Category: Homeschooling

Learning Resources: Word Construction {Review & Giveaway}

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Learning Resources Word Construction makes spelling and word building a lot of fun! It’s definitely a unique and different option than what I’ve seen out there. The nuts and bolts approach is clever and it’s appealing not to just boys but girls too. I would like to mention that the age recommendation is for children ages five and up but even younger children can benefit from this learning tool. My son is is three and half and he’s been using these like a pro spelling consonant vowel sight words that we’ve been practicing this school year.

P1160006This set comes with thirty printed nuts, six bolts, a helpful activity guide, and a plastic tub for easy clean up and storage. I like that the set provides enough pieces that more than one child can use it easily. The nuts come in the colors orange, blue, green, and purple. The colors are vibrant and the pieces aren’t too big or too small making these easy for kids to handle. Each nut has a little lip on the inside which needs to be lined up with a part on each bolt to slide it into place. Once in place, the nuts twist easily on the bolt to make a variety of different letter and word combinations. There was no trouble or frustration whatsoever for my kids to figure out how to begin building words.

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The green bolts feature vowels and the letter y while the remaining colors feature a variety of consonants . Note that not every consonant is included in the set. It’s not a huge deal but something to take into consideration. Each bolt can hold up to four nuts. My kids have been spelling all sorts of two, three, and four letter words! I’ve used this set for them to practice sight words as well as to reinforce my 1st graders spelling lists for each week. They’ve also asked to play with these throughout the day aside from our schooling time!

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After testing them myself and offering them for use with my kids, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s totally hands-on learning at its finest. This set will get much use and I think it’s a great way to reinforce spelling, phonics, & word building aside from pencil and paper. Highest of recommendations!

Want it? Word Construction  can be purchased on the  Learning Resources website for $24.99 and you can also find this and other Learning Resources products on Amazon.com as well.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

Back to Homeschool Celebration!

P1150690-001We officially started our 2014-2015 Homeschool on the 2nd of September. The kids were pretty excited to have some close (also homeschooling) friends over to celebrate and I was too! I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for things to celebrate. And what better a thing than the education of our kids right?

P1150698These girls have been friends since their first birthdays, believe it or not! They decided all on their own to give blowing up balloons a try at our get together. This was obviously after both their mommies wanted to chat instead of blowing up many more! They were both very proud and learned a new skill.  Honestly, we are always learning something whether we are having days full of curriculum or just just picking up a new talent!

2014-09-05The boys both age 3 and about two weeks apart in age are almost impossible to get a picture of together. It seems they are both always on the move. Who can blame them? The world is a pretty exciting place to make your mark on! They have quite different personalities and it’s super fun to see them play so well together! They’ve been pretty excited about school starting back and I know my son keeps stating he’s a big boy now and that learning is fun. That’s music to my ears.

10615008_10152655431835569_711718092_oThe playdate celebration was great. There were banana muffins, coffee, tea, crackers, juice, and lots of giggles and laughter. The kids had a lot of fun with each other and us mommies got time to talk about keeping our goals flexible and to expect not everything to work out. You have to learn to accept that truth earlier on or you’ll be second guessing everything, even your decision to homeschool. It helps to have others be there to encourage you throughout your school year! I highly recommend another homeschool mom to hold you accountable and if possible getting connected with a local or online support group!

Did you do anything special to celebrate the school year or the first day back? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks to Kindred Spirit Mommy for taking quite a few of these pictures with her awesome camera! 

Disneynature: Bears (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Review

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Disneynature Bears is an exciting documentary type film that is great for the whole family. If you are looking for an up close and personal view of Bears, this certainly is it. After such a great response from my own children ages 3 1/2 and 6, I am certain this movie would be great in any school or home setting. There’s a lot you can take away from this film and incorporate it into a lesson plan easily. Viewers will learn not just about bears but be amazed at the amazing cinematography and exceptional sound & music quality in capturing just a glimpse of the beauty Alaska offers through all four seasons. Continue reading