Friday, September 8, 2017

Still Whirling Around...

Sometimes life path takes unexpected turns and you find yourself in places you never in your whole life expected that you'd be.  They aren't terrible places, nor are they permanent.  Sometimes it's just a holding point until you get to the next stop in life.  Sometimes it's an adventure you never expected would happen.

I never thought I'd be married to Donald.  I never thought I'd be married a second time.  I never thought I'd meet someone who I would follow to the ends of the Earth.  But I did.

I never thought I'd be in a place that showed me 5 states at once.  I never thought I would be able to reach three states within 30 minutes of leaving where I live.  I never expected it would be somewhere that would make me smile.

I'll be the first to admit that life is still a whirlwind and that things are far from perfect but that's life.  We live day to day.  We fall back.  We pick ourselves up and start again.  We fail, we struggle and we keep trying.

Life is what it is and as long as it keeps bringing up great adventures in places we never expected, I'm more than happy to follow this Whirlwind wherever it takes me.

For now, we're just spinning along...

Let The Little Children Come {Crew Review}

Let The Little Children Come is such a fun company for spreading the Gospel among children.  This company provides various child evangelism tools for your children to share with others, or for you to share with the children in your life.  There Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract for Halloween is an awesome alternative to just simply passing out candy.

The Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract comes in a flat sheet with 20 sheets per pack.  You or your child, your Sunday School class, your counseling group, etc. can take time to remove these sheets from their precut pages and create the adorable little pumpkins above which you can then fill with candy, bracelets, or other small objects.

The great thing about Let The Little Children Come products is that they all feature verses from the Bible to help you spread Christ's word with others.  Each leaf of the Pumpkin shares the Word of the Bible for others to gain knowledge and grow.  It's a simple and reassuring way to share God's Word with others.

These are super easy to assemble and can be done with even young children.  You simply punch out the pumpkin shape and follow the instructions to fold and make the pumpkins which you will later share with others.  Almost any age can do this activity.  It would also be great for nursing homes who need simple activities for their residents to do and share with one another.

As you can see by the image above, these are designed to be super simple to use and put together quickly so that you can share them with others.  The instructions are simple, the design is simple, the impact of God's Word is Amazing.  Such a simple and easy way to share the Gospel with one another.

How We Used These:

I had the kids set down and take apart the pumpkin boxes.  I let them fold them and before closing them, I allowed them to stick a piece of candy inside.  Candy is always a winner, right?!  And when you mix Candy and Christ, you cannot lose!

The kids then shared these with their cousins, who enjoy church and also enjoy candy.  Their parents loved them.  I know several people who are planning to place an order just because they thought these were completely adorable and a great way to share with others!

Where to Order:

You can get your Let The Little Children Come Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract for $15.95 per pack.  There are discounts for ordering more packs.  Each pack in this Box-Tract contains 20 sheets per pack for you to put together.

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Is There Anything Better Than Candy?  {Let The Little Children Come Reviews}


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Apologia Marine Biology {Crew Review}

Apologia Educational Ministries is one of my absolute favorite curriculum companies ever.  When I began homeschooling around 12 years ago, Apologia came highly recommended for their wonderful science curriculum to be used with my young ones.  It took a while before I could afford to invest in their wonderfully designed curriculum but as soon as I was able, I jumped right in and I've never had a regret.  So when the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set along with the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD came up on the Vendor List, I knew this was a curriculum I did not want to miss.  Plus Miss Emmalee had specifically asked for a Marine Biology Course and what better course to do than one from Apologia Educational Ministries!

Marine Biology is the study marine life or animals and plants who live in the ocean.  Animals like dolphins, sharks, turtles, and many others.  Seaweed and other plants are included as well.  Through marine biology, you will learn just how things thrive and survive in the ocean.

Our curriculum set came with our main, colorful textbook called Exploriing Creation with Marine Biology.  This beautifully designed textbook is packed full of interesting facts and lessons on life in the salty waters of our world.  Even Jackson (5) enjoyed looking at the pages of bright animals and marine life provided in the pages of this large textbook.

Additionally, we were given a full color Student Notebook, created to be used along with the textbook for lessons.  The Student Notebook is the workbook for the curriculum, though they are never 100% necessary to use Apologia science curriculums, they are a wonderful accessory that tends to make life and lessons easier for you and your students.  The Student Notebook has questions and fun activities to keep your student intrigued with their lessons.

We were also gifted the tests and solutions for this curriculum, none of which we honestly used since I almost never test on our lessons.  But for those who enjoy giving tests for various reasons these are absolutely perfect!  They are simple black and white tests and answer sets that allow you to see where your students are at in the curriculum and what they are learning.

