Category: Education

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.

Geometric Shapes Building Set {Review & Giveaway}

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The Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Building Set ™ has given my children a real hands on experience in creating 2-D as well as 3-D shapes! As homeschool parent, I like offering my children a hands-on activity when they are learning about a new concept. I find that if an activity is hands-on, it tends to be more likely remembered. This set is an excellent way to get children moving, thinking, and learning by encouraging open ended play too. Continue reading

Design & Drill® Socket to Me™ {review + giveaway}

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The Design & Drill® Socket to Me set has been great addition to our construction and building type of toys in our home! My 3 1/2 year old son plays with this set often and likes it  a lot because it’s a kid version of a  tool he has seen his Daddy use! I for one love that this toy encourages my son to be creative, learn the name of the tools and parts he’s using, and it is developing those fine motor skills! Another pro is it’s completely battery free. No lights or overly loud sounds needed to provide lots of fun and learning for any child. Continue reading

Drawing with Mark DVDs


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 Look for Drawing with Mark DVD’s at your local Michael’s!

 I’ve only given my nearly 6 year old  daughter a preview of one of the Drawing with Mark DVDs but she’s excited with the fact that we’ll be using these for our Homeschool Summer art activities! Because not only will she be learning how to draw all sorts of things, she’ll be learning educational facts with each of the different DVD’s such as facts about dinosaurs, life on the farm, caring for animals, our solar system and so much more!

I grew up watching and learning how to draw from TV shows like Pappy Drew It and The Imagination Station and feel the aid of DVD’s can really grow the skills of any artist. I like that Mark starts with the basic foundations of using shapes such as circles, triangles, and goes from there. The fact the educational bits takes kids on site before the lesson is pretty neat as well! I totally like that there’s so much learning going on!  Each DVD contains two half hour lessons and would be best for children ages 5-9 years old. I would recommend these most certainly and will be posting our Summer art with Drawing with Mark in the months ahead! Continue reading