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Friday, April 22, 2011

School/Craft/Scrapbook Room Post #2

Some of you probably read my post about our school/scrapbooking room well I have made a lot of changes since then and have been meaning to give you an update but I have been so busy. My husband has done a wonderful job on my room.....he likes to spoil me!

Here is my little corner with slat wall on one side. We only ordered one sheet because I wanted to make sure it was what I really wanted eventually there will probably be one on the other wall also.
In the drawers on the left side we have pens and pencils we use for school. The basket above it has my corner rounders and a few cards that need to be mailed. On the little shelf in the middle I have my stamp pads and sticker makers. Alaina sits by me during school so her pencil box and pip squeak markers are right there for her to reach.
In the corner I have 2 wire baskets the bottom one has my Close to My Heart Stamps, some flower embellishments and my Cricut tool kit. The top one is full of brads and eyelets. Under my baskets I store my Making Memories paper trimmer. I absolutely love my slat board and pegs. I have all sorts of fun stuff right there where I can see it. Tape refills, fancy paper clips, colored staples, 3D stickers, ribbon, paper tear edger rulers, and lots more.

Here is a front view showing my Cricut cartridges on the shelves at the top.
This wall is about 12 feet directly behind where I sit.
On the very top shelf I have some scrapbooking magazines and my Sizzix. I don't use it that much since I have the Cricut but I still really like the fonts that I have with it and use it once in awhile. On the next shelf I have some photo storage boxes on the left. In the white box I have my Bind It All & coils. The white basket is Amber's. She has been making hair bows and keeps her ribbon, hair clips, and glue gun in there. On the same shelf I have my Your Story book binder and laminator. The drawers here have my wooden stamps and the girls ink pads. In the pink and black boxes I have envelopes, laminating sheets, and some chipboard.
The red box at the top has some sewing supplies. The black paper storage cubes of course have paper in them. I have another one that I just bought and need to put together. And then there is my big Cricut and my baby bug! I keep pages I am working on in the drawers on the bottom and the black box has vinyl, glue gun, and my old paper trimmers that my girls use. Underneath my shelves there are a few boxes of craft supplies for my girls.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my room. I love to see how people organize their school/craft/scrapbooking rooms, if you have blogged about yours leave me a link so I can see it. Next time maybe I will share where and how we keep our school books.

I'm linking up to the Friday Remodelaholic if you would like to see what other people are working on.

Five Question Friday 4/22/2011

1. What is your favorite Easter tradition?
Every year we make sure we decorate our eggs so we can hide them on Sunday after lunch. I always buy some plastic ones just in case it is raining and we have to hide them inside.
2. Are you a "shower" or a "long, hot bath" kind of person?
Definitely a shower! I don't have time for a long hot bath, there are to many other things I would rather do.

3. Can you parallel park and if so when is the last time you did it?
I can parallel park, but since I drive a suburban I try not to because people like to pull in to close.

4. What is your favorite Easter candy?
Yum! Easter candy is my favorite all year long. I love  Cadbury Mini Eggs, chocolate covered marshmallows, and Cadbury Cream Eggs. Oh, I almost forgot Peeps! We even dipped some in chocolate this year and they were so good!!
5. Easter: do you go all out with the Easter Bunny or focus on the religious part of the holiday?
Some years the kids want to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and we always color and hide eggs but that's about it on the commercialism part. After church on Sunday we always have a big dinner of usually ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and this year a chocolate cheesecake and a white chocolate cheesecake. Yum!

See The Light

My girls love to draw, Morgan started keeping an Art Journal years ago and it is beautiful. I wanted all three of my younger girls to do the same. So we try to make time in our school week for them to draw and journal in their notebooks. This year we haven't been very diligent in this until we watched Art Class from See The Light and now my girls are wanting to draw all the time.

