Itooch (review)

So do you have a child who doesn’t like to write? Would they rather use “technology” then read from a book to review? Well my daughter is just like that. I let her on the computer and all of a sudden she can read. LOL! Well I have a great App to share with you called Itooch.

Itooch is an educational app for apple, android, and windows devices. Itooch was developed by eduPad, a french based company that helps develop elementary through middle school educational apps.

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Itooch has Elementary and Middle School math, language arts, and science (based on common core). Elementary starts at 3rd grade, which at first I thought well that stinks, but then I really thought about it and my 1st grader would never use it or need it until she one can read better and two have more in-depth studies to have a need for it.

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So I downloaded the samples through my Ipod touch for 3rd grade to experience the different features and see what it is all about. I was pleasantly surprised. There are more than 18,000 exercises in the Elementary portion of Itooch. Ten of the titles can be downloaded and tested for free before you commit to purchasing. There is can be up to 4.500 questions PER title. How great is that? They also include health for 5th grade.

“iTooch Elementary is a full learning solution which helps parents, teachers and students to identify and address their learning needs in a fun and motivating way.” –Itooch

 

  Middle School

The middle school portion has over 10,000 lessons with up to 65 chapters per subject.

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So there are so many features. Whether you home school, or using it with a child that goes to public or private this would a be great addition to their studies. Please don’t buy before you try it. No sense in paying money for something you may not even like or think you need. OK that is my two cents for the day.

If you do decide to purchase if I’m reading it right I believe each in app purchase per subject is $9.99 each. Yes a bit steep but I think they have gone above and beyond and have some really great thick content. I will say though that i think a tablet or iPad would be best used with it because it is just a bigger screen base and easier to navigate in my opinion. OK so go check it out if you want.

What are your favorite educational apps? Leave a comment below to let me know.

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Math Mammoth

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I’m so excited to be sharing with you Math Mammoth. Math Mammoth is a complete, affordable math curriculum for grades 1-8 (aligned to the common core). Pre-Algebra  is in the works for 2014.

So in order to keep my post concise and to the point without writing a novel, I am going to just talk about the Light Blue Series, which is what I reviewed, and let you go here to read ALL that is offered. She even has some FREE stuff. We all love free don’t we?

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I reviewed the Light Blue Series First Grade. I’ve been using it more as a supplement with the math that I’m already using. The series though is a complete year, first grade curriculum. You can either print it off page by page, or there are various places you can buy the printed version which I will list at the end of the post.

So now to what I like (love). 

  • I love that I can print at will.
  • I love that I can print for each child eventually, and don’t have to buy another workbook or pay for shipping.
  • I love that I can print in color or black and white.
  • I love that it is color.
  • I love that it is affordable.

What I don’t love.

  • That it isn’t printed out. I know I just said I loved that I didn’t have to by another book. It goes both ways with me. Sometimes it is just easier to buy the printed version.
  • Well I don’t think there is anything else I don’t love. So I’ll share some pics of my girls enjoying math mammoth.

Math Mammoth Review

Now where you can buy Math Mammoth either digital download, cd, or print copy?

(All places may not carry all math mammoth products, one distributor may only carry one while the other may carry all.) Click here for the FAQs page of where and how to order.

Digital Download- Kagi Store, Currclick.com

CD- Rainbow Resource

Print- Lulu, Rainbow Resource

(these are NOT affiliate links)

The light blue series on Lulu.com is $17.95 for each work text.

There are two work text ex. (1-A & 1-B) for each level.

The answer keys are $14.95 each (current at time of post).

Now I did print out the entire book. I’m planning on using my comb binder with it, but of course you don’t have to.

You could print one by one or 3 hole punch it and put it in a 3 ring binder.

So if you are struggling with finding an affordable curriculum for your child, consider looking into Math Mammoth.

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Nearing Home Life, Faith, and Living Well By: Billy Graham (Review)

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Nearing Home Life, Faith and Living Well

Author: Billy Graham

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Retails:15.99 (paperback)

Genre: Religion/Inspirational/General

Book Description

“Don’t resent growing old many are denied the privilege.” In Nearing Home Billy Graham share his struggles and challenges he has faced with growing old. He describes how he never thought he would make it into his nineties but how he feels the Holy Spirit has lead him here. How he deals with nearing home and God’s strength and how to grieve for those who are close to you going home before you.

My Thoughts

What a humble man Billy Graham is. He put my life into a new perspective I’ve never looked into before.

 

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”  Acts 20:24 (KJV)

 

I never thought that at my young age I would be able to engage in a book by Billy Graham. I thought it would be dry and I wouldn’t be able to get past the first few pages before I put it back on my shelf to collect dust. This is one of those times I’m glad I was wrong. After the first couple of aha moments, I definitely will never judge an Author by his age again.

