Wednesday, April 29, 2015

La La Logic {TOS Review Crew}

La La Logic Review

We recently received a lifetime subscription to the Preschool Curriculum from La La Logic to review. La La Logic is a logic curriculum for children aged 3-6 years old. It includes one hundred weeks of content and is set up online in a very easy to follow format.

The program teaches reasoning, problem solving, cognitive skills, logic, and critical thinking. The program uses both online computer work and worksheets that need to be printed off for the child.

I chose to use this with Captain as I had never done a logic type program with him. He is very intelligent, witty, and remembers the oddest facts so I was curious how he would do using this program. He is 6 so really at the top end of the recommended age.

The program is very easy to use and Captain never needed any assistance using the Brain Challenge mode after I showed him the first time. Sometimes he would click on the continuous play and sometimes on the scheduled lessons. It is important to complete the exercises in order as they do get harder as you work through the program.

Each weekly schedule is set up into three main sections. Every week the schedule looks like the snip below. This is a screen shot from Captain's last week.

1. Brain Challenge
We used the brain challenge part of the program on both my son's laptop and android pad. Each worked equally and efficiently. This section of the program are online games that increase in difficulty as the child progresses. Captain actually completed all one hundred weeks of the brain challenge section within the review period. Each section only takes a few minutes to complete. There is also a continuous play version that isn't split up into the weekly sections. The only drawback to using the continuous play version is that it didn't remember where the child left of if they stop playing. As you can see above in the orange box it describes the activity of the week. If you are using the weekly schedule then it is very easy to click the start button and go straight to the brain challenge.
La La Logic Review
2. Worksheet

The worksheets are obtained by clicking on the download button at the bottom of the blue box. As you can see the schedule is really easy to follow. Each day is planned perfectly so that all of the program only takes about 20 minutes.

La La Logic Review
3. Enrichment
These activities are designed to use items that you have around the house. We didn't complete all of the activities as Captain found a lot of them simple - probably because he is at the higher end of the age range. An example of week 100's activities was talking about postal workers, what they do, writing letters, and even a trip to the post office. There were also suggested activities that we already incorporate into our day like listening to and then narrating a classic story. The enrichment activities fit in well to our Charlotte Mason style curriculum.

What Captain thought

Unfortunately this program wasn't Captain's favorite. I think he found a lot of the online program too easy. He didn't make a mistake through the whole process and although he worked on it when I asked or reminded him too (which was at least 3x a week) he never asked to do the program. When I asked him why he simply said he found it very easy.

What I thought

I think if I have found this program when my kids were younger they would have all loved it! So much money is spent on online monthly subscriptions this program is a HUGE deal. The program coasts $29 for a LIFETIME subscription for up to FIVE children. Like I said if I had found this when my older kids were little I would have bought it in a heartbeat. I like how it can be used as a full curriculum or a supplementary program. There are weekly teacher checklist and planning sheet that can be printed and would be very easy to plan what you are going to do and keep a record of work completed. In fact the only negative thing I can I wish I had found this earlier.

Check out what others on the crew thought by clicking on the link below. Check out La La Logic on Facebook OR just go try it out for yourself - there is a month free trial - and no credit card is required! Go to La La Logic to check it out.

La La Logic Review
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Petunia Skincare - {Tomoson Review}

Have you ever tried a Derma Roller. I hadn't until recently, and I was really impressed. I was sent a Derma RollerRevitalize Eye Serum and, Best Anti-Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin C by Petunia Skincare.

I was a little nervous to try the derma roller. However, when I used it it didn't hurt at all. If you haven't used one or heard about it they are getting very popular as a alternative to more expensive cosmetic surgical procedures. The derma roller has been proven to to stimulate collagen production. It can be used to build up pitted acne scars, large pores etc...

The instructions on the derma roller says to use on clean skin and do about 10x rolls across the whole face, or you can focus on problem areas. I don't have any major problems but of course I am starting to get fine lines on my face. I love how this makes my face feel. It was especially nice when used with the Vitamin Acid Serum with Vitamin C and the Eye Serum. It really felt amazing! Honestly my skin felt so smooth after using all three products together.

I did noticed my pores have definitely gotten smaller - however, I don't fancy posting a picture of my pores.

All in all I think this product is great, I know Boo has come into the room a couple of times while I was using the derma roller and was very intrigued - now she wants to try one too!

