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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Not so Wordless Wednesday Giftwrapping

This week I'm not going to be Wordless on Wednesday. I was going to just share my pictures but I really wanted to say something about them. 
Years ago before I had kids and life got insanely busy I loved to wrap presents. We recently added a bridal shower and my girls chose double sided wrapping paper. When we got home I decided I wanted to wrap it. We had already made the card earlier and after wrapping the present in the solid side of the paper I decided to make an envelope out of the chevron side of the wrapping paper. None of the bows we had or were making just didn't look special enough so we chose to use a flower for the top instead of a bow. 

I miss taking the time to wrap presents and making them just a special as the gift itself.  

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Lightning Lit & Comp British Review #hsreviews #homeschool

Hewitt Homeschooling
One thing all my kids have in common is their love for reading. If they have a good book they are content to lay around and read until they are finished no matter how late at night it is. They even love when we get a literature program to review in the summer so they have an excuse to read. This summer we have been using Lightning Literature & Composition British Early-Mid 19th Century Grade 10-12 from Hewitt Homeschooling.

 Lightning Literature and Composition Pack
British: Early to Mid 19th Century

British Early-Mid 19th Century uses the unabridged novels Pride and Prejudice, Ivanhoe, Frankenstein, and Jan Eyre as well as a short story and some poetry. If you buy the complete pack this course comes with the Student's Guide and the Teacher's Guide and all four books. The short story and the poetry are included in the Student's Guide, or you can purchase them all individually through Hewitt. This course can be used for one semester or a full-year and there are schedules included for both.

The Student's Guide is a 233-page softcover book written directly to the student. It is divided into four Units. The Introduction to the book is very encouraging. It explains why and how you should read and write no matter if it is for fun or for an assignment. There are two lessons per unit and they are all set up the same.

  • Introduction- We are introduced to an author with a short biography.
  • The Selection- This is where you are to read your assignment. The short story and the poems are included in this section. 
  • While You Read- A few questions to think about while you are reading that will help you with the literary lesson that follows.
  • Comprehension Questions- These are short answer or multiple choice and the answers are in the appendix. 
  • Literary Lesson- These lessons have one topic per lesson and cover tone, setting, characterization, setting, humor, persuasive writing, and more. 
  • Writing Exercises- There are several writing exercises to choose from. If it is a shorter reading an assignment you can choose one exercise and if the reading is longer you should choose two. 
  • Perspectives- There are only two of these in the book. They are short articles to read one is about Romanticism and the other is Historical Fiction. 

The Teacher's Guide is 87 loose pages that are 3-hole punched to easily store in a binder. It includes the Schedules, Writing Exercises, Discussion Questions and the Project Suggestions from the Student's Guide as well as the answers to the Comprehension Questions. There are also grading templates, grading tips and checklists for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

I have two high school students, but Delaney was the one that really wanted to use this course and her number one reason why she loves it is because there are writing assignments. She loves to write and can spend hours each day doing so and she wants to answer all the writing exercises. When we were asked which course we wanted to review Delaney wanted to study this one because she had Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre on her list of books she wanted to read. We both think by using Lightning Lit & Comp has helped Delaney's writing. The writing exercises cause her to think outside of what she would normally write about. She also likes the questions that are asked before you start reading she said they help her look for things she may not have noticed.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Novare Introductory PhysicsReview #hsreviews #Novare #NovareScience #earth #physics #chemistry

Novare Science & Math
Math and Science are not really my girl's thing. My son is taking higher mathematics a the University of Florida, but I really don't think my girls will be taking those classes. We were offered to review a couple of different science books from Novare Science & Math and I decided we wanted to try the Introductory Physics that came with a digital download of the Resource CD.

I was very intrigued by Introductory Physics for a couple of reasons. When I was in school and what I have always heard was that students should study biology, chemistry, and then physics. It isn't the case with this course. It is an introduction to physics and Novare offers Physics Modeling Nature for a higher grade level physics course. Introductory Physics can be completed right along with Algebra I if your student is taking it as a freshman or it can be taken as a sophomore or junior.

Novare science books teach in a different way than most textbooks. Their philosophy uses three principals Mastery of the material, Integration of science and math, and Kingdom Perspective because they teach from a Christian perspective. I like how they describe most school courses as the Cram-Pass-Forget Cycle. Where students learn something long enough to pass the test and then they forget it. I was really surprised when I received my book in the mail. It is smaller than most science textbooks. It is a hardback book with 376 pages, but it is only 7" X 10". John D Mays the author of Introductory Physics wants the students to master and remember the information and by eliminating some things students can then master the basics they need.