We received The Basics DVD which contains lessons 1-4 of the first volume. Pat Knepley does a wonderful job explaining things to the kids. All three of my girls ages 6, 8, &10 watched the DVD several times. It inspired Amber (10) to draw random objects around the house. Each lesson gives step by step instructions that include Art History and Biblical Truth while building upon skills learned in the previous lessons. It is very obvious that Pat loves Art and that she enjoys teaching it.
  • Lesson 1 Tools Of The Trade ~ Pat explains what makes a drawing and shows you items that are great to include in your "drawing toolkit".
  • Lesson 2 It All Starts With A Line ~ The student learns about line qualities and that contour drawing is the most important skill of drawing.
  • Lesson 3 Contours & Composition ~ You will receive tips on where to place objects in your drawing and to train you eyes and hands to work together.
  • Lesson 4 Draw What You See ~ You are taught to draw what you see & not what you know by placing a shoe and drawing exactly what you see from the angle it is placed in front of you.
  • Bonus Chalk-It-Easy Chalk Art Lesson ~ Gloria Kohlman explains what she is doing while completing a chalk drawing.
There are 9 DVD's in the Art Class series with 36 lessons for a full year curriculum taught to elementary age children. If you have an older child who has not had any art training they would benefit from this also. Most lessons require only paper, pencil, and eraser. You can purchase the complete set for $99.99. Art Class is also available with an online subscription with a rate of $10.00 per month. The online classes are the same as the DVD version. You will get 4 lessons per month and as long as you are still a subscriber you may go back and view your previous lessons. You can also explore the Bible through some of their other DVD lessons, purchase gift sets, supplies, books, and music from the See The Light store.

If you would like to try it out the first 3 lessons are available online for free or you may request a free DVD.

Pat Knepley loves sharing her passion for Art with kids, she has been drawing and painting since she was very little and she has an Art Education degree and teaching credentials from Penn State.

Sail on over to read what other Crew members liked about this product.
As a member of the TOS Crew I received The Basic DVD from See The Light to use with my children free of charge in exchange for my review of this item.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nutrition 101:Choose Life

We all have busy lives and some days it is so easy to just to go through the drive-thru and pick something up to eat or grab a candy bar on the run without even thinking about the nutrients our body needs.  We started using Nutrition 101: Choose Life! and it has really gotten us all thinking about what we eat and what we should eat.

When I first saw my name on the list to receive this book from Growing Healthy Homes I didn't really know what to expect. Once I received my copy I was very impressed. This book covers so much more than just nutrition. It goes in-depth about how we eat and what we eat, how the body works and how these foods affect the body. I am using the book with all three of my girls and am very excited about what we are learning. I am looking forward to finishing this book because it contains so much to learn about how our bodies work. We received the pdf file e-book that is available via cd-rom from their website and it is beautiful.

Nutrition 101:Choose Life! covers the 12 main body systems in 6 units.
  • Unit 1 ~ The Brain and Nervous System
  • Unit 2 ~ The Digestive System
  • Unit 3 ~ The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory and Visual Systems
  • Unit 4 ~ The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  • Unit 5 ~ The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  • Unit 6 ~ The Endocrine System & Emotions
Each Unit starts out by talking a little about the system being studied. Next the chapters tell us about the body parts in that system and exactly what they do for us and how our environment effects them. Then comes the nutrition part: they explain what vitamins are good, what foods are helpful and harmful for that particular system. They even include recipes that taste good and are good for you. At the end of each chapter there are discussions questions, activities for elementary and secondary students including recipes, and also additional resources for further study. Throughout the book there are charts, graphs, and colored boxes with Fun Facts, Word Power, and Shopping Tips.

In the back of the book there are 31 appendices with so much information. Some of the topics are Health Statistics in the United States, Shopping Lists, How to Chose Fresh Produce, Kitchen Safety, Vitamins, Minerals and so many more. This is one book that you will use over and over again even when you are finished with it as a curriculum.

Growing Healthy Homes is a publishing company that was founded in 2007 by a mom (Karen Hopkins), her oldest daughter (Sera Johnson), and her daughter-in-law (Laura Hopkins) it is owned and operated by the family. Their mission is to honor God by creating and distributing products that educate and empower His children to establish healthy, Christ-centered homes. They may be attending a conference or educational seminar near you where you can look at the products they have for sale. Their events are listed here.

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is available in hardback for $99.95, CD-Rom for $79.95, or you can purchase both together for $129.95. Along with Nutrition 101: Choose Life!, Growing Healthy Homes offers other a few more books to purchase and a few freebies!

Growing Healthy Homes has given me a promotional code for you to save 15% off your entire order!
Just enter TOScrew11 at checkout to receive your discount. is hosting a free Nutrition 101: Choose Life! webinar on April 21, 2011
at 3:00 PM-4:30 PM CDT.