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Spelling You See - {TOS REVIEW}

Spelling You See Review

We love Spelling You See we have reviewed it before here with Captain and he is still using it. So when I was given the chance for one of the older kids to review it I was really excited. Boo actually tested in their highest level available at the moment Modern Milestones Level G. There are seven levels currently available from A to G.

What we received;

Level G Modern Milestones 2 workbooks
Level G Modern Milestones Teachers manual
1 pack of erasable pencil crayons

Level G Modern Milestones contains 36 weeks of lessons (3 lessons and 2 dictation exercises per week). Boo actually works at a slightly faster pace however I think this program would be perfect for a year long spelling study. This is how we have been working on the Level B program with Captain that we reviewed last time.

I have mentioned before that we love a traditional education and lean towards Charlotte Mason methods, which is one of the reasons we love the Spelling You See approach. Spelling You See follows the fives stages of spelling and if you click on the link it will take you to their page that explains each step.

1. Preliterate
2. Phonetic
3. Skill Development
4. Word Extension
5. Derivational Constancy

Boo is a very independent student and she has really enjoyed this program. She reads at a very high level, but sometimes doesn't feel as confident as she would like in her spelling ability. When the review for Spelling You See first came up I assumed it would be for Captain. However when we looked at what was available and completed the placement tense Boo was very excited to try a nontraditional (you know the list of spelling words - test every Friday) spelling program. She almost aced the test so I think her problem is more a lack of confidence than lack of ability. Modern Milestones Level G is designed for spellers in the word extension phase (see above). To use this program the student really needs a very good basis in spelling. The spellers study the patterns that are used to create alternate word forms especially prefixes and suffixes.

Boo really hates just learning lists of words. However, she loves learning new information. Spelling You See Modern Milestones links spelling with learning about inventions and inventors. She is learning about artists, musicians, scientists, and other people who have influenced the world since the invention of the printing press.

The program is designed in daily lessons.

Day one -

The student reads a new paragraph aloud and asks for help with any unfamiliar words. They then spend time looking for a list of base words and underlining the ones that has an ending (suffix) added. The student then copies the passage and underlines the base words in blue.

Day two-

The student again follows the steps for lesson one except this time you also underline the endings in yellow.

Day three-

Unlike day one and two which focus on copy work day three is a workshop activity. This is where the student practices whatever concept is being taught in the lesson that week. For example week one is suffixes and prefixes, week five is 'Past tense and e-drop' and week six is 'Adding -ing'.

Day four-

This is the first attempt at dictation. The passage read on day one and two is dictated (make sure to cover the left-hand page in the workbook). Each passage is found in the teachers handbook to make it easy to read the dictation. The manual says that during this first dictation you can give as much assistance as needed including spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Day five-

This is a second opportunity for the student to write the passage from dictation. This is a little stricter as it's the final test (kind of the the Friday spelling test). You don't help the student spell the words, instead if they ask for help you encourage them to do their best. However punctuation and capitalization can still be given. (When I do this dictation with Boo I always end a sentence by saying 'full stop' or may say 'comma' when one appears in the text. I don't however take a long time with this.

The awesome thing about this day 5 is if day 4 is done perfectly - we skip it - bonus day off !

Boo loves that she can learn spelling skills without endless word lists to memorize! She also likes that the weekly lesson is broken down into small daily chunks. Sometimes she does more than one daily lesson or not depending on her schedule. However, because each section is clearly defined she doesn't feel that she 'has' to complete more each day if she is busy.

I love that she is learning new skills to approach spelling but also learning facts about amazing people and inventions too. It's almost like spelling and history rolled into one! The other huge bonus for me is the dictation. This is something that I feel quite strongly about. I feel it is a huge skill to be able to write a passage down from dictation. My husband and I were talking about this recently and it's something that we had been wanting to focus on. So another box ticked with this program.

Improve spelling - tick
Learn new facts - tick
Practice dictation - tick

The crew had the opportunity to review 2 different levels of Spelling You See, Modern Milestones and Ancient Achievements so make sure to click on the link below to see what others thought.

As always make sure you check out Spelling You See on social media. It's a great company that will help your child to spell better with NO WORD LISTS and NO SPELLING TESTS.


