Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SkyZone Fun

I was able tag along to a church activity the other day and take Captain to SkyZone. It's such a fun place to take a child that never seems to run out of energy! 

He had such a blast. I mean seriously who wouldn't! It's a building full of trampolines, basketball with trampolines, and dodge ball with trampolines. I mean seriously did you read trampolines.

We don't have one at home, to be honest I have family that are nurses and have worked in ER. Listening to them turned me completely off having a trampoline in our yard!

However, SkyZone we loved for an hour of crazy jumping! I wasn't told to write this and I haven't received any compensation - we payed for our tickets :) BUT if you ever get the chance to go to one with a child who seems to have undying energy it will be fun.

Please excuse my blurry pictures. Remember where it was taken and who I was with - A child with energy and a trampoline.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday Feb 22 2017




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Monday, February 20, 2017

Home School In The Woods - The Middle Ages {HS Review}

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

Captain was so excited when I told him we were going to work on another Hands on History program from Home School In The Woods called HISTORY Through the ages Project Passport World History Study: Middle Ages. It has been so much fun and the perfect subject for him at this time. They are recommended for grades 3rd - 8th and Captain loved it although he is at the lowest age range.

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study
This product comes as a download or a CD and all you need is a variety of card stock, paper, and of course a printer. It's all printed in black and white so it's very economical. It can be made 'bright' by choosing different colored paper or card stock when recommended in the instructions. This isn't the first time we had worked on one of these programs. Last year we worked on the Renaissance and Reformation set.

This program is easy to use and the instructions are very clear. It is a lot of printing at first buy it slows down after you get everything set up. I like taking my laptop to my printer so I can print each page off one at a time, changing the type and color of paper as necessary. After that I took a few minutes each time we prepared to complete a 'stop'. The program is broken down into 'stops' 25 of them in total. Not each stop is has the same amount of work but are about similar subject matters that go well together. Because Captain is only 8 we didn't always work through a whole stop in one sitting.

Captain's had a few 'favorite' parts of the program. He loves his timeline and is excited to add to it every stop. He also loves the hands on recommended activities especially building his own castle out of sugar cubes.


The program is designed like a vacation. Each lesson is a stop on your journey. There are things to read (written like a guidebook), worksheets to fill out and audio to listen too. Captain really enjoyed the audios. They are like audio theaters with sound effects and a 'tour guide'. Some of them he has listened to more than once.

Captain has a ring binder notebook that he keeps all of his work in. We keep everything in the one folder as he prefers not to make a lap book. I like this as it keeps everything together.

Captain really enjoyed learning about how people were not allowed to dress above their station. He told everyone that day that in the Middle Ages a poor person would be put in the stocks if they bought fancy or expensive clothes.

The great thing about this curriculum is that it contains so much information it is really easy to customize. You can add more information for an older student and miss some of the coloring assignments. We Captain we completed a lot of the easier coloring and writing assignments and skipped some of the harder assignments. For example when completing the time line I printed the pictures with the writing instead of the blank, whereas with an older student you can print the picture and the child can write all the details.


We love this program and I am definitely interested to get the other passports. There is an amazing new one on Ancient Greece and one coming next year on Ancient Rome!

You really need to check out the rest of the reviews! Each of the topics are full of so much information.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday Walks


I love this time of year when we get random days full of sunshine. I love it when they turn up at the weekend. It's like a little blessing. This last Sunday was one of those days. The sun was out and the sky was blue. So after church we decided to explore a path that the boys had ridden down previously with scouts. Since we were walking we could go further than they had before.

Captain loves beavers and we saw signs of them everywhere. It was such a fun walk. We spent the rest of the walk looking for the beaver lodge. We never found it but we had a great time trying. Not only did we have a nice walk, saw some fun sights and I managed to hit my goal on my fitbit too!



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Friday, February 10, 2017

Five Minute Friday - My Safe Scripture

We are all in craziness here! In the next few months we are going to be heading out on a big move. It's the furthest we have moved since my husband and I immigrated to the US in 1999. We have not lived more than an hour a way from my parents since then and it's going to be a huge change for us.

We are moving to a slightly colder climate! I checked on the temperature there this morning and it was 32 degrees!!! WHAT I know it's cold some of the time here but today we are looking at a high of 64 degrees and tomorrow it's forecast ed to hit 74 degrees. The city we are moving too has had snow on the ground for a few months now. We just get snow for a day or two until it melts away.

