Thursday, June 25, 2020
Since summer day camp was canceled due to COVID 19 the girls won’t get official swim time and horse back riding lessons. I set out to find some fun classes and activities we could do together. I discovered a local conservation center is offering kayaking lessons several times this summer. Me and the girls have signed up for the beginner class. We will learn basic paddling and water safety. They will provide the kayaks and paddles and the instructions but we must bring our own life jackets because of covid 19. The girls got new life jackets last summer but mom still needed one. I landed this baby at an online sporting goods store. I do have to say the girls are a bit jealous that I have such a cool looking life jacket.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew assigned us this fun little learning product from EdShed. This company offers two different programs the first one is called Math Shed and the second is called Spelling Shed This web link will take you right to the main website where you can check out there super fun programs https://www.edshed.com/en-us.
The first program I am going to tell you about is Math Shed. For parents like me cost is $24.95 a year and includes up to 5 children. This gives you fill access to the Math Shed web game and a 15% discount if you wish to sign up for Spelling Shed. Fore parents it offers schedule and assignment tracking as well as data reporting. For the kids it offers some fun games that they can play online with friends or offline if you are on the go and with out internet. You can download the app for an additional cost or use the browser version on a PC. There are several different levels to each of the games within Math Shed. Math Shed uses a Mastery teaching approach and a no worksheet approach. It offers a wide range of math skill categories and levels such as number-bonds, times-tables, powers of 10 and addition and subtraction. As the parent/teacher you can go in and assign specific math games for each student. Math Shed is designed to be dyslexia friendly and uses a open Dyslexic font.
The girls like the games as you can see there are several different game options. They are good for practice and give the girls a little something different than the standard fact drilling with flash cards.
For Spelling Shed you go into the Teacher Hub and download the Curriculum. There are several different stages to Spelling Shed. Stage 1-5 corresponds to grades 1-5 etc. It is designed to give 100% common core and state standard coverage. It will give you weekly objectives and a lesson plan for each week. Along with printable practice sheets with answers. You can also assign specific assignments to each student. There are 3 kinds of games for your students: Play which is the main game they will used to do assignments, Bee Keeper lets you guess the words by choosing letters, Buzzy Words lets you make up words using random tile letters. Each game has 4 different difficulty levels Easy- Medium- Hard- Extreme. On easy an audio clip is played and only the included letters are shown. On medium the audio clip is played and only the included letters are shown. On hard an audio clip is played and the included letters plus some random letters are shown. Extreme level the audio clip is played and a full qwerty keyboard is shown and letters must be correctly accented and capitalized.
Both programs offer Hive Games which allow students to play online with other players. As the parent/teacher you can create the hive and choose which students they can play against. This is a fun little feature if you have a group of homeschool kids you can get together to play with.
Out of the two programs the girls enjoy Spelling Shed the most and I feel it is giving them some great spelling practice even if the words are a little easy at times.