Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Geography Made Interesting

 Geography seems to be one of those subjects that I don't spend a lot of time on.  Not because I don't think it's important but because I don't always know how to teach geography.  Looking at a map over and over can get a little boring.
My kids and I came up with a fun way to learn the states,  I pull out my large laminated map and geography flash cards. Without them seeing what state is on the card I tell them a state.  Each kid as a little toy, usually a lego guy, the first one to locate the state and put their piece on the map gets the flash card. The one with the most flashcards wins. I mix it up and tell them the capital or a few facts about the state and they have to guess what state it is. They are loving this way of learning their states and I am loving seeing how fast they are learning the states and can locate them on a map. Next, we will move onto the world map.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide

The Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Top Picks for Every Child

Christmas is fast approaching! Where has the past year gone? My family has picked out some toys that I think you will love.  At the bottom of this article, you will find a $10 off any purchase coupon!  

Meccano Meccanoid

Top Pick for Boys 8-12
This thing has it all for the boy that loves to build! 
Build your robot; program your robot; nickname your robot; teach your robot to play! With 3 ways to program your robot, and over 1000 pre-programmed jokes, games, fun facts, and actions (like dancing or giving a high five!), you can choose how to interact
 with the big-eyed, fully-functional robot.
He's your friendly neighborhood robot, and he can't wait for you to build him! 

This robot's official name is Meccanoid, but it's customary to give your friends nicknames. Give him or her a nickname: Meccanoid will remember it, and respond! 

Step 1: Build him/her. 

Step 2: Program him/her (use any of 3 ways). 

Step 3: Turn him/her into your best friend ever! 

Top pick for 6-12-year-old girls
Every girl needs an 18" doll to pack around, dress in cute clothes and comb it's silky smooth hair.

All Ages Will love this one
Look how cool this is! Teach kids about Circuits by drawing. 
The Circuit Scribe Ultimate kit has everything you need to introduce the ideas of circuitry and electronics to kids in a creative, hands-on approach. This kit covers light, sound, motion and has connector cables to integrate Makey Makey, raspberry pi & Arduino.

All Ages Will love this one
My kids found a two-tailed swallowtail caterpillar, it was the oddest looking little thing.  They brought it home and were amazed to see that within a few days it had built itself a chrysalis.  It has been so fun looking at it and wondering when it will transform into a beautiful butterfly.   This experience has my children so excited to learn more about caterpillars and butterflies. What better way to learn than to purchase a butterfly garden. 

Top pick for Pre-k -8
Magformers are a great pick for your builders.  Great for girls and boys. 

Top pick for 6-12
My kids love their stem building kits.  

Top pick for the builder - girly options are available also.

All Ages Will love this one

Top pick for girls that love dolls. 


All of these items are available at one of my favorite stores, Educents. If you are a new customer, get a $10 Discount here.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Be Thou An Example

Be Thou An Example...

Do you have days that you wonder if your children are going to make it in society? As a parent, one of my greatest desires for my children is that they have good character traits.  I want them to be kind and thoughtful to each other and to those they associate with. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rome and the Christians - Story of the World Vol 1 Ch 39

Story of the World Vol 1 Ch 39
Rome and the Christians 

 During Augustus Caesar's reign in Rome, the people loved him. He was a just and good ruler whom the army obeyed and respected.  

Saturday, October 21, 2017

All About Spelling Giveaway

This month All About Spelling is giving away the level of your choice, which includes student manual and teachers manual.  If you haven't used All About Spelling, you will also receive the Basic Spelling Interactive Kit. 

 If you have struggling spellers this is a great program to try.  I love it and use it with my children and for the most part, they love it.   It has made spelling so much easier in my home. We no longer have workbooks that they hate and that didn't seem to help them become better spellers. Now they are learning the rules of spelling. They love not having workbooks that just require memorization of words, now they are understanding the rules and rule breakers of spelling. 

All About Spelling is a seven-level program. Based on the latest research, this award-winning program provides complete and comprehensive instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach. To learn more about the All About Spelling approach download "Six Ways We Make Spelling Easy" for free.  

The Giveaway will be open until 12am on November 1st.  A winner will randomly be selected on November 1st and will be contacted by email.  If the winner doesn't respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cathy Duffy Top Curriculum Picks

Below I have listed a few of my favorite resources.  Cathy Duffy is the know-all when it comes to homeschool curriculum. She has reviewed hundreds of homeschool curricula to help educators like me make an educated decision when shopping for homeschool curriculum. So as soon as I see a product has been approved by Cathy Duffy, I am more likely to trust it. Here’s a handful of Cathy-approved educational picks available at Educents.com. I hope these double-recommended educational resources will relieve you from endless hours of shopping around for the best (and most cost-effective) homeschool resources.

Elementary Math & Science

Life of Fred Elementary Math

math books If you haven't heard of Life of Fred, you're in for a real treat. Dr. Stanley F Schmitt is a math teacher who developed story-based math learning series that has taken homeschooling by storm! Forget rote learning that doesn't resonate: learners follow the Fred and his pals through life and learn math concepts along the way. Kids sometimes don't even know they're learning math until they're told! Each book has a topic, like Apples, Butterflies, and Cats. I recommend supplementing math learning with the science of social studies of the same topic! get-it-now-200x60

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Book Review - The Red Scarf Girl

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

About the Author: 
Ji-li Jiang is the author of Red Scarf Girl (an ALA Notable Book), her own account of growing up in China under the Cultural Revolution. Born in Shanghai in 1954, she was a science teacher before coming to the United Sates in 1984. In 1992 she started a company, East West Exchange, to promote cultural exchange between Western countries and China. She lives near San Francisco, California.

From the Back Cover:

In 1966 Ji-li Jiang turned twelve. An outstanding student and leader, she had everything: brains, the admiration of her peers, and a bright future in China′s Communist Party. But that year China′s leader, Mao Ze-dong, launched the Cultural Revolution, and everything changed. Over the next few years, Ji-li and her family were humiliated and scorned by former friends, neighbors, and co-workers. They lived in constant terror of arrest. Finally, with the detention of her father, Ji-li faced the most difficult choice of her life.
Told with simplicity and grace, this is the true story of one family′s courage and determination during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.


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