Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Free {or inexpensive} Audiobook Resources for Homeschooling

In the last year, we've been listening to a lot more audio books as part of our homeschooling.  Audio books might not be quite the same as cuddling with the kids on the couch and reading a good book together, but they are still highly beneficial.

My kids are often more fascinated by audio resources than if I was reading the book aloud anyway.  Perhaps it's because we can listen to authors read their own books the way they imagined it should sound.  Or maybe because we experience delightful foreign accents, or maybe it's the music and dramatic sound effects.  No, it's not the same as reading a real book.  It's a different experience all together, and it's such a good one.

Not to mention, we get a lot more "reading" done with audio books, because while I can't read and drive at the same time, I can pop in an audio book, the vehicle is quite for at least half an hour or more, and we get some extra music, literature or history added to our day!

There are some audio books I would continue to buy and add to our personal collection.  However, I can't buy them all.  I'd run out of space, and obviously, it's not a wise investment to buy every book you want to read.

So I compiled a list of free audio book resources for myself, so that I can keep track of our favorite place to get new stories.

The Library
Obviously.  Our library doesn't have a huge physical selection, but they do have more recent titles that aren't in the public domain and online for free.  I'm sure larger library systems will have even more selections.

OverDrive allows you to borrow digital audio books from your library, and yes, there's an app for that!

Librivox provides audio recordings of books in the public domain.  The books are read by volunteers around the world, so the quality (and the accents!) will vary greatly, but it's a very deep resource to explore.

Loyal Books
Formally known as Books Should Be Free, Loyal Books is also full of public domain books in text and audio format.  The audio I've sampled so far all appear to be from Librivox, but I think the website is more visually appealing and easier to navigate.

Amazon Whispersync
Whispersync allows you to "upgrade" your eligible Kindle books to include professional audio books at a discounted price, and many of the classics (public domain) are only $0.99 to upgrade!  Also, each month they offer one title completely free.

Kiddie Records
Kiddie Records is an online compilation of children's records from the 1940's and 1950's, and has been one of our favorites, as they are musical and entertaining.  There are picture books, adaptions of longer classics and plenty of other works to choose from.  It's different, but is definitely fun for the younger crowd.

Storynory is another great resource for kids, as they offer classics, fairy tales and their own original stories.  You can get these on podcast, which is nice.

Homeschool Freebie of the Day
Homeschool Freebie of the Day offers a variety of freebies, and they frequently feature audio resources.  It's worth it to browse through occasionally.

Storyline Online
Storyline Online offers a variety of books read on video by many famous people.  It's a neat rainy day resource.

Epic!  Books for Kids
The Epic app is full of children's eBooks, many of which have audio book versions.  If you are an educator you can get a free account, or for parent accounts, it is free for the first month, then $4.99/monthly, for thousands of books.  This is a nice way for kids to explore reading independently in a fun and interactive way.

Robert Munsch Books
If you like Robert Munsch, check him out reading his books!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Okay, so this isn't a collection of books or stories, but you can get a great version of this classic for free!  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

EEME - Project Tentacles

As you probably know by now, we are loving our subscription to EEME.  The instruction is high quality, the projects are fun and engaging, and the educational content is far superior to any other "electronics kit" I've seen marketed to 7-12 year old children.

For the third month, we received Project Tentacles.  The goal is to build an alarm system buzzer, while learning about NPN transistors, PNP transistors and buzzers.  The project includes several familiar components (long yellow wires, short blue wires, resistors) and new parts like the NPN and PNP transistors.

EEME review

As always, the lessons start with the introductory information necessary to build the project.  Then Elliott was shown how to build a simple buzzer that sounded when the white wires are connected and the flow of electricity is no longer broken.  All of this is explained thoroughly during the course of the project.

EEME review

The videos continue on, helping the student understand how the NPN and PNP transistors work, and what happens when they are switched.  By the end, we have a working "alarm" that sounds continuously if the white wires are not connected.  Essentially, the wires should be set to touch with a closed drawer, door, etc.  When the door opens, the white wires will lose their connection and it trips the alarm.  Elliott decided to set his up to protect his money.  This is a great project for his age!  

