Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Building Set Review and Giveaway

Learning Resources Geometric Shape Building Set Review and Giveaway


We are in love with the new Geometric Shapes Building Set from Learning Resources!  I was sent this toy to review and have one to giveaway to one of you!  I got to choose our review items {we have another coming soon}, this set appealed to me for many reasons.  Mostly I loved that all 3 of my kids would love it. We have played with it a LOT since it arrived, but one day we had an outside play session and I grabbed these pictures!

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This set includes 90 sticks in 3 sizes (2¼", 3½", 5¼"), 32 curves, and 48 connectors (approximately 1" in diameter). Below are samples of each item…

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They have all had fun creating things. 

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P made a head scratcher, and L is showing off her umbrella.

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The Geometric Shape Building Set comes with a definite recommendation from me and from all 3 of my kids {I asked them}. They all love building toys and will play and build for hours. There are enough pieces to build all sorts of items as an open ended free play toy.  You can also use this set for math instruction, showing 2D and 3D shapes, like those shown below and more!

Learning Resources Geometric Shape Building Set

Learning Resources has a similar set called, Dive into Shapes! A "Sea" and Build Geometry Set which we also have.  It comes with less pieces but has instruction cards.  We love both sets. If you are looking at these sets, be sure to look at both to see which would be a better fit for your family or class. Dive into Shapes is on Learning Resources here and on Amazon here.

You can purchase the Geometric Shape Building Set on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

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Integrity Time Bible Review and Giveaway

Integrity Time Bible Review

{disclaimer ~ we were given Integrity Time Bible free of charge to review and have decided personally to use it as an ongoing part of our homeschool}

We have been using and LOVING Integrity Time Bible.  We reviewed Integrity Time here, and we enjoyed it also.  However, as a Christian family, the Bible version is an absolute perfect fit for us!  We have used lessons A, B and C so far.  I have personally read through a majority of the lessons already and begun preparing for the remainder.  As I said above, I love this so much we have decided to use it all the way through!  You will continue to see it on my blog in my Learning with Ladybug feature {since she is my target student for this}.

I keep all of the lesson PDFs on my iPad in iBooks.  This is a screenshot of my “Integrity Time” folder…

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For each unit, I have printed out the verse, any object lesson printables, as well as the visual aid {usually a character}.  Below you can see letters A, B, and C.

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Ladybug absolutely loves the Bible characters.  Letter A was Jesus {having a Christ like Attitude}, Letter B was David {David’s behavior was the focus}, and Letter C didn’t have a character but a blocks graphic {to represent Christian Cooperation}. The character printables are BW so I lightly colored them in myself before laminating them.  I also hooked ours to a popsicle stick.

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Each letter has a key verse that emphasizes the word.  Below you can see Ladybug proudly displaying her Letter A verse after coloring it.

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Along with the word, verse,and character/image, there is also an object lesson to help reinforce the idea and verse. For Letter A we had verses about Jesus’ loving attitude that we used.

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For Letter B we had a target, and we used this to talk about how even when we love God {as David did} we still often miss the target with our behavior.

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Letter C stemmed off of the Tower of Babel and talked about cooperation along with building a tower together.

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We are adding this in as a part of Ladybug’s Character Education.  She struggles a bit in this area and I need something focused.  I have chosen to do one lesson per week, and have Krash join us.  He needs this too and enjoys the lessons.

Before each lesson, I read through the lesson on my iPad and make sure I understand the Bible lesson. You can see a full sample of the Letter A on the Integrity Time Bible site here.

Integrity Time Bible Seample Lesson

After I have prepared any printables and lesson items, I call the kids over and they sit as I read the lesson to them.  I do not read it word for word, as it is written to a class.  I adapt the lesson to be for home {easily done}.

There are way more printables included than we use, here are a few, you can click to enlarge them.

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Integrity Time Bible Printables 

Keep in mind this program is written for a group setting, and would be wonderful for a Homeschool Co-Op, Sunday School, or Children’s Church class! There are parent sheets, handouts and more!  It is also very easy to adapt for home use.

If you are looking for a character education program, I highly recommend taking a look at Integrity Time Bible.

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Enter to win the Integrity Time Bible Curriculum below, along with the Integrity Tunes Music!  This is a $120+ value and I am thrilled that one of my readers is going to win this!

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Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up Review and Giveaway

Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up Review and Giveaway

We are in love with the new Mini Muffin Match Up from Learning Resources!  I was sent this toy to review and have one to giveaway to one of you!  I got to choose our review items {we have 2 more coming soon} and I was drawn to this particular toy for a few reasons.  I love anything with fun fine motor work, unique “grabbers” and cute little colorful items to grab!

