Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Make and Take Boats

We've been working on boats for our next creeking adventure...

We've made a stick raft...

We'll be adding more sticks to this one soon.

a Cardboard boat...

I'm thinking we'll need to seal it with duck tape.

a walnut boat...
A toothpick and sail and we'll be set.

and still to come popsicle stick rafts.

Stay tuned for the launch. :)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UberSmart Software: UberSmart Math Facts {A Review}

UberSmart Software sent us a download to UberSmart Math Facts
($24.95 family license), a downloadable software program for mastering math facts, for grades K-6.

What is it?

UberSmart Math facts is a downloadable software program (for Windows 7, 8, XP and Vista only) that helps children learn, practice, and assess for mastery of math facts (Addition and subtraction goes up through the 9s and multiplication and division has the option to work on the 9's - 20's). It can be used with your full screen or a smaller screen. Children can practice with Dot Cards (like dominoes) and Flash Cards and even practice their Keyboard Entry speed for the number pad. You can use it with up to 8 children.

Problems are presented one group at a time in manageable chunks. Each set shows each fact only one time during a session in order or shuffled (your choice). When facts are mastered, students received a printable certificate. There are three modes: learning, practice, and testing.

By clicking on the Learn button, you will find options for dot cards for beginners and flashcards for teaching facts.

The Practice button has dot cards, keyboard entry for speed, and flash cards.

The Test button has assessments for beginners to determine where to start and mastery tests for those ready to test out of the facts. The facts are set up so you can see the one you just finished and the one that will come next while you are working on your current problem. This helps the brain prepare to answer that questions while you are actively working on the current fact. 

If the child takes a mastery test and doesn't master it, the program shows them to review the missed facts and then tells them to go back to the practice section. By clicking on the Focused box, the child can concentrate just on the ones missed. When they have been practiced and the child seems fluent, the program recommends practicing all of the facts before returning to the Mastery test. 

The Compete button lets your child compete with users across the globe (an internet connection is needed for this section).

The Report button has various reports for determining how your child is progressing. The program tracts correct and incorrect facts and ones your child struggled to answer through dot progress, mastery progress, chart, and date, grade book, assessment reports from the last Assessment test, and competition with the child's highest score and how it compares. 

The Maintain button allows parents to add students, remove students, change settings, set the admin password, and check for updates (automatically or manually). The About link contains the section for you to enter your license information after purchasing.

How did we use it?
I started by reading through the guide provided by clicking the ? button on the main tool bar. There are adjustable time limits, so I set those based on the recommendation in the maintenance section. 

Then I had both Ceesa and Jo-Jo take the Assessment Test which is a placement test. The Assessment Test generates a report that is stored under the Report Tab in Assessment. It allows the parent to see what the strengths and needs of the child are and recommends how to proceed.

Before we could start with the math fact area, both girls needed to work on the speed with which they typed in the numbers on the keyboard. Once their speed was at an acceptable rate, we went on to the facts suggested to work on by the report. I knew exactly which problems Ceesa and Jo-Jo needed to learn, practice, or assess for mastery. 

For problems that they needed to learn, we started with the Learn tab. When they felt they knew them, they moved on to the Practice section. Since it is recommended to work through the practice section several times, we did so. What I really like is that it provides feedback after each set and it tells the child what to do next, practice more, move on to assessment mastery, etc.

Then the kids would go on to the Mastery assessment portion.

What do we recommend?
Before you jump in, read the information provided by clicking on the ? box. It saved us time and made the whole program work well for us. We'd recommend trying the 30 day trial to see if you'd like the program in your own home or try out the...

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Enter “v4 Early Bird” in the discount code on the purchase page for a 30% discount.  Please note that the discount code is only valid until September 30th.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

What Will I be When I Grow Up with Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott & a Giveaway

August's book share with Poppins Book Nook is What Will I be When I Grow Up? We choose Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott because the children in the story learn a lot about WHO they will be when they grow up. Our children are still learning about who and what they will be when they grow up, so this is the perfect book for them.

Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott is about two friends that tumble off of their sled and are injured one winter. They spend the time bedriddern, recovering and learning a lot of lessons about growing up through their injuries. 

Inspired, we are adding quotes about character and moral lessons into our Commonplace notebooks.

We've created directions for creating your own Commonplace notebook.

Here are a few quotes to get you started:

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." ~Winston Churchill

"With self-discipline most anything is possible." -~Theodore Roosevelt

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

~Albert Einstein

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." ~Mark Twain

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

When I Grow Up Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. ...

This month one lucky entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of When I Grow Up.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook When I Grow Up by Mercer Mayer, one copy of Community Helpers Puzzles by Trend, and one copy of Community Helpers & Careers Pocket Flash Cards by Trend.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Don't miss a thing. Check out the 2014-2015 Monthly Virtual Book Club dates and themes. Find out more about Poppins Book Nook, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Bucket List 2014: Week 12

This week from
there has been...

Collecting Rocks

Land Art

Rock Climbing

Sidewalk Paint

Pooh Sticks

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rock Climbing Adventures

We had some rock climbing adventures this week...Okay well first we watched a floating leaf...

Then we had some adventures climbing rocks...

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