Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Devonian - GREEMU {TOS Review}

Greemu Devonian Review
For the last few weeks I have had the opportunity review an awesome beauty oil from Devonian called GREENMU. It's plant based which makes it a great option for people who are avoiding animal based oils. Although I am not concerned with using animal oils I know lots of people that love the thought of just using vegetable based products.


Last year I was introduced to Emu Oil  when I was able to review products from Koru Naturals and was completely impressed by it's quality (along with their other products). I must admit I was just as impressed with this plant based version. It's an awesome combination of plant oils and plant butter that is full of moisture replenishing benefits. It is basically the same in every way - except smell as the Emu oil and I love it just as much. GREENMU is made out of five ingredients;

1. Macadamia Seed Oil
2. Organic Palm Oil
3. Shea Butter
4. Sunflower Seed Oil
5. Rice Bran Oil

I received a 4 oz bottle of GREENMU oil to use for the past few weeks. We all swim every day and Boo has really long hair. We decided to try this oil to add some moisture to her ends as because we spend so much time in chlorine etc. However, we didn't want to add any oil to her roots. So instead of working from the roots down we just literally added it to her ends. It has a slight smell of Shea Butter but we use that with essential oils so it smells good to me.


I have also mixed this oil with my essential oils. It has proved to be as good a base as the Emu oil is and so again excellent. The benefit of applying it to the ends of our hair is that any excess is rubbed into our hands and nails. I love how little you have to use and how non-greasy it feels. Although we got a 4oz bottle I know this is going to last a long time. There are so many ways to use this oil. It calms the skin from sunburn, softens rough feet (trust me you don't want to see a picture) and smooths dry over chlorinated hair to name but a few. I am sure if you click on the link below you will find a lot of other uses.

You can also learn more about Devonian and GREEMU by connecting with them on Facebook and Pinterest.

Greemu Devonian Review


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Monday, April 25, 2016

YWAM Publishing - Harriet Tubman, Freedombound {TOS Review}

Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}

Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}

We have read and used YWAM Publishing historical biographies before and so Boo was really excited to be able to read the book Harriet Tubman Freedom Bound and it's Unit Study Guide. Since we had reviewed on of their titles before we knew what to expect and Boo seemed to be able to make her choice easier than last time when we review Clara Barton. She knew that she wanted to choose another female from their Heroes of History series. My feelings still haven't changed if I could I would buy this whole series.

My husband finds Harriet Tubman very interesting too so we had many discussions about her life and what kind of person she was.

Without quoting this book in it's entirety and without just saying 'You have to read this!' I am going to attempted to explain a little about Harriet Tubman. You can't think about Harriet Tubman without thinking about the underground railroad. She was herself an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and a Union spy during the Civil War. She was born into slavery but was able to escaped and instead of running off and just living the good life, thinking of only herself she spent her life thinking of others and helped to free numerous amounts of enslaved families and friends by way of the Underground Railroad. Her actions even carried on after the American Civil War when she became active in the struggle for women's suffrage.

Harriet Tubman suffered terribly when she was a slave including receiving a extremely bad head injury when she was hit by a heavy metal weight that was intended for another slave. She suffered with effects of this injury throughout her life. This didn't stop her from helping others. She was called 'Moses' and was known for never losing a passenger.

During the Civil War she started work for the Union Army as a cook and nurse but her personality and bravery must have shone through as she became the first woman to lead an armed expedition. Her actions helped hundreds and left a great example of courage and long suffering. In fact it was announced just recently by the U.S. Treasury department that she will replace Andrew Jackson as the portrait on the $20 bill - how cool is that!

As you can tell this lady was just amazing! We really enjoyed reading about her. We didn't complete the study guide but we did utilize some of it in our study. The study guide contains lots of ideas of how to use the text to the fullest. It is especially good if you want to extend this book into a big unit study. We used the end of chapter questions to enable us to focus on the contents and have a place to start our discussion. The questions also asked about some of the new vocabulary and so this helped Boo to think about those too. Boo liked following the journeys of Harriet Truman on her map, this made the journeys more real to her and we discussed how much harder these journeys would have been on foot, at night, while hiding from people.

Harriet Tubman is quite a remarkable person. We have enjoyed studying about her during the last few weeks. I have said previously how much I love these books. If you click on the link below you can read about all the other books produced by YWAM Publishing.

