Saturday, November 30, 2013

Why I Give - Activity Book - Review and Giveaway




We love reading books and making crafts. So when we were asked to review a copy of the book Why I Give - An Activity Book


We haven't had time to do any of the activities in the book yet. We do have some picked out to do in the month of December. To be honest we don't start any Christmas festivities until December 1.

I love Christmas, always have however I feel that the world is taking this special time of year and turning it into a time of greed and I want, I want, I want. Anything that helps teach our children that this season is worth more than that. This book definitely talks about why we should give to others and has a ton of ideas of things that children can easily make for others by themselves. There is also a lot of scripture references, I wish however there was a choice of translation. We personally just use the KJV not the NIV version used in the book.

Some of the projects the kids have picked out to make are;

Bottlecap magnets (our local craft store sells them for 25 cents each)
Secret Center Book
Essential Oil scented heating pad

The ideas in this book are very cute, there are coloring pages, crosswords and journal pages for your kids to use.

The book is currently available for $1.99 until Monday December 2. You can always win a copy by entering my giveaway below.






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Friday, November 29, 2013

Random Five Friday November 29

1. This Thanksgiving was the first that the five of us spent together without any other extended family. It was different, but still good. Dad and Jam spent Thursday morning playing flag football with some friends. I can't complain at all that he left me cooking dinner, as he had already prepared the Turkey, and made the most amazing stuffing.

2. Thursday afternoon after we ate dinner, we went out for a walk. The countryside around us is amazing. I love having an excuse to take more pictures.





3. My youngest is ALL boy. Sometimes he reminds me more than others... He found something that looked REALLY interesting and insisted on digging it out.


4. I heard that my local Walmart had about 4,000 people fighting for bargains on Thursday, while I was out on a beautiful walk with my family. I know my memories of Thanksgiving will be a lot more meaningful.

5. I woke up this morning and decided to pop into Walmart as my husband wanted Turkey sandwiches. The place was SO quiet (it was 9:30 am) and I actually went around what was left of the sales and got everything I had wanted, without any of the stress or lack of sleep.

I have missed all of my extended family this year, however it has still been a perfect Thanksgiving.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013


Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours


Count your many blessings; name them one by one...


and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.



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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fels Naptha - Purex Insiders Giveaway

I love making my own laundry detergent. However when I get a good deal on laundry soap I don't see the point. However I always keep the ingredients in just in case,  mainly because deep down I am a little bit of a prepper.

I have tried the homemade liquid detergent but to be honest it is just too gloppy for me, and so decided I had to find a better way.

After a little research I found a cool website and blogged about their recipe here.

You basically need 3 ingredients so it's really easy to keep the supplies at hand.

1. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2. Borax
3. Purex Fels- Naptha soap

I have heard that you can make laundry soap with different bars of soap but personally I think the Fels-Naptha has the best results with stain removal. It really works great and even my majorly fussy ex-Tide loving husband loves the results. I have even used the bar for stain removal when I had enough of my Purex tabs and didn't need to make soap. (As a work from home, home-school mom I have to pick and choose sometimes.)

Have I mentioned the smell... I love the smell of the Purex Fels-Naptha and so does Little J our resident smell expert. He is forever saying..."I smell something..." the big kids sometimes call him 'sniffer' because well, if there is a new smell, he will definitely be the first one to smell it.

 
There are so many uses for this soap from washing clothes to dishes and just about everything in-between.

Don't just take my word for it. I have a coupon for a free bar of Fels-Naptha for one of my readers.





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Tyndale Direct & 12 Days of Christmas


Tyndale Direct

Tyndale Direct  is a new website where you can find awesome, gift suggestions, and a special selection of books etc direct from the publishers at awesome prices.

PLUS from December 2nd - 13th they are having a Deal of the Day promotion just for you.

There are selections for everyone including the hubby and kids.



 So what you waiting for...go check it out.

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Another quick reminder - Aplustutorsoft Giveaway and Thanksgiving Sale



Just another reminder about the huge sale going on over AplusTutorsoft.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Aplushomeschool.com Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special

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I had to let you know of the awesome deal over at Aplushomeschool for Thanksgiving. Use my link above to get an additional 60% off. Remember even if you want to buy for next year that's OK because the subscription doesn't start until it's activated.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Random Five Friday November 22

I am late doing my post for today because I have been preparing for Boo's birthday party.

