By Emily. Disclosure: ABCmouse sent us subscriptions but made no obligations to mention them, just wanted to share how it helped us and offer you a free month!
I have of course heard lots about ABCmouse (try it free for 30 days here!) with their commercials on my boys’ favorite channels, but it wasn’t until I heard it vouched for by my friend Kim that I tried it out! My middle guy Callum has a July birthday and I hesitated big time with whether or not to start him on time for Kindergarten (making him among the youngest in his class) or putting him in the following year (making him surely one of the oldest.) I followed my mama intuition and held him back and it has been confirmed to me many times that it was the right choice.
In short summary Cal is his own man and learns how and when he likes, and coming off learning styles with my very different son Hayes, I felt so frustrated at how to get him to enjoy learning the way I saw Hayes do only a year previously. One thing I did know I could get Cal on board with was enjoying a game on my phone or computer! As long as we do so in very regimented routine amounts, technology has been a great motivator and teacher for him in times when I wasn’t sure how else to engage him!
ABCmouse has been a great option for him as he gets ready for Kindergarten. After focusing on reading with him for only a week his preschool teachers both took me aside and said he had just exploded at school with his grasp on sounds and letters and his desire to read. This was the best news ever after long years of navigating what works for Cal.
So add my voice to the many others you’ll hear on TV or elsewhere about this awesome game! If you’re looking for a way to help your little one (it covers preschool to 2nd grade!) or you want to keep them fresh this Summer, ABC Mouse has been so awesome! They’re offering a free month right now for Small Fry readers, use this link to claim it!
Of course they don’t just cover reading they cover language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music!
So you might see a Gather For Goats party similar to this in your area, but for us Utah County locals we are getting together tomorrow afternoon to raise money to provide 800 goats to the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. You can read all about the project here in partnership with Lifting Hands International which we have followed closely for a couple years and they do amazing work! Milk with vital nutrients will make such a differenence in these young families lives!
This event was so amazing, people showed up by the hundreds, the local companies donated in droves and the raffle produced enough donations to provide money for 10 goats to those refugees! So many people were involved but Cayleen Haynie and Sarah Thompson and Shelly Hyde broke their backs to get this thing off and Nicole created this beautiful film to remember what we’re able to do when we work together.
Lets talk about breakfast. Sometimes its eggs, here and there its cereal, and not the healthy kind. (wait, did someone tell you I was the healthy Small Fry? WRONG!) But the reality of it isn’t what is pictured here. It looks more like this: Me in jammies, and Sunny for sure in undies, if we are lucky. Typically Dash is the only one put together and we rush through it in about 5 min or less to get him out the door to school. Tell me it looks like that at your house too?
But, you know what I can do in 5 minutes? This. 4 pieces of toast (two for me duh, we don’t have a dog) and 3 green smoothies. Boom. And you know what, more often than just eggs or ultra healthy cereal, we actually accomplish a well balanced meal!
Crux sent us their new 4 Slice Toaster from their collection of stunning copper detailed appliances. If you know me, you know I love copper. But you know what I actually love even more than that that you don’t know about me? Toasting 4 slices of toast at once. WHY HAVE I NEVER HAD A 4 SLOT TOASTER BEFORE? I could have saved at least an hour or two of my life if I hadn’t been doing two slices at a time these last 30 years. Sheesh.
Im preaching to the choir here but there are a zillion ways to help your kiddos enjoy a green smoothie. And a zillion ways to be super sneaky, too. Like, of those zillion? Pour a couple Emergen C packets in there.
It never looks this pretty, but its always this easy. Join us!