Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Celebrate Colleen Coble’s ‘Mermaid Moon’ with a Mystery e-Reader Prize Pack - Plus Review

To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble's new book, Mermaid Moon. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Celebrate the release of Mermaid Moon with Colleen and a mystery e-reader prize pack giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 1st. The winner will be announced February 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

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Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn't have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O'Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart---and left---without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life---and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie---their search intensifies. There's a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father's killer---it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.


I really loved this book. I grabbed in one day when I was heading out to a swim meet, and I am so glad I did. Normally for those events I just read something on my phone so I don't have to carry anything extra but wow this book was worth lugging a paper copy around on the bleachers. My husband had to keep track of the races, which of course are only a few seconds each so then I could get right back to reading. In fact after I read it - in twenty four hours. My daughter asked if she could read it. She's 13 and although this is a crime mystery there is nothing in it that I was uncomfortable with her reading. She loved it too! The story actually keeps you guessing till the end, with a few twists and turns. The characters are great too. The only thing that seemed odd to me if the cover of the book. In the story the main character has long flowing hair - I mean waist length, and on the cover the models hair is quite short. So I am not sure who that's supposed to be?

I have never read a book by Colleen Coble that I haven't liked. I really like her style. Plus there's no yucky stuff included which is a bonus.

About the author: 

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn,Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies.

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New Ponderize Scripture - Scripture of the Week





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Friday, January 8, 2016

Field Trip Friday - Symphony Dress Rehearsal

We are in a really cool coop. We don't meet every week for classes or lessons (unless something special comes up). We are in a field trip coop. Every month or so one of the parents plans a field trip. It works perfectly for us, my kids love it.



Today we went to the KC Symphony. We got to listen to them practice at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. I had never been there before and we were really impressed one with the facility and two with the performances that we were able to see.

The highlight of the day was the unexpected performance by cellist Timotheos Petrin this guy is very talented. Boo left the performance dreaming of learning the cello.

When we arrived the Kansas City Symphony played an amazing symphony in readiness for their weekend performances. Then walked in Timotheos Petrin and - oh my goodness - he is amazing. We were in a dress rehearsal so after the initial run through the symphony stopped and started practicing certain areas of the symphony. Timotheos Petrin was able to play without a score which didn't surprise me. However, what surprised, no amazed me was how he could play any part instantly. If they said to start at a particular place BOOM he was there, all by memory. I was SO impressed.

We had a great day. It cost $2 per person and was well worth the money. I will be on the lookout for more of these opportunities. If you have a symphony in your city you need to see if this is an option for you!

Chestnut Grove Academy Field Trip Friday Blog Hop


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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review and Half Price Coupon {TOS REVIEW}

I have been using SchoolhouseTeachers.com for about three years now. I recently received another Yearly Membership for the website. All of my kids use this for various subjects and I have really enjoyed looking over the new classes that have just been added.


Recently Boo has been working on the geography course.

Terri Johnson teaches this class. She is a homeschooler and also runs their family business Knowledge Quest Inc. Boo really enjoyed the course. She loves the combination of research topics, and map-work. She loves that it really focuses on learning facts about different countries in the 20th Century.
The other course that we have been working with a lot is Music Theory I & II. Jam and Boo have been taking piano lessons for a long time. However, theory is something that we need to keep reviewing. Michelle Martin is the instructor for these courses she has been teaching music for over twenty years. She is also a performer, music writer and yes you guessed it - a home-school Mom. Students learn all about notes, tempos, rests and dynamics, A lot of the course was a reminder for my older two, but they are definitely well put together courses. Music Theory II extends into more advanced theory. This is and will continue to be a huge benefit to my family.
There are so many subjects available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com it's hard to list all of them here. There truly is a class for every regular homeschool subject you can think of plus, a lot of the electives your kids want. The major benefit for this website is that is the same cost no matter how many children you have using it. It's the same price if you have one child using the website for one subject as it is if you homeschool ten children solely using this resource. 
If you use the code CREWFOLLOWER you can get 50% off a whole year subscription (not valid with the $1 for the first month deal). This 50% off code is valid until January 31 2016 so act fast!
Remember I said that there is something for everyone. There are actually close to 200 different classes available. Classes are available for all ages from preschool to high-school. Some examples are;
Art - Including art appreciation, techniques, and studio art
Bible - This section has different classes for all ages pre K to High School
Computer and Technology - Keyboarding, programming, Internet Entrepreneurship, Web game design 
Drama and Speech - Reader's Theater, Shakespeare, Advanced Public Speaking, How to write and produce a play
 
