the right amount of work for him before he got bored.

He loved the fact that we mixed up drawing pictures and looking for pictures in magazines. Under each alphabet flap we either drew a picture starting with each letter or stuck a picture in of something that started with that letter. It is amazing how difficult it is to think of something for each letter. We became quite inventive. I must confess when we got to 'X' Little J wanted X-Ray and insisted that I draw it. I have realized I am NOT an artist.

We practiced writing letters, finding or drawing pictures that started with each letter, drawing pictures, and  tracing words etc...

Little J had great fun with this lap book. The only problem we had with it was that some of the envelopes and cards were the wrong size. However I just glued it down a little bigger so the cards would still slip in. I don't know if this was an error in the lap book or just a printing error. It was a simple fix and didn't cause any problems.

Little J and I have started on another lap book. The Earth is really for older children however Little J really wanted to do a 'science' lap book. We are slowly working through it, however it will take us longer than if Little J was older.


The most important thing is that he is enjoying it and learning at the same time.

These lap books and unit studies are all available as instant downloads for $13.00.

Check out what others think by clicking here or using the link below.


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

B is for Bread Cobs

My mother in law makes the best bread cobs. She gave me the recipe and my family LOVE them. When she visits from England she makes a batch just about every day. However due to health reasons they have not been able to visit us for a while so I have to make them now and again to keep my husband happy.

I can't bake them too often as we eat ALL of them even if I double the recipe. I always double because if I am going to the effort to bake it makes sense to make more...If I am sneaky enough I put some in the freezer but they are normally all eaten before I can do that.

Here is the recipe.

Nana's Bread Cobs

1 1/2 lbs flour (4 1/4 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
15 oz water and milk (warmed)
1 tablespoon oil
5 teaspoon dried yeast

1. Mix together - preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Knead well (I use my kitchen-aid it is the heavy duty one and I can just manage a double mixture)
3. Cover with cling film / bag and allow to rise till doubled in size. (Approx 1 hour)

4. Knead again (by hand)
5. Cut into 16 pieces (32 if doubled recipe). Shape into circles by kneading.
6. Place onto greased baking tray.

7. Cover with cling film and allow to rise again for 30 minutes. (Works best in a warm area).
8. Remove cling film and bake in preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes golden brown.
9. Eat and Enjoy.

According to my family they best eaten warm straight from the oven.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Adventus - Review

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Piano is quite high up in priority for us. Boo (10) and Jam (12) have been playing for nearly 5 years. In fact my husband and I agree that it is an essential part of my children's education. Little J has been asking to start piano lessons. However since he is only four we were planning on waiting a couple of years. As three children in private piano lessons is out of our budget right now.
So when an opportunity came up to review Adventus I was SO excited and so was Little J.

We have been using MusIQ homeschool it is a seven year curriculum designed for ages 4-18 years.

The curriculum is available as a download or CD-Rom option. You need a computer, the Internet and a MIDI keyboard.
Luckily we already had a full size electric piano that was MIDI compatible. We just needed an adapter to attach the piano to the computer.  I ordered a USB MIDI cable converter from Amazon and after a few issues with the settings and a couple of calls to Adventus for help and we were good to go. (We did have problems with this cable you can read about that later).

There is SO much too this curriculum that we really have only scratched the surface. However since my older children already can play Little J thought that this program should be just for him. So that is how we started.

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The Children's Music Journey for ages 4-10 incorporates a 'teach, practice, apply' method. Different animated composers lead the student through lessons starting straight away with musical concepts.
Little J is working on Level 1.

This video gives an overview of the program.

The concepts in level one cover;

1. Musical Alphabet
2. Quarter, half and whole notes
3. Sharps, flats, and naturals
4. Half rests
5. Notation of Standard C position
6. Intervals of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th
7. Songs with chords in the left hand and melody in the right hand
8. Tapping notated rhythms hands together with rests & ties
9. Development of repertoire
10. Composing
11. Improvising
12. History

Little J loved the program straight away. Here is a clip of the very first lesson in Level one. Beethoven is the first instructor.

