Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some of our favorite Usborne Books and a GIVEAWAY

Over the last couple of years we have started to purchase a few Usborne Books. I have a friend that's a consultant and of course I have been invited to many parties over the last couple of years. In fact I didn't realize that I bought some Usborne books before I really knew how popular they are. I wish that I had found them when my kids were younger they have such an amazing range of baby and young child books.

Although you don't normally think of math books as favorites, that's excalty what has happened here in the last couple of months. I bought some math resource books from Usborne. Captain gets the middle level one everyday. The high-school version stays in Boo's school pile so I never even see it. I was worried that I was wasting my money, but NOPE they are a huge hit.


Captain also likes The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia. When we first got this he carried it around for days.

This book is awesome. It introduces kids to the whole world of geography. It also has a stunning world atlas with about 60 pages of maps. My husband loves maps and he sat and looked at this book with Captain for hours!

Of course Usborne isn't just about educational books. They have some excellent fiction choices too. Captains latest find is called The Four Fingered Man!


It's written for kids ages 8-12 but I have heard even older kids/adults find it enjoyable to read! You can read all about here!

I wanted to share the goodness of Usborne with you all! So if you want to check out my party link and look around you can go here!

Whether you want to shop right now or not you have a chance to win a free book! That's right my friend is running a giveaway specifically for my viewers!!! So click below to see how to win!




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The Crafty Classroom - How to Write a Paragraph {TOS REVIEW}

Crafty Classroom

Although Captain is working at a higher level than his age, I realized that I needed to focus a little more on writing. I don't mean handwriting although looking at the pictures I took that is definitely something we will be working on this coming school year. I had been thinking of doing a short study with him this summer and so this review from The Crafty Classroom came at a perfect time. We received How to write a paragraph and I have really liked it! The lessons are short and too the point - perfect for a little extra summer work.

How To Write A Paragraph

I received a downloadable file which I quickly printed out. I loved the colors on the front and the posters so I printed those on my color printer and then printed the actual worksheets in black and white. Captain likes his downloadable books bound so I laminated the front and each of the small posters that go along with each lesson and bound them all together in a nice little book!. It makes Captain happy to have his workbooks like this instead of just clipped into a binder - although this would have worked just as well. The bound little notebook is super cute!

I put all of the lessons in order. There are 12 weeks and each week consists of 4 days worth of assignments. I mentioned earlier that there are some posters (regular page size) that go along with certain lessons. I bound these all together at the back of the book after laminating them so that Captain could flip to them like large flashcards.

The titles of the posters are;

  • How to write a sentence
  • Types of paragraphs
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs
  • 7 points
  • Hamburger Paragraph
  • Transitions
  • Read and Edit check list
It was a great idea to bind them into the book because I know that Captain would have lost them otherwise!

So what does the student learn in these lessons. I'm going to write the main topics covered each week.

  1. Learn the mechanics of a sentence. Review nouns and verbs.
  2. Review nouns and verbs. Learn about topics and main ideas.
  3. Learn three types of paragraphs. Write sentences on the same topic.
  4. Use a capital at the beginning of a sentence and a period at the end. Add strong details to your paragraph.
  5. Learn the hamburger paragraph trick. Follow each step to write a paragraph.
  6. Use descriptive language to share information. Stretch out each sentence.
  7. Write an opinion paragraph. Use hamburger trick to complete a paragraph.
  8. Write an opinion paragraph. Use transitions to keep your writing organized.
  9. Build an informative paragraph. Gather facts and information from one source.
  10. Build an informative paragraph. Write sequencing sentences that vary in length.
  11. Write a personal narrative paragraph. Use transition words to keep events in order.
  12. Write a personal narrative. Use transition words to organize and show time.
Captain really likes this program he is well over half way through and I can tell that the focused practice has been really good for him. Since he can read really well he actually works through this program by himself, only coming to me when he has a question. This gives him a sense of responsibility. However it also can cause a lack of concentration on his handwriting.

This program is well suited for slightly younger kids. It is simple and has spots to let the kids illustrate what they are writing about Captain loves this.



There are quite a few other different things being reviewed - make sure you click on the link below to read all the reviews!

Crafty Classroom {Reviews}



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

ACTÍVA Products
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 CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTIVA Products. We had a blast using this product. I mean seriously who can't have fun with something that reminds you of having a broken arm!

