Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Countdown 1 day to go!!

Well it is here, Christmas Eve!!  Are you ready?  I am for the most part.  Hubby and I still have a pretty major gift in the works and if we don't pull it off today, it will break my heart, we have been working on it for a while now and part is done, part is not.  We still have cookies on the favorites list that we have not had time to bake yet!  Yikes!!!  I think I am going to set my 14 year old to baking cookies while I sew, sew, sew and hubby works downstairs on the secret gift.  Hubby shouldn't need much time, so I'm hoping that he can help the oldest with the cookies since he can't help me sew.Hubby has something crazy up his sleeve for me, I'm so excited.  I have no clue what it could be and he keeps giving contradicting hints.  I haven't had a good Christmas surprise in so many years.. minus each of the 3 years my 3 Christmas babies were born.  Normally we don't do Christmas for each other, the money just isnt' there for us to get gifts too.  We splurged this year and it feels good.It already looks like Christmas under our tree, the kids wrapped their gifts yesterday (we take them to 5 Below one at a time to shop for everyone else in the house) and put them under the tree.  It looks so beautiful!Well enough of my banter.  I really wanted to share this link yesterday and just wish everyone a Merry Christmas yesterday, but life got away from me and we had a crazy day.  So here it is, my kids number 1 favorite Christmas site!!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 3 days to go!

Today enjoy over 3 hours of Christmas music.  Put it on and finish up your wrapping or finish up your baking!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 4 days to go!

Today I want to share a link that will take a few minutes of mom or dad time to prep.  It's a personalized message from Santa!!!  My kids have delighted in this every year since I found it.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 5 days to go!

I can't believe how fast time is flying! 

Today, go and decorate some cookies without trashing your kitchen!

Virtual Cookie Decorating!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 7 days to go!!!

One week, that is all we have left!  My kids are going crazy with excitement.  We tried to get school done yesterday, they could not focus so we made cookies instead.

I think I missed posting yesterday, I have had so much on my mind lately, I apologize.

Today, I want to send you to the North Pole!  There are activities for kids and parents and lots of magic to be found.

North Pole

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 9 days!

Well, we have reached the single digits!  

Today I would like to share a site that has a variety of "radio stations".  You can choose the style of Christmas music that suits you best, turn it on and spend some time making some yummy Christmas cookies!

Enjoy the sounds of the season!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 10 days to go!

I wasn't sure I wanted to post anything today.  My heart is still aching today after the tragedy yesterday in Connecticut.  I really have lost what little Christmas spirit I had in me.  I need to get beyond this feeling.  My little ones are still blissfully innocent, and they are getting more and more excited by the day!  I need to find the delight in their eyes inside myself, so I am moving ahead with the day and will try to see through their eyes for the next few days.  I'm excited for them, I need to bring that back to my surface.

Today I want to share a site my hubby shared with me.  I thought it very fitting since we all can use some holiday cheer right now.  Go to abcfamily and create an ecard to share with all your family and friends.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 11 days!!

We will soon be in the single digits!  Have you started baking yet?  Do you make more cookies than you know is logical?  For me, I have to wait till the last second to make my cookies, or my kids wouldn't have any left for Santa!  I make about 8 different kinds each year.  Everyone can pick one favorite and then there is the standard cutouts which I hate making but it's not Christmas without them!

Today, I want to share with you an charming old version of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 12 days to go!

Can  you believe that we will soon be in the single digit numbers as we count down???  I'm starting to panic, how about you?  I have not wrapped a single thing, in fact I keep forgetting wrapping paper when I'm out shopping!!!  I may find myself wrapping in newspaper on Christmas Eve if I don't remember soon.  I really think that wouldn't be such a bad thing, but I think the kids in my house would be sadly disappointed.

When the panic starts to set in (the wrapping paper, the shopping not finished), I start to lose the joy of the season.  I start to feel a bit like the Grinch!  So I felt it fitting today to share a game to beat that Grinch right out of oneself! 

Today, delight in the fun of the arcade with an exciting game of Whack a Grinch!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Countdown:13 days to go!!

