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ALEKS Review: Top Homeschool & Classroom Award Winner!

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Educents is proud to announce ALEKS® as a winner of the Educents Top Classroom and Homeschool Award! A huge thanks to Krista from Teaching Momster for using and reviewing the ALEKS® program!
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MHE-ALEKSThis summer, I was looking through some math programs to use with my daughter. She is going to be in 5th grade and actually likes to learn new math concepts, even if she doesn’t always want to practice those that don’t come easy for her (who does, right!?). While I was planning on doing many hands-on things while I was with her, she was also going to my mom’s house for a couple of weeks and I wanted something that would not be difficult for my mom to help her use.  As luck would have it, I was contacted about a program from McGraw-Hill Education called ALEKS® that is web-based and focuses on math skills.  Of course I jumped for the chance to review it and use it with my daughter!

After receiving activation instructions from ALEKS, I was able to quickly sign my daughter up for an account.  I was also able to sign up for a complimentary Master Account for myself so I could view her progress (I also get automatic emails regarding her progress, so I don’t have to remember to login every so often!). The program was fairly easy for my daughter to navigate and use.  She was able to login and use it without many questions.  It started by giving her an assessment. Afterwards, it gave her a pie chart of her assessment results. She liked seeing where she excelled! I was able to view the same chart by logging in to my account.

You can hover over a pie slice to see what topics your student is ready to learn.  Clicking on a topic link will then take her to a problem to start working on.
Every problem includes an “EXPLAIN” button if your student isn’t sure about what to do.  After answering a question correctly, they get praise and will be told how many more times they must answer a correct question in order to add the topic to their pie.
My daughter liked being able to click and move around to different topics without getting “bored” by one topic.  As a parent or teacher, you could also direct them to work on certain topics.
Here are examples of topics that will be covered for my daughter (5th grade level).  Progress reports are also available that will tell you what the student CAN do and what they can NOT do.

In addition to the grade-level content, there is also a place for the students to practice their basic math facts.  It is called QuickTables.  This is pretty simple.  You can choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.  There is a variety of questions asked and they are given a time limit in which to answer the question.  I like that they offer both horizontal and vertical questions.
Overall, we both liked this option for computerized learning.  While I would not use it as her sole learning curriculum (we would also add some games as well as some face-to-face teaching), it could certainly work for the majority of the content needed.  As a former teacher, I could see this being used for RTI or as a math center.  As a homeschooler, I could see this being used for independent work while I am working with another child.  If you are looking for a program in which your student can be independent, and yet held accountable, I urge you to check ALEKS out!
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Happy Birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh!

Grab a pot of “hunny” and celebrate because today is Winnie-the-Pooh’s 93rd birthday!

On August 21, 1921, A.A. Milne gifted his 1-year-old son, Christopher Robin, with a new cuddly pal–a teddy bear from Harrods named Edward. Little did he know that this humble teddy bear would later become a beloved literary character, better known as Winnie-the-Pooh.

Interested in learning more about Winnie-the-Pooh’s history? Check out the New York Public Library’s Real Pooh Timeline HERE!

Plus, listen to this rare recording of A.A. Milne reading Winnie-the-Pooh, recorded in 1929.

*Thanks to NY Public Library and Brain Pickings for the fantastic resources!

 

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Back-to-School Sale + Freebies!

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What’s going on for Back-to-School on Educents? First of all – NEW FREEBIES! Plus, get an extra 10% off EVERY item on the site. Prep your homeschool or classroom and save a penny (or, quite a few pennies), while shopping. This weekend, Educents is offering bundles for 1st through 5th graders, homeschool bundles, reading bundles, language courses, and more!

Save BIG with our regular deals along with an extra 10% OFF! 

 

Teacher’s Planning Kit – Was $10, Now $4.95 with coupon code

First and Second Printables Galore! – Was $108.75, now $22.50 with coupon code

6 ELA-Friendly Folklore Tales – Was $51, now $32.13 with coupon code

Don’t forget to add all of our freebies to your cart – Frozen Chore Charts, Minecraft Chore Charts, Math Practice, and more!

Our goal is to make going back to school as easy as possible!

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How do you rack in the savings? Just use the code: BTS10 to save an extra 10% on EVERYTHING on our site!

Happy saving!

 

 

 

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Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting by Mess for Less

It’s that time of year, boxes arrive with back-to-school supplies. But wait, don’t throw that bubble wrap away! Create a cute pair of slippers and make some art for your classroom or playroom first! We LOVE this idea from Mess for Less.

