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Reading Eggs Review

[…]well and figured it out on their own.  They can purchase things with their reward golden eggs and update their apartment, etc..  They can check out their trophy room, arcade, mall, stadium, library, targets, english skills, etc..  When they click on my lessons, it automatically takes them to the next lesson.  They click on that number and off they go to their next lesson.  For example – with my nine-year-old, she is on Reading Eggspress and learning about Main Ideas.   Clicking on the golden egg or on my progress takes you to their stats.  Lessons completed, books read, spelling, stadium, exile current reading level and growth and so much more.  You can find Mental Minute in Mathseeds where they have a minute to answer as many math questions as they can.  The driving tests also allow them to practice their math skills while having fun.   Without question – my kids give Reading Eggs two thumbs up with a big grin.  You don’t have to take our word for it though – see what others have to say about it! […]

Some Catching Up

[…]extra money to do it all now.  So I got started on my bathroom makeover.  I’ll be sharing the updates and probably some tutorials for it all when I’m finished with it but for now, here’s the before photo of the bathroom {with the missing toilet that we had to take out}.  Seriously – WORST before picture ever!  But I had already started tearing down the wall paper I think, some trim was off and the toilet was out when I realized I needed a before picture.  See the fan sitting in the tub – further proof of the joy when doing all of this when our a/c was broke.   I am putting in a tile floor, painting, a pallet / plank wall, building a new vanity and I’m not sure what else at the moment, but I can’t wait!  So far I have the floor done, the wall and paint done and am working on the vanity.  We have the toilet back in, but that’s where I’m at for now.  I’ll update you with pictures when I have time.  I just finished Maggie’s birthday party and have to get Henry’s ready for this weekend.  Mix in a monster cold and we’re all set.   Check back  –  I’ll posting posting links to the posts about the bathroom remodel as well as the birthday parties.   So that’s how my crazy summer has been.  How has your summer been?  Any adventures or […]

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Revisited

Awhile ago, I shared what we are using for kindergarten homeschool curriculum.   If we say we started in September, that puts us 7 months into our first year of homeschool.  There are so many days I feel like I’m not doing very much actual teaching, but the reality is, the kids are learning so much!  It just looks different than what I envisioned.  You see, I use very little of what I actually purchased for kindergarten curriculum. For the most part, I still like what we decided on and it worked fine for us, but we just changed.  The one thing we purchased that just wasn’t working out for us was All About Reading.  Maggie hated it.  Pure hate and a fight if I even suggested we work on it.  Since I became an Usborne Books & More consultant last February, I eventually ordered the Usborne Very First Reading Set {which I later replaced with the Usborne Very First Reading Library}.  I figured it couldn’t hurt.  We got down to it after taking some time off because she seriously got upset just talking about her learning to read.  Then I busted out Pirate Pat.  We spent the first day just looking at it and talking about the letter sounds and how we would read them together.  It took us 3 or 4 days to get through the first book but she was SO excited because she just finished reading a book.  This was such a great decision for our family.  She is up to book 11 or 12 but we don’t use this as our reading time as often.  You see, she realized about a month ago that she could read anything.  I mean that.  She can read any word now.  She isn’t fluid, but she’s able to read anything so that’s just what she does.  She picks up a book, magazine, cereal box, etc. and reads it.  The library takes us up into second grade, so we will keep reading it but the reality is that now she just needs to keep practicing and she LOVES to read.   We stopped using Moving Beyond the Page.  I loved it, I still think it’s great.  We did do some of the units and had fun with them.   But then the kids got really interested in something so we ran with it and left our curriculum behind.  Now, I use books to design our curriculum based on what we feel like learning about.   We do still follow Singapore Math pretty consistently.  She’s now onto the second half of first grade math.  When we finished the first half of first grade math, we took some time off to really keep reinforcing what she had learned.  She could do it all but it took quite a bit of time and I wanted it to be more automatic for her.  She liked not having to do her workbook again and I was planning to wait at least a few more weeks and just keep playing math games like Math Room with her but she wanted to start working on her book again so we are about six lessons in right now.   I did order Mystery of History to kind of sort of use for history.  I say that because I love how it weaves the bible into history instead of always seeming like they are two separate things.  We read the 1-2 pages once a week but really love the timelines as a fun, visual way to learn about history.  Most of our history comes from books at bedtime.   I also added in Devotions Off the Map.  I love the quick story as they go on a journey and then we discuss the bible verses and the open ended questions that we can discuss together as a family.   In all honesty though, a very large part of our school day takes place in the car or at bedtime.  We read a story at bedtime and there are a million questions to go along with it.  It really leads into discussion the next day as well and we pull out some more books to go along with whatever “it” happens to be.  Lately, we’ve been reading  Who was Rosa Parks? and other titles as well as the If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon […]

