Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Field Trip Friday

For some reason this didn't post Friday...

We had a fun field trip today. We joined our local zoo. It's a lot smaller than our last zoo. It was still fun. We are going to enjoy visiting it through out the year.

 
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Heirloom Audio Productions - In the Reign of Terror {TOS REVIEW}

Heirloom Audio Productions

We love audio books. Dramatized ones are our absolute favorite. We have reviewed a ton of these audio dramas by Heirloom Audio Productions. Although I hate to say it - since we have loved them all I really think In the Reign of Terror would be voted our favorite so far!

When this arrived in the mail we were already planning a ten hour journey. So the kids sat looking at it on the kitchen side for about a week. Every time someone walked past it, they would pick it up and read the back cover. Then they would tell me about it... "The guy in the story is 16 you know", "Harry goes to live in France", "What's a guillotine?" (Boo and Jam wanted to make sure you knew that was Captain!). Then Boo started to ask questions about the time period. All in all by the time we put the CD in the car and pressed play as we pulled out of the driveway the kids were super excited.


The story is about 16 year old Harry who sets of on an adventure to France. He lives with a French noble family and eventually gains the friendship and love of them all (I won't give you the details of how this happens as it will give you too much of the story.) The time period of this story is the French Revolution. We haven't studied this time period a lot, so the Captain was surprised with some of the things that happened. This isn't a particularly happy story, but it's full of history and drama. The French Revolution was not a happy time period for anyone. Nobles were killed - whole families - this is not a story that the only victims are adults fighting for their country. In this story men, women and children are killed by various means, just because of their lineage. Whole families were destroyed. Killed by the guillotine, murdered because they were born into certain families.

There are comparisons made through out the story of the French Revolution and the American Revolution. The contrasts made are very interesting and I agree with their view point. Although the French Revolution is called the same 'a revolution' is more of a mob uprising. Killing mercilessly the old and the young. It wasn't a battle fought between armies.

So much happens in this story and Boo has a new desire to read a very famous book about the same time period (I love it when that happens!)

Besides receiving the CD we also received a link to the downloadable study guide. It talks about the time period, vocabulary used and so many interesting things to turn this into a full blown study. Plus the website is chock full of so much information it's incredible. I always love checking out the links. One of the things I love is the Live The Adventure Club website. This is a new website being offered by the company and gives tons of information about their audio books! You can check out the new website and sign up for a 3 month trial - plus get the next audio book for just $1! How awesome is that!!

I love these CDs the kids have already told the hubby we are going to listen to it on our next trip together (Hubs wasn't on our last one) and he's excited too. Although he seems to always listen to them after we have, the kids never mind! I also like that they introduce so much history, and the kids don't even realize they are learning!

Check out what others thought of this production by clicking on the link below.


In the Reign of Terror {Heirloom Audio Productions Reviews}


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some of our favorite Usborne Books and a GIVEAWAY

Over the last couple of years we have started to purchase a few Usborne Books. I have a friend that's a consultant and of course I have been invited to many parties over the last couple of years. In fact I didn't realize that I bought some Usborne books before I really knew how popular they are. I wish that I had found them when my kids were younger they have such an amazing range of baby and young child books.

Although you don't normally think of math books as favorites, that's excalty what has happened here in the last couple of months. I bought some math resource books from Usborne. Captain gets the middle level one everyday. The high-school version stays in Boo's school pile so I never even see it. I was worried that I was wasting my money, but NOPE they are a huge hit.


Captain also likes The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia. When we first got this he carried it around for days.

This book is awesome. It introduces kids to the whole world of geography. It also has a stunning world atlas with about 60 pages of maps. My husband loves maps and he sat and looked at this book with Captain for hours!

Of course Usborne isn't just about educational books. They have some excellent fiction choices too. Captains latest find is called The Four Fingered Man!


It's written for kids ages 8-12 but I have heard even older kids/adults find it enjoyable to read! You can read all about here!

I wanted to share the goodness of Usborne with you all! So if you want to check out my party link and look around you can go here!

Whether you want to shop right now or not you have a chance to win a free book! That's right my friend is running a giveaway specifically for my viewers!!! So click below to see how to win!




