{Review} Handwriting Workbook: Funny Printing Workbook with Sight Words and Coloring Pages

I was given the opportunity to review ‘Handwriting Workbook: Funny Printing Workbook with Sight Words and Coloring Pages’ by Tip Top Education.  I received this book in exchange for my honest review.  This is my honest review.  All links shared in this post are NOT affiliate links and is a link to the page where it can be found.

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This is a very nice workbook!  The sturdy cover is printed in color but everything else in the book is printed in black & white, with simple pictures.  I really love that the book is simple with simple, non-distracting, b&w photos.  The only thing I wished it had was perforated pages for easy removal.  I like to take pages out of workbooks and place them in my children’s folders for the week.

The workbook is divided into four parts:

Part 1: Letters of the Alphabet and Words with Short Vowel Sounds
Part 2: Letters of the Alphabet and Words with Long Vowel Sounds
Part 3: Words with Blends, Digraphs, and Diphthongs Reviewing the Alphabet
Part 4: Fun Stories with Sight Words (Over 100 Sight Words included)

Each of the first two parts contain 26 handwriting practice pages along with 1 reference chart.  There is a page for each letter of the alphabet.  The child practices both upper and lower case on each page along with sight words.  The pages in Part 1 are a little bit longer in the amount of writing required.  This may be a little overwhelming for either a brand new writer or for those who don’t like to write.  That can be resolved by covering up the page so they only see a little at a time.  The pages in parts 2-4 are a great length!

In Part 3 there are a couple of pages where the child practices writing the letters but mostly there are pages practicing writing sight words.  In Part 4 the child practices writing the sight words by copying sentences.  An example: “Uncle uses words that start with u, like under and upon.”  There is also a picture that has the option of being colored.

It is a great workbook and a great addition to any writing or reading curriculum!

Have a blessed day!

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Crew

Remember the post where I said had some exciting news?!  Here it is!!!

In early November I received an email inviting me to join the 2016 Homeschool Review Crew!! Eeeek!!  I am so excited!!  It has been a dream of mine to join the crew.  I submitted an application this year and was invited to join the crew!   I get to review homeschool curriculum and share my opinion via my blog.  I want to give God the glory for this opportunity to be able to write reviews for the Crew!

2016 Review Crew Blog Roll

Have a blessed day!

FPEA Special Needs Conference

You know you are at a homeschool convention or conference when you pull into the hotel parking lot and the lot is filled with 12 & 15 passenger vans along with vehicles pulling trailers!  Yes, there are a lot of homeschoolers who drive cars, trucks, and SUV’s (We do!) but at a homeschool convention/conference you just see a ton of 12 & 15 passenger vans.  That was the first thing I noticed when my husband and I pulled onto the hotel property Friday night.  We attended the FPEA Special Needs Conference for Gifted and Struggling Learners, in Orlando, FL this weekend.  This is a fairly new conference.  The FPEA has been holding the Special Needs and Gifted Conference for just a few years.

I enjoy homeschool workshops and when the FPEA released the speaker information I knew that I wanted to go!  Hal & Melanie Young would be there.  I met them at the convention in 2014 and listen to a lot of their podcasts throughout the year.  If you haven’t listened to them before I highly encourage you to go check them out!  They can be found on the podcasts app under ‘Making Biblical Family Life Practical’ and they have some of their workshops in their store at http://www.raisingrealmen.com.  Then Andrew Pudewa from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) was there along with Heather Laurie (I have just started listening to her in the past few months and she was also the Keynote speaker), Jan Bedell, Faith Berens, Felice Gerwitz, Holly Giles, TJ Schmidt, and Cheryl Swope.  All great speakers!!!  I will listen to the audio files of all of the workshops that I didn’t make it to.

If you would like to listen to any of the workshops here is a link to purchase audio recordings from the conference.  I don’t know if the awesome conference price ($30) is still available for those who attended the conference so you should check that out.  Also, FPEA members receive a 10% discount off of the full price of the audio recordings.  So it made the cost of the audio files $25!

The conference is set up very similar to the annual convention in May.  There is a key note speaker and the exhibit hall is open for a few hours on Friday.  On Saturday the exhibit hall is open all day and there are 6 workshop sessions with a few choices for every session.  There was a break for lunch!!  I loved that they gave a break for lunch, unlike at the convention where all of the workshops are back to back all day long.

I was a tad (just for a few quick moments) disappointed on the number of vendors in the exhibit hall.  There were around 40 vendors.  I am used to the big convention in May and with it being the biggest homeschool convention in the US we are a bit spoiled with the large exhibit hall and lots of vendors.  6 times the number of vendors plus some of the vendors have huge booths.  🙂  I know as the Special Needs & Gifted Conference grows so should the size of the exhibit hall.

Here are some of the goodies that I bought at the convention.

