Category: Homeschooling

Learning Resources Mental Blox Game {Review + Giveaway}


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. Continue reading

Gearing up for the 2013-2014 Homeschool Year

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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Ten-Frame Treasures™ by Learning Resources {review & giveaway}


If you are looking for a fun way to aid in teaching your hands-on learning child math, Ten-Frame Treasures just may be the activity set you are looking for! This comprehensive math manipulative set appealed to both my son age 2 1/2 and my daughter age 5. It can help you teach base-ten number concepts and it’s great for early addition and subtraction.  Let’s be serious here too, what kid doesn’t get excited over a treasure chest?

The set as a whole comes with 85 pieces. There’s the chest, 4 Ten-Frame Trays, 40 Silver Coins, & 40 Gold coins. The coins all have the same design which is a crown on one side and on the other a ship. Both my kids liked the designs and thought it was cool that the images were raised. Each of the trays can hold ten coins each. And a bonus is that the trays and the coins fit into the treasure chest making it easy to store. I will note that there’s no latch or anything so if the treasure chest topples over or is held upside down, you’ll have pieces scattered everywhere. Continue reading