Do you Symbaloo?

Can you believe we’re already a month into 2015?! I can’t either. Just crazy…

On this the blog of all things electronic/online (I totally said that a la The Godfather…”on this the day of my daughter’s wedding…” heehee), I think it’s time we talk about Symbaloo.

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What is it?

In Symabloo’s own words, “Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool that makes it simple and fun to organize the best of the web. You have all your favorite websites at your fingertips.” Sounds cool, yeah? It’s super simple to use, and super simple to keep everything pertaining to one thing (for example: homeschooling, elementary science, etc.) in one easily accessible place.

You can use it from a desktop, a tablet, even a mobile phone.

Ready to jump right in? Here are some symbaloo webmixes I can recommend:

http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/homeschoolwebsites
http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/sciencesongs3 –
http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/vocabularyspellingcity
http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/wordgames2
http://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/homeschoolwebsites
https://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/educationalwebsites5
http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/k2elementaryscience
http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/kindergarten-2ndgrade

Do you have some favorite webmixes of your own that you would like to share? Chime in and link to them in the comments below!

Where It’s App…

It’s no secret that we love all things shiny and gadget-like around here, so you’ll understand my excitement when I announce the newest way we’ve been able to access our online homeschool curriculum.

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The Puffin Academy App and Time4Learning have made my boys SO happy! Why? Because they can now do their school on their tablets. Laying on the couch, sitting outside, in the car (ok…that pleases me much more than them, but we spend a ridiculous amount of time in the car…), and anywhere else they can access the web. We have a mobile data plan on our cell phones, and use them as hotspots all the time, so we have a whole new appreciation of the phrase “learning on the go.”

The app is available in the iOS app store, and in the Google Play store, so check it out! 🙂

Summer Learning, Had Me A Blast…

Wait…that’s not how the song goes, is it? 😉

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So let’s talk gearing up for summer. How many of you fabulous readers do school, in some form or fashion, during the summer? Do you have public/private schoolers that have to go to summer school? Is the summer a time when you need a little help with tutoring?

What about the homeschoolers out there? Do you take a summer break, or do you do the year round thing?

We homeschool and technically do the year round thing, but usually we end up finished with the current grade level by the end of July or so. So, there’s some time off because we don’t start the next school year until after Labor Day. This works out well for us. Because, my guys…I tell ya, if they had 2.5 – 3 months off from school, they wouldn’t remember A THING, lol.

In our break time, or if we need a light school day because we want to play, we focus on some things they don’t find “school-ish.”

Apps and games!

There are tons of educational apps out there, and honestly, spelling games on their Spelling City app is the least frustrating way we have to get them to do willingly do spelling.

Online games are a great way to reinforce and retain. You can find websites that offer free games; everything from math games and art games, to literature games online and Latin learning games. Game play usually equals fun, and I’m all about trying to make learning fun!

Now tell me. What are your summer learning plans?

Don’t think I’ve mentioned yet on here that I have started running. It’s fun and a great way to loose my extra weight. There are all kinds of apps out there for runners, but I just want to share the two that have become my favorites!

First is Couch to 5K or C25K. This is a program that has you alternating between walking and running. The goal is to gradually increase the amount of time you run while decreasing the time you walk. This is a great way for an out of shape beginner like me to start!

Second is Endomondo. This is a cool app that uses your smart phone’s GPS to track your pace, route, calories burned and more. You can sign up with a team on Endomondo, or go it alone. It works for multiple sports. People can also send each other challenges to increase the motivation.

I must also share my favorite new gadget. My brand new running earbuds!! If you have ever tried to run with cheap earbuds then you know how frustrating it is! Yurbuds are designed by runners for runners. They do not fall out of your ear while running, and the sound is incredible.

While we are on the subject of fitness, are you trying to teach your kids about staying fit? It always pays to try to make learning fun and Learning Games For Kids does just that. There is a whole section of Health Games to teach kids about allergies, anatomy, dental health and staying fit.