Hooked on Phonics

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This is the latest great offer from Educents that I thought some of you might be interested in. I have heard lots of great things about Hooked on Phonics. My two are too little for learning to read, but I’m definitely looking at this curriculum for the future.

Oh, and I love the quote below – it is an absolute gem. Leaders are readers!

Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program

From Gladie, at Educents:

COMPLETE 4 – Level Learn to Read Kit for $109 (Usually $299)

There are not many products out there that are worth spending a ton of money on. But if there is ONE piece of advice I have to parents: invest in your child’s ability to read and write. {<<< Yes!} It’ll be worth every penny, and more. That’s why I’m excited to share this deal with you.

Why? Communication is key to success, and learning to confidently read and write is its foundation. The Hooked on Phonics Program is a tried and true program that’s helped multiple generations of learners in my family master reading and phonics. It’s so easy to use and follow along that children can even teach themselves to read with Hooked on Phonics.

You may know the well known quote from Harry S. Truman,

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

The world of literature also helps children build upon their imagination, become more empathetic, and improve emotional intelligence.

So, if anyone were to ask me what the best reading/phonics program is, not only as a mom but as a learner, I would (and have many times) recommended the Hooked On Phonics Learn To Read program. This set is the absolute best deal I’ve found for beginners. It includes five levels from PreK-2nd grade.

Other great programs by Hooked on Phonics are available for older children here on Educents, where I found this deal. Right now you can get free shipping with code CANDYCORN.

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Growing up with a father in Children’s Literature and having our own personal library, I can attest to the magic and wonder of reading. Reading really does make us smarter. When I used to teach English as a second language, lots of mother’s of students would ask me what they should do. Every single time I replied, “Get them reading!” ~ Sarah

Have you used Hooked on Phonics? What success did you have with it?

5 Easy Rainy Day Toddler Activities.

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Here in New Zealand, we’re heading quickly towards a beautiful Christmas summer — which causes all mothers to celebrate plenty of days for outside play! But I feel for my Northern Hemisphere mummies who are heading towards winter with many days stuck inside with little ones.

This past winter was my first with TWO toddlers in the house and it was – let’s just say – more challenging  than when Rosie was born last July. Having a sleepy newborn and toddler is slightly different to having two loud toddlers with cabin fever!

So, I spent some time Pinterest-ing around and tried out different activities to do with the kids. Some were hits, some might be more interesting when they’re a little older. Here are the Top 5 we found the best this past winter:

Car Painting

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We did lots of drawing and painting, but the most popular by far was car painting. A grabbed a plate, some water-based paint and we dipped some of Josiah’s plastic cars in. He drove the cars all over the pages, enjoying the tracks and the merging of all the colours. We did this twice and he just loved it.

Messy Play

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This is when Pinterest comes in handy with all the recipes I can find! The two favourites were pasta play and goopy play. The pasta is great because you can just use cheap pasta and keep it indefinitely in a container to use over again. Here is the recipe I used for dying the pasta.

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And the goopy play is really messy! But they loved the feeling of the slime and just mucking around with it. {Children with sensory issues may struggle with this. Josiah got a bit upset with how the goop wouldn’t just fall off his fingers. He doesn’t like sticky stuff too much.} Here is the goopy recipe.


Lapbooks

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These were a great success and they are everywhere. We printed out a tool one and a vehicle one. Josiah enjoyed the the shadow puzzles and matching the coloured ones up. There are so many lapbooks out there but I have found the ones at 1+1+1=1 have the best.

Playdoh

I only get this out occassionally on rainy days because I want to keep it as popular as it is for as long as possible. I pulled this out just last week and the kids played with it for over an hour – win! Yes, Rosalie still keeps trying to eat it, but she loves it too. If you can get one of the spaghetti machines, your kids will make spaghetti over and over again.

Baking

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It sounds like a simple activity but it can be easily overlooked. Rosalie loves baking the most, hands down. And all children love licking the spoon of course. This is one thing I hope my children will remember us doing for years to come as it invokes such homely feelings and smells. Yes, it can have moments of stress as we encourage them to follow instructions, but it’s still fun to perservere and enjoy this with your little ones.

So, here we go! Our five favourite rainy day activities for toddlers. I hope they encourage some moments of fun, mess and laughter in your home this coming winter – and enable you to have a moment to sit down, have a cup of tea and watch them without too much stress.

Want some more ideas? Have a look at my “love homeschooling” board on Pinterest. I am regularly adding more for the future.

Follow Sarah’s board love homeschooling on Pinterest.

5 Easy Rainy Day Toddler Activities.

Two links in this post are to Amazon. Thank you for supporting me.