Spelling You See Review

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dial Kids is Awesome - Review & Giveaway

As a Purex Insider I get the opportunity to try some really awesome products. Recently I was sent some products just for Captain. Of course anything that comes for Captain is welcomed with a huge smile.

I got to try the new Dial Kids and Baby Collection. There are four different body and hair wash scents, well three really because one of them is fragrance free which has been developed by Pediatric Dermatologists, it's a tear free formula and pH balanced and hypoallergenic, with no parabens or artificial dyes, perfect for babies or delicate child skin. The others are Peachy CleanWatery Melon, and Berry Cool. All are tear-free and really gentle on tender skin and hair.

We tried the fragrance free body wash. Captain is a six year old boy and to be honest doesn't really care what makes his bath bubbles. However, I loved it!


Now the foaming hand soap Captain LOVES there is something about foam soap that is appealing to everyone.  This soap is also hypoallergenic, contains no dyes or parabens and is PH balances. Captain loves washing his hands with this soap. It smells an amazing - watery melon fragrance.

If you want to try one for yourself enter the giveaway below and I will send you a coupon to try either a foaming hand soap OR body & hair wash - You choose the coupon is good for either!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Random Five Friday April 24 2015

1. I love city wide garage sales!

2. Boo made/decorated cupcakes at her church activity this week. They turned out really cute!

3. After having a little break (half work load) while Nana and Grandpa were visiting the kids are back on full schedule , and it feels good.

4. We school year round. I feel that it gives us a lot more flexibility during the year. The older two understand about long summer holidays, they were in public schools long enough to understand. Captain hasn't really known anything other than home school.

5. We made pizzas again for dinner. This time we tried a new recipe. Sausage, bacon, Chorizo, olives, onions, green peppers, pepperoni, fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, cheese (of course). It was delicious!

The Pebble Pond

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

One hour Bread Rolls - Jam is our resident Bread Maker

We don't buy bread at the moment. Not because I am going through a good homemaker stage or anything. Jam is now our resident bread maker. He LOVES making bread. We found a recipe that only takes just over an hour.

The original recipe calls for 2 loafs of bread in England we would have called them bloomers (like french bread - not in a pan). However lately we have found it more convenient to make bread rolls. One day I decided to make bread rolls at the last minute and honestly my original recipe takes forever (it tastes great though).

So one day I just decided to try the hour bread recipe and just shape the dough into 16 bread rolls. They turned out amazing! My husband was very impressed and so were the kids.

Normally we make 16 rolls but today Jam wanted sub-rolls so made 8 instead. They turned out GREAT!!!

East One Hour Bread (Makes 2 loaves or 16 Rolls)

5 ¼ cups of white flour                  
2-4 tbsp sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp instant yeast
1 ½ tbsp oil
2 Cups warm water

1        Mix dry ingredients.  Add oil and Water

2        Mix for 1 minute and check consistency of the dough (should be sticky) if too dry add a little more water. Mix for 5 minutes. (Do not add anymore flour after the dough has finished mixing)

      Spray kneading surface with cooking spray and knead briefly until smooth.

4      Divide into 2 or sixteen

     Shape into desired shapes and place on greased baking sheets. Cover with large damp dish towel rise for 25 minutes

6       While loaves rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If making loaves use a sharp knife to slash the top.

7       Bake loaves for 25-30 minutes or until brown. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

100naturals Upbiotics {Tomoson Review}

I haven't really ever taken probiotics. Normally I think of eating yogurt if I want a probiotic boost. So I didn't really know what to expect when I was offered 100 Naturals Upbiotics.

I haven't really anything to compare them too. However, I found these very easy to take and I didn't have any ill effects. I heard that they can also help with allergies which I find very interesting, as I try to only use natural products to treat mine. There hasn't been any negative effects at all. However I have been sick this last month - nothing to do with the probiotics but it did effect how well I could tell if they were working or not. However I have noticed an improvement in my over well being.

These Upbiotics are very easy to take - 2 tablets with a meal. I like tablets that allow me to take them with a meal as it's easier for me to remember.

I would say these worked really well, although as I said before I don't really have much experience with a lot of other types of probiotics.

