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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Out of the Box Games- Snake Oil Party Potion- Review


It's time for some fun with Out of the Box Games and the Game Snake Oil Party Potion. Snake Oil Party Potion is a $14.99 Value.  The kids love games ! It's just so fun to gather with the family and enjoy each others company. This particular game is for children ages 8 years and up. However I think younger children can play if the cards are read to them.

The party potion Game is a new add on to the snake oil family. It is a smaller game and more portable. You can play it alone or add it to the original game to make more card combinations.
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How to Play:

You will need 3-6 Players to play the game.

Each player receives 6 cards.
One of the players will need to be the customer. The customer in the game will choose a customer card and take on the role of the card. Such as caveman or maybe a clown.

The player then choose 2 word cards from their pile of 6 cards to create a product that the customer might like to purchase. The players have 30-40 seconds each to try to convince the customer to choose their product.

The play that the customer choses becomes the new customer and receives that persons customer card.
You can see who can collect the most customer cards by the end of the game. There are other variations of the game that you can try.
We played the Game and what a riot. The kids had a good time creating products. My kids are extremely creative and I just sat back and laughed.

What I liked out this game is that it has educational value without the kids even realizing it. They learn to speak clearly, creativity, innovation, and other verbal skills. Great fun for all of the family.

We absolutely love this game and I hope to add the original game to our game stash as well. I loved how it fit in with a wild west sort of theme and could be played along with this type of study for a fun additive.


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Purposeful Design- Understanding the Creation (Review)

 
Of course I say... that I love teaching bible to my kids. The bible is such an exceptional book for teaching and sharing the love of our Lord. This great big book though can sometimes cause me to wonder... Where do I start? Well, why not from the beginning with Creation. Purposeful Design has this lovely hard bound book to help you understand creation. It is a nice supplemental book to use along with your bibles.



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Purposeful Design- Understanding the Creation by Jay Schabacker is a hard bound book valued- $18.95. The book is meant for all ages to be read.

I was so excited when I got my book to see that Jay had signed it. Nothing warmed my heart more. Thank you Jay Schabacker for taking the time to put such love and care into this book Purposeful Design Understanding the Creation.



This book is different than any other creation book I have encountered. It isn't just about the creation story but it takes you deeper. Helping you to see the glorious miracles right from God's hand. These things seem everyday to us because we wake to them and leave them in sleep each day but they are so worthy of our questions and attention. God is so awesome and powerful. Purposeful Design will help your child realize all that is around them.
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The Chapters Represented are as follows.
  • Chapter 1: The First Day: Creation of the Heavens and the Earth, The Foundation of it all
  • Chapter 2: The Second Day: Creation of the Atmosphere and Water
  • Chapter 3:  The Third Day: Creation of the Dry Land and Vegetation
  • Chapter 4:  The Fourth Day: Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars
  • Chapter 5:  The Fifth Day: Creation of the Birds and Fish
  • Chapter 6:  The Sixth Day: Creation of the Land Creatures and Humans
  • Chapter 7:  The Seventh Day


    Each chapter of the book takes you on the wonderful discovery of God's creation. For example in Chapter 1 you read the biblical account of the start of our world but then you look into how the Moon and stars orbit our earth. You learn how everything occurs to the second and no other could plan so well but our Lord and Creator. When you look at things like this your mind cannot fathom all that God is but you realize that you are a part of a greater unity than you can possibly understand.

    In Chapter two we took a look at the water cycle, which by the way fit nicely into my third graders Science and literature unit. We have been studying the water cycle and then reading about it from a weather magazine. So we had another source to look at and a very different perspective then from a secular magazine.

    Another match up in curriculum was from Chapter 3. We learn of the plants that grow on our earth and how each is made specifically for us. This one fit nicely with my preschoolers study on apples. You will take a closer look at an apple and learn how it is useful to you. Very interesting ,things I had never considered. We are given these things and we just enjoy them. We don't stop and think of their benefits. It just reminds me that we should stop and thank our Lord for all of our blessings.

    Skipping around a little on the 5th Day God Created Birds of the air. Our study on animals and their biomes later matched this look at God's wonderful creation. I was pretty happy that so many of the chapters could be related to lessons that we were already doing.

