Q the Robot from EEME ~ Robotics for Kids

Q the Robot from EEME


{disclaimer ~ EEME is a blog sponsor and provided Q the Robot for this review}

I had seen EEME prior to them becoming a blog sponsor and honestly I avoided looking into robotics for my kids due to my own fears! It looked complicated and time consuming. Thankfully it was unavoidable when Q the Robot arrived in the mail for this review. I was a bit freaked out and my son was ecstatic! Originally I ‘assigned’ this review to my husband, again my fears overtaking me. He initially opened the box and was very impressed with the contents. I continued to be a bit freaked out by the loads of small parts.

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Well, my husband got busy, my son began begging and I gave in one day, fully prepared to have my day consumed with helping him. I can’t tell you how SWEETLY surprised I was once we logged into the instructions and I saw that this was mostly an independent thing!!!!  My son is 10 so he did need some help, but the videos are AMAZING.

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He was able to navigate it all on his own and ask for help when needed. I couldn’t believe how little he needed me!

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Little sister watched almost the entire time, she wants her own Q the Robot now!

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He completed the project over a period of about 3 days, working for about 3 hours total I would guess, maybe a bit more.

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Here’s a video I shared on Instagram of him using Q for the first time. He was so excited to see it work!

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His completed Q the Robot! He had fun using the light to drive Q around and he loved the process overall. This was an excellent project for Krash on so many levels. Not only did he learn scientific skills, he got to practice his focus and processing skills while paying close attention to the details in the videos. If he didn’t listen and apply what was said, his robot wouldn’t have worked! For this reason, I am planning to continue these types of projects with Krash. It is a fabulous way for me to work on this area with him, with the added bonus of learning about robotics and electronics!

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A Bit More About EEME

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Special Offers From Friends and Heroes

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We just love Friends and Heroes and have for many years now. We were given DVD 1 and a Homeschool Unit Study to review and ended up buying the remaining DVDs on our own and have used them ever since! We reviewed their new Homeschool Bible Study here, and are now using the Family Devotion Pack. See the full review of the Family Devotion Pack here and our recent 2nd Grade Wrap-Up here. We just love these videos and the resources to go along!

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Fall Play Dough Mats

Fall Play Dough Mats

As I was creating these new fall themed play dough mats, my 7 year old daughter peeked over my shoulder and begged me to print one out for her!  She chose the turkey and got to work creating an absolutely adorable turkey!

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She has loved play dough for years and still enjoys our Busy Hands Play Dough Box regularly. We like to make our own play dough and I am planning to make a new fall batch this week, but she had some store-bought Play-Doh so she used that!

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At first she was upset that we didn’t have the ‘proper matching’ turkey colors. Once she was done she loved her colorful creation and so did I!

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Playing with play dough and using printables to inspire creative play is a great addition to an early childhood learning environment. Playing with play dough is great for developing fine motor skills and is an awesome sensory experience. The printable mats bring an added element of play and expose letter and print identification also!

This set includes 5 different pages, perfect to use throughout the fall!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 197

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!


Today is National Dictionary Day in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday! Did you know that it took Webster 27 years to complete the first comprehensive American Dictionary? It included 70,000 entries! In order to understand the entomology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages including Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Sanskrit! Maybe you and your Tot could learn a couple of new words from the dictionary in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday! And don’t forget to post all your fun and creative activities up on the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you are up to!

Pumpkins are everywhere this month! Have you taken your Tot to a pumpkin farm? What fall/pumpkin activities have you done so far? Head on over to Living Montessori Now to see what GrandMama Deb and GrandTot Zoey did this past week with pumpkins!10162016 Living Montessori Now

What letter is your Tot working on this week? Take a peek at Living a Mission, Being a Mummy to see what Mama Kate and Tot Adam have been up to in their alphabet learning. Maybe some of her ideas will help your Tot with his letter learning, too!

