Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Multicultural Children's Book Day - Abuela's Weave Review And Craft #ReadYourWorld

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I am really proud to be part of the Multicultural Children's Book Day event this year. As part of the blogging team our family received a fantastic book from Lee and Low Books to review. Our review is below along with a fun craft activity can be found below, but first let me tell you more about this event, the sponsors and the cohosts.

What is Multicultural Children's Book Day?
Mission: Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and  favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

“MCCBD team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.”

The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.


MCCBD’s  2015 sponsors include:


MCCBD's cohosts include:


First Book:
MCCBD also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found here.

First Book and Multicultural Children's Book Day

Children’s Book Council:
MCCBD is collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.

Children's Book Council and Multicultural Children's Book Day

Join the party:
Join us for Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party on Jan 27th 9:00pm EST. Use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld to win 10 book packages.

A moms review:
Lee and Low Books was kind enough to ask me if there was a specific topic I would like our review book to cover. Since we are currently preparing for our homeschool geography fair project I asked them if they had any books about Guatemala...and guess what they did!  The book we received was called Abuela's Weave.

This award winning book was written by Omar S. CasteƱeda and illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez. The book is 15 pages and geared towards children in grades 1st-4th.

The story is about a grandmother and her granddaughter Esperanza. In the beginning of the story Abuela teaches Esperanza the skill of weaving traditional Mayan tapestries which their family needs to sell at the market to earn money. But Esperanza is worried. She doesn't think their tapestries will sell as well as the machine made ones and she is worried that Abuela's birthmark will scare the customers away. The day comes when they must make the trip to the marketplace. Abuela and Esperanza set off for the city together but are careful to not let anyone know they are together. When they arrive at the city Esperanza looses sight of Abuela in the crowds and must face the city streets and buyers alone. But as Esperanza begins to hang up their weaving wears everything changes.

This story was absolutely beautiful and teaches important lessons in personal growth (identity, self esteem, confidence), family pride (grandparents, childhood experiences and memories), overcoming obstacles, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican culture, disability, conflict resolution, poverty, empathy/compassion and more.

The illustrations are bright and beautiful and do a great job of portraying authentic Guatemalan scenery.

The book will be proudly displayed in front of our display board for the geography fair, along with the craft we made below.

About the author
Omar S. CasteƱeda - (1954-1997) was born in Guatemala City and moved to the United States when he was a child. He was a teacher of creative writing at Western Washington University.   

About the illustrator 
Enrique O. Sanchez has illustrated numerous award winning children's books, including LEE & LOW'S Abuela's Weave, Amelia's Road, and Confetti. A native of the Dominican Republic, he splits his time between his homes in Bass Harbor, Maine and Miami, Florida.

Gwyn's (age 9) thoughts:
I liked it a lot. I felt sad for the grandmother because people thought she was a witch. I really like the end when Esperanza displays the special tapestry her and her grandmother made.

FREE resources for parents, teachers and librarians:
If you are looking for a way to further enhance this wonderful story you can grab this Mayan Culture Today lesson plan, by Dr. Steven W. Barrett in Social Studies and the Young Learner (2006) from the National Council for the Social Studies.

For more ideas on teaching indigenous Guatemalan culture and traditional weaving, check out the unit Weaving the Tapestry of Life by Elise Edwards, part of The Alma Project, a cultural curriculum infusion model by Denver Public Schools.

Weaving craft:

Materials:

  • Burlap
  • Ribbon, string, fabric scraps

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of burlap to your desired size. Ours was about 6 x 14. 
  2. Carefully remove strings from the burlap to open up the lines for weaving, leave spaces in between. The width of the open space will depend on the width of your ribbon, strings, etc. I removed about 8-10 strings per section. I recommend an adult do this part because the burlap can start to unravel pretty quickly if you are not careful.
  3. Next have children practice their over/under weaving technique. on each open space. 
  4. To finish off the project hot glue each of the ribbon/string/fabric ends so they don't come out and so the burlap doesn't unravel.



Check out more hands-on weaving activities provided by The Incredible Art Department (IAD). 

Links to follow:
-Multicultural Children's Book Day Facebook
-Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter
-Multicultural Children's Book Day Pinterest

Where to buy:
You can purchase Abuela's Weave on Amazon , the Lee and Low website or at your local bookstore for around $8.95 retail. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

To The Laboratory - Rock Candy Experiment

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We had tons of fun with the Poppins Book Nook blog series last year and we will be continuing that fun all throughout 2015. This month's theme was, "To The Lab" Keep reading to learn more about the book we read and recipe we made. There is also a giveaway is at the end of the post! To check out all of our past Poppins Book Nook posts click here.