  • Water Beads Holiday Set – The Homegrown Preschooler – Currently she does not have the set on her website.  Here are some other water beads that she carries.
  • ‘A Stand at Sinai’ – This is the sequel to ‘A Cry from Egypt’ by Hope Auer.  We read the first book in the series together as a family a couple of months ago and the newest book was released recently.  When I saw it in Hal & Melanie’s booth I knew that the book would be going home with us!
  • Pollyanna & Pollyanna Grows Up – They are both audiobooks that I purchased based on Hal & Melanie’s recommendation during one of their workshops.
  • Raising Real Men Mom & Dad Special – It is the Raising Real Men Book and Audio Book set by Hal & Melanie Young.  Another book that I have been wanting to read.  I bought the audio book as well so I can listen to it throughout the day.  I like having podcasts playing while I am doing things like laundry and dishes.

I will say it was hard not to buy more audio books!!  Hal  & Melanie had a large selection along with another vendor that was there.

One final thought, if you go to any homeschool conferences or conventions please stop by the speaker’s table in the exhibit hall or catch them after their workshop(s) and give words of encouragement.  They spend a lot of time on the road, away from home, and a lot time away from the their families and need encouragement themselves!

Here is the information for the 2016 FPEA Homeschool Convention, which is held at the end of May.  Registration opens sometime in early January.

Have a blessed week!

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Homeschool Conventions and Conferences

As I sat down to write this post I just realized I never blogged about this year’s convention, after I attended the convention.  I did write one post, Marvelous Monday, before the convention.  Here is my experience about my First Convention in 2014.  My local homeschool convention is the largest convention in the country.  It can be overwhelming the first time you attend.  It honestly isn’t bad the second year because you already know what to expect.

This year I got to attend a lot more workshops than last year.  🙂  I joined a couple of ladies from my church for a couple of the workshops.  The show floor was just as crazy but I wasn’t overwhelmed when walking it to it this year.  🙂  My hubby and I spoke with Señor Gamache at La Clase Divertida and purchased Level 1.  Here is my review of Level 1.  He was also one of the workshop speakers.  I missed his workshop (and I cannot remember why because it was on my list to be there) but I have listened to the audio file of it.  Like last year, I recommend buying audio files of the convention workshops so you can listen to the other workshops that you didn’t attend.  I play them in the car and also while I am doing things around the house.  There were a few other companies that I hadn’t seen before and there were a few others who I hoped would be there but they were not.

I do recommend fitting conventions and conferences into the budget if at all possible.  If you cannot make it to a convention then check out if there are any conferences in your area.  They tend to be smaller and less expensive and you won’t have to travel as far and may be able to make it a day trip.

The FPEA is has a Special Needs Conference for Gifted and Struggling Learners this weekend in Orlando.  Andrew Pudewa from IEW, Hal and Melanie Young, and Heather Laurie are a few speakers who are supposed to be there!   There is only one day of workshops with an actual lunch break in the schedule compared to two full days and no lunch break scheduled at the convention in May.  I cannot compare the show floor because FPEA has not posted a list of who is going to be there.  I am guessing it is going to be a lot smaller than the convention in May.

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Surveys!

Are you looking at earning a few dollars throughout the year?  Here are a few sites that I use throughout the year to earn points to redeem for goodies.  I have found the best deals are usually Amazon gift cards.   Swagbucks {aff link} is the only affiliate link on this page where I earn points when you sign up and use it however the other survey sites do not currently have referral programs.

Swagbucks – Answer questions, surveys, and polls, watch videos, do web searches, refer people, and more to earn Swagbucks to redeems for gift certificates and prizes. {aff link}

iPoll – Take surveys to earn money for gift cards. {They do not have a referral program}

Mommy Talk Surveys –  Take surveys to redeem for gift cards, magazines, and more!  {They do not have a referral program}

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Have a blessed Friday!

Hi everyone!

I pray that everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We did!  My husband had an unexpected day off from work.  He gets the occasional bonus days when he finishes up at a job site and there are no other job sites ready.  We spent Friday doing errands that we originally had planned for Saturday and hanging around the house.

On Saturday, we had a wonderful surprise!  ‘Lil Bit’s SS (or a secret sister elf) made a surprise drop off with some gifts for ‘Lil Bit.  There was a red and black checkered basket filled with goodies.  There was a very sweet letter from her secret sister, a lady bug deck of cards, a bouncy ball with a red octopus that lights up when bounced, a sticker book of dinosaurs that you use the stickers to create their faces, a stuffed strawberry, a huge box of crayons, and chocolate chip cookies.  ‘Lil Bit was thrilled.

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We spent the remainder of Saturday going to a couple of flea markets as a family, going to dinner, and treating the kids to ice cream.  Today (Sunday) we went to church and then I ran over to a garage sale in the neighborhood.  I found clothes for 50 cents each and they had a small box of K’Nex roller coaster pieces for $2.  I mainly wanted it for the K’Nex motor that was in the box so we could have a spare motor.  I also went to Books-A-Million to look for some books.  We are starting a new tradition in December.  We are going to wrap 24 books, everyday we will unwrap a book, and then read it as a family.  We, surprisingly, do not own many books about Christmas.  So I am on the hunt to buy some.  Here are four of the books that I bought.

The First Christmas Night by Keith Christopher
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
A Star So Bright by M. Christina Butler
A Child is Born by Marc-Alexander Schulze

Three of the four were in their bargain bin for $3.97 each before my 20% educator discount.  Do check the bargain bin first because a couple of those books were up front for full price!

Have a very blessed night and a great week!