Preschool With Bo Unit 10: Review Letters E-H, Joshua

Welcome to another quick update of Little Hands to Heaven ~ Unit 10! Yay for another review week! (Means we are plugging along!) This week, we read how Joshua led the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years, and were now ready to enter the Promised Land, about Rahab, and how the walls around Jericho were strong, but not stronger than God!

Along with swatting letters and shapes, we crossed the Jordan River on dry land, "Marched Around Jericho" with the Singing Bible, made a cookie wall that we knocked down, and made a sun catcher to remember when the sun stood still for Joshua and the Israelites.

Bo also learned how to ride a bike this week! He was cruising around so well on his Strider bike, that Luke put him on a bike with pedals and has been taking him for bike rides. Bo still loves his blue Strider and would rather ride it, but the bike with pedals he's been riding is old and a pedal keeps falling off, so he doesn't like that. We're pretty excited that he can ride a bike, though. :D

I'm working on getting caught up with these quick (but less detailed) updates.  See our preschool curriculum and plans and a detailed Week 1 to see more details on what we are doing.

~Bo is 3 years, 4 1/2 months~





Preschool With Bo Unit 9: Letter H, 10 Commandments

Welcome to a quick update of Little Hands to Heaven ~ Unit 9!

Key ideas this week include: the Ten Commandments (with emphasis on the 1st Commandment), the tabernacle, the 12 spies, and Israel's punishment for not trusting God.

Our songs this week were "Ten Commandments" and "Forty Years You'll Go."

This week, Bo did a watercolor resist for the letter Hh, did "H is for helping" in Big Thoughts, did the Hide-and-Seek H (and boy, did he ever try hard to get a straight line!), put stickers on a hand drawn letter H, counted to 10 with stickers (and fingers!), read stories, did Animal ABCs, and more.
~Bo is 3 years, 4 1/2 months~ 

Trident Case {Review}

Trident Case Review
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I've been using the Cyclops Case for Apple iPhone 5/5S by Trident Case for the past month. Admittedly, I wanted to review this case because I thought it was prettier than my dull black case that hides my pretty white phone, and because it comes with a lanyard loop and has an anti-skid surface.

I was disappointed when my case arrived because it only comes with the loops - not the lanyard. My bad for not knowing that a lanyard loop is just the holes that hold the lanyard.

First thing I did when it arrived was to open the case to access the "instruction booklet." Side note: the instructions need to be on the OUTSIDE of the case! It was a miracle I opened the case the first time, because it is very hard to open with the phone in the case.

The case needed cleaning upon opening the package - just some dust from the packaging.

I pulled out the "instruction booklet" and was disappointed to see that the instruction booklet includes "instructions" for all of the iPhone cases, and the instructions for my case only consist of 2 diagrams with no words - not very helpful.

Once I got the phone in the case, it was very, very hard to get it out. I couldn't do it without causing damage to the case.

I bent the case on the 2nd day of my review. As a result the corners are not snug, and dust can easily enter.

I took it out because I plug my phone into my car stereo and I couldn't get it to work. I thought maybe it was the case, so I wanted to see if it worked without it. It was not the case and I did later get it to work, but not before ruining the case. I was able to bend it back and still use it, thankfully.

So, I was set on not taking the phone out of the case until the end of the review. . .

But, I noticed moisture under the screen.

The case has a built in screen protector, but the home button is uncovered. It is too easy for moisture to get in through this opening as well as the opening where the speaker/camera is. When little ones slobber or touch it with wet hands, moisture can get under the screen. Because of this, it needs to be cleaned regularly.

And I did mention that the case is very hard to open. 

My screen also got scratched. I have a big scratch across the front, and I'm not sure how it happened. I've just had a streak of mishaps with this case.

I am surprised at how white the case is after several weeks of using the case! It still looks clean and white. . . and pretty! And the anti-skid surface works. I like to put my phone on speaker and set it on my dashboard for hands-free driving. And it doesn't slide down the dash.

I do like that it is slimmer than my old case, and that I can fit it into my back pocket. But, while the case is slimmer, it is also a bit longer than my case (to allow for the lanyard loop), so I would have loved to have a lanyard actually come with it. Also, because of the length, I can't comfortably use my phone one handed in the vertical position. (I have to prop it up with my other hand). And while it is prettier than my old case, and feels sturdy, I don't believe it is as protective. In fact, my phone has additional scratches and scuffs (on all four corners and the top and bottom) since using this case - just from sitting in the case.

Now, having said that, I do feel the Trident is more protective than the cases my two oldest boys have been using. If I could talk my oldest into using the Cyclops for his iPhone 5, I'd feel better. He has a slim case without a top (just a film protector), and I worry with how active he is that something will happen. I wouldn't worry as much if he used the Cyclops case.

Where I have little ones using it, even though it is meant for all ages, I don't feel my phone is as protective with this case.

Since the case had dust and a smudge inside the case, I took it off to clean it today and put my old case back on to see if I would miss the Trident. The only thing I really miss is that the home button was easier to push on the Trident since it is uncovered. It may take me some time to get used to that again. But, the lock button is much easier to press and I had gotten used to how hard I had to push to lock the phone on the Trident. Because I almost never get moisture or dust under the screen on this case, and because it is so much easier to open and clean, I will probably keep my old case on.


Age: all ages

Price: $39.95

Compatibility: Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 5S

Contents: Cyclops case and "instruction booklet"

Colors: Black, grey, pink, red, green, white

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Preschool with Bo: Good Night Gorilla, Letter Gg


~Bo is 3 years, 4 months~

Good Night Gorilla, is a selection from Sonlight P 3/4. Bo enjoyed listening to the video of the story on my phone.

Zoo Book

We made a Zoo Book with the animals I printed from Homeschool Share's Good Night Gorilla printables.

Bo matched each zoo animal to the color of their cage in the book. Then matched up the correct keys. I punched holes and tied it together with yarn to make a book.

The rest of our unit was devoted to Animal ABCs and making a fun snack.

G is for Gorilla

Gorilla Picture Study

Note the orange jersey. It is Malachi's, but Bo wouldn't part with it, so Luke brought him home a blue jersey (his favorite color) and also a white jersey. And that is all I can get him to wear, it seems! He hardly lets me take it off him to wash it!

Gorilla Shapes

Dot Paint the Gs

Bo can't say the /g/ sound, which is made in the throat, so I am having him cough and feel his throat so he can feel where the /g/ sound comes from. (He says /d/.)

Tablet Teachables {Alphabet Hunt} ~ Letter G.

Count with Me! Gorilla Numbers

Bo counted with chocolate chips ~ one chip for each correct number. (He made it to nine.)

Note the Sensational Kids T-Shirt - he let me put it on him since he had speech that day. :)

Make a Memory

Campfire Banana Boats ~ chocolate chips and mini marshmallows stuffed in a banana and roasted. They were surprisingly good. (I had a bite or two).

We also made Banana Scented Edible Play Dough and Mini Banana Cream Pies. . .

and made a Good Night Gorilla Muffin Tin.

Banana themed Muffin Tin Moment for Letter G and Goodnight Gorilla.

  1. red - banana yogurt with whipped cream and sprinkles

  2. orange - banana "hot dog" with Nutella and strawberry jam

  3. yellow - banana milk with strawberry banana straw

  4. green - banana cookies

  5. blue - banana

  6. pink - banana cereal puffs

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