Friday, September 23, 2016

Five...yes I have five.

There is a question that people always ask that I hate answering truthfully. I always try to be honest so why do I sometimes lie when I answer this question.

The main reason my answer changes is because it depends on who asks it. So what's the question I hear you ask...

It's a really simple one. I'm sure you are asked the same question often, just like I am...

"How many children do you have?" So what's the answer you may ask, and why does my answer change.

The answer is 5 I have 5 children. This is where it gets complicated. You see if you don't know me you see my three amazing kids. You see my oldest son, my middle daughter, and my cutie pie - growing to quickly baby.

What you don't see is that my oldest son is really #3 that my only daughter had an older sister, that my three youngest had an older brother. This is what you don't see.

Everytime I am asked that question the number 5 pops into my mind. However, then I stop and think...do I want this conversation. Do I want to say how my beautiful 2nd child was born stillborn when my oldest was just over a year old. Or how my then only child returned to her Heavenly Father when she was Three years, Nine Months, and 6 days (yes each one counts). So sometimes I lie, sometimes I say three because I don't want to go there, I don't want to see the looks of pity or the conversations about how hard it must be. But everytime my heart shouts five and everyday I remember and think of my other two angel. Of how my son would have loved his older brother, how my daughter wishes she had her sister.

So five,  I have five children although all you see is three.






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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Manga Based Science Books!

My kids love reading and learn SO much from it. It's fun to see what topics they learn about because they want to learn - it's amazing.

When I heard there were comic books that could help my children learn science, I was skeptical. But I'm being won over, because I've discovered the magic of Manga learning tools!

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What is Manga?

It's a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with learning?

I've discovered this tremendous resource for teaching kids science and all about the human body. Rather than a dry text and diagram textbook, concepts are covered in a story-based format that's also visual, so learners of all kinds have more to glom onto, and it's easier to recall. Sort of like our trusted and true pal Ms. Frizzle of the Magic School Bus, but for a slightly older children depending on the book. Last but certainly not least - it makes learning fun! Imagine if your child requested to re-read a science text book. That's what these amazing books can inspire.  
We started on the Survive! Inside the Human Body series, and even I am learning!
Topics covered in this book series about the human body: Human Body (anatomy), Digestive System, Circulatory System, Nervous System, Personal Wellness, Effects of Food on the Body, Medicine & technology, and Genetics.
But there are also advanced topics in this format like the Universe, Physics, Linear Algebra, and more available from Shockingly Awesome Learning on Educents.com.
See inside the books in this cute video



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Commit to Bring Your Bible to School October 6

Have you heard about October 6. Make sure to sign up if you want to particpate. We homeschool so my kids have their scriptures with them everyday. I wonder how many people will support this - will you?

Celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.

By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities.

You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, an award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas!

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Afters album, Live on Forever! - Giveaway



I like up lifting music and I was recently sent a copy of the The Afters album "Live On Forever" if you haven't heard of them then catch up by reading their bio below!



The Afters - Live on Forever Bio:
It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.


Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.


But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.


Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.


Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.


Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”


“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

Captain and I popped this in the CD player when we were running errands together. We really liked it and within a few minutes he was singing a long the best he could after only hearing it once. It's a nice uplifting music track and I don't have to worry about bad language, themes etc which I have found recently when listening to modern artists.

If you would like to listen to the album - in fact how about owning your own copy of their CD then enter my giveaway below!




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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Help Teaching Pro Subscription - For Elementary Ages {TOS REVIEW}

Help Teaching Pro Subscription {HelpTeaching.com}

No you aren't suffering from Deja vu this is another review for the Help Teaching - Pro Subscription. My last review can be found here. Last time I reviewed HelpTeaching.com I was focused on the older age group grade 8-12. This time Captain and I have been using some of the elementary grade resources.

I really like this website. It's not a curriculum but a great resource to 'help you teach'. I have really used this website for every part of Captains work whether it's writing, math, science, or even just a spur of the moment test about something we had been talking about one afternoon. One day I mentioned to Captain about abbreviating the months of the year. He thought that was really cool - well it's less writing right so of course that appeals to most people, children and adults alike. So I was looking around on HelpTeaching.com I saw a little test on that exact subject! SCORE! I wondered how much he had paid attention. I mentioned to him I had a little pop quiz for him to do and he was excited. What is it about saying 'pop quiz' that makes it sounds more fun than 'test' or 'exam' - funny right. However, with Captain we have 'pop quizzes' and so they are enjoyable. As soon as he looked at the paper his eyes lite up! "Hey Mom, this quiz is about the months and abbreviations. WOW! COOL!" and he went on to complete it in well about 2 seconds flat! Not only that, next time Grandma came she got to have a look at his 100% pop quiz score.

There is a free version of this website. However, I love the additions you get with the pro account. Plus it's for ages K-12 so there are so many resources it's amazing. The graphic below shows some of the differences between the two account types.


There is a higher level but unless you are a huge school or business you wouldn't need it.

I really like the alphabetical order sheets for grade 2 that are brilliant, and save so much work as a home-school mom.


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Another one relevant for the coming fall season -

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Captain loves word searches. I have used the word search generator to produce ones with his spelling words from another program - it's a great way to hide extra practice in a game! You can also save it to print later. Which is great if you have multiple children working at different levels as you can make something once and reuse it for each child! Or if you are like me, you can prepare multiple things at once when you have a quiet few minutes and then have them ready when you need them! Below is a screen shot if me saving my crossword using Captains spelling words.


There is so much to this website I really can't show you all of it. In fact it feels like I am still just scratching the surface. Please check out the other reviews as I am sure we have all used different things! Also make sure to follow the company on social media;

FACEBOOK  TWITTER and PINTEREST


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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