Bambino, a New Way to Learn

For as long as I can remember, one of my girls favorite learning tools has been puzzles. From big chunky pieces to itty-bitty challenges, puzzles have been one of the best learning tools. Today I’m excited to share the Bambino LUK Learning System. It’s our newest puzzle find and an amazing teaching tool for kids of all ages. Thank you Timberdoodle for sponsoring today’s post and as always, all opinions are my own.

Teaching with puzzles. Exploring a new way to learn with Bambino LUK learning system.
My absolute favorite way to teach preschool and early elementary aged children is through play and one of our favorite things to play with is puzzles. Puzzles are a great hands on approach to learning and an amazing way to work on cognitive skills, problem solving, fine motor development, hand eye coordination, self-esteem and more.

bambinoLet’s take a look at the Bambino LUK system. The starter pack comes with the tray, 6 tiles, a workbook, parent guide, and a skill chart. The system is simple but offers so much variety that every time we play it feels new, exciting and challenging. You are free to begin simple and grow your collection by adding additional packs at any time or you can buy several at once.

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Recommended ages for this LUK learning system are 3-5, but I should add that Marissa (8)  enjoys playing with it just as much as her sister does. We also love the variety of focus and levels the packs offer. This allows me to target specific subjects that I want to work on. It also ensures the work I’m giving is the right level for each child. This is a tool that you can grow with for many years. 

Like most other puzzle systems the Bambino LUK Learning System is self-correcting. The reverse side of the pieces have a bright and colorful dotted pattern that children can use to check their work. Emily has grown so much from being able to discover and correct her own mistakes and we both like the independence that she feels while playing.

Interested to learn more about how this system works?

You can watch the video above and check out more Bambino LUK Learning Sysytem products on Timberdoodle

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Fun Ways To Play & Learn In the Summer Time

We’ve been in summer mode for just over a month now. Summer, oh glorious, beautiful, summer. I am pretty sure I love summer 100 times more as a teacher than I ever did as a kid. Don’t get me wrong, I love homeschooling, structure, and schedules but something about summer makes me want to toss all of that out and enjoy the freedom of not having an agenda.

The flip side is that as much as I would like to toss all things educational out the window during the summer months, I know I would have many regrets come August. Today I want to share with you ways that we continue learning through the summer months that keep things simple, practical, fun and the girls hardly even realize it’s actually school work. 

Fun ways to play & learn in the summer time. Simple ideas to encourage learning in kids of all ages.


* Summer reading programs //

Most libraries have a summer reading program for the months of June and July offering rewards for books read and activities completed. We’ve been doing this for years now and the girls love it.

* Nature Centers //

Nature centers are a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and learn. Just be sure to plan this as a morning activity to avoid the heat

* Computer Games //

I am not a huge fan of computer time or games but if the learning is educational, I don’t mind making and exception. This is one of my favorite ways to trick the girls into doing school work. We really like this website.

* Topical Studies //

The summer is one of the best times to study something that the girls are really interested in that we likely wouldn’t add into our normal school schedule. From books to YouTube videos we can learn all they want to know. 

* Science Centers //

Science centers are an amazing tool for hands on learning. Often my girls just want to run all over like crazy and see all the things but I always try to pick out a few exhibits along the way to look at a little deeper with them. 

* Book Report Rewards //

It started out as a great idea, or so I thought. Summer reading could mean summer book reports! But Marissa wasn’t really a fan… until I promised a reward. For every 5 book reports she turns in she gets some kind of reward. The rewards are TBD that girl is a book-worm so I am excited to see how this goes. 

* Zoo Trips

We don’t have a zoo around here and haven’t been to a zoo for about a year now, but I know that if we did weekly trips would be a must. I am hoping that we can squeeze in a zoo trip at some point over the summer since the girls are huge animal lovers. Maybe we could even squeeze in an educational scavenger hunt while we are there. 

* Science Experiments

Summer is the perfect time to work on all of the science projects I have pinned. There are so many that we have yet to get too. Adding in a science project a week is our goal. Plus the messier ones could easily be done outside. For science project ideas check out my science pin-board.

* Grow Something

It’s no fun studying trees and plants in the middle of winter. Summer time is the perfect time to study all things plant related from leaves and parts of plants to learning how to grow and take care of a garden. 

* Art Projects

Weekly art projects are a great way to encourage creativity. From learning to draw, paint, creating collages, and sculptures the opportunities are endless. Need some inspiration? Visit an art gallery, pick a painting, then go home and try to recreate it.

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How do you encourage learning over the summer months in your home?

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Tuesday Talk: Home School Resources

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We are homeschoolers…
I still find myself a bit surprised when I tell someone we are a homeschooling family for the first time. It truly was was a path that I never planned for or expected to take. But here we are over halfway through our second year and loving it. 
I am asked home school questions on a weekly basis. Questions about everything from why and how we came to the decision to home school our kids to what curriculum and resources we use. 
Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite home school/ educational resources that we have used and loved over the past year.

This is a great website for free spelling word lists. It offers them from 1st through 8th grade.

We do lots of writing, and sentence dictation in our curriculum but it has been nice to add weekly spelling lists to our routine without adding a cost.

Turtle Diary games has been great for a large variety of educational games for all age levels. 
They also offer printable worksheets on a variety of subjects as well. 

I have used this resource countless times in my Little Artist series. It is great for looking up project ideas or my favorite part, elementary level artist biographies.

Teachers pay teachers does require you to have an account and not everything is available for free. Having said that I have found and downloaded several helpful free resources from them. It is always a great place to keep in mind when looking.

This has definitely been my favorite resource for math games this year. Marissa hasn’t always been a huge fan, (they are not always the fun super animated games) but I think learning wise they have been the most beneficial.

Soft Schools has several subjects and grades available.

This is my most recent and quite possibly my favorite discovery. We have been doing a lot of animal science lately and the girls have really enjoyed their videos. They are fun filled and just the right length that little sister loves to watch them to.

We also enjoy watching Wild Kratts which can be found on Netflix to.

Perfect for super early learning all the way through Pre K.

Emily frequents this site on a weekly basis. Her favorites have been coloring and puzzles.

And of course how could I not add Pinterest to the list. 
I have several education boards that I use almost daily. I used to lump them all into one but I found that is took me entirely to long to locate what I was looking for (if I ever found it at all). I keep my boards broke down into subjects to keep me organized. I also think this is great for my followers too. Someone interested in my Preschool board may not be ready for S.S. pins
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