Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Afterlife Furniture Polish and Conditioner Review



This polish is made from the same company that makes Leather Afterlife. I loved that product on my leather and I loved it. I am not a huge 'polisher' but this stuff makes it easy. I went around polishing all my wooden furniture and kitchen cupboard doors. It was really easy to use and I loved it.

The polish left the wood looking awesome and I loved the smell of oranges. If anything is an incentive to polish the smell of this polish definitely is.

I love the look of natural wood, but this makes it shine. 

This polish definitively does all that it claims.

1. Replenishes the essential oils all wood loses over time and restores the original luster
2. Naturally and safely cleans dust and grime from both soft and hard words
3. Polishes and protects in order to prevent further dust buildup
4. Enhances the natural beauty by bringing out the grain and details of fine wood
5. Enhances the natural beauty by bring out the grain and details of fine wood

Summer Citrus scent contains the powerful yet natural benefits of both orange & lemon oils

The company offers a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.



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Friday, June 26, 2015

Random Five Friday June 26th

1. Coming home from vacation is always very sad.
2. Jam went on a high adventure this week.  It's been weird without him here. The first day he had an argument with a bolder and got a really bad black eye.
3. We have spent the day playing a math game we received to review 'Shape Whiz' we have played it a lot and the first thing we did when Dad got home was to make him play it too.
4. Captain and Boo have another swim meet tomorrow.  It will be Captain's 2nd ever meet and he is SO excited.
5. I am starting to get next year's curriculum organized. I can't believe I will have a 9th grader.
The Pebble Pond

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Circle C Adventures (Susan K Marlow) {TOS Review}


We recently had the opportunity to review Tales from the Circle C Ranch from Circle C Adventures and the Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch Learning Lapbook that compliments the book.

Boo loves books and horses. She has often asked if we could get one. (I don't think the HOA would appreciate that). My parents had a horse for a little while and their stories were enough to put me off (too much like hard work!). We also have friends with horses so I figure she can get her fix that way. Another thing Boo loves is to read. Seriously, sometimes I have had to stop myself from saying 'OK, that's it no more reading for the whole day' - seriously who does that! Me - almost - until I think to myself' 'You're going to stop her from reading - really'.

We reviewed another book in the Circle C Adventures earlier this year Thick as Thieves and Boo loved it so when the opportunity came up to read this one she jumped at the chance.

 Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a selection of short stories that all feature Andrea Carter (known as Andi for short). You meet all of the family. Which was nice because it took us back in time a little from the Thick of Thieves book that we had read before. Because it's a series of short adventures it was perfect for Boo to take on vacation with us. Sometimes when she's reading a long book she stays focused on it for a long time. The shorter stories in the book allowed her to stop reading and join in with whatever we were doing while traveling.

In the beginning the book takes us back to the early years of Andi's life. Although it may seen common to us for little girls to were pants (trousers where I am from) it really wasn't in the time of Andi. The year is 1873 and little girls definitely didn't wear britches...unless you were very poor and there wasn't a choice. In the first story called 'Britches Are Not For Little Girls' we find out why Andi started to where britches and how she convinces her parents she should.

Other stories in the book take us to a 1874 Christmas, Summer excitement, Snow etc. The beginning of each story tells you where it fits in with the other full books of the series. For example the chapter 'Prince Loco, Chad's Loco Horse' tells us it takes place a few weeks after the book 'Andrea and the Long Ride Home'. Boo really liked this as she would really like to get her hands on the whole series now.

We are quite accustomed to lapbooks. Over the last few years the kids have done quite a few. We also received the 'A Journey Through Learning Lapbook' that goes with this book. I have used lapbooks from them before and have never been disappointed. We received a printable E-book version and although it is in color it works perfectly when printed in black and white. I normally print in black and white however sometimes there is the odd page that I think really needs to be printed in color. This is what happen when I printed this book. Most of the sheets were done in black and white, but a couple I printed with our color printer for the effect.

Boo was really a little old for this lapbook but it really didn't stop her. She enjoyed it and said she learned a few new things. She found it interesting to look for facts in the book. We completed the lapbook in almost one sitting after she read the book. However it is set up that it could be done chapter by chapter which would probably work better for younger students. In fact you could use each chapter as a unit study and really go to town working on each topic. Boo took it more as a review of information she had already learned.

