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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fun With Money!

Tiffany from Only By God’s Grace had a great idea of how to use the Money insert cards in her Education Cubes! I’ll give you a hint. It involves making some pretend purchases and calculating the change! Click on the picture below for more details on this awesome way to practice counting money!

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{Picture used with permission from Tiffany at Only By God’s Grace.}

Have you blogged about how you are using the different insert cards with your Education Cubes? If so, please let me know. I would love to feature you!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What Time is it?

The most recent additions to the Education Cubes Members Only site are the Time insert cards.

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Use these insert cards in your Education Cubes to add a bit of fun to learning how to tell time! I have added a total of 5 sets of time insert cards! There is even a set with blank clock faces. Just draw in the hands to create whatever time you would like! Thanks Pam W. for suggesting the I create a set of Time insert cards! Great idea!!!

You can download these insert cards plus TONS more by joining the Education Cubes Members Only Site.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Storage Idea: CD Case

A number of people have asked for suggestions on how to store the insert cards for their Education Cubes. Maureen from Spell Outloud had the terrific idea of using a CD case!

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Photo used with permission from Maureen at Spell Outloud.

Click on the photo above to head over and see how this awesome storage idea is working for Maureen!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Response Requested: Creative Writing Prompts & Story Starters

I’m in the process of creating writing prompt/story starter insert cards and would love to hear your suggestions! Please leave a comment and chime in with the creative writing prompts that you would like to see included on the Education Cubes insert cards!

To give you an idea of what I am looking for, here are some story starter ideas:

On my way home from the dentist...

I woke up in the middle of the night to a very strange noise...

Out of the corner of my eye I saw something streak past the playroom door...

I woke up feeling quite strange...

Here are some ideas for creative writing prompts:

Describe your perfect day!

What would you do if you could fly?

If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be?

Please chime in with the creative writing prompts and/or story starters that you would like to see on insert cards!

Thank you Aggie L. for this wonderful suggestion!!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Multiplication Facts

The most recent additions to the Education Cubes Members Only Site are the Multiplication insert cards! Use these to make practicing multiplication facts a little more fun!

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Included in the recently added set of insert cards are:

Mathematical Operations 
Multiply by… (x0, x1, x3...)
Multiplication Facts (x0)
Multiplication Facts (x1)
Multiplication Facts (x2)
Multiplication Facts (x3)
Multiplication Facts (x4)
Multiplication Facts (x5)

You can access the Multiplication insert cards by joining the Education Cubes Members Only Site.

View a complete list of all the insert cards found on the Members Site!

Twitter Giveaway Winner

A big thank you to everyone who entered our Education Cubes Twitter Giveaway to win an Education Cubes Membership! The winner is:

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Congratulations to Lindsay from Bytes of Memory! I will forward the Membership information to you!

For everyone else, you can join the Education Cubes Members Only Site for ONLY $10 through the end of January!

P.S. The Grand Opening Celebration is not over yet!! Be on the lookout for another giveaway! More info coming soon!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Working With 2 Children {Writing Letters & Words}

Carisa from 1+1+1=1 shows how you can use the RRSP Review Unit insert cards (that compliment her Raising Rock Stars Preschool curriculum) to work with two different aged children! Click on the image to see how her 4 year old and 8 year old shared ONE cube to practice writing letters and words!

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{Picture is used with permission from Carisa @ 1+1+1=1.}

Have you blogged about how you are using the different insert cards with your Education Cubes? If so, please let me know. I would love to feature you!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Arrows Point the Way!!!

The most recent addition to the Education Cubes Members Only site are the Arrow insert cards! Go the the right! Make a left! Turn around! Make a U-turn! Use these insert cards to add a little physical activity and fun to learning!

Arrows

You can access this set of insert cards plus many more by joining the Education Cubes Members Only site!

Do you have ideas on how to use the Arrow insert cards to enhance learning? Please share your ideas in a comment!

Attn Members: You can find these insert cards on the Physical Ed page under Electives and on the Miscellaneous page under the Other page.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Color Matching Game {using tongs & straws}

Maureen from Spell Outloud used the Color insert cards in her Education Cubes and came up with a fun matching game for her daughter using tongs and colored straws! Click on the picture below for more info on how to play the game. Plus Maureen shares additional options and extensions for using the Cubes to help practice colors!

