Life Lessons from Dolphin Tale

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We recently just watched the movies “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2″. I will not tell you about the story line of both movies but will tell you what I learned. Though I can tell you that both were good family movies to watch!

1. Once in a while, it is necessary to watch inspirational movies. Life can be challenging and the news that we see daily is depressing, we need to be reminded that one person’s life can inspire others. As Sawyer, the main character, found his passion in life, he was effective in creating a positive change in his community. As he helped Winter, the dolphin, other people who were facing the same challenges in life, found inspiration, hope and courage through Winter’s life.

2. Homeschooling can give you time to pursue your passion. Hazel, the young girl who works with her dad in the Clearwater Marine Hospital is homeschooled. Eventually, Sawyer, didn’t attend summer classes in school but volunteered in the Marine Hospital and at the same time worked on his essays and other requirements. Eventually, in the second part, Sawyer was even offered scholarship by a college because they saw passion and dedication in him. It was an encouragement to our homeschooling family!

3. We must volunteer and step outside of your comfort zone. Sawyer was a shy young boy who found his place in the Marine Hopsital and his mom didn’t want him to help in the beginning but when she eventually saw how engaged Sawyer was, she accepted and allowed Sawyer to help. It is important to contribute to our community, and it reminded our family that we need to be a positive impact to our society.

4. Change is inevitable. Now matter how much you want to let things stay the same, change will happen. Sawyer was offered a scholarship and would have to leave town and the Marine Hospital, he was reluctant to leave but eventually realized that it was really the best step for him. Something unexpected is bound to happen, we need to face these changes with faith in God that His purposes would be fulfilled as we go though life with Him.

 

As we watched these movies, we were greatly encouraged and entertained. So if you haven’t seen these movies, go and watch with your family!

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SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers Review

As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we were given a full year subscription to a product of SmartKidz Media, the SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers in exchange for a review. As the we are still on summer break, we looked forward to doing this review.

SmartKidz Media Review
SmartKidz Media Library is a subscription-based digital media source library for homeschoolers. It has an endless collection of over 1,000 educational videos and animated eBooks which you can stream online. It also has some interactive study guides and fine arts music. All you need is a computer or mobile device with an internet browser and a stable internet connection. It is important that your connection is at least 500 kbps (0.5 Mbps) but 1 Mbps is recommended to ensure better viewing experience. The content is streamed and not downloaded so your internet connection is important to ensure the full utilization of SmartKidz Media Library.

The collections are appropriate for the whole family. Content includes features on animal kingdom, history, science, social studies, world cultures, the fine arts, sports, and health. It is a very rich resource for homeschoolers like us who don’t have library access. It is a perfect complement to our curriculum and gives my 8 year old and 11 year old access to visual information which can’t be viewed elsewhere.

Here are some sample collections:

Animals & Wildlife Collections
Documentaries & Culture Collections
Health & Fitness
History (World War II and the Cold War)
Lifestyles & Cuisine
Science
Travel & Adventure: World Wide Discovery Collections
Cooking Instruction
Fine Arts
Classical Music Collections
Cultural Music Collections
Cultural Music: Vol 1
Cultural Music: Vol 2
Jazz and Blues Classics Collections
Relaxation Music Collections
Mighty E-Book Collection (interactive Flash eBooks for younger kids)
Sign Language Collection
Special Needs Learning
Singing
Fun Zone

Here are some more which will eventually be added to the collections:

Action Sports
US History
Foreign Language Lessons
Living Skills

One year unlimited access costs $99.00  or you can pay monthly fee of $10.

How We Used the Product

As we were given access, we just logged in and started browsing the different categories. Since we are on summer break, I asked my children which topic they wanted to watch and we just watched from episode to the other. It was fairly easy to use as we just needed to click on which topic we were interested in and just go from one video to the other.

We watched about 3 videos a day, since one video is approximately 27 minutes in length.

What We Think of the Product

My kids and I both loved this product. It is like having your own library at home!  The information was interestingly presented and wasn’t too long to cause boredom. Each time the video ended, they still wanted to watch another video and I took that as a positive sign that the product was able to capture the interest of both boys and girls.

