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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Snappy Socks




Have you ever thought about how many socks you wash, sort, and put away each week? When one mom thought about this she knew there had to be a better way. She set out to come up with an idea to save time with the laundry and Snappy Socks was her answer.


My girls love fun colorful socks. Every time we go shopping they want new socks. They have socks of every color and for every holiday. The main problem with this is it takes forever to get them sorted and put away after they are washed or finding a matching pair.

A couple of weeks ago we received 3 pair of Snappy Socks in the mail and they are great. There was a pair for Amber, Delaney, and Alaina they were so excited to get mail & socks. On the inside cuff of each sock is a plastic snap so when your not wearing the socks they can be snapped together. They are so nice, when the wash is done they are already together & we didn't have to go looking for a matching pair. I just made sure the girls snapped them before they threw them into the dirty clothes hamper. I am really wishing all of our socks had a snap.

Snappy Socks was started by Corla. She is an ambitious mother of five children and started this business to make life a little easier.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Read For The Heart

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~ Sarah Clarkson
Read For the Heart





Reading out loud to my family has been one of the greatest joys of being a mom. I began reading books out loud to Michael 21 years ago and I still read to my kids every night. (Well not Michael, he is married and makes his wife read to him). We have learned so much as a family no matter what book we read. When I heard that The Crew had the chance to review Read For The Heart:Whole Books For Wholehearted Families by Sarah Clarkson I knew I wanted to read it and would have bought it if I wasn't on the list. I wanted to read what a young person had to say about their families reading journey.

Sarah does a wonderful job in her book conveying her love for reading and her gratitude to her parents for instilling that love in her. Read For The Heart should be a must read for every parent. I couldn't put it down and Sarah has shown me other reasons why I should continue in our family reading time.

Read For The Heart has 384 pages and starts out with a chapter on Reading to Live where Sarah shares with us the reasons why she reads:
  1. "Stories invite me to leave cold apathy and self-centered boredom and to enter instead a world of heroic and wondrous adventure."
  2. "That constant expansion of thought."
  3. "For a steadfast soul."
Chapter #2 talks about literacy in America. This is more than just statistics Sarah explains why there is a decline in reading and how it effects our children. The next chapter talks about how to begin reading as a family and that it is not always picture perfect.

The rest of the book talks about choosing books and book lists with a short reviews of each. There is a chapter on Picture Books, The Golden Age Classics, Children's Fiction, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, History and Biography, Spiritual Reading for Children, Poetry, and Music, Art and Nature. This is more than just a list of titles. Sarah explains why we should read from different genres and then she gives a brief description of each of her favorite books by author and or illustrator.

Read For the Heart: Whole Books For Wholehearted Families is available from Apologia Press for $17.00. You can read a sample chapter and view the complete table of contents at Apologia. This is a wonderful resource that every family could benefit from. If you are a reading family you will enjoy Sarah's spirit and her love for whole books or if you are not a reading family you will probably catch her spark and want to pick up a book and start reading today. I am eagerly awaiting the children's novel and collection of essays that Sarah is currently working on.

Sarah Clarkson grew up in a family committed to discipleship and personal ministry and began a personal walk with God at the age of sixteen. She is passionate about passing on the great ideas of literature and Scripture through writing and discipleship. Currently a freelance writer and editor, Sarah has spent the last few years working with Whole Heart Ministries at their conferences, speaking in the United States and overseas on such topics as beauty, literature, and loneliness. She has also served as a writer and editor for Whole Heart Press publishing projects and Whole Heart blogs. She is a passionate lover of literature and has conducted an intense study of children's literature that has resulted in Reading for the Heart, a guide to the best children's stories, to be published in 2009. When she isn't traveling to exotic places, reading fascinating books, or sharing coffee and ideas with friends, she can be found at home in the beautiful foothills of Colorado.