Books:
This month we decided to read a book from our favorite picture book science series - The Magic School Bus. The Magic School Bus and The Science Fair Expedition is one of my favorite Magic School Bus books because it dives into what science is and how scientists think and work. But that's not all. This book also incorporates some fun history and geography facts too...I love it when books cover multiple subjects. During the fieldtrip Ms. Friz travels back in time with the class to some far away countries to meet some very famous scientists including Galileo, Issac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Pierre and Marie Currie, Albert Einstein and more. Our science experiment (see below) was inspired by the Curie's.

More about the book:
What do Galileo, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, and Albert Einstein have in common? They've all ridden on the Magic School Bus, of course!

Ms. Frizzle is back in action and she has a mission: her students need science fair projects - and fast. What better way to get ideas than to learn from some of the all-time greats? The class heads to the Walkerville Science Museum to see the exhibit on GREAT SCIENTISTS THROUGH THE AGES, where, suddenly, Galileo comes to life! He is about to make a great discovery, but he needs a ride home. Thank goodness Ms. Frizzle knows the way!


Experiment: 
This experiment is a safe way to learn how the Curie's separated Radium from pitchblende. The Curies boiled pitchblende and then let it cool. Afterwards they skimmed crystals off the top and tested them for radioactivity. Then they saved the radioactive crystals and did it all over again.

To make rock candy you follow very similar steps....

Supplies:
  • A wooden skewer (you can also use a clean wooden chopstick)
  • A clothespin
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2-3 cups of sugar
  • A tall narrow glass/jar or small plastic cups
  • Food coloring
  • Flavoring (like vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon)
**Requires adults supervision since a stove will be used!

Instructions:

  1. Clip the wooden skewer into the clothespin so that it hangs down inside the glass and is about 1 inch  from the bottom of the glass or cup (see photo below). Remove the skewer and clothespin and set them aside for now.
  2. Pour the water into a pan and bring it to boil.
  3. Pour about 1/4 cup of sugar into the boiling water, and stir it until it dissolves.
  4. Keep adding more sugar, each time stirring it until it dissolves and until no more will dissolve. This takes a little bit of time and patience and it will take longer for the sugar to dissolve each time. Be sure you don't give up too soon. Once no more sugar will dissolve, remove it from heat and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes.
  5. While it is cooling, dip half of the skewer in the sugar solution and then roll it in some sugar to jump start the crystal growth. If you do this, be sure to let the skewer cool completely so that sugar crystals do not fall off when you place it back in the glass.
  6. Also while you are waiting add some food coloring and flavoring to the jar/cup (see photo below).
  7. Carefully pour the sugar solution into the jar/cup almost to the top. Then submerge the skewer back into the glass making sure that it is hanging straight down the middle without touching the sides.
  8. Allow the jar/cup to fully cool and put it someplace where it will not be disturbed (if it gets disturbed by impatient children it will not work correctly).
  9. Now wait patiently. The sugar crystals will grow over the next 2-7 days.
  10. For best results you will want to carefully remove the skewer and place it into a fresh cup around day 2. Pour the liquid from the first cup into the new cup. The reason for this is that the crystals can start to build up too much around the bottom and the sides keeping it from growing on the skewer. For little rock candy pieces (like you see in the photo) scrap the sides and bottom of the first cup, then let the pieces dry on a plastic or glass plate.
  11. After about 4-7 days you can remove your skewer and you should have some nice crystal growth and a yummy rock candy lollipop treat.
How it works?
By mixing the water and sugar together you make a SUPER saturated solution. This means that the water can only hold the sugar if they are both very hot. As the water cools the sugar "comes out" of the solution and turns back into sugar crystals that show up on the skewer and sides of the jar/glass. 


Free Science Experiment Journal Page:
To enhance science experiments and introduce the scientific method to children I created this science experiment journal page. Children can write or draw their answers. Get yours here for FREE.




Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the Poppins Book Nook be sure to visit them for more fun ideas:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in Gods Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A  Peace  of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama









Ultimate Gruffalo Giveaway!
Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Ultimate Gruffalo Giveaway. The winner will enjoy twice the magical enchantment in the double feature of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child! The beautifully animated films based on the best-selling books are now together on DVD from NCircle Entertainment! And the fun doesn’t stop there as they will also win a storybook of the Gruffalo and a Gruffalo themed plush too!

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook and this month’s prize bundle will be sent to the winner directly from this month’s sponsor NCircle Entertainment. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Electrifying Nervous System Review

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This month for the Moms of MasterBooks we reviewed The Electrifying Nervous System! Below is my review about the book. 

