Thursday, February 25, 2016

Odyssey Adventure Club - available in the APP STORE



We have been member of the Odyssey Adventure Club for a couple of months. Captain really likes the videos and I can feel good about the content. Because we were quite new to the website we went back to season one and have been really enjoying the audios. Captain loves to listen when he is working on his program for his eye issues.


Captain was a little disappointed that there wasn't a kindle app. However, I let him download the Android App to my phone. It's really handy as you can download up to five episodes so that it doesn't take all my data when we are offline. I prefer him listening to audios in the car as then he can still look around and see where we are going. Which is perfect when we are traveling to new places as you can learn a lot of Geography and other things just by watching the scenery. 


 
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

SimplyFun Archery Dice {TOS REVIEW}

SimplyFun Review

I'm reviewing Archery Dice, one of four of  SimplyFun new releases. We love games and so we were really excited when this arrived. My kids are funny lately whenever a package arrives on the doorstep they all act like it's Christmas morning. As usual if the package contains a game everything is put on hold until we have played it not once, or twice, but normally five or six times.

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When this game arrived it was slightly different because there was only Captain and I at home so there wasn't quite as much noise - we still had to play it numerous times though before we could get back on with our day. Until of course the older kids came home and found out we had a new game and it all started again.

Archery Dice is a mixture of skill and luck, mainly luck for me but I can see how you could get skilled at it. It was a perfect game for Captain who with his Amblyopia really benefits from any hand eye coordination games. The back of the box says that the skills taught in this game are

1. Hand eye coordination
2. Strategy


What comes in the box;

16 Targets
12 dice (3 of each color red, yellow, blue, and green)
4 wooden disks

That's all that's needed to play.

Setting up;

To start the game you need to set up the area of play. We found it was easier to play on the table rather that the floor. Or maybe that's just because I'm getting old and I don't like sitting on the floor anymore. Three targets are placed on the table to form a triangular shape. They need to be an equal distance from each placer. The targets shouldn't be touching so try to leave about a die-sized space between each of them, but still trying to get the triangle shape. each player then gets three dice which they set up on top of each other on the wooden circle.This is placed a little way away from the center targets. I think the instructions say about the width of two targets away.

Playing the game;

Everyone flicks a die to see who goes first. The player with the higher number goes first according to the rules. You could however switch this up if you wanted. On your turn you flick the top die from your stack. You have to be careful to only flick one - as you loose any die that fall. The main goal is to land your die on one of the targets. There are several things that happen if you land on a target explained in the rules so I am not going to go on about those but you can win a target instantly, win one at the end of the round, and also steal a target from someone else unless it's 'banked'.


Winning;

The first player to bank 4 targets wins! You can tie or revise the rules to maybe say at the end of a period of time the player with the most targets wins. I did this when just Captain and I played or we would still be playing now.

What we thought;

I think this game is a good way to work on hand-eye coordination. It's a lot harder than you think and yet still easy to play. My kids like it but it's also not their favorite. I like how simple it is and yet still challenging for adults that want to play. It's the kind of game that puts everyone on an equal footing. Unless of course you are an expert die flicker.

To find out more about SimplyFun follow them on social media or check out their blog.

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Check out the other games reviewed by the crew by clicking on the link below.

SimplyFun Review


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HelpTeaching.com Pro Plan {Schoolhouse Teachers Review}

I have been using the Pro Plan subscription from HelpTeaching.com to help my older two children with their middle school and high school subjects for the last couple of months.

HelpTeaching Review

This is a really helpful website (no pun intended). There are so many worksheets, tests, links to videos etc it's quite amazing. In fact I feel like I have only just started to scratch the surface. For the review period I have been focusing on grades 8-12 although if you take a look you will find that there is material on there for all grades K-12.


Boo has been working on things to help her with her literature and English studies. She recently finished the book 'Animal Farm' and I was able to find a test on the website that she could do. It asked her questions about the text and made her think into the meaning behind the story.

The grammar exercises are really useful too. If you have the Pro Plan the grammar section has unlocked worksheets that are divided by grade from K-12. I assigned Boo some of the grade revision tests to check for holes in her grammar knowledge. I love how easy it is to send my kids something using the data base.

Here's an example of the grammar test and then I will explain how easy it is to send it.

So you can see above the top of the grammar review test for grade 8. The print button is self explanatory - it prints a paper copy of the test. The second button gives you the answer key which is handy if you have printed off the test. You can also print off a PDF copy, or take the test straight away. I found it really useful to click on the schedule button. When you click on this it gives you the option to choose which child to assign it to and how you do that. For example I have Boo and Jam sent up with their email, so if I click this option it emails them with a link. You can send it with an open ended time limit or set a deadline, it's completely flexible.

Another section I have spent quite a bit of time looking at is Geography. There are interactive, labeling, and test features available. So many Geography topics are covered it's hard to tell you about all of them. There are also a lot of printable tests. This is very handy if you are putting together your own curriculum and studying different areas. There are tests related to 'Countries of Europe', 'European Capital Cities', 'Geography terms', and 'Latitude and Longitude'. We reviewed the 'What Continent Am I' 7th grade worksheet.


