Posts Tagged ‘education’

A Pickleball card game!

 

2-4 players

Ages 8+

15 minutes per game

Be the first player to play enough tricks that equal exactly 11 points.

A fun and affordable pickleball themed gift. Buy online at pickleballsmash.net

I don’t know how to play real Pickleball. Can I play Pickleball Smash?

Absolutely! In fact, we’ve found Pickleball Smash to be a great way to introduce new players to the vocabulary of the sport. You will learn name of shots like dink, lob, smash, ATP, and drop shot. You will learn other important terminology like kitchen violation, poaching, and Ernies. And while a person could play Pickleball Smash without ever playing Pickleball, you might just get the desire to try out the sport once you master the card game!

Pickleball Smash provided their card game to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

 

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Title: Wild Nights Out: The Magic of Exploring the Outdoors After Dark, Author: Chris Salisbury

paperback, 192 pages

The Magic of Exploring the Outdoors After Dark

Learn how to call for owls, walk like a fox and expand your sensory perceptions. Wild Nights Out is a wonderful new hands-on guide for those who wish to take kids (of all ages) outdoors for fun, thrilling nighttime nature adventures.

The cover did look good but I found this book a disappointment. I was expecting a book on nature at night in the way of facts, information, and stories to said subject. Didn’t happen. The 192 pages were uninteresting. Many suggested games needed participants as would a group or class. There was mythology galore in Chapter 5, Learning the Night Sky, and I don’t care to know about this tradition/ belief.

The book’s description states that there are black-and-white illustrations throughout; however, there is a one page illustration before each chapter making only 7 illustration in the entire book.

This title aside, I would still be interested in the many titles offered by Chelsea Green Publishing. “Since 1984, Chelsea Green has been the leading publisher of books about organic farming, gardening, homesteading, integrative health, natural building, sustainable living, socially responsible business, and more. Now employee-owned.”

Chelsea Green Publishing provided a copy of Wild Nights Out to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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“Whether you are an intermediate player looking for your first guide to understanding the fretboard or a seasoned pro in need of a complete reference to complex harmonies, there’s no more detailed and comprehensive a book than Brad Bordessa’s Ukulele Chord Shapes ebook.”

The method of this book is what I was excited to review!

Ukulele Chord Shapes presents chords in a different light than other books: as movable shapes. In this way you can reduce mental clutter and make learning chords 12 times more efficient. Each shape in the book shows a highlighted root that easily allows you to move a single chord shape into all twelve keys.”

Understandable and comprehensive, this book would be of value to any ukulele player. I would highly recommend for use as part of a self teaching curriculum. It is available as an ebook or as a print copy. Check out Brad Bordessa’s website, Live Ukulele. ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes is one of three ukulele books he has published.

Brad Bordessa provided an ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes ebook to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Ukulele Site Logo

The ukulele is an amazing musical instrument that is affordable and portable. A great option for families who are homeschooling at the current time. It’s also great for people who are just simply spending a lot of time at home. 

Learning the ukulele is a great way to enter into music instruction for the first time. Playing the ukulele will influence your life positively. Discover commitment, patience, and accomplishment.

Not sure how to start? I would recommend The Ukulele Site . Visit them online (unless you are in Hawaii and can visit in person). I noticed that they have many wonderful customer service reviews.

For us here at The Ukulele Site, customer service starts by genuinely caring about people. Our goal is to benefit our customers, local, and across the world. We do this with education, high-value products, and unwavering honesty with our customer advice. Hopefully, we will be able to help you have fun and even find even more soul satisfaction from this amazing little instrument.

A beautiful Kala Concert Ukulele.

This ukulele came as a bundle that includes a bag, strap, extra strings, and tuner. I also received a Ukulele Site T-shirt. So here’s everything a person needs to get started! I recommend the Ukulele Site for the welcome vibe they extend to those interested in the ukulele. It’s about music. And happiness. And honestly, it’s one of the best family-friendly activities.

Fun T-shirt design

♩Ukuleles teach us music. and Ukuleles are fun. Thank you Corey♩

Corey from The Ukulele Site provided a T-shirt and Kala Concert Ukulele bundle to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Picture of Monsieur Roscoe on Vacation

Discover first French words with Monsieur Roscoe in Jim Field’s debut author-illustrator picture book. Join this lovable dog as he camps, skis, sails and eats his way through the vacation of a lifetime.

