Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection CD Review

 
 
AWARD-WINNING, BEST-SELLING

CHILDREN'S RECORDING ARTIST

LAURIE BERKNER

TO RELEASE NEW COMPILATION OF FAN FAVORITES

THE ULTIMATE LAURIE BERKNER BAND COLLECTION
"The queen of children's music."
-- People Magazine


"A kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow."
-- Time Magazine


"One of the hippest children's artists ... Berkner's a blast."
-- Family Fun

NEW YORK -- Beloved children's recording artist and preschool TV favorite Laurie Berkner will release a compilation of greatest hits, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection, on October 14th (Two Tomatoes Records, distributed by Razor & Tie, run time 59 minutes).  The CD is the follow-up to The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band, which has consistently been a top-seller on the children's music chart since it was released in 2010.

Six of The Laurie Berkner Band's CDs are represented: Whaddaya Think of That? (1997); Buzz Buzz (1998); Victor Vito (1999); Under A Shady Tree (2002); Rocketship Run (2008) and the DVD CD Party Day! (2011). The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection also features three bonus tracks, including the song "One Seed," which has not appeared on any previous album.

Says Laurie, "As soon as I released The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band, I couldn't wait for my next compilation to come out -- because there were so many songs that I felt should have also been included on that album!  Now that The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection is finally here, I am thrilled that it will not only include those hits, but also songs I've written since then that have become classics.  With a total of 22 favorite songs, this really is the 'Ultimate' collection!"

A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started selling her music over fifteen years ago out of her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.  She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the "kindie" music genre and was dubbed "The undisputed queen of kindie rock" by USA TodayThe Wall Street Journal noted, "Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups."

Laurie was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all of the episodes of the channel's Jack's Big Music Show.  She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing It, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel and makes regular appearances on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show.

The Laurie Berkner Band features Laurie Berkner, vocals/guitar; Susie Lampert, keyboards; Brady Rymer, bass; and Bobby Golden, drums/percussion.  Visit www.laurieberkner.com for more about the band, including tour dates and links to the band's Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages.  Media assets are also available here:  www.razorandtiepublicity.com.
 
 
My review:
 
Laurie Berkner was one of the first artist CD's I picked up at the library when I was a new mom.  I absolutely fell in love with her style.  She provides unique tunes with easy lyrics that the kids can repeat and remember.  Her guitar strumming and melodic voice memorizes my young children and myself too.  Laurie's songs engage listeners to jump right in the experience she provides through the stories of her songs.  She takes you down a walk by the river, looking for a birthday cake, collecting bottle caps and other fun items, trying to call someone on the telephone that doesn't answer, the mess that kids are,  reading with a pretend book and other crazy things that interest kids.  She is family friendly and knows how to make children explore their world in intentional ways and create meaningful relationships.  I highly recommend Laurie's new CD that is a combination of some of her best songs.
 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this CD for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*

Friday, September 12, 2014

Queen Homeschool Supplies- Charlotte Mason Style Education

Queen Homeschool Supplies for all your Charlotte Mason Curriculum Needs!


Last year I started seriously looking for homeschool curriculum.  I really thought I would choose something similar to what I used when I taught Kindergarten.  But the one thing I forgot was that I wasn't teaching a class of 25, but my own child who has individual learning needs.  For once, I could choose what I wanted to teach.  That proved to be more of a difficult task than I imagined.

Now, I understand that every homeschool family has different reasons for picking what they are using for their children.  That's the beauty of it.  There are many great resources out there and I just wanted to choose what was best to work with my children.

About a year ago, one of the blogs I follow on Facebook posted a picture of a math book and history book with a picture of her kids on the back.  I read what she wrote about the curriculum and thought I would check it out. 

It was Queen Homeschool which follows the Charlotte Mason method.  I had heard of Charlotte Mason and actually thought there was not enough to it according to the standards in my mind.  But I began to research and think about how, why and what I wanted to teach my kids.  I realized that I do want to teach them from real life.  Charlotte Mason focuses on a living education. 

I decided to order a few things for my son for PreK last year: Language Lessons for Little Ones Volume 1 and Picture My Numbers.  I joined the Facebook group and loved all the great reviews people posted there. 

As I have been looking at several different curriculums that past year, I kept coming back to Queen Homeschool.  Why?  It's a family business.  The people are honest and trustworthy.  They seek to produce material that is user friendly, covers a variety of topics and is fun for learning.  There are several categories of subjects.  I particularly like the Language Series and the Math Series. 

