Spelling and Vocabulary with SpellingClassroom.com


**Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

The boys have been trying out SpellingClassroom.com for the past few weeks. SpellingClassroom.com is an online website for kids to practice spelling and vocabulary.

The website offers many different spelling and vocabulary lists to choose from. You can pick from lists by grade or tricky word lists, SAT lists, and even holiday lists. If none of these suit your needs you can also create your own list.

What I really like about SpellingClassroom.com is that each lesson has a wide variety of activities to help kids learn. There are 20 activities to complete for each lesson. Some of the activities are word searches, spelling bees, word ladders, and flashcards.

Many of the activities also have printables so that kids can also work on the activities on paper.

For each activity passed, kids earn a coin as a reward. They can then use their coins to play games. This is the really fun part for the kids. JT especially loved this.

SpellingClassroom.com is a really great resource. This happens to be the best spelling/vocabulary website I’ve come across. The only problem we came across was lagging during some of the activities, like the spelling bee, when the boys would try to go faster than the words and sentences could be read.

SpellingClassroom.com offers both family and teacher packages. It’s great for homeschoolers, classrooms, or parents that just want their kids to practice spelling and vocabulary. I highly recommend checking it out and giving it a try.

Dacobots eLearning Portal Review

*Disclosure: I was compensated and provided with a free month of the Dacabots website in exchange for providing this review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

I’m always looking for fun and educational websites for the boys to use so I was really excited to learn about the Dacobots eLearning portal.

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The Dacobots are friendly robots that teach kids through the games. Each Dacobot teaches a different subject. There are currently games for health, math, science, history, and language.

JT's favorite Dacobot is G4.

JT’s favorite Dacobot is G4.

Besides sorting games by grade or subject, Dacobots also has series. These are series of games all with the same theme. Some of the series are Masters of Astronomy, Healthy Eating, Arithmetic, and Autumn Secrets. The series that the boys have been focusing on is the Brain Power series.

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The Brain Power series focuses on the brain and mnemonic devices. Kids learn about ways to keep their brain sharp along with learning about neurons, glial cells, how memory works, and mnemonic devices.

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Chaining Mnemonics was our favorite mnemonic device. It was fun to create a story linking together all the items in a list.

Chaining Mnemonics was our favorite mnemonic device. It was fun to create a story linking together all the items in a list.

Dacobots awards kids with a virtual card for each game they complete. Each series has its own card deck.

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The boys enjoyed playing the games and collecting cards. The only complaint that Connor had was that he didn’t like it when he had to start a game over completely for getting something wrong. This didn’t happen on all of the games but he did get frustrated when it happened. Other than that, he said he likes it.

Some of the subjects currently don’t have many games but they are consistently adding to the portal. Check out the Dacobots eLearning portal at https://www.dacobots.com and let me know what you think.

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Trying Out New Jif Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Spread

The boys and I recently received a free jar of Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread to try out. I was excited about this because Connor loves both peanut butter and cinnamon so I thought this might be something that he really likes. He was super excited when we received it and was ready to open up the jar and eat it right out of the bottle. I made him wait though so that I could at least pair it with something. I ended up doing a simple pairing with bread.

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What I loved about Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon Spread is that it is very smooth and creamy. The cinnamon flavor blends nicely with the peanut butter without being overpowering. Connor really enjoyed it on the bread but thought it would even better on apples.

We didn’t have any apples on hand so after buying apples a day or two later I decided to make a bedtime snack by spreading the Jif Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Spread on graham crackers and then adding the apple slices on top. This worked really well. The spread is really good with apples and with the addition of the graham crackers it almost tasted like apple pie.

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Another pairing I decided to try out was Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon with pancakes. I decided to chop apples and saute them with butter, a teaspoon of Jif, and a little bit of cinnamon sugar. Then I added that to a simple pancake recipe and made a syrup with the Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon. To make the syrup I mixed the Jif with maple syrup.

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The flavor was nice. I really liked the apples with the pancakes but the syrup is a bit overpowering so I would recommend a light drizzle. The light drizzle is the perfect amount of flavor and blends nicely with pancakes.

Overall, we really enjoyed Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread. Have you tried it yet?

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Review- Golden Groundhog’s 100 Pokemon Cards with 2 Ultra Rare Legendary Pokemon

Have you ever purchased a Pokemon card lot from Golden Groundhog? We received a free lot in exchange for an honest review. As always, opinions are 100% my own. The lot we received is their 100 card lot that contains 2 ultra rare legendary Pokemon cards.

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The lot we received had a really great variety of cards. There was a good assortment of all the different Pokemon types. The only type that we received very few of was the Steel but that seems to always be one of the rarest types. I think that it is the type that the boys have the least of.

Here is the full set that we received:

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As you can see, there is plenty of every type. If you noticed, there are also 3 cards on the top that are not Pokemon. Each Golden Groundhog pack comes with 3 of their own special Golden Groundhog token cards. While they aren’t Pokemon, they are something extra that you receive and you could probably use them as an extra added element to your Pokemon game.

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This particular lot promised 2 ultra rare cards. The cards we received were the Rayquaza EX and the Yveltal EX. The boys were pretty excited about both of these cards.

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Overall I think that this lot of Pokemon cards is a pretty good set. The boys received a lot of cards that they didn’t have and we received a really great variety. You can find this lot on Amazon. The cards won’t be exactly the same but you should receive a similar assortment. If your kid is a Pokemon fan like Connor and JT then I’m sure they’d love this Pokemon pack.

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Marker Collages with Mr. Sketch Scented Washable Markers

*Disclosure: I received a free pack of Mr. Sketch Scented Washable Markers in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

Mr. Sketch recently came out with washable markers. If you’re not familiar with Mr. Sketch they are scented markers.

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I really enjoyed the fragrance of the markers. If I had to pick a favorite it would be cherry. I actually really liked all of them though with the exception of the licorice.

I had trouble coming up with a good marker art project for the boys to do so finally I came up with the idea to do a marker collage. We used the Mr. Sketch markers on several different mediums and put them together to make the collages.

First the boys colored on a piece of foil that we had crumpled up to give it a textured pattern.

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The markers don’t show up that much on this but I like the shiny and kind of pastel look they take on.

The boys also used a smooth piece of foil as well. They used theirs to write their name. I did a marker collage as well and wrote hello on mine.

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Next the boys made a design on a piece of cardboard.

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Then they used the markers on a piece of paper towel to make a tie-dye effect.

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Once everything was done they put it together on a piece of paper and made designs to cover up all the white spaces. Their marker collages were complete.

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I really enjoyed working with Mr. Sketch Scented Washable Markers. What I really like about them is that the colors are very vibrant. I also thought it was cool that they have a chiseled tip that allows you to make different line sizes. They also wash off easily as well. The one exception was when Connor had a lot of blue all over the side of his hand and left it on for about 30 minutes before washing it off. It didn’t come off completely but it mostly came off.

The only downside to these markers was that Connor said that the scents gave him a headache so he probably won’t be using them much.

Are you a fan of Mr. Sketch? What’s your favorite scent?

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