My goodness, time is going fast!  Are you ready?  Are you even close to ready??  Our tree is up, most of the shopping is done, but a few things need bought yet.  Most of the kids still need to be taken to do their shopping.  We will be done before Christmas Eve... I think.

Today I want to share a fun site that allows you to upload pictures of your family and turn yourselves into elves.  So look through all those files on your computer for the best elf-tastic pictures you may have and spread lots of giggles.

Go Elf-Yourself!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 14 Days!!

Today I want to share some very cute printable ornaments.  Print them on cardstock and assemble them.  Top off the activity with a cup of hot chocolate and you will have a memory to last a lifetime ;)

Cute 3-D ornaments.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 15 days to go!

Sorry I missed the past 2 days.  It completely slipped my mind.  The kids have given me their cold and it seems to take all of my strength to get through daily life, which of course is busy this time of year.  I can't believe that in just 10 days I will have a 14 year old, in 15 days we will be burried in wrapping paper, in 18 days I will have an 8 year old and in 19 days I will have a new 7 year old!  Crazy!

Anyway today I want to make up for my slip up and offer up a link that is loaded with fun and games! Take a magical trip to the North Pole and see what kind of fun you can find for you!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Chirstmas Countdown: 18 Days!!

Today I want to share with you an old Christmas cartoon called Christmas Visit.  It is a sweet little story about a boy from Moscow who wants to bring a Christmas Tree to his daddy who is a weatherman in Antarctica.  The best part... as a homeschooler I find some secret lessons in it, see if you can find them too ;)  

Christmas Visit

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 19

Today I am sharing another game.  This one is right up my boys' alley!  They (much to my dismay) are into all things guns, esp if they squirt water!  Now you get to protect Christmas from getting ruined by freezing your enemies with water guns!

Have some fun and giggle plenty while playing Deep Freeze.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 20 days to go!

Today I would like to share a video from youtube.  It's a compilation of several of those houses that go all out with the light shows.  I know my kids love these shows and watch them over and over, and have started asking hubby if we can please do some kind of light show on our house.  I can see the gears turning in hubby's head, and mine just sees the electric bill.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 21

 Can you believe Christmas is only 3 weeks away???  Where has this year gone?

Today I want to share a game on  Have some fun while you stack the gifts!

ABC Family's Stack the Shelf

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 22 days!!

Today I want to share with you a link to a large variety of coloring pages.  I didn't want to link to just one because what every child likes to color is different.  

Print some out and have a family coloring contest, or hand off a few to your kiddos and tackle some crafts or cleaning that need done before the big day!

Coloring Pages

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 23

How did you do with yesterday's game?  My kids decided it was too hard and moved on to playing on DisneyJR.

Today I will share with you a site that is fun for kids of all ages.  Cutting out paper snow flakes is always fun, but messy!  Well, forget the mess! Make some virtual snowflakes, even attach a message to them.  Every one is beautiful!

Create your snowflakes at Snowdays!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Countdown: 24

A few years back a wonderful, blogging homeschooling mama did a Countdown to Christmas series on her blog.  Each day she posted an activity of some sort.  My oldest was the perfect age to enjoy it back then, now that my littles are old enough to enjoy it, I want to make sure they can.  So, each day from now until Christmas day, I will post a link to an online activity.  There may be some printable crafts added in here and there, maybe some videos, some songs, etc.

Without further blabbering from me, here is today's link:  SNOWLINE

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Needs to Know

I have tossed and turned a lot thus far.  We have used the same things since we started our school year but I have had a hard time keeping our focus the way I had it laid out.  This has lead to lots of spits and sputters and stops and stalls.  I have struggled to keep any kind of momentum going.  Thanks to some recent discussions on the Well-Trained Mind forums, I have decided that I needed to quit fighting what I felt was the right direction for us.

I'm going to allow the Core Knowledge Sequence to be our guiding light.  Thanks to the What Your x Grader Needs to Know books this is really easily done.  I will still be using the Intellego Unit Studies, but they will now become something I turn to looking for extras to go with our NTK books.  I am using lots of Let's Read and Find Out and Magic School Bus books for adding to science and a variety of books for social studies.  BrainpopJR and Magic School Bus videos are also a regular here and we will add in other videos that I find fit in well with our studies.  