Introductory Physics is divided into thirteen chapters and teaches motion, momentum, atoms, pressure and buoyancy, intro to electricity, DC circuits, and more. Each chapter starts with the objectives and ends with chapter exercises. The Do You Know sections in each chapter include fun things that go along with the topic. There is also a lot of colored photos, drawings, and charts. The answers to the exercise questions are immediately following the questions. There is also a Solutions Manual that can be purchased that solves the calculations step by step.

We received the textbook which can be used alone, but we also received a download copy of the Resource CD.  It contains the course overview and schedule, weekly review guides, quizzes and semester exams including their answer keys as well as some sample answers for the verbal questions.
I wanted this course for Amber. She loves to talk details and technical stuff about planes, rockets, and bombs with her brother, who used to be an Army EOD and is currently working on becoming an aerospace engineer. The problem with her is she doesn't like math, let me rephrase that she doesn't like math textbooks. She does like story problems and math problems that she can visually see what it is representing. I thought she would like to study physics, but I wasn't sure if she would ever get to it so studying an intro to physics seemed the best solution. So far she has been doing very well with it, she really likes the photos, diagrams, and especially the Do You Know... boxes. Printing out the Course Lesson Schedule and the Weekly Review Guides from the Resource CD has been a huge help for her partly because it is summer time and it has helped her stay focused on what she needs to do. The Course Lesson Schedule not only lists what should be done for each lesson, there are also little notes to help you remember you have an upcoming report or when you need to answer the study questions.

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I had never heard of Novare Science & Math before but I found out that Memoria Press uses some their courses. The Homeschool Review Crew received several titles from Novare Science & Math including Earth Science: God's World, Our Home, General Chemistry, and Science for Every Teacher. I plan on reading those reviews to see if I want to use any of those with my other girls for this upcoming school year. 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Five Minute Friday Steady #iamwriting #fmf

This week the Five Minute Friday prompt is Steady. My daughter Delaney is a guest post for my blog this week.


What does it mean to be steady?

What are you steady in? 

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself is my life steady? 

How can I change my life to be steady? 

Ever wonder If you're living the right way, if you have a steady job, maybe you're scared your boss is on the verge of firing you, Ask yourself if you have a relationship going steady with someone? Maybe there are ways you can make it more steady, stronger, more trustful. 

Steady is defined as firmly fixed, supported, immovable, anchored, 

It can refer to many things I suppose, You just have to apply it to the things you think you need to be steadfast in the most. 


Thank you, Delaney, for writing today's post. Thank you, Kate, for hosting the Five Minute Friday Prompt. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adventures of Rush Revere Review #hsreviews #history #AmericanHistory

Adventures of Rush Revere

My kids have always loved reading historical fiction, add in a little time travel and that makes them even better. We had heard of the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series but we hadn't read any of them until we received them to review from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.
Rush Limbaugh and his wife Kathryn Adams Limbaugh have written five books in the Rush Revere series. They are recommended for children ages 8-12 and they take us on a time-traveling adventure when we go rush, rush, rushing to history. The stories are about a substitute American History teacher with a time traveling talking horse named Liberty. Rush always dresses in historical costume to get the children more excited about history and so he is appropriately dressed when he rushes back in time. Each time they time-travel Liberty will announce "Rush, rush, rushing to history". A circular portal of swirly purple and gold opens up and someone will announce the place and date they want to travel to. After going through the portal they are back in time and we get to meet real people from American History.
When we received our package we were immediately impressed that this company pays attention to detail and wanted to make our package a little extra special. Our books arrived tied in a Rush Revere blue ribbon. Each book is hard bound with 200-250 colored glossy pages that are tinted brown to look like old parchment paper. There are colored pictures of the characters of the book, photos of people from history, landmarks, maps, documents, and artifacts. Not only do the books contain real information from history but they are also very pleasing to look at and fun to read. 

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is the first book in the series. Rush Revere's real name is Rusty but all his friends call him Rush Revere because he loved history so much when he was in school that he would rush to class and he is a big fan of Paul Revere. In this book, we travel back in time to be on board the Mayflower in 1620. We get to experience what it was like that first winter, join in on the first Thanksgiving, and meet William Bradford, Myles Standish, Squanto, Massasoit, and other great people. We really liked the pictures in this book the cutaway of the Mayflower, the labeled maps, and the artifacts really help kids see history. 

Rush Revere and the First Patriots take us to 1765 before the start of the American Revolution. We are introduced to great men that defy British rule and stand up for liberty. Not only do we meet great Americans like Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere we also travel to England and meet King George III. 

