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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Our Week in Review (July 9th-15th)

Last summer the girls had an opportunity to take a painting class and they painted beautiful butterflies on canvas.  The class was offered once a week for 8 weeks in the summer (we only went the one week.)  This year I was glad to see Playful Painting was back and basing the lessons on famous artists!  We cannot take all 8 weeks of classes even with a sibling discount, but I did want them to be able to go to a class or two.  Last Monday was a class on Vincent Van Gogh and Starry Night which the girls love, so I was so glad to be able to take them to the class.  It was very well done.  The had an opportunity to look at several examples of Van Gogh's work, watch a video of a book being read by Van Gogh and then we guided step by step to paint while still having an opportunity to make the painting unique. 

 With Christian and Alex gone, that meant I had to feed and water goats.  Someone has to actually stand and watch them eat so they do not steal the others food or switch troughs.I had Nick and Anthony give me a hand.

Tuesday and Wednesday  I took Emmie to Chelsea's to play with Liam for the day.  Christian and Alex were still at camp.  Nick and Anthony hung out at the house, and I spent the time (6 hours each day) with Lily at a 4 H Quilt Workshop.  The project was to make a rag quilt.  We met at the Junior High school because she had an AccuQuilt which would cut out the squares and cut the fringe.  Each quilt needed 40 squares, 20 for the top and 20 for the bottom.  They quilted each square in an X shape and then had to sew the squares together to form their quilt.  The hardest part was making sure all of the fringe was on the front side when sewn together.  Lily had a bit of a hard time with this and had to pull apart several squares, but other than that did great!  I was so impressed with all the girls hard work.  There were only 5 in the workshop ages 9-16, but they all made a quilt to be proud of! 

The school also had a embroidery machine and each girl was able to pick a design to embroider on one square.  Lily wanted a panda bear, her name, and the year on hers.  The design needed 13 thread changes so I got to learn how to use the machine so I could change the thread.
Her quilt matches the pillowcase we made a few months ago.

Wednesday afternoon Art went to pick up Alex and Christian from STEM 4 H camp in Ferndale.  While they were there they got to:build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots and race them in a course, build and launch Sea Perch robots,  build and test eco robots to clean up an area, make treboulchets, build and test wind powered cars, build and shoot rockets, build and test egg drops, make slime, make and test stomp rockets, and build earthquake structures. They also did the Pack Shack community service project again.  Pictures have not yet been posted for this camp.  I am so glad they got to go, they both had a great time!

We have had a broody hen for several weeks.  Thursday morning when Alex went out to do chores, he found a chick.  Unfortunately it had fallen from the nest and was laying on the ground in the mud.  I thought if it made it 24 hours we would be in good shape, but it lived about a day and a half before it died :(  No others have hatched yet but hopefully some will soon and we will be more successful.

Saturday we babysat for Liam. 

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Homeschool Crew Review: Math Refresher for Adults

Math Essentials

Math is a subject that we use in our lives every single day. Whether you love it or hate it it isn't going away. As a homeschool mom I not only have to use it, but teach it as well.   Math Essentials provided me with a copy of Math Refresher for Adults for review to brush up on math skills.

Math Refresher for Adults

Math Refresher for Adults is a 270 page paperback book.  There are 9 main topics in the book: Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Geometry, Integers, Charts and Graphs, Word Problems, and Pre-Algebra/ Algebra.  For each topic there are several sub categories.  For example under Geometry you will find topics such as Points, Lines and Planes, Types of Angles, Polygons, Circles, Areas of Squares and Rectangles, and more.  At the end of each main section there is a review of the entire section.  Each page starts with a few review exercises then moves on to problems related to the topic. Helpful hints and examples are included on each page.  At the end of each lesson there is a word problem. You can write in the book if you choose but it is recommended that you copy each problem on a separate sheet of paper and work them out.  In the back of the book you will find a solution guide, glossary, and important symbols and tables.  Purchasing Math Refresher for Adults also gives you access to short instructional videos for each topic. You do not need to complete the book in order from beginning to end.  You are free to pick and choose which topics you would like to work on.

