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FREE Frozen Soundtrack (MP3 Album download) – Hurry! December 26, 2014

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FREE Frozen Soundtrack (MP3 Album download) – Hurry!.

I am either going to make your day or ruin it with this freebie deal. ‘Cause all of us can’t possibly be tired of listening to endless renditions of “Let It Go,” right? Click through and download the ENTIRE soundtrack of Frozen on Google Play.

Happy Boxing Day!



VeggieTales Silly Song Favorites – free for a limited time. December 20, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Kid's TV,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:33 am
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Watch and Find – VeggieTales Silly Song Favorites – A Fingerprint Network App on the App Store on iTunes.

If your child is a fan of Veggie Tales, you are sure to love this app which is free for a limited time (Normally, $2.99). This is in honor of the 20th anniversary of Veggie Tales. I can’t believe they have been around for two decades now. Time has really flown by.

This app is filled with Veggie Tales Silly Songs including:

– The Hairbrush Song
– The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything
– I Love My Lips
– Monkey
– Endangered Love (Barbara Manatee)
– The Water Buffalo Song
– His Cheeseburger
– Sneeze if You Need To
– Pizza Angel
– Happy Toothday

There are more to come in the year ahead. There are videos to watch and interactive elements for younger children. It  comes with a multi-child tracker so that you can track each child’s progress separately.

Recommended for ages 3 and up. Younger with assistance.



BrainPOP Jr App – New and free! June 27, 2012

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

App Store – BrainPOP Featured Movie.

I have been such a huge fan of BrainPop which are like educational shorts on a wide variety of topics: Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts and Technology. I love, love, love how they humorously teach kids, but I have been insanely impatient because BrainPop is aimed at upper elementary students (some junior highers might enjoy them as well). You don’t need an Apple device to access their offerings since they do have websites and where you can see the free movies as well.

However, how cool is it to have access on your iPhone or iPad? There is a free movie offered every week or you can subscribe in-app on a monthly basis for additional access. Keep in mind that you have to go to their website in order to set up your log-in for access for the free trial period. The new BrainPop Jr is targeted to the K to 3rd grade audience which is perfect to supplement for my homeschooling adventures with M.

Highly recommended for kids 4 to 8.



Classical Music Made Fun! Fave Pick! April 18, 2012

Filed under: Homeschooling,Music — lifeatwarpspeed @ 9:03 pm
Tags: , , , , , Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Symphonies: Beethoven’s Wig: Music.

Beethoven once said, “If my music had words it’d be a lot more popular.”

I developed a love for classical music as a child while learning play the piano. It wasn’t until I was in junior high that I realized that most of the other kids at school had practically no exposure to classical music. And let’s not get started on the state of music education in America these days.

I really wanted to pass along my love for classical music to my son so we listened to some classical music CDs and watched Little Einsteins and HBO’s Classical Baby (both are fantastic programs). I also wanted to expose him to as much classical music because of the Mozart effect theory of helping increase spatial intelligence in a child’s developing brain and of course the strong correlation between classical music and mathematics since both tap into the area of the brain that control spatial temporal reasoning.

This CD really captured his attention (and mine) the way Beethoven’s Wig does. They do a fantastic, amusing and engaging job of creating catchy sing-a-long lyrics to the most beloved classical pieces. They weave in the theme of the music and facts about the composer and the piece. I learned quite a lot from the lyrics myself. Even if you don’t care that much for classical music, this CD may change your mind.

This is such a fun way to “introduce” classical music to children in such a fun way that children can easily identify the piece and composer. The second half of the CD are the same pieces performed by an orchestra, so you can expose your child to the fun and straight versions. The main singer on the track does remind slightly of Weird Al Yakovic’s voice in a good way. It lends itself well to a slightly comedic flavor to the singing.

These are the feature selections:

1. Beethoven’s Wig (5th Symphony, Beethoven)
2. Franz Liszt the Famous Pianist (Hungarian Rhapsody #2, Liszt)
3. Please Don’t Play Your Violin at Night (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart)
4. Can You Can Can? (Can Can, Offenbach)
5. Just For Elise (Fur Elise, Beethoven)
6. Haydn’s Great Surprise (Surprise Symphony, Haydn)
7. Kings and Queens of England (Trumpet Tune, Purcell)
8. Drip, Drip, Drip (Pizzicato from Sylvia, Delibes)
9. Harmony (The Merry Peasant, Schumann)
10. Hey Guitar Teacher (Bouree, Bach)
11. Tchaikovsky’s Cannonball (1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky)

Highly recommended for all ages and for homeschooling families as part of the music education. I am planning to get the rest of the series of CDs for car rides and listening around the house.



Tunemark Radio App – Free for limited time! March 7, 2012

Filed under: Apps — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:24 pm
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App Store – Tunemark Radio.

Tunemark Radio is an internet radio tuner app for the iPhone and iPad. Listen to thousands of different radio stations or manually add a station. It is nice that there are no banner ads. I particularly like the fact that you can pause and rewind while you are listening. You can select a background that suits your taste or add a custom background. App continues to play in the background while you use your device. Normally $0.99, it is free for downloading for a limited time.



Dr. Seuss Band App – Free for limited time! February 17, 2012

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App Store – Dr. Seuss Band.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

-Dr. Seuss

Just saw that this app went for free today for the iPhone and iPad (normally $0.99). It is one of the better music apps for children out there. Your child can customize their musical instrument with the three different sections to create their own Seuss inspired instrument with sound effects. Then tap on the colored key buttons to play various songs from the Seuss soundtrack. Improve your accuracy and your high scores in your song playing, and you will unlock more instrument pieces, song effects and songs. There are three different levels of difficulty to set your play or you can just opt to free play.

Recommended for 3 and up. Younger children can play as well with the free play aspect, but they will not be able to follow along and learn to play the songs.



$99 for 8 Weeks of Classes for Ages 0 to 7 at Music Together ($198 Value) September 14, 2011

Filed under: Deals,Things to Do with Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:09 pm
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$99 for 8 Weeks of Classes for Ages 0 to 7 at Music Together ($198 Value).

Great deal from Doodle Deals for a 8 week of Music Together classes for $99. Too bad I don’t live in SF or I would snatch this deal up myself. This is a really wonderful children’s music program. Music education is such an enriching way to enhance your child’s development. Did you know that music skills are closely connected to mathematics skills? Early exposure to music helps children discern patterns and repetition in increasing complexity which is a critical math skill.

Learn more about Music Together here



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