Rush Revere and the American Revolution is the third book in the series. Liberty takes us to the year 1775 and we get to see the two lanterns hung in the Old North Church experience battles and the midnight ride of Paul Revere. We get to meet George Washington when he was the commander in chief of the Continental Army, and witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This book also helps Cam, one of the time traveling students, understand why his dad is off fighting in Afghanistan in the twenty-first century. 

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner starts by taking us to 1787 to witness the debates over the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and then to 1814 to defend our liberty. Of course, we are introduced to Betsy Ross in this book along with Francis Scott Key. One of the time traveling kids named Tommy has a grandfather that is ill, to take his mind off of his grandfather Rush plans to take Tommy and some of the other kids on a field trip to Washington DC where they visit The National Mall, the Washington Monument, and the National Archives.   

Rush Revere and the Presidency is the fifth book in the series. Cam is one of the time-traveling students in Rush's history class. He wants to run for student-body president so Liberty takes them back in time to visit past Presidents and the first ladies. Cam soon realizes that being president is more about serving others than about glory for himself. 
Some kids think history can be boring, but the Rush Revere books are a fun way for students to learn history. They are fun, full of true facts about famous people, places, and events. Since none of us had read any of these books I decided to read one out loud. I let Alaina choose which one and she wanted me to read Rush Revere and the First Patriots and now she is reading the rest of them herself. She loves humor in books. She can remember the funny details of any book, movie, or conversation and then that helps her remember the other details that she also learned. 

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Morgan's Photography

Morgan has enjoyed taking pictures ever since she was little. Now that we are into the digital age she takes thousands of pictures. She was recently contacted to write a Journal entry for The Explored Co. She chose to write about beaches in California.

She has come a long way since she used to make me hold the umbrella over her camera in the rain so she could get a good picture of the raindrops in the puddle.

If you like looking at nature photography you really should check out her social media pages.

She also has a stunning elk photo in the 2017 Wildlife Photo Contest. She would appreciate your votes. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Internship for High School Credit Review #hsreviews #highschool #highschoolcredit #internship

Apologia Educational Ministries
Time flies, and there are so many things for our teenagers to think about. What to study in high school? What about college? Summer jobs? Volunteering? How about internships? I have been reading the new Internship for High School Credit from Apologia Educational Ministries to help us understand them more.

Internship for High School Credit
When I think of internship I usually think more along the lines of a specific craft. I have operated an in-home cake decorating business for many years. My kids started helping when they were young and gradually learned more as they got older and were more capable of the task. Through the years some of my kids loved helping out and some of them hated it. Actually, my 12-year-old is my artist and is wonderful at modeling fondant figures. I see this as an internship and I guess I should have given all my kids credit for that. Oops! But really an internship can be with any company or professional. The main point of internships is for our high school students to gain work experience and the opportunity to explore different careers before deciding what they would like to do with their lives and before wasting time and money on college. My son is in college and he is already looking into some internships for next summer and now we are thinking of internships for my high school kids.

The Internship for High School Credit is Practical Help to Explore and Direct Your Career Plans written by Sherri Seligson. The purpose of the book is to walk parents and students through the internship process. It is a 100-page spiral bound workbook divided into five parts. Part 1 & 2 are about getting started and information for the parents. The rest of the chapters are to be used while participating in an internship and focuses on two semesters and a course wrap-up. There are weekly worksheets, questions, and activities that help the student list their goals and record their experiences, and the time involved. The course wrap-up has the student writing an essay about their experience, writing a thank you note to their supervisor, and how to use their internship to update their resume. Since my kids have not participated in an internship yet we read the introduction and the first two parts. I will have Amber complete the consumable workbook sections once she has an internship.

The book defines internship and walks you through each step of the internship process.  There is information on choosing a company or individual that relates to what you would like to do as a career. Everything is covered including how to prepare for an interview, how to figure out how many credits it is worth, writing a resume with a cover letter, and even pointers for before, during, and after the interview.

The section for parents answers questions that parents may have about internships. It includes things to look for about the location of an internship, child labor laws, and probably the most helpful is how to document them on the student's transcript including the course title, number, grades, and the number of credits.

If I were to choose a career right now I'm not sure I would know what I want to do so when Amber tells me she is unsure what she wants to do I totally get that. Delaney, on the other hand, has always wanted to sell real estate. I do have a friend that sells in our town and next summer after she turns 16 I will purchase her a workbook so that she can contact my friend and see if she is willing to let Delaney intern with her. Whether my teens decide they want to attend college or not I want them to seek internships to not only gain some work experience but to also see if they would like to make that job their career.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Five Minute Friday Expect #amwriting #fmf

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is Expect. 

