Support Reading Skills at Home with Reading Eggs

{disclaimer – this post is sponsored by Reading Eggs}

I have loved Reading Eggs for many years now and my daughter, who is in 5th grade, has been using it this year! You can see our post here about Reading Eggspress, which is created for kids ages 7-13. Today I want to share a bit more about the portions for younger kids and why I believe Reading Eggs would be a fabulous addition to your homeschool – since many of you are now schooling at home when you least expected it! Finding a quality educational program online that is also super fun and engaging for kids can be difficult. I highly recommend Reading Eggs, and you can try FREE for 30 days

In case you aren’t familiar with Reading Eggs, below you can see a graphic describing the different areas. 

 

When you sign up, your child can take a placement test to help you assess where s/he should begin.

 

Once your child is ready to begin there are many ways for your child to learn and play. Here is a peek at the Reading Eggs dashboard your child will see. 

As you can see, there are many different areas of the program in addition to the main lessons {in the center}. My daughter has always loved earning eggs and “buying” things for her “house” in the program. 

As a parent, you may wish to do more without the screen and Reading Eggs is a solution for this too! Many who are familiar with Reading Eggs don’t realize that with your membership you get access to printable resources also! Once you are logged in and viewing the parent dashboard, you’ll click on the Bonus Material tab {see screenshot below} and you’ll find lesson plans, worksheets and many more printables!

Here’s a peek at the Activity Sheets from Reading Eggs Lesson 1. There are many options available and you can choose BW or color printables. 

 

Try Reading Eggs for FREE!

If you have never tried Reading Eggs, I HIGHLY recommend it. There is a FREE 30 day  trial, just click here! You will get access to ALL of the levels, plus Mathseeds!

Reading Eggs provides your child with an educationally sound and highly enjoyable program that is not only fun and effective but also easy to integrate into your daily routine.

  • The lessons use colorful animation, fun characters, songs, and rewards to keep children motivated.
  • The program is completely interactive to keep children on task.
  • When children start the program, they can complete a placement quiz to ensure they are starting at the correct reading level.
  • Parents can access detailed progress reports as well as hundreds of downloadable activity sheets that correspond with the lessons in the program.
  • The program includes over 2000 online books for kids – each ending with a comprehension quiz that assesses your child’s understanding.



Looking for a Moose–Ivy Kids Kit

Looking for a Moose Ivy Kids Kit Review

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Ivy Kids Kits rock! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent Looking for a Moose for this review!

Ivy Kids Kits Moose

This kit features the humorous book Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root. This kit contains over 10 science, math, art, literacy, and engineering activities inspired by the story.

In this kit you will find:

  • The book Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root.
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Plush Moose: You will receive your own plush moose to cuddle and play with.
  • Looking for a Moose: Use your plush moose for a hide-and-seek game.
  • Moose Ornament: Use the wooden tree, moose and paint to create beautiful ornament. 
  • Looking for a Moose frame: Use the wooden frame, moose, paint, and leaf stickers to create a beautiful magnetic frame for your favorite photo.
  • Moose Headband: Pretend to be a moose with this fun headband. 
  • Moose Guessing Game: Without looking, place a picture on your moose headband. Then listen to clues to try and guess the item on your headband. 
  • Moose Craft: Use the foam stickers to create a moose face hanging craft. 
  • Moose Antler Ring Toss: One player wears the inflatable moose antlers while the other players try to throw the rings onto the antlers. See how many points you can score! 
  • I Went Looking for a Moose: Use your hand prints to create moose antlers. Then, on the space provided, write down a place where you might find a moose.
  • Moose Facts: Learn fun and interesting facts about moose
  • Moose Body Parts: Match the words to the corresponding moose body parts
  • Looking for a Moose Board Game: Roll the die and move your moose along the path. Watch out for the kids along the way. The first player to reach the finish wins the game. 
  • Tromp Stomp Tromp Stomp Rhyming Game: Roll the die and move your moose to the closest space that rhymes with the word you rolled. The moose that gets to the end of the path first wins the game.
  • How Many Points of the Antlers?: Create your own addition and subtraction number stories about the moose antlers.

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Your Kit includes a guide for each activity to help promote your child’s learning while you play together.

Some Activities From Our Box…

We decided to share our kit with my mom’s sweet neighbor who is 4. My daughter adores him and he was more than willing to enjoy the kit with her! I just love seeing them together!