Apologia is a family-owned corporation with the mission to help homeschooling families learn, live, and defend the Christian faith. They offer a wide variety of products in their endeavor to help us.
Sail over to read what other Crew members have to say.
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As a member of the Homeschool Crew I received Read For The Heart free of charge in exchange for my review.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Considering God's Creation

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In our homeschool we have used curriculum that we loved, liked, tolerated because we spent money on it, or hated and didn't finish it. With 9 years between our first two kids and our last three we have a lot of curriculum laying around our house. Some of it we will use again with the little girls and some of it is in a box to get rid of. Considering God's Creation is one of those books that I used with my older two and I was planning on using it again with my younger 3. So I was so excited to receive Considering God's Creation from Eagle's Wings to review for the Homeschool Crew.

Eagle's Wings Educational Materials was first started in 1987 by two homeschooling families. They wanted to provide materials to help homeschool families to stimulate their children's thinking, creativity, and learning. They now offer materials that cover Bible, Science, Phonics, History, Geography, and Math.
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Considering God's Creation by Susan Mortimer and Betty Smith was first published in 1992. It teaches Natural Science from a biblical perspective to children grades 2-7. You will receive this 270 page reproducible student book, a 132 page teacher guide, and a free audio CD for $29.95. This book was written in a way the authors wished they had been taught science.

The 36 lessons about creation covers:
  • Universe
  • Stars
  • Solar System
  • Earth
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Wind
  • Weather
  • Clouds
  • Rocks
  • Plants
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Amphibians
  • Food Chains
  • Reproduction and Genetics
  • Human
  • Animal Anatomy
  • Physiology
This is a very hands on curriculum and the student book can be reproduced within a family or class. You may also purchase an extra student book for $13.95.

I knew we wouldn't have time to finish the book before the end of our scheduled school year so I asked the girls what chapter they would like to work on now & finish the book in the fall. It was unanimous they all 3 picked Chapter 20: Zoo Adventure. (I think they are secretly hoping that we make it to a zoo this summer). When finished with this chapter each student will have their own My Zoo Adventure Book. For each animal that is studied there is a Zoo Creatures page where the student can draw or glue a picture of the animal. There is also My Zoo Adventure page where the student chooses the classification, climate, habitat, diet, shelter, and other items the animal needs to survive. There is a little box beside each item to be checked & then the one that applies can be colored.
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In each lesson the teacher book tells you exactly what you need before class, a list of vocabulary words, an introduction, an activity, bible selection, notebook section, and suggestions to dig deeper on the subject. Some lessons have evolution stumpers, or a song/poem that goes along with what is being studied and they are all sung on the audio CD. You can visit Eagle's Wings website to view other sample pages.

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This notebook style science book would be great for any family even if you have never used a note booking method. It is very easy to use with multi level children & the instructions are very easy to understand. My kids thought it was more for fun than actual school work.
Sail over to the Crew Blog to read what other member have to say about Considering God's Creation.
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As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine I received Considering God's Creation from Eagle's Wings Educational Materials free of charge to use with my children in exchange for my review.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Reading Street

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Homeschool families don't always get the opportunity to use books that are created for public school use but The Old Schoolhouse Crew had the chance to review Scott Foresman's 1st grade enVisionMATH, 1st grade Social Studies, or 2nd grade Reading Street from Pearson School. I was a little leery at first, I was afraid it would be time consuming to get it to fit into our homeschool or we wouldn't like the stories but I was very pleasantly surprised. 

I received the 2nd grade Scott Foresman Reading Street volume 2.1 and 2.2. Alaina was just finishing up her 1st grade curriculum so this was perfect timing to see if this 2nd grade book would work for her. There are 2 colorful volumes to this curriculum with plenty of pictures and illustrations. There are stories, poems, grammar, writing, and vocabulary words along with some science and social studies. Alaina really liked the pictures and illustrations throughout the books. My favorite part are the articles about the authors and illustrators. There are stories about animals, plants & the life of a seed, Helen Keller, Firefighters, and even wind.

