Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
- Basketballs aren't for Breakfast
- Spanish Level 1 Guide for Teachers and Parents
- The Little Magic House Part 1
- Spanish Level 2 Guide for Teachers and Parents
- The Little Magic House Part 2
- Spanish Level 3 Guide for Teachers and Parents
- Spanish Levels 1-3 DVD
- Sticker Set
- Go Squish Cardgame! only included for a limited time.
The basis of the program is the video segment. The videos show us a weekend day of a family and starts at 8:00 in the morning and continues through the day until the children head to bed. We see the conversations they have with each other as they go through the day. The entire video is spoken in Spanish, but by using household objects the children know what is being said. At the end of each video there is a Rapid Review that reviews the vocabulary. The student will not remember everything from watching the video once, they will learn it through repetition.
The video and the Rapid Review are the two parts that have to be completed in the program. The rest is optional and students may or may not use them all. An older student that knows some Spanish may just complete these two and move on. A younger student that has no Spanish knowledge may want complete all the activities. The Guide for Teachers and Parents gives details to help you with each lesson. It is suggested that you complete one lesson twice a week. The lesson instructions tells us about how long it will take to complete each one. There is also a list of all the vocabulary words and lists the activities that should be completed such as workbook pages, geography, and when to use the stickers.
The student workbooks have glossy full color pages, they are very pleasing to look at. They work on the words that were in the video segment and cover grammar and geography. There are puzzles, charts, matching, and fill in the blank sentences. The answers to each worksheet is in the back of the book. The sticker pack is included to allow the student to mark the things in their own home with the Spanish name for it for constant review. The Squisher needs to earn enough bonus miles to earn a free airline ticket to visit his friend in The Go Squish Cardgame! It is similar to Go Fish and is recommended for 2-4 players.
My older two girls have had some Spanish in the past. Delaney knows more than any of the others & Alaina knows very little. All three of my girls watched the video segment reserving the activities and workbook pages for Alaina. Of course some of the activities and the card game are more fun if they all play. Alaina has been retaining more words than I thought she would very easily. Just watching the video segments have really helped the other two review a lot of what they already know and have added some new words to their vocabulary.
Foreign Language for Kids by Kids is exactly that. The video segments include kids that do most of the talking in the video segments that make it very pleasing to other kids. The colorful workbooks are very appealing to children both visually and work content as well. This would make a great addition to any family that is wanting to learn to speak Spanish.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Schools are already starting everywhere. We haven't started yet and will not officially start until the end of the month. We always have our official start and end dates even though we still use review items, practice their instruments, work on their cooking and art skills all summer. Between homeschooling for 21 years and reviewing homeschool curriculum we have a large selection to choose from. Even though I pretty much know what I'm going to have each kid use for the upcoming school year I still like to make piles all over the family room floor.
Some of our choices for this year we have actually already started and really want to finish them. All three of my girls will be using Notgrass Exploring America. Alaina will only be using the history portion because we all study that together, and I will choose other books for her to read. They will also all be using Poetry Memorization. I think the rest of our curriculum this year will include these titles:
- Alaina is using:
- Zeezok Music Appreciation
- Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition
- Writers in Residence
- Amber & Delaney use a lot of the same things except math. They are using:
Friday, August 12, 2016
I'm always on the lookout for a good inspiring books to read or for my children to read. I just finished reading Queen of KATWE by Tim Crothers.
This story takes us the the slums of Katwe in Uganda where we learn of a young missionary named Katende. He was a war refuge and was one of the lucky ones to make it out of the slums and return to teach other children there. We see how Robert Katende struggled to eat and be able to stay in school throughout his own life. After obtaining a job with Sports Outreach Institute he went back to the slums to teach the kids to play soccer. Some children were not healthy enough to play soccer so Katende came up with a plan to teach them how to play chess. Each day after playing soccer he would give the children a cup of porridge and teach them the game of chess. Some of the kids only continued to come in order to some food. There was one 9 year old girl that really stood out in learning the game. Phiona Mutesi caught on to the game very quickly and started beating all the other children. Katende entered a group of slum children in a local tournament and it was very successful. Phiona beat everyone she played and her mother was very pleased when she brought home some well needed prize money. Winning the tournaments allowed Katende's team of slum children to travel by plane to compete in other countries. To those children they were not only playing and winning at the game of chess they were stepping into a completely different world.
I have heard of the Sports Outreach Institute before, but I have never looked into what they have accomplished or ever guessed that chess would be one of the tools they use to reach young people. Disney will be turning this book into a major motion picture soon and I hope they stay true to the story. This story is an inspiration to not only young girls but to all people no matter what their upbringing may be. This book is a must read and shows how setting your mind on something and working on it every day can and will change your life.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Queen of KATWE free of charge from BuzzPlant in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Last year my girls played Orphs of the Woodland game for the computer & they were excited to receive the new story. This time they have been playing Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree from StarToaster in an app.
Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree is not just a game it is actually an interactive chapter book and game for children ages 9-11. The story is divided into 23 chapters and covers math, science, grammar, vocabulary, arts, character, and thinking & life skills. After reading a chapter the child can go to work in Stumptown with Job Training. Some of the Job Training is video clips or something else to learn. Next they can look at the Help Wanted section to answer questions about what they learned in the chapter by clicking the highlighted words or from the Job Training.
Tangletree is about a flying squirrel named Abba. He takes care of orphaned animals called Orphs. They live a tree house in the woods and they leave each other notes in a secret place in a tree. The child that is playing the game must earn stars to buy the Orphs things they need like water, nuts, clothes, and more. The stars are earned by answering the Job Training multiple choice questions correctly. If the student chooses the wrong answer they are just told it is incorrect and they do not receive any stars.
Vocabulary words are highlighted throughout the book and you can click on them to read the definitions or some have a short video clip that tells you more about that word. For example the homonyms foul and fowl are used and if you click on one of them you get the definition for both of them as well as the definition of homonyms and there are also other examples of the homonyms. One video clip was for thunder and it goes over a little science lesson for the child. There are also jokes included in the video clips and on the definition pages.
Multiple kids can use the app at the same time by creating their own user name. You can also access the account to each user. Here you can see what subjects have been studied so far, and their progress. It shows how many lessons were completed, how many jobs were finished, how many pages have been read, and how many stars have been earned. You can also view the table of contents or download Art for offline reading.
StarToaster believes in being lifelong learners and that there are learning opportunities everywhere. They developed their products not only for children to learn from but they also want to instill positive character traits in them while they are learning.
Alaina is 11 and she was the main kid to use the Tangletree app. Amber also created herself a user name, but she didn't play as much because it is geared for younger children. We just wanted to see how it would work with multiple users and I know you can use it with up to twelve. Alaina likes the story in Tangletree and earning stars so she can help the Orphs. She thought the story should be longer and she actually thought some of the questions were too obvious. She is on the high end of the recommended ages, but some of the multiple choice questions were so obvious. It was basically pick the only one that wasn't silly. I really like the interactive part of the story. Adding grammar in with the definitions is a great way to help kids remember it. This is a great interactive story book that would be perfect for younger kids or struggling readers.
Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree is an app available through iTunes. It will only run on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running ios 8.4 or later.