Thursday, September 21, 2017

Apple Picking - Field Trip

This week we went on a field trip with a home school Facebook group that we joined recently. I have never been apple picking. Normally I just opt out, go to the orchard shop and buy by the bag. The the kids, especially Captain wanted to pick. It was an unusually warm September day. One where I should have definitely worn shorts but opted for jeans instead!

The kids loved it even though it really didn't take very long. We even found some pears to pick. Captain has already eaten quite a few.

After we finished picking apples we noticed they had a super small corn maze. But it was still a corn maze and Captain was super excited to run through it...like all boys are. I sent Boo and Jam off to explore with him while I sat in the shade - thinking about WHY I hadn't worn shorts! :)



 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich {TOS REVIEW}

Barbour Publishing
Captain loves to read. In fact just yesterday I took him to our main city library to check out about ten books. We have a small library near us but he prefers the downtown one as it has a bigger selection. I sometimes give in and take him their and pay the parking...all in the love of books right! We were offered a new biblical fiction book Imagine...The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing. Captain reads at a high level and so had no problem reading this book by himself. In fact he read it one rainy day this summer - yes, that's right in one day! I asked him a few questions about the book and wrote down his responses -

IMAGINE... The Great Flood


Book Summary by Captain -

Corey is upset because his Dad told him they were moving. He's very sad scared. He goes to the park with his Mom and throws a ball to his dog and the ball lands in the forest. The dog runs after the ball and after going into the woods starts barking. Corey runs into the woods after his dog when he bumps his head on a rock and then has an adventure. He goes back in time and visits Noah's ark. He helps Noah and his sons escape super human giants. Corey has lots of adventures while trying to return to Texas and his dog Molly. He is imprisoned in a hole, and escapes with the help of  an elephant and some other animals. He helps Noah and Shem gather the animals into the ark.  At the end of the book Corey falls of a cliff into a newly formed sea and nearly dies he finally ends up at the ark and as he gets to safety he knows he is home. He learns that it is okay to be scared and it makes his move to Florida easier.

Favorite Scene by Captain -
Captain's favorite part of the book is super exciting. The main character Corey nearly loses his friend. His friend falls over the pier when his loses his balance but Corey managed to catch him just in time. Both boys are then helped by a fisherman.

How Captain could relate -

We recently moved states. Captain was very worried about leaving everything he knew behind, especially his friends. He could understand how Corey felt when his Dad told him they were moving. Sometimes although things are hard we can be brave.

As soon as Captain had finished reading this book he said "I can't believe I have to wait till March next year for the next one!!"

I asked him if he would recommend the book and he said yes. He thought quite a few of his friends would like it. I'm not sure of the reading level as Captain reads higher than his age. It is quite a simple chapter book so would probably fall into the same level as A-Z mysteries or the Magic Tree house books.

Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich {Barbour Publishing}




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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Let's Go Geography {TOS Review}

Let's Go Geography
Let's Go Geography

Captain and I have been working through the weekly lessons from a great homeschool geography curriculum from Let's Go Geography. It's been really simple to implement into our routine and is all prepared for me I just have to print or click depending on the activity.

The program is designed in weekly geography lessons and perfect for homeschool students. These can be broken down into daily sections probably lasting 5-10 minutes or you could do the whole lesson in one day. Captain prefers this option so we rotate geography with science so he only does one of these subjects on any given day.

The program is designed for K-4th grade. Since Captain is at the older age level he can go through the material a little quicker which is why he prefers to do all of the activities in one day. The only time we work on something for more than one day is if we don't have time to complete the project.

Captain loves how he can just click on a link and go straight to a video or article about the country he is studying. Plus if you want to expand the research there are suggested library books right in the text so you don't have to hunt around for relevant books from the library!

I made Captain his very own travel journal using one of the printable options that comes with the course, and printed off his very own passport to use for our studies. I then found dividers and used the labels provided to separate NORTH AMERICA, ASIA, EUROPE, SOUTH AMERICA, and AUSTRALIA / ANTARCTICA. Having this prepared and some of the first lessons pre-printed got Captain really excited to start. He loves workbooks/folders and this one hit the nail on the head.

The only think that would have made this easier would have been to have all the papers that need to be printed together so I could have just hit print once. However, I was able to pick and choose the papers we printed versus those we used online (mainly the ones with the clickable links) so I guess it wasn't that big a deal. Each lesson contains about 30 pages so it could add up to a lot of ink and paper so it's cost efficient to pick and choose those you need.

Each lesson there is a map to color, a flag to color and cut, music to enjoy from the country, videos links to explore the country and go on a virtual sightseeing tour, a picture to color and an optional craft to make.



Captain had a fun time making a lighthouse that went along with the lesson about the east coast. It has a little battery operated candle in it so he keeps it by the side of his bed. It was an easy craft and I had everything in the house except for one kind of plastic cup I picked up from a dollar store so it was really cheap and quick.

I love that there are links to downloadable maps that can be used for the lessons or a suggestion of a book you can buy instead of printing if preferred. I even made use of some flag stickers that I had picked up years ago and had never used!

