Thursday, June 28, 2012

ABC Alphabet Cards!

Cutesify Your Classroom Part 1
I have decided that I do better when I am surrounded by pretty and cute things:)  Yes, I like pretty things.  Pretty things make me feel better and why not make your classroom or educational environment as cute as possible?

I had a set of Alphabet Cards for our  "classroom", but they were a bit boring and plain.  So...I decided to make my own and cutesify them :)  I couldn't decide which color I liked the best, so I made a few different ones:)  I think I am leaning towards the red...or maybe the black...hmm...choices, choices!!

There are several choices to choose from:


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

FREEBIE Alert! Color by Sight Word Sentences!

Audrey just turned 5 and she is busy making her own set of printables for Sophia.   She inspired me to make another fun Color by Sight Word Sentence Strawberry FREEBIE for you all!  It is summer and this cute strawberry guy looks refreshing.  

If you like this printable, you may be interested in our Color by Sight Word Sentences pack:

This printable and pack meets the following Common Core Standard:
Print Concepts
RF.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
-Follow words from left to right, top to bottom and page by page.
-Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
-Understand that words are separated by space in print.

Phonics and Word Recognition
-RF.K.3 Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does.)

By the is the "printable" that my 5 year old made for my 2 year old:)  I LOVE it:)  I think she has the teacher gene or something:)

To purchase the Color By Sight Word packet, see our shops below...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

MeCorder Mini Video Recorder and GIVEAWAY!

I have a fantastic GIVEAWAY today and I think you will be excited!  Learning Resources has allowed The Moffatt Girls to review one of their new 2012 products, the MeCorder, Mini Video Recorder!  Audrey goes absolutely nuts when she gets to use some sort of recording device:)  I think she loves hearing and seeing herself, but what kid doesn't?
There are so many ways that the MeRecorder can be used to monitor and assess students progress!  The MeCorder allows teachers/parents to keep a digital file of a students recordings for assessment or any other purpose.  

Examples of ways to use the MeCorder in the classroom or home environment:
*Speaking and Listening practice
*Self Assessment
*Grammar, speech, articulation practice
*Messages back and forth from parent to teacher
*Recording your poem of the week (this is our use)
*Messages/reminders from Mom and Dad

Here are some of the features on the MeCorder:
* Compact (2.25 x 2.25) video recorder to aid in educational learning activities
* 30-second recording, playback, USB and magnetic back
*Allows students to record and view themselves simultaneous
*LCD screen
*built in mic

One drawback to the MeRecorder is that you can only have one 30-second video recorded at a time.  However, once the video is recorded, you can upload it and record another video.

Buy it: Can't wait to win it?  You can purchase the MeRecorder at Learning Resources {HERE}.  The MeRecorder retails for $59.99.

Win it! Learning Resources has graciously offered one of The Moffatt Girls readers a chance to win their own MeCorder!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NEW: ABC Cut and Paste!

I am so excited to be releasing a new product called ABC Cut and Paste!  It addresses so many useful skills and allows children to really interact with a product and take ownership of their learning.  But the best part about this product is that Sophia LOVES it!  The girl loves the alphabet and she likes to cut so this printable really meets those needs:)

Updated on 8/10/13

Here is what the printable looks like in action...

Begin by coloring in each bubble letter for letter and sound recognition.  Next, trace each letter to help with correct letter formation.

 Cut out the squares with the various fonts.  The different fonts provide opportunities for students to recognize letters in different context and helps with letter discrimination.  The cutting is also great for fine motor skills. 

Each sheet will work with 4 letters and the set includes both upper and lowercase.

Finally, students can paste each letter into the correct corresponding boxes.  This activity can be extended by prompting children to name the sound of each letter as they paste them into the boxes, rather than just saying the name of each letter. 

My almost 5 year old also took total ownership of this printable, which is perfect for her since she needs a little extra handwriting practice.

Here are the Common Core Standards addressed in this product:

RF.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
RF.K.3 Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound of each consonant.  
L.K.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
-Print may be upper and lowercase letters.

This packet is available in our store...

