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There is so much that we can learn, so many ways that we can grow when we are learning music. Having spent many years of my life making music and performing, there was much that was gained from these experiences musically and otherwise. For that reason I am so glad that my two boys have wonderful teachers who inspire them in their learning of the guitar and the drums…Yet my two girls tend to be less interested in developing musical skills.

While I do not want to push this on them, I also am certain of the love they would have for making music if they would just give it a try. So along comes Practice Monkeys offering affordable, virtual training for our whole family with  3 months of classes to any (or all) of the programs that they offer.

This is an amazing and very full program that provides online live and previously recorded, lessons based on the Suzuki Method for violin, piano, cello, and guitar. They also offer a self-defense program which is based on Brazilian Jui-Jitsu wrestling (Gracie University).

Monday through Thursday there are fifteen-minute group lessons for each level of instrument. The students attend the lesson and are expected to also practice independently throughout the week (at least 2x for 15 minutes). Should your students be unable to attend the live classes there are recorded lessons for them to view. They can also access all sorts of helpful resources in their “treehouse.” Since my older girl has days, now and then, where she just doesn’t want to quit practicing and playing, I love that she can head to the “treehouse” and just fill up on all sorts of good things!

For every level there is a checklist of skills and songs that the students should be learning and developing. Students are moved into the next level when they successfully pass an assessment (private, paid for separate from monthly fee) done privately. Of course the instructors are glad to help students to prepare and help determine if it is time for an assessment to be done. This way you can be sure of how your child is progressing and know for sure when it is time to have them move up. I know just saying assessment causes my girl to be a bit anxious so there is always a comfort to knowing that “you’re ready.”

The instructor is Mrs. Van Kleeck: experienced and enthusiastic; bringing over 26 years of experience in teaching via the Suzuki Method, she is so energetic and fun and engaging as she interacts and inspires her students. Miss Sarah believes (as do I) that one must seek virtue in every area of life, and strives to teach in a way that does just that. With a background in Classical and Charlotte Mason Education, 13 years of mothering, and 9 years of homeschooling.

The following classes are currently available:

  • Violin Classes through Book 7 Suzuki
  • Piano Classes through Book 3 Suzuki (Books 4–7 are in development)
  • Guitar through Suzuki Book 2 (Books 3–7 are in development)
  • Cello through Suzuki Book 3 (Books 4–7 are in development)

Practice Monkeys’ program contains everything our kids need to develop musically. This includes: Technique, Poetic Knowledge, Habit Training, Ear Training, Theory and Reading Development, Sight-Singing, and tons and tons of fun! Learning simply MUST be fun!

This program is super simple to get started with – no musical instruction required on your part – Each instrument has a page that tells you exactly what you need so your children can get started making melodies in their hearts. 🙂

My son, using this with his guitar mostly engaged in the “treehouse” videos. He is just not much for musical instruction online – it doesn’t help that he has a teacher he sees on a weekly basis so if he doesn’t feel a need for something he is not very likely to apply himself to it. But he certainly did enjoy exploring the videos and firming up some of his technique. I think his teacher appreciated seeing some extra development as well in his abilities.

My youngest daughter (6) was initially going to explore violin a bit as a friend had offered us one that their son grew out of but unfortunately that was just not to be. Suffice to say she decided to explore the piano a bit along with her older sister. This is a super affordable and flexible way to encourage a love of musical learning in my more hesitant children. Without a doubt, if you are looking for a program that will not only teach musical ability but also engage your children in technique this is definitely what you need.

We will certainly be continuing to use this with our children and perhaps as time allows we will be able to delve in more deeply because there really is so much this program offers. If you just aren’t sure do consider registering for one of their free classes. If that doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will. 🙂

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Online Lessons for Children: Violin, Piano, Cello, Guitar, and Self Defense

Practice Monkeys {Review}

Words have the power to create and the power to

destroy, and God in His wisdom determined that His gospel was going to be communicated through words. Through words. Do you ever think about how odd that is?

It’s always kind of interesting to me how the Christian community eagerly awaits the release of every new Christian film that comes out. I think in particular of movies like The Passion of the Christ, where when that movie was coming out (and I’m not making a judgment call either way on the movie—I’m just looking at the reaction that people had as it was coming out), people were like, “Finally! Finally, people are going to go to this movie, and they’re going to see what happened, and they’re finally going to understand.” Right?

