Friday, March 10, 2017

Spelling Training - Review

We had the pleasure of using a website called Spelling Training. Our youngest son has been using this program for the past two weeks. This program is a free website geared towards Pre-K to 4th grade. You can access this program on any device that is able to connect to the internet. So, great for on the go.

Spelling Training has various ways to save of on printing and still allowing your child to reach their goals. Your child will be able to practice their spelling words, take an online spelling test, use the online flashcards, and play the five games to help them master those spelling words. While they're learning new words or refreshing on their spelling, they're having fun doing it.

Even though Spelling Training has several list from first words to frequently misspelled words, I did a test of my own and that's to see if I could enter in my own spelling list. I was able to create a spelling list of my own and save it. Spelling Training allows you to save up to 24 spelling list of your own, as well as save your spelling lists to your computer.

My son enjoyed using Spelling Training these past two weeks and will continue to use this program. He's not interested in many online programs because he likes things to go his pace. One of the best things with Spelling Training is, it goes when your child clicks the mouse, so no waiting to load once your child picks their activity. My son will continue to use this program. I've also added a lists to use with other children. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Homeschool Black History Month With Movies - Week 2

This week we earned about:

  1. Samuel L. Jackson
  2. Lawrence Fishburne
  3.  Wesley Snipes
  4. Keith David
  5. Danny Glover
Movies with these characters:
  1. Avengers - Amazon
  2. TMNT - Amazon
  3. Didn't watch a movie for Wesley Snipes - no kid appropriate movie
  4. Didn't watch a movie for Wesley Snipes - no kid appropriate movie
  5. Antz -  Netflix

Until next week, happy learning to you and remember to have fun learning!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Homeschool Black History Month With Movies

As many of us are studying African Americans this month. We decided to study famous African American actors instead of the usual. The reason we're doing things a little different this year is because several of my children have had a lot of questions about how movies are made. So, I thought this would be an interesting twist.

So far this week, we've started with the top 50 best African Americans from the IMDb list. First on the list are as follows:

  1. Sidney Poitier
  2. Denzel Washington
  3. Morgan Freeman
  4. Richard Pryor
  5. Eddie Murphy
Now, I mentioned that my children have been asking about how movies are made. So, after lunch we watch a movie starring one of the names above. We will discuss the main idea of the movie, learning experience, best part, least, part, likes/dislikes, how's, why's, what's and how's. This usually lasts about an hour or two hashing out the answers/theories. Finally, we would rate the movie to add the critic side of it.

I've prepared a list of movies to go with the names from above. They are as follows:

  1. Sidney Poitier - Ghost Dad
  2. Denzel Washington - John Q
  3. Morgan Freeman - Glory
  4. Richard Pryor - The Toy
  5. Eddie Murphy - Daddy Day Care
Some of these were tough to find because there were some really older movies on this list, but definitely accomplished. I started off with my local library, Netflix, local video store, etc. However, I've made it easier for you just in case you would like to do this next year for Black History Month.

  1. Ghost Dad - Amazon for $9.90 or free with Prime Subscription
  2. John Q - Netflix must have DVD Subscription
  3. Glory - Amazon for $8.69  or free with Prime Subscription
  4. The Toy - Amazon for $16.98 or free with Prime Subscription 
  5. Daddy Day Care - Netflix basic subscription
Here's one last tip that may help those that don't have these subscription or are on a very tight budget. Try asking family and friends to borrow any of these movies. Also, try your local Facebook groups to see if anyone has this movie that you can borrow or buy at a reasonable price. Another option might be checking with eBay.

Until next week, happy learning to you and remember to have fun learning!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Adding Minecraft To Our Schooling

I have to admit, I haven't been much of a fan of using Minecraft as part of our schooling. A friend of mine is always telling me how much her kids are addicted to the game. Well, so are mine, but I've seen some of the things they have been making with it and I have to say that I didn't see the point of the game until I went online to research the game. Of course it has been around for a couple of years, but I don't stay on top of the newest item of attractions.

