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Oct 16, 2017

Reading Eggs ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

There are some programs that work so well for one or more of the punks, I am more than happy to pay for a year, or two, of access.  Reading Eggs is one of those.  Some years back, once upon a time, I signed up for a free trial of Reading Eggs for the bigger littles.  It was so incredibly loved by them and helpful for them, that I did purchase a subscription.  I don't do that often, so that should tell you how much value I found in it.

Back then, I think it was just Reading Eggs that was available.  MathSeeds was being introduced.  I was sort of disappointed about MathSeeds, just because the punks tested out of that.  I'm always hoping for a math miracle here, but the boys were beyond what was offered at that time.  Now Reading Eggs is so much more, with three levels.  We received a six months subscription to all levels of Reading Eggs, plus MathSeeds, for two punks. 

Reading Eggs Junior, for the 2-4 year old crowd, has sections for learning the alphabet, hearing stories, watching videos, and learning concepts like "opposites."  I'm afraid I am not terribly familiar with this toddler section since Merrick is reading a bit.


Reading Eggs is intended for children approximately 3-7.  Reading Eggs teaches both phonics and sight word techniques.  Each of these methods has a place in learning to read and spell.  Merrick spent the last 4 weeks in Reading Eggs and is having a blast. 

Eggspress dashboard stats
The last language arts section is Reading Eggspress.  Eggspress is for ages 7-13 (approximately grades 1-6).  I'm not sure when Reading Eggspress was added to the family, but I don't remember it being available when the bigger punks had Reading Eggs subscriptions previously.  Mal and Xav enjoyed a trial subscription for two weeks, but when the review period started, I had to choose two boys to access.  I thought Mal needed the program more, so he was selected by me to continue.  Xavier was pretty disappointed, so I am debating adding him again myself.  He's a good reader already, as is Mal, but Eggspress offers comprehension and spelling through grade six.

Eggspress Activity Sheets

Merrick has barely used the MathSeeds program, but seems to have enjoyed what he did do last week.  I have a feeling he will want to continue using it for the rest of the subscription period.  I see on Facebook that Map 36 is now complete, but I didn't see activity sheets for that one yet.  Map 36 covers third grade topics like multiplication tables, equivalent fractions, and angles.  MathSeeds has had much content added to it since we last accessed it.

Mathseeds dashboard stats

Easy to use tabs
So, just *how* do you get started with Reading Eggs anyway?  After you open an account and add your child(ren), you'll see their little avatar tabs across the top of the Family Dashboard.  Click the tab for the child you want to work with first.  Below the child's tab, you see the program tabs.  As the parent, you probably have a pretty good idea in which program to place your children, so select the appropriate reading program.  Click the big, green START button, select "lessons" in the center of the page and you will be prompted to either take the placement test or to start at the beginning instead.  I *highly* recommend using the placement test.  Try to not be overly helpful while your child works, or they could be placed in a level that is too high and that could be frustrating for them.

Reading Eggs*
While the placement activities are super helpful, there's always a chance you might need to adjust the level.  You can do this right at the Parent Dashboard.  By selecting "edit details" on the same first tab covered screen (it's opposite the green START button), you can adjust each child's progress.  I attempted to do that for the sake of this review, but the computer warned me that his progress would be lost.  So, not even for you would I risk sabotaging the 722 golden eggs my boy is hoarding.

Merrick's homepage
Using pictures and words makes it very easy for Merrick to navigate from his own dashboard to the different games and his lessons.  Children move through a map of 10 lessons that ends with a quiz.  A subtle bit of blinking or movement, as well as their avatar, help direct them to click the current section of the map.  Once in a while an "annoying brother" makes too much noise and Merrick misses a bit of instruction or a word he is supposed to select.  There doesn't seem to be a way to repeat the directions.  Other than that, he is finding Reading Eggs easy to use and he really enjoys it.

Eggspress Map 5
I have to say that I'm sometimes confused by some of the stats on the parent dashboard.  For instance, Merrick has read several stories, but books read shows 0.  I think it may be that he hasn't read any of the books in the Reading Eggs library.  He has looked, but got a bit irritated with me because I directed him to books with a lower lexile reading level than he wanted, even though they were at his level.
Another level of Merrick's Reading Eggs access

I also receive emails detailing Merrick's progress in Reading Eggs.  These emails show me at a glance what he is accomplishing, learning, and earning.  There's even a link to the place in Reading Eggs where I can print his certificates.