    You will also learn about the seasons, instincts of salmon, (I always found these fish fascinating) Cattle, Camels, and the amazing Human body.  The chapter on the Human design would be a great precursor to a more intense study. It talks about the brain, skull, hair, ears, eye, mouth and nose.

    And then on the Seventh day God rested. He modeled for us that our bodies need that day of rest. God wants us to rejuvenate our souls and sit in quiet worship with Him. It closes with Proverbs 19:21, Romans 8:28, Philippian's 2:12-13 and Ecclesiastes 8:17 and 12:13-14.


    Along with this book you can head over to Purposeful Designs website to get your free study guide to go along with your book. It's called
    Young Explorers Club. You would be able to use this guide with Upper elementary and older. There are fill in the blank questions from the book to help you solidify the material. We did not use the explorers club although it is a nice additive. We are more hands on homeschoolers but I can see this being a wonderful resource for those that enjoy worksheets.
    About Jay
    I wanted to add here that I was impressed when reading about Jay Schabacker. I like to take a look at the writer of my children's books to make sure their beliefs align with ours. I was impressed by the fact that He in essence is a scientist but also  maintains his faith. Sometimes not an easy thing. If you would like to read more about
    Jay Schabacker you can learn more on the website.


    My thoughts on the BookWhat I liked the most about this book was that I could really relate this to my children. They were able to stop and smell the roses so to speak taking a good look at Gods design and it's purpose for our lives. The pictures in the book are attractive to children. I specifically enjoyed that I could relate parts of it to each of my children and even learned a good bit myself.  Since we are hands on homeschoolers I did kind of wish there were some suggested hands on activities however, this momma is pretty creative so it didn't cause a big issue for me.


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    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    IXL - Review

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    Practice, Practice ,Practice... Sometimes with certain topics all the child needs is a bit more practice. My daughter who has dyslexia would often need to see a concept more than one way. It would be that 130th time that I showed her that she would have it and retain it.  She was my first at home child and I soon learned that practice was sometimes all we needed to succeed. IXL will give your child all the practice they need. I love this quote off the IXL website..."Practice is like Play. " A perfect why to explain IXL.

    IXL for one student is $9.95/month for one subject, or $15.95/month for both math and language arts. Additional students is only an extra $2 per month.

    An annual subscription is $79. for one subject or $129 for both math and language arts. Each additional student is only $20 per year.

    IXL gifted the crew a one year Membership for up to 5 students. That included IXL Math and IXL Language Arts.  Math covers topics from Prek-to 8th and then includes Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre Calculus. Language Arts runs from 2nd -8th grade.

    I started out using it with my Pre-K student and my 3rd grader but later had my 8th grader do a few things in it as well.  Parents have their own log in so that they can keep track of students usage, progress and achievement. IXL will compare your child's scores to state standards and is Common Core Aligned. Here in the parent account it will calculate the data you need for your child to excel. There is an easy to use tool bar that shows you all of your child's content and what they might need to practice more.


    When you open your IXl you will choose which level you would like to work in. There is a list of skills under each grade level for math and for Language arts. You can pick and choose which skill you would like to work on or you can have your child work in order through the program.  Once your child is ready or finds the topic they need. They simply click that link and begin working. Remember this is a program meant to be used in addition to your regular curriculum. It is a wonderful way to supplement what you are using and get in that extra practice as it is needed.




    When I received the program I began using it with my preschooler. In the mornings I have her preschool day set up in blocks. So that in the morning she works on a little bit of math skills and in the evening language arts skills. There are no language arts skills in IXL for Preschool. Our language arts time at this level is reading stories and working on our ABC recognition.  In the math program she was able to practice shapes, numbers to 3, 5 and then 20. Classifying, comparing, position and money just to name some of them. My girl knows her shapes well but has been struggling with reversing 3 and 5. This worked well in trying to solidify what I was trying to show her. This must be a typical problem because there is a specific 3 and 5 section. Your child will count and then they can practice the number recognition.  We are still working on it but I really saw improvement with the practices.