So one thing my kids are looking forward too is the snow/winter activities. I remember as a child living in Nebraska and they would fill the basketball court with water in the winter and we would have a free ice skating rink for the winter! It got really chopped up but I have some great memories there! So hopefully we will make some new memories of our own. My parents said they are going to be summer visitors :)

This move reminds me of my favorite scripture. Proverbs 3:5-6. It's been my favorite scripture since I was about 14 and yet over the years it has helped me through so many different experiences. Now again as we prepare for this big change I can feel myself being drawn to it's comfort again. It's the scripture that makes me feel safe.




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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Times Tables The Fun Way - HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW




Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}


Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

If anyone has tried to teach a 8 year old their times tables and managed not to have tears in the process please message me! Although after trying Times Alive I am now a believer that there is a way to teach them without tears. Using the Times Alive online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way!

Captain has been at the section in both his math programs where they are expecting him to learn his multiplication facts. We didn't have a problem learning to count so I really thought that this was going to be a simple process. You know the regular flip through the flash cards deal. The problem was that Captain hates flash cards. He finds them mind numbingly boring. We were actually in the middle of the 3x table when I saw the opportunity for this review pop on my screen. I think I actually heard angels singing - I was that excited!

We had piano the day I received the email and it takes us away from home so I grabbed my laptop as we headed out the door. Once at the piano teachers and Captain had had his lesson (he goes first out of the three) I told him I had a new online game for him to try that would help him learn his times tables. He was actually super excited and LOVED it. I think he completed 6 lessons that first time.

Now the only problem that I have come across with this program is that it doesn't seem to save the information over different browsers or for me even different lap tops. So the next day when I asked him to play again - this time on his own laptop, we found that all his work had disappeared. However luckily he loved this program so much his reaction was "No worries I liked it! I'll just start at the beginning again!" Which made this Mom really happy!!

Since he has been using his laptop now I will use his first day's work to show you some screen shots. His laptop has a high parental control on it and I have added it to his allowed programs. The only problem is that it's difficult to get a good screen shot on his because of all the added software controls.


This is what the homescreen looks like when you sign in. There is a simple guide to the right with explanations of the symbols. This program is super easy to follow Captain worked completely alone after I signed him in for the first time.

I love that a progress report is only a click away and it's printable too. This would make it great if you live in a State that wants more progress reports than mine. However, I will definitely print a copy for our personal homeschool records.


I have noticed a difference in Captains confidence with his math facts already. This program is definitely helping him understand them and retain what he learns. we have already talked about it and after he has finished the program once (he's nearly there) we will just start again.
Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

The only thing that stressed him at the beginning was the timed tests. The rest of the program went down without a single moan!

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

If you want to check out how this program worked for others on the crew - click on my link below! Plus check them out on Facebook and You Tube.



Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Experiment Fun! Discovering Design with Chemistry - Dr Jay L Wile

I normally get to have fun with Captain and help him with his experiments. Jam had a couple to do today so I decided to stay around and watch. Captain was excited because that meant he could watch too!

Jam has been using Discovering Design with Chemistry book from Dr Jay L Wile. We bought their science kit as well. It's been great to have all the necessary chemicals etc together and makes it super easy to do the experiments. We did have to purchase a few things, but really basic supplies that you could pick up at the hardware store.

This experiment is called Flame Tests and is found in Chapter 4 and just happens to be experiment 4 too.

We decided to video it as it was a very quick but visual experiment. Plus anything with flames means I like to be involved. Yes we did this in our kitchen sink. Although it was super safe Jam made sure everyone had on safety goggles!

I uploaded the video to my blog's You Tube channel. I'm going to be trying to do more over there so please subscribe if you want to see more of our videos.

I won this science book in a giveaway and we really like it.




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Friday, February 3, 2017

I'm Going to Give You A Bear Hug - Review and Giveaway


I was recently sent this really cute book called I'm Going to Give You A Bear Hug. I love these kind of books and so I was really excited to get it in the mail. Boo was the first person to read and loved it straight away. I love how simple it is but SO cute. Everyone who has seen this book on my table has picked it up to read it. I think the cover just shouts 'pick up and read me!'

The book is written by the best selling author Caroline B. Cooney and is her very first picture book and is perfect for a bedtime story. The pictures are adorable and the book is illustrated by Tim Warnes.

This is definitely a book that everyone will love. I think it really hits home. I remember when my older two were younger we would talk about different kind of hugs. Of course a bear hug is always a favorite. Captain my youngest loves what he calls a 'high hug' which of course is when I pick him up!

This would be the perfect book for Valentine's Day!

I have found Captain sitting on the sofa quite a few times reading this one to himself.


The best thing is that I have a copy that you can win!!!




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Magic Stix - Washable Markers Stocking Stuffer - Review and Giveaway

Captain loves to color! You all know we love our KwikStix paint sticks, so when we were approached by the same company to try them Captain w...