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Night of the Cossack Review

Posted by Orilla on 26th May and posted in Reviews

Want an awesome book to read and a switch away from the regular school work? Do you know what a Cossack is? This is a wonderful book that will take you back to the days of Hitler and how a family faced those terrible days. Tom Blubaugh does a wonderful job with the story and is able to keep your attention and your heart in your throat. Tom’s family was from Russia and even though the story isn’t true, he writes it from what his family could have faced during those terrible times had they not come to America. His grandfather was a Russian Cossack at one time.

The book is broken up into 10 days worth of reading, math, science, and social studies with an extra question. I love that he brings out questions to make the story more real and that the child reading it learns about more while fulfilling the different subjects required.

Take some time off from school and do something totally different. You can even read this book together as a family and make it a family project.

MATCH highly recommends this book!!

You can buy your book here now!!

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Project Appleseed Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th March and posted in Reviews

Registration Table and Gun Check In

Are you looking forward to have your child(ren) learn more about shooting and history at the same time? I can’t say enough good about this amazing program! The instructors are wonderful and patient and looking to help out everyone there!

Instructor telling about Project Appleseed

“Appleseed” comes from Johnny Appleseed, the American folk hero who toured the country, planting appleseeds so that future generations would benefit. Project Appleseed is designed to ensure that future generations of Americans will learn and benefit from the lessons of our colonial past.

 

Getting ready to find out what level of a shot and if the sites are on right.

The hard part was learning to shoot on your stomach instead of sitting or standing. They shoot at 25 meters. They learned how to target detection and ranging; measuring and compensating for wind; scopes and reticles; MOAs and mils, boxing your sights, battle-sight zero and come-ups, and much more.

The programs are done on a Saturday and Sunday. Come prepared for 2 long days but they make it fun. Our daughter took the class and had only shot her gun 1 time with her grandfather before hand. They were very patient with her and helpful and encouraging!! This is great for children to do along with the parents. They give a list of items to make sure and have at the class. They do have some things available at the event if need be, but it is best to bring your own so you know what you have.

To kick things off, they explained about the program and then started telling the story of the early days of our nation. During each break they told more of the story of our nation and the events of April 19, 1775. So, who actually began the war in 1775? Did the war actually begin with the “shot heard around the world?” After hearing the story, I actually had to change my mind and I thought I had studied this war a lot.

Main instructor helping Abigail.

 

 

Checking their and having another additional part of the history story

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They are big on safety! In all the years they have put this on, there hasn’t been any accidents with the guns. The group we were in had an 8 or 9 year old boy as the youngest and the oldest was around 60 years old. So the age range is big. There was lots of encouragement and the instructors were known to get down with each person as needed and help them.

Due to Abigail not having shot a gun except once before they worked with her over and over. NO one made fun of anyone else. Even when the aim was way off, they just encouraged and kept going.

We only attended 1 day of the event. The second day they keep building on the first day and then awards are given out and they receive a special shirt.

This is an awesome opportunity and for those that are wanting to get their children into hunting or just a better shot, this is an awesome way to do it. The history part is very well done and they keep the interest of the class!

Another instructor working with Abigail. One thing they are strict on is the ear plugs.

To find out more about the events go here. This is an excellent class and you will walk away with more knowledge how our country became and how that even through conflict they pulled together.

Preparing to shoot.

Check out the 6 different dates available in MO this year. To help them prepare so that they have enough instructors on hand, it is helpful to pre-register.

This event is HIGHLY recommended by MATCH!

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SupraComputer Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th March and posted in Reviews

The SupraComputer

The SupraComputer is a great example of how modern technology can bring top educational tools to anyone at an affordable price. If you are not tech savvy at all, it comes with simple printed instructions for hooking it up (additional ingredients needed include a keyboard, mouse, and monitor or TV with HDMI input), and onscreen guides once you get it going. The emphasis of this machine is math, and it comes with an icon at the top for Wolfram Mathematica, which was well known as one of the best computer math tools when I was in college 20 years ago. Many other educational programs are included for all ages – games for teaching letters, spelling, typing, and math to young children, paint programs, a complete office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, database, diagram tool and math formula editor), and tools for learning computer programming.