We have begun making pages to put together a journal that is inspired by Waldorf's main lesson book.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bumpy and Crazy...

If our life was anything other than bumpy and crazy, I'm not sure I would know what to do!

We started our school year last Monday as planned.  Tired from truck show we were determined to plug along.  Then Wednesday we hit a bump.  I babysat my nephew who is just a few months younger than The Cuddler.. so he is almost 3.  We attempted school, but it was just too much of a distraction having an extra kid around.  He was here Thursday too, I didn't even attempt to do school.  I knew it wouldn't happen.

Friday, I just said forget it I need to finish recovering from it all.

Welcome New Week... or so we think.  Yesterday, I was all set to pick up where we left off, we made it halfway through our lessons and noticed our dog, who was very heavy with a belly full of puppies was acting strange.  Not even 10 minutes later she delivered puppy number 1.  Within 35 minutes she had delivered 7 puppies.. and ended up a while later with a final count of 9.

Today, I'm all out of sorts... so we covered the basics for school and called the day good.  I need to get my content subjects back into order so we can get back into a full swing of the game.

I really think if our life was smooth I would be lost, but at the same time... maybe if it was smooth I would be able to accomplish everything I think we should.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Not the smoothest start to our new year...

But not entirely bad either!

I mentioned in my previous post that we were spending this past weekend at a huge truck show.  It is a super fun weekend, but it is also very tiring going from 5am till 10-12pm in the July heat and sun for 3 days in a row.  My family really had loads of fun, but we are all feeling the effects today. 

I did learn that the money I spent on Ooka Island and Reading Eggs is paying off.  I had left The Scientist have a break in reading.  He was very reluctant and got really frustrated easily.  Today he flew through his story, and we started where we left off, so some of the words were completely new to him.  The Artist also did very good with her reading.  It's great that they play both of these games willingly.  I am kind of sad that I spent money on Click N Read, because it's not as fun and animated and my kids just don't get into it at all.

Math was pretty great, both got to play a game with their lessons.  We are finishing up last years books before we move on, and it did kind of upset The Scientist that he was in the K book still.  He is mathy and I'm thinking maybe I could move him up to 1st but McRuffy Color Math is ahead of the game in my honest opinion. 

We finished the day with our BCP geography lesson for the week. We read in the NTK book and took an imaginary trip to the moon, which lead to us exploring the composition of our Earth.  Finishing up by coloring the land and water on a simple Earth picture. (This went with K Geography lesson 3).

All in all, not a bad day, but I think it may have been a bit more fun for us all had we not been so sleepy.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

On Your Mark, Get Set....... We are about ready to GO

Since my original start date I planned has come and gone, and I wasn't ready, we will be starting our school year on Monday, July 16th.  I have no doubt it will be a hard day for all of us.  This weekend is a HUGE truck show in Bloomsburg, PA.  We will be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, getting our fill of the awesome rigs that people build, mud drags, tough trucks and of course MONSTER TRUCKS!  My family lives for this weekend!  I should be busy right now getting things together so I don't have to get up before the sun tomorrow to do it, but I just can't!

What on earth could take my mind off of getting ready for my favorite weekend of the year?  School.  Crazy, huh? 

I have to be honest here, as much as I love Intellego Unit Studies, I was having a very hard time getting myself ready to use them as my spine.  For me, they have a disjointed feeling.  I think it's the fact that they aren't written in a narritive style that we read to our children, they are written in a way that we should read it, find our own words and then present the material.  I just felt like I was stumbling over my own thoughts trying to figure out how to relay them to the kids.

Now, I have been really impressed with Baltimore Curriculum Project's Lesson Plans since I found them.  They are written to fit a classroom, but I'm ok with tweeking.  I'm not sure why when I tried them we didn't stay with them.  I think I tried them at the start of my horrible grass is greener kind of year that I wasted last year.  My kids really loved the activities that we did, I need to learn to listen to their hints more.  They also like some of the activities in the Intellego (they do not care for the "go read at this site" links, and I do not care for the links that lead to another lesson plan that I have to sort out).