Last, as a part of this curriculum, we were sent the Marine Biology Second Edition MP3 Audio Book CD.  I could not survive without the Audio for my curriculum.  There are just days when you don't feel like talking or when I have other things to do and just can't get these lessons done without the audio CD.  There are days when we have doctors appointments that keep us on the go and our only option is to listen on the go.  The audio CD makes that possible to do.  There are days when I have a little one down with seizures or other health issues and the audio CD makes it easy to get our work done.  I, honestly, couldn't make it through homeschooling without the audio CD.

Another bonus for me with having the Audio CD is that I can hand it over to my teens and tell them what to do and they can listen along.  This is awesome and allows me to allow them to have independence in their education.  I know they can plug in and listen along to their lessons or read along to what they are hearing and it will help them really "get" what they are learning in the course.  My teens appreciate this as well.

Marine Biology is designed to be used by highschoolers following a prerequisite course of Biology.  Biology gives a good foundation for learning more specific biology courses afterwards.  It helps your student better prepare for a second biology course and the things they learn about in it.

Marine Biology does require a few specifics that we were able to work around: specific slides for Marine Biology to be viewed through a microscope, which we were able to look up online to see.  Dissection is also a requirement.  Emma wasn't so sure about that part of her assignments but after seeing a different mammal dissected by a family member recently, she found it wasn't so bad and was actually kind of interesting.  So now she's ready to do some dissecting for herself.  So though we also worked around this requirement by looking up things online, we will be going back to complete these assignments in person very soon.

Apologia Educational Ministries has Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set available to purchase for $115.   This includes the textbook, student notebook and the tests and solutions manual as well.  You can purchase the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD for an additional $29.

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Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set {Apologia Educational Ministries Review}

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Homemaking Help {Crew Review}

Everyday Homemaking has helpful products that you can use in your home.  Everyday Homemaking offers several different products: Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101 and My Homeschool Planner.  Each of these are great for helping develop a better home.

For our review, we chose The Everyday Family Chore System.  I felt like this was something we could use, even though we actually reviewed this same product several years ago.  I remembered it and remembered how useful it was then so I decided to review it again with my children now that they are older.  Once again, we had great results.

The Everyday Family Chore System is a book written to the homemaker that helps you to implement a better home schedule for cleaning and chores in your home.  It teaches you to put your family to work and how to develop a better plan for everyone to use to help keep the house in order.  It can be used with a large family or small and is simple and easy to put into place.

Most of the book explains how to use the system.  It's written to fully explain how the system works and make it easy for you to put to work with your family.  At the end of the book are worksheets and chore cards which can be printed out for use with your family.  I personally chose to laminate the chore cards so we would be able to use them longer because many little hands can destroy paper quickly and laminating allows the cards to have longer life.

There are blank chore cards that can be printed so you can add your own chores and routines to them.  The only thing I really disliked about the book was I didn't find it was easy to print the cards with my printer as it was designed.  I tried to print odd/even pages and just couldn't so I had to print the blank pages as well as the print ones.

The system itself is really easy to use.  You print the cards and hand them to the responsible person.  It's an adaptable system.  You could make use of the chore system in many ways.  You could have the kids do the same chores, or you could have them choose different ones each time.  It's completely up to you.

The system does help you create a cleaner and more organized home for your family.  It's not an organizing system but it's a great cleaning system.  It can be used for all ages from youngest to oldest and is so so easy to put into place.  The book itself doesn't take long to read for you to get started.

You can buy The Everyday Family Chore System from Everyday Homemaking for $15.99 as a digital edition or $19.99 in a print edition.  Remember digital allows you to reprint the chore cards as they become damaged if you wish.

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Everyday Cooking and Chores Systems for your Family {Everyday Homemaking Reviews}

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Phonics Museum {Crew Review}

Veritas Press is another amazing curriculum company that we have greatly enjoyed using in our homeschool over the years.  They offer so many amazing resources for all ages and are totally a favorite of ours!  We were truly excited when we were offered the Phonics Museum App to review.

Phonics Museum is an App available in the App store for the iPad.  It's an adorably educational app for children to help them learn to read.  It's multi-sensory with engaging themes that children enjoy.  There are games, songs, books, writing activities and more available through this app.  

This app is designed for young children to build skills in learning to read.  It's super easy for them to use and builds upon the skills it covers as they work through the lessons on the app.  But it's not setup as lessons, it's just a fun "game" for kids where they learn.