Sail on over to read other Crew member reviews of this book.
As a member of the TOS Crew I received a down loadable pdf of Nutrition 101: Choose Life! to use with my children in exchange for my review.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Five Question Friday

1. What is your favorite sign of spring?
When you wake up to 8 inches of snow in the middle of April it's hard to think that spring will ever be here to stay. I do like to wake up to the birds chirping outside my window & when the little buds come out on my Weeping Willow tree.
2. What was your best birthday ever?
I can't remember if it was the best but last year on my 40th birthday we went to Santa Monica Pier and ate at Bubba Gumps. My husband bought me flowers and a big balloon heart from the pier vendors. We walked along the beach and enjoyed the sunset on the ocean.
3. What is your favorite dessert? cheesecake! Chocolate cheesecake and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake are my two favorites, but any flavor will do!!
4. What is the best excuse you've ever used to get out of a ticket?
If I were to get pulled over today I would not make an excuse, lie or sweet talk my way out of it. But when I was a teenager I got pulled over for speeding while driving my sisters truck. I lied to the police officer and told him that the speedometer was broken & that she had an appointment to get it fixed. He believed me & I didn't get a ticket. I should not have lied, but I was a completely different person then.
5. Do you wake up before your alarm, with your alarm, or after hitting snooze several times?
I am a night owl, I do not like getting up early. My alarm clock is on the other side of the room and I never hit the snooze button but most of the time my alarm will go off for at least an hour before I hear it. When Morgan still lived at home she would hear it from her room and would come and wake me up. Maybe I should get an alarm that sounds like my kids saying "Mommy" because I always here them.
You can also join in on Five Question Friday over at My Little Life.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rebecca St. James CD Winner

Congratulations Tristan!! You won my Rebecca St. James CD Giveaway.

If you would like another chance to win you can enter here:
Guiding Light ends 4/18

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blog Walk Week 19

I can't believe this school year is almost over & I am almost done walking through all the TOS Crew member blogs. Here is my list for this week.

1. Accidentally Homeschooling
2. Live The Adventure
3. Garden of Learning
4. Reviews & Reflections5. C.H.I.N.A. Chronicles
6. A House Upon The Rock
7. Tumbleweed News
8. Simply at Home
9. Life at Rossmont
10. Abundant Blessings
11. Blue Skies Academy

Friday, April 8, 2011

Winner The Crossmaker DVD

CONGRATULATIONS!! Annette for winning the Crossmaker DVD from See the Light. I'm sure you will enjoy this as much as we do.

Just becuase you didn't win mine there are still several chances out there to win your very own copy.
Here are a couple of my friends blog who are also giving this away.

The Cow Queen ends 4/10

Reading Aloud Challenge, April 7

My friend Debra over at Footprints in the Butter started hosting a weekly Read Aloud Challenge & since I love to read aloud to my kids I thought it would be very easy to join in.

She asked the questions:

What are your goals, and how have you been doing? Why is this important to you?

I think it is very important to read to my kids everyday. We get to spend time together and we learn so much no matter what book we are reading. Sometime the girls will just curl up in a blanket to listen, other times they like to color. We always read at night after our family devotions & sometimes we accidentally stay up way to late!
I don't really set goals for our read aloud time, we have a very long list of books we want to read. We usually take turns picking them out.
I also encourage my kids to read everyday to themselves and some times to each other.

This week we have read:

The Hardy Boys #19 Mystery of the Disappearing Floor
The Hardy Boys #20 Mystery of the Flying Express
I picked up the first 5 Hardy Boy books at our Library book sale in the fall & gave them to my girls for Christmas. They have really enjoyed them and we are now ready for #21
Andi's Scary School Days by Susan K. Marlow
The Eskimo Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Plus several picture books

We are currently reading:
The Japanese Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins

School Read Aloud:
Nutrition 101
Who is God? And Can I really Know Him?

You can visit Footprints in the Butter to see what other people are reading.
What are you reading this week?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011



Kinderbach is a music program for young children available online or DVD format. It is recommended for children ages 3-7. The music program is directed to the child, so even if you have no musical background you can still give your children a solid music foundation with this program (you may even learn something yourself). The basic music vocabulary, note reading, rhythm, technique, signing, listening, and music composition is taught in this 6 level course. With each lesson there is a video to watch and an activity book to go along with each level. You can try the first 3 lessons free and you can see the curriculum syllabus for each level to help you get an idea of how things work. You can also download a sample of the Student Level 1 Activity EBook.

