Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Who Wants FREE Apps?

Do you want FREE apps for your iPhone or iPad?  I will admit it, we are a bit of a Mac junkie here at The Moffatt Girls house!  I keep telling the girls, "You need to share....that IS Mommy's iPhone!  My turn, please."

Needless to say, we also love our apps!  No, I don't let the girls spend hours on our iPads or iPhones, but an educational app is ALWAYS a FUN way to reinforce or teach specific skills.

On to the FREE app.... It was one of those days....I REALLY needed a caffeine fix, so I headed to Starbucks.  I rarely go there, so it is always a special treat:)  The girls get an apple juice and I get my Carmel Frappuccino..mmm!!  So I am waiting for my Carmel Frappuccino at the counter where you pick up your drink.  I look down at a stack of business cards that say, "Pick of the Week."

Well, upon further investigation and a little inquiry from the kind lady making my drink, I learn that Starbucks gives away paid apps for FREE every Tuesday!  WOW!  Sometimes they are music, books, KIDS APPS!!   I totally scored this week with our NEW Dora's Skywriting ABC's!!

We downloaded this one on our iPad...

Sophia L*O*V*E*S her new app!!  She is learning how to trace her letters in such a FUN way and I have a good reason to go to Starbucks every week;)  

This app is $3.99 in the App Store and completely worth the money!!  

Needless to say, I think I will be visiting Starbucks every weeks...but only once a week, of course:)  I think I just bought into the whole Starbucks + FREE app marketing ploy:)  

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

All About Reading Level 1 Review

As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Team, I was very excited to be able to review All About Reading Level 1 Program.   This is a very popular reading program and I was eager to see it and use it firsthand.

What is All About Reading?
All About Reading is reading program that covers 5 key components:
*Phonological Awareness
*Phonics and Decoding

How Does it Work?
The 49 lessons are scripted and ready to go with no prep needed, which can be very beneficial for busy educators.  This program is a multisensory reading program that can be used by parents, teachers, tutors and anyone else who wants to teach reading in a comprehensive method.  As a former teacher, I can see how parents can feel both comfortable and confident teaching with this curriculum.   

The program provides color coded letter tiles that are excellent for hands-on learning.  Students use the tiles to read new words as they manipulate/slide the tiles.  

The Decodable books are beautifully illustrated!  Audrey LOVED these books and I caught her reading them throughout the week.   

The activities in the program are both fun and engaging.  First, Audrey colored her little "creature" and cut out all of the words.  

After reading the words, she fed the bones (the words) into the creatures mouth.  How cute is that?
This was a great review activity for us...

What I really like about this program is that they offer you 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.  That means you have a FULL year to try their program.  If the program does not fit your students needs, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked!  In my opinion, that is an amazing return policy!!  

How Much Does it Cost?
The Level 1 Reading Kit cost $99.95 and includes:
*Level 1 Teachers Manuel (non-consumable)
*Student Packet (consumable)
*3 Hardback Decodable Readers

The Program also offers a Pre-Reading Program and a Level 2 program which will be released this year.

In addition to the Level 1 Reading Kit, you will also need to purchase either the Basic or Deluxe Reading Interactive Kit.  
*Basic Kit cost $28.95 or
*The Deluxe Reading Interactive Kits cost $48.95

I really like the Phonogram CD-ROM, which is included in both kits.  This helpful CD contains all of the basic phonogram pronunciations.  This is especially helpful for parents who may be unsure as to correct pronunciations.  The resources in the program are very user friendly, which makes the learning process accessible to everyone, struggling readers and new readers.

How do you know if your child is ready to read?  You can read the Checklist {HERE}.
There are many FREE samples available to download and see if this program is right for you.

My Thoughts
I think that this is an excellent reading program.  Since we are currently using our own reading program, this level proved to be too easy.  However, I also felt as though this was an excellent way to review what we have already learned.  Audrey enjoyed the hands-on activities, which made the experience a joy.

I will say that I am strongly considering using their All About Spelling Program this coming Fall.  In fact, I have pretty much made up my mind to use their spelling program in conjunction with our own reading program.  If you choose to use All About Reading and All About Spelling simultaneously, the letter tiles need only be purchased once, since they work for both programs.

You can also read what my other fellow TOS Crew members thought of this product by clicking {HERE}.