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Volume 2.1 is 480 pages and is divided into 3 Units with 5 sections in each Unit.
  • Unit 1 Exploration - What can we learn from exploring new places and things?
  • Unit 2 Working Together- How can we work together?
  • Unit 3 Creative Ideas- What does it mean to be creative?
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Volume 2.2 has 460 pages and is divided into 3 Units with 5 sections in each unit.
  • Unit 4 Our Changing World- How do things change? How do they stay the same?
  • Unit 5 Responsibility- What does it mean to be responsible?
  • Unit 6 Traditions-How are traditions and celebrations important to our lives?
In the Readers Response at the end of the story it gives the definition of the genre used. It includes thought provoking questions to get the child to visualize, write, retell the stories through pictures. Then there is a page about the Author and Illustrator of the story. There is also a Write Now which uses writing and grammar. It gives the child a writing prompt and each one talks about different grammar and it's usage. There is a Wrap Up at the end of each Unit with questions and craft ideas that go with the topic.

The books are very well constructed and would give any family years of use. Each volume sell for $43.47. There is also a website called Second Grade Reading Street Teacher Resources, it contains lists of spelling words and other activities that go with each lesson in the readers.

Sail over to read what other Crew members thought about Reading Street.
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As a member of the TOS Crew I received a free copy of Scott Foresman's 2nd grade Reading Street to use in our homeschool in exchange for my review. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wordy Qwerty

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♪♫ C say K....
  but not before E, I, or Y ♫♪

My girls love to sing and I love when they learn something from the jingles they remember. Alaina, age 6, has been using Wordy Qwerty and her favorite part is the spelling rule jingles. Wordy Qwerty has helped her tremendously in her spelling. She is still pretty slow in her reading and the story section has improved her reading comprehension. She likes to get the correct answer the first time so if she wasn't sure which word was correct she would read the sentence again.

In October 2010 I wrote a review on Read, Write and Type from Talking Fingers, Inc. and Wordy Qwerty is a continuation of that program. Read, Write and Type is recommended for children learning to read and Wordy Qwerty is recommended for 2nd and 3rd grades. Both programs correlate with the Language Arts standards for each of the 50 states.

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There are 20 lessons with 6 activities per lesson. Each lesson covers a different spelling rule. The 6 activities work with words for each rule. The activities present the following foundations for fluency:
  1. Some sounds can be represented in several different ways.
  2. Most words follow about 20 easy spelling rules.
  3. There are many word families, (words that sound the same, or rhyme). By changing the first letter(s), you can make hundreds of words.
  4. Some words are "outlaws". They don't follow the rules. They must be recognized quickly and automatically.
  5. Writing to dictation develops vocabulary, comprehension and fluency as well as spelling skills.
  6. Reading (and filling in missing words) develops vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency skills.
The first activity has the child spell a group of words and then they select which sound that letter makes.
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After spelling the group of words there are two little keyboard buddies that explain the spelling rule to the child.
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After the rule is introduced a jingle is sung to the child and then they can click on the microphone to sing karaoke style.
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Another activity has the child choose which word is spelled correctly or click both if they both are correct.
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Next the child finishes typing a sentence and then they are given a story where they choose the missing word.
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Wordy Qwerty for one student is $25.00 with a discount for multiple children or a CD can be purchased for $35.00. If you join the mailing list and answer a few question you can receive a 20% discount on your next order. Your child can try lesson one for free to see how the program works.
Sail on over to read what other Crew members thought about Wordy Qwerty.
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As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Crew I received two one-year subscriptions to Wordy Qwerty in exchange for my review.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mad Dog Math

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Some kids seem to remember their math facts very easily right from the start while others have to work really hard to remember them. Out of my 5 kids I finally have one child, Alaina, that loves math and always wants to do more. My other 2 kids, Amber and Delaney, that are still at home don't have any problems with math but they would rather read a book than do anything with numbers. They were not very happy when I told them we had Mad Dog Math to review until they used it. They love dogs and they just loved the way this program is laid out with the little dog bones and paw prints. That made all the difference to them, they actually enjoyed drilling their math facts.

Mad Dog Math is a fun way to practice basic math facts. They are broken down into small pieces that help kids to master the facts in as little as 10 minutes a day. This program can be used to supplement any math program for grades K-5 or can be used by anyone needing to work on their math facts. Each child progresses through the program at their own pace.

