Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

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

Minion Math Centers Freebie

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

Early Math Musical DVDs

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

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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



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

With Lee In Virginia Facebook Page
Heirloom Audio Collections Facebook Page
Heirloom Audio Collections Google +
Heirloom Audio Collections Twitter

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

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

UnLock Math {TOS REVIEW}

Unlock Math Review

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

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

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



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


After logging in the child comes to their welcome page.


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


From the first day Boo has loved this program.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

UnLock Math Review


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

PM-180 Tens Unit Electronic Pulse Massager - Review

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

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



Product Description

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

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


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

The main benefits of this product are;

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






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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Random Five Friday (on Saturday) July 25 2015

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

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

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

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

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


The Pebble Pond

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FREE Minecraft-Themed Math Worksheets Your Kids Will Love

Do your Minecraft kids need some encouragement to practice math? How about a quick addition refresher before going back to school? Minecraft Math Worksheet Freebie - Educents 

Download Multi Taskin' Mom's FREE Minecraft Themed Addition Worksheets. These fun math worksheets include single digit to double digit addition, making this freebie useful for Minecraft kids ages 5 to 12. Here's more ways to use your child's interest in Minecraft for learning:
Looking for more ways to turn gaming time into learning time? Check out all the Minecraft-themed educational products offered on Educents at a discount.  

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SimplyFun - Shape Whiz {TOS REVIEW}

Simply Fun Review

We love games and educational ones are my favorite. I was given the opportunity to review a fun math game from SimplyFun. The kids were a little dubious when I told them it was Shape Whiz a game about geometry. However within about 5 minutes even my 6 year old was begging to play.

Simply Fun Review

My kids are quite competitive especially with each other when we are playing games. This game calls for quick minds and fingers as you race each other to grab the shape card that fits the geometry clue. Then everyone has to agree (luckily the rules makes this quite easy). The older kids loved that they could steal each others cards. Captain even joined in and could work out some of the easiest clues.

The game comes in sturdy box and contains 80 shape cards (45 Simple Shapes and 35 Complex Shapes), 40 whiz cars and the rules. There is no board to play on so it feels like you are playing a regular card game. The suggested age for this game is 10+. However, even though Captain read this on the box it didn't stop him having a go playing the game. I tried to convince him to play on my team. He insisted of course of playing by himself. I was a little worried but he did a great job. He even won a couple of the easy rounds.

It was really easy to learn how to play, there are really just three steps.

First of all decide if you want to play the basic or advanced game. With the basic game you leave out the 36 complex shape cards. We did this is Captain wanted to play most of the time and he's just 6.
  1.  Shuffle all of the whiz cards you are using.
  2.  If you are using all of the cards then deal each player 15 cards. If you are playing the simpler version then each play just gets 8. 
  3. Each player flips over  cards from their pile and lays them face up in front of them. 
Now you are ready to play! The player that loves math the most goes first (yes that's the rules!) Since the whiz cards are all placed in the middle - they flip over the top card. All players have to read the card quickly and then search all the face up shape cards for a shape that matches the question. When Captain played with us I read the question to everyone and we tried to make it fair. It is easier when everyone is roughly at the same ability though.



One of the things about this game that I loved is that it really teaches signs and symbols. They are used constantly in the questions and so as time goes one you have to remember what each symbol means. Then of course the properties of shapes. Before the kids know it they have the meanings of <, >, =, #, and Line of Symmetry, Polygon, Angles memorized. The harder cards include; area of a rectangle, square, and triangles and much more.

My kids have talked about this game with their friends, made Grandma play. It's been a huge hit we love it.

Others on the crew got to review a game more suitable for younger children called Expanders it looks fun too. Click on the link below to check out the reviews!


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplyfun
Twitter: https://twitter.com/simplyfun
Instagram: https://instagram.com/simplyfun/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/simplyfun/


Simply Fun Review

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Home School in the Woods - Project Passport Renaissance and Reformation - {TOS REVIEW}

Home School in the Woods Review

One of our latest reviews is from a really neat company called Home School In the Woods. The product we have been reviewing is Project Passport World History Study - Renaissance and Reformation.

Home School In the Woods was founded by a family of six - and yes they do live in the woods. They truly run a family business and both parents and children are involved in every step of the process, from researching, writing, drawing to customer service. It's quite remarkable.

As I said we have been using Project Passport World History Study: Renaissance & Reformation
and we have been really enjoying it.