 

Ready to go for it? Throw on a fun song and do the bubble wrap dance!

Check out her post for a list of supplies needed and step-by-step instructions!

 

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Tips and Tricks for Back-to-School

If it hasn’t happened for you just yet, the first day of school is right around the corner. Anxious and excited jitters fill the air as we prepare for that very big day. The Mouths of Moms and B-Inspired Mama have compiled a list of 10 Tips and Tricks to allow for those first day of school butterflies to fly away. Be sure to click on each link to learn more about the 10 tips and tricks for a flawless back to school experience!

1. Make it a “Big Kid” event

2. Read books about school 

3. Make sure to schedule downtime

4. Allow the little ones to pick out their own backpack

5. Put together a lunch menu

6. Create a school day book

7. Visit school before the first day

8. Use ‘magic dust

9. Watch back to school cartoons

10. Talk about going back to school openly

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Math Madness Wednesday: Place Value

Today is the day!  My kids start back to school.  We were able to go in to school and meet my son’s teachers yesterday, so he is much less anxious now, but he is still not sure about going back to school.  I’m sure many of you can relate!
I conducted a short survey on my Facebook page last week are realized that many of you start off the year by teaching place value.  I think that is wonderful!  I loved starting with place value because if students don’t have that concept figured out, they really can’t go much further with math.
With that in mind, I created a few new products and decided to bundle them together for you!



First, I included my Interactive Notebook and Vocabulary pack.  I LOVE this idea!  If you aren’t sure about doing interactive notebook’s yet, you can still use these items by turning them into lapbooks.  








I included pictures and ways to use them inside the product!  For the vocabulary words, I included larger (word wall size) as well as smaller (for student notebooks) versions.  

 

 


I just finished two new sets of task card activities as well.  As always, they are differentiated so you can use them the whole class OR with different grade levels if you homeschool.  





The first version is space themed and asks students to find the value of the underlined digit.  

 
The second version is apple themed and gives clues to a number that the students would identify.
The most exciting news is that I have created a SUPER new game that I call BAM!  I used superheroes to make it even more fun.  The card game is played like WAR.  Partners take turns flipping over cards to find out who has the higher number.  I included a recording sheet as well in order to hold students accountable.

 









I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about my new products!  Let me know your thoughts AND how you teach place value!  

 

 


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Stargazing Season – Time to SAVE on Science Resources!

The Numbers and Neutrons sale continues on Educents today. Have you checked out the Introduction to Astronomy Curriculum?

The stars are just a glance away in this comprehensive and photo-filled introduction to a world of astronomy! Get the basics for how to see the stars (with or without binoculars or telescope), when you can see specific galaxies and celestial objects, and most importantly, how to determine what you are looking at during certain times of the year. 

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We LOVE these facts about stars:

  • Stars rise about 4 minutes earlier every night.
  • They rise about a half-hour earlier every week.
  • They rise about 2 hours earlier every month.
  • In one year, they have returned to their original positions.

This textbook is fun for kids and adults. Want to check out the curriculum? Here’s a link to a sample. Or, watch the short video about the books!

 

Ready to start shopping? Head to Educents during our Numbers and Neutrons sale! The huge sale on math and science learning resources ends on Monday, August 18th at midnight PST.

Intro to Astronomy Curriculum – was $47.99, NOW $33.99!

 

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Alert: Numbers and Neutrons Are Taking Over Educents!

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You can never have too much of a good thing… right? That’s why Educents is presenting you with back-to-back sales! We hope you loved saving while shopping the Back-to-School Bundle sale, but now we have our Numbers and Neutrons Sale presenting all deals math and science! It’s from this Friday, August 15th, to Monday, August 18th up until midnight! We’re going to have workbooks and science kits galore – enough to make any scientist, big or small, reach the stars! You won’t want to miss out on this one!

COWABUNGA! One of our favorite products from this sale is the Ninja Mutant Turtles Fraction Learning Centers for 29% OFF. The creator, Teaching my Two, is a homeschooling mom of two, so she knows exactly how your kids might respond and we’re sure it’s been a success in her own household! This learning center includes more than sixty pizza-themed pages packed with games for Kinders to 2nd graders AND you can download the pages today. The combination of pizza and the Ninja Mutant Turtles is just too cute to miss!

We couldn’t help but pull out our own math arsenals to give this learning center a try!

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If you like what you see, check it out HERE and download it today! If your little ones create a few precious pizzas, feel free to share and tag us on Facebook or Instagram (@Educents)! We love seeing how kids have fun while learning!