Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My Home School Grades ~ A Mosaic Review

The most intimidating part of homeschooling through High School, for me, is creating a transcript that colleges will find acceptable. Well, I am no longer intimidated by transcripts thanks to My Home School Grades! My Home School Grades is a user-friendly, family friendly, cost efficient way for homeschoolers to track grades and create transcripts!
In a Nutshell
~Lifetime Membership $49.99
~14 Day FREE Trial
~EASY to use (add a student, choose a grading scale, select/enter curriculum and you are ready to go)
~Portable (Web App works on Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones)
~Ability to "go back in time" to add past years grades (you can also plan for the future)
~Courses can be credit or non-credit
~Add Grades for each lesson (it will calculate overall grade) OR just enter a Final Grade
~Easy to edit students, courses, lessons and grades
~Website (Contact and Request for Curriculum to be added Forms)
Use My Home School Grades on the Go!
Easily Add a Class!
Add Lessons, Quizzes and Tests!
Enter Grades!
My Thoughts
I LOVE My Home School Grades! The program is vary intuitive and easy to use. One of my favorite features is that you can "time travel" and add courses and grades (1994-2016)! Another great feature is that the creators are also constantly adding curriculum and features to improve the program. If you are planning on homeschooling through High School then I highly recommend you sign-up for the FREE Trial and check it out for yourself!
Link will go live soon!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Waterproof Bible ~ A Mosaic Review's product is really cool! 
In a Nutshell
~Available in 5 Versions: English Standard Version (ESV), King James Version (KJV), New International Version (NIV), New King James Version (NKJV), New Living Translation (NLT)
~Available as Old and New Testaments (712 pages, 5 7/8" x 8 3/4", 8 pt font) or New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs (376 pages, 4 1/4" x 7", 7 pt font)
~Priced from $24.95-$44.95
~3 Styles (Blue, Pink and Nature/Camo)
~100% Waterproof
~Durable Synthetic Pages
~Stain Resistant
~Clear Text (easy to read and write on)
~Dry Highlight
~Write and Underline with NO bleed thru
My Thoughts
This Bible is so neat! It is easy to hold, read and even mark. But the waterproof feature is really the best! You can take this Bible ANYWHERE and not worry about ruining it! Imagine taking it on a camping trip. I don't know about you but it ALWAYS rains when we camp and our tent ALWAYS leaks! This Bible would survive a leaky tent! Know a soldier? Perfect gift! How about a Boy Scout? Yep...awesome gift for a scout too! Like to read in the bathtub? or in a pool or hot tub? Like to hike? or just sit out in the rain? Yep, now you can read your Waterproof Bible and not worry about it getting ruined if it gets wet! You can even leave it on the kitchen table and not worry about someone spilling their milk on it!
Link live in a few days! ;)

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday Ladybug!

Seven years ago today I woke up early, went to the hospital, got checked-in for my scheduled C-section, had the monitors put on (to make sure I wasn't having too many or too strong of contractions), got prepped, chatted with the doctor, got my spinal and at 7:30 am (right on time) Ladybug entered the world. She was born at 38 weeks.

After Unicorn's scary entrance this was a welcome change (little did I know that this was going to be my only "normal" delivery as Monkey's entrance was going to be an adventure as well).

Ladybug's Favorites
Color: Pink
Sport: Bowling
Game: Star Wars Angry Birds
Season: Summer
Meal: Oatmeal
School Subject: Math
Book: Junie B. Jones
Sweet Snack: Hot Tamales
Salty Snack: Chips

Ladybug Today
I am 7.
I believe in Jesus.
I wish that we could go camping.
I have Star Wars Lego Tree House.
I know 6 + 6 = 12.
I can ride a bike.
I hope I get lots of toys.
I want money.
I will learn to read really well this year.
I remember how to tell time.

Ladybug's Stats.
At birth: 6 pounds 4 ounces and 18.5 inches
At age 5: 35 pounds and 3 feet 8 inches
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Ooka Island ~ A Mosaic Review

Today I get to review Ladybug and Monkey's FAVORITE learning game! They absolutely LOVE Ooka Island. We had the chance to review it a couple years ago and they were so upset when it ended. A few months ago (before I knew we were going to review it again) I found a great deal on a subscription and purchased it! Now...on with the review!
*Note: The Ooka Island website is PACKED full of information and videos. Please click all the links in this post to truly SEE what Ooka Island is all about!
What is Ooka Island?
From the website: 
The Ooka Island Adventure is a downloadable hero-mission in 3D designed to teach young children how to read fluently and well. The Ooka Island Adventure combines the highly engaging components of a state-of-the-art virtual world with the scientifically proven OokaMethod that builds literacy skills.
Carefully embedded within the Ooka Island Adventure are dozens of interactive instructional activities that captivate the child and motivate them as they learn essential pre-reading, reading, spelling, and writing skills. After completing the Ooka Island Adventure, children will be on their way to reading fluently and well for life.
Ladybug and Monkey playing Ooka Island
In a Nutshell:
~Download and Install Game (high-speed required)
~Internet required for play
~Ages Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd grade (could be used for older children for remediation)
~Earn Ooka Mist (currency) to purchase goodies for the Pencil Playground
~85 leveled books
~Customize your Avatar
~First, follow Zobot around the Island (guided learning-20 minutes). Next, Enter the Popcorn Library. Then, Explore the island (free play-8 minutes). Repeat until the entire program is complete.
~The Cave of Sounds: Auditory recognition of sounds, letter-sound correspondence, identify initial and final consonants in words
~Popcorn Library: Reading comprehension and fluency skills
~Alphabet Mountain: Identifying and sequencing lower and uppercase letters
~Bubbly Trubbly: Letter-sound correspondence
~Cake Factory: Letter-sound correspondence, segmenting, blending and decoding
~Submarine Listening: Identifying vowel in initial, medial and final positions
~Word Ball: Auditory discrimination between syllables and words, decoding
~Pencil Playground: Social/emotional play-based learning
~Clumsy Wacky Moving Company: Blending onset and rime, blending sounds into words, rhyming
~Pricing is affordable (less than $20/month for up to 4 children). There are 3 ways to purchase (home edition, school edition and homeschool edition
~Website Contact Form
Monkey playing with his Zopet in the Pencil Playground
Our Thoughts:
We love Ooka Island. Monkey asks to "do school" everyday (including weekends). He loves playing Ooka Island and is learning so much. We have had trouble getting Ladybug to enjoy learning to read. Ooka Island is the ONLY thing we have found that she doesn't fight and is actually willing to do. She is also making progress in her reading ability. I love Ooka Island because both my little readers enjoy it and Ladybug is actually enjoying reading. It has been quite a struggle with her. 
Click HERE for 30% off Ooka Island 
(in addition to the already 37% off Family Edition)!!!

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