First you create your name and character as well as a password to log in.  Remember your password or you will have challenges logging on to the app.  This is a lesson we learned quickly.

As with all Veritas Press curriculum, Phonics Museum is Classical Education material.  It's a full curriculum app for your little ones and could be used for reading and language development or it can just be used as a curriculum supplement for your little one.

The Phonics Museum app is filled with adventurous and fun characters like William and Wendy who accompany and lead your child on their Phonics Museum adventure.  William and Wendy then introduce your child to Percival the knight, who they meet in a museum exhibit.  Miss Biddle is the Museum curator and is in charge of it all.  She's the quirky "teacher" in the app.  

This app is jam-packed with information your little one needs to learn in order to read.  It gives your child a solid educational base for learning the alphabet, phonics, comprehension and so much more.  Honestly, I was skeptical at first but after seeing my kids use the app to learn I can say I'm completely thrilled with their progress and learning.

How We Used It:

This one I let Jack and Laycie use.  They love iPad time so I knew this app would be really fun for them to work on during their digital "play" time.  It quickly became a favorite that they argued over so we had to set up a basic schedule of when they could play to share it.  It was easily done.

They really learned so much.  Laycie knows a lot already but it was great review for her.  It was an introductory lesson on reading and phonics for Jackson and he truly enjoyed learning with the app.  

Where You Can Buy:

Phonics Museum App
was created by Veritas Press and is available in the App Store.  It is a free app download and requires iOS 9.1 or later to use.  It's made for ages 5 and under but it was a great review for my 9 year old as well.  It can be used with iPad or iPhone.

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Phonics Museum App {Veritas Press Reviews}

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Astronomy 1st Edition Lapbook {Crew Review}

If you know me, then you know my personal love of ALL things from Apologia.  They are just an overall wonderful company that creates some of the best curriculum available for Christian Homeschoolers. But did you know one of my other favorite supplemental curriculum companies is A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks?  They are another awesome Christian company that provides amazing resources for educational use.

Having used most of Apologia's Exploring Creation Science books with my children, I like to cycle back around and find new supplements to use for my youngest and as a review for my older children as well.  We have most of the series books and workbooks but I'm always looking for fun things like A Journey Through Learning Lapbook's Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy (1st Edition) Lapbook.

There are tons of other titles also available at the Apologia Curriculum Page.

Now because we've used Apologia for 11 years now, we have many 1st Editions of their Exploring Creation series so it was necessary for me to have a 1st Edition Lapbook to use with my children, but they do have a 2nd Edition Lapbook available to use for you if need be, as well.  They also have lapbooks for many other titles available too.

What is a Lapbook?

So let's talk about what a lapbook is?   A lapbook is an educational scrapbook of sorts or a type of interactive notebook, usually created on a file folder that is easy to keep up with, yet it packs in a ton of information into one place for your student.  Lapbooks usually have little bits of information stored within it's pages, generally in eye catching designs to keep your student's interest.

We've used various A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks over the years and have always enjoyed them.  They are really easy to use and extremely educational.  Even my bigger kids enjoy using them.

For more information on Lapbooks, stop by A Journey Through Learning lapbooking page!

This lapbook was a lot of fun.  The design was simple to use like all other A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks.  You jump right in to learning along with the Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy book.  Every section has an activity that helps reinforce what your student is learning in the book.  This particular lapbook was designed to be used with the 1st edition of the book which is the edition we have and use.  Though it's an older version, it's still a really great book that we've learned a lot from.  

How We Used It:

Because this is a digital product and because A Journey Through Learning is such a generous company, we were able to make multiple print copies of this lapbook to use with all our students.  The forms are easy to print and easy to put to work with little work from me, the parent.  The kids can easily cut out the little designs and glue them into their file folders on their own.  I just had to provide them with basic supplies which we keep on hand since we use lapbooks a lot in our learning.  Things like glue sticks, scissors, tape, and of course a file folder to place our information in to.

This was something I could use with my kids: ages 4, 9, 14, and 16.  Of course, the 4 year old had to have help with some tasks and writing the information in the blanks but he enjoyed learning along with the rest and gluing his stuff into place.

The bigger kids, of course, had no problems doing any of the work involved with the lapbook.

Where You Can Get This Product:

Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy (1st Edition) Lapbook is available from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks for $15 for the Full Color Instant Download.  You can also get this lapbook on CD or printed if you choose.  Order options are available on the website. 

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Lapbooks for Classical Conversations, Apologia, Inventors & 20th Century {A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks Reviews}

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