I love that the colors are bright and it grabs the child's attention straight away. History about composers and music is taught is a very natural relaxed way. In fact Little J did not realize he was learning history and playing the piano.

How we used it

We used this program on average four times a week. We covered roughly two lessons a week. However sometimes we would review a particular lesson more than once. For example Little J struggled (and still does a little) with playing a rhythm.
Little J has had great fun with the program.

There are three modes that you can choose to play in free, normal, and strict. In the free mode all lessons, and games are open so that you can freely move, skip, and play any game available. In the normal mode the lessons move on one at a time as you complete each lesson.I have not had a need to try the strict mode so I am not sure what it does. I tried the free mode when I was trouble shooting some connection issues I will discuss later. While Little J does his lessons I make sure the setting is set on normal. Otherwise he would try and play games without understanding the concept being practiced. However my older children would have a great time playing the games in the 'free mode' and it could be an excellent form of revision for them.

Along with the music computer program there is lesson plans and work sheets available (sold separately). Little J enjoyed doing the worksheets and they helped to reinforce the things he learned using the program. I printed them out and put them in a folder for us to work on after each lesson. We never really used the lesson plans as I found that the piano practice and worksheets were plenty for Little J.

Little J loved the games and they were designed perfectly to complement the subjects taught in the lesson.

Problems we encountered

Things were going great until we hit lesson 8. For some reason something went wrong with the connection between my computer and piano. In lesson 8 the student is taught the concept of playing two notes at the same time. Every time Little J tried to do this the program would freeze. I even tried it and it didn't work. I called Adventus and they tried to help me for a long time. We realized that the problem wasn't with the program but with the way that piano was sending signals to the computer. I tried calling Casio (for another hour) but in the end my (wonderful) computer savvy husband helped me download a USB driver and attach a regular USB connection between my piano and computer. IT WORKED I was SO happy. My husband wondered at first why I was going to so much effort for one program. Then he saw my son playing it (his previous practice had been done while my husband was at work) and he said "Wow, that is a cool program, I can see why you like it".

Piano Suite Premier - Boo's Experience

Boo (10) had been playing with Piano Suite Premier and had been struggling with similar issues that we were having with the younger program, every time she played two notes at the same time it would say that she had played a wrong note and it would not let her past that point in the music. I had not had any problems with the program because  When we corrected the issue above she was SO happy. Piano Suite Premier software is designed for ages 8-Adult with loads to explore including;

500 + pieces of music for 5 skill levels
Music history & 150 biographies
8 Fun Games
You can even add your favorite songs from the web (I am no where near doing this.)

Boo has been enjoying playing the music. I have been doing the theory lessons. It is definitely more mature and is not childish at all (some older children may still enjoy the younger program). I have also been able to play some of the music choices even though my piano skills are very limited. The reason for this is that you can choose to play with just one hand or both. I managed to work my way through Fur Elise by first playing each hand separately then eventually adding them together.
I can see that it would take a long time to learn all there is to know about this program it is quite amazing. I could play on it ALL day. It is SO much fun.

Here's an overview...

This program can be purchased as a subscription here for $10.95 per month. There are other purchase options and bundles available here in the Adventus store.

Don't just take my word for how good this program is. Check out other reviews by clicking the link below.


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Classical Academic Press - The Art of Poetry - Review


Jam and I have been working with an excellent product offered by Classical Academic Press. The Art of Poetry can be used as an introduction to poetry or an in-depth study it really depends how old your child is or how much time you spend in the book. The suggested age range for this text is 6th grade - 12th grade. Since Jam is 6th grade we decided that we would go pretty slowly. Our goal was to cover the first two chapters during the review period.


We received the The Art of Poetry Student Edition, the The Art of Poetry Teacher's Edition, and a DVD disk 1 containing the first two lessons that are available which covered chapter one 'Images' and chapter two 'Metaphor'.


