Sunday, May 31, 2015

PianoWithWillie - JazzEdge {Schoolhouse Review Crew}


Piano is a very important part of our life. I learned to play the piano as a child however, due to bad decisions on my part I still can't play more than a few notes with my right hand. My husband is the same - his Mom can play and arranged for him to have piano lessons. He decided that he would rather play soccer and so he quite piano lessons. When we first got married we decided that it was a priority that our kids can play piano. I was offered a year's Studio Membership of PianoWithWillie  from JazzEdge and we have spent the last few weeks incorporating into Boo's piano practice routine.

JazzEdge  Review

Since moving house a couple of years ago we now live a two hour return journey from our piano teacher. However, the kids didn't want to find a new teacher so instead of having lessons once a week we have lessons every other week and we drive an hour each way. We love our piano teacher but it's always good to have more practice. Boo agreed to review PianoWithWillie as it's not for beginner's and if truth be told she can play the piano the best although we actually have 3 piano players.


JazzEdge  Review

Boo has recently started playing the piano with a group of adults practicing for some different performances - mainly at Christmas. She will be playing the piano and the others will be playing a variety of other instruments including the violin, flute, and double bass. She is having to learn how to improvise and adapt which is very good for her playing. So she was hoping that Piano with Willie would help her learn to play the piano in this way. It's also a good way to research and teach herself aspects of piano that she may have missed. Boo has been playing since Kindergarten and yet she is still very nervous when it comes to piano theory so that's where we focused with this program.

With the studio membership we have;

Unlimited access to lesson chapters
Instant access from any device ( We have used laptops, Nexus 7, and a Kindle Fire HD)
All styles of music from jazz to classical and everything in-between
Live chat with the support team (used this a couple of times - very helpful)
Downloadable MP3 & MIDI tracks with sheet music
30 day, Piano success guarantee.

It was suggested that we started with the My Piano Success 30-day success plan. We started working on this but Boo found it a little too easy.


After we completed the first two lessons we contacted the support chat and asked where we should go next. They recommended that we complete the assessment and then we could get a lesson plan.

The assessment is a 22 point questionnaire. You answer all sorts of questions related to your piano experience and knowledge and then a lesson plan (or more than one) is created for you. Boo was very specific on what she wanted to focus on. She wanted to review theory and classical style to start with.


Boo wanted to concentrate on music theory and that was just what her plan contained.



Each lesson has a downloadable sheet music file which really enhances the lesson.


At first look this program/website seems a little awkward to find your way around. However, it really just takes a little getting used to. Boo and I thought the online chat help was amazing and they really helped us navigate the program. Once we did that it was quite simple to follow the plan. Once done you can retake the assessment at anytime choosing different preferences to obtain an endless mixture of lessons. Since we have this program for a year I am tempted to try it for myself. However I would have to use the 30-day lesson plan.

The world is changing, we are using so many online tools for learning now, so why not the piano.

The crew have been reviewing a couple of different products DrumsWithWillie and Easy Piano Basics so definitely click on the link below to check them out!

JazzEdge Review
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Random Five Friday May 29 2015

1. This week has been fun. Monday was Memorial Day and it was a nice day off. The kids and hubby got in the pool again, and everyone caught a little sun.

2. On Wednesday my Mom came and stayed, it was another sunny day and the pool temperature rose to above 70. I eventually gave into the kids pleadings and got into the pool. Everyone got a little more sun!

3. Since then it's been raining everyday. I don't think I have seen so much rain since I lived in England. However of course it's nothing like the rain and floods happening in Texas. My heart and prayers go out to the people there.

4. We are nearly at the end of Jam's Knex competition. It's been a long few days!

5. I got a new Kindle Fire this week! I am not quite used to it yet. I used to have a Nexus so it's a little different but so far it seems quite easy to use. Any tips would be appreciated!


The Pebble Pond



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Monday, May 25, 2015

Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door {Tomoson Review}

Since moving to our new house...can I still say that after two years :) It still feels like that, as we lived in the older house for 15 years! Anyway, we keep our kitchen trashcan just inside the garage door as I hate trash in the kitchen. The only bad thing is that because the overhead garage door is always going up and down with the kids playing outside, and the large trash cans and the little trash cans mixed with hot, humid, summers we can sometimes get flies in the garage. Then mix that with a six year old helping to put the trash out we can end up with one or two flies in the house.



I hate flies!!! So I was offered a review of a Magnetic Screen Door. I liked the concept and so did my husband. So when it arrived we set to work installing it on the garage side of our kitchen door.

