3/29/2016

An Interview With My Five Year Old

Two years ago, I asked my the three year old daughter these same questions. I forgot to do it last year, but remembered to ask her these questions this year to see how much her answers have changed. Here are the answers she gave me two years ago.

Below are her answers for this year:

1. What is your favorite color? purple
2. What is your favorite toy? stuffed animals
3. What is your favorite fruit? strawberry
4. What is your favorite tv show? Supergirl
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  cake and strawberries
6. What is your favorite animal?  horse
7. What is your favorite song? Baby Jesus
8. Who is your best friend?  Layla
9. What is your favorite dinner? spaghetti
10. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play Hobbits
11. What is your favorite drink? sweet tea
12. What is your favorite place to go? Uncle Robbie's and Aunt Ruby's house
13. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? my cover
14. What do you want on your birthday?  a new pillow
15. What do you want to be when you grow up? firefighter

I'm going to try to remember to ask her these questions every year.

3/22/2016

Woodlawn ~ FishFlix.com Review






















My children and I love to watch movies. We probably watch a movie at least five times a week. I like to use them during our school time for not only educational purposes, but also for fun when we need a break from paper work. We recently were given the opportunity to review a movie from FishFlix.com. From the list we were given, my boys wanted me to ask for the movie Woodlawn. We had heard of the movie but had not yet seen it. They love football and I knew this is one they would enjoy.

About the Woodlawn DVD:
This true story takes place in Birmingham, Alabama in 1973. During this time, many of the schools in the south went through an integration process. Woodlawn High School being one of them. Tony Nathan and several other students began school at Woodlawn after the desegregation. Racial tensions were high and there was a lot of riots. There was one thing that could bring everyone together and that was football. Tony Nathan was able to try out for the football team. He made the football team and became one of the star players. Chaplain Hank Erwin came to Coach Tandy and asked if he could talk to the players on the football team. He told them of his own life and how he had made the decision to follow Christ. In a turn of events, many of the football players turned their life over to God. After accepting Christ, the players wanted to have an impact on their coach and community. They did this by putting their prejudices aside and trying to get along with everyone. This was also a great year for the Woodlawn High School football team as everyone expected them to lose. They ended up with and 8-2 record and always remembered to put Christ first in all they do. After high school, Tony Nathan went to Alabama where he helped win a national championship in 1978. he then played for nine seasons with the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.

What we thought about the Woodlawn DVD:
After watching the movie, my youngest son said, "That was such a great movie." I agree. It was a great movie. One of the lines that stuck with me was when the coach asked the assistant if he was really all in. Meaning, was he really all in for Christ. We just completed a series at my church about being "All In."  Even though, I am not much into football, I enjoyed the message this movie portrayed.

About FishFlix.com:
FishFlix.com is a company that was started over a decade ago. It started when Dr. Sakirgil, a Turkish Christian, became involved in the making of a Christian movie, Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches. Dr. Sakirgil immigrated to America and started selling Christian movies on the internet and FishFlix.com was born. It is now based in Mora, Minnesota. They work to glorify God by providing amazing customer service, great prices, and a great variety of movies.


A giveaway:
FishFlix.com is offering a prize package worth over $80. They are giving away five movies when you sign up to be on their email list. You can enter the giveaway HERE.



FishFlix.com Review

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3/21/2016

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 21














Plan for this week, in no particular order:

~ Lentil Tacos:
   1 cup lentils
   2-3 cups chicken broth
   1 packet taco seasoning (I use McCormick's)
Add all of the above into a pan and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer (med-low) and simmer for 30 minutes or when most of the liquid has been absorbed. When soft, I puree in a blender. Serve on crunchy or soft taco shells with your favorite toppings.

 ~ BBQ Chicken
 ~ Beef and Broccoli
 ~ Beef Strognaoff
 ~ Chick Fil A Copycat nuggets
 ~ Homemade Pizza

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3/18/2016

Random Five On Friday













1. We went to Cary (NC) to see Ken Ham speak on Monday. He had two sessions. The first one was for K-6th grade and was about dinosaurs. The second session was for 7th-12th grade and was about how to defend your faith. We had a good time.



































2. I made a recipe this week that my kids have been asking me to make for a while, but I didn't have a recipe for it. Our friends make a pizza mac and cheese bake that my kids like, so I went and found a recipe and it came out the same as our friends. The kids were happy.

3. I cannot believe how fast this year is going by. It seems like it was January 1 yesterday and now we are almost to April. time needs to slow down.

4. Each year, my youngest son and I fill out a March Madness bracket. This year is not looking so great. A lot of upsets this year.

5. Although I just said I want time to slow down, I am looking forward to being done with the school year. It will be nice to have a break.

3/12/2016

Week In Review


This week has been wonderful. The weather has started to warm up and the flowers are blooming. The kids have been finishing their school work earlier, so they have time to get outside and play.

This week, my boys had an opportunity to participate in a homeschool pine wood derby race. They placed 1st and 2nd in their age group.






















Some other things we have been working on this week ~

We are getting to the last of our lessons and plan to be done for the year on April 15. We start our school year in July and have a laid back approach during the year. Taking days off whenever we feel we need it and field trips on pretty days.

Working on a few review items that will post in the next couple of weeks (movie review, times table review, and a writing review) Be sure to watch for those to post during the end of March and in April.

We have had a great week with learning and fun. Looking forward to a great summer break soon.

I am linking up over at Home to 4 Kiddos this week.

