Friday, August 22, 2014

Learning Character Through Songs With Happy Kids Songs {A TOS Review}

Happy Kids Songs Review
I don't know about your children, but mine sure do enjoy singing songs and playing music. I've mentioned before that we enjoy learning with things set to music. So what better way to learn such important things as character and social skills.  I thought it would be fun to set our other character study aside for the summer and have fun with some enjoyable song sets from Happy Kids Songs. Through the Schoolhouse Review Crew we have been able to access 3 out of the 8 MP3 downloadable song sets available from Happy Kids Songs. We have been enjoying listening to Set 1: Friends & Sharing, Set 6: Manners & Character, and Set 7: Happiness & Attitude.  Not only were we able to download these songs, we were also sent a copy of the Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social and Emotional Skills
Happy Kids Songs are brought to us by Dr. Mac who is an award-winning songwriter and producer. In fact, if you have heard of Jay Jay the Jet Plane on PBS, you may be interested to know that he is the music director and songwriter for the series.
These Happy Kids Songs song sets were easy to download and permission is also given to burn them onto a CD. This is something I didn't do, as I wasn't exactly sure how to (I am not a very computer/technology friendly person). I wasn't too worried about it, as I figured we would just listen to them on the computer. 

Before I go any further, I would like to share the titles of the songs that are in each set, along with a little about each song. 
Set 1: Friends & Sharing
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  • Sailing on the Seven Cs - A song about the 7 Cs of friendship (caring, consideration, commitment, communication, concern, curiosity, and cooperation).
  • Everybody Wants to Find a Friend - This song encourages children to approach others to play and make friends.
  • Sharing Friends - A reminder that we can share friends.
  • Happy as Happy Can Be - This is a song of things that fit together, just like friends.
  • Together - A song about wanting to be together with a best friend.
Set 6: Manners & Character
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  • H-O-N-E-S-T-Y - An investigative look being "reported" from the playground, where children state reasons why honesty is important.
  • The Magic Word - A song about the importance of saying please
  • Quirks - A reminder that no two people are alike and we shouldn't judge others.
  • The Golden Rule - A reminder that being a friend means doing to others what you want them to do to you.
  • Six Little Kids - A song that replaces children with the blind men in the story of The Blind Men and the Elephant and teaches that all the points of view are true.
Set 7: Happiness & Attitude 
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  • Shake It Out and Dance - A song about the importance of getting rid of those negative thoughts and thinking positively.
  • Who Knows What's a Kudo - This song is about telling others nice things about themselves and what they have done, to encourage them.
  • I Don't Understand - A song that shows it is okay to ask questions if you don't understand and that not understanding doesn't mean someone is "dumb."
  • Be Good to Yourself - The importance of seeing the best in everyone, including oneself.
  • Better Together - Reminds children that it is great to have time to yourself, but it is also a good thing to have a friend to play with.
There are 5 songs in each award-winning album, all geared toward children ages 3-8, though children slightly younger or older will probably enjoy the songs. The issues dealt with in these songs are ones that confront children in this age group. I have three girls in this age range, and I know that one of the main issues that they are facing are making/learning to be friends. Of course, we want our children to have manners, be honest, treat others how they want to be treated and have a positive attitude too.

Along with these songs, Happy Kids Songs provides lyrics, coloring pages, and activities. These can be accessed by signing up to be on their mailing list. Doing so would also give you a download of the song of the month. While these PDF downloads of the activities are available for free, Happy Kids Songs also offers a 122 page Workbook.
Happy Kids Songs Review
You may be wondering why you would want to purchase a workbook when you can have access to the downloads for free. Well, first of all, it would allow you to have the material nicely bound and ready to be used without having to download and print. Though, if you have more than one child, you are still going to need to make copies. So, really, that is not the most exciting thing about having the workbook, in my opinion. What I loved was the idea of the additional activities in the back section of the book. While the Kids' Lyrics, Coloring and Activity pages are the same as the downloadable pages, there is a 36 page section filled with other learning activities to do together.
The majority of the time we listened to these songs was just during random times during the day while the children were playing. The children did mention that it was hard to pick up the words to the songs just by listening to them. I am very glad the lyrics are available for this reason. I then decided I would give them each the lyric/coloring sheet and we would listen to the song while reading along. 

Then the girls could color and do the related activity page while listening to the song again.

Not only do these songs teach good lessons, but they are upbeat and fun to listen to. I loved hearing Amelia break into singing parts of "Sailing on the Seven Cs" while we were in the car the other day. It helps show that the songs are sticking in their little brains.
You can hear samples of the songs by stopping by the Happy Kids Songs website. Additionally, while you are there, don't forget you can sign up for their mailing list and receive the free song of the month and access to the PDF downloads of the lyrics, coloring sheets and activity pages. 

