Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office Review

Is your homeschool day filled with chaos?
Are you disorganized and praying for things to change?

Well, I have the perfect tool for you to use. Recently, I was given the opportunity to review HomeSchool Office from Lord Heritage for the SchoolHouse Review Crew. I received a one year (12 months) free subscription to the program.


HomeSchool Office Review


Lord Heritage's HomeSchool Office is a web-based program that provides a variety of tools to help you plan, organize, and manage your homeschool. Having a well organized homeschool is essential to keeping things running smoothly. HomeSchool Office is extremely flexible and works with any curriculum. Whether you have 1 or 10 kids this program can help you organize it all.

HomeSchool Office uses the POWER strategy. The power strategy is a comprehension program that follows God's proven way.



PLAN
~ plan
~build a master schedule
~ set up lessons
~ create projects for home or co-ops
~ plan a budget

ORDER
~schedule lessons
~integrate home & school activities
~add important reminders
~create personalized lists

WORK
~ manage everyday to do lists
~follow daily lesson plans
~view or print individual schedules
~ allow student access

EVALUATE
~track attendance
~track hours
~maintain grades
~ manage state regulations

REPORT
~customized reports
~create transcripts




By using the HomeSchool Office online program, you can plan and organize your daily homeschool life as well as your year to year homeschool journey. The program not only helps you plan the day to day lessons, it allows you to keep track of activities, subjects, and to create reports. By doing all of these things, it makes building a transcript extremely easy, especially for the high school years.

Once I logged it, I went about setting up my information. Be prepared this will take some time. HomeSchool Office is extremely thorough and asks for a lot of information!



Most of the information needed is pretty useful, but there were a few things I thought were not overly important. Maybe when you are creating transcripts you need all the "extra" information, but for families with younger kids it may be too much. I didn't see why I needed to enter in all the phone numbers and addresses for all the kids. To me it would seem the program would know that each child's address would be the same since we are homeschooling. Maybe just being able to check a box that says use existing address would help the set up process go quicker.

Setting up your homeschool should have been easy. I didn't find that to be the case. I had problems with the program freezing and not saving information. After a few tries, I was able to set things up, but I do wish it could have been easier. I have used and tried other online programs, but this program seemed a little more confusing to me. It took me a lot longer to figure it out. It may not be as user friendly for some people or it could have just been me.




After creating you homeschool, you get to add your students, lessons, activities, etc. HomeSchool Office has everything. I can't think of anything this program missed when planning for your homeschool year. You get to add your children's subjects, create their lessons, create a master schedule to follow (it even allows you to add in extracurricular activities), books, and budget. There is a section where you can enter your children's grades. This is perfect if you grade your children or if you hand out report cards. You can track attendance to make sure you are following your states attendance laws. 
Finally there is the ability to print reports. The reports are broken up into 4 quarters. These reports are great if you need to create a transcript or if you do a portfolio to meet your states requirements. 
Did I tell you that there is even a section for you to record the contacts for your state? Well there is! I did find this extremely helpful, because every year ( and I mean every year) I have to go and search for our information online.




Overall the HomeSchool Office is a great program. I think anyone wanting to keep detailed information would love this program. For me, I found it not so user friendly, but I prefer to plan my lessons the old fashion way with paper and pen. I just use a regular old notebook to plan my budget, books, and subjects. I then create my own lesson plans online using plain old Word. As far as logging our progress and work, I use another online program that I have been using for 4 years now. It's O.K. not great but it works a little better for our needs. I tried HSO hoping I would fall in love with it, but so far I haven't. I know others have and that's great! I think you just have to go with what works best for your family. The best part with the HomeSchool Office from Lord Heritage is that they offer a 30 day free trial. You can try the program out to see if you enjoy it before you buy it. A one year subscription costs $79.00. Head over here to check it out for yourself. 



Till next time,
~Monique



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Gluten Free Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes


I decided to make some gluten free doughnuts for my daughter when she was sick with a cold last week. They were easy and tasted pretty close to the real thing.
I found the recipe on the Betty Crocker  website, but I change a few ingredients because we just didn't have all of them.

So here is my recipe......


Ingredients

Vegetable Oil for frying the doughnuts
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups Bisquick Gluten Free mix (whole box)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup milk
2 egg, beaten


Directions

In a saucepan, heat 3 inches of oil. You can use a deep fryer if you have one.

In a small bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside for later.

