Review- National Geographic Kid Level Readers

AllBooksMarina and I have had the fun opportunity to review National Geographic’s Kid Level Readers. And are absolutely thrilled with them!

Just the facts

  • NGK developed this series with experts in literacy education

  • The books are filled with amazing color photos, facts, and fun on every page and feed a child’s natural curiosity about the world and curiosity is a powerful motivation for reading.

  • They are sprinkled with subject-related jokes and puns because laughing helps kids learn.

  • The books feature eye-popping illustrations, bold, bright text, and colorful boxes and callouts that encourage your child to look at the whole page.

  •  Every page of the book challenges the child to interact with it to keep your child interested.

  • Kids can download free posters, sticker sheets, and other prizes and activities as they chart their own reading accomplishments on the NGK website.

These readers are absolutely wonderful! The pages just pop with color as you can see in the pictures.

 Marina was completely engaged by these books. The content grabbed her attention, the pictures and illustrations were bright and colorful. She couldn’t get enough of them. I loved that the reader levels were clearly shown on the front cover. She was able to go through at least one of them on her own.  We are looking forward to adding more of these books to her library.
You can find out more about the fantastic books on their website.
**I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.**
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Recipe – Kabrita Cozy Walnut Oatmeal

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Marina loves Kabrita Yogurt and Fruit and we have tried Kabrita’s Goat Milk Toddler Formula. It is so much easier on her stomach than whole cows milk. She loves the taste and I love the health benefits. When they asked me to try and share their Cozy Walnut Oatmeal recipe using their Whole Goat Milk Powder, I jumped at the chance.

The recipe is a huge serving for a toddler so I did cut it in half for her. She loved the creaminess and texture and I loved that she had a good healthy breakfast to start her day.

Ingredients:

Makes 1 serving

  • ½ cup dried plain oats
  • 3 Tbsp KABRITA non-GMO Whole Goat Milk Powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • Dash of cinnamon, optional

 Directions:

  1. Combine oats, milk powder and water in a bowl and microwave to desired consistency.
  2. Add in nuts and berries and cinnamon and enjoy!

For full nutritional information see  Kabrita’s Cozy Walnut Oatmeal Recipe on their blog.

Homeschool- Blue, Yellow, and Penguins!!

byp4Due to my classes starting in January, I have decided it would be easier to summarize Week 2, 3 and 4 into one post.

Marina has really been enjoying the curriculum from HomeCEOAcademy. It is engaging and very thorough. Each unit has progressed to include colors from the previous units as well as math concepts from 1 – 4. Marina already knows her number from 1-10 as well as her colors, shapes, and alphabet but the curriculum really works to take the basics much farther.

Marina is starting to become more focused as we move through the units. She really enjoys practicing her fine motor skills with the use of play-dough, which she call “squish” . She also loves the coloring sheets. One of her favorite activities is coloring and with this curriculum she gets plenty of coloring sheets to practice with. She has gained an understanding of staying in the lines and has become more focused on trying to make sure she does. You can really see the difference when she is trying to write letters and numbers.

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It has been amazing to watch her grow and learn this past month with HomeCEOAcademy. We are looking forward to starting on Week5 – Green! Be sure to check out HomeCEOAcademy for this outstanding curriculum!

Recipe – Peanut Butter Popcicles

mpbpopMarina LOVES peanut butter and ice cream so I played around and came up with a recipe that works well as a popcicle. Hope you enjoy it as much as she does.

Peanut Butter Popcicles

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into popcicle molds and freeze 4 to 5 hours.

This recipe can be easily adjusted using soy or almond milk and sugar free sweeteners but we prefer the original recipe. You can also try different nut butters.

I also have an alternative using no milk or cream. The bananas give the popcicles a nice creamy texture and she gets a great healthy snack with no added sugar or sweeteners.

Fruit and Peanut Butter Popcicles

  • 2 bananas
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 blueberries

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into popcicle molds and freeze 4 to 5 hours.