    My 3rd grade son utilized the program practicing his multiplication facts. Math was the area he needed the most practice.  There are many topics in the 3rd grade math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, time lapse, measurement , graphs, decimals, statistics, and more. As I mentioned above we have been working on our multiplication facts. There is an introduction to math facts and then a skill building section. Each fact is represented so you can practice 2's, or 9s or whatever you want to practice. You can even practice them all together. What I was surprised about when beginning our introduction to multiplication is that is aligned perfectly with our current math curriculum. We were able to practice any of the sections from his math book. I really like to give the kids as many different ways of learning as I can. This provided a visual that I could not have provided in the way it's resented. Kids at this age love playing on the computer so it felt more like play than study. If my son was correct it told him immediately and if it was incorrect it showed him why.







    Later I had my 8th grader join in. I didn't think he would be able to use the program at first but he could. In fact all my older students would benefit from this practice. I honestly wish I had loaded all the kids. I only added my younger two but allowed my 8th grader to try a little under his sister so we could explore the language arts program.


    You see in 8th grade our big nemesis is grammar. I have never been that great a grammar and so I am not very good at teaching it. I have to learn first and then teach him. It is often rather wobbly. When I looked over the language arts I wasn't sure what to expect but you can imagine my euphoria when I saw all of these grammar concepts...











    If we didn't quite have a concept we could look in the 7th grade program as well and work our way up to something.  Honestly this practice was perfect for him and for me. Recently we have been working on prepositional phrases. Below is an example of what my son came upon .



     
    When he selects the phrase it highlights the text. If he is correct it tells him and if he is not correct .... It tells him why. Big Big Big when you are in he upper grades and really need the why something isn't correct. I can use my teacher guides all I want but if I can't tell him why it is wrong. What use is it to him.  I was a little disappointed IXL ended at 8th grade but the good news is that it is a work in progress and the upper grades are coming soon!




    My thoughts on IXL
    IXL is a very basic program. It excludes the bells and whistles but is about content. I like that for my learners that do not need the distraction. Often times I would find my child struggling a bit with a topic and we would turn to IXL for more practice. It is a wonderful supplement to what you are already doing. My oldest daughter later this year will be doing Pre Calculus. I can only imagine how much this will helps us as we go. Honestly right now I wish Chemistry was there too. I can only see IXL growing as the years go and can't wait to see what else is added in the future. Thank you IXL for all the practice. Mom sure needed it.



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    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Weekly Randomness...

    Time to share a little Randomness.


    1. The fire photos were taken at our Co-ops Safety day. It was an Awesome event. There were probably over  10 community workers there who would speak to the kids for about 15 minutes or so each and then they would move on to the next. Some gave out goodie bags and some didn't . The kids came home with so much information. It was a great day!




    2. Nov. 5 was my Birthday. We spent it at home doing our school work having a regular day . My parents stopped in for lunch. They brought pizza and cake. I really am not a big lets celebrate my birthday sort of girl but it was a nice day.





    3. I like using Body Spray over using perfume. I especially am in love with Bath and Body works . I love the sweeter scents and fruity.  



    4. The boys had some fun at Rabbit club too. They dressed their rabbits in costume . Then they had an achievement night. At Achievement night the boys each received gold ribbons for their rabbit notebooks!
    In their notebooks they learn more about taking care of their rabbits. They keep track of their care and their show material. I am so proud of all their hard work.









    5.. Its out just for a short time. My favorite Sierra Mist Cranberry Soda. I so love it. So I am scouring the stores looking for more. I need to stock up because it soon will be gone.



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    Nikki
    
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    David Nicholson - If He Had Not Come - Book Review

    In years past we have made the count down to Christmas memorable in several different ways. My favorite way has been reading a new Christmas story each day up until Christmas starting December 1. Over the years I have collected some treasures and I have collected a few fluff books too. If He Had Not Come is not one of those fluff books. It is perfect for putting the focus back on the reason for the season.  




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    If He Had Not Come  is reintroduced by David Nicholson a 18.95 value for a hardbound book and $3.99 for the Ebook version. The book is in picture book style Illustrated by Charles Jaskiewicz.

