Category Archives: Family Fun

Kidoodle.TV Review: Kid-Friendly Screen Time (Sponsored)

Kidoodle.TV

Disclosure: I participated in a Blog Blast program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating.

It’s no secret that I let my kids watch TV. We don’t have cable, so we depend on internet streaming services to bring entertainment in our home. I’ve become increasingly frustrated with my limited abilities to censor the TV my children can watch as well as the amount of screen time they receive each day.

Kidoodle.TV

That’s why I was excited to review Kidoodle.TV. It’s a whole new ball game for parents looking to grab five minutes (or more!) of peace and quiet. Kidoodle.TV is a child-specific television streaming service. Whether your kids watch online or on your iPad, you can tailor their TV viewing down to each individual child (up to five kids). You can limit their time allowed each day (awesome!), you can filter shows based on age, and my favorite feature; you can prohibit any specific show you don’t want your child watching! These controls are password protected, so even your tech genius kiddo can’t switch them around. Kidoodle.TV offers a bright, children-friendly interface that is easy to navigate so you can sleep on the couch do the dishes for an uninterrupted five or more minutes!

Kidoodle.TV Giveaway

You can try Kidoodle.TV for free for the remainder of December! No credit card required. Starting Jan. 1, Kidoodle.TV is a mere $4.99 a month, well worth the sanity it provides. Kidoodle.TV is also hosting a seriously awesome giveaway: try Kidoodle.TV through the month of December and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 10 tablets or 1 of 10 yearlong subscriptions to Kidoodle.TV!

You can follow Kidoodle.TV on Twitter or Facebook for more information!

 

GIVEAWAY – Discovery Gateway Passes! #livewelldgm

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Are your kids crazy about the Discovery Gateway Museum? My kids love it there! I love it because it’s a totally hands-on, educational play place where your kids are encouraged to touch and explore everything.

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This week, I had the opportunity to see a sneak peek of Discovery Gateway Museum’s newest installation. Discovery Gateway has created an amazing Primary Children’s Hospital Emergency Department exhibit, including the beloved Life Flight helicopter!

Primary Children's Hospital at Discovery Gateway

The entire exhibit is designed to encourage kids to go through the entire hospital experience. Your child can man the Life Flight control tower, play pilot and pick up a patient (a “radio” gives the scenario–one of a number of common childhood accidents–and how to best care for the patient), practice checking in patients, dress up as the doctor, ‘xray’ bones, and even scrub up for surgery!

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Surgery? Oh yes! Discovery Gateway has teamed with some amazing developers to create a one-of-a-kind iPad app so your child can preform several different surgeries over a pretend patient! (They are hoping to put this on the App Store soon!)

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If your child has a scheduled hospital visit, is frequently sick, or just a bit on the clumsy side, this exhibit is a perfect way to act out any fears or concerns your child may have!

I was happy to hear that the museum is accommodating towards both public and home school field trips. Lesson plans will be available online soon for teachers/parents who want to get the most out of their trip to the museum.

This Saturday, the brand new exhibit will be fully up and running. In celebration of the museum’s 35th anniversary, tickets will be on sale for their 35th anniversary this Saturday for only $3.50 per person! In addition, their memberships will be on sale both at the museum and online for $35 off the cost of membership! The museum will open early for members (9 a.m.) and 11 a.m. for nonmembers. For more information, call the museum at (801) 456-5437 or visit DiscoveryGateway.org!

Additionally, I am giving away a family pass to Discovery Gateway!

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FREE LDS Tot School & Preschool Printables!

Lead Me, Guide Me Tot School

It’s my birthday! To celebrate my 08/08 birthday as well as 800 Facebook followers, I have a freebie for you all!

I’m so excited to announce a mini project I’ve been working on for a bit. I absolutely love my Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool Curriculum, but it is definitely geared towards older preschoolers. This K4 program assumes your child recognizes his or her letters and is starting to learn the sounds associated with each letter. Today I have a free download for you: LDS preschool printables for the youngest crowd!


It is designed to work with the Walk Beside Me curriculum or as a standalone activity (also: think FHE and Sacrament Meeting activities!)  If you have an older child who is ready for Walk Beside Me, start your tot on these simple hands on activities that go right along with your theme for the week! If your child is a bit older, but perhaps not ready for some of the activities in Walk Beside Me, use the Lead Me, Guide Me set to fill out your weekly curriculum. This download contains 5 activities: a Do-A-Dot page, a coloring page, a collage page, a ‘trace then write’ page, and a phonics coloring page. (Look here for an excellent example of collage pages!) There are 130 total pages in this download alone!

Click the DOWNLOAD button below to receive your free printables! This download is absolutely free! If you find it useful, please consider donating! Donating helps support this blog, supports my LDS homeschooling endeavors, and helps me justify the time and energy in creating more printables for you. Feel free to donate as much as you feel this curriculum is worth to you!

