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Month: July 2017

A Review of the Best Online Games for Preschoolers


Read on for the top 15 educational games for preschoolers 5 years and younger. Each of these games was ranked based on how ease of use,  the thinking skills (does this game help them build new knowledge), use of existing knowledge (is the child expected to know something before playing), development (does it allow kids to use their five senses). The preschool games are ranked according to how engaging, inclusive (how likely children with disabilities will benefit from them), and any additional educational value or online game highlight.


  1. Counting in the Kitchen

This interactive game from the Brainy Math and Reading Program asks kids to count the correct number of items on each plate and select the count that matches the displayed number. Navigating the game is straightforward, but a wrong click anywhere on the page will interrupt the game. Background music and vibrant colors and the use of food items keep kids engaged. A highlight is that the main character, a dog, uses facial expressions to communicate right or wrong answers and answers are selected by clicking a mouse.


  1. Match The Rhyming Words

This is one of the online games for preschool that helps kids practice the names of things they already know without building their knowledge base. Reading ability is not required and kids need to be able to click on the pictures and drag them to the correct spot making it a great way to help children with hand-eye coordination. There is a single variation of pictures that helps kids practice short vowels to prepare for associating the words with letter shapes and combinations (which is a primary step in learning to read). Teachers can print out one of the accompanying resources to extend the lesson.


  1. Guess The Animal

A parent or adult needs to read the scenario to the child and help them as they learn early literacy concepts. After clicking Play, a recording start, which uses clues about the animals that kids should already know and some others that need a little extra thought then. This game is more for auditory learners and visual learners may have more trouble getting the animal correct. Teacher and parents who homeschool their kids have over 10 resources that correspond to this activity to choose from. This is a good way to make sure that all types of learners are understanding the literacy concepts.




Block Paving

Block paving, sometimes called brick paving, is a popular surfacing choice for people who have private driveways, patios, or gardens they want to surface. The main advantage to is that you can remove and replace blocks as needed without having to redo an entire section of a surface (or to resurface an entire area). You’ll also find that this type of pavement is stronger and will withstand constant rain and humidity temperatures better. A quick clean-up.


Home Types Enhanced by Block Paving

-Detached Home





-Some flats




There are many advantages to get block pavement as a part of a landscape or garden. Other materials for surfacing include: poured and flattened concrete, composite pavement, asphalt, and gravel. Opting for concrete paving blocks, clay bricks or paving stones will give residents and professionals greater freedom to mix and match colors, create patterns, and make use of the varying shapes of the blocks and stones.


A decorative and practical way to surface driveways, gardens, and patios.


People who have some type of water fixture, like a fountain or pond, and/or specialty landscaping plants may install stone paving blocks to complete a certain look, while others prefer economic concrete paving blocks or durable clay.


Concrete blocks will save you some money, but clay bricks will last over 50 years (compared to the 20-year expected life of concrete blocks), so they might be a more economical option. Another advantage of choosing concrete blocks is the availability of textured pieces. Textured concrete blocks have a rustic look and may complement an existing landscape design. Concrete blocks can be found in various colors; however, the color of this material tends to fade over time.  

Some choose concrete blocks as a more economical choice over clay bricks. Concrete blocks are available in several shades and colors and can be used to pave floors, planters, walls, and steps.


Clay bricks are available in a wide range of colors that will remain radiant for decades. They are easier to cut than concrete blocks, and you can choose from a variety of shapes. This allows more creativity. Since clay bricks are easier to cut, they are ideal for tight corners. You can make a modern, patterned design using multiple colors.

Clay bricks or stones might cost you a little bit more, but come in a variety of colors and last for decades.



Once you decide to surface using block paving, you can look for a contractor who specializes in installing the type of blocks you want. There are companies that work with landscapers in your particular area or you can ask around. Whatever material you choose, make sure that you call a contractor who will answer your questions before and after installation.


Stay Cool, Add a Pool!

Adding a pool or spa to your home and maintaining it not only adds to you quality-of-life, but increases your home’s value. Sunshine Pools has over 30 years of experience designing, building, repairing, and providing various pool maintenance products for customers throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Our responsive team will work with you to perfect your new indoor or outdoor pool, spa, or pool renovation as well as any surrounding landscaping to help you get the relaxing, private sanctuary your home won’t be complete without.


Salt water pools have grown in popularity in recent years due to their economic and health benefits. Since these pools, sold and installed by Sunshine Pools, need less chlorine to be kept clean, the salt water pool is an environmental and money-saving option. Less chlorine and the use of the cheaper salt also mean that your eyes and skin will not become irritated or feel dry as easily. This lets you enjoy your time in your pool. Salt water pools are not toxic giving you peace of mind when the kids, or Rover, jump in. Many of the traditional pools utilize traditional water pumps, which use enough energy to power entire houses for several months. Eco-friendly, money-saving pumps can be installed to reduce water filtration times. Hydrogen peroxide or oxygen can be used to replace chlorine as an effective, and much safer, cleaning substance.


The salt in the pool is only a fraction of that in the ocean and, as a result of the water purification system installed by Sunshine Pools, it will be converted in part into chlorine (a chemical component of natural salt), thus, saving you 100 percent on chlorine.

The traditional pools our customers request include those made of concrete, accented with synthetic stones and custom-built outdoor or indoor using high-quality materials that withstand even the most severe weather conditions.


We have a team of graphic design experts who will help you create a final design for your luxury pool that perfectly matches your vision and optimizes whatever available space you have.  Any accents or features can be built into the pool or added to it at any time. These features include:  waterfalls, steps, hardscaping, and stone or mosaic murals. An experienced landscape designer can help you create any indoor or outdoor environment you want using real or synthetic plants, furniture, materials, and patterns.


Many people opt for an indoor pool if they have enough space for it. The major advantage of an indoor pool is that you can enjoy a swim in any kind of weather in ultimate privacy. Indoor pools are also easier to maintain because the chance of debris collecting in the water is far less than that of an outdoor pool. It is important to have a good dehumidification system installed to protect your area against humidity and the growth of bacteria. Sunshine Pools provides quality systems and parts as well as excellent installation service and follow-up customer service.

Opening and closing pools for different seasons -to reduce evaporation and save more, emergency services or deck repairs are always available to you.


Stop by our show room in downtown LA and take a look at pool models, we’ll be waiting.