Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Math Tutor DVD's

Math Tutor DVD is a program to help your kids do better in Math! Do your kids struggle with certain parts of learning math or maybe with math in general? Math Tutor DVD just may be what your looking for! We were sent two of the DVD's to try. The first was The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor. When I first put this DVD in and sat down with my 7 year old, she wasn't too happy! She felt that it was boring and personally I agreed! There is a man standing there in front of a dry erase board and he is telling about word problems in a plain and unexciting voice. He proceeds to write on the board and then draws a few illustrations to demonstrate the problem. Well, the amazing part was the more we worked the problems the more my daughter didn't mind doing them. She really was catching on to the way that the problems were being illustrated. I personally didn't care for the DVD's but if my child was having a hard time in one of the areas covered on the DVD's I would use it. It does teach what needs to be taught, it is just a little plain. One good thing about having a DVD is the different catagories are listed on the back of the DVD and you can skip right to what you are needing to cover with you kids. So no sitting through the DVD and watching things your kids don't need to cover. You can go directly to what you want to cover.
We worked all the problems for addition and subtraction and she couldn't believe it was done. We still have the DVD for future reference as we get into the rest of the math covered on it. I do see us using it since we have it, but I don't really see me buying another one. Now, you may have kids or you yourself may learn great this way. So I suggest going to the site and watch a free sample and see what you think. There are some great buys on the site as well. Special prices on DVD bundles!

We were not really able to try out the Algebra 2 Tutor due to my kids being 5 and 7. I do feel that as my kids get into Algebra we will try the DVD to help them. Want to know more go here and see some samples and see what you think.

Bible Story Songs *Matthew Volume 1*

Are you looking for a way to teach your children bible stories and verses? Ones that will stay with them through the years? Well this may be the way for you to do it! Bible Story Songs has 8 different CD's to choose from! 3 are based on Matthew, 3 are based on Moses, 1 is based on David and the last one is about the Bible! A wide variety of CD's and songs to choose from! We had the privilege to try Matthew Volume 1! With songs like B-I-B-L-E and First Ask, Then Seek! A lot more too! 30 Songs total you can go here for a list of those songs

The music is just your basic piano music. The voices are like a Children's choir. We enjoyed them and the tunes tend to stick in your mind. I have always loved using music to memorize. My kids learned the books of the Bible by singing them! It makes learning more fun for young children especially. So if you are looking for a way to teach verses and the Bible with music I would recommend these Bible Story Song CD's to you! They are only $9.99 each! They also offer a discount the more CD's you buy the more you save! You can go here and listen to some of the songs online before you buy!

The Matthew CD volume one also teaches good character traits! One song titled Mom Told Me to Clean My Room is really cute! Remember there is 55 minutes of music on this CD! I would much rather have my kids listening to this than a lot of other music out there!

They also have Color and Sing Songbooks available too! They also include guitar chords!
You can get these for just $4.99!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

100 days of School Celebration!

100 Days of School Celebration!

Making mini cupcakes! We had planned to make 100 mini cupcakes to celebrate the 100 days of school! We only had enough batter to make 82! So we celebrated like it was 100 anyway! lol

Licking the beaters is the most fun of making cupcakes for my girls!

We had a small day of Celebration for the 100 day of school today! It was actually our 101 st day, but we didn't have time to do it yesterday due to our dentist appointments. So here are some pictures of what we did today!

We also took old magazines and cut out 100 words! We then pasted them on a poster! The girls were tired of cutting and pasting by the time we were done! lol

After we finished gluing, we had a little sit down party with the cupcakes and drinks! Grandpa joined us to celebrate! I forgot to take a picture of that part! lol

Dentist Day!

Trip to the Dentist!

My girls both went to the Dentist yesterday! It was my youngest first trip! I know she should have already went, but we just hadn't done it! I really was dreading it for both of them! I am pleased to say though that they both did GREAT! I am so proud of them! There was no tears and they left the dentist laughing and happy and excited about their next trip! My youngest has to go to a Pediatric Dentist soon for some work to be done and they I pray will go as well as this trip did. My oldest got a good report of no cavity's! One thing that helped my girls so much on this visit and not being scared was watching Jon and Kate Plus 8 recently and seeing the kids go to the dentist! They knew what to expect when we went with them!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WriteShop StoryBuilders

Okay here we go! lol We were given two of Writeshop's StoryBuilders ebooks to try! We got World of Animals and World of Sports!

Let me tell you a bit about the StoryBuilders set up! They come with cards that you print yourself on different colored cardstock or paper. One set for each of these categories!
  1. Character
  2. Character Trait
  3. Setting
  4. Plot

The ebook gives you lots of ideas in how to use the cards! Even games! My girls are ages 5 and 7 so we went just taking the cards and picking one from each category and making up silly sentences and stories. I must say they loved it! Even Daddy got in on the fun with us! I feel that it made their creative juices flowing in how you can make up your own stories. I can't wait till my 7 year old gets more familiar with writing sentences to use it with her in writing what she is saying! These ebooks are very reasonably priced at $7.95 each! No shipping! All sent through email! So if you have a reluctant writer or just want to challenge your children to be creative, this is a great tool! We love it and even today when I got the cards out my girls were cheering! They enjoy using it! So go check it out! Writeshop also has other topics and more for the older kids as well!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My Amazon.com Wishlist!

My Amazon.com Wish List

I first thought I would make my list private, but something told me to share with my friends and family! So here we go! lol