Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Sound for Life LTD Forbrain Review


My family had the privilege of trying the Forbrain from Sound for Life LTD for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Sound for Life LTD is a Hong Kong based company that specializes in the development of effective products to support cognitive abilities and skills. They have researched cognitive science and neuropsychology research from around the world. After doing so they collaborated with Aftershokz LLC, a world leader in bone conduction technology to create Forbrain.

Forbrain is a headset device that is designed to help people with attention difficulties, speech and language issues, or poor memory. It uses bone conduction, dynamic filter, and auditory feedback loop to increase memory, concentration, attention, and focus helping correct the way the user hears their own voice to improve speech, motivation, and confidence. If used properly about 15 minutes once or twice a day for at least 6 weeks, benefits can be attained. Recommended for children at least 4 years of age to adult.

Forbrain comes with everything you see here.

What Forbrain Includes:
  • Forbrain Headset
  • USB to micro USB Charging Cable
  • Forbrain Brochure with suggested exercises
  • Users Manual
  • 3 Extra Microphone Covers
  • Zippered Case to place everything in

Forbrain needs to be charged for three hours before first use. It charges with a USB to micro USB charging cable. The micro USB socket can be found on the Dynamic Filter along with the on/off button and volume button. The LED light is also located on the Dynamic Filter and shows: a solid blue when on and working, no blue light when power is off or when battery is too low, solid red when headphone is being charged, and no red light when charging is complete. The battery life is more than 6 hours while in operation. Volume is set by default already for optimal use.

Forbrain fits neatly into a convenient case to take with you on-the-go.

Forbrain Features:
  • High Quality Microphone
  • Bone Conduction Transducers
  • Dynamic Filter
  • LED Light
  • ON/OFF Button
  • Volume +/-
  • USB socket


Here I am using the Forbrain headset while I am at my computer desk.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
We received Forbrain to try out and test in our home setting. I decided to try it out myself first. I wanted to enhance my memory, focus, concentration, ability to stay on task, and brain function. I have been using it once a day for about 20 minutes. I have been pleasantly surprised by this bone conduction headset even though I have only been using it for less than the 6 weeks because our review period for this product wasn't quite long enough.

Forbrain is very comfortable to wear and portable. The headset band rests over the ears and around the back of the head above the neck. The bone conduction transducers rest on the temporal bones (bones in front of the ears) on each side of the head. This does not rest in the ear or on top of the ear at all like headphones do. The microphone is worn about 3 cm from the mouth, slightly to the right. You can walk around the house while wearing it if you like because there are no cords tethering it to anything.

When using Forbrain you need to read text, lyrics, poetry, etc. aloud for appropriate brain stimulation. I loved to use this as I was doing scripture study and reading a book or story to myself or my children. I also found that it was wonderful to use while singing aloud so that I could hear myself and auto-correct any pitch and tone issues or out of tune problems. It was like I was my own auto-tune device.

There were a lot of bonuses I found while using Forbrain. I love that it filters out background noise that causes distraction and lets you focus on what you are trying to accomplish better. I found I was getting a lot more done, remembering things better, and speaking a lot more eloquently.

We had one issue with the headset. The headset band isn't adjustable, so larger heads or heads with big hair are not able to be accommodated. My son Delbin tried it out for a bit and it didn't really fit him because he has some wild curly hair. I could see this as a big problem if my husband wanted to try it for this reason too. I know this is usually used for smaller kids, but those that do want to use it that are older I believe should be able to wear this comfortably as well.

I can not wait to use Forbrain more and see what else it can help me with. After I am done using it I want to try it with: my husband who has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Tourettes, my mother who has vocal chord dysfunction, and my youngest daughter to help with her speech and auditory processing issues. I highly recommend this for anyone with speech and language difficulties, auditory processing disorder, sensory integration disorder, reading difficulties, ADD, ADHD, memory issues, and vocal cord dysfunction.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wordless Wednesday Teela Loom Knits

Teela, my 9 year old daughter, just started to learn to loom knit.

