Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I was blessed by my church family with a laptop! My old one was having some keyboard issues, which is why I had slacked off on blogging. When I type on it, it adds extra letters and symbols to my typing so it makes for a time consuming job. The new one is great and I love it so much! I still have to add a couple programs to it that I use for my church work. I am so blessed with a great church that I love so much! The Best Pastor and Wife ever! Thank you Jesus for blessing me with them!
Anyway, enough rambling about my life. Maybe now I can update and add some pictures real soon! Keep checking back you never know what you will find on my blog. I love sharing about giveaways and such so I do that often and as you seen in the previous post that sometimes I win! lol So check back. God Bless You all and enjoy this holiday season! Remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
We will be starting our new school year officially on Monday and I actually think my kids are excited! Mind you learning for us really never ends, we just disguise it as fun! This summer I have been amazed at how many times my kids have initiated the learning! Whether it was playing school or writing letters to friends or just plain reading books they have been learning all summer long! I have been a very proud Mom! Anyway our plans for this school year are as follows!
My oldest Daughter
3 rd grade this year
For 5 subjects she will be using Switched on Schoolhouse
We will also try to do some art and lapbooking along side for fun and to break the routine a bit.
My youngest daughter
1st grade this year
For Math, Phonics and Handwriting she will be using Horizon's
We will do lots of playing games and lapbooks too!
Also we are going to use Hooked on Phonics to learn to read this year! She is very excited about learning to read!
So that is our plans for this school year! Pray for us that we stick to the plans and accomplish what we need to get done!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I had the chance to read the upcoming Molly's Money-Saving Digest for August! It will be released soon so you can get your copy!
I was anticipating trying one of the digest since her first one was released in January. So I had a chance to read the August issue and I also get to tell you what I thought! So that is great!
Well, I loved it! I can see myself buying these! They are only $4.95 and issue and they are jam packed full of great money-saving tips and ideas to use with your family!
The August issue is based on the theme of "Organization"! I need that so badly and couldn't wait to hear ideas for it! I wasn't disappointed! Now, I must say that most of the tips for how to start your process of cleaning closets and the garage are not new to me, seeing it all in black and white is a motivator to begin! lol There were little nuggets of information that I had never thought of before too! Since I am a visual learner the added pictures make this even a better help to me!
Now, I must say this issue is not just how to clean out your closet, garage and kitchen! lol Also your recipes and your mail! lol Oh and also a whole lot more!!! She also shares with us how to conquer all those excuses for not throwing things out! Like so and so gave this to me! lol and a lot more! This is so helpful, as I am a pack rat and I think I am turning my kids into pack rats as well!
Molly also shares with us many recipes for Make Ahead Mixes from Marmee as well! You know like the kind you buy in the store! Cookie mixes, biscuit mixes, muffin mixes and a lot more! You can save money by making these yourself! You can have these on hand for anytime you need something quick! So, what are you waiting for try Molly's Money-Saving Digest today! Go here for more information! The August issue will be released soon, and you can get the July now!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
We had a real simple celebration this year!
Just cake and ice cream with the family!
Hannah wearing her new outfit she picked out for her birthday!
She wanted clothes this year instead of toys! :) Wow she is growing up! lol
Monday, June 15, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Not that I really needed another reminder! And some may say this is California, but I have heard of this subject being taught right here in my area!! I don't teach my kids at home just for this reason, I have lots of reasons! My biggest one is that I want to be with my children and them to learn my values not the school systems values! Anyway I wanted to share this article with anyone who is interested! Just click the link to it above!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Terry and Tyler's Birthday Cake! Hannah and Madison helped make it!
We did it half chocolate (for Tyler) and half white (for Terry)!
They were surprised
to see it with both flavors!
Tyler opening his cards and gifts! I can't believe he is 22 now!!
He will soon be a Daddy too! We are so proud of Tyler he is doing so good!
Trying out his fishing chair!! Carletta says it will be her chair!
He may have to go buy her one! lol
take a picture since she had been working all day and was tired and messy!
I had too though I don't get a lot of opportunities to take pictures!
I want to have some to show Moriah
( not sure if that is how her name will be spelled)
when she is older! She is going
to be so spoiled! lol
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
To say that this program takes planning is an understatement! I worked on preparations for just the first few lessons for a couple weeks before starting. The book list is great and if you have read any of my other post you know that we don't have access to a inter library exchange where I live. So I had to substitute books that I could find and try to do the work without some that I really would have liked to had. So I don't much care for that, but anytime you are doing a unit study type learning you have to have other items that don't come with the lessons themselves and you have to just make due. I will say we really enjoyed learning about Egypt and the hands on lessons are AWESOME! That is defiantly our learning style! We love making and doing things. We learned a lot about pyramids and mummies and Egypt while using the lessons from TOG! So I enjoyed it. The cost is a big problem for us to continue this, but if someone was to give me book I would defiantly continue it with my girls! If you would like to read more reviews for TOG go here to the Homeschool Crew! Also check out TOG site here! Lots of information is available along with samples for you to see!
