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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 19

Back to school this week after an extended Christmas break.

It was mostly a good school week.  It can be hard starting back after a break but aside from starting a little late each day the children did a pretty good job getting back into the school routine.  Children only cried a couple of times over school work (grammar and math of course) I made a mistake and bought the wrong kind of file folders so we could not do the file folder activities to go with MOH Vol 1 but we did do the reading and map work.  We made big timelines the last time we went through these books (with Nick, Alex, and Chelsea) so I am not going to make more.  We will just look at the ones we already have.  We did PE everyday this week which made this homeschool mama very sore after having such a long break!  The new math and handwriting books were delayed in the mail and did not end up arriving until Saturday so we will start with those next week.  We did not get to spelling this week.

Week 19 in our Homeschool

Bible: We did the first 4 lessons in the 10 Minute Bible Journey from Master Books.

Read Aloud: We started a YWAM biography on Ernest Shackleton.  In the evenings we are still reading Dragonspell for the boys read aloud and we finished A Horse and His Boy and started Prince Caspian for the girls read aloud.

P.E.: We did two days of Family Time Fitness, one of Yoga for Kids, and one bike riding and roller skating.

History: We completed Week 1 (the first three lessons)  in The Mystery of History Vol 1and did a map of the world.

Science: We started reading Lesson 10, The Nervous System Extended, in Apologia Anatomy and Physiology.  We made a model of the brain out of clay and did an activity showing how interconnected and myelinated we are.

Art: ArtAchieve, a company we reviewed a few years ago and loved are now a part of ShoolhouseTeachers.com, which I have a membership to because of my involvement with the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  We did the Mermaid from Denmark this week, a Level II activity.  They turned out really good.





Math: Anthony completed 4 lessons in Rod and Staff 7.  The girls did 4 lessons of MLFLE.  Emmie did hers all on Monday so she could take off the rest of the week.

Spelling/Reading: We did not get to spelling this week.  Emmie completed lesson 28 in AAR Level 2.

Language Arts: Christian and Anthony worked on their book reports for Carry on Mr. Bowditch and their stories for their 4 H Record Books.  Lily did 2 days of grammar and completed the activities for chapter 3 in Little House in the Big Woods.

Nick added Chemistry from Master Books to his workload for this semester.  Alex added Biology 101 to his.  I'm still debating whether to have Nick add Economics as well but I don't want to overload him.

These three ladies stopped by on Monday.  They were right outside our playroom window.  They looked in on us then headed off into the woods back towards home.

Other Activities this Week

Tuesday  the girls were back to gymnastics.

Wednesday we were back to Kid's Club.

Thursday Lily had piano and Emmie was back to dance

Friday Anthony had an appointment to see a podiatrist.  I have noticed for a very long time that his walking was getting worse.  But the first time we discussed it with his doctor several years ago we were sent to Physical Therapy and were told he didn't qualify for therapy,  do some ankle strengthening exercises at home.  As his feet went through a major growth spurt it got worse and discussed it again and were sent to another Physical Therapist even though I wanted a podiatrist appointment.  The physical therapist gave us some new exercises and said there definitely was a structure issue and recommended a podiatrist so we got a referral and had to wait for an appointment.  As soon as the xrays were developed we could see the structural problems in the bones in his feet.  It is progressive which means it will just get worse over time.  If he were younger they would do corrective surgery but because he is almost full grown they will wait until he stops growing.  It explains why he tires so easily when walking and hates to run.  For now he will wear really good tennis shoes with inserts and may have to wear ankle braces at some point.  I wish I would have pushed the issue more.

Nicholas had a birthday this week.  The sweet baby I gave birth to 17 years ago has become a wonderful young man.  I can't believe how fast time goes.  Some days seem so very long but the years are so short!

Liam was playing some kind of game with Emmie.  He came up and took her by the hand, said good bye to the rest of us and back and forth they walked between the family room and the play room.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: An Amish Homecoming by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller


No Place Like Home by Amy Clipston
Estranged daughter Eva Dienner has been staying with her in-laws, the Riehls, since her husband was killed in a fire, but now she wants her son to meet his maternal grandparents. Upon her return, Eva finds that the man her parents always intended for her is living in their daadihaus and running the dairy farm for them for free, despite her suspicions of him taking advantage of her family. Eva knows she should put the past behind her, but is she ready to move into the future?