In this book Nearing Home I’ve reevaluated how to look and live my life. I’ve always been fearful of death because  I fear uncertainty and like to know what’s coming. Billy Graham has calmed my spirit and opened my eyes to realizing I’m going home and to have comfort in that. He talks about old age and how to gracefully become old and how it is “the greatest surprise of his life.” Which is a surprise to me. I hear a lot of my elders who complain about being old and how they wish they were young again. I’ve been thinking all along that I would hate to get old. But after hear these wise words and words of encouragement I’m excited for what lies ahead.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Classical Historian Memory Game (Review)

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The Classical Historian is a company that produces a various array of history games and curriculum. The games they offer are for all ages and the curriculum start with 6th grade through 12th. The game I received is the medieval history memory game for ages 3 and up. They have a few different ways to play the game for different skill levels. They also offer ancient history and American history. These games retail for 14.95 each.

Contents:

  • 64 matching cards
  • Game play instructions for memory and categories

Your Child Will:

  • Build thinking skills for life
  • Master the building blocks of history
  • Improve visual memory

When I think that no one can come out with a better product or game for learning, I’m presented with a new one. I am in love with this product. Although I may be a bit bias because I Love History!

I’m a very visual person and this game is great for others who are visual learners. I love that each piece is the actual photo. An example is for the leaning tower of Pisa is the actual photo and not a cartoon, which I usually see with children’s games educational or not. If you look below at the photo the cards include people, places, paintings, words (which is used in one of the games to match the people to places). Their are so many possibilities for this game. If your child loves to play games and not so much into the course work or just loves history I would recommend this game to you.

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You can check them out here at their website.

Here on Facebook.

You can also sign up for their newsletter on the homepage of their website.

Thank you to The Classical Historian for providing me with this product.

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L. Frank Baums The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Review)

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In 1899 L. Frank Baum wrote the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Now 114 years later the wonderful people at Tantor Audio have turned his masterpiece into Audio & EBook including also a companion PDF of the book. This is a new way to join Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin man, and Scarecrow on their journey down the yellow brick road to the land of OZ.

Author: L. Frank Baum

Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert

The case includes 4 discs in a nice hardcover to protect them.

This audio book retails for 17.99. You can find it here.

They also offer mp3 format and instant audio download.

My Thoughts:

So as soon as I received it in the mail I immediately opened it and put it in my computer. I just thought it was going to be audio and was surprised when it also had the eBook which is great. I often find myself wanting the eBook when I purchase the audio and wanting the audio when I purchase a book or eBook. LOL. So I’m glad that Tantor Audio has come up with ebook&audio together.

So for those who would like to read together you now have the option. Also I have never read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. To tell you the truth I’m not sure I even knew it was a book. All I knew was the movie. I can’t wait to share this with my kids. Tavia Gilbert who narrates the book does a wonderful job. A lot of times I get an audio book it’s dull and boring and I fall asleep, but Tavia’s voice is inviting and upbeat and easy to be engaged in the story.

Kayleigh

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Ooka Island Adventure (review)

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Start screen where you can either choose to play the games or go to read a book.

I’m so excited to share with you Ooka Island Adventure. OIA is learn to read program for ages 3-7. So before I go into the logistics      of the program I’m going to share my thoughts and of course my children’s thoughts since they are the one that played the game.

When I first got the game it came on a usb drive that I just plugged into my computer and downloaded the program. You do need internet while the program is running. This is how you get reports on your child’s progress while they are playing the game. I chose the usb because it can’t get scratched. You can also get the software on CD or instant download if that is your preference.

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Sticker with phone number that was provided and the usb that has the program on it.

So my children loved the game. I have a 4yr old and a almost 6yr old who fought over who was going to play it every time. It became a bargaining chip for if I needed to go somewhere and the kids had to stay all I needed to say was you can play OIA and all was right with their world again. LOL! They also have a book path chart where you can mark off the books as you go.

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picture of the book path from the game. The ones highlighted are the ones my daughter has read.

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This is the book path printed out hung above my daughters workboxes.

 

 

I loved listening to them help each other with the books and sounds and my younger daughter learning how to use the mouse. I loved that I would get emails when they finished a book and was able to see their progress and what they needed to work on. I really have no complaints about the program. My younger daughter is a very visual hands on learner and this is perfect for her. I’ve also realized I haven’t utilized this program enough and should let my kids play more.

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This is the screen of Ooka Island. How fun does that look?