Again, I found the recommended time of 1.5 to 2.5 hours to be accurate.  It took us about two hours, with a couple breaks, to complete this project.  I do have to help occasionally by double checking to make sure wires are lined up correctly, but he follows along really well.

EEME review

Since I've been subscribed for a few months, I think I can comment more about the subscription service now.  I get the monthly email around the ship date, and it is always filled with ideas for preparing for the project, which arrives within a week or so of the email.  Our project always arrives in a timely manner based on their ship date, so there is no doubt they ship when they say they do.  We've never had any pieces missing or broken.  The website is easy to use and I have never had any issues streaming the videos.  So in addition to the content, I just wanted to say that I am pleased with the service of EEME too.

In case you missed them, here are the previous two projects, so you can see how they build on one another.  The breadboard was introduced in the first project, and we continue to review what we learned previously, before moving on to new concepts.

Month 1 - Project Genius Light
Month 2 - Project DIY Display

If you are interested in EEME, they have more than just a monthly subscription option.  If your kiddos like to work continuously, or you're interested in a summer project, you should consider the Builder Basic 6 Project Set.  It comes with everything you need for six projects:  Project Genius Light, DIY Display, Tentacles, Attraction, Fade to Black and Countdown.  The curriculum is available online to teach everything!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ June 26th

1.  I mentioned last year that we planted apple, peach, plum and cherry trees, as well as blueberry and blackberry bushes.  This year we added strawberries.  They tried to warn me that the deer would be all over them, but I have such fond memories of the strawberry patch at my grandmother's house!  They're nursing back to health though, so there's promise.

2.  Then we are also trying our hand at a very small "garden" this summer, but so far all I'm seeing is why we've never gardened before.  I think we'll get tomatoes.  Everything else is questionable at best!  Oh well . . . it's a fun learning experience, and I'll definitely be trying again next year.

3.  This is my garden helper.  This girl loves her dresses, pretty shoes, princess hair, necklaces and all things girly. but she is NOT afraid of a little dirt.

4.  Then this little princess is already over 5 months old.  She's rolling and scooting everywhere.  She's a fairly content baby (oh the joy!) and makes friends with everyone.  She's also a bed hog.

5.  Summer school is going well.  We're not doing a full schedule, just supplements and fun things to give us something to do and keep us in a routine.  Learning never stops after all.  The Schoolhouse Review Crew still gives us lots of fun "school" during the summer.  Upcoming reviews include CursiveLogic, With Lee in Virginia, Simply Fun and some science units with Funtastic Unit Studies.  (I also have some non-crew reviews on my list too!)

The Pebble Pond

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SmartKidz Media {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

A fun part of our homeschooling is including movies, music and other media to enhance our studies.  These types of resources are fun for all students, but can be especially helpful for highly auditory and visual learners.  Naturally, I was very interested in reviewing the SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers from SmartKidz Media.

SmartKidz Media Review

SmartKidz Media is a subscription based website that offers educational videos, music, study guides, flash animated e-books and more. It is a family-friendly resource with no advertisements or outside links, which I really appreciate.  It means I can log in and let my children browse without worry.

The website is divided up into two primary categories: Family Media and Reading and Learning Center.  Each of these categories is divided up further into a wide variety of topics.  There are many nature and wildlife videos, science documentaries, health and fitness videos (for adults and children), travel and adventure, classical music, cultural music, jazz and blues, sing along songs for young children, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

We started by watching some of the science videos.  The kids particularly liked the "My Animal Family" series, which is narrated by a child and illustrates a day-in-the-life of a baby animal through real video footage.  There are also separate video clips of fun facts and sing along songs, for each animal.  There are only a handful of these, and I would love to see more added.

SmartKidz Media review

There are other selections the kids have enjoyed too.  There are fitness videos for adults and kids, and my two little ones enjoy the children's fitness videos.  My two year old thought it was great to "dance" and exercise with her dolls!

The 5 and 2 year old also liked the fun children's music.  I can set this to play in the background while they are playing or cleaning.  There are plenty of traditional and familiar songs, and many that are "new" to the kids as well, which of course is always fun.

