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Usborne Books & More Launch Party

I’ve started a new venture with Usborne Books & More. Promoting literacy for everyone is awesome and I’m proud to be apart of if. Thursday, June 11 at 8:30pm central time I’ll be having my launch party. Join me for some fun! I’ll be having a giveaway so be sure to come to the party and comment on the post in order to get your entries in. You’ll also get to see a bunch of awesome books you might not have seen before. Be sure to invite your friends and family to the party, too!

Usborne Book & More Launch Party

Shopping Link for the Party

Don’t miss the awesome customer specials. You’ll qualify for 1 for every 40$ added to your cart.

Be sure to check out the internet specials. They are different than customer specials and have no minimum purchase requirement.



Review: Animal Homeland Mosaics

We love doing arts and crafts so I made sure to add this kit to our Timberdoodle curriculum for this year. Animal Homeland Mosaics has a bunch of different animals you get to add stickers and gems, too. The kit comes with everything you need which is nice so we didn’t need to go out and get extra supplies. Our kit came with 2 instruction manuals which isn’t a bad thing. However, the instructions don’t show you everything you need to get out for the animal you are doing. 

My daughter chose to do the crocodile one. The manual didn’t say we needed to use the apple stickers or the yellow and blue stickers. It was depicted in the picture in the manual but wasn’t listed on the page as needing them so with this kit I can’t just give my daughter the manual to follow because then half the art project wouldn’t be done. Another flaw is that the little gems don’t always come off with their sticky stuff so I had to pull off the stickiness and push it back on the gems for them to stick. 

We did hav…

Review: Djeco Bugs

This art kit by Djeco is a great way to entertain your kiddo for a long time. Djeco Bugs has 4 cards and the scratching stick. All your child needs to do is scratch the blue parts of the card and it reveals a picture. We’ve had some other kits like this but you had to scratch so hard that my daughter wasn’t able to complete it. Djeco’s kit is very easy to scratch you really don’t need that much pressure to make the picture appear.


The kit does come with an instruction manual but let’s be honest it’s really self explanatory. What was great for me was that doing just one card kept my daughter busy for almost an hour. We did end up taking turns to complete it because she said her hand was starting to hurt. Which I get because it is a lot of scratching for an almost 4 year old to be doing and she didn’t want to take a break and finish at later time. 

My daughter really enjoyed this kit and asked if we could do more cards together but I told her we have space them out for the year with our…

Review: Djeco Beadazzled Dough

Y’all know I love Djeco and this kit is no different. Beadazzled Dough is a super fun art kit that comes with 3 designs; fish, cat and chicken. The dough is like air clay so after about a day it completely dries and your able to hang up the board. The kit comes with the exact number of beads you need for each design. I sorted the beads into bags for each design so they’d be ready to go when go to use them.


I love that everything you need comes in the kit. No mess was made when we did the kit which was a great plus. The instructions are simple to follow and done all in pictures so even my 3 year old daughter knew what she needed to do without me explaining it to her. Since the dough is air clay it was soft and easy for her move to fill in the cutout. 

The instructions do show where to put the beads but I just let her put them anywhere she wanted. Djeco is about creativity so why not let your kids get creative in where the beads go. When we finished the chicken design she wanted to do t…

Review: Story Volcano Island

This is such a great way to get your kiddos story telling abilities up. Story Volcano Island has a bunch of cards with colorful pictures. There is a card that has instructions for different ages on games you can play. We play by taking turns picking a card from the pile and making up a part of the story.


So far, our daughter just explains what is happening on the card but her vocabulary and story telling skills have increased. She’s able to remember the whole story from start to finish which I think is remarkable. What is really great is that she loves the game. It’s easy to play and the story is always different because you never know what card you’re going to get. 

Review: Dimpl Duo

This year in Timberdoodle’s Tiny Tots Kit is an awesome interactive item called Dimpl Duo. One side has colors and the other is shapes. What is really cool is above the names the words are in Braille. The size of the game is perfect for tiny hands and is a great educational item to use at home, in the car or at places where your little ones would get bored like the doctors. The colors are the same on the front and back so with colors you can ask for both; find the red circle.



