Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dads!

I am a single mom. My Dad is the man in those pictures below. Has always played a huge part in my life. He now plays a huge part in my Daughters lives. He has taught them so many great things. Like shiny side up, and righty tighty lefty loosey. That everything looks good with flames on it. The value of a good ice cream cone and how to read a hot rod magazine. But most of all he is there teaching and showing them what a Good Man is and that they should never settle for anything less.  




Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series Review

Adventures of Rush Revere


Adventures of Rush Revere
We are reading the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series as our nightly read aloud.

Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh is a 5 book series that features this cool substitute history teacher that has a crazy talking horse. The horse named Liberty is able to take the Teacher Rush Revere back in time with a few magic words.  In this series your child will get a first hand look at American history. This series is so crazy fun, they couldn't wait to see where Liberty would take them next.

The first book is called Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. In this book the kids were introduced to Rush and his trusty steed Liberty. My girls couldn't quit giggling when they found that Liberty was a talking horse that could travel back through time with just a few magic words. We loved that he could hold his breath and become invisible to others around him. The first place we traveled back to was the Mayflower to experience what it was like to leave everything and start over in a strange place. My oldest agreed that she would get sea sick and has no desire to sail across the sea and throw up. The girls both agreed that the food served aboard the Mayflower was not something they would enjoy. They were also surprised at the living conditions aboard the ship. They had envisioned big rooms and nice fluffy beds. We were introduced to people like Myles Standish and Squanto. My girls were especially fond of the Squanto adventure.

Book 2 is called Rush Revere and the First Patriots. Once again they Rush and Liberty will take your kids back in time a point in history just before the American Revolution begins. In this book kids get to learn why Americans were so willing to stand up to King George III and fight for the freedom we have today. This was a fun book for us as we studied the American Revolution this last school year.

Book 3 is Rush Revere and the American Revolution. In this book you will Rush Rush Rush into adventures that occurs during the American revolution. Your child will meet George Washington, John Hancock and Paul Revere  and many others. It brings to life Paul Reveres ride and the two historic lanterns that were hung in the Old North Church. We helped Paul Revere avoid capture and witnessed some of the greatest battles of the time. The girls said the most exciting part was Paul Revers ride they were worried he wouldn't make it and cheered when he avoided being captured.

Book 4 is Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner. In this gook students travel back to Washington, D.C. where they learn about Americas government and how it works. The girls wanted me to mention that in this book they got to witness the writing of the our national anthem the Star-Spangled Banner. After this section of the book the girls ran around singing the national anthem for days. The yelled with triumph when Dolly Madison saved an important portrait when the British invaded D.C and set it ablaze. We learned about Betsy Ross sewing the American flag and so much more. But you are going to have to read the book to find out.

The 5th and final book is Rush Revere and the Presidency. This book covers things like how elections work and our early presidents. My oldest has been fascinated with George Washington ever since we went to see the George Washington exhibit at the history museum.  So it was a thrilling moment when Rush and Liberty rode through the portal to find George Washington. The girls also enjoyed meeting John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The book also touches on the Louisiana Purchase which is something we studied this year in history. Having done a short study on the Louisiana Purchase I have to say this book did a much better job of bringing it to life than our previous study did.

This has been one of the best history book sets that we have ever read. I can't say enough good things about this set. Each book brought history alive. These books drew both of my girls into the lesson.  I would find them talking about each trip back to the past. They were always excited to Rush Rush Rush into the next book. I would love for you to click the link below and see what the other Crew Kids thought of the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus Review

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Me and the girls have been homeschooling for 5 years now. When you first start homeschooling it can all seem overwhelming. I remember feeling a little lost when I made the decision to homeschool the girls. I was filled with questions about where to start, what curriculum to get, homeschooling laws....  Are good friends at Apologia Educational Ministries have come up with a great product to help all you beginning homeschoolers get started. They have just introduced How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook). That's  right momma your gonna get some home work from Apologia. Really it's not scary home work and it really is helpful if you are just starting out. The set sells for around $49.00 and includes the course book and 2 DVD's.

How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook)The course book has 15 Chapters that will help you get started on your homeschooling adventure. It covers things like how to choose the right curriculum for your family. How to organize your day. Yes your are going to need some organization when you start homeschooling. How to build a support system to get you through your homeschooling years. Setting goals for your home school. Just some basic things to get your homeschooling adventure off the ground. Each chapter has a few pages that you will read then a blank area for your assignment.I found the book to be easy to understand and I actually read through it the first time quite quickly. I then went through it a second time. Taking the time to do the homework at the end of each section. The homework is simple and really doesent take all that long to complete but it does help you to organize your thoughts and really put down on paper how you want to homeschool. It's important to have some of these things down on paper. As time goes on and you have a ad school week you can go back to these assignments and remind your self why you started this homeschooling journey in the first place. It's also a great way to look back and see how your homeschool has evolved over the years. 

