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Review: Lil Dimpl

When your child is teething and being a huge grump as a result you try to do everything to help them with the pain. Our second daughter has not been a fan of teethers. But luckily I have not run into the problem we did with our first. Our first dauobroke every single teether she had. I am talking like full on bit pieces off the teethers. It has been a challenge to find a teether that our second daughter would use. She really likes the  Play Together Caterpillar  we got. We also got this one called  Lil Dimpl . It is a smaller teether than the caterpillar one but she really seems to like it. We keep it in the car for her and even in this hot Texas heat it has not melted which is a huge plus. In case you do not know Texas heat is about 100+ degrees and things often melt when left in the car.  lol Dimpl is a cute little blue man (you get an assorted color) with one of those popping spots. It is a pretty big popper since it is on the head of the little man. One thing I will say is I wish i

Review: Play Together Caterpillar

A lot of the toys we get when our kids are babies are the cute ones and this teether is definitely adorable. Our youngest is teething pretty bad at the moment so when I saw the  Play Together Caterpillar  I knew it was something I wanted to get for her. When I was taking it out of the packaging I called her into the living room and I wish I would have gotten it on video because she was absolutely the cutest. She did a huge gasp and made her shocked face then demanded that I give her the caterpillar. It has a fuzzy tail, a crinkly body and a light green leaf-shaped teether hanging on it. There is a handle attached to the segmented body and if you shake it you can hear a jingle coming from the head of the caterpillar. I think all of the different textures and bright colors make it a wonderful toy for any baby. Having the teether is a huge plus because then this toy is one that can grow with baby from newborn to growing teeth and even longer if your child so chooses.  Our daughter has tak

Review: Dr. Livingston Jr. Human Body Floor Puzzle

If you like science and puzzles then this review is sure to excite you. Our daughter loves science so when I saw this puzzle I was so excited to try it out.  Dr. Livingston Jr. Human Body Floor Puzzle  is huge! When completed the puzzle is a whopping 4 feet tall. It is about the same size as our daughter who is 6. Me being so short this body puzzle is almost as tall as me. I love that the pieces are nice and big yet the puzzle still has 100 pieces. This human body puzzle comes with a double sided paper that shows the different parts of the body and gives facts about some of them. The other side of the anatomy reference guide points out more parts of the body. The reason I love that it has this paper is because it gives an excellent gateway to discuss the human body. Our daughter had lots of questions; how does this body part work, what does this part do? I was so glad that she enjoyed the puzzle and was able to learn so much from it.  Another neat thing about this puzzle is that it sho

Review: The Baby Babble Series

With our first daughter, she didn’t talk until she was 2. Literally not one word but she did babble and use sign language a lot. Our second baby started talking at 6 months. I thought it would be interesting to see if she would be able to parrot the words in these books I got from  Timberdoodle . They are called  The Baby Babble Series . They have touch and feel aspects to each one. The Ck! book has one touch and feel spot about the size of a quarter on the first page and that is it. The rest of the book is mostly flaps which as long as you read the books with your child it is fine. However, if your child is like mine they love to get into everything especially books. I’m addition, to getting into everything they maybe very hard on things. So, I keep these books where she can not get to then. I do like that these books are hardback board books to keep from getting destroyed by babies. Our youngest is what a call a book tearer. She will tear pages out if they are not board books and the

Review: Channie’s My First Pencils and My First Letters

We decided to try out  Channie’s My First Pencils  and their  My First Letters  which we got from  Timberdoodle . The pencils are a great size for small hands that are still growing and you get 5 of them. They are bigger than regular sized pencils so they are easy for kids to hold onto. Our daughter said these pencils are very comfortable and not awkward to hold which is a huge plus. These pencils also have a design on them so my daughter thought they were fancy pencils. They also come with a sharpener which I really like so that we do not have to buy something extra. The sharpener would be better if it a container attached to collect the pencil shavings. One thing I do no like about the pencils is that they are not triangular in shape but this is a really minor detail. I prefer the triangular ones so they do not roll off the table. Another plus of these pencils is that they are pre sharpened. Channie’s My First Letters gives one page of tracing over the uppercase version then the back

Tips & Tricks: Class Schedule

How do you make a class schedule? When do you do which subjects? How long do you do a class? Does each day look the same? It is easy to make a homeschool schedule since you can school however you like. Since we use Timberdoodle we have access to their online schedule which over the years has been updated to be an outstanding way to schedule our subjects. If you do not use Timberdoodle I would suggest using Excel. If you know a website that allows you to create a schedule (for free) then let me know in the comments. The first thing I do make our schedule is make a list of all of our items and mark which ones I think will be challenging and which will be easy. Then I use that list to make another list on what day we will do each item. Making sure that not one day will be to hard or to easy. I like it to be pretty even as well as each day having about the same number of items. After this I see which items, if any, I would like to use at the beginning of the year and which closer to the en

Tips & Tricks: School Schedule

 Some people might think that homeschoolers just lounge around most of the time, some might think we follow the same schedule as public school. Well, the beauty of homeschooling is that you can choose your schedule. We do not follow the same schedule as public school. Instead, I have chosen that we do school year round. Our school year starts the first Monday in January and we end the Friday before Christmas (so a 47 week school year). I take a week off for the birthdays of both our girls and my husband. I also take Thanksgiving week off. If you have read some of our post before you know that we do school Monday through Friday. Some choose to do school 3 or 4 days a week. It really just depends on what works best for your family. Now, if you live in a state that has schedule laws for homeschool then you need to follow those but for Texas there are no such laws. The reason why I choose to do year round with very little time off from school is that way she does not have a long summer bre