Friday, August 19, 2016

Enlivenze LLC- A TOS Review

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

My kiddos love puzzles. So, I jumped at the opportunity to review a FlipStir Puzzle Solar System from Enlivenze LLC. I chose the Solar System because Popper has been very interested in space lately. I figured, what better way to help him learn the planets than by having to put them in order in a puzzle!   
FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
He was so excited when our's arrived and set straight to work on it! I have never in all my momma years seen a child sit still and focus on something like he did this puzzle! It was amazing to watch his concentration.

He was successful, several times! He also was very excited to show and challenge anyone who came to our house to see if they could solve it as well. B enjoyed the challenge as well as a cousin or 2 that came to visit! All of the children gave it a shot. It was so much fun to see them challenge each other and really focus on trying to figure it out!

Popper can tell you the planets in order now. I love that I was able to find a way for him to learn about space in a fun, engaging way. It fit into our funschooling lifestyle well!

There are several other themes and levels available. Brother Bear has asked for me to get his the dinosaur one so that he and Popper can race! Sister likes the Rainbow Pencils. (I figured since she loves all things coloring!)

I was even successful once! I am not usually any good at puzzles, but I thought that I would give it a try. It was actually really challenging and fun! I can definitely see why the kiddos loved it!

This is such a great idea for puzzles. Not only are we not worrying about losing pieces, but this can travel with us when we go on trips! I am definitely ordering Brother Bear and Sister one soon!

You can find FlipStir Puzzles by Enlivenze LLC on Facebook and Twitter!

You can read about the other Crew member's experiences and which puzzles they chose by clicking the link below:

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids- A TOS Review

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

Daddy T and I have always wanted the kiddos to learn a foreign language. Recently they have been asking if I would teach them Spanish. I loved the idea, but wasn't sure where to start. I had 2 years of Spanish in public school, but had forgotten most of it. Thankfully, we were giving a chance to review  Foreign Languages For Kids By Kids.  The kiddos were super excited when we received a copy of their Spanish Program Starter Set 1.

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review
This set included:
*A DVD with videos for levels 1-3
*3 Parent-Teacher Guides.
*Flash Cards for levels 1-3
*A card game
*Workbooks for levels 1-3
*Stickers for levels 1-3

The Teacher's Guide is great! It has detailed lesson plans, a video viewing schedule, and fun hands-on activities to help supplement the lessons learned! The guide explains that the activities are to help with the different learning styles. I was very impressed with how well it was laid out! I spent the first 2 days reading through it getting a feel for how the program worked and understanding the program.  
The workbooks are very colorful and fun. Popper couldn't wait to get his hands on his! The pictures are very clear and matched the videos well. There were a variety of activities to help reinforce the lessons. It helped to really implement what he had been learning in the videos. 

The kiddos loved watching the video! They begged everyday to watch it. I was planning on following the viewing schedule, but they loved the video so much I just allowed them to watch it. I was absolutely amazed at how quickly they picked up the new words. They were walking around repeating phrases and words that they heard on the video. 

There were stickers that came with the pack, but I haven't let them use them just yet. However, we do randomly discuss the Spanish word for an item that we know when we encounter them. We went to my mom's house a few weeks ago to stay the weekend. She made the kids breakfast and they immediately began telling her 'gracias' and 'me gusta.' Nana was very impressed with how well they were picking up the new words.

There is also a card game called 'Go Squish.'  It was a little advanced for my younger 2 so we haven't played it. However, I think it'll be a lot of fun when they are a bit older! The flash cards are a great resource for Popper. He would use them to quiz himself almost daily to remind him of the new words. 

One day I went to get the dvd to start their video. I could not find it! For the next 30 minutes they walked through the house asking, "donde esta?"  It was too fun! They are definitely loving learning new words and phrases in Spanish! 

Other members of the Crew and their kiddos reviewed this product too! You can read about their experiences by clicking the link below:

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review