The book and lapbook together are a great way to learn about US History and life in the 1880s. It is the perfect blend of ranching, California history, and Christian fiction rolled into one. I love having books that I don't have to worry about content and that my kids will learn something from as well as practice reading skills, and well just have fun with.


A lot of different reviewers and their families read this book click on the link below to see what they thought.


Keep up with Susan K Marlow on social media Facebook and Twitter.



Dynamic Literacy Review
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wordless Wednesday June 24 2015


 Boo spent part of yesterday trying to find out what kind of caterpillar this was.


Wordless Wednesday at Life at Rossmont

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Monday, June 22, 2015

SmartKidz Media {TOS Review}

SmartKidz Media Review


Captain loves watching documentaries. He can remember fun random facts when he does. In fact last summer when my niece was visiting she said that she normally doesn't believe little kids when they say random facts, but Captain is always right, even if it sounds crazy. So I like to find new things for him to watch during his TV time. I was offered a full year subscription to SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers from SmartKidz Media.


SmartKidz Media is a producer and distributor of award-winning educational e-books, interactive study guides, music, and other media designed specifically for the home-school student.

As I mentioned before Captain is an amazing audio/visual learner. Sometimes his memory seems almost photographic when it comes to things he has watched. He can recall facts of documentaries he has only watched once, it's really cool. So although we don't watch TV as such I do like to use his love of documentaries and audio books to my advantage. We have really loved SmartKidz Media. All of my kids have their own laptops and pads and this has been used in their free time. I have really let the kids loose on the website.  My older two are 14 and 12 and so it's great to give them access to a online website where I don't have to worry about content.

Some of the topics covered are;

Animal and Wildlife
History
Science
Social Studies
World Cultures
World Cultures
Fine Arts
Sports
Health
Baby Signing
Music - Including Classical, Cultural and Relaxation
Cooking
Plus a Fun Zone where the kids (especially Captain liked to play games)

Each of my kids have a major program on their computer so they can't just search for anything, plus YouTube is blocked as well. However, it was really easy to add this website to the program and because it doesn't go through YouTube it works great. Each of my kids have a short cut on their screen and we share login information. Normally only one of them is on the website at a time but I am pretty sure Boo and Captain have both used it at the same time, so I am not sure if there is a limit on screens, but I think two are OK.

When you log into the website you come to a screen with lots of choices.


At the top of the screen you can see lots of tabs, each of these are clickable and will take you to the content listed. Captains favorite are the animal videos, he's definitely watched a lot of them. In fact he was sad that he couldn't watch them during our drive last week. He definitely wants WIFI in the car.

There are so many topics it's hard to tell you about everything. I even found some videos for me.

There are a lot of additions coming including some American History videos that I can't wait to watch.


Boo loved the classical music and the arts section. We loved having the art and music ones playing almost as a screen saver on our living room TV that is hooked up to a computer. We could be cooking dinner or coloring at the table. The music of the featured composer plays while pictures of the artist come up on the screen. Each picture is on the screen for a few minutes before changing to the next. I loved all of these and it's a great way to combine music and art appreciation.

Captain likes the fun zone. There are an assortment of games and puzzles to play.

I found the Stand-Up Comedy Sitting Down quite amusing.


Captain likes the puzzles. I like them too - no missing pieces! Where in the world are we is my favorite one. The map can be split into 24, 12, or 6 pieces and then when it's put back together you have to try and identify where it is. Clues are given but it can be quite a challenge.


This is one of them - can you tell where it is?


The kids and I both loved this resource and I know we will get lots of use out of it over the next year. If you like the sound of it they offer a 14 day free trial. I love that there are no adverts, that's a huge plus for me as that's the main reason I don't have TV - I hate adverts!

Link up with the company via social media below and don't forget to see what others thought about it by clicking on the link below!