    This book is written for children ages 6 years and up. Although as the parent I would review the book first and make a decision about that based off of your knowledge of your own child.
    Christmas Book Review


    About the Story:

    The story is about a young boy named Bobby who is excited to wake up Christmas morning and open all of his Christmas presents.  Before he heads to bed on Christmas Eve his father opens his bible and reads from it. The verse there that reads "If I Had Not Come" stays in his mind as he heads off to bed.

    When Bobby wakes up in the morning he races down the stairs only to find nothing... no tree, no parents , no gifts. He seeks out his family and tries to find them at work. Only to come across grouchy people with no spirit for our Lord and Savior. He is briskly sent on his way and he seeks other avenues of help only to be turned away each time with the people having no knowledge of Christ or Christmas.

    He  eventually comes across an elderly man needing medical attention. In his effort to seek help he is unable to find anyone willing to help. All the homes and shelters no long exist because people aren't willing to help without Jesus.  Bobby is happy to find that it is all a terrible Dream. He wakes up less worried about his gifts and more focus on the Reason, Jesus Christ.


    Secretly I suspect the world would be a lot worse than portrayed in this children's story but it gives the kids something to think about . Christmas isn't all about getting it is about Jesus' life and giving.


    There is more than just a story.In the back of the book you will find resources to go along with your story.


    Interactive Topics for families and Sunday school teachers -  This section provides discussion questions that go along with the story. They are in chronological order so you can ask them as you read or come back to them at the end. This is one page in length.


    Going Deeper- Takes you to the bible. It shares bible verses pertaining to some of the questions that are raised in the interactive topics section. This guide is also one page in length.

    Gospel Message- Outlines the New testament message. (1 page)

    Lastly there is a suggested crafty style activity in the very back.


    My thoughts: I work as a Sunday school teacher and as I read this story I kept trying to seek the deeper meaning. I read this story to my 8 year old son and he picked up on it quickly. When the story was over I felt like there was so much more I could do with this story.  Jesus was born to save us from our sins. His birth also sparks many charities and pushes people to want to do more and give more of themselves. As I read I kept thinking this would be a great book to use when introducing the Christmas Child boxes that our church sends to other countries.

    This will definitely be a story we read again at Christmas time and will be a part of our days before Christmas story time. Our church this year on Christmas Eve will be hosting a Pajama party for our children and I thought this may be the story we read to the kids this year. So much to think about the night before his we celebrate His birth.


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    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Fascinating Education- Chemistry

    What do you do when you get to High School and your not sure you can teach those higher education subjects?  First don't let it scare you because you can do it. There are some really good resources out there on the market that can help you make it through and Fascinating Education is one of them.  

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    Fascinating Education provides an online curriculum for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  Typically for Middle school and High school students. It was created by  Dr. Margulies. He uses colorful illustrations and video crossed with text to teach to the student. The course is $79 for one full year. Get two courses for $125 or three courses for two years for $175.


    Fascinating Education Review


    My 12th grade daughter used Fascinating Chemistry with her studies and my 8th grade son used some of the videos to go along with his study that touches on his Chemistry. He didn't take any of the tests that went with it because I had it set up for his sister but he was able to view some of the videos and follow along nicely. Fascinating Chemistry is in plan English with out an excess amount of Science terminology, which makes it easier to learn.  
    Fascinating Education Review

    We received our password via email and then opened our Chemistry course. Below is what you will see once you are in the Chemistry course. The headings are marked lessons but they really remind me of one unit. There are 18 lessons as indicated ...
    Lesson 1: The Intermolecular Bond
    Lesson 2: The Ionic Bond
    Lesson 3: The Covalent Bond
    Lesson 4: The Polar Covalent Bond
    Lesson 5: The Metallic Bond, Part 1
    Lesson 6: The Metallic Bond, Part 2
    Lesson 7: Heat
    Lesson 8: Air Pressure
    Lesson 9: Properties of Water
    Lesson 10: The Mole
    Lesson 11: Gases
    Lesson 12: Solutions
    Lesson 13: Chemical Reactions
    Lesson 14: Orbitals
    Lesson 15: Electrochemistry
    Lesson 16: Polymers
    Lesson 17: The Nucleus
    Lesson 18: Final Problems


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    Under each lesson you have three choices. The Lesson tab will bring you to a page that looks something like the one below.





