Totally realistic picture of doing school on the computer! ;)
Totally realistic picture of doing school on the computer! Not killing Zombies. Really. πŸ˜‰

So…I’m sitting here finishing up the last of my preparations for school (a.k.a. ordering stuff off Amazon), and I wanted to share a couple all time favorite school type things. Please notice my extreme eloquentness today,Β  I know I’m awesome. πŸ˜‰

First up is Adapted Mind. It’s an online math and reading program, and I LOVE it! I used the whole kit and kaboodle last year for Artist and it was super great. This year to start with I’m doing just the math part; I love that you can pay for each separately.

There are so many things I love about it. I’m just going to address the math part here, because that’s my favorite. (As in, favorite thing that Adapted Mind takes care of for me, not my favorite subject.) πŸ™‚

For starters, it measures your kid’s current math skills and tailors the lessons to their individual needs. This alone makes it so worth it for me!

But it also takes on the job of telling your kid when she gets one wrong, so you as the parent aren’t the bad guy. And it tells them when they get a single one wrong, so they never again have the frustration of doing an entire page incorrectly before you check it.

It’s a beautiful program. I mean almost up there with coffee!!! No they’re not paying me to say this. They have no clue who I am and would probably be rather mortified by this hastily written post/love note! πŸ˜‰

Anyway…sorry for the gushing. I just have one more homeschoolish love to share.

If you have a kid who struggles with reading, or just want to introduce reading skills to a preschooler in a fun way, check out the Reading Raven app!

The app even makes them cuddle lovingly all day. ;)
The app even makes them cuddle lovingly all day. They totally didn’t start fighting 2 seconds later. πŸ˜‰

You would never guess it now given Artist’s current LOVE of reading, (She woke me up this morning, brought me coffee, a granola bar, and milk, and begged us to read Felicity together…be still my heart), but in Kinder she struggled with reading.

I’m talking total melt downs over trying to sound out a new word. Holding her in big bear hugs while we played sight word games so she could stay calm. It was not pretty. During summer break between K and 1st Grade something clicked and all on her own she started reading and loving it!

But during the middle of what has come to be known as the dark year πŸ˜‰ the one readingish thing she enjoyed was playing Reading Raven on my phone.

Something about the way it presented things really worked for her, and she read words with it, and enjoyed it, and felt more confident. It was practically a miracle worker! If Artist was Helen Keller, this app would have been her Anne Sullivan. πŸ˜‰

Homeschoolish Things I Love!

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