Course content:
Introduction: Join Us on the Journey
Chapter 1: How to Get the Most Out of This Course Designing Your Road Map
Chapter 2: Setting Goals for the Journey
Chapter 3: Finding Support
Chapter 4: Choosing Curriculum, Finding Your Way
Chapter 5: Practical How-To's 
Chapter 6: Organizing Your Homeschool Stuff
Chapter 7: Organizing Your Homeschool Day
Chapter 8: Tips from Veterans, Navigating the Detours
Chapter 9: Family Matters-Marriage
Chapter 10: Family Matters- The Rest
Chapter 11:Dealing with Opposition, Arriving at Your Destination
Chapter 12: High School Graduation and College
Chapter 13: If College Is Not the End game
Chapter 14: You Can Make It!
Chapter 15: Continuing Education and Encouragement Opportunity

The dvd is a 2 dvd set and is nicely done. It has a sort of coffee and tea vibe. It's two great homeschooling moms Rachael Carman and Leslie Nunnery sitting down and discussing some of the questions a new homeschooler might have. They talk some about why they chose homeschooling and touch on things like being flexible, organization, building the support system you need to homeschool. All the chapters on the dvds are under 20 minutes. Most seemed to be around 7 min so they are short enough to do while a little is taking a nap or while a bigger child is doing some independent study. 

If you are new to homeschooling and reading my blog because you are looking for some help in getting started How to HOMESCHOOL might be just the thing you are looking for.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

MarshMedia Review

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My oldest will be 10 soon and I have been looking for some health class videos for her that are tastefully done and not crazy old. I remember watching an outdated black and white health video when in school when I was her age. I got the chance to try out MarshMedia and their Health & Puberty Education videos. They have a Homeschool Special just for homeschoolers like us.

My daughter started with the video called Growing Up! For Girls graders 5-7. Run time is about 14 min. This video is modern and it covers self-confidence and information on the reproductive system with some basic anatomy. It also covers emotional and physical transformations that happen during puberty. Along with useful advice on things like nutrition and hygiene.

She was impressed with the video and actually watched it several time. She said it had lots of information that was easy to understand. I liked that it was updated and it covered all the basics a girl of her age needed to know. It was a great conversation starter and I was impressed with how the video was done. I don't consider this a sex education video. As it only covers how a girls body changes as they experience puberty. 


Health Education Products for K-8 {MarshMedia }


We also watched a video called Let's Just Talk Video for Girls. This video has about a 19 min run time. This video is staged at a sleepover where the girls listen to a radio show that discusses puberty. It covers things like physical and emotional changes, Hygiene and the female reproductive system. I felt like it was a fun informative way to discuss puberty and the changes that come with it. My daughter liked it she said it seemed like a real conversation and I think that makes it easier to relate to. 

Both of my girls watches the You're Not a Little Kid Anymore- Personal Hygiene video. It is geared for grades 3-5 and  runs for about 18 minutes. It covers topics like bathing, hand washing, the importance of having clean clothes etc. This is video is done in a sort of musical message. Both of the girls thought it was fun. I enjoyed that it got the message out in a fun unusual format. I have heard the girls walking around singing the tune several times now. So the information is sticking.


Every video we watched was age appropriate and tastefully done. I love that they are offering a special for homeschool families. Right now you can get access to all 59 videos for $50.00  This price gives you access to all 59 videos until 12-31-2017.  If you wish to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce the MarshMedia curriculum to your homeschooler click on the link below for more information:

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

We took a trip back in October. It was one of those hey lets drive across country with two kids it will be fun kind of deals. Along the way we got to see some really great things and my girls got to experience a 2,000 mile road trip. One of the highlights of the trip was camping along Historical Route 66. The one camp ground we stayed at had the huge Route 66 painted on road. We decided it was a great time to grab some snap shots for our scrap books. As we walked down the road the girls sang We Got our Kicks on Route 66 and I am sure that all the other campers got a kick out of us.. Huge bonus if you look at the picture below in the background there is a sign for a storage company owned by none other than Snoopy's brother Spike!. We were told this was his home town. We found little signs with spike on them all over town. 

We had a lot of other great adventures on this trip including a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway. 





Live Laugh Love and take a road trip or two. Memories are made not in front of the tv or cell phone. But on adventures like these. So my advice for the summer is. Take away the electronics, get out and do something with your family, make a memory that will last a life time.





Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tree removal

Had to remove some trees this weekend. Sure changed the look of things. 