A moms review:
I have been dealing with some health issues for a few years now and a lot of the issues I deal with stem from spinal issues. I find myself constantly trying to explain how the nervous system works and why it is so important for it work properly to my children so they understand what it is I am dealing with on a daily basis. But it can be a hard topic for children to comprehend fully. I just started seeing a new doctor so yet again I found myself trying to explain everything that is going on with my body to the children. Thankfully just two days after seeing my new doctor a great book arrived in the mail called The Electrifying Nervous System.

This beautiful 8 x 11, hardback book is 78 pages. It was written by Lainna Callentine a homeschooling pediatrician. This book is the first in a set of nine focusing on the amazing design and functionality of all nine systems of the human body...I cannot wait for the others to be released.

The Electrifying Nervous System book is loaded with amazing facts, information and full color, glossy photos which are very vivid and do a great job of keeping children engaged. 


The book is broken into 11 bite sized chapters:

  • Vocabulary: This chapter covers 42 vocab words and phrases, They are divided into 3 levels, because this book is designed to be used with multiple grades. 
  • Chapter 1: Historical Points of Interest - My favorite chapter. In this chapter the history of neurology is covered. 
  • Chapter 2: Looking Inside the Brain - Ever wonder what really goes on inside your brain? This chapter covers the various ways doctors can see and study the brain in patients.
  • Chapter 3: The Basics of the Nervous System - In this chapter you will learn the basics of the nervous system including the smallest and most fundamental part...the neuron.
  • Chapter 4: The Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System - This chapter is the longest and is very detailed but don't worry because it is broken into segments to make it easier to comprehend. All the parts of the brain and what they do are discussed. 
  • Chapter 5: The Developing Brain - This chapter walks you through the development of the brain from fetus to adult. 
  • Chapter 6: A Case for the Brain - This chapter covers the skull, fluid, blood vessels, and protection of the brain.
  • Chapter 7: The Blood Brain Barrier - This chapter talks about the The Gate Keeper which protects the brain and spinal cord. The large, up close photo of the vertebrae in this chapter is amazing and just what I needed to help my children understand some of my health issues.
  • Chapter 8: The Backbone - This chapter is about the spine and the dermatomes. It was also very helpful for explaining to the children my health issues.
  • Chapter 9:  The Atonomic Nervous System - In this chapter the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system branches are covered..
  • Chapter 10: Health Facts - This is the second longest chapter but covers lots of interesting topics regarding things the brain does that you can actually see or feel. It also covers nutrition for the brain, careers in neuroscience, and ways to keep the brain healthy.
  • Chapter 11: Wacky, Weird, and Wow - This was my daughters favorite chapter. It covers some strange facts and stories about the brain. Like did you know that during the dark ages the "cure" for a throbbing headache was to put a hole in your head? Thank goodness we don't still that because my head would look like swiss cheese. 
This book can be used in a variety of ways and is great for children of all ages through High School. It is great compliment to current health and science studies or can even be used as a stand alone curriculum.  In April a Parent Lesson planner will be released which will include tests, and resources. Be sure to preview the book here.

More about the book:
Discover Your Design!

Developed by a homeschooling pediatrician, this book focuses on the amazing design and functionality of the human body’s nervous system. You will discover:

  • The main areas and structures of the brain and what important role each plays in making your body work
  • Awesome examples of God’s creativity in both the design and precision of human anatomy showing you are wonderfully made
  • Important historical discoveries and modern medical techniques used for diagnosis and repair of the brain!

Learn interesting and important facts about why you sleep, the function of the central nervous system, what foods can superpower your brain functions, and much more in a wonderful exploration of the brain and how it controls the wondrous machine known as your body!

Watch the book trailer:


Where to buy:
You can purchase The Electrifying Nervous System for as low as $9.99 at New Leaf Publishing. You can also get the book on Amazon.


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Be sure to visit the other Moms Of Master Books to see what they thought. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rock 'N Learn - Time and Addition & Subtraction Review, Sale and Giveaway

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Are you ready to Rock 'N Learn? Rock 'N Learn makes fabulous products that parents and teachers trust and kids love. They have won over 150 awards. Rock 'N Learn has a variety of products ranging from educational DVDs, music CDs and Mobile apps that will help your children learn easily and effectively in a FUN way.

A moms review:
We received two fabulous Rock 'N Learn DVDs to review, Telling Time and Addition & Subtraction Rap. These DVDs which are made right here in the USA are fabulous. Not only are they educational, but they are also tons of fun. These DVDs are perfect for families and schools. Each DVD is labeled with the recommended grade level (PreK-5th grade) or age level so you can easily choose the ones that will be best for child. Both of the DVDs we reviewed are for children in 1st grade and up. Rock 'N Learn DVDs are the perfect supplement for visual and multi-sensory learners.  And many of the Rock 'N Learn DVDs are correlated to Common Core Standards as well as National Science Education Standards.

