KaHone, Discover the World in a Box

For our family, learning doesn’t just come from worksheets and textbooks but from experiments, researches and projects. That is why I am always on the lookout for fun and educational activities. I heard of KaHone  from The Learning Basket awhile back and have been fascinated with their monthly themed activity box!  Every box that one subscribes to already contains all the needed materials for 3-4 activities that a parent and child can do together!

KaHone turned 1 year old this month and they are celebrating with us with their November theme of “November’s Birthday and Me!” If you are wondering what sort of projects are included, check out the list :

Design your own birthday cake –

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Create your own growth chart –

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Assemble your personal time capsule

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A Balloon experiment –

A birthday surprise! –

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Isn’t it exciting? To double the fun, KaHone in partnership with Kesz and C3, brings to you a 1 for 1 birthday and Christmas giveaway!

Championing Community Children (C3) was borne out of an eight year old’s dream of creating change among street children.  And Kesz Valdez is our hero — at a young age, he has already committed himself to reaching out and empowering street children. He is Filipino awardee of the 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize, the first southeast Asian to receive such honor.

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During his birthday every December 26, Kesz gives out Hope Gifts to street kids.  These Hope Gifts are composed on slippers, toys, candies, clothing and basic personal hygiene items. This year, as KaHone celebrates their 1st birthday,  the KaHone team is joining Kesz and other C3 volunteers in giving out gifts to the street kids.

For every full priced single KaHone order (full or lite)* this November and December 2014, they will give a street child a KaHone of their own containing sanitary kit, school supplies, and a Jepoy Dyip book.
* including previous boxes

So if you are still thinking of fun Christmas gifts, why not order a Kahone box? With every box that you buy, you are making 2 children happy!!!

Note: This is not a sponsored post.

The Daykeeper Journal

Now that the year is about to end, it signals a new year is about to begin. Each time a new year begins, we are offered new opportunities, new hopes and new dreams. But the blessings a new year brings only lasts until the first month of the year. Often, as the year brings us life’s busy schedules, we forget our goals, dreams and the blessings of each new day.

In line with my goal of living life more intentionally and becoming more grateful to the Lord each day, I believe that it is imperative that we have journals so we can record our dreams, plans and our journey throughout the year.

It doesn’t matter what sort of journal you use, as long as it prompts you to record whether through writing, mementos or photos then it has filled its purpose. It can be a notebook, special journal or a scrapbook. But I would like to share with you this special journal that I found which might interest you too.

As I was looking around, I found this very interesting and inspiring journal by Ms. Katrina San Juan, The Daykeeper. I first saw her journal in Instagram last year but I was too late since the journals were out of stock already.

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Looking at the pages, it inspires me to plan and be more intentional, be grateful and to create new adventures in the coming year!

For inquiries and orders, please email: thedaykeeperdatebook@gmail.com

Note: All photos are from Ms. Katrina San Juan. This is not a sponsored post.

Aloe Derma Baby Bare Care Line

I have sensitive skin. Since I was a highschool student, I always had to use unscented body care products because my skin reacts to products. I have to look for products for sensitive skin. When I was asked by Organic Basket to try out the Aloe Derma Baby Bare Care Line, I was excited to see if it would be a good  fit for me and my children.

AloeDerma has produced a Baby Bare Care line which uses a “no tear” formula that is mild and non-irritating. Each of their product uses uses over 30% organic Aloe Vera juice as its main ingredient, combined with other natural ingredients. The products use very few ingredients to minimize exposure of the skin to foreign chemicals. AloeDerma also ensures that the products are  sulphate-free and paraben-free.

It is suitable for 0-6 years old and for kids and adults with sensitive skin.

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The different products we tried were the:

Extra Gentle Baby Body Lotion (120g) – PHP350.00

My son wants me to put lotion on his legs every night just before he goes to bed. The Extra Gentle Baby Body Lotion was just right for him as the lotion contains a high purity of Aloe Vera extract. This has been proven to aid in reducing skin irritations, and keeping the skin soft and smooth. It also didn’t leave any sticky-feel like other lotions do and it left a fresh scent on his skin and on mine too!

