Ooka Island – Teaching Reading the FUN Way!

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Learning to Read with Ooka Island Interactive Computer Program

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about this fun new downloadable computer program called Ooka Island that we are using to facilitate teaching reading to my 4 year old.  (Actually, she’s 5 now, she just had a birthday a few days ago.)  She has had very little reading instruction.  So far, in our schooling, we’ve begun some formal reading lessons, but she’s not real excited about them yet, so I had decided to put them on the back burner for a time.

When we were given the opportunity to try out the Ooka Island downloadable game, I was excited to have a way to teach her to read, without her really feeling like she’s being made to learn.  You know how some kids are….if they think that you’re trying to teach them something, they run in the other direction.

What Do I Think About Ooka Island?

Learning to Read with Ooka Island

Ooka Island has been awesome!  It introduces her to words and sounds, just by playing games.  Once you’ve played so many games, you earn a book.  The book can be read to you OR you can choose to let your child read it herself if she’s made it to that skill level yet.  After the book, your child plays a couple of short games, asking questions all about what was just in the book (reading comprehension, anyone?).  I love watching to see if she was actually paying attention and how much she’s picked up.  Once she earns the book, she is not given a choice to go on and play a game until she has spent some time playing the book activities, solidifying what she’s just learned in her own little head.  Best of all, I love that this reading program, makes learning fun and allows her to work at her own pace.  If she wears out, she can put it aside and start again another day.  She’s always looking for the opportunity to play Ooka Island!

What Does My Child Think About Ooka Island?


When we asked Avery what she thought about Ooka Island, she said she loves it (and without any hesitation at all!).  I asked her what her favorite part was and she said she likes the Cave of Sounds.  In the Cave, she is taking a ride on a railroad car, listening for sounds.  As soon as she hears the sound, she hits the spacebar.  If she’s right, she gets to keep moving.  If she’s wrong, she has to wait until she gets it right.  Even though the Cave of Sounds is her favorite, she loves nearly all of the games!

 About Ooka Island Adventure

Ooka Island is a reading comprehension tool focused on improving children’s reading skills from 4-7 years of age.  The design of the program allows children to work at their own pace and directs the program based on where they are in their development.  Ooka Island is tech-based, game driven and keeps kids engaged in learning.

Ooka Island is an interactive computer program that you download to your PC or MAC that assists you in teaching your child to read.  It is made for children ages 3-7 years old.

Ooka Island contains everything a child needs in one big learn-to-read adventure, including:

- 80 hours of research-based curriculum for preschool to 2nd grade
– An integrated, science-based approach to the five pillars of reading
– Over 500 sequenced lessons with 7,000 discrete learning objectives
- Guided progression through 24 levels in a variety of 3D, virtual world environments
– A built-in e-Reader designed specifically to teach reading with highlighting and narration
- 85 original Ooka Island e-Books, leveled and sequenced from preschool to 2nd grade
- A fun and engaging learning flow cycle that motivates and supports each child’s journey
- Comprehensive online progress reporting for parents and educators
- Access to the Ooka Bookstore featuring all 85 e-Books and guides in print
- Free motivational tools, workbooks and a musical soundtrack app in iTunes

For more information, feel free to take a look at this video below:

Special Offer

If you’d like to try Ooka Island out, you can get it for 30% off of the normal price using this link.

Also, once you’ve signed up, you can get  workbooks that provide hands-on activities that foster word identification, sentence construction, sequencing, and story comprehension. Ooka Island workbooks are available for free and are easily downloaded!

Be sure to connect with Ooka Island by following them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

10 Yummy Valentine’s Day Recipes


10 Valentine's Day Treats - Yummy, Yummy!

We’re in the stages of planning our annual homeschooler’s Valentine’s Day party.  I’ve been looking for yummy recipes to try out at the party and thought I’d share a few of the great ideas that I’ve run across.  Some of them are perfect for your own families, while others are great for entertaining and parties.  Take a moment to check them out!

