8/22/2017

The Everday Family Chore System Review

The Everyday Family Chore System Review

I have been looking for ways to help me get my kids to want to do their chores. Also, my kids only want to do just one chore and not learn to do other chores. The Everyday Family Chore System has some great advice on how to get your kids to rotate through some different chores that you set up. This chore system was designed by Vickie Bentley of Everyday Homemaking.

I received the digital version of The Everyday Family Chore System. The book is about 88 pages long and is broken down into three parts.

Part one talks about laying a foundation. Training your children from the beginning is the first step to having a successful home management system. The book tells how to have age appropriate expectations of your kids.

Part two talks about implementing the plan. There is a life skills checklist in this part that tells you what your child should be able to do at a certain age. Also included in part two is how to put together a chore chart. There are several options listed in how to make this work. (see below)  There are also zone cleaning pages and “how to” pages included in this section.

Sample pages

Part three is the actual chore system. There are printable chores (job labels) and printable how to do it cards. One way to make a chart is to print out the job labels and attach them to clothes pins. You can then put the clothespin next to the child’s name that has that chore for the week or month. The how to do it cards help the child learn how to set the table, sweep, vacuum, dust, tidy the bathroom, and several more (too many to list). There are also blank job labels and blank how to cards if you need to make your own.

I plan to set up this chore system in September. We have just been so busy that I haven’t had time to do it yet. I have already been going through the chores and writing down which ones my kids, ages 15, 14, almost 12, and 6, can do by themselves. I have also noted which how to cards my kids will need to use to do certain chores and we may use these cards to do a fall cleaning. This system looks fairly easy to use and I think it will work great in our home. I’m looking forward to getting it implemented.

Everyday Cooking and Chores Systems for your Family {Everyday Homemaking Reviews}

8/20/2017

8/17/2017

Outside the Home






















Some of the ways we get outside of the house on a regular basis are field trips, park days, Trail Life for my boys, and church.

I try to schedule several field trips throughout the year so we can get out and away from the books. Some of the field trips we take are to the aquarium, zoo, and the science or history museum. This year I also am planning a trip to the bird park here in Eastern NC since my 1st grader is using Apologia's Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.

We also go to the beach and the forts that are at the beach. There are two forts that are close to us: Fort Macon and Fort Fisher.

Another way we get out of the house is to go on nature trail walks, especially when the weather is cooler. The Cedar Point trail is our favorite.

Those are just a few of the things when we get outside the home. See what the other crew members do to get out of their homes.

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8/16/2017

Planning and Organization

Planning and Organization:
I do a little planning during our summer break to get ready for the new school year. This past summer, I planned out all 170 days of my boy's lessons. I wrote down all of their assignments to be done each day in a spiral notebook. I was going to do my oldest daughter's lessons but ran out of time. I will probably get hers finished in a few weeks. Since I have so many teacher's books, it is just so much simpler to write everything down at the beginning so I don't have to drag them out each week to write everything down. I also don't date the assignments, just write lesson 1, lesson 2, etc. So if we take a field trip, the lessons don't get off. The kids can just pick up with the next lesson.

A few years ago I wrote this Homeschool Organization post. I try to keep all the quizzes and tests and papers that are needed for the year in a plastic container in file folders. Then I can just pull them out as needed.

Record Keeping:
The only record I have kept prior to my oldest reaching 9th grade is an attendance record (required by the state).

Last year, I only had one student to keep grades for, so I did it on a printable grade keeper form I found. It was sometimes difficult to keep up with especially at the end of each quarter and semester. I did manage to get the right grades and make up a transcript at the end of the year, but I would suggest being super organized if you go with the paper method.

This year I have two students I need to keep records for, so I downloaded the free version of Homeschool Tracker. This program makes it easy to keep track of their grades. I give them the test or quiz and grade it right away. I then enter the grade into the tracker program and I have it readily available. The Homeschool Tracker also keeps track of attendance. At the end of the year, I am able to print the grades and the attendance to keep on file.

Be sure to check out the post on the Homeschool Review Crew blog about planning and record keeping.

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8/15/2017

Our Must Have School Supplies
















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Today I am joining the Homeschool Review Crew as we share our favorite school supplies. What are some of your must have school supplies for your homeschool?

You will find some of our must have school supplies in the list below.