 

No Tear Baby Shampoo (165ml) – PHP260.00

My 10 year old daughter  and 7 year old son used the tear-free, gentle formula No Tear Baby Shampoo for a week. I immediately noticed that their hair smelled nice and wasn’t hard after each use.  I loved it that the shampoo uses natural ingredients as it provides rich vitamins to support healthy hair and scalp development, and nourishes the scalp for healthy hair growth.

Extra Gentle Baby Bath & Shower Gel (165ml) – PHP260.00

This is a mild and gentle wash with fresh fruity scent. It effectively removes bacteria, sweat, dirt, and oil from skin. It doesn’t dry out my skin after wash and the Aloe Vera’s natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties protects my skin from potential harm. My children also uses the shower gel twice a day and their skin stayed smooth and fresh all through out the day.

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They also carry this product but we haven’t gotten the chance to try this out yet :

Aloe Vera Gel for Babies (45g) – PHP240.00

The Aloe Vera Gel has been proven to smooth and heal diaper rash and prevent eczema breakouts. It is also good for kids as it helps repair wounds faster, prevents inflammation and itching, heals sunburns, and is a natural antibacterial.

They are currently running a promo on their Aloe Vera Gel too!

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I can honestly say that I like the Aloe Derma Baby Bare Care line because it is affordable and organic. It also comes in a very simple packaging which exemplifies the purity of their product. If you have been looking for organic products for your children, do try the Aloe Derma Baby Bare Care line.

Aloe Derma is distributed by Organic Basket, which also distributes AloeCure here in the Philippines. They operate under their mother company AGHG based in Seattle, WA, USA. (http://www.aghg.us/kids) For more information, follow them on https://www.facebook.com/aloederma.

The products can be ordered through Lazada.com.ph or Glamourbox.ph, or you can visit Beauty Cocktails in Glorietta 4, Makati or any Health Express branch in Metro Manila.

Clued in Kids Multiplication Dragons and Soccer Treasure Hunts Review

My son loves treasure hunts! So when we were offered to review Clued in Kids Treasure Hunts, we didn’t hesitate to take up this product. We received the PDF Printables of Multiplication Dragon and Soccer Treasure Hunts.

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Teaching logic, math, social studies and reading has never been this fun! Clued in Kids treasure and scavenger hunts are ideal for birthday parties, homeschool support group activities and other social functions. It can also be used in your own house, to reinforce lessons and to make learning more fun! It is easy to prepare as it only takes around 8 minutes of your time and it gives your child about 20 minutes or more of hunting time around the house. You need to print the clues, cut them in half and keep it according to the location specified in the instructions.

Every hunt has a series of clues with different activities and then when your child gets the answer, he will be able to identify where the next clue is located. There are around 12 clues per game. At the end of the hunt, be sure to put in some treats or real treasure for your child!

These scavenger hunts can be done by a wide variety of age ranges. Some can be done as young as four, but others can be a joint work between  your  teens and their younger siblings. The Multiplication Dragons contains 5 printables of 2x-6x multiplication table and is best for 7-9 years old since they would need to know their multiplication tables. This costs $19.99.

My son is seven years old and we have just started learning about multiplication, so this was definitely a fun way to make memorizing the multiplication table easier for him.

I chose a morning then printed the clues, cut the clues and  started to hide the clues in different parts of the house like the cabinets, shoes, mailbox, under the desk, microwave, bathroom, beside the window etc. It took me roughly 8 minutes to do this and the treasure hunt began!

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It roughly took my son 20 minutes to complete the hunt inside the house. As you can see, he is all smiles after!

Since this is a bundle of 6 games, we had 6 days of treasure hunt. Each had different set of activities including crossword games, choosing the best answer  and other simple games which involve multiplication.