Home School in the Woods Review

History is one of our favorite subjects. We love reading and listening to historical stories. Jam is going to be studying the Renaissance and Reformation period this year and we have a lot of living books lined up for him to read. So when we were offered this program I thought it would be a great introduction for him. It's actually been a project we decided to work on together. It's suggested for grades 3-8 and so I did have to help Captain a little as he is only 6 but he works at a higher level than is usual for his grade. Jam is starting 9th this coming school year and he thought it would make a fun introduction to his future studies that we have planned.
The product itself comes as a CD or download, we were sent the download. After I downloaded the product I saved it on my hard drive. When you open the file there are 4 different folders.


The first thing I did was click on the PDF file. Where I found another set of folders.

Each other folder contains similar lists, so it's a good idea to click through them all to become comfortable with the content of each folder. Doing this makes it easier to understand the program once you understand where the information is stored. I read the introduction which explains all the preparations. Gathered my supplies, folders, and started printing. The preparation took me a little longer because each of my kids wanted to work independently so I printed everything out three times.

I had never used anything from Home School In The Woods before but I had read great reviews and so was very excited to get started. The first thing I noticed is how much information is given. There is a lot of activities, suggested craft products, and lap books. We have used lap books before and since Jam is getting older I asked the kids if they wanted to do them this time since it is listed as optional in the lesson plans. They all voted not to do them, so we actually skipped this part of the program. Project Passport Renaissance and Reformation is organized like a travel itinerary. The kids really liked this and Captain liked making his passport. Each section is divided into 'stops' or destinations in a journey. You visit different time periods / events in history as if you are on an organized tour. The teachers notes / lesson plans are put together like a travel itinerary and very easy to follow. When you are preparing your lesson materials there are specific instructions. As you can see below it's really easy to follow. The program tells you what to print and on what kind of paper to get the best looking finished product. I love the layout of this course. You can either print everything at once or each 'stop' at a time so it's really flexible.


We have been using this over the summer, and it can be easily fit into that time frame. However there is a lot of information and it could easily be made longer. Especially if you are working with younger students.

I bought a selection of colored paper and card stock for this project. I have a huge supply of glue and white paper and card stock, crayons, pencils, and glue sticks. I provided the kids with their own folders and I even prepared a folder for me, where I kept all of the itineraries and the material I printed in advance in there. I nearly didn't print out the reading for each stop however, I am so glad that I did. It made it so easy just to read while the kids were working on their projects.


This is definitely a hands-on program and there is lots of ideas to add to the atmosphere and desire of learning.
There are so many project ideas. My kids love art and they loved all of the projects involved. Boo especially liked drawing with chalks.


My kids really enjoyed listening to the 'audio tours' it was really good to play them while the kids were working on some other activities.

The crew have been working on Ancient Egypt and Middle Ages as well as Renaissance and Reformation so their is SO much to learn about these products!

Make sure to follow the company on social media.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homeschoolinthewoods
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HSintheWoods
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hsinthewoods/
Google +: https://plus.google.com/b/109711152019235885312/+Homeschoolinthewoods/posts

Home School in the Woods Review


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Congratulations to Boo


This has been a full summer so far. We missed two swim meets because of our awesome family reunion in Disney this June. So besides the two swim meets we missed she also missed 3 weeks of swim practice. So we were a little surprised yesterday when we arrived at our summer league swim championships that she was placed 4th for the girls 11-12 high points competition.

She decided not to get stressed about it and just swam her best. She was ranked 1st in the 50 Fly, 1st in the 200 IM and 2nd in the 50 Free. Well she did it and actually ended up 1st, 1st, and 2nd in all three of the races.

At the end of the meet they announced the high point winners and she had moved from 4th to 3rd! She was so excited to get a trophy she wasn't expecting!



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Friday, July 17, 2015

Random Five July 17

1. Boo's been gone at girls camp this week. Typically it was the hottest week of the year.

2. She happily went to bed at 8pm...

3. I missed her like crazy. She was stuck to me like glue after I picked her up. So I guess she missed me too :)

4. Boo and Captain have championships for our summer league tomorrow.  Jam can't swim because of all his summer travels to Disney, high adventure camp, and Youth Conference to Nauvoo he only made one swim meet. You have to swim 2 to qualify - luckily Boo and Captain just made it. It's been a busy summer.

5. Jam and Captain modeled in a little 'back to school' fashion show for our local Goodys store. Funny how four of the kids were homeschoolers :) let me see what's on my back to school clothes shopping list...

I will let you know how the kids do tomorrow!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

What is Freedom of Religion?

I really love this video and felt that it is an important message to share. I know this was produced by my church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints however I feel that this subject is important to everyone who feels strongly about being able to be free to worship according to the dictates of their own conscience.



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Friday, July 10, 2015

Random Five Friday July 10

1. I can't believe the weather this week. We have had our air turned off the majority of the week. It's been unusually cool. Don't get me started on the rain - wow. The one positive is that our grass isn't turning brown yet!