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smartkidzhomeschool 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/smartkidzmedia

SmartKidz Media Review


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Week of Fun - Kilimanjaro Safari

This week has been full of fun and sun. However I can't write all about that now. I will give you some Disney tips and tricks when I have chance this week. Today I will share some pictures Captain took this week on Disney Animal Kingdom's Safari ride. He grabbed my phone and started clicking! I think he did quite good.

Monday, June 15, 2015

CTC Math {TOS REVIEW}

CTCMath Review


I recently received a 12 Month Family plan subscription to CTC Math to review. I love this program and so do all my kids. The family plan can be used by up to ten children which is an awesome deal! Last year I reviewed the program with my kids you can see my last review here.

During the review period Captain has been able to use this program almost completely independently. He has been working on first grade and really loves it. The fun part of him working independently is that he can jump around the schedule and do what he feels like that day. As you can see by the screenshots of his progress over the last few weeks.




When the student has completed the section the check mark appears on the left hand side. Until then the orange line shows the percentage of the work completed.

This program is really simple to use.

 When a child signs into his account for the first time they are met with this screen.




It doesn't really matter what grade the child is doing at this point. However, since this is Captain's the 1st grade tab is slightly darker than the others since that's what he is working on. After clicking on a particular grade the stream becomes visible (again in my picture it's the first grade stream). You them click on the first stream to see the individual topics. This is where the child starts working (preferably in order - unlike Captain).

When you start a new topic you come to a screen similar to the one below. I chose to take a screen shot of Captain's Multiplication topic as he hasn't started that section yet.


When you get to a new topic you have a few choices.

1. Take the Standard Test
2. Take the Comprehensive Test
3. Skip the tests and start with the lessons.

When we reviewed this last year, Captain had already been working through a different Kindergarten Math program so we sometimes tested out of areas he already knew. This time however, I have been making sure he just worked through the lessons instead of doing the tests first. They are really there to test your knowledge of the subject matter. If you ace them, you could move on to the next subject.

Lessons

When you click on a lesson window - no matter what grade it is a video window opens up.


Again this lesson is for the first section of Grade one Multiplication. after watching the four minute video the child can click on 'lesson summary' which shows an overview of what the video taught. This can be printed our for the child to refer to during the question section if needed. We haven't had the need to print any of these out for Captain. If this is not required the child can then click on 'Questions'.

The questions for the younger grades are done as an interactive quiz. The child reads the question and then puts the answer in the box, and hits submits. This is the set up until the end of 6th grade.

After the quiz the child has finished the quiz he submits it and it is graded automatically The student is then give  certificate showing his level or he may need to retake. The certificates come in four levels.


 Jam and Boo are both working on levels above Grade 6 so some of the procedures change a little.

The lessons are the same and the format looks the same until it is time to work on the questions. Both Jam and Boo print out a question sheet and then work out the answers before submitting them on the website.


The picture on the left is an example of the question sheet. As you can see there is an answer key Jam really likes this features but it helps him know if he is way off base. If his answer is not on the answer key he knows he has to go rework the question. After they are satisfied with their answers they go back to the website and enter their answers. Again the answers are instantly graded.

Don't forget the speed skills section. This section works like some of the math games you can find online. However, it's included in the program for you.

There are 4 levels each one progressively getting harder.


All of my kids like this program. Apart from the regular struggles that come with just doing Math (I still wish my plan of marrying a math man and having super 'mathy' kids had worked out) I never hear any moans about working with this program. In fact when Jam heard that CTC Math was back as a review option he was REALLY excited. Remember CTC Math is not Common Core aligned. I like it because it's like having our own personal math tutor.

I forgot to tell you what CTC Math covers.



Check CTC math out on Facebook HERE.

If you want to hear more about how others used this program click on the graphic below.


CTCmath Review
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Random Five Friday

1. Captain wrote a really cool note today. Since we started using the PAL program from IEW his confidence has grown amazingly! If you read it carefully you can just about make out what it says. Normally he insists that I spell everything for him, so this is huge!

2. 18 hours in a car...audio dramas are the bomb!

3. It's funny as you drive how often city name's are repeated.

4. Today I have been reminiscing all of the rode trips I did as a child. My parent's always made it fun. I told my kids that I used to travel these distances without movies...they were shocked!

5. Family reunions are awesome!

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...