Amazon: Sight Words for Reading Free Android App


Today’s Free Android App - Sight Words for Reading 


Product Features

  • Learn to read using sight words
  • Watch fun videos that present words in context
  • Quiz yourself with a random flash card quiz
Product Description
Sight Words for Reading helps students learn to read using sight words, the most common words in children’s literature. The app includes a few words from both the Fry’s and Dolch reading lists. Kids learn to read words presented in context in fun videos, which helps them understand the meaning of the words and aids reading comprehension. After watching the videos to learn new sight words, students can test themselves with a flash card quiz. The words are presented in a random order, so the quiz is different every time.

Great Free Resources for Homeschool or Crafts at Home

I don’t know about ya’ll but sometimes I have a hard time playing with my kids.  Not that I don’t want to – I just feel like I don’t know how.  I’ll start to play then before I know it I have zoned out of their land of imagination.  (I hope I’m not the only mom who does this.)  However, I really enjoy coloring with them and learning new things.  Below are a couple of different resources you might want to check out.



Pumpkin Mini Helper  Click HERE.

I understand that not everyone participates in Halloween, so when I found this freebies I thought it would be a great resource.  This Mini Helper does not mention pumpkins in relation to Halloween. It briefly covers some simple facts about pumpkins. It can be used any time throughout the year. Facts about the squash that was once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites! This is just a quick mini helper to learn a few facts about pumpkins. 9 pages.

This was fun and easy to do with my kids.  It was easy for my 5 year old to understand and my 7 year old really enjoyed it.  The mini book includes coloring pages as well.



No Tricks, Just Treats – Ideas for using Halloween as an outreach opportunity! Click HERE.

Here is a great resource for your family to work together and reach out on Halloween.  Especially if you stay home and hand out candy, it creates a meaninful purpose and an opportunity to sow into the lives of other children.   This resource includes ideas for creating 15 Halloween treat ideas with a Christian message.  Includes printable cards to attach to suggested candy.  The printable cards are really cute.


Halloween Coloring Book HERE.

Halloween Coloring Book Perfect for those cool fall days or when your child just isn’t in the “studying mood”.   Coloring promotes creativity and imagination.  Fun for any child who likes to or is learning to color.


Games for Halloween Parties

If you are having a Halloween Party for your little ones, listed below are a few board or card games to check out.  Each come with full instructions how to play several different games with each.

Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game -

Vintage Halloween Playing Cards -


FREE Educational Books Download!

Homeschool Notebook is offering a bundle of educational books by download for FREE HERE.  The Homeschool Notebook is a Homeschool e-Newsletter that gives invaluable information about education and has great resources for homeschoolers or anyone wanting to learn! Subscribe to their newsletter HERE.

Here is a list of some of the books that are available with this FREE download:

  • The Sudberry’s on the Scottish Highlands
    By R.M. Ballantyine
    Accident-prone Mr. Sudberry and family, from London, vacation in Scotland for a summer. Hilarity ensues. This book is a HUGE favorite for many families!
  • In School and Out
    By Oliver Optic
    Can Richard Grant, spoiled by his father’s wealth, overcome those who stand in his way of becoming a young man of honor and integrity?
  • The Doctor’s Daughter
    By Sophie May
    One of our personal family favorites and also widely popular, The Doctor’s Daughter follows Marian Prescott from the age of twelve to twenty. Similar to Anne of Green Gables, but we found it both funnier and more absorbing!
  • Rich and Humble
    By Oliver Optic
    The prequel to In School and Out (above). Richard’s father is arrested for a fraud he did not commit. How are his children to clear his name and restore the family honor?

Short Stories: (Partial list)

  • A London Fireman’s Night Of It
  • The Poetry Machine (Could this have been the precursor to modern computers???)
  • Aunt Abby’s Diamond Ring
  • Boys’ Housekeeping (Funny!)

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Labor Day: Did you know?

New York, 1900. “Labor Day parade crowd, Main Street.” Detroit Publishing Company Source: Shorpy
Labor Day is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the American Worker.  First celebrated in New York City on September 5th 1882 by a parade of 10,000 workers.  Founded when many in America worked 16 hour days in harsh work environments.  Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894 after President Grover Cleveland signed the bill into law.  Interestingly enough he was a staunch opponent of organized labor groups but pushed Labor Day through congress to stop riots that were breaking out across the US.


Do you know your Labor Day food Factoids?  Take this fun 6 question quiz first.
The average score is 30%. How’d you do?