Each child chooses a user name to keep track of their progress. The math facts are divided into 3 levels and a challenge level. You can select 2 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds, or no time limit for each set of facts. Levels 1 & 2 drills addition and subtraction families, level 3 uses multiplication and division, and the Challenge Level works on all the math facts. Within each level you may choose which math family to work on. If you choose the 5 to 7 fact family you will work on problems where the answers equal 5, 6, or 7. One thing I really liked about this program is once you enter the answer it automatically advances to the next problem blank. If you miss more than 2 problems you will have to repeat that fact family. I used this math program with all three of my girls ages 6, 8, and 10. My 6 year old spent the most time on this, she loves math and she loves dogs and is trying hard to get all of the + & - families done to get her Club Sticker.
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In the Club Sticker Progress you can check how your student is doing, it will show what math facts are completed in the time frame chosen. This chart shows facts that were completed in under one-minute time frame. You must complete all the math families in each level to earn a Club Sticker.
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Mad Dog Math can be purchased for use in the home, classroom, or school district. The downloadable 32-bit or 64-bit PC software can be purchased for $19.99 for a one year license or $29.99 for a two year, or $39.99 for a perpetual license. There is a free trial that includes the first fact family of each level. You can also find out if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit before you download the program.

Julie Kotoff has been in education for 30 years and developed Mad Dog Math to help her third grade students master their math facts. She named her program after her beloved Golden Retriever named Ruff, whom she lost in 2004. His image will continue through this program even though he wasn't a "mad dog".


Sail on over to read what other Crew members thought of Mad Dog Math.
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As a member of the TOS Crew I recieved a three month subscription to Mad Dog Math to use with my children for free in exchange for my review.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wonder Maps

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Bright Ideas Press for such a wonderful new resource. I was very geographically illiterate until I married a guy who's idea of fun is reading maps, my sister even calls him "map head". I have learned a lot about our world since we have started homeschooling. I still need a map to find areas we are studying and Wonder Maps has made it so much easier on me. We used Mystery of History Volume I this school year and we loved adding Wonder Maps to our school the last couple of weeks. I am looking forward to using it next year with volume II.

Wonder Maps is wonderful new resource that lets you pick your map features and print them. It is a collection of over 350 customizable maps that you can use for any subject. It is designed with easy-to-use layers for:
  • historical or modern-day maps
  • outline, reference, political, or topographical maps
  • black-and-white or color maps
  • including names, border, rivers, cities, physical features, and graticules
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It includes:
  • 60+ maps of the world
  • 60+ maps of the USA
  • 125 historical maps, including 25 biblical maps
  • The complete map sets from The Mystery of History volumes I-III and All American History volumes I & II
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 A Teacher's Guide is included and it contains ideas of how you can be more creative in using maps, a quick start guide, user manual and a tutorial video.
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My favorite part of this program is the Timeline of Maps. It has really helped me in our school and I plan on using several of these maps to teach my Sunday School class. All I have to do is find what we are studying and then I can see only the information on the map that refers to our subject. The Jesus' Ministry ~The Gospels~ 30-33 AD map give 24 Bible references with the event and description of each one in the Map Key. They correspond with the numbers on the map to recognize the city. The layer effect is really cool because I can print the map exactly the way it is or I can remove the map border, city names, city numbers, or the map key so that the students can fill them in.
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You can also get a timeline listing of each theme.
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This resource would be a wonderful addition to any homeschool or any household that uses maps. Amber age 10, who loves maps like her dad and can look at them for hours, Delaney age 8 who uses maps only when she has to, and me, the teacher who hates digging for maps to use in our school all love this program.

Wonder Maps is available from Bright Idea Press for $49.95. It is a PDF format and works with Adobe Reader and is available for Windows or Mac. You can choose an instant download a CD or both. (If you subscribe to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine there is a promotional code on page 30 to receive 20% off of Wonder Maps).
Bright Ideas Press was founded by Bob and Maggie Hogan. They developed their own curriculum to use with their boys and once they saw it was working decided to publish it for others to use. They are probably most known for The Mystery of History series but they also have other resources in their store.