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The Crafty Classroom - How to Write a Paragraph {TOS REVIEW}

Crafty Classroom

Although Captain is working at a higher level than his age, I realized that I needed to focus a little more on writing. I don't mean handwriting although looking at the pictures I took that is definitely something we will be working on this coming school year. I had been thinking of doing a short study with him this summer and so this review from The Crafty Classroom came at a perfect time. We received How to write a paragraph and I have really liked it! The lessons are short and too the point - perfect for a little extra summer work.

How To Write A Paragraph

I received a downloadable file which I quickly printed out. I loved the colors on the front and the posters so I printed those on my color printer and then printed the actual worksheets in black and white. Captain likes his downloadable books bound so I laminated the front and each of the small posters that go along with each lesson and bound them all together in a nice little book!. It makes Captain happy to have his workbooks like this instead of just clipped into a binder - although this would have worked just as well. The bound little notebook is super cute!

I put all of the lessons in order. There are 12 weeks and each week consists of 4 days worth of assignments. I mentioned earlier that there are some posters (regular page size) that go along with certain lessons. I bound these all together at the back of the book after laminating them so that Captain could flip to them like large flashcards.

The titles of the posters are;

  • How to write a sentence
  • Types of paragraphs
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs
  • 7 points
  • Hamburger Paragraph
  • Transitions
  • Read and Edit check list
It was a great idea to bind them into the book because I know that Captain would have lost them otherwise!

So what does the student learn in these lessons. I'm going to write the main topics covered each week.

  1. Learn the mechanics of a sentence. Review nouns and verbs.
  2. Review nouns and verbs. Learn about topics and main ideas.
  3. Learn three types of paragraphs. Write sentences on the same topic.
  4. Use a capital at the beginning of a sentence and a period at the end. Add strong details to your paragraph.
  5. Learn the hamburger paragraph trick. Follow each step to write a paragraph.
  6. Use descriptive language to share information. Stretch out each sentence.
  7. Write an opinion paragraph. Use hamburger trick to complete a paragraph.
  8. Write an opinion paragraph. Use transitions to keep your writing organized.
  9. Build an informative paragraph. Gather facts and information from one source.
  10. Build an informative paragraph. Write sequencing sentences that vary in length.
  11. Write a personal narrative paragraph. Use transition words to keep events in order.
  12. Write a personal narrative. Use transition words to organize and show time.
Captain really likes this program he is well over half way through and I can tell that the focused practice has been really good for him. Since he can read really well he actually works through this program by himself, only coming to me when he has a question. This gives him a sense of responsibility. However it also can cause a lack of concentration on his handwriting.

This program is well suited for slightly younger kids. It is simple and has spots to let the kids illustrate what they are writing about Captain loves this.



There are quite a few other different things being reviewed - make sure you click on the link below to read all the reviews!

Crafty Classroom {Reviews}



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ACTIVA Products - Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit {TOS REVIEW}

ACTÍVA Products
Summer time is a perfect time to get a little crafty! Captain has been having a blast doing some homeschool craft using Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTIVA Products. We had a blast using this product. I mean seriously who can't have fun with something that reminds you of having a broken arm!

We received a box containing rolls of Rigid Wrap and bags of CelluClay and Captain was excited to start! The box contained -


  • Two rolls of Rigid Wrap 
  • 8 oz bag of CelluClay
  • Instructions
  • Link to e-book



Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit


Sometimes when you get generic crafting supplies and not a kit it can be hard to think of what to do. Fortunately ACTIVA Products also sent us a link to their  ACTÍVA Products' Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS ebook.

Captain spent quite a bit of time looking through the craft suggestions. He felt like a kid in a candy store. Finally he decided to make a Totem Pole. Since we were going to attend a POW WOW shortly after this craft it was a perfect choice.

We chose to use a large kitchen roll sheet as our body form and covered it with the rigid wrap. It was such a blast. I must admit I was even enjoying myself. I had fight my urges to wrap his arm up like a cast!

We used our kitchen towel holder so the totem pole would stay upright. The wings on our totem pole were cut from a box. and then fastened to the kitchen roll with the rigid wrap. The rigid wrap is super easy to use. I got a old plastic container and filled it half full with water. The rigid wrap comes on a long roll so using old scissors I cut it into manageable pieces for Captain. After covering the complete roll and ensuring that the wings were securely fixed.