Experts say that musical educations at a young age will improve our children's IQ. Kinderbach explains how their music program can help with our children learn Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.

I have been using this program with my 6, 9, & 10 year old daughters. They have all three been taking piano lessons so they already know most of the information that is taught, but they still enjoyed the program. They all liked the part where you use anything for a rhythm instrument and play along while a song is played. This has been really good for them, being homeschooled and only learning the piano they are not used to playing along with anyone. The program is so easy to use, they logged themselves in and did exactly what was instructed. Everything was very easy for them to understand.

Kinderbach can be purchased in an year long online subscription for $95.88 or you can make 12 monthly payments of $19.99. If you would rather enjoy this program in DVD form there are several different packages available to purchase. There are also Song Ebooks available that are Piano Karaoke designed for children with no musical background. They will be able to play the simple songs right away.

Sail on over to the Crew Blog to read what other members thought of Kinderbach.
I received the online version of Kinderbach free for 3 months to use with my children in exchange for my review of their program.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Go Go Kabongo

Alaina, age 6 has been playing a fun online game called GoGo Kabongo that helps promote early learning skills in children ages 4-7. She really enjoyed playing the games, she said it didn't seem like school. Her favorite thing was using the stickers in the Comic Book Maker and taking pictures in the Photo Safari. The printable coloring sheets and activities were also a big hit with her. Even though Alaina is already reading she has enjoyed playing the games and at only $4.95 it is definitely worth the price.

There are 3 Habitat's with 3 different games in each Habitat. Right now 2 Habitat's are FREE and the 3rd Habitat is only $4.95. That price is forever, there are no subscription fees. You can register for the free part of the game here.

The three Habitats are: Laughter Lake, Galaxy Garden, and Twister Top. In each Habitat children can play learning games, solve mini-missions, and discover hidden treasures while they meet friendly characters along the way.
GoGo Kabongo  helps children to develop good thinking habits, which will help them to become better readers. It also helped develop essential reading skills such as:

  • Attention and Focus
  • Memory Skills
  • Processing
  • Planning
  • Visualization
  • Comprehension
You can check on your child's progress to see which level they are on in each section of the game. It also shows what skills they have been working on.

Alaina's Progress Report for Galaxy Gardens

Kabongo was launched in the fall of 2010 and was founded by a cognitive psychologist and a team of game designers. They wanted to help kids learn to read more effectively by building their critical thinking skills.

Sail on over to the TOS Crew blog and see what others had to say about GoGo Kabongo.
As a member of TOS Crew I received GoGo Kabongo free for one student in exchange for my review of their product.  

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rebecca St. James' "I Will Praise You" Review & Giveaway

If you have been following my blog you know that my favorite Christmas Song is Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Rebecca St. James. I like that Christmas CD so much I listen to it all year. When I was asked to review her first studio work since 2005 I couldn't reply fast enough, and YES it is as good as her other music.

Rebecca St. James charts yet another new course with I Will Praise You, a new collection of worship songs she terms "her most personal recording to date." From the opening notes of track one, listeners are offered a welcoming connection with Rebecca's recognizably authentic vocal warmth and delivery. More than anything, I Will Praise You represents the latest steps in Rebecca's life long journey towards the presence of God. You can find out more information at Rebecca's website.

I Will Praise You tracks:
  • I Will Praise You
  • You Never Let Go
  • Shine Your Glory Down
  • You Still Amaze Me
  • In a Moment
  • The Kindness of Our God
  • When The Stars Burn Down
  • Almighty God
  • You Hold Me Now
  • You Make Everything Beautiful
I will Praise You will be released April 5, 2011. If you can't wait til then to listen to it you can either come to my house or you can listen to the first 3 songs at Rebecca's Listening Party.  

Now the fun part! I have one CD to giveaway!! You have until midnight April 11, 2011 to enter. I will use to chose a winner on Tuesday morning April 12. 
  • Mandatory Entry: Let me know if you listen to Rebecca St. James & if you do what is your favorite song from her. 
  • Additional Entries:

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Blog Walk Week 18

Another week of walking through other homeschool blogs. I have really enjoyed seeing how other people homeschool. Here is my list for this week.
1. Homedaze
2. Pondering on the Prairie
3. Mrs. D's Homestead
4. Training Children Up for Christ
5. Ahoy Maties!
6. Mountaineer Country
7. Life with the Tribe
8. Tenacity Divine
9. Ramblings of the Blonde Mother Bear
10. Circling Through This Life

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...
It is such a blessing to my life to see Morgan strive to do what is right. She has grown into such a beautiful young lady.