3/08/2016

Grapevine Studies ~ Review









Finding a Bible curriculum that is fun and engaging is sometimes a difficult task. I had heard of Grapevine Studies in the past, but never used their product. I wasn't sure it would be fun for my older three kids. So when the opportunity came up to review Grapevine Studies, I chose to go with something my five year old daughter might like. Little did I know how much of an impact it would have on her. I chose to review New Testament Overview Part 1 (Beginner: John to the Apostles). I received the physical product of both the student book and the teacher book.


































What is Grapevine Studies?

Grapevine Studies is a method that is used to engage the student by helping them to remember the stories through a stick figure drawing. This method "sticks" with the child as they hear or read the story, draw the story, and review the story. They can learn and retain so much by this method.

What is New Testament 1: Beginner John to the Apostles?

This study takes a preschooler or kindergartner through the New Testament. The story is chronologically presented from John's birth to the beginning of Jesus' ministry.  You are able to choose how to do the Bible study, either weekly or daily. The lessons are short and only take about 15 minutes each day to present. The supplies needed for the student are student book, Bible, and colored pencils. The supplies needed for the teacher are the teacher book, Bible, Bible dictionary, and dry erase board and markers.






















How we used the books:
We received the physical books from Grapevine Studies. The books came already hole punched which I was surprised when I saw that. It helped make it easier to add to a notebook. I did the lessons three times a week with my (just turned) five year old. I didn't know if she would be able to do the drawings by herself, but they are simple stick drawings and she has done a great job so far. I sit beside her and let her look at the teacher copy. Each time we did the lesson, I would read the Bible passage for the day to my daughter. We then discussed the story and the people who were in it. Next, my daughter would draw the figures into the student book. And lastly, we reviewed the lesson for the day. It is fun, short, and simple. And my daughter is remembering each person when we do the reviews from the day before.

So, want to know what we think about Grapevine Studies?
My daughter and I give this Bible curriculum five stars! We love it! My daughter loves it and looks forward to Bible class each time. She has learned and retained so much through these lessons. I will continue on with Grapevine studies and will order some of them for my older children as well.























Wrap-up:
We reviewed the physical copies of the student book ($12.50) and the teacher book ($22.50). The physical copy of the student book is for one child only. If you have more than one child you want to use this curriculum with, they offer a family ebook that can be used for more than one child in your own family.

Be sure to read what other crew members thought about Grapevine Studies by clicking on the image below. There are different levels of different products that were reviewed.

Birth of John to Jesus' Ministry {Grapevine Studies Review}






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3/07/2016

Menu Plan Monday ~ March 7, 2016













Our menu for this week:

Monday ~ Tacos
Tuesday ~ Breakfast for supper (pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits)
Wednesday ~ Spaghetti
Thursday ~ Chicken with some veggies
Friday ~ boys will be at Trail Life camp out, so maybe homemade pizza for the girls
Saturday ~ boys will still be gone, not sure yet

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3/04/2016

Our Homeschool Week

After being sick with some type of flu last week, we were able to get a full week of work in this week. We did take Wednesday off for my youngest daughter's birthday. She wanted pizza for her birthday at a special place where they have a carousel horse that children can sit on.














After eating pizza, the kids wanted to go to a place to hike and play. When we got there, we soon discovered that the hiking trails were flooded. We were able to walk about 1/8 mile on one of the trails.























When we got back to the main area of the park, the kids played and dug for fossils. It turned out to be a good day even though the trails were flooded.




3/01/2016

The Dragon And The Raven ~ Review























My children love to listen to audio dramas. On Saturday mornings, instead of getting up and watching television, my children turn on the radio and listen to the audio dramas on the Christian channel. I have done several reviews for audio dramas in the past. I have also done a review of Heirloom Audio Productions, Under Drake’s Flag. I was so excited to have the opportunity to review another Heirloom AudioProductions. We have enjoyed listening to The Dragon and the Raven over the past month.  I love them just as much as the kids do. 

The Dragon and the Raven is a Christian audio drama based on the novel by G. A. Henty. This drama takes you on a wonderful adventure back to the days of King Alfred. The story takes us back to the days before England was a country. Back to when the Saxons were being overtaken by the Vikings (Danes). In this fictional story that is based on historical events, we are introduced to Edmund, a young Saxon who becomes a hero. Kind Alfred was a young king. He had incredible Christian faith. How will he fight off the Vikings? Will he win the war against the Vikings? If you know your history, you may already know the answers. If not, you can find out by listening to The Dragon and the Raven.





















When we received this, I had decided to try to spread out this drama over some time. My kids would rather listen to it all at once, but I’d rather take some time to listen to it. I put the cd in the car, so we could listen to it whenever we were in the car. It keeps them quiet on car trips because they don’t want to miss anything. These audio dramas are always very interesting and entertaining. I also enjoy listening to the dramas and can’t wait to hear the next part of the story, because the quality of the production is outstanding.

I also received a few extras with the two CD set. One of the extras is a study guide. The study guide gives a brief biography of G.A. Henty and King Alfred the Great. The study guide has a set of questions for each track on the disc. Each set of questions has three parts- listening well, thinking further, and defining words. I had planned to use the study guide, but since we listened to the CD in the car, I did not use it. We did discuss the story after each car ride though. 

This is the third Heirloom Audio Productions CD that we have listened to and I cannot even begin to express how well produced these CD's are. The music that is used is perfect. The actors that are chosen are perfect. You can tell by listening to them that they love what they are doing.  I also love that the kids are getting a history lesson while listening to the CD. G.A. Henty wrote some great works of fiction that have many historical facts in them, but also added in some fictional characters to help with telling the stories. Be sure to check out a sample of The Dragon and the Raven and order your copy today. The two CD set with three bonuses is $29.97 plus shipping. 
















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The Dragon and the Raven {Heirloom Audio Productions Review}



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