It's really easy to install (when you have a husband like mine). You peel of the backing of the velcro tape that comes with it and attach to the door frame (making sure that the magnets can touch in the middle.) Then attach the net to it. In the instructions it was recommended to use push pins and some were provided with the product, however we decided not too. Boy was that a mistake! We woke up the next morning to the whole product on the floor.

So we started again. The sticky Velcro was good enough to use again and my husband used some regular push pins (not the ones that came with the net) and set to work using push pins to secure the Velcro onto the door frame. This worked a lot better.

The only drawback to the product that we have found so far is that we have a metal door, and magnets stick to metal SO we just have to allow the net to swing closed before we close the door otherwise it can stick to the door and not each other.

All in all it seems to do it's job. You reach through the magnetic seal to open and close the door and it swings shut behind you.




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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Children's Pro Freestanding Reflex Punching Bag {Tomoson Review}


Captain has been having a blast the last few days! I was sent a Children's Pro Freestanding Reflex Punching Bag. 

In fact at six o'clock this morning he was down in our family room punching away. When I told him that we had the opportunity to review this punching bag he was ecstatic! In fact the day we received notification from Amazon.

Everyone has had a go with it, and it works well. We filled the base with water instead of sand. However, if the older kids or hubby have a go I feel we need something a little heavier in the base so we are thinking about what to do to rectify that, because this thing is SO much fun I don't think I am going to be able to keep the older two off it. It's seriously fun!



When we first put the set together it took about 10 minutes. We noticed that the bag swirled a little. My husband solved the problem by using a little 'thread lock' on it before bed, and by the time Captain was hitting it the next morning the problem was solved.

This will definitely be used everyday, I can see it will come in handy during the school day when a certain someone needs a quick break. Definitely double thumbs up here.



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Friday, May 22, 2015

Random Five May 22 2015

1. Well the biggest thing happening in our house has a lot to do with Knex and the competition that Jam entered a few months ago. He made it to the final. If you want to help click on the link above and vote for 'Joshua'. (photo courtesy of Knex)


2. Summer has arrived to the public schools here. My older kids know all about school holidays - however Captain has never been to school so his concept of holidays are very different. He was very excited that we have a long weekend! Basically we do school if Dad is at work. Unless of course we decide to play. The big kids really like this schedule and Captain doesn't know any different so it's all good.

3. Saying that we are planning to do a lot of swimming this summer. The kids of course start summer swim team on Tuesday. However, I am really excited about our new pool pump. We decided to change to a salt water pool. I am not sure how it works as the salt water is changed to chlorine to clean the water etc...but with not chlorine smell or damage to swimsuits. It nicer on skin and hair too. So I'm just waiting for the pool to get warm enough for me. I say 'me' because everyone else here has a wetsuit and they've already been swimming.

4. Captain got Transitions he LOVES them. He's been wearing glasses since he was two and really wanted sunglasses. They look really cool.

5. I took Captain to Walmart this week. Batman and Robin were there. It was a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network.

All in all it's been a fun week :)





The Pebble Pond

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Project Vigil: D-Day 2014, The saluting boy on Omaha beach - Wordless Wednesday





There are no words.






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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FishFlix Media - DVD Review - Flight and Metamorphosis {TOS REVIEW CREW}

FishFlix.com Review

We love movies and documentaries. I love being able to put in a DVD when we are all feeling under the weather and still feel like we are learning something. FishFlix.com is a really cool company that sells Christian movies. I was sent two DVDs to review Flight and Metamorphosis.

When this review became available there was a list of quite a few DVDs that were available for review. Besides the two that I received to review there are some other awesome titles that are being reviewed by other crew members.

Exploring Ephesus - City of Apostles
Torchlighters John Wesley DVD
Privileged Species
Unbroken DVD Legacy of Faith Edition

I was thrilled to be chosen to review Flight and Metamorphosis and so were the kids. They actually arrived in perfect timing for the only week we were sick all year. Everyone one was sick, including my Mother in Law visiting from England.

So we were really excited and decided watching on of them would be a perfect afternoon activity.