Except that when you say that, what you’re indicating is that for millennia—for a long, long time—God was sitting on His hands, eagerly awaiting for the video camera to be invented, so that finally His words would be in a comprehensible form and people would understand it.

Have you ever heard that expression, “The book is always better than the movie”? It’s never been more true. So I think some of us have a little bit of a self-confidence issue around believing that these words will do what God has said that they will do.

My words have power, yes….His Word . . . oh! It has a power that is undeniable and unfathomable, and we have only to be responsible enough to show up and open it in a sober-minded way.

There’s a quote by St. Augustine that I absolutely love, that I think captures the tension that the teacher lives in. He says this:

You are my God, my Life, my holy Delight, but is this enough to say of You? Can any man say enough when he speaks of You? Yet woe betide those who are silent about You. For even those who are most gifted with speech cannot find words to describe You.”

Words, Words, Words

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Tis the season to be thankful…falalalala As the holidays draw near, I feel like it is so important for us to take a step back from all of the commercialism, all of the worldly stuff that it is so easy to get caught up in and to bless the Lord. The Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights – We are also told that God loves a cheerful giver. Perhaps now is a good time to revisit what it means and how we can be that cheerful giver. WorthyKids has developed a wonderful way to do just that with The Giving Manger.

So what exactly is The Giving Manger and how does it work? This is a super sweet set that comes with a hardcover book, a manger, straw and a Baby Jesus. We can help our families to shift the focus from getting to giving as we seek out those opportunities to be a blessing to others. For every kind deed that is done, we place a piece of straw into the manger. What a beautiful tradition to begin with your whole family. Maybe even some close friends!

The storybook, written by Allison Hottinger, shares with our children how much joy can be had from giving. Follow Anne and Ben whose family doesn’t have much financially but always enjoyed a special gift each year made by their father. One morning their father announced their new tradition – the gift of giving – developing the heart of a servant. Just like that of Jesus.

While in the beginning this giving manger didn’t seem like such a wonderful thing to Ben and Anne – as we walk with them we see how both begin to learn and grow. As straw filled the manger, eyes were opened to how simple it is to give – folded laundry, a hot meal to eat, a kind note to a sibling. As they begin to give, they experience a joy within that grows them all the more into the image of our loving God.

Every day beginning on the first of December, look of opportunities to do a kind deed or look more closely for your children’s kind deeds being done to others. Keep the manager in an open space, a reminder of the heart off the Lord, finding ways to bless others wherever you may be. Not sure how to give? In the back of the book explore Manger Moments. This is an amazing list full of ideas that can really help our kids (adults too) to get those giving juices flowing. 🙂

Matthew 25:40 says, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Having grown up in a home which service work was simply a part of what we did, I know how powerful those experiences can be. To take time, to go out of our way some days, to be a help to someone in need. Certainly this has become much more challenging in our current political climate however, this is the time that it means so much more to offer someone your time and your service. Thinking outside of the box, we can be sure to find many ways to reach out to others, showing the love of Jesus.

We have read and continue to read this book together! I love how much my youngest daughter especially enjoys this story and the lovely, simple illustrations in the book. One example is a recent connection with made with the director of From Home To Heroes, a small but love filled project to give to our service men and women. We are working with our little hygge group to become involved in this one!

But it doesn’t always have to be about the “stuff”. With so many distractions, we must be intentional about how we spend our time and our money. For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness and joy and peace. There are simple, powerful ways that we can share that every day. Without a doubt materials like this can be enjoyed all year round. We may even keep this out as a vivid reminder, all year long, that to give is better than to receive. ❤

Colossians 3:17 Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

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The Giving Manger {Review}

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There is nothing that I enjoy more than a good book! When it comes to my children, I love books that help them to see faith in action. Life can be challenging at times, especially for those who are still developing their identity in Christ. For that reason I was so very excited to receive a copy of Roar Like a Lion: 90 Devotions to a Courageous Faith from Tommy Nelson Books. Written by Pastor Levi Lusko this book is recommended for children ages 6 to 10, helping our children to navigate some of those difficult topics our kids face. We received a physical copy of the book – 90 days of devotions to help grow a courageous faith!

