Thursday, May 26, 2016

Amazing Talented Hubby - New Pool Deck Success

I am just going to take a few moments today to brag about my hubby. If you remember back a few years ago I had a hankering for a enclosed porch/sunroom. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our home and move an hour south, an hour I hear you scream. Well yes, just and hour to save my hubby commuting two hours a day. We missed him, and he missed us. So this works, we have more time together and we live so close to his work he even comes home for lunch most days.

So of course this move meant that we left our nice sun-room and our beautiful community summer pool behind. These were some of our favorite things. Our current town has an amazing swim team and an indoor pool which we love, but the outdoor pool is just that a pool, no zero entry and a lot of people.  

So we got a pool. For the last three years we have enjoyed it and this year we wanted to step up the enjoyment so hubby has built a deck. The extra awesome park is he built it (mostly) out of wood that was given to him. Insert short story - hubby saw an ad on craigslist. A man was selling his deck if you came and got it. So hubby rounded up the big kids, bought some work gloves and off they went. The bonus part of the story was that the man was so impressed with their work ethic and refused to charge them anything. They went twice and got a lot of wood, which was perfect for the base and frame of our pool deck. We did buy new boards for the top - man wood is expensive!

The men (hubby and Jam) are out finishing off some new railing as I type but I wanted to add a few shots of their work, Boo is not in any of the photos - I did that on purpose, what teenage girl wants to be immortalized in their work scruffs :)



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sunya - The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying & Dividing {TOS REVIEW}

Math and Science {Sunya Publishing Review}


We have recently had the chance to play a game so new it's not even available yet. Sunya - The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Multiplying and Dividing. This is a very unique game that helps memorization of multiplication and division from Sunya Publishing

I played this game with Jam and Boo as it is designed for ages 9 and up. For this review we received;
  • Game book
  • Sixty playing cards
  • Multiplying and Division number line
  • 30 fact and riddle cards
The riddle cards are super fun!

Math and Science {Sunya Publishing Review}

The inventor/author has a bachelor's degree from John Carroll University and a master's degree from Barry University. He has worked in teaching. 

The game itself is fun educational game. We enjoyed playing it even though it took a couple of tries before we got a hang of it.

Sunya (the "u" is pronounced as "oo" in "book") is from the Sanskrit language which is an ancient and classical Indian language. The word means empty or void which makes complete sense because the person to get rid of all their cards and call 'Sunya' wins the game.

This is definitely a game you will want to play with your kids. Captain tried to play with us but his multiplication and division skills need a little work for him to play comfortably so we solved the problem by him joining one of us on our team. That way he heard the math facts and even started to come up with a few simple ones of his own like 2 X 3 = 6.



To play you set up a number sentence framework choosing whether the game will be a division or multiplication. They then make a number sentence (not using 1,0, or wild cards). Then deals every player 4 cards each. The first player begins a turn by drawing a card. The player than looks at the number sentence and sees if they can make a new number sentence. Play continues with each player taking turns until someone runs out of cards and shouts 'Sunya'. It's a fun game and even had me checking my math facts.

Some of the crew reviewed a younger addition and subtraction version of the game. So make sure to check out the additional reviews on the link below.


Math and Science {Sunya Publishing Review}

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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.” ©2011-2016 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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Science Shepherd - Introductory Science {TOS REVIEW}

Science Shepherd Review
I have been using Introductory Science from Science Shepherd with Captain for a few weeks now. To say he loves it is an understatement. I have not reminded him about doing this subject since the day we first logged on. He had a already watch over a weeks worth of videos before the student book arrived, and then he went back and watched them again so he could complete the workbook.


Science Shepherd Review

We received a 12 month access to daily 2-5 minute videos and a copy of the level A workbook. The program is a full science course for children aged 6-11 and covers topics from the creation, science skills and tools, earth science; including meteorology, geology, oceanography, astronomy. Life Science; including underwater creatures, flying creatures, land creatures, human beings, be healthy. Physical Science; matter, energy, motion, and magnets,

Captain has really jumped head first into this course. According to the pacing guide we should be about week 4 or 5 he's on week 9. He's completed every experiment, sometimes dragging me into the kitchen kicking and screaming - OK maybe slightly exaggerated but really he made sure we got them done. He didn't allow me to brush him off till tomorrow, or next week.

The lesson material is all included in the videos. They are easy to follow, however you do have to make sure that you scroll all the way across as once we nearly missed two videos in one particular week. Captain answered all the questions correctly in the book but as I was reviewing the material, I was confused and wondered why they would ask questions in the book that wasn't covered in the video material...after looking closer I noticed a little scroll button I hadn't seen before and *boom* there they were.

When you first log in you see the following screen -

You can then click on the link you need. Since we are working on week 9 I thought I would show you what that looks like;


The first video loads and the child can just click play on the video.

This is underneath the larger screen above. You can see from my hand drawn arrow the scroll bar I nearly missed earlier.

This program is perfect for Captain. he's a very visual learner and really remembers things this way. He is definitely going to continue this course. In fact at the rate he's going we will be finished my the end of the summer.


Captain had a blast with some of the science projects. he even dressed up in a cute white coat so he could be a scientist! Here is two of our favorite experiments so far.