When Love Returns by Beth Wiseman
Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn’t face her stern parents’ reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused him—until he meets Sarah’s daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Sarah and Abram must find a way to face the truth of their past so they can rekindle their first love.

The Courage to Love by Shelley Shepard Gray
After the death of her Englisch husband, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for helping them around the house. But when Mary Ruth and Henry’s son Marcus comes around, he isn’t pleased with the woman they’ve taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren’t always what they seem.

What Love Built by Kathleen Fuller
Independent and headstrong, Carolyn is determined to forge ahead with the opening of her bakery, a lifelong dream, in the Birch Creek home she left ten years ago. But she’s in over her head and needs help with the cleaning, shopping, and deliveries. Carpenter Atlee Shetler is visiting Birch Creek to escape the memories of his late wife. He takes a job renovating the new bakery and finds the project—and its owner—to be much more than he bargained for. Both Carolyn and Atlee must face pains of the past if they want to have the bright future God has planned for them.

I love these Amish collections of short stories. When I'm looking for a quick, easy and mostly lighthearted book to read, with happy endings that is what I look for.  In An Amish Homecoming you will find four novellas about four different sets of main characters and their homecoming.  The stories in these books are not linked in any way to the other stories in the book but if you have read other books by the writers in this series some of the characters may be familiar.  Though novellas are much shorter then a full length novel would be, each of these authors does a wonderful job building their story in a short amount of time and I enjoyed reading about each of the characters.  The message of the importance of forgiveness, letting go of the past,  and not allowing fear to rule our lives carries through to all of the stories in this book.

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction I would recommend An Amish Homecoming and other books by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Kathleen Fuller.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC regulations.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Our Week in Review (December 31st-January 6th)

Happy New Year!

It is so hard to believe that 2018 is over and 2019 is here.  After today Christmas break for us is over and everything starts up again tomorrow.  I have spent my spare time this week trying to get ready for the new semester and working with the children on 4 H Record Books.  Record Books are a lot of work (it wouldn't be so bad if we were more organized and did them a little at at time) and I have 5 children turning them in this year (thankfully Emmie is still a Cloverbud, those are much easier.)  They have to be turned in by January 18th so we will be working on them through the next week or so.  I do have all the picture pages finished so now we just have to add 2018 and update stories.

We will have some changes in our curriculum for the new semester.  Anthony already changed a few weeks ago to Rod and Staff for Math.  I have also ordered this for Christian and it should be here some time this week.  We finished the first packet (26 lessons) of Bible Study Guide for All Ages and I wasn't sure if we would continue with that or do something else.  I decided to try the 10 Minute Bible Journey from Master Books so we will see how that works out.  We finished America's Story right before the break.  We will be starting The Mystery of History Vol 1.  I ordered the Folderbooks to go along with it and we are going to try it though I honestly am not sure how consistent we will be with getting those done, we will try it and see.  This evening I need to take a look at Nick and Alex's work and see where they are at in their classes.  Nick switches to 4th block for this semester at public school and will add Chemistry to his homeschool schedule.  Alex will add Biology 101 this semester.

This week we stayed at home almost everyday, which was nice.

Monday we babysat Liam while his mommy had an appointment.  For the first time he worked on building blocks by himself (he usually has lots of help) and then later was delighted when his Uncle Anthony built a giant tower for him.

For New Year's Eve we played games and watched movies.

We had large amounts of rain a few days this week that forced us to stay indoors.  The girls worked on their dolls they got for Christmas.  Lily finished hers and helped Emmie do some work on hers.

Christian and Anthony played Above and Below a game Anthony got for Christmas.  Anthony got a new Tinker Crate and put that together.

We Un-decorated (definitely not as much fun as decorating.)

It was so nice when the sun finally came out and we had temperatures in the 60's for the week-end.  We had to spend some time trying to clean out the horribly muddy mess in the goat pens.  Our goats were excited to find the stash of hay.  We sent Frank home.  Hoping to have some baby goats in the spring!