Foreign Languages - French, Hebrew, Latvian, Spanish, ASL Adventure 
Electives - Architecture, Photography, Wildlife Adventures
History, Geography, and Social Studies -ABC, Explorers, Figures in History, Classical History, Economics
Language Arts - Handwriting, Ditch the Desk, Literature, Daily Grammar, Story Telling, Copywork
Math - Everything from games to Algebra to Statistics and Trig
Music - Guitar, If it isn't Baroque - The History of Western Music, Music Theory I & II, Beginner Violin
Nutrition, Health, and Fitness - Middle School Health, Health 101
Science - Charlottle Mason Preschool, Bug Science, Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science
The lists above are not complete but just a few that caught my eye. I could look at courses all day. I haven't tried all of them. Actually writing this has just given me a new found excitement for all of the courses my kids haven't used on this website yet. How many hours a day can I make them do school - just joking. Seriously though sometimes there just isn't enough hours in the day for everything there is to learn!
You can also follow SchoolhouseTeachers on social media;
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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tosmag/ 

Check out some of the other classes that members of the 2016 Review Crew are using by clicking on the link below.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review 2016

Crew Disclaimer

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Ponderize Scripture of the Week Isaiah 29:13-14

It's a new year and so I need to get back into the swing of things. Jam starts seminary tomorrow after Christmas break. Although the following scripture has been written on our kitchen door all of the holidays I know he's not ready to pass it off yet. So this is the scripture we will be working on this coming week.




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Friday, January 1, 2016

Educents - Top Picks by other homeschoolers like you!

I can't believe it is 2016. This has been a great year, and we are really excited for the coming adventures. I was included in a fun 'top picks' post from Educents and I have found it interesting to read all the other picks. I can remember when I started homeschooling I was so overwhelmed with all the choices that it was great to talk to someone one who has actually used something and can tell you how something works. This gives your more of an idea of how something may work in your homeschool.


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No matter what may be on your lesson plan for 2016, consider the resources below. Members within the Educents community put a list together of their favorite homeschool resources. If you'd like to learn more about the resource, just click the link! If you want to get more involved in the Educents community to learn more about homeschooling and the curriculum offered on Educents, join the Educents Facebook group!

 

Emily of Smith Squad recommends the Life of Fred books.

“As a child, I always hated math, even though I was good at it because it was soon boring. When I heard about Fred, I knew he had to be a part of our homeschool. My kids absolutely LOVE when it’s math time, and they are learning a ton about how to apply math to every day practical situations.”
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Lisa Marie of The Canadian Homeschooler uses the Writecraft and Mathcraft Units.

"The writing portion of this resource was the first time EVER that my oldest son ever willing wrote anything! He was excited to write instead of hating it."

 

Allison of Just Add Coffee loves the Magic School Bus Science Experiments.

“I absolutely love Magic School bus and all it has to offer. Each month you get a different science kit to take a Magic School Bus adventure. If you search really hard, online you can even find curriculum to go with each science kit and the episode from the television series.” Magic School Bus on Educents

 

Lisa of Chickens and Bunnies Homeschool loves the Life of Fred Elementary Books.

“My favorite resource at Educents at the moment is Life of Fred. There are so many to choose from I picked the Elementary Series. My kids love these books; we have them up to high school now. My most recent order was Life of Fred Chemistry. My kids will do these without arguing and love Fred and Kingie!”