Math Refresher for Adults was designed to be used for a variety of purposes.  Those who are preparing for math tests such as the ACT, SAT, or PRAXIS could use this book to help prepare for their tests. Older students who need a review of general math before heading into higher levels would benefit from using this book.  Homeschool parents who have forgotten certain math skills or would just like to brush up on math can use this book.  Parents with children in public school who may need help with their homework may want to use it to review math topics.  Adults who have been out of school for some time and are returning may have a need to take entrance exams or math classes for their degree and can use his book as a refresher.

 I thought Math Refresher for Adults was very easy to use.  You can easily find a topic of study you need to work on and start at that point.  I started in the Pre-Algebra/Algebra section to brush up on my math before I have 2 children in Pre-Algebra this year. Or if you just feel like you need more practice in all areas of math you could start at the beginning and work your way through the book in just minutes a day. The lessons are short and straight forward.  Review of topics is built in and there are several practice problems for each topic.  Examples are given for each section.  There are helpful video lessons that you can refer to but they are not listed in order of the lessons in this book.  You have do a bit of digging for the topic that you need.  The videos lessons are not lengthy and do a good job of explaining the material. I think it would make using the video lessons easier if they had a section specifically for Math Refresher for Adults and listed the videos in order of the lessons in the book.

To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Homeschool Crew Review: Bible Study Guide For All Ages

Bible Study Guide for All Ages

Bible Study Guide For All Ages allows you to study the same Bible lessons with children of different ages.  There are a total of 416 lessons, 26 in each packet. Working through the program will allow you to cover the entire Bible in 4 years.  We received a variety of products from Bible Study Guide For All Ages to use and review including:

 Beginner (3-K) 
 Intermediate (3rd & 4th grade)
 Advanced (5th & 6th grade)
Advanced Teacher Key
 Wall Maps and Timeline set
Large Bible Book Summary Cards

Each set of students pages are in a consumable workbook, so you will need one for each student.  The pages are 8.5x14 and are lightly glued on one side making them very easy to tear off.  The lessons do not move chronologically through the Bible.  Each set contains lessons from the Old and New Testaments.  We received lessons 1-26.  Our lesson book had 14 lessons on Joseph, 6 on Daniel, and 6 on Jesus.

The Beginner pages are for ages 3-K but also can be used with children a little older.  These are used with children who are not yet reading or are beginning readers so it is intended that an adult will read the lessons to the child.  Each lesson follows the same format.  The first page has the Learn the Basics section which lists the Time Line cards you should go over if you are using the Beginner Time Line Cards and also Sing and Remember shows the songs to sing if you are using Children's Songs CD Set (these are optional .)  Every 4 lessons there is a My Bible section that helps children learn about their Bible and the importance of it. Next there is a Get Active and Apply It section that teaches a life lesson and how it will apply to the Bible lesson and their life.  There is also a picture to color.  The next page has the Discover the Bible lesson.  This is the main part of the Bible study lesson. The parent reads each section of the lesson to the child and they follow the directions in each box.  They may be told to color the picture, trace,  circle or cross out something.

Bible Study Guide for All Ages
The Intermediate Pages are for children around 3-4th grade.  These lessons can be read and completed by the student on their own or a teacher can help them go through the lesson. The first page of their lesson starts with a Remember It review section and a Memory Workout.  The memory work out lists a song from the Children's Songs CD Set or a card from the Bible Book Summary Card set.  These are optional.  Next they have a Time Line activity in their book, a Get Active and Apply it section that teaches a life lesson and helps them apply it to the Bible lesson and their life.  They also have a small space to record their Prayer List.  The next page is the Discover the Bible lesson.  The Scripture being used needs to be read and then the student follows the directions for each box of the lesson.  They may have to  do things such as fill in missing letters, unscramble words, draw, circle or cross out items in the pictures.

