Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NCHE Family Registration Giveaway!


Just the other day I updated the blog with the first NCHE Family Registration giveaway and it actually ends tonight (click here).

 I want all my North Carolina friends to have a chance at going!

Today I'm back again with the latest giveaway from Beth @ Acorn Hill Academy. 

I am honored to be on the Blogging Crew for the NCHE Conference and I can't wait to get there!

Go visit Beth and try to win! 


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Wordless Wednesday Week 31


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Building Up Your Children


If you don't build your children up the world will knock them down.

That was a line I read in a book last week and wow did it hit home.

 I don't know about you but I don't want that. People are harsh and this world is hard, I know I can't shield my children from everything bad that will ever happen but I can be their safe place and so can you!

Encouragement is something I need so why is it that I haven't thought much about my children needing it?

I know that I tell them good job, you can do it and awesome try often but what about going deeper than that.

What about teaching them in a firm foundation so when trouble and hurt comes they will come to you their safe place. Here are some ways to instill a good foundation to show your children your there for them no matter what. 

Pray for them, even with them. They need to know our God and Savior.

Give kisses and hugs often and lots of them.

Teach them to cook and clean it helps with responsibility.

Play with your children it creates a great bond.

Speak of people in good ways, don't let your children hear you talk down about others.


Let your children cry. Emotions are good.

Show your children love is unconditional.

Teach your children to think before they speak, it will save them a lot of trouble.

Let your children help others. Children have a servants heart naturally - Don't kill it.

Show your children mercy & grace after all - we all  need it!


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Monday, March 24, 2014

NCHE Family Registration Giveaways!


Several months back I was chosen to be a part of the North Carolina Homeschool Education Conference Bloggers Team for 2014.

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Woohoo - Right?

The Conference will be held May 22-24.

If you live in North Carolina the 9 members of our blogging crew will be offering Family Registrations for 1 family each blog, so you have several opportunities to win! I will share the link with you each week until all are complete.

This year the conference is celebrating 30 years!

Here are some of the speakers and workshops that I am personally looking forward too:

Rachael Carman, Attention Obsessive Compulsive Perfectionist Control Freaks!
Andrew Pudewa, Teaching Boys and Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
Diana Waring, Things I wish I'd Known

This week's giveaway is given by Dusty over at To The Moon and Back. Hurry up her giveaway ends Wednesday!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Week 30


 Fixing our new screen door!! 


This is the old one - See the glass broken on the top?


Review coming for Curiosity Quest (above) & Spelling You See (below).


Have a good week!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Grief



 
Grief is something that my family has had the pleasure of not experiencing. The entirety of our marriage we have only lost 1 family member until Wednesday and we lost 2 within 24 hours.

My blog hasn't been busy this week and that is the reason why. I update my blog to my readers tonight so you can pray for my family & friends.

Kevin's grandfather was a great God fearing man and he will be missed greatly by a very large and loving family. This was his last grandparent so it was a little harder than normal.

My great aunt was a prankster that was always beautiful inside and out and I will miss her personality. Pray for her family and specially lift up my grandmother in your prayers. They were twins and this is proving to be very difficult. 

Tonight I come in from work and find a special woman from our church has passed. I truly loved her and my family had a special bond with her. I will miss her smiling face and sweet words she spoke.


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mango Languages { Review }


My family had the awesome opportunity to review Mango Languages Homeschool Edition courtesy of The Schoolhouse Review Crew. Mango Languages offers over 60 different languages for you to learn on line! 

Mango has been in existence for about 7 years. They started in the public library sector and are expanding from there. The major differences between the library version and the homeschool version are
   ⁃   public libraries only have 1 level of any given language
   ⁃   homeschooling has all levels and all languages
   ⁃   homeschooling has the community features (forums and such)
   
We have been working in the Beta form of Mango and several features have not been made available to us however in the next few months the Beta period will be over and they will be ready for use!

My family was granted 3 online memberships.

Kyle age 13 picked Russian. We were shocked to learn that over 160 million people speak Russian. There are 3 Journeys however we are on Journey 1 which is teaching:
 Greetings, Gratitude, Goodbyes
Inquiring About Someone's Nationality
Asking What Languages Someone Speaks
Names and Introductions
Getting Around
Shopping and Payment
Drinks and Dining
Numbers and Currency
Getting Help
Asking for Clarification



Alexis age 10 chose Spanish which 387 million other people speak. Like Russian there are 3 Journeys and she is on Journey 1 learning the following:

Greetings, Gratitude, Goodbyes
Inquiring About Someone's Nationality
Asking What Languages Someone Speaks
Names and Introductions
Getting Around
Shopping and Payment
Drinks and Dining
Numbers and Currency
Getting Help
Asking for Clarification

Kevin, my husband decided on Hebrew (biblical). Since he is in Bible Collage he thought this would be a great intro course to learn some basic Hebrew.

