Monday, February 26, 2018

My Children Found The Starfall Home Membership Fun

"Mom, can we get it?" my younger two children asked when they heard we might be able to review a one year subscription to The Starfall Home Membership from Starfall Education Foundation.  For ever since they had completed all the fun, free options on, they've been curious what learning games and activities might be discovered with a paid membership. 

Since mid-January, my children's curiosity happily satiated.  As a choice during their lesson times, as well as during their free online times, my younger two have been exploring 
The Starfall Home Membership.  

Included in the membership are online and printable activities for:
  • phonics 
  • learning to read 
  • folk tales and fables

  • math 
  • folk songs
  • classical music
  • poetry
  • riddles
  • sign language

    and more!  All of these are super easy for children to navigate, making use of Starfall intuitive, fun, and educational.

    There is also a complete 
    parent-teacher center, which is accessible once a math problem written in words has been solved.  This section of the site  is chick full of helpful information, tips, printables, and more.  There are with worksheet generators.

    The Starfall Home Membership could truly act as a "spine" for learning for pre-k through first grade learners.  It also can engage older children like mine as a supplementary program for fun or to develop lagging skills.  The wide variety of offerings and enjoyable nature of included activities and games makes it especially helpful for reluctant or developing learners, too, I find.  My older child with dyslexia enjoys reading along with portions of the program, reinforcing skills.

    What the Kids Had to Say

    My children are older than the typical pre-k through 1st grade user of The Starfall Home Membership and have no need for the printable portions of it.  Thus, they have been using our membership completely independently several times a week on our laptops or Kindles.  Sometimes, their big brother looked on, too, because the graphics and audio caught his attention.

    My youngest has this to say:
    I wanted to get Starfall, because I had used the free stuff and I wanted to listen to more than one song, read more than a few books, and be able to do all the math stuff, because when you have it free you can only do a few of these.  When we got it, the first thing I did was the folks songs.  They were fun! 

    I like the reading and the math, too.  For the reading, I like the Greek Myths and the stuff about space and firefighters... 

    The math is kind of easy.  It's too easy for me, so I don't use it much except for for fun. 
    I am seven and I think this program is good for ages 2-5, but I still like it.  I would recommend people with little kids to get it.  I will still use it while we have it.  I like it.

    My middle child, who is still developing in some of her literacy skills, said:

    I wanted to get Starfall, because there is a free version and I kept on looking at it.  They had logos on it you could not click through without a membership and I wanted to figure out what they were all about.  I especially wanted to figure out what was in the math section, because there were only one or two things in the free version.  
    When we got our membership, I also realized there were more songs.  They are good.  There are drawings that go along with them, and I like to watch and sing along. 

    I also like the talking library.  It is basically a library shelf in the middle with folk tales and another choice on the two sides of the shelf.  You can click on a book, and it will open.  You can then read along with a voice or read by yourself without the voice.  I did it both ways, because I wanted to see how it is different.  I decided I like it with the voice, because I like how they use expression.  

    I liked all the reading parts of the program, because they are all pretty much like that - you can read along or read by yourself.  That can help kids with reading skills. 

    Of course, I tried the math, too, but it was too easy.  I would like them to make a little harder math. 
    I am ten years old, and I think the math is good for maybe kindergarten through second grade (which Mom later told me is what the program is meant for.)  The reading has different sections for different levels of learners and, I think, is good for anyone still getting stronger in reading.
    The songs are good for anyone.  They are just fun! 

    I am glad we got the program.  I will keep using it to have fun and to have easy breaks between my other lessons.  I would recommend the learning parts for children at least under fifth grade.  For bigger kids, I don't think it's good for main learning - like "this is my curriculum"-  but it's good for a side thing. It could be good for 3-5 year olds for main learning, but I don't think they should be online so much.  The program would work for that, because the lessons are easy and short.  There is math, reading, and other fun parts.

    As you can tell from her narrated review The Starfall Home Membership definitely has appeal and purpose for older children with developing skills.  The audio option and engaging content kept my daughter happy and building her skills.  She did not complain about anything being "babyish", but rather, enjoyed using Starfall, as did her brother.  