 

Celena of The Traveling Sisterhood recommends the Times Tales Multiplication videos.

"I love Times Tales because it's made this year's math lessons so much easier! My kiddos quickly mastered their multiplication tables in one sitting with the movie. It's been such a blessing--instead of drills everyday, we can take more time to learn the actual concepts behind the facts!" Times Tales Review  

 

Kelly of Raising Samuels loves the Magic School Bus Science Club.

“The Magic School Bus Science Club is something your child gets in the mail each month, for a year! It includes numerous experiments per month, along with most of the materials required. (except household items such as scissors and tape). It is an incredible hands-on learning experience that helps children love science and have fun! My sons who are 4 and 6 absolutely love it!”

Amy of Busy Boys Brigade recommends the Life of Fred Beginning Readers.

“Life of Fred Early Readers series has been a game changer in our homeschool! Both my 6 & 4-year-old boys beg me to do their reading lessons now that we have added Life of Fred. I have noticed an increase in their fluency and comprehension.” Fred Readers tips

 

Jenn of Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling also loves Times Tales.

"All three of my girls, ages 8 down to 4 loved watching this DVD and learning the stories. In 1 hour, both of my older girls had memorized their upper times tables! And the real kicker is I was only trying to teach one!"

 

Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans uses Learn to Mod Minecraft with her son.

"Learn to Mod Minecraft is an amazing program that teaches my son, a Minecraft lover, important computer programming skills through a game he loves to play. The lessons are easy to use, fun and engaging. I love that he is a learning a skill that I am not able to teach him." Kids Learn to Code - Educents Graphic

 

Tabitha of Life Learning Homeschool uses the King Tut Mini Unit.

“My son loves history (he gets it from me), and I love to throw in “extras” to feed the need for more than what our curriculum calls for. Mini-units are great for that, and this was one of our favorites because we both love Ancient Egypt!”

 

Amy from Not Your Average Homeschool Mom loves Minecraft Mod Design.

“I love that you can be totally creative, and these are all hands-on. Helps to build critical thinking skills too.” YouthDigital Educents1

Kayla of The Arrowood Zoo loves using Magformers for lessons at home.

"I love that you can be totally creative and these are all hands-on. Helps to build critical thinking skills too." Magformers_fine-motor-practice-copy-copy

Shelly of Free Homeschooling 101 recommends the Violin Starter Set.

"The violin starter set includes everything a budding violinist needs to begin their studies. The instrument is well made and economical. The lessons that are included are a huge money saver!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miJXCpi20DU

Rebecca of Hip Homeschooling likes Magformers.

“We LOVE Magformers in our homeschool! They are a high-quality toy that provide hours of creative play. They are a great way to bring the fun back into your homeschool; your kids won’t even realize they are learning all about structures and geometric shapes and architecture (bonus!).”

Teri of Mommy Wife Life recommends the Spectacular Space Unit Study.

“A great resource for young astronomers is the Spectacular Space Unit Study. From writing, reading, math, and crafts, this complete unit, with its simple terms, will spark the interest of even your preschoolers!"

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Jamie of Simple Homeschool loves Life of Fred too!

“I love the way the math is naturally integrated into Fred’s life, showing the importance of it in day-to-day life. The chapters are laugh-out-loud funny, and I often get asked to read “just one more.” I’ve never been a huge fan of math workbooks and worksheets, so the combination of math and story is a major win in my books!”

Gabriella, Homeschooling Consultant, recommends the Number Formation Poems.

“We have these cards laminated because we know they’ll be used for years to come. My son, who learns best through rhyme and tactile input, is learning to write digits using these easy-to-remember number formation poems! I have reduced the size of the cards, added a ring binder, and now have a portable number set. We also use the cards for matching games and learning about quantity. Such a great price for all of the value provided by this set.” Hands_on-learning-with-worksheets   What homeschool resource did you use this year that you would recommend? Leave your recommendation in the comments!!


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Looking forward to a great 2016!!!

The Magic School Bus Science Club! - Educents Deal!!!

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