Disclaimer:  I received this product free of charge in exchange for a review on my blog.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the free product or the company.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Time Out Tuesdays: PEACE Teaching with the Fruit of the Spirit

We are well into our 7 Week Challenge to Transform our Teaching and Parenting!  Both Tamara and I hope that you have been encouraged these last couple of weeks!  It is our desire to see you flourish and become the BEST teachers and the BEST moms you have been designed to be!  We hope that though this mini radio program you will walk away with your spirits lifted and rejuvenated for this weeks challenges.

This week we will be talking about PEACE.  Peace in the midst of the storm.  A Peace that passes understanding.  A Peace that calms the stormy seas of life.  When we have THAT kind of peace, despite our trying circumstances, what an example to the children in our life!  Little eyes are watching and sometimes our actions, or our reactions, can speak louder than our words.

I have to be honest, I was a little unsure as to IF I should share one of my stories on this radio show.  However, I really feel that there is someone out there that will be encouraged and lifted up in the midst of a  current storm!  It is my earnest desire that YOU too will experience God's Peace!

Listen to the Program {HERE} or
use the widget on the side bar

Click on the picture to download this weeks scripture...

Be sure to visit Tamara's blog to read her post too!

Tamara and Annie

Ready2Read Level 2 Unit 9 Released

I finally released Unit 9 of our Ready2Read Program.  Although this unit will not be shown "in action" until next week, I wanted to make it available since I had some requests.

If you are new to the Ready2Read Program, you can visit our information page {HERE}.  I will be releasing Level 3 this summer.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Toddler Tasks Week #4

Sophia LOVES to "do school" and I love to do it with her.  Although she had a slight cold this week, she was still a happy little learner:)  I am preparing this little honey for our Ready2Read Program, but she doesn't even know it:)  I think all kids want to learn...especially when it is FUN!!

She worked on her Leapfrog Frig Phonics and had so much fun.  We worked a little on the -at family.  Since she hears Audrey read all of the time, she is so eager to learn.  She is not really ready to sound out words, but we work at it a little...

Here she is pointing to the letters and making their sounds.  It was neat to see her sound out each individual letter, but no blending involved yet.

I turned around to grab my camera and she spelled the word fox.  I know it was a totally accident, but it made me smile:)  And of course I praised her like crazy for doing such a good job:)

We played a little with her Alphabet Bug Mats.  I really like these because they have both upper and lowercase letters.  When Sophia first started playing with these, I would just give her the 5 letters on the mat.  Now she is able to pick the correct letters.  However, I did separate the upper and lowercase letters.

I play a game with her to see who finds the letter first and she just LOVES this!!  I think it is because she always wins;)  Sometimes she holds my hand back so she can't get it...little stinker:)

Alphabet Memory is another game that helps children match upper and lowercase.  She really enjoyed playing with Audrey and I was surprised at how well she did with this memory game.

We also worked on saying the phonics sounds when finding the matching letters.  This is a super easy task for kids to pick up, especially after watching Leapfrog's Letter Factory!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that video!
We made some more Play-Doh this week.  It is so easy to make and you can add your own scents to make it smell nice!  {HERE} is a basic recipe that I absolutely LOVE!
I used 3 drops of BLUE food coloring to get this color.

She is so focused when it comes to cutting her Play-Doh!  Cutting, rolling and manipulating Play-Doh is such a good fine motor skill that will later help with handwriting.

I spelled out her name and sang this song to the tune of BINGO...
There was a little girl I loved so much
and Sophia was her name-O
S-O-P-H-I-A, S-O-P-H-I-A, S-O-P-H-I-A
and Sophia was her name-O!

Needless to say, she LOVED this!  She decided to sing with me and touch the letters as she sang.  Most kids are hands-on learners and this is such a great way to learn!

Here is another version of our ABC caterpillar puzzle.  This version incorporates many different skills:
*color identification
*lowercase letter identification
*and ABC order
of course I had to put magnets on the back because it makes everything that much more FUN!
I started by grouping all of the shapes...
You can also get our uppercase version {HERE}
If you like our FREE printables, we would love it if you added our shop or this product as one of your favorites:)

Sophia asked to play this "game" a lot this week.  She was a little thrown off by the lowercase letter a, because she is used to seeing the other style.  However, this is good for different letter font recognition.

She ended the week doing one of her ABC puzzles in jammies before bed:)
I really think she is obsessed with the ABC's right now!!

I hope that you all have a GREAT and FUN week of learning!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Winner for Grandma's Trunk!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Color by Sight Word FREEBIE

I LOVE creating these printables because they are a super FUN component in our Ready2Read Curriculum! This time I have combined sight words and simple CVC words that make a sentence that students can read.
Sight Words + Reading + Coloring = FUN learning!

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