As we try to develop in our kids, the habit of Bible study, Roar Like a Lion: 90 Devotions to a Courageous Faith is a fun way to help them engage with the Word of God simply and honestly. Each devotion is two pages long that includes a little teaching as well as a simple prayer.

Our favorite thing of all is the sidebar: Did You Know? There are so many really cool details in this! Whether sharing information about shields or the heaviest fish ever caught (2,664 lbs off the Australian coast) there are lots of great opportunities for our kids to follow some rabbit trails. One even encourages our children to get in the kitchen and bake up a tasty treat.

Can I add that it was super fun learning about the history of hide-and-seek? We got curious after reading a bit about the topic of hiding and seeking. After searching things out a bit, we found that this game originated from a Greek game called “apodidraskinda.” Kind of cool to know.

Within these pages there is inspiration, encouragement – an invitation to live that bold life that we are called and set apart for. Between the colorful and fun illustrations and the down to earth easy to relate to stories these are not only blessing our children with direction but also provide a great opportunity for discussion.

Our children can explore who they really are; each page shares real life examples of what it means to be courageous, to be compassionate, to be faithful. They see and read scriptures that are related to the topic, there for them to see. Because our kids need to know and see how the answers for all things are within this one book. Especially when it comes to identity, our kids need to know who they are in Christ Jesus and the authority they are to walk in when they are covered in His blood and filled with His Spirit. There is a way that is right and our kids were born for such a time of this – Let’s be sure to equip them well!

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Roar Like a Lion {Review}

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Anyone else have a deep passion for reading? I know I do. Yet my four kids seem to struggle with really loving reading. My oldest is 16; my youngest is 6. They are all in different places and spaces – this can make it really hard to know what they need – unless you have a really cool program! I really do consider LightSail for Homeschoolers to be exactly that! For this review we received one year of access for all four of our children. While there are a few different options to choose from, we focused on the premium subscription for our family. From reading and writing to vocabulary and fluency this is one of those programs that can make a huge difference in not just what we learn but how we learn it!

Where shall I begin? This is one of those resources that is full of all kinds of amazing things. That said, it is definitely not something my younger kids are able to navigate on their own but my older kids definitely figured it out quickly. This program is This program is an adaptive language arts platform for students from K-12th grades. LightSail for Homeschoolers seeks to build and grow language arts skills in every age and stage our kids are in, using the four pillars of LightSail: reading, writing, fluency, and vocabulary

As our kids work through the content, there are dozens of modules, hundreds of features, all of this content helps to develop the four pillars in them. After all, every one of those is a vital, necessary skill for lifelong learning.

Once we received access to this program we were required to complete an assessment to determine their Lexile level. This is a pretty long assessment so my kids broke it up into a couple days. Once it is completed they are assigned a score and you are then able to assign books to them. As I explored books for each of my kids I appreciated seeing that in some cases I had to approve a book for them to be able to access it. And do they ever have books to choose from!

Lerner Sports! This is recommended for grades 2–5 who are looking to learn and grow their knowledge of various sports. I have a couple boys who love sports. From hockey to martial arts to football – even my daughter enjoyed exploring materials about gymnastics, the olympics and equestrian events!

Love those unit studies? I think these are a fabulous way to encourage some child led learning. They have so many to choose from. Eco-Gardening was just one of the many that made my kids curious! There were curated books and videos for them to explore as they learned about all sorts of things related to gardening – composting to insect control to container gardening and lots more!

Of course you can also do a general search of all their content to see what comes up. My older daughter did that for ballet and for veterinarians – I was quite impressed with the amount of material that came up. There were Ted Talks, audiobooks, regular books as well as interactive books – with parental control I was able to see and approve whatever materials they wanted to explore. They even have Augmented Reality and 360 Images kids can explore (finally a hot air balloon ride – virtually).

LightSail also partners with the World Book Encyclopedia so you have thousands upon thousands of up to date, tested articles you can enjoy. These include fill-in-the-blank assessments, a full dictionary, read-aloud ability, lots and lots of timelines and other related content. You can easily explore any and every area of interest.

