Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Supercharged Science e-Science Curriculum

 If you are looking for a complete, hands-on Science curriculum that has been thoroughly tested and proven to be effective and fun, then I would suggest Supercharged Science e-Science Curriculum!
It is put together by Aurora Lipper who has spent many years teaching it in public school, college and home settings.  She is committed to quality education, thus the projects aren't watered down but are clearly presented in a way that will have you and your child feeling, thinking and acting like a real scientist!

"With over 900 science activities, experiments and projects spanning pre-kindergarten to high school, thousands of pages of lesson plans, data lab sheets, quizzes, exercises, and reading material, and an unlimited number of questions kids can ask, your children always have something new and exciting to learn from on the e-Science program! You’ll find real videos of real scientists in action, taking you step-by-step through the entire learning process. You won’t believe how much kids can have while learning science."

The curriculum consists of over 900 hands-on Science lessons and activities with instructional step-by-step videos that any K-12th grade student can follow.  There are lists of supplies needed and written instructions for most experiments as well.

Enrollment in the full online e-Science program is just $1 for the first month. After the first month, you will automatically be charged just $37(K-8) or $57 (K-12) per month as long as you are enrolled. You also get a DVD with 10 science lessons mailed to you when you try e-Science.
Enrollment is month-by-month so you can customize it for when you need it.
For more info, read the FAQ.
To get an idea of what the program is like you can Enter Your E-Mail to receive a 
Science Experiment Guide
Over 30 easy-but cool science activities

Materials Needed
Most supplies are easily found in your own home, Grocery store or at a Hardware store.

How We Use It
I was given a membership to Supercharged Science e-Science Curriculum for this review and in order to use it in our local homeschool co-op.  I am planning to use it to teach a group of 3rd-5th graders.  One of the great things about using this curriculum is that it is possible to use it with multiple ages at once!  We are going to learn about keeping a Scientific Journal, how to use the Scientific Method and spend 10 weeks completing experiments that will facilitate learning more about the systems of the atmosphere and weather. 
-Scientific  Journals:  I am excited to introduce the Scientific Journals.  I think that, besides being fun, they will be a great learning tool and a great way to record the work the children have done and what they have learned.  All you need is a simple notebook and Aurora explains how to use it.
-Learning Scientific Method: I also love that Aurora lays out how to go about conducting the experiments using the Scientific Method.  And not just by telling you, but by having you conduct an experiment and walking you through the Scientific Method as you work.

What We Think
I really can't say for sure what I think of this curriculum as I haven't had a chance to put it into action.  But in my planning I have watched the videos and gathered supplies and I have only been impressed with the quality and clarity thus far.  Because of this, I am super excited to share this program with the kids at co-op and I will be sharing updates as we go along.  So if you want to wait and see how it goes, then check back in September!

"They will not only excel in science education, but have an extraordinary foundation to stand on when they hit college. Start your children on the road to success and help them become more confident students. You’ll appreciate that Supercharged Science helps you track your children’s progress through their science journals so you can keep up with them every step of the way. Watch and be amazed as they master new science topics and become proficient in essential skills."

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Year of American Girl Giveaway!

Super excited to be participating in this giveaway!  You can win clothing and accessories to outfit your 18" doll not matter the season or holiday!  Good Luck!

A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway
We have something special for you! 27 wonderful ladies have teamed up to bring you the "Year of American Girl Doll" Wardrobe Giveaway. This collection includes clothing and accessories for all holidays and occasions in a year. Your 18" doll will be ready for any occasion! This outstanding giveaway is brought to you by the following co-hosts, sponsors, and contributors~

1. Diana of Diana Rambles - Diana, aka FreeStyleMama, the coordinator of this giveaway, is a self-described creative crafty mama of three who blogs about food, crafts, family and fun. She also is a blog designer and seamstress.

2. Laura of Laura Kelly's INKlings
- Laura Kelly is a licensed artist and creative project designer for ilovetocreate.com. She blogs her journey with hopes of inspiring and stimulating creativity in others.

3. Katrina Thennis of The Chicken Wire - A wife and a mother of three, blogging about homeschooling with a fun mix of faith, family and farmstead added in.

4. Char of Doll Diaries
- Char is the founder and blogger at Doll Diaries where girls of all
ages are inspired to create, play and share doll related activities. There is a weekly feature of wonderful ideas of doll lovers around the web.

5. Amy of SewsNBows - Amy is a fabric hoarder and sewing pattern collector who enjoys sewing children's clothing and accessories. Her beautiful creations are showcased on her blog.

6. Gina of Gina's Craft Corner - Gina is a wife, homeschooling mother of two young girls and a bagaholic. Visit her blog to see her latest handbag creations, sewing tips and tutorials, along with other easy DIY crafts.

7. Jenny of Learning and Growing the Piwi Way
- Jenny is a proud wife and mama who enjoys blogging about teaching her
kids, the books she reads and food. With another job relocation always
just over the horizon, most of the projects she writes about are an
attempt to distract her from packing.

8. Debbie of Heartbeats~ Soul Stains
- Debbie is a wife, mother of seven, and nurse living in Hawaii where she shares what life is like in a large household; recipes, giveaways and just about anything that gets thrown her way. She and her children have survived many obstacles and tragedies, but have persevered through it all, with faith and love.

9. Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy - Stephanie is a 30-something stay-at-home mom of three, ages 4 to 14, who blogs at The TipToe Fairy about sewing and crafty tutorials, delicious recipes, book reviews, and more. She is an avid sewist, crafter, book lover, and cupcake baker.

10. Dee of Meatloaf and Melodrama - Dee is a blogger, freelance writer and mom to five active kiddos. She writes about easy crafts, DIY projects and simple family meals.