SmartKidz Media Review

The 8 year old is anxiously waiting some of the History videos that are still marked as Coming Soon.  I'm also looking forward to including some of the cultural videos and music when we get to that point in our geography studies, as well as the art and classical music when we do our artist and composer studies.

Right now we're just using this for fun, and it's still highly educational, but come this fall when school starts back, I can definitely see us using this even more to supplement our studies.  This the the type of resource that can be used by any homeschooling or unschooling family to compliment any curriculum.

The only "negative" I've really found so far is that some of the covers for the videos were misleading.  For instance, we clicked on the third video (with the picture of the sea turtle) because my 5 year old wanted to watch sea turtles.  Imagine his confusion and disappointment when it was about a bird he's never heard of, the arctic tern.  The sea turtle is listed in the description on part 2 with the picture of the whale.  The whale should be in the first video.  Of course I can read the description for certainty, but for quick picking or young children it would be nice if the pictures were a bit more accurate.

SmartKidz Media Review

You can access SmartKidz Media online through your computer or any mobile device with internet access, but they are currently developing an app for iPads and iPhones for the flash animated e-books.  You can also use media streaming devices.  We typically cast from our browser to the Chromecast so everyone can watch without being crowded around the laptop or a tablet.

Overall, I like the mission of SmartKidz Media.  They aim to provide quality and propriety educational media resources in a safe online environment for families.  It is easily accessible from a variety of devices.  As a homeschooling resource, I think it could use some expanding and fine tuning, but I think the website has great potential.

A subscription to SmartKidz is $10/month, or $99/year.  You can do the 14 day trial to see if it's a good fit for your family first, so I recommend trying it out and exploring the website to see everything they have to offer.  As always, be sure to check out more crew reviews to get other opinions and perspectives, and to see how other crew members utilized the different features of this resource!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

WordBuildOnline {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

After teaching the mechanics of phonics and learning to read, there are many steps you can take to build reading fluency and comprehension in your child.  One way to ensure they have a strong grasp of the English language is to deeply enhance their vocabulary.  Dynamic Literacy offers a variety of programs for vocabulary development, including WordBuildOnline.

WordBuildOnline review

Dynamic Literacy takes a different approach to vocabulary than what I ever did in school.  Instead of taking a list of seemingly random words and defining them, this program focuses on what the child already knows, and builds upon that.  You simply focus on roots, prefixes and suffixes.  By learning a prefix or suffix, and knowing how they apply to a variety of root words, you are increasing your vocabulary exponentially.  This can be a very efficient way to expand your vocabulary quickly.

There are two primary levels to Dynamic Literacy.  Foundations is for students who have learned to read and are transitioning to vocabulary and reading comprehension.  This level helps them learn the most important prefixes and suffixes in the English language, and is appropriate for 2nd-5th graders. It would also be appropriate for older students or ESL students who struggle with comprehension.  Elements is for students who have completed Foundations, or for 6th grade and up.  Students will learn the most frequently used Latin and Greek roots, as well as how to analyze unfamiliar words to decipher their meanings.

 WordBuildOnline is the online and interactive version of the Dynamic Literacy vocabulary program.  For the purpose of this review, I used Foundations Level 1 of WordBuildOnline.  Elliott is a rising 3rd grader, and is right at the target level.  It starts with an introductory video for the student, explaining how we make compound words and comparing that to how they will use prefixes and suffixes to make new words.  Then it jumps right into the program!

Each unit starts with a short video explaining the prefix or suffix that will be used, what it means, and how it will be applied.  Then there are 5 activities that use the prefix/suffix with a variety of root words.  It is designed to last all year, doing one unit per week, and one activity from each unit per day.  We started with the prefix "over" and covered words like overhang, overpaid, overwork, overlook, overdress, etc.  As my 8 year old was giving me examples and definitions, even my 5 year old was chiming in with fairly accurate definitions!

WordBuildOnline Review

There is a timer for every activity, so a student cannot spend more than 15 minutes per activity, as the program will not allow it.  It's not a race to beat the clock, but students who like timing themselves will probably like the feature, because you know exactly how long it takes you to complete it.  Students who don't particularly like language arts activities will be encouraged to know that the lesson will not go on forever.  You can do the activities back to back, but it is not recommended to do more than one per day.