There is also an area just for quotations. I especially like to use this for Biblical studies because it provides not only scripture references but also parent/child instructions to help us better guide along the way. As you choose a topic there are also additional, related materials in a sidebar so you can easily read even more should you want to explore all quotations related to “strong emotions” or the “armor of God” to read even more, As one who was diligent for many years in keeping a Commonplace Book, this is one of those areas that is near and dear to my heart.

Are you a fan of memory work? This site has plenty of those for you to choose from – or you can make your own! Premade lists range from Classical to Charlotte Mason style homeschool. As firm believers in the value of memorizing (especially scripture) this is one of those tools that we find invaluable for every one of our kids at every age.

With all of these phenomenal resources at your fingertips, you are bound to see your children not just growing but truly thriving as they learn. As a parent you have so much control over the content your children are able to see and over the assessments they take. There is such an abundance of content to grow curiosity in our kids as they find their passion and develop necessary skills.

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LightSail for Homeschoolers {Review}

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There is nothing that I enjoy more than sharing some Bible Study time with my kids. When I think of the one thing that they need most of all, it is for the Word of God to be firmly in their hearts and minds. Of course reading can be challenging, some say overwhelming. How can we possibly make it all make sense? Teach Sunday School offers hundreds of printable Bible lessons, games, crafts, & worksheets from the Old & New Testaments. For this review we received pdf downloads of both the OT and NT Bible Breakdowns.

This is a one page subject breakdown for every book of the Bible. As they say, Bible lessons should fun, interesting, & relevant. (never boring). Personally, God’s Word has always been so alive and exciting to me. I want my kids experience that same feeling when they read too!

Teach Sunday School

What exactly are Bible Breakdowns? They are one-page sheets for every single book of the Bible – both the Old and New Testament.

My younger son is very detail oriented, super methodical. So he was very curious to see how some of these chapters that are really long, could possibly fit on one page. He was surprised (a bit delighted too) to see how concisely things were put together. Each sheet includes:

  • the number of chapters
  • author
  • the time covered
  • date written
  • type of of book (prophecy, law, poetry, etc)

As you go read through the Breakdown you find the chapters, and verses listed in order along with a short summary regarding the topic of that chapter and verse(s). Classic Bible stories are highlighted in blue. Each page also includes a list of the most popular verses including their ranking.

My younger son has been working through a video study that goes along with the Book of Proverbs and he really appreciates being able to use this alongside for those time when he isn’t quite certain of exactly what is being taught. He will sometimes express frustration with “so many words” and so again this helps him appreciate the message within each chapter. I always remind him it is useless to read if there is no understanding – here is a wonderful way to help guide them in this area.

Studying the Bible Should be a JOY… Not a CHORE

These pages are so colorful and so very informative. Simplicity can be such a wonderful thing. At the same time these really help our kids (and us) to better see how from Genesis to Revelation it all is woven together. Jesus at the center of it all. Literally. That makes our time in the Word so much more powerful.

One thing we enjoy doing with these as well is using them to help guide our daily reading. For as long as I can remember I have read through my Bible, every year, front to back. I want my children to experience the joy that comes from that and this can be a super way to help our kids get in the habit by tracking their reading each day. Another form of a Bible reading plan!

Teach Sunday School has lots of other great resources (we have quite a few ourselves)to help encourage our children to taste and see how good our God is. I remember reading about the most powerful lessons being the ones that were learned through play – I really feel like these materials al help to bring joy and curiosity into our learning which of course, makes things so much fun!

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Bible Breakdowns {Review}

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My youngest is only six years old but she is quickly developing as a reader and I am excited to see her grow in her love of reading! Reading Kingdom has always been a program that has been dear to my heart; recently we were given one year’s access to their program Story Smarts.

Designed for ages 6-10 this is a great way to help them develop their reading and comprehension skills. It is recommended to complete 2-3 stories a week.

Reading Kingdom's Story Smarts

This program includes 30 picture stories within two levels. Together we read the stories (some days she reads them on her own). Each story is about 15 minutes in length.

