Monthly Archives: December 2014

Fun New Way to Improve My Spanish Vocabulary

MouseSo I haven’t been trying very hard to acquire the language lately, but I have been reading from Spanish books on my Kindle and browsing Spanish Amazon, Wikipedia, etc. I haven’t learned very many new words this way, but I have found that I am able to recall words that I already know more quickly and easily. What I really need to do is just sit down and study some new vocabulary, but until then, I have found a Chrome application that will throw foreign words (in the language of your choice) into the web pages that you visit. There are five different levels of immersion. This app has a lot of bad reviews because sometimes the substituted words are out of context or get translated as a homophone. For instance, I was reading someone’s blog just now about going on a trip and she suggested to pack light. The translator used the Spanish word “luz” for light, which would be nothing more than a reminder to take a flashlight with you, lol. However, I am having fun with it, and hopefully I will pick up a few words along the way. At least, using this extension all the time, I won’t be able to forget about my language-learning goals in the daily swing of things.

Alphabet Train Flashcards for Sale

Well, Jessica and I just opened our Etsy store, and our alphabet train flashcard deck is now for sale. I have some sets printed out already, and I will print more on demand. You can visit the shop here: Engage and Grow.

Here is the listing:

When my son was five, he loved trains, but he hated learning to read! These flashcards were the solution to that dilemma. Building words became a game for him. Children always learn best when they are engaged and having fun, and this was no exception. Five years and lots of hard work later: he is now a great reader, thanks in part to these creative flashcards.
It occurred to me that other children might benefit from this product, so I recreated them to make them more attractive and opened this shop for the express purpose of offering them to you! I hope they fill your days with fun and learning!

Each card is 2 1/2″ x 4″ and printed on card stock.

Set includes 1 engine, 1 caboose, 26 freight cars, and 26 cargo cars – 54 cards total.

This product comes pre-wrapped in colorful fabric squares, tied with a ribbon. Your Christmas or birthday wrapping is done for you!