Oct 31, 2010
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Oct 29, 2010
I am so upset, I am a puddle of tears now. Just when things are looking up, the bank messes it up again.
Oct 28, 2010
Is it bad that even after a good visit, I am glad he lives on the other side of the Island?
Oct 27, 2010
They are both having their hearing checked.
We will see what happens but I am glad to know that my instincts were not off and we need to work with my girls to get them sorted out.
Oct 26, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 24, 2010
On the other hand, I worry that I am effecting them with my worry too. (hard to explain, but I think you get it). I don't want them worrying about me and my health. I just want to shake it all off, go to bed and then wake up in the morning and it will all be better.
(a little secret, this house is costing us waaaay too much in rent and with our incoming decreasing soon, I just don't know how I am going to make Christmas special for my girls.)
Oct 23, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
Princess Magpie and I were given the wonderful opportunity to use BrillKids Little Reader Learning System. BrillKids Little Reader is a computer software program designed to teach infants and toddlers how to read. It is a flash card program for parents and educators who wish to teach children to read in an easy, powerful and efficient way. You can use Little Reader to teach your child to read basic words, phrases, and even complete stories.
Little Reader incorporates methods developed by experts in early education and takes advantage of the right-brain learning capabilities of children during the critical early years. It is such a simple program that very little preparation is necessary. Just sit down with your little one and start lesson 1.
There are a lot of programs out there that claim that you can teach babies as young as six months old to read. This is something I have to admit I have been very skeptical about as I have seen the advertisements here and there in the recent past. Which is exactly why I was so excited to review a really neat product from Brill Kids called Little Reader. I was excited to see how the program worked and to see how my toddler would react to the lessons.
There were several good things I have noticed about using Little Reader. First of all, your little one really enjoys having something of her very own to “do” on the computer. Secondly, she really enjoys the words and pictures and videos that played on the screen as you go through the lessons, and loves repeating the words that were shown to her.
One great feature of the software was that it gives you the option to print off picture flashcards for any lesson you wish. Using the flashcards there are lots of fun ways for you and your child to interact with the words they are encountering in the daily lessons. This is definitely a plus in my opinion.
Another interesting feature is the option to personalize your child’s curriculum. You may add your own photos and videos and add photos of Dad and Mom or other relatives.I can see how this program would be an excellent tool to help you teach your child to read. The developers of this software have really done their research and utilized it to give you a very thorough and fun way to expose your young child to the world of words. I do think that use of the Little Reader software (along with reading to your child often and as early as possible) is a great way to introduce your child to written language and can easily see how it would give your child a head start in that area.
If you want to learn more about Little Reader, or any other Brill Kids early learning programs, you can visit their website here. BrillKids Little Reader Learning System Basic sells for $149.00 (basic is download only) and the Deluxe version is $360.00 (the in-your-hands physical copy with all of the flashcards, books, activity sheets, etc!). The BrillKids website also has many free downloads, including printable flash cards, writing sheets, and readers as well as powerpoint flash cards.
Just to let you know: I received the product free of charge for review purposes but my opinions are my honest thoughts on the product.
Oct 21, 2010
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Oct 17, 2010
I am working towards having a family closet again and I am getting there. We will be putting things on shelves instead of in dressers because this is how my family works better and it is easier for me to keep things organized that way (See . . . there's that word again. LOL) I will keep you updated on my attempts as they go.
I have finished organizing my coat area for the winter. It is really small and I need to keep on top of it to keep it neat but this really seems to have helped.
Oct 16, 2010
I know I must drive her crazy grabbing the camera every chance I get and now she even wants to be in on that action, when she sees the camera she comes running over to see what is on the screen, making pics of her difficult and pics of her baby sister tend to include her toes as she peeks at the camera.
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 14, 2010