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Butterfly Gardens and Glow on the Lakeshore Field Trip

Last week Friday we had an amazing day with my daughter. We took her to the Butterfly Gardens and to Glow on the Lakeshore. It was a day of absolute beauty and fun.

Butterfly Gardens

We started out at the Butterfly Gardens. From what the lady said the best time to come and see the butterflies is in mid to late July when you can see all different color butterflies. We saw mostly Monarchs and Painted Lady. There were a couple others but I don’t remember what they were. Every where you look there are butterflies. It was such an amazing experience. If you were lucky they would land on you.

(jollyliteracy.com) Can Do Cubes Review

Can Do Cubes

Do you have a child who is learning how to read? Are you currently working on phonics? Can Do Cubes from jollyliteracy.com (just2ducks LLC) is a fun resource to use for teaching phonics. My daughter has really been enjoying using the cubes to practice phonics and her spelling words.

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Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

Jolly Review

If your looking for a good reading program to teach your younger child how to read I highly suggest checking out Jolly Phonics as it teaches phonics in a systamatic way. Jolly Grammar comes after the first year of phonics. Both of these products are made by jollyliteracy.com (just2ducks LLC). I received both of these products for my review. This is for an elementary school level.

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Jolly Phonics uses a multi sensory approach in their teaching. There are actions for 42 letter sounds, which to me is a great way to remember their letters and sounds. It teaches children to learn their letters in sound order. It also teaches children 5 keys skills for reading and writing to be successful:

FlipStir Puzzles – Rainbow Pencils Review

FlipStir Review

Do your children love puzzles? Then I highly recommend trying the unique FlipStir Puzzles by Enlivenze LLC. For this review we received the Rainbow Pencils Level 1 Puzzle. It contains 10 3D puzzle pieces. These puzzles are great for ages 7 and up. Personally I think they are fun for the whole family.

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The FlipStir Puzzles come in their own contained canisters. This means that the puzzles pieces are all in this canister and they don’t come out like a regular puzzle. You use a wand to maneuver the pieces to solve the puzzle. It’s really simple, you just shake, stir and solve. I love this idea for puzzles because the pieces cannot get lost. It’s a little more challenging to solve the puzzle, but it can be done.

Foreign Languages For Kids By Kids Spanish Program Starter Set 1 Review

Foreign Languages For Kids By Kids Review

My daughter has been learning Spanish since last year. I was really excited when I saw the review for Foreign Languages for Kids By Kids. Since we started using the Spanish program Starter Set 1 she has been having a lot of fun learning and applying it to our normal every day life.

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The Starter Set 1 Includes:

  • DVD with videos for Levels 1 – 3
  • Three Parent-Teacher Guides – detailed lesson plans
  • Flash Card and Card Games for Levels 1 – 3
  • Workbooks for Levels 1 – 3
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