Well, let's just say that with the combination of the game and tutorials on YouTube, I learned to play the game myself. I thought it's really easy to use with the exception of playing it on my Android phone to avoid from the kids seeing me playing it, LOL. I didn't want to start with something small, I wanted to see how hard it would be to do a challenging design. So, I chose to build a mansion with three levels.

This mansion was actually easier than it looks. Once I finished it, I had a sit down with the kids and asked them if they would be willing to start building some difficult designs in Minecraft. Of course they said yes, but when I asked them what kind of things they would like to build, it was pretty funny because they picked, Wal-Mart, Target, McDonalds, and a hotel. Thankfully all of these are available on YouTube. 

My ten year old and I are building the hotel. The hotel is nine videos to complete. I think my challenge so far is keeping up with my ten year old, LOL he's always a step ahead of me. I'm still working the twenty-six high glass blocks around the whole first level. He's already done with that and awaiting on my completion.

My daughter chose to build Wal-Mart in Minecraft. She's doing really well and was surprised that she did the lettering and star very well without much help. She's now working on the layers around Wal-Mart.

I would say this design so far is fairly simple if your going in the right direction, LOL. My other son is working on this and he was doing great at first, but then after he did the front and one side, he does the other side in the opposite direction for the foundation. So, he's working on taking the blocks out and putting the right blocks in the right direction.

This one I saved for last because my 13 year old is making the McDonald's in Minecraft. He wants to build like all the well known resturants. He started this design after supper last night and finished it before bedtime at ten. I think that's pretty fast for the amount of details in this. However, that was the outside of the restaurant that he finished. 

So, to wrap this up to why we are adding minecraft to our schooling? I think it's great for the classroom because it's not just a game, but gets your children the ability to learn how to use blocks and turn them into something amazing. 

So far this what I've learned from playing the game, but there's so much more that your child can benefit from playing. Such as History, Science, Math and Reading. I will share more as I learn more through playing this game. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Looking Back....

We were looking through old pictures today and found this from a few years ago. This is a phonics game that we found at our local dollar store. Many of us don't think to check dollar stores for materials, but over the years, we've found some really great steals from our local dollar stores.

Not only did we forget about having these pictures, but we realized how much we've all grown up over the years. As for me, I realized that yes, I've had some days where, I didn't think I could homeschool my children once they got older, but as you can tell that's possible because we are still going strong. Sure, we've had our ups and downs, but definitely worth it!

Our oldest has graduated and off to college soon, we now approaching our next year with 8th, 6th, 5th, 4th graders. So, yes it's definitely challenging, and yet priceless to know that your children reaching their full potential.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Christmas Memory Game

With Christmas right around the corner, we all think about that list of presents we are to get, planning the dinner, and baking, but what about the children during this time? Sure of course they are on a mission to get their list to Santa, but why not keep them learning through the holiday's as well. I recommend this Christmas Memory Game for toddlers.

This Christmas Memory Game will be a great to keep the little ones occupied during the holiday's. They will be exercising their brain, Improve concentration, and help them to stay focused.

This set includes:

2- trees
2-gingerbread men
2-light bulbs
2 stockings
2-Santa hats

You will need an embroidery machine to make this game. You can get this design from Hug Longer Digital Designs on Etsy. I believe she still has a sale going on right now.

If you don't have an embroidery machine, no worries, there's the option to have this game made for you. Yarn Plus Thread is our shop and we would be happy to make this game for your tiny tot. We too are having a sale til the end of the month, as part of our give thanks sale.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Felt Food Learning

The breakfast foods portion of our daily meals. This a nice way to teach your toddlers about the most important meal of the day. The best part is you don't have to go out and spend a bundle on those play kitchen sets. You can sit at your kitchen or dining room table and even put out the plate to provide a visual of what it will look like on their plate.

I'm planing on making a bunch more of these for my cousin because she has a toddler that will love these. I'm going to make him various foods and a little pouch to go with each and group them in the right category. However, I think this will be great for girl or boy because it's learning about eating healthy.