It comes with 60 tiny colorful muffins, one special squeezy tweezer, a plastic muffin tray, 2 foam dice, 12 small double sided cardboard disks that insert into the muffin tray, and an activity guide.

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All three of my kids {ages 4, 7, 11} love this, but I got it with Ladybug in mind.  Knowing she needs fine motor work, it seemed to be a perfect fit and it is!

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She was immediately excited when I first showed it to her and got busy sorting.  She loves sorting by color.

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We have played with it several times since opening it! Yes, she is often wearing her mismatched jammies.  Homeschool is nice like that.

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Krash {age 7} and I played a game using the dice.  We had a race to see who could empty one side of the tin first.  We divided all of the muffins and put half on his side and half on mine and then rolled and removed that number, eventually emptying the tin.

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There is so much versatility with this toy, free play and structured games are both options.  Here I showed Ladybug how to roll the dice and get the correct color and number AND put them into the correct spot in the tray.  She also had to put the correct total in each spot. 

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Mini Muffin Match Up comes with a high recommendation from me and I think is totally worth the price for what you get.  Just the small muffins alone are awesome for so many things.  The addition of the tray, the grabber, the disks and dice make it even better! If you are looking for a new versatile learning toy for early childhood, this would be a great option.

You can purchase this on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

We have more Learning Resources reviews and giveaways coming soon!

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iHomeschool Studio Online Webinar Giveaway

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iHomeschool Studio is an online event filled with amazing speakers, sessions and topics! The 24 convenient online sessions will take place during the afternoons and evenings of Tuesday, February 11 through Friday, February 14, 2014. But don’t worry, even if you can’t view live, you will have MP3 audio recordings of all 24 sessions to listed to later.

Go to the iHomeschool Studio site to see the amazing details about this unique event.

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  • the 24 live sessions
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Friends and Heroes Discount and Giveaway

Friends and Heroes Discount and Giveaway

 

{disclaimer ~ Friends and Heroes is a blog sponsor, and affiliate links are used in this post.  I was given Homeschool Unit Study One in July 2013, and I have personally purchased the remaining DVDs from set 1 and 2}

We are thrilled to have Friends & Heroes as a blog sponsor and have been enjoying their DVDs since we first reviewed back in July!  Since our review, I purchased the rest of set 1 and set 2, and will be purchasing set 3 soon, thanks to this discount!

My kids watch one episode per school day during our lunch time.  We go are going through each series more than once also.  I plan to rotate through all 3 sets, it is great review and the kids notice details they missed the first time around!

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Not familiar with Friends and Heroes?  Read below to learn more…

Friends and Heroes is an animated children’s adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows two young friends, Macky and Portia, as they fight for justice against the Roman Empire.  Each episode consists of two Bible Stories in which children can learn about characters from the Old and New Testament.

They also offer a homeschool curriculum, which you can learn more about below, and also see our review of Unit 1 here.

Friends-and-Heroes-Homeschool-Unit-SFriends and Heroes award-winning adventures and Bible stories on DVD accompanied by an exciting, cross-curricular Homeschool Unit Study – easy-to-use, hands-on, attractively designed, colorful and FUN! The material is highly adaptable and may be easily incorporated with your other homeschooling activities to provide two to four weeks of learning. Ideal for students 7 to 11 years of age.

Unit Study 1 includes:

  • Friends and Heroes DVD Episode 1- Long Journey – which serves as stimulus material for cross-curricular studies
  • All teacher and student’s materials – included on CD-ROM – printable and reusable
  • Learner-centered, self-guided Unit Study manuals
  • Teacher’s Guide – with learning goals, background details, answer keys, internet links
  • Certificates of Achievement and binder covers

Unit Study 1 covers:

  • History/Geography: The Romans; Roman Trade; Roman money; Roman import and exports
  • Creative writing: Journal writing; Written expression and narration; Copy writing
  • Bible study: Daniel and the lions’ den and Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish; The Early Church
  • Science: Silver; Sand and cement; Greek and Roman discoveries
  • Crafts: Sculpture; Paper weaving; Pottery
  • Discipleship: Trusting others; Pride; Worries

Friends and Heroes also offers curriculum for churches and children’s ministries!

 

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From now until January 31, 2014 you can get the following discounts applied to your order…

· 20% off all Friends and Heroes Homeschool Resources

· 10% off all other Friends and Heroes resources with curriculum

· 10% off all Friends and Heroes Home and Family DVD Collections

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