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Using the Library to Teach Preschool at Home

I love the library. I have always loved the library. My kids have been going to the library since they were born. While we always checked out fun books to use at home, I never knew how much my library could really be used for preschool, until this past month.

My local library is part of a chain of libraries. All of the libraries in the region are connected, and we can request books between them, or even go to the different branches and check out their building and books. This makes for fun field trips! Yes, my kids are excited to have a field trip to a different library!

While spending time at the library a few weeks ago, I found a blue bag filled with some fun looking things. These bags had been hanging by the children’s audiobooks, I just never looked at them. They were the Storytime to Go Kits. Yes, storytime to go!

These kits are awesome! They have everything you need for a storytime. Their intended purpose are for daycares, but I am taking them and using them for Baby Girl and her preschool lessons.

We go to the library once a week. That means, once a week, I am able to grab a new storytime kit. This kit includes 5 books, a CD with songs to go with the topic, and an activity. This activity can be a puzzle, flashcards, or hand puppets. That is what we have seen so far at least. Once I get the kit, I can find free printables on Pinterest that goes along with the topic.

Our library has over 100 of these storytime kits within all the libraries in the region. That means, there are over 100 topics that we can cover in our preschool homeschool lessons. These topics range from holidays and seasons to nursery rhymes, colors, and shapes. This is just the tip of the iceberg that is available in these kits! That means, all the ideas that I would have for teaching preschool at home, is available in a storytime kit to help bring books into our learning!

How much easier could it get for me!? I have 5 books on the topic I want to teach and I can switch these topics up each week to keep my child interested! This is perfect!

Pinterest has lots of free printable options available also. This means that I can find tracing, cutting, and more on worksheets that go with the topic we are focusing on that week. I don’t have to worry about too much over planning, and can just read the books all week if it gets too busy.

On top of this fun resource that I found, when visiting a neighboring library, I found out they were part of a new program for the library system, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This is a fun program that enforces the belief that a child who has had books read to them will excel in learning more than those who don’t. They are offering rewards for the number of books that the child has had read to them before they reach kindergarten.

Since this is not our local library, I was hesitant to join this program. However, this library is in a neighboring city, the city where our bank is located, so I knew we would make our way there at least 2 times a month. I signed Baby Girl up for the program, and look forward to seeing her earn prizes for something we do on a regular basis, read books!

When it comes to homeschooling your preschool child, do you utilize your local public library?

 

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Preschool Learning with PandaParents – A Homeschool Crew Review

Learning is something that is supposed to be fun. And preschool learning should especially be fun. We love interactive learning in the house, so when we had the chance to review PandaParents, we jumped at the chance. Baby Girl has fallen in love with MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTENERS program that we have had access to.

We received digital access to this program, and the physical program is expected to be ready in December 2018. There were three books that we started with, A Jolly Jingling Journey, Scotty and Mommy Baby. We had access to the videos on Vimeo, each of the eBooks on PDF PowerPoint, and the workbooks to go with each, also on PDF PowerPoint.

What makes PandaParents and M.E.S.S.Y. Learning different from other preschool learning and videos that your kids can watch? Well, instead of learning just one subject at a time and mastering one level, or stepping stone, at a time, M.E.S.S.Y. Learning combines subjects and focuses on building brain networks with creative designs.

So, I keep talking about M.E.S.S.Y. Learning, but what does that really mean? Mixed pre-school subjects, Engaging questions and activities, Simple, Smart designs, and Yeah, a new way to promote pre-school STEM education. This is not a common curriculum, it does not focus on rote memorization, and it is not an electronic babysitter. This program is for you to use with your child. They will not get anything out of it if you don’t help them.

When it says it is simple, it really is as simple as 1, 2, 3. First, you read the books to your child and watch the videos that go with the book. These videos are an animated version of the book. They really make the story come to live for the kids. Next, we learn with the colorful workbooks. These workbooks contain many fun activities that go over the many subjects that your child is learning. Finally, you and your child create fun and engaging art activities.

We took our time with this program. Baby Girl is 3, just turned 3 in January. She has not shown a lot of interest in any kind of formal schooling, so I don’t push it, but this looked different, and I wanted to try it. I am glad I did. She fell in love with it! This was a fun program that reached her and made learning fun for her.