Email information
If you have multiple users, be sure to log out each kiddo before letting the next one start.  There was one day that one of the biggers worked briefly on his brother's account.  Their names are on the student dashboard, but who reads such things before they begin working?  sigh...

Merrick loves Reading Eggs so much, it is always the first school he wants to do.  It's fun and engaging, they love most of the songs and stories.  I had to laugh when he got to a segment I remember from when the older boys had Reading Eggs.  The goat was singing and it's pretty repetitive.  Aaaaand goatlike.  Mal covered his ears (because it's a sound and that's what he does), but he smiled.  "I remember that!"  Reading Eggs bonus - sometimes there's even a train.

Some of the Reading Eggs lessons

Xavier got a huge kick out of one story that had characters named Xavier and Javier.  While I thought that was fun, I'm glad Mal hasn't seen his own name.  He gets weird about stuff like that.  There are comprehension questions built right into the online game, but parents can also print out the activity sheets with many more activities based on each lesson.

A page from Eggspress

Skills in these sheets vary, just like the games increase in scope as a child moves through the program.  The first lesson in the Reading Eggs activity sheets is all about the letter m; writing it, words that begin with the /m/ sound, identifying M written in various fonts, that kind of thing.  By the end of Reading Eggs' 12 Maps (120 lessons) students are practicing ay, igh, and oa words, and reading short passages and answering easy questions about it.  Each activity sheet begins with a page for the teacher/parent which explains the objectives of the lesson, the CCSS alignment, classroom games (often these can be played/completed by one child with no problem), extra assistance ideas, word families, etc.

The Bonus Tab and Activity Sheets

And now...

The folks at Reading Eggs have introduced new program guides just for homeschoolers.  These week by week overviews for grades K-2 use a colorful chart covering 36 weeks of education using Reading Eggs, MathSeeds, and some of the 2,500 books available in the Reading Eggs library to teach Language Arts, Math, Science, and History.  While Merrick is not exactly at the same place in math and language arts right now, by the recommendation.  I think it will be easy to use these guides to supplement, and possibly direct his science and history lessons for the year, though.  The pace of 1-2  Reading Eggs lessons in a week, looks just about right for what we've been covering without the guides.  They were just released last week, so I'm still becoming familiar with them, but they look great and I plan to incorporate them starting this week.

NEW Homeschool Guides for K-2nd grade

The reading games provide tons of fun online learning opportunities.  Nearly every one of them is completely do-able at the skill levels the punks possess.  There was one game that I had to complete for Merrick because there was no way he could operate the car quickly and accurately enough to move on.  I remember having to do that with a different game for the bigger punks a few years ago.  I seriously failed these poor kids.  It took me multiple tries myself to finish it so he could move on!  That was the day I tried to adjust his level, but you can't skip one game, only entire levels.

If you ever have trouble, support (including live chat) is just a click away.  You'll also find plenty of sample lessons for each of the four programs.

Support and Samples

I'm even more impressed with Reading Eggs than I was before.  The scope of the programs have really grown.  The songs, stories, and games combine to make learning fun and engaging.  The graphics are high quality.  Everything is inviting and colorful.  I've found the site to be quite easy to navigate.  Best of all, the punks still enjoy it.  That certainly makes it easy to motivate them to learn.

Reading Eggs has generously offered my readers a 4 week FREE trial of the Reading Eggs and MathSeeds programs to try for yourselves! Offer expires on November 30, 2017.  I hope you will take the plunge and use this risk free trial.

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Oct 14, 2017

Funny Find - Creamsicle Milk

I would totally try this if someone else bought it and offered me some or if it came in a smaller container.  I can't bring myself to buy a half gallon of creamsicle milk!

Would *you* try it?

On a related note, I have been known to mix a bit of orange juice with egg nog, so I *think* I might like this milk.

Oct 11, 2017

Brinkman Adventures Season 4 ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

We are *huge* fans of the Brinkman Adventures audio dramas.  We like taking them on trips in the car.  Long trips to the Grandmas' houses.  The punks pay way better attention to audio dramas in the car than they do at home.  I like them because, between the dialog, sound effects, and music score, they paint amazing pictures in my mind.  Audio dramas (and read aloud books) are better than movies because of that.  The Brinkman Adventures Season 4 CDs did not disappoint.