In a large bowl, combine the bisquick, sugar, and nutmeg together. Add the melted butter, milk, and eggs. Mix the ingredients until smooth. 

Shape the dough into small balls. Carefully drop the balls into the hot oil. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for 2 minutes or until golden brown. 

Drain the balls on a paper towel. While still warm, roll the balls into the cinnamon/sugar mix. 

YUMMY!!!!








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~Monique


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up/THMJ

Well another week has come and gone. Spring is finally here. I am so ready for it.
At least the calender says it's spring. Someone needs to tell mother nature to stop the snow.


We woke up to snow this morning.....HAPPY SPRING to us!


So what have we been up to this week?

In our life this week.....
On Sunday, we went to mass and the Lego Man went to CCD. Princess P was home sick. I taught my sweet little first graders. We had a fun class. We learned about Saint Patrick and watched a great film about him. We then did two fun crafts to go along with our lessons. The kids had a blast.
On Monday, I got to take Princess P to the doctors. It seems she just had some type of cold or flu. A week with a fever is no fun for anyone. We did stop at target for some honey cough drops. Since she had been sick all week, I allowed her to pick out a toy. She chose one of the new Lego Elves sets.


She enjoyed putting it together and it took away some of her boredom for awhile.
Tuesday and Wednesday, we hung out at the house, since Princess P is still not feeling 100%. On Thursday, we headed out to the library. We had books due and they couldn't be renewed. After the library, we dropped off a few bags of out grow summer clothes to our local thrift store. We then headed home. Once home, we realized that our sweet little man was not feeling well. 



He had gotten into a fight the night before and obviously he didn't win the battle. So back into the car we went. The vet was able to find 5 bite wounds on his side and abdomen. Poor guy. He got some pain meds and some antibiotics and off we went. He sleep the rest of the day.
On Friday, we woke to snow. Yup snow on the first day of spring. Something is wrong! I am ready for flip flop weather. Worse than the snow, I woke up sick. Thanks to Princess P and her sharing, I now am sick with the same yucky bug she had. Fever, cough, headache, and a scratchy throat. 

In our school this week....
Well school was hit or miss. He 
Monday-no school
Tuesday & Wednesday- full day of school. We were trying to play catch up with the days we fell behind last week.
Thursday- we did math and English
Friday- the kids did school while Mama laid on the couch.

I am really hoping we will get to do a few week next week!

What I am reading....
I am currently reading a book by Debbie Macomber called Twenty Wishes.



What the kids are reading....
I know Lego Man is still reading his Redwall series. I'm not quite sure what book he is in now. He has also been checking out every book he can find on fishes.....salt water, fresh water, etc. 
Princess P hasn't been reading much lately. With her headache, she has found it hard to concentrate on the words. 

What have I been working on....
Cleaning and purging. We donated 4 bags of outgrown spring/summer clothes to our local thrift store. Lego Man also parted with some outgrown toys. Hopefully we can clean out at least a few more bags.
Next week, if we all are feeling better, my goal is to get back into school full force and then in the afternoons spring cleaning. I think we will start with 1 room and go from there. 



Till next time
~Monique


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

GPALOVEMATH Review

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the GPALOVEMATH curriculum from GPA LEARN for the Schoolhouse Review Crew!


For this review, we were given online access to one level of the math program for 1 full year. I signed up my daughter for the 4th grade level. GPA Learn is a fun online math program geared for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. GPA Learn is a supplemental math program with over 150 lessons and over 10,000 practice problems!! 

Each level has different animated learning coaches. There is a detective, a penguin, a girl, a robot, an owl, and super heroes. Something to appeal to all those little learners out there!



The program has an amazing reward system in place for the child. Parents can set up rewards for their children to earn. For every five lessons completed, the child will earn a reward picked by the parents. You can make up your own or pick from the wonderful list provided by GPA Learn. Just a few of the examples are picking what's for dinner, a parent does you chore, a trip to go get ice cream, earn a $1, a trip to the movies, get a special prize/gift, or earn $5 dollars. I like how parents can tailor the rewards to each child. Being able to be specific with the rewards allows parents to motivate all of their children in their own special way.

When the child logs into their account, they will see their dashboard.



The dashboard lets the child see their progress and if they have earned any rewards. From there, they can click onto the page that holds their lessons. The lessons are broken up between 3 colored paths. For 4th grade, the paths are green, purple, and blue. Each path will take the child down a different math function being taught for that grade level. My daughter path has hundredths place, thousandths place, and geometry.



