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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday Horseback Riding

My family really enjoys going horseback riding together. Delaney chooses to go every year for her birthday. Since all our kids were in town for Amber's graduation we deicded to go that week. We had a blast!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wordless Wednesday Graduation Gift

 My kids decided to make this money pizza for one of their friends that graduated this year. She loved it!! She thought it was so much fun.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wordless Wednesday Graduation Cake

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When I was in high school in the 80s I can remember taking a computer class and I loved it. Back then we just made our name move across the computer screen and other things like that. Computers were just becoming popular, but most people still didn't have them in their homes. Technology is so prominent in society today that learning to code is a great thing for kids to learn even if that is not their chosen career Field knowing a little how it works can be helpful. Amber just took an online coding class from CodeWizardsHQ.

CodeWizardsHQ is an online coding class for kids. This program is completely online and can be used from any computer with a microphone and speakers making this a great choice for a homeschool computer curriculum. A headset with a microphone is a better option but not required. You will need an internet connection and a popular web browser.
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The classes are held live for one hour every week. There will be 6-8 students in each class and all the teachers are experienced coders. Students will get live immediate feedback and get their questions answered immediately. Each session last for 3 months and is recommended for students ages 10-18. Students will have access to the coding platform 24 hours a day 7 days a week so they can practice at their convience.

Amber is 17 and she wanted to take the one hour class we were offered. She has done a little coding in the past, so this wasn't all new to her but she still enjoyed it. The class is given through GoTo Meeting. If you aren't familiar with the way this works it is very simple. You log into your class the instructor and all the students are logged in at the same time. On the right side of the screen you will have a chat box and this is where you can turn your microphone on or off. You can view the instructor's computer while they explain what is going on and they can go through their slide show to teach the class and all the students can see it.

We logged into our class and some people chose to use the microphone and others decided they would rather just use the chat box for discussions. Amber's instructor was Lynn. She explained a little bit about coding and then got the kids started on basic coding right away. Within our one hour class the students created a webpage with comic frames that are live right now and you can see what Amber created in the one hour class.

This is a screen shot of Amber's back end. This is where she completed her coding. She could access different characters, backgrounds, and her uploaded photos. It has a very user friendly setup. Amber thought it was very easy to navigate and find what she was looking for.

I sat and watched the class with Amber and we love how it is set up. We thought it was even better than having a real teacher. Lynn could see exactly what Amber was working on and if she had completed each step properly. She could see each of the student's work. We could hear her giving feedback to the other students which could be great because you may run into the same problems or have the same questions as everyone else.

These classes are for anyone that would love to learn coding no matter where you live or what school you attend. I think it would be fun to do as a family a homeschool group or COOP. You could set up your class time so that everyone could  attend together no matter if you are all at home or meeting together. There are special pricing options for homescool students.

Once you have completed the training you will be award a certification of completion that can be added to your resume or transcript. After completion the student will be able to apply for one of their internships.

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WYAM Ronald Reagan Review #hsreviews #YWAMPublishing #HeroesofHistory #HeroBiographies #TrueStories #ChristianHeroesThenandNow

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We love learning about people and what they have accomplished in their lives. One of our favorite series to use for a unit study are the Heroes of History from YWAM Publishing.  My girls have used several titles from YWAM along with their Unit Study. We were offered one of several titles to review and his time Alaina wanted to learn about Ronald Reagan.

Heroes of History

YWAM introduces students to inspiring people of the past and present. They have the Heroes of History and the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series. There are 28 Heroes of History books and 46  Christian Heroes written by Janet & Geoff Benge. They can be purchased as a complete set or individually. A unit study guide may be purchased separately for each title.  

Alaina has been reading about Ronald Reagan and completing the unit study. The book is a 224-page soft-covered book. It starts out talking about President Reagan getting shot and then moves back to when he was 5 years old and reading the newspaper without much formal schooling and moves on through his life about his jobs, becoming an actor, and the president. 

The study guide is opened in a web browser where you can read more about Ronald Reagan, access the unit study, or meet the authors. There are also bonus materials, access to reader reviews and see other titles available. The unit study is in two files and there are guides for small groups, homeschool, and classroom use. The first unit study file is 82 pages and is divided into 8 chapters with an introduction and an appendix. There is a chapter on Key Quotes, Display Corner, Chapter Questions, Student Explorations, Community Links, and Social Studies. The final chapter in the unit study suggests having a culminating event after the study is completed. This course recommends hosting a rally, an oral presentation with music, clothing, and food from the 1980s. The appendix contains all the answers and a great list of books are other resources. The second file contains a printable Ronald Reagan fact sheet, two maps, and a timeline. The class includes or reinforces History, Geography, Essay Writing, Creative Writing, Reading Comprehension, Public Speaking, Drama, and Art. The chapter questions include a vocabulary question, factual question from the text, two questions arising from the text, two questions for reading comprehension, and two opinion questions. 

Heroes of History by YWAM
Alaina has been learning about Ronald Reagan using this study, but my husband and older girls also enjoy reading the books from YWAM just for fun. The books are written an engaging way and are very interesting. Ronald's mother taught him about God but his father liked to get drunk to the point of passing out. The combination of the two made Ronald contemplate how he wanted his life to go. We see the different jobs he held and how he helped his mother and brother out financially and that he paid his tithe while paying back his student loans. One thing we took from the book was Ronald's character and we could see it developing through the book. 

We have used other unit studies from YWAM and this time Alaina used the study guide, but my other girls wanted to read the book as well. Since we were winding down our formal school year and getting ready for a graduation I had Alaina answer the questions out loud. She read the chapter and then I went over the questions with her. We did not plan a culminating event, but she did look up clothing, music, and political things from the 1980s to give her better visuals of the time period. Of course growing up in the 80s I could tell her a lot about that time. 

I think all the books and unit studies from YWAM have been a great addition to our homeschool and Alaina already has a list of some of the other ones she wants to use. She wants to learn about C.S. Lewis next and then Alan Shepard. Crew members were offered several titles to review and you can read those on the Crew blog.

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