1. I made a Pinterest project for her birthday cake.


 2. They are all out making smores. That's eleven, eleven year old's (and we didn't even plan the eleven eleven thing).

 
3. It's 8:32 and Little J is playing Jam's DS which is not a normal thing - but it keeps him from bugging the girls.

4. One of the HUGE highlights of my week is that I was invited back onto the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I have loved this last year, and I am so excited to see what next year holds.

5. My niece who swims for BYU swam in the same heat as Missy Franklin at a UNLV swim meet in Las Vegas this weekend. She was stood on the blocks in the same heat as a an Olympic swimmer. You have got to love college swimming.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

School House Review Crew ReviewBlue Ribbon Awards - Plus our Homeschooling Favorite Resources

Schoolhouse Review Crew Favorite Reviews 2013 
Blue Ribbon Awards


This year has been our first on the Schoolhouse Review Crew. It has been a huge blessing to our family, and the year has flown by. I have come to know and use some amazing curriculum and books this year, so many it's hard to count. I think we have done 30 reviews since last November. I said 'we' because I couldn't have done it without my kids. Everyone on the crew voted in the Blue Ribbon Awards there were lots of categories to cover all of the many products we reviewed throughout the year.

So I decided to write a top 10 list - that is if I can keep it to 10. I don't consider these in any particular order as some of the reviews are so different it would be very difficult to match them against each other. So a lot of these in my list are products that we are still using or completed.

1. Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (this links to my review) We love this curriculum and are still using it - full swing. In fact we got together with our science buddies and did more experiments today.

video

2. Notgrass - America the Beautiful (this links to my review)
This American history curriculum is definitely a keeper. I actually invested in an extra set of books so that I could use it with both my older kids. We use it on a slower schedule because I have added it long term to our schedule. The kids LOVE it too.

3. Baker Publishing Press - Life with Lily (this links to my review)
Boo loved these books so much she is currently reading the last two in the series - review to follow soon. All I can say is SHE LOVES THEM.

4. Aplus Tutorsoft (this links to my review)
Boo has been using this program all year along with our favorite Life of Fred. Boo finds it a great program. I love that since we have been using the online version it is also self-grading.

5. See the Light - Repeated Sweets (this links to my review)
The kids were so proud of their project. I am probably going to get another one of these sets for Christmas. The quality of the end project was amazing, literally if you follow the instructions your child can produce a great painting. I would LOVE the whole set.

6. Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns (this links to my review)
Boo loved this review, I know we will be continuing to use these patterns for years to come.

7. Institute For Excellence In Writing (this links to my review)
This has got to be one of my favorite reviews ever. We need to get this back into our regular schedule, the improvement I saw during the review period was amazing.

8. VideoText Online Algebra (this links to my review)
Jam has been using this every week since we started the review. He loves it. 

9. Diary of a Real Payne - True Story (this links to my review)
Boo loved this book. In fact she is convinced that the heroine would make an awesome American Girl Doll (Movie too).

10. Reading Kingdom (this links to my review)
Little J has great fun with this program and we use it just about everyday.

I have realized that 10 was a crazy number...there are so many more reviews I loved. To read all of them click on my 'review' tab at the top.

The official award results came out this morning  check out the Official Blue Ribbon Awards.


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Monday, November 18, 2013

The First Christmas Night- Book Review and Giveaway

 The First Christmas Night- Book Review and Giveaway

I recently received a copy of The First Christmas Night written by Keith Christopher and illustrated by Christine Kornacki. When I first opened the packaging I was absolutely thrilled with the quality of the book. The illustrations are amazing and the quality of the book itself is wonderful. In fact for the sake of this review I almost wanted to put up my Christmas Tree just to take the 'perfect' picture. 


