Sunday, September 20, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Story Blox, The Island is an E-Blox building bricks set. Users go on an adventure with Seymour and his robot Robyn as they investigate a mysterious light in the ocean. Along the way users will build Robyn the Robot, Glen a Wicklow Terrier, Glen Sitting, a Boat, Stairway Lights, a Seahorse, Devyn the Devon Rex Cat, and the final build is a Morse Code Transmitter. The included booklet, The Island: A Chapter in the E-Blox® Novelette “Earth One,” is a story that you read along the way that has QR codes to introduce each new build. There is a, The Island Assembly Manual which takes readers step by step in building each of the 8 projects. The set includes over 100 parts. The cost of the kit is $54.99.
Story Blox, The Island in my opinion is ideal for use in the home setting. The set is intended for ages 8 and above. This product is labeled a STREAM product which stands for: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The main components that power each of the 8 projects are the tin-plated blocks which safely carry electric current through a circuit from a 9V battery housed which a building block which then utilizes LED’s in other blocks. The kit provides children with experience in the following areas:
- Canine Breeds
- Nautical Terms
- Marine Biology
- Laser Technology
- Architectural Weather Forecasting
- Google Navigation
- Morse Code
- Feline Breeds
- 3D Electronic Circuits
- Vocabulary & Reading
The story is 10 pages in length. As you read the story you will research using QR codes and build the projects. My 12-year-old daughter has had a fun time building each of the fun projects. She is not an avid reader and so was excited that the reading part was very minimal. All of my children love building sets and so I knew that this would be a hit. My daughter loved that each of the projects lit up! She thought that the final building project, the Morse Code was pretty cool. The information that is learned from the QR codes is very informative. One of the QR codes was coordinates of a location at 54.324633, -9.637499 which took us to a map. The location was in Ireland. The QR codes take users to Wikipedia for most the information.
Story Blox, The Island: A Chapter in the E-Blox® Novelette “Earth One” is part of the Novelette Earth One which also includes the following chapters: The City, The Cave, The Sea & Sky, The Moon’s Face, Thee Hard Iceberg, The Night Stars, The Creature, and The Spirit.
My daughter and her sibling really enjoyed Story Blox, The Island. I would most definitely recommend this building set to educators and parents looking for a building set that goes beyond just building. Your child will have an interactive learning experience with Seymour and his companions.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Botley gives the young child a creative and fun way to learn early coding skills. The robot has many features that provides the child multiple ways to interact with it. Botley is perfect for small hands and easy to work. The instructions start out with very simple commands. It then introduces simple coding. Botley can perform sequences of up to 150 steps! There is a LOOP button which enables the user to repeat a step or sequence. Botley also has an object detection button to "see" objects in his path and will perform alternate sequences. In the dark, Botley's eyes will light up! You can even customize the color of Botley's eyes. There is a light bulb button and if you press it for a couple of seconds Botley will play short melodies. Botley will follow hand-drawn black lines. Botley has two different interchangeable faces and arms. There are also secret codes that you can enter for Botley to perform secret tricks such as sounding like a train, a police car, a dinosaur, a frog, and an old lighthouse. These are just some of the amazing things that Botley can do. My 12-year-old daughter has had fun playing around with Botley. Botley is designed for ages 5 years and older.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
We have been using Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning Inc over the past weeks. Reading Eggs is an online, self-paced, phonics based reading program for children. If you have multiple children using the program each child will receive their own special log-in. There are 4 levels to the program: Reading Eggs Jr (ages 2-4), Reading Eggs (ages 3-7), Fast Phonics (ages 5-10), and Reading Eggspress (ages 7-13). The subscription all gives you access to Math Seeds. There are three pricing options. There is a Family Plan for 2-4 children with all access, a 12 month all access subscription for 1 child, and then a monthly all access subscription option.
So how does READING EGGS teach your child to learn to read?
- Children learn reading and phonic skills through the use of animated lessons that keep your child focused and engaged.
- As your child learns to read they will be introduced to books using the words that they have mastered in their lessons.
- All children love rewards! Reading Eggs uses "Golden Eggs" as their reward system. With Golden Eggs the children can buy games or items for their avatar or house. Upon completion of each section or "map" your child is awarded a certificate that can be printed out.
- Quizzes are given after 10 lessons so that you can assess how your child is doing in the program.
Stepping Stones Reading which is also a part of the Reading Eggs program builds phonemic awareness and phonics, sight words, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. There are 3 levels and 120 lessons.
Storylands which is new is a Clinker Castle book series. Here is more Reading Eggs Storylands information about this now addition.
Reading Eggs Jr. is an amazing program that provides young children with the essential building block foundations of reading. We are excited about how James, who is 4 years old, has done with the program so far. He has learned so much in such this short time. He thinks he is just playing on the computer not realizing he is actually learning. He asks every morning to do Reading Eggs before any other of his school activities. We are happy about this.