Friday, February 18, 2011

TOS Review: Kid Scoop - The Reluctant Reader Solution

Title: Kid Scoop
Price: $97

In my household I have one reluctant reader and one avid reader.  There are only a few things I can get my reluctant reader interested enough in to read past the cover.  Kid Scoop, however, has sparked interest in both my daughters. They were eagar to dive in and continually wanted more. 

The Kids Scoop News (12 monthly digital magazine issues) are full of different fun facts, experiments, games, puzzles, articles, and more.  Each issue is inspired by current holidays, events, etc. It is best to print each issue, which will allow your child to complete the hands0on activities. However, if you wish, you can view each issue online by simply scrolling through the pages with a click of your mouse. You also have the option to hear the different articles. 

inside view of the online magazine
The 365 Kid Scoop worksheets (PDF's) are divided into 5-7 page unit, based on specific topics or themes. Kid Scoop recommends that one unit be printed weekly.

Here is a small taste of what the worksheets have to offer.

People and Legends
  • Old Stormalong
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Wangari Maathai
Health and Safety
  •  Skin
  • Fire Safety
  • Talk About Teasing
  • Fitness Fun
  • Nutrition Labels
  • Germs
Holidays and Special Days
  • Memorial Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Toys for Tots
  • Constitution Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • International Space Statation
  • Solar Snacks
  • Optical Illusions
  • Bubble Gum
Games and Sports
  • Junkyard Sports
  • Baseball
  • Mini Golf Math
  • Hockey
  • Bees
  • Gorilla
  • Orcas
  • Tadpoles
Let's Get Creative
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Clay Play
  • Strike Up the Band
  • Kitchen Creativity
  • Blooming Creative

Kid Scoop was a hit with both my daughters. They were eagar to see what the next months Kids Scoop News (online magazine) would hold and what other worksheets they could do. It was awesome to see their excitment as they interacted with on another in doing the different activities and discussions.

Kid Scoop offers their customers a 365-day unconditional money back guarentee.  To read more about the guarentee, click HERE.

When you purchase The Reluctant Reader Solution there is no need to wait for the mailman, UPS or FedEx drivers. You will instantly receive the digital download to the 365 worksheets (PDF's) and an email with your password to the online magazine site.

If you're looking for a fun and engaging way to promote reading with your children, Kid Scoop: The Reluctant Reader Solution may be just what you're looking for. To purchase for your family or as a gift for someone else, click HERE.

Be sure to check out what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say about Kid Scoop: The Reluctant Reader Solution.

Disclaimer: I’m an independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew. I received a free trial offer from Kid Scoop: The Reluctant Reader Solution to use with my children in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, February 11, 2011

TOS Review: Curitosity Files - MRSA

 Title: Curiosity Files - MRSA
Created by: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

My daughters absolutely love science.  So, when I told them I was chosen to review a unit study called The Curiosity Files from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, they were thrilled.  They were even more excited when they learned we could choose which unit we wanted to study and review.  We chose MRSA.  Some of you may be wondering what a Curiosity File is or what MRSA is.  Well, MRSA is an acronym for the bacterium called Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, also known as the superbug.  As for The Curiosity Files, they are unit studies that are geared toward children ages 8-13. However, they are very versatile and can be altered to fit any child’s learning needs.  Each study is presented in conversational style content by Professor Ana Lyze, also known as the Expert in Outlandish Oddities.  Each study covers bible study, vocabulary, spelling, copy work, history, geography, math, art, puzzles, hands-on projects, games, and more.  There is also a list of books and websites available to enhance your study.

This was our first unit study.  I’ve been interested in doing them in the past, but I find it difficult to think outside the box when it comes to pulling so many different subjects into one topic.  The Curiosity Files not only eased my anxiety, but were a lot fun and engaging for my daughters and me.  Prior to this study we had never heard of MRSA.  Though it was a bit tongue tying in the beginning, my daughter can now proudly say Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and tell you all about what it is, how to protect yourself from getting it, and much more.

Among the MANY activities we did throughout this study they/we:

** Studied different historical figures in the science field and then chose one figure to research and created interviews based on that person. My oldest chose Agnodice (who was not mentioned in the MRSA study) and my youngest chose Florence Nightingale.

** They created informative posters explaining “Ways to prevent the spread of MRSA.

** My oldest wrote a short essay sharing what she had learned.

 There were many more activities we worked on and even more we still intend to do.

The Old Schoolhouse Store is offering 2 purchase options to help stretch your money the furthest.
Option 1: Downloadable E-Books for
Option 2: CD for $49
Both options include all NINE studies
  • Blue Diamond
  • Blue-footed Booby
  • Cicada-killing Wasp
  • Dung Beetle
  • MRSA
  • Puffer Fish
  • Quicksand
  • Red Tides
  • Zombie Fire Ants

To purchase The Curiosity File individually please visit the TOS website for pricing details.

