5/04/2016

Wordless Wednesday

On Saturday we went to a Blue Angels air show.





5/03/2016

Kwik Stix ~ Review




















My children, especially my girls, love to paint and draw. They are constantly asking if they can get the paints out and paint something. I always hesitate, because that means that a mess is likely to be made. Water everywhere, waiting for the papers to dry, and messy paints. I was thrilled when I found out about the Kwik Stix 12 pk from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

What are Kwik Stix?
Kwik Stix is a solid tempura paint that is packaged in sticks (like a glue stick) to take the mess out of painting. Kwik Stix are also fast drying. You no longer have to wait hours for your creation to dry. Kwi Stix dry in 90 seconds. They also work on paper, wood, or cardboard. And best of all, it's a fast and easy cleanup when the kids are finished painting.

Who are Kwik Stix for?
Anybody of any age will enjoy painting with these sticks. My children are 14, 12, 10, and 5. They all equally enjoyed making pictures with these paints. Even I got in on the action and painted some pictures. These are fun at any age!

How we used Kwik Stix: We used them almost daily, especially my girls. I never had to tell them not to paint, because Kwik Stix are easy to get out and easy to clean up. You can see some of our creations in the picture below. One of the times, my 5 year old daughter ended up getting some of the paint from the Kwik Stix on her hands, but it washed right off with some soap and water. I can't tell you how long they last, but we have been using them almost daily and they are still quite full.






















What we think of Kwik Stix: We all love them! I love that it is easy to clean up after using. My girls love that they can still paint whenever they want to. We give these paints 5 stars! We can't wait to try the neon and metalix colors.

The Pencil Grip, Inc. also included a sample of their pencil grips for us to try out. We have actually tried them before and my kids like them. They are soft and help them to hold their pencils the correct way.

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5/02/2016

Menu Plan Monday

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Menu plan for this week:

Monday ~ Leftover roast beef, potatoes, salad
Tuesday ~ Chicken and veggies
Wednesday ~ Spaghetti
Thursday ~ Chicken fajitas
Friday ~ Mother/ daughter banquet at church. Boys are on their own.
Saturday ~ Get together at inlaws

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4/28/2016

GREEMU ~ Review






















Over the past several weeks I have been using a great vegan alternative to emu oil called GREEMU from Devonian.

Devonian is a company that uses the power of plants to make their products. Their primary focus is replacing animal products with ingredients derived from plants. Emu oil is becoming an increasingly popular oil in the world. Because many people would rather not use oil that comes from animals, Devonian has come up with a plant based product that matches the grade of emu oil.

GREEMU oil works the same way emu oil does in that it protects and nourishes your skin. It also works well in your hair. And can also help reduce wrinkles.

GREEMU contains macadamia seed oil, certified organic palm oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and rice bran oil.

I used GREEMU on some dry skin patches that I have on my face and elbows. After showering each day, I applied the oil on the patches of dry skin. I have never used emu oil, so I cannot compare, but GREEMU has been great for my skin. I love it and I am going to be trying it out in my hair in the near future. Since the oil absorbs slowly, not much is needed. I only use a pea sized amount and can spread it out over all of my dry skin patches. I definitely give this oil 5 stars!

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4/26/2016

Milton Hershey ~ Review

Having reviewed a book from YWAM Publishing in the past, I knew my kids would love to review another one when the opportunity was given. Over the last several weeks, my kids and I have been reading and learning about Milton Hershey from their Heroes of History series. In order to further our study of Milton Hershey, we have also been using the Digital Unit Study with the book.

About the book:
Milton Hershey: More Than Chocolate is the story of how Milton Hershey worked hard through many trials and frustrations to become a success. Milton grew up in Pennsylvania. He did not like going to school and finally in his early teens, his parents allowed him to leave school, but he was sent off to be a printer's apprentice. He did not like that at all, and did not stay at the job very long. When he arrived back home, he was sure his parents would be upset, but instead his mother was able to get him a "job" as a confectioner's apprentice at an ice cream parlor. Milton was able to learn a lot from this job and at the age of 18 was ready to go into business for himself. His aunt loaned him $150 to start the business and Milton chose to go to Philadelphia to start it. He did fairly well, but was still losing money even though sales were good. After a customer had brought him some chocolate from Switzerland made by Nestle, Milton had decided he needed to figure out the chocolate was made. Over the course of time, Milton had to borrow large amounts of money. Milton was also married during this time and his wife fell ill and died. Milton did become successful, as you know and I'll let you read the book to find out how.

About the authors:
Janet and Geoff Benge are a married couple who have twenty years of writing experience. Janet taught elementary age children, while Geoff has a degree in history. They have several books in the Heroes for History series and also the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series.