The math lessons are broken up into 3 sections. Each lesson starts with an explanation of the math function being taught, then it is followed by a wonderful practice session. Finally, the third section is where the child can complete the quiz. The quiz is scored 4 ways.

Rockstar 14-15 Correct   Level~Master
Excellent 12-13 Correct   Level~ Master
Nice Job 10-11 Correct  Level~ Apprentice
Keep Trying 9 or less Correct

There is also a page where the child can engage others that they become friends with. I briefly looked at this section, but we didn't friend anyone or link anyone to us. I don't really allow my kids to use the internet for that just yet. If you allow it, it may be another way to help encourage your child to achieve even more!


                               


So how did it work for us?

After receiving my information for registration, I headed on over to the site to register my daughter. I picked the 4th grade math level for her, since she is in 4th grade. One complaint I do have is that there is no placement test. I think it would be extremely helpful for parents to be able to test their child first and then pick the appropriate level. Math programs and books vary greatly from what they cover year to year. Parents would benefit from an online placement test, so they could get the most out of this fun online math program.

For the 4th grade level, our learning guide was an owl named, Pemdas.  She reminds me of a wizard owl from the stories about Merlin.....like Disney's Sword and the Stone. 
The online math program is challenging. After the first few lessons, the 4th grade level seemed a little advance for her. My daughter is slightly behind in math and I was hoping this program would help her to catch up. Overall, she enjoys doing the online lessons. She has had a difficult time with some of them. She has had to repeat a few lessons multiple times before she can move on. This has caused some discouragement. It would be nice if there was a way to change levels online especially if your child is really having a difficult time with the lessons. It might be nice to automatically have access to the grades right below and above the grade level you picked for your child.

Pemdas is a wonderful instructor, but my daughter thinks the voice of the owl takes too long to start speaking. She ends up starting to read the math problem only to be interrupted by the owl. This has caused her to want to skip the instruction part and even the practice part. I have stressed to her that patience is a great virtue to learn. 

Even with her difficulty with the level, she has asked to continue the program. Sadly, we haven't used the program as much as they recommend. My daughter has had a rough time this past month with being sick. The flu and a stomach bug has limited her ability to play. I will say that once she felt better, she immediately asks to do her online math work.


Want to learn more about GPA Learn? Check the following links!



Till next time, 
~Monique


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!


Wishing you all a wonderful feast day!

In honor of Saint Patrick's Feast day, we will be doing some fun things at home.
During our religion studies, we will read about Saint Patrick. 
We will do a craft about the Blessed Trinity.



You can find it over at Catholic Inspired.
Jennifer has tons of great crafts for kids of all ages!
She also has a new craft for Saint Patrick's Day. 
It's a mobile. 
I did it with my CCD class this past Sunday and they LOVED it!

Every year, we watch the movie Patrick, Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle from CCC of America.


My kids are getting a little old for this, but we still enjoy it. Next year, I may have to find a "older" movie about Saint Patrick.


For fun, the kids will hunt for gold coins around the house. Not really related to Saint Patrick but it's still fun. It's like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow.




So what's for dinner?
Irish Beef Stew
Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread
and
Saint Patrick's Gluten Free Brownie Desert


Till next time, 
~Monique


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What's for dinner this Friday? Shrimp Scampi

Last Friday, I decided to make Lego Man one of his favorite dishes....Shrimp Scampi. He loves getting it for dinner at an Italian restaurant near my mom's house. So I searched online and found an easy recipe online. I found it on Simply Recipes. Of course, I had to change it up a little to fit our needs.



Ingredients

1 pound of shrimp...I used frozen and just thawed it overnight
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
2 Tablespoons of butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup white wine
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Parsley


Directions

Place butter and olive oil in saute pan. Mix the butter and oil together on high heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute the garlic until it is slightly browned. 

Add shrimp. Add the wine and stir to coat the shrimp in the butter wine sauce. Make sure the shrimp are in a single layer. Bring sauce to a boil.  Boil the shrimp and wine for about 2-3 minutes. 
Flip the shrimp to cook the other side. Cook on high for 2 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle the shrimp with parsley, lemon juice, and black pepper. Stir to mix the ingredients.

Serve on rice or pasta. 
We used gluten free pasta and it was delicious!



