Alaina loves crab & while her sisters were away at camp she wanted to go out to eat where they have crab legs. While we were there she decided she would try some sushi. The first one she tried she didn't really like, but she loved the second one.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
- The Family Media section contains the World of Discovery and Music & Fine Arts. The World of Discovery contains video content of nature, history, documentaries, travel, health & fitness. We watched videos of the smartest animal, the fastest animal, World War II, exercises, aerobics, and cuisine from around the world. The Music & Fine Arts section offers recordings of classical, cultural, jazz, and relaxation music. Some big name people like Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Mozart, Handel, along with sounds of nature, and music from other countries.
- The Reading and Learning Center is where you will find the Mighty eBook Collection, Baby Signs Program, My Animal Family, Quick Find Study Guides, Learning Special Needs, Living Skills Program, Ready Set Sing, and the Fun Zone. There are classic stories, song stories, karaoke, fun facts about animals, and study guides for math, science, social studies, and language arts.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Baby showers have been very popular this June. Here are a few pictures from the past couple of weeks.
Friday, June 19, 2015
I love when we find a good movie that the whole family enjoys. The Pirate's Code is the newest movie that we have been enjoying. We always watch the special features & deleted scenes. In the deleted scenes of this Mickey Matson movie two prisoners, Bobby Lee & Jeremiah, sing the Prison Song. It is actually Oh When the Saints Go Marching In. She has watched it probably 100 times and laughs and laughs every time. She has even put the DVD in just to watch the song again.
Pirate's Code is the follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure. We haven't seen the first movie, but after watching the Pirate's Code we want to see it too. We liked the mix of comedy and adventure.
About the Movie:
In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization. They're new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence. With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon. If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age. It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Mickey Matson Social Media
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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Online worksheet the answers are typed in on a separate window from the lessons.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I don't usually go to the movies and I'm not really one to sit and watch a lot of DVDs, but I just watched Old Fashioned. This romantic-drama was in theaters over Valentine's Day weekend & was just released on DVD today. I also received the novel and the devotional that goes along with the movie.
Trying to have a relationship that pleases God in the world can be hard for anyone. Everyone must set their own convitions and stick to them. Old Fashioned deals with not only trying to honor God in an old fashioned courtship but also forgiving ourselves from the mistakes we have made in the past. I would say this movie is not family friendly. There is drinking, talking about the characters checkered pasts, and a radio talk show that is derogatory to women.
About the movie:
A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.
Rene Gutteridge wrote the 303 page novelization of the movie, and it is published by Tynale Fiction. As with most movies I enjoy the book more than the movie. Normally I like to read the book first and then watch the movie. In this case I watched the movie first. I feel I get to know the characters better while reading the book, it makes me feel more than when I watch the movie.
About the Novel:
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love. They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?
The 222 page devotional, The Old Fashioned Way was written by Ginger Kolbaba. It is a 40 day devotional that deals with respecting yourself, dating life, chivalry, chastity, habits the purpose of marriage, and more. There are stories of real people and the things they have gone through with bible verses for each topic. It deals with the things that Amber & Clay go through in their relationship. There is a section on each day that gives suggestions of what to write in a journal.
Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime! As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way. And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.
Old Fashioned Social Media
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
The Deluxe Combo Teacher/Student Writing Package Level C [FIX 3 &4] comes with a lot and can be very overwhelming at first. The Teacher part of the package is Teaching Writing:Structure and Style, Second Edition [DVD Seminar, Workbook, Premium Subscription]. The Student part includes Student Writing Intensive Level C, FIX IT! Grammar Frog Prince, or Just Deserts Teacher's Manual Book 3 with the Fix-It! Student Book 3 e-book PDF, Fix-It! Grammar Little Mermaid Teacher's Manual Book 4 with Student Book 4 e-book PDF, A Word Write Now, and the Portable Walls.
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style, Second Edition [DVD Seminar, Workbook, Premium Subscription] is given to the teachers. It includes 12 DVD for over 14 hours of instruction, the Seminar and Practicum Workbook, and a Premium Subscription for one year. Nine of the DVDs teach the Structural Models and Stylistic Techniques, the other 3 are student workshops given at four different levels. The Premium Subscription includes streaming videos of the DVDs, audio MP3 files of Andrew Pudewa's most popular talks, PDF download, and free access to monthly training given during the school year.
