Monday, April 17, 2017

M is for Math (games)

Sometimes we can find some really great games that involve learning, and the kids don't even realize how fun math can be! This is always a favorite way to do Math  or any school subject for that matter.

I made this rainbow math game that I found on Pinterest around St. Patrick's day time. It was a hit. I made it for my kids at home, and I also had it for a craft for my co-op class the day we studied Ireland.

The supplies are a rainbow made out of construction paper, dice, and some Fruit Loops. 

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This game is played by rolling the dice, adding the numbers together, and putting that number of fruit loops on the matching color of the rainbow. The child works through all the colors, and then they can do it again! My kids also had fun trying it as a race to see who could get through all the colors the fastest.

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This was such great practice for quick adding.

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My 6 and 7 year-old co-op class really enjoyed it too.

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After that game my little guy had fun throwing the big soft dice across the floor to see what he would roll. This turned into a math game too...

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We practiced spelling number words for each letter he rolled. He couldn't remember how to spell a few, so I wrote them down. He could look if he needed to. This was a very spontaneous, unplanned game. Sometimes those are the best.

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And for fun, because it happened on St. Patrick's day also, and it has to do with rainbows...

Our rainbow pancakes!

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We made them on St. Patrick's day morning. I have wanted to do this for years, so this was very exciting and fun.

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One boy couldn't even eat them because it was too "weird," but the rest really enjoyed them. They looked really cool in person.

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That's it for the letter M. It's late, but at least it's here!

And, it was another week that I missed being able to link up because I was too late, but I was supposed to link up to this:

A Net In Time Schooling

Here are my other abc posts:
A is for aggravation
B is for Bingo
C is for Chess
D is for Derby
E is for Evening of Games
F is for Face
H is for Hullabaloo  
I is for It 

J is for Jenga

K is for Kitten (coming soon)
L is for Laser Maze

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Our weekly notebook: Testing, cadet, and Easter fun

Monday:

We started out the week with a fun morning of roller skating at the homeschool skate. It was so nice to get out and move, and see how far these kids have come. They are all pretty fast now. Alex can even do the bumpy part without holding onto the wall, all by himself! He has been trying to master this part for a very long time.

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Tuesday:

We had testing at the charter school. Well, only Aaron, and Aric had testing. Alex had free time to play and even get bored. This is how we passed the time while they took a few hours doing state tests.  So glad it's over!

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Wednesday:

We have Life Academy co-op on Wednesday's. So, this was our 3rd day of just going. I was getting pretty tired of being out, and just wanted to be home. In the afternoon we have a Mom's class where we discuss books, and talk about TJED philosophy (because that is the philosophy that our co-op abides by), and I had a really hard time keeping my eyes open. That is how tired I was! However, I was excited to get a start on this week's assignment. It was to pick a book from the classics book list in the TJED for teens book, and read it. I have chosen The Phantom Tollbooth. I have wanted to read this to my boys. This will be a good preview. So, that's what I'm reading this week!

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On Wednesday after co-op April had her final step for becoming a Salem Police cadet. She had to go in for an interview with the Police. This is what we did while we waited... (can you see the police sign in the background? That's where she was)

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Thursday:

We went absolutely no where. I even skipped cub scouts because I needed to just have a day at home. Aric wasn't feeling well either, and it was raining, and it was an outdoor field trip anyway. It was a nice relaxing day at home.

Friday:

We had our local Woodburn homeschool group Spring festival at the library in the morning. I was in charge of a station, and chose to do a stacking plastic eggs activity. I made a little challenge for the kids to see how tall they could make their stacks. The highest was 23.5"! I loved seeing the kids have so much fun with it. The whole festival was a lot of fun.

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Saturday:

We had the opportunity to go to a retirement home and do some fun Easter activities. First they hunted for eggs...

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Said hi to the Easter Bunny...

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Dyed some Easter eggs...

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 And played some games...

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 All of the activities were fun for the kids. There wasn't a lot of interaction with the elderly, but they watched and smiled and enjoyed the children's fun.

That wraps up our week!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CompuScholar (A REVIEW)


CompuScholar, Inc.

Having a good solid foundation of knowledge for computers and the internet is becoming more important everyday. Computers and the digital age are everywhere we go. It's even in our pockets with our fancy smart phones, or at the store with self-checkouts. We search for everything on the internet, and we use computers to help us in so many different facets of life that it's almost unavoidable. I have one child who is sure he will be doing some sort of career with gaming or in the computer world, and thought this review of Digital Savvy from CompuScholar, Inc. would be perfect for him.

CompuScholar, Inc. Web Design

The son that I chose to do this review, his name is Aaron, is actually a bit under the age range for the particular program that we chose (Digital Savvy). He is 5th grade, but since he is such a wiz on the computer already, and loves to spend time on it, I thought it would be a good fit for him to get a better understanding of the basics of the computer. He did great with this program, and even had a few great things to share about it (that I will share a bit later).

CompuScholar, Inc. Digital Savvy

This course is one of many courses that are offered at CompuScholar. There are others that focus on web design, Java programming, and many more. All of these courses range from middle school to high school age depending on the course. It is all done online with many hands on projects throughout the lessons.