Week 6 Day 1 experiment from Introductory Science - Science Shepherd


Week 8 Day 1 experiment from Introductory Science - Science Shepherd

I can't recommend this science series enough. Captain has learned and remembered a lot so far and what's more is that he has enjoyed every minute of it. He may have been able to cope with the level b student book, but I am very happy I chose level a. He can read and complete every exercise by himself which gives him a huge sense of accomplishment. There is also a teacher guide which gives me all the answers and although I've looked at it, at this level it's not anything I have needed to grade his work. I asked Captain how many stars out of five would he give this and he said 5 STARS!!!!

I could go on and on about this program, but I really wouldn't be able to tell you more than what I have already said. This program is great for visual, hands on, independent style learners like Captain. It is creation based and we like that! All in all a great program. I would love to have tried the older science that was offered but I will have to just read the reviews like you - see the link below.

The crew have also been working on the higher level science programs offered Science Shepherd Biology and Science Shepherd - Life Science.

Check out the link below to read some of the reviews. As far as I've heard everyone loves this program!

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Science Shepherd Review

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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.” ©2011-2016 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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Memoria Press - D'Aulaires' Greek Myths {TOS Review}


Logic, Greek Myths and Astronomy Memoria Press Review





We have been pleased to use lots of courses in the past from Memoria Press and Captain has been influenced by his older brother's love of Greek Mythology so he was really excited to be able to work on a course just for him. We received their D'Aulaire's Greek Myth set and Captain is loving it!


Logic, Greek Myths and Astronomy Memoria Press Review

To facilitate this review we received everything in the picture above. A student book, teacher guide and a copy of D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths plus a set of Greek Myth flashcards.

The course is divided into 25 lessons with a review lesson every 5 lessons making a total of 30 lessons. So it easy divides into a full year course.

I know some people don't like Greek Mythology but my older son loved and so it seems to have stuck. Boo didn't find it quite as interesting but even she loved the D'Aulaires book. Captain was excited to have his very own copy to study including a 'big boy' workbook.

The other reason I like Greek Mythology is that it is both educating and entertaining. There are references to mythology everywhere we look in out modern culture. We learn towards more of a classical education and so incorporating this course into our studies makes sense. My children already study Latin and so adding this Greek Myth course is a perfect balance.

This set is so easy to pick up and use. The teachers guide is a step by step copy of the student guide except with all the answers. Including the answers to the comprehensive questions. I love how easy these sets are to use - just keep the teacher book away from the kids.

Each lesson is broken down into different sections.

At the top of each lesson it identifies what pages from the D'Aulaires book will be covered in the lesson. I love the simplicity of this and because Captain is a great reader, I assign him these pages to be read before our next lesson.

1. Facts to Know-
This section is there to help the children identify the main characters in the pages being studied. For example in Lesson 5 one of the examples is;

Aphrodite - goddess of love and beauty
Golden Apple of Discord - caused war when thrown by Eris

Those examples are not in order and just two of the eleven given. I chose them as these facts to know can be a mixture of people or objects. The child doesn't write in this section, but it is recommended that they study it so they can understand the stories and follow the plots.

2. Vocabulary-
This section contains new vocabulary words with a place for the child to write the definition. The vocabulary word is given to the child in a sentence so as to put it in context.

3.Comprehension Questions-
This section contains questions about the pages the child has read.

4. Activities-
This section gives extra assignments. There are lists and maps at the back of the book and this is where you would find the instructions of what to do with them. Some of the assignments are verbal, but whatever the case the answers are all found in the teacher manual.

Since Captain is so young I did some of the writing in the student manual as he found all of the writing, especially the comprehension questions a little daunting. He is only seven. However, he did all the reading himself and was able to narrate all the answers. We practiced using a dictionary while we looked up the vocabulary.

Flashcards

We actually haven't used the flashcards much yet. They are not incorporated into the lessons and are really just added tools to aid memorization and study. As we work through the course I will add them into our review lessons and I am trying to think up a fun game for us to play. Although I would definitely loose as my kids know SO much more than me. I am learning along with Captain as we work through this course.

I really like this course. They couldn't have picked a better text to read a long with it. We love D'Aulaires and own many of their history spines so this was a perfect addition to our collection. They are well written and the artwork included is amazing. Since this is a children's Greek Myth book the pictures are a lot milder than some I have seen. Which again makes it a great text for children. Captain even took it to bed a time or two.



The crew were able to review three text from Memoria Press during this review period. Click on the link below to find out what they are!

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Logic, Greek Myths and Astronomy Memoria Press Review
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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.” ©2011-2016 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

Throwback Thursday Jamberry Style - May 19 2016


"Adam's Favorite" and "Beauty in Bloom" — our two throwback wraps for the week! These wraps are bright and perfect for summer, not to mention, they look great together. From the CEO's favorite wrap to our Consultant survey wrap winner, these two wraps are sure to make your summer brighter!!!! #tbt #jamberrytbt.

I bought Adam's favorite this morning. I can't wait to layer it with some of my favorite, or just wear it by it's self. The colors are perfect for the hot summer days coming. Think of this for your vacation, on the beach or sat by the pool! Amazing!!! Remember to purchase these wraps just go to my website. While you are there don't forget to order some of our retiring Disney Collection wraps!! They disappear tonight!!



Have you ever wanted to try Jamberry. Message me via my website here and I will contact you. If you want a sample, I can make that happen. If you want to earn money while using great nail products I can help you with that too!!

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.” ©2011-2016 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