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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Poppins Book Nook

Still no laptop...grr!!

BUT don't forget to check out this months Poppins Book Nook posts no giveaway from all my lovely co-hosts! I sure hope I get my laptop back soon. Going to call tomorrow and see what they outlook is.

 

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Still Waiting

Battery is still on back order. I'm hopeful for delivery this week. I could use the laptop with the plug in, but because the battery was dead, the computer suddenly turning off caused software damage. I also had a ton of malware on my laptop, the repair guy said I broke a record...scary! So, a warning, consider investing in malware protection, it's seperate from virus protection. Just in case you didn't know. I will be subscribing. On another note, we are settling into the house, our household goods took 6wks to arrive to MD from HI! I have to say living was simpler before our stuff got here, we have A LOT of stuff, and trying to find a spot for everything is stressful! Not having a laptop has been somewhat freeing, but also adds to the stress level. Blogging is my outlet, the thing I do that's MINE, and well. I've been at a stand still now for going on two weeks!! (Possibly more, I lost count). Stay tuned though, even though the blog has been at a halt, I have been working on reviews and some fun units to share with everyone! I now have wifi, and am using my iPad to post this, although it's easier to type on then my phone, it's still not ideal. I have a keyboard for it somewhere.....that's the story of everything I ''need" these days. Ugh!

I was diagnosis end with adjustment disorder when I was medically discharged for the military about 10yrs ago, I honestly forget about it, until if have some big adjustments to make and it rears it's ugly head! So moving is a rough transition, but this too shall past and soon we will be settled. I'm thankful to have family nearby who are lending helping hands. Moving with little ones was so much simpler. As soon as I organize an area they disorganized it. HA!

I'll be sure to post pictures of my great spaces, once they become great!

In the meantime this is my schoolroom...yikes!
We have been doing the bare minimum of school most days, and there was some huge mixup with the delivery of our math book and it has still not arrived. Hopefully things will be situated soon, I don't do well with chaos!!

 

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Still out of service

Looking like another week of no computer!  Boo!  good news is it is fixed, just waiting on new battery to come in!  I'll be back up and running as soon as I get it back.  Just hoping when they cleaned it up they didn't get rid of anything I need 😔

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Temporarily out of service

My laptop is on the Fritz.  I just dropped it off for service. My posts are on hold until I get it back (hopefully soon), with the move we are still without wifi.  I'm posting this from my phone.  Hope to be back up and running soon.   Stay tuned for days 4 and 5 in the series, plus more field trips, reviews and fun stuff.  The giveaway is still running, so be sure to enter!  I'll give you the daily comment for free until I'm back up!  Just right freebie in the information section!

Day 3 of 5 Days of our Favorite Educational Apps

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Favorite Apps for Math

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Madagascar Math Ops

Do you have an Angry Birds fan?  My 7yo is Angry Birds crazed, and could spend hours of mindless play of the game, which I refuse to allow.  Then I found this game!  Similar in concept to Angry Birds you have to launch penguins to free the animals, but FIRST you must solve some math problems!  They have problems geared towards 1st – 4th graders.  Parents can also go in and get report cards of their child’s progress in the math department.  Loads of fun!

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*lite version also available

 

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Math Slicer

Fruit Ninja fan?  Math slicer is a fun way to to practice those math facts!  It has addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Slice through the correct answer, slice any eggs that pop up, get points and ‘buy’ prizes. 

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Monkey Math School

A fun math game for the younger guys.  Great for PreK-K age group.  This app works on counting objects, patterns and other problems solving.  Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a favorite of ours for the little guys, and this app is just as great!

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Brittney @ Mom's Heart ~ Relaxed Homeschooling
Lisa @ A Rup Life ~ Our Favorite Books
Melissa @ Life Off the Paved Road ~ Fit From Home
Michelle @ Faith, Family, and Fridays ~ Clearing Out the Clutter
Jenni @ Conversaving ~ Homeschool Cooperatives
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos ~ Celebrating Lent
Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling ~ Spring Schooling
Crystal @ Crystal Starr Blog ~ Christ Centered Character Training

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Day 2 of 5 Days of our Favorite Educational Apps

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Favorite Apps for History and Geography

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President’s vs Aliens

This game asks multiple choice trivia questions about the President’s of the United States throughout history, you earn rewards and use them to defeat the aliens that are attacking Washington.  Okay, it’s silly…but they are learning!  I have to admit I have learned as well, my son asks me the questions he doesn’t know, and we learn together!  It’s amazing how many president’s I had never even heard of!!
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Stack the States