This website has a wealth of information. I am pleased that I received a year of the Pro Plan which is really a steal at $24.95 for the year. It includes UNLIMITED use of their test-maker. Each test can have up to 100 questions and SO many more benefits.

As you can tell I have really enjoyed this website. It's definitely one that we are going to get a lot of use out of this year. I could go on and on telling you about each section.

Check out HelpTeaching.com on social media too;

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You also need to check out what others thought of the program by reading some more reviews written by my crew buddies by clicking on the button below.

HelpTeaching Review

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

LEGO KidsFest Information - PLUS TICKET GIVEAWAY

I have some huge LEGO fans in my house! So much so that my husband had his dad bring his childhood LEGO collection from England a few years ago. In fact I don't think there has been a birthday or Christmas that didn't include at least one, more than often more new LEGO set joining our collection. 

When I heard that LEGO KidsFest was coming to Kansas City I was really excited! My kids are excited and we will have a great time I am sure. We will be there on Friday - opening night and Captain is already counting down the dates.




LEGO KidsFest Missouri: May 13-15, 2016
Three Acres of Hands-On Educational Fun for All Ages



The LEGO KidsFest national tour brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this entertainment-packed family event. 

LEGO KidsFest is for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. 

Among the many LEGO attractions, families will find: 

* LEGO Model Museum: life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks 
* LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play 
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 
* LEGO Star Wars: build and display a Star Wars model
* LEGO Disney Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book 
* LEGO Super Heroes: pose with a life-sized Spiderman model and more
* LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
* LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
* LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City 
* LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member 
* LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes 
* LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
* Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S. 
* Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
* Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color foster group creativity

"Our 2016 LEGO KidsFest tour is going to delight both new and returning audiences," said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc. "We've still got some favorites on the show floor, like the Big Brick Pile, Creation Nation and the Race Ramps. There are also many new and unique activities designed for building, learning and fun." 


Five sessions - all identical and 4 1/2 half hours in length - are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at www.LEGOkidsfest.com. Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session.

Starting Monday, Feb 22 --- For a limited time, use Promo Code KCBLOG when purchasing your online Lego KidsFest Missouri tickets ... and SAVE $2 per ticket!

This event can sell out if you want to go and you don't win my giveaway - I would recommend that you buy tickets in advance online.

On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more.


TICKET Giveaway Details:

One of MY followers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, May 13, 2016 (4-8:30pm). I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.


Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG!

Winner will be randomly chosen by USFG on Thu, March 10 and announced on my Blog and notified via email.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY FOR 2 TICKETS BY CLICKING - HERE


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Scripture of the Week Isaiah 58: 6-7

It's time to memorize a new scripture. Jam found the last one a little harder. He said that it didn't rhyme or have any rhythm to it. When it's like that he finds it a little more difficult. I have been so proud of the effort he is making to study these scriptures.

As usual we have been writing them on the glass door in the kitchen and it really helps us all focus on that scripture for the time it takes Jam to memorize it. We don't all consciously work on memorizing but we end up feeling connected to it by the end of the week.

This weeks scripture gives us a lot to think about.



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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

With this being a presidential election year, and this being my first time to VOTE (can you tell I am excited), I jumped at the chance to review HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S Elections from Home School in the Woods.

U.S. Elections History Lap-Pak  Review

I received this as a downloadable product via email. I worked on this with Boo and we thoroughly enjoyed it.



When you receive the download it comes in separate folders. Some as audio, some as a printable book, and some as PDFs that need to be printed to form the lap pak.

The first thing I did to prepare for this lap pak is print out all the relevant PDFs. There is a handy information sheet that tells you exactly what you need to print, how many to print and what kind/color of paper to print it on. This takes quite a while and so I like to get it all printed at once and then stored in a file folder until we are ready to work on each section. Boo really liked having it organized like this as she hates having to wait for things to be printed and it really helped us to stay on task as we were studying.

We decided to attach all of the lap pak parts into a binder instead of making up the lap book design so as I post some pictures don't worry that it doesn't look like a typical lap book. That's the joy of these programs - they can be adapted to your needs. Boo wanted to put it in a binder so that it would stay neat and we can refer to it as we have questions or want to discuss the election process.
U.S. Elections History Lap-Pak  Review

I really liked the the lap pak gave you the option of printing out blank pages to fill in a lot of information or printed pages that already had the text on the document. We chose the pre-printed version as I wanted Boo to focus on the material and not take a lot of time writing. If I was doing this with a younger child that may have needed the writing practice then I would have chosen the other option.

U.S. Elections History Lap-Pak  Review


So here goes I will tell you about some of our favorite section and what it covers.