    Each one of those links is a video that shares that topic. They are basic teaching videos that get right to the point. When one is complete you just click next and view the next one. Each topic is broken down into manageable chunks for easier learning. There is a tab with glossary terms and at the bottom special information about the elements. If you choose to click script then you will have a pdf file of the videos presented. I love this feature especially for my daughter because she is not an audio learner. She needs to read things herself. So following along with the script has been helpful for her learning. My son on the other hand is an audio leaner and does not need the pdf scripts when he studies.

    The video lessons end with a video titled what we have learned so far. I like this it helps round out what you have learned and reminds you of key points.

    Another option you have for that lesson is the test. The tests are laid out with question and answer options. You just click the circle to answer with the correct answers. You can easily see how many questions you have left to complete and can go back to any you aren't sure about.




    The test results are easy to figure out. It shows you what you did wrong and what the correct answer is if you got any wrong. It lets you know if you need to study more or if you can move on.


    The program allows you to stop and start and holds your place for the next time you begin again.






    My thoughts:
    The videos are easy to understand and rather simplistic in nature. There aren't the usual bells and whistles with typical video courses. However for my dyslexic child this worked fabulously when helping her understand the topics presented. I felt like we needed more along with it although the videos could stand alone as the curriculum.

    There are labs along with the courses that are password protected for safety purposes. Several of them should be supervised by the parent. If you are not a science experiment sort of person you can skip them without much issue. Although the labs really do solidify what your child is learning and gives them that hands on learning many teens require.


    Looking to the future of my sons academic career I can see us using this curriculum. He will just be beginning high school next year and will be in need of at least 2 of these courses. My daughter will graduate this year with another Science on her transcript.


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    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Apples



    Apples, Apples Who has the Apples ....

    We DO!!!


    I'm a little late in sharing our apple day. On Sept. 26, 2014 Sweet Pea and I celebrated Johnny Appleseed day with a few apple activities that I found all over the web and some came from my days as a preschool teacher.  Our first activity was apple printed. We did this first because I had the idea to cut out some of her prints and use them for math as manipulates. If you have older students this is a fun way to do math facts and stay with a particular theme.





    I cut the apples so that there were slits on them. Apples can get slippery with paint. Cutting a slit like this makes is so much easier to hold.





    This is her finished Apple art project...







     

    After we watched a video of about Johnny from Disney on You tube. Then we made these apple hats.
    Sweet pea just learned the letter A so she also wrote A's all over her hat and Tried to write her name.



    While we had the paint out we also painted paper plates . When they dried I punched holes in the apple so that it could be laced. We also found A's and highlighted them from a worksheet from a Confession of a Homeschooler.



    

    I found this fun roll an apple game on The First Grade Parade. Sweet Pea loves these type of games. We took turns rolling the apple cube and coloring apples. 





    We painted more apples with dot painters... This apple outline worksheet was easy to find online. Apples are everywhere. I honestly used this one day when I needed to work one on one with the bigger kids.




    Here is an example of our apple cut outs that we used for math. At that time we were only learning 1 and 3 . She can count higher than that but we are working on recognizing them. We are to five but we have been mixing up 3 and 5 so we took time to slow down and keep working on them.




    I found some fun Apple Poems from Homeschool share and Apple parts worksheet . I believe they came from the same spot . I don't quite remember.



     



    There really are thousands of Apple activities we could have done. We also read many books on the topic as well. My favorite is from Usborne books called Secrets of an Apple Tree. As you read you can shine a light and see more on the page. I love the idea.



    Hope you enjoyed our Apple day.

    Warm Blessings,

    Nikki
    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Jim Hodges Productions- Review


    Do you like to do read-a-louds in your home.  The kids like when I do them but I sometimes struggle with finding books to read. We try to read at least 4 per year if not more, of course they read on their own beyond the read-a-louds as well.  Audio books provides a nice change up for those story times.  My voice gets a break and they get something new and exciting. They are really wonderful too when mom isn't feeling well. A teacher sick day activity.