Season 4 consists of twelve episodes, nearly half an hour each, on four CDs.

Episode 37: A Paradise Lost
Episode 38: Remember Nhu
Episode 39: Aisha's Fear
Episode 40: Heart Song
Episode 41: The Crashed Kitchen
Episode 42: Crisis in the Congo
Episode 43: The Mysterious Palm Feller
Episode 44: War of the Raccoons
Episode 45: The Five Guys
Episode 46: Toughest Man
Episode 47: Cambodian Quest
Episode 48: What Brings Us Together

Brinkman Adventures

The punks were all excited to hear the new baby's name is Micah.  Since that's Daddy's name, too, it was pretty neat to hear someone else with the same name.  The Brinkmans, *and* the real-life Bultmans, have a large Christian family so it seemed almost inevitable that eventually they'd have a Micah or a Malachi...

Some of the adventure stories feature heart-stopping, nerve wracking moments.  There are kidnappings, fires, car accidents, arrests, slavery, and witch doctors.  Occasionally, a warning is given at the beginning of an episode that children under ten should listen with their parents.  We always listen together the first time around anyway, but there are several episodes in the series that involve the slavery, the selling of a baby, abusive people, and more mature situations.  I find myself pausing these same episodes frequently to explain some important plot point and to just break the tension.  The Sapphire Slaves episodes from Season 2 come to mind.  This involved an intense rescue scene as well as a few other moments that I felt the punks might need a moment to get a breath before we continued.  I have never felt that any of the topics were not appropriate for them to hear.  Some just needed a bit of explanation or a moment of reflection.

I'd like to tell you a bit about a few episodes.  In #39 - Aisha's Fear, we learn the story of Aisha and Mahad, who are Muslims and shop owners.  They are right next to a Christian hospital.  Mahad was hateful toward the Christians and abusive of Aisha.  She was a very fearful woman, worrying constantly about upsetting Mahad, but also fearing spiders, rats, and other things.  One day, Mahad collapses and he finds out he is near death from cancer.  While he awaits death, the locals will not stop at his shop any longer.  Eventually, the Christian doctors and nurses begin to shop there, providing needed income for Aisha and Mahad.  Soon Mahad agrees to see the Christian doctor and he wonders at the love shown to him by the very people he hated.  He becomes a changed man and accepts Christ before his death.  Moved by the change in her husband, Aisha also becomes a Christian.  Despite a brief imprisonment (and worse possibilities) for her new beliefs, Aisha continues to spread the gospel among her own people.  Aisha finds strength she never knew she had.


The punks laughed their heads off about the antics of a certain robot named R-D.  "He" is a Mobile Raccoon Deterrent Device.  In episode #44, War of the Raccoons, Mr. Pennington had problems with a raccoon eating his koi fish.  Unfortunately, we could relate just a little too well with this problem.  We had raccoons eating our chickens last year.  Maybe R-D would have come in handy.  Although, maybe R-D needs a bit more training before he might be considered safe around other people!  R-D is a nifty little robot on wheels, using an arduino, server, and paintball gun.  He is a "learning robot" which means that every time his programmer, Ian, blew off his chores or didn't follow his parents' instructions, R-D learned how to behave similarly.  When he was told, "safety on," he would reply. "safety off."  Let's just say the interaction the trio of R-D, Ian, and Mr. Pennington had with a policeman and his canine officer did not go well.  Ian learned a painful, but valuable lesson about doing what he says he will.
  But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.  Matthew 5:37

What Brings Us Together, episode #48, is a bit of a reunion episode with some of our favorite people from old episodes, Mr. Pennington, Mr. Staplerun, and Mr. Benti, joining the family to celebrate a wedding that might not even take place!  Between an anonymous letter, a jail stay, a kidney stone, a sunny day turned rainy, a catering mix-up, and a fire, we begin to wonder if Michelle and Anthony will get to tie the knot at all.  (Spoiler: they do!)