Till next time, 
~Monique


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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Critical Thinking Company Review

Do your kids like to do their grammar lessons? Usually grammar lessons here are met with groans and kids dragging their feet to the table. Well, that all changed a few weeks ago. We were given the opportunity to review the book, Editor in Chief Level 1 from The Critical Thinking Company. My son really enjoyed using this book.



For our review, we received a physical copy of the book, Editor In Chief Level 1. I was worried that the book would be dull and boring, but I was wrong. Thank goodness. My son LOVED the stories in the book. He read about various animals and different places in the world. He loves anything to do with nature, so the subject matter was a big hit for him. He even learned some new stuff about some animals, which is really good.



The book is a workbook style book for use by one child. The good news is if you have multiple children, the license is reciprocal.....meaning you can make copies to use for all you kids. Which is great! Not too many companies allow this. You can read more about their copyright laws on their website. This would save any homeschooling family some money, which we all could use right?

Editor in Chief Level 1 is recommended for children in the 4th and 5th grade.
The book is 136 pages long and the pages are perforated for easy tear out. So if you are using it for multiple students, you can tear each page out and store them in plastic sleeves to protect them.

The book is filled with interesting facts for the children to read and fantastic photos to go along with the topic.



After reading the lesson and learning the new rule being introduced, the kids put their knowledge and skills to work by finding the hidden mistakes. The children look at the photo and the short information given. With the information they are given, they have to read a paragraph and find mistakes hidden in it. Don't worry if you have trouble finding a mistake there is an answer key in the back of the book.
Mistakes can spelling errors, capitalization errors,  and so much more. Each lesson focuses on a particular grammar topic.
The books is divided into 12 lessons. The 12 lessons are then divided into 4 activities.
The lessons cover....
  • Content
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling Errors
  • Nouns and Pronouns
  • Adjectives, Adverbs, Articles
  • Verbs
  • Agreement
  • Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections
  • Confused Word Pairs and Negative Words
  • Homophones and Homographs
  • Run-On  Sentences and Sentence Fragments                   

Each page has a section on the bottom where students can rewrite the passage correctly. This is optional, but I had my son do it. I figured it was a good way to practice his penmanship. You could have them rewrite it everyday, every other day, or once a week. Whatever works best for you homeschooling needs.

On top of the 12 lessons, the book contains some review lessons. I love review lessons! I think they help reinforce the skills that the children have learned. The reviews are broken up in 3 ways.
You have 4 mini reviews. They follow Lessons 3, 6, 9, 12. There are two bigger reviews that review the first half of the book, Lesson 1-6 and the second half of the book, Lessons 7-12.
At the end of the book there is a final review that reviews all 12 lessons! If you like to give tests or quizzes, this would be a great way to test your child's knowledge.

My son has really enjoyed working in this book. The topics covered in each lesson have held his interest. He hasn't complained once when asked to do the work. We are looking forward to using Level 2 next year!

Check more reviews on different products from The Critical Thinking Company over at the Schoolhouse Review Crew!


Till next time,
~Monique


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Digital Science Online Review

I am thrilled to be able to share my review with you about Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition and Digital Science Online: Secondary Edition from Visual Learning Systems for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.


Visual Learning Systems Review
Visual Learning Systems is an online collection of wonderful science videos, clips, animations, and images. The site has activities and assessments for the students. There is even a guide for teachers.
Check out this page to see all that they have to offer. It gives you a fantastic overview of  the program.

Visual Learning Systems Review
Visual Learning Systems is an annual online subscription. I was given access to both editions of Digital Science Online for a full year. I was able to set up a teacher and student account.

The price is based on the number of students using the program, so it's perfect for schools, co-ops, and homeschoolers! They do have a special homeschooling pricing. For a homeschool family, up to 8 kids, you can get a yearly subscription for $99.00. You can find out more about the pricing on their website.


We used the secondary edition, which is geared for grades 6th-12th. I have a 4th grader and a 6th grader and this edition worked out great for both my kids. We follow a classical education program for our science and the Digital Online Science program complemented it wonderful. We watched the videos that went along with our weekly science lesson. It brought the world of science right into our home. It was great because I didn't have to search the internet for the information I needed to enhance our lessons. It was nice not to have search through different videos on other sites, which can be very time consuming!