In our homeschool this week...
We are on spring break this week from NO bookwork!! We did attend a bug presentation at the Children's Museum in North Platte. The lady came from the Butterfly Pavilion in Colorado. Now my girls want a tarantula.
Places we're going and people we're seeing...
The girls and I went to see Morgan this week. She was on spring break from her school. We played games, shopped, and of course we ate at restaurants we don't have.
My favorite thing this week was...
getting to spend time with Morgan. I have really missed her since she moved away.
What's working/not working for us...
A break from school is definitely working!
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...
Having a few days off is very refreshing!
A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
My Girls

Blog Party

There is a party going on, a Blog Party that is. 5 Minutes for Mom is hosting a very large Blog Party & I thought I would participate this year. So for those of you who don't know me I'll introduce myself.

My name is Lisa and I have been married for 21 years and we have 5 wonderful children. We are a Christian homeschooling family since 1995 with 2 graduates. I decorate wedding cakes from my home, and you can check out some of my cake pictures here.

I started blogging after getting accepted for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew for the 2010-2011 school year. On the Crew we use homeschool products and write a review of the item. I really had no idea what I was getting into & have learned so much since starting my blog.

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to join the Party head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom to link your blog up or just to check out other blogs! I am hoping to find the time to read them all.

ZGuide to Kit Kitteredge

The American Girls are a big hit at our house, so when we were offered to review the ZGuide for the Kit Kittredge DVD I knew we would like it. I was surprised at how much we learned about the Great Depression.

The ZGuide is an ebook from Zeezok Publishing that helps you incorporate media into your curriculum. Each ZGuide contains a topic overview, movie synopsis, and ten learning activities to help you study the movie. It is recommended that you answer the movie review questions while watching the DVD. This forces you to become an active learner instead of a passive observer. Every ZGuide contains a "hand-on" activity to develop the student's artistic talents. The "Worldview Activity"  asks the student to evaluate the actors actions and attitudes to help them think critically. "The Filmmaker's Art" focuses on the movie-making techniques and their effects on the viewer. "For Family Discussion" everyone in the family can contribute their thoughts. The goal of the ZGuide is to teach the viewer to think critically.

The ZGuide to the movies for Kit Kitteredge is recommended for junior high level. I used it with my 4th & 5th graders. The guide is scheduled to last 5 days and we actually used it the way it was suggested.
  • Day 1 we read the Topic Overview and the Movie Synopsis before we viewed the DVD. We answered the 25 Movie Review Questions during the movie. My girls only missed a couple of them, so we went back to that section of the movie and watched it again. Then we went online and read some other articles on the Great Depression to answer the questions in Activity 2.
  • Day 2 was my girls favorite part of the study. They were given some hobo symbols to look up online to break the code. They wrote each other notes using the hobo language and also wrote it all over our sidewalk with chalk. We also completed the vocabulary words associated with the Great Depression.
  • Day 3 We wrote a newspaper article about something from the Depression. We also researched fashion for this time period.
  • Day 4 we completed the Who Am I? activity. We were given 17 descriptions of people and we had to see if we remembered who they were. We also talked about irony and foreshadowing and were given several quotes from the movie for us to decide which it was.
  • Day 5 we discussed pride and prejudice from the 1930s. The last activity was about the lighting, irony, music, and color used the movie and the perception it gives the viewer. We also went over the family discussions questions and watched the movie again.
This was the first movie guide we have used & it forced us to notice other things in the movie besides the main characters and theme of the movie. The ZGuide for Kit Kitteredge is available from Zeezok Publishing for $12.99. The Kit Kittredge DVD is also available for $15.98. They also sell many more ZGuides to other movies.

Zeezok Publishing was new to me when I received my ZGuide to the movies. This company was established in 2003 and strive to provide quality literature and educational books to train the next generation. They believe that "It is better to build children than to repair men." They want to develop love for God and country in your family.

There were several different ZGuides reviewed by 100 TOS Crew members, so stop on over and find one that you would like to read more about.
As a member of TOS Crew I received the Kit Kitteredge ZGuide to use with my children in exchange for my review of this item.
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