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ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Vol. 1 Review

Last year (or was it the year before?) when I was blessed to visit a local homeschool conference (there hasn’t been one within three hours since!) I remember my SisterL telling me to check out the ARTistic Pursuits booth. The program has been on my wish list since, and I was thus delighted to gain the opportunity to review the Early Elementary K-3, Book 1: Introduction to the Visual Arts (expanded and revised for 2013).

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CTC Math – Math Computer School

In the end of February you might remember when I reviewed a Science Computer School Program, well today I want to share with you about a Math Computer School Program in review. Another winner for our opinion! With a little bit of a repeat for an introduction to my review for CTC Math (12 Month Family Plan), I want to share with you that the idea of getting involved in “computer school” was a bit daunting for me. Most of what we do in school is from books and interaction. While I’m not opposed and definitely use videos and mp3s when appropriate as well as a plethora of sites for printables, the idea of sitting my girls down in front of a computer that they take charge of in a program is a good bit daunting. While I hear rave reviews of things such as Starfall and the like for. . .

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Science4Us.com – Science Computer School

The idea of getting involved in “computer school” was a bit daunting for me. Most of what we do in school is from books and interaction. While I’m not opposed and definitely use videos and mp3s when appropriate as well as a plethora of sites for printables, the idea of sitting my girls down in front of a computer that they take charge of in a program is a good bit daunting. While I hear rave reviews of things such as Starfall and the like for preschoolers I’ve always hesitated. So when I had the opportunity to come up to review Science4Us.com as well as KinderBach from the TOS Crew I jumped in, with trepidation. As you might have read yesterday, KinderBach did not quite work out for us as wonderfully as it might have… so as we were spending more time online I was concerned that a Science4Us.com Online. . .

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KinderBach – Online Piano Lessons (Ages 3-7)

This start of the year has been filled with new experiences for my children in the way of school. Something they had never had before was what we now call computer-school. The first introduction in computer-school for us is a review of KinderBach, or specifically The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner. We have been blessed with access for six months to the lessons. Overall the program is geared toward children in the range of ages 3-7, however I’m told that others find it does work well for children slightly above and below. Our goal was to use the program 3-4 times a week and see how it went. This is the first introduction either of my blossoms has had to piano lessons. AppleBlossom has been begging to learn to the piano for over a year now. We were blessed with a hand-me-down keyboard and delighted to jump. . .

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Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten {Review – Part VII – Crafts}

CMM JrK Review

The Book of Crafts for Jr. K is brand new, it was not available when we first started. In the lesson plans I was queued with something like “Make a gingerbread craft” or “Madeline Craft”, but there was nothing more than that. Previously what I did was searched pinterest for great ideas and went from there. However, now with The Book of Crafts, no searching on my part is necessary as they are all laid out for me. I received a portion of this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. See full disclosure at close of post or read my disclosure policy for more details. *Thanks to Memoria Press for providing material for review.* The creative arts are an essential part of the primary school education. By using the activities in this book, you can reinforce number and letter recognition, strengthen fine motor skills, and foster creativity and. . .

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Kumon First Steps Workbooks + Basic Skills

The First Steps Series is designed for children, ages 2 and up, who have never used a workbook before. The colorful exercises allow toddler to practice motor control skills and develop spatial reasoning and problem-solving abilities. Stickers and paste, scissors, coloring, and folding aren’t just for fun–these activities are a child’s First Steps toward success. Each First Steps Workbook is 5 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches, paperback, 40 pages, and full color.

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

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VeggieTales®: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men

In this Veggie-version of the classic tale, Larry the Cucumber stars as Robin Good, a fearless man who roves the town of Bethlingham with his band of merry men to help people by fundraising from the rich and giving to the poor! But when a greedy Prince starts stealing the townspeople’s hams, donations are down and Robin’s friends take off and decide to give robbing from the rich a try.

Feeling rejected, Robin thinks things can’t get any worse, until he finds out that the ham-hoarding Prince has also captured his friends. Can Robin overcome his own hurt, rescue his friends and restore the townspeople’s hope?

A story of faith, strength, and friendship, this timeless tale will warm the hearts of children everywhere!

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Early Readers

What do you know about Early Readers? It seems like for the most part the major publishing companies all have their own version, but I keep getting confused so I decided to try to write out a list to understand it a little better myself. (I then figured I might as well make it a blog post in case any one else is interested!) Oh and now it seems many of these are available through Nook and Kindle. Those seem to range from $2.99-$4.99. These are all listed as Nook Kids, so I’m not sure if that means they are Nook Color (Nook Kids app on iPad too) Read to Me books, but I think that’s a possibility as I know the two I Can Read! ones are… speaking of which, a new one is FREE as of today! The problem that I notice off hand is that each publisher. . .

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Free CurrClick Product of the Week – Winter matching cards

Boost new words by playing these ready to print and use vocabulary games! From traditional board games to guessing pockets and tic-tac-toes, you will find educational games to practice and reinforce vocabulary with your children. You can use the games to play daily with your children at school or home. You can adapt the vocabulary in the games using the blank cards to meet your children’s needs. You can also expand the vocabulary connecting the words and concepts to other activities seen in class. Children can play the games individually, in pair work or in groups. Besides using a variety of games promotes the acquisition of new words and concepts as well as the use of different games. Components: 9 cards upper case letters and 9 cards lower case letters Get It Here! Search “Winter matching cards”

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