Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning Inc: A TOS Crew Review




Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way



Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning Inc


Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning Inc is a great way to keep those reading skills sharp! We have been using our 1 year subscription that gives access to multiple programs and levels for up to 4 children in your family. This program works on your computer, laptop, tablet or on your mobile device with their new app.

  • Reading Eggs Junior is designed for your preschoolers - ages 2-4. It uses a variety of read-aloud books, alphabet games and more to get your child focusing on letters and the sounds they make.
  • Reading Eggs is for ages 3-7, uses a self-paced program to get your children excited about reading. They can complete a variety of activities and earn golden eggs as a reward!
  • MathSeeds is a great program for ages 7-13 to practice and perfect math skills.
  • Reading Eggspress helps your younger readers in grades 1-6 to practice their reading skills. A simple placement test helps put them in the correct spot. Both of my testers are using this level. The program is full of games, activities, online books and more that help your child learn to love reading. 
  • NEW - Fast Phonics is for your 6-10 year olds. It's packed with games and levels to keep your new readers engaged by practicing systematic phonics!
  • NEW - Mental Minute Drills - designed to practice and master essential math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.This program is based on solid research and focuses on building essential reading skills through phonics, sight words, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension. But, it's so fun - they had no idea they were really learning!

Each of my testers had their own dashboard, thankfully - it's just one login for me to remember :-) Parents also have access to detailed progress reports from their login.




Each of them has a customized "Map".  Even though my testers are both using Reading Eggspress, they have different maps - depending on which books they have chosen to work on. 



They can choose to practice skills like spelling, play games and compete against others, complete lessons to earn golden eggs (the reward!), visit the library, see their targets, play games in the arcade or even go "shopping" at the mall.


A lesson for them covers several key reading skills. Let me give you a peek at one of their lessons. 

Cover Story - they answer questions about the cover of their book. 
 

 Dictionary lets them learn new vocabulary with dictionary practices.



Fact or Opinion practices recognizing the difference as they read.


Main Idea & Details and Making Inferences helps them identify key sentences and learn to make inferences from what they are reading.  The program offers immediate feedback on answers.



Words in Context helps pinpoint how words are being used.



Reading allows them to read directly from an interactive book.  They have plenty of great books to choose from.


The Quiz checks how much they remember.  They need to score a minimum level to advance to the next step on their map.


After each section is completed, they earn gold "eggs".  These are the currency of the program.  The eggs can be used to play games, or go shopping!  Of course, this is my tester's favorite part.  They love to decorate their apartments & avatars...




I'm impressed with the depth of the content on Reading Eggs and my testers love it.  I recommend checking them out with the FREE 30 day trial to see for yourself!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Summer Fun - Wonders Science

The main reason for our summer trip to Cali was Wonders Science Camp!

My husband (kinda wonderful to call him that!) teaches hands-on science camps to elementary age kids.  Each summer, hundreds of kids get to experience the Wonder with experiments, demonstrations & take home projects.  This year, COVID cancelled most of the camps, but not all of them!

With little time to prepare - the team stepped up to help "staff" the camps.  It was a wonderful time!!




 It is such a privilege to introduce children to the wonder around them.  From nature walks to hot air balloons...




Rocket Camp was a blast!  They each built their very own powered rocket and launched it the final day.


It's a lot of fun... with science mixed in!








I love my team!  

Thursday, August 13, 2020

1-year membership to Super Teacher Worksheets: A TOS Crew Review



Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way

1-year membership with Unlimited downloads/access from Super Teacher Worksheets


Founded in 2007, Super Teacher Worksheets offers an online 1-year membership with Unlimited downloads/access to over 16,000 downloadable and printable resources.  It's designed primarily for grades K-5, with more and more resources being added all the time, and it's one of my favorite homeschool resources!



You will want to stock up on printer ink, because they have something for everyone!  Their worksheets are organized conveniently by subject, making it easy to find what you want.

  • Math - topics from addition to geometry
  • Reading Comprehension - organized by grade levels 1st grade through Middle School
  • Reading & Writing - a variety of worksheets to improve reading skills and engaging writing exercises and prompts
  • Phonics - sounds, blends, word families, and more
  • Early Literacy - alphabets, sentences and sight words
  • Grammar - parts of speech, punctuation, syllables
  • Spelling - spelling lists for grades 1-5 and holiday themed lists
  • Chapter Books - literacy units for dozens of popular children's books
  • Science - worksheets for all science subjects
  • Social Studies - US States, maps, history timelines and much more
  • Holidays - seasons and holiday themes
  • Puzzles & Brain Teasers - cootie catchers, puzzles, sodoku, hidden pictures, and much more
  • PreK and Kindergarten - alphabets, numbers, shapes
  • Teacher Helps- awards, certificates, planners, templates and more
These make great additions & supplements to any curriculum, and have saved me hours of searching to find that perfect worksheet.  

