Thursday, February 26, 2015

"The Reading Game" Review and Giveaway

The first book in The Reading Game learn-to-read series tells the story of a skunk without a stripe who is rejected by the other skunks but finds acceptance among some cats and becomes their defender.  It’s told in rhyme, is beautifully illustrated, and is 32 pages long.  It will be the first book the student reads, and there are five more to follow in this groundbreaking learn to read program.

Each of The Reading Game's six stories is told using just thirty new words.  These are broken down into six sets of five words.  The student learns to read each set of five words by playing a simple word matching game.  Frequent exposure through play hard wires these words into long-term memory.  Rote learning is transformed into a fast-paced game with a winner every few seconds.

After completing Skunk, Game 1, the student has learned five words (can, cat, is, me, not).  Playing Game 2 adds an additional five words (sad, she, stay, this, with). The student is then shown the picture flashcard relating to the two game sets he/she has just played. This stage helps the child transition from the stand alone words learned in game play to short sentences and phrases.  This stage also introduces capitalization and punctuation.

It’s important that the tutor move on only after the student has demonstrated proficiency in the words already covered.  Some students will take a little longer; a few may take a lot longer; but ANYONE CAN LEARN TO READ.  It’s not hard to persevere when the learning process is fun!

The Reading Game includes six decks of matching word playing cards, six sets of picture flashcards, six beautifully illustrated story books, & a Teacher and Parent's Guide
Ages 4 and  Up        2 or More Players

My  Review:
As a special education teacher I enjoy finding new resources to use at home with my kids and at school with my students.   I haven't taken this game to school yet since I currently am teaching good readers at the moment...but I do think that it will come in handy in the years to come when I have a struggling reader.   

I have an almost 4 year old and his older sister who is 7 sure likes to play the mommy role... or should I say teacher role.   As soon as I opened this package my daughter was so joyful to begin "teaching" her brother.   I had explain a few things so I let them first play matching with the words.  My four year old had fun searching for the matching words as his older sister read the words and asked him to repeat them.   Since he has struggled with speech this was already a great start to getting him to say random words and phrases as he repeated his sister.   

The idea behind "The Reading Game" is repetition and repetition in a fun and exciting way.  Sight words is a part of most schools teaching for reading and this set is DOLCH words, my school is currently using FRY words but there are many words that do overlap the two lists.  Each of the stories adds more words to keep working on building the sight word base.  The stories are basic and again the words are repeating to work on memorizing the sight words. 

If you are looking for a fun yet educational way to encourage your child or student to read then give "The Reading Game" a try.   It will help build self esteem while teaching sight words that will keep kids attention.  

I still have more work or should I say playing with my son to do before he is reading but right now I am pretty happy he is repeating the words and able to match the word cards and identify the letters.  He is a little to young to push reading onto but I can say that this is going to be a great supplement to reading when he is in Kindergarten learning to read.  

"The Reading Game" has received many awards!   I received this game for free in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  

Please enter the giveaway to win "The Reading Game"  a $34.95 value by using the easy rafflecopter form below.  

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book Review: "God Made You Special"

Book Description:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8
In this newest 8x8 softcover title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection, the Bruins join the Bear family for a cookout and bring their cousin Tommy along. It isn’t long before the cubs start up a game of baseball and Sister soon notices that Tommy doesn’t play like the rest of the group. When Sister asks about Tommy, Mama takes the opportunity to talk to Sister about how God makes each of us unique in our own way. And that we all have special gifts and talents to share with the folks around us.

My review:
Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  

I loved this story!   Since I have a nephew who has disabilities this is a great story to share with my kids to help them understand and discuss their cousin better and to show love and patience better.   The story is a great start at helping kids understand differences in kids abilities but it really will take parents to take some time to discuss and answer any questions about it as well. 

We are huge fans of The Berenstain Bear books and all the many lessons we can learn from the stories.   I hope you consider adding this to your library! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Book Giveaway- "Little Chick's Bible"

About the Bible:
The Little Chick’s Bible is a soft, cuddly Bible that children age 2-5 can call their own.  Throughout this plush-covered book little ones learn that they’re loved and cared for by God as they hear about God’s faithfulness in stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  With sweet, rhyming text and colorful illustrations, this soft and cuddly character storybook Bible is sure to become a classic with preschoolers.

My Review:

My 7 and 3 year old love the fuzzy soft book... they even said it could be a stuffed animal because it's so soft!  I did go double check their beds and was hoping to see if they were cuddling with their Bible but nope they weren't... that would have been an awesome picture.  

Over all there are 9 key stories in the Bible.   I love the rhymes on each page as well as the pictures. We actually read all the stories for bedtime rather than one per night.   

Once my kids get a little older this Bible will be a fantastic addition to our preschool room at church.  

This book was released in January 2015 and would make a great gift in an Easter basket!  

Make sure to enter the giveaway below using the easy rafflecopter form below.    

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Thanks Zondervan for sending me this book free of charge in exchange of an honest review.   I was not paid for this and all opinions are 100% mine. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jump Rope for Heart 2015

This year my daughter participated in the Jump Rope for Heart- to raise awareness on heart disease partnering with American Heart Association.  
I was surprised that 1 out of 3 women die from heart disease and 80% of it is preventable!!!   

Here is her page if you would like to donate:

Here she is with her group that  she jumped rope with.   They got silly and had a lot of fun!  

I have to giggle when I look at this picture.   Yes she is jumping rope... no she is not doing ballet.  LOL   She sure is adorable with her method.  

Valentines Day at the Library

I am so thankful for my husband that last couple weeks!   He has really done a great job at being the active parent.   I have had a couple hard weeks at work... some days I love my job and other days I long to just be at home with my family.   It changes often so I know I need to be where I am at and wait for God's direction.  

These two pictures of my kids were sent to me via text while I was still at work.   Our local library had a fun Valentines Day planned and my daughter got out of school early so my amazing hubby to the kids to have fun!

My word this year is intentional with time and I have made more time for meeting and having people over for dinner but some days I truly miss doing more crafts and fun stuff with my kids.   PRAY for me!  I guess the word should go to BALANCE!   Balance all my hats I wear.  

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