The favorite sections of my kids are the World of Discovery : Animal & Wildlife Collections. They saw numerous videos and learned new information. Each time we watched, we learned something new. They enjoyed the Wild Ones : The Cutest the most. They loved the clownfish, the penguin and the koala!

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Since I love traveling and world history, I thoroughly enjoyed features on World War II history. I finally understood why the war started and what really happened back then.

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They also enjoyed the Fun Zone! There were different games that they enjoyed including dress up and finding the ball!

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Since my kids are school aged, we didn’t take time checking out the other sections but it seems very interesting as well. There were animated flash videos categorized according to ages.

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There were also videos for parents like Baby Sign Language and parenting guides like potty training and other research materials.

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If you have children with special needs, you can browse through their numerous videos and interactive books!

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A wide range of study aids is also available. Each guide contains hundreds of definitions, rules, and examples. It covers Language Arts Basics, Math Basics, Science Basics and Social Studies Basics.

I loved this product because it makes a homeschool mom’s life easy. I don’t have to search the entire Internet for these information and I can be sure that my children are safe from pop-up windows or unwanted advertisements. The videos have rich content and are quite unique! It is like visiting museums or zoos without actually leaving the house! This has really made our summer break more fun and stress free.

I would recommend that you check out SmartKidz Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/smartkidzhomeschool and follow them at Twitter https://twitter.com/smartkidzmedia . You can also subscribe to their 14 day trial and see if you’d like this product yourself!

For more information, please check the other reviews.

SmartKidz Media Review
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Expo Mom Goes South!

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Mommy Mundo’s Expo Mom is going south! Happening on June 28 2015 from 10am to 6pm at the grand ballroom of Crimson Hotel in Filinvest, Alabang.  As with previous Expo Moms, you can expect to see many mom approved products and feature booths! There are many items for pregnancy, attachment parenting, babycare, toddler and kids! It is an event for the whole family as there will be free activities for families as well.

For more information, visit www.expomom.com

MV Logos Hope in Subic Bay 2015

It has been raining for the past days and it seems that summer season has ended. We haven’t been able to go to the beach or anywhere for the summer vacation. But we are quite excited to head to Subic and Baguio by next month! We haven’t been to Subic for the past 5 years and the kids have never been to Baguio yet. Here’s hoping that our trip pushes through.

We intend to go to MV Logos Hope as it docks at Subic Bay Freeport Zone from June 9-July 5.  The MV Logos Hope is the world’s largest floating book fair together with International crew from over 60 countries!

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If you are planning a road trip soon, don’t forget to drop by MV Logos Hope!

Expo Mom 2015: #MomManifesto

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Expo Mom 2015 takes a different turn this year as it focuses on the moms! Mommy Mundo encourages moms to reflect and discover themselves through the the Mom Manifesto campaign which happened from April 22-May 20. Taking only 15 minutes to complete each session, the online workshop helps moms to become more intentional with the way they use their time and be aware of their missions, not only as moms but as fulfilled women, whether they are working or staying at home.

During Expo Mom 2015 which happens on May 22-25 at the Glorietta 2 Palm Drive, Makati City, there will be a culminating activity for all moms who joined this campaign. They will also get to share their #MomManifesto . Expo Mom 2015 celebrates the purposeful moms who knows her mission in life, her goals and priorities, her hopes and dreams!

Of course, the trademark fair of mom-approved and mom-tested products and services during the annual Expo Mom event will also be worth visiting! Each year, there are many products that I have personally discovered for my kids through Expo Mom exhibits.

Expo Mom 2015: #MomManifesto is co-presented by Cordlife Philippines, supported by Huggies, Cycles Mid Detergent, Fern-C, Nurture Nook, Pioneer Insurance, JoomaJam, Wang Videography, ImagineNation Photography, and media partners Working Mom Magazine, Rappler, WheninManila.com, Crossover 105.1, Newlyweds@Work, and venue partner Glorietta and Ayala Center.

Donations in cash and kind (books, school supplies, clothes and shoes) will be accepted at the entrance of the expo. All proceeds will go to MomShare’s partner beneficiary, Childhope Asia Philippines. This is for the literacy and health programs for street children under its care.

For more information, visit Expo Mom on the web.