Can’t afford to donate today? Then ‘like’ Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Facebook or pin this! Don’t forget to sign up for Confessions of a Slacker Mom delivered to your inbox so you won’t miss out on future LDS printables, slacker mom goodness, and more!

Note: This download is a zipped file. You’ll need a program to unzip it, like WinZip, to open it.

 

Time flies when you’re having fun…

40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

Unfortunately, this summer has been really, really long!

No, it hasn’t been that bad. It certainly hasn’t been our best summer (remember when I did summer school that one time?) but it could be worse (remember last summer when I didn’t have a car or the internet?) I guess you could sum it up neatly by saying this is your run-of-the-mill, average summer. Four kids sure take a lot of time and all of your energy.

Here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to, since I obviously haven’t been blogging about it.

  1. Keeping the house cleanish. Really! The kids and I did an intense panic clean (for a home inspection) and we’ve done a moderate job at keeping it up. Kind of a miracle. I’m slowly seeing the piles start, well, piling up again. Sigh.
  2. Quilting. I made a quilt! It’s the kind of quilt that really deserves its own post, but here’s a sneak peek:

    40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

    40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

  3. Feeding four kids. This deserves its own spot on the list because hello, that’s hard work. Especially when you take into consideration that grocery shopping often involves four children.
  4. Homeschool obsessing. I’m gearing up for the new year, and I’m hoping this next year will be far more successful than last. I should really do a “wrap up” post on the previous year. We’ll see.
  5. Homeschool shopping. Online shopping mostly because a) I like to buy used when I can, b) I don’t have any homeschool stores here and c) retail shopping involves four children.
  6. Quilt obsessing. I’m constantly designing quilts in my head, though most days I don’t even break out the sewing machine. Most days, my dining room table isn’t clean enough to break out the sewing machine, let alone put fabric on it. I have high hopes for a sewing room one day.
  7. Fabric shopping. Or at least a lot of fabric window shopping online.
  8. There seems to be a strong “shopping” theme in this list, did you notice?
  9. House shopping. (Yes, more shopping! I get bored, okay?) And yes, I said house shopping. Nothing official yet, but we’re hoping to move soon, and it is looking like that might actually happen.
  10. Raised caterpillars and released butterflies! (We used this awesome kit!–affiliate link)
  11. Going to Seven Peaks, parks, a splash pad, and other kid-fun type activities. Not too much of that, I wouldn’t want my kids expecting fun on a regular basis!

What have you been up to this summer? Has your summer flown by, or is it dragging just a leeeetle bit now that it’s August?

Psst… it’s almost my birthday! Come back soon for a freebie!

Our 2013-2014 Read Alouds

2013 read alouds

Our homeschooling journey this year has been far from perfect. One thing that I have managed to do consistently is to read our nightly read aloud selection. This is huge for me as I’ve never been very good at doing bedtime stories. We ended up doing more read alouds than I had originally planned!

Initially I had planned on doing these at the ‘close’ of our school day. However, my ten year old kept asking to be included. We switched to a bedtime reading and couldn’t be happier. It’s a sweet and simple end to the day and has become a favorite tradition. Another benefit is that it doesn’t feel schoolish. It’s just for fun!

2013 read alouds

Between August 2012 and June 2013, we’ve read the following books:

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Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder – I never thought I’d get my 5 year old to sit through this, and it wasn’t our first chapter book. We started with some shorter ones, and my girls loved it. Even my husband got sucked in at a couple of parts.

Book of Mormon Stories for Little Children, Marjorie G. Johnson – This book we did read during school as a gentle “Gospel lesson.”

Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Clearly – my girls loved this!

The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White – we are actually still reading this but should finish it by the end of the month. I wasn’t sure if my girly girls would like it, but they are enamored by the baby swans.

The Great Cake Mystery, Alexander McCall Smith – if you’ve read any of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, or enjoyed the series on HBO, you’ll love this. My kids loved the silly monkey antics.

The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner – after reading this, my oldest daughter, a reluctant reader, requested we follow up with the second in the series. I’m excited to suck her into a fun series like this.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Betty MacDonald – okay, who doesn’t love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? My kids thought this was hilarious, and it was easy to sneak in a few lessons in there too.

Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, and Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer, Jane O’ Conner - admittedly these books are “fluff,” but we have loved Fancy Nancy since the original book came out, thanks to Nana! The chapter books are easy to read with the vocabulary stretching words that we have come to except from Nancy Clancy!

My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett – A classic! My kids ate this exotic adventure story up!

We’ve also worked through Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 1-2 poems at a time. We’re not done yet, but I plan to read a handful each week until the end of the summer. These are so silly and ridiculous; it has been a gentle introduction to poetry!

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