Monday, March 20, 2023

March Roundup of Spanish Activities

This month, we're sharing a round up of great resources from MommyMaestra sponsor Spanish for You! This roundup of activities is focused on building vocabulary, specifically through describing activities. 

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Remember! Spanish for You!'s program is geared for middle schoolers and is the perfect choice for homeschoolers and afterschoolers alike because their concepts are carefully divided up into manageable bundles that are available for immediate download from their website.

If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some fantastic downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you enjoy this activity, be sure to visit the Spanish for You! website where you'll find tons of additional resources for you to help your young Spanish learner!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

7 Children's Books About Leprechauns (in English & Spanish)

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I was looking for some children's books about leprechauns to share with my youngest child. I found several that I thought were fun reads and decided to share them below along the few Spanish titles I found (there weren't very many!). I hope you enjoy them!

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Leprechaun Children's Books in English

How to Catch a Leprechaun

How to Catch a Leprechaun
by Adam Wallace

You've been planning night and day, and finally you've created the perfect trap with shamrocks, pots of gold, and rainbows galore! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you'll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick's Day tradition with this fun and lively children's picture book and get inspired to build leprechaun traps of your own at home or in the classroom! Laugh along in this zany story for kids that blends STEAM concepts with hilarious rhymes and vibrant illustrations!

How to catch a leprechaun? It's tougher than you think! He'll turn your whole house upside down. He's quicker than a wink!

That's What Leprechauns Do

That's What Leprechauns Do
by Eve Bunting

What do leprechauns do? They bury a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, of course. But as Mrs. Bally Bunion’s ox, Miss Maude Murphy’s hen, and Old Jamie soon find out, they can’t resist having a little fun along the way. For, besides burying pots of gold, mischief is what leprechauns do!

The Secret Life Of Leprechauns

The Secret Life Of Leprechauns
by Luna James

A cute picture book that introduces toddlers to the traditional (not secret!) story of leprechauns. 

The Leprechaun's Gold

The Leprechaun's Gold
by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Based on a classic Irish folktale, this is the perfect picture book to share on St. Patrick’s Day.

In this classic Irish legend, two harpists—merry-hearted Old Pat and ill-spirited Young Tom—set off for a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to be the winner—but he doesn't reckon with the clever trickery of a mischievous little leprechaun.

Leprechaun Children's Books in Spanish

Cómo atrapar a un duende
por Adam Wallace

The Spanish version of the book described above in the English section of books. 

Un duende a fines del invierno

Un duende a fines del invierno (La Casa del Árbol #43)
por Mary pope Osborne

Jack and Annie are on a mission to find (and inspire!) creative people. This time, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl’s life—she grows up to be Lady Gregory, who helped bring back the Irish legends, started a theater, and helped the Irish people regain both their heritage and their pride. IN SPANISH!

El Duende Irlandés y El Laberinto De Los Sueños Rotos

El Duende Irlandés y El Laberinto De Los Sueños Rotos
por Gen AG

For older children.
What would happen if you traveled to Ireland and a leprechaun asked you to help him find treasure in exchange for sharing the wealth with you?  Asher Smith is a single father who shines shoes on the dense streets of New York City in the 1930s; a time of economic crisis and poverty. 

But, one day unexpectedly with the help of his friend Fionn O'Sullivan, Asher travels to Ireland with his young daughter to work as a gardener in an old mansion, where a dark and mysterious forest is located. In the courtyard of the mansion things happen meaninglessly and from that forest no man has ever returned. Asher will discover a place called Ledrema, where flowers sing, trees walk, a clock goes back and evil beings and darkness abounds. In Ledrema, it appears there is no goodness - in fact there is, but it is only a pinch! Would you help the leprechaun find his treasure?

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Monday, March 13, 2023

Online SAT Prep Classes for Homeschoolers

Online SAT Prep Classes for Homeschoolers

The following post is in collaboration with Mr. D Math. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Are you wondering what online SAT prep classes for homeschoolers are available? Read on to learn about our experience with Mr. D Math's live classes.

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Quick Overview

Program: Mr. D Math Math SAT Bootcamp
Religious Perspective: Secular
Format: Live Online Classes
# of Classes: 6
Grades: 9th - 12th
Price: $197

Why SAT Prep Matters

Why SAT Prep Matters

My oldest child attended a private high school that offered private SAT prep classes outside of regular school hours. More than a month's worth of Saturdays were dedicated to these prep classes and they made a huge difference in my daughter's scores. I say that in the plural because she took the classes before both the PSAT and the SAT tests. 

Taking these prep classes helped her increase her score by more than 100 points. Which was critical for the PSAT because her score on the PSAT helped her land a National Merit Recognition... which eventually led to a full ride at her current college.

Her SAT scores played an important role, too. They were an important factor when it came to acceptance into the colleges of her choice. We soon discovered how to find the SAT score ranges for different colleges and universities. The easiest way is to simply Google "what are the SAT score ranges for [Name of College or University]".

Is the SAT Mandatory?

Thanks to the pandemic, a lot of colleges are test optional now. This means students don't have to submit SAT or ACT scores with their applications. Some are even considering making this permanent. Either way, if your SAT scores are above the average score (especially for that university's score range) it is really to your benefit to submit those scores.

Live SAT Prep for Homeschoolers from Mr. D Math

Live SAT Prep for Homeschoolers

SO. Now I have a homeschooled junior entering the college application process. I learned a whole lot from my daughter's private school experience and have been researching the whole "homeschooler to college" process. 

All of it has led me to understand that:
  1. Taking the SAT can be extremely beneficial for college acceptance.
  2. Taking SAT prep classes could potentially raise your child's score by 70 points or more, making them worth the investment.
BUT SAT prep can be expensive. My son is doing two programs. One was crazy expensive, self-paced, and he hasn't stuck with it very well at all. 

The other is more affordable and comes from Mr. D Math. This live Math SAT Bootcamp meets virtually every week. And it has covered different strategies and used both practice tests and activities to help prepare him for the test.

How It Works

Once registered, my son gained access to the Mr. D Math learning portal. There he can find any of the optional (but strongly recommended!) homework downloads. But Mr. H also sent out a file via email with all the problems that they work through over the course of 6 weeks. Then each week about an hour before the class, my son received an email with the zoom link to make access the class easy no matter where we were.

My son logged in each Tuesday before his Civil Air Patrol meeting (this is why he is in uniform in these pics). He preferred to watch the videos on his phone, but you can also use your tablet, laptop, or desktop. We recommend that you have a couple of pencils and your graphing calculator ready, in addition to the printed test materials you need for each class.

Overall, it has been a positive experience and we're confident that the proof will be in the pudding when the SAT test comes around in May.

Register for the Math SAT Bootcamp from Mr. D Math

Register for the Math SAT Bootcamp

If you think this would be a great fit for your family, then register today! Mr. D Math offers three live classes and one self-paced class. We haven't done the self-paced course because the live class was a great fit for us. But you know your child best and it's great that you have the option to choose!

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