Bible Study Guide for All Ages
The Advanced Pages are geared for children in the 5th and 6th grades.  The pages are set up the same as the Intermediate Pages.  The Get Active and Apply it sections have different activities. In the Discover the Bible lesson portion the activities are a little more advanced.  For example instead of filling in the blanks on a name where some of the letter are provided, the Advanced Pages requires you to write the entire name. 
Bible Study Guide for All Ages

The Wall Maps and Timeline set comes with a 76x25 timeline, and 3 maps measuring 38x25, 19x25 and 19x25.  As you learn about places and events in your lessons, you add labels to the timeline and maps. The labels are made of cardstock and come in a small 3 ring binder.  Each one has to be cut out and an adhesive placed on the back before it is stuck to the timeline or map.

Bible Study Guide for All Ages
This is the time line when I first set it up.  I had to take 2 photos so you could see the entire thing!
The "people" near the end of the timeline are labeled with your students names.  I loved that!

 These are the cardstock labels in the binder.

This was not the first time I have used Bible Study Guide For All Ages.  We reviewed it back in 2013 and after that review I continued to purchase it and used it for our Bible study for the next school year.  For this review I used the Beginner pages for Emmie (7), Intermediate pages for Lily (9) and 2 sets of Advanced pages for Christian (11) and Anthony (12.)  We had the Beginner Timeline cards from our previous review (they still remembered them!)  These are large sturdy illustrated cardstock flashcards that teach events of the Bible with a simple question such as Who led the Israelites out of Egypt? The Bible Book Summary Cards were also familiar to us.  They are large cardstock flashcards that have a picture on the front that shows the main subject of the book of the Bible and on the back a description and questions the teacher can ask. We were happy to have an opportunity to add the Wall Maps and Timeline set to this review.

Bible Study Guide for All Ages
One of the things I love about Bible Study Guide For All Ages  is the ability to study the same lesson with different ages of children.  Because the first page of each lesson is different for the beginner child, we start in with the Discover the Bible section.  I sit beside Emmie and read it from her page. As she is working on coloring the first section of her activity page, I read the actual Bible verses aloud for the other children..  Then the rest of the children complete their section and I start reading the next section in Emmie's book.  When we finish the lesson page, we work on the Wall Map and Timeline Set.  Then we go back and do the Beginner Time Line Cards, Bible Book Summary Card, and they can work individually on the first page.   The children really enjoy the lessons and completing the activity sheets and have learned and remembered quite a bit.  They love the cartoon like drawings. They look forward to doing their Bible lessons which is always a good thing.  I like that each set of pages has lessons on both the Old and New Testaments.




The Wall Map and Timeline Set added a good hands on dimension to our studies.  I really like the way the timeline is set up.  It does take a bit of time to get it on the wall and ready to go but I think it was time well spent.  Having the visual aids gives the children a better overall idea of history and where these events take place.

The Advanced Teacher Key looks just like the Advanced Student Pages except it has all of the answers filled in.  That makes it very easy on the teacher to be able to read along with the students. It also tells you what figures need to go on the timeline and maps and which map they need to go on.  They are labeled by lesson number in the book as well. 

The one thing I wish was different are the pages in the books.  I prefer to keep the books intact rather then having loose pages floating around the house, so I do wish the binding was stronger. Also the pages are really large making them awkward to store. 

To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Our Week in Review (July 2nd-8th)

Monday morning I had to run Nick to the doctor for his sports physical.  It was pretty quick and painless.  After that he had a meeting with his 4 H team to head to Texarkana to get ready for their state competition at the end of the month.  I got to spend the rest of the day home with the other children and we did a Bible lesson, watched a video from Northwest Treasures (upcoming review) on Dinosaurs and the Bible.  I sat outside and watched the children swim and tried to catch up on some chores that were a little bit behind. 

Tuesday Chelsea and Liam came over for the day.  It was very HOT!  We had to go outside and do animal chores and they came along with us.  The baby was pretty excited about the chickens.  After we finished we headed in to cool down until after lunch then the children came out to swim.  I think we tired out the baby because he took a really long nap.