After the rigid wrap was applied we followed the directions to mix up the CelluClay I was a little surprised by the texture. I was expecting clay at first but it's a really fine mix of paper a little thicker than powder. You add water slowly until you get the desired consistency. After this was mixed Captain used it to cover the rigid wrap and create detail on his totem pole. He created eyes, mouth, feathers, and even patterns on the body itself.


After that we had to let it dry. We had family visit over the fourth of July weekend. They loved the totem pole even though he hadn't even painted it yet! When Captain painted it he wouldn't let me help. I had to walk away as sometimes I want to 'instruct' too much because I would do things differently. I realize that this is not good for him so the easiest way for me to deal with it is to walk into another room after getting him set up with his painting supplies. He chose the colors, put them on a paper plate and set to work. It didn't take him too long to paint, but he wouldn't allow anyone to help. I think he did a pretty good job. We still have some supplies left, Captain has plans for them for Halloween! Something to do with a balloon! I am sure I will post it when we are done.



Check out what others have made by clicking on the link below.

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit {ACTÍVA Products Reviews}


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Thoughtful Tuesday



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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Do you like Groupons and Coupons - Now you can have BOTH!!!



I love Groupon I always check out their offers before paying for an activity with the kids. I have even got their link saved for the city passes when I head out to Washington DC and New York next spring. I also have a bit of a reputation as a coupon queen! Seriously who doesn't love free stuff. However since our cross country move coupons slipped through the cracks. That it until I heard about Groupon Coupons. I've used other coupon sites before, but since Groupon has such a great reputation it seems a no brainer to check them out. There is such a variety of coupons. Some that you can click on and use while out shopping and you need something instantly, or some to use from the comfort of your home via laptop! It's a seriously easy win-win situation. You click, see coupons available and then save!

There are over 9,000 national retailers to choose from so don't worry if your tastes are different to mine - there is something for everyone! It's completely free - no sign up charges, no monthly fees (I hate those!) The savings come in the form of coupons or promo codes, all you need to do is search for your store and BOOM savings are there. Let me share a few of my favorites!

We have recently moved house and our local home improvement store happens to be HomeDepot.  homedepot.com with Home Depot Promo Code & Coupon Discounts
I have fallen in love with their first Saturday kids club but now I can save extra money too! By clicking on the link I can see that right now there are 89 coupons available! Including a $5 off $50 dollar in store purchase!

I love Amazon it's definitely one of my go-to stores when shopping from home. amazon.com with Amazon Coupons & Coupon Codes

I checked out the promo codes and offers available on Groupon Coupons and there are over 100 just for Amazon!!!Including one offering free shipping even if you don't have prime (which I do - but some of you may not!!)

bedbathandbeyond.com with Bed Bath & Beyond Coupons & Printable Coupons

I love the mail coupon for BedBathandBeyond but I'm sure you are like me - I can never find that 20% off coupon when I need to get something! Click on the Groupon Coupons and save without having to hunt for the coupon you received in the mail.

citypass.com with CityPASS Coupons & Coupon Code Discounts

I mentioned City Pass earlier! Well guess what they are on Groupon Coupon too! You definitely need to check this out before your next city vacation. I used on when we went to Chicago a couple of years ago and it makes the trip so much nicer. You don't have to worry about prices or lines! Just look at the available destinations and make your choice. This New York City Pass is the one I want next! My kids want to go back to Chicago soon too!

If the holidays are already drawing to a close (especially my friends in Arizona!) then it may be time for back to school shopping! TargetMacys, and JCPenny's all have coupon offers waiting for you to save!

target.com with Target Promo Codes & Coupon Codesmacys.com with Macys Coupons & Promo Codesjcpenney.com with JCPenney Coupons & Coupon Codes

I hope that you find this useful. I know I will be using Groupon Coupon more and more! Saving without the effort of hunting for and storing coupons! I don't see anything better than that. If you check it out and find a great deal - share it in the comments :)


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

Field Trip Friday

For some reason this didn't post Friday... We had a fun field trip today. We joined our local zoo. It's a lot smaller than our las...