Menu Plan Monday

Some meals that I plan on preparing this week:

~ Chicken Enchilada Casserole
~ Spaghetti
~ BBQ Chicken
~ Country Style Steak with gravy
~ One Skillet Cheesy Mac
~ Soup (not sure what kind yet)

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Our Homeschool Week

We had an uneventful week, which is always nice. We started working on our first review product, which is about the US Elections. I am using it mostly with the 8th, 7th, and 5th graders, but my 4 year old also listens as well. They are enjoying it so far.

My 8th grader took his semester exams before our Christmas break. He is only taking three courses for high school credit this year (Biology, Latin, and Algebra I). So far he has all A's in all three classes. Next year, he will be in full force with all high school courses.

The others are just doing their daily work and look forward to any break they can get.

I'll leave you with a nice beach picture. Looking forward to summer.


Captive DVD ~ Review and Giveaway

Captive is a true story about Ashley Smith, a newly widowed mom and Brian Nichols, on the run from police. This incident took place in early 2005. To be honest, I don't remember hearing about this when this took place back in 2005. I had no clue what the story was about until I finished the movie.

About the movie:
Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith, Captive is an "amazing, inspiring" drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kata Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again she turns to Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as "powerful." 

My thoughts:
I watched this movie alone, since it is rated PG-13. I thought this movie was a great portrayal of how we each have our own problems that we need to turn to God to help us through. The actors did a fantastic job of portraying what each of the people went through. This was a great movie that everyone older teen and above should watch.

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Random Five On Friday

Well, it's Saturday, but it has been a hectic  week.

Some random thoughts from this week:
1. I cannot believe I will have a 14 year old in one month. He will be able to take driver's ed in August. Time slow down, please.

2. My 4 year old daughter thinks I am 14. It's great that she thinks I'm so young. 

3. I have a great church family.

4. Today was a great girls day while the boys are away on a camping trip for Trail Life. The girls wanted to spend some of their Christmas money. They were able to find some deals. Thrifty shoppers.

5. I received my annual print edition of The Old Schoolhouse in the mail today! I can't wait to find some time and sit down and read it.


Random Five On Friday

This week has been difficult getting back into a routine after our two week Christmas break.

Here are some random thoughts:

1. I thought I wanted it to be cold after having beautiful weather during December, but when it did get cold, I missed the warmer temps. My thought is if it is going to be cold I want some snow to go with it.

2. My oldest is turning 14 in February which means he gets to take drivers ed in August. I am not looking forward to that. I'm a little nervous to be starting this chapter in our lives with having a driver in the house.

3. I really can't believe how fast this first week of the new year has gone by. I wish time would slow down, but it just seems to be going faster every year.

4. My boys asked for a basketball goal thing for Christmas and it finally came yesterday even though I had ordered it back in December. We'll start putting it together and use it for fun and PE.

5. I haven't been sleeping well and need some sleep. Maybe I can sleep in tomorrow.


SchoolhouseTeachers.com ~ Review

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Over the past month, I have been using and browsing the website SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Since the last time I did a review on this website in December 2012, so much has changed. There is such an abundance of great courses, planners, and resources. This site offers a Yearly Membership to homeschoolers who are wanting online classes, supplemental items, or just wanting some encouragement through the many articles.

There is so much information on this site, I'm not sure where to even begin to tell you about it all!

Let's start with the new members hub. This is the place to go to find out what SchoolhouseTeachers has to offer. Now that you have a basic overview of the site, you want to think about what courses you want your child to take.

How old is your child? SchoolhouseTeachers offers courses for preschoolers all the way up to adults. You can access the courses by subject or by grade level to find what you are looking for.

What next? Want to meet the teachers before picking out a course? You can find a list of the teachers here. After you have picked out a course or multiple courses for your child, you can then head over to the checklist page and download some checklists for the course(s) your child is working on.

Do you want to see a course I found for my children to take? As I have been browsing and clicking over the last month, I stumbled upon an excellent family fitness and nutrition course. I have been looking for something that I can do with my children and a course that includes all four of my children and I know I have found that in this course.

This course is taught by Bethany Learn who is the founder and CEO of Fit2B Studio. This course looks simple enough for my four old while also keeping my almost fourteen year old from being bored. During the 1st week, the physical activities it says to do are simply playing freeze (keeping your body still while using certain muscles) and throwing objects at a target. I like that this course also incorporates the Bible into the lessons. Also, these lessons are short and don't take much time, but it will get us moving.

How will I use this course in our homeschool day? I will do this course with my children in the afternoon. Most days we have our core subjects finished by lunch and I want my kids to be active during the afternoon instead of just sitting around watching television or playing on their tablets.

Some other courses I found that are of interest to me and my children are as follows:
~ Apologetics: Creation vs Evolution (my 8th grader wants to take this)
~Dinosaurs and the Bible (my 7th and 8th graders picked this one)
~Elementary Art (my 5th grade daughter loves art)
~American History for Beginners (for my four year old who will be entering K5 soon)

Those are just a few that we picked together and are looking forward to starting these courses soon.

What else does the site offer? Free printables, certificates, planners, record keeping, and e-books. You can also download monthly menus for dinner ideas. You also get access to over 10,000 streaming videos through RightNow Media.

I love this website and all that it has to offer. I love reading through all the different courses, resources, articles, and e-books. This is a great website that you can use for all your subjects or to use a few as supplemental material.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is offering a great deal for all of my readers - a 50% discount on a 1 year subscription! Check the image below for the coupon code which expires at the end of the month. Don't miss out! A Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers is $139. If you would rather pay monthly, the cost is $12.95 per month.


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Also, check out what the other crew members thought of this website by clicking the image below.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review 2016

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Random Five On Friday

It's been a while since I've done a random 5 on Friday. Since it's the new year, I thought I would give some random goals I have set for myself.

1. I want to give up soda for the year.
2. I want to exercise more this year.
3. I am wanting to get healthier this year by eating more fruits and veggies.
4. I want to drink more water this year.
5. And one random thought just for fun, I am looking forward to a great year on the review crew. There will be a lot of great products to review.



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