    If you have a child who needs some extra practice in developing reading skills and likes short bursts of online learning that can be used independently, I'd recommend a membership to Starfall.  The variety of content, intuitive design, and fun animations and sounds can help your elementary-aged child to gain extra needed practice in order to master skills.  Plus, because the computer website and mobile app are easy to navigate and are free from advertisements and links to pages outside of the Starfall platform, children can use the membership independently while parents enjoy peace of mind.

    Our family will continue to enjoy The Starfall Home Membership in the coming weeks and months.
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    Sunday, February 25, 2018

    Get a FREE New Way of the Cross Nature Hunt Printable to Use This Lent!

    Sometimes, even when you are busy, the Spirit prompts you to pause and create.

    That's exactly what happened to me this weekend. 

    I had been praying, then a friend messaged to ask me about doing an Easter-themed nature walk.  As we chatted back and forth about it, I browsed pictures of my children and my Good Friday nature walk last year, for which we used a free printable from The Unlikely Homeschooler.

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    I also recalled a prior year when our entire family enjoyed a nature outing using a free Easter Nature Walk printable from Inside Outside Michiana.

    Then, I spied a copy of 
    The Stations of the Cross for Children from Peanut Butter & Grace Bookswhich we received the other day and will be sharing a review of soon. 

    That is when Spirit prompted me:  This year, lead a New Way of the Cross nature walk.  

    So, I got brainstorming descriptions of items in nature that the children might find to help them remember the 14 stations of Jesus' condemnation, crucifixion, and resurrection as told in New Way of the Cross, as well as what happened just before Jesus was condemned and what happened after He rose.  I came up with the following:

    • The largest leaf reminds us of the palms people waved as they welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the king!” and, thereby, angering leaders who wanted no one in charge but themselves. (John 12:13)
    • Fruit on a vine reminds us of the wine Jesus gave to the apostles along with bread at the Last Supper, saying “This is my body and blood, which I am giving you for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26: 26-29)
    • A winged seed or creature reminds us of the wings of angel, perhaps the angel that came from heaven to give Jesus strength during the Agony in the Garden. (Luke 22:39-48)
    • Something dark reminds us of the darkness in people’s hearts as they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” when Jesus is condemned. (Matthew 27:15-26)
    • Thorns or spiky barbs remind us of the crown of thorns places upon Jesus’ head when Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns. (Matthew 27:27-31)
    • A cross shaped branch or twig reminds us that Jesus carries the cross – a heavy wooden one. (John 19: 16-17)
    • Something too heavy to lift reminds us of the weight of the cross which Jesus carried and how Jesus falls. (Isaiah 53: 4-7)
    • Something paired reminds us of how Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross. (Luke 23:26)
    • Something wet reminds us of how Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem who cry for him. (Luke 23: 27-31).
    • Something spiky reminds us of the nails used when Jesus is nailed to the cross. (Luke 23:32-38)
    • Something you see that makes a turn reminds us of the good thief who turned to Jesus and asked to be taken to heaven with him. (Luke 23:39-43)
    • Something at the foot of something else reminds us of Mary and John at the foot of the cross as Jesus said to his mother, “Here is you son,” and said to John, “Here is your mother.” (John 19:25-27)
    • Something dead reminds us that Jesus dies on the cross. (John 19:28-30)
    • The largest rock reminds us that Jesus is laid in the tomb and a large stone is rolled in front of it to seal it. (John 19:38-42).
    • Something empty reminds us of the empty tomb and that Jesus rises from the dead. (Matthew 28:1-10)
    • New life reminds us that Jesus rose again and that if we allow the Spirit to help us follow Jesus’ way, we will one day have a new life in heaven with Him. (Mark 16:15-20)

    I, then, created a simple FREE three-page New Way of the Cross nature notebooking printable to share, much like the St. FrancisSt. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Anthony of Padua printables I have shared in the past, but with two pages of boxes to accommodate more descriptive prompts to get the children thinking and sketching. 

    If you'd like to use the New Way of the Cross nature hunt printable, feel free to do so!  I'd love to hear how your experience goes.  

