Sunday, March 18, 2012

Reading Eggs Review

Our 6 year old daughter just got finished working on the Reading Eggs
website for practice in reading. I wanted to write up a little review
on it for those who are interested.

Pros -
The graphics are very colorful and fun.
The map that takes you to the different steps are easy to navigate.
There are things to do on the screen while you wait for the programs
to load.
It kept her attention for a long time.
There was a variety of activities that helped her reading skills and
letter recognition

Cons -
It took a long time to download. We have a semi slow internet
connection and we pay by the minute used so that was a frustration.
I was not able to download this on my ipad which would have made it
nice for her to work on while I was using the computer.
She took the pretest, but I feel that she is farther along than were
they started her. For example, One of the activities was finding
the letter r over and over. Then the next was finding the correct word
- so that was a bit of a jump. She did not seem to mind it.

All in all - I would like to see how this could help her develop her
reading. She is great at sounding out words and blending them - but
has not caught on to fully just reading without sounding out the words

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Alethia's guitar debut

videoHere is Alethia's first guitar solo. Thanks Mr. David for letting us

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

long time and random start

I made this great dessert tonight with a recipe from
Slight twist on a peach cobbler.  Maybe Dutch origins?? not sure.  
But very yummy and easy.  I halved it for a 6 serving recipe what follows
below is the halved version.

Sour Cream Peach Kuchen

Original Recipe Yield 12 servings




         1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
         1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
         1/4 teaspoon baking powder
         1/8 teaspoon salt
         1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
         1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained
         1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
         2 egg yolks
         1 cup sour cream – I substituted yogurt with good results
         1 tablespoon sugar
         1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon



This recipe's Ingredients were scaled to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 12 servings.

In a bowl, combine the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Arrange peaches over crust. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over peaches. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine egg yolks and sour cream. Spread evenly over peaches. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over top. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.



Friday, January 28, 2011

How Asher eats vermicelli noodles

Asher is having a hard time these days staying clean for meal time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Her Singing Debut

She is really into making up songs these days.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Day Jesus!

On Thursday we had a birthday party for Jesus. A little early but we
had a fun time celebrating while making music and eating cake.

Caleb's surgery

Caleb had ACL surgery on Tuesday, December 14 and watched every bit of
it on the camera. He stayed in the hospital until Friday. He was a
good patient even though they were only giving him something like
extra-strength tylenol for the serious pain he was in. He then had
to stay on the couch for two weeks. He got his stitches out today,
December 28 and should be able to walk around with just one crutch in
another week or so. At first he was going to physical therapy every
day now it is just every other day. The doctor says he is progressing
as he should. So we are thankful that all is going well.



She is 5

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