Back in March we were foreseeing the end of our school year and looking forward to summer break. Days of sleeping in, reading books all afternoon, playing more games, and taking fun trips just like every other summer. I had already started thinking about what we want to study in the fall, if there is still anything we can all do together, what do they still need help with. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

I just expect things to stay the same. I love being able to stay home with my kids all these years & spend every day with them for school. But they grow up and start making their own decisions.

Amber turned 16 in March & on her birthday she applied for a summer job at Cody Park working in the concession stand and running the little kid rides. She was hired and has been working 40 hours a week! And it wasn't much longer and she asked if she could take some classes at the college. She didn't want to go full time but a couple of classes for dual credit.

I just expected things would stay the same for at least two more years.

I know that my days with my kids being home are limited and I want to make the most of those days.

Next year Delaney will turn 16. Will she want to get a job & take some classes at the college too? I don't know, but whatever she decides to do I am fine with.

I can't expect things to stay the same.

I have done my job as a parent and a teacher when they want to spread their wings and figure out who they are and who they will become.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nature's Beautiful Order Review #hsreviews #memoriapress #classicalchristianeducation #classicalhomeschooling #classicalchristianhomeschooling

Memoria Press
Memoria Press offers classical Christian homeschool curriculum and we have reviewed a few of their products over the years. This time the Homeschool Review Crew was offered several titles to choose from including Latin programs for elementary to high school and The Book of Trees. I talked to my girls and Alaina wanted to review Nature's Beautiful Order

Nature’s Beautiful Order
Nature's Beautiful Order is an introduction to the study of animals taught by classical naturalists. This course is actually a branch of biological science called natural history and is a preliminary to biology. By studying natural history students gain a love for beauty and an appreciation of intelligent animals. It seems like people today are more interested in man-made things and technology than nature itself, but our ancestors were more familiar with the created world around them.  That is why this course uses the writings of Aristotle, John James Audubon, Jean-Henri Fabre, and St-George Mivart throughout the course. It is recommended for grade 6-9 and includes the Student Textbook, a Student Guide, and a Teacher Key. 

The student text is an 187-page softcover book divided into 18 chapters. The student guide is a 51-page consumable workbook that has comprehension questions for each chapter and the teacher key looks the same as the student guide except the answers are included. 
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 ~ What Is An Animal
  • Chapter 2 ~ The Lobster
  •  Chapter 3~ The Cuttlefish
  • Chapter 4 ~ The Sea Urchin
  • Chapter 5 ~ The Bee
  • Chapter 6~ The Trout
  • Chapter 7 ~ The Frog
  • Chapter 8 ~ The Turtle
  • Chapter 9 ~ The Canadian Goose
  • Chapter 10 ~ The Miracle of Flight
  • Chapter 11 ~ Day's Herald Bird
  • Chapter 12 ~ Birds at Home
  • Chapter 13 ~ The Groundhog
  • Chapter 14 ~ The White-Tailed Deer
  • Chapter 15 ~ The Carnivora
  • Chapter 16 ~ Farm Friends
  • Chapter 17 ~  Man the Upright Animal
  • Chapter 18 ~ Man the Steward
I had Alaina use this curriculum. Not only did she learn about different animals she also learned history of animals as well as some Greek and Latin words. The course started with not just defining what an animal is but compares living things to non-living things. The first animal discussed is the domestic cat, its history, and basic facts about its life because children are familiar with cats. The lower animals, invertebrates, are studied next then moving on to the bee we then study about the higher animals, vertebrates, starting with the fish then moving to mammals, and ending with man. Since this is written from a Christian perspective the last chapter covers man's stewardship. 

Alaina wanted to read the text herself, but it would also be a great book to read out loud especially if your child is younger or if you want your younger kids to listen as well. The course itself is very easy to use. If your child is an independent learner like Alaina you don't have to get anything ready. The comprehension questions can be answered in a couple of sentences and I really like that there are history and vocabulary in each chapter, but it is very easy to understand and isn't overwhelming. I think by adding in the history and the Greek and Latin words make the course more fun. Alaina read the text and answered the questions then she made sure we all heard what new words she learned that the rest of us did not know. 

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Five Minute Friday Future #amwriting #fmf

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is Future.