 The First Christmas Night 
Written by: Keith Christopher 
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages 
$16.99

I love poetry and that is just what you will find inside this book as you read it you can feel the musical influences. Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. Keith Christopher is served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Remember I mentioned how I loved the pictures, well Little J loves books and because he is just starting to read, pictures are very important to him. He loves this book and enjoys having it read to him as long as he can see the pictures. The illustrator Christine Kornacki developed a love of art and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford she began illustrating children's books including the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal's Children's Books. Christine's recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile (which Boo love's). 

This book was written for children aged 4-8. The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read.
You can buy it here for $16.99 or enter my giveaway below to win a copy for Christmas.

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This book is going to be an important part of our Christmas celebrations this year.




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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Favorite Poems - Rice Pudding A.A Milne

I don't like rice pudding. I never have. When I was young as a family we laughed about this poem. Now I have a husband, daughter and one son that love rice pudding and one son who doesn't. So we laugh about this poem. You have to love Winnie the Pooh.

 Rice Pudding

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s crying with all her might and main,
And she won’t eat her dinner—rice pudding again—
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
 
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
I’ve promised her dolls and a daisy-chain,
And a book about animals—all in vain—
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
 
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s perfectly well, and she hasn’t a pain;
But, look at her, now she’s beginning again!
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
 
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
I’ve promised her sweets and a ride in the train,
And I’ve begged her to stop for a bit and explain—
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
 
What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s perfectly well, and she hasn’t a pain,
And it’s lovely rice pudding for dinner again!—
What is the matter with Mary Jane?


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Random Five Friday - November 15

1. Boo and I spent the morning learning how to make paper from pulp. It was great fun.


2. I had to choose new frames for Little J today. I was not convinced of the available frames. Hopefully I will like them when they arrive. The current frames have been awesome, but our new office doesn't carry them.

 
3. We had fun this week with our science program. Have you ever tried to stick a wooden skewer through a balloon. We have :)


4. Little J and I have been reading a new book for a review. You will have to wait a little for all the details - there will be a giveaway too - SO EXCITED.


5. Little J has such a sense of humor, today we were sat in Captain D's (fish and chips restaurant) when Little J says "There's something fishy in here" and then went on to laugh at his own joke. He is SO cute.

Check out other "Random Five's" over at the Pebble Pond.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Force - Review

The Force (A Review)

I love books, real paper books, e-books I don't really mind. In fact I am the kind of person that downloads free e-books just in case I want to read them. I am very fortunate to have children and a husband that also like to read. In fact as a family we read a ton. I find it difficult to keep Jam and Boo in books as they read them so fast.


Recently I was given the opportunity to read The Fourth Kingdom and The Force from The Kingdom Chronicles. The Fourth Kingdom is the first book in this series and The Force is the second book.


I am not going to talk too much about the first book The Fourth Kingdom but I did want to share the synopsis from Amazon just to piqued your interest.

"On a warm September afternoon in the year 2000, Dr. Alexander Sinclair travels to the Doppelganger Genetic Cloning Facility near Santa Fe, New Mexico, to meet with its brilliant but mysterious director, Dr. Karl Helmick. Over the next 21 years, the two scientists collaborate on incredible scientific breakthroughs, as Karl becomes friend, mentor, and father-figure to Alexander. But the longer Alexander knows Karl, the more aware he becomes of how little he knows about him. As the years go by, Alexander becomes increasingly suspicious that his colleague is not who he appears to be. And as Karl prepares to implement his plans for the future, each of the men discovers just how far he is willing to go to live forever."


About The Force: 

"Someone is murdering the world’s most beautiful women—over and over and over. When Jarrod and Joshua Sinclair are called in to consult with the FBI about the Hollywood Starlet murders, they immediately sus-pect their old nemesis Josef Helmick of creating clones of famous women for a visiting Saudi prince. Wasting no time, they hire retired detective Fred Kowalski and send him to Dubai to uncover Josef’s base of operations and build a case against him for the murders. But Fred soon discovers that Helmick Enterprises is harboring a secret much darker than human trafficking. Fred must stop Helmick before he resurrects an ancient, diabolical Force in order to bring the entire human race under his control."

