Thursday, February 23, 2012

TOS Review: Apologia Who Am I?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Princess 2012

Another week of chaos is leading into a weekend of the same for our household.  In just a few hours my sweet Princessa Emmalee is turning 9.  I can hardly believe she is already 9.  She was just a short, sweet, curly haired baby toddling around my yard.

She's amazing, my little girl.  She does everything with such an amazing strength.  She has a love for Jesus that I envy.  Though she struggles more daily with the worldly, there is always a kindness inside her that shines through.  I know that stems from her strong Christian roots that I have tried to instill in her from birth.

 

Emma is my artist.  She lives for art.  Craves it.  Looks for the artistic aspects in all of her life.  She will throw down anything, whatever she is doing to create a masterpiece.  And what a masterpiece this little girl is, straight from Heaven sent down to me.  I could never be thankful enough for the blessing that this sweet girl is to my life.

She keeps me on my toes.  She makes me thrilled and angry all at once, feeling Life through her own determined stubborness.  And stubborn she is, but it is her way, born to her just as the Art is.  Someday her bold and strong attitude will take her far places that I can only imagine as she is growing.



So on this day of February 17, 2012, I tell my Princessa Happy Birthday and wish her as many blessings as her life has given to me.  I wish her all her dreams come true with God's loving guidance showing her the way.  I could not be more excited for her to turn 9, as I know she is just as excited today.  <3

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TOS Review: Aleks

Aleks: Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is an online assessment and education program.  This program assesses a student, places them on a level accurate to their level of knowledge and allows the student to build their skills through online practice.  Student levels remain accurate due to additional testing as a student moves through the program that assesses their skill level as they go.  A student who shows progress in the Aleks program will also show progress in the same courses in their school program. 



Aleks programs include over 50 mathematical academic studies from Basic Math to Precalculus.  Program levels being at grade 3 and continue through College Level courses.  Bilingual courses are also offered through the Aleks program.  Students using the advanced education programing can be credited through ACE for College. 



For homeschoolers, Aleks offers a personalized program for grades 3 and up.  No textbook is required to complete this program.  All materials can be found through the Aleks websiteAleks also offers Quicktables, a program which concentrates on rote memorization methods for learning the Basic Math Skills of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. 

Aleks offers a wonderful math program which can fit into any situation from full curriculum to extra practice for the public school student.  This program is available for $19.95 per student per month, $99.95 every six months or $179.95 per year per student.  They also offer a family discount program which can be found here.

To learn more about Aleks and read other's opinions of this curriculum, please visit the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.


*Disclaimer - this product was provided to me free for review in exchange for my honest opinion of the program from Aleks and from the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.

Friday, February 10, 2012

TOS Review: Math Rider


The Intelligent Math Facts Game
Have fun & build confidence!



Math Rider is a fun math facts game from Sharper Edge Pty. Ltd.  In this game children play as themselves,  traveling through the Land of Ray riding upon Shadow, their trusty stead.  As they travel, they pass through beautifully, digitally animated lands and answer up to four different levels of math facts in each of the main basic math categories: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


This game also allows more than one child to master concepts by allowing different logins for each.  My children really enjoyed practicing math facts with this game, especially my daughter who is currently in LOVE with horses and learning.  My son greatly enjoyed the quick answering of the math problems throughout the program.  You can register for a free trial of the game on the website.  You may also buy Math Rider on the website for the low price of $37 with a 30 day risk free guarantee.  





*Disclaimer: This review was provided to me by the creators of Math Rider and the TOS Homeschool Crew in exchange for my honest review of the product, free of charge.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A lot of Life is going on

There are tons of new things happening around Luv'N Lambert Life.  We are extremely busy in the new year with life, laughter and love.  Doctors appointments have filled our weeks.  Expectancy fills our days.

We happily announce and patiently await the arrival of our newest little Luv due September 6, 2012.  Baby Lambert will be a joy to our days and lives.  Every one is excited to have a new little one to love and share with in the house again.

Morning sickness has been kicking my Momma butt.  I'm currently on medication to keep life manageable after suffering some serious effects this pregnancy.  The meds help and I'm extremely thankful.  I'm enjoying every moment of feeling this little bean grow in my tummy.  I'm still undecided if this will be our last baby but I'm leaning on the side of "yes".  I feel more than 4 c-sections would be pushing the health risks a little too much but I am still praying over my decision in this.

My Emma has been in physical therapy for the past few weeks to correct her toe-walking issues.  She has an MRI on Monday to recheck for tethering of her spinal cord, after her last test was not performed correctly.  I am praying for positive results still.

My Laycie is also in therapy.  She will have her first OT and PT evals next Tuesday to help with her motor developement.  She is already in speech therapy to help her pronounce her words and sounds correctly.  It's a bit too early to say if it is helping or not.  I suppose time will tell there.

My Bubba is just hanging out while all these girls do their stuff.  He's enjoying some new games he got for Christmas.  He's been watching a lot of fun and educational stuff on Netflix lately which always helps with school. 

Soon taxes will come back and be spent on the "extra's" we will use throughout the year: new camera for Momma, new printer for school, and hopefully new tvs for the kids. These are the hopes we have at least.  I'd also like to get passes to a few things like the State Parks and Zoo this year for the kids but we will see.  Always so much to do with so little time and money.

Well duty calls... until next time...

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