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{Picture is used with permission from Maureen @ Spell Outloud.}

Have you blogged about how you are using the different insert cards with your Education Cubes? If so, please let me know. I would love to feature you!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Spell to Write & Read {Lists A through I-4}

The most recent addition to the Education Cubes Members Only Site are the SWR Spelling Lists A-I4. The insert cards are based on the spelling lists found in Wanda Sanseri’s Spell to Write and Read program. The spelling lists {aka The Wise List} in SWR expand the words from the original Ayres List and include words from the Ekwall Basic Sight Word List, the Dolch List, the N-Ables List, and the American Heritage Word Frequency List.

 SWR (List A)

While these cards were created with SWR users in mind, they could VERY easily be used by anyone wanting to practice reading core words used in the English language! From what I understand, many of the words found in the SWR program are also part of the All About Spelling program.

You can access these insert cards and many more by joining the Education Cubes Members Only Site!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Another Giveaway!!!

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The celebration continues! Head over to Homeschool Creations to enter to win an Education Cubes Membership, which gives you access to over 100 sets of insert cards to use with your blocks!

P.S. You can also enter to win an Education Cubes Membership by participating in our Twitter giveaway!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Follow Us on Twitter! {and enter to win!}

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Education Cubes is now on Twitter! And to celebrate, we are having a GIVEAWAY!! All you have to do is follow Education Cubes on Twitter and you could win an Education Cubes Membership which provides you access to well over 100 insert cards to use with your Education Cubes!

So, follow us on Twitter and then come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you are a Twitter follower!

For an additional entry, tweet about the giveaway and then come back here and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did! You can copy/paste and tweet the text below:

@EducationCubes is giving away an Education Cubes Membership! Enter to win here: http://bit.ly/gKHo76 Ends 1/21.

Please be sure to leave me your Twitter name in your comment(s)!

The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, January 21, 2011 and we will select a winner using Random.org. The giveaway is NOT limited to US Residents! Anyone with an email address and a Twitter account can enter to win!!!!! Please note: The giveaway does not include the blocks needed for your Education Cubes.

Drawing a Blank!

Per request, I have created a set of blank insert cards for those creative, spur of the moment ideas you may have for your Education Cubes! Feel free to write or draw on these to create your own insert cards!

Blank Insert Cards

***PLEASE NOTE: These are NOT designed for you to edit and create your own Education Cube pdf files. The templates and files may not be altered in any way. You may ONLY write, draw or glue onto the premade blank template. For more info, please review the Terms of Use.

You can access these by joining the Education Cubes Members Only Site.

View a complete list of all the insert cards found on the Members Site!

Attn Members: The blank cards can be found on the “Other” page under Miscellaneous.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Word Family Fun

Keri from The Home Teacher shared two terrific, action-packed games that she used to work on Word Families with her daughter! Click on the images below to head over to her blog for instructions on how to play!

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{Pictures used with permission from Keri @ The Home Teacher}

Have you blogged about using using your Education Cubes and insert cards? Please let me know! I would love to feature you and showcase your ideas!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

1+1+1=1 Raising Rock Stars Preschool Insert Cards

There are some new Education Cubes insert cards on the Members Only Site that I am SUPER excited to share with you! If you are using the Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum, then this one is for you! I have partnered with Carisa from 1+1+1=1 to bring to you six awesome sets of insert cards designed to be used along with the RRSP curriculum

1 1 1=1 RRSP Key Cards1 1 1=1 RRSP Review L-E1 1 1=1 RRSP Vocabulary A-I

Images on the insert cards are used with the permission of Carisa from 1+1+1=1.

The six sets of insert cards, which can be accessed by joining the Education Cubes Members Only Site are:

  • 1+1+1=1 RRSP Key Cards (shown above)
  • 1+1+1=1 RRSP Review Units L-E (shown above)
  • 1+1+1=1 RRSP Review Units X-A
  • 1+1+1=1 RRSP Vocabulary A-I (shown above)
  • 1+1+1=1 RRSP Vocabulary J-R
  • 1+1+1=1 RRSP Vocabulary S-Z

Designed to be used as a supplement to the Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum, there are TONS of possible ways to use these!

Do you have ideas on how to use the Raising Rock Stars Preschool insert cards? Leave a comment with your ideas!!!

(Attention Members: These cards can be found in the “Early Concepts” section on the “Curriculum-based” page.)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

ABC Movement & Physical Activities

After a number of requests, I am excited to share a few new sets of Education Cubes insert cards with you! The most recent additions to the Members Only Site are the Alphabet Movement cards and the Physical Activity cards. These are a great way to add some physical activity to learning! (These cards were inspired by the Movement Cards found on The Home Teacher!)