  • ★ Science Based Formulation: Upbiotics consists of carefully handpicked essential probiotic bacteria that are naturally residing in human body. Each of the probiotic bacteria is biologically stable enough to go though the tough gastrointestinal track environment and reach the destination to be effectively absorbed.
  • ★ Optimal Dosage : More does not necessarily mean better. Upbiotics has the optional amount of probiotic bacteria (11.5 Billions per serving) to deliver the desired benefits while avoiding the common symptoms associated with over dosage such as gas, bloating, cramp, constipation.
  • ★Gastrointestinal Support and More: Probiotics have been shown (1) to support beneficial bacteria for optimal digestive and immune health including the reduction of pathogens responsible for diarrhea, urinary tract Infections, upper respiratory infection; (2) help control yeast and candida overgrowth and promote daily relief from allergies, gas, bloating and constipation; (3) support energy levels and mood to help people lead overall healthier, happier lives.
  • ★ Quality Guarantee: Upbiotics is manufactured in the USA in an FDA registered cGMP Certified facility to provide an incomparable level of quality.
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Artist Pursuits {TOS Review}

ARTistic Pursuits Review
We love art and I love Artistic Pursuits we have reviewed two of these books before. Jam was the first one to review and then Captain. We had a great experience with them. This time I gave Boo the chance to choose a topic to learn. She was really excited and chose the Middle School Grade 6-8 Book Two Color and Composition.

ARTistic Pursuits Review

As soon as we knew we had been chosen for the review I went on a little online shopping trip and stocked up on all the supplies we needed for the course.

The first page of the book includes a table of contents and art supply list. Boo was very excited when our box of art supplies arrives and was chomping at the bit ready to begin.

Art Supplies needed (brand recommendations)

1 - Nupastel assorted colors, set of 24 or larger
1- Sakura Cray Pas Junior Artist Oil Pastels, set of 50
1- Pastel paper pad in assorted colors
1- Drawing paper pad (white)
1- Paper stump
1- Kneaded eraser
1- Vinyl eraser
1- sharpener
1- Natural Chamois 4x4

Additional Supplies (you might already have these at home)

Aerosol Hairspray (used as fixative for pastels)
Masking Tape
Cotton Ball
Drawing Board (optional - we didn't buy this)

This first page is written to parents, explaining roughly how the book is scheduled.

The book is divided into 16 units, each unit being divided into 4 lessons each with an assignment with the final project being given in the last lesson.

Lesson 1 - Building a Visual Vocabulary
Lesson 2 - Art Appreciation and Art History
Lesson 3 - Techniques
Lesson 4 - Application

It is recommended to do two classes per week lasting about an hour each time. If you worked to this schedule it would be a full 36 week course.

Boo worked through her assignments completely independently. I never had to remind her to work from this book. In fact a lot of the time she would wait till the rest of her work had been completed so and did this in her free time. Jam sometimes worked with her too. Captain loved it when Boo draws. He normally follows her example and gets out his art supplies. He would LOVE to use the new pastels I ordered to go with the book, but Boo has a really tight reign on them and won't share.

Boo had heard about the color wheel and understood the concepts of mixing colors to make new colors but she really enjoyed learning about the rules, each chapter introduces something new and lets you practice it. Each chapter builds on the one before.

One thing we both learned was that there are more than one type of pastel. I knew we had some before we started this book. However, until I started ordering supplies I didn't realize that there were hard pastels and oil pastels. However a pastel is pure pigment. Hard pastels look like chalk and oil pastels are water resistant.

The first assignment that Boo completed was to take a one-hour vacation and draw what she saw using hard pastels.

Boo has really enjoyed each lesson she has done. This is definitely something she will continue and I am sure that Jam will use the book too after she has done. This is a great project for summer school if you find it hard to fit art in twice a week, why not do an intense summer course and complete the lessons in a shorter time frame.

I love that thinking about art is something that also encourages relaxation and focus. Boo has dealt with a few changes these last few months. Things that are outside our control and having this art book to help her purposely find quiet focused time has been really good for her and helped her deal with these changes. (Nothing major - don't worry - just important to a 12 year old).

Boo sometimes gets a little frustrated that she can't draw perfectly - She is a little of a perfectionist and it's good for her to learn to accept her best efforts.

There are so many books being reviewed by the crew this time. You really need to check them out. Click on the link below to see what others have been using.

ARTistic Pursuits Review

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Leather Conditioner and Restorer {Tomoson Review}

I love leather! I have leather seats in the car and leather in the living room. My husband and I decided that the leather would be a lot more serviceable with young children and we were definitely right. Except for shoes and buckles on pants, they have really kept looking really good.