I have read both books in the series, and if you are like me then I would suggest you do too. The Fourth Kingdom introduces the characters and history that really helps set the stage for the plot of 'The Force'. I haven't read a 'thriller' in a while, and so these books hit me like a ton of bricks. I can honestly say that I have had a love/hate relationship with them. The books are full of twists and turns. It scares me how evil the world can be and the fear this book brought out in me. There were times when I almost wanted to stop reading, however I couldn't, I was drawn into the story and I wanted to see good win over evil. The reason I found this book so scary is because it is based around the science of technology, cloning and of course the future in a way you could see this becoming reality. I am hoping that there is going to be another book in the series, I will definitely have to read it...

I have the kindle version of both books and the paperbacks, I swapped continually when I read. If I was out and about I would read from my phone or nexus pad (whichever was with me) and then swap to the 'real' book when I was at home. It only took me about two days to read each book, which is normal for me when I enjoy a book. I was about halfway through the first book, when I told my husband and Mom to read it. He has finished 'The Fourth Kingdom' and is halfway through the 'The Force' right now.My Mom had to finish another book she was reading and so she is halfway through 'The Fourth Kingdom'

So just to finish, these books are thrillers, extremely well written. However they do contain some elements that may disturb some people. There are a lot of references and details (in The Fourth Kingdom) of war crimes that I found a little upsetting - mainly because it reminded of the horrors men seem capable of inflicting on others. I do feel it is important that when discussing real life events that we do not make them 'nicer' or 'less distressing' than they really were just to not offend or upset anyone. My husband and I discussed this quite a lot as he visited a Concentration Camp in Germany when he was younger, he can remember how he felt as he walked through it. This is also a Christian thriller and I think this it is well balanced through out the book.



About the Authors:

Alexandra and Joyce Swann are a Mother and Daughter team. Joyce homeschooled her ten children from the first grade through master’s degrees. She is a well-known author and speaker on the subject of homeschooling. For nearly a decade she was a popular columnist for "Practical Homeschooling Magazine". She now blogs regularly on parenting, homeschooling, and Christian lifestyle issues. Joyce and Alexandra have co-authored two other novels, The Fourth Kingdom and The Twelfth Juror, both of which were published in 2010. Joyce’s personal story of her experiences raising and educating her family is chronicled in Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother, published in February of 2011. Her novel, The Warrior, which tells the story of one woman’s ten year prayer vigil for a man she has never met, was released in May of 2012. She is also the author of two children’s books, "Tales of Pig Isle" and "The McAloons", which began as stories that she told to entertain her grandchildren.

Alexandra is author of "No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master’s Degree at Age Sixteen" and "Writing for Today". She has been self-employed for over fourteen years and was the 2011 Chairwoman of the Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She writes a regular blog, Paying for Protection, about the consequences of over-regulation and over-reaching government. Her novel "The Planner", which is the prequel to "The Chosen", was published in June of 2012.

One of my blogger friends Wendy did a series of interviews with the authors Joyce and Alexandra Swann on her blog Following in His Footsteps. If you want to know more about these talented women it's worth a visit - say hi while you are there.

Connect with the Authors;

Frontier 2000 Media
Facebook - Frontier Media
Twitter - Frontier Media
Twitter - Alexandra Swann
Joyce's Blog
Alexandra's Blog

Don't forget about the current book lover's giveaway click here to be taken to the Rafflecopter form.







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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sunday Walks and Fossil Hunting

We love getting out of the house on Sunday afternoon. We had a great afternoon last Sunday. The area near our house is beautiful. There are lots of fossils and fun things to look for.

We had such a fun afternoon and found some really cool fossils. One of my husband's friends have told us where we can look for arrowheads. We may have to wait until the Spring.

As you can see we had a blast.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Force by Alexandra and Joyce Swan - Book Lover's Giveaway

I have just finished reading The Force (review to come soon) and my husband is right in the middle of it. I really enjoyed it and from what I can tell my husband is enjoying it too. I sent him the link from Amazon and he was intriged as soon as he read it and had to read the book. Read it for yourselves below and see what you think. If it is sounds like something you are interested in, don't wait for my review enter the rafflecopter giveaway below.