Another great quiz game!  Learn to identify shapes by states, location, what their capital is, etc.  Then try to stack the shapes on top of each other to reach past the indicated line!  My 7yo has a blast with this game! 
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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $15 Amazon GC!
Check out a few more 5 days of at these blogs
Brittney @ Mom's Heart ~ Relaxed Homeschooling
Lisa @ A Rup Life ~ Our Favorite Books
Melissa @ Life Off the Paved Road ~ Fit From Home
Michelle @ Faith, Family, and Fridays ~ Clearing Out the Clutter
Jenni @ Conversaving ~ Homeschool Cooperatives
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos ~ Celebrating Lent
Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling ~ Spring Schooling
Crystal @ Crystal Starr Blog ~ Christ Centered Character Training
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Day 1 of 5 Days of our Favorite Educational Apps with Amazon GC Giveaway!!

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Favorite apps for young animal lovers

My 3year old LOVES animals.  These are 3 of his most favorite animal related educational apps.

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Curious George Zoo

Help Curious George take care of the animals in the zoo.  Children learn about which animals live in which habitats and what they eat.  They can watch short video clips about each animal as well.  They can play games and collect stickers. They learn animal facts and how to follow directions.

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(each section of the Kindle app is purchased and separately, iOS app has in app purchases for further exploration, be sure to turn off in app purchases or passcode it!)

 

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ABC Zooborns

A is for aardvark.  C is for cheetah.  Look at pictures, solve simple puzzles, learn animal facts and watch videos of cute baby animals several for each letter of the alphabet. 

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Wifi connection is needed for this app

 

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Tizzy Zoo Veterinarian

Find the animals in the zoo that are in need of medical attention.  Help them by setting and casting broken bones, doctoring wounds, eliminating stomach viruses, etc.  It sounds complicated, but it’s not.  Perfect for ages 3-4 years old. 

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Lite version also available for FREE

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Check out a few more 5 days of at these blogs
Brittney @ Mom's Heart ~ Relaxed Homeschooling
Lisa @ A Rup Life ~ Our Favorite Books
Melissa @ Life Off the Paved Road ~ Fit From Home
Michelle @ Faith, Family, and Fridays ~ Clearing Out the Clutter
Jenni @ Conversaving ~ Homeschool Cooperatives
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos ~ Celebrating Lent
Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling ~ Spring Schooling
Crystal @ Crystal Starr Blog ~ Christ Centered Character Training

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Share it Saturday!

Chestnut Grove Academy Share It Saturday Blog Hop

 
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Please visit my co-hosts:

Karyn from Teach Beside Me
Colleen & Leann from Sugar Aunts
Mary Catherine from Fun-a-Day
Kate from Laughing Kids Learn
and Tiffany from Life & Lessons From a Country Road



 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Z is for Zippy and Jake–boy’s best friends

c is a total animal lover!  He took to my MILs dogs straight away and could often be found hanging with dogs!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Field Trip #121 Friday Blog Hop–Northern California Hwy 101

Field Trip Friday!
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Lisa @ Our 4 Kiddos
 
After San Francisco we headed north on the 101 down the Avenue of the Giants.  Unfortunately for us, it rained the entire way.  But, that didn’t stop us from getting out at one point, Q and the boys did a bit of exploring while K and I stayed dry in the rental van.  These trees are just HUMONGOUS!!
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The kids were excited to put on their ‘winter’ coats.  Everyday was like Christmas with a new outfit to wear, since we had lived in Hawaii for the last 3yrs we had ZERO for cold weather gear.  I hit up Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
 
That night we stayed in Fortuna, CA.  Our time clocks were still all screwed up, so we were all awake around 11pm when we got to experience our first EARTHQUAKE!  That was exciting! (and a tad unsettling)
 
The following morning we hit the Fortuna Cheese Factory, Loleta Cheese, first thing before our long journey to my MILs house.
They got to see cheese being made, taste several varieties and then do a scavenger hunt in the garden outside.  It was a good way to start the day and burn off that early morning energy before the long drive.
 
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We had a beautiful drive going further north (my MIL lives just south of the Oregon border), and the kids got to play in the snow for the first time. (well the older two have seen snow, but that was 3years ago…I think only C remembers it).
 
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The fun soon ended in tears from cold hands (something they have never experienced before), I should have videoed that part! It didn’t deter them though; they were hopeful to see snow again (though we didn’t until we got to VA), ironically.
 
They had a blast exploring the wide open spaces of ranching country while at Grandma’s house.  c, who loves animals, had a great time seeing the buffalo, cows, dogs, horses, chickens, etc…  We also found a beaver dam, though we did not see any beaver.
 
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After spending time at the in-law’s for a few days we headed to Nevada – that’s up next week!

 

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