Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Planet 316 - Daily Bible Jigsaw {TOS Review}

Planet 316

One of the last things I do at night before setting the alarm is complete my Daily Bible Jigsaw puzzle. It's a free app but to facilitate my review I was given some extra coins that you can purchase or earn as you complete puzzles. The game is produced by Planet 316 and if you check out their website you can see that they have a lot of fun games available in different platforms.

 Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316

I have the app loaded onto my android phone and linked to my Facebook account. However you can play it directly on Facebook, or on a IOS phone if you download it from the apple app store. Linking the app to my Facebook has been fun as I can see all my Facebook friends that have the app and you can see how fast they complete the puzzle of the day!

With extra coins it's possible to re-do puzzles if you want to increase your speed and rank higher among your friends.

The app is always played on landscape view on my phone and their is a monthly calendar that you fill in as you complete each daily puzzle. You don't want to miss a day otherwise your picture isn't completed correctly. On the odd occasion I missed a day (I have been moving across the country after all) I went back and paid the couple of coins to play it. However, in April I think I only missed on day!!


After completing the puzzle if you have your account linked to facebook you also have the option of sharing the finished picture/quote on your timeline!

It's really easy to do. You click on the share button and it brings you to your facebook page where you can just post it or add a comment before you share. I love sharing them and I think I have shared every puzzle I have done.


Although it costs you 'coins' to redo the daily puzzle there are other bonus puzzles you can play for free. There are quite a few of them and some are really challenging.

One thing I found out after completing a few puzzles is that you can pause it. For days I would say 'Don't interrupt me for a minute I'm doing my puzzle' funny thing is although I have found out I can pause the puzzle I haven't told my kids yet...they still give me a couple of minutes peace if they notice I'm doing a puzzle - shhhh don't tell them!

When completing the puzzles you have some tools that you can use to help you. If you see in the picture below. Each one will cost you a couple of coins. However, sometimes they are free. There was a whole weekend where I could use the 'rotate' button for free. I have used all the buttons but my regular two are edges and rotate. The edges button removes all the inside pieces so all you see is the edges. If you use the 'rotate' button it moves the pieces to the correct angle to go into the puzzle. This is really useful if you are doing one of the complicated free puzzles where it's hard to see the difference between each piece and whether it's upside down or not!

 Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316
This game is really relaxing and uplifting and doesn't stress me out which is why I like completing it at night. It's become my habit to do one puzzle in bed. My husband even laughs and asks me if I've done my puzzle yet!

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Daily Bible Jigsaw {Planet 316 Reviews}



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Those crazy things you lose when you move!

Moving has been such a joy - NOT! Even though we haven't had to pack and drive our belongings across the country it's still been crazy. No we didn't sell everything we possessed, but we did have someone come and pack us, load it all in a HUGE truck - so big it couldn't fit down our street in the house we moved out of - and then someone drive it 10 hours across the country and unload us at the other end.

There are some stresses that come with this type of move! Not the same ones as you get if you take weeks packing everything you own into boxes and loading it with the help of your friends that work for pizza and then driving it yourself - but stresses just the same!

For example over the last week we have been searching for a printer cable and ink. I mean everywhere...I am convinced that I have opened every last box. Where would you have packed them, I ask... with the printers right? Well that's what I would have thought too but NO I have all the printers and even a box of toner and black ink. However, can I find the cable and colored ink NO!! The main problem is the cable is from our black and white printer - the one that takes the toner and the colored ink is for the other printer that although is full (brand-new cartridge) of black ink doesn't work if one other cartridge is empty! Even if you want to print in black and white. So Amazon it is...I guess I can wait 2 days to print. I know to most people that may seem crazy - I mean who prints more that once or twice a week. Well I know you other homeschool Mom's can feel my pain. I mean surely it can't just be me that run's their printer more often than their hair dryer! (I kid you not - I mean who has time to dry their hair every morning lol).

So here I am making do - waiting for Amazon. I hope they deliver soon...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Let the painting begin!

Hubby hates to paint, but he's really good at it. Funny how that happens right! After a full morning of teaching Jam how to properly tape off a room so you don't get paint on the wrong surfaces :)
Jam got his first lesson. They worked on the ceiling of out new formal sitting room together.
I can't wait for the blue wall to disappear, but I have to remember there is an order to everything.
At least the ugly granite shelf is gone.

Jam was amazed on how long it takes to put the painters tape and plastic down everywhere. It was good thinking to keep the movers out of this room. We actually sold our old sofa and chair before the move and moved our recliners to the basement. Which actually looks semi-organized. Which is great because it gives us somewhere to crash at the end of the day.