11. Jessica of Jessie's Girl Clothing - Jessica started sewing for her daughters and loved it so much that she didn't stop; and kept finding more things to sew. She loves a challenge so making custom (whatever she makes) really excites her.

12. Anna of Doll It Up - Anna shares projects and inspiration to sew, craft and create for dolls. From easy to advanced projects -- come and create, repurpose and PLAY!

Winter Outfit - Starabella Doll Design

Coat & Boots Set - Tickie's Treasures

Valentine's Dress - Aunt Sissy Originals

St. Patrick's Day Outfit - Laura Kelly's INKlings

Easter Dress - Kimmie Sew Crazy

Spring Outfit - Jazzy Doll Duds

Fancy Dress - Doll Fashions by Luanne

Summer Outfit - Mini Me Doll Divas

Bathing Suit Set - Jessie's Girl Clothing

4th of July Dress - Doll It Up

Mermaid Outfit - The Tip Toe Fairy

School Uniform Collection - SewsNBows

Fall Outfit - Camelot's Treasures

Halloween Elsa Costume - Cat's Meow

Christmas Formal Outfit - Darlin Girl Creations

5 pair of Shoes - Confetti Doll Designs

Two Bags - Gina's Craft Corner

Months of the Year Headbands - Punch Place Plus

Wooden Bed - Meatloaf and Melodrama

Bedding Set & Nightgown - FreeStyleMama

Girl & Doll Scrapbook Set - Learning and Growing the Piwi Way

A Year of American Girl Doll Wardrobe Giveaway
Enter the giveaway using the PromoSimple entry form below.

18+ yrs, US & Canada Only. Official Rules at bottom of the entry form.

Bonus entries unlocked after required entry.

The more entries, the better chance you have of winning.
This giveaway was coordinated by Diana Rambles!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Math Game: X Game

This game was shared with me by a friend of mine who teaches 2nd grade.  It can be used to introduce the concept of Multiplication and to practice Multiplication facts.

For 2-3 players, but you can have multiple games going. The idea of the game is to fill in the grid paper with different sized rectangles and the winner is the one who can fill in the last space with their rectangle.

Materials Needed
1 cm Grid Paper
2-3 dice per group
Colored Pencils

 How to Play
1.Each group of children gets one piece of grid paper and  2-3 dice.
2. The first child begins by rolling two dice.
3. The child chooses a number that was rolled and makes an x (I colored mine as it made it easier when I was explaining it) on that many squares on the grid going either up or across.  Then the second number determines the amount of squares filled in going the remaining direction (up or across).  As you can see in the picture, the first number is 1, so the squares are filled in for 1 row going up.  The second number is 5, so the squares are filled in 5 across.
4. Once the child is done filling in squares, they write the product in one of the squares.

5. It is now the next child's turn to roll. You can see we chose three as the first number so three up and then 4 across.  Thus 3x4=12.

6. The game continues and the squares are filled in until the last space is filled. If one player can't fill in a space, the next player rolls and tries to fill it in. With the person filling the last spot being the winner!  As it gets down to the last few tiny spots to fill in, we set one die to the side with the number one on it and just rolled one die.  You don't have to do this but it makes the ending a little less drawn out.

Revisions to Increase Difficulty Level
As the children progress in multiplication you can:
-Use a smaller grid.
-Roll two dice for the first factor and one for the second.
-Roll two dice and add twice for the factors to get big boxes.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the game!  I would love to hear if your kids like it or if you have any questions. 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Math Game: Silent Flash Ball

This game was shared by my Mother-in-Law who has taught 5th grade math for 20+ years.  It is a spin-off of a game that was originally found in a book titled Multiplications and Division Flashcard Games for Grade 3-4 by Susan Dillon.  My MIL says she is amazed at how well loved this game is because it's SO simple!  But it's a great way to learn Math Facts (not just Multiplication and Division) while having fun!

So here's her version: ( I have added a revision at the bottom for those playing with only 1-2 children or multiple ages)
Materials Needed:
-A small ball that you don't mind tossing inside.
-Flash cards appropriate for what Math facts you are learning.

How to Play:
1. The game begins with everyone standing.
2. The person directing the game shows the first flash card.
3. Toss the ball to a person of your choice.
4.  If they drop the ball, they sit down.
5.  If they catch it, they can answer the problem on the flash card.  If they get it wrong they sit down.  If they answer correctly, it is their turn to toss the ball.
6. Show the next flash card and the student gets to toss the ball to another student.
7.  The last person standing is the winner.

Revisions for different age groups together or fewer students.
Multiple Age Groups:
-Have multiple sets of Flash Cards.  For example Addition and Subtraction, Telling Time, Money, for 1st grade.  Colors and shapes for Preschool.  Multiplication and Division for 3rd+.  Don't show a card until the ball has been thrown and consider rolling the ball to younger children.

Fewer Students
-If you are working with only 1-2 students you could try keeping score (try to score 10 pts before the ball gets dropped) or working against a timer.  The ball could be tossed back and forth between you and the student.  

I hope you enjoy this game!  Let me know if you try it out!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Flash Giveaway on Easy Peasy Chores!

I have this one last post for the Build Your Bundle sale and it's a good one!

 I am giving away a copy of Easy Peasy Chores from Good Old Days Farm.  It's a part of the Mom Bundle or you can get it as part of a Build Your Own bundle.  It's valued at $18.99 but as a part of  the mom bundle it is only $10!!! So the Easy Peasy Chores book alone is worth MORE than the price of the entire Mom Bundle! What a great deal!

Save 92% on the Bundle Just for Moms Bundle at the Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale!
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I just got mine last week and I'm so excited to implement it.  I love the ideas behind it and have heard such great things about it!
There are upcoming posts at Good Old Days Farm on how to implement this system so make sure you sign up for their e-mail updates! 
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