I can’t believe it’s been four months since I last blogged. Life this fall into winter was a little hectic with four kids and much of my life went on the back burner…but I’m back and sharing about our newest educational toy.

For Christmas, Santa brought Elsa and Soren an Osmo.

For those not familiar with this technological contraption, the company states “Osmo merges tactile exploration with innovative technology, actively engaging children in the learning process.”

In a nutshell, you place your iPad or tablet into the Osmo base and it allows a child to play an array of logic, math and word games. You can even purchase coding and drawing programs for the Osmo.

My kids received the Genius Starter Kit and were most excited about the tangrams. Soren especially, LOVES tangrams.

My kids really enjoy working with the programs. Even better, it’s a tricky way to get them to do extra work at home. I plan on using it a lot more on these cold and long winter days and to add in the coding program.

Other that that, some exciting educational changes are coming our way. More on that in a few months…

Until then this is what we are reading:

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Elsa is already captivated by the characters and thinks Virgil’s Filipino grandmother is quite funny)

Dog Man: Fetch 22 by Dav Pilkey (For Soren, it’s all Dog Man all the time)

The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan (Sophie is making her way through all of his spin off series).

What are we writing:

We bought both of our girls Big Life Journals. It’s a really special journal and more thorough than others I have seen on the market.

Here is a little blurb about the journals:

In this illustrated journal, children discover:

• how to believe in themselves

• how to face challenges with confidence 

• mistakes are opportunities to grow 

• they can achieve anything when they’re persistent

Before bed, we work through the journal and it’s been a introspective time for our kids to share about themselves and us as well.

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