We found Roscoe to be a great character in this story that includes lots and lots of English/French vocabulary words and little phrases. The way it’s illustrated is fantastique! This is a fun and colorful picture book that we enjoy reading many times over. The author has other published books & we like his book titled, The Lion Inside.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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When Bear and Hare try to reach some juicy pears, they realise they need some help. Hare finds three chairs but is it fair that Hare has two chairs and Bear only one? When they have the same, Hare still can’t reach the pears! So a little friend teaches them that fair isn’t always everyone getting the same thing….with hilarious results! A beautifully simple picture book that considers, what is fair? The answer is not always as simple as you’d think!

Picture Book, Ages 4+, Hardcover,  32 pages.

My 1st grade reader liked this story but the story and illustrations didn’t hold my interest. A recommended picture book if you are looking for an answer to “what is fair”. 

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Les Productions d'OZ

Music publishing house founded in 1986 by Sylvain Lemay, Les Productions d’OZ has quickly established itself as a leader in classical guitar music publishing, both for solo instrument and in ensemble music settings.

Les Productions d’Oz has published nine ukulele books by composer Samantha Muir. I’ll share a few things about two of them.

12 Progressive Studies for Ukulele

The Twelve Progressive Studies book has 24 pages and is suggested as an easy to intermediate level. I would recommend some previous ukulele background for this and for any of her books. The books contain original pieces for the ukulele in both tab and notation. 

The Classical Ukulele Method book is the largest of her ukulele books with 60 pages. It is suitable for self learning and would be good for use as part of an educational curriculum. I would suggest pairing it with something like the Hal Leonard method book. As an FYI, in this book Ms Muir uses a different approach to fingering notation (PIMA) then I am use to. She alternates fingers on strings and she doesn’t use A, just PIM. I don’t care for this technique and I like to stick playing with the P for string 4, I for 3, M for 2 and A for 1. I have been use to the ukulele playing style of James Hill and Daniel Ward. 

All nine books have similar covers which I think are artistically pleasing.

The Classical Ukulele Method

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16 carefully crafted studies, each with its own unique picking pattern that loops over pleasing chord melodies.

I recommend this book for the intermediate ukulele student/player.  

 

Like to play ukulele? Like to color? Then this is the book for you!

 

Books are available at Danielward.net

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Read the traditional nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?

Paperback, 24 pages, Reading Level: Gr. K-1, Tadpoles Series – “Engaging illustrations highlight simple stories that repeat words and phrases to help build reading skills.”

This easy reader book teaches rhyme. The original version is followed by another version of the same style. Good illustrations. I like this one!

 

Natural resources on Earth are at risk of running out. Using too many natural resources, such as water, trees, and fossil fuels, is putting pressure on our supplies and damaging the environment. Discover the facts about how resources are used around the world, which resources are renewable and non-renewable, and what the future of natural resource management looks like.

Paperback, 32 pages, Reading Level: Gr. 5, Eco Facts Series – “vividly illustrated guides to the environmental challenges affecting our planet. Each book explores real-life examples of environmental threats, disasters, and solutions. Young readers will discover fascinating facts and statistics and learn some simple ways they can make a difference.”

This book has plenty of illustrations and photos on every page and the text is neatly organized and interesting. It’s helpful that it includes a table of contents, glossary and index. Crabtree Publishing’s website says there is a free downloadable teacher’s guide for this book but I don’t see it listed with the other teacher support materials accessible from their home page.

Crabtree Publishing Company is dedicated to producing high-quality books and educational products for K-9+.

Crabtree Publishing Company provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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The almost true story of Steve, a very scary fish.
 
Steve is not very big. His teeth aren’t very sharp. And even though he’s no Angel Fish, there are far scarier fish in the sea. So why are all the other fish so frightened of him?
 
This very funny story is full of real facts (mutualistic relationship between sharks and pilot fish) and introduces a range of sea creatures in a fun and appealing way. It’s also fun to read over and over again.

Megan’s underwater illustrations are simple but with that important detail that keeps a young listener interested and amused. The last page spread is the true part of the story explaining the relationship between pilot fish and sharks. A fun book and educational, too. This is Megan’s second picture book. I say it’s a charming book for ages 4-8. 

 

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

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