The five activities repeat themselves for each unit.

Affix Square
A 3x3 grid where the prefix/suffix is in the center square and the root words surround it.  The student matches the prefix with a root word, then types a definition for that word.  After they complete the activity, they can choose to review it

Affix Adder
The student combines the affix and root word to make a new word.  Then there are three sentences given, and the student chooses the sentence that uses the new word correctly.

Magic Square
There is a 3x3 grid and each square has a word in it.  On the right of the grid there are nine definitions.  The student matches them up, and if they matched them all correctly, then each row and each column will add up to the same number.

Comprehension Booster
This activity utilizes the more traditional fill-in-the-blank approach to practice using words in "context" instead of just defining them.

Check Up
The unit ends with a short quiz of 5 questions about the unit.  It's only 10 minutes, but it's multiple choice and fairly painless!

WordBuildOnline Review

Final Thoughts
The program is completely customized to your student's ability, and adjusts based on their responses to the activities.  This is a quality feature in my opinion.  The parent account allows you to review progress and reset an activity if absolutely necessary.  There are also parent videos, so if your child needs a little bit more help, there's guidance for you.  The price is only $30 per level, and there is NO expiration date!  You buy the level and have as long as you need to complete it!  We are flexible, relaxed homeschoolers, so being able to take a break from online programs and return when we're ready is very important to me.  I like that this program uses activities instead of traditional vocabulary lists to teach students new words, and through their unique method, teaches them how to decode the meaning of new words based on prefixes and suffixes.  I also love the timed feature.  It means lessons are short and sweet!  This is something I could see us using in a relaxed way throughout the year, because the short "lesson" makes it especially great for busy days.  In fact, I think this would be good for us to use for independent work on mornings before co-ops or appointments when we might not do a full school schedule.  Overall, I think this is a good program, and I would feel comfortable recommending it for vocabulary.

You can find out more about Dynamic Literacy and their products (they have physical versions of this program that were reviewed as well) by checking out their website, Facebook Twitter and Pinterest, and as always, by reading more reviews!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Roses Just Because

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Looking Back at the School Year (2014-2015)

We just completed the portfolio review for the 2014-2015 school year, which means I was recently looking over everything we've done this year. It's been interesting to look over my curriculum post on what I anticipated doing, and comparing it to what we actually did (and didn't do) and thinking towards next year.

This past year Elliott was a 2nd grader, Emory was a Kindergartner, Eleanor turned 2 and is just soaking everything up, and of course Eloise was born and completely changed up our schedule and routine!

Five in a Row
We've really enjoyed FIAR and the more we row, the more the kids get into it.  We didn't row as many books as I would have liked, since we took time off from FIAR with the baby, followed rabbit trails and did some of our own units and seasonal studies, but we still got so much out of it!  I was a little unsure if it would be "enough" but I decided to trust the process, and after just one year, I'm in love.

Truman's Aunt Farm
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
A Pair of Red Clogs
Grandfather's Journey
Little Nino's Pizzeria
Cranberry Thanksgiving
A New Coat for Anna {and Christmas in Germany}
The Glorious Flight
Katy and the Big Snow
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
The Salamander Room
Make Way for Ducklings
The ABC Bunny {Before Five in a Row}
Harold and the Purple Crayon

Why I Love Five in a Row

Elliott worked in Math U See Beta this year.  We are relaxed and do it our way, but even when we stray from MUS to try other things, he always requests to come back to it.

Emory's math has still been casual this year, but I bought him a subscription to Mathseeds and he's working through it.  We also reviewed La La Logic recently, and he's still using it. He will finish at least the online portion.

We use a variety of fun supplements like IXL.com (review), Learning Wrap-Ups and Learning Palettes (review), board games, living books and of course the applied math from Five in a Row.


Reading & Language Arts
Elliott worked in Spelling You See (review) on and off, but wanted a break from it, so we also used All About Spelling, because we had it on hand.  He also requested to learn cursive, so we started with the New American Cursive review, and now he's reviewing CursiveLogic.