Captain chose Flight first. This is an amazing wildlife documentary. This DVD uses a Christian viewpoint and steers clear of Darwin evolution. The filming in the movie is amazing and very dramatic. We were completely in awe. We were all transfixed and thought it was amazing. There are so many details given in the movie and interviews with experts explaining lots of science. I don't want to spoil it for you. However, I have to say the quality of this production is definitely up there with the best. It contains photos from all over the world from England to Peru. There are parts of the DVD when amazing computer technology allows concepts to be explained in ways that all can understand. If you have ever wondered how birds fly, why their wings are the built the way they are, how they soar and SO MUCH MORE. This is a video that we will definitely come back to over and over. Captain told me after we watched it that it went perfectly with his science study. We are using Apologia Flying Creatures at the moment and have just completed a few chapters on birds and feathers and how things worked. It's amazing to add so much knowledge when kids think they are 'relaxing' because they are sick. In fact the very next day he grabbed his science book and lapbook and asked if we could do a chapter, as the DVD had inspired him (Got to love 6 year olds).



The second DVD we watched was called Metamorphosis The beauty and design of butterflies. I have an affinity with butterflies. My oldest daughter who passed away when she was three LOVED them. In fact one came and stayed on her casket the day we buried her all the way through the grave side service. They always bring me peace and are so beautiful. I was thrilled to get this DVD and after watching the first DVD about birds I knew I was going to love it.

I was definitely not disappointed. The photography in the DVD is beyond compare. I don't think I have seen such a beautiful DVD about butterflies. My husband, kids, and I sat without moving for the whole hour (64 minute approx) and we were all completely transfixed. The DVD shows every stage of a butterflies life cycle in so much detail it's amazing. It follows from the pin-prick sized egg to the munching creepy caterpillar (yes, they really crunch!) to the emerging beautiful butterfly. The DVD talks about the miracle of the butterfly finding the right plant to lay her eggs, it's journey across the world to somewhere they have never been before. This DVD had me racking my brain as to where our butterfly net is (I hate moving and losing things) because the kids really want to do the 'Butterfly Garden' again.



These movies are a priceless addition to our DVD collection. I know they will be watched over and over.

Everyone is on Social Media these days - If you want to learn more about this company you can click on the following Social Media Links -

Facebook
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You really need to check out the other reviews - it's easy just click on the link below. I am sure the other DVDs were just as magnificent.

FishFlix.com Review

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Monday, May 18, 2015

K-Force Squad Members Video Contest

My son needs your votes! He is a member of the K - Force Squad for K-nex and has been chosen as a finalist for the video he submitted.



Please click here to vote for Joshua - His video is called 

Trigger's Trick Shots!

He would love your help. His Dad helped him edit the video and he came up with all the shots himself!!!

You need a Facebook Account and you need to 'like' K-nex before they will let you vote.

You can vote every day.

Jam did receive the kits to build for free but had to come up with his own tricks and video!

Thanks from all of us!!  


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Random Five Friday May 15 2015

1. I found an old video today that we took at State Fair a few years ago of an egg hatching.


2. We filled the pool this week...just waiting for the heat!

3. Jam made it through to a final selection in a video competition. Voting begins Monday - I will share the details via social media - He would appreciate your votes :)

4. Boo's friend moved town this week - Boo is going to miss her like crazy!

5. We got to catch up with some old friends Saturday night at a wedding reception of a friends son. I am starting to feel old kids I taught in seminary are starting to get married.


The Pebble Pond




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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WordsBright - S is for Smiling Sunrise - A Book Review {TOS Review}

Smiling Sunrise Review

I love books, the more the better and since Captain is really working on his reading right now I love having bright, fun, inviting books laying around for him to peruse. I was offered a copy of S is for Smiling Sunrise by WordsBright.

Smiling Sunrise Review

This is a ABC book with a twist. Honestly, it is not full of your regular 'A' is for Apple, 'B' is for Ball phrases. I don't know about you but I have found that Captain really picks up awesome vocabulary when I read to him or we listen to audio books. So why would you settle for a simple ABC book. This book is full of vocabulary and comprehension that speaks powerfully and encourages positive thinking. This is definitely a 'sunny' book.

I received - Hard bound copy of S is for Smiling Sunrise
                  
FREE RESOURCES
                 
Free download MP3 here.
Free Pre-K Resources
Free Teacher Guides for K-3
Free Words Poster

Captain and I read this book together. He read the words that he recognized and then I read the harder, new vocabulary words and we discussed them. It has been fun watching Captain add them into his vocabulary.