The anonymous letter from a "concerned brother" in Christ made me think of how people behave on social media, hiding their identities and treating others poorly.  It made for a good conversation about mistreating people because we are confident about the anonymity the internet affords us.  I told the punks, if you have something to say to someone and you really think it needs to be said, you must be man (or woman) enough to own your words.  It reminded me to T.H.I.N.K.

T - Is it True?
H - Is it Helpful?
I - Is it Inspiring?
N - Is it Necessary?
K - Is it Kind?

Cambodian Quest was the first episode Dad had ever heard.  I have to say, it just about drove him crazy to hear Kitri divulge somewhat secret information to a stranger in the market.  Episode #47 was chock full of rash decisions and the wild emotions of a teenage girl.  Dad was having none of it.  While I appreciated the importance of the content, this one was very hard to listen to because of the foolish choices being made.  I didn't really think that was addressed.  It was more about loving people because Jesus wants us to rather than out of obligation.  A great message, of course, but I felt that something needed to done about Kitri's bad attitude and refusal to receive counsel much sooner or at least discussed more at the end.

I love going to the website and reading the true stories on which the Brinkman Adventures are based.  In Season 4, men like Dr. Nik Ripken, author of The Insanity of God, and Carl Ralston, founder of Remember Nhu, are featured. 

We have reviewed Season 2 with the Crew and purchased Season 1, besides Season 4 now.  We absolutely love these real-life, exciting missionary adventures and we think you will, too.  Xavier, who named Brinkman Adventures his Redhanded High Five from the entire 2014 Crew year, was especially excited when this new set arrived and has asked for more Brinkman Adventures for Christmas.  Season 6 will be releasing right around that time.  I have some catching up to do!

Brinkman Adventures

Brinkman Adventures now offers a curriculum to accompany Season 1.  If you already own the Season 1 audios, the curriculum is discounted.  It looks really interesting and now that they've reduced the cost for just the lessons, I'm seriously considering the purchase.

I encourage you to get the Brinkman Adventures Season 4 audio dramas for your family.  (And Season 1, 2, 3, and 5!)

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Oct 9, 2017

CTCMath 2017 ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

We've been using our CTCMath Family Membership for our main, and only, math during this review period.  This program is and has been our favorite math for Malachi and Xavier since 2014, I think when I first reviewed it for the Crew.  I even kept it in 2015 when I had to purchase it since I wasn't a Crew mate on that voyage.  I've even gotten other mamas hooked on CTCMath for homeschoolers.  I'm happy to have it again this year, because this is definitely one full math curriculum that fits the punks.

Pat Murray, a homeschool father of ten, originally created CTCMath as an online tutoring program for Australian students.  The punks love his soothing and unique voice (probably way better than my frustrated sighs).  No matter how many times they watch the same video, Mr. Murray never raises his voice or speaks through his teeth with an aggravated tone.  *ahem*

I have to laugh, though, because recently some new video lessons have been added and are decidedly *not* voiced by Pat Murray.  It only took a few seconds for me to notice the difference and the boys weren't long behind me.  They have deemed the new guy to be acceptable, though, even though he didn't end his video with, "Good luck with your questions."  They are so enthralled by the Australian accents, that Merrick even does his math the same.  I get such a giggle listening to him count.

Each lesson is a short video.  And I do mean quite short.  It's generally just long enough to get the concept across, no over explaining.  If they think they understand, they can move right on to the questions.  Assuming they do well on them, they can move on to the next part of the topic.  If they have *not* done well, they can go back to it in a day or so, view the video and give the questions another try.  Once they've completed each component, the part they really like happens.  They earn an award.  They actually can watch the progress of the "medal" as they work through each topic.  When it's complete, they can print a certificate.

I remember last year, Malachi was determined to get a gold medal in multiplication.  His early scores were very low and he kept practicing and practicing until he went from a 30% to 100% in twelve attempts and earned a gold medal for multiplication with a 95%.  He was so proud of himself and I was proud and impressed by the effort he made in a subject he does not love.

email summary
Every now and then, I find out from the reports that one of the boys is working in the wrong grade!  Now, they aren't all exactly on the single grade across the board, but for the most part, I know where they belong!  I'm using tasks to fill in gaps and, sometimes, they stay in the lower assigned grade for all of their work.  The email report is pretty much a summary of the records kept for each student in the account. 