I was offered a bottle of Leather Afterlife to review and decided it would be really nice to treat the sofa. I really like the brown color of our sofa even before I used this treatment but it was amazing after.

My sofa is a really nice brown, I used the Leather Afterlife with a microfiber sponge and rubbed it in all over. The leather became nice and shiny and soft. I really loved it. I can't wait to try it on my car seats.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Random Five Friday April 17 2015

 1. I can't believe that Nana and Grandpa will have been here a month soon. We are trying to ignore that they are flying home next week.

2. Boo has been working on her Artistic Pursuits review a lot lately. In fact she is sat in the garden right now with her box of chalk pastels drawing. She really enjoys this medium.

3. It is starting to feel warm and very spring like. Boo keeps running out with my phone to take a picture of a new flower in the garden!

4. Boo has a new past-time. Babysitting! It's amazing how much she loves it.

5. Jam was a finalist in a competition he applied for with Knex. He is in the process of working on a video showing his best trick shot with the new K-Force Build and Blast product line. He LOVES it so far!!!

The Pebble Pond

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Star Toaster - Orphs of the Woodland {TOS - Review}

Star Toaster Review

Boo loves to read and was very excited when we were offered a years subscription to Star Toaster's  Orphs of The Woodlands. It's a really cool online reading adventure. A regular subscription is for two months, and honestly Boo enjoyed it so much she was done way before the end of two months. It's a good job we were offered a longer time thought because my six year old is now insisting I help him work through it, and it might take me a lot longer than 2 months to find the time to do it with him.

Boo actually worked on this by herself. She's in 6th grade and found it really fun so because of this I asked her to write me a review.


Orphs of the Woodlands is a story about a squirrel. I can't tell you his name because you get to name him yourself. My squirrel was called 'Tonks' (yes I'm a Harry Potter fan). The story you read is his diary. The story starts with an invitation to play.

You then fill out a questionnaire and choose your character name. The main character of the story is squirrel who is an Orph. An Orph is a orphaned creature and throughout the story the main character (you) starts to look after other Orphs and protect them from the Night creatures (the bad guys). To do this you have to earn gold stars which act as currency. After reading each chapter you have to complete jobs. The jobs are vocabulary, math, art, and other educational things. To complete a job you have to answer questions in the subject. Every ten questions you get right you earn an extra gold star per question, until you reach the maximum number of stars per question. You win stars to take care of your Orphs, these stars allow you to buy crops, fire, energy, food, medicine, clothing, and land at Ivythwaite (your old home). After you have completed all of jobs for that chapter you can then complete projects to help lower the cost of gold stars for each Orph, as you have to provide for each Orph you are protecting. By reducing costs you can therefore buy more land and build more orphanages. An example of projects are planting wheat for food, or herbs for medicine. Each project costs money but less than buying food or medicine.

Star Toaster Review

It's possible to go back and re-read chapters but not to complete the jobs, so you want to make sure to earn as much money as you can. During the story you also help fight against the night creatures by taking care of the Orphs.

My favorite part of the story is when you get the chance to look after a baby chipmunk 'MufFum'. His father was a spy who was killed by the night creatures, and Tonks finds him and looks after him until he can find him a home. You may notice that the second F in MufFum is capitalized that is because chipmunks don't like following the rules and so they put capital letters whenever they want.

Most of the lessons are from when Tonks visits the Professor Forp. First he asks him if he can earn gold stars for cleaning his messy cottage but the Professor replies that he will give him a better deal and pays him in knowledge instead of gold stars.

My favorite character in the story is Ellie the flying squirrel she sells nuts and berries and helps to take care of MufFum, other characters help too.

Throughout the book there is lots of facts and recipes. I really enjoyed making some of the cool recipes. They are all really healthy and good for your brain. My favorite was Nutty Nut Bread. I made all by myself and everyone really liked it. It seemed to taste like a healthier version of Banana Bread.

There are a lot of things to learn throughout the story. The only thing I was sad about was that it ended too soon!


I liked that this really kept Boo's attention. This is one review that I have not had to chase her or remind her to do. In fact I was a little shocked when she came to tell me that she had finished it. She was a little disappointed that she couldn't start the next book straight away.