We approach math a little differently in our household. We currently do not utilize a math curriculum, instead we apply math concepts to our everyday learning and incorporate it into other subjects. We learn concepts through fun, hands on experiences. So the Rock N' Learn math DVDs were the perfect fit for our family. Each of these DVDs makes math fun and engaging.

The Telling Time DVD covers digital and analog time as well as days of the week, months of the year and how calendars work. The DVD is broken into chapters so it makes it very easy to cover one concept at a time...or if your children enjoy it as much as mine did then you can watch it straight through the first time and go back through more slowly for review.

  • Learning Time Today
  • Parts of an Analog Clock
  • Telling Time to the Hour
  • AM and PM
  • Telling Time to the Half Hour
  • Telling Time to the Quarter Hour
  • Practice Counting By Fives
  • Telling Time to Five Minutes
  • Review and Practice
  • Telling Time to the Exact Minute
  • Digital Clocks
  • Bonus: Calendars, Days of the Week, Months of the Year

Children will learn to tell time to the half hour, quarter hour, five minutes and eventually the minute. Timothy Time is the main character that walks children through the time concepts. He is funny, colorful and quite adorable. Throughout the DVD there are plenty of chances for children to practice and review their skills.

The Addition and Subtraction Rap DVD covers addition and subtraction facts in a fun, motivational attention grabbing way. The DVD is broken into chapters so it makes it super easy to cover one concept at a time.

  • Rap A While (adding 0 and 1)
  • Sum Fun (addition facts with sums to 5, in order and mixed)
  • Get Bigger (addition - sums to 10, in order)
  • Great Big Blender (addition - sums to 10, in order & mixed)
  • Take It Away (subtracting 0 and 1)
  • Rap Subtracting (subtracting from up to 5, in order and mixed)
  • Lighten Up (subtracting from numbers up to 10)
  • Subtraction Action (subtracting from numbers up to 10, mixed)
  • Plus Minus Rap (mixed +/- up to and from 10)
  • Push It on Up (addition facts with sums to 18, in order)
  • Lean, Mean Adding Machine (mixed addition facts)
  • Rap Star (more mixed addition facts)
  • What's the Difference? (subtracting from 11 to 18, in order)
  • Rerun Rap (mixed subtraction facts)
  • Minus Drain (more mixed subtraction facts)
  • All Together Now (mixed +/- facts up to and from 18)

D.J Doc Roc is the main character that rocks children through each concept. He is fun, colorful and makes math exciting. Several of the songs have delayed answers so that children can interact with the DVD and check the progress they are making.

And as if the DVDs aren't enough Rock 'N Learn has additional resources for teachers and parents on the Marko The Pencil website. There are tests, posters, worksheets and more.

I highly recommend dancing your way over to the Rock 'N Learn website to watch or listen to samples...once you do you will be hooked. 

Rock 'N Learn also makes Mobile apps for Android and iPhone, iBooks, iTunes and Audio CDs. We have a couple of the Android Apps and they are favorites in our house.

***For the next 14 days you can get a great deal on Rock 'N Learn DVDs over at Educents! There are two DVD bundles to choose from for ONLY $29.97 (50% savings). ***


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If you miss this amazing special be sure to also check out the Rock 'N Learn specials page and sign up for their special offers email as well.

More about Telling Time DVD: 
In today’s fast-paced world, kids need to know how to tell time quickly and accurately with both digital and traditional (analog) clocks. It’s a breeze with the help of Timothy Time, the Clock that Rocks, and his comical friends. Fun music, catchy rhymes, and colorful animation entertain kids of all ages. This DVD video is perfect for learning to tell time at home or in the classroom. Grades 1 & up. Approx. 46 minutes.

More about Addition & Subtraction DVD:
Kids love this engaging way of learning basic addition and subtraction facts by performing along with D.J. Doc Roc! Positive lyrics and entertaining rap music make this rhythmic approach irresistible for mastering math facts: sums up to 18 and differences from 18. The DVD features fun, animated characters and visual cues. Ages 6 & up. Approx. 55 minutes

Gwyn's (8 yrs old) review:
I really enjoyed these math dvds. They made math more fun.