Included are activities such as: putting images in order to retell the story, filling in missing words and arranging words to make a sentence. As our children progress through this program they develop greater skills of comprehension and also retelling. There is nothing better than when our kids can share a story they love with a friend!

As the stories become more complex our children begin to recognize the main idea and/or the plot of a story and often they can even predict what is to come. This can make discussions so much more fun as events and experiences in the stories you read and everyday life as well are shared more and more. There is nothing better than good storytelling!

There is also a parent dashboard so you can see how your child is progressing. When they need a little extra assistance, you will know. They can also replay any story if they need (or want) to do so. I know my daughter enjoyed a few of the stories so much she wanted to do them again and again. And once she saw that there were different “grades” she could earn for her work she was even more determined to get the best marks possible on each one.

Reading is such a vital skill; comprehension even more so. These are skills that our children will need in every age and stage of life. I admit to often feeling frustrated feeling like entertainment is stealing the love of learning from our children.

We must be so careful what they put before their eyes and in their ears. I sometimes see my daughter staring off on a screen and I am sure there are some benefits but screen time is just not where I want my children to be. So I love programs like this that give my children a deeper love for reading and comprehending the many stories that are out there.

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Reading Kingdom {Review}

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There is nothing better than materials that “empower the mind.” That is exactly what you get when you are using any one of the awesome, fun materials that The Critical Thinking Co.™ offers. For this review we were so thrilled to receive a physical copy of their workbook: Science Vocabulary Crossword Puzzles recommended for grades 4-6.

Whatever age and stage your children are in, this company has something that they will just love! From books to software there are materials to grow in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, critical thinking and even test prep. They have supplemental workbooks and full curriculum available as well for students from preschool through 12th grade. Every one of their materials is high quality, designed to engage our children in developing their skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

This little book contains 25 crossword puzzles that cover the following topics:

  • Living Things
  • Weather
  • Human Body
  • Inventions and Discoveries
  • Solar System
  • Earth’s Land, Water and Resources
  • Energy, Matter, Forces
  • Scientists and Science

Aren’t these some amazing topics to explore? I dare say, this is a fabulous way to encourage those journeys along the rabbit trail. One of the keys to the study of science is an understanding of the definitions of the vocabulary words that are in the lessons. As we work through these puzzles we not only have fun way but also reinforce and expand what we are learning in the different areas of science. This is also a wonderful way to encourage our children in their reference skills and even develop an interest in different areas of science.

The crossword puzzles are all organized by topic and in the back of the book you can find a list of vocabulary words and answers for each puzzle just in case you need a little help. Of course the clues provided (and the box of word options provided) definitely helped. I don’t think we looked for any answers in the back of the book – in most cases my kids had a ton of fun searching things up online to see what they could find.

This continues to be a great motivation for exploring science in our home!

I cannot say enough how amazing this company is. We have used so many of their materials with our kids (who range in age from 6-16) for math, writing, geography and more! You can even sign up for a free weekly puzzle from Pre-K to grade 8. These can be something extra fun to enjoy in your email.

“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.” – William Haley, British Editor

Go check out their website; it is full of free resources so that you are able to “try before you buy.” There is an Online Playroom allowing you to a variety of brain building games for all ages. There is also a critical thinking quiz you can take to see if your skills are better than a 6th grader? 🙂

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The Critical Thinking Co. {Review}

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What can I say? Some days it feels like we are in a constant battle with math. My skills have never been very good – I dread teaching it for that very reason – yet here we are enjoying our math and growing in our skills, all thanks to Math Essentials (again). This time around we were blessed to receive Basic Math Skills Rescue Parts 1 and 2. Truly, I think this is our favorite of all the math programs we have tried!

Book 1 includes:

  • Whole Numbers and Integers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals and Percents

Book 2 includes:

  • Geometry
  • Problem Solving
  • Pre-Algebra

The pages are full of helpful hints and plenty of step by step examples.

Author and instructor Rick Fisher is a winner of the prestigious “Intel Innovations in Teaching Award” as well as the Glenn W. Hoffmann Exemplary Awards Program for Silicon Valley in California. His program is functional, easy-to-use and understand; this program has shown to improve multiple grade levels with just one year’s use.

