Friday, November 29, 2013

My Little Pony:  Party of One App Review

As you all know, I'm busy homeschooling "Batman".   Everything is normally all boy at our house complete with with dump trucks, archery, and cars.   We were going to have company over at our house with two little preschool aged girls so I jumped at the chance to review My Little Pony "Party of One" app for Mosaic Reviews.  We had a great time with this app so read on for some great information on making learning extra fun.

Pinkie Pie and her friends in My Little Pony: Party of One is an interactive tale about the magic of friendship.   Who throws better   parties then Pinkie Pie?  Having just finished one celebration, Pinkie Pie sets off to invite all of her favorite ponies to a new party.  Suddenly though it seems like all of the ponies are busy.  Join in the investigation as Pinkie Pie visits her My Little Pony friends looking 
for clues.

Well "My Little Friends" Maddie and Lucy" loved it!   These girls were not quite readers.  There were two options on how to hear the story. The story could be read out loud by the app or the child could do it themselves.   Also, words could be highlighted to help with comprehension or vocabulary.   The story was fun and I loved the  bright colors!!  As soon as we were done with it they wanted to read the story again!!

*Totally cute app!
*Children can easily tap to hear the story read to them or they can read it.
*Highlighted words help with comprehension and vocabulary.
*Parents can track their progress.

I thought the price was a bit steep for $2.99 when it was just a story.

Playdate Digital  is an emergent publisher of high-quality, interactive, mobile educational software for children. Headquartered in New York City, PlayDate Digital's products nurture children's emerging literacy and creativity skills by turning digital screens into engaging experiences. Designed in collaboration with leading preschool education experts from insights gleaned from years of extensive research, PlayDate Digital content is built in partnership with some of the world's most trusted global brands for kids and developed and published for iOS and Android devices. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


A Big Christmas Shopping Spree Giveaway
I hope you haven't done all of your shopping for Christmas already.  
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Friday, November 8, 2013

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


I teach Creative Writing II at my local homeschool co-op.    I wanted to incorporate book reports but in a fun way since many of the students in the class had never done one before.     I found the perfect introduction with cereal box commercials.

I asked each child to either reread or read a new book.   They had to then fill out their box the following way after covering it with construction paper:

1.  On the front side they listed the title of the book and drew a cover.
2.  On the back side they drew their favorite scene from the book.
3.  On the top part they listed the title, author, and rated the book.
4.  On the right side they listed the setting and characters.
5.  On the left hand side they listed the setting of the story.

All of the printables can be found free at Lakeshore Learning.

The students then got up in front of  class and told us all about their story like it was a commercial for their book.  It was great fun and the kids did fantastic!

My son read the book The Chocolate Touch.  This project allowed us to review again story elements such as setting, characters, problem/event, and conclusion.