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Thin Stix Creativity Pack (Art Supplies) {Review}

We have fast come to love anything we get our hands on from the wonderful people at The Pencil Grip, Inc. and that holds true again with our latest discovery of Thin Stix Creativity Pack. We are so blessed to receive a 24-color pack to add to our art supplies for review. Today’s review post is a little bit different. I’m going to insert a short (less than five minutes) video to show you our set and some examples of art works that my girls have produced with it. The links included (above) are not affiliate links as were mentioned in my previous post, but a different store to show what all is available as requested by the wonderful vendor. Oh and while I’m on the past mentionings, don’t forget to check my review of The Pencil Grip. Now, back to it! Kwik Stix are amazing. We love our little. . .

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Guided Reading: Connect (Carson-Dellosa) {Review}

One of the exciting things that I’m jumping for joy to participate in this year is the Carson-Dellosa Brand Ambassador program. For this fall, the first set of goodies to arrive included a book called Guided Reading: Connect for Grades 3-4. As you may recall, my oldest kiddo is working on a generally 3rd/4th grade level and the one place we are struggling the most is with reading comprehension. SO yes! Hello, this is right what we need!   I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to take apart reproducible books. I’d rather just use it as is and keep it within the binding. While this isn’t a reproducible book, it is similar in the way that I have had to remove things from the spine, gasp!, but I am learning to adapt. *grin* This Ready to Go Guided Reading book is pick up and go and go well. This. . .

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Weave Your Word in Me (Bible Study) {Review}

Overall, I am very satisfied in my curricular choices, however, I have still been on the search for an appropriate Bible Study for us and now I’m intrigued to try Kid Niche Christian Books and their book Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 for review. From what I am told and what I can see thus far, this program is compatible with the following Bible translations:  KJV, ESV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, NABRE. From my college diploma Religious Studies I have collected quite a few translations. My daughter’s Bible is actually a HCSB, while mine is NIV and we have had no issues working through with these. This review period has been my first introduction to Kide Niche and I am intrigued to see what else they come up with in the future. What did we receive? For the purposes of this review, I received a package in the. . .

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Stitchy spot, stolen…

I set up my stitchy spot and told my girls it was time for school. The middle girl (6) has disappeared with her brother (3) and PBS on the Kindle Fire. The oldest (8) jumped in my spot with HER cross stitch and said, “it’s okay, you can read to me while I stitch. After all, that’s all sorts of educational.” #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #flosstube #stitchmaynia #crossstitch #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolingmama #bucilla #bucillakit #myfirstcrossstitch from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2gQGWDF

Pencil Grip 3 Step Training Kit {Review}

I remember teaching my girls how to form letters but I did not teach them grip. They just did it, not my son. Right now, my Rascal boy is three-years-old and this is a great introduction time for us with the The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit from The Pencil Grip, Inc. as a review. We have become familiar with The Pencil Grip, Inc. in the past through our use of our beloved Thin Stix and are quite a family fan. (Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks about a Thin Stix Creativity Pack as well!) For the purposes of this review, we were sent a 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit as well as The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors. We all found the scissors to be rather awkward and I doubt we will use them. I do, however, like the concept they present and will return to encourage my. . .

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Reading Eggs {Review}

Over the years since I have started including computer schooling into our days from time to time I have often heard of the incredible skills learned with Reading Eggs, but it was not until now that I was able to discover the magic for myself with our own kiddos. For the purposes of this review, I was given a six-month access for two students. We added the access to a trial I meant to do but didn’t several years ago for my oldest AppleBlossom. So now she has until early April 2018. The Princess has until mid-April and the Rascal we had a two week trial that ended a few days ago. We currently have access to Reading Eggs Junior (ages 2-4), Reading Eggs (ages 3-7), and Reading Eggspress (ages 7-13, grades 1-6), and also to MathSeeds (ages 3-9. Speaking of which, there is a great Free 4 week trial available!. . .

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CTCMath Online Maths Tutor {Review, 4th Year}

While it is true that I was on the Math Team in my youth, mathematics is not always my favorite subject to teach. This is why CTCMath Online Maths Tutor is a real blessing to my family, we started with an Single Membership several years ago, but right now a Family Membership is exactly what we need as I have added three of my students to our account. For the purposes of this review, we received a one-year subscription added on to our account, and by the way homeschoolers can get 60% off + 6 bonus months. If you’re curious, check out the Free Trial!! (These two promotions end November 15, 2017!) What is it? CTCMath is an online membership. Our account is set to a Family Membership, and each of my three students have a unique login and dashboard. Over the past several years since I first started using. . .

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Channie’s My First Letters Workbook {Review}

A few months ago, I was trying to find something to tide us over through the summer for my girls while browsing in our local Neighborhood Tutor teacher’s store. I came across a new set of workbooks, Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks, that the owner was very excited about and had just added to her shelves during her last expo shopping event. I was thinking that My First Letters (PreK-1st)  might be just the thing to get my eager to learn preschool three-year-old son started in the right direction with a little bit of fun and guidance as an introduction to “school”. I’m also putting the Easy Peasy Cursive (1st to 3rd) and One Page a Day: Double-Digit Math Problem Workbook  (1st to 3rd) on my probable school supply list for next year for the girls.  One step at a time For the purposes of this review, I was sent one copy of My First. . .

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Super Teacher Worksheets #Printables {Review}

Several years ago, I was introduced to Super Teacher Worksheets and I am delighted to again come to tell you just how helpful this Individual Membership website has been to my teaching this year. In 2015, you may have read my beginning opinions of this printables and worksheets website. In the depths of 2017, a good two years later I still love using this resource and it is one of my preferences. Once again, for the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive a one-year individual membership added to my existing account. Generally,  I have found myself looking for extra practice and using many pages as supplemental work. For example, my toddler preschool son is just now starting to learn the basics of penmanship. We have workbooks, but sometimes there is a letter he needs just that much more practice with. I’m thrilled that I can go in and. . .

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Captain Bayley’s Heir (from Heirloom Audio Productions) {Review}

One of the best additions to our homeschool repertoire in the past few years is the inclusion of audio dramatization adventures especially The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty from the amazing creative of Heirloom Audio Productions. Most recently we have journeyed to the far west in the United States of young America during the gold rush era in Captain Bayley’s Heir. Over the last several months, we have joined and enjoyed the community of the Live the Adventure Club which has given us immediate access to bonuses that enhance our Captain Bayley’s Heir study. For the purposes of this review, we received a physical Audio two-CD set and access to digital components added to our online account. Audio Adventure We love having a physical CD collection of Heirloom Audio Productions adventures. Through our experiences with The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty, we’ve journeyed back in time in the car on. . .

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Let’s Go Geography {Review}

This year, we have changed things up a bit and I did not have a real geography study plan set out. When the opportunity to review Let’s Go Geography and their world geography Year 1 program came up I was delighted to accept for our family. For the purposes of this review, I was given access to a subscription of one year of geography studies. This year is the first year of three planned for a full curriculum to cover many of the countries of the world at about 26 countries per year.  My access is intended to be used by one teacher for my homeschool. I am using this program with two of my students that both fall within the K-3 range. We are using a long day each week to spend studying with Let’s Go Geography. Each of my girls has a three-ring binder where they are keeping their pages. Everything. . .

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