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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4/20/2016

Wordless Wednesday

We went to the zoo yesterday.










4/11/2016

Free Printables For Your Homeschool























I have several free printables listed throughout the blog, but I thought it would be best to get them all in one location. 

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4/09/2016

Random Five On Friday













1. We have one more week of school work.

2. We are planning an end of the year trip to the zoo.

3. I have finally ordered all of our curriculum for next school year.

4. I started a 40 day sugar fast on Monday.

5. Sneak peak to some upcoming reviews: Writers in  Residence from Apologia, YWAM book on Milton Hershey, and Greemu lotion.

4/04/2016

Times Tales ~ Review

My daughter has always struggled with math. She has had a difficult time with multiplication especially. I have tried everything to help her and nothing she has done has helped her to learn her multiplication facts. For the past weeks, we have been using Times Tales a great, fun product from The Trigger Memory Co. to help her learn multiplication.

What is Times Tales?
Times Tales is a visual mnemonic way to learn the more difficult multiplication facts. It uses stories to help the child remember the facts. There are several number characters that are introduced in the beginning of the story. After being introduced, the number characters are put together to form a multiplication fact. Here are some examples:
Mrs. Snowman (8) stood on a chair (4) to reach her 3 buttons and 2 mittens. (8 x 4 = 32)
A butterfly (3) flew by the tree house (9) and discovered 27 cents. (9 x 3 = 27)
The facts that are put into stories are 3x6, 3x7, 3x8, 3x9, 4x6, 4x7, 4x8, 4x9, 6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9, 7x7, 7x8, 7x9, 8x8, 8x9, and 9x9. The reason these are used is because these are the more difficult facts to remember.
The downloadable (digital) version comes with two videos and three pdf's (part 1 printables, part 2 printables, and an answer key).

How we used Times Tales?
We were given the download (digital) version to try out. It is recommended to wait one week between each video lesson. After downloading the videos and the accompanying pdf's, my daughter then started. I had her watch part 1 for two days in a row. The next days she spent working on the printables. The printables include a crossword puzzle,  practice test, test, flashcards, and a cube game.  Each day she did something different. One day she worked on the crossword puzzle, the next she did a practice test. At the end of the week she took the test and did a great job. After waiting the recommended week off, she then watched the part 2 video for a couple of days in a row and worked on the printables the rest of the week. I watched along with her the first time on each video, just so I could get an idea of how the program worked.

What we thought about Times Tales:
At first my daughter didn't believe that this was going to work. She watched the video anyway, and when she started working on the printables, she realized that she actually remembered her multiplication facts. These videos and worksheets have helped her tremendously! She is more confident with her multiplication than she was before. She told me that she will definitely want to review the videos every few months to make sure she can remember her facts. I was amazed at how quickly she learned her multiplication facts. It has been a struggle for her, but now she has confidence. I look forward to re-using this in the future with not only my older daughter, but also my youngest daughter.

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