Tuesday, May 30, 2017

YWAM Publishing - George Washington True Patriot - Heroes of History {TOS REVIEW}

YWAM Publishing
My favorite way to teach history to my children history. One of my favorite series is Heroes of History from YWAM Publishing we have read quite a few of them and Captain was thrilled to be sent Heroes of History - George Washington - True Patriot. Boo reviewed them in the past and so Captain was thrilled to have this opportunity. The book itself is suggested to be for ages 10+ but because Captain reads at such a high level it was perfect for him. The only time I noticed that he age was a problem is when we were completing some of the study guide portions. So I am sure we will work through this again in 2 or 3 years and complete more of the essay style questions.

If you have never heard of YWAM Publishing - Heroes Collection you are in for a real treat with this latest review! There are so many different kinds of hero books available and the crew reviewed a huge selection of the books available so make sure to check out all the other reviews by clicking on the link at the end of this post!

The collections are as follows;

Christian Heroes - Then and Now
Heroes of History
Heroes for Young Readers
Heroes of History for Young Readers
Unit Studies and Downloadable Unit Studies

We received the downloadable Unit Study for George Washington.

I have a huge binder where I keep all of unit studies that I have printed out. I find it easier to work through the questions for each chapter and any extra work if I just go ahead and print it all out ahead of time.

Captain was so excited when his book came in the mail and started reading immediately. He was a little confused at first because he expected the book to start with George Washington as a baby. The first chapter starts with George Washington as an adult getting his first glimpse of the British Soldiers through his eyeglass. Of course it quickly went back in time and talked about George Washington's childhood, so all was well. In fact Captain liken it to watching a movie where you see a glimpse of the ending before jumping back in time. In the second chapter George is six years old and waiting for his half brother Lawrence to arrive home from England - although he had never met him before as they had been studying in England. George's Father and 2 older step brothers all attended Appleby School and George had also been planning on going. Unfortunately his father died when he was 11 and so these plans changed.



Captain found the life story of George Washington very captivating. It's an ideal 'hero' story for a young adventurous boy which made it perfect for him as he loves adventure!

This unit study came as I mentioned earlier with a printable unit study. It's about 64 pages long so not that bad to print. One of my favorite parts of each of the unit studies we have worked on over the last couple of years is the section of key quotes. They are always inspiring. However, I must admit George Washington has a few of my favorites!


There are so many suggested activities in the study guide. We used each of the chapter questions in a verbal discussion this time because Captain is only 8 and a lot younger than the suggested age. He had no problem understanding the material but I didn't feel the need to make him write loads and loads right now. He did a great job answering the questions verbally though. There are four questions for each chapter and they recommend the student answers them using complete sentences. Each question serves a different purpose.

1. A vocabulary question directly from the text and particular page.
2. A factual question arising from the text.
3. A question to gauge the level of the students comprehension
4. An open-ended question seeking an opinion or interpretation.

I asked Captain these questions after he read each chapter. Sometimes we worked on more than one set a day as I wanted to complete them as soon as he read the chapter since he is so young. We did more than one set when he wanted to read on to find out what happened in the next chapter. I only required one chapter at a time - but he loves to read.

The unit study curriculum guide itself is a great way to go deeper into the topic. It also can help you include the following aspects into the unit study;

  • creative writing
  • drama
  • movie critiquing
  • reading comprehension
  • essay writing
  • history and geography concepts
We have loved each of the books we have received from YWAM publishing and hope to use a lot more of the titles in the future. Make sure to check out the link below to read more of the reviews! You can also check out the company on social media by clicking on the following links;

Facebook Twitter Pinterest and their Blog.
Christian & History Heroes {YWAM Publishing Reviews}



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Thoughtful Tuesday

This is the new sign in my kitchen ....

Memorial Weekend Fun

We had a great weekend. Visitors and siteseeing! I'm so glad that we observed the minute of silence too. It's important to have a balance of fun and remembering on these special weekends.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Typing Coach {TOS REVIEW}


The Typing Coach





The Typing Coach
Typing is becoming more and more necessary in all aspects of life. It's not necessarily something you can just learn by yourself, sometimes you need some help. We have been using The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from The Typing Coach. It's quite a nifty little program that can help you or your older students learn to type without looking at the keys or your hands all the time.

I can type pretty well so when I decided to work through some of this program I was surprised by how much I picked up and improved to. I think it works better for older students and adults as a lot of the course involves looking at printed text and copying it onto your computer using a word processing application. It's not that it's impossible for younger students to do, I just know my youngest wouldn't have the patience for it.