I decided that I would make it the best of both worlds.  I am using this monthly lesson layout as my spine instead of the Intellego Unit Studies.  I will then line the IUS and the What Your __ Grader Needs to Know books up with them, add in some BrainpopJR, some Magic School Bus, and some of what ever other videos I find that will fit.  I will omit things we do not care for when we come to them when we are going through all the different activities.

I have lined up our first week (actually I have the first 6 done now).  I think we are ready to go on Monday, tired or not.  Maybe sitting around on the sofa with the laptop plugged into the TV will be just what we need come Monday morning ;)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Grass is Greener Effect

A recent post on a homschool board I visit really hit home with me.  It was about the time and money we waste when we get the "grass is greener" frame of mind.  I know for a fact I am very guilty of this!

I have to take a trip down memory lane, and think about when I first started homeschooling.  It's been 6 full years since I started.  I remember the still wet behind the ears feelings.  I was terrified to say the least!!  In retrospect, I shouldn't have been.  I  had it all under control, even if I didn't know exactly what that looked like then.  In fact, I think I was in more control then than I am now as a homeschooling mom.

Back then, I didn't know about probably about 90% of the resources that are available to homeschoolers.  I knew about the "The Complete Book of...." books that were cheap and available at Sam's Club and I knew that there was a world of knowledge in books.  I knew my state laws and the subjects they said I had to cover. 

I picked from things that I pretty much knew existed.  We used a Comprehensive Curriculum book (basically a condensed version of several of the "The Complete Book of...." books), The Complete Book of United States History, an old set of books from Southwestern Publishing called "My Fun with Learning" (this covered science and more history plus much more), we read real books (many of which I later learned are called "living books" amongst the homeschool community), I searched online for activities to go with books we read.  One of my favorite memories is making green slime after reading Horrible Harry and the Green Slime.  Our year that year was so relaxed. The Test and I both enjoyed it.

What happened to that life?  What happened that changed our whole homeschooling experience?  What ruined the good thing we had?  The Grass is Greener Effect!!! In bouncing around online looking for book ideas, craft ideas, etc, I discovered this whole HUGE online community of homeschoolers.  We live in an area where it seems there aren't tons of homeschoolers, I have bumped into a few, but not a great number (which is ok, I'm an introvert most of the time). There are no groups that would have brought to light all these "wonderful" resources.  But this huge community online opened my eyes to all the wonders of the homeschooling world.

I learned about this math and that, and why this grammar is the best one.  I learned about this method of teaching and that one and yet another.  I then ran into those homeschoolers.  The ones using 3 maths, 2 grammars, 4 writing programs and spending countless hours a day doing science and history.  I read why this math was great, but you needed to suppliment with that one because this one is lacking, and then combined this and that one need to be supplimented with yet another because together they still are lacking rocket science.

I quickly began to doubt myself.. well first I thought easier, already prepared curricula would be wonderful.  I then began to doubt myself... was I really able to put my own stuff together?  Was I really hitting on everything we needed to be hitting on?  Was my son on the verge of becoming a nuclear pysicist? 

Now I know, I don't really care if my kids grow up to be garbage collectors or if they grow up to be president, but it's hard to keep that in mind when you are faced with "this is the next great curricula".  The whole "The Grass is Greener" did more than cost me tons of money, it sucked a lot of the love out of homeschooling for us.  It totally changed the dynamics of what we were doing.

The moral of the story.... If is isn't broke, don't try to fix it.  Just because someone else says they are doing x, y, and z does not mean that you have to do it too.  Don't doubt yourself!!  By being involved enough of a parent to want to homeschool your children, you are doing the greatest thing for them.  If something isn't working, by all means then you need to change it, but you need to decide before you go looking if it isn't working and just why it isn't.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sweet Pickles... or What Are We Using for Preschool

So, I know I'm not the only one who grew up in the Sweet Pickles era.  I pink fluffy heart loved Sweet Pickles!!!  I think my early years could have revolved around it.  I had the books, I had a wonderful membership to "The Bus".  I couldn't wait for a new shipment to come from them loaded with tons of actvities: games, stories, crafts, puzzles, etc.  Need a refresher? 