About the Digital Unit Study:
The digital unit study is a downloadable pdf comprised of  seventy one pages full of questions, ideas for a display corner, student explorations, and a social studies section. The student explorations section of the study include ideas for creative writing, essay questions and research topics, hands on projects, visual projects, and arts and crafts. The social studies section is divided into categories to be used for mapping and timeline.

Some pages from the Digital Unit Study
How we used the book and unit study:
I used this as a read aloud with my 5th, 7th, and 8th graders. Each day, I would read a chapter and after we would go over the discussion questions in the study. There are six questions related to each chapter. I would ask the questions and my children wrote out their answers on a sheet of paper. We looked over all of the other projects and my boys chose to create a Facebook page for Milton Hershey. They have not yet finished it, but they got a little bit done as you can see in the picture below. There is a link in the unit study that takes you to the website to create the Facebook profile.













We also mapped out the various cities listed in the book on the map provided. And I had my daughter work on the timeline that is provided in the unit study.

What we thought:
We had a good time reading this book and learning more about Milton Hershey. My boys liked working on the Facebook page and my daughter liked learning more about how Hershey chocolate was created. There are some facts in the book that I did not even know. I enjoyed working through the book and study with my children. They have already asked who we are going to be learning about next.

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4/25/2016

Curriculum Choices For 2016 - 2017 School Year














It's that time of year again. I've written posts in the past (here and here) about our curriculum choices and want to continue to share as each year is different.

This year I will have a 9th grader, an 8th grader, a 6th grader, and a kindergartner.

My 9th grader took some high school courses this past year (Visual Latin, Algebra I, and Apologia Biology). This coming up year he will take the following:
Visual Latin 2
Abeka Plane Geometry
Chemistry 101
Easy Grammar
Excellence in Literature
Abeka World Geography (1 semester)
Abeka Health (1 semester)
Abeka Spelling
The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Study (Bible)

My 8th grader will use the following:
Abeka Algebra I
Apologia Physical Science
Easy Grammar
Abeka Literature
Abeka Spelling
Abeka US History
Spanish (I'm still looking for one)

My 6th grader will use the following:
Teaching Textbooks
Abeka Reading
Abeka Spelling
Abeka History
Easy Grammar
Apologia Astronomy

My kindergartner will use all Abeka K5 material.


4/21/2016

Writers In Residence ~ Review

My children have never liked writing papers or reports. We have used a curriculum in the past that has introduced writing as early as the 3rd grade. It's not that they don't know how to write a story, it's that the curriculum said to do it this way and not any other way. I have also tried several other writing programs for my children and some have helped, while others were not helpful at all or boring to them. Over the last couple of months, my daughter, who is 10 and in 5th grade, has been reviewing the newest language arts curriculum from Apologia Educational Ministries, Writers in Residence.

What is Writers in Residence?
Writers in Residence, written by Debra Bell, is a program that will guide your child as they find their love for writing. Writers in Residence is geared for children in grades 4-8. It is a writing focused language arts writing curriculum that incorporates grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. It is very easy to use since it comes with a detailed suggested daily schedule. It is suggested to use the curriculum four days of each week. Not only will your child be writing more, they will also be learning about sentence structure, parts of speech, and how each part functions in a sentence. Not only does the curriculum include the writing and language portion, it also includes Christian writer spotlights through the book, such as Bill Myers, Amy Parker, and Phil Vischer, Each module is set up the same: writer's questions, sneak peek, the assignments, and a checklist.























How did we use Writers in Residence?

I had my daughter use this for three days each week. We were able to completely finish two modules and have started on module three. The first four modules focus on the child writing about "When I Was Young (I Remember)." Each day, I had my daughter complete the sections that are listed on the suggested daily schedule. The first two days of the program are introductory days, which includes an introduction to the course, a spotlight on Christian writers, six traits writing model, and an introduction to the writing process. My daughter worked on each section, which also helped build her story. Most days she worked on this by herself, but there were some days she needed my help. Below is a sample of her memory sentences from module one:
When I was young in K------, I had the greatest time going fishing with my family. When I was young in K------, I loved the smell of the flowers blooming every spring. When I was young in K------, I remember when the snow and ice glistened on the trees.
She enjoyed doing these modules and bringing up the memories of when she was younger.

What we thought of Writers in Residence.
When the book first arrived, my daughter was a little intimidated by the size of it. It is very thick because it is the text and workbook all in one. I reminded her that it was that size because it is suppose to take a full school year to get through to the end. Other than that, she enjoyed going through the modules. I have noticed that it has helped her with her writing skills. We give this four stars.



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