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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pump It Up!

My sister-in-law gifted the kids their Christmas gift a bit early. She reserved them time at 'Pump It Up.' This is a facility filled with giant blow-up bouncers. The kids got to play there for almost two hours with about 15 other children (all of whom my sister-in-law know). They has a blast. It was the perfect Christmas gift!

My niece and I. Margaret was so pleased to see her newest best friend Shayla again.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Isaac Birthday (#3)

On the actual day of Isaac's birthday we celebrated by going out for Japanese food for lunch.

This was probably the most popular present for Isaac. He loves this pocket knife so much that he sleeps with it. We have had to make several rules such as 'No opening the pocket knife in a moving car' and 'No using the scissors without just cause.'

Isaac's Birthday Party (#2)

We celebrated Isaac's birthday with friends and family in Portland. This was a VERY special treat as it is now rare for my kids to have family at their birthday celebrations.

Grandma Phyllis and James.

This is my niece Lauren and her gorgeous daughter Shayla.

Margaret and Shayla are less than a month apart and became fast friends.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday Isaac!!!

Isaac at age 3.

Isaac today.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

What We Have Been Watching

We are enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. While here we have had time to view some movies on my brother's amazing theater set-up.Michael and I LOVED the movie 'Inception.' It did not disappoint.
We have watched 'Despicable Me' twice in the last three days. I ADORE this movie. It is so funny, and a good, 'clean' flick for the kiddos. There is some potty humor, but it is also kept clean and minor. As far as animated movies go, this is one of my new absolute favorites. Banana!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Product Review: Tiny Planets- Infinite Fun for Inquisitive Kids!

Tiny Planets is a children's entertainment company that strives to deliver engaging high quality entertainment centered around a space theme. It features the aliens Bing and Bong who travel through space on their rocket-powered sofa. This whimsical wonderland is intended for ages 4 to 12.

The program offers many aspects for your child to explore. Tiny Planets TV allows you to view any of the television episodes. This series emphasizes science education and is endorsed by Montessori Centre International. My Tiny Planets is an online gaming community based on space and science exploration. Tiny Planets Learning offers lesson plans and science experiment ideas.

The company has won many awards and strives to create a safe online learning environment for your children. It offers many ways that parents can control the aspects of the program for their children. Click Here to read more about their privacy policy and parent account.

Most of the site is free to use, so check it out! You can buy little upgrades for a small fee that allow your child to access additional features, but we didn't find that necessary at all.

My boys (ages 8, 6, and 4) enjoyed using the Tiny Planets program. Seriously, whose kid wouldn't? These two cute alien characters and are flying through space on a piece of living room furniture. Talk about a hilarious way to introduce space education! The whole program plays almost like an interactive video game movie. There is lots of visual stimulation and additional links to click. Even when it wasn't their turn, my children would also sit nearby and watch the action. The repetition never got old for them.

What my children liked the most was probably my biggest problem with the program. It is too video game-ish to fit well into our no TV or video game lifestyle. I can definitely see the benefit for a family that needs some safe programing for their children. But for us it wasn't a great match and didn't fit well into our classical education curriculum.

I also found the website a bit difficult for me to navigate. Of course, I am almost completely helpless when it comes to these things. I can manage this blog and email- that's about all. Still, it seems that they should keep users like me in mind when designing the parent site and make it SUPER easy to use. It probably was designed to be easy to use, but it is not super easy to use.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS homeschool review group I was asked to review the Tiny Planets Website and agreed to write an honest review on my blog based on my experience.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fun in the Snow!

These kids love to play with the rosaries!