Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Happy Kids Songs (TOS Review)

Happy Kids Songs Review

We just finished up a review with Happy Kids Songs.  We received Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social & Emotional Skills and three albums:  Friends & Sharing (Set 1), Happiness & Attitude (Set 5) and Manners & Character (Set 6).

The albums were digital and we burned them to CDs to be able to enjoy them in the car as well as at home. 

Happy Kids Songs Review

The workbook has the words to each song in the series (all sets), and an activity page to go with that song.  In the back of the book there are also lessons to implement to go with each song.  The workbook helps to turn these songs into great value/character type lessons for your kids.  It takes it above and beyond just the song, which is a great addition to any homeschool, family home evening or dinner talk.

Happy Kids Songs Review

The Happiness and Attitude set is filled with some of our favorites of what we received.  Songs about how you CAN do things, giving kudos to others, and being good to yourself.  There are two other songs on this set that I don’t really ‘get’.  The first is “I don’t understand”, it’s about asking questions when you don’t understand something, but I think the song is just a bit strange.  The second is called “Better Together”, and I liked the song, but I didn’t realize it was about reading books until I went to the workbook, had a very catchy tune though, which we enjoyed.

Happy Kids Songs Review




The Friends and Sharing set is filled with songs about friendships and sharing. Songs that talk about playing together, having more than one friend, talking to new friends (making friends).  Our favorite song from this CD is “Sailing on the Seven Cs”, I really think the words and message is well laid out and presented! 

Happy Kids Songs Review
The Manners and Character set also has some really catchy tunes that we enjoyed.  Our favorites were the song about being honest, saying please and treating others kindly.  The other 2 songs I found a bit awkward in some ways.  The first is “Quirks”, while it has some good points, I found the examples of quirks to be off…for instance ‘my best friend always burps’, I wouldn’t consider that a quirk, that’s more ill manners but, the main idea of the song was great – Everyone is different.  The second song “Six Little Kids” is about perspectives, but I just didn’t get the point.  My kids even were listening along saying “what??”.  They thought  it was more silly than anything when they were singing things like “An elephant’s a rope”, “an elephant's a hose”.  I don’t feel it really made the point.  In my opinion, despite your ‘perspective’ an elephant is an elephant.  I see what they were trying to say, but I don’t feel this song said it.

There are several other sets that we did not get to try out, but you can hear samples of them all at the website.

As I mentioned we listened to these in the car, mostly on our trips from here to there, and then we would talk about them, either in the car or during circle time when we did some of the activities in the workbook.  My kids (for the most part) enjoyed listening to them.  The songs are short though and they cycle through really fast when you only have 3 sets, so after one cycle they were done for that moment and asking to listen to something else. 

With the exception of the few that I pointed out above, we really enjoyed these songs and feel it was a fun way to add to our character studies!  They helped spark conversations, the kids’ voices are pleasant and enjoyable to listen to.  We liked them enough that I am interested in checking out the other sets in the future.

These are recommended for ages 4 to 8, but could easily be enjoyed by 0 to 9 (and I even enjoyed several…I catch myself singing them every so often). 

Each set includes 5 songs and is available for download for $4.95 in it’s entirety or 99cents for each individual song.  The lyrics, activity and coloring pages are available as a FREE download for an added bonus! 

Check out Happy Kids Songs on social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/happykidssongs
Twitter: @howsyourfam
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/4DrMacMusic

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School/5 Year Blogiversary Celebration for Tots and Me Blog

Welcome to the Back to School/5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Hosted by: Tots and Me