Here are the many parts of the parent section.

First, at the Parent Login, I can access each student account as well as maintain and edit my own parent information.  Tasks (active, recently expired, and upcoming tasks) can be see here.  Activities, awards, and recent weekly reports (up to three months) are available on this page.

detailed report
Then I can hop over to any of the student accounts on the right.  I can see everything those yahoos are doing on their math.  BWA HA HA HA!  *ahem*  You can edit or delete your student, though I'm not sure why you'd want to delete your punks.  Here are individual student's reports and more.  Simply select the grade level or course you want to see the information for.

There are detailed reports.  This area shows the sections that are complete, the grades and percentages, attempts, and dates complete.
summary report

The next tab is for the summary report.  This report is sort of like a checklist in that it shows the segments, how much of each lesson is complete and left to do, average grade, and if you choose to use diagnostic tests, you'll see that there also.

Diagnostic tests also have a tab of their own with completion dates and scores.

diagnostic tests

The tasks tab is very similar to the detailed report, but only shows the tasks you've assigned your student.  It also includes information about the completion and timeliness of the tasks.  Below the section on the screen shot, all the "courses" (grades thru 6th and higher levels of math), all the "streams" (numbers, measurement, geometry, statistics, etc,.), and then each topic in that section.  Each of these drop down menus is easy to use to assign the lessons.

The award tab shows all awards earned from platinum through gold, silver, and bronze.  These are only awarded once the entire section has been completed.  As Mal did last year, they can keep working to bring those award levels up, too!  (This page is shown above.)

quick finish
Speed skill information is there, but we haven't used that.  (There are four levels of speed skills as well as a couple of games.)  And the last tab is history.  There are two history reports.  The Quick Finish report shows sections that are incomplete.  The CTCMath program remembers where students leave off on an assignment and will keep their place for them.  When they go to finish up, it takes off right at that spot.

The history timeline is just that.  I can see who logged in and when, what lesson did they view, attempt, and what score they received.

kindergarten checklist
You can download a checklist of every single section by grade (thru sixth) or course at the middle/high school levels.  This photo is page one of the three page kindergarten checklist.  If you're a paper and pen kind of mama, you might prefer this printout to record your child's progress.

I can print out the actual lesson question pages when the boys first finish an assignment.  I have to have paperwork to submit to the state in my portfolio, or to show the teacher who evaluates them at the end of the year.  The reports are handy for my personal reference, but the assignments have to be turned in to show exactly what they're learning.  If they score well, at or above grade level, I have them print it right then.  The print out sheets are only available while you are still on the page.
assignment printout

I had to share so many pictures (which you can click on to see larger), because I just couldn't convey the amazing amount of feedback material available to you as a parent and teacher.  But really, the best part of *all* of this, is the lessons.  I have never found other math lessons that help the punks nearly as much as CTC.  It's virtually painless for us all.

One of my favorite things about CTCMath is that *you* are in control of placement.  You can access the entire website and place your child in a level that is not overwhelming or too easy for them.  There's no need to test them, work through sections they already know, or ask administrators to move your child.  You *can* have them complete a diagnostic test of each section though, choosing short, standard, or comprehensive tests of 20, 30, or 40 questions, respectively.  If they do well, move them up a grade for that section, or viceversa.

Through the years, we've tried using CTCMath on various devices with some successes and some failures.  This year, we just stuck with the laptops and the three main browsers we had available.  I rarely experience any trouble, but when I do I just hit the page refresh.  When we go back to the questions, the system has remembered right where they left off.

Occasionally, a student may need a lesson explained differently than the video shows.  If they don't understand the video lesson, there is no teacher's manual or second video option.  Mom and Dad will need to come in then and explain it in a different way that maybe is more easily understood by that particular child.  Sometimes, math manipulatives can be a helpful addition to the CTCMath program.  It's also wise during some lessons to have a scrap of paper handy.  One of the punks fought against using paper for figuring at first.  When he finally took my advice, he found several sections much easier.

I love that the boys are getting some independent learning in.  Even Merrick needs minimal help.  I get him logged in, he watches the short lesson video, and goes to his questions.  All of that can be on his own *except* some questions are sometimes not read to him.  If there is no little speaker icon, I will read the questions to him.  It seems a bit random which questions don't have a speaker, because he will have ten questions to answer and seven of them can be read to him and the rest can't.  So, there will be times when Mom or Dad are needed and that's OK.