Website: www.ywampublishing.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/o9VOMN

Twitter: @YWAMpublishing http://twitter.com/YWAMpublishing @YWAMpublishing

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/YWAMpublishing

The YWAM Publishing Blog: www.ywampublishingblog.com

Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}


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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Field Trip Friday

We have had some great field trips lately. We spent the day a few Fridays ago at a huge money museum.

The kids had a blast!


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apologia Educational Ministries - Writers in Residence (TOS Review)

Apologia: Writers in Residence Review
Boo wants to learn to write really well, and so we were excited when we were offered a new writing program Writers in Residence by Apologia Educational Ministries. We received the full set that includes a huge all in one consumable student text and workbook and answer book. 
Apologia: Writers in Residence Review
Our first impression when we opened the box was how pretty the cover is. It has a picture of a fountain pen on the front. I used to write with one when I was in school, in fact it used to be 'the' type of pen to use. I have never found one for a reasonable price since moving to the US. Oh well, reminiscing over let's get back to the writing program.
The program is written by Debra Bell she has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in English, and a doctorate in educational psychology. You can read more about the author at DebraBell.com
This is a complete language program but teaching it in a writing focused way. The assignments grab the students attention and keeps them motivated as they work through the program. The students learn all the traditional language topics; sentence structure, parts of speech, punctuation, and capitalization. 
The course is set up into 6 units each contain writing assignments and various grammar topics.
Unit One - When I was Young - sentences (action verbs, nouns, conjunctions, subjects, predicates)
Unit Two - Very Truly Yours - creative writing (adjectives, proper nouns, personal letter, capitalization, commas, simple sentence, linking verbs, complements).
Unit Three - My Family Hall of Fame - research writing (paragraphs, modifers, descriptive adjectives, determiners, sensory words).
Unit Four - My Favorite Author -opinion essay (paragraphs, adverbs, transitions).
Unit Five - The History of Me - autobiography (first person, phrases, prepositions, prepositions phrases, object of the preposition).
Unit Six - ZAP! POW! KAZAM! - short story (quotation marks, punctuating and formatting dialogue, commas, interjections, question marks, exclamation points).
I love that this program thinks outside the box, it steps away from the traditional essays that are written by high school students. However, it focuses on the types of writing used in day to day life in work and at home. There are some excellent models to use as guides. Since the program is split into 128 days or 32 weeks of work there is a little wiggle room. 
So lets look at how Boo used this program. We followed the program as written. The suggested schedule was very easy to follow. However sometimes she took an extra day or to on an assignment to when she was busy with other subjects or her swimming. Boo really loves to write and she is enjoying the flow of the program. The assignments build on each other and she doesn't feel that new concepts are added without explanation. Boo loved the first assignment. She was required to write about a memory. It was funny because as she was writing she got so into it that she wrote probably the longest essay ever. Since each unit is broken down into modules and each module has a check list which Boo thought was very useful. She loves that it helps keep her organized and focused on her assignments.

We will definitely be continuing with this program until it's finished. She loves it and I love that she is enjoying writing. Since this program can be adapted to a variety of age groups, you really need to check out how others used it. Click on the link below.
 
Apologia: Writers in Residence Review
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Monday, April 18, 2016

A+ Interactive Math - Math Mini-Courses {TOS Review}

Boo and Captain have been working on the Math Mini-Courses from A+ Interactive Math. Although they don't really have any gaps in their learning but sometimes it's handy to focus on an area or two that might be a little harder than others.

Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}

We had the opportunity to review two of the Math Mini-Courses offered by A+ Interactive Math.

Captain has been working on Early Elementary Fractions. This course has 10 lessons and is suitable for grades 1-3.

Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}

Boo has been worked on Decimal Numbers. In fact she completed the whole mini course during this review period. This course is for grades 3rd - 7th and has 20 lessons.

Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}

If you like the idea of using the computer to help teach math. Believe me if your child works well on the computer these courses are excellent. Imagine video lessons, online and printable tests. Maths is not my strongest subject and although my husband is a bit of a math guru he's at home all day. although there has been times when he helps one child or another at 6am before work. 

Online math is a huge benefit to me and my kids like it too. 

