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May 27, 2011

Read For the Heart by Sarah Clarkson

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I have had the opportunity through the TOS Crew to receive and review "Read For the Heart" by Sarah Clarkson.

What is Read For the Heart?
Keeping this volume close at hand is like having a child's librarian for a best friend! A great book spurs the imagination in childhood, inspires our dreams in adulthood, and nourishes the soul with depictions of life fully and courageously lived. Among the greatest gifts you can bequeath to a child are a love for reading and a passion for books. But how do you sort through the many thousands of books available to your children to find those that are worthwhile?

Let Sarah Clarkson be your guide to the best in literature for your family. From timeless classics to modern favorites, from picture books to adventure novels to read-aloud favorites, more than 1,000 wonderful stories for young people are recommended within these pages. Now you can make great literature a lasting part of your child's life and education.

My Thoughts on this Book:I am absolutely in love with this book. It is hard to go through all the books that are out there to find appropriate ones for your children. Sarah has helped take the guesswork out of this difficult task. This is a great book to go to, to locate the perfect book to check out at the library or to purchase for your bookshelf. Includes brief descriptions that are right there with the listing. Includes many books not already in other booklist style books out there.

As a Christian parent of three growing children, I am concerned about the books my children are exposed to. It's difficult to really search out books that give good moral character lessons and are not full of worldly influence. This book is full of books that are worth reading and sharing. The book titles are listed by age groups and also includes a notice if there is upsetting content. A++ in my book!

Check out the other reviews from the TOS Crew on this book HERE

The Cost of this Product?

Retail cost of this paperback book is $17.00

Contact Info:
You can purchase this book at Apologia or wherever paperback books are sold

I received this product as a part of my involvement in the 2010-2011 TOS Crew in exchange for an honest review of this product. No other compensation was given.

May 20, 2011

Word Qwerty

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I have had the opportunity to receive and review Word Qwerty by Talking Fingers through my participation in the TOS Crew.

What is Word Qwerty?
From their website: "Wordy Qwerty: Foundations for Reading and Writing Fluency, takes 7-9 year olds through the steps of reading and writing fluency. Most children this age are able to write any word they can say. But they may not spell them all correctly, because they need to know a bit more about spelling conventions and about how words are constructed in English. This is where Wordy Qwerty comes in. In 20 consecutive lessons, woven together with fun-to-play games and delightful songs that will stay in their heads."

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How to Use Word Qwerty?

Word Qwerty teaches your child 20 rules of spelling including below.
20 LESSONS IN WORDY QWERTY (SPELLING RULES)
Silent E
Sounds of C
Sounds of G
J or DGE
W or WH
C or K
CK or K
CKS or X
CH or TCH
LL, SS, FF, ZZ
OI or OY
VE Words
Open Syllables
Double Consonants
Doubling rule
ER, IR, OR, UR, EAR
I Before E
Plurals: Add ES
Plurals: Y to IES
Plurals: F to VES

Wordy Qwerty has 20 lessons, with six activities per lesson, that present the following foundations for fluency:

1. Some sounds can be represented in several different ways.
2. Most words follow about 20 easy spelling rules.
3. There are many word families, (words that sound the same, or rhyme). By changing the first letter(s), you can make hundreds of words.
4. Some words are "outlaws". They don't follow the rules. They must be recognized quickly and automatically.
5. Writing to dictation develops vocabulary, comprehension and fluency as well as spelling skills.
6. Reading (and filling in missing words) develops vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency skills.
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Here above is an example of the stories they get a chance to type out. They hear what it's saying and from memory they type it out. This is a great way to get keyboarding skills along with their spelling skills.

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My Thoughts on this Product?
I have my youngest son working through this. He is 9 but not a really good reader. I was hoping this program would help him understand the rules of spelling as well as show him how to read better. He really seems to enjoy working through each lesson as he builds his music machine. That is a huge motivator. At the beginning he was struggling with the filling in the story words after they were repeated. He had to keep clicking for it to be repeated since he isn't a good speller yet. I thought this part of the program was a bit difficult for the age range it's teaching. Overall, we enjoyed using this program and plan to finish it completely. If you'd like more info on this product you can click here to read more on their website.

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Contact Info:
Talking Fingers, Inc.
830 Rincon Way
San Rafael, California 94903

Phone: (415) 472-3103
Toll Free: 1-800-674-9126
eMail:
contact@talkingfingers.com
Website:
http://talkingfingers.com/

The Cost of the Program:If you'd like to purchase the online version the starting cost is $25.00 for one user and the license is good for 5 years.