So what did I do today you might ask...well for the last few days I've been busy putting the shared living space together. Especially the kitchen - man that took FOREVER!!! After I had finished I decided to look around and see how the kids had done. Jam and Boo's rooms were awesome! Everything away and in a new home. Boo needed some extra shelves etc but she's super excited that her room is HUGE!!! I don't think it makes up for all the friends she is missing terribly. It's only her second time moving but let me tell you... moving at 14 and 16 is WAY harder than when they were 10 and 12 :( plus last time was only an hour away from where they were born...and an hour away from Grandma and Grandpa. Ten hours...man that is HUGE for all of us but especially them. They had such a tight group of friends on their swim team that will never be duplicated I'm sure. BUT we are here and so hopefully they will make some new great friends while keeping in touch with their old ones. You can never have too many friends right!

So as we are slowly adding our touch to this new house, I'll keep you updated with pictures and things along the way.

Now back to my afternoon! Captain is not quite as good as the older two organizing a room. It took me a few minutes to remember he was only little still as I stood gazing at his 'finished' room. I think what had actually happened was he opened the boxes and dumped the contents of them all over this floor and then proceeded to clear a space by throwing it all under his desk and in his walk-in closet!

So after what felt like eternity and coming to the realization that kid has way too much 'junk' in his room but not being quite in the right mind frame to tackle all that...I made it presentable. I hung up all his clothes, gave him a cool bookshelf (Okay a converted shallow plastic tote) to put his thousands of coloring books and notebooks that are filled with his stories and doodles. I could honestly say it was passable. 

Then I headed to the kitchen to pick/de-bone 12 rotisserie chickens I bought on clearance at Walmart to stick in the freezer - YEAH my freezer isn't completely empty now :)

Whatever you did today - I hope you had a good one!

Monday, April 10, 2017

This is getting real...

Wow so this is it. We are down to the last few days. Our things are going into the truck today!

CompuScholar, Inc - Digital Savvy {TOS Review}

CompuScholar, Inc.
Jam was really excited when he saw the selection of course available to review from CompuScholar, Inc. He looked through all the courses that the crew were offered to review and decided that he wanted to start with Digital Savvy
CompuScholar, Inc. provides courses for homeschoolers and Public/Private Schools. So if you are looking for something to help teaching computing skills you are in the right place, no matter how your child learns. Chris and Andrea Yust have created courses that teach professional programming languages in fun ways! They have co-written more than eight introductory computer programming text books targeted at kids and teens. There goal is to make computer science education available to all.
I remember when I was in school computer science was still in the beginning stages. My school thought it was at the fore front of technology offering a small programming course. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take it as I wasn't in the 'highest' math class for my age group. I did have a friend in the class and can remember her talking about 'code' and things that made no sense to me. They would have made perfect sense to my husband, but that's why his works in the technology field and I teach English. It takes all types to make the world go round - right! 
We are quite computer savvy here (I'm good as long as I'm using programs other people have written). It's so important to learn good computing skills. Jam is a lifeguard so for now he doesn't need to use a computer at work. However, for every other aspect of life you need to send and received digital information. At church he was the secretary of his age group and had to send and receive agenda items, make google docs and use other types of computer software. On his long road to becoming an Eagle Scout he had to made spread sheets, slide shows, and power point presentations.
CompuScholar, Inc. Digital Savvy
So how does Digital Savvy work...well I had to go and speak with Jam as he's completely self sufficient when it comes to his school work nowadays (well mostly). He is really enjoying this program and since he's a high school student and the recommended age is 6th - 12th grade I'm glad to report that he's not finding it difficult. However, he is finding it interesting and learning new things which is the whole point - so I'm glad!
CompuScholar, Inc.
The course that Jam is taking is basically the 'starter' course on the website. Which is the whole reason he wanted this one. It is perfect to set a firm foundation of computer skills to be built upon by the other technology courses. 
The topics covered are:
Hardware, Software, and Operating Systems
Managing Files and Folders
Basic Networking
Online safety and computer security
Using Word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs
Creating simple databases
Image editing
Using social media and email communications
Introductory website design
Simple computer programming concepts
Exploration of computing careers
Checkout this informational video!

The video of course talks about parents maybe not understanding computer science. In our case it's just to allow the kids to have more of a hands on control of their studies. Jam likes to be able to work on his own schedule rather than waiting for Dad to come home to teach him. Using this program has allowed him to do that, but still have Dad around as a resource if he has a question or he wants to delve deeper into a particular topic.
Jam explained how the program works - 
You log into your account and click on your next lesson. The lessons are broken down into three parts.
1. The Video - This normally lasts about five minutes. It gives you the lesson material in a fun way. 
2. The Lesson text -  This is basically a review of what you have watched in the video. 
3. The Test - This has around 10 questions and you have 3 attempts.
At the end of each chapter there is an assignment to complete.
The program keeps track of all grades and quiz results. However Jam said it doesn't keep track of which lesson you are on, so you have to keep track or check back to the last test you took to know where to start.
Jam has found this course very interesting and will definitely finish it!
The website even has a recommend course title for Jam's transcript to make it easier for me! Some states have actual titles and course names and then a generic one for every other State! 
Check out the company on social media then read more reviews by clicking on the link below.
Facebook, and Twitter
 
Digital Savvy, Web Design & Java Programming {CompuScholar,Inc Reviews}
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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2017 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com