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Sunday, March 12, 2017

What's On My Kindle- March 2017

Since receiving Kindles for Christmas, I've been slowly learning how to use them more efficiently.  I thought it might be helpful for others to see what we're doing with our device.

Reading
The Queen's Governess by Karen Harper.  It's tells the story of Kat, governess to Elizabeth the First.

The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor.  An Irish immigrant on the Titanic with a secret set in the 1980's.

The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman.  A very well written, memorable story about the Holocaust, told from the German perspective.



Learning
How to put audiobooks in the Freetime mode.  I wrote a blog post about what I learned.

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Playing
I had heard good things about Stack the States so I decided to try it out for myself.  I though it would be good for homeschooling, but I didn't expect how much I would enjoy it as well.  There are 4 games in the app, including a place-the-states map and a state capital's quiz.  The main game is Stack the States, a combination of tetris and trivia.  The game gives you a question and four options for the answer.  If you get the answer correct, you gain the state to add to your stack.  The crazy animated eyes and funny expressions keep the game fun, and the physics of each state keep it interesting.  If you're not careful, the balance will be off and the states will fall off the screen.  I really like that this game can be played without sound.  The kids have been helping me play this game and learning a bit about the states in a casual way.  It's been better when they can play by themselves.

I realized that while the "100 Lessons book" was good for Skimmer's reading lessons, that Dragonfly was getting bored with the black and white text.  I bought this Phonics: Fun on the Farm app to give her a different method of learning to read.  She loves it and is progressing much quicker than the book would have let her progress.  She love the colors and the challenge of games with sounds and words that she hadn't previously known.  She jumped into this sight word game against my recommendation, but ended up doing very well at it.  She's starting to make connections in real life, discovering words by guessing their sounds.  It's a pretty exciting time, and this game app makes
                                                                      learning even more fun.

                                                                      So, that's what I'm up to this month.

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