    I intend to do this walk on Good Friday as follows:

    • Have a chat with the children to see what they already know about Stations of the Cross and explain that we'll be going on a nature scavenger as we recall Jesus' condemnation, crucifixion, and resurrection using  The Stations of the Cross for Children.  
    • Read and reflect upon the first station in the book together and note that it is different from the first Station of the Cross they might already be familiar with.  Explain that the books uses the New Way of the Cross which highlights some of the same moments in Jesus' as the traditional Stations of the Cross do, but swaps out others.
    • Hand out double-sided scavenger hunt sheets and have children look at the descriptors, seeing if they can guess the symbolism behind any of the things they will be asked to find.
    • Ask the children if they'd like to read all of The Stations of the Cross for Children before going on our scavenger hunt or if they would like to read a portion of it, then search for related nature items before reading another portion of it.
    • Offer clipboards and set children loose with colored pencils (and cameras for some) to begin hunting for the items on the printable.  
    • Discover and chat about nature items along with children, capturing sketches or descriptions in the boxes on the scavenger hunt sheet.
    • Close with the Closing Prayer in The Stations of the Cross for Children.

    If you'd like a visual of how our nature hunt might unfold, you can take a peak at the pictorial description for our St Anthony of Padua nature adventure, which our New Way of the Cross will be similar to.

    You can also enjoy a few more snapshots from last year's walk, which used a different book and printable, but is along the same idea.

    And, yes, I know Good Friday is a somber time, but, my children know he end of the story and, sometimes, find great joy in life even during more somber occasions.

    I am okay with that.  In fact, I rejoice in it.  We ARE an Easter people, praise God.  Even as we repent and recall the great suffering and sacrifice of our Lord, we have the privilege of knowing His death on the cross was not the end and find hope and happiness in the joy of the Resurrection.

    May we never take our Lord's sacrifice for granted, may we always give thanks for His Divine Mercy, and may we live in hope and love.

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    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    Bytes of Learning Make Typing Easy with an UltraKey Online Family Subscription {A Review}

    Okay.  I have an admission to make:  I never learned how to properly type, and have, thus, developed my own fast, but typo-ridden style that uses about three fingers on each hand.  I don't want my children to do the same.  So, when I was given the opportunity for our family to review a one year subscription to UltraKey Online Family Subscription by Bytes of Learning, I happily took it.  I figured that the program would help my children develop strong keyboarding skills, and since it comes with the ability to have up to seven users in a family using it, my husband and I might bone up on our keyboarding skills, too.

    What is Ultrakey Online?

    In a nutshell UltraKey Online is an online typing tutorial for ages 8 through adult that helps you learn to keyboard, increasing speed and accuracy.  The program teaches proper posture and finger positioning and, then, moves you through 12 lessons at your own pace with graphically animated segments of about 20 minutes long.

    Along with lessons - which build from learning letters, to typing letter chains, then words, then sentences - there are also skill checks, posture tips, stretch breaks, and more.  Depending on your settings, before moving on from one segment to another, you must pass a skill test.  You an also access the Game Zone which encourages you to develop reading and writing skills, improve typing fluency, and have fun!

    To use the program, you need an internet connection and laptop, desktop, Chromebook, or 
    iPad with keyboard.  We had a few glitches here (maybe due to our slower internet connection), but found the program worked on all major browsers.  It requires no plug-ins and conforms to HTML5 and www3 standards. 

    Our Experience

    When we first received our login information for our  UltraKey Online Family Subscription, I found it easy to get into the program and explore the instructional interface and management dashboard.  There was a wide range of choices and controls that allowed me to tailor each of my children's logins as I wished, and which I could change at any time.  The children - once logged in with their own personal log in information - also had a dashboard from which they could further tailor the look and details of their experience.

    Because life rarely goes as planned, I have not gotten to use our 
    UltraKey Online Family Subscription myself as much as I had hoped to yet. For, we ended up getting hit with the flu, so I spent a good portion of our review period taking care of sick children, being sick myself, or trying to get the house and our schedule back on track after a terrible bout of fevers, crazy heart rates, and lightheadness.  Luckily, before sickness hit our home, I was able to view the initial posture videos, stretching exercises, and finger placement segment with my children, which I thought were well done.  Plus, after things got better, I was able to complete a few lessons, laughing at how hard it is to "teach an old dog new tricks". 