I made a big attempt to do a meal plan and set up a grocery list to do some meals I could get ready and put in the freezer, but when we got to Walmart on Friday they were having some issues and did not have any frozen or refrigerated foods available at all.  So we bought some non perishable items and are going to try to make it through this week on what we have at the house and attempt some freezer cooking after our next paycheck.

I am ready to be back in a routine, but at the same time wish we had a few more days off!

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

Every Sunday night is soup and sandwich night at our house.  One of the reasons I love soup is because they are inexpensive to make and hard to mess up.  A lot of times you can just use a little of whatever you have in the house to make a vegetable or chicken soup.  One of my favorite soups to make is Broccoli Cheese Soup.  I have made it on the stove, in the crockpot, and in the InstantPot.  I have made it with different kinds of cheeses.  The recipe below is my favorite recipe (and yes it would be healthier if you used regular cheese instead of Velveeta but it is so good!)

6 tbsp butter
a small onion finely chopped
4 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup flour
3 cups of milk
1 bag of frozen broccoli
1 lb processed cheese (Velveeta) cubed

In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour. Add milk slowly and stir until thick and bubbly. At the same time, bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan. Add broccoli and boil for 10 minutes. Stir in to milk mixture until smooth. Add cubed cheese and stir until melted over medium heat. Do not let soup boil after adding cheese or it can separate.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Review: On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter

Book Description

"From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes the final book in Hunter’s Blue Ridge Romance series.

Pastor Jack McReady has secretly carried a torch for Daisy for two long years. She’s a member of his congregation, after all, and she’ll never see him as more than a trusted counselor. Jack’s best friend Noah has taken every opportunity to encourage his lovesick friend, but when Noah catches wind that Daisy has joined an online dating site, he takes matters into his own hands and orchestrates a meet-cute of the most unconventional kind.

Owner of the local flower shop, Daisy Pendleton is content with her small-town life, but she’d sure like someone to share it with. After several disastrous first dates, she’s about to give up—and then she finds a seemingly wonderful man online. Daisy gets to know TJ through a series of messages but finds herself spending more time with Pastor Jack outside of the church at the same time. What she doesn’t know is that her online prospect and Jack are one and the same.

Just as Daisy’s love life starts to look promising, a mysterious woman appears in town. Daisy is faced with a revelation about her family that turns her world upside down, and she looks to both TJ and Jack for help.

Jack must find a way to reveal himself as her online suitor without breaking her heart and losing her trust. As Daisy faces Jack’s betrayal, she’ll have to learn to extend grace to herself, her family, and the man she’s grown to love."

On Magnolia Lane is the last book in the Blue Ridge Romance series.   The other books in the series are: Sweetbriar Cottage, Blue Ridge Sunrise, and Honeysuckle Dreams.  It can be read as a stand alone book, but it is much better if you have read the entire series.  I really enjoyed the other books and could not wait for this one to come out.  Then I had to wait even longer for my review copy to arrive.  On Magnolia Lane was worth the wait.

Part of the story ("meeting" someone on an online date site that you know in real life) is similar to other books I have read.  But there were many elements added to this story that made it unique.  The perspective of a pastor looking for romance is not your typical romance.  Then the mystery woman that appears in town, how that affects Daisy's life changing her ideas on how she thought her life was supposed to be and teaching her to forgive those who hurt her deeply.  The problems in town when Hope House was damaged and the way the community came together to help solve the problem was another interesting aspect of the story.  As a mom with a dyslexic child I was glad to see that written as a difficulty Daisy deals with and thought the way she helped another young girl through it was wonderful. Ms. Hunter crafts an amazing story around all of the characters while wrapping up the series and teaching the importance of grace and forgiveness.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and I have received no other compensation. I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC regulations.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 18

Some weeks don't go as planned.  This week was one of those weeks.

We did very little formal schoolwork.  One day of math I think.  We did do other things such as baking, crafting (many of those were gifts that I cannot post), sewing (also gifts), reading, cleaning, and the boys also worked on the goat fence.  We also had to take a trip to the doctor.

Monday we had our 4 H Christmas party.  We made two kinds of ornaments (bought on clearance at after Christmas sales last year), ate food, and played two minute to win it games called Candy Cane Fishing and Snow Shovel.