The course involves printing the lesson text and using the online program to type without looking at the keys etc... It introduces each set of letters in turn so you can build up to knowing automatically where each key is. I found it interesting to follow the advice of reading the type text a letter at a time instead of reading words. This was a new concept for me. This works really well if you are typing written text but most typing situations I find myself in is not like that. I am either typing what I am thinking and therefore work in a way that my brain tells my fingers what word I'm writing, and this can't be broken down by letters. The other type of typing I have done in the past is dictation style. Again this is done by hearing what you are typing as a whole word. It would again be very difficult to break it down by individual letters. So although I agree with this method in practice (when reading text) it's not something I will be able to do long term. I agree when learning to type it's a great concept.


The course teaches typing using various methods. There is a mixture of audio, video, and text. This is good because we all learn in different ways. Since this program uses a mixture I feel most people can learn successfully using this program. You are shown how to sit properly at your computer and which fingers to use to be the most successful. As you work through the course there are timed tests so that you can monitor your progress. There are also lots of practice exercises so that you can continue to work on your speed and accuracy. You have the option to retake tests and assignments so you can improve you score and therefore your overall typing skill. By the end of the course you should be able to type 10 words a minute with with no more than one error per minute.

The thing that I loved even though it was hard was that the tests and assignments done directly through The Typing Coach website do not allow you to correct or backspace what you have done. When free typing like I am doing to write this post, you actually don't realize how often you hit backspace automatically to retype a word you may have typed inaccurately. That was a huge eye opener for me. As although I use the correct fingers I guess my accuracy needed some work. I am pleased to say that it has greatly improved!

The lessons are as follows;

Course Introduction
Slower Paced Lessons for the Younger Ones
The Practice and Testing Center
Before and After Snapshot

Having Good Posture
Home Row
Top Row
Bottom Row

Shift Keys
Evaluating Your Progress
Typing Practices
Number Rows
Serious Practicing
Final Assessment
Conclusion

I love that this is a self paced course and you can go as fast or as slow as you like. I ended up going through the course work very fast. However, I took longer reviewing the practice exercises and tests as that's what I needed. I know where all the keys are, I just need to practice using them correctly!

It amazing that you can have all this for just $17 for one person for a whole year!!

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


The Typing Coach Online Typing Course {The Typing Coach Reviews}




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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thoughtful Tuesday

Boo was memorizing this scripture today for her church class. For some reason it really struck me and I wanted to remember it. The best way for me to record things is to share it here. I hope you find it as thought provoking as I did today!

I love that all of my children love to read the scriptures and carry their own copies with pride. I truely hope that they will become wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.




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The Pencil Grip, Inc.Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors {TOS Review} and Giveaway

The Pencil Grip, Inc
My kids love to do art projects, and I love them doing them. However, I hate the mess. My older ones are really good at cleaning up after themselves but Captain is still in the 'Mom needs to help a lot' stage. Which is why I LOVE The Pencil Grip, Inc. and their newest addition Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors. They were the perfect addition to our latest art project that Captain has been wanting to do since he moved into his new bedroom. Redecorating can be expensive, but when you can put something together yourself the savings can add up!

We have done quite a few projects with the Thin Stix but this latest one is by far our favorite and the one that Captain wanted to share. These handy stix are solid tempera paint and don't require any water. Plus they only take 90 seconds to dry. I can say that with confidence because Captain tried them. Seriously he counted to 90 (one Mississippi, two Mississippi...) and then ran his finger over his recently painted section - boom!!! DRY!!! he was total impressed. Apparently he needed to actually test this claim on the box and it held up, so he approved!
Thin Stix by KwikStix

Captain has been wanting to decorate his bedroom after his favorite superhero "Captain America". However, I like to have them input some effort into his decoration as it has more meaning. So we decided to try out these paint stix and put them through their paces!



I had some canvases in the basement that survived our move (luckily). If you haven't used these with this type of paint you are seriously missing out. The canvas makes an amazing base, plus it's easy to hang straight away - perfect art project.

I drew the shape on the canvas and then thanks to the non messy, no drip paint left Captain on his own to complete the project. I think we will find out some of the other Kwik Sticks we have and add some shimmer to it. There are so many different kinds of Kwik Stiks available now. The best thing about using these for painting is there really is no clean up! It literally took two or three minutes to tidy up for dinner. Captain showed his picture off all afternoon. In fact he even shared it on a family video chat group we have. It's great when your kids can produce a project they are proud of in such a small amount of time (and with no mess!)

There are so many different uses for these Kwik Stiks, They are easier to use than the big poster markers and the results are brighter and easier. Think of them next time you are making a sign for anything. The Thin Stiks are perfect for writing words or for more detailed work. However, if you are covering a larger area the thicker stiks might be better for you. We love the metallic colors, they make it super easy to add some 'bling' to your child's work.