We picked three days each week to work on the books and workbooks. We would start by reading the book together and watching the video. We would talk about what happened, and I would lead the discussion to talk about what we learned while reading the book. This is all we would do the first day. The next day, we would start by watching some or all of the video. Some are longer, while others are short 5 minute videos. We would follow this up with a few worksheets. I had to be picky on some of the worksheets. Some were too hard for Baby Girl, so we would talk about it if we could, or skip over it if there wasn’t something to talk about.

The workbook took us a few days to get through. Each book is supposed to last about a month. Every day that we worked on the workbook pages, we would either reread the book or watch the video. I paced the worksheets to Baby Girl’s attention span. Some days I could get 4-5 worksheets, other days I could get maybe 1 or 2. Other days, I would split the worksheets up throughout the day.

These workbooks, in the physical edition, would include stickers to go with the pages you are working on with your child. With the digital edition, some pages contained what would be the stickers. I did not mind not having stickers. Stickers end up everywhere in our house, just not on the paper they are supposed to. Instead, I let Baby Girl do the one thing she loves to do, I let her glue the pieces onto the page after I cut them out. This was by far her favorite thing to do!

Finally, we get to create something. Each book has something different at the end of the book to create. These can then be given to mom, dad, siblings, or other family members or friends. This is a great way to finish the book and the workbook.

We love spending time with PandaParents. Baby Girl has learned a lot. She is usually excited to sit down and work on her school, and I am happy to see her learning. When I asked her what she thought of PandaParents, she told me she loved the videos and the gluing, just like I thought!

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Starfall Education Foundation – A Homeschool Crew Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

Sometimes you need a break from your homeschool lessons. Just sometimes you need to have fun But what if you could make learning fun and trick your child into doing extra lessons? That is what happened when we were given a one-year subscription to The Starfall Home Membership from Starfall Education Foundation.

Starfall has been a part of my homeschool since the first day that I started homeschooling. Then, it was only Ray Ray using it. Now, Ray Ray still loves to use it as well as Little Miss and even Baby Girl. Starfall has become our go to when the day gets to be too long, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

What Is It

Starfall is an online product. You need to have internet access to use this program. This program covers many things from reading to math and ranges from Pre-K to 1st and even 2nd grade. There are also apps that you can download to bring the fun of learning with you on the go.

Starfall’s website is full of everything that you can imagine. They take the learning to a fun level that allows the kids to play games, watch videos or read books while learning reading and math. This is great for the beginning learners as well as those days when you just need something to do that isn’t the same thing.

Now, one thing that I haven’t noticed before, but just recently found was the Parent/Teacher Center. This section of Starfall is FULL of extras to help you as the parent and teacher to take the learning that you have been doing on the computer, off the computer. There are guides for you to see what your child can learn in each section, what apps help teach certain things, and what some of the extra resources are that you can purchase.

Not only does this section give you the guides, but it gives you printables! Yes, printables. These range from practicing your alphabet, printable books to read, journal writing, and even grammar worksheets. And that is just the ELA downloads. Math is not as much, but there are still some great worksheets to help practice what the kids are learning.

How We Used It

This is one of those programs that I let the kids go wild on. I don’t have to worry about links to outside sources, and even to get into the Parent section, you have to be able to answer a question. This means that when they are on this website, they are safe and learning. Yes, they could click in the address bar and go somewhere else, but this is very uncommon with my crew.

Playing their favorite symmetry game.

When it is time to get ready for school, or if I have to help the bigger kids with something, Little Miss will be able to go to Starfall and play around. I say it this way because she really doesn’t think of this as school. She feels that I am letting her have some extra game time.

As Little Miss progressed through her “play,” I would look at the different printable downloads and see which she was ready for. She is a reluctant reader like her brother was at her age. But as I watched her figuring out words and sounds, I loved being able to print books that matched her reading level, and these books went along with what she was learning on Starfall.

I did not set up a do this or do that schedule for her on this site. I figured the more fun it was, the more she would use it without arguing me. This meant that she was learning and having fun at the same time, and she wasn’t arguing with me over getting some lessons done. I did have to remind her that she couldn’t just sit there and customize her character the entire time, but she had no issue with moving on from there.

What We Thought of It

We have loved Starfall Education Foundation for the last five years. We have paid for this yearly subscription and have never thought twice. There is a lot of great activities that keep the kids interested. There is no need to worry about your child’s interest. They will love it! There is something for everyone within this program. They can work online, or they can take the download printables that are offered and do more offline. This is something that I love about Starfall, you can do online and proceed to take it offline when your child has had enough screen time.

