Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Oct 22 2014

 Someone's having a birthday soon!

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THE PROMISE Kindle HDX Giveaway from Beth Wiseman!

The Promise Beth Wiseman

In a daring new novel, Beth Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is the book Beth has been working toward for a long time.

Curious? Click here to read the reviews, and be sure to enter Beth's Kindle HDX giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Promise by Beth Wiseman
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 9th. Winner will be announced November 10th here.


My review will be posted in a couple of days! I loved this book, it is quite a page turner.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Middlebury Interactive Spanish K-2 {TOS REVIEW}

Middlebury Interactive Languages Review

One of my biggest goals for my children is that they learn to speak a language fluently. My Mom has a thing about Spanish, and I agree that it is the language besides English that makes sense to learn living in the United States. I grew up in England, in my school French and German were the only options. So anytime I can get a little help with Spanish language instruction I jump at the chance. Captain America loves Spanish and so when we were offered the chance to use Middlebury Interactive Languages I was SO excited. The program my older children use is just not user friendly for younger children like Captain America. We were given access to their K-2 Spanish Course obviously specially designed for grades K-2. As you can see from the chart below Spanish is the only language offered in that age range. However, French, Chinese, and German are all offered for older grades.

Middlebury Interactive Languages Review

Each class is offered with or without a teacher. We have been using the 'without teacher' option which costs $119 per semester or $175 with a teacher per semester.

How we used it:

I mentioned earlier that Captain America really likes Spanish. We have watched TV shows in pure Spanish before so he was more than ready to jump into this program.

As soon as we logged in the program grabbed Captain America's attention. It uses a lot of cartoons and interactive features. The program is very child friendly. I sat with Captain America during the first lesson from beginning to end. However, within a couple of seconds he was working through the program all by himself.

We worked for a minimum of two days a week. Often more, I put a link on Captain America's laptop and he clicked on it and completed a lesson whenever he wanted, even after school time some-days. When Captain clicked on his link he saw a calender with a lesson scheduled each day. At first this was confusing for him. He soon learned how to find where he left off.

The K-2 Spanish semester has 35 lessons. Captain America is on schedule to finish these before the end of our 6 month time period. Captain America does repeat some of the lesson material, not because he needed the extra practice, but because he wanted to redo his favorite lessons over, and over, and over.

His favorite part of the course were the videos that are in Spanish. I loved that they were real Spanish folklore. I enjoyed watching them, and honestly even Jam and Boo came over to see. It is amazing how much you pick up from them. Captain America has watched some multiple times and can tell us the story even though he had only heard it in Spanish. He really is a little sponge and has enjoyed soaking all of this up. Although the video covers a ton of vocabulary, way more than Captain America understands, the specific vocabulary is highlighted in such a way that he was able to understand it and use it throughout the other lessons in the chapter. Each video is show multiple times throughout the chapter, whether in whole or part.

Middlebury Interactive Languages Review

Comprehension exercises are also given, for example "What happened next" or "What did X say?" there are even exercises for the child to put the story in order using pictures. All of the exercises built on the vocabulary until he was able to practice saying the words while recording himself and then listening to his pronunciation.

I liked the fact that we could both instantly view the results of his quizzes. When he answered each quiz and pressed submit his score appeared in the top left hand corner. A green check mark appeared when all questions had been answered showing it was okay to move on to the next page. Captain America loved seeing this appeared.

We really liked this program. I know it's a winner when I don't have to remind Captain America to work on something.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Glen Campbell I'll Be Me - Review and Giveaway


Music has played a huge part in my life. My Dad can sing and play the guitar. When I was very young he was in a band, I remember going to see him play. He was and still my favorite musician. However, he also introduced me to some pretty good music. In fact while growing up his music was my music. One of the artists he introduced me to as a child was Glen Campbell. We didn't have DVD players in the car, or personal game consoles to keep us entertained in the car so we would listen to music or sing along as we traveled - which we did a lot.

This afternoon I shared a little of that with my husband and kids. I was sent a preview copy of "Glen Campbell I'll Be Me" which will be hitting theaters this fall. It was a walk down memory lane for me listening to many of my favorite Glen Campbell songs, but that's a little ironic because that's exactly what Glen Campbell has lost - his memories.

In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.  

This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. 

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

I really enjoyed this documentary. It was nice seeing the love that everyone who works with Glen Campbell has for him. My daughter thought it was really cool to see Taylor Swift introducing Glen Campbell for his Life Time achievement award.

You can win the 5 song EP soundtrack from this new movie by entering my giveaway link below - and relive some of your memories - or make some new ones!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Random Five Friday October 17 2014

The Pebble Pond1. I am taking Captain America on a date today - with no big kids. We are going to see Seussical
at a local University. He is SO excited.

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2. Captain America got his new prescription swim goggles today. If you have been around a while you will know that he has amblyopia. His prescription is +5.75 in his weaker eye and +3.00 in his good eye. Yesterday the coach said she thinks he is swimming straighter already! We have only used these goggle for two days but so far for the price I am impressed. Plus they came with free shipping, and it was quite fast considering it was overseas. I am not an affiliate and this is not a paid promotion. However, I like to give credit where credits due and my experience with Goggles and More has been excellent so far.

3. I am seriously thinking of changing the name of this blog. Why you may ask...well I named it when I was being least creative. Plus we used to have chickens and bunnies. Well the only thing that's true about it now is that we still homeschool. So I have been thinking of some names that make more watch this space!!!

4. My husband says that my oldest can't go trick or treating this year. He says he is too old. I wondered what other people do. We never grew up with trick or treating so it's not as ingrained in our culture. "Penny for the Guy" anyone :)

5. My husband has been away on business for a couple of days. I have noticed (even though all three kids would deny it) that they are messier when Dad's away. Obviously I need to crack the whip more :)

Check out more random five over at The Pebble Pond.

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