My daughter thinks is super fun and told me it’s like a tablet. Then she proceeded to go around saying it was her table; “I’m going to watch yellow!”. Since they have to push in the bubbles it works your kiddos muscles which is nice. Another great plus is that it is easy to clean if your child decides to spills things on it.


Homeschool Tips for Temp Homeschoolers

With many schools being closed for a month or in some cases longer I thought it’d be a good idea to give y’all some ideas on what you can do. Don’t feel like you have to do school related things right away. Take a week off to reconnect with your kids and family. They maybe worried and scared already so let them relax and adjust to staying at home 24/7. Below you’ll find ages and ideas on what to do with them.

Preschool:
Let them be kids. I didn’t know anything when I started elementary. I learned it all while in school.Their are many few things online to help: Khan Academy, ABCMouse, a bunch of printables on Teachers Pay Teachers, etc. Everyday life can be lessons without your kids knowing: baking, folding laundry, Madd Mattr (way better than Play Doh), etc.Play board games. Playing in the yard. Watching movies. Read books. Science experiments! There are a lot of cool experiments you can do with regular household items.  My daughter loves to help when we’re cooking so I let her measure…

Review: Big Book of Things to Spot

We love search and find! Big Book of Things to Spot is an amazing book that comes in Timberdoodle’s Preschool Kit. This book has so many different things to find and is colorful. What I like is that it works counting skills, object recognition and we can talk about what’s going on in the pictures. We are able to take the book with us so we can play with it when we go out.


Because smaller kids often find the same picture more than once I’ve thought of a new way to use the book. I tore a sheet protector open and place it over the 2 page spread then we can circle the images with an Expo. I have found it to be very useful and makes it even more fun for my daughter. She especially likes the different environments to find things in the books. 

Review: Italic Handwriting Book B

Last year I got Italic Handwriting Book A and loved it. I decided to get it again this year so I emailed Timberdoodle to switch the handwriting curriculum out for Italic Handwriting Book B in our custom kit. What I like about Book B is that it still goes over the letters but also has a sentence to go with the word chosen for each letter. The way they teach handwriting is this book is so nice. I wish I was taught this way so I’d have pretty handwriting, too.


With Book A I was just erasing each time we finished so we could reuse the book as many times as needed. However, I got an awesome tip to use sheet protectors. Now, I place the book in the sheet protectors (I use the side open ones) and we use Expo markers and erase when done. My daughter loves these books. She gets so excited when she writes a letter in her own and it is written so nicely. She’s able to trace the words and then practice them on her own which I think is a great and another reason why I enjoy this curriculum so much…

Review: My First Spot the Difference

Timberdoodle has chosen an amazing book here. My First Spot the Difference is so colorful and bright. In the back of the book are the answers which is nice because on every page there is one difference that is really hard to find. I’m very surprised how well my 3 year old does with this. She is able to find the majority of the differences except the hardest one. I also like that they have the child write how many differences so they can practice writing.


My daughter loves this book. The excitement and proud look on her face when she finds the differences is so wonderful to see. She also thinks the pictures are funny and we always get to have little conversations about what’s happening in the pictures. 

Review: Developing the Early Learner

I love this set of critical thinking books. Developing the Early Learner is a set of 4 books that have a bunch of different things all relating to thinking and learning. With Timberdoodle you get the special teacher manual with it which I love. So far my favorite lesson in this series is following multiple directions. Ex: I tell my daughter color with flower yellow and only the candle wick green. So she has to follow both directions given without me repeating them.


Every time we do these book she gets so excited and thinks they are so much fun. Her favorite activity in it is when we get to go around and hit things to see if they make the same sound. I do wish some of the pages were colorful but then it does allow my daughter to color things which she love. I highly recommend this set of critical thinking books. There are so many things that they help with it definitely a must have. 