I have never had an argument about using this program. From Ray Ray when he was at this stage, to Baby Girl as she is getting into it, all three of my little ones love to get on Starfall and play. I will let them do this because I know that when they are having fun, they are also learning1 This is a program that we will use for many years to come. It will always be a part of the first years of homeschooling for them.

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2018 Homeschool Curriculum – First Grade and Preschool

First Grade

Monday I told you about the curriculum that my boys are using. Today I want to share with you want we are using with our girls. Their schedules are a little different due to their age. While I still try to cover all the topics with them, they are just presented differently.

First Grade

Little Miss – First Grade

Little Miss is in the first grade and is just starting to get into the formal education as Charlotte Mason talks about it. I haven’t done much with her over the years, besides learning her letters, colors, numbers and reading to her. By doing this, it has been just the right way for her to enter into the whole school thing. She isn’t stressed out about school, and finds it fun!

To keep this love of learning going with her, I have been looking at things that keep lessons short, sweet, and simple. I am having her listen while I read Ray Ray his history lessons. She doesn’t do much besides color or draw while I read. She also will answer orally about what we have read, and am starting her on narration after I read.

Math is something that I am looking into. I am currently using the Math 1 on Easy Peasy, and Little MIss enjoys it. Finding something that is fun and short is what I am looking for. I also use Easy Peasy for her Science lessons. These she works with Ray Ray on. I love that he can read the lesson to her and they work through the worksheets and projects together.

Now for reading and writing, I have a few issues. I want to find something that works for her, but she doesn’t want to “read” yet. I am not pushing it. This is why I can’t buy a box curriculum! She is currently using Growing Writers for her writing. Growing Writers starts with simple letter practice and moves into the sentences and grammar. The lessons are short and end with her drawing and being creative.

First Grade

I am busy trying to find a just right reading program for her. For now, we are reading aloud, playing on Reading Eggs and Starfall. These are fun ways for her to pick up on learning to read without pushing her. Until I find what I want, we are going to keep this up and let her learn the fun way.

Baby Girl – Preschool

Baby Girl is just three. I haven’t done much with her school focused besides singing the alphabet and working on counting numbers. She is my little go-getter and loves to pick up on things. She always wants to have something to do like the big kids, so I have been looking around. Besides what we are currently doing, I am going to let her start with Easy Peasy’s Getting Started 1 lessons. These are not hard; they are a lot of listening to songs and working on the alphabet and the sounds the letters make along with a fun craft to do with it.

First Grade

While three might seem like a young age for her to be getting started, I only intend to have her working on these lessons for 2 or 3 days out of the week. The rest of the week will be what we are already doing, playing and talking about things to learn them. What better way to learn about the weather than to go out and be in it. There isn’t a better way to learn about food than to be in the kitchen with me learning about them. Not to mention touching and smelling them at the grocery store!

I don’t expect to do much more with the girls for a few years. They are still having fun learning while playing, and they love to cuddle up with good books. This is all they need right now, and I don’t intend to change that!

What kinds of things do you do with your younger students?

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Science Week at SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Science, it is one of my least favorite topics to teach. This is because it was one of my least favorite subjects in school. Being a homeschool mom, I don’t have the option to pick and choose what I do and don’t want to teach, but I can let them pick and choose what they want to learn with the Science courses available at SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

With more than 30 science classes to choose from, your kids can find TONS of way to get into science! From All About Animals and Bug Science to Science Experiments and Wondrous Weather, we have science for all ages. Who knows? You might discover they want to try all the science classes. Don’t worry if they do—ONE membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com includes ALL of them!

These courses range from PreK all the way up to High School. Everyone in your house will be able to take a look at what they like and have fun learning science!

Small World Sensory Science is a great preschool science introduction. During these twelve topics you get to play with your kids while bringing new ideas and skills to them. Balloon rockets, wind chimes and bubbles all help you learn about wind. Other topics are Helping, Ocean, Garden, Pond Life and Construction to name a few.

Everyday Astronomy is a fun Elementary Science course. Here we get to learn about the Sun, the planets, including Mars and a quick introduction to the constellations. Each topic will take about 2-4 weeks to complete. Each topic comes with a lesson plan, which is a great way to keep me on track when it comes to teaching these lessons. We get to work on notebooking pages to keep track of all that we are learning as well as some yummy cooking and some arts and crafts to get your hands-on learning.