Links to follow:
-Rock 'N Learn Website
-Rock 'N Learn Facebook 
-
Rock 'N Learn Twitter page

Where to buy:
You can purchase the Rock 'N Learn DVDs on the Educents website! There are two DVD bundles to choose from for ONLY $29.97 (50% savings) But HURRY this deal ends in 14 days!
Educents, a flash-deal website, is an easy way to get huge discounts on the educational products you know and love (and maybe even some you’ve never heard of!) I know I am personally in LOVE with Educents and am always sure to check out the site everyday!

In a world where education is becoming increasingly expensive, Educents is a company with a mission: to provide every family access to affordable educational materials. They focus exclusively on handpicked, unique educational materials including online curriculum, learning tools, educational toys, software, e-books, and more. With new deals added every day, Educents is quickly gaining popularity amongst parents, teachers, homeschoolers and learners of all ages.


Come check out Educents.com to find your favorite brands at up to 90% off retail prices!



Now time for the giveaway:
One winner will receive a DVD or CD of their choice from the following subject areas: Preschool & Kindergarten, Phonics Reading & Writing, Science & Social Studies, Other Languages.

Only the first entry is mandatory. Other entries are optional and give you extra chances. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winner will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winner must reply within 24 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. 

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Startwrite Handwriting Worksheet Software Review and Giveaway

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Startwrite was created by a devoted father, Dave Sharp, who wanted to create personalized handwriting practice worksheets for his daughter at home. After spending hours trying to create them by hand he searched the internet for an easier way to create worksheets but didn't have much luck. And so the idea of Startwrite was born. Dave asked his teacher friends what they thought of the idea and they were ecstatic. Dave designed the features and the layout of Startwrite and created the dotted fonts, however his partner, Wayne Wylie, is the brains behind Startwrite. Today Startwrite is helping thousands of teachers, homeschoolers and parents create handwriting lessons quickly and easily. 

A moms review:
For about a week now I have been having fun creating customized worksheets with Startwrite. The program is currently available for Windows and a must have for any parent or teacher. It is simple and fun to use and will save you both time and money. With a few clicks you can create exciting worksheets that focus on your child's needs and interests making handwriting more fun and entertaining. But the worksheets you can create with Startwrite will help your children with more than just handwriting. They will also help with math, spelling, Spanish and more.

There are lots of videos on the Startwrite website to help you get started, but if you are proficient with word processors you will have no problem opening Startwrite and getting started immediately. The layout of program is clean and easy to navigate. All of the tools you need to create a one of a kind worksheet are conveniently located on the top toolbar. Within 10 minutes I created a math worksheet, handwriting/spelling worksheet to compliment the most recent book we read and an a,b,c worksheet.


Startwrite is very versatile and includes 19 handwriting fonts (including cursive, manuscript, italics, Handwriting Without Tears and more), borders, pictures, guide line options (dashed, solid, thick, colored), and letter type (dotted, dashed, solid, stroke arrows and more). If you are bad speller or dyslexic (like me) then you will be happy to know that there is a spell checker included in the program. Startwrite also comes with several custom lesson worksheets already created for you which include a,b,c practice, color, phonics, numbers and more.

More program features:

  • Grid
  • Saving option
  • Flowing text
  • Border art
  • Numerous handwriting fonts
  • Cursive fonts
  • Clip art
  • Color everywhere
  • Guide line options
  • Letter types and stroke arrows
  • Font sizes
  • Shading of fonts
  • Landscape and portrait options
  • Spell checker
  • Custom lessons
  • Spanish and math fonts
  • and more...
As a homeschool mom I am always on the search for ways to make make learning more fun. With Startwrite in my resource arsenal I can do just that. Startwrite offers lots of flexibility to create unique, customized worksheets specifically for each of my children.

What can you create with Startwrite?
Well virtually anything your heart desires! Here are some ideas.

  • Create copywork pages (manuscript and cursive)
  • Create customized math practice worksheets (money, time, counting)
  • Create personalized coloring and notebooking pages (use Startwrites clip art or upload your own)
  • Create tracing worksheets 
  • Create custom phonics worksheets (use Startwrites clip are or upload your own)
  • Create custom spelling worksheets to compliment any lesson, book, etc
  • Create blank story starters
  • Create letters
  • The list goes on.....
Sample worksheets

Freebies:
Head over to the Startwrite website to join in the 52 Weeks of Handwriting fun. There are free printables, and more.


And if you don't believe me about how awesome Startwrite is the download the FREE Trial to see for yourself!

Links to follow:
-Startwrite Facebook 
-Startwrite Twitter 

Where to buy:
Startwrite currently has an introductory price of $39.95 (regular price $49.95). School licenses are also available.

Now time for the giveaway:
One winner will receive a copy of Startwrite. Only the first entry is mandatory. Other entries are optional and give you extra chances. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winner will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winner must reply within 24 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. 

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