Boo stole this book almost as soon as it arrived. I didn't see it for a while after Captain and I had read it a few times, after a week I became concerned. I was worried that one of the older two had thought it was a library book (we normally have a HUGE pile) and that I had taken it there with our others by mistake. However, after spending a lot of time looking I finally asked the kids. Boo said straight away...Oh do you mean the book with the huge smiling sun on the front...I took that babysitting last week, it was a huge hit. I think I'm going to keep it in my babysitting bag - is that OK? So what do you say to that, my brown eyed girl asked so nicely, this book has a new home. The plus side is that lots of kids will enjoy the story, and Captain and I know where it is next time we want to read it.

The book also comes with a cute ABC song on MP3 plus teaching guides for younger children as I mentioned above under free resources. I love the MP3 format so Boo could upload this on her media player and take it with her when she is babysitting.

My favorite page is B for Butterflies, I love that you can learn something more than just a new word for example this page adds 'Did you know, that their wings are soft like butter?' Captain's favorite page was 'E' for Evening - It's time to sit together, Sun is setting outside. It's time for dinner! Captain said we don't eat our dinner then, we eat at lunch time. I like it because that's when Daddy comes home!


The illustrations in this book are awesome. Every picture is bright and cheery. It can definitely turn a frown into a smile - as the song goes.

This book is uplifting and sweet, we really liked it. Follow the author on Facebook.

Check out what others thought by clicking on the link below.

Wordsbright Review


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Cashmere Falls Heavenly Hydration Review

Boo swims A LOT and she also has really LONG hair. It gets damaged easily and so it can also look dry. She loves the look of long silky hair. So when I was offered a bottle of Cashmere Falls Heavenly Hydration in exchange for my opinion.

Boo was really excited and has been using this regularly. She really thinks it has helped her hair feel softer and silkier. It's really easy to use. You just apply a small amount on damp hair before styling. It has really helped her - constantly stuck under a swim cap hair look a lot nicer.

It's made from 100% cold pressed USDA - & European Union - Certified Organic Argan Oil and is produced in the United States.

I wasn't afraid to try it as the company backs its product with 100% money back guarantee

Boo absolutely loved the results. Take a look at our before and after pictures. No flat iron was used just regular blow drying!






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Friday, May 8, 2015

Random Five Friday - May 8th 2015

1. My husband has fixed our ice machine!!! You may not understand the excitement behind this statement. However believe me the older kids are SO excited not to have to fill and empty ice cube trays anymore.

2. Jam got contacts today. I can't believe he is growing up so quickly. Boo kept on telling him he looks older without his glasses.

3. Captain memorized his first piano piece this week - he is so proud of himself.


4. Last Saturday Jam and Boo ran a local 5K. Dad was supposed to run with them but he hurt his back and it wasn't quite healed yet so they ran together. Jam got 1st place in the 14-18 age range by default because he was the only one :) but he did great completing it in under 30 minutes. Boo beat him by about a minute :) They had great fun and I was proud of all the training they do.

5. One of Boo's friends is moving to another State. She's really sad and will miss her. She made a really cute picture to give to her. I took this on a trip to the Zoo before we knew she was moving.


The Pebble Pond

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Called to be Amish {Litfuse Review}

I have said before how I enjoy reading Amish books and we live within 30 minutes or so of a fairly big Amish community. I love it, and my favorite store is a little Amish grocery - it's perfect and they are really friendly. Captain always ends up playing a shy game of hide and seek with a little barefoot Amish girl when we go in the summer.

I was offered a new book from Litfuse Publicity Group called Called to be Amish by Marlene C Miller.



When I first received it I thought it was a novel and was a little surprised that it was an autobiography. However, I wasn't disappointed as it was really interesting and entertaining. The book starts by telling us about the childhood of Marlene. She grew up in what I would call a very rough situation. I don't want to tell you too much - because this story is really worth reading. Needless to say her Dad cared more about his dogs, and her Mom well she had other interests too. She grew up as the only girl with two brothers and relied on extended family for any extras - especially one of her Grandmothers and an Aunt. She can remember a wonderful Christmas when her Mother bought her the present she really wanted. However, this didn't happen very often, which is why she remembered it so vividly.

An outsider becoming Amish is so rare that fewer than 100 people have joined the Old Amish Order and stayed since 1950 and this book tells the story of one of them. I found it intriguing. I loved listening (because that's what it felt like) to her speak. The book is written in a way that you can imagine sitting with her in her Amish living room and listening to stories about her life. The trials that she went through, the things she overcame, the fun she had with her family, the losses and grief that she suffered.

Definitely a story of someone sticking to their convictions and living the life they chose.

A beautiful story of courage and dedication.