1.  Krispie Treat Pops

These don’t look like they’re too difficult but they turned out super cute!

Valentine Krispie Treat Pops  Apron Strings & other things


2.  Valentine’s Homemade Pizza

My kids would think this is so much fun!


Valentine's Homemade Pizza

 3.  Whole Wheat Valentine’s Cupcakes

 4.  Rainbow Pancakes

These are about the cutest pancakes I’ve ever seen.  She even tries her hand at making Rainbow syrup!

Valentines Day Pancakes, DIY with Food coloring to make a happy festive and fun breakfast suprise


5.  Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love cheesecake?  These would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day sweet treat!


6.  Valentine’s Day Heart Cakes – Naturally Colored

These delicious looking cakes, actually get their color from beets!

valentine day cake with beet puree


7.  Easy Sweet Heart Tarts

These cute tarts only take 3 ingredients.  Plus, you can get your kids involved in the fun of making them!


8.  Homemade Gummi Hearts

Only 4 ingredients in these super cute gummi hearts!  Use a silicone pan to mold them.

Homemade Gummi Hearts http://www.mamamiss.com ©2013



9.  Valentine’s Day Brownie Mini Cupcake

These would look great on the table at your Valentine’s Day party!

Valentinte's Day brownie mini-cupcakes


10.  How to Make Rock Candy!

Aren’t they adorable?  It’s hard to believe they’re homemade rock candy!
How to make Rock Candy recipe


11.  This last one is not a Valentine’s Day post, but I felt it was a great one to share for ideas on how to show Christ’s love!  Our American holidays have become so commercialized, sometimes we forget the real reasons we do the things we do.  Check out:

Christ’s Valentine

Don’t forget to grab your free Valentine’s Day idea book, too while you’re here.





Valentine’s Day Crafts & Activities for Kids

Valentine’s Day is coming right up. Are you ready? My girls have been busily preparing their Valentine’s Day boxes that they will be collecting their Valentines in at our annual Homeschool Valentine’s Day party.  They came up with some cute ideas!  Today, I’m going to share with you 10 very special Valentine’s Day activities and crafts you can do with your kids!  They all look super cute, and super fun!

10 Valentine's Day Crafts You Can Do With Your Children


1.  Valentine’s Day Cutting Practice Activities

Don’t forget about the little ones and how much they like to be involved in crafty projects!  Here’s some crafts, just for them!

Valentine's Day Cutting Practice Activities for Kids with Cutting Paste and Punch from Lalymom



2.  Norwegian Heart Baskets

These little baskets are so cute.  You could put Valentine’s inside of it, or you could make this be your actual Valentine.

Norwegian Heart Basket FREEbie


3.  Valentine’s Day Fun Pack

In this pack you will find Bible verse copywork, list making pages, Valentines Day cards to hand out, Coloring Pages, and more!
Valentines Day Fun Pack FREEBIE


4.  Valentine’s Day Heart Wreaths

I love this wreath!  Don’t you think it’s super cute?  She has some other varieties of ways you can make the wreath as well, just click on over to Craft Ala Mode.




5.  Bouquet of Love

This craft is perfect for toddlers!


6.  Valentine’s Day Tissue Paper Flowers

So many cute things you can do with these tissue paper flowers!


7.  Free Scripture Valentine’s Printables

It can be really hard to find Christian Valentine’s, so I was excited to see this cute printables!

7 Free Scripture Valentine's Printables


8.  Fortune Cookie Eraser Valentines

These are awesome, because they’re candy free!  Whoohoo!  So cute, too!

Fortune Cookie Eraser Valentines | @mamamissblog #candyfree #freeprintable #handmadeholiday

9.  Valentine’s Day Hand Hearts

This is so simple to do, but it turns out so cute, too!  Love it!  Would be a great Valentine for grandparents.



10.  Toilet Paper Roll Valentine’s Heart Wreath

What a great way to use up all of those toilet paper rolls!

toilet paper heart


Come back tomorrow and I’ll share some amazing Valentine’s Day recipes!