I think this would be a great summer project for any child. It's recommended for grades 4-7 and is a lot of reading. However, that's not a problem here. It does take me a while with Captain as he can't read well enough yet and I have to do all the reading for him. Even Jam is working on it. I didn't make room for him to do it in his schedule so he has added it to his free time hobbies. It will take him longer to do it, but he's enjoying it too.

I like that through out the book they have places where vocabulary words are highlighted and you can click on them if you are unsure of the meaning. These vocabulary words are also reviewed during the 'jobs' with flashcards and games where you have to match the word to the meaning. There is a lot of emphasis on education but also on character traits and being reliable and honest.

Boo told me not to share anything else about the story. She started without really knowing anything about it and said she found it more interesting that way. In fact all she wanted me to write was;

"It's a good story, at the end of each chapter you get to do fun games to earn gold coins. You use those coins to adopt 'Orphs' and help them survive'. It's great fun! However I didn't think that would cut it as a review so I had to pump her for more information (see above).

Make sure you check out the free trial of the program to see if you like it!

You really need to check out the other reviews on this program. So many different grades tried this program and I know everyone really enjoyed it!




Star Toaster Review
Star Toaster Review

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Memoria Press New American Cursive - Workbook One {TOS - Review}

Memoria Press Review

Memoria Press Review

Captain has just about mastered manuscript writing - well at least when he decides to spend the time to make it neat. I asked him when this review became available if he was interested in learning cursive. He said that he wasn't sure about the cursive but he loved the Meerkat on the cover and that sold him. We received a copy of the New American Cursive Penmanship Program Book 1 by Memoria Press.

Like I mentioned above the Meerkat featured throughout the book was a huge hit with Captain. Mr Meerkat is featured throughout the book and introduces the new writing concepts. The cursive in the book is introduced in a very clear concise way. The book starts with introducing each of the alphabet formations and Mr Meerkat teaches how to write each letter and the order in which to form the letters. Captain insisted I use a funny voice whenever I read the if I was Mr Meerkat. He really got into the concept and it made him focus a little more on the formation of the letters.

I hadn't used New American Cursive before, but I was very impressed with how well Captain picked it up. Some of the letters were a little hard for him, but with a little practice he even managed the capital G that really frustrated him when he first tried.

Some of you might think but Captain is only 6 why does he need to learn cursive. The Memoria Press website has a link to which explains the benefits of learning cursive, you can read it here.

What I loved about New American Cursive

- Designed specifically for 1st grade
- Not too frilly - unnecessary strokes have been eliminated (26 less strokes than top 3 most common     cursive programs
- Still looks like classic cursive
- Natural right slant makes if easier
- simple clear and effective
- teaching guide is included

Since Boo and Jam both went to public school until 2nd and 4th grade they didn't learn cursive until 3rd grade. Jam still struggles with it and has honestly formed his own style of writing which is a blend of cursive and print. Boo managed to conquer cursive however I think she would have found it easier if we had started earlier and used the New American Cursive style which has been analysed for clarity, speed and ease of learning.

I am definitely going to be working on this handwriting style with Captain from now on. I love the look of it, classic cursive without being too frilly. The book includes a teaching guide before the student materials start. There are notes made on posture, pencil position, and paper position. Each letter is broken down into three exercises. The first is 'instruction', this section shows you how to form the letter using numbered arrows. The second section is 'practice' where the child traces each letter and writes them twice. The next exercise is called 'play' there are a few practice letters and then space for artwork or letter formation.

Handwriting is definitely important. I know when I was a child my Mom used to get me to write and write to practice, my Mother-in-law has said the same. Copy-work and handwriting practice also introduce spelling concepts. I know as Captain has been working through this book and noticed the word spelled out on each of the handwriting pages -B- Bat, C - Cat, D- Dog etc...

Captain had his favorite pages of course. He loved the practice pages, which included space for him to draw a picture. What six year old needs an excuse to draw Ninja Turtles and sea creatures. I loved that these pages came along every few pages as a 'break' in the writing practice. They could have been used to practice forming letters or drawing. Captain chose 'drawing'. This is a very classical way of teaching cursive and I love it. We do a lot of copy work and it's an excellent way to improve handwriting. I have looked at the other books and they also look really good. They focus on copywork based on scripture and famous Americans. They also offer a NAC Start-Write CD program which allows you to print out your own worksheets.

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