Thursday, June 26, 2014

Library and Educational Services { Review }


My family was asked to review two Go Science DVD's from Library and Educational Services and with the help of all three of my children we decided upon these:
Volume Four:
Motion, Friction, Electricity and Light

Volume Seven
Engineering, Design and Flight

 Let me tell you a little about Library and Educational Services first. Did you know they have been around for 35 years?! That is a huge amount of time for a business to thrive! They are a small family wholesale distributor for libraries, schools, day-cares and more! The CD's, DVD's and books that they provide they take careful care to align them with Christian values and morals which pleases me greatly.
What did we think & how did we use them?

Let me tell you a little about Volume Four ~ Motion, Friction, Electricity and Light first.

Ben Roy, the host, is full of joy through each demonstration. He is so great at teaching the relevance of God in all science. His favorite saying is " Every time we learn more about science, we learn more about our Creator - God."   He is a very educated man with a degree from the University of Tennessee.
When you first start the DVD you will have the option to watch all or choose which topic for that day. We would choose what topic we were interested for the particular day and watch that session. Sometimes we watched several experiments done from Ben and his volunteer audience but some sessions didn't have as many as the others but personally I didn't find that it mattered. Some segments lasted 15 minutes but most was under that making sure to keep my kids attention! Watching the science demonstrations being done was really neat for my children. It gave them great ideas on how to use some very simple items around our home for some really neat fun. Example the Floating Rice experiment for Friction was awesome! Friction of course is when two things rub together. So this took rice in a bottle and a skewer pushed down in the bottle to see if you could lift the bottle up. The trick was you couldn't not until you pushed the rice down and packed it tight against each grain. Once you did that and inserted the skewer guess what? You could pick the bottle up with the skewer!! It was really neat and my kids actually have tried this and the bouncing balls trick for motion!
 I enjoyed the variety of topics that was included in this one. This DVD is 55 minutes long and was recommended for ages 4-12 and one of my favorite things to share about this Go Science DVD was that it was produced in the USA!

Volume Seven Engineering, Design and Flight.
 Some of the experiments we watched were walking on eggs, making a mini water pump, vinegar rockets and  flying rocket balloons! My kids really enjoyed this DVD best. I guess it just appealed to my boys' best.
This DVD we did the same took it a little each day until we had watched all the exciting experiment/demonstrations that he had to offer. 

This Go Science DVD is 56 minutes long and is recommended for ages 4-12.
Final Thoughts

My children thought the DVD's where cool however my guys did get a little bored watching them. I asked them why and I believe that they tried telling me because each demonstration went in the same way, same routine. Please don't misunderstand my guys enjoyed the experiments and I believe learned more about science through these but I do not believe they would like to watch the others. I believe that actually going to one of his camps would be awesome and totally keep your attention so much better than the ones on DVD for my kiddos.

There is a total of 7 titles in this series totaling over 80 demonstrations! Each DVD is $8.97
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Week 44


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Field Trip { Youth Trip }

I love going fun places and the zoo is always a winner with my guys! I volunteered to head up a trip for our youth group to go to Lazy 5 Zoo!!

My family has been for years and we have even took a youth group at our past church but I knew this would be a great fun and guess what?? IT WAS! 

Here are some highlights of our trip! 

We enjoyed wonderful time together with each other and had way to much food on our picnic! We even allowed time for the kiddos to play on the play ground!

You can have fun in the Lord and with his people!! 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dining Room { Re-Do }

Since we moved in I have updated this home. With time flying by and our home becoming more settled I couldn't wait to mark this one off my list!

I wanted my dining room re-done.

So we started with the floor when we first moved in that was one of the first things we invested in and it still is my favorite!


 Second I painted it a light gray but I hated it and had to go darker.

Since then I have loved it but couldn't take the orange wood color from the table so guess what - I decided I had to do something about it.

I love color however I was scared that I was going to mess something up but honestly I was to the point of thinking even the mistake would look better than the orange wood staring at me daily.

I practiced on a sofa table a few weeks ago and posted the picture on my Wordless Wednesday post and after I was satisfied with that I went to pick fabric.

Once I decided on the fabric from Joann with the help of my lovely assistant Lexi we picked colors for the chairs.

Lexi primed the chairs for me while I made my roman shades and once I finished that up I helped with the chairs. Kevin took the cushions off and that helped lots.

Once the chairs were dry I started painting them. We didn't sand the chairs because of the primer I used it wasn't for sanding. The wood that the set is made from is very hard to sand and on my practice piece I just couldn't get it to work so I changed my plan to the primer that I already had so no expense!

Now to the orange table. My momma gave me this table about a year ago. This was the table that I ate at as a child so I wanted to treat it with love and kindness but change the look. I was scared for two reasons 1- being a homeschool family I need my table! 2 - I didn't want my momma mad at me!

Here is the only picture that I could find with my orange wood table sorry I forgot to get pictures because I was so nervous!  This helps you see it at least!

Here is the final result after priming, painting the sides and legs but staining the top old leather! 

Zachary was breaking in the table not even 6 hours after getting it moved back in with our favorite Math U See!!
I love the way this turned out. It was a slow process simply because I took it little by little but I am so happy and pleased with the result. I probably only have about $70 in everything in this room excluding the flooring because the flooring would be hard to figure simply because this is our flooring throughout the entire house.

Happy Re- Do to you and your next project! You can do it I promise!


Wordless Wednesday Week 42