Are your middle schoolers ready for an introduction to Physics? Well, SchoolhouseTeachers.com has just that for them! Over 18 weeks, your child will be introduced to things like the Scientific Method, Gravity, Acceleration, Newton’s Law and the magnetic field. All of these will be taught through a variety of simple reading and experiments. The experiments are easily done with some of the most common household supplies that you have. Let me tell you, I actually look forward to teaching this course to Ray Ray!

Now, High School…the all-important years for the diploma! Yes, there are science options for high school as well! I love the Friendly Chemistry course for Moe Man. While I would normally be scared to teach such a course, I think this would be a fun one for us to learn together. It is only 12 weeks and 0.5 credit, but all the experiment material is easy to obtain if you don’t already have it at home. This seems to be the continued theme here, science can be learned at home without a bunch of extra stuff! This is something that I love!

If you have more than one student at home and you haven’t looked at SchoolhouseTeachers.com yet, why not?? Really? They have an awesome special that is still happening! Did you see this Fall Harvest Special? $10.95 a month to teach everyone in your house, including yourself? Is this really up for discussion? I sure hope you grab this deal before it is too late!

Have you checked out the Science Courses at SchoolhouseTeachers.com? What is the more intriguing one you have found?

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Phonics Museum from Veritas Press – A Homeschool Crew Review

Finding a program that helps kids read from an early age and making it fun is not always easy to do. We have tried a few over the years, and while there are many that we enjoy, there is one that stands out for someone as young as Baby Girl (2 years old). Veritas Press has come out with a fun program, the Phonics Museum App, that makes learning to read a game instead of a lesson!

The Phonics Museum App is a fun learning app aimed for children between the ages of 3-7 to teach reading in a multi-sensory approach. Your child will learn the letters, their sounds and how to draw them with their fingers as they progress through the games, videos, songs and interactions that are set up for them.

This app is currently available through the iTunes store and you will want to make sure your Apple device meets the required compatibility. We had first tried this on our iPad Mini, but soon found out that it didn’t work that well. Once trying it on the iPad Air, we had minimal issues and were able to enjoy this program.

We started this program with Little Miss (6 years old) in mind. We soon found out that even though they say up to seven, that this program was too “little” for her. She easily became bored and didn’t want to use it. But she also already knows her letter sounds. If your 6 or 7-year-old has issues with the letter sounds, this would be a great way for them to work on it!

Once I figured out that Little Miss was “too old” for this, I attempted it with Baby Girl. She is on the younger age of the recommended age, being 2 ½ instead of 3, but she LOVED it! When I found that she loved it, I rolled with it, as homeschool moms have learned to do over the years, and let her have at it!

The museum allows you to do three different things when you first enter, you can play games, check out your trophy room or do your lessons. However, we learned right away, that to play the games they must be unlocked through your lesson. This is a great way to review what you have learned later by replaying these games.

While Baby Girl is below the age recommendation, she would sit with me or daddy and we would help her with some of the tasks she could not handle on her own yet. We would sit with her and watch her work on her lesson path. Each lesson path has a combination of videos with Mrs. Biddle and games to play to work on letter sounds.

The lessons are fun and silly which drew Baby Girl’s attention to them. The videos were short, yet to the point. They not only taught us about the letters and sounds, but history and art. The songs were catchy and made the learning that much easier.

The games are based on mastery. They repeat the games, but in a different style. They work on mastering the sounds of the letters. This is where Baby Girl needed a little help. She tried a few times on her own, but was too young to do this on her own. The other games we have encountered so far are games to help “writing” the letters with fingertips. This is Baby Girl’s favorite game! She loves working on writing, and I love to know that she is getting used to the idea of actually writing the letters.

While we had a lot of fun with this app, we did notice that there were some freezing issues. Once the app froze, it would get out of the game and we would have to re-do what we had just done. I don’t know if this was an issue with our device, but it wasn’t that often, so I blame technology more than the app itself!

While I started this review with Little Miss in mind, I am glad to see Baby Girl starting some learning by working on her letters and phonics. This is something that we focus on, but love to make fun. This is the perfect way to do just that with someone her age. I don’t want her to feel like school, heck she is only 2, but I do want to get a good foundation started as soon as I can!

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Tegu Oceans Deluxe Wooden Blocks – A Review

The kids in this house love to play with anything that includes building. Baby Girl got some great building blocks for Christmas, but she is upset when they topple over and I don’t like not knowing much about the product itself when she wants to put it in her mouth. Lucky for me, we had the chance to try Tegu Oceans Deluxe Magnetic Wooden Blocks from Timberdoodle, and we had a great time with them!