Even though Wednesday was 4th of July, Art had to work (actually Nick had to work too in the morning mowing a lawn.)  They had to do some work at the plant when the workers were not there so they chose to get it done on the 4th.  He was gone all day, but they gave him Friday for a holiday to make up for it.  We had a nice day at home and did a Bible lesson, watched another video, and Anthony worked on Code for Teens.  We set off fireworks that night for a 4th of July celebration and I made brownie sundaes for dessert,.  I did not take any photos of the fireworks, I just sat back and enjoyed (while praying there would be no injuries! There wasn't)

Thursday Lily had her piano lesson.  Then we went into town to pick out the fabric sh needs for the 4 H quilt workshop next week.

Friday Art was off so he and I had a date.  We went to the Home Improvement Center for lumber to fix up the goat pen for the new goats, the co-op, Walmart, and Subway for lunch.  Some might think thats not such an exciting date, but it's just nice to be out together every once in awhile without the children and it doesn't matter where we go or what we do.

We finished The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1, The Mysterious Howling.  We really enjoyed this book.  It is a wonderful read aloud about a governess whose job is to care for three children that were supposedly raised by wolves.  Lots of fun, mystery, and great vocabulary.  (There is a scene or two where adults are intoxicated.)  There are 6 books in this series and we can't wait to start book 2 after Christian gets back home.  We also finished Circle C Stepping Stones Book 5, Andi Dreams of Gold, another outstanding book by Susan K. Marlow. 

Over the week-end we worked on getting the pen divided evenly into 2 big stall (that may eventually be divided into 4 stalls.)  Christian and Alex left Sunday to head to a STEM 4 H camp in Little Rock.  They will be back Wednesday evening.

I am working on plans for curriculum for the upcoming school year.  I have several things decided, but a few things I am not sure of.  I have 2 in high school this year.  I had asked them if there was anything specific they would like to do this year and Alex wanted to learn about 3 D programming.  He showed me a course that he was interested that was on sale, so I bought it and he has started working on it.  I still have to make a decision on his history and some other electives.  Nick will be taking Marketing and Communication at the Public School this year.  I have most of his other courses planned out except for language arts.  For the younger children I still have not for sure decided on history but think I know everything else.  I will be finalizing my decision in the next week or so and will share them when I know for sure.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Our Week in Review (June 25th-July 1st)

Wow it July already!  Where did June go? 

This week Christian and Alex went off to the 4 H center in Ferndale for a 3 day camp.  Alex was attending Adventure/Challenge camp and Christian was attending junior camp.  These camps took place in the same place but had different activities.  This was Christian's first time to attend junior camp.  He said swimming was his favorite part (it was very HOT! and they have a nice pool) but enjoyed his other activities as well.  This was Alex's 2nd time to attend Adventure/Challenge Camp where they do things like climbing a rock wall and he loved it again.  They were both very tired when they came home Wednesday afternoon.  While they were there they participated in a community service project packing meals.

Lily and Emmie had a 3 day gymnastic camp this week on Mon, Wed, and Thursday for an hour each day.  Thursday when Lily woke up she said her everything was sore.  That is a lot to do all of that 3 days in a week rather then have it spread out over a month, but they had fun.

Lily had piano Thursday evening.

Friday we got up early and headed to Texarkana for the day.  We bowled 2 games with our Kids Bowl Free passes.  I bought the Family Pack when I signed the children up in the spring.  The Family Pack was around $25 and allows 4 adults to bowl each time with the children.  Our bowling alley is over an hour away so we only get to go a few times over the summer but it still is much cheaper with the pass then paying each game separately.  Art had to work but Chelsea and Cody came with us and brought the baby.  After bowling we had a quick bite to eat and then went to the movies to see The Incredibles II.  We enjoyed it.  We also had to do some shopping so by the time we got home it was almost time for bed.  It was a long day, but a good one.

Anthony did some coding this week using a book I just received to review, Code for Teens.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!