5easyrainytoddleractivities

Here in New Zealand, we’re heading quickly towards a beautiful Christmas summer — which causes all mothers to celebrate plenty of days for outside play! But I feel for my Northern Hemisphere mummies who are heading towards winter with many days stuck inside with little ones.

This past winter was my first with TWO toddlers in the house and it was – let’s just say – more challenging  than when Rosie was born last July. Having a sleepy newborn and toddler is slightly different to having two loud toddlers with cabin fever!

So, I spent some time Pinterest-ing around and tried out different activities to do with the kids. Some were hits, some might be more interesting when they’re a little older. Here are the Top 5 we found the best this past winter:

Car Painting

P1050470

We did lots of drawing and painting, but the most popular by far was car painting. A grabbed a plate, some water-based paint and we dipped some of Josiah’s plastic cars in. He drove the cars all over the pages, enjoying the tracks and the merging of all the colours. We did this twice and he just loved it.

Messy Play

P1050646

This is when Pinterest comes in handy with all the recipes I can find! The two favourites were pasta play and goopy play. The pasta is great because you can just use cheap pasta and keep it indefinitely in a container to use over again. Here is the recipe I used for dying the pasta.

P1050309

And the goopy play is really messy! But they loved the feeling of the slime and just mucking around with it. {Children with sensory issues may struggle with this. Josiah got a bit upset with how the goop wouldn’t just fall off his fingers. He doesn’t like sticky stuff too much.} Here is the goopy recipe.

Lapbooks

P1050661

These were a great success and they are everywhere. We printed out a tool one and a vehicle one. Josiah enjoyed the the shadow puzzles and matching the coloured ones up. There are so many lapbooks out there but I have found the ones at 1+1+1=1 have the best.

Playdoh

I only get this out occassionally on rainy days because I want to keep it as popular as it is for as long as possible. I pulled this out just last week and the kids played with it for over an hour – win! Yes, Rosalie still keeps trying to eat it, but she loves it too. If you can get one of the spaghetti machines, your kids will make spaghetti over and over again.

Baking

totschoolwk2.3

It sounds like a simple activity but it can be easily overlooked. Rosalie loves baking the most, hands down. And all children love licking the spoon of course. This is one thing I hope my children will remember us doing for years to come as it invokes such homely feelings and smells. Yes, it can have moments of stress as we encourage them to follow instructions, but it’s still fun to perservere and enjoy this with your little ones.

So, here we go! Our five favourite rainy day activities for toddlers. I hope they encourage some moments of fun, mess and laughter in your home this coming winter – and enable you to have a moment to sit down, have a cup of tea and watch them without too much stress.

Want some more ideas? Have a look at my “love homeschooling” board on Pinterest. I am regularly adding more for the future.

Follow Sarah’s board love homeschooling on Pinterest.

Looking For Christmas Presents? Here are some ideas!

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39 days.

That is how many days left there are til Christmas as I write this. And I still have a *few* things left to get for family members and the kids. This is why I’m grateful for companies like Educents who provide, not just schooling supplies and curriculum, but amazing toys and activities that actually give back to my learning child.
If you’re looking for just one or two more things for a stocking or a niece or nephew, have a look at these ideas. If there isn’t anything here, try heading over to the Educents website, you will undoubtedly find something you need!

Educents Deals Toys

Tegu Blocks – Give your kiddos the opportunity to defy gravity! These wooden blocks are embedded with magnets so that kids can build structures they have only dreamed of!
Magformers Challenger Set – With this 112-Piece magnetic building set, kids ages 6 to 12 imaginations are guaranteed to run wild! This is a great gift to give to siblings to share. It can also be a generous addition to a classroom or after-school program!
Frozen Puzzle Pack – Winter is the time of year to celebrate the very popular Disney movie, Frozen! Keep the Frozen fun going after the movie is over with these four Frozen puzzles.
Veggie Tales Floor Puzzle – Little ones can put together this fun floor puzzle with their favorite Veggie Tales characters! This 3-foot puzzle will keep your little learners thinking and laughing as the faces of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber begin to appear piece by piece.

Educents Art Deals

Coloring Books for Everyone – Coloring is not just for kids anymore, it’s for everyone – making this a great gift for an entire family! These six coloring books are filled with mesmerizing designs. Gift these coloring books to a family, classroom, or split up the books to give to six artists who you love!
Frozen Etch a Sketch Jr. – The classic and creative tool we all grew up with has been updated with your child’s favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen. Elsa and Olaf can watch your little one draw on the Etch a Sketch as they are inspired by their favorite Disney movie. Then Elsa’s magical snow will wipe the canvas clean, ready for another masterpiece.
Holiday Coloring Book Freebie – If you’re looking for a low-cost way to say “thinking of you,” this coloring book is as easy to give as 1-2-3. Just download it for free, print it, and add a nice card to your envelope.