1. Ticonderoga Pencils ~ These are the best pencils ever. They sharpen good and write well. They are also long lasting. I ordered a large pack last year and we still have plenty pencils left for this year.

2. Pencil Sharpener ~ A good pencil needs a good sharpener. I reviewed the Classroom Friendly Supply sharpener in 2014 and we are still using it and it is still working great. You can order directly from the site or this one like it from Amazon is also nice.

3. Laminator ~ I have a laminator like the one on the left. I have had it for several years and it is still working great. They have an updated version and I am sure it still works the same as the one I have. The laminators sometimes go on sale on Amazon, but if you don't want to wait for a sale, there are several other brands to choose from.


4. Spiral notebooks ~ I use these to write down my oldest three's work for the day. I got the idea a few years ago from this blog post. I also have them write their answers down in a spiral notebook which makes it easier to check it.

5. Art Supplies ~ My girls love creating, coloring, and painting. We always have a supply of crayons, colored pencils, and watercolor paints on hand. We also keep paper and different coloring books on hand. Recently, our favorite paints are the paint stix from Kwik Stix. You can read my review about them here and here.

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8/14/2017

Curriculum Choices 2017-2018 School Year

This week, I am joining my fellow crew mates over at the Homeschool Review Crew blog for a back to homeschool blog hop. Today we will be discussing the different curriculum we use in our homeschool.











This year my oldest son is in 10th grade. 


















He will be using the following for his studies:

My youngest son is in 9th grade this year.


















He will be using the following:

My oldest daughter is in 7th grade this year.


















She will be using the following:


















For literature she will be using the following:

My youngest daughter is in 1st grade this year.












She will be using Abeka for everything except science. We are using Apologia Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day for science.


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8/13/2017

8/07/2017

Greek ‘n’ Stuff ~ Review

Greek 'n' Stuff - Review

Have you been considering having your child learn Greek? Are you wondering how your child could learn Greek when you don’t know it yourself? Over the past several weeks we have been reviewing Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! - Level 2 set from Greek ‘n’ Stuff. We were sent the level 2 workbook, answer key, and a pronunciation CD.

Greek ‘n’ Stuff was founded in 1996 as a way to bring quality materials to homeschoolers, schools, and churches. Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! teaches Biblical Greek to children as young as pre-school age all the way up to any age that wants to learn Greek. If students go through the eight level series, then they will have a good understanding of Koine Greek.

Level 2 introduces the alphabet and in later lessons moves on to simple words. Each lesson has about six pages of workbook pages to complete which can be spread out over the week. Each lesson takes a week to complete and there are thirty lessons in level 2. There are flash cards included in the back of the workbook that are to be used daily to learn the letters and words. The pronunciation CD includes the reader and pronunciations for level one and level two. Each level is built from the previous level.

Sample worbook pages

When this first arrived, I wasn’t sure who would want to use it. I put in the CD for everyone to listen to and none of them were really interested in it.  My boys thought it was too childish for them and my girls just didn’t have an interest. I went ahead and decided to use this course for myself. I am hoping to convince the kids that this is a great course for them after I have finished going through it. I really think my oldest would enjoy this if he gave it time. He could work through this level faster (instead of the weekly timetable) and move onto level three which I think gets a little more in depth. With his career choice, I know that him knowing Biblical Greek would help him tremendously.



I went ahead and used this course like a child would, one lesson per week. I listened to the alphabet song (on the CD) and the reader at the beginning of each week. I worked through the workbook doing approximately one page per day (since there are six pages to be completed, I doubled up on one of the days).

So far, I am enjoying the program. It took me a little while at first to realize that the reader was included on the CD. I was a little lost on what I needed to do when I first started out, but I figured it out quickly. It is very easy to work at your own pace and this program is very thorough in teaching Greek. The workbook is also very thorough and you learn how to write each letter.  There is also plenty of review in the workbook. I think that this is a great program for learning Biblical Greek.

Teach Me Some Greek {Greek 'n' Stuff Reviews}

8/06/2017

8/04/2017

Weekly Highlights

Homeschool Week

Wow, I can’t believe another week has come to an end. We have been busy and my boys have taken their first tests for the school year. They have been reading and studying and it shows on their test scores.