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Most Tots are fascinated with dinosaurs! Check out disguised.as.a.supermom and see what Mama Katelynne and Tots M and J learned this past month about these amazing creatures!10162016 disguised.as.a.supermom

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Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

The First Month {or so} of 2nd Grade Homeschool

2nd Grade Homeschool

In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids. I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. Recently I shared our first month of 9th grade here, and our first month of 5th grade here.

Today I will be sharing about our 2nd grader. Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for her.




Ladybug is our avid learner who mostly enjoys school and complains little about it. She is a joy and we are thankful for her love of learning. Here’s a peek at one of her recent lesson plans from Lessontrek. All of the extras are listed on Friday but we don’t do them all that day. I spread them out throughout the week and use that list to check them off. We also don’t do them all every week {like Art and Kidstir}, but I list them to remind myself!

Note – SFS = Songs for Saplings, LOF = Life of Fred, TT = Teaching Textbooks

2nd Grade Homeschool Lessontrek



I seriously cannot say enough fabulous things about Teaching Textbooks 3.  This is our first time using level 3, so our first kid to begin with TT. The boys use it but they started later. For the first few weeks {as she got used to the computer}, I sat at my desk with the book open to her lesson while she sat at her desk and worked.

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As time has passed, she has become almost completely independent.  Although I get asked for help with the true/false questions almost daily. She lets me know if she has a question but otherwise works on her own. She hasn’t gotten below a 95 yet so I would say she is understanding it!

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She also uses the Math Drills app, which I have customized for her. This is to work on being quick with memorize math facts.

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Spielgaben is still a fun addition to our math. You can see the latest two posts by clicking on them below.

Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben  Exploring Parallel Lines with Spielgaben


She still does Life of Fred with her daddy about twice a week, I just don’t have any photos!


We use First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2 simply because I like both of them and neither takes too long. I do not correlate the teaching topics, we just work straight through each book, which provides some review when one book covers something at a different time. This is partly why I like using both books. She likes me to use the dry erase board for our First Language Lessons now, which you can see below.

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All About Spelling Level 2 is a great fit, she loves writing on the dry erase board during our lessons. We do one lesson per week, using the board one day and then writing the words in her notebook the other day.

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I love our Evan-Moor Geography book! She does too! It is the perfect fit for her. You an see our full review as well as a video peek in the book here.

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We also practice US states and capitals using our wall map. She puts up a few states a day. Below she was adding the last states for this round!

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Then I had her take them all down so we could begin again!  Consistent review all year long! We love this map!

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She does Apologia Swimming Creatures with her 5th grade brother and her dad.  She is VERY into this as she loves sea creatures.

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She also does The Mystery of History with her brother and Dad. She takes the best notes, I love seeing her learn and work!




We are using our Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers Volume 1 printables which you can see here!  She absolutely LOVES these songs and is learning so much.

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We are also using Friends and Heroes!  We decided to stick with the Family Devotional that we reviewed here.  Even though this was written for families, I use it for her and she loves it. It’s a great way to go back through the movies with her.  We usually watch one episode per week and do one devotion and one printable activity.

She often eats lunch while watching, which she enjoys!

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My girl loves to read!  See our recent post all about what we are doing for reading this year! See her ongoing books read list here – I am trying to keep it updated! She is very into The Puppy Place series right now and zipping through them. Currently we are reading Little House on the Prairie {3rd in series} aloud together.

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We are using Home Art Studio 2nd grade this year. I am aiming to do one project per month. She absolutely LOVED the watermelon painting project!

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All the Rest

KidStir has been a fun addition. She loved her first box and we are planning to order a subscription soon. 

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She is going to an enrichment class once a week with a local homeschool group. Her class is called Classic Tales and they read a book and do activities. She LOVES it!,2nd Grade -6531


She continues Ivy Kids Unit Studies. Our latest was Over in the Ocean!

Over in the Ocean Ivy Kids Kit


She recently asked to take swimming lessons because she wants to join a swim team like her biggest brother. She already knows how to swim, so we signed her up for lessons so she can learn the strokes.  She goes once a week and LOVES it!

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2nd Grade Subjects

Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. see our 5th grade wrap-up here and our 9th grade wrap-up here.

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