"A dark force is rising. Someone is murdering the world’s most beautiful women—over and over and over. When Jarrod and Joshua Sinclair are called in to consult with the FBI about the Hollywood Starlet murders, they immediately suspect their old nemesis, Josef Helmick, of creating clones of famous women for a visiting Saudi prince. Wasting no time, they hire retired detective Fred Kowalski and send him to Dubai to uncover Josef’s base of operations and build a case against him for the murders. But Fred soon discovers that Helmick is harboring a secret much darker than human trafficking. Fred must stop Josef before he resurrects an ancient, diabolical Force in order to bring the entire human race under his control."



We are excited to help Frontier 2000 Media celebrate the release of The Force by Alexandra and Joyce Swann with a super cool giveaway for book lovers! Two prizes will be awarded, one containing 11 awesome books and the other with five books. Total value of this giveaway is $185! Woohoo!

We would like to thank the following authors for their generous donations to these giveaways! Be sure to stop by their websites to say thank you!

William Struse
Tricia Goyer
Sarah Sundin 
Eisley Jacobs
Gwen Toliver
Carey Jane Clark

To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Two winners will be selected and announced by noon ET on November 25, 2013. U.S. residents age 18 and older only please. Other Terms and Conditions can be found in the Rafflecopter.

Book Lover's Giveaway #1 ($120 value)
The Force by Alexandra and Joyce Swann
The Fourth Kingdom by Alexandra and Joyce Swann
The 13th Enumeration by William Struse
The 13th Prime by William Struse
On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Dragons of the Deep by Eisley Jacobs
Blink of a Dragon by Eisley Jacobs
Born to be a Dragon by Eisley Jacobs
Seed Sowers by Gwen Toliver
After the Snow Falls by Carey Jane Clark 


Book Lover's Giveaway #2 ($65 value)
The Force by Alexandra and Joyce Swann
The Fourth Kingdom by Alexandra and Joyce Swann
The 13th Enumeration by William Struse
The 13th Prime by William Struse

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Happy Veteran's Day

Yesterday was Remembrance Day in Great Britain. It's the day that the British people remember the soldiers who have fallen protecting the country.

In Great Britain (and the Commonwealth) we have a wonderful tradition of wearing poppy's as a symbol of remembering these amazing soldiers.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/Royal_British_Legion%27s_Paper_Poppy_-_white_background.jpg 

My Dad was in the Military in England and I am very proud of his service. (Isn't he cute).

 
I now live in the United States and so I want to honor both sets of veterans those from the British Commonwealth and those from this great country I now call home The United States of America. I found an excellent resource over at Kathys Cluttered Mind she has some excellent information about Veteran's Day and some awesome home school freebies too. You ought to check her out and make today special.


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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Favorite Poems - They Should Have Asked My Husband - Pam Ayres

Remember here when I shared one of my favorite poems from Pam Ayres. Well I am back again with another one...

 
THEY SHOULD HAVE ASKED MY HUSBAND
by
Pam Ayres

You know this world is complicated, imperfect and oppressed
And it's not hard to feel timid, apprehensive and depressed.
It seems that all around us tides of questions ebb and flow
And people want solutions but they don’t know where to go.
Opinions abound but who is wrong and who is right.
People need a prophet, a diffuser of the light.
Someone they can turn to as the crises rage and swirl.
Someone with the remedy, the wisdom, and the pearl.
Well, they should have asked my ‘usband, he’d have told’em then and there.
His thoughts on immigration, teenage mothers, Tony Blair,
The future of the monarchy, house prices in the south
The wait for hip replacements, BSE and foot and mouth.
Yes, they should have asked my husband he can sort out any mess
He can rejuvenate the railways he can cure the NHS
So any little niggle, anything you want to know
Just run it past my husband, wind him up and let him go.
Congestion on the motorways, free holidays for thugs
The damage to the ozone layer, refugees and drugs.
These may defeat the brain of any politician bloke
But present it to my husband and he’ll solve it at a stroke.
He'll clarify the situation; he will make it crystal clear
You'll feel the glazing of your eyeballs, and the bending of your ear.
Corruption at the top, he’s an authority on that
And the Mafia, Gadafia and Yasser Arafat.
Upon these areas he brings his intellect to shine
In a great compelling voice that’s twice as loud as yours or mine.
I often wonder what it must be like to be so strong,
Infallible, articulate, self-confident …… and wrong.
When it comes to tolerance – he hasn’t got a lot
Joyriders should be guillotined and muggers should be shot.
The sound of his own voice becomes like music to his ears
And he hasn’t got an inkling that he’s boring us to tears.
My friends don’t call so often, they have busy lives I know
But its not everyday you want to hear a windbag suck and blow.
Encyclopaedias, on them we never have to call
Why clutter up the bookshelf when my husband knows it all!