Alphabet Movement #1

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The Physical Activity insert cards are like the ABC Movement cards shown above…without the alphabet emphasis!

For a fun idea, you could use some Physical Activity cards in one cube and some Phonogram cards in another. Roll both cubes. Determine the number of sounds the phonogram makes and perform the physical activity that number of times! For example, if the child rolls the phonogram “a” on one cube and the push-ups card with the other cube, the child would do 3 push-ups because the phonogram “a” makes 3 sounds. Thanks Shanna C. for this awesome idea!

You can access these insert cards for your Education Cubes and many, many others by joining the Education Cubes Members Only Site.

Attn Members: These cards can be found on the Physical Education page within the Elective category!

Do you have an idea of how to use the Alphabet Movement and the Physical Activity insert cards with your Education Cubes? Please share your ideas in a comment!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Practicing Place Value

Michelle from Munchkin Farm had the wonderful idea of using the Number insert cards to work on place value! Click on the pictures below for instructions on how her son used the Education Cubes to practice place value!

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{Pictures used with permission from Michelle from Munchkin Farm.}

Have you blogged about using using your Education Cubes and insert cards? Please let me know! I would love to feature you and showcase your ideas!

Do you have ideas for insert cards? Please let me know! I would love to hear your ideas!!!

Another Giveaway for YOU!!!

I just wanted to let you know that you have another opportunity to win! Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler is hosting an Educations Cubes giveaway and ANYONE can enter to win.

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The Grand Opening Celebration continues! So, be sure to stay tuned for more giveaways!! Don’t forget that you can join the Education Cubes Members Only Site for a special rate of $10 through the end of January!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Continents

The newest addition to the Education Cubes Members Only Site are there sets of continent insert cards. The continents coordinate with the Montessori continent colors.

Continent Images #1

In addition to the Continent Image insert cards shown above, I have also added cards with just the Continent Names as well as cards with the Continent Images & Names! Thank you to Maureen from Spell Outloud for suggesting these insert cards!

You can access these insert cards and lots more by joining the Education Cubes Members only site.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cursive Alphabet: Unstructured Learning/Play

Mama of Many from Our Family Adventures used the Cursive Alphabet insert cards in her Education Cubes for some unstructured play/learning time. While stacking the blocks her son sang the alphabet song! Click on the image to read more about how Mama of Many is using the cubes in her home!

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{Picture used with permission from Mama of Many at Our Family Adventures.}

Have you blogged about how your are using the different insert cards with your Education Cubes? If so, please let me know. I would love to feature you!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Education Cubes Giveaway!!!

Alright, as promised, the Grand Opening Celebration has begun! To help kick off the festivities, I am hosting an awesome Education Cubes giveaway over on Mama Jenn!

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The giveaway includes not only an Education Cubes Membership (where you will have access to over 100 sets of insert cards), but it also includes a set of the photo blocks needed to make your Education Cubes! This is EVERYTHING that you need to get started with tons of hands-on learning fun!!!

So, what are you waiting for…head over and enter to win! -------->

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Money! Money! Money!

The most recent addition to the Members Only Site are the U.S. Coins insert cards! This is a really FUN way to practice counting money! Add various different coin cards into the cubes. Roll all the cubes and add up the total amount of money!

US Coins

This set of insert cards can be accessed by joining the Education Cubes Members Only site. (The set includes a full page of coins for each of the six coins represented in the image above!)

Do you have another idea of how you could use the U.S. Coins insert cards? I would love to hear your ideas!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Grand Opening Celebration!

Happy New Years everyone!!! We are kicking off the new year with a Grand Opening Celebration!

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Throughout the entire month of January, we will have lots of great giveaways and surprises! So, be sure to stay tuned by subscribing or following on Facebook to get updates!

To help kick off the celebration, you can join the Education Cubes Members Only site at a discounted rate of $10 for the ENTIRE month of January! Remember, it is a one-time fee! NO RECURRING FEES!!! Once you join, you are in and will have access to all of the insert cards currently on the site PLUS all of the cards added in the future!

A few blog friends {whom you may be familiar with} will be helping me celebrate by hosting some giveaways. Wanna know who is joining in on the fun? I might just leak it over on the Facebook page. So, be sure to stay tuned for more updates about our Grand Opening Celebration!!!

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