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!

{See all of our Learning Resources reviews here}

 

 
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Enter using Rafflecopter below, if you don’t see the widget, be sure you are reading on the actual blog and not in RSS or email.

Giveaway is open for US only and ends March 26, 2014.

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iHomeschool Studio Online Webinar Giveaway

iHomeschool Studio

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links used}

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.

Your ticket price of $25 gives you access to ~

  • the 24 live sessions
  • the MP3 audio recordings of all 24 sessions
  • special discounts, door prizes, and giveaways from our speakers and sponsors
    Tickets go on sale Jan. 28, 2014, but one of you is going to win a ticket this week!  This is a quick giveaway, open worldwide, ending on Wednesday January 22, 2014.  Winner will be announced here and emailed {using the email provided through Rafflecopter below}.

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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!

 

Interested in Purchasing?

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

Visit THIS LINK to see the different discount codes to use for each category!

Friends and Heroes is giving one of my readers a copy of Homeschool Unit Study 1 {29.99 value}!  Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below!  Giveaway is open to US and Canada only, and ends on 1/13/14.

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Home Art Studio Giveaway

Home Art Studio Giveaway

We have been using Home Art Studio for over a year now.  You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! We are still using it, I am just a bit slower this year with my blogging through our projects. it is my hope to get back on the art wagon after the new year hits!  Home Art Studio really does make it so easy, I have no excuse.

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Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin,  designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students important art concepts and principles. This program is perfect for parents who don’t have a lot of art experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

    Looking to purchase?  Home Art Studio DVDs and supply sets are sold from Jerry’s Artarama, just click here or the “purchase now” button on the Home Art Studio website.
    I am honored to have Home Art Studio as a blog sponsor and to be able to offer an amazing giveaway today! 

    One winner will win the complete DVD series, grades K-5! That’s a $150 value!

    Giveaway is open for USA and Canada, and ends on Dec.30, 2013. Winner will be announced here, and via email and has 48 hours to reply and claim prize! Use Rafflecopter to enter below.

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Birth of Jesus Review & Giveaway

Grapevine Bible Studies The Birth of Jesus

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links used in this post, I also received a free copy of the Birth of Jesus student and teacher eBook}

We have used and loved Grapevine Bible Studies for years!  This year we decided to use the Birth of Jesus mini study for part of our Christmas learning.  We already had the Beginner Level Birth of Jesus Study eBooks and Dianna from Grapevine kindly sent me the Traceable eBook {student and teacher} to review with Ladybug!

I don’t print my manual, I load it into iBooks and use my iPad, as shown below.  I also use my phone with the Bible app ready to go with our verses for the lesson. This helps me stay more streamlined in my teaching and works better for me.

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I made each of my kids a mini book with their drawing pages inside.  I printed the beginner pages for my boys {ages 7 and 11} and printed the tracer pages for Ladybug {age 4}

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Each of my kids has a different color rectangle on the cover to easily grab the right one.  I made a few extra colors and left the names off in case you’d like to use them too.

 Download the covers here!

The Birth of Jesus Bible Study Covers

This study is 7 lessons, taking your kids through the events and people surrounding the Birth of Jesus; Mary, Joseph, The Birth, Shepherds, The Temple, The Wise Men, & Herod.

I set my kids up like this each day, using our lap trays from Michaels and our color coded school supply buckets.

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I stand at the dry erase board and teach them from there.  Stick figures make me happy.  Even I can draw them!

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I love how simple this study is, and that it is only 7 lessons.  Yes it is simple, but it is powerful.  The discussions that have stemmed from our lessons so far have been phenomenal!  I am so very thankful we decided to use it this year. It is one of the only things we can successfully learn together with the age range I have {ages 4, 7, 11}.

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My favorite drawing from the study so far is definitely from my oldest son, who manages to make his drawings quite unique! I shared this on Instagram here!

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This particular Instagram post got some questions about how we explain the concept of “virgin” to our young kids.  I answered over in the comments of the Instagram post if you’d like to see!

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It is not too late to use this study this December, since it is only 7 lessons you have plenty of time!  You can purchase it today and get started almost immediately as there is very little prep work! 

Buy it now and if you win the giveaway you’ll get your money back

Be sure to use the 20% discount code too: DecBlog.

Enter to win the eBook version of The Birth of Jesus Student and Teacher manual below in the Rafflecopter widget.  You get to choose the level if you are the winner.  This is a fast giveaway, ending Friday 12/13/13, so I can get the prize out this weekend for the winner!

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