Back to school time is here! 
The summer, once again, just flew by and now it is time to think about school books, schedules, and learning. No matter how your children are schooled, there are plenty of goodies in this prize pack to stimulate those brains and get them learning.
Let me introduce you to the wonderful sponsors of this giveaway.
One winner will win this entire Back to School Prize Pack valued at approximately $370. The winner will receive:
Winner's Choice FunBites Cutter for some kitchen fun. You can choose between triangles, squares, and hearts.
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Rock 'n Learn Learn a Language DVD to begin learning a foreign language (or Winner's Choice of a Rock 'n Learn DVD)
(Read the review here)
Crazy Legs from Endless Games for some get-up-and-move fun. Great for phys. ed. time.
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Korner'd from Endless Games for those times you want a challenge and some family fun.
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Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies, because we have to keep those pencils sharp to get the work done.
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Battle Sheep from Blue Orange Games for family fun and sharpening your strategy skills.
(Read the review here)
The Reading Game- The fast action memory game with picture flashcards and story books, to help your child learn to read.
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1 Year membership to ABC Twiggles for multi-sensory ABC Learning Fun
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Winner's Choice of 1 Learning Activity Kid from Fundanoodle.
Choose between I Can Build Upper Case Letters! and I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace!
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A set of 3 Fascinating World of . . . DVD's from BrainFood Learning. Learn about Insects, Mammals and Birds.
(Read the review here)
1 Year Access to the News-O-Matic app from Press4Kids- The Daily News Experience, Just For Kids.
(Read the review here)
The Well Planned Day 2014-2015 Family Homeschool Planner from Home Educating Family Association (hedua)- To keep your day organized
(Read the review here)
A 1 Year subscription to Math World from 10Monkeys.com- For math fun for children in K through 3rd grade.
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A digital/eBook copy of both the Wild at the Zoo Adventure Pack and Bugging Around: Insects from KidQuest Science Adventures for more science fun.
(Read the review here)

A Cooking Box from Raddish to encourage learning in the kitchen.
(Read the Sponsor Spotlight here, and stay tuned for the full review which will be coming in the near future, as I only just received the product and we haven't had a chance to use it.)

All you need to do is enter in the Rafflecopter form below. There are only 4 simple mandatory entries, with the remainder of the entries being optional. Remember, you do not have to do the extra entries, but they will increase your odds of winning.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over.
The giveaway runs August 18th - August 31st.
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Disclosure: Tots and Me received the above mentioned products for free in order to conduct thorough reviews.  Tots and Me  received no further compensation. This did not in any way influence her reviews. As with all her reviews, the Back to School reviews reflect her own honest experience and opinion. She only recommends products or services she use personally and believes will be good for her readers. All opinions are her own. The participating bloggers did not receive any compensation and are not responsible for shipping any prizes. Tots and Me is only responsible for shipping The Fascinating World of Insects DVD from BrainFood Learning, all other prizes will be shipped from the sponsors.

Kids and Dad in the Kitchen

snack cake

My youngest LOVES to cook, and (I’ve said it before) my husband has WAY more patience with the kiddos in the kitchen than I do.  So he has been making it a regular thing to cook with at least the 3yo (he is the one most interested), but occasionally the bigger ones jump in as well.

This time the kids all picked some fresh WILD raspberries and blackberries.  They had the idea to make a cake with them…so this is the result of that!

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2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
2 cups fresh or frozen berries (any kind)
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly; set aside 3/4 cup for topping.
  2. Beat in the baking powder, milk and egg yolks to remaining mixture until well combined.
  3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter.
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4.  Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with blueberries and reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 15-18 servings. (We had to bake about 15-20min longer…not sure if it’s because we added extra berries, were using a stone or the combo of the two).

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Note: If using frozen berries, use without thawing to avoid discoloring the batter.

Adapted slightly from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/blueberry-snack-cake#ixzz3AP40qeIP

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Getting Organized with Clever Container–Organization Ideas!

Okay - I found a cool business while at Kid stock last weekend, and I REALLY want this car organizer set...so, I'm hosting a show. It's a newer business, you may not have heard of Clever Container! Check them out online and if you order, please choose my name (Jen’s Catalog Party) from the host drop down menu at check out!

Welcome to Clever Container

They have lots of great home storage solutions, especially for homeschool!

Did you see my post on how I store construction paper??
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and check out these great cubes with chalk board labelsClever Container Product ImageClever Container Product Image

I LOVE their Auto Line, who says Homeschoolers stay home all the time?  Now be organized in the car!

or these for art supplies
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book and magazine organization
Clever CarryAll BluePeriodical Place Set of 3 Black/White
or theseor these

Folder Holder
Folder Holder Black
Use for a workboxing system in a tight space!

Project Board Black
or this

Document boxes
Document Boxes Set of 5

Lots of storage solutions available for all around the house! 

Thanks for looking!

*I do not sell this product, I am hosting a show and will receive hostess benefits for orders placed.  Thank you!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Share it Saturday!!

Chestnut Grove Academy Share It Saturday Blog Hop

new share it saturday hosts
Please visit my co-hosts:

Karyn from Teach Beside Me
Colleen & Leann from Sugar Aunts
Mary Catherine from Fun-a-Day
Kate from Laughing Kids Learn
and Tiffany from Life & Lessons From a Country Road



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