BOX of I.D.E.As. SALT box has not disappointed us. Our SALT box arrived packaged within another box and true to it’s name this BOX was with great ideas. A brochure for this product was included explaining the concept of BOX of I.D.E.As and other than the actual SALT box, it was the first thing to catch my eye.
The brochure proclaims this product to be “All you need in one neat box!” and it really is. 10 activity based modules make up this extensive curriculum targeting ages 9-16. All in one box, getting the child off the computer and back to learning from scratch. It’s definitely a lot of hands-on learning fun.
Upon opening the box, the user finds a welcome note explaining the curriculum along with 10 individually zip-lock package bags of activities. The user can simply pull one of any of the 10 modules from the box to get started learning about SALT. The only needed accessory is a pencil or pen. If any other supplies are necessary for the module, it can be found listed on a label on the front of the module bag.
Fact cards are another bonus provided throughout the SALT box. These cards can be used for memorization or a creative game. They could also be turned into a writing assignment and added to by students as they learn more about Salt working through the curriculum.
Each module is jam-packed with activities, games, facts, weblinks and more. The modules cover everything from the Salt March to where salt comes from to why we use salt and so much more than most of us even know. The Great Wall of China was even paid for with money gained from taxing salt. Colorful photos are included to expand lessons and plenty of quality flashcards are included to be used as needed within the curriculum.
We learned so much about SALT through this wonderful curriculum and so much more than any other curriculum we have used has taught us about it. It was also very easy to include my littlest homeschooler in lessons, allowing her to listen as absorb as we held discussions and read through the activities included in each module. This is a box we will be returning to over and over again as we learn more about how salt is used through history and more. It’s a huge bonus to have a complete subject such as this one on hand.
Other topics are available through BOX of I.D.E.As. such as Laundry, World War II (multiple products for WWII), Quilting, Civil War and more. To purchase your own BOX of I.D.E.As., visit their website. The SALT box like we used, which includes everything but a pencil for activities, is available through their website for $79. A PDF for SALT is available for $49. Extra modules can be purchased as needed for $4 each.
Music Together is an award winning music program created to be used with children in any setting from homeschool to public school. Internationally used, this product has provided a structured music program throughout the world. They have worked to bring music to children everywhere.
For this review, I was asked to try out Music Together: Family Favorites with my children at home. When my package arrived, I found the Teacher’s Songbook, a full CD of music to use along with the program and a folder of information for completing my review. The covers for this particular program are green with black font that is simple yet professional in type.
The Music Together: Family Favorites Songbook for Teachers begins with a short preface explaining the purpose of the program, then provides a section of how to use the book for the program. Next is the Introduction which goes into further detail explaining the programs usefulness and purpose. The beginning of the book is a guide that tells the teacher how to use the program, what props to use along with the songs, and differing activities that are used as well as how to use them for each part of the program. This section also covers how to use this program with special needs students.
The next section of the Songbook for Teachers begins the lessons for the program. This section, called Songs, shares a different lesson for each song provided on the CD for the program. How to teach the song, activities, as well as lyrics for each song are covered within this section. The songs are further broken down to explain how to use them with children of differing ages from infant through school-age and also for special needs children.
The last section of the Teacher’s Songbook is a reference section, providing information on other books in the Music Together program. Also included is a guide for guitar playing to use with the songs for the program and a dictionary explaining the terms used throughout the program.
We used this program over a period of several weeks, while working with adjustments to having a new baby in the home, and we enjoyed what we were able to complete during that time. Music is a favorite of mine so I enjoyed teaching my children with this particular program. I also enjoyed sharing several of my own childhood favorites that we hadn’t already covered with other programming in the past. Songs like Biddy Biddy, She Sells Sea Shells, John the Rabbit, and I’ve Been Working on the Railroad allowed me to share a part of my own childhood with my children that we may have otherwise missed out on. And I found my children enjoyed those songs and others just as much as I did. Integrating activities like clapping along, using home-made drums and rhythm sticks, and singing together was a lot of fun to share as a family activity. Overall we give this program two-thumbs-up as far as lessons go.
Music Together: Family Favorites is available online as a combo package for the special price of $39.95 (a $5 discount from the regular price). Use the code “Schoolhouse” at checkout to receive an additional $2 off the program. The Songbook for Teachers is available to purchase separately for $29.95. The Family Favorites CD is available for $14.95. Individual tracks can be downloaded as needed for $.99 each or for $9.99 for the entire album.
This program with it’s adorable children and cute characters connects children to others like them making it easier for them to pick up on a language that could otherwise be hard and confusing to learn. The programs structure makes it easy for toddlers and 10 year olds alike to pick up on the new language immediately. My children themselves are ages 4, 9 and 11 and all three equally enjoyed using and learning with this program while we were reviewing it. My youngest enjoyed the fun colors, the children, and most especially the characters in each video lesson we did.
Winston’s preferred method of learning is digital through video games and websites online, videos and lots of hands-on activities to bring things to life. He struggles with reading simply because books are boring to him. Reading Kingdom has changed all that simply by making reading fun!!
Reading Kingdom helps promote reading skills and build reading strengths by using reading games, online incentives, and progressing at a child’s skill level. Reading Kingdom teaches important skills such as sequencing, sounds, meaning, comprehension and more with it’s program. It is super easy to use. My son was able to work through the program on his own with sound cues throughout the program prompting him to move forward in his learning. Nothing was over his head in terms of learning either, all adapted to his skills through assessment in the beginning of the program. Lessons are a short 15-30 minutes each, allowing a child time to adjust to things he’s just learned about.
Reading Kingdom is definitely a program we will be sharing throughout the future. It’s perfect for leveled readers as well as struggling ones like mine. It captivates the child and keeps them interested in learning to read in a fun way. My son absolutely loved the program which says a lot to me since it’s so hard for us to find a program that keeps him interested and fits his learning style.
Reading Kingdom is available risk-free for free for 30 days. A subscription is available for $19.99 a month or $199.99 a year for the first reader and additional readers can be added $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. Additional products are also available through the website for learning to read.