Here is a hat she made all on her own with out a pattern.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Innovators Tribe Thinking Like an Engineer Course Review


My family had the privilege of trying the Thinking Like an Engineer Course from Innovators Tribe for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.


Innovators Tribe provides teachers and homeschoolers curriculum that teaches innovation, creativity, and discovery. Currently Innovators Tribe has these courses: Thinking Like an Engineer and Thinking Like an Architect. These two courses include 3D design software. Thinking Like a Carpenter is another course that will be coming soon. These courses are packed with interactive lessons and multimedia and hands-on activities. They have great instructors teaching them that are well versed in what they are teaching and deliver the course in a engaging and enjoyable way. These courses are not live, but pre-recorded and fully online. Each course is approximately 30 hours long (including activities) and can be done at the students own pace. They cover topics such as: engineering, nano-technology, architecture, innovation, 3D design, future technologies, robotics, bridge building, construction, manufacturing, and much more. These courses give online exercise in applied math, science, innovation, design, and construction. These can be used as a part of a science course for one school year quarter or an elective course for 1/4 credit towards high school per course. These courses are recommended for grades 6-12 and would be perfect for those students who like to design, build, and/or create. A single subscription can be used for an entire household.

Thinking Like an Engineer is one of the courses that is offered by Innovators Tribe. This course is taught by Mr. Kroeplin (Mr. K), an award winning certified Technology and Engineering instructor. In this course the student will learn: what an engineer is and does, the many different types of engineers, some of the math and science used by engineers, some of the problems engineers are trying to solve, the worlds greatest engineering challenges, about a particular man that solved an engineering problem 300 years ago, how to think like an engineer (innovator). In this course the student will utilize 3D CAD software that is included to design and build a: roller coaster, bridge, and Rube Goldberg machine. Challenge activities include designing and building: towers, structures, water filters, etc. Comes with a free mini course called Thinking Like an Innovator which goes into how to brainstorm, use innovative thinking, solve problems, have more ideas, etc.

How to Get to the Course and What you can do in the Course Dashboard:
  1. Go to the Innovators Tribe website
  2. Click on the Student Login link in the upper right hand corner
  3. Login with your user name and password
  4. Click on resume course in your Student Dashboard
  5. Once in your Student Dashboard you can view the teacher in the upper right hand corner, advance slides with an arrow button, and get to resource documents. 


How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
We received a 2-year subscription to the Thinking Like an Engineer course from Innovators Tribe. As a homeschooling family we love anything that has to do with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). I chose this course because my husband is actually going to school right now to get his Bachelors in mechanical engineering technology with a minor in engineering management. He already has experience in the Navy on a fast attack nuclear-powered submarine. I wanted to have my oldest son, Delbin, take this course and see if he would be interested in becoming an engineer too and perhaps expand his career interest possibilities for the future. He is 17 years old and in 11th grade and already loves to build and create things. I sat in on the course as well because I too wanted to learn more about this field. We did this at our own pace and have enjoyed what we have learned so far.

After seeing the course syllabus and seeing how to maneuver in the Student Dashboard we started the course. First we downloaded and printed a Unit Journal so that Delbin could keep a log of what he was learning. Then we started into the Introduction to Engineering.

Delbin with his tower he built.

In lesson 1 they had a bunch of videos and slides that went into what engineering is. We also went to a link to a website that was all about female engineers. The first challenge was building a freestanding tower that was taller than 5 feet tall with only 4 sheets of printer paper and 1 foot of 1 inch masking tape. Delbin built one 5 feet and one inch.

Teela with her Weight Challenge project.

In lesson 2 they had a bunch of videos and slides that talked about types of engineers. There was a Activity Guide that we downloaded to do some internet research on what type of engineer we were interested in. I've always thought it would be cool to become an Environmental Engineer and Delbin now is thinking how fun it would be to become a Gaming Engineer because he loves to play video and computer games so much. There are so many types we hadn't even thought of! Then there was another challenge to create structure that could hold the most books up 1 inch off the flat surface with only using 1 piece of printer paper and 24 inches of 1 inch masking tape. Delbin's younger sister who is 9 wanted to do this one.

