Last Friday, we took a trip to Lake Waccamaw (NC) to visit with my mom who was in town for a ladies retreat. We had a beautiful day and great fellowship.
This past Monday, my oldest son started his drivers ed course at the local high school. He has been enjoying it, but is ready for it to be over. Four days done, seven days to go.
Our homeschool is at the end of the 1st quarter. My boys who are taking high school classes are taking exams and I am averaging their grades. So far, my oldest has a 93 in geometry and a 97 in world geography. I'll get to the others this weekend.
The first day of fall was yesterday and my K5'er completed a fall art project. The tree is her hand and arm and the leaves are her fingerprints.
We have had a great week and a great 1st quarter of school.
We have also been busy with review items for the Homeschool Review Crew. Some reviews I am working on that will be posted in the upcoming weeks are Heirloom Audio Adventures, Carole P. Roman books, and My FreezEasy. I have several more, but these are some of the favorites around here.
About the Author:
Mark S. Mirza is founder of Common Threads Ministry which helps people with prayer. He was also the men's prayer leader at Dr. Charles Stanley's church in Atlanta. He states that prayer doesn't come easy and we all have to work at it. He wrote this novel for others because he says when he finishes a book, he wants to say he learned something from the book.
About The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles:
In this book, we are introduced to three main characters, each living in a different time period, Epaphras, Alexander Rich, and Dale Riley.
Epaphras lived during the Bible times in the 1st century. He was a colleague of the Apostle Paul. Although he is not mentioned much in the Bible, he was a passionate pray-er who sought God's help.
Alexander Rich lives in Georgia at the time of the Civil War. He is focused on helping his church flock to keep their eyes on God.
Dale Riley is a track and cross country coach at Macon Poly Technic University. He is also the leader of a men's ministry. He must remain focused on God through his daily life.
We are also introduced to several demons and angels throughout the story. Before reading the book, the preface should be read also, as this is where Mr. Mirza explains what we need to know about his writings of the angels and demons. There is also some notes in the back of the book with the angels and demons name pronunciations.
What I thought:
This book was very deep and at first hard to get into. It took a lot out of me each time I sat down to read it. But, there are several things I did learn from this book. The main thing is that we are facing a spiritual warfare everyday. We need to pray about everything everyday. Another thing I liked about the book is the use of footnotes throughout the book. It is helpful to be able to look up the scripture that is being referenced when needed. I had planned for myself to read this book and then to let my teen (14 and 13) boys read the book, but I think this book is geared more for young adults (18) and up. Overall, I did enjoy reading this book and it was helpful to me at this time in my life. I plan on reading book 2 when it is published.
I sometimes like to supplement our work with printables during the year. For the last several weeks, I have been using some worksheets from the Help Teaching Pro Subscription from HelpTeaching.com.
I used the website with my kindergarten daughter, but there are lessons, worksheets, and more for up to grade 12. There are several sections/parts to the website that are helpful for any age.
There are many sections on the website that I will give an overview on. The first section is the tests and worksheets section. This is where you will find worksheets on English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Seasonal and Holiday, Early Education, Arts and Music, Study Skills and Strategies, Graphic Organizer, and Physical Education. Since I was using this with my K5'er, there were some sections that did not have any worksheets for her age group. I did use many of the printables from the math and early education section. And as the holidays get closer, I will be using some of the worksheets from the holidays section as well.
The next section is the lessons section. There are several new lessons in this section for pre-k and K. Each letter of the alphabet is available as a lesson where they watch a short video that lists the sound of the letter and several words that start with that letter. After they watch the video, the child can then answer some questions about the letter (online). Some other lessons for the pre-k and k level, are sight words and other vocabulary words. Some of the lessons also have printable worksheets that accompany them for the child to work on after the lesson.
Another part of the lessons section that we liked is the read alouds. There are several books that are read aloud via a video and also have a printable worksheet that accompanies the read alouds.
There is also a games section where you can go in and make up a printable game worksheet. They have a bingo generator, word search generator, and words bingo card generator. You are able to put in any value you would like for your game.
The last section on HelpTeaching.com is the test section. There are three options given to you and they are as follows:
- Create a test: with a Help Teaching Pro Subscription you are able to have up to 100 questions on the test
- Use the library to find questions
- Create a quick test: type in a keyword and it will generate some questions
Lastly, there is also an option to have the child take an online test. With the pro subscription, you have unlimited access to online tests and quizzes.
What we thought of HelpTeaching.com:
At first it was hard for me to find worksheets for my daughter to work on, but when I started digging through all of the content I was able to find several for her. She needs help with her numbers, so math was my main focus during the review period. As new seasons and holidays approach, I will begin using several of the worksheets in that category. Another part that we enjoyed that I mentioned above, is the read aloud section. There are a few short books at the kindergarten level to choose from that also have worksheets to go along with the story. Overall, we have enjoyed using the worksheet and lesson parts of HelpTeaching.com. It is a great way to supplement.
The Abeka Kindergarten curriculum includes memorizing thirteen poems. I wanted these poems in a printed form, so I decided to copy them and add a picture to each poem. You can access the poems (except for one that I couldn't find) by clicking here or the picture above.
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I was recently sent The Biggest Story DVD and CD to review. The Biggest Story is a book written by Kevin DeYoung that was published in August of 2015. Recently, the story was brought to life through an animated short film and an audio cd.
About the animated short film:
The DVD is narrated by Kevin DeYoung and is about 30 minutes long. It brings the pictures from the book to life. The story is about God's plan for us from creation until His return. It also features beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.
About the audio book:
This audio book of The Biggest Story—written and narrated also by the best-selling author Kevin DeYoung—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
My kids and I enjoyed listening to and watching this story come to life. We had not heard of this story before the review, but now we are interested in also reading through the book. Both the cd and DVD come with a two-sided colorful poster. We highly recommend the DVD and CD.
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We have been schooling for almost 8 weeks now, which means we are actually almost to the end of our first quarter and exams! I cannot believe how fast the time is flying. My two boys who are taking high school classes are doing great with their classes. My two girls are also doing great.
We took some time to go to the lake last week and it was great to have a day off and enjoy the last of the summer. Next week, we are meeting my mom at Lake Waccamaw and I plan to take school pictures.
Some upcoming filed trips we would like to take are a trip to the zoo, a trip to the aquarium, and a trip to the fair.
It's always nice to get started early and be able to take breaks/ days off when needed. I look forward to having a great rest of the school year.