Educents-Science-Deals

Slimy Squishy Polymer Set – Give the gift of science exploration! This fun, hands-on experiment only requires water, adult supervision, and creativity! What a fun way for kids and parents or older siblings to learn together!
Science Experiment Subscription – Science experiments require a lot of planning. Let the scientific FUN come to you with a 1-year subscription to the award-winning Young Scientist Club!

Educents Books

Life of Fred Beginning Reader Set – Children who are learning to read will love listening to mom, dad, grandma, older brother, or anyone else read the Life of Fred stories aloud! Read these silly stories together and learn basic concepts about math, the English language, colors, and science!
Berenstain Bears Books – Read these books over the holidays to encourage family values like cleaning up, the joy of giving, saying “I’m sorry,” and more! The book bundle includes Thanksgiving and Christmas stories too!
A set of The Velveteen Rabbit, Corduroy, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and other classic books! Add these classic titles to your little one’s library, or distribute the books to a handful of little ones who love to read!

What are you shopping for this holiday season? The gift of learning a new language? Picking up a new talent like playing a musical instruments or stargazing? Discover amazing gift ideas that promote education on Educents!

Looking For Christmas Presents? Here are some ideas!

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting me.

39 days.

That is how many days left there are til Christmas as I write this. And I still have a *few* things left to get for family members and the kids. This is why I’m grateful for companies like Educents who provide, not just schooling supplies and curriculum, but amazing toys and activities that actually give back to my learning child.

If you’re looking for just one or two more things for a stocking or a niece or nephew, have a look at these ideas. If there isn’t anything here, try heading over to the Educents website, you will undoubtedly find something you need!

Educents Deals Toys

Tegu Blocks – Give your kiddos the opportunity to defy gravity! These wooden blocks are embedded with magnets so that kids can build structures they have only dreamed of!

Magformers Challenger Set – With this 112-Piece magnetic building set, kids ages 6 to 12 imaginations are guaranteed to run wild! This is a great gift to give to siblings to share. It can also be a generous addition to a classroom or after-school program!

Frozen Puzzle Pack – Winter is the time of year to celebrate the very popular Disney movie, Frozen! Keep the Frozen fun going after the movie is over with these four Frozen puzzles.

Veggie Tales Floor Puzzle – Little ones can put together this fun floor puzzle with their favorite Veggie Tales characters! This 3-foot puzzle will keep your little learners thinking and laughing as the faces of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber begin to appear piece by piece.

Educents Art Deals

Coloring Books for Everyone – Coloring is not just for kids anymore, it’s for everyone – making this a great gift for an entire family! These six coloring books are filled with mesmerizing designs. Gift these coloring books to a family, classroom, or split up the books to give to six artists who you love!

Frozen Etch a Sketch Jr. – The classic and creative tool we all grew up with has been updated with your child’s favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen. Elsa and Olaf can watch your little one draw on the Etch a Sketch as they are inspired by their favorite Disney movie. Then Elsa’s magical snow will wipe the canvas clean, ready for another masterpiece.

Holiday Coloring Book Freebie – If you’re looking for a low-cost way to say “thinking of you,” this coloring book is as easy to give as 1-2-3. Just download it for free, print it, and add a nice card to your envelope.

Educents-Science-Deals

Slimy Squishy Polymer Set – Give the gift of science exploration! This fun, hands-on experiment only requires water, adult supervision, and creativity! What a fun way for kids and parents or older siblings to learn together!

Science Experiment Subscription – Science experiments require a lot of planning. Let the scientific FUN come to you with a 1-year subscription to the award-winning Young Scientist Club!

Educents Books

Life of Fred Beginning Reader Set – Children who are learning to read will love listening to mom, dad, grandma, older brother, or anyone else read the Life of Fred stories aloud! Read these silly stories together and learn basic concepts about math, the English language, colors, and science!

Berenstain Bears Books – Read these books over the holidays to encourage family values like cleaning up, the joy of giving, saying “I’m sorry,” and more! The book bundle includes Thanksgiving and Christmas stories too!

A set of The Velveteen Rabbit, Corduroy, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and other classic books! Add these classic titles to your little one’s library, or distribute the books to a handful of little ones who love to read!

What are you shopping for this holiday season? The gift of learning a new language? Picking up a new talent like playing a musical instruments or stargazing? Discover amazing gift ideas that promote education on Educents!