This course has been great so far. The activities were really fun and challenging. The videos and slides were engaging and entertaining. I do wish that I could after watching the video go back and re-watch it...we weren't able to do so. The unit journal tied everything together with questions about what was learned and helped recall the things in the videos, slides, and activities. We have really enjoyed everything it has to offer thus far and can't wait to dive into it even more. We especially are excited to use the 3D CAD software. We recommend this highly for homeschoolers in grade 6-12.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kwik Stix Thin Stix Creativity Pack Review


My family had the privilege of trying the Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Kwik Stix are from The Pencil Grip, Inc. They are solid tempera paint sticks that can be used without paint smocks, water, brushes, and drop cloths. These are simple to use, are mess free, and have no smell. You use them how you would a glue stick and they are about the same size too. Just uncap, twist up, and paint with it. Once you are done using that particular color twist down and recap. They are fast drying and the paint dries in about 90 seconds. The paint's texture and consistency is a cross between lipstick, oil pastels, and crayons. These work great on paper, poster board, cardboard, wood, canvas, and more! These are egg, peanut, & gluten free. These are AP Certified non-toxic and safe for little artists.

Kwik Stix Color Chart

The Thin Stix are a wonderful product from The Pencil Grip, Inc.! These come in a pack of 24 paint sticks: 12 Classic, 6 Metalix, and 6 Neons. These come in a rainbow of assorted classic colors including: white, yellow, orange, red, pink, light green, dark green, blue, indigo/dark blue, violet, brown, and black; metalix colors including: magenta, emerald green, sapphire blue, royal purple, gold and silver; neon colors including: pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. The colors are bright, bold, vibrant, and vivid. The Metalix colors shimmer in the light and the Neons are a lot like highlighter colors. They are longer and thinner than the original Kwik Stix, for more control and finer detail.

Top and Right: Metalix, Bottom: Neons. Notice how the Metalix shimmer in sunlight.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
We received our first boxes of Kwik Stix 12pk of Classic Colors, Kwik Stix Neons 6 pk, and Kwik Stix Metalix 6 pk not too long ago. Now we have the Thin Stix 24pk of colors too. These are longer and thinner than the original so you get more precision with every stroke. Even though they are thinner they still have a blunt end. Like the originals the paint dries quickly for no mess kids art and there is little color bleeding into the next. Just don't leave the cap off too long or the Kwik Stix will dry out.

Teela and Zari's Artwork with the 24 pack.

These are also easy for little hands to operate. My daughters, Teela (9 years old) and Zari (7 years old), love them! They made some fun art with them and enjoyed using them too. I absolutely love that there is not any cleanup required! These are a wonderful addition to our kids' art supplies! I would highly recommend The Pencil Grip, Inc. Kwik Stix Thin Stix Creativity Pack for art projects, homeschool, extracurricular art, or just for fun! 

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Allsaid & Dunn, LLC The Magic Stories Review


My family had the privilege of trying The Magic Stories from Allsaid & Dunn, LLC, publishers of The Reading Game and authors of the Wordly Wise series for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.


The Magic Stories are 6 downloadable PDFs that each have a thought-provoking story with good morals and character built into the plots. These are about 20 pages long, are typed in a larger font that is easily read, and should be read in sequential order. These stories have black and white drawings and sketches that can be colored by the child as well.

Each story comes with a set of "Naughty 40" word flash cards and four worksheets. The "Naughty 40" are words that kids have difficulty reading. They can be printed and cut out for use. The exercises in the worksheets include: maze, finish the sentence, imagine, and finish the story.

There are optional worksheets on the website for free to download available under the “Free Resources” section of their website. The Instructions for The Magic Stories will tell you what to do with this set to optimally teach your child with it. The Pre & Post Sight Word Assessment Worksheets help determine whether your child is familiar with the "Naughty 40" words from each story. This tests vocabulary acquisition growth. You check mark if your child recognizes the word, can read in a sentence & understands the meaning of the word. This is done before reading the story and after. If your child needs more help you can use the flash cards to work on these more. There are also Running Record Evaluation Worksheets for each book that is a 100 word section of each story to test your child's reading fluency.