Sail over to read other Crew member reviews of Wonder Maps.
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As a member of The Homeschool Crew I received the Wonder Maps download free from Bright Idea Press to use in our homeschool in exchange for my review.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOS

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is celebrating it's 10th anniversary. Paul and Gena Suarez started by selling used homeschool curriculum on E-Bay. That business has turned into a quarterly magazine and now offer other products and divisions. The Schoolhouse Planner, The Schoolhouse Expo, The Homeschool Crew, and HomeschoolBlogger.com are just a few things.

There is a special TOS blog hop to honor this anniversary. To join in all you have to do is post on your blog something special about TOS. It can include anything you love about TOS, an article from the magazine that has inspired you in your homeschool journey, or your favorite product from TOS.


I have enjoyed The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for years, it is so good to see a homeschool magazine written by homeschooling families. (I am a curriculum junky so I even love to read the adds!) Since being accepted to the Homeschool Crew and volunteering to be a Star Contributor to the Teacher's Toolbox I have gotten to see a different side of what goes on. I am truly amazed at how people from all over the world come together to make things happen. There are so many people who volunteer their time and talents to help other families succeed in their homeschools. It has really made me appreciate The Old Schoolhouse Magazine even more.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Student Writing Intensive

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Writing has never been easy for me and if you read my blog you might be thinking that I still can't write very well. This is probably the subject that has been the hardest for me to teach my kids. Michael hated writing and still does, Morgan loved to write & can fill several pages at a time on any subject. I would have them write and then I didn't really know how to check their work for errors so if it sounded good then that was great if it didn't I would have them redo it. I wanted things to be different for my younger girls and Andrew Peduwa has done just that. I feel like I actually know how to help them write better I have learned so much from this program.

The Institute for Excellence in Writing was generous enough to send me the Student Writing Intensive Level A, Portable Wall, and the Structure and Style Overview DVD to use with my girls. We received our products in October and we only have a couple of lessons left to complete. I used this writing curriculum with Amber (9) and Delaney (8). They both really liked the way Andrew Peduwa taught the class, he is funny and interesting. Everyday the girls hoped that it was time to watch the DVD.

~Student Writing Intensive Level A ~ This program contains 4 DVDs, a binder and a packet of handouts, checklists, and teacher's notes. It is taught directly to students in grade 3-5 and contains 15-30 weeks of writing instruction with each lesson lasting 1-2 weeks. The DVD is recorded live and Andrew Puduwa is an excellent teacher. My girls understood exactly what they were suppose to do and loved his sense of humor. The teacher's notes follow the DVD sessions perfectly they even include the time frame where you can go to the exact spot you want to teach. SWI Level A can be purchased for $99.00.


~Portable Wall ~ This fold out is a complete collection of structure and style models and checklists for the student. It is an excellent resource to keep in the students folder and can be purchased for $7.00.

~ Structure and Style Overview DVD~ I really learned a lot from this 2 hour 20 minute seminar. Andrew explains how to get children to write and to write well by repeating the same writing structure for 3-4 years in a row.

By teaching them the right technique of writing it helps them to use paragraphs as building blocks to complete larger assignments and to become thinkers in their writing later on. The concept of "Hand on Structure & Style --Hands off Content" should be used with our children. We should help them with the technique as much as they need but the actual content of the writing should be up to what the child thinks is important. Andrew Peduwa suggests that when grading our child's writing assignments, we should give them an A if they completed what they were told to do and an incomplete if they didn't. With an incomplete the child should be directed to fix or redo the work. We should not grade on the content of the writing because what the child chooses to include is important to them. The One-A-Month Schedule to follow for a school year is given and includes:

  • Note Making & Outlines
  • Summarizing from Notes
  • Summarizing Narrative Stories
  • Summarizing a Reference
  • Writing from Pictures
  • Library Research Reports
  • Creative Writing
  • Formal Essay
  • Formal Critique

The Structure and Style Overview DVD really helped me to understand why and when writing concepts should be taught to help my children. This DVD can be purchased for $10.00.