Emory has dabbled with Reading Eggs and First Start Reading, but also still uses Essential Skills Advantage (my review) frequently.  We will be moving forward to a full curriculum soon.

The boys write a lot of scripts, stories, and comic strips on their own.

We read plenty of quality picture books, chapter books, poetry, and non-fiction together as a family.

Language Arts

History and Science
I group these together, because outside of FIAR, we take a more natural approach to learning about the world around us.  We do nature study, and the boys are helping with the garden and the fruit trees and bushes.  We became aquarium members.  We're learning about history through a natural interest in Presidents and antiques.  We've enjoyed our journey into historical time periods through the use of quality audio productions like Under Drake's Flag and In Freedom's Cause.  Elliott is learning about electronics through the EEME course.   We travel and let the kids meet new people and look at maps and landmarks and ask questions.  It's about letting them explore and discover how and why things work, on their own terms.


Electives, Extracurriculars and Extras
The boys participated in co-op (Eleanor went to nursery) taking classes in Five in a Row, World Cultures, LEGO, and Gym with other homeschoolers.  The kids spent the year in AWANA, and the boys both finished their books.  They were all in the Christmas production and the boys nailed their speaking parts!  (Who says homeschoolers can't learn public speaking skills!?)  The boys take a homeschool gymnastics class, and Elliott spent several months taking the Boys class.  Elliott is also enjoying private golf lessons.  We've all continued to enjoy more Maestro Classics and variety of other music, and we're still trying to explore the Spanish language.  For art, we reviewed ARTistic Pursuits, but have since started back at the beginning of the first book to finish all the lessons in order, since we missed some and Emory never joined in for the first two books.  The boys also use Art for Kids Hub in their free time.  They also spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking with Dad.  They go fishing and go to amusement parks and and play outdoors and just enjoy being kids.


It's been a wonderful year.  Full of learning and fun!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Apologia Field Trip Journal {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

Field trips can be such an exciting and integral part of any homeschool.  They make learning come alive.  If you are looking for a way to record and have more memories of your field trips, you should certainly consider the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal from the respected Apologia Educational Ministries.  The journal is a way for students to record their experiences on field trips, and it can help capture both the educational value and the memories made on special outings.

Apologia Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal

The Field Trip Journal ($22) is a standard size spiral bound notebook on thick high quality paper.  It has a beautiful scrapbook-style design on all of the pages.  You can download some great sample pages to see the fun and colorful layout of the journal.  I decided we would use it as a family journal, so the kids could enjoy it together.  The journal is not just about recording field trips though, and since we just didn't get to use it specifically for field trips like I'd planned, I want to show some of the other ways it can be used to record family memories.

When you first open the book it offers several suggestions for field trips, along with a web address with even more ideas for locating field trip opportunities and making the most of field trips.  The suggestions really helped me to think outside the box.  For my 8 year old that is interested in antiques, I was inspired to look beyond traditional museums and jot down the radio museum, antique stores and a local restaurant known for its eclectic array of "memorabilia" as ideas for him.  My husband, the Civil War buff, had fun brainstorming ideas for the local Civil War field trips to go with an upcoming summer study we're planning.  It will also be great for when we utilize our membership to the aquarium.

Some of the other sections include Preparing for a Field Trip (which is full of helpful tips for the parent/teacher), Places I've Explored Maps, My Special Spot Pages, and As I See It Pages.  The Places I've Explored Maps include layouts where you can list/map your travels in your state, around the US, and across the world.  This is a good way to reminiscence about trips we've taken.

Apologia Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal

The heart of the journal is the field trip section.  The specific field trip pages are in two-page layouts, and there are enough for 10 field trips.  If you take a lot of field trips every year, you'll probably need more than one journal.  The layout includes a place for a picture and map, an emergency contact plan, a space to list books read, and a couple writing prompts about things the student wants to see or things they don't want to forget.  The only thing it doesn't include is a pocket for holding tickets or mementos, so you might have to get creative fitting them in if your kids like to hold on to those types of things.

Within the journal, you'll find it made clear that field trips don't have to be expensive and time consuming.  It can be as simple as a nature hike, a trip to the park to feed the ducks, or picking berries to make jam.  There are several sections in the journal that lend itself well to simpler activities that can still be considered memorable outings.