If you want to listen to Pam Ayres recite it;



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The One Year Book of Amish Peace By Tricia Goyer - Review


 
Since moving to Amish country my interest in their simple ways has increased. I love reading books about the Amish and my husband would tell you that I love anything Amish, well except the lack of air-conditioning in the summer. I just couldn't give that up. After reading the Amish proverb above I had to share a new book with you.

I have had the opportunity to read The One Year Book of Amish Peace well to say I have read it all would be a fib. I have been reading it every day, as it is written like a diary with one page dedicated to each day. I have loved reading it, each day it gives me a little time to reflect upon a different thought and topic each day. For example today's page November 10 is entitled 'Open Home, Open Heart' this really struck home to me as I recently learned a new friend may be moving away. It made me think that we never know how long we have to get to know each other and be friends. I need to take a leaf out of the Amish way of life and invite others into my life more. Sometimes we need to 'find' the time. There is always a scripture, Amish proverb and an insight shared by Tricia Goyer. A book I will definitely be reading everyday for the next year, and beyond.



The One Year Book of Amish Peace was written by Tricia Goyer
 

 Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts,Thriving FamilyProverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine.
Goyer’s fiction and non-fiction books have won awards from the American Christian Fiction Writers and Mt. Hermon Writers’ Conference. She is also a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee.
Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well as co-written with Max Lucado and Robin Jones Gunn. She collaborated with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges for Lead Your Family Like Jesus, published by Focus on the Family/Tyndale.

If you like Amish books you really ought to check out my review of A Christmas Gift for Rose I loved it.







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Friday, November 8, 2013

Random 5 Friday November 8th

Random 5 Friday

1. Dad is off work today and so we are taking him to see the penguins at the zoo. I took the kids last weekend, but Dad had to work...





 2. Last week we went trick or treating with friends. I wanted to post a picture of my friends son. He went trick or treating as a 'Chicken Farmer'...yes it's a real rooster.


 3. Sunday afternoon out... The view was amazing.


 4. My kids love pancakes. When I took them to the zoo last weekend Friends of the Zoo members were offered a free breakfast. Unlimited Pancakes...I had very happy kids.


5. I hate this in-between time of year...everyone gets sniffles and coughs.


The Pebble Pond

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Apologia Science (TOS Review)

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We have been homeschooling for three years and during that time we have used Apologia Educational Ministries to provide our homeschool science curriculum so I was jumping with joy when I heard I was able to review their brand spanking new book Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics and the coordinating Note-booking Journal.



For the last two years we have done science with another family, and I am delighted to say that although I received these books free to facilitate this review my friend bought the books for her children so we could still work together. The course is written for children K-6 although I am letting Jam join in as he LOVES science so much it would almost kill him to be excluded. Plus we go through the books at a slightly accelerated rate because our children are at the higher end of the recommended age they can keep up with the pace and still learn lots. In the past we have used Exploring Creation Astronomy, Botany, Zoo 1, Zoo 2, and Zoo 3. We had planned to use Human Anatomy and Physiology next but we were more than willing to wait and do Chemistry and Physics first. 

I received the hard bound science book containing the text and experiment information and two regular note booking journals and my friend bought the same for her two children. I considered using the junior notebook for Little J (just turned 5) however after looking at it I thought there was a little too much writing for him. We will however definitely use it for him in a year or two.

The Text Book retails at $39.00 and the Notebook retails at $24.00.