1.  Most people consider Labor Day an American Holiday, instead it has origins in Canada stemming from labor disputes in 1870.
2.  It’s the 3rd most popular grilling holiday.
3.  According to the National Hot Dog and Saugsage Council, hot dog season begins on Memorial day and ends on Labor Day.?
4.  Waffle House national food chain opened its first outpost on a Labor Day
5.  If you are from the south you’ve probably heard it’s the last day to wear white.
  • Wear nude shoes instead – they make you look thinner and longer
  • Accessorize – the new Winter White handbags or a scarf.
  • Layers – white is okay to wear with heavier pieces like sweaters and jackets
6.  According to the U.S Census ?
  • Unemployment rate held at 9.1% August 2011
  • 153.2 million people age 16 and up make up the us workforce (July 2011)
  • Average commute is 25.1 minutes
  • 3.2 million communters travel 90 or more minutes to work each day
  • 16.5 million Americans leave for work between midnight at 6am
  • 5.9 million people work from home
7.  Where do Americans work?
  • Teachers: 3,039,523
  • Janitors or building cleaners: 1,478,204
  • Hairdressers, stylists or cosmetologists: 395,503
  • Bus drivers: 265,429
  • Computer operators: 101,889
  • Bus drivers: 265,429
  • Bakers: 117,405
  • Telemarketers: 55,733
  • Telephone operators: 32,394
  • Actors: 10,980

8.  Healthcare is the most rapidly growing industry with the highest demand for new employees.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statics News Release 9/2

    Time2Educate: FREE e-Magazine “This Old Schoolhouse”

    Do you homeschool or are you thinking about homeschooling?

    Here is a FREE e-Magazine from “This Old Schoolhouse.”

    This Old Schoolhouse is a magazine for homeschool families that is full of great articles and advise for anyone interested in educating their children.  They also have a wonderful website full of FREE information and downloads.  Sign up for their email newsletters to receive special deals and offers.

    Time2Educate is written by resident homeschool expert Mandi Johnson.  She’s a blogger here, for Time2Save Workshops, as well as a wife, mommy, and educator.  She homeschools her children and is a regional Director for Classical Conversations, a Classical Christian Homeschool program.

    Thanks to The Frugal Girls for the tip!


    Zulily: Cheap Educational Toys!

    Zulily has some great Educational Toys, Games, and Activities available RIGHT NOW! These learning products are great for learning to read, do simple math, and review things already learned.  They would make great additions to your Summer Learning Adventures!

    Go HERE to sign up for Zulily and have access to sales that are exclusively for moms, babies, and kids!

    Even better!
    Invite your friends to sign up and when their first order ships, you get a $15 credit!
    You can use that towards a higher priced item or use it to get many items FREE! Sign up HERE.

    TEDCO – These educational toys are simply awesome!  I am so excited that they are on Zulily right now.  They are all up to 45% off the regular price.  These are great for summer learning for traditional schoolers and great center or work box activities for Homeschoolers.  I use toys like these in my homeschool workboxes for my kids to do while I am doing individual lessons with the others. These Educational Toys start at $9.99! This sale is available until tomorrow, Friday June 17th.

    Shure – These might simply be the best blocks and activity sets ever!  They have such fun sets that start at $10.99. These would be a great addition to your summer learning activities.  I would buy all of them if I could! This sale ends Sunday, June 19th. Go HERE to see the products that are available.

    Time2Educate is written by resident homeschool expert Mandi Johnson.  She’s a blogger here, for Time2Save Workshops, as well as a wife, mommy, and educator.  She homeschools her children and is a regional Director for Classical Conversations, a Classical Christian Homeschool program.

    Time 2 Teach: Reading Resources

    Teaching your child to read does not have to be expensive!  One on-line resource that stands out is is a FREE site that provides over 30 lessons that teach reading phonetically.  This program is easy for children to use because it gives limited options on what to click on.   It doesn’t take long for a child to figure out how to navigate to site.  My children have all started using the program on my laptop when they were 3!  The stories are cute and the animation is simple but effective.  Try it out HERE and let me know what you think.

    Another fun site is  This site offers 44 FREE lessons from Montessori Home, Inc.  These lessons focus on 55 words that educators feel should be the first 55 words a child knows to read.   The lessons only take 10 minutes a day in addition to playing some of the sites supporting reading games.  You have to sign up as a parent and you get a summary of what your child has done to keep track of their learning.  Try it HERE.

    Other great sites to try:

    Remember that one of the most important things about teaching your children to read is to read to them – and the library is always FREE! (unless of course you are like me always carry a fine :) )


    Time2Educate is written by resident homeschool expert Mandi Johnson.  She’s a blogger here, for Time2Save Workshops, as well as a wife, mommy, and educator.  She homeschools her children and is a Tutor and a regional Director for Classical Conversations, a Classical Christian Homeschool program.