Pricing from Mango:
1 subscription is $18/month or $125/year total
2 subscriptions is $28/month or $175 /year total
3 subscriptions is $38/month or $225/year total
4 subscriptions is $48/month or $275/year total
5 subscriptions is $58/month or $325/year total

With Mango you don't have to worry about the operating system on your computer it is compatible with all. So here is how our review time went with Mango!

First we got our sign in information and were able to go to the Mango Homeschool site and simply sign in. I made each child's profile and selected the language they had chosen to learn. I was able to personalize their profile but with discretion because of the forum and safety reasons. I then linked each of the accounts to my main profile so that I could see everything going on with the subscriptions and it was an easy way to manage all.

My children were eager to start. Kyle had been talking about this review for weeks. I sat down with both children the first lesson and we signed into Mango then into their language passport. Once you sign in you have to click on your language, under your profile page and it launches another screen that loads your online lessons. Another mom had the idea of having the kids keep a notebook with them during the lessons for writing down any words they wanted to have and this was a great tip because both my children ended up keeping a notebook.



The lessons are short and clear to understand. My children have used Mango 2 or 3 times a week since the review started. Alexis has chosen to do some of her lessons more than one time simply because she wanted to practice more. I was glad this was an option because I believe it has helped her learn better than not being able to repeat. 

I actually downloaded the course guide for each language. The course guide was a great printable for the kids to keep for review of the language. It also had the conversations used during the online lessons which made it easy for me to review with them what had been taught without me having to be involved with each lesson. The guides are over 100 pages long and break down each chapter of your language journey.

Since the kid's have kept a notebook I have been drilling the kids offline about their new language and the words they are learning. 

I personally at first thought this was going to be very difficult for my kids. We have never been introduced to different languages and the thought of learning over the computer wasn't something I thought would go well but to my amazement I was very pleased with the pronunciation and grammar help provided from the program. The program helps with cultural customs and insights and provides phonetic spelling which has changed my initial thoughts on this going to be difficult. My kids are learning and having a blast!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Egglo Entertainment { Review }

Easter celebrations are coming soon! Well we have just the thing for you to make it memorable and different!

Glow in the Dark ?? YES!! 

 
Egglo Entertainment was started by a mom just like you and me, Darcie. She wanted to teach her children and the children at her local church about Jesus and Easter and what a unique way she came up with doing so! Dacie and another mom held a night egg hunt and saw the need for glow in the dark eggs. Egglo was born at that moment. 

Here is what my family received from Egglo Entertainment:

12 Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs ($11.99)

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure ($12.99)

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book audio download) ($2.99)

Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls ($4.29)

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide ($14.99)

This product is recommended for ages 4 - 13.

My children are ages 13, 10 & 9 so all of my children where within the recommended ages and we enjoyed many components of this program! So let me get started explaining it to you!


The set of a dozen Egglo Eggs we received where awesome, my kids where so excited for this product. We had a little trouble getting them to fit together but plastic eggs are just difficult sometimes. The eggs are pink, blue, yellow and green. Some of the eggs have a cross on them and some do not. To use the eggs you must charge them with sun light, flashlight or black light. We just placed them outside during the sun light most days but we noticed in our several days of playing with them that we had to make sure if outside we were on the other end of our home because we have an outside light and the eggs would not glow. If inside the house we had to make sure it was completely dark as well. I was at first a little concerned with the charge the eggs would keep but over all we were able to still see the eggs. Some nights the charge wasn't very good but we still enjoyed playing with them and for the most part could see a glow even if it wasn't strong. 

 The concept of showing the light of Jesus in the dark was just a great way to incorporate this into Easter! I loved the idea and concept of this product.


The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book is beautiful. The book is 38 pages long and has a great story within. We actually used the book download here with the book simply because the Adventure book is very long for my smallest to set through and I thought having the audio read it for us and us follow through it with our book would work better for Zachary. It is suggested that you could also break it down into sections but luckily this worked wonderful for my kids. My children enjoyed the adventure/journey aspect of the book. My children loved the clues and volcano and that they had the scrolls that were used from within the book! I personally loved how the book ended with the children's adventure ending with them finding the greatest treasure eternally life through Jesus.