The Tegu Oceans Deluxe Magnetic Wooden Blocks are a part of Timberdoodle’s Preschool Curriculum kit, but these have been a hit for everyone in the house! And after I did my research, I am fine with anyone using these, even if they put them in their mouth!

The magnets in these wooden blocks are like magic. You can’t see them. There is no piecing together of the wood, no way to see where they took it apart to put in the magnet. This is a huge plus in my books when I give something to my child, who will put it in her mouth.

Each of these wooden blocks is handcrafted. They contain no lead, no plastic, they are non-toxic and are painted with a water based lacquer finish. These are some safe and fun toys that I am glad we have our hands on!

Baby Girl was the intended reviewer for this product, but when the big kids saw it, they were in heaven! They wanted to build the biggest and best things possible because these wooden blocks would not topple as easy. This showed me that these blocks would get a lot of love for a lot of years! Just because Timberdoodle has them in their preschool kit, don’t worry, they will grow with your child, heck even Daddy tried to get in on the fun!

There are multiple shapes and sizes to the blocks, and the colors were “ocean” colors per the name! We also had the chance to check out the Tegu Wheels and see what kinds of cars we could make. There was a lot of trial and error on this part, and most of it involved mom helping and forgetting to take pictures!

We have loved building with these blocks. There is an e-book with ideas, but we didn’t use it. The kids loved finding their own way to play with them. I loved this! This allowed the kids to use their own minds, figure out the best way to use the magnets and have fun!

With the amount of play these blocks got in our house, they held up to it very well! We were very impressed with the quality, as well as the safety of them. We loved the imagination that came from the kids and the lessons of magnetism that they learned the hands-on way! These blocks were a hit the first day we opened them, and continue to be the favorite go to toy in the house!

Have you gotten your hands on these fabulous blocks? What is your favorite thing about them?

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Apples to Zebras: An ABC Program for Preschool to Kindergarten – A Review

Baby Girl loves to learn, and she loves to do school with her older siblings. While it is fun to give her copies of what they are learning about, sometimes she needs her own lessons and her own “school”. We have had so much fun with From Apples to Zebras: An ABC Workbook for Preschool to Kindergarten from Annette Breedlove at In All You Do Breed-Love.

While Baby Girl is younger than preschool, I found that From Apples to Zebras is a great way to build her learning of the alphabet and introduce her to the letters and sounds they make. This was a great introduction for her, and I plan to re-use this again with her in the next few years!
In All You Do

What do I mean by this? Well, right now, Baby Girl is not ready to learn everything that is included in From Apples to Zebras, but she is ready to learn. We are able to use some of the items, and we use them multiple times during the week. But if she was just a little older, we would be able to use so much more.

Preschool Alphabet Curriculum

So, how do I make this work? Well, I think about what Baby Girl can do right now, and I think about what she can do in the future. I know that I will be using this program with her for two, maybe three years. And this is great for me! Um hello, one price, use it multiple times to have your child master what they are learning? Yes! Especially when it is a younger sibling to a homeschool child!

While Baby Girl may be a little too young for this curriculum in its fullest, I found that this was a great introduction for her that I could use over again for a few years and make sure that she had mastered what we were learning before moving on to the next adventure. By using bits and pieces of this curriculum at this age, we have built a foundation that I am happy to keep building on!

Preschool ABC curriculum

Apples to Zebras is broken down into units. Each unit focuses on 3 letters and is followed up by a review of those letters. Each letter takes one week to focus on. Each day, for three days during the week, you get to work with your child on the letter. We decided to try Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which worked for us.

While we have been using this program with Baby Girl, we have been working on the letter name and the sound. We will repeat this program again after we have fully completed it and add in another aspect that I feel will work for her. That is the benefit to this program, we can use it for multiple years adding in new things each time we do it.

Preschool ABC curriculum

Baby Girl loves having her own school. I love having an option to re-use the same program more than once to help cement the topic into my child’s memory. I love knowing that I can have a program that we can build on. The options available with this range from easy, coloring sheets to difficult, writing the letters. This means that we can have short and sweet lessons this year, make them a tad longer next year and use the program to its fullest during our third year…um three years of school for one price?!?!? Yes, I will take this!

If you have a toddler wanting to do school with the big kids, or if you have a Kindergartener who is ready to learn, Apples to Zebras is a great curriculum for you to own. And if you have the toddler ready to learn, know that you have enough with this one curriculum to guide them through up to Kindergarten for one simple price!