You need to check out how the rest of the review crew used them. I am sure you will get inspiration for your next project I know I have as I have looked through some of the posts! I am definitely going to use them to paint rocks. How cute to have little ladybugs and bubble bees. You could also decorate flower pots to giveaway this spring.

No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

You can buy these little paint sticks all over the place. The latest store to offer them is Toys R Us!

If you like the sound of these little paint stix you are in luck. The people over at The Pencil Grip, Inc. offered a giveaway to my readers!!! How fun is that. I would love you all to win but can pick only one. So enter below to win.









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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Institute for Excellence in Writing - High School Essay Intensive {TOS REVIEW}

Institute for Excellence in Writing
High School writing can be overwhelming! As we come up into the end of the high school years with Jam it can be intimidating as we prepare for the ACT and College applications over the next couple of years. We have been enjoying making it a little less scary High School Essay Intensive from Institute For Excellence in Writing. We have used a lot of their courses before and have never been disappointed.

Institute for Excellence in Writing High School Essay Intensive


If you ever have the chance to watch a presentation by Andrew Pudewa you really must. I have used the teacher training DVDs for writing and my kids have used the Student Writing Intensive Level B in the past and loved it.

Both of my older kids were excited to use this program. Let me tell you, if you want your children to have dry, mundane writing instruction this is not for you. However, if you like to hear sounds of laughter etc coming from the room where your kids are watching this and you're jealous because you have to fold laundry or cook dinner then this program is perfect!

We received a nice leather look case containing 5 DVDs, a Portable Wall for the Essayist, and set of printed handouts that go along with each section.

The DVDs are broken down into-

DVD 1 and 2 (Part 1 a and b) focus on General Strategies for Essay writing (length and structure).

DVD 3 (part 2) focuses on Understanding and preparing for the new ACT Essay.

DVD 4 (part 3) focuses on Understanding and preparing for the redesigned SAT Essay.

DVD 5 (part 4) focuses on Strategies for the "Personal Essay"

Right now we are focusing on Part 1 and Part 4. I love that the DVDs are organized in this way so you can really concentrate on what is important to your high schooler right now. Coming back at a later date to fill in any gaps you may need. For example Jam is taking the ACT this summer but he is not doing the essay portion. However if he decides he wants to do it next time he can just pull out part 2 on DVD 3 and get to work on it straight away instead of searching through a general DVD or curriculum for the relevant information.



I asked Boo what she thought of the program and the first thing she did was pull out her notebook full of the notes she had taken during watching part 1 a and b. I told her I was impressed with how many notes she had. She laughed and said that Andrew Pudewa said that you'd be impressed if I took notes! She has also started taking notes in church too, apparently he suggested that it was a good way to earn brownie points and practice note taking skills.

Okay back to what she enjoyed... one of the fun things she remembers clearly is her 'Army Knife' of paragraph models.

Topic
Restriction
Illustration
Analysis
Clincher

Using this short tool kit like carrying around a small army knife if a great way to be prepared.

Jam found the explanations of different types of essays interesting. Although having completed writing programs in the past the different types of formats of essays were never explained as clearly as they were in this program. He say he can now really understand the difference between the following types of essays and how to plan them.

Expository
Descriptive
Argumentative
Persuasive
Analytical
Narrative
Personal

Andrew Pudewa gives the two post important pieces of information you need before you plan any essay!

1. Audience
2. Length

There are so many more things to learn in this program. I am sure my kids will watch it more that once, or definitely review their notes!

Check out what others thought of this program - I'm sure they all loved it! By clicking on the link below.


High School Essay Intensive {Institute for Excellence in Writing Reviews}


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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

P is for Pizza!

Pizza is a favorite at our house. Whether it's homemade or from a restaurant kids love it and would eat it everyday if I gave them the choice!

Well what could be better than FREE. I'm sure a lot of you know about the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program.  BUT did you know that homeschool families are eligible too! Yep that's right for every student in your homeschool that are between the ages of 5-12 you can get a Book-it coupons just like they give out in elementary schools.

How fun is that! My kids love to read, but to reward them with free pizza is a win-win!!!

You need to run over to Pizza Hut BOOK IT! and sign up! It's free and it's the direct site to sign up as homeschool family (unless of course you have more than 5 kids then you need to contact them - the link is on the page!)

I'm not receiving anything for sharing this information - it's just from the goodness of my heart that I think kids should get free pizza :)

There is also a teacher newletter that homeschool parents can sign up for so they can keep up to date. SO remember click on link = free pizza!

You do have to wait a little bit. But all the coupons will be mailed to the address you provide before the school year starts in the fall!

Hurry though because I believe they close registration.


