Monday, July 30, 2012

Would You Like Some Cheese With That Whine?

I  had a friend ask me how to stop a bad case of whining.  First check to make sure your child isn't watching some show that has a lot of whining in it  (can someone say Cailou???)  Kids are amazing imitators so I would start there.  Next, when they whine I simply say...I'm sorry I couldn't understand you through all that whining, what did you say?  They almost always say whatever they need in a normal voice at that point.  I'm not big on ignoring whining because it's a habit and a bad one at that and habit training is the basis of parenting.  Sometimes I see people try to teach the lesson of not whining by whining themselves back to the kid but I don't think that actually addresses the problem and often times I see the kid getting mad ( or laughing if they're good natured).  The outcome of my advice...her kid doesn't whine now.  It did take 3 or 4 days of constantly saying "I'm sorry I couldn't..." but that's better than than MMMOOOOOMMMMEEEEE!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Moore Formula Manual!

So you've read the The Succesful Homeschool Family Handbook by Dr. Raymond Moore and you know it's the way you want to go but you don't know how to implement it??  You NEED the Moore Formula Manual.  As a matter of fact I would say anyone who is interested in Dr. Moore or Delight Directed Homeschooling (ie child led, unschooling but probably not radical unschooling) would find this a GEM.    It's quite pricy to the tune of $50.00 and there are no pictures on the website to tell you much about it....but I will!      So what's inside???   Just about everything you'd need for PK-12th with check off lists, suggestions on how to implement...just...well...everything!  Take a look.

Monday, July 23, 2012

First Grade Apps

I've had my fair share of education apps on my ipad, iphone and ipod to tell you that most of them do nothing other than entertain your kid with little learning involved.  I have one kid who just bangs the button and somehow manages to win?!?!?!  That in itself should let you know that an app isn't "educational"  it's "entertainment" and in my opinion a worthless waste of time.  So do I have app's I like?  yes...and here are today's edition:

Alphabet & Learning to Write:

iWriteWords (Handwriting Game) - gdiplus

Dolch Words:

Word BINGO -

Montessori Crosswords -  Spelling With Phonics-Enabled Alphabet - L'Escapadou


abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words - Apps in My Pocket Ltd

Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic HD - Learning Touch

Bob Books #2 - Reading Magic HD - Learning Touch

Phonics and Reading With McGuffey - Software For a Better World


Math Bingo -

Interactive Telling Time - Learning to tell time is fun - GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games Pty Ltd

A Montessori Approach to Math - Hundred Board! - Rantek Inc.

Memory Game: Addition - @Reks

Memory Game: Subtraction - @Reks

Fractions App By Tap To Learn - TapToLearn Software

General Grade:

TeachMe: Kindergarten - 24x7digital LLC

TeachMe: 1st Grade - 24x7digital LLC

TeachMe: 2nd Grade - 24x7digital LLC

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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