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DK Readers, new in 2016 – LEGO, Star Wars, Jungle Animals and more!

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DK Readers are a great choice for children ages 4-12 years old. I have children ages 8, 5 1/2, and almost four months old in my home. My two oldest children are benefiting from the educational aspects of the recent 2016 readers available by DK without even realizing it because these are so fun!

As a homeschooling parent, I’m always looking for books  my kids are engaged by to incorporate  into our curriculum. I’m pleased that many of these titles are working out exceptionally well for our science, history, and nature studies in the upcoming school year.

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Science Experiment: The Inspiration of Insulation

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I’ve been using the Magic School Bus as our primary science for this year. The internet has a plethora of information, lesson plans, and print out sheets  revolving around this series which makes compiling our lessons and experiments fun, fast, and easy! I’ll be posting many more and keeping somewhat of a digital record here on my blog! I’ll later compile a photo book of our science and nature studies for the year! 

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Super Teacher Worksheets {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

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An educational site that I can use for my children, despite their age or what grade they are in I count as a great resource. If a site features multiple subjects  such as math, science, phonics,  or English to name a few, even better.  Though my children have their curriculum planned out for the school year, things have the potential to come up and plans change in our weekly schedule. If we can’t do something we intended or if my children are needing a little extra practice of concepts and terms taught, resources such as printable worksheets help in a huge way. 
 
In being a member of the Schoolhouse Crew Review team, I received the privilege to review Super Teacher Worksheets . I was given an Individual Membership which covers access to everything on their site for up to one full calendar year! In light of current events and our soon to be a bit more busy schedule this opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. 

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Geeky Grabs for Science Lovers!

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If you are a lover of science or know someone that is, you’ll want to know about these cool offerings. That’s right, I used the word cool to describe products created for all the geeks and nerds that embrace and adore everything related to science. If being honest, most will admit that there’s a little bit science love in all of us. Oh come on,  you know you’ve watched an episode of Myth Busters and been in awe of all those sweet mentos and soda rockets going around on the internet.  

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Alpha Omega Publications: Horizons 2nd Grade Phonics & Reading Set {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

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My daughter is entering second grade this Fall and is pretty excited about it. We have been doing a minimal amount school over the Summer and this helped me to see areas that need improvement in her studies. In doing this, I’ve noted that Phonics and Reading is an area that she should spend extra time on this year. She does have fairly good reading comprehension skills already but her confidence in reading aloud hasn’t been very strong. We were using a Phonics program which kept her interest at first but overtime it seemed to move along slowly and her eagerness to continue doing it was lost in the slow pace and over repetitiveness. In other words, she wasn’t being challenged enough and grew bored. We needed a new and better approach in this area.

In being a member of the Schoolhouse Crew Review team, I was given the privilege to review Horizons 2nd Grade Phonics & Reading Set. I previously was looking into buying this exact set for Fall and Winter school season. I have had a good experience with Alpha Omega Publications curriculum for the past few years and feel very much blessed to have been given this opportunity.

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