Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Ultra Safe Safety Scissors *Review


The Pencil Grip, Inc.


The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent me two school supply tools for my young daughter to try out. The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit

The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors
The Ultra Safe Scissors, with the permanent safety shield, make it impossible to cut yourself. My older kids tried believe me. The paper inserts in between one blade and the safety shield and there is no room for anything else to fit. It was a tight fit for my 2.5 year old, as she is still learning fine motor skills. It is recommended for ages 3 and up, and as she gets used to them I think she will be fine cutting on her own. I had to insert the paper for her on several occasions so she could cut. They are nice and sharp, and she liked that she didn't have to struggle to get a cut.





The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors


The 3 grip development training kit is perfect for my 2 year old as she is learning to write and needs to have a correct hold on her pencil. She is starting with The Crossover Grip which has a 'super hero cape over the fingers to keep her from crossing her fingers to the other side. She does hold it correctly with this grip but I think she preferred the Pinch Grip.
The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit






Step 2 is The Pinch Grip, that gives just a smaller covering over the fingers, letting the writer see that their fingers are positioned correctly.
I think for my 2 year old she did need to see where her fingers were at. Each child will be different and though there are 3 steps, you need to start with the one most comfortable for your child. She was able to get in and do some fine details with The Pinch Grip.



Step 3 is the original Pencil Grip which I have been using, as it gives great comfort in writing, especially if you write a lot like I do. It is the graduate Pencil Grip tool.

All of the Pencil Grips are latex and phthalate free. They do help with comfort and control for both adults and children.
Each grip works for left or right handed writers.

These work great for toddlers, and for those who need an extra grip in their writing. Would be perfect for a Sunday School Class or Day Care facility.

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Ultra Safe Safety Scissors & Pencil Grip Training Kit {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}




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Reading Eggs ~Review


Reading Eggs

I have heard great things about Reading Eggs and was thrilled to be reviewing it for the first time!  You can get a Free 4 Week Trial to check for yourself just how wonderful this program is!

The program is helpful for ages 2-13 with several different levels of learning

Reading Eggs Junior ages 2-4
Reading Eggs ages 3-7
Reading Express ages 7-13
Math Seeds ages 3-9

There is also a library with over 2000 books. They are organized according to grade level. I know as homeschoolers we often don't work to a specific grade level, so you may be able to find books for your student in multiple grade levels.

I started my 9 year old out with a proficiency test. He has long suffered with his reading, and every reading tool we find, we try out. He is reading at a 5.5 year old level right now, but making progress which is a huge blessing. He loves Reading Eggs, and looks forward to it each day. Though it is phonetic in nature, he is still learning each time he does a lesson. He tends toward more right brain learning, but I think because it is so visual for him, it is helping him to learn more fluidly.

The comprehensive reading program is grounded in solid educational research and covers the five pillars of reading – phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

Reading eggs has 120 lessons that are divided into maps. Each map has several lessons. Maverick is on lesson 64 which is on map 7.






When you are logged into the parent dashboard there is a Bonus Material section that now has a brand new set of program guides that specifically support homeschoolers!

"The colorful and detailed week-by-week overviews make it easy for you to comprehensively cover and track essential learning outcomes for children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Each printable homeschool guide provides a 36-week teaching and learning sequence for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. It maps online lessons, books, quizzes and assessments to help you plan your child’s learning every step of the way. Best of all, each guide lists reference books in the Reading Eggspress library to complement online learning, and help you expand new ideas and concepts."



Reading Eggs*

The Bonus Materials also offers printables to go along with the Map your child is traveling on.


For review I was able to have 2 students work on Reading Eggs. I signed up my 2 year old to work on Reading Eggs Junior. With us having to share one computer for school work, it wasn't always feasible to give the youngest a turn on the computer. I was thrilled to find that there is an app on my Apple phone where she can do much of the same things that she would do on the computer! I just had to log into my account. That really gave us a great opportunity for her to check out Reading Eggs Junior.  There is a lot of activity on Reading Eggs Junior, including many songs, some just for fun, and some educational like the ABC's. There are lessons on each of the letters, and you go through them in order. There is rewards for the student once they get through a letter, they collect eggs with objects hidden inside. My 2.5 year old loved clicking the egg to see what prize she got! I am fairly sure she could have sat all day and done her 'school' work. So fast paced it kept her interest!







Reading Eggs Junior has lots of great fun for your 2-4 year old. We learned some letters, sang some songs, and colored some pictures.

I have a Reading Eggs subscription for 6 months, and plan to keep going with it as long as my kids are learning! I highly recommend this online program for delayed readers.

Find Reading Eggs on these social media sites.