Sail on over to read what other Crew members thought about this program.
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As a member of TOS Crew I received the Student Intensive Writing Level A from Institute for Excellence in Writing to use with my children in exchange for my review.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Go Trybe

I like to keep my kids active. We like to go for walks as a family, the girls play AYSO soccer and sometimes softball. There are times when it is just to cold, to hot or we just want to do something else. We have used workout DVDs but none that have been geared for kids until we tried GoTrybe.  

GoTrybe is an online fitness program that teaches aerobics, nutrition, motivation, and wellness. There are 3 levels geared for children of different ages. All three of my girls fit into the Zoodoos Trybe which is for K-5th grade. The Trybe 180 is for 6th-8th grades and the Next Tribe is for 9th-12th grades. After setting up an individual account you can create and dress your own avatar. The child can then chose a workout or they can build their own. There is a question about nutrition & wellness for every day along with some motivation. Points are awarded after completing each section that can be used to buy items for your avatar and to rank users on the site. After earning so many points you will also earn badges. Students with the highest point totals become Trybe Leaders. Shout Outs can be given to other Trybe members that are your friends and you can receive emails from GoTrybe.com.
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Some days Amber age 10, Delaney age 8, and Alaina age 6, would use GoTrybe together and some days they would work out by themselves. We have a laptop so it was very easy to move it where they could all workout together. They really enjoyed the aerobics and were able to understand and follow along with the instructor. They loved creating their avatar. They had so much fun choosing skin color, hair style, hair color, and facial features the age and gender of the avatar can be chosen to match the child. You can only choose new clothing and accessories once you have earned points.

The only thing I did not like about this program is the way that they have the older avatars dressed and standing. I try to keep that type of influence out of my girls lives as much as possible. I do not want them to have an unrealistic view of their physical characteristics. This wasn't a big issue during the actual program for the youngest group as their avatars look more like little kids.

You can try GoTrybe free for one day by using the promo code "GETFIT". If you subscribe after using the trial period it is only $19.95 a year it is regularly $39.95. For a limited time you can subscribe to GoTrybe for .99¢ a month by using the promo code "KIDSFITNESS". GoTrybe also has a blog with recipes, fitness tips, exercise ideas, motivational videos, and link to online resources that is free to everyone.

Sail on over and read what other Crew members thought about GoTrybe.
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As a member of the TOS Crew I received 2 free months of GoTrybe to use with my children in exchange for my review of the website.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Robert Pierre ~ Christian Pop Artist

It is so good to see young people using their talents in a good way. Robert Pierre is just 18 years old and will graduate from high school this year and is coming out with a new CD. Not only does he sing he also wrote 10 out of 11 songs, played guitar, and sings the back up vocals. A very talented young man!

I have heard four of the songs on this album and am very impressed. You can also listen or download the four songs at NoiseTrade.

You can read the lyrics by clicking the title of each song. My girls favorite song is Breaking My Heart, I think I like Jesus the best.

Jesus 
You Hold Me Now
Breaking My Heart
Identity

Watch for the release of the CD I will be doing a giveaway!!!

I received the download link as a Propeller Review project in exchange for my review.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Andi's Scary School Days

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It is hard for little girls to start school when they would rather be outside playing with her horse and climbing trees. That is just what happens to a little girl named Andi in Andi's Scary School Days. She doesn't want to wear dresses and it is hard for her to learn the rules at school. She has never been afraid of anything until school started, but that all changed once she makes a friend.




Andi's Scary School Days is part of the series of books written by Susan K. Marlow about 6 year old Andi, her baby horse named Taffy, her family and friends. The books are published by Kregel Publications and take you through adventures on the Circle C Ranch in 1874. This Circle C Beginning series is recommended for children ages 6-8 or it would be great for any age just starting to read chapter books.