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They LOVED the ring toss! How cute are they?!

Moose Antler Ring Toss: One player wears the inflatable moose antlers while the other players try to throw the rings onto the antlers. See how many points you can score! 

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They loved playing the games together.

Tromp Stomp Tromp Stomp Rhyming Game: Roll the die and move your moose to the closest space that rhymes with the word you rolled. The moose that gets to the end of the path first wins the game.

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Looking for a Moose Board Game: Roll the die and move your moose along the path. Watch out for the kids along the way. The first player to reach the finish wins the game. 

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Moose Guessing Game: Without looking, place a picture on your moose headband. Then listen to clues to try and guess the item on your headband. 

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Lots of fun with the crafts!

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Learned all about a moose!

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Not everything from this kit is pictured, they enjoyed more of it and are still enjoying some of it! 

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

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20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

OR

Buy any 3 past kits and save $10 plus free shipping with code: 10OFF

A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!



Bird Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

Bird Unit Study with Ivy Kids kits



{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Ivy Kids Kits rock! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly! for this review!

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This kit features the award-winning book Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly! by Ann Ingalls. This is a charming story about a young robin trying so hard to learn to fly. Children will enjoy reading about the robin’s persistence in accomplishing its first flight!

This kit contains over 10 science, math, art, literacy, and engineering activities inspired by the story including: Building a birdhouse, creating a bird’s nest, bird watching with binoculars, painting a ceramic bird warbling whistle and so much more.

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Your Kit includes a guide for each activity to help promote your child’s learning while you play together.

Some Activities From Our Box…

After looking through the box, she immediately grabbed the bird whistle. This thing is so neat, it warbles!!

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The bird glider was another fun activity! She put the bird together and then we threw it and recorded what number it landed on each time.

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We had fun playing the games together. Although she is a bit too old, we make them fun by spending time together. She enjoys showing my readers the games so they can see the activities they might enjoy with their young kids!

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I did have her count using tally marks to review!  Ivy kids Kit Birds-5

This was a fun game, draw a letter and then place a pipe cleaner on the bird that begins with that letter! Using tweezers to work on fine motor skills! 

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Crafts are always a hit, here’s the birdhouse!

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The adorable bird craft! 

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You’ll also find a wonderful and realistic bird labeling activity…

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A bird watching activity page with binoculars and SO much more!

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Not everything from this kit is pictured, she enjoyed more of it and is still enjoying some of it! 

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

  Rainforest--Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids[1] Ladybug-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-Kit[1]  Three-Snow-Bears-Ivy-Kids-Kit62222  Fish-is-Fish-ivy-Kids-Kit-Review3122 A-House-for-Hermit-Crab-Unit-Study-w Dogs-Colorful-Day-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie[1]Gotta-Go-Gotta-Go-Ivy-Kids-Kit-Revie Mrs.-McTats-and-Her-Houseful-of-Cats[1] Over-in-the-Ocean-Unit-Study-with-IvPenguin-and-Pinecone-Unit-Study-with[1] Rainbow-Unit-Study-with-Ivy-Kids-Kit[1] Ivy-Kids-Kit-The-Snail-and-the-Whale

When-it-Starts-to-Snow-Ivy-Kids-Kit3[1] Garden Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits Exploring Bees with Ivy Kids Kits

20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

OR

Buy any 3 past kits and save $10 plus free shipping with code: 10OFF

A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!



Why We Switched to Reading Eggs

Reading Eggspress for Reading Comprehension Skills and More

  

{disclaimer – this post is sponsored by Reading Eggs}

You may remember a review I did a few months ago, featuring Reading Eggs. I shared my sweet surprise about the Reading Eggspress portion for older kids and what it was all about. You can read that post here! I am back today with an update now that my daughter has been using Reading Eggspress for awhile. She is in 5th grade and after reviewing Reading Eggs for the last post, I decided to make a change in our homeschool! We now use Reading Eggs for her reading comprehension and spelling.

Why I Chose Reading Eggs

Honestly, my daughter wishes I wouldn’t have chosen this. The main reason – it is difficult! This is also the reason I love it. She can’t just fly right through it, and she is learning things I am not good at remembering to teach.

Below you can see her dashboard, we mainly focus on the MY LESSONS section and the ENGLISH SKILLS section. She works on these on her own using our iPad or a computer.