And they are on the ground time for clean up.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Typing Coach Online Typing Course Review

The Typing Coach

My oldest has been asking for a typing program so when we got the opportunity to review for The Typing Coach she were excited to give it a go. For the last 6 weeks or so my 9 year old has been using The Typing Coach Online Typing Course. This course is a self paced audio course that uses a systematic approach to teach kids to type with out looking at the keyboard or monitor. It is self paced and has both audio, video and written instructions. It also includes a typing speed and online assessment center. It has 7 lessons and them some beginning and ending stuff for you to do like the assessments.

You log in to the program and their is an introduction section you cant miss it its right in the middle of the screen says course introduction. The video is simple and easy to understand and follow. Under course instructions you will find some printable that you will need to print. It recommends printing double sided. Our printer does that and it worked well. After the Course introduction you might notice a section called slower paced lessons. These are for younger kids 8-11 who might not be ready for the longer lessons. So you can opt to use these lessons if you need to. You start off with the posture lesson its quick and easy to. My daughter was able to get the hang of it right away. From their you move on to the other lessons. It is recommended you not move on to a new lesson tell you have mastered the previous one.

The Typing Coach For each lesson you will need the appropriate printable that you printed from the course instruction section. You will also need a word processor. Something like Microsoft word will work. We downloaded a free one online since my daughters computer did not come with one installed. You will then read the instructions under the section of course you are on. Next you play the audio that is included in that section. Each section is set up in a similar manner. 

So far I am glad that the program is self paced. My daughter is taking a while to master each row. She does like the lessons and I can often hear her talking back to the audio or reading her printable out loud as she types. She says that she gets it but its just hard to do. I may have her go back and try the slower paced lessons instead. Their is a different printable packet for the slower paced lessons. She has yet to try any of the assessments because she is still struggling with with the first row. To be honest I thought she would pick it up faster. The program emphasizes that you go for accuracy over speed. As the speed will come with time and practice. So here we are going along trying to get the accuracy up so she can do the assessment. She is getting a little tired of typing the same thing over and over though. She has ask a few times if their is another option for here to type from. I did look at the assessment it seemed fair but it does require accuracy to pass or it locks you out for I believe its 2 days so that you have to practice before you try again. 


Over all its a good program to get started with typing. It covers all the basics and I think if a person was to start with it over some of the others they might not learn some of the bad habits that come with some of the other programs I have tried over the years. Be sure to click the banner below and read some more reviews. The Crew Members have children in a variety of different age groups so come see how other kids did with The Typing Coach Online.





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Look who we found at walmart this week.Her best friend Snoopy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Stay vacation

What do you do when your favorite campground is flooded and the road is washed out. You throw up the tent in the yard and camp out. 


Monday, May 1, 2017

ArtAchieve Level II Review

ArtAchieve



We are excited to be reviewing for ArtAchieve this year. We received the Entire Level II package. This is a subscription service and a 1 year license runs around $56.78. Their are 14 lessons in the Level II package. Each lesson has either a video or a power point lesson that you child watches. They can fast forward rewind and pause as much as they like. Then the program offers some printable things like warm up pages and printouts. It mostly uses art supplies that you will already have around the house. Things like sharpie's, colored markers, colored pencils, water color paints. We used water color pencils for some of the projects because well my girls like them over standard water colors. Standard copy paper works but you can get a big pad of art paper fairly cheep at most box stores now days. Art paper holds up a little better if you are using water color paints. It is quite a bit thicker than regular copy paper.




The Level II package is a step up from the Level I that the girls reviews last year. I would say the Level II lessons are a little harder and more complex than the Level I lessons were. The lessons require your child to use some new techniques than what they used in the first Level. The pictures they are ask to draw are more detailed than what the level 1 pictures were. The girls seemed to do ok with this level. They are not making Picasso by any means but they have shown improvement. I would liked to have seen her do some of the finer details on the Dala horse. In the lesson the saddle and main have some patterns drawn on them. My oldest was a little more into it than my youngest was. She put some effort into her Swedish Dala horse and the Japanese fish. Although I am not sure the horse was suppose to have wings. I would like to see her try the Hiding butterflies that is in lesson 10. We picked up some acrylic paints the other day and we may just get a canvas to paint it on. That way if she is happy with it we can hang it in the classroom.










My youngest still likes the warm up pages the best. I think the warm ups are helping her build confidence in her ability to make the lines before she try's to tackle the actual picture. Her lines are looking more fluent.  She is doing a lot less stopping and starting when she makes each line so I think its helping to build her confidence. She was willing to try lesson 1 and 2. I included the picture that she did of the duck. Yes I know its side ways but my computer will not turn it around. It keeps uploading like this. She was so proud of how it turned out I had to include it even if you have to turn your head sideways when you look at it.

 

All in all we are pleased with the ArtAchieve Level II and we would love for you to click the link below and visit them and don't forget to read some more Homeschool Crew reviews and see more of the amazing artwork that out Crew Kids have done using ArtAchieve Level II. 