This course, Digital Savvy, is split up into chapters which contain 5 lessons each. Each lesson ends with a short quiz, and the chapter ends with an exam.

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A view of the chapter menu from my account (the teacher's account). It looks exactly the same for the student (with different options in the menu on the left).

Here's how it works: My son logs on with his own student name and password. He clicks on the course he is working on, which was Digital Savvy in our case, and it takes him to the the chapter page. He chooses the chapter he is currently working on, and selects it. Finally, he scrolls to the lesson he is on, and chooses to watch a short video, read the text, or do the quiz. I also have a teacher account to log on myself that is linked to his. I can check his progress, and access the teacher guides.

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Aaron reading the text portion of one of the lessons

Digital Savvy is a great program to get to know a little bit of everything in the computer world. It starts out with some very basic information about computers like what kinds of computers exist, how to identify peripherals, and where computers came from. He has enjoyed learning some neat facts about computers. The course goes on to things like word processing, social media, digital images, basic web page design, and many more topics. There are 25 chapters in all with the last chapter being the final project. He didn't get anywhere near the end of this program for our review period so we have a lot to look forward to still!

I asked Aaron what he liked about this computer program, and he said:
"I liked that it had both videos and text. I liked the extra information included with the text even though it wasn't all needed for the quiz, but some things were. I liked the quizzes after every lesson."

I also asked Aaron if there was anything he didn't like about it, he said:
"It was difficult to navigate the pages and find where I was, or which lesson I was on. That's it."
 I'd say I agree with him on that. He accidentally skipped the rest of a whole chapter because he didn't realize he hadn't finished the first one, but once he got to know it, he did fine.  Overall it is a great program to learn more about computer science. Very informational, and hands on. If you'd like to see what others had to say about CompuScholar, Inc. you can click on the banner below.


Digital Savvy, Web Design & Java Programming {CompuScholar,Inc Reviews}
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Friday, April 7, 2017

L is for Laser Maze

So, I missed letter K. But I do have something for that, and will make it up later. For now here is our
letter L game for the week.

This is a single player logic game, but the kids often work together, helping each other, especially if the one playing is younger. Usually one kid gets it out, and the others all decide they want to have a turn, so while they are waiting their turn they help the other playing if wanted.

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We started a school day with this game one day this week. There are cards with beginner, intermediate, and expert challenges on them. You can choose which level, and then you have to figure how to get the laser to make it to the target, but you have to figure out also which blocks, deflectors, and beam splitters to use.

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You can't see it very well in the picture below, but you know you've reached the target when the red triangle lights up on the top from the laser.

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The laser is definitely a high point with this game. I purchased this game several years ago because the kids' Dad works with lasers for his job. I thought it'd be a fun way for them to "play" with lasers too.

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 I am linking this up with:


A Net In Time Schooling


Here are my other abc posts:
A is for aggravation

B is for Bingo

C is for Chess

D is for Derby

E is for Evening of Games

 F is for Face


H is for Hullabaloo  

I is for It 
J is for Jenga
K is for Kitten (coming soon)
 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cub scout blue and gold banquet

Here's another edition of missed that post Monday!

This actually happened last month in February, but just didn't finish it to get it up on the blog.

From February 23...
 
We had our blue and gold banquet this week. It was kind of a big deal for our family because both boys advanced in their rank. Aaron received his Webelos and arrow of light, and Aric received his Wolf badge. He was very excited, although you wouldn't think that was the case with this picture!

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The blue and gold banquet is like a birthday celebration for cub scouts, so it was fun to have such a big event for both boys happen to fall on a big pack meeting.

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This arrow of light ceremony was different than usual. The Webelos leader arranged for the "order of the arrow" to come and perform it since there were so many boys receiving theirs. It was really special.

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All the boys who received their arrow of light awards that night.

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Aaron proudly displaying his arrow. He sure felt good that night.

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Aric received his wolf badge, which is his first rank in cub scouts. He worked hard, and sure does love passing off adventures.

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A short video I made of the Order of the Arrow ceremony.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

J is for Jenga

Jenga

This week's abc blog post is the letter J, so I picked Jenga for our family game of the week. We love a good game of Jenga over here. We have played it many different ways, some just plain old fun, and some for learning.

One time we played to practice multiplication...

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We play and talk about books with our special edition of Jenga for "booklovers"... (I love playing this one)...

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June 8, 2015~ played while camping
We have played a giant version at a farmer's market during the summer...

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July 16, 2015
And, we play together for any ol' game night just for fun...

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Our Jenga game is well loved, and I believe we've had it since we got married. It doesn't even have the box anymore.

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It has been used for building towers, counting, even one block has a smiley face because we used it for a baby Jesus one Christmas. They are handy little blocks, and make for a fun family game.

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I am linking this up with:

A Net In Time Schooling

Here are my other abc posts:

A is for aggravation
B is for Bingo
C is for Chess
D is for Derby
E is for Evening of Games
 F is for Face
H is for Hullabaloo  
I is for It

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