(In her left hand is a cheese stick.)

Review: Geoboards

A fun way to help kids get great hand-eye coordination isn’t with Geoboards. I love that with these there are 4 boards included so you can use it with multiple students. The rubber bands are different colors and 2 different sizes. The pictures are fun, colorful and you get a bunch of them.


My daughter really likes these. For some reason she thinks it’s so funny when the bands pop her. At first I just let her place the bands anywhere to get the idea of how to put them on. Then we started places them just on the white lines in the picture. She always wants to do more than one so I let her do as many pictures as she wants. I do wish there was a blanket picture so she could design her own things. 

Sleeping Sheep

Shhh... baby lambs need their sleep.

Price:
     35$ (no pillow) + shipping
     40$ (with pillow) + shipping

Pattern is by AradiyaToys

My items are intended for decoration purposes. Not intended for children or infants to play with as some parts can be a choking hazard. 

100% cotton yarn, polyfil stuffing and DMC thread are used for this doll. 



Review: Do-a-Dot Art!

Need a less messy way to let your kids paint? Then Do-a-Dot Art! is the answer. The brushes are already preloaded with paint and you get 10 colors. Two different books are included one with letters, numbers and shapes then second one has different pictures to be pained. The paints are easy to get started that even my 3 year old can do it on her own. What I really like is the pages you paint on are a really think card stock so the paint doesn’t bleed through to the next page. The pages are also perforated so it’s easy to tear them out to display them.


My daughter just loves these. She was excited the moment she saw them and immediately told me they were paints even though we’ve never had marker paints. It was very easy for her to get the hang of using the paints and she wanted to do lots of pages. These will be a great way to have a reward she looks forward to  for a long time. Another huge plus is that the paints are washable! These amazing art projects are from the Timberdoodle Presc…

Review: Big Letter Bananagrams

Getting hands-on with education is always my go to. Both my daughter and I learn better when we fully involved in the activity. Bananagrams are an awesome way to learn letters, spelling, reading and letter sounds. They do include instructions for a game you can play with them but we haven’t played the game yet. Instead what I use them for are spelling and reading words. 

I use them a lot when we doing spelling. My daughter also like to use them for reading. She really likes to build the words we are learning to read then read them. I hope that when she’s older that we can play a form of dominos with them. Another good way to use them with younger kids is to have them pick a tile and say the letter or its sound. 

Review: Spelling You See Level A

We are currently using Spelling You See. Level A is the one we are using. It goes through letter sounds, dictation, different rules and ends with spelling 5 letter words. It’s a complete spelling curriculum that comes with the student book and teacher manual. What I like is that they have the student practice writing the letters at the beginning and say the letter sounds when writing them. However, since we use Italic Handwriting I skip the part of practicing their letters.


I also incorporate Bananagrams into our lessons. I pick a few words from the pages we do that day and give my daughter the tiles to make the letters herself. Another way I make it more hands on is say the sounds of the letters and have her spelling the words with the tiles. However, I will not be using Level B next year. I plan on switching to All About Spelling because we are very much enjoying their reading curriculum

Review: Around the World Mazes

I love that mazes are both challenging and fun. In this amazing book, Around the World Mazes, there are so many different places to go through while having the enjoyment of mazes. The best part is that this book is filled with hours of places to talk about. I always like to talk about the things we’re doing while we play. Since there aren’t that many descriptions it’s a great way to incorporate some dialogue. 

My daughter is having a lot of fun with these mazes and they are more challenging than other ones we’ve done. The main reason they have a higher difficulty is because the “borders” of the mazes aren’t as defined like starter mazes are. However, I think it’d good to challenge her because then she can problem solve better. 

Review: Geopuzzle Complete Boxed Set of 6

I really enjoy items that can help with multiple things. Geopuzzles do just that. Fine motor skills, puzzle solving, matching and just overall fun. There are 6 puzzles included in this set; world, USA and Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. What’s amazing is that they include bigger pictures of the puzzles so your child doesn’t just have to rely on the box for where the pieces need to go.


