This month I got the opportunity to review Motherboard Books program Let’s Make a Web Page for students. This is geared for ages 8-14 and is priced at 19.95 for the e-Book which is what we received. This is a fairly short program and you can do it in a matter of about 4 weeks or so depending on how quickly you and/or your child moves through the lessons. Younger kids will need a parent to help with this program but older kids should be able to navigate through this fairly well on their own. There are 10 lessons that covers basic web design and teaches kids how to create a table, how to add pictures, create backgrounds and more. There is a section for parents on internet safety and how to upload to the internet.
As someone who used to do some web design I found the product refreshingly simple to follow and understand. The lessons are very easy to follow and can be done fairly easily by older kids. My younger daughter who is 8 does not have the attention span for this at this time so I will be using this again later with her. The older two can sit down and work on this either together or alone without me. They are excited about this program and all they are learning.
For this program we used it on the computer instead of printing it out. Using a split screen for them to read and work on side by side. I did not finish this with my girls due to a life emergency that unfortunately took me away from home for the entire month of May and the first week and a half of June. So I can’t say how the web pages have turned out. However, I can say its been a fun experience thus far and I’m sure it will continue to be as we finish this out.
I recommend this to anyone who has kids that are interested in learning basic web design. I also recommend that you check out the other programs available from Motherboard Books.
I received the opportunity to read and review the book Dragons of El Shaddai Ancient Bloodline (1) written by my friend Heather Dawn.
Synopsis: Jack Senifah is an average teenage farmboy. Sure, witnessing the murder of his parents when he was a kid has left him a little troubled, but Jack has a plan. You see, he lives in the future and in the future there are dragons and dragonriders. Jack has been training to enter the dragonrider trials. He soon discovers that becoming a rider is a lot easier said than done. The dragons lose no time informing Jack that he must complete one of the most daunting tasks he could have imagined. He must find a way to peace with the Creator. And he must figure it out while participating in the grueling Trials.
This is the first installation in the Dragons of El Shaddai series.
Author Bio: Heather Dawn has been an avid reader of fantasy and lover of dragons since childhood. Once she discovered how much Jesus Christ loved her, she turned her life over to Him. He has never asked her to give up imagination and fantasy. What He did do was put a story in her heart that couldn’t be contained.
A portion of every sale will be donated to the "His Hands and Feet" outreach ministry at The Potter’s House Church in Jacksonville NC.
Heather grabs my attention immediately from the start of this story. That is something that I really like. I always hate having to push through the first couple of chapters before being able to get into the story. If it can pull you in right away then I will finish the story. She is able to throw you into the action right at the beginning.
The story is well written and interesting and it’s a quick and easy read. It is full of action and adventure. It’s set in earth’s future where due to apocalyptic changes technology has been lost and Dragons have made a reappearance in our world. This story will leave you begging for more. I can not wait for book 2.
If you’re a fan of fantasy, you will enjoy this story. It’s also a great alternative for Christian families looking for good stories besides the secular books that are out there.
This book is great for people of all ages. You can purchase the book in paperback or eBook (Kindle and Nook) format at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
If you want to connect with Heather Dawn or let her know how much you love her book you can check out her author page on Facebook here.
I got the opportunity to try and review Spanish for You! Estaciones You can purchase this product or others by going to the purchase page. The complete program is $64.95 and covers grades 3-8. If you don’t need that big of an age range you can get Grades 3-4; 5-6; or 7-8 for $39.95. You can also purchase additional books for $12.95 in case you want one for each student. In each set you receive:
- a softcover Spanish For You! book.
- 24-30 week lesson guide (pdf download)
- self checking worksheets (pdf download)
- audio files (download)
- flashcard/activity pictures (pdf download)
Estaciones theme is Seasons. It teaches your kids basic Spanish by using a theme. With the pictures, flashcards and games it makes learning Spanish fun. I believe that you can utilize this with a second grader that is reading well. Over all it covers a large grade range and the lesson plans are fairly simple to follow.
My opinion: I used this with my 2nd grader. We love Spanish For You! And will continue to use this over the next school year. It is easy to follow. You print what you need when you need it. The prep work has been laid out well in the book and all the games makes it fun and helps your child to remember the words easily. For our family its simplicity works so well. I need simple. If something is too hard to plan out and prepare then most likely I won’t do it. So this program is awesome and we are loving it.
Note: My family and I have had to take a break from this program due to a life emergency. But we are all looking forward to starting it back up again. Since we are at the end of the school year we most likely will start this up again in the fall. But I think this curriculum is worth the price and will make learning Spanish fun for you and your children.
You can see sample pages of Estaciones by clicking here.
Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station Book: #11, Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon
By Marianne Hering & Wayne Thomas Batson / Tyndale House
Join cousins Beth and Patrick as they are whisked away for Libya in the 13th century. The town of Silene is being terrorized by a vicious animal that is eating livestock, and the townspeople believe it’s a dragon sent by the devil. To appease the beast, the people believe they must offer up a human sacrifice—a young girl named Sabra.
When Beth tries to help Sabra escape, she too is tied up as an offering for the dragon. Meanwhile, Patrick and a new friend named Hazi join Georgius, a Roman knight who is serving in Africa to keep peace. Georgius decides to find the dragon and kill it, but his plans go awry when Beth and Sabra beg him not to kill it. The girls know the true secret of Silene—and the dragon isn’t its worst enemy.
My girls and I had never before read the Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station books before. This was our first experience with them. I was excited to get it because we love the Adventures in Odyssey radio drama’s and have a few in the car to listen to on car rides. I was surprised at how quickly you could read this book. Of course it is written for younger kids ages 7-12. The girls and I decided this might be a fun one to read aloud so that’s what we did.
Boo said she loved the story. It kept her attention (which is hard to do) and she loved the fact that the story contained a dragon. Princess enjoyed the adventure part of the story. There is enough action and adventure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. It was well written and a lot of fun for us. We read the book in two days so if you want something your kids can devour and that holds great examples of God’s truth and good moral’s then I would grab up this series.
The girls and I are looking forward to reading more of these books.
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The girls and I were so excited to get the opportunity to try out Math Rider for review. The website says:
MathRider combines fun math game play with a highly sophisticated question engine that adapts to your child. The game propels your child to mastery of all four math operations using numbers 0 to 12 in record time.
This game is priced at $47 as an instant download and that includes free software updates for life. Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself. It can be used on both Windows or MAC OSX. It has cute illustrations and story to give your child a goal to go after. It covers all four basic Math operations addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It’s geared for kids in 2nd to 6th grades but my 7th grader was also able to use it for review on her math operations.
The concept is that you ride a horse in search of something and you have to answer a math question in order to avoid the hurdles that come up in your path. The quicker you answer the faster you go. The object is to find a medicine that will help cure your mother who is sick. Everything in this game has to do with math including the names of the land and characters. It’s really a neat concept.
I think its cute, my older girls zoomed right through it and my younger one is using it to help increase her knowledge of math operations. My 2nd grader would get frustrated that she was not as fast as her sisters but that comes with time and practice. My 6th grader loved the concept and since Math comes easier for her found it very easy. My 7th grader enjoyed refreshing herself and found that this is a more fun way to do it than math drills. It’s definitely a nice break from the norm.
Thank you to Math Rider for allowing us to try this game. You’ve done a great job researching and making it fun that even mom wanted to play.