The online Math Mini Courses are perfect to review some topics that are giving your kids a little trouble or some gaps in their learning. Although we only used two of them there are twenty courses altogether. When you buy a mini course it gives you one year access to the website, so you don't even have to rush through it however most of them only take a couple of months. Plus you can go back and do it again if needed for a whole year!

The lessons are online and very easy to maneuver. 

When the child signs in they see this;

They then click on the View/Launch button. 

After that the mini courses that the child is enrolled in comes up in the next screen.



This is the screen that popped up for Captain and so he clicks on the 'Launch' button to start his lesson.


As you can see from the student dashboard it is easy for the child to see what they need. The first thing that Captain would do was to click on the video lessons with interactive review. At that point he would click over to the left and choose the next lesson. 


The folder is closed when this screen opens but then all of the courses are listed on the side. You do have to remember to click 'finished' or else it will still be open the next time the child comes to find their next lesson. 


When the unit is completed you can see the date, status, and the score of the interactive question and answer. After this has been completed there is the option of completing online or printable worksheets. I only made Captain do these if he didn't score 100% on the test. We have worked about 3/4 of the way through the Elementary Fractions Mini Course. Boo however, has worked through all of her Decimal numbers course. 

 
We really enjoyed these courses, and they have really learned a lot. I sat next to Captain while he worked through his classes. He read the information easily. His only complaint was the that he though the voice in the videos sounded like a robot.

There are so many different courses used by different ages of the crew, you really need to click on the link below to find out what others thought!

Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}

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Scripture of the Week Malachi 3:8-10

Well he's done another one. We are down to 2 scriptures left to memorize for the year. I completely forgot to ask him today. So he was excited to tell me. However, with perfect attendance all year he nearly blew it this morning, he completely slept threw his alarm. Luckily he can get ready fast and when Dad got up ready to drive him, he was woken up, and ready to leave in literally five minutes - he showers at night - Thankfully!



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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Talking Fingers Inc. Read, Write & Type {TOS REVIEW}

Learning to type has been something I want my kids to master. I have been able to touch type - albeit not at lightening speeds for quite a few years. It's something even my husband practices. It this day and age of computer everything typing is in our eyes a necessity. Saying that I don't want my kids to spend a lot of time on the adult focused programs where you type nonsense into the computer forever. Here enters Captain's latest review Read, Write & Type from Talking Fingers Inc.

Talking Fingers Inc. Review

Captain has been working on this unique program daily since we received it. It is based online with no downloads needed, just log in and go. I was able to set it up on his computer easily with a link on his desktop. I told the site to remember his password and that was it, easy peasy.

Talking Fingers Inc. Review

Read, Write & Type for ages 6-9 or grades K-2 and is a super awesome program that combines reading, phonics, spelling, keyboarding and word processing skills. The program allows the child to learn multiple things at once, letter sounds, the letter itself, and a keystroke on the keyboard. So instead of typing nonsense like other typing programs I have used in the past, you know the kind where you type sentence after sentence that actually doesn't say anything that makes sense. The child spends the time learning how to type and read at the same time!


Captain can already read, but he never moaned about this program once. He played it every day for about 15 minutes or so which is the recommended amount of time. The program consists of 40 lessons which really do help a child to type. I can't say too much about the reading instruction as Captain could already read. However, I have noticed a huge improvement in his typing skills. He can remember his finger placing and he loves to show his older brother and sister where there fingers should be when they type too.

There is a word processor section that stimulates an email program. Captain showed me how he can write an email. It is a secure program and is a great way for kids to practice typing in a secure environment. He has received emails from various children and has sent a good number of his own. The only thing the child receiving the email can see is the user name and area. You can't reply directly to an email so there is no worry about emails getting into the wrong hands.

Talking Fingers Inc. Review

Our overall view of this program is positive, although Captain has not needed the program to help with his reading and letter identification it would have been a program that I would have been interested in a few years ago. I do however love how his typing has improved. He places his hands correctly on his keyboard and I have seen how this has continued with his other computer lessons. He even noticed that I place my fingers on the keyboard in the way this program teaches, he said "Mom if I keep practicing can I learn to type as fast as you!"

If you want to keep up to date with this company check out their social media channels;

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TalkingFingers/
YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/user/talkingfingersvideo
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ReadWriteType/with_replies @readwritetype

Check out what other members of the crew thought by clicking on the link below.