What I don’t like though is that not all the pieces are jigsaw style. A good majority of the puzzle is just placing them next to each other not actually fitting them into each other. However, my daughter does enjoy doing the puzzles and then after I ask her to pick a place and I tell her a little bit of information about it. I also ask her where she would like to live on each puzzle we build. So far, she has decided she would like to live in Australia.

Giraffe

Who doesn’t love those giant, long necked giraffes? Now you can get one in a cute huggable size.

Price:
     30$ + shipping

Pattern is by AradiyaToys

My items are intended for decoration purposes. Not intended for children or infants to play with as some parts can be a choking hazard. 

***If you will be gifting to an infant or child let me know. If the item has eyes, I will use yarn for eyes instead of safety eyes; as they can be a choking hazard.***




Review: Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad

Perhaps one of the cutest ways to learn some emotions is with Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad. There is a little description of what is going on in the picture and then the child gets to draw in things to help the scene. What I think is great is that it’s a way to get hands-on with learning which helps a lot of kids. The pictures are cute and the emotions are portrayed very well.


Since my daughter is still pretty young (3) this is another way to help her learn to draw better. She loves art so this book is something she really enjoys doing. She knows her emotions very well from reading the book A Whole Bunch of Feelings last year so this is another way to reiterate feelings in a hands-on way with something she loves; art. 

Goals for 2020

Happy 2020! Around this time most people are settling goals to better their lives. I’ve got a couple for myself and then homeschool goals for the year. I’ll start off with my personal goals. The first thing I’d like to do is keep up with house chores. Sometimes I double up chores on one day instead of doing them on the day I was supposed, too. So this year I want to get the chores done on the day I set them for. Since our home is small I have enough rooms to clean one to two rooms a day. I do laundry 4 times a week and the trash goes out 2 days a week. I have a planner I write down the chores I want to do each day, things we’re going to, meals for the week and a list of the week. The planner stickers I use are from PinkiesPalace.



My next goal is try and get back to pre-pregnancy weight. I’ve tried this every year but the last 10 pounds is very hard to lose. I have a Fitbit now so hopefully that will help me. The first day I did my daily routine and saw my stats then set goals that wer…

Mr. Snowman

Wish you could have a snowman all year long? Now you can! Mr. Snowman is ready for any time of year. 
Price:
     20$ each + shipping. 

My items are intended for decoration purposes. Not intended for children or infants to play with as some parts can be a choking hazard. 

***If you will be gifting to an infant or child let me know. If the item has eyes, I will use yarn instead of safety eyes as they can be a chocking hazard. 

This doll is handmade by me, Daisy Luckey, from a design and pattern by AradiyaToys.  

Review: Bugzzle Puzzle

Fat Brain Toy Co. has really creat an amazing little game that touches on a lot of math concepts that are normally harder for students to grasp. Bugzzle goes beyond the fun of regular puzzles. It is a great way to get kids excited about math. The pieces are a nice size but don’t have much weight to them. The colors are bright and the challenge cards have the solutions on the back.


My daughter has really been enjoying this game. She loves games in which she has to solve a problem. I have noticed however that this game isn’t difficult for her. She can easily complete the challenges. So in an attempt to get her brain moving when she plays I ask her about each ring within the circle. “How much of the outer circle is orange?”, “How much of the center circle is green?”, when she answers I give her the fraction equivalent so she starts saying them in fraction as well. 

Review: Little Red Riding Hood

Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood and Smart GAmes has turned it into an educational game. Grandma’s house has 2 doors on it; one fore the wold and one for Red. The object is to have a path for both character to get to a door. I love that included is a little picture book that tells the classic story.



At first this game was a challenge for my daughter because she didn’t understand why Red couldn’t just walk on the grass to get to the path. I hassle to explain how Red’s mama said “stay on the path”. With that in mind my daughter got the hang of this fun thinking game.