Welcome back for another cup of coffee with me! Last month we talked about laughter, shared some links, talked about some losses and wins.
This time, I want to share with you some confessions, some non-pokemon go learning apps, some updates like our first day of school, some of my favorite links, the favorite links of readers and I will be answering a couple of readers questions. This post is looooong people so feel free to use the headings and skim down to any section that interests you!
So go ahead grab your drink of choice and sit with me!
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Learning Apps: Pokemon Go
Confession Time: I never heard of Pokemon Go until it was released.
No, I wasn’t living under a rock, I live in my world I guess.
Either way, when it came out I had no idea what it was. No worries, though, with a preteen and a teenager in the house I quickly got updated and informed. So whether you love it or hate it – or don’t know what it is (ahem!)- Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world right now.
Basically, you play a game, learn things like geography (local), math for upgrading, evolving and more, teamwork (one device means sharing) budgeting (data) and more. I figured if one fun app can teach all this and more what else is out there?
So I was hunting around to see if there were any other cool apps that include learning and I found 4 I wanted to share with you!
4 Non-Pokemon Go! Learning Apps:
This app sounds super cool because kids can read quietly and be entertained wherever they are. It also gives the entire family access to thousands of books on an iPad, kindle, phone, etc, so there are options for all ages!
Next up is a way to teach reading through games! As you know I love reading and books play a huge part in our homeschool.
So finding an app that will teach reading in a fun and effective way sounds amazing, don’t you think?
This app syncs children’s progress to all devices – so if dad is on the road he’s up to speed on the kids’ progress, and if you don’t have the iPad around, you can just download the app, sign in, and have the kids pick up right where they left off. Seamless. Did I mention that it is a Hooked on Phonics app?
Great for: Ages 2-8
Confession #2: My children just fell in love with Minecraft.
Looks like I am not the only one living under a rock, hehe!
We had the trial for a while, at first, they hated it. Now they take turns building, crafting and learning. Every time I turn around they are researching how to do this, that and whatever else they are attempting to do…if your children are already in love with Minecraft, they will love this learning app!
Great for Ages 7-13
If the children continue to show interest in Minecraft this will be the first app added to my wishlist! Also if you have Minecraft posts on using it to teach please send it my way! Thanks!! (and don’t tell my kids!)
This being our first “official” year of high school this app really caught my attention. Math is not my strong point and having access 24/7 to North America’s best tutors for a fraction of the cost? I’ll be keeping this in my back pocket!
GradeSlam provides 24/7 tutoring in all subjects to students in middle and high school, as well as college. With their award winning chat-based tutoring platform, your kids can access tutors anytime they (or you) need. For anyone gearing up their juniors for college entrance testing, this is a no – brainer.
Great for: upper school to college ages, tougher subjects
August has been super crazy busy, but I have a feeling life is always going to be busy.
We got to spend our 16th year anniversary together as a family which was awesome. We went on a day trip that included two beaches and some fish and chips (gluten free at that!) and ice cream of course.
I had set a summer goal of enjoying the little moments, because when you are working and homeschooling it is hard to balance it all. You blink and weeks have flown by.
I worked hard to spend time with my family this summer, we watched movies, played games, had a few outside fires and are still planning on a fall camping trip. I hope it doesn’t snow! (kidding, almost!)
I heard back from the school board and had all my curriculum choices approved, ya!
I had a slight stress attack thinking I wasn’t ready for school as I kept reading about how everyone’s days were going, the curriculum they were using, and all I kept thinking was I am not ready!!!! Then I remembered I live in Canada, and we don’t start until September 8th. Whew!
However, we took advantage of my day off and had our “first back to school day”. We called it “Orientation”.
We looked over the courses we chose, wrote out a plan for the month of September, I bought the kids planners and super fine sharpies. (I loved it so much I went back and got myself one, seriously I need to stay out of the stationary stores!!)
My daughter and I colored one night after work while the boys chatted about their day. It was probably my favorite moment of the week. See the post on Instagram below. Don’t you love these?
Links I Loved:
My personal favorites:
- Top 5 Places to Buy Homeschool Resources -This month I have been busy buying and sharing our curriculum plans for the year, which you can find here: Grade 9 and Grade 8 for your convenience. I, sadly, came across this post right after I bought mine, but I am sharing with you in case you needed a list of places to buy curriculum.
- Who Actually Has Time to Homeschool for 6 Hrs/Day? Shelly takes on the question of homeschooling 6 hours a day and tells why she (nor I) have time for that!
- Math Games : Easy Ways to Turn Math Into a Game – Again with the games for math right? Can you tell I love trying to find fun ways to teach my kids? I just don’t tell them, if they know they say I am wrecking their lives.
- (bonus!) MY TOP 3 HOMEMADE HOUSEHOLD RECIPES What you might not know about me is I love making things from scratch. It has been awhile since I found time to do so but I wanted to share these great recipes from Michelle. (Noted: she was my guest post on how to teach teens about money)
Links You Love:
What are readers loving this month? Top 3 are:
- Homeschool Myths…Sharing the top 6 of that day, speaking out about how I personally feel about these things.
- Homeschool supply list for the working mom, so glad to see I wasn’t the only one getting ready for school.
- Homeschool is not school at home except when it is. This post was a tough one to share, I talk about the mistake I made and how I found a way to work around it.
Questions from Readers:
Since I don’t talk about blogging very much I thought I would take a moment to answer those type of questions here:
1. Where do you get your photos?
- I get my photos from Pixabay and Pexels, however, a ton of my photos like the ones you see on Instagram are taken either by my daughter or myself. I don’t do anything fancy or special we use my cell phone mostly to take the photos and my key: take a lot!!
2. Why do you use a Pinterest scheduler?
- Great question! I use Pinterest to share my own content and others. I use it to save and share great articles (like the ones above) with my followers. However, if I pinned everything at once it would end up flooding my follower’s feed which can be really annoying and then you might not even see anything from me for the rest of the week. Therefore instead of doing that I use a scheduler to share it throughout the week slowly while saving me time. I use Boardbooster, which you can test it out for free here.
- I haven’t written how to use it. I have used this walk thru to set it up personally, from Kelly which is amazing. After you sign up for an account check out her post!
3. As a homeschooler, working mom and blogger how do you do it all?
- Easy, I don’t. (haha!)
- But I have shared what my day looks like if you read both a day in my life here and what my blogging schedule looks like here. Between these two you will have a good idea of what my “life” looks like.
Coffee & Confessions: Pokemon Go, Updates, Links, and More!
Thanks so much for joining me for this little coffee chat, of sharing confessions and more! So tell me what is new with you?