You can read more reviews of products from Memoria Press here at the Homeschool Crew!
- Logical Thinking
- Similarities & Differences
- Antonyms & Synonyms
- Spatial Awareness
- Vocabulary Development
- Following and Writing Directions
- Descriptive Writing
- Geometry Concepts
- Map Reading
- Graphic Organizers
- and much more!
My oldest has learned a lot about following directions since using this workbook. She can pretty much read the instructions and do these worksheets without help. That makes my job a lot easier and gives me more time to work with my youngest! So I love that!
You can see samples here!
The Primary book covers....
- Similarities and Differences
- Writing Skills
- Plants and Animals
- Family Members
- Number Sense
- Much MORE!
See Samples here!
I love this workbook so much! There is so much that my youngest has learned from this one! The Primary book covers so much information! Of course it is meant to be a year long process so it isn't too overwhelming. It is easy to explain and fun for my daughter to do. She has enjoyed doing the work in this book! The only thing that I don't care for is that the pages are not perforated. Several people suggested taking the book to an office store and having the binding cut off and holes punched for a notebook. I don't live in a location for that, so I just tore mine out of the book. Then decided to just keep them in the book. So that is the only issue that I have with the books.
Overall, we loved the Critical Thinking Books and would highly recommend them for anyone who likes to use workbooks in their homeschool day! They have even more books and other learning tools available at The Critical Thinking Co. Go and check them out today!
You can also read a lot more reviews for The Critical Thinking Co. at the Homeschool Crew! Just go here!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sample list from WriteShop
Writing and Publishing Projects
- Paper plate faces
- Story clothesline
- Paper cookie friendship book
- Accordion story book
- Paper plate story pocket
Other Activities and Projects
- Paper coins and purse/wallet (high-frequency vocabulary)
- Stick puppets
- Motion songs
- “Stand, Hop, Sit” game
- Rhyming words placemat
- Taking a “Bug Walk”
- Stuffed animal “Editing Buddies”
We really have enjoyed everything that we have reviewed from WriteShop! This was no different!
The teacher guide gives you step by step instructions on how to teach your children each lesson. There is a day to day schedule that is set up as a three week lesson plan, a two week lesson plan or a one week lesson plan. The three week being suggested for Kindergarten age. It spaces the lessons out so that the child doesn't get overwhelmed and makes it more fun. The one week is geared toward the second graders and they do a lesson or activity each day of the week. Of course one good thing that WriteShop stresses is the flexability to their program! If their schedule doesn't work for your family they say change it!
The teacher guide also shows you how you can teach your children at the same time and how to work the different levels. Giving you suggested schedules as well! This is a plus for a lot of people.
The teacher guide gives step by step instruction for each lesson! You really don't have to think about how to say anything it clearly tells you what to say. If you are looking for something that does this it may be exactly what you want! I personally don't do my school day this way and it is hard for me to follow exactly what they say. Of course you don't have to do it that way you can just use their general idea and go with it. If you are comfortable doing so!
Mostly I would like to STRESS that the teacher guide is a necessary part to WriteShop Primary Book's! There are a lot of ideas for getting your child's mind thinking about writing in the Teacher's guide!
ALONG with the Teacher's guide we also received the worksheet pack! No one will stop me from saying that the worksheet pack is my favorite! I especially love the worksheet pack! I love having these in E book form! I haven't always enjoyed E books, but when it comes to worksheets I do! I can print just the activities I want to use and I can print for one or both of my girls! I love it!!!
If you are looking for a fun and inspiring writing program give it a try. The cost is very reasonable as well! Go here and see the price list! Oh and I also want to mention that they are working on Book B and Book C! So go to the website and check them out! Also if you would like to read other Homeschool Crew reviews for this product go here! Have a great day and happy homeschooling!
Monday, April 20, 2009
So if you are looking for a curriculum that has the freedom to learn at your pace, with a hands on approach than I think that Apologia is for you! You can go to their site and read more there about all the different books that they offer! Also go to the Homeschool Crew and read other crew members reviews about this and other products from Apologia!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I also like the how the book itself is written, it is an easy read and fits well with the age of my children! I personally don't think I would buy this as a curriculum for us in the future, as I feel it takes a lot of preparation on the parents. I would prefer a book that had more of the information included and possibly the worksheets too! If you are blessed with a large library or one that can help you find the books you need, this would be great! I just haven't been blessed with that! I am thankful for the chance to try the curriculum! If you would like to read more reviews for TruthQuest go here! They have several different books for different ages as well as the one we reviewed!
Friday, April 3, 2009
They are so neat and detailed! My friend said maybe a little too detailed! lol Especially the horse! lol We love them and plan to use them with our school and more than likely buy more!