Although we have used Apologia numerous times before we have never used the Notebooks. I loved how all the work that Jam and Boo do for this subject are all kept in the same place. In front of the Notebooks there is a schedule that breaks down the textbook into two days a week for twenty eight weeks. We have just finished lesson 3 which puts us six weeks into the schedule. I think we will speed up though and complete a lesson every week. If I was doing the program just with Little J I would definitely follow the schedule as written.

Lesson 1 - Chemistry and Physics Matter

Since we are doing this science course with another family and we get together once a week. The kids did all the reading and notebook work and we saved the 'fun' experiments for when we got together. Both Jam and Boo enjoyed the notebook, especially the crosswords. I loved that because of their age they pretty much do the work by themselves all I do is join in the reading and supervise.

Boo really enjoyed completing the pages entitled 'Fascinating Facts about Matter'. I was impressed with the effort that she put into it.


We have always used lap-books with our homeschool science curriculum up until now and so my kids liked the small lap booking features you can see on the picture above. As they have gotten older I have felt that a lot of the cutting and gluing involved was not a benefit to them and so sometimes I have been know to prepare the lap books for them. These lap booking features in the notebook were just enough to make them feel like they were doing a different activity without a lot of wasted time.

Lesson 1 Experiments

Most of the experiments just call for ingredients and household objects. We were fortunate since we were working with another family between the two households we rarely had to buy anything. My biggest struggle was finding clear straws for one of our first experiments. Luckily our neighborhood Dairy Queen was more than happy to donate some when I told them it was for a science experiment.  

We completed experiments to explain Volume and Mass, Density, Buoyancy, and Matter. The kids filled out their observation sheets for each experiment and we had a blast.

Lesson 2 - Moving Matter
In preparation for the experiments we again completed the reading assignments and notebook work at home before getting together with our friends. We read about the state of matter, solids, liquids, and gas.
The experiments covered the same topics. We placed a selection of substances in the freezer (including jello, alcohol, water, salt water, and a water and Epsom salt solution.) and monitored them to see the effect cold had on each liquid, we also noted in what order they froze (and if in fact they froze at all.) We also used pop rocks and soda to discuss the effects of expanding gas.
Our favorite experiment by far was the making of a very familiar mixture using cornstarch and water. The kids (even the little's) had a blast playing with it.

Lesson 3- Building Blocks of Creation

Again we handled the work the same way, all reading and notebook work was done at home and then the experiments were done together. The kids really love doing it this way, and since we let them each do the experiment one of the things they noticed was that little changes can drastically affect the outcome. They have learned how important measuring and accuracy is.

This week the experiments were all about atoms, the variety, how they attach, how they are charged. We discussed things that I haven't thought about since I was doing Chemistry in school. Neutrons, Protons, and Electrons, The Periodic Table of Elements. It was a fun chapter full of information, that I know we will have to review. My son found a laminated copy of the Periodic Table and has been studying it.
 

There are 14 lessons altogether since I have already mentioned the first three here are the other chapters with their titles.

Lesson 4 - Compound Chemistry
Lesson 5 - Multitude of Mixtures
Lesson 6 - Mechanics in Motion
Lesson 7 - Dynamics of Motion
Lesson 8 - Work in the World
Lesson 9 - Sound of Energy
Lesson 10 - Light of the World
Lesson 11 - Thermal Energy
Lesson 12- Electrifying Our World
Lesson 13- Mysterious Magnetism
Lesson 14- Simple Machines

I am sure you can tell that we love this curriculum. It makes my children think. I don't feel that the information has been 'dumbed' down, even Little J (5) and my friends daughter #6 who is only 3 come away from each class learning something and being excited about the new information.

Apologia is creationist science, I love this. I love that God is honored for his role in creation. He is not a sideline in this curriculum, his miracles are mentioned often throughout each lesson.

We are enjoying using the notebook journals, however I love that this program is designed that they are not necessary.  You could be very successful following the curriculum without them and since the textbooks are non-consumable it could be very cost effective for those on a limited budget. Personally after using the notebooks I think they are great, it has helped us keep all our work together as we do not always work on this at home.

When I asked Jam, Boo and my friends son and daughter what they thought so far they all said that this course is AWESOME. You can't get better than that.

But don't take just our word for it, check out what others on the crew thought by clicking on the link below...

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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...