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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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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Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting (Everyday Education) {Review}

  For over the past three years working with the Homeschool Review Crew, one of my favorite things is getting to review products on my wishlist. Another one of my favorite things is discovering companies and products of which I was not yet familiar that I find are delightful for my homeschool and I cannot wait to recommend them to others. Today, I get to introduce you to Everyday Education, LLC from where we were blessed to receive a digital version of their product Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting. A writing program for handwriting that is appropriate for either an elementary student or one of any age for remedial practice, even adults!   The Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting program includes 60 step-by-step lessons and is completely phonics-based using an italic handwriting technique. The program itself is available as an eBook which I was given but also as a print perfect bound, consumable 8.5 X 11″ book or. . .

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Logic of English: Essentials 2nd Edition, Volume 1 {Review}

Creative Madness Mama reviews Essentials 2nd Edition

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine website. (Affiliate link) Reposted on CreativeMadnessMama.com with permission and images added. It’s here! Starting in Spring 2016, it is finally here, the NEW Logic of English Essentials 2nd Edition in a complete set for Volume 1 with a second volume to come in the next year. This complete set includes: Essentials Teacher’s Guide, 2nd ed., Volume 1 Essentials Student Workbook, 2nd ed., Volume 1 Spelling Journal (one per student) Basic Phonogram Flash Cards Spelling Rule Flash Cards Advanced Phonogram Flash Cards Grammar Flash Cards Morpheme Flash Cards, Set 1 Two sets of Phonogram Game Cards – Bookface and handwriting Phonogram Game Tiles Phonogram and Spelling Rule Quick Reference Spelling Analysis Card The Essentials Reader – Digital Version Teachers Guide: Companion to the Essentials Reader – PDF Student Activity Book: Companion to the Essentials Reader – PDF   The complete set includes all of the components required to. . .

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ABeCeDarian Interactive Workbook (Online) {Review}

The ABeCeDarian Company has introduced an interactive version of their materials.  We have the opportunity to review their ABeCeDarian Interactive A Workbook. This is an online product and we attempted to use it on a 2nd generation iPad. This is not a “set it up and walk away” while your kid interacts with the program application. The ABeCeDarian Interactive Workbook absolutely requires the interaction of a guiding teaching through the use of the program. This is not self-correcting. It is an interactive electronic tool for teaching and working through the ABeCeDarian program, specifically for Workbook A in our instance. We did not enjoy our experience with the electronic version of the program. However going through the Teacher’s Guide, I fully believe that this is an incredible program when used properly. I think the physical program would be awesome, and have heard that it is as well. I believe that the interactive electronic online app version has. . .

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Talking Fingers: Read, Write & Type {Review}

Talking Fingers Inc.  ~  (http://www.talkingfingers.com/) has created hours of fun for both of my daughters as they are learning to Read, Write & Type. Through the blessings of the TOS Review Crew we have been given a one-year subscription to Read, Write & Type, which is good for multiple users. I am using this program with my six-year-old second grade advanced reader daughter and my four-year-old preschool daughter who is still working on her basic phonics (summer birthdays). We are an English speaking household (with a little French and German thrown in), but I easily see where this program would be very beneficially to an ESL classroom or family. Our family is using this as review of reading, and practice of writing, spelling, and a primer on typing for my AppleBlossom and an introduction to early reading and spelling practice for my Princess. How do we use this program? Talking Fingers: Read, Write. . .

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Logic of English: Foundations, Level D (Science of Reading) {Review}

Creative Madness Mama reviews Logic of English Foundations Level D #hsreviews #phonics #spelling #strugglingreaders @LogicofEnglish

I think that it is an easy statement to say that one of my favorite product reviews that I have been introduced to through the blessing of participating in the TOS Crew is from Logic of English ~ (https://www.logicofenglish.com/) and today that blessings has continued in the form of the latest level of their primary school program in Foundations Level D. Link back to Foundations A and you can read my extremely verbose post on our original thoughts about LOE Foundations. We still love “Dragon Phonics”!   When we started using LOE Foundations, I got the full kit including the supplemental Doodling Dragons book and iOS phonogram app. You can read more about those in my previous post. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive what is knowing as the Continuing package which included the Level D Teacher’s Guide, Student Workbook, Flash Cards, and more.   The Logic of English Foundations program is. . .