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A+ Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan {TOS Review}

A+ Interactive Math Review

Adaptive Math Placement Test

We have reviewed and enjoyed A+ Interactive Math programs and we have also bought a year program too. So when I was offered a chance to review their new Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan. I was really excited to try it out. I used this with program with Jam and Boo. The program itself last for three months - so it would be perfect for homeschooling parents wanting to check for gaps or even for public school kids during the summer break!

A+ Interactive Math Review

I signed Jam up for the pre-Algebra program and Boo up for the 6th grade placement tests. They found this really easy to use and work through. They actually have been working through this completely independently. The interesting thing is that they have both been using it successfully but in completely different ways.

When the child logs in they are taken to a menu page. It opens on a separate screen. As you can see it is very easy to navigate.


Let's talk about each button in turn.

1. TAKE ADAPTIVE PLACEMENT TEST

When the student logs into the placement test they see;


When you first start taking tests you will need to click on the 'Take a New Test' button. This takes the student to a test on the chosen subject. For example Jam is working on the pre-Algebra placement tests the subjects are;

Fractions
Exponents & Scientific Notations
Powers and Roots
Algebra - Part 1 (Variables)
Algebra - Part 3 (Real Numbers)
Algebra - Part 2 (The Coordinate Plane)
Expressions, Equations and Formulas
Linear Equations and Slope
Quadratic Equations and Parabolas
Linear Inequalities
Polynomials
Factoring
Pythagorean Theorem and Triangles
Word Problems


After taking a test and passing it the subject will turn green. The 'YES' means that you passed it at grade level. The '1' shows how many times the test was taken. If you click on the 'View Attempt Details' will show you details about the test you took, including the percentage right etc. If the test was failed the subject turns pink.


As you can see the screen shot above shows that Jam took the test on Polynomials once and didn't pass. After the student has completed the study suggested for this topic they can click on the 'Retake Test' button and redo the test. If the student then passes it turns green and the attempts would change to '2' and the 'Retake Test' button disappears. If the student still doesn't pass (this hasn't happened to us) I would assume it would stay pink and the number of attempts would change to '2'.

2. VIEW MY REPORTS

When you click on this button it shows you two options. Summary and progress reports.


Summary Report





This option lets you click on each test attempted whether the test was passed or failed and receive a summary of the results - see above.

Progress Report

This shows a cute image of each subject and how close to the 'goal' you are. Obviously the man represents 'Jam' and where he is in relation to his 'Goal'.


3. VIEW MY LESSON PLAN

When the student click on this button it takes them to a screen with 2 more choices.


You can then click on a choice of two resources any of the concepts the student has 'failed' will be offered on either button. The work will be offered in different formats. The first 'multimedia' format is a video lesson and Q & A interactive practice session and the second is just practice with no instruction. The online worksheet automatically grades the work when it is completed and submitted. I encouraged Jam and Boo to watch the instructional video for any topic they 'failed' and then complete some worksheets if they felt that they needed more practice.

4.VIDEO TUTORIAL

I guess I should have started out with this button. This contains some video tutorials to help the student get started.

HOW MY KIDS USED IT

Although I have already explained the process of using this program. I just wanted to explain the difference between how Jam and Boo approached it. Completely different but successful in their own way. However they have both worked on this every school day for the whole review period without being reminded that's a huge win in itself!

JAM

Jam decided to complete all the tests first. Even if he failed a unit he just carried on and completed his tests. He told me that he wanted to see straight away how much he knew and then went on to work through the topics he wanted to review.

BOO

Boo worked through each topic completely before moving on to the next. She took the test. If she passed it she moved on to the next test. However, if she didn't she completed the review and then retook the test before moving on to the next section. She found this more organized and helped her stay focused. Plus she liked seeing the topics turn green in order.

As you can see either way works and gives the same final result - it really is a matter of preference.

Both kids have enjoyed this. It's easy to forget a topic or two especially when you get into the older grades and so I think going back and looking at some earlier topics is a great refresher for anyone. Plus we all know that the more we do things the more likely we are to remember them. Reviewing previously studies topics in math is a perfect example of this.

If you aren't convinced to try this yet you need to read Top 12 Reasons to use this 'Adaptive Placement Test /Lessons

You can try the placement test for free here.

You can even try their Family Math Package which others on the crew are reviewing FREE for a month!

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If you like the look of the program you may want to check out the special they are running - For 2 weeks there is a 40%-50% sale on the Family Math Package and Adaptive Placement Testing with Lessons It started  May 4th 2015 and ends on May 18th 2015

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