Disclaimer - This is not a picture of Pizza Hut BOOK IT pizza :)

A Net In Time Schooling


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ArtAchieve Entire Level IV {TOS REVIEW}

ArtAchieve
My daughter has been really enjoying her ArtAchieve lessons using the Entire Level VI. We have used Level III in the past and Boo really loved it. So she was really excited to be able to work on some of the projects from level VI.

Boo was able to have access to all of the projects in this level and she really had great fun trying out new techniques. Each lesson can be watched as a video lesson online or as a PDF lesson if you want to do it that way. Boo preferred watching the video.

The lessons that are available in Level VI can either be purchased individually or as a complete bundle. The Bundle purchase saves about 25% off the individual prices.

The lessons available in level VI are;

The Ukrainian Face with Hidden Surprises
The Chinese Horse
The Albatross and the Galleon Ship
The Hawaiian Heliconia
The Bangladesh Monster
Draw like an Ancient Egyptian
The Convent in L'viv: shading angular objects
The Stained Glass Nativity Window
The Rooftops of Zagreb
Drawing People with Degas

When you purchase the whole level you can use any of the levels numerous times. You are not limited to one child. This is a really good deal and one that I know my older son is excited to use during the summer. He doesn't have enough time at the moment to work on these projects but I know that he wants too.

Boo's favorite project this time (and she hasn't finished them all yet) was 'The Albatross and the Galleon Ship.



She really liked the look of this project and wanted to do it night and day until it was completed. In the write up of the project the teacher estimates 90 minutes to complete this project. If you or your child can complete it in that time then I applaud you. However, Boo took much longer. It may have just been her perfectionist personality but she definitely spend two or three afternoons on this project. However, she spent the same amount of time on her others too, but this is our favorite. Boo did draw the ship etc free hand. However she did so with pencil and then went over the top with permanent marker. She was very impressed how in the video the instructor and freehand the drawing using a permanent marker!

ArtAchieve


While Boo was working on these projects Captain was really jealous. He wanted to know why he didn't have his own level to work on. So that's when we utilized the free sample lessons. Each level offers a free lesson. With Captain I decided to let him work on level 1. Level 1 has quite a few free lessons. The first ones talk about shading and general topics. However lesson 2 is an actual project - The Czech Cat. Oh my word, he loved this. He loved the lesson via video and really soaked in all the instructions. It was a huge hit and I think I will be purchasing the level 1 for him.



Each lesson has some cross-curriculum advice so that you can tie-in other subjects to the art lesson. For example the Czech Cat has this information in the lesson each of the words in red are links to more information on the Internet so you don't even have to go looking for it!


Since that was an example of level 1 I wanted to share the cross-curriculum examples for what Boo was working on -



As you can tell as the child goes up through the art levels it is assumed they are of a higher level in all their studies. I find this really useful, but if you had a child that just happened to be super good in art you could just adapt the content to something you need. Of course these are just suggestions and not mandatory. If your child wants to just do the art lesson then that's great as well. I encouraged Boo to look at the extra information because she was interested in the history and other information. However, I didn't make her do any extra assignments. It was more of a 'interest led' journey.

If you have a visual learner I would highly recommend this art course. My kids prefer it to reading a book and trying to follow printed instructions. Boo likes that she can actually see the guy painting and it really helps her imagine the final project. Although we didn't get through every art project I know that sometime over the summer my kids will try their hand at all of them. Plus, Captain will bug me until I purchase him the licence for level 1.

You can follow the company on social media by clicking on the following links.

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Pinterest
Google Plus

Check out what other's thought of the program by clicking on the link below. Members of the crew all used different levels so there is something for everyone - no matter the age of your child.


Art Lessons Inspired From Around the World {ArtAchieve Reviews}



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Monday, May 1, 2017

We had a new 'baby' arrive this week!

This week I had some plans on Saturday and the kids went to play racquetball with dad. At lunch time I called to see if they had finished to hear they had found a little piano shop and gone in to have a look around. I met them and home to be told that they wanted to take me back to the store as they had something to 'show' me.

We went back to the shop after lunch and the kids were excited to show me a cute shiny Baby-Grand piano. It was amazing and Boo spent quite awhile playing on it in the store. She had taken her music and was really having a blast.

My husband was sold before he had even taken me into the store. We have had a weighted electric piano for about ten years and it's really served the kids well. The older two especially have really learned to play on it! I don't honestly know where the last ten years have gone! However, Boo is starting to think that she will want to take piano a little more seriously and so we needed to get a real piano. I was thinking that we would get a little upright piano. But this little baby grand was SO cute and the kids have not stopped playing on it since it was delivered and set up today.

I hope we will have a lot of years enjoyment with this new member of the family!


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Activa Products - Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit {TOS REVIEW}

Summer time is a perfect time to get a little crafty! Captain has been having a blast doing some  homeschool craft  using Rigid Wrap and...