I have been thinking a lot about the future lately. One day a couple of months ago it dawned on me that my youngest child is already 12!! That may not mean much to most people, but my oldest is 26! We have always homeschooled and now I am on the downhill side of it. I know the next six years will fly by and then what? 

Where will all five of my kids be? 

What will I do with my time? 

What about my house? Will we stay in it? 

My husband will still have six years to work after she turns 18 before he can retire. Do I get a job for those six years? My husband says I'll be too busy traveling to see my kids. He is probably right. 

It just seems unreal to think about what the future holds. 

Right now my kids have friends over and I can hear their chatter and laughter from the other room. We just made brownies because one of their friends never gets to bake at home. I will miss not having this in my life. 

I am afraid my house will be eerily quiet! 

And empty! 

I know my job is for them to grow up and move out, but I'm not sure I'll be ready. 

If you want to participate in Five Minute Friday or just read what other people have to say about Future stop over to Kate's blog.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

YWAM Jacob Deshazer Review #hsreviews #YWAMPublishing #ChristianHeroes #ChristianBiographies #Truebiographies #HeroesofHistory #HeroBiographies #TrueStories #ChristianHeroesThenandNow #Homeschoolcurriculum #Teachthemwell

YWAM Publishing
I think my kids remember history better when we add good quality biographies to our studies. We were recently given our choice out of several biographies from the Christian Heroes: Then & Now from YWAM Publishing. Since my husband and I lived in Japan for four years we decided we wanted to read Christian Heroes- Jacob Deshazer
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Jacob Deshazer was one of the Doolittle Raiders who first attacked Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jacob grew up as a shy hardworking boy on his families wheat farm. When he was eight years old his mother bought him and his brother a brand new pair of overalls. Normally Jacob and his brother had to wear hand me down clothes remade to fit them, so they were all proud of their new clothes. When he wore them to Sunday School the teacher told them that overalls were not appropriate for church and that they should wear their best clothes to honor the Lord. Jacob was humiliated and he couldn't figure out why his new clothes weren't good enough for God. It would be many years before he would become a missionary. At twenty-seven years old Jacob decided to join the Army before he got drafted to fight in WWII. He would serve our country on an important secret mission with the Doolittle Raiders. We get to see how he was treated while a prisoner of war and how he learns what it is really like to serve God. 

YWAM also produces study guides for their Christian Heroes and Heroes of History biographies. We received the PDF download of the Jacob Deshazer Unit Study Curriculum Guide. When you first access the study guide it opens in a web browser where you have access to the study guide, a section about Jacob, and information about the authors. Some study guides also have bonus material of crossword puzzles, word searches, and coloring pages. They are adaptable for multiple grade levels and different learning styles. Everyone will go through the unit studies at a different pace. There is enough information for further study and plenty of assignments to last awhile or you can do the minimum to finish it quickly. 

The unit study for Jacob contains two parts. The first part is the 77-page curriculum guide and the second part contains a fact sheet for Japan, and blank maps of the US & Japan. There are eight chapters to cover history, geography, essay writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, public speaking, drama, and art plus a section of additional books and resources for further study.
  1. Key Bible Verses~ This section contains Bible verses that can be memorized, studied, and made into something to display. 
  2. Display Corner~ It is recommended to have a place to keep and display the things you complete or gather during this unit study. There are also suggestions of things to include. 
  3. Chapter Questions ~ There are six questions for each of the nineteen chapters of the book. 
  4. Student Explorations~ This sections includes assignments that the children can be more creative in including art, essay topics, creative writing, hands-on projects, and more. 
  5. Community Links~This chapter encourages you to get out in your community. There are recommended things to do and how to prepare for them. 
  6. Social Studies~ There are four sections here that include places mentioned in the story, map studies, vocabulary, geography, and conceptual questions. 
  7. Related Themes to Explore~ There are suggested topics that will allow you to study related topics while learning about Jacob.
  8. Culminating Event~ When kids are excited about something they want to show off their hard work. This section gives ideas how students can plan an event to finish off this unit study. 
Jacob Deshazer: Forgive Your Enemies is a 221-page softcover book with nineteen chapters. I chose to read the book out loud to my girls during our daily read aloud time. We also answered the chapter questions together and discussed things we had just read. Since we lived in Japan for four years before our three youngest girls were born we were able to also talk about how some things were during the time we lived there. This also gave us an excuse to get out some of our yen and other mementos we still have. 

We have studied WWII and the Doolittle Raiders before, but we had never studied Jacob Deshazer. Not only did we learn more about how Japan treated their prisoners, but this biography gave us a good example of forgiving your enemies. Forgiveness not only with our words but with our actions that follow. 

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