As my son (12) becomes more advanced we try to focus, not just on worksheets and formulas but also on those additional skills we sometimes forget about: critical thinking, conceptual understanding, problem solving skills, computational fluency – all of these are discussed as well within the pages of this book. How all of these things can apply to life. And each lesson is made up of three parts which can be completed in 15-20 minutes a day.

Online video tutorials are always appreciated – my son says he likes the no-nonsense approach to things – there is nothing silly, no bells and whistles just straight instruction on the math being done. My son likes to watch the videos before he begins working through any problems. Whether it is a refresher or something new, he appreciates being able to see exactly what he is supposed to do. The methods used in the videos and the workbook pages too really, are a great fit for his very meticulous nature. 🙂

We are slowly working through Book 1 – looking forward to eventually beginning Book 2 – the format is the same regardless of the material being taught. There is a glossary included in both books as well as an answer key – Of course there are also handy resources to use as you become more acquainted with symbols and equivalents and the like.

Without a doubt this book and the online videos included will be with us for some time to come. Without a doubt, this program is simple and the teaching is easy to follow as each lesson builds upon the one that came before. We have not made it to the final test but I am certain that by the time he gets there, it will be a piece of cake.

I often find it can be very helpful (in math especially) to go back to the basics now and then before attempting to master other things. This is helping immensely to strengthen my son’s skills in the basic things so that when he is ready we can move onto other things without fear.

It is about so much more than just “getting the right answers” and “passing the test”. There is great value to be had in any program that helps our children to learn and apply all they learn, to real life situations. As we learn we grow in ability and in confidence so that they know that they can succeed not just in math but in all things.

Basic Math Skills Rescue {Review}

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My kids will tell you, reading is the “one thing” this mom takes very seriously. Again and again, I tell my children, if you can develop strong reading and comprehension skills, there is nothing you cannot do. Reading is the foundation upon which we build everything else. For that reason, I am always thrilled to find programs like Reading Eggs and Mathseeds from Reading Eggs to help my younger ones have fun while they grow!

This is not the first experience we have had as a family with the Reading Eggs program. I think my oldest (now soon to be 16) started reading in part, thanks to this program. So this is one of those things that I really enjoy having as a part of our home learning. I mean, when learning can be this fun, why not?

My youngest daughter was so thrilled to find out that she would be using this one again! Our last experience with this she and her older sister were using Fast Phonics – Watching them compare progress and compete with each other was to get to the next level was entertaining to say the least. Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, right? They even provide progress reports so you can see exactly what they are doing and where, if at all, they need a little more help. Since my daughter will often sit down on her own and work on this program, it is certainly appreciated that I can still know where she is at.

Since it had been awhile since we used this, I was grateful for the placements tests for both Reading Eggs and Math Seeds so we could be sure to get her started in the right place. Once the test is completed, all she has to do is follow the path on her map as she works through all sorts of fun activities that help her grow her skills in reading and in math.

I know my little lady really loves easy this whole program is to use. She is quite independent! Being able to switch from math to reading to phonics all by herself really makes her feel so good. The fact the lessons are all super fun definitely encourages learning. Some days, truthfully, I have to tell her that it is time to be done. If that isn’t the sign of a fabulous program, I don’t know what is.

One of her absolute favorites right now are the Driving Tests. She can choose from sight words, Letters and Sounds or Content Words and race around the track. Wht a fun way to practice some basic skills!

There is also a section full of puzzles that can be fun to play. There is the Puzzle of the Day or you can choose from a bunch of options on the gallery. Practice color recognition, or have fun with What is It? Animal recognition is fun too. There is a timer at the bottom of the screen – see how many you can get right. 🙂

For your little ones (ages 2-4) they can enjoy Reading Eggs Junior and work their way up to Reading Eggs and Math Seeds (both are recommended for ages 3-9). Fast Phonics is recommended for ages 5-10 and the Reading Eggspress is an amazing treat for older kids (ages 7-13). There really is something here for ever age and stage or reading.

This is such an amazing program for learning and reinforcing the many skills our kids need to learn and grow. I cannot say enough how much fun my little lady is having in all the different areas that are a part of this program. Be sure to check it out – start your free 30 day trial and see for yourself how fun learning can be!

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