Well I had kind of forgotten about "The Bus", but I remembered loving the books, so when my oldest was born I started hunting the books.  I found a decent size stack of VERY well loved books once at a thrift store and snatched them up for a song:

Then about 2 years ago, while out yardsaling I ran spotted something that instantly brought back warm fuzzies.  Sitting in a box I spot these:

I try hard to control my excitement when I see them.  I pick one up expecting it to be empty but much to my surprise it weighs a good amount... it is full of something, but these things are almost as old as I am, there is NO WAY they have the orginal cards in them.  I open the box and about jump out of my skin.  It is jam packed full!  I open the other, holding my breath... FULL, over flowing full!!!  I can see that they were well taken care of back in their time.  The cards that went together had been wrapped in rubber bands that had long since lost their elasticity and were more of a brittle plastic.  I think I paid $12 for both of them.  I had this gut feeling that there was no way they were all there, after all, these had belonged to a little kid at one time, they for sure had lost a card or ten.

This was after I had gone through them, but you can see those boxes were way overflowing.
I brought the boxes home, having no clue how to figure if every card was there.  I noticed a code on each card, so I went from there.  I sorted them out in stacks by their code, the code would be a 4 digit number, a dash, then a 2 digit number.  A pattern started appearing.  The first 4 numbers seemed to be like a packet code and the 2 digit number seemed to be the card number from that packet.  On card 01 of each packet listed the packet number (example card 7710-01 says Packet 1 on it), there are 19 cards in each "packet" and there are 36 packets. Every single card was there!!! I was so estatic.

Also in there were game pieces, the parents guides and a really cool skills progress poster:

Some of the cards get cut into game pieces or puzzles, some are stories, each packet has a board game, there are cards that teach colors, numbers, letters, thinking skills, science skills and wonderful social skills.  There are arts and crafts, "stick puppets" and finger plays.

This is one of the packets all spread out.

I decided to make each packet into a, well, packet.  I took construction paper and foldeded it into an envelope of sorts, stapled or taped the edges closed and loaded each of the packets into it's own envelope: 

I noted on each one what supplies I may need to buy.

Each week or maybe every other week since he has 2 preschool years yet, The Cuddler will get an envelope.  The other kids are chomping at the bit to have these come out as well.  They got to play with them a little bit when we first got them, but they have not seen all the great wonders that are inside these envelopes.  They will all delight in playing the games and doing the crafts. 

Anyway, this is what The Cuddler's Preschool will look like. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

What We Are Using 2012-2013

I think I have almost everything picked out/purchased for Rylee and Reagan this coming year.  We will be starting July 16th.  The kids will be using mostly the same things.  Their readers will be different and the grade levels for their Math and Language Arts will reflect their own personal level, but the curricula will be from the same publisher.

Math: McRuffy

Language Arts: Total Reading (I decided to drop the GWG, WWW, and not even start the SWS, they just take too much time,  Rylee hates them and I want our work to be something they don't hate.  TR covers everything they need to at this level, it's colorful and fun, and I think they will like it much better)

Spelling:  Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections

Social Studies: Core Knowledge and Intellego

Science: Core Knowledge and Intellego

Art: Artistic Pursuits level 1 book 1

Music: Core Knowledge and we just might start learning the recorder, if I can find it in myself to put up with hearing

I think this covers the basics.  Other stuff will be thrown in, and we will most likely do Spanish this year from Discovery Education (Elementry Spanish), but I'm not 100% set on that. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Core Knowledge meet Intellego Unit Studies

There is a link to a line up I have made combining these two series of resources at the bottom of this post.

So, I have been a fan of the Core Knowledge Sequence for quite some time. If you are not familiar with Core Knowledge you can get the Sequence for FREE here. You can also find a series of books in most libraries and in pretty much every book store under the sun. Most of the book titles are "What Your ___ Grader Needs to Know" with the exception of Preschooler and Kindergartener, of course since the term "grader" does not apply to them.

The Sequence itself is an AMAZING outline if you are in search of a scope and sequence to follow if you wish to create your own curriculum. There are other great scope and sequences out there, but for some reason this is my favorite. Maybe it is because I feel it holds your hand just enough to make sure you hit on the important points under a given topic and not just hit list a bunch of main topics. The books cover practically every single topic and subtopic listed in the Sequence. They are fun narrative style readings, that are great for "getting your feet wet" so to speak. They are a wonderful jumping off point for bunny trails, are are just enough if you have a kiddo who just isn't interested in going deeper on a subject.