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    Jim Hodges Audio Books  might fill what you are looking for in an audio. They make a wonderful addition to your history curriculum as well. Keep in mind that these aren't action style audios with music and the flash and bang. The words are the story. Honestly some of my kids have trouble with the flash and bang so I appreciate basic reading. Our world is so full of the flashing lights and bells and whistles that kids have trouble some times associating with it. It's about time they slow down and learn to appreciate it the reading of the written word.




    Anyway the book an Audio MP3 That I was able to review is called...
    With Lee in Virginia  Voice by Jim Hodges who specializes in unabridged recordings of Henty titles - $25. for the physical Cd and $15 for the download.  This is an 11 hour and 20 minute CD.  I find I enjoy putting Cd like this one in my laptop. I have better control of where I start and end. I was able to play it in a regular Cd player.

    Best for children 10 years or older.




    Jim Hodges Productions Review





    With Lee in Virginia tells the tale of the American Civil war. Now My kids are not studying the Civil war right now but we always enjoy our History and soon will be to this time period. I hope to pull it back out when we get there as a reminder.



    The story begins with Vincent Wingfield a teenager from Virginia whose mother has recently been widowed. Vincent must make adult decisions on the plantation when problems arise. We follow the main character through several famous Civil War battles of the 1960's, as well as his capture and escape.  Along the way we learn a bit about Robert E. Lee and other soldiers of the time period.



    Being from the North I have always looked at the stories of the Civil war from the Northern perspective. This audio walked us through a different perspective of a Southerner.





    The chapter titles are as follows...

    Chapter 1 A Virginia Plantation (36:01)
    Chapter 2 Buying a Slave (35:59)
    Chapter 3 Aiding a Runaway (34:57)
    Chapter 4 Safely Back (25:49)
    Chapter 5 Secession (30:12)
    Chapter 6 Bull Run (41:53)
    Chapter 7 The "Merrimac" and the "Monitor" (33:01)
    Chapter 8 McClellan's Advance (32:13)
    Chapter 9 A Prisoner (32:54)
    Chapter 10 The Escape (34:24)
    Chapter 11 Fugitives (32:30)
    Chapter 12 The Bush-Whackers (31:54)
    Chapter 13 Laid Up (31:40)
    Chapter 14 Across the Border (33:07)
    Chapter 15 Fredericksburg (30:51)
    Chapter 16 The Search for Dinah (36:41)
    Chapter 17 Chancellorsville (43:12)
    Chapter 18 A Perilous Undertaking (33:15)
    Chapter 19 Free (35:21)
    Chapter 20 The End of the Struggle (34:32)


    Along with the audio we received the 52 page Study Guide. Each chapter in the study guide shares vocabulary words, provides questions and activities pertaining to the audio. After the 5th chapter there is a short quiz. The activity sections have many clickable links that go along with your listening.  There are videos, timeline activities, cooking, map work, poetry, artwork, puzzles as well as question and answer sections.  What I liked most is the vocabulary section. The words are not in ABC order but come in the order they appear in the story. There is so much you could do with this and I can't wait to explore it even more when we being our American History lessons next year.



    My thoughts:

    We live near the Gettysburg Battlefields. I grew up on learning the history of America and this great fight to free ourselves from each other. The Civil war is exciting to young teenagers because it tells the tale a place right here where we stand. History is so much more interesting when you realize that many years ago it happened right here on this ground.



    As I mentioned above the perspective change in the story was refreshing. It was interesting to hear from the other side. I always enjoy Henty books anyway.  I played this for my 14 year old and my 8 year old. The 8 year old being a bit young but he seemed to be able to follow along.  I did play it on my computer only because it was difficult to start and stop. I could easily mark the time using my laptop.



    My 8 year old doodled while he listened and my 14 year old followed the vocabulary and later did some of the guided questions.  I printed out the vocabulary because it was easier for him to follow. There was some tough terminology there so we would often stop and start and go back and forth. I later went over the vocabulary first to help with the stop and start. We would listen to one section at a sitting usually 2 times per week doing activities on alternating day.  I am not sure how much my 8 year old got from it. I thought it was well over his head but he hung out with us anyway.



