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Reading Kingdom Online {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

Reading Kingdom Review
My son is 4 years old and has shown reading readiness. I’ve been borrowing lots of different early readers to read to him during the Summer season to gear him up for schooling the Fall. I figured reading to him more often would certainly help with his site word recognition. Going into this journey of building a life long love for reading I knew that not every child learns in the same way. What worked for his sister didn’t seem to be clicking as well with him. I thought I may just take a break and try that method again later, try a completely different approach to it, or put it off till he showed even more readiness. I’ll admit that trying something completely different is daunting. It’d be nice to fall back on what worked for me or with his sister but I know that’s not how it always goes. Every child learns more freely and willingly in their own way and in their own time.

In being a member of the the Schoolhouse Crew Review Team, I was introduced to Reading Kingdom . I was offered a yearly membership to Reading Kingdom Online  to use for both my four year old son and seven year old daughter. This learning program takes a completely different approach so it certainly perked my interest. Both my kids take well to learning games and educational material on-line so I figured I would give this a try.

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Learning through Playing Games with USAopoly!


My family enjoys playing games together. Games have always been a great way of connecting after a busy week. We give high priority to our family game days during the weekend. Though we aren’t limited to just playing on the weekend, we play during week day evenings too. I often bring learning games out during our schooling time. Games I’ve found to  be the perfect tool in easing into a new concept learned or to enhance skills such as critical thinking, fine motor, and the abilities to play well with others.

In being a member of the the Schoolhouse Crew Review Team, I was introduced to USAopoly , a leading developer and manufacturer of board games and puzzles. This company  generously sent  two games for my whole family to enjoy and share our thoughts upon. The first game is Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone  and the second Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game.  My husband being the avid gamer that he is has opted to share his  thoughts and our family experience with each of these games below.

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Crochet, and Pom-Pom Making Kits for Beginners!


With all you need to start crocheting your very own scarf, this kit includes a step-by-step, 32-page booklet that contains illustrated instructions for learning basic crochet stiches. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll have a 5.5″ wide and 58″ long scarf when you’re done!

Crocheting expert Deborah Burger will teach you about hooks and other crochet tools, yarn, and all the basic stitches. You’ll understand crocheting instructions, symbols, and diagrams so that you’ll have a handy list of abbreviations for all your future crochet projects. 

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Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted: Birdie Friends! {Giveaway, Review & Author Interview}


Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted: Birdie Friends! is a cute book. Both my 4 year old son and 7 year old daughter  have enjoyed having this read to them. I’ve caught them during our weeks picking this book up on their own and gazing at all the colorfully interesting illustrations. The illustrations perfectly capture the feelings of characters!  The main character in this story is seeking friendship and his ways in going about it are interesting to witness. This book can open up conversations with a child about making friends . The story mainly is about  perseverance and not giving up. I believe at one point or another there’s been a bit of this Bigfoot in all of us. 

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Fun Knit & Crochet Books To Get In Stitches About This Fall!


There’s no time like the Autumn season that gets one in the mood to return to a favorite craft or take up a new one. If interested in the Fiber Arts, I am excited to share about a few books below that I got a privilege to add to my growing collection this year. These books are excellent for kids or those who may want to create age appropriately themed items for themselves or those special people in their life. I totally recommend these and feel there’s no time like the now to pick up one or all of these. 

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