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Tilt & View Animal X-Rays by Learning Resources {Review + Giveaway}

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The Tilt & View Animal X-Rays card set by Learning Resources is an awesome tool to use in teaching kids about animals and their skeletons. You can look at all the cards at once and investigating bones. Or you can take a look at one at time and build your own unit study around the animal cards included! The variations of how you can present and use these in a home or school classroom are completely endless!

The Animal X-Rays Card Set includes 18 double-sided cards that measure at 5″ x 4″ inches in size. The front side of the card features an animal and when tilted the card displays a holographic matching x-ray. On the back of each card, is information and neat facts about the animal. Animals featured include: Gray Squirrel, Green Sea Turtle, Moray Eel, Barred Owl, Emperor Penguin, Mallard Duck, and more.

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Slithery Snakes By: Roxie Munro {Book Review}

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Slithery Snakes is a great book to use when teaching children about these beautiful and often mysterious creatures. The book features nine different species of snakes (Viper, Coral Snake, Python, Boa, Garter Snake, Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake, Rattler, Spitting Cobra, and Diamondback ) that are located in many different places from all around the world.

As you start reading the book, the first page you come across list a number of fun snake facts. I learned many facts about snakes myself that I had no idea about! For example, did you know that there are no snakes in Ireland or New Zealand? Also how about the fact that the worlds smallest snake is a Thread Snake which only measures in at 5 inches long.

As you continue on through the book there’s a page that basically gives a brief history of snakes and informs about how they’ve been noticed from long ago (It all started with Eve in the Garden of Eden). It also gives mention about how people have been captivated as well as quite frightened of their existence.

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After the introduction, readers are introduced to one species at a time of the nine that are covered in this book. How the snakes are introduced are first by a two page spread of the nothing but the snakes colorfully patterned scales and a bit of information about the snake, giving readers just enough information to give a decent guess as to what species of snake it might be.

On the page following the guess of the type of snake, the particular species is then identified with a good bit of information from where it lives and what it eats, and more. There’s also a beautifully detailed two page spread illustration that features the whole snake in its natural habitat.snake3

In ending the book, there’s a section of Fun Snake Words. Kids can really expand their vocabulary ( I know even I did)! There are also a few websites listed where learning even more about snakes.

Overall, I believe this book would be a wonderful addition to any home or classroom, especially for any snake lover. Other ideas for use is to have kids study the illustrations and try to draw the snakes! The close up illustrations of the scales would be pretty easy to mimic so I think this book has a ton of potential. I definitely recommend it.

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Interested in Purchasing?  Slithery Snakes can be purchased in Kindle ($3.99) or hardcover ($10.00) format as of this posting.

*I received the product mentioned above in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.*

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Pantone: Color Puzzles {Book Review}

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Patone: Color Puzzles is an engaging book that is quite eye appealing. Children will learn all about primary colors and that they can come in a variety of shades. What really makes this book stand out are the playful, innovative, and simply irresistible illustrations. The hands-on appeal that this book is also a puzzle makes it much more desirable.

My preschool aged son adores this book. He’s a puzzle lover already so that makes this book that much more fun for him. He already knows his colors but I’m using it to show him that often the main colors can differ in shades that can be darker or lighter.

The colors found in this title are Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue, Green, and Purple. Each color takes up a full two page spread. On the left side of the spread, there is a one color illustration featuring many shades with lift-able puzzle pieces. Those puzzle pieces then can be matched and placed into the allotted patterned slots on the opposite page. The shades for example can vary from Tomato Red to Blueberry Blue. Each shade within the 4 section grid on the left also features the Patone number in where it can be found. 

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Learning Resources Mental Blox Game {Review + Giveaway}

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Mental Blox is a brain boosting hands-on strategy game that was released this year by Learning Resources. It’s geared toward children ages 5-13 and there’s a wide variety of ways to use the game! I will vouch that there’s more than meets the eye on the surface of Mental Blox. It can either be a look & build stacking game, a listen and build game, and you can use it to teach a child about pattern sequencing as well as take an approach to educate a child on geometric shapes and the correct names.

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Gearing up for the 2013-2014 Homeschool Year

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I haven’t said a whole lot of lately because I’ve been pretty preoccupied. The Summer season is literally flying by and *gasp* in only a few more weeks school will start! (I keep trying to convince myself that I’m ready!) I will post an end of Summer summary of all the fantastic things and not so fantastic things that have been going on because I feel that it’s more beneficial to see both the good and bad. In looking back it’s a reminder to see how God answers or doesn’t specifically answer our prayers though he always sees us through no matter what.

Peace about the school year? Hmmm! I’d be lying if I said I had it completely. A few weeks ago, I was a little frantic. I started following boards on Pintrest ( A site that can make you feel inferior in so many ways! Don’t believe me? Check out those Pintrest Fails sites!) and reading other homeschooling families blogs. The pressure was on. I questioned myself wondering what if I don’t do enough or what if  do too little? I thought I needed all sorts of books and resources to properly educate my child. I was researching day and night (You can bet more than 2-3 cups of coffee were needed!).

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