In addition to traditional worksheets, they offer a variety of unique printable games, scavenger hunts, cootie catchers, dioramas, puppets, task cards, mini-books and much more.  I love all the choices!



The team at Super Teacher Worksheets, in-house writers, artists and web-developers, work to create resources to help students  "use higher-order thinking skills, promote creativity, and make learning fun!"

In addition to math and language arts, we really appreciated the variety of science, social studies, and even art worksheets they have to choose from.




My testers enjoyed the mystery pictures. They plotted coordinates and connected the lines to create the picture.  She could see right away where she missed...






They have great quizzes that you can use for review.  All the printables come with full answer keys for you too!  My testers told me... "these are the best worksheets we've ever done..."




The Worksheet Generator allows you to create your own custom word searches, crosswords, word scrambles, and math worksheets. We love the bingo cards I made with our vocabulary words, it's a fun way to review, and it's so easy to do!



The handy My File Cabinet feature allows you to save worksheets into your personal collection, so they are super easy to find and print again.



I highly recommend this affordable homeschool resource, be sure to check it out!

Monday, August 10, 2020

Summer Fun - Cali Beaches

Our trip to Cali included wasn't all work... we found plenty of place to play!

I love the beach - the sounds, the smells, the feel of the sand on my feet.  I never get tired of it!

California has more that 3,000 miles of shoreline to explore!!



We loved walking (and posing) along the the beach.  Each beach was a new adventure!










Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Time Travelers U.S. History Studies -The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression from Home School in the Woods: A TOS Crew Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way


Time Travelers U.S. History Studies -The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression from Home School in the Woods




We love learning history with Time Travelers U.S. History Studies! The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression in our next stop in this series from a family favorite - Home School in the Woods!

Be sure to check out our stops with New World Explorers and The Civil War studies.



This unit study designed for grades 3-8 arrives as a downloadable PDF.  I love the flexibility - you get to pick and choose what you want to print. It contains 25 lessons that will help bring history to life.  

Each lesson contains Text Pages and Project Pages.  Text Pages are the "spine", they are well-researched information with tons of fascinating facts.  Project Pages are filled with options for you to choose from to make the lesson come alive.  A full Lapbook, penmanship, recipes, crafts and more are included.  Each lesson includes Master copies and detailed instructions.  

       

Topics covered in this study include:
  • Railroads, Gold, Snow and Fire
  • Wars in the West
  • A Gilded Age
  • Innovations & Inventors
  • Immigration in America
  • Work Conditions Worsen
  • The Arts
  • America Continues to Grow
  • Interesting People
  • War on the Islands!
  • The Progressive Era
  • Other Happenings 
  • World War I 
  • The Roaring 20s
  • The Stock Market Crash & The Great Depression 
I love when we can take history off the page and really get a chance to experience it!  These studies have a wonderful variety of activities, so you are sure to find one that interests you. 

Here are a few we liked -

My girls love anything crafty - getting to try decoupage for the first time was very fun (we only had spray mod podge - which we do not recommend).



 This study has several fun, creative hands on projects.  We can't wait to try our hand at embroidered silk postcards and felt penny rugs! 


The paper dolls gave them a peek into the fashions of this era.
     

I love the Timeline! It makes a great visual aid as we learn. You can choose a blank version and add figures as you work through the lessons, or I prefer the completed Teacher Key found in the handy Teacher Helps section.



We also enjoyed the file folder games.  These make a great way to review information, and I love to use them in my Coop history classes as well.  This game takes you on a fun trip on Route 66 as you learn about America.

Recipes are included for you to plan your own "Depression-Era Dinner". 
Vocabulary cards, postcards, maps, and plenty of mini books are included.  I love all the variety!



These studies are SO easy-to-use and everything has been planned out for you so that you can really experience history, not just read about it!



    • New World Explorers
    • Colonial Life
    • The American Revolution
    • The Early 19th Century
    • The Civil War
    • The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression
    • World War II

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A free copy of Greek Life! File Folder Game when you use the code TOSGameNight at checkout. No purchase necessary.


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