My youngest has been having a great time with her school work. This week she said, “Cursive is fun!” She loves learning. She also loves having books read to her. I am working through The Bears on Hemlock Mountain with her for a Progeny Press review.  She also loves creating things and played with some playdoh this week.

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We don’t have a set homeschool room, so my kids just find a place to do their work. I had to sneak the picture below because my son doesn’t like having his picture taken.

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Not only do my kids do book work, but they also do yard work and house work. They also know how to fix the cars. My oldest son was in charge of changing the oil in one of our minivans this week.

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We had planned a nature hike for this afternoon, but it is raining so we will postpone for another day.

I plan to do a blog hop the week of August 14th with the Homeschool Review Crew. I will list our curriculum for the year, our favorite school supplies, planning, and what we do outside the home.

Have a great week!

I am linking up at:
Homeschool Coffee Break

8/02/2017

In the Reign of Terror ~ Heirloom Audio Productions Review

In the Reign of Terror Review

You all know from my past reviews that my children and I love audio dramas. It all began several years ago when my husband introduced my children to some Christian audio dramas on the radio on a Saturday morning. Now, years later, my children still love to listen to audio dramas. So, I love when audio dramas come up for review and pray that we get picked to review them. We especially love audio dramas produced by Heirloom Audio Productions. Their newest drama is In the Reign of Terror.

About Heirloom Audio Productions:
Heirloom Audio Productions main goal is to bring history to life. The team actually travels to the area where the story took place to really get a feel for the story. They want the listener to feel like they are in the story as they listen.

About G.A. Henty:
Born in 1832, Henty became an exceptional English author and war correspondent. His stories are historical and adventurous. They became popular in the late nineteenth century and are still widely read today.

About In the Reign of Terror:
This story is about a sixteen year old English boy named Harry Sandwith. He is sent to live with the Marquis de St. Caux in France during the French Revolution. Harry’s father once served with the marquis. The marquis was wanting his son’s to have an English influence. At first, Harry is disliked by the family, but that changes when Harry kills a rabid dog who attacked two of the marquis’ daughters. The marquis must remain loyal to the King during the French Revolution and decides to move his family to Paris when violence is abundant in Paris.  The marquis and his wife are arrested and he tells his children to escape. Two of the marquis’ sons make their way to England. Harry is free to return to England but decides to stay with the daughters in case he is needed. Harry tries unsuccessfully to free the marquis and his wife and they are killed in the September Massacres. Harry learns that the boys were also killed while making their way to England. One night, Harry rescues a man who turns out to be Maximilien de Robespierre. Harry becomes his secretary and eventually makes it back to England. 

Not only do you get to listen to a great story, but you are able to expand on the story with the included digital study guide. Your children learn historical facts from listening to the story and also from answering the questions provided in the study guide. They are also able to learn the meaning of different words throughout the story. Some of the extras we also received are an e-book of In the Reign of Terror, a printable cast poster, and a Bible verse poster.


Heirloom Audio Productions

The study guide is more than just questions. There are three sections to each chapter/track. The sections are as follows: Listening Well, Thinking Further, and Defining Words. In the listening well section, there are several “easy” questions that can be answered fairly quickly. The thinking further section makes you think about some things and have more difficult questions. The defing words section has several words that you look up in the dictionary. There are also several facts posted throughout the study guide. There is even a recipe included in the study guide! The end of the study guide includes a Bible study that could be used during your family Bible time or during your homeschool Bible time. 



What we thought of In the Reign of Terror:
We loved it! This series is so well produced and it really does bring history to life. This is the fifth Heirloom drama we have listened to and we look forward to hearing more audio dramas produced by Heirloom Audio Productions. We try to spread out our listening time, but we always seem to get hooked and just have to listen to more. We did not use the study guide this time, but if we listen again, I will probably go through some of the guide with my older children.

Something New:
Their newest project is the Live the Adventure Club. Here you are able to read along with the script, listen online chapter by chapter, answer the questions, earn badges, and much more. There is also a parent section that offers encouragement, devotions, and a community forum to interact with others. There is so much more, so be sure to check it out.

Check out my other Heirloom Audio Productions reviews:
Under Drake's Flag
The Dragon and The Raven
The Cat of Bubastes
Beric the Briton


In the Reign of Terror {Heirloom Audio Productions Reviews}








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