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Entries in summer (2)

Monday
Jun072010

Summer Math Review Made Fun(er) with FlashCar

I've done some complaining here about math. I am not a math person and while the Twofer were in an advanced math this past year, I struggled to assist them.

Yes, I was failing first grade math. They, however, seemed to do ok.

If I don't want them to forget everything they learned (with no help from me) I'd better find ways to make it fun for them to review.

Enter Flashcar, an online math learning game

Flashcar is an online game where you compete with another drive (in our case your twin sister) or the computer in a race around a track. To move your race car you have to answer math questions correctly. If you get it wrong once you can try again. If you get it wrong twice your car stays put. If you don't answer before the timer is up you stay put as well so there is an added element of being timed.

What I liked about Flashcar:

1. The car race theme is fun and it's certainly more interesting to compete when you are reviewing math facts, than simply flipping over flashcards.

2. Being able to race against 3 other players means I may sit them down during a wild playdate to play. Nothing like math to slow down a couple of crazy kids after they've been running around the house!

3. The flashcard math is just that, simple math facts that include addition, subtraction, multiplication or division...no word problems that I saw.

4. There are different tracks and you can choose to go just one lap, or go around a few times to make the game even longer (see #2 as a reason to choose 3 or 4 laps).

There are three levels so you can progress as you practice: beginner (grades K-2 addition & subtraction), intermediate (grades 2-3 addition, subtraction, multiplication with no answer over 50) and Math Whiz (grades 3-4 multiplication and division no answer over 100). Flashcar costs just $14.95 per year for a subscription and they will donate a percentage of sales to your school's PTA or PTO.

Visit the Flashcar website for more information and to see a demo.

What other cool tools are you going to use to keep them learning this summer?

Janine

Disclosure: I received a free 60 day trial to review FlashCar. All opinions expressed here are mine and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to publishing.

Wednesday
Jun022010

Bendaroos might be exception to the "as seen on TV" rule

UPDATE: winner is...Allison, aka: PeppermintAllie

Congrats!!

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I have a rule in my house...

It always looks better on TV. That goes for toys, kitchen gagets, even celebrities.

And just like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, The Twofer have had to learn this lesson the hard way.

So many times they see commercials for gagets and toys that 'look so cool Mom!' Finally, after a number of infomercial failures they are starting to listen to the rule.

That is, until now.

Bendaroos are sticky fun without the mess

Bendaroos, those sticky, waxy sticks that you can wind and mush together are actually fun and spark creativity in kids...at least my kids.

So much fun, infact that the girls have spent several nights playing with them and....get this....a Saturday morning! Can you say 'sleep in'?

This is what I woke up to this weekend....

Twins quietly playing with Bendaroos on Saturday morning

Results: fire, flower, pineapple, watermelon

Bendaroos theme packs make great gifts

Want to give it a try but not invest in a whole Bendaroos collection? There are cool new theme packs with 100 or 200 Bendaroos so the investment is small but the creative reward is big.  I received a Tropical Island pack to review and The Twofer started with the templates, but quickly started using their imagination to create figures, furniture, and then the got the wood blocks out to make a house for the Bendaroos family!

Tropical pack of Bendaroos = surprising fun

Even after a few days of playing, we still have lots of Bendaroos left but I'll consider buying more to take with us to the beach for a rainy day. Check out Bendaroos on Facebook for craft ideas, photos, and more.

Enter to Win Your Own Set of Bendaroos!

TwoferMom is giving away a Bendaroos Fun Food Pack! To enter: 

1) leave a comment telling me what your initial thought on Bendaroos is 

2) Post a link to this giveaway on Twitter, then leave another comment with the URL to that Twitter post

Contest open to US and Canadian residents 18 and over and ends Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm ET. Winner will be drawn using Random.org and announced on this post and via email or Twitter. If winner does not respond within 48 hours I reserve the right to choose another winner. Winning prize is distributed by Bendaroos or their PR firm, not by TwoferMom.

Janine

Disclosure: I received a pack of Bendaroos to test and review at no cost. All opinions expressed here are mine and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.