My older daughter had one complaint and it was that she couldn’t pick what she had to do next. She didn’t want to read the book and I told her she had no choice because it was to help her learn to read and she said NO MOM its a game. HAHA! I love when they don’t realize they are learning.

So to sum it up this is a great program and would recommend to anyone who is looking for a supplement to helping their child read.

Ok so now on to some of the logistics of this program and what it is all about. Also at the end of this post Ill be sharing a coupon code with you. So stay tuned. 🙂

So Ooka Island has three different Editions. I’m going to share the homeschool edition with you because that is what I used. Here is a link to the other two editions (home edition and School edition). It is a little pricy for some people but keep in mind that it is a full reading program. I personally didn’t pay much less then this for each of my kids for their reading/spelling program.

Pricing

Individual (1 student):

12.95 per month

124.95 a year

Family (up to 4 students):

19.99 per month

149.95 per year

This program is based on Common Core Standards and uses a Eye/Ear reading method which you can read more about here. To sum it up it basically is it ” helps children learn to use both their visual and auditory skills to master the building blocks of reading”. They include motivational tools, workbook activities, and some fun songs to sing along with. They also have an ITunes app for the songs.

There is just a wealth of information about this wonderful program and all it entails, so if you would like to learn some more about the behind the scenes of Ooka Island Adventure please go here .

So Ooka Island has graciously provide me and my readers.

So thank you to Ooka Island Adventure for allowing my to trial this program. I will definitely be sharing with others. So go check them out and please use the code above it is good until June 1st, 2013. And this 30% of code is in addition to the 37% off they are already offering. If you aren’t sure about it try it out for a month and go from there.

Hope you have an Ooka-rific Day!

Kayleigh

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FamilyMint

Well I have recently been given the opportunity to review FamilyMint. What is FamilyMint? You may ask. No it’s not a big breath mint that you share with your family, which sounds kind of weird if you think about it. LOL! Anyways it is actually a money-saving program to work on with your kids. Below I will share some of the features of the program, including how much it costs and a little how it works. Then I will share what I thought of the program.

Ok so the program has two separate parts a work book and the online application. The work book has 4 chapters that include vocabulary and practice problems. It also includes extra practice sheets and a certificate for your child at the end. Also if you wanted extra workbooks if you are using with more than one child that is an option they offer.

Price:

They are running special right now for a lifetime membership which includes work book and an online application for $29.95

*additional workbooks are also 50% off.

If you just wanted to use the online application then it is $4.95 a month or 24.99 a year.

*There is also a 14 day free trial available before you buy to try out the features of what I think is a great program.

Features:

Some of the features they have for the online portion are:

Goals (I’ll share my goal I made below and a screen shot of it).

Savings Plan

Transfer funds

Withdraw funds

Deposit funds

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*photo above is from FamilyMint website showing the snapshot of the online portion of the program.

 

SO my thoughts on this program is it is a great program to help kids learn about money. As a formerly in debt “teenager” I definitely could have have benefited from something like this in school. I never had someone teach me about budgeting or saving or credit cards. They teach us how to balance our bank account but apart from that I was clueless. Thank heavens I met my husband. He is the one who helped me pay off all my credit cards and actually saved me some late fees by calling them and getting fees waved if we paid in full. He is the one who paid them for me and I paid back since it was before we were married. So the day we got married I paid off the last of my debt and we started our marriage completely debt free. It is an amazing feeling when you get to that point. So now I’m a huge advocate on helping kids learn how to manage money, and I want to make sure my children learn what I didn’t learn. Even though my oldest is only 5 I believe it is never too early to be teaching them the value of money.

So you are probably wondering why I’m talking about me when this is for kids. Well I tried to explain it to my oldest who I mentioned above is 5 and I think it is a little over her head at the moment. I did read through the work book and played around with the website and I think this tool is great. I love that I can add multiple kids and because we are in a digital age and all banking is online these days this will really help when she gets to the point when she is ready to have her own account. My daughter just started asking about doing chores for money so maybe she is ready now I’ll have to see how it goes. I’m not sure she understands still.

I did though play around with the online program for myself. I put in a mock vacation for the goals portion and how much we needed before we can go. Below you can see a screen shot of it. I added $40.00 to it today so you could see how it shows you a percentage of what you have saved. Then below it shows what deposits you have made. I think this is my favorite feature. I love how you can see the progress of the goal and my kids can see and as we add more they can get excited about it.

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So if you have kids that are at the age to finally grasp the concept of money or are starting to ask for more money I urge and encourage you to check out FamilyMint which is an award-winning program that I’m sure you will enjoy.

Go visit them at www.FamilyMint.com

Check them out on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/FamilyMint

*Just a note that FamilyMint is one word incase you wanted to google it, it may be helpful to you.

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