Now I mentioned above that my kids loved seeing the characters in the story use the same scrolls they had which are the Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls! These scrolls are small soft plastic reusable scriptures that can be unfolded and used over and over again. These scriptures are so small they can fit inside the eggs for an extra surprise, which is how we used them several times. My children enjoyed opening them and reading the scripture during our Bible Devotion time some days too.


The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide is extremely helpful. This guide provides helpful advice on decorating, snacks, story options, game ideas and much more. I printed some of the coloring pages off for my kids and over the few weeks we have reviewed this they have colored some of them!


Over all this curriculum is fun and very easy to use! I love that it shows the light of my Jesus to my children in a different and unique way. I plan on using this again with my nieces at Easter they are 5 & 6 and I know they will love these!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ScienceandMath.com {Review}

http://www.scienceandmath.com/


Math is either something that is easy to you or it comes hard. Each of my children comprehend math differently. I have figured out with them if they can watch it being done it will always make it easier for them to learn and understand. We need bite sized pieces at a time and repetition.

ScienceandMath.com sent me Mastering 5th Grade Math - Volume 1 - Essentials of Fractions to review for The Schoolhouse Review Crew. This is recommended for grades 4-6 and since Lexi had just finished her multiplication book we knew this would fit in perfectly great for her. This is the first in the set of the 4 volume set for their 5th grade math. 


Lexi is in 5th grade and is 10 years old and only has been introduced to Fractions briefly.

ScienceandMath.com is a curriculum company that provides high quality math and science courses for children of varied ages.

We received the physical product of Mastering 5th Grade Math: Essentials of Fractions which included a DVD package of 2 cd's. Disk one includes the lessons to play in your DVD player and has step by step lessons and instructions for the 16 lessons. The second disk has the lesson worksheets and answers key.



When we got the package I sat down, watched a little of the lessons to get familiar with the style teaching and product. After watching a few lessons I then went to my computer and used the 2nd Disk containing the worksheets and digital files and printed several lessons out in advance. I would like to point out that there are several worksheets per lesson to help if there is additional practice needed.

Lexi and I then sat down together and watched the first lesson. I was pleased that Jason (the instructor & founder) provided such great details for her to understand, with her having hardly any knowledge of fractions she done really great with the first several lessons. We discovered that Jason Gibson worked as a Rocket Scientist for NASA during our review and Alexis really loved that. I liked how he explained very thoroughly the problems he was working through and how he used different colors to explain some of the steps. 



The lessons are not very lengthy, about 10 minutes or so which is great because it didn't bore her. After the lessons we move on to complete a worksheet or two bringing the total time we spent on a lesson to about 20 - 30 minutes.


So far we have covered:
Fraction Concepts
Writing Fractions as Words
Finding Factors of a Number
Finding the Greatest Common Factor 

Some topics we have left are:
Equivalent Fractions
Renaming Fractions
Simplifying Fractions

You can purchase the same item I have for $15.99 or you can purchase the download version for $14.99.

Wrap Up of My Thoughts:

From a momma that watches her daughter struggle and hate math I was very pleased that she didn't seem to have any negative remarks yet through the lessons. Jason telling her to imagine things as a pie or pizza really helped her to where she has actually drawn out pizzas for some of her problems so she could visualize it better. The price is wonderful for this homeschool momma, normally I am on a very tight budget with our family and this is something that I feel is a huge value. I personally stink at Fractions and have enjoyed the review so far. Lexi has laughed at me a few times working out some of the problems but we are bonding over something that is difficult to us both.

ScienceAndMath.com has been awarded some great awards!



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Monday, March 10, 2014

Robert Frost Art Project


This week I decided on a project that went along with our weather!! Not that it's my favorite weather but it was theme appropriate! 



This project was simple. You will need
Cardstock
Painter's Tape
Paint (black or blue)
Brushes

We read a short book  Robert Frost: Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening. It was a great book for this project. The pictures gave the kids a great idea of what the tree's where going to look like.

After we read the book we got our cardstock and painter's tape and began to make our trees. We cut very small pieces for the branches The kids each done this in their own way which is perfect!


After you get your painter's tape on your paper then you can paint over it. Your going to paint the entire page. We had a blueish black color that each of us used. We allowed the paint to dry for about 10 minutes then we gently took the tape off our paper.


 Your project is complete!



If your looking for some other ideas we have these for you!



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