This set develops comprehension, writing skills, creative writing, perception, reasoning, and memory recall. This supplemental reading program is recommended for 2nd/3rd grade reading level. These can be used as a follow up to The Reading Game, but the game is not a prerequisite. These are optimized for iPad or computer screen and can easily be printed on standard 8.5" x 11" paper or cards.



Titles of The Magic Stories:
  1. The Magic Hole
  2. The Magic Ax
  3. The Magic Joke
  4. The Magic Hotdog
  5. The Magic Boots
  6. The Magic Box

Teela doing the worksheets for The Magic Stories.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My daughter Teela is in 4th grade and my daughter Zari is in 1st grade this year. I knew that my daughter Teela would be too advanced in her reading to really benefit from this completely, but I also thought she might enjoy reading the stories and possibly doing the activities. Zari is not reading too much yet as she is just beginning reading, so I had Teela read the stories out loud to her so that she could enjoy them as well. These stories are well written and have a great moral ending to each one. For example: The Magic Ax is about a boy that learns the value of hard work and The Magic Joke shares with us that it is better to end a war than win a war. These could be printed, but we decided to just have Teela read them from the computer. We very much enjoyed reading these stories. My favorite was The Magic Ax, Teela's favorite was The Magic Hotdog, and Zari's was The Magic Boots.

The "Naughty 40" word flash cards have the word and a sentence with the word in it on them. These are words a typical 2nd - 3rd grader might have trouble reading because of how they are spelled or because they don't follow the rules. Each story has a set of 40 of these words and these are listed at the end of each story. The flash cards are in their own PDFs for printing out easily. We used these decks very little at this point because Teela was already well versed with reading these words and Zari still had trouble reading most the words in the stories by herself. We will probably utilize these at a later point when Zari is in 2nd or 3rd grade and feels more independent at reading more words.

The worksheets were also in their own PDFs. These we printed out and had Teela do each one after she read each story. She liked doing these and thought the activities were fun. I liked that they made her recall the story and tested her comprehension of it.

I would recommend these to those who like fun stories and are 2nd - 3rd grade reading level...although I enjoyed them as well. I believe that those grades would benefit most from the complete package. These are a great supplemental reading program for homeschool setting.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Abby Ludvigson Sex by Design Review


My family had the privilege of trying Sex by Design from Abby Ludvigson for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Abby Ludvigson is a inspirational and motivational speaker, author, and urban missionary that speaks about abstinence-until-marriage. Her mission is to reach youth ages 12 to 18 specifically with this message of purity. At age 12 she took a pledge to stay sexually pure until her wedding night. Abby went on to be a elementary educator in the public school system and saw how children were being inundated with bad peer pressure. Abby joined forces with The Navigators, an urban mission group, and created a curriculum to help parents educate their tweens and teens to stay pure. Abby is dedicated to helping young people in this day and age of increasingly sexualized culture to understand and honor God's design for sex.

Abby Ludvigson speaking in the film series of Sex by Design.

Sex by Design is a curriculum for parents of youth and youth to do together. This curriculum is for both girls and boys. This course is not a "sex education course", but a course that helps tweens and teens to assemble a Biblical worldview on God's design for sex and then apply it to their personal lives. This course consists of seven videos, a tween/teen workbook, and a parent manual.

Topics addressed in this curriculum are below:
  1. Plan Ahead: Living Pure in a Sex-Saturated Culture (video is 23 minutes)
  2. Counting the Cost: Every Decision Has a Price Tag (video is 23 minutes)
  3. Dating: Doing Relationships God’s Way (video is 19 minutes)
  4. Sex: God’s Purpose & Plan (video is 17 minutes)
  5. Modesty: God Cares What I Wear (video is 19 minutes)
  6. Pornography: It’s Deception & Steps to Get Out or Stay Out (video is 29 minutes)
  7. Secondary Virginity: Running Back to God (video is 18 minutes)

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
We were given Abby's Parent Introduction Video, Josh McDowell's Product Endorsement Video, and the 7 segment film series by topic as links either to stream online or download. We also received a physical copy of the parent guidebook and a teen workbook/guidebook in the mail. I downloaded all the videos so that we could watch them offline if we wanted because my internet is slow. I previewed the videos and lessons before my teens watched/did them and then we watched/did them together. We had a fairly in depth study and discussion after watching the videos.