We also received on the Soccer Treasure Hunts. This costs $5.99. This includes just one set of  12 clues revolving around soccer. My son loves soccer so this was a wonderful way for him to learn more about soccer. There were some questions he didn’t know the answer to so he just checked the possible answers by  checking each location. But overall he loved it!

I thought these treasure hunts were so much fun, both for my son and me. It was a refreshing change from our usual routine and it brought priceless memories to us. I love it that we can learn together and have fun. It fits our homeschool lifestyle, best of all, it helps us bond together more.

For more information, check the social media accounts of Clued in Kids at the following:

Twitter: @cluedinkids
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cluedinkids
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cluedinkids/

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Middlebury Interactive Languages Chinese Course Review

Learning foreign languages is an exciting learning experience. We have been learning Chinese informally as a family for a few months already when I was given a full semester course access to Middlebury Interactive Languages for 6 months as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Middlebury Interactive Languages offers interactive and immersive online language courses in Chinese, German, French and Spanish. We were given access to the Chinese Courses Elementary Level 1 for Grades 3 to 5.

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Designed by Ph. D. level academics and linguistic experts, Middlebury Interactive Languages uses immersive approach in developing one’s fluency in foreign languages. The different rigorous online training courses have passed the standards set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. This ensures that authentic materials are being used which translates to actual reading, writing, listening and speaking activities in every session. There is also a No-English Spoken Here policy making the student encounter real life scenarios when training elsewhere in the world.

The Chinese Courses are developed for the K-12 curriculum. This is a self-paced program and it is ideal for 3rd Grade to 5th Grade students, though one can start even without any prior knowledge of the language.

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Since this is an online course, all you need is to have a stable internet connection and a web browser like Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer and your child can start studying by herself. My daughter is currently in 5th grade and I had her login and do lessons 2-3 times a week.

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Upon log in, you have the option of viewing the Calendar where there is a suggested lesson each day or going to the Table of Contents. Both can lead you to the actual lesson for the day. For the Elementary Chinese Level 1 course, the student will learn about numbers, greetings, family members, home, colors and adjectives, school and food. Every unit focuses on one of these topics. Each topic covers 6 lessons. Depending on the level of fluency of your child, you can do 1-2 lessons per day in my opinion.

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Each unit begins with a video about a Chinese legend or myth surrounding the lesson being taught. Then there are a few games and lab exercises which allows you to explore, practice, remember and speak the language.  For the speaking lab, the student will be asked to speak and record herself saying the new words she has learned. The microphone should be enabled for this exercise.

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The learning isn’t limited to the speaking and listening area. There are also some video lessons on Chinese culture like social customs, home customs and being a good host. Chinese character formation and stroke order is also taught throughout the lessons.

For every practice and test activity, there is an automated checking. Then the program automatically records the results and you can view the results when you click on Gradebook at the menu upon log-in.

The lessons are being sold per semester for a single user at the price of $119 without a teacher. There are 45 lessons per semester for the Chinese Courses.

What I Thought of the Product

I understand Chinese because I came from a Chinese family and studied in a Chinese school growing up, it is a different story with my kids. They don’t understand Chinese since we don’t speak Chinese at home. Hearing the spoken Chinese language with its complicated sounds and its rhythms, I salute the accuracy and the quality of the language program.

I also like the systematic approach throughout. With the step by step procedure every lesson,  I am confident that with the consistent usage of the program, my daughter will be able to speak basic Chinese words and understand them as well after one semester. If needed, she can easily access the old lessons and watch them over and over again.

The engaging learning environment provides a holistic approach and helps the student not just to read, write, speak and listen to the language but also understand and appreciate the culture surrounding the language.

This is a wonderful Chinese language online program which needs minimal parental supervision.

For more information on Middlebury Interactive Languages, check out their social media accounts at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Middlebury-Interactive-Languages/141015515949753
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MiddInteractive
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/middinteractive/
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