Tag: Homeschool

Learning through Playing Games with USAopoly!

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My family enjoys playing games together. Games have always been a great way of connecting after a busy week. We give high priority to our family game days during the weekend. Though we aren’t limited to just playing on the weekend, we play during week day evenings too. I often bring learning games out during our schooling time. Games I’ve found to  be the perfect tool in easing into a new concept learned or to enhance skills such as critical thinking, fine motor, and the abilities to play well with others.

In being a member of the the Schoolhouse Crew Review Team, I was introduced to USAopoly , a leading developer and manufacturer of board games and puzzles. This company  generously sent  two games for my whole family to enjoy and share our thoughts upon. The first game is Tapple: Fast Word Fun for Everyone  and the second Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game.  My husband being the avid gamer that he is has opted to share his  thoughts and our family experience with each of these games below.

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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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Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

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Science is something that I feel is important to include in our home-school studies. Children need to understand the how and why things work and  form their own conclusions in solving problems.  Science causes one to observe, form a hypothesis, experiment, and interpret what’s going on. It’s the basic foundation of how we learn about everything!

Up to this point, my children have been learning about the world around them by doing a science project every few weeks and watching like themed  videos. I’ve been creating units myself for the kids. My initial goal for the upcoming school year has been to increase these studies. Cementing certain scientific concepts in memorable fun way has always been the goal. However, I’ve been finding myself spending far more time than I imagined getting everything together and have found myself running out of steam!  As it so happened, through the Schoolhouse Crew Review team, I was given the opportunity to share our experience with Funtastic Unit Studies book Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and TeachersIt honestly couldn’t have come at a better time!

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Heirloom Audio Productions: With Lee in Virginia {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

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I’ve found that one of the best ways for my children to learn history is through age appropriate video documentaries, audio books, and in visiting many different types of field trip destinations.  During the Summer season, my family had the opportunity to go on vacation for several days. Our destination was several hours from home and that meant a good amount of time would be spent in the car. I’d been pondering activities to do in the car to and from to keep the entire family occupied that would be interesting, engaging, and educational.  My daughter tends to get  car sick when playing on electric devices and when reading books in the car so those options were completely out. However, a good audio drama seemed to be an excellent choice.

As part of the Schoolhouse Crew Review team, I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts upon Heirloom Audio Productions latest audio theatrical drama adapted from a book, by G.A. Henty. This particular tale  presents the history of the civil war with focus on Confederate generals Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee. With Lee in Virginia includes a physical 2 CD set, a digital download study guide, MP3 soundtrack, and a few other things. The package  has everything one would need to delve deeply into this portion of  American history in a fun, adventurous, and  memorable way. 

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