My son Delbin who is 17 and my son Jaedan who is 15 were very receptive of the content so far and Abby does make it a lot easier for the teens to open up in discussion with me. I am glad to have had the opportunity to do the first and second segment with them so far. It has been very interesting to find out the experiences my sons have had with this type of peer pressure and talk to them about these delicate topics.

This message of purity is not new to me or to my family. I have been taught the same values since I was very small and now have incorporated these teachings to my children. My church, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints, has very similar teachings as Abby Ludvigson. At age 8 we are given a symbolic ring that we can wear with "CTR" on it, meaning Choose The Right, so that we can remember to do so. We also have a pamphlet that the youth are given from the church called "For the Strength of Youth" that summarizes standards rooted in both scripture and the writings and teachings of our church leaders. This pamphlet talks about dating, modesty, entertainment and media, family, friends, language, music and dancing, sexual purity, etc. There is a card version as well so we could keep it in a purse or wallet as a reminder. For the Strength of Youth is free online for everyone to read and the principles are applicable to all age groups and non-church-members alike. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful church that provides these teachings.

Most tweens and teens aren't taught these biblical teachings and even if they have been taught these values tweens and teens in this society are constantly bombarded with media and pressure that say it's alright to have sex before marriage, wear revealing clothing, do drugs and alcohol, etc. I am very thankful I was brought up with the teachings of my church and parents which say otherwise. I am also very thankful that I saved myself for my husband and soul mate after I was married to him. These same values and morals have been down to my children. I feel that these biblical teachings are very important to have and keep as youth. These topics might be uncomfortable to talk about, but tweens and teens need to hear them from their parents or their caregivers so they know what to do and how to handle themselves if the pressure arises.

If you do not have a church that provides a program like this or want something a bit more hands-on then I would recommend Sex by Design developed by Abby Ludvigson. I very much like Abby's down to earth approach. Her ministry is really valuable in this day and age. Abby's curriculum is well thought out and created. She delves into a lot of topics that might be uncomfortable for parents to talk about with their child, but makes it a lot easier because she supports you, the parent, through the process talking about these things to your tween or teen. Abby is also a real role model for your child and has put together this content for you so you don't have to search it out yourself.

Some of the online resources from Topic 1.

Along with her powerful videos of her speaking we were given a Parent Edition and Teen Edition of books to help solidify what was taught. Instead of just reading a pamphlet, we are given the opportunity to watch the Sex by Design film series, participate in discussions, and the teen can fill out the workbook. There are also other resources Abby references in the books to help along the way. For example: in the first segment Abby mentions a purity pledge she made when she was 12...she has made a certificate for the tweens and teens to fill out on her website and she also suggests for them to start a journal to their future spouse...she has a PDF file of journal entry ideas for this on her website.

Parent Edition
Introduction: Getting the Most from this Series (including a helicopter view of the content)

How the Teaching Segments are laid out
  • A Note from Abby
  • Film Script
  • Film Outline (numbered key points, scripture verses, truth statements)
  • Follow up (discuss it, personalize it, apply it)
  • Key Topics From Segment
Appendix: Bible Study, The 1st Peter Principle, Endnotes

Teen Edition
How the Teaching Segments are laid out
  • A Note from Abby
  • Film Outline (numbered key points, scripture verses, truth statements)
  • Follow up (discuss it, personalize it, apply it)
  • Key Topics From Segment
Appendix: Bible Study, The 1st Peter Principle

I like that this series is very interactive. The hands-on activities and other resources make it a very balanced approach for teaching tweens and teens purity. I like that this curriculum brings together many learning styles. It is great for all types of learners. I highly recommend it.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

I'm Not a Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave Book Review and Giveaway


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I'm Not a Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave is written by number one New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado. It is a adorable and funny picture book for kids that has a great message. The message it has is that God is near so there’s no need to fear. With its rhyming text and sweet illustrations this book will help kids learn that prayers help them with those things that frighten or worry them. This book is recommended for 6-10 year old kids.