    As I began to use the program, I realized how often I look at the keyboard and utilize delete, backspace, and spell check.  I also recognized that Momma NEEDS this program and am happy I have a year to find time to slip in lessons, for even if I do them but once a week or so, I am confident my touch typing speed and accuracy will improve!

    My children, too, did not use our
     UltraKey Online Family Subscription as steadily as I initially hoped they would, but all have used it a lot!  basically, we started with them each using it a few times in a week, as we had planned.  Then, when sickness happened, we took a forced break before picking it up almost daily since we returned to health.  I must say the flexibility of having the program be accessible 24/7 and self-paced with a different log in for each person became a boon as we navigated the relay of sickness here.  It allowed each of us to break when we needed to, but then to pick right back up again when we could.  Prior work was not lost and no one felt "behind", but, rather, was able to do what we could do when we could.

    So, overall, I'd say each of my children has logged on for at least 10-15 sittings with UltraKey Online so far.

    My oldest, at 12, is a child who rarely likes anything repetitive unless it comes with flash and a game.  Thus, of course, he only wanted to do the Game Zone portion of the program.  I asked him if he would at least do a lesson for 1/2 of his session each time he sat down with the tutorial each before switching to the Game Zone, and he complied, skipping Skill Checks and doing the bare minimum before moving onto games. Thus, of course, the program did not work wonders for him, and he had this to say:

    UltraKey Online in a typing program for anyone who wants to learn how to type.  You can work at your own pace, and you can choose if you want to do one thing before going onto another.  Your parents can make choices for you, too, and you can set your own goals if you want to.  There is a lot of independence and flexibility.
    I have it set so I can do any part at any time.  The unfortunate part of this is the game always do things I have not learned yet.  For example, I had to use keys I had not learned in the program lessons yet.
    The lessons are boring, but tell you how to type keys.  Then, you have to use the keys you just learned in chains, words, and sentences.  Then, you are done with the lesson, and can go to Skill Check.  I don't though.  I go to Games, which are okay.  I am motivated to get to the next level on Games.

    I think my speed and accuracy are the same as they always were, so I do not think I am learning much from this.  Mom says it is because I won't do enough with the Lessons and Skill Check.  
    I probably won't use this much after our review period is over except to do Games.  Well, I will have to do some Lessons because my mom makes me before I can use the Game Zone, so I will do a little and, then, do Games.
    Oh, and I shut the sound off a lot when I use it.  I don't like the sound.

    Yep, my oldest is quite candid and I have opted to let him be so here, snce we like to give fully honest reviews.  Thankfully, his opinion is not the only one we have to offer.

    My daughter, at 10, also used UltraKey Online.  Unlike her brother, she is not as prone to liking online game programs and prefers online programs that have a complete audio component.  So, she used the program differently than her big brother. 

    My daughter had this to say:

    UltraKey is a keyboarding program.  I have been using it five or six times a week lately for 15 minutes or so each time.  When I use it, I do Lessons and Skill Checks.  There is also a Game section, but I do not use it, because basically all the games involve reading and the automatic voice on them does not always work, so I get frustrated.
    In Lessons and Skill Check, at least when the voice does not work, I know what I'm doing, because the lessons are set up the same way.  The lessons usually come in parts.  You learn letters, then you use them in keyboarding chains and sentences.  You learn a few new keys in each lesson.When you finish a lesson, you an choose Skill Check or Games - of course you an change your settings, too. 

    I choose Skill Check.  It has a menu and there are all the lessons, so you click on the Skill Check for the lesson you did and, then, click on a passage, choose an amount of time, do the Skill Check, and, after that, if your accuracy and time are over a certain amount, you pass it.  
    I like that the Skill Checks have charts that track your accuracy and speed.  I like to do it three or four times to see if I go faster or slower what happens to my accuracy.  Usually, when I go slower, my accuracy is better or the same. Overall, my accuracy has increased more than my speed, but both have increased.
    Now that our review is over, I will still use the program, because I want to get better a keyboarding.  This program helps.  I would recommend it to other people.