•   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/readingeggsUSCA/
•   Instagram (handle): readingeggs
•   Twitter: https://twitter.com/readingeggs @readingeggs
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•   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ABCReadingEggs


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Reading Eggs

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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CTCMath *Review



CTCMath




CTCMath Family Membership has been our staple math program for a few years now. When we don't have it, the kids struggle to know what math to work on! You can get a great homeschoolers rate of 60% off plus 6 bonus months

CTCMath

CTCMath is probably one of the best curriculum reviews we have done in the past. As far as reusing, and sticking with review material, we have continued to use and love CTCMath beyond the review time. So much so that if we weren't  on a review for it, we would purchase it for our school year. It is just that good.

We used 2nd grade and 6th for my 12 year old. I love how CTCMath has a family membership that covers Kindergarten through High School. The High School level is suggested to use as a supplement rather than a full curriculum, but we have used it in the past and it was very comprehensive.

You are also not locked into a specific grade level with CTCMath. If your child is advancing quickly, you can have them head into the next grade level. Struggling? They can go down a grade level. You can utilize several at one time even if you need reinforcement in a specific topic. I really like how I have the control over where the kids are working, and the option to change it.


Here is a photo of what my 2nd grader is currently working on.



Each lesson will show the percentage of how they did. I prefer they have an 80% or higher to not have to repeat it. They earn certificates for completing each unit, and CTCMath will email me with their awards.

There is a diagnostic tool that helps you know if the child needs to do that section or not, or gauge how they are doing after they went through the lessons even.

I love that it is online, and I seriously never thought I would say that. I was a textbook for Math type of homeschooler. This program helps me significantly as the teacher.  The video teaches the kids their lesson, (freeing up mom), and then walks them through examples before they work on their 10 math problems. 10 problems is doable for my kids. Some other curriculums assign 25 or more. That would seriously overwhelm my kids to the point of quitting. The neat thing with CTCMath is , they enjoy it and know there are only 10 problems, that often I can get them to do 2 lessons each day!

Oh and did I mention the video is taught by an Australian guy, and he has a really cool voice. The kids can understand him well and they seem to listen to him better than me.

We can run both kids working on math at the same time. One on the PC, and one on a tablet. Works perfect for me to get in the math zone, and pop in between each of them. Right now it is the 12 year old who needs more help as she is working on some logic problems.





I look forward to using CTCMath for years to come. I am thankful I decided to give it a try, even though I thought physical math books were better. My kids are learning more and fighting less with CTCMath than they have with other other Math programs, and that is a win for me. Check out the Free Trial through November 15.

Visit CTCMath on these social media sites.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ctcmath?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctcmathofficial
Periscope: https://www.periscope.tv/ctcmathofficial
Pinterest: https://au.pinterest.com/ctcmath/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWn5e6974bpIEAe46VnovZw


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CTCMath Online Math Tutoring {Reviews}




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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Channie's My First Letters *Review


Channie's My First Letter for Pre-K - 1st

My First Letters from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks
has been a joy for my 2.5 year old to use for her school time. 


If your preschool already knows the basics of making the letter, Channie's Easy Peasy Alphabet will give them even more practice with its worksheet pages. 

This is a consumable workbook, and it wont be long until your preschooler has finished all of the book! My toddler loved having 'school' time with her older siblings. She has always wanted to be a part of the action, especially with 6 older kids doing school. Channie's My First Letters was perfect for her to have her own school book to bring out when the others were working on their English or writing in their journals. 



The workbook has 80 pages, and is a standard size paper of 8.5 by 11 inches. The pages are nice and thick. Not at all that graying, thin recycled paper I remember learning my ABC's on. Remember how you couldn't even erase on that paper without it tearing? This paper is great quality, and easy to erase if they need. 

This product goes well with our Letter of the Week we have for the youngest as well. Repetition is the key, and this book has them do 3 pages of each letter. First the upper case letter alone, then the lower case alone, then a third page where they are combined. There is also a key word on each page that the letter begins with, just to give a word to display in the correct case that is being worked on.

This was a little bit hard for my 2.5 year old. Her skills are still developing. Often we would hold her hand with the pencil in her hand, and help her make the correct marks. Each letter has arrows to show the correct way to form the letter. For an older preschooler, this book would be able to be used independently.


 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks


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 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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NKJV Notetaking Bible *Review








Beautiful bonded leather Bible that is crisp and clean for reading and notetaking. 

No busy subscripts or additional notes, just the Word of the Lord on crème colored, extra thick pages.

The margins are lined with approx. 2 inch of space for taking notes, or artistic renderings. This Bible lends itself well to the new type of bible journaling that utilizes hand drawn interpretations of the Word.
The thicker pages allow for using various supplies like stickers, die cuts, colored pens, and printed supplies to enhance the study of the Word.

This makes for a gorgeous heirloom Bible, complete with your own notes and writings to share with future generations.

Includes words of our Lord in red, a feature I always appreciate.



I have not put any journal elements into this Bible, I have used it as my main Bible for notetaking during sermons. I love how I have plenty of room for notes, and the beauty of the Bible is perfect for taking to church.





I received a copy of this bible for free.

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