Talking Fingers Inc. Review

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Scripture of the Week April 12 2015

Jam is down to 3 scriptures to memorize. He has about three weeks left. He is doing SO well! I love how self motivated his is being!




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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Trigger Memory Co. Times Tales {TOS REVIEW}

The Trigger Memory Co REVIEW

My latest review was sent to me from The Trigger Memory Co. I was provided with a digital version of Times Tales to use in our home school. Captain has been the one using this program, although my big kids have watched it as well. Our goal of course is to learn our multiplication facts.

Captain is a very visual learner and so I knew this would be perfect for him. The videos are mnemonic based and really appealed to him. He watched it numerous times and I have definitely noticed a lot of improvement in his math fact speed. The multiplication facts covered are;

3x6 3x7 3x8 3x9
4x6 4x7 4x8 4x9
6x6 6x7 6x8 6x9
7x7 7x8 7x9
8x8  8x9
9x9
The Trigger Memory Co REVIEW
Times Tales works by using cartoon style characters that are put together in story form to help teach multiplication facts in a fun engaging way. I actually hadn't started teaching Captain his times tables yet but I had heard a lot about this program and I was intrigued. It seemed a really good way to teach something that is often considered stressful and difficult for children in a fun way. Captain loved the cartoons, he remembers the stories and without much work has started to remember the facts behind the simple 'tales'. 

The program is a large file to download. I had no problem with this as we have extremely fast internet and although it took longer than some downloads it went without problem. I was a little sad that I couldn't load this onto my son's kindle or my android pad as that would have been ideal as Captain would have enjoyed watching this in the car while running errands. We had a little problem printing the downloadable files but after a couple of trials and contacting the customer support - which are very helpful we managed to print all the supporting worksheets.

The program works by basically hiding the times tables into short stories that the child can remember easily. So much so that when they recall the story they can also recall the related times table. Captain is quite young and we haven't learned them all perfectly, but he has the first half of the program down. We haven't really spent much time on part two as I have been going a little slower. We are just about ready to jump into that. Each half of the program takes 30 minutes to watch but it does recommend watching part one over until the child has mastered the stories.  

Captain really liked playing a dice game that came with the printable files. There are also flash cards, crosswords, and quizzes. We really love this program. Captain enjoys the videos and I know that each time he watches it he remembers the stories better! I can't wait till he starts doing multiplication in his math book and realizes he already knows the facts! I laminated the dice paper and then taped them together so that hopefully they can last a long time. 


I asked Captain what his favorite story was - he blurted out - "The sixth grade class played musical chairs for 24 hours - because 6 X 4 is 24, the chair is number 4!" Wow just like that! 

I really like the this little preview and it shows how it works - watch the You Tube clip below.

  

Check out what others thought by clicking on the link below.

Times Tales by the The Trigger Memory Co REVIEW



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Monday, April 4, 2016

LDS General Conference Weekend and New Deck

This weekend happens twice a year and feels like Christmas! It started last Saturday when Boo and I got to go the General Women's Conference together. It was a wonderful meeting. I found it very interesting when they started talking about a sister who helped the Kosovo people in the 90s. It mentioned that she drove a truck full of supplies with her daughter, as I was sat there I realized that they were talking about my friends Mom. She helped organize a lot of aid during the Bosnian war. You can read about her here and here.
It is an amazing story and definitely worth a read.

We have also been working outside a lot. Of course when I say 'we' I mean my husband and the kids. They have been building a deck half way around the pool and lower than our current deck but joined with a new set of stairs. It is so exciting. Ever since we put the pool in a couple of years ago I have dreamed about a deck next to it! My husband saw an ad in craigslist about decking and went up to get it with the older kids. The man was going to charge $100 but because the kids and my husband did such a great job cleaning up after themselves he said he wasn't going to charge since we were really doing him a favor. Which is great! So they went twice and brought home enough wood for the base of our new deck. We bought new top boards but it is coming along great. Right now the boys are out moving some of the tall grass from the front of my house to around the back near the pool. I also treated myself to some Knock Out Roses. I have wanted some for years and finally just bought some.

I can't wait till the summer and we are finally relaxing on the new deck!



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Apple Picking - Field Trip

This week we went on a field trip with a home school Facebook group that we joined recently. I have never been apple picking. Normally I jus...