I have liked the CK books since I started homeschooling 6 years ago (gosh have I done this that long??). I believe it was last year when a homeschooling friend brought a series of unit studies to my attention. Intellego Unit Studies are AMAZING too!!! These units are based on the Core Knowledge Sequence and also on state and national standards. They are not meant to line up perfectly, but if you make use of all the units in one of the Core Curriculum series, you will have covered pretty much everything in the Core Knowledge Sequence.... and then some!

The units are different than any other unit study I have ever come across. First, they do not want you to print a ton of stuff!! I don't mind printing things, I have a very very economical printer and watch for great sales on paper, but waste not want not, right? The units also do not require specific books. I do wish that some were suggested in the units, but a few minutes online and you can come up with books on any topic to explore, so not a big deal there. Also, the Books to Build On book from Core Knowledge has a great list of books to choose from that will line up nicely with the Intellego Units. So what do the units consist of? They are chock full of links to sites with things to read, games to play, crafts to make, and videos to watch. There are loads and loads of hands on activities and things that will help bring a love of learning to every child, no matter what their "style" is. I do want to note here, that the links are kept active, if a link goes down, a new one replaces it... so it's best to link right from the PDF while you are working on your units.

One of the things I didn't like about the units as I said above, is the lack of a reading list. Now, I do LOVE to put together my own curriculum. Back when I was only homeschooling 1 child, I had plenty of time for such things. Today, I have two who are homeschooling, a very active and busy preschooler and a teenager dealing with middle school drama in a public school. I have no time for putting things together these days it seems and when I have the time, I don't have the energy left to actually do it. When I do put things together I exert all my energy into planning that I don't even feel like executing the plans anyway.

I decided to try to line up the short readings in the CK books with the units in the Intellego unit studies. I emailed Intellego asking if they had a line up already done, and crossed my fingers. They responded very quickly (READ THAT AS GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND VERY NICE TO DEAL WITH), but they did not have a line up already made. They did share a list that hit on the main topics in the Sequence and what Unit Studies hit on that topic. It was a good jumping off point for me, and I spent the better part of 3 days lining up all the readings in the K-2 books with the K-2 unit studies.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sharing some LOVES

We are LOVING McRuffy Math!!! I knew we would because we used it before and as I think I posted previously, I was lazy and didn't keep with it. The Artist is doing 1st grade and The Scientist is doing K, it puts them each a bit behind since they started them half way through their supposed grade years, but I don't put much stock in grade levels anyway.

We are also LOVING Growing with Grammar and Winning with Writing for The Artist. Again we are about a half a year behind since we just started them, but no biggie. We both enjoy them.

We will spend some extra time working, probably work through the summer to help get them to where they should be, only to make sure they are up to par in the case that they should ever have to return to public school. That is definately not in the plans for them, but as we all know life happens and we never know what tomorrow will bring.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Our new line up!

The Artist is kind of restarting 1st grade.

Math: McRuffy 1st
Phonics: ETC and Sonlight readers (have been doing these all year)
Grammar: Growing with Grammar level 1
Writing: Winning with Writing level 1

The Scientist is kind of restarting 2nd.

Math: McRuffy K
Phonics: Hooked on Phonics

Science and Social studies are Intellego Unit Studies
Music and Art are both being allowed to occur naturally for them, as well as Physical Education.

We are also using a lot of online resources: Reading Eggs, Ooka Island, Click N Kids Phonics, More Starfall, Brainpop, Brainpop Jr, Discovery Education Streaming. I'm looking for some math games yet for them.

Television plays a pretty big roll for us too, we use Netflix to watch Sid the Science Kid and Beakmans World and documentaries on every subject under the sun. We watch lots of PBS and the littlest guy learns lots from our time spent cuddling and watching NickJr.

We are very much an audio visual family, thankfully there are many resources out there that fit this lifestyle.

I plan on doing some reviews on all of these things really soon.