    My youngest son, at seven, was our most eager UltraKey Online user.  He said:
    At first, I did not like Ultrakey Online because it had problems. Around three times, I hit space, but it wouldn't go on, and there is a problem usually when we hit "end" in the games and the program keeps repeating "you ended the game early" and won't let us go on. Mom told me to give it a chance though.  I did.  There are still glitches sometimes, but I LIKE ULTRAKEY!!!!
    I use it almost every day now for 15-45 minutes.  When I use it a long time, it tells me to take a break.  I could do their stretches, but I don't.  I do "head, shoulders, knees, and toes."
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    I like that you can choose what time you have in the skill checks, and that you do not have to do the skill checks when you finish a lesson.  You can just go onto another lesson.  I like doing the lessons.  They don't start hard.  They start easy and then get harder at a good pace.  I have already learned my home row, and R, T, Y, C, shift, period, comma, and more.

    I play games, too.  My favorite is Rhymin'.  It is fun.  They give you two verses and you guess a rhyme by typing it.  I am good at it!  I like other games, too, like Mixed Up Words and Spelling's Important.  The games make typing fun.
    I want to keep using UltraKey Online! 
    I think UltraKey Online would be good for people who are learning, people who are just having fun, and people who are just starting keyboarding.  I give UltraKey a good review!

    I have to say I agree with my youngest.  Our our UltraKey Online Family Subscription is worthwhile.  It offers you a chance to improve the speed and accuracy of your touch typing through incremental lessons, effective skill checks, and, if you choose, fun games.  It can be used by young and old alike and has plenty of options for tailoring both the look of the program and how you progress through itSelf-paced, it can fit into real life, and, with multiple user slots - plus a free parent one - available on family subscriptions, it is definitely family-wallet-friendly.  if you're looking for a straightforward program - with some added fun, too - to improve your family's keyboarding skills, UltraKey Online Family Subscription is an effective option.

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    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Wulf the Saxon - Another Hit by Heirloom Audio Productions!

    How does a woman become the "best mom"?  Sometimes, simply by handing her children a surprise (for them) package that has
    Wulf the Saxon, an Heirloom Audio Productions CD-set in it to review. 

    Sure enough, when I did this a month ago, my children erupted in squeals of delight and proclamations of how I am the "best mom", and they are so glad I am part of the Review Crew again this year.  My children just LOVE Heirloom Audio Productions and could not wait to hear the latest is their beloved-to-us series of historical audiodramas!

    So, wait we did not.  We popped the CD right into our player, and let ourselves be swept back to the year 1065.

    The Story

    Wulf the Saxon is a Christian audio drama adapted from a book by the same name by G.A. Henty in which a battle for the throne of England erupts, brothers become enemies, and a boy becomes a man.  That boy-grown-to-man is Wulf of Steyning, a Saxon thane - or landholder - who finds himself serving the last of England's Anglo-Saxon monarchs King Harold

    When the story begins, Wulf is but a boy with a temper who needs to develop self-control before proving himself a noble.  After chastisement, he develops well, and, soon enough, finds himself proving his value when shipwrecked on the shores of Normandy and risking his life to save his sovereign. Later, Wulf and his entourage boldly capture a castle in the Welsh wars, honoring women and children while still succeeding at battle.  He also battles Norsemen and, at the story's climax, stands resolutely
    by King Harold Godwinson with his comrades at the Battle of Hastings.

    Throughout Wulf's adventures, Wulf develops true friendships, faces treachery, embraces loyalty, and demonstrates bravery against odds.  He finds himself immersed in capturing, conflict, and conquering, all the while demonstrating strong, positive relationships and virtue.  Meanwhile, listeners become absorbed in his story with thanks to an engaging plot, realistic sound effects, and the extraordinary talent of a star-studded cast, which includes
    Brian Blessed, Chris Larkin, Helen George, Jack Farthing, Sian Phillips, and Patrick Godfrey. 

    Less overtly Christian than some other Heirloom Audio Productions, Wulf the Saxon still rings true to the overall mission of Heirloom Audio Productions in "engaging our listeners' imagination by taking them back in time and immersing them in a great Christian story".  Wulf the Saxon is anything but didactic.  Rather, it is a 100% engaging historical tale in which characters, embroiled in the drama of the time of the Norman Invasion of England, demonstrate valor, virtue, and mercy in response to challenges that beset them.