 

Preschool – Week 1 – The Color Red

marina-redMarina and I were very excited to start her first week of home school preschool with HomeCEOAcademy! Week 1’s focus was on the color red and letter sounds for C and M.

marinapeekMarina already knows all of her colors but the color focus portion of the lesson provided good reinforcement of the color and was a great theme to use with other portions of the lesson for us.  I really loved that we could incorporate so many of the learning tools we already have into the curriculum and I can tailor it around her needs.

I let Marina pick and choose which aspects of the lessons she wants to try each time and let her take breaks as she needs. It has worked very well for us previously and she seems to stay more focused on her tasks when she is ready to do them. We started our first morning by doing a color sort using the initial print outs provided, then by sorting her magnetic alphabet, color figures and stringing buttons.

marinacardsMarina loved using her red crayons for her assignments and practicing her fine motor skills by tracing lines, drawing circles, rectangles and squares. She knows her shapes as well, so she was really excited to see how the shapes were associated with the world around her.

Her favorite portion of this weeks lesson has been the letter sounds flash cards. She loves sorting the cards and has made it a habit of going through them every day on her own. I look forward to added the next set of letters to them as we continue to work through the program.

If you are looking for an engaging, well-rounded curriculum program for your child, HomeCEOAcademy is perfect.

Preschool Fun – Our Circle Time Board

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One of the biggest challenges I have had was finding well rounded preschool curriculum that did not require a computer or tablet for Marina to use. Technology has it’s advantages but I love the hands on experience of learning instead of sitting my little one in front of a screen. Thanks to Dadrific over at Life On A Dime, I was introduced to HomeCEOAcademy. It was exactly what I was looking for! A full curriculum program that would prepare Marina for Kindergarten, with lots of hands on learning.

Our first adventure into preparing for the start of the next preschool session is making our Circle Time board. The instructions for the board are well written and the graphics are adorable.

Material Needed

  • Printer
  • Card Stock
  • Glue Stick
  • Poster Board
  • Fun Designed Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Clear Box Tape or Laminator (I seriously need one of these!)

First came printing all of the components.

Cutting out the cards was a very simple process.

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Normally the circle board would look something like this.

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As many of my readers know, I found out I was pregnant with Marina when I was still in high school. I am now in college working on my bachelor’s degree and am still living with my parents while I finish college. Marina’s home school area is being set up in the family room. Because of the lack of wall space I would need to put both the Circle Time and our Schedule Board on one poster board. The top portion of the board is our Circle Time board. By using our handy dandy Duct Tape (Marina picked the Zebra Stripes), I converted the circles into pockets to hold the day of the week and weather cards. I used clear box tape to laminate the cards so I wouldn’t have to worry about damaging them as we work through the complete preschool program.

YAY! Circle Time!

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We now have a condensed version of the Circle Time board that will function the same as the full board would. Keep an eye out for my Schedule Board post to see what our completed project will look like!

You can read my initial review of HomeCEOAcademy’s Curriculum here.

Review – HP Sprocket #HPMillennials

sprocket2 Are you looking for the perfect gift to stick in their stocking? Look no further!

The HP Sprocket will wow them! It’s a sleek little printer that will print 2×3 photo prints right from your smartphone! The Sprocket uses bluetooth technology to allow seamless printing so you can set it up at parties and events and let everyone print their memories. It uses HP ZINK sticky back paper so their isn’t a need for print cartridges.

The main functions of the Sprocket portable photo printer:

  • 2×3 photo printing on sticky-backed paper
  • mobile printing – take it anywhere
  • social media printing – print photos from your social media profiles
  • Bluetooth smartphone connectivity

My Thoughts:

sprocket3I am in love with the  Sprocket! It’s small enough to fit in my pocket or purse but packs a big punch! It prints quickly and quietly and the prints turn out fantastic.

I loved how easy it was to set up. Everything I needed was in the box. I just charged it up, scanned for new bluetooth devices with my phone, and installed the HP Sprocket app. It only takes a few seconds to print out a photo from the app. I would definitely recommend the HP Sprocket as the perfect gift for anyone on your list!

**I received the HP Sprocket and ZINK paper for being a part of  #HPMillennials Panel. All opinions are my own**