    Now that I was able to listen to it in its entirety I feel like I could use parts of it more for a Unit Study. I took notes as I went and notated time stops for places I wanted to come back and revisit and expound upon later.


    I definitely would like to visit more of the audios the Jim Hodges has to offer. The Study guides are a welcome addition.


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    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Clued in Kids - Review



    I love planning fun things for the kids to do in our homeschool but lets face it there isn't always time with housework ,errands and planning academics. Sometimes the fun gets put to the side.


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    Clued in Kids provides that fun with interactive treasure hunts that will keep your kids moving and thinking. My kids were able to try...Princess Treasure Hunt Clue Book - $8.99
    (Physical Product) For kids ages 4 and Up.

    5 Multiplication Dragon Treasure Hunts (2X- 6X tables) - $19.99 (Download and Print) For kids 7-9


    The Princess Treasure Hunt came in a small package with tear out  pages. It reminded me of a notebook that you tear off. Each page tells you where to hide the card and only took a few minutes to prepare. I did get confused at first and then realized I was complicating it. It only took about 8 minutes in my case a bit more because I had them mixed up for a second there. Let me tell you what I did so you know not to do the same thing. The back page shows you the answer and where the item should be hidden. I was back a card and didn't realize the card told me where to hide it . Yep I had a moment. The card you are hiding at the bottom says leader and tells you exactly where it should go. It is that simple and yet I somehow messed the first on up. Heh heh. At least I figure it out before they went on their hunt.


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    My 8 year old graciously agreed to help his sister with her Princess hunt. I looked at the cards and thought some of the puzzles might be to hard for her to do alone. So they worked as a willing team.





    He read the card to her and they worked on the puzzle to figure out where the next card might be hiding. They either had to find a hidden card or they had to complete a task to receive a card from me.
    Here Spirit is bowing to me as a regal prince for his next clue.

     


     
     
     
    The puzzles were easy to complete and the kids went all over the house looking for their next clue such as under their bed , at a window, outside at the doorbell and in our refrigerator.


    At one point they were walking around with books on their heads trying to balance and walk.

    
     



    After that activity they were given this next card. Sweet Pea was able to find the next gem in the pattern but wasn't sure of writing letters just yet so Spirit wrote the letters for her to find they had to go find Sweet Pea's PJ's.

     



    The kids ended with a treat in the dryer. I decided on Princess pretzel wands ,which are pretzels dipped in icing and color sprinkles added to them. Everything we need to make them were in a bag with a bow in the dryer. They were so excited and eager to receive their reward. I can see doing these and a reward not just for completing the treasure hunt but maybe for completing a particularly hard task.






     

     
     
    We were also able to review the Multiplication Dragon  Hunt. Spirit is at just he right age learning his multiplication facts right now. I decided to use the treasure hunt as an incentive. There are 5 hunts and they come to you as a download. You simple print out he pages and hide them just like we did the Princess hunt.  I had Spirit Practice and memorize his facts. We started out with the 2's and moved up the line. Each time he learned them well we would then do the treasure hunt as a review and a little reward at the end.  Here is an example of one of the cards so you can get an idea of what they are like.


     
    
    Your child solves the clue and then know where to find the next clue and so on. In this case there are 2 groups of four dragons. So his answer would be Mailbox. That tells him his next clue is at the mailbox. We taped it to the back of the mailbox.







    This was such a great product I wish I had thought of it. My son was learning his facts as fast as he could just to have the treasure hunt!!



    My Thoughts:

    These treasure hunts are so simple and yet they are such a great idea. I didn't have to do any of the planning other than hiding the cards. The kids were able to take a break and have fun learning. It was just a win ,win all around.





    There are many other treasure hunts available. You might want to stop by and read about some of the packages available for Christmas they make great stocking stuffers.  You might also want to sign up for Clued in Kids Newsletter. When you do you will receive a FREE Treasure Hunt!!!  Give it a try you might be hooked too.



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