Visual Learning Systems Review
The secondary edition focuses on physical science, earth science, life science, science measurements, health science, and biology science. We focused on the chemistry and physics section of the program.
The student activities offers a varied selection. You will find preliminary tests, worksheets on the videos, vocabulary worksheets, experiments, and tests. 
The videos were short and held the kids attention. They ranged in length from 20-30 minutes. I loved how you could click on the subject that we were covering or  if we felt like it we could watch the entire video for a full lesson. Another bonus for us was that they loaded quickly. We have satellite for our internet service and too often most online programs take FOREVER to load, but not this one. It was quick and we didn't lose any time from our schooling waiting for the pages to load.
My kids enjoyed the experiments that were suggested. They were fun and simple for kids to do.
I found this program to be a wonderful supplement to our science curriculum.
They do have a edition geared for Kindergarten through 5th grade. I did check it out a little bit and it was just as fun! It also had a variety of activities for the younger kids to learn. The elementary edition covers physical science, life science, and earth science. I think for younger kids, you could use this online program for you entire science curriculum. It is thorough and the kids will learn a lot.
Visual Learning Systems Review

I am looking forward to continuing our lessons with Digital Science Online. The kids have really enjoyed it and I am very eager to see what the other topics cover!

Till next time,
~Monique


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Classically Catholic Memory~ Gamma Year Week 7

Religion~


While  searching online, I found a wonderful lesson about the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy from Our Lady of Lourdes.
The kids did a crossword puzzle I created at A to Z Teacher Stuff

And a fill in the blank I created. You can find it here

Spiritual Works of Mercy Coloring page from fcpeace.com


Latin~
This week we started learning the Holy, Holy, Holy in Latin. We sang along with the monks from our Chant Kit Cd.
We learned about the origin of this hymn. The Sanctus was first added to the Mass by Pope Saint Sixtus (119-128). The hymn is broken up into two parts. The first part is taken from the vision of the Prophet Isaiah. The second part is taken from the shouts and praises Jesus receieved when he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.



Math~


I found this eight time tables song that kids can listen to, sing, and learn the multiples of 8! 

A fun activity I did with my youngest to help her learn the multiples of eight was play Eight Plates.
I took some paper plates and wrote the numbers on them. I then had her set the table. At first, I kept the plates in order but after a few turns around the table, I mixed them up and had her set the table in the correct order.

To help reinforce the multiples of eight, I had the kids work on a few worksheets.




Geography~

Source~Wikipedia



We labeled the CCM map. We used the wall map in our school room to learn the new states and review the previous states we've learned.
The kids colored in our state outline maps and labeled the state and the capital on the paper.


Great Words~

Landing of Columbus
John Vanderlyn
1847

We are almost done with our Christopher Columbus poem. The kids have done a fantastic job learning the poem. We are still going over the new section each day. The kids are using their copy of the poem to work on their memorization of it each night. I am so proud of their diligence. 


Science~
Separating Mixtures
We read Chapter 6 and 7 in our Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry book. We have really enjoyed this text book. It has provided just enough information to go along with our CCM book. I also found a site perfect for explaining the process to kids. Head over here to check it out.
We found a few youtube videos that showed the process of separation.

         


We did a simple worksheet that dealt with how to separate different mixtures. You can find it at Great Schools.





History~
This week, the kids learned about the French Wars of Religion, the Thirty Years War, and the English Civil War. It was a lot to take it. I wasn't able to come up with any real fun activities for this week but I did find some sources on the topics so the kids could learn more about the subject.




Till next time, 
~Monique


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Our Weekly Wrap-Up/THMJ #4

Wow another week has come and gone!
I can't believe we are already in March.
I can't say I'm sad about that fact. That just means, it will be SPRING soon!!!!!!! I am so ready to see colorful flowers emerging in the flower beds.



So what went on this week...
Shopping, ice storms and snow.


Saturday, Princess P and I had a girls day. We went shopping for some new clothes for summer. I found a beautiful dress for Easter and the best part it was 50% off!!
On Sunday, we had church and CCD. Oh yeah, we had a ice storm that day too. We seem to be having a lot of those this year. I much prefer snow.