What is your favorite program to use for the toddler/pre-school age?

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(A Review) My First Scissors

When it comes to scissors in this house, we allow everyone to use them, but the little ones need extra help. Finding just the right pair of scissors to teach with is hard to find. However, we found just what we needed with the My First Scissors. These are included in Timberdoodle's Preschool Curriculum Kit as well as the PreK Curriculum Kit.

My First Scissors Review

The My First Scissors are unlike any you have seen before. These scissors are spring loaded, and can be used with right or left handed children. They have rounded blades to make them just a little bit safer. As always, they are scissors and need to be used with supervision or else you end up with a child who has decided their hair needed to be cut.

Little Miss has tried several "safety scissors" all of which have led to frustration. When she seen the package of these scissors, she was ready to jump right in. They are "her" scissors and no one is allowed to touch them.

My First Scissors

When it comes to teaching how to use the scissors, it is nice to have a book that is made for cutting. Kumon has some great books, and we loved the More Let's Cut Paper! This book allowed us to put our new scissors to use. Little Miss would have used this whole book up in one day if I had allowed it.

My First Scissors

The My First Scissors were easy for Little Miss to hold. They fit perfect in her hands and allowed her to enjoy learning how to cut. Because they were easy to use, she actually enjoyed using them. There was no fight on how to hold them correctly, they just fit. Her hands did not get tired from holding them and she truly loved using scissors with the My First Scissors!

Have you checked out beginner scissors for your little hands? One hold of these and you will be hooked!


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Talking Shapes ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

What do you do with a 5-year-old who loves to play games, and learn at the same time? You have to find a program that will give them the fun and learning that they need. What program could that be? Little Miss had the chance to check out Talking Shapes: A Supplemental Curriculum for Early Literacy from Talking Fingers Inc.

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What Is It

Talking Shapes is a fun way to learn that letters are actually just talking shapes. This is a great program for ages 4-5, or even more advanced 3 year olds, or struggling 6 year olds. Talking Shapes is an interactive computer learning game that can be played on any internet device. It is a series of 7 books about two sisters who invented the alphabet. Each book will introduce your child to new letters and the sounds they make. They will build new words with those sounds.

Ideally you would be able to use this on a touch screen computer, and your child would be able to draw each letter as they learned them. You are able to use a "regular" computer and your child can use the mouse, but they won't get the feel of writing the letter this way.

Within the 7 books in this series, you will find a full phonics curriculum for your preschool child.

Talking Shapes

How We Used It

Little Miss has been using this program as a summer phonics program, preparing her for her kindergarten year. We did not have a touch screen computer, so Little Miss used a mouse to write her letters. This was a little tough at first, but as she practiced, she got better at it and was happy to show me when she could trace the letters correctly. Little Miss spent some time each day working on this and I noticed her looking at letters in a while new way. I have even started seeing letters in a whole new way thanks to this program.

After we logged in Little Miss would be able to click on the book we were working on. This helped us see how much we had done and how much was left to do. Once in the book, we would work through the different chapters. Little Miss loved the games that were played as she learned about the different letters. It is not every day that you look at a butterfly and think of the letter B, but now we do!

Each lesson, we worked on earning 4 gold eggs. If you had an issue with one of the words, you would have to redo it to get that golden egg. After you completed your four words, you would move on to reading the words in sentences. This was also made into a game of clicking on the missing words.

At the end of each book, your child will go through an assessment to see what they can remember from all they have learned. No, this is not like a test and they won't even know that they are taking a test! It is just like the rest of their games and just as much fun!

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What We Thought Of It

While we loved using this program, the loading time was a little slow on our computer. I would get it set up, let it load and then call Little Miss over to do her work. This did get a little frustrating, but we used this time to talk about patience and what a great virtue that is. We live in a "right now" era, and when something takes a minute, it bugs us. After learning about patience, we had no issues. This wasn't any crazy long wait, and never took more than 1 minute.

Little Miss was able to play on the computer and do her school. She loved the games and they kept her interested. There was no boring game, and none that were too hard for her. They were just the right amount of challenge with a great reward for completing each one. This was the perfect summer program for her, and I could see this being a great supplement for the preschool age to use for a whole year.

We were not the only family to spend time playing this program over the last six weeks, check out these other reviews and see what other families had to say while using this with their kids.


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