When I received the books in the mail my first reaction was "Oh my goodness what have I got myself into". I was very overwhelmed. I opened the The Art of Poetry Teacher's Edition and read the 'How to use this book' section. I then paused and laughed to myself because this was the very first sentence 'Do not let this book overwhelm you.' I don't know whether I felt better or worse but I guess I am not alone and a lot of people feel overwhelmed studying poetry. In this section it talks about the three suggested timetables for using this series and how it is meant to fit our curriculum-scheduling needs. There were there timetables suggested.
1. Month-long unit, in which case you would work on one lesson per day and limit the number of activities you do at the end of each section.
2. Two sections per month (or two weeks for each section) and spread it out over the school year.
3. Several chapters a year over the course of several years.
These options made me feel a lot more relaxed. I knew that if I worked through it at a comfortable pace we would do OK.
Quoting the book 'This could be more poetic education than many receive in their high school years'.
After reading through the first chapter we decided to watch the first lesson on DVD.

 The DVD contains filmed lessons and discussions of Christine Perrin and four students. Jam and I watched it together and discussed it pausing the DVD when necessary. I found the DVDs quite interesting however Jam did mention that he preferred it when we we worked through the Teacher's Manual and Student Manual and discussed the poetry ourselves. He said that he found it difficult to come up with his own ideas and ended up basing his interpretation of the poems on what others thought. For lesson 2 we waited until after we had discussed the chapter and read the poems before watching the DVD.


Jam's favorite poem so far is...

Mother to Son
 by Langston Hughes

Well son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And Splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor-
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back
Don't you sit down on the steps
'Cause you finds it kinder hard.
Don't you fall now-
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

At the end of each chapter there is a list of activities to choose from. (Or you could do them all if you wanted too).
For our assignment at the end of chapter 2 Jam chose to draw a bird to represent the Emily Dickinson poem 'Hope is the thing with feathers'.

He chose a Phoenix - I know it is a mythical bird but he felt that it represents hope more than any other. He explained to me that a Phoenix never dies it is always reborn out of the ashes. Just like our hope, no matter how bad our life gets we can always begin again.

We loved this curriculum and will continue to use it. However I don't think the DVDs were a good fit for us, but I am sure that other people would love them. They are very well made and give excellent insight into the poems.

I would not be able to work through this without the 'Teacher's Edition' it is amazing. It is much more than an 'answer booklet'. It is filled with advice, Short Biographies of the Poets mentioned in the book, an amazing timeline covering 1200 BC - 1950 covering; Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Postmodern periods.

The Art of Poetry Bundle is $124.95 (best value)

Or you can buy them separately The Art of Poetry is $24.95, The Art of Poetry Teacher's Edition, is $29.95 and the The Art of Poetry DVD set is $89.95.

I have been informed by Classical Academic Press that the prices for The Art of Poetry will be reduced as of April 1st 2013. The complete bundle will be $99.95 a huge saving of $25.00. The DVDs are being reduced to $69.95 a saving of $20.00.

Jam really liked this curriculum - He gave it 9/10 which is a pretty good score from a 12 year old boy.


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A is for - Amblyopia

A is for Amblyopia

Little J was diagnosed with Amblyopia when he was two. It was a fluke that we discovered it so early. I had cut his hair short for the summer and started to notice a very slight eye turn.

October 2010
Summer 2011

It wasn't all the time but he also seemed a little unsteady on his feet. One day I caught it on camera and we realized it really wasn't our imagination. We decided to take him to see our local ophthalmologist who is awesome. We were shocked with what he found. My baby had VERY bad vision and even worse in his right eye. This was the problem, because his vision in that eye was so bad his eye basically had decided to stop working.
First step - glasses
October 2012
The eye turn fixed immediately. I thought we had cracked it. However the eye still did not want to work. We started patching 2 hours a day - in the house, and we saw improvement. However eventually my ophthalmologist said he had done all he could and referred us to another amazing ophthalmologist who specializes in it. When we were referred Little J's eyesight was 20/100.

