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Email for Kids – 1 Year Subscription Giveaway

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Today’s technology-centric world is enough to make a parent a basket-case.  Bug is 8 and he knows less about the workings of the internet than most kids his age – thank goodness!    know of kids that aren’t much older than him that have email, Instagram and YouTube accounts.  That’s not happening in our house.  It’s nice to know that he has no idea what Instagram is so he doesn’t feel like he has to have one.  And to him, YouTube is just for listening to music and watching videos for school – all Mommy-approved and in her presence. But I know at some point he has to learn a little bit.   But how can you possibly do that with all the dangers lurking out there and all the junk on the internet?   There is no way I would give Bug a Gmail or Yahoo email address – I KNOW what kind of junk slips through their filters.    So how do you find email that is safe for kids?

Well the answer is, KidsEmail.org – they are providing a safe, secure option for email for kids. We’ve been having so much fun with Bug’s KidsEmail.org account!   Right now, only immediately family has his email address.

I love getting messages like this:

kidsemailWe still have a lot of work with punctuation and capitalization to do but I expect his writing skills to improve with time.  He enjoys “writing” letters by email much more than actually having to write things with pencil and paper.   So I see lots of language arts lessons in the future involving composing and email to someone with correct grammar, punctuation and capitalization!

So what are the benefits of KidsEmail.org? Well, first, I have a parent login where I can manage multiple accounts if I had multiple children. (There are even options for teen accounts!) Inside the parent login I can:

  • add address to my child’s contact list
  • set time restrictions
  • block senders
  • “ground” my child from email  – meaning turn off access to their account until a certain time
  • edit safety settings
  • view their activity log
  • and more!

Some of my favorite features are:

  • Having all messages sent to me first with the option to allow or block.  If I don’t want it in Bug’s inbox, it will never get there!  No spam getting thru!  There is also the option to automatically allow emails from contacts (which I’ve done since only family are in his contact list) but I can also still have a copy sent to me.  (Which is helpful so I know he has a message to check!)
  • Being able to have images, links and attachments removed from incoming mail.
  • That his Inbox page is free from ads!

I have a $59 gift card for KidsEmail.org so you can get a year of email service for kids!   With the $38.95 annual plan you can have up to 6 email address so all the kids can have one!

(And don’t forget you can sign up today for 30 days free!  If you win, you’ll be able to add your gift card to your account and continue your service!)

Enter now to win!

Click here for giveaway form >>> a Rafflecopter giveaway <<<

Giveaway ends 2/5/2017. US entries only. Must have a valid US mailing address to receive prize!

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Speekee Online 1 Year of Spanish Lessons for Kids GIVEAWAY (+ Try FREE for One Month!)

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SpeekeeSpanish for kids. MASSIVE ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION GIVEAWAY
* Would you like to give your child the language advantage?
Then look no further than Spanish. 414 million people speak Spanish on our planet compared with 335 million who speak English, and in this increasingly globalised world knowledge of Spanish is becoming more and more vital.
* Why now is the best time to start learning Spanish
Children’s brains are programmed to acquire languages. Your child hears, sees the language used in context, and absorbs new words and phrases like a sponge. They don’t hesitate to learn and they easily adopt a Spanish accent. It’s incredible to behold!
* Speekee – Spanish for Kids
Children learn languages best when they’re having fun, and having fun is what Speekee is all about. The Spanish learning is video based. The videos feature real Spanish children in real Spanish locations, and the Spanish is presented in a rhythmical, structured, step by step fashion. With Speekee your child is immersed in Spanish at all times!
In response to feedback from users, audio clips are being made of every single piece of Spanish language presented in Accelerate. The great thing about Speekee being exclusively online is that the program can be constantly improved on!.
* What WE Think of Speekee
So we tested it.  From a mom/teacher standpoint it’s fabulous – especially since I don’t speak Spanish.  I was learning just as much as he was.
Some lessons you’re just watching a video.  Other lessons have a printable sheet to go along with the less to do after you’ve watched the video.  And each lesson has some ideas in the notes for futher practice and review.

This is a great choice if you’re looking for a homeschool Spanish curriculum

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Other than reading the preface to each video and priting a sheet on the days that required it, there is no “prep” time for the lessons.  Which takes the pressue off a busy mom!   Students can do one lesson a day as part of their daily subjects  or if your style is to do multiple lessons each day of limited subjects, you can do that too.  When one lesson is over, it’s a quick click to the next one.
G even wanted to make a video much like the ones he watched while doing his Speekee Lessons:

Isn’t that adorable?  Yes, it was his idea to include the cat.

* The Speekee Giveaway
1 Winner receives a full year subscription
Up to 100 Winners receive a free-month subscription
Just enter your name and email address in the entry form below. The giveaway ends on August 7, 2016!

(If you don’t see a form – as it’s not showing for some – just click this link):

https://www.speekee.com/splaunch.js?a=c76760c2c0640e0d3d74

The first 100 to enter will receive a code valid for one month of service that is redeemable August 7th through August 16th.  That code will be sent to you on August 7th.  ONE lucky winner will get a full year for FREE!
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CursiveLogic Workbook Giveaway

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I wrote a post a few months back asking Should we teach cursive handwriting to our kids?   (Spoiler alert – I think the answer is yes!) I knew all along that I would want to incorporate cursive handwriting lessons into our homeschool but I was afraid it would be met with resistance.  So I put it off for our first year.  I said 2nd grade would be better.  Well, towards the end of our 1st grade year BigG spotted a cursive book I had bought and his eyes lit up.  He said, “When am I going to learn THAT?”  I told him 2nd grade.  But he begged, and pleaded and begged some more so on the last day of first grade I taught him how to write his name in cursive.  I realize that’s probably not the way you’re supposed to but it made him happy.  He wrote his name in cursive all summer long.  And then when it was time to go “back to school” learning cursive was a huge motivator!  In fact for the first few weeks we started our day with cursive because it put him in a good, cooperative mood.  I know…this has been the weirdest experience.  LOL.

So we were using (to not name names) a “traditional” cursive handwriting program.  The same one I used in private school to learn cursive when I was his age.  But I realized that I just didn’t write like that anymore.  It’s not that I don’t write in cursive anymore, I do.  But this way….it was so….flourished.  With a lot of unnecessary loops that I just didn’t do anymore.  I was having to re-teach myself so I could teach him! Continue reading