The icing on the cake is hidden on a website behind login information provided in the printed quick start guide. Dr. Craig Hane, founder of Triad Math Inc. (one of the companies behind the SupraComputer) has recorded a number of instructional videos that cover the basic concepts of math from counting to differential equations and linear algebra. These are included with the purchase of the computer at no extra cost. They can be accessed from the computer if you hook it up to the internet (either wired or wireless connection). There is also a store with special discounted prices on extra SupraComputers, replacement parts, and additional math programs.

For the geek like me, you won’t find any information on the public website about the specs on this computer, which means they can change without notice. The model I received has a case like is currently shown on the website, with micro USB port for the power adapter, HDMI, 4 USB ports and an ethernet port. You might notice I didn’t mention a power button – it powers on when it is plugged in, and if you shut it down from the software you have to unplug it and plug it back in to make it come back on (this is explicitly pointed out in the user manual). Because of this, the lack of holes punched for mounting on the back of a monitor doesn’t bother me. The case is very small – 3.5″x2.375″ and 1″ tall. A peek behind the label shows that inside the case is a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B V 1.2. It comes with Raspbian 8 (Jessie) installed on a 32GB microSD card. This means that all the software coming on the Supra Computer is free, but I don’t think that is a bad thing. I have been running various forms of Linux nearly exclusively on my personal and work computers for over 15 years and feel it is far superior in many ways to any other operating system, including cost.

If you wanted to gather the parts and take the time you could build this yourself, but I feel like Triad Math has done a great service in making this available to everyone who won’t take the time for a very reasonable price. And even if you did, you would be missing out on the supplemental training videos on the website, which add considerable value to what you get. If you have anyone in your life looking at a future career that depends on advanced math, this is definitely a worthwhile purchase.

Want your own SupraComputer and help your child with their math? Go to https://supracomputer.org and get yours ordered.

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Nanushka: A Russian Children’s Story by Ina Allen Review

Posted by Orilla on 19th January and posted in Reviews

Nanushka is a beautiful story of a little Russian girl that lives with her aunt and longs for friends. But since she has none she makes up imaginary ones that gets her into all sorts of problems. Does she every get any real friends?

I love listening to the narrator. She has a pleasant voice that keeps you listening until the very end. There is piano music weaved throughout the story that draws you into the story more and into that era of time in Russia.

Our son loved listening to this CD while we traveled and it kept his attention. The music isn’t played at the same time that the story is going so it doesn’t cause problems listening.

I highly recommend this awesome recording! It would even work as a nice downtime story and would be fun to have your children draw pictures of what they think Nanushka and her little imaginary friends looked like.

You can get your copy at https://www.amazon.com/Nanushka-Russian-Childrens-Ina-Allen/dp/B00AEHF0JK.

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Stinky Feet Book Review

Posted by Orilla on 17th January and posted in Reviews

Bullying has become such a problem over the past few years. Almost every family has been hit in some way with this terrible thing over the past few years and it seems to be getting worse. Shelba Oberto has written an awesome book for children to learn how to cope with bully’s called Stinky Feet. The book is 36 pages long. It is colorful and has large print so that it is easy for a beginning reader can read it. It is about a 1st grade girl that goes to school and a boy in her class makes fun of her every time she turns around. See how she learns to cope with it and how she actually helps the bully out in the end. Something that I love that Shelba did that I haven’t seen someone else do is she explained why the bully was being a bully. Usually there is a “hidden” reason that someone is a bully if you dig deep enough and usually it is because they are hurting.

At the end of the book she has put 7 questions to discuss about bullying. This helps open the door to talk more to your child about the subject and what they should do if they are being bullied.

I highly recommend this book! This book is geared toward 0-8 year olds. Start reading it to a toddler and it will help them understand even at that age what to do. Then they will be able to learn to read the book with you.

You can get your copy at http://shelbaoberto.com.

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