The first page is called The American Experiment. This is where we learn about different kinds of governments that were taken into account when the United States was formed. We had learned about each government individually but it was interesting to this of the United States government as a type of experiment by mixing the Greek Democracy, English Protection of Rights and Roman Respect of the law.

The second section we covered was 'The Three Branches of Government' this was a review for us, as we had studied this when we went through the citizenship process a couple of years ago. Boo thought seeing it on a tree was a really fun idea.

The next two sections cover the changes that have been made to voting laws and what makes a person eligible to vote. Very interesting since again this is the first time we have qualified. The next is 'stump speaking' this reminded us of ways that ministers used to preach so it makes sense in a time before TV and social media that people would stand on a stump to get the attention of the voters.

The Terms of office is next and this again was a reminder we had to learn this when studying for our citizenship exam. We then had to think of what our policy would be in different areas; social, economic, and foreign.

There are sections on Election day, The Electoral collage, National Conventions, advertising, media and Inauguration Day. There is also a huge section containing lots of related vocabulary. This vocabulary list came in handy, I will never wonder what 'Super Tuesday' is again.

I really enjoyed working on this lap pak with Boo and I know we will refer to it often, especially this year.

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

U.S. Elections History Lap-Pak  Review
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Math Mammoth is now on Educents

Math is not my thing. Seriously I love music, reading, history etc ... but math NO I hate it. Luckily for me I married someone who loves it. To my husband it just makes sense. Everything is clean cut and either right or wrong, something that frustrates him about my favorite subjects, where everything is more subjective.

When we first home-schooling I came across Math Mammoth and I really liked it. My older kids have moved on to other curriculum but Captain uses it and is working his way through 2nd grade. I read it with him sometimes and sometimes he reads it and works through it by himself.


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What is Math Mammoth?

Math Mammoth is a collection of digital lessons and worksheets focused on developing different math skills for children of all ages. You can find lessons that range from basic addition and subtraction to more advanced subjects like statistics and linear equations.

My kid finds the no-nonsense, straightforwardness of this book more to his liking." - Tammy L. via Educents

One of the coolest and most innovate aspects of Math Mammoth are all the ways you can interact with it. Since it is a digital package, you can complete pages on a computer or print out and work with the sheets - but that's not all. You can also use Math Mammoth on an iPad using annotation software. This is a great way to get your children learning on the go! Buy Now

Three Ways to Interact:

  1. On the computer
  2. On a tablet
  3. Hands-on: choose the pages you print
You can purchase subjects individually, which are sometimes spread out over three lessons. For example, Early Geometry is great for grades 1-3, Geometry 1 is for grades 4-5, and Geometry 2 is for 6-7. mmammoth

Two ways to save

Math Mammoth Blue

math mammoth If you are interested in a series of workbooks focusing on different subjects, Math Mammoth Blue is the way to go. Math Mammoth Blue features all the content you need for students grade 1-7 broken down into their own categories such as fractions, money and geometry. These are great for filling in areas on a case-by-case basis Buy Now

Math Mammoth Light Blue

lightblue If you want more of a complete curriculum, look no further than Math Mammoth Light Blue. This product is designed to teach over a year and features all of the content in Blue, plus cumulative reviews and tests. It also features a bonus Soft-Pak math software. Buy Now

Easy access for all ages

No matter the age or skill level, any child will be able to get a great learning experience out of Math Mammoth. The comprehensive nature of the program, the simplicity of use and the way it delivers information make Math Mammoth the perfect companion piece for young learners. Check it out and you child's troubles with math will be extinct before you know it!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Field Trip Friday - Rock Climbing

Our local University has an awesome rock wall that is open to the public and they charge the amazing price of $3 per climber. My kids love going, and I like the price.

Last Friday our planned field trip fell through and has been moved to March. However, my kids really wanted to go somewhere. So I suggested to our field trip group that we make a spontaneous trip to the rock-wall. It can sometime get busy with college kids so normally I call ahead and they open an hour earlier for us - at no extra charge. It's a really great facility. All of the workers there are students and have always been polite and helpful to my kids.

After a brief talk about the rules and regulations of the wall, the kids get geared up. All harnesses and shoes are included in the $3 fee so as you can see it's the perfect place to learn a new skill, and burn up some energy.

We have been going there for the last five years and the kids love it every time. We had a lot of our home-school friends join us and we really had a blast.

Jam and his friend are really competitive, they are on the same swim team and so made me time them going up the wall - all friendly competition of course. Boo has her own chalk bag, the boys kept using her chalk so she say's they have to invest in their own for our next trip. Which caused Jam and Boo to have a little chalk fight which was fun.

You ought to check out your local University and see if they have any facilities you can use!


Chestnut Grove Academy Field Trip Friday Blog Hop

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Favorite Scripture - Proverbs 3: 5-6



Counting Pinecones

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Magic Stix - Washable Markers Stocking Stuffer - Review and Giveaway

Captain loves to color! You all know we love our KwikStix paint sticks, so when we were approached by the same company to try them Captain w...