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Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Light for my Path by Davis Carman



Blessed are those who keep his statues
and seek him with all their heart-
they do no wrong
but follow his ways.


Psalms 119:2-3

Today I get to tell you about a wonderful book that we got a chance to review over the last few weeks.  A Light for my Path by Davis Carman, published by Apologia



A Light for my Path is a children's ABC book written with a beautiful Biblical view based on Psalms 119.  Davis Carman has done a wonderful job reinforcing the alphabet by creating a full spread of two pages for each of the 27 letters of The English alphabet showing the letters in capital and lowercase and with a full page spread photo of each letter, with either a plant or animal to correspond with each letter from A-Z. 


The author has given instruction on how to use this book and the history behind why Psalms 119 was chosen for this book.  Since Twinkle Toes is older, we read this together and from the first few sentences she was drawn in to every single word.  


The second half of this book teaches us the full 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and has Psalms 119 printed throughout the pages from Psalms 119:1 through Psalms 119:176.  We read through the entire book when we read it, but again Twinkle Toes is older, if your child is smaller you might want to read through the English alphabet each time you read it and a different Hebrew letter each time you read it together.  This will give you a chance to talk about the verses that have been read and more of a chance for smaller minds to pay attention and take in what you have read.  You can of course read this however you like and what is best for your children :)  


Twinkle Toes very much enjoys reading this book, and has even started to read it to our animals.  Here is Twinkle Toes reading A Light for my Path to our dog Cupcake.  Our animals get a lot of reading aloud done to them, Twinkle Toes loves to read to the animals and even makes school work for them to do, because the animals must learn too!

We have absolutely loved reading this book together and will use it for many years to come!

You can head on over to Apologia's website to see more about this book and purchase A Light for my Path.  At a price of $14 I find this book a great price and another valuable book to add to our home library! 

curious what my fellow reviewers thought of A Light for my Path?  You can read their reviews right Here








Thursday, October 3, 2013

iTooch by eduPad Review



eduPad has created a fun way to learn on your tablet or smart phone, iTooch is an app for learning Math, Language Arts, Science, Health, Music, and even French!  



Available for Apple, Windows and it's now available for Android devices!

I will have to say, I was happy to hear that it was available for Windows phones/tablets, I have a Windows phone and have a hard time finding some of my favorite apps on there.  For the purpose of this review I used my iPad so we would have the bigger screen to see/use it.

When asked to do this review I was actually pretty excited because I happened to already have this app for Twinkle Toes on my iPad!  I like to keep educational stuff on there for when we are out and about so that she's not just playing Angry Birds all the time!!


When logging in you chose what subject you want to work on that session and it will bring you to your progress chart, you can only play a certain number of levels in the free version, they do have free and paid versions of the apps, we only used the free versions.  (it takes a lot for me to actually purchase an app, I have only purchases two apps in my over 4 years of having a smart phone!)


This app is really neat because it's fun, colorful, has fun sounds, and is easy to use!  If you get the answer correct you get a check mark, if the answer is incorrect it gives you the correct answer.

I find myself when I am bored logging in and playing the games myself, nothing wrong with continuing education as an adult, and it's funny how many simple things that you learn as a child that you forget as an adult.  (I get answers wrong often, ha ha, it's like that show Are you Smarter than a 5th grader)

PROS

-Easy to use
-The graphics are great!!  (Lets face it, if it's not pretty to look at it's probably not going to get used, right??)
-The have some free stuff to use to see if you will really like it


CONS

-Cost of the paid apps- They run from $4.99 and up for each subject of each grade!  If I were to purchase an app, I would prefer to purchase the app and not have to make an additional purchase each time I want to use something else in the app.

That's really the only con that I could come up with, it's a really fun app for adults and kids!

Curious if this is the app for your family but not yet ready to make the plunge?  Head on over to the Mosaic Review page and see what the others reviewers thought of iTooch!