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Ultra Safe Safety Scissors & The Pencil grip 3 Step Training Kit: Our Review

 

Because I have a son (“The Batman”) who has long struggles with handwriting and printing, I was very pleased to be given for the purpose of this review The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit .  We also received the The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors.  Both product were sent to us from The Pencil Grip, Inc. and I think both products are wonderful for either young children, or those with poor motor control, such as my son.

 

 

“The Batman really felt more confident while using the pencil grips. He much preferred the green grip, meant for beginners. He felt that this was the easiest for him.  Here is the order in which they are used for training:

3 Steps For the Best Results In Training

  • The Crossover Grip for Training
  • The Pinch Grip for Transitioning
  • The Pencil Grip for the final step!

The 3 Step Training Kit contains three different grips. For beginners, we have the crossover grip, which has wings to keep the fingers from crossing over, promoting a proper grip. Next, we have the pinch grip, which gives some structure while allowing a little bit of freedom at the same time. Finally, there is the pencil grip, which gives comfort, control, and can be continued as an extended use tool. One thing I really like is something that makes the pencil grips easier for children to use. there is an L and an R on the grips. These are to show your child where to put his or her thumb, based upon whether the child is right-handed or left-handed. This is a very nice, thoughtful touch.

The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors really are just that! They are not dull at all, but they are made with a shield (which you can see in the above picture). This safety shield protects your child from being able to get his or her fingers in between the blades, which I find a good thing, as it prevents those cut fingers which we see often with regular sharp scissors! They are easy to open and close, partly because of the little yellow lever you see above. The handles have a nice fit. Even I tried them, and it was very comfortable for me to fit my fingers into the spaces.

The only thing we found bothersome is that while yes, the protective shield DOES protect little fingers, it also makes it hard to get a clean-cut, if a beginner or someone with poor fine motor control is trying to use them. At the same time, I love that there is a permanent shield. The shield is not going to come off. That is helpful when you have (as we have) one child who has misused scissors frequently.

Here is “The Batman” using the 3 Step Training Kit and the Ultra safe safety scissors:

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Just Got Back From Pre-Op!

So, two weeks from today, I will be in the hospital having a total knee replacement on my right knee. I have to have both knees done, but the left one will have to wait a while, as our out of pocket will take time to pay off. They don’t like to do both at once because it makes recovery harder.

I had my pre-op appointment today, for blood work, etc. I thought it was for yesterday, and went all the way out there for nothing! Boy, was that embarrassing! But, we’re alol set now, and they will phone the day before to tell me what time.

Wish me luck!

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What We’re Eating Lately . . .

You all know I’ve been doing freezer prep meals lately . . . so here’s what we did this time!

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Here’s my helpers, “The Artist” and “The Batman”:

Filling the Freezer Bags . . .

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Done filling the bags . . .

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And a freezer filled with 2 each of 5 different meals!

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Here are some of the completed meals, plated and ready to eat!

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Apologia Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day Lapbook . . . Our Review

Our family has very much enjoyed the Apologia Exploring Creation Through . . . books for some time, so when we were given the opportunity to review the Apologia Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day Lapbook From A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks, We were very excited!

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks have such an abundance of wonderful Lapbooks that you and your children can learn with, enough really, to cover several years worth of education! I really like the Learning Lapbooks created to go with the science education books written by Jeannie Fulbright.  They are written from a definite Christian perspective, which I so appreciate. So many non-Christians seem to believe that we don’t believe in science, but the truth is that science was CREATED by God.

This project has been fun for “The Artist,” because he really enjoys learning about sea creatures, and is constantly watching programs about swimming creatures on the Science Channel and National Geography channel.

The Lapbook itself takes 13 folders, but as homeschoolers will do, we tweaked it a bit and used a notebook instead. “The Artist” chose green and blue card stock because they are colors from the sea.
Each lesson gives very specific instructions for what to do, right on the page with the mini books to be cut out and glued into the section. “The Artist” kept the various booklets in separate zip bags until he was ready to glue them into the book.

 

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Each lesson component also tells the student where in the textbook to read in order to find the information he or she needs to write in the mini book, something that I personally like. It means that whatever level your student is at, he or she should be able to handle it.

We printed the color version of the cover for “The Artist” to put into the clear cover insert of his notebook.

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He was very happy that we were able to do this in a notebook as opposed to the file folders, given that he has done many lapbooks and wanted to do one in a notebook instead. Here he is working on the various chapters, and showing them in his book.

As always, we really love A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks, and highly recommend them!

 

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Making a Paper Fidget Spinner at 4H Club

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(Not Quite)Wordless Wednesday, More Freezer Cooking!

Yesterday, “The Artist’ and I did another round of freezer meal prepping. No cooking involved, other than boiling the Penne pasta to al dente. Here is what we did (2 of each meal):

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Here are all the meals ready for the freezer:

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Here is the seasoned skin and the bones from the rotisserie chicken that we needed to shred for part of the recipes, and what I decided to do with it instead of just throwing it away!

Yep, I’m making bone broth, for the very first time! And due to a mistake in how much Penne was cooked, I’ll freeze some with pasta sauce, and maybe some with this broth. I love this system!

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Anniversary!

This past Friday Night, my husband took me to dinner at Outback Restaurant for our 27th anniversary. It was SUPPOSED to be a surprise, but a couple of kids accidentally let slip that something was up. But that was OK, because it gave me the opportunity to mess with them on the actual day, lol! I came downstairs on Friday lazing around in grubs, hadn’t showered yet, etc. One of my kids was frantic all day trying to get me to go get showered and dressed up, and when my husband got home went running to tell him. At that point, he told said child that I knew, and I headed up to get ready. It was so funny!

He took my picture before I could stop him, and I didn’t even realize that my necklace was all askew! Oh well, that’s OK, it was a lovely evening alone with my husband!

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