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Art Time

Pop got the girls this paint kit at the hobby store. It came with several pictures to paint. Some of them were paint by number others just has a rough outline. It gave a few tips on how to mix colors and a simple color chart. The girls worked on these for a couple days this week for art class. My oldest did the rose and my youngest did the Lion. Not to shabby for a 9 and 7 year old. 
Roses are red violets are blue I painted this just for you Momma!

Yes I know he is side ways but I cant get the picture to rotate so you'll have to turn your head.

Photo credit I have no idea I found it on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Can anyone guess what we got today.....Yup that's right we are now the proud owners of two 20ft cargo containers. They are not in their permanent location yet though. The driver was unable to off load them on the pad next to the shop where we wanted them. So we will have put them on logs and roll them up there with the dodge. So for now this is their home at least tell I get a couple trees cut down. So why do we have cargo containers you ask. I bet you all are thinking I am going to use my craftiness to make a container cabin right. WRONG its just storage for all the parts I have taken off the truck and the mustang so I can have some room in the shop to actually do body work and start assembling things. It will more than likely house the lawn mower and probably some other random junk that we have sitting around the needs a home.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Readers in Residence Volume 1 by Apologia Educational Ministries Review

Apologia Educational Ministries


Apologia Educational Ministries Readers in ResidenceWe are excited to be reviewing once again for  Apologia Educational Ministries.  We will be reviewing Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth). This is a reading comprehension program that includes literature, and vocabulary. It will help students recognize the different elements of literature. Build vocabulary as they gather up clues from their reading, Identify figures of speech etc. This is designed to be used by 4th to 6th grade or those that are a little behind in reading and can sometimes be used special needs students. We received both the student book and the answer key.  The student book is in color and very fancy for a student book. 
To use this curriculum you will need to purchase three books. Sarah, Plain and Tall, Charlotte's Web, and Because of Winn-Dixie.  These are all great books so I was excited to see them used. All of them can be found on Amazon or at a local library. If your local library does not have them they are all very affordable and I found them for around 2 and 3$ each. It does recommend you use certain editions as the curriculum does refer to specific page numbers at times and it makes it easier for the student to find the passage if they are using the same edition so the passages are on the same pages. 

Apologia Educational Ministries Readers in ResidenceMy oldest who is finishing up her 4th grade year was the one to use this curriculum. She has not finished it yet but we are well into the curriculum. The beginning of the book gives a suggested weekly schedule of 4 days per week for 32 weeks. Some of the lessons are a little longer than others but over all its not a bad pace. You might need to slow it down a touch if you have a struggling reader. A little box is provided so that the student can check off the days lesson. The lessons are very well laid out. The schedule tells her where to go to find what she is to do for the day. She simple reads the lesson information and then completes the reading assignment if their is one and or the writing assignment. The writing assignments are usually questions or some sort of chart that go along with what they have been reading. Some assignments for the day have more questions for them to answer  than others. Some days she is finished in an hour others it takes her a bit longer. Their is a small dictionary in the back of the book with vocabulary words that they will learn while completing this curriculum. She like the dictionary and has found it useful for more than one assignment. At the end of each module the student will use a rubric grade or assess how well they have done on that module. Instructions are included so they know how to use the rubric. They are also given a checklist that is a great help for keeping my kiddo on task and on track. If you take a look to the left you can see some samples of different pages that are in Readers in Residence. 
My oldest is my avid reader, she will read anything I put in front of her, she will do it with a smile and usually lots of excitement.  She was a little intimated when she saw this book, its huge and she is not a fan of writing. I had to give her some encouragement that it was mostly reading with some writing mixed in. I sat with her for the first few lessons to be sure she was understanding what she was expected to do. After that she comes to me with questions and I check in on her to see if she has questions. I then review all her work after she has completed it for the day. I see her vocabulary improving and her ability to figure out the meaning of a word by using the information in the text around it. She doesn't mind the writing as much as I anticipated. She says" the lessons are easy to understand they just make since." The charts have been a great help for her to identify the different parts of the story and to see how a story flows. She found the charts fun, many of them are colored and that just adds a little fun to it. She has enjoyed the book selection and was eager to read them. As soon as she saw the books her eyes lit up. She recognized two of the books as ones she had been wanting to read. She said "but I have already read Charlotte's Web." I explained that it was ok to read it again and that she would probably learn some new things the second time around.

The curriculum does talk about your child participating in a book club. We were not able to do this as we live in a rural area and it just was not possible. So we varied a little and I just had her discuss the books with me or her NaNa as we have all read these books and are familiar enough with them to be able to have a discussion on them.

I was once again impressed with Apologia's curriculum and how well it covers everything that my daughter needed to learn for reading. I plan on ordering another copy when  my youngest is in 4th grade. Click the link below for some more Apologia Readers in Residence reviews written by other crew members.

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