The Typing Coach ~ Review

Way back in the day when I was in junior high I had to take a typing class. One with actual typewriters. HA! I wasn’t so sure that a typing class was how I wanted to spend my precious elective class period but I after I finished the class I sure was glad I did. Fast forward to me being a mom of one in junior high and one in high school. Now it is my turn to make them take typing. However instead of using a typewriter, they get to use The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from The Typing Coach on our computer.

The Typing Coach
As far as the were concerned, the torture started immediately because the first lesson was all about good posture. You know, that thing mom is always fussing at them about. Thank you, Mr. Kimball for telling them how important good posture is! It really is nice to have them hear it from someone other than me. 😉 In fact, until they have their posture verified they can’t move onto the next lesson. To help the student keep track of their progress there is a downloadable Progress Chart where you can record the date completed for each activity.  Continue reading

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Thin Stix Review and Giveaway

Does the thought of having your kids paint make you cringe? There is always so much clean up with traditional paints; but that’s not the case with the fast drying tempera paint sticks from The Pencil Grip, Inc. We have had the chance to review their Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors. Like the Kwik Stix we reviewed before, the new Thin Stix are a mess free solution to painting. If you want to read that review you can do so here.

Thin Stix by KwikStix
Thin Stix feature tempera paint in a stick form that dries in 90 seconds. Because there is no mess with the Thin Stix, there is no reason to have to drag out painting shirts or smocks. I don’t even hide them away to use on another day. They truly are that mess free!

The 6 Classic colors are blue, red, brown, black, yellow and red. The Thin Stix are about the same length as a ink pen but bigger around, more like a marker. The size and shape makes them easy to work with. They are designed to just “uncap, twist, and paint!”

The Thin Stix also come in other packages including the 6 pack of neon colors, 6 pack of metalix, the 12 color pack and the creativity pack (24 colors)

How Have We Used the Thin Stix?

The kids have made numerous posters, cards and other artwork with their new Thin Stix. They can make pictures with much clearer details than they could when using the original Kwik Stix. However, the Kwik Stix are great for other projects such as filling in bubble letters or painting larger areas. I am glad that they have been able use both the Kwik Stix and the Thin Stix, they are both great products.

Thin Stix Artwork

I don’t even cringe when the four year old wants to use them. I am happy to watch the kids’ creativity blossom with the Thin Stix. At first, I wasn’t sure how long the Thin Stix would work but they are still going strong even after many, many art activities.

The Pencil Grip Pinterest page is packed full of great craft ideas using both the Kwik Stix and the Thin Stix.

We have really enjoyed both the Kwik Stix that we reviewed before and now the new Thin Stix. The colors are so pretty and the stix are so easy to use! Both the Thin and Kwik Stix would make excellent gifts. I think I may have to get some of the other Thin Stix colors for them to work with since they have so much fun with the classic colors.

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Story

The Pencil Grip was first made in 1992 by Dr. Lois Provda, a prominent educational therapist. The pencil grip helps students hold their pencils properly. Since that time the company has added many different products. Their wide variety of products include Kwik Stix and Thin Stix, therapeutic products, school & office supplies, and fidget toys.

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No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}
Would you like to try out your own set of Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors? I am excited to be able to offer one reader the chance to win a set of Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors. The Pencil Grip, Inc. has graciously given me the chance to giveaway one package of Thin Stix.  This giveaway limited to US residents only.

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All Around the Home and Homestead #29

All Around the Home and Homestead

Good Monday Morning to you!

I hope you had a blessed week and I look forward to reading this week’s link ups.



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Captain Absolutely Comic Book ~ Review

As Christians, our worldview is shaped by the absolute truth found in the Bible. God gave us detailed instructions: Love your neighbor. Be honest. Worship no one and nothing but Him. And through it all, keep your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)”, from the introduction to Captain Absolutely.

Captain Absolutely the cartoon novel from Focus On The Family is jam-packed with action, Bible truths and fun. We have recently had the opportunity to reveal Captain Absolutely. I can safely say that it was a hit at our house! When it arrived in the mail, Mr. B took it and disappeared. It was one of those “can’t put it down” books.

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Homeschool Rescue by OPC ~ Review

Heather over at Only Passionate Curiosity seeks to make the life of homeschooling parents easier. To this end, she has created a new resource designed as a help for homeschool parents called Homeschool Rescue. Homeschool Rescue is designed to “breathe new life into your homeschool.”

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue
If you have been homeschooling very long at all it is very likely that you have struggled with burnout at some point. Maybe you are struggling with a chronic illness, a special needs child or dealing with a pregnancy or new baby. Or if you are new to homeschooling and are wondering if you are equipped to do this thing called homeschooling. Then you will be happy to hear that Homeschool Rescue was written with you in mind. Continue reading

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