Friday, July 19, 2019

The Crafty Classroom Pattern Block Activity Pack / TOS Review





The Crafty Classroom is a Christian Based family business that provides fun, interactive and low prep teaching resources for homeschool families. The owner, Valerie McClintick, has homeschooled her own four children for over 12 years. She has developed a wonderful line of Pre-K to 5th grade curriculum in a wide range of subject matter. For the purposes of this review, we were allowed to choose what curriculum we would like to use. I chose the Pattern Block Activity Pack

I really had a hard time choosing between all of the products. She has an adorable Bible ABC letter of the week notebook as well as a traditional letter of the week program. She has a number of the week curriculum too. She has an interactive math curriculum kit that I am also really interested in. There are a ton more, you will just have to go to her website and them all out. 

All of her curriculum kits are downloadable PDF files. I ended up choosing the Pattern Block Activity Pack because we already had the pattern blocks and because after looking through sample pages of the activity pack I realized that this pack actually covered a variety of topics. With this 700+ pages activity pack your child can learn their colors, numbers, letters, shapes, how to add, subtract, graph and more. I thought this looked really cool!


As I mentioned before, there are over 700 pages in this activity pack. I printed out the numbers and letters because that is what we are learning right now. These activities are great reinforcement. I printed the pages onto card stock and placed them in page protectors inside of a hard plastic binder. 





Another thing that I really liked was the fact that it had three different learning levels. 

As you can see in the following pictures, your child starts out with being able to see the shapes and colors, then progresses to shape only, and finally with just an outline of the image. 




As your child progresses, you can use more activity pages. You and/or your child, depending on age and writing ability, can count how many of each shape it took you to build a particular pattern and turn it into a math lesson. This is another great reason to place your pages in page protectors. You can use a dry erase marker right over the top! 




I figure that I can change out the pages based on what we are learning or what he has already learned. This will grow with him for a long time. 

This is such a fun way for your child to learn preschool concepts.

Brently loves it. His 7 year old friend from next door likes to come over and play pattern blocks with him too, so it's not just for preschool!






I had not heard of the Crafty Classroom before this review opportunity came up. There are definitely some other activity packs that I am interested in for sure. They even have an activity pack for the Periodic Table of the Elements! I highly encourage you to head on over to the website and see what they have to offer your child. 

As I mentioned earlier, all packs are downloadable. This is perfect if you have more than one child in similar age groups in your home. Some of the pages are printed in color, but a lot of them are also in black and white. You can either use the draft setting to save on ink, or you can invest in Instant Ink. I purchased an HP printer that is Instant Ink compatible and it is a life saver. I pay $4.95 a month and can print 100 pages. It doesn't matter if they are all color or even 8x10 photos printed on photo paper, it's still the same price. There is a higher and lower monthly plan as well. I highly recommend this if you are going to be printing a lot. 

I am not the only one who reviewed products from the Crafty Classroom. My fellow Crew Mates also reviewed products of their choice, so head on over to the Crew Review Blog and see what other reviewers are saying! 

I hope you find something that you and your family truly love! 




Hands-on, Low-prep and Ready to Go Learning - Tots to 3rd Grade {Crafty Classroom Reviews}

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dinosaur Salt Box


We were learning about texture one day and salt was used to teach "grainy." Brently wanted to keep playing with it after the lesson was over and I recalled someone making a sort of sand box for their child to play with, so I made this for Brently. He loves it! 










Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Learning to Read With Learning Dynamics Reading Program




The Learning Dynamics Reading Program by Learning Dynamics is a simple, yet very effective reading program that actually works!
I was given the opportunity to review this and we absolutely love it.
Your child will be singing an alphabet song every day and learning new letter songs with each lesson. This program is very easy to use. Everything is laid out for you as the parent, and there is no prep time!
You are supposed to use this program 15 to 20 minutes per day, three times a week. This is something that I can actually stick to!
The site says that your child will be reading his/her first book in 4 weeks! I honestly do think that is possible, especially if your child is already familiar with letter sounds. For us, we are right on that edge! There a a few letter sound combinations that he doesn't quite have down, but he IS actually reading some words already!!
I highly recommend this program to you. OH, and you can use After Pay for this as well. If you are not familiar with After Pay, it breaks your payments up into 4 equal payments, one every two weeks. I love After Pay.
You can find this program at 4weekstoread.com
. Also, don't forget to head over to the Homeschool Review Crew to read more reviews!
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I also made a lengthy, very detailed review of this program, including a full lesson.






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I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

His Mercy Endureth Forever: Psalm 136 Review



A little over a year ago I was given the opportunity to review a book called T is for Tree

It was a beautiful biblical alphabet book by Reformed Free Publishing Association

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC

We really enjoyed that book, so I was especially excited when I was contacted by Reformed Free Publishing to see if I would like to review a new book release called His Mercy Endureth Forever: Psalm 136. 


This book is intended for the next age group, around 6 to 9 years old. 

This book takes Psalm 136 and puts it into a beautiful book for children, showing them what all God has done for us. 

The book is very well made. The hardback cover is just so beautiful. It looks like a painting. Kathleen DeJong did an amazing job on the illustrations. They really bring the verse to life so that your child can better understand it. 






His Mercy Endureth Forever shows our children, and us as well, that God has always shown mercy, and that He continues to show us mercy today, and why we should give thanks to Him for all that He has, and will continue to do for His people. 



You can purchase your own copy here for $13.95. 

Even though this book is geared towards a little older audience, Brently still likes it. Granted he mostly just likes the pictures, but hey....It's all good, right?