I've been so appreciative of this math in our homeschool.  So many things have been improved over the years that we've used CTCMath.  Tasks were added, additional lessons are being added.  It really has just gotten better every year.  If you think you might enjoy CTCMath for your family, you can get a free trial or purchase the homeschool version (homeschoolers get a discount on the full program!) for 60% off + 6 bonus months.  The six bonus months offer expires on November 15, 2017


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Oct 7, 2017

A Visit to Jay Peak

We all took a little ride up to Jay Peak to do a little leaf peeping.  There were a lot of hikers in the pulloffs, but the traffic was very light.  I have to admit, I'm partial to the deep, dark red leaves.  There is more red in the lower elevations than the peaks right now.  I will definitely get a few pictures this week of those.  I do also like a tree that is flaming red on top, yellow in the middle, and still green on the lower branches.  Makes for a nice balance.  This year, peak is a bit late. 

There is also a tram at one of the hotels on Jay.  We got to watch a few loads of people make the trip.  We've been up it once before, but we may need to ride up again sometime.

I never do get tired of the leaves changing in the fall.  Every year it's beautiful.  Are you somewhere that you can enjoy the changing seasons?

Oct 5, 2017

Channie's Handwriting Workbook ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks had actually been on my radar for a long time when this review with the Crew came up.  I've been watching them since I first saw them on educents and now that I've tried the Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad, I will be much more likely to pick up the other pads I was considering purchasing.

When Chan Bohacheff's son struggled for several years to learn to form letters correctly, she began to develop the grid used in her handwriting products.  Alex showed marked improvement in just a few months and soon, her son's teachers were asking about her technique for their other students.  Since then, Channie has created many different pads for handwriting and math for the elementary grades.

The Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad (PreK-1st) has 40 double-sided sheets of 11"x8.5" paper.  With a paper board back, the pad could be used as it's own flat surface for writing.  There are five rows of 1-1/8" writing guides.  The pages are of a bit heavier weight and are smooth and easy to write on with pencil or pen.  This is important, as there are some notepads we've used that weren't pencil friendly.  That just makes my job and theirs more difficult.  These sheets from Channie's were just fine.  The heavy paper held up against all the erasing Merrick had to do one day when, instead of writing, he chose to scribble his row of letters.

Merrick's Before and After Channnie's.

The self-correcting, visual handwriting guide is easy to understand and even Merrick caught on quickly to the spacing, sizing, and how-to of writing his letters.  There are three vertically stacked boxes, color coded to show placement of not just letters, but numbers, too.  Red arrows guide your writer through each line and curve of every letter.  The unique format of Channie's Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad even shows correct spacing between letters and between words.

I taught my bigger punks cursive so they would stop throwing capital letters all throughout everything they write, but I still want them to be able to print neatly.  When we started using the pad, I had each punk write a sheet of the alphabet as a baseline.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that Mal can do an amazing job with these handwriting guides.  Although, the first time he completed the assignment for me, I realized he still often pushes the pencil away from himself rather than draw it toward himself.  Once I had the baseline sheets, I talked them through the use of the sheets and how to follow the instruction shown by the red arrows.

You can see that Mal and Xav can write decently in the grid, but their names on the line aren't as well written.

That's when the real practice began.  Merrick would write one row on a sheet each day we used Channie's.  He practiced the same letters for a week.  For instance, for a week, he wrote a row of A-F, over and over.  Then he would write G-L to fill a page, and so on.  He has really improved so much.  I'm proud of the effort he is putting into having neater writing and he is proud of the progress he is making.

I was really wishing they had a smaller size writing guide for older kids.  The bigger punks still need a bit of help with spacing and sizing.  Then I realized Channie's has a Quick & Neat Writing Pad for 1st-3rd grade.  That pad has seven rows of 3/4" practice space per side.  There is also a notebook for even older students.  The Crew didn't review either of those, but after using the Quick & Neat Alphabet pad, I really think the writing pad or youth notebook would be perfect.  Smaller boxes would be a *huge* help for guiding my bigger littles to write in a more age appropriate size.

Channie's Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad for PreK - 1st
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