Litte Women {a review}

When I was a girl I loved to read.  I loved books by Peggy Perish, Judy Blume, and Beverly Cleary.  You know - typical kid books.  One summer my aunt came to me announcing she had in her possession a beloved book of her past that she wished to pass on to me, in hopes I learn to love some classics.  She brought the book out from behind her back and my young little eyes, I am sure, came out of my head just a little bit.  It was a massive book according to my young self.  I loved my aunt and I sought her approval.  If she wished me to torture myself with hugely thick monstrosities she deemed "better" books, then I would suffer through.  There was no suffering.  That summer I fell in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women".

So of course, when I was recently asked to watch a screening of the 2018 retelling of Little Women, provided by Graf-Martin Communications and Pure Flix, I answered with a very eager "well, duh" kind of yes. 

Now.  I am old enough to have watched the 1994 movie of Little Women when it was new.  That one was okay.  This 2018 version?  I am so in love with it!  Director Clare Niederpruem did an amazing job of taking Alcott's March sisters and bringing them into this modern day without losing the essence of the original story  She made them so relatable - especially to us homeschoolers.

While the book gives a more equal weight to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, the 2018 film follows the sisters through the eyes of the spirited and fearless Jo - which sort of makes this film so wonderful to watch!  There's never a slow or drawn out scene.  Plus Jo is my personal favorite.

To find a showing near you or to find more information visit the Little Women on social media;


The Critical Thinking Co.™ {a review}

Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}
For the past several weeks my youngest little guy has been having fun playing with the Letter Sounds Song and Game™ Software - 2-PCs Win Download, which is one of five downloads offered in the Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten!™ software bundle from The Critical Thinking Co.™.
The Critical Thinking Co.™  is known for their curricula which helps children become "better problem solvers".  They offer a wide range of material from supplemental to full curriculum for students in Pre-K all the way to grade 12.  Eight subjects are offered, in various methods such as books, ebook, software downloads and more:
  • Critical Thinking
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Test Prep
  • Tests
  • Technology
What is the Letter Sounds Song and Game™ Software - 2-PCs Win Download
Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}
The Letter Sounds Song and Game™ Software - 2-PCs Win Download is a software game offered for windows computers.  With this download you have access to two licenses for download to your window computer.  The game is intended as a single use, as it does not save information for more than 1 user at a time.

This software app, intended for preK to grade 1, has 7 really fun games that our youngest learners will find easy to play.  As the child plays the games s/he will learn the letter sounds.

This is not your traditional alphabet letter song, but rather a unique and catchy tune, Letter Sounds Song™, that includes both letter name and sound; such as, "A is the ah in apple."

My youngest little guy just so happens to love music.  He has been making tunes on keyboard and harmonica and humming along before he could even talk.  A music based song is just so ideal for him.  (However, each time my 4 year old and I played the game the other two (ages 9 and 6) would come hurrying over to watch us - they love the tune as well).

The game starts off with the Letter Sounds Song and the accompanying animation.  Afterwards you are taken to Game 1, where the child matches the letter to the word, or picture, that will complete the song.

The game is very user friendly and never discourages the child.  At anytime we can click the "play" icon to hear the complete Letter Sounds Song again, or click the gal with the guitar to have her sing the current verse.  When a wrong answer is chosen a sound is played that signifies a wrong answer. 

In the lower left we have a Menu/Scores link for parents to see the current score(s) and to adjust a couple things such as turning the incorrect sound or adjusting the pass games success score.  We can also skip ahead or replay a game under this menu section.

Game 2 removes the guitar wielding gal and has no sung prompt.  Other than that, the layout is the same.  We click the correct picture to hear the song continued.  As with Game 1, any completed letters are bolded as we move along down the alphabet.

These first 2 games teach the child the song verse so that s/he can move onto the rest of the games that will help the child further identity the letters and their sounds.  Such as Game 3, the child is asked to select the letter to match the picture given.

I played Letter Sounds Song and Game™ with my youngest sitting on my lap.  His is a preKinder and is a very young 4 who has never learned his alphabet or letter sounds yet.   We played the game several times a week.  The very first time he played it with me he was already getting 65% correct!    However, we didn't progress to Game 2 because he liked selecting the wrong answer on purpose, week after week.  His sister wishes he'd hurry along because she's begging for a turn! 

I love how fun this game is for him especially considering the Importance of Preschool Academics!

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