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She has the hardest time with the quiz portion in the Lessons section. Many of the questions about the book are tricky and sometimes we will sit and do these together.  Below you can see a couple of screenshots to give you an idea of what the quizzes look like, just click on the images to enlarge.

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As her teacher, I love this section and this is where I am finding a huge benefit. She is learning skills that I often forget to emphasize.

In addition to the digital portion, there are also worksheets to go with each unit.

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We do these together as you can see below. I focus on my teaching during this time, making sure she understands how to analyze the text and find answers. She definitely likes this part better – because we are working together.

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My daughter is a great speller so switching to Reading Eggs for spelling was a simple choice. It is included in the membership so I took advantage of it to give her exposure to a different spelling program. I give her a pretest before we begin to work so I know which words to focus on.

Reading Eggspress Worksheets

She completes the spelling portion on the iPad independently for practice. There are all sorts of different activities to practice, as well as a final test.

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There are all sorts of different activities to practice {like “Fly Away Word” shown below}, as well as a final test.

Reading Eggspress Spelling Sample

If you have an older child, I highly recommend giving Reading Eggspress a try! You get to try it out for 4 weeks free – why not?!? Don’t have an older child? Reading Eggs is AMAZING for younger kids too, we used it extensively when she was younger too!

Try Reading Eggs for FREE!

Grab your FREE 4 week trial, just click here! You will get access to ALL of the levels, plus Mathseeds – a program we used extensively when she was younger!

Upon signing up your child can also take the free placement reading test that will place them at the appropriate lesson according to their reading ability.

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Lessontrek–Our Favorite Online Homeschool Lesson Planner

Lessontrek Online Lesson Planner Features

We have been using an awesome online homeschool lesson planner for many years now and it continues to be just what I need for homeschool lesson planning and record keeping. Over the years Lessontrek has made some upgrades and recently a few features I was really excited about have been developed! We are pleased that Lessontrek is back as a blog sponsor and are excited to share these new features with you!

In the past we have written a few posts outlining features we love, be sure to read about the gradebook feature here, see a video tour here, & answers for FAQ here.

There are several new features since I last shared and several more in the works! Read more below!

Shared Subjects

One of the key new features I am most excited about is shared subjects. This feature allows you to connect a subject between multiple students so you only have to type the plans once. It automatically shows up on the connected students’ lesson plans! This is a major advantage for us this year since my 5th and 8th grader are both doing the same history, geography, writing, and grammar!

Lessontrek Online Lesson Planner Shared Subjects

Below I will share a simple tutorial of how to set this up. I know many of you already use Lessontrek and thought this might be helpful!

First, set up one child using the typical add subject method. Once you have the subject set up for one child, then move on to the steps outlined below.

When you go to set up the next child, click “Import Subject” where you would normally add a subject and it will pull up your other students and their information! Simply select the subject already created for the first child and it will add this to this child! As you type weekly plans they will automatically appear for both students now! No more double typing!

Lessontrek Online Lesson Planner Shared Subjects Tutorial


Attendance Tracking

Another cool new feature is so simple yet needed for many state requirements – attendance tracking! With this added feature, you just click ‘Mark Complete’ at the top of each day in your planner and it keeps track for you. When you click the attendance button it will show you your update {see screenshot below}.

Lessontrek Online Lesson Planner Attendance Tracking


Student Login

My final favorite new feature is the new ability to create a separate login for your student! Your student can login and see their progress and lesson plans without being able to adjust things.

Lessontrek Online Lesson Planner Student Login


Coming Soon

Many of you have asked for the “bump ahead” feature which will allow you to plan ahead and easily bump the entire school year ahead if you get off track for a sick day or some other reason. This feature is in development now!

Coming VERY soon – Google Calendar and other Google products integrations! Yup, you’ll be able to add lessons to your Google Calendar that include the assignments and notes you enter in Lessontrek. You can also create notifications in each lesson that gets added to your Google Calendar. 

More exciting news…Edstart Logo

Lessontrek was accepted into Amazon Web Services EdTech program called: AWS EdStart. It will help make Lessontrek more scalable, reliable, and secure!

    Want to try Lessontrek?

    Click here to give it a try for 2 weeks for FREE and then grab your Annual Subscription and get 15% off using this special discount code: CA15

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