It's no surprise to anyone that we used technology a lot in our home to teach our daughter. Before there were tablets and smartphones, back in the late 90s when she was a toddler, she was busy pounding away at a computer keyboard playing edutainment software unknowingly learning letters and numbers. Now parents can take electronic educational learning on the go with them, and Joy Sprouts is a free iOS/iPad app for preschoolers that will have them playing and learning at the same time.
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"Being a tourist" in your own city can be fun. Even though we've lived in DFW for over a year now, we're still discovering the attractions that this area has to offer. And there are a. lot. of them! This past May when my parents came to visit for Amber's graduation we took them to many different sites and places and one of them was the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Political leanings aside, if you're ever in an area where any Presidential Library is - be sure to stop in and see it. They are well worth the admission price and the time spent in them.
SeaWorld® Kids - Underwater ABCs™ helps your preschool child master the basic way to write both upper and lower case letters and starts the building block of your child's learning how to print and read. Being able to trace the letter with their fingers allows them to understand the motions they need to employ prior to even putting a pencil in their hands. The app also gives them an alphabetical study in sea life!
John Chapman, or you may know him as Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774. Yes folks that's just a week and a bit away! Whether you have pre-schoolers or grade schoolers there are fun things you can do to celebrate this day. Homeschoolers can plan a whole day around Johnny Appleseed and of course others can bring their knowledge and fun to school and celebrate before and after too!
Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters this Friday, September 12!
Dolphin Tale 2 tells another true story inspired by the life of Winter Dolphin, but also involves a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010. Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Harry Connick, Jr., are all back for Dolphin Tale 2.
As many of you know we just celebrated our daughter’s high school graduation this past spring. Her junior & senior years of high school were some what stressful for our family because of our circumstances of selling our home in South Dakota and moving our family to Texas. that decision was partially because of our daughter’s choice of the university she wanted to attend. Neither my husband or I did our higher education in the United States and since Amber has been homeschooled since seventh grade, the whole college application and admissions process was slightly overwhelming for our family.
Snoopy and the Peanuts gang inspire viewers to celebrate Independence Day with the release of This is America, Charlie Brown, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. This entertaining collection is comprised of eight delightful animated Peanuts television specials that have been re-mastered for superior picture and sound quality. Each of the animated specials centers on various important events in the course of American history, as seen through the eyes of the Peanuts gang.
As our homeschooling journey is now complete, I've been winding down on those kind of review posts and topics. But I couldn't resist taking just one more on even right when Amber was graduating. I mean how can you not be intrigued by a book written by a prominent author and astrophysicist that explains the fact that despite what our TV and DVDs tell us; Black Holes Don't Suck, but also in a way that the average Joe (or Tammy in this case) can actually understand it?!
Agnitus is a Tablet (iPad, Android, Kindle) app that has over 45 educational games for children 2-6 years old. This is a great resource for homeschool families with younger children. I'd say it's best for the mid range in those ages 3-5.
Agnitus offers curriculum-based, fun learning games and they also offer a grading system & report cards!
The app focuses on literacy and math skills, but they have some other games in there as well including one for tooth brushing.
We have great enthusiasm for superhero movies around our home, so we're excited about the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2nd.
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven is inspired by a true story, which her grandmother Leininger first told her when she was young after tracing their family’s genealogy.
In 1755, Allegheny warriors ambush sisters Barbara and Regina Leininger's, 12 and 9, house, killing their father and older brother, kidnapping the young girls and taking them to their village. There they were forced to adapt to the warriors’ way of living—which included dyeing their faces, wearing warrior clothes and adopting the Allegheny ways of worship.
It’s that time of year! Families across the country are gearing up for college campus visits. Before taking the time (and spending the money) to apply to schools, it’s a good idea for students to visit a variety of campus’ to determine which will be a good fit for them and their family. However, this may not be feasible for many families due to the associated costs. As an alternative to the traditional campus visit, students can do virtual tours on websites such as www.youniversitytv.com, or attend a virtual college fair on www.collegeweeklive.com.
As most of you know our daughter is in her senior year of high school and is preparing for graduation and university. Last fall we downloaded so many forms for applications, admissions and scholarships; printed them all, filled them out, sent them back, and then began the waiting period.
All of the months of essay writing, all of the recommendations, all of the testing, came down to waiting for the responses, and it was agonizing. And then one day in the mail the admission letter came.
From the time our daughter was old enough to play she took to assembling and building things like a duck does to water. Puzzles and LEGOS kept her busy for hours and she was building sets geared for older children long before the suggested age on the box.
When other girls were playing with Barbies and pretend food, Amber was mixing up slime and creating science projects.