These Happy Kids Songs sets can each be purchased for $4.95 and you can also purchase each individual song for 99 cents. The workbook is available for $12.56.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: August 20, 2014 (w/linky)- Books Galore

We are getting ready to start back to school next Monday. Getting back into the routine of putting books on hold. Had a whole slew ready for me yesterday. Phonics for the younger two, math and science topic books for our My Father's World 1st grade lessons.

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- August 19th, 2014

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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-host this week is Mellissa from Something Like Life.

You may have noticed there is only one co-host this week. Unfortunately, Ashley has had to leave us. I have greatly appreciated her help all this time and am sad to see her go. This has opened up a co-host spot with Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up. If you would like to co-host with us, we would love for you to fill out the form linked up here.

I ask that co-hosts have family friendly blogs. As co-host, you would be posting the link up every other Monday evening at 7pm EST and sharing about it on your social media. You will be able to share 2-3 of your own giveaways and will have a backlink in the post. 

Now, onto this week's Link Up!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Featured Giveaways

Back to School/5 Year Blogiversary Prize Pack-Fun Products & $30 Amazon GC/Paypal 
US only Ends 8/31

Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer Giveaway US/Canada (excluding Quebec) Ends 8/28

Kreation Krate Giveaway Continental US Ends 9/2

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Mellissa from Something Like Life.

September 2014 Edition Kreation Krate Giveaway

September 2014 Edition Kreation Krate Giveaway

Do you enjoy crafting? I know I used to, when I had time to spare. Now that the children are getting older, maybe I will one day get to do some crafting again. When I saw a fellow blogger, Melissa from Deliciously Savvy, asking for bloggers to help share this giveaway for Kreation Krate, I thought it would be a fun one to join in on. So, go ahead, take a gander and see if this is something you would like to win.

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And to all blogs participating in this giveaway ~ A Huge Thank You!
Deliciously Savvy received a Kreation Krate (August's 2014 Edition) for review and it was awesome!
August Kreation Krate
This is what I received in the August 2014 Edition Kreation Krate:
  • 12 Piece Acrylic Paint Set
  • 3 Piece Brush Set
  • 3 Mini Canvases
  • 3 Mini Wood Easels
  • Pallette
  • 6 River Rocks
  • Canvas Bag
  • 6 Kind Cards
This Box Was Loaded With Everything You Need To Create Awesome, One Of A Kind Works Of Art! In addition to the craft project for yourself, each month's box includes a craft to create and gift to others, either through a random act or through a charity. You'll receive materials and instructions for the Kind Craft, and will have a chance to share your experience with others! My Daughter and I have had a blast creating each and every piece. This was an amazing experience for my daughter and I. We shared a lot of bonding time with this fabulous subscription Craft service and that alone makes this subscription service amazing. My daughter is keeping the small frames on her windowsill in her bedroom, so that she can display them proudly for all to see! She is going to give the river stones she painted to her friends and teachers when she goes back to school. Each painted river stone comes with a kindness card. This is a fabulous crafting service with an amazing message behind it, so check it out today!
Winner Of This Giveaway Will Win The September 2014 Kreation Krate!
JUST $26 Delivered To Your Door Each Month!
Giveaway Runs from 8/18 (12AM EST) until 9/03 (12AM EST)
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in the Continental United States. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
This giveaway will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 9/03/2014.
1 Winner will receive the September 2014 Edition Kreation Krate!

Science Exploration with KidQuest Science Adventures {A Back to School Review}

As I have mentioned in the past, the children love getting outside and exploring to learn about God's creation. They love being able to get down and dig in the dirt and discover different sorts of critters. We love finding new resources to help in this endeavor. So, I was excited when I learned about these KidQuest Science Adventure Guides. We were given these two digital ebooks: Wild at the Zoo and Bugging Around Insects. 

Stay tuned for the full review

Fun and Easy Online Math for Kids with Math World from {A Back to School Review}

We love having fun with math, and were thrilled when we were given the opportunity to try out a year subscription for all three girls to 10Monkeys Math World. 

 When the girls log in, they go to their account screen and are able to choose the level they want to work at. They can work with numbers from 0-10, 0-20, 0-100, or 0-1000. Math World has also added a Geography section to choose from. 

Once the choose which level they are going to work on they get to choose a topic to work in. Each topic has activities that increase in difficulty.

Stay tuned for the full review

Fun in the Kitchen with Raddish Cooking Boxes

It is no secret that we love our Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen time. We have been enjoying time together in the kitchen for several years. I believe the kitchen is a wonderful place for learning, and was intrigued when I discovered Raddish Kids, a company that supplies cooking boxes, full of fun and learning. 

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