Christian, Art, and Anthony had cleaned up a dead tree on Sunday.  Monday Christian had a small rash on one arm and a little spot on his face that appeared to be poison ivy. I started giving Benadryl every four hours even through out the night.

Tuesday morning we got up and Christian's face was so swollen his eyes were almost swelled shut. Made a doctor's appointment for him which resulted in a steroid shot, steroids to take, and another antihistamine to take along with Benadryl.  As of today (Sunday) he has finally started being less itchy.  Anthony did not get poison ivy at all.  Art did but not as bad as Christian.

The girls had gymnastics in the afternoon.

Thursday we had piano and dance and grocery shopping for Christmas dinner and the rest of the week.

Friday my mom and dad arrived to spend a few days for Christmas.

I hope you had a great week!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 17

I have never been a napper.  I am not good at sleeping during the day.  But after the very busy week we had I did go upstairs and lay down and rest for a but today after church.  Even though I didn't sleep much, it was nice to lay down and rest for a little while.

Our Activities This Week

Monday - The parade that was supposed to be last week-end was postponed because of weather.  Monday afternoon we were asked to come and help get the 4 H float ready for the parade.  I am NOT creative when it comes to these types of things.  None of the ideas were mine, we just had to follow directions :)

Tuesday was the parade.  We had the baby that day and as soon as he got up from his nap headed back to the EH House to finish up getting things ready and then get them over to the parking lot where the judging would be and get the float assembled.  Our theme was Whoville.  Nicholas was the Grinch, the girls dressed as Whos and Christian was the 4 H clover.  Anthony and Alex and I also rode on the float. We won 3rd place.

Wednesday our STEM co-op from last week was also postponed because of weather and rescheduled for Wednesday morning.  Wednesday are already busy days for us but the children really wanted to go so off to Grandview we went.  We did Dutch Oven Cooking and made pizza and monkey bread.  Now they want to buy a Dutch Oven to take camping with us.

After Grandview we went to Walmart and then to the church to get ready for Kid's Club and after that Children's Choir.

Thursday we had Liam in the afternoon.  We went to the church that the piano recital is held and helped set up for the recital.  Then headed to the EH House so Lily and Christian could decorate gingerbread houses made from graham crackers. Emmie had dance so she couldn't stay.  I ran her to dance then back to the EH House until she was finished.  There was an extra house so they sent it home with me so Emmie could decorate it.

Friday we went grocery shopping and ran errands in the morning.  That evening Nick and Alex had a 4 H Christmas party and the rest of us went to Lily's Christmas Music Recital.  She played My Favorite Things and did a great job.  It was a late night for my children who are usually in bed by 8 and didn't even get home until 10:15.

The girls made some reindeer cupcakes to take to the piano recital potluck.

Saturday we went on a hay ride to sing carols and then had a Christmas Party.  It was a little chilly but a beautiful night and it did not rain on us! I did not get any pictures. 

Sunday was the Christmas Cantata at church and Children's Choir sang one song with the adults.  This evening the older boys have gone Christmas caroling to some shut ins and then out for pizza.

Week 17 in Our Homeschool

With all the activities this week we ended up missing about a day and a half of school work.

Read Aloud: We finished The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  I read this aloud every year and cry every year that I read it.  It is a wonderful story. "HEY! Unto you a child is born!"  We also read a few chapters of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and Dragonspell.

History: We read the last 5 chapters of  America's Story 3.  We will be starting The Mystery of History after Christmas break.

Music Appreciation: This weeks we completed chapter 22 in Music Appreciation I on The Sorcerer's Apprentice.  Rather then just listening to it we watched it on Fantasia 2000.

Spelling/Reading: The boys finished step 4 in AAS 6.  Emmie completed lesson 27 in AAR Level 2.

Language Arts: Anthony had to catch up from being sick last week so he completed his paper on The boy Who Cried Wolf for SWI A.  Emmie completed 3 lessons for LLFLE.  Lily completed the activities for chapter 2 in Little House in the Big Woods.

Math: We did 3 days of math this week.

Next week we will only be working on a few things to finish up the semester and then will be on Christmas break.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!