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improving memory and grammar at home {Super Duper}

I introduced Super Duper this summer, a mecca website for homeschool parents, or those who supplement at home.  Quality resources for homeschool are like finding gold and I have a few more gems to share with you, sent for review.

An area of concern for me with my 6, almost 7 year old is listening, in that she doesn’t do it well.  I think this is pretty typical of kids (and some adults) so when I saw the HearBuilder CD-ROM, which is all about auditory memory, I was excited.  Improving not only her listening skills but also her memory is an important part of any curriculum.  In HearBuilder Recall Agents, kids are challenged to save the people of Memory Town from Dr. Forgetsit with their powerful memories.

Hear Builder review in_the_know_mom

There are five activity subjects to HearBuilder:

  • Memory for Numbers (3-7 digits)
  • Memory for Words (3-5 words)
  • Memory for Details (1-4)
  • Auditory Closure (Sentence Completion)
  • Memory for WH Information (2–3 sentences/2–4 questions)

My daughter loves this “school game” as she calls it and will sit for an hour challenging herself.  There are difficulty levels so you can start your child out slow and increase as they go along.  It also keeps track of your kids’ progress, so you can check in.  Programs where my daughter can learn alone really make me happy and I think they help with her attention issues (the major reason why I began homeschooling).  Forced to really focus, my daughter’s attention span seems to be a great deal better when engaged alone.  This software is for kids K-8.

I’ve been stressing the importance, and my love for, educational games.  As a homeschool mom, they make my job much easier.  My daughter is always excited to do anything that resembles a game, no matter the subject.  Grammar Gumballs is a new favorite in my house, a game that teaches grammar for PreK-3.  Kids are asked to draw cards with a scenario pictured, while parents are prompted to  teach and quiz grammatical sentence structures.  Upon correct answers, the kids spin and collect foam gumballs.

Grammar Gumballs review super duper in_the_know_mom

Grammar Gumballs review super duper in_the_know_mom

Reinforcing proper grammar is huge to me, the grammar snob that I am, and I love that Grammar Gumballs comes with a full 64-page lesson and activities book with fun, reproducible homework sheets. This gives parents a set of guidelines to properly lead the kids in the activity.

grammar gumballs review in_the_know_mom

Grammar Gumballs covers 9 topics (20 cards each):

  • Present Progressive Verbs
  • Copula Verbs (Is/Are)
  • Regular Past Tense Verbs
  • Irregular Past Tense Verbs
  • Regular Plurals
  • Irregular Plurals
  • Subjective Pronouns
  • Possessive Nouns
  • Possessive Pronouns

grammar gumballs review in_the_know_mom

I cannot get enough Super Duper in my life.  Whether you homeschool or just make a point to supplement school at home, this company is worth checking out.  Their products are also really wonderful for kids with autism or other learning difficulties.  Purchase online at Super Duper Publications.  Keep in the know by liking Super Duper on Facebook.

Product was provided by Super Duper to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.

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