Feel Beautiful While Breastfeeding : You! Lingerie Review

[…]into the feeling beautiful game again – or maybe you haven’t left but your wardrobe needs an update – you will want to check out You! […]
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Our Decision to Homeschool

[…]the topic entirely.  It won’t change my mind or our plans but it still makes me nervous.  {Update – nobody was really against it.  They asked some questions but they are all supportive.}   To my fellow homeschool readers, what reasons did you have for beginning to homeschool your kids?  Were your families on board or did they think you were making a […]

Beyond the Books: 20+ of the Best Apps for Kindergarteners

[…]had a chance to use this yet {seriously, we are checking out so many apps right now} but we will update when we spend some time with it.   *** indicates our current favorites. This week has been tough since we are all down and out with a pretty nasty cold, even typing this hurts my face right now.  That being said, we have added tons of apps lately and it had me thinking about the amount of data we use.  Between my blogging and real estate business, John’s obsessed with Facebook and Craigslist, and the kids spending way too much time lately on the tablet playing music and apps, I knew we were using far too much data around here and it was probably going to get expensive.  I remember hearing about the Walmart Family Mobile plans and how affordable they are so I decided to check it out. We have a variety of devices that the kids use sometimes.  The tablet is great sometimes but when we are out and about and I need to keep somebody busy for awhile {think waiting at the doctor}.  Having a smartphone that can keep up with our data use and not cost me an arm and a leg.  We decided to try out the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan because it includes unlimited talk, text and data; including up to 10 GB of 4G LTE data PLUS a free movie on VUDU {$7 value} every month per line.  All of this for $49.88 a line.  Not only is this a great deal for a phone plan, the data is exactly what we need.  The free movie every month is a total plus for us.  It gives us more options for our weekly movie night with the kids.  We love to all curl up around the laptop or tablet and watch a movie all snuggled together for some quality family time.  This was like icing on the cake for us. We already knew we liked the Samsung phones so we decided on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for $99 on rollback from $149.  Since we didn’t already have a Walmart Family Mobile plan, we had to purchase the $25 starter kit as well.  I was beyond thrilled when the cashier offered to set it up for us right on the spot. Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing. Getting a deal on extra data plus a movie is a huge bonus for our family.  Knowing we don’t have to worry about using too much data on any of our devices plus having a great phone that I can count on anytime, whether I’m at home, on the go or need a technology babysitter while I am showing houses, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime with the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan is the answer to our needs.  Now I can get my work done, the kids can have some educational fun, we get a family movie AND we never have to worry about using too much data. I did my research but I know there are other kindergarten apps that should be on my list.  I’d love for you to leave me a comment letting me know your favorite apps, whether or not they made this list. […]
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Mommy Scene Be Mine Giveaway

[…]Hazelwood necklaces, 1 adult size and 1 child size Jack N’ Jill Bunny Gift Kit Baby Bump Bundle – Lollacup Straw Sippy Cup GroVia Hybrid Trial Kit – 1 Hybrid Shell with Hook & Loop Closure + 1 No-Prep Cloth Soaker Pad + 3 Disposable BioSoakers Revelae Kids Discovery Box style of choice This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on Feb. 14th, 2016. a Rafflecopter giveaway Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each […]