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Free Minecraft Lessons – limited time offer July 28, 2014

 

Free Minecraft Lessons.

Do you have a Minecraft-mad kid in your family? Wouldn’t you like to see if you can leverage that interest into something useful like programming? Homeschool Programming is offering a series of free lessons for Beginning Minecraft Mods. There are over 100 pages of instructions on how modify Minecraft code to add new items, recipes, and MOBs.

Homeschool Programming offers a series of products that teach kids and teens how to code. This is a wonderful way to bring this sort of STEM education into your child’s life for any parent even if you don’t homeschool. You can try out their product before deciding to buy anything. Click through above link to subscribe your email to get the free Minecraft lessons. Don’t forget to verify your subscription when you get your confirmation email.

Recommended for 4th grade and up.

L@WS

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Minecraft Geometry Lesson – free for a limited time. July 26, 2014

Filed under: Middle School,Upper Elementary — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:04 pm
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Minecraft Geometry Unit.

Educents has a Minecraft themed geometry lesson for free right now. This is great for kids that love Minecraft. Deal ends in 4 days.

L@WS

 

80 Phonics Readers – free again in case you missed it! July 23, 2014

Filed under: Book Apps,Early Elementary,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:16 am
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There is a huge iBook giveaway from Francis Morgan & Josephine Lai of their 80 early phonics readers. This giveaway will not last long so start downloading as soon as you see this post since each iBook has to be purchased individually. You need to download the iBook reader app in order to read them on your Apple device.

Books 1-52 here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/swrl/id731669223?mt=11

Books 53-80 here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/francis-morgan/id626953438?mt=11

L@WS

 

 

Teach Me Kindergarten – free for 4th of July! July 3, 2014

App Store – TeachMe: Kindergarten.

TeachMe: Toddler for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

TeachMe: 1st Grade for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

TeachMe: 2nd Grade for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

TeachMe: 3rd Grade for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

The Teach Me series of app for the iPad and iPhone for toddler, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade are well worth the regular  each for these incredibly well designed learning apps. Today, Teach Me Kindergarten is FREE for the first time ever ! All other Teach Me apps are on sale! Each of these apps are well designed for use with multiple children in a family or a classroom situation for up to 30 children since separate player profiles can be created. Four are included with the initial app purchase. The app is designed to test your child’s skill level across a variety of subjects and will increase difficulty depending on their mastery level. You can easily see where they are in the program on the summary page. There are control features that can be set to customize the app for your use to focus of specific subjects or specific questions within a subject. This is very helpful if you have an asynchronous learner.

Unlike many learning apps out there, this app will avoid repeating skills that they already mastered and uses a coin reward system for correct answers. The coins can be banked and redeemed in the store to sticker rewards. The app does a great job of motivating the student to continue to play since that is the only way to earn coins and also teaches the value of deferred gratification by holding off spending you coins immediately as there are rewards of different values available in the store. You can even create your own reward system within the app.

The Toddler app covers basic pre-K concepts of numbers (up to 20), upper and lower case letters, shapes, colors and letter sounds. The Kindergarten app covers Dolch Sight words (pre-K and K), basic addition (up to 10), basic subtraction (10 and down), beginning letter sound recognition in words. The First Grade level covers: Dolch Sight words (1st grade), addition (up to 20), subtraction (20 and down), and spelling.

You should note that the first grade level requires the learner to write their answers. This is a fine motor skill that some advanced learners may have some difficulty with since there is a certain level of accuracy required for the app to recognize the letter or number being written. However, the app will allow the user to ask for the correct answer to be shown so that it can be traced. That being said, M has been using the Teach Me: First Grade app since he has turned 3 with some initial struggles as he was unused to staying within the guide lines of the handwriting “paper.” However, he has really liked learning with this app since he enjoys writing, and it offers him enough challenge while keeping him interested and engaged longer than a workbook can. I was very pleased when the First Grade level was offered since he no longer being challenged by the Kindergarten app.

Highly recommended for toddlers through second grade. Well worth the paid app price. We have been using these apps for years as part of our homeschooling. This is a great resource for gifted accelerated learners as well.

L@WS

Updated: Teach Me 3rd grade is not recommended currently as a good (must) buy as they continue to use the same UI and reward system which gets a bit tired and young for a 3rd grader. Also, the scope of the skills covered does not match well with general standards for 3rd grade. I would judge it more like halfway between 2nd and 3rd grade. However, if you are using the app for a younger gifted accelerated learner, then it is still a useful app. There are other apps that are more “mature” for the average 3rd grader.

 

 
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