I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. There is no other compensation for my review. I think this is a beautiful book. Let me know if you pick one up for your family!! 













Thursday, June 27, 2019

Matific Galaxy/ TOS Review




There are a lot of online math programs out there but this one from Matific Galaxy is different. 




Matific Galaxy is made for grades K-6. We are doing the Kindergarten level. We are learning how to count, how to add, how to recognize patterns and we will be learning even more. Here is a chart of the skills learned in Kindergarten.





Now, Brently knows how to count up to 14 correctly, but he will know how to count up to 20 by the end of this program. Everything else besides patterns will be fairly new concepts to him. We were going at a slower pace with my trying to help incorporate concepts during our days because I thought that it moved fairly fast from counting smaller numbers to larger numbers and to speed counting. I thought there wasn't much more that we could do until he understood certain concepts more or got a little older. I decided to go on ahead so that I could at least see what the program was like as it progressed. I realized that I was wrong. This program does have different concepts and some will seem harder but then the next one may be right back to the previous lessons learned. It has a lot of repetition but in different ways. 

We actually got through a lot more in the last couple of weeks then we did previously because I just didn't realize how the program worked. I say all of this so that you won't make the same mistakes that I did. I will say that if your child is younger and doesn't know how to read or isn't familiar with the basic kindergarten concepts you will need to be there to help him/her. 



OK, let's get into what the program actually is. 

When you first start the program your child will see these planet looking things with alien looking things on them. I know, great description, huh?  lol







As your child completes all of the activities on that planet, they will unlock the next one. 





They earn pixels for completing the activities. Once your child gets enough pixels to fill up their alien they get to move on to the next planet. 





The activities are all really fun but I wouldn't say they are games. I don't really care for programs that are too game-ish, if that makes any sense. Here are some examples of the activities in this program. 

It starts off really easy asking your child to click on 3 fish. It will ask your child to click on different numbers each time. 


These activities are not all of the activities and are not in a specific order. Here you can see how they are counting but also introducing addition. 


When stringing beads they are counting and adding. 



In these activities they are counting and learning the concepts of more or less. 



Here is an example of reintroducing previously learned concepts. 


Now they are adding in number recognition. Brently can count but doesn't recognize all of the numbers. 


This activity helps your child to learn how to write the numbers. Now, we were using my laptop, which is a touchscreen, but we could not trace with the finger. It only allowed us to use the mouse pad which is really hard for a child to use. We did not try this activity on the tablet, so it may let you use your finger and trace on the tablet, but I am not sure. 


This is one of the concepts that seems harder than the rest that you have been doing, and your child may not actually understand the concept at first but it is just being introduced. Your child will have plenty of time to fully understand how to do these problems. 


These activities are more counting and adding ones. 



THIS is Brently's favorite activity of all. The characters ask if they can have some cherries and Brently likes to say NO! So he spends a ton of time on this one. lol Once he actually says yes, the character licks them up with a huge slobbery tongue. Brently thinks this is hilarious. 


As you can see here it then starts introducing the concept of subtraction. 


Here you are hanging the balloons in order from least to greatest. This is one of the activities that I just had to do, or tell him where to place them so that we could move on. 



This one as well was hard for him. You had to use three cards to add up to ten. I just helped him and moved along.


That is how we have done things. I have realized that although there may be a few concepts that he is not ready for that we don't have to stop. I can just help him through the ones he has trouble with and move on. He will at least get an introduction and he can always go back through the program or past lessons on his own after he has grown in understanding of the concepts. 

As your child moves through the activities they earn pixels, coins, prizes and achievements. 




There is usually an audio button that your child can click to hear the directions, but there are times that the aliens show something and do not speak them out loud so if your child can't read you will have to read it to them. 







There is also a parents portal. Here you can see how your child is doing on each planet and in each concept as well. When you sign up you will set a certain number of minutes or hours you want your child to work each week and you will receive weekly emails letting you know if your child met that goal or not. 

Here are examples form my parent portal of Brently's work.











Matific Galaxy has won several awards and is a highly praised online math program. 









You can use Matific Galaxy on a desktop or a tablet. There are two prices available. The first one  for $19.99 allows you access to one grade level for one yer. . The other offers you access to all grade levels, K-6 for $39.99. If you think your child will go through more than one grade level in a 12 month time period, or you want your child to be able to go back and practice formerly learned skills then this is the better option. You will also receive a 25 percent discount for each additional child you sign up. 


My overall thoughts are that I really like this program. I was given a one year subscription, but I think that this will be a subscription that I will renew on my own after my subscription ends. I feel like I have not adequately described the program well enough, or shown how much we both actually really do like this program. I think that it is very well designed. It keeps a child's attention. It is really fun even though it is not done in video game style. It is something that we like to cuddle up on the couch and do together. It is easy to do on the tablet, which I really appreciate. This makes it easier to take on the go, and even just easier to sit on your child's lap. Brently asks to do his math all the time. He really enjoys it. He likes to go through activity after activity. I am usually the one who has to make him take a break. 



Personally, I also think that this price is insanely good. $19.99 for the whole year? That is such a good price. I really appreciate that they have made this so affordable. 

I highly suggest that you look into this program and see if it is something that you think your child would like. 

I am not the only one who reviewed this product. My fellow Crew Mates have reviewed all of the different grade levels, so if you are interested in other grade levels as well, then please read the rest of the reviews! 

Grow Your Math Skills with Matific Galaxy {Matific Galaxy Reviews}
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The Crafty Classroom Pattern Block Activity Pack / TOS Review

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