    Our Thoughts

    We have listened to
    Wulf the Saxon several times already in the time we have owned it and found that it sweeps us away each time, whether we are driving in our minivan, down with the flu, or doing chores. 

    My youngest son, at seven, appreciated the humor and battles in
    Wulf the Saxon.  He said:
    "I liked how at the end the boy interrupted to stop the kiss and asked, 'besides probably kissing, what happened to Wulf after that?'  It was funny.

    There were other funny parts, too, like when the guy says, 'I still have my right arm so I think I can crush a few Norman skulls...' And, when he was like, 'That was an awkward battle...' And when Wulf was tempting his friend about the dining hall in the castle that they were going to attack.  He knew his friend's weakness was food...

    I like all the battles.  They narrate them well. It's exciting!

    I did not know the Welsh and the Saxons had had a war and did not know about the Welsh before this, so I learned something.

    Wulf had courage, bravery, and was a good leader.  He was merciful and loyal. 

    I think people that like funniness and battles should listen to this CD

    My daughter, at ten, liked the balance of battles and calm parts in this CD-set.  She said:

    "Wulf the Saxon is an exciting story about the Welsh, Norse, Norman and Saxon wars that I think is good for listeners over at least eight years old.  The story does have some intense parts it it.  It also has virtue, humor, and faith. 

    I liked this story.  Even though it was about battles, it was more tame.  They did not get into all the gory details of the battles.  Instead, they used voice and sound effects to make the battles exciting still, but focused more on the history, the bravery, and friendships.

    For example, at one point in the story towards its beginning, Wulf and others got stuck on a ship in a storm, and the captain and Harold were departing - one to the shore and one on the ship and they said, 'If I do not meet you on earth again, farewell.' They were so calm, because they were not afraid.  Death was common back then and they had faith to know they might go to heaven to meet again.

    I like listening to the story and I think children who are into history and have good imaginations will like it, too.

    My oldest son, at twelve, appreciates the humor, realism, adventure, and history in the CD's and how much they appeal to him as a boy.  He says:

    "Wulf the Saxon is very funny.  I thought it was clever when Tostig Godwin had betrayed his brother and joined King Harold of Norway in an attack and Wulf was sent for a parlay.  Tostig asked, 'and how much for King Harold of Norway?" and Wulf responded, 'Seven feet of English ground, maybe more, for he is taller than most men.'   It was also funny when Wulf was saying, 'I will miss Baron De Burg and Guy (pronounced 'gee') and...' and Agnes says, '...and?' and Wulf says, 'I will miss the estate.'  And, Agnes says, 'and the estate will miss you.'  It's so goofy - the romance.  It's gross, so I like that there's not too much romance in the CD.  Thank you, Etienne and Leon for interrupting right before a kiss.

    I enjoy the parts when there is fighting.  The battles sound so cool.  The sound effect of shooting arrows. The clanging of swords and other blades. The sounds of the characters as if they were really doing stuff in battle instead of just standing there in front of a microphone.  It all sounds so realistic! 

    I learned about the battles with the Welsh.  I already knew a lot about the Norman, Norse, and all that, but the Welsh I had probably only read a paragraph about before.  Now, I know the Welsh war is not a war I want to know that much more about it.  It was exciting, but it sounds more like massacres than anything else.  So, the CD was just enough...

    Not long ago, I was playing a video game scenario where I was William the Conqueror.  When I listened to the story, I wished I had heard it before playing, because then I would have known the story of the Norman-Saxon-Danish battles even better. 

    One thing I did not like was that the CD did not mention that King Harold was slain by an arrow through the eye, but I can see why the writers didn't put that in.  That would not be good for little kids.  It is too gruesome.  These CD's are a little intense for people maybe under five and sensitive people, but they are not too bad.  They are true to what happened in history.  They focus on the virtue, adventure, and godliness more than the gore and killing.  But, there is still some of that stuff.

    I think these stories are good for families and especially boys.

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