IXL (TOS Review)

I was recently given the opportunity to review a learning site called IXL, which is a site for practicing math concepts from Pre-K through algebra.

How does it work?
The site is broken down into grade levels and within those grade levels all the state standards are addressed based on the skills needed for each grade.

For example, here are some skills that are needed for Kindergarten:

You would then select an area for practice.  In this case, I selected D.6, which works with number lines.  The student would then fill in the missing number and then hit submit.  The student would continue to answer several questions for this particular skill.  The student's screen also shows problems attempted, time elapsed, and score.

Each grade level is very comprehensive in terms of covering questions in all areas of math.  This site, however, is not an instructional site, but rather a way to review and practice problems in each area.  
The site also offers student reports, which reviews proficiency, trouble spots and progress toward meeting state standards. 

How much does it cost?
For Parents/Homeschooler $9.95/mo or $79/yr
For Teachers Class $199/yr

What do we think of it?
I have mixed feelings regarding the educational value of the site.  As an educator, I appreciate that all the standards are addressed and students have many opportunities to practice each math concept.  I think this site would serve as a great way to assess students needs and drive instruction.  

On the other hand, it was a bit difficult to maintain Audrey's attention with question after question.  Honestly, she wasn't interested in reviewing the math concepts through repeated questions.  Perhaps she would appreciate this sort of testing and practice at an older age.  Audrey seems to respond better to educational learning sites that reward with more games and instruction.  However, I can still see this site as useful and beneficial to other families based on their child's learning style. 

Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool review team, I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review on my blog.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and may differ from others.   

Monday, June 18, 2012

GeoSafari Talking Globe Review

I have a little girl who has asked me for a globe for the last 10 months!  Seriously...10 months!  Audrey is absolutely fascinated with globes and finding things on a map.  In fact, EVERY time we go to Disneyland, she has to get a map and find all the places she wants to go!

I have been on the hunt for a great globe and I have found the BEST globe ever!  I am so excited that  Educational Insights has given The Moffatt girls an opportunity to review their GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr.!  Audrey is in LOVE with her new globe and she is learning so much!  I am in love with her new globe!

How does it work?
The GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. is an interactive globe that introduces children to basic geographical locations.  The globe has two settings: the explore mode and the game mode.

In the explore mode, children are guided to find locations through spoken and visual clues.  The explore mode allows you to focus on a specific area: Continents, Countries, USA states, Oceans and More, and Super Safari (all areas).   We focused on the USA states and she has nearly mastered them!  The explore mode also provides fun facts about countries, landforms, cultures, bodies of water and more.

After exploring and learning about a specific geographical subject, you can now test your skills with the game mode.  The game mode allows 1-3 players to play at at time.  The globe will ask a question about a subject that you just explored and ask you to select A or B, true or false.  Audrey really enjoyed the game mode because she was able to show what she had learned.  I think she was impressed with herself:)  

-Digital sounds, voice, lights and music for added educational value
-Option for battery or plug-in
-provides colored details and descriptions
-high quality

How much does the GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. cost?
The globe retails for $119.99.  Although this globe cost more than your "traditional" globe, it is both fun and interactive!  The globe gets used, it doesn't just sit on a shelf and collect dust like most globes.  This will be a tool that we will use for years to come!

What do we think of the globe?
LOVE it!  I am so thrilled to have a quality resource that makes Audrey excited and eager to learn more about geography!

You can check out Educational Insights website for more details on the GeoSafari Talking Globe Jr. {HERE}.

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest review on my blog.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the company or the product and may differ from others. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

To The Best Daddy!

The Little Moffatt Girls want to say Happy Father's Day to the BEST Daddy in the world!  These little Moffatt Girls ADORE their Daddy for so many reasons!

Audrey, what do you love about your Daddy?
He loves me.
He cares for me.
He takes me places like the Aquarium and Disneyland.
He will love me for always!
He is my Daddy for always!

Sophia, what do you love about your Daddy?
I love Daddy.

These little girls are very blessed to have such a WONDERFUL Daddy!  They absolutely adore him and there are a million reasons why!!  Happy Father's Day to the BEST Daddy in the World and to the most wonderful man I know!

We LOVE you!

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