Since then we have been working with a 'at-home' eye therapy program AmbP inet, patching 2 hours a day, and working really hard (ask Little J) and it has started to pay off. We went back to the ophthalmologist last Wednesday for our regular check up and at first she seemed a bit concerned as his numbers hadn't seemed to have improved. Then something made her check it in a different way and guess what - The reason he wasn't reading the chart better is because his eyesight had improved. YEP you read that correct we are currently excitedly, crazily, patiently waiting for NEW lenses. He is now reading the chart at 20/60 which is a HUGE improvement.

So we are continuing to work hard but the goal of 20/40 doesn't seem as far away. Now the ophthalmologist did say it can be like weight loss a lot comes of and then we even out for a while. So I will try not to be too disappointed at our next visit if there is not as much improvement. However - I am going to enjoy this with him for the time being. 

Our ophthalmologist thinks our success is linked to...
1. I am really strict with the eye therapy program - we do it religiously 4-5 times a week.
2. We caught this EARLY in fact Little J is the youngest person to use the therapy program with this ophthalmologist.

Please, please take my advice if you think something is wrong with your child's eyes - even if it is just a nigglely feeling something is not right - get them checked out.

Little J is so intelligent, he loves to sit and read books - something I could not get him to do until he had his glasses - why? because he couldn't see the page. He went from a run around the house, cute crazy kid. To a run around the house, cute crazy kid, that knows his alphabet, counts to 20 (higher with a little help) reading simple words by sounding them out and SO much more. The ophthalmologist is convinced if we hadn't caught his eye problem (especially if we were in Public School) he would have been considered ADHD because who wants to sit still and concentrate when you can see anything?

We didn't thing anything was wrong with his eyesight because he can see things far away - the fact he couldn't see the page I was holding didn't enter my mind.

Little J working hard
The program we are currently using
 When it gets to much
We just remember every day - It will be worth it.

Head over to Marcy's blog Ben and Me to see what other people are blogging for 'A' this week on Blogging Through The Alphabet.

Blogging Through the Alphabet 

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Zoo Field Trip

Friday was an unusually nice day. Since my nieces were having spring break we decided to take the day off and head to the zoo. This is our most common field trip and we love it. Normally we go when schools are in session because, well basically to avoid the crowds. Friday must have been the busiest day EVER at our zoo. It reminded me of Disney - I am not joking.

However the good thing about going with everyone else is that there are more zoo workers and volunteers.
We had a blast. The kids got to talk to a volunteer about the tigers, and stroke some 'real fur'.

Then we talked to a wonderful volunteer who taught the kids all about Kangaroos are softer that you think.

So it turned into an excellent educational field trip.

How do you schedule field trips? Do you prefer to go when the kids are in school? I would love to hear about your best ones.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Essentials in Writing - Review

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Jam and I were given the opportunity to review the program Essentials in Writing.

We have been working on Grade 6 written for ages 11-12.
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Essentials in writing is a complete language arts curriculum with an emphasis on composition. It is available for grades 1-12. Each grade is $40.00 and comes with DVD with video lessons and a PDF printable workbook. There is also an optional printed workbook available for $20.00.

From the website for Sixth Grade Essentials in Writing
In Sixth Grade, your child will learn:  detailed sentence structure, additional grammar, additional capitalization/punctuation rules, proper use of a friendly letter, using the writing process to compose narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing (including formal paragraphs), and five paragraph essays, compare and contrast writing, effective writing skills, multi-paragraph composition, the process to complete a research project, other forms of written communication, and other topics.

I love writing and grammar however it is not the easiest thing to teach especially to children. Since we started homeschooling it is one of the areas we have not spent a huge amount of time on. My kids have done spelling, narration, dictation and copy-work, however we have not followed a specific curriculum. So I was very excited for this review. Jam not so much, I explained to him about the program - he would be required to watch a video lesson and complete the relevant worksheet and he said that he would give it a try.

Jam has enjoyed using this curriculum. After his first lesson he said "Do we only have this for the review time?" I replied "No, you can finish the course after the review is complete." Jam replied "Awesome! This is cool." So there you go straight from the mouth of a 12 year old - This grammar and writing curriculum is 'Cool'.