Zari reading the I'm Not a Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave Book.

What We Thought:
We received the 32 page hardbound version of this book, but it also comes in board book and Kindle as well. We loved this book about a cat who is afraid of some absurd things like a rubber duck, a marching band, a leaf falling from a tree, sprinkles on a donut, etc. This book made my daughters laugh and they liked the rhyming text. The illustrations by Shirley Ng-Benitez are whimsical and cute. The thing that helps the cat with his fears is a prayer he says after he gets afraid. The cat's prayer is a children's version of Philippians 4:6-9: "God, you are good. God, you are near. God, you are here! And, God, you love me." It is repeated throughout the book so that the child will learn it. I like the important message it has.

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Purchase I'm Not a Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave for $12.47 on Amazon at the time of this posting. You can also get a free art print with purchase from Tommy Nelson when you sign up here.



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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit Review


Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog. My family had the privilege of trying The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit from The Pencil Grip, Inc. for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

In 1992 The Pencil Grip was invented by an educational therapist by the name of Dr. Lois Provda. The Pencil Grip, Inc. bloomed from there and now has hundreds of ingenious products for home, school, and office. There are so many neat products to choose from and a lot of kids school supplies.

The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors are scissors made primarily for ages 3 and up. These safety scissors have a permanent plastic shield to safely keep fingers away from the blades. These do not have blunt, dull blades like most children's scissors. To cut with them you slide the paper into the thin gap and cut the paper like normal. The sharp blades are enclosed providing optimum protection from kids being able to cut themselves. The scissors are ergonomic and easy to hold by little hands. These safety scissors for kids have a flexible, spring-loaded training lever that automatically opens the blades after being squeezed closed so that a less experienced user or one with limited strength or coordination can use these with ease. The lever can be folded in to give the child more control.

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit comes with three pencil grips. These help the child to learn how to properly hold the writing implement in three consecutive steps: The Crossover Grip, The Pinch Grip, and The Pencil Grip. The first grip is The Crossover Grip. This grip has two finger guards on either side in the design of a "super hero cape" to place fingers in the correct position on the grip while holding the pencil. These finger guards stop the fingers from crossing over. This grip is best to be used with adult supervision for proper training. The Pinch Grip is used next after The Crossover Grip is mastered. It is used as a transition piece with writing implements to provide a gentle guide. It has special partial "wings" allow more freedom, but still has structure. Finally, the graduation grip, The Pencil Grip, has the famed tripod grasp for preventing bad habits from forming during pre-writing and writing instruction. All grips are made for both lefties and righties. These are latex and phthalate free.



How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

Zari using The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors.

 The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors are great for preschool age children or those that don't know how to operate scissors well. Since my children are older and know how to use regular scissors they really didn't care for these much. You really have to feed the paper through while cutting at a weird angle. I would suggest them only for very young children or these might be great for children with disabilities. These would be great preschool, daycare, and/or childcare training scissors!

Teela using the different grips in The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit.

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit came to us on promotional pens with The Pencil Grip, Inc. printed on them. My 9 year old daughter, Teela has had an awful pencil holding position from day one and I have tried to get her to stop holding the pencil with a fist when she writes. This 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit looks like it will definitely do the trick and hopefully get her in the habit of holding the pencil correctly. We had Teela pose in the picture above with each grip, she had more trouble positioning the last grip herself. This proved she was not ready for The Pencil Grip. We will work with her more with the first and second grips before moving onto this last one.

Teela holding the pencil correctly with The Pencil Grip.

I like that you can also use this for a number of other writing, drawing, and painting implements as shown in the picture above. These feel pliable like silicone and are comfortable in the hand and on the fingers. These are great for people who need to have more reinforcement for proper writing position and also work well for those that have arthritis.

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You can purchase the Ultra Safe Safety Scissors for $4 and the 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit for $8.81 on Amazon.



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