2. Captain has been learning about different kinds of measurements today. He thought it was great fun seeing how many cups different containers could hold. Then we discussed inches and measured and drew lines of different lengths.

3. Swim team has been really cold this week. We even got Captain's wet suit back out.

4. We had a great fourth of July weekend last weekend. We went to see the The Brett Show on the fourth. They did a really great show. Garon and Brydon were Captain's favorite. They were so fun. Garon performed a brand-new song. It was amazing! It was called 'Why' I really hope I can hear it again soon!

You can see them on FacebookTwitter and You Tube.

I only had my phone with me, but I still managed to get a couple of pictures.


5. This week has been weird as Jam has been away again. He's been having a great time. Next week will be strange as Boo will be away. Summer fun for everyone.


The Pebble Pond

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Random Five July 3rd

1. I can't believe that it's our second July 4th weekend since becoming U.S. Citizens.

2. The kids had great fun letting off their fireworks tonight.

3. I had to postpone this till Saturday as we took so long lighting the fireworks.

4. Today we had an awesome day at our old home town pool.

5. We re-did a huge family tradition tonight for the fourth. Years ago we used to get together for the fourth and see a free concert and then watch fireworks. Then all hit IHOP after. We got to watch The Brett Family Singers from Branson. They were awesome, I will talk more about that another time.


The Pebble Pond

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CursiveLogic {TOS Review}


When I was younger I can remember spending hours practicing cursive at home after school, as can my husband. Our parents thought handwriting was very important. Despite this I have to admit I would like better handwriting, it's turned into a combination of styles into my own mix. When I first heard about CursiveLogic I was intrigued. Although I wanted to work through the CursiveLogic workbook myself, I decided to give it a tougher challenge - my 14 year old. Jam's writing is not awful, but it's definitely not cursive. I have tried and tried but he always goes back to what he says is easier. He seems to find it too much trouble to put cursive lessons into practice in everyday writing.

So what is the Cursive Logic Workbook. It is a combined teacher's and student workbook containing step-by-step instructions for teaching cursive the CursiveLogic way. It includes student lessons, practice, sheets, and dry-erase surface pages. The lessons are suitable or adaptable to most students 7 years old through adult.

I have used many cursive programs with Jam. The main difference I have found with this program is that instead of relying on rote memorization, CursiveLogic relies on the inherent structure of the cursive alphabet.

Some of their methods are;

Letters grouped by shape

CursiveLogic teaches the student that four basic shapes make up the entire alphabet. Similar letters are all taught together in the same lesson to simplify the learning process.

Letter strings

Rather than teaching individual letters they are taught in a connected string. This reinforces each letter and means that the student is writing cursive from the beginning.

Color coding

Each letter string has a theme color so that the student can 'visually' remember the shape. This really seemed to help Jam.

Catch phrases

CursiveLogic uses 'verbal task analysis' or saying an action verbally as it is performed manually, to aid the development of muscle memory.

I have often heard the more ways you can do something the more likely you will remember. In this case we have the color coding and catch phrases to add to the physical act of writing so they have added visual and sound to the learning process.

Real words

Using this program the student can write read words in cursive after just the first lesson. This is a huge motivator.

I think this is the key to using this program for older students. I know Jam doesn't want to practice writing letters all day, he needs to see how this can immediately affect his writing.


What Jam Thought

Jam said that he already knew cursive, however he feels that this program has helped him implement it easier. Although I knew the 'rules' of cursive I didn't think it was worth the extra effort. This program showed me how easy it can be to actually use cursive when writing. I worked through this program a couple of pages at a time. It was easy to fit into my schedule. If I was busy sometimes I would just work on one page. If not I could easily do more. I read the instruction myself, it's easy to understand and implement. I started using pencil, but decided that my writing looks better using pen so that's what I used for most of the lessons.

What I Thought

Hopefully Jam will continue to use this method and it will become a habit. When he uses this method his handwriting is so much better. I wish I had found this sooner. I would love another notebook to refine Boo's writing. I will have to continue to find reasons for Jam to hand write things everyday instead of typing. I feel both are so important, Cursive is something that I feel every child/adult needs to know, even if they choose not to use it.

Although you would have to buy the workbook to learn all the steps I was given some practice pages that I can share with you. Jam is definitely going to be doing some of these in the next few weeks just to practice his cursive. I love the choices too, such inspirational pieces to read while practicing your cursive. Download copy work for Writing the Psalms, The Gettysburg Address, and The Declaration of Independence here just enter your email address.

Linda Shrewsbury , creator and president of CursiveLogic recently presented a seminar at the National archives in Washington DC Read more here.

100 members of the crew tried this cursive program with students of all different ages. Click on the link below to see what others thought.

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