Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mamaw and Lemons!

My girls and I go to the nursing home every Friday to visit with Mamaw!
This week the girls spotted lemons on Mamaws table and she cut them some to try!
It was funny to see! I took a short video and thought I would share it here!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Terry and Tyler's Birthday!

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!

Terry eating his cake and ice cream! Wow he is 43 now!! lol

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

Carletta showing us her belly! She really didn't want me to
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

Family blogging is back!!!

We have been a part of the Homeschool Crew for the last 9 months and now our term is over so we will be returning our blog back to family and school things! We may occasionally do a review, but not very often! So be sure to come and view our blog and see what is happening at our house!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Read and Share DVD Bible Volume 1

Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers I was given the chance to review the Read and Share DVD Bible Volume 1 ! My children love to watch cartoons just like most children do and I am always looking for good wholesome cartoons for them to watch. So when I had this chance I was excited to try it! The DVD has 13 Bible stories included on the DVD! Each one only lasting 3 minutes! That would be perfect for really young children with short attention spans! My girls being ages 6 and almost 8 were not so impressed! They watched and listened, but they made it clear that this wasn't going to be a DVD they wanted to watch over and over again. I think mostly due to the shortness of the stories. They love hearing Bible stories and they loved the characters and the quality of the cartoons, but they are just too short for my girls ages. So if you are looking for a DVD for the really young children this would be great! I plan to save it for my first grandchild due to be born in July! :) She will love it! You can go here and get your copy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tapestry of Grace Year 1 Unit 1 Review

We were given the Digital version of Year one Unit one Tapestry of Grace to review!
I must first say how excited I was to get the chance to try this program! I had heard among the homeschooling community that it was a great program. I was so excited! Well, we were sent the information to do our digital version and I was a bit overwhelmed! The digital set up was a bit complicated for me. Due to trying to keep people from sharing the information they have it all set up that it can not be shared. It is a process and takes a little work to get it all set up! If I had my choice of DE version or book version I would choose the book! The cost is a little more, but I feel it is worth the extra expense for this program to get the book!

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!

Memoria Press

Do your kids need to practice their handwriting as much as mine do? This is a great Bible based copy book program! We received two of each of the three copy books to try. My oldest hates to do handwriting, absolutely hates it! So when I got these I thought okay here we go again.. well, it was different! She likes copying bible verses and drawing pictures of what the verse means to her! This is a great program! I am so glad I could get it for my girls. My youngest doesn't mind tracing and practicing her letters, she compiles real well with this program! She is just really starting to write things on her own and all this practice is just what she needs! So are you looking for a way for your kids to practice their handwriting? Go here and check out what Memoria Press has for you! Oh you can see Sample pages here too!

We have been in search of a Bible program to teach our children for some time. We were given the chance to review the Christian Studies set from Memoria Press and we are very well pleased. We were sent the teachers manual and one student workbook. We have done some of the reading and answering questions, but it is a bit advanced for my girls right now. I do see us using it in the future to a greater extent. It is recommended for 3rd grade and up. I have read over the lessons though and I am so excited about using it with my girls in the future. We received book 1 and it covers Creation to Moses' Last Words. So want to know more? Go here and check out Memoria Press! They have a lot of different products that you may enjoy in your homeschool.

You can read more reviews of products from Memoria Press here at the Homeschool Crew!

Critical Thinking

We had the privilege of reviewing 2 book from The Critical Thinking Co. Building Thinking Skills Primary grades K-1 and Level 1 for grades 2-3. We have enjoyed using the books in our homeschool day! The workbook pages are very colorful and easy to understand in the directions as well.

The Level 1 book covers....
  • Logical Thinking
  • Similarities & Differences
  • Sequences
  • Classifications
  • Analogies
  • 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
  • Vocabulary
  • Classifying
  • Describing
  • Analogies
  • Occupations/Vehicles/Buildings
  • Plants and Animals
  • Family Members
  • Number Sense
  • Geometry
  • 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!