Thanks to The Curiosity File, this will NOT be our last unit study. 

Be sure to check out what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say.

Disclaimer: I’m an independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew. I received the Curiosity Files E-Book MRSA for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, February 4, 2011

TOS Review: Dig It! Games - Roman Town

Title: Roman Town
Price: $39.95
Designed and Created by: Dig It Games
Format: CD

Dig It! Games is offering a special discount for our faithful readers. The current purchase price for Roman Town is $39.95, but when you use the coupon code TOS2011, your purchased price will only be $19.96!
This coupon code expires February 21st, 2011.

What is it?
Roman Town is an educational PC game created to make studying ancient Roman history fun and engaging. It was designed with children ages 8-15 in mind; however, I feel anyone regardless of age, will enjoy playing and learning with Roman Town.

Become a professional archaeologist and discover how the Roman’s lived by going on a 3D exploration through Roman town after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.  During this exciting exploration you will study Roman history by uncovering many different ancient artifacts and priceless treasures, create mosaics with broken artifacts, solve puzzles, and much more.  

How it work:
The introduction to the game shows the Dig It staff opening an email sent from the professor. In this email the professor tells a bit about the excavation site and asks for help in finding diggers to join to team.  You then become a ‘hired’ digger. The professor welcomes you to the team and shares some interesting history about the excavation site; Fossura, near southern Italy. He then show you how and when to use all the tools.

You are now ready to begin your first day of work. Your first task is to assign tools to your team of diggers. When a digger finds something they notify you right away. You will know when they need you, when you see a green dialog bubble appear above their heads. You must be quick to get to them, because they are very impatient and their bubble turns red quickly.  You then use your trowel to excavate the artifact. When you have completely excavated the item, a neat history lesson is given. Among the many artifacts you will uncover, will be a calculi game that you will get to play.

When all the artifacts from that particular site have been excavated, you go to the lab and sort everything by type. E.g. bones, mosaic, metal, glass, etc. You then play a few games and take the L.E.A.R.N quiz, which contains 3 activities - true or false, term match, and word search. After all this is complete you will have unlocked the report which you must complete in order to move on to the next level. Roman Town has 6 levels to complete and you must complete the previous level in order to advance to the next.  However, the fun doesn't have to stop after level 6 is completed, because every time you play the game you uncover different artifacts; allowing you to play over and over again. 

Each level consists of the same series of event; assigning tools, sorting artifacts, playing games, completing L.E.A.R.N quiz activities and writing your report. However, throughout each level you will explore a different excavation site, enjoy a variety of games, and uncover many different artifacts.

Our Thoughts:My family and I really enjoyed Dig It! Games. My daughters had a great time learning and playing in Roman Town. In fact, there were often times that they would have disagreements about who was going to get to play it first.

If you like what you've heard about Dig It! Games and want to purchase Roman Town for your family, click HERE.
Don't forget to use the special discount code TOS2011!!  Please remember the code is only good until February 21st, 2011.  

Be sure to stop by and see what my fellow TOS Crew members have to say.

Disclaimer: I’m an independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew. I received a trial offer from Dig It! Games for free in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Taking time to enjoy the day

Today has been such a beautiful day. While most people are dealing with snow and ice, we’ve had temps reaching the mid 60s. I'll be honest and say I'm a little jealous of those getting snow. But, since it was so nice outside, beside everything being super wet from all the rain that arrived last night, my hubby talked me into having a relaxed approach to school today. So, my girls enjoyed mechanics class with their dad; spending the morning and early afternoon working on the go-carts and then cruised around on the back trail until it was time to eat and get ready for church.

They had a blast and it allowed me to work on a few reviews I have due throughout February. Stay tuned to hear about our thoughts and experiences with Dig It! GamesThe Curiosity File - MSRA, Kid Scoop, and Math Rider.

Hope everyone has an amazing night!!
Much love!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Silpada Jewelry! Come join the Virtual Online Jewelry Party!!

I’ve fallen in love with Silpada Designs Jewelry and would love for you to get hit by the Silpada cupid too!

Celeberate the month of Love with me by joining our "Virtual Online Jewelry Party"!  Silpada is hand crafted, sterling silver and semi-precious gems! Silpada is so confident in their product that they offer a
LIFETIME guarantee!

On a budget?? We have over 200 items in the catalog that are under $50 and 75 items that are under $25!

Click HERE to view the online catalog and then contact me or Karla to place an order!

For everyone that purchases an item, you will be entered into a drawing for a free pair of earrings and a polishing cloth!

Orders will be taken from today until 2/6/2011 8pm. Door prize winner will be announced on 2/7/2011.

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