We all have been enjoying this book. As soon as we opened the envelope my 9 year old ran off with it, we didn't see her again until she finished the book. Then my 8 year old was gone. Even though this 74 page book is below their reading level they still enjoyed the story. My 6 year old is just starting to read chapter books, so she is slowly reading it on her own. I also read it aloud to all three of the girls and we completed the free resources available on the Andi and Taffy website. We are planning on ordering some more of these books and probably some from the Circle C Adventure series for older children.

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The Andi books sell for $4.99 each, two for $9.98 or you can purchase the set of four for $15.96. Circle C Beginnings offers so much on the website. The beautifully illustrated books can be turned into a unit study all their own. They offer free puzzles, coloring sheets, and activity sheets. Lap books are also available for $12.00.

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These beautiful coloring Pages available free and there is a different set for each book. We printed them all.

Sail on over to read what other people think of the different Circle C Beginning Books.

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As a membe of the TOS Crew I received Andi's Scary School Days from Kregel Publication free in exchange for my use & review of their book.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yesterday's Classics

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"One more chapter."
"That one was short."
"We promise we will get up in the morning."

This is only a few of the things my kids beg of me every night when we have a good book. Almost every evening I read to my family before bed. If we have a good book we can spend hours laying around the living room enjoying our time. So you can imagine every one's excitement when I told them we were reviewing Yesterday's Classics, a group of 225 ebooks. We have enjoyed these books so much that my husband bought me a Kindle.

Yesterday's Classics republish books for children from the golden age of children's literature, 1880-1920. Several of the books have been out of print for a long time and are hard to find. If the original book contained illustrations they are included exactly as they were in the original unless the image color was too low to reproduce then they are included in black and white. All of the titles are available in paperback or Kindle and EPUB downloads with new titles published regularly. They offer books from 22 genres and include several civilizations in their history selection.

Why read Yesterday's Classics? Because the title selections:
  • Incorporate text of high literary quality
  • Use story to engage the reader
  • Cultivate the moral imagination
  • Awaken an interest in the out of doors
  • Furnish heroes worthy of emulation
  • Stimulate powers of observation
I received a the Kindle download version that contains 225 ebooks. They each include the original illustrations and a table of contents to help navigate through the chapters. There are no download restrictions so you can put your books on as many devices as you own. We have only had our Kindle for a couple of days so we had been reading them on my computer using the Kindle App for PC, there is also an PC App Available for the EPUB format. This worked well, the programs were very easy to use and the books showed up beautifully.

I also received a list of books arranged by level, genre, author, and title. It includes a picture of the cover and a brief description of the book. There is a Guide to Ereader Devices and Software so you can familiarize yourself with the many places you can read the books. If you are new to ebooks you will benefit from the Guide to Downloading and Transferring Them to Ereader Devices.

Yesterday's Classics have wonderful customer service. If you ask for the wrong format for your download they will be happy to send you the correct one. If you have several different types of Ereaders you can have both the Kindle and the EPUB downloads with no additional charge.

Here is a list of the books I have read aloud to my family since receiving our collection in March. This is the way they appear in the book list provided with Yesterday's Classics.
This has been my family's favorite so far.


My girls love the twin stories written by Lucy Fitch Perkins. We reviewed The American Twins of the Revolution earlier in the year and my girls have wanted to read more books from her, they were very delighted that Yesterday's Classics contains 4 more twin titles. Here are the books my girls are currently reading.





The Dutch Twins free sample.

We love reading great stories but there are also many books in this collection that we can use for school in the future. If you use Ambleside Online, Living Books Curriculum, or Pageant of History there is a book list for each one according to subject or year at the Yesterday's Classics website.

All of the book titles are available to purchase in paper back form directly from Yesterday's Classics and right now they are offering free shipping when you purchase 4 or more books. From now until May 31 the entire collection of 225 ebooks can be purchased for just $99.00 in the Kindle or EPUB format, the original price is $149.95. This is a great way to fill your home library with wonderful books.

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"I love reading books and I think I like the older books a lot better than some of the newer books that we get at the library."
~Amber, age 10.

Sail on over and see what other TOS Crew members thought about Yesterday's Classics. 
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As a member of TOS Crew I received all 225 ebooks from Yesterday's Classics to use with my children in exchange for my review.





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