We started the curriculum with lesson 1 which is a video lesson given by the author Matthew Stephens and no worksheet. Jam enjoyed it so much he carried on and watched the video for lesson 2 straight away and completed the worksheet too. Some videos have more than one day of assignments for example for lesson 2 Jam watched the video and completed worksheet 2A. The next day his assignment was to complete 2B etc...
Jam loved the grammar and liked the fact that he could have his lesson when it was convenient for him. He didn't have to wait for Mom to explain anything to him. The video lessons were a HUGE plus for him and he gave them a big thumbs up. He sailed through a load of the grammar lessons before I switched him to the second half of the material. Lessons 1 -32 cover the grammar part of the program and Lesson 33 starts the writing process. It has been nice to see Jam discover the different steps of writing. The writing lessons cover the art of pre-writing, drafting, revising , and editing and publishing. He has gone from just writing something quickly and saying it was finished to taking time with his work and producing something he could be proud of.
Jam was/is a borderline reluctant writer he had to feel motivated or successful this program gave him that without being to overpowering. The lessons are well structured and he knew exactly what was expected of him.

We haven't finished the program and since we skipped a lot of lessons jumping forward to lesson 33 for the sake of giving a review of the whole program. So we are definitely going to be back tracking and finishing the first set of lessons before returning to finishing the writing process.

I think Jam and I agree that this program is a keeper. He loves it and I love that he does.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Tonight I was looking in the refrigerator and saw two huge punnets of blueberries. I was trying to think of what to make the first things that came to mind were pancakes and muffins. Since dinner was already in the oven I had no excuse to make pancakes. So Blueberry Muffins it was. I had never made them before, so of course I went straight to my recipe books laptop.

I found this recipe on

Muffin Mixture
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh blueberries

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Line tin with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup   measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping.
  3. To make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

I doubled the recipe and it make 12 large muffins and 11 mini muffins. I filled them completely to the top. They turned out great. My husband bought a blueberry muffin from Einstein Bagels last week and guess what...he says these ones were better.

Don't believe us...try them for yourselves.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Young Puffin Book of Verse

Boo loves poetry. 

She recently found a poetry book I used to read when I was little. When she is not doing her school work she is walking around the house reading the poems to anyone who will listen.

The book is called 'The Young Puffin Book of Verse' complied by Barbara Ireson

My all time favorite is;

By far the naughtiest children I know
are Jasper Geranium James and Jo.

They live in a house on the Hill of Kidd,
and what in the world do you think they did?

They asked their uncles and aunts to tea,
and shouted in loud rude voices 'We

are tired of scoldings and sendings to bed:
now the grown-ups shall be punished instead.'

They said 'Auntie Em, you didn't say thank you!'
They said 'Uncle Robert, we're going to spank you!'

They pulled the beard of Sir Henry Dorner
and put him to stand in disgrace in the corner.

They scolded Aunt B, they punished Aunt Jane;
they slapped Aunt Louisa again and again.

They said 'Naughty boy!' to their Uncle Fred,
and boxed his ears and sent him to bed.

Do you think Aunts Em and Loo and B
and Sir Henry Dorner (K.C.B.)

and the elderly uncles and kind Aunt Jane
will go to tea with the children again?

Elizabeth Godley

We read poetry everyday. Jam is currently using 'Art of Poetry' by Classical Academic Press (Review coming soon) Boo is reading poems recommended for year 4 Ambleside Online (right now it is Emily Dickinson)

How do you fit poetry into your schedule. I would love to hear your ideas.

TouchMath - Review

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 Little J and I have been using TouchMath over the last month or so. We have been working through the Kindergarten program.

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The TouchMath program is broken down into four units. The program is also designed to meet the Common Core Standards (if that is something that is important to you).

The Kindergarten download includes an Implementation guide, 6 Module Guides with Instructional Strategies, 90 Student Activities Sheets, 6 Assessments (one per module), Real World Connections, Answer Keys, Progress Monitoring, Vocabulary.