The lessons are simple but well constructed and perfect for this age group. You could even add on the information to make it more suitable for an older child.

Although there is only year one currently available. Let's Go Geography has a three year 'WORLD TOUR' plan. If you look at the picture below it explains how it will be split up.
Let's Go Geography
Check out what others thought of this program by clicking on the link below!

Let’s Go Geography {Reviews}






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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chara Games - Unauthorized {TOS REVIEWS}


Chara Games

We have been playing a new game called Unauthorized by Chara Games. It's made for 6-12 players but we played it with 5 (one person actually had 2 sets of cards). The game play was a little confusing at first but with a little practice it became easier.

UNAUTHORIZED


There is a really good You Tube video that helps! I watched this video quite a few times!



The games comes in a little cardboard box similar to any card game. It comes with a rule book, 12 role cards - there are 12 so you can use as many of them as you need. There are 2 different kinds of reference cards. One for the dealer and two for the players to share. This helps the dealer and players know what they do on their turn. There are also experience cards, you use different numbers of these depending on how many players you have.

UNAUTHORIZED


The set up of the game varies depending on how many players you have. You need enough role cards - one for each player. Since we played with 5 players and we needed 6 we set up the game for 6 and one of us had an extra hand. There always needs to be at least one pastor role card and one police role card when setting up the game. If you have more players you would eventually have 2 of each. The other role cards will be neutral. All six role cards are then shuffled out and dealt. The players that have been dealt the pastor role card or the police role card are each given 7 cards. The pastor is given 7 green church cards and the police 7 red state cards.

UNAUTHORIZED

The rest of the cards are then shuffled and dealt out to the other 4 players - until they also have 7 cards each. The role cards each have two pictures on them. One is female and the other male. It doesn't effect the game play at all and the player can choose which one they would rather use. The experience cards are used like a hand of cards in any card game - which means you don't want to show them to the other players.

There are then three faces of card play. This is described really well in the video. Basically everyone - starting with the dealer takes turns playing cards following the rule of play on the description cards. The first play the players lay cards down. Play 2 players pass 1 card to their right and then play a card down. Play 3 the players pass a card to their left and then play a card down. Round 4 they pass a card to anyone and then lay a card down. At any point during this a player goes down to 1 card they draw a card from the deck.

After the card part of play, there is another step. Each player makes a choice from a list of options -

Role Power (found on role card)
Speak to a Neighbor
Seek Parole (if you are in prison)
Conduct a Police Execution (police only)

After this point in the game the dealer card gets passed according to the instructions on the game. Since we played with 6 hands we passed it 2 to the left. When this is done the card actions start again with the new dealer going first.

At the end of the game the church wins if the majority of players are loyal to the church (more green cards) and at least one person is not in prison. The state wins if the majority of  players are loyal to the state (more red cards) or if everyone with a church majority (green cards) are in prison.


If you want to learn more about Chara Games you can click on the video below to learn all about how they came about.


We played this a few times as a family. I never got enough people together to play with more than five, and I think we would have gotten a better feel for the game if we had. However, we are going to give it ago when we have family visit. Also one of our player (Captain) I think was a little young to understand the concept behind the game. It took him a while to become comfortable with the style of play.

If you want to see what others thought about the game click on the link below!



Unauthorized {Chara Games Reviews}


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Field Trip - Neon Lights

 Last week we went to see a museum exhibit about Neon lights. They lights were very interesting. Of course you don't see many neon lights in action anymore. Hubs remembered that there was a Mcdonalds that still had it's original neon sign. We decided to stay out a little later and drive there. Captain thought it was really cool. Although we all know there are a lot more than 100 million burgers sold!

Such a fun night plus we shared some hot fries!!!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Goodreads Review The Siren Chronicles Book 1

The Siren Chronicles, Book 1The Siren Chronicles, Book 1 by Douglas J. Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book. I wasn't sure at first but it only took a couple of pages to have me hooked. I love that I didn't have to worry about content. No swearing or sex and not a full of trash. The story has some excellent twists and definitely has me waiting for the 2nd in the series. The characters we built well and it feels as if you really know them by the end of this first book. It's a book I wouldn't mind my teenage daughter reading. It would even make an excellent movie! I can't wait to see where the next book leads!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Shop Great Products $5 T Shirt Sale and Giveaway!!


It's that time again! Yep Homeschool T-Shirt Dale over at www.shopgreatproducts.com. This is one of our favorite sales of the year - and my favorite giveaway!

Check out the choices we have made over the last few years!

2013 - Jam chose a nice sweatshirt and Boo chose a cute princess one!


2014 - All three kids chose NINJA!!! These were awesome!


2015 - Each kid chose different shirts!


2016 - Jam and Captain chose the same shirt - 


Boo chose this design!


I'm not sure which ones they will choose this year but while we are choosing why don't you enter my giveaway. Enter my giveaway to win a t shirt of your choice from shop great products.





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Apple Picking - Field Trip

This week we went on a field trip with a home school Facebook group that we joined recently. I have never been apple picking. Normally I jus...