Stay tuned for more reviews from what I am currently using.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Write Through the Bible Proverbs 3:1-26 from Intoxicated on Life

 
 
 
One of the things I'm looking forward to most is teaching my children from the Bible.  I am already doing that, but with writing and memorizing with the materials at Intoxicated on Life, I see a great method to make this a solid foundation of God's Word in their hearts.
 
The newest resource in Write Through the Bible is Proverbs 3:1-26.  It's a full year of writing practice focusing on God's Word.  This covers memory, handwriting, vocabulary and dictation.  There are a few days of copy work, then a day of looking up vocabulary and another day of dictation.  There are also review days to copy several verses at once.

What an amazing passage of Scripture to memorize and know that is so full of wisdom and guidance for young boys and girls!  I am so excited that I will be able to use this with my children.

I can see all kinds of great learning and review at work here.  Also, Intoxicated on Life has some excellent resources for memorizing that you will receive in a link from the ebook. 

I encourage you to check out this excellent resource as you teach your children the Word of God.
 
 
Find out more information at Intoxicated on Life.
 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOX TIME for our Homeschool Days



I taught Kindergarten for 12 years and I prepared so well for the first week/month and had great ideas and activities to transition my students to their first year at all day school.  I worked long and hard and as the first day approached I felt almost prepared.  Now, that I'm at home, I can see that homeschooling is completely different.  Although it is still full of planning, I can't seem to just concentrate on just that.  However, I thought long and hard about how I was going to teach my 3 and 5 year old at the same time.  I plan to do Kindergarten with my son, but how do I teach him with the very needy 3 year old at my side constantly?

Ta-da!  It's called Box Time!  I cleaned my attic a few weeks ago and hit a jackpot of tons of manipulatives like plastic frogs, dominoes, dinosaurs, plastic colored fish, colored blocks and many other items.  I was SO excited!!  I started to think about how to use these to keep my "other" kid occupied while I worked with one.  The items that I have are good for both ages. 

So what I will do is make 3-5 baskets with 3 games and 3 books per basket.  So each day after our circle time together, I will do one on one learning time.  One child will play with the box while I work at the table with the other one.  I did a "pretend" school this week to see how it will work.  The trial run proved to me that it will work well. 

I have read that you should work with the younger child first, but when I did, all she wanted to do was play with the box toys.  So I decided since I really want to do Kindergarten with my son, is that I will work with him first and then with my daughter.  I will do this for 30 minutes (15 and 15).  Then we will have a break and do another 30 minutes (maybe). 

So that is my bright idea for the new year.  We will be starting school the first week of September!  Be looking for our first day pictures soon!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Sale from Aug 20-27 at Intoxicated on Life



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

FREEBIE! Laying the Foundation from Intoxicated on Life

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Recently I reviewed Laying the Foundation from Luke Gilkerson at Intoxicated on Life.  Guess what??  It's free for the next three days.  This offer only lasts until midnight on Saturday, July 19, so pick up your copy today and get the companion copywork books to go with the study.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Laying the Foundation (A family study of the Apostle's Creed) by Luke Gilkerson of Intoxicated on Life Review

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Laying the Foundation  (A family study of the Apostle's Creed) by Luke Gilkerson is a phrase by phrase look at a very old creed Christians used to recite at the beginning of the third century.  The Apostle's Creed is one of the three main catechisms for Christians as endorsed by Martin Luther.  This creed has value for Christian families to give essentials of the faith, a confessional, valuing tradition, a personal faith and connects to the Christian heritage.

The Bible study can be 30 days or 30 weeks (one lesson a week) and is suggested to be done as both and to memorize this creed as a family.  Each lesson has an opening thought, a Scripture reading, explanation of the passage as well as the part of the creed being unpacked, questions for discussion and a prayer.  Each lesson is very simple, yet really engages the kids to think deeply and make a lasting impression on them as they learn about God.

There are many part of the creed that might be confusing or hard to understand, but Luke does an excellent job of explaining and interpreting what might cause some unrest. 

I really enjoyed the layout of the study and thought that it was a great way to make a very intimidating passage very manageable for young minds.  There is no doubt that memorizing a text like this can be hard if not understood in the proper context.  With 30 lessons, there is definitely a way for a child to understand know exactly what is being said and why.  I was very impressed with the amount of research and how it was presented.  This would be a great Bible study to do together as a family as you grow closer to God and to each other.
 
Be sure to check out Laying the Foundation ($8.99) as well as the Write the Bible copywork books that can be paired with this study.  See Intoxicated on Life for more information.  
 
*I was given a copy of the ebook for my review.  All opinions are my own.*