Student Writing Intensive Level C comes with four instructional DVDs for the student, the Structure & Style Overview DVD for the parents or teacher, a three-ring binder with dividers, and a student packet with the scope & sequence, teacher's notes, and student handouts for one student. Level C is recommended for students in the 9-12 grade, but they do not need any experience using a previous level.
The Structure and Style Overview DVD is an introduction to the Structure & Style method of teaching writing. In this overview Andrew Pudewa tells us why this method works for even a reluctant writer. There are free handouts available for this 2 hour and 20 minute presentation available with the link included on the DVD.
The Student Intensive Writing DVDs are used along with the student notebook. In each lesson the Teacher's Notes indicate exactly what should be watched on the DVDs. & there is also a list of what will be taught in that segment. There are also board notes, story handouts, and composition checklist for each lesson.
Fix It! Grammar Frog Prince, or Just Deserts Book 3 & Fix It! Grammar Little Mermaid Book 4 both work on grammar by using and copying a story. In these books the suggested schedule is the same. The student will read the sentence, look up the bold words and write a brief definition in their notebook. Day 1 the student will mark and fix the passage with the teacher & then the rest of the week they will use their grammar cards to help them. Once they are finished with this, the passage is written in their notebook and they will have a complete handwritten copy of the story when they are finished with the book. The grammar cards are in the back of the book and the glossary includes definitions to the parts of speech, clauses, phrases and punctuation. This grammar series works by learning the concept, fixing it, discussing it, and then copying the passage in a notebook.
A Word Write Now: A Thematic Thesaurus for Stylized Writing is an 108 page spiral bound book. There are four sections that cover Character Traits, Descriptive Words, Words for Movement and the Senses, and the Appendix. The Character Trait section is divided by parts of speech to help the students find appropriate IEW dress-ups. Words to Describe include appearance, color, size, time, temperature, texture, and shape. Section C has word lists for the actions of the feet, hands, hearing, seeing, smelling, speaking, and thinking. There are games, transition words, and literary genres & devises in the Appendix.
The Portable Walls is a tri-fold one pocket folder that includes lists and charts that you would like to hang on the wall, but can't because you don't have the wall space. The lists include words that will help your student write better, charts for critique writing, essay model, library research, and more.
I have been using this package with both Amber & Delaney and of course I have been watching Teaching Writing with Structure and Style (TWSS) myself. I have never had the pleasure of hearing Andrew Pudewa speak in person, but I have had the pleasure of listening to some of his lectures and I was very impressed with what he had to say. The way he teaches the TWSS seminar makes teaching writing so much easier than any other program we have tried. Not only does he make teaching so much easier he also makes it easier for my girls to articulate what they want to say.
I was so excited when we received our package. I immediately started watching the TWSS DVDs and set up our notebooks. After watching the first disc we started with the SWI-C. We have been watching one segment of the DVD a week and we spent the rest of the week practicing what we had learned. One thing I really love about this program is that you do not have to watch the entire set of TWSS or SWI-C DVDs before starting the students. I am making sure I am ahead of them in the TWSS and we watch the SWI-C DVD together as they are working through it.
Amber & Delaney started using Fix It! Grammar this past year and they had already started book 3 & Alaina just finished book 1. They all three love it & they said it is easier to remember what they are learning. It really helps that they get into the story while they are working and they can't wait to read more (I don't let them read ahead). This grammar program is also helping Delaney edit her own stories because learning grammar using a real story is something she wants to do.
A Word Write Now is a great resource to go along with SWI-C. It makes it so easy for the girls to dress-up their stories and not be so repetitive. There are even black pages to make your own word lists.
The Portable Walls is a great tool to have. We already owned one and it has come in very handy. Two of my girls like to write stories and they use the Story Sequence Model and the Creative Writing charts often. Whenever they use the word "said" too many times in their stories they pull the Portable Walls out to look for a good synonym.
I think this package goes so well together and I think it works because it is easy to get the hang of it and it is realistic. By watching and learning with TWSS I am able to help my girls better understand writing while they are going through SWI-C. Andrew Pudewa does an excellent job teaching this program and my girls really enjoy learning from him.
You don't have to use the entire package. Each item can be purchased individually and are good on their own. The Teaching Writing with Structure and Style teaches the parent how to teach, and the Student Writing Intensive teaches the student. Fix It! Grammar is a stand alone grammar book & both the Portable Walls and A Word Write Now are great resources that can be used by anyone.