Monday was a tough day for us. We had our last CCM co-op meeting and the kids said goodbye to the friends they had made and had seen weekly for the past 3 years. This year has been a very difficult one. We started the year off with fewer moms and then sadly we lost a few more. Continuing the classes seemed extremely difficult and down right impossible. After talking to my husband and kids, we decided it just wasn't going to work anymore. A few of the other ladies had come to the same decision too. It's sad that we couldn't make it work for everyone involved. We will miss the friends we've made, but I will not miss the extra work of planning the co-op. It's weird, I never realized how much work I put into until this week. I have had more free time to spend with my kids and really enjoy them. Being part of the planning has definitely been a part time job. It's such a bittersweet feeling. I worry now, we will lose the friends we've made over the past 3 years. It always seems to work out that way. A co-op ends or when families leave, staying it touch just never seems to work out. Hopefully this time will be different. So Monday was a busy day for us. We headed to co-op to clean out the cabinets and disburse the left over supplies. Each family went home with lots of goodies. We headed to the library and the county building to pay some taxes. We finally got home around 4.
Tuesday, we stayed home, but things were still a little disorganized with the end of co-op.  We just did the basics. I'm sure it will take us some time to get used to no co-op and our new routine. The rest of the week was spent cleaning, doing laundry (like always), and hanging out. 

On Thursday, we received a foot of snow up here on the mountain. It's crazy! We are in March and ready for spring but we get the best snow storm we've had all winter. It was beautiful while the snow was coming down. It covered the trees and made the outside look like a winter wonderland.
We cut our schooling short that day, so the kids could go out to play in the last snow storm of the year. At least I hope it's the last storm of the year. 
We finished up our school work early and the kids headed outside to play. 


They had fun sledding and and puppy had fun chasing them and the snow flakes.


While the kids were outside, I worked on Saint Kateri Teckawitha saint doll for our saint doll exchange. Princess P thinks she turned out great. 

Till next time,
~Monique

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Egglo Eggs and Egglo Entertainment Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a variety of wonderful products from Egglo Entertainment for the School House Review Crew.


We were so excited to receive these Christian themed products.  We couldn't wait to start using the items we received in the mail. 
We received

After opening the package, the kids were most excited about the glow in the dark eggs and honestly I can't blame them!



They are pretty amazing. You get 12 glow in the dark eggs for $9.99. They do have a special right now, buy 2 boxes and get 1 box free. Of course the more you buy, the bigger discount you will get.




All you need is light to charge them up. Half of the eggs are plain and the other half have a cross on them. You get four colors...blue, green, yellow, and pink. The glowing egg is to represent that Jesus is the light of the world. The kids search in the dark for the glowing eggs and see that Jesus is the light of the world.
They make great prizes for Easter egg hunts. You can fill them with candy, the scripture scrolls, stickers, rosaries, saint medals, or small crosses. The ideas are endless! There is even a board on Pinterest that is filled with amazing ideas. I loved the wreath idea with the glowing eggs. The wreath is beautiful during the day with the flowers and eggs, but still beautiful at night with the glowing Easter eggs. It's kind of like having Easter lights, instead of Christmas lights.

They would look beautiful hanging from a tree in the yard. Every Lent and Easter, we decorate a small tree in our front yard. How beautiful would the glowing eggs be during the evening hours? The sun would charge them all day and then they would glow brightly in the night. I was going to get out there and hang some eggs up, but we got more snow. Hanging Easter eggs outside when the temperature ranges from negative to the low 20's, it not my idea of fun!


We sat down together and the kids took turns reading the story about. The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book is fun and engaging book. It is a charming story about some children who take a very magical and special journey during Holy Week. I love how the curriculum guide had questions to ask the kids after the story was read. They were even coloring pages that went along with the book. 

                                             

Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls and the Egglo Bible Verse Stickers make great fillers for the eggs.
They are a great way to keep the real meaning of Easter in your Easter Egg hunt. They are also great because you do not have to worry about any type of food allergies. They fit perfectly into the glow in the dark eggs or regular old store bought plastic eggs. You can use a combination of the two types of eggs.

The Egglo Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Event Curriculum is a great resource for religious education programs, churches, and families. It is a downloadable guide. It gives plenty of wonderful ideas to make you Easter egg hunt successful.


It has ideas for religious themed snacks, story ideas, activity ideas, bible ideas, questions and answers for kids, bible verses that can be memorized, games to help children learn important bible lessons, Easter egg hunt ideas and guidelines. They even include invitations, decorations, posters, coloring pages, and more! I can't wait to do a few of the ideas with my first grade CCD class after Easter Sunday. The curriculum guide has given me some great ideas for snacks and games for our Easter party. I know my little first graders are going to have a blast learning about Easter and Jesus!

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Till next time,
~Monique


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