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The Read-Aloud Plan for 2016

This year is a blessed year. As I am not the only one reading aloud this year. AppleBlossom has become a voracious reader and loves to read to us all! We have been partner reading The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan and loving every minute of the adventure together. Truly, we are reading this one at bedtime, and often times the two littlest are already in slumber. Thus it has become a special time for my darling oldest girl and myself to spend together, just us. We have lots more planned for this year. I will read. She will read. We will learn, love, and enjoy… This is just a glimpse, as we have many more on our list, however, this will get us started. Read-Alouds for her to read to me… The images should link you to the book page on Amazon. *Affiliate links used will bless the Creative Madness. . .

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Reading Kingdom Online {Review}

Reading Kingdom App Review

The other week I brought up how there are so many different options for teaching your littles how to read and asked what you are using. Right now we are using a very neat program from Reading Kingdom ~ (http://www.ReadingKingdom.com). This is entirely new to me, but I believe it has toured with the TOS Review Crew in years past. I was very excited to be chosen and my girls, for the most part, are eager to participate.  I want to go ahead and tell you if you join using my referral link I’ll get ONE MONTH added on to my subscription for FREE. This is that link! Reading Kingdom Online specializes in teaching six areas of reading including Phonics (Sounds), Sequencing, Writing, Meaning, Grammar, and Comprehension. For the purposes of this review, we were expected to use the completely online application at least three times a week. I have been blessed with a. . .

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What materials do you use to teach reading?

Creative Madness Mama discusses Teaching Reading

Learning how to read is possibly the first essential skill in education, but how to teach it? How do you teach reading? There are programs, and curriculum galore available. There is just using phonics or alphabet flashcards. There are interactive apps for mobile devices and websites. There is the option to just read to them and point things out here and there. And there are also educational DVDs. Which direction to go? This doesn’t even touch on the use of workbooks and printable worksheets too! AppleBlossom is my oldest, and at six she is a really good reader and enjoys it. She CAN read good chapter books such as Prince Caspian, Pages of History, The Red Pyramid, Fancy Nancy Chapter Books, and Harry Potter. But she still wants pictures, so she goes back for things like the Magic Tree House, The Black Princess, and picture books. I’m trying to win. . .

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Logic of English: Foundations, Level A Cursive (Science of Reading) {Review}

(This is a long post… I’ve debating breaking it into parts… but oh well.)

Today, I get to share with you a new treasure to our family in our homeschool curriculum and I’m delighted to review this new-to-me program that I definitely want to stick with on further levels in the Logic of English ~ (http://www.LogicofEnglish.com). I was granted the blessing to obtain and use Foundations, Level A as well as a set of reusable resources, and the iOS Doodling Dragons App. I was curious about the curriculum, but had no idea the delight that we were in for on this adventure!
Logic of English Review
The Logic of English: Foundations program is recommended for ages 4 to 7 and is designed to easily be used in schools, homeschool settings, older struggling readers, and English Language Learners. I’m certain it would make a good addition to a co-op setting. The Level A is for the beginning reader and opens the world of reading through basic phonogram knowledge, beginning handwriting skills, short vowel and consonant blends decoding.

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Night House, Bright House by Monica Wellington {Review}

Night House Bright House by Monica Wellington

Here’s a nighttime book for very young children that’s anything but quiet! Ten frisky mice race and chase their feline friend from one room to the next. Each turn of the page shows a dazzling new room singing with color, and the objects everywhere have plenty to say about the cat-and-mouse game going on around them. Full color.

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Beaded Bungee Bookmarks

Have you figured out what to get your book-loving friend for Christmas or their birthday? I have a suggestion. Beaded Bungee Bookmarks. Our signature product Invented because we were tired of losing our spot each night while we fell asleep reading in bed, Beaded Bungee Bookmarks are “Simply the best bookmarks ever!” Key Features… Adjusts to fit neatly any size book, both paperback and hardbound. Elastic so that it stays on your book as you are reading. Available in many styles to suit all readers. An economical yet decorative gift that encourages multiple purchases. Beaded Bungee Bookmarks Simply the best bookmark ever! An elastic, adjustable bungee that stays on your book as you are reading so that you never lose your spot. I have to admit I am a complete fan! I absolutely love these. My toddler AppleBlossom finds them entertaining as well, but that’s another story… 😉 There are. . .

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The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading

A plain-English guide to teaching phonics. Every parent can teach reading; no experts need apply!

Take charge of your child’s literacy with this jargon-free phonics guide. Too many parents watch their children struggle with early reading skills — and don’t know how to help. Phonics programs are too often complicated, overpriced, gimmicky, and filled with obscure educationalese. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading — from short vowels through supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading is user-friendly, affordable, and easy to follow — supplying you with everything you need to teach reading in one book.

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