Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Review and Giveaway

Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint

{disclaimer ~ Kwik Stix is a blog sponsor and sent us a pack to review, affiliate links are used in this post}

I thought we had all of the art supplies we wanted to have.  Boy, was I wrong! When Kwik Stix contacted us to become a blog sponsor I didn’t expect to be so impressed with these paint sticks!  Impressed is definitely the word.  The full review is below, but in short – yes, you want these!  They are an awesome addition to your art area!

So, what are Kwik Stix?

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They are solid tempera paint sticks, in lipstick-like tubes.  They dry in 90 seconds or less – we have confirmed this many times!  My kids are simply amazed by this. They don’t need water, are very low-prep, low-mess, and high-fun!

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I was concerned that they would run out quickly but I think I was wrong.  I twisted the stick up so you could see how much is in the tube.  I think they will last awhile and be worth the cost!

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The reason I wasn’t expecting to be impressed…

I thought they would just feel like markers. I couldn’t imagine how they could actually feel and look like paint.  I was wrong! The smooth gliding feel is totally different than markers and they give a vibrant look of paint. I found myself painting with them along with my kids.  For some reason they are very soothing to use, they slide on the paper easily.

In action at our house…

Recently we used our Kwik Stix with our Christmas Ornament printables.

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The thick lines on these ornaments made them a great fit for the thicker Kwik Stix. Even my biggest boy couldn’t resist joining us for a relaxing art time!

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The finished ornament decorating our homeschool room!

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Final thoughts…

I definitely recommend adding these to your art supply stash.  I wish I had found these earlier, I think they would have been great for Tot School and Preschool.  You can get Kwik Stix here on Amazon!

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The Giveaway…

Kwik Stix Giveaway

One of you will win a Kwik Stix – 12 pk (Assorted Colors), the same pack we were sent to review!

Enter to win using Rafflecopter below.  Open to US addresses only.  Giveaway ends December 27, 2015.

 

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Christmas Nativity Coloring Pages

Christmas Nativity Coloring

We have a brand new set of Christmas Nativity Coloring printables for you!

The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files.

Here’s a peek at the different pages in this free printable set! Pick the ones you like and enjoy some coloring time!

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I hope many of you kids and adults enjoy these this Christmas season!     

Download the Christmas Nativity coloring printables and more here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!

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While there you can also find our other Christmas coloring pages, just look for these graphics and click to download each set!

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If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.


Find tons of free Christmas printables here!

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Times Tales DVD Review

Times Tales DVD Review Make Multiplication Fun

{disclaimer ~ Educents is a blog sponsor and provided a digital copy of Times Tales for review}

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I did not even consider teaching Ladybug to memorize multiplication facts this year until we were asked to review  Times Tales from Educents. She has already learned the basics of multiplication {the how and why}, but I have not emphasized memorization of the facts at all.

I have seen these DVDs online and have mostly overlooked them until now. I recommend YOU do not overlook them! Be sure to watch our video below to get a peek inside and see my daughter recalling what she had just learned!

 

The Basics…

It’s a 2 DVD set, we focused on DVD 1. DVD 1 teaches 3×6, 3×7, 3×8, 3×9, 4×6, 4×7, & 4×8  and DVD 2 teaches 4×9, 6×6, 6×7, 6×8, 6×9, 7×7, 7×8, 7×9, 8×8, 8×9, & 9×9.  They recommend working with only DVD 1 facts for at least a week before moving on.  It doesn’t cover 0, 1, 2, 5, and 10 which isn’t a problem for us since those are so much easier for most kids. 

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Each number has a character and each multiplication fact has a story.  It honestly made NO sense to me until I watched it myself.  Below you can see the characters for 7×4. Mrs. Week {7} sat on a chair {4} to go fishing and she caught 2 boots and 8 trout.  See that?  7×4 is 28!  The story teaches a memory trigger that then helps recall the math fact. 

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Even if it sounds confusing, trust me, it works!  Well, it did for her!  She had never been taught any of these and honestly learned them from this DVD after 1 time through.  These video clips were taken the 2nd time she watched the DVD, only because I didn’t think she would get it the first time so I didn’t bother taking any videos for you during her first viewing.  We watched the DVD once last week and then again this week, once. She could retell the stories and answer the quizzes after 1 viewing!

Here’s a video peek inside

 

During her second viewing, we added in the flashcards and used the printable cubes to play with after the DVD!

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You can by the actual DVDs or the downloads.  You get two 30 minute learning movies and a set of printable items which include flashcards, a quiz {shown below}, crossword puzzle and dice {shown above}.

We used the quiz after we watched the DVD, played with the cubes, and reviewed the flashcards together.  She got them all right with no help!

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I am honestly a bit blown away, I wasn’t expecting it to work so well. If you are looking for a fun way to work on times tables, I highly recommend Times Tales.



Tot School Gathering Place Week 153

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!

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Tis the season to be making memories! What special traditions or activities do you (or plan to do) with your Tot? We’d love to see them! Don’t forget to link up to the Gathering Place to share your wonderful activities and memory making moments!

Mama Swapna from The Practical Mom took an adventurous turn this season and helped her son create all the ornaments for their tree! Take a look at the beautiful ornaments you and your Tot can create together!

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Are you looking for an activity to help your Tot increase her hand and finger muscles in preparation for handwriting? Head on over to Living Montessori Now and see the activity that Grandmama Deb pulled together for Grandtot Zoe!

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Does your Tot love the Christmas tree? Mama Kristin from SmartE PartE has come up with several Christmas tree tot tray themes! Check them out! Maybe your Tot will love them as much as Tot E!

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Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.


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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).



We Love Lessontrek’s Gradebook Feature!

Lessontrek Gradebook Feature Review

{disclaimer ~ Lessontrek is a blog sponsor}

We have been using Lessontrek for awhile now and it has greatly simplified my homeschool planning.  Just this year I began using their new Gradebook feature and I am in love!  I only use it for my 8th grader, for just some courses.  Science, grammar, spelling for now.  I wanted to do a post sharing this particular feature since I know it will benefit many of you!

I made a video for you to show how I use the gradebook to give you a peek at what it all looks like in action.  The video was the best way for me to share all of the little details. My best advice is to open up your Lessontrek and dive into this feature.  It took me a little while to set things up but once I learned how it was organized, it was pretty simple.

As you can see in the video, it allows you to choose which assignments are graded, how they are weighted, and it averages things for you!

I look forward to using this feature more and more in the future as Pac enters high school and all of the grades become much more important.  Knowing I will have this to use with my other 2 kids is awesome too. I love the simplicity Lessontrek provides, all in one program.

We have other reviews of Lessontrek, you can read my initial impressions here in our first review, and another post I wrote here. A video overview of the lesson planning feature is here.

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