The My Special Spot and The Way I See It sections are great for nature studies.  For our special spot, we are told we should choose a spot to observe and record the sights, sounds, and changes of this special spot.  We are supposed to go once each season, so we can slow down and appreciate these changes.  I only wish the seasons weren't labeled on each layout.  The seasons are in "school calendar" order:  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.  If you follow any other schedule, or start the field trip journal at any other time of the year like we did, the seasonal studies will be slightly out of order within the journal.  Leaving the seasons blank would accommodate more homeschoolers who don't follow traditional schedules, but it's not a deal-breaker either.

Apologia Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal
We were instructed to find a place outdoors that is not maintained for our special spot.  The kids have a place in the woods near our house that has a worn path and natural clearing that they like "exploring" so it worked well to use it for this purpose.

The kids got so busy observing and enjoying that it was hard to get them to sit still long enough to talk about the journal, much less draw an aerial view or write notes about it.  It took a little prompting to get them interested at the time, but I still think the effort it is worth it.

Apologia Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal

This is Elliott's drawing with trees, sparse grass and weeds in the opening, and some fallen trees.

Final Thoughts
This is a pretty journal, and is something I would have loved during my school years.  The great thing about this journal is that it is intended for all ages and can be used by anyone in a fairly open-ended way.  For children who like journals and scrapbooks, this is an ideal way to record their outings.  For children who might be more reluctant writers, this journal has a very creative and fun vibe to it, so it shouldn't feel too much like a chore.  Or, parents can still have the child narrate their thoughts, especially if it's used by multiple children.  Since it's a family journal for us, I think we'll get a lot of use out of it.  
Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal Review

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Special for Mom's Heart Readers--Get a FREE Light Link from EEME

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As you may or may not know, I recently got my 8 year old a subscription to EEME because he got into a phase of taking electronics apart and putting them back together.  I wanted a safe and educational outlet for him to explore electronics, and after only two projects, I definitely think EEME is the way to go.

I've shared the Project Genius Light where he built a light that turns on when it's dark and off when it's bright!  Then recently he built Project 2, which is a DIY Display that teaches about segmented LEDs.  He was so engaged and interested during the process of building these projects, and I have been thoroughly satisfied with the instructional content of the online course.

So naturally I wanted to let you know that for a limited time EEME is offering my readers a FREE Light Link.  The project teaches kids how to build an LED light circuit, as well as how it actually works.  You receive everything you need to build the project, and simply use the online curriculum for instruction.  You don't need any experience with electronics, which is what I love about the program!  It's interactive and hands-on for kinesthetic learners, and the video reaches the auditory and visual learners.

This kit is normally $14.95, and you only have to pay the $5.00 for shipping and handling.  I think that's a great deal to get started and see how you like the curriculum!  As you know, I try to only share products and curriculum that I fully back, and this is one of them.

Use this specific link for Mom's Heart readers to get your free light link and try it out for yourself!

If you end up loving it as much as we do, come back and buy the Builder Basic 6 Project Set which has over 80 components (breadboard, baseplate, battery pack, batteries, resistors, etc) for your kiddo to build and learn how a night light, alarm and electromagnet circuit work.  You'll get everything for the first six projects all at once, so you don't even have to wait month to month for your projects like we do.  This would be great kit for a summer project, because the online curriculum offers a wealth of information, and kids can even experiment with building their own projects once they learn how everything works.

EEME is the real deal for an electronics course for 7-12 year old children, so I strongly encourage you to check them out.  (If you choose to only do the monthly subscription, you can receive $10 off the first month by using this link, which is different than the others, so double check once you decide which purchase is best suited for your needs.)

Also, please remember, I only continue to share products and curricula that I feel comfortable backing, and EEME is a great program!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Life Lately

Just a little bit of life lately.  

Baking mini pies.

Silly Girl!

Pretend Sleep!

More sillies!

Beautiful Baby!

Learning to crawl is hard work!


She thinks she's a lap dog

Drawing Batman

Sweet baby hands and a patient dog

Playing in the dirt while we garden


Wordless Wednesday at Life at Rossmont

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