They also have a CD version but is not Windows 7 or Mac 10.6 compatible. The CD Rom version is $35.00.

If you'd like to learn more about this product you can check out other TOS Crew members and see what they had to say HERE

I received this product as a part of my involvement in the 2010-2011 TOS Crew in exchange for an honest review of this product. No other compensation was given.

May 18, 2011

Mad Dog Math

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I have had the opportunity to receive and review Mad Dog Math through my participation in the TOS Crew.

What is Mad Dog Math?

From their website "Mad Dog Math is a supplement to any math curriculum... taking the basic facts and braking them down into bite-sized pieces that any child can master. A child progresses through a series of timed drills at his/her own pace."

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How To Use This Product?

*Enables children to master their +, -, x, and ÷ facts in a fun challenging, exciting, and motivating way
*Math supplement for any math curriculum
*For grades K through 5th; remedial middle school and high school
*Standard, daily 10 minute time commitment from start to finish
*Huge body of math facts broken down into bite-sized pieces any child can master


There are three levels to this program plus a challenge level. Levels 1 and 2 are addition, subtraction and Level 3 is Multiplication and division. Each lesson consists of twenty math problems on levels 1 or w and twenty-four problems on the other two levels.

Your child will move through short, timed practice pages. It is designed around your child— if your child misses two or fewer problems, they will move to the next set of facts, if they don't pass, they will work on that same set again.

Mad Dog Math is available for Windows only, and it will track mor than one student throughout the entire program. You can try it out for free at their website, and that gives you access to the first fact family in all three of the levels.


As your child masters each level he will get a sticker that will be placed on the top right corner of their screen. So far my son has earned one.


My Thoughts on this Curriculum?
We really enjoyed working through this. We've had it for a little over a month and I have seen a lot of improvement in my son's division. He is middle elementary age so working through the addition and subtraction was easy for him but he did enjoy the multiplication and division. He was eager to beat the clock. As he worked through each level it went from 2 minutes to 1 minute to 30 seconds to complete each page. This really helped him in memorizing and working through the math facts quickly and most of the time he didn't even have to think before typing it in.

If you'd like more information on this product you check out more reviews at the TOS Crew HERE

How Much Does this Cost?
To purchase, you can choose a one or two year license for $19.99 and $29.99 or a perpetual license for $39.99 and download the software immediately. Windows 32 bit or 64 bit software available.

Contact Info:

E-mailjulie@maddogmath.com


Phone(562) 533-5772

Mailing AddressMad Dog Math
4562 Ocana Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90713


I received this product as a part of my involvement in the 2010-2011 TOS Crew in exchange for an honest review of this product. No other compensation was given.

May 6, 2011

Circle C Beginnings- Andi's Scary School Days

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I have had the opportunity through the TOS Crew to receive and review 'Andi's Scary School Days' by Susan K. Marlow. This book is part of the Circle C Beginnings Series.

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About this Product:From their website: "Andi wants no part of school. School means being away from the ranch all day and sitting next to a boy who throws dead flies at her. Andi didn’t think she was afraid of anything—until now. Being sent to the corner for something she didn’t do is the last straw. Andi’s leaving. And she’s not going back."
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My Thoughts on this Book:
This book is part of a series of books for ages 6-8. I have not had the opportunity to read any of the other books in the series but the one we did read was very cute. It's full of history surrounding a little girl named Andrea. Her attending a one room schoolhouse in the late 1800's. As you read the story the website offers free downloads of worksheets, coloring pages and more to work alongside the book or after you have completed reading it. Short chapters help keep the attention span of active kids but long enough to really get into it. The pictures are engaging and my son liked the storyline.

These are perfect books to help introduce chapter books to young readers or you can read the stories to younger children as the storyline is perfect for all ages.










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Other titles in this series:
'Andi's Pony Trouble'
'Andi's Indian Summer'
'Andi's Fair Surprise'

How Much Do They Cost?
The best deal is to purchase them as a set for only $15.96 or individually for $4.99. Check out their website to read more about the other available titles in this series.
 
Contact Info:
Website: http://www.andyandtaffy.com/

If you'd like more information on this product you check out more reviews at the TOS Crew HERE
I received this product as a part of my involvement in the 2010-2011 TOS Crew in exchange for an honest review of this product. No other compensation was given.