It is available in four individual downloads each one being $59.95 or $199.95 for all four.

We have been working through Unit A 4 or 5 days a week. Little J really enjoyed working with this program. I feel that he has learned so much already and we have so much of the program left to work through.

The topics covered in the Units are as follows;

Little J has really enjoyed having his own 'math book'. I printed off the unit and the lesson plans.He has been very motivated, getting his work done everyday. Since Little J he is four we have been working for about 10 minutes a day. Sometimes he worked longer especially when he chose to work on the TouchMath Kindergarten Software
We mixed up the activities blending worksheets and computer work.Every day we used the manipulatives in one way or another. Little J loved all of them. I will talk more about them later.

I printed off the worksheets for Unit A. The teacher guides were excellent, they even included little pictures of the worksheet that the child was supposed to do next to the instructions. There really is no way to get lost or mixed up teaching this curriculum.

We were sent the following items along with the 4 unit download. Little J was SO excited when the box arrived.

TouchMath Tutor Kindergarten Software $99.00
TouchShapes $30.00
Math Fans $239.00
3D-Numerals  $79.00

TouchPoint Posters  $43.00
Texture Cards  $99.00
Number Concept Posters  $53.00

Little J used these everyday.

Little J loved the TouchMath Tutor Kindergarten Software  (retails $99.00 for a single license) and really liked playing the 'bear game' as he called it. The software covers - Touching/Counting Patterns, Number Concepts 1–20, Addition with Sums to 10, Backward Counting from 10 and Below, and Subtraction from 10 and Below. The bears talked Little J through the different screens. I loved the fact that the screen counts for Little J as he is working through the game. For example the screen you can see on the picture below asked Little J to add '17' of the little bowls to the dark blue area underneath. As he clicked and moved them it would count up saying each number at a time. This is excellent and helped him practice the order of numbers while counting. However it doesn't tell you when you have reached 17 it will just keep going until you run out. Little J had to link the word '17' with the numeral '17' and use listening skills to know when to stop and submit his answer.

We used the TouchShapes  a lot. Little J loved them. We used them to talk about shapes and also to practice counting.

We spent along time working with the 3-D Numerals. We used them in lots of different ways; we practiced counting using the touch points, we practiced lining the numbers in order forwards and backwards.

Little J loved to put them in order.

We have been working quite slowly through this program. I have been very careful to listen to Little J's cues so as to not stress him. Little J has Amblyopia so the manipulitives have been excellent for us. Even when we are not working on math he will get the manipulatives out and practice counting.

We used the Math Fans to help Little J understand one to one correspondence, counting and number order. His favorite activity with them involved putting a candy on each fan part. This really helped him understand that the number 10 represented 10 things. There are so many uses for these fans we have really just touched the surface. I can see us using these for a long time.  

They come in a 100 block, 10 blocks and 1-10 fans. So far we have only used the 1-10 fans but as I said as Little J's math skills improve we will add in the others.

The TouchPoint Posters are excellent. They are sized 8 1/2 x 11. I had these in a folder in page protectors so that Little J could look at them whenever he wanted. We don't have an official school room, however if we did these would definitely be on the wall.

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The Number Concept Posters were too big to put in a folder so I only got these out when we were working on them. These really helped Little J understand what the Touchpoints meant. He loved to count the balloons and then the TouchPoints.

 <b>Number Concept Posters</b>

The Texture Cards remind me of those cute books with the little spaces that you stroke the kittens nose or fur. Little J loved these he gets them out just to look at, again not realizing it reinforces the other math concepts we are working on. There are five different sets 'Shapes, Fruit, Forest Animals, Sea Life and TouchPoints'.

<b>Texture Cards</b>

Little J loves his program. His number recognition and counting skills have improved dramatically since we have been using it. I am very pleased with his progress so far. We will definitely continue to use it.

If you are interested in checking out this program go here to check out some excellent sample pages.

TouchMath is primarily available for;

First Grade
Second Grade

However there is information for upper grades here.

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