We received a box containing rolls of Rigid Wrap and bags of CelluClay and Captain was excited to start! The box contained -


  • Two rolls of Rigid Wrap 
  • 8 oz bag of CelluClay
  • Instructions
  • Link to e-book



Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit


Sometimes when you get generic crafting supplies and not a kit it can be hard to think of what to do. Fortunately ACTIVA Products also sent us a link to their  ACTÍVA Products' Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS ebook.

Captain spent quite a bit of time looking through the craft suggestions. He felt like a kid in a candy store. Finally he decided to make a Totem Pole. Since we were going to attend a POW WOW shortly after this craft it was a perfect choice.

We chose to use a large kitchen roll sheet as our body form and covered it with the rigid wrap. It was such a blast. I must admit I was even enjoying myself. I had fight my urges to wrap his arm up like a cast!

We used our kitchen towel holder so the totem pole would stay upright. The wings on our totem pole were cut from a box. and then fastened to the kitchen roll with the rigid wrap. The rigid wrap is super easy to use. I got a old plastic container and filled it half full with water. The rigid wrap comes on a long roll so using old scissors I cut it into manageable pieces for Captain. After covering the complete roll and ensuring that the wings were securely fixed.

After the rigid wrap was applied we followed the directions to mix up the CelluClay I was a little surprised by the texture. I was expecting clay at first but it's a really fine mix of paper a little thicker than powder. You add water slowly until you get the desired consistency. After this was mixed Captain used it to cover the rigid wrap and create detail on his totem pole. He created eyes, mouth, feathers, and even patterns on the body itself.


After that we had to let it dry. We had family visit over the fourth of July weekend. They loved the totem pole even though he hadn't even painted it yet! When Captain painted it he wouldn't let me help. I had to walk away as sometimes I want to 'instruct' too much because I would do things differently. I realize that this is not good for him so the easiest way for me to deal with it is to walk into another room after getting him set up with his painting supplies. He chose the colors, put them on a paper plate and set to work. It didn't take him too long to paint, but he wouldn't allow anyone to help. I think he did a pretty good job. We still have some supplies left, Captain has plans for them for Halloween! Something to do with a balloon! I am sure I will post it when we are done.



Check out what others have made by clicking on the link below.

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit {ACTÍVA Products Reviews}


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Thoughtful Tuesday



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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Do you like Groupons and Coupons - Now you can have BOTH!!!



I love Groupon I always check out their offers before paying for an activity with the kids. I have even got their link saved for the city passes when I head out to Washington DC and New York next spring. I also have a bit of a reputation as a coupon queen! Seriously who doesn't love free stuff. However since our cross country move coupons slipped through the cracks. That it until I heard about Groupon Coupons. I've used other coupon sites before, but since Groupon has such a great reputation it seems a no brainer to check them out. There is such a variety of coupons. Some that you can click on and use while out shopping and you need something instantly, or some to use from the comfort of your home via laptop! It's a seriously easy win-win situation. You click, see coupons available and then save!

There are over 9,000 national retailers to choose from so don't worry if your tastes are different to mine - there is something for everyone! It's completely free - no sign up charges, no monthly fees (I hate those!) The savings come in the form of coupons or promo codes, all you need to do is search for your store and BOOM savings are there. Let me share a few of my favorites!

We have recently moved house and our local home improvement store happens to be HomeDepot.  homedepot.com with Home Depot Promo Code & Coupon Discounts
I have fallen in love with their first Saturday kids club but now I can save extra money too! By clicking on the link I can see that right now there are 89 coupons available! Including a $5 off $50 dollar in store purchase!

I love Amazon it's definitely one of my go-to stores when shopping from home. amazon.com with Amazon Coupons & Coupon Codes

I checked out the promo codes and offers available on Groupon Coupons and there are over 100 just for Amazon!!!Including one offering free shipping even if you don't have prime (which I do - but some of you may not!!)

bedbathandbeyond.com with Bed Bath & Beyond Coupons & Printable Coupons

I love the mail coupon for BedBathandBeyond but I'm sure you are like me - I can never find that 20% off coupon when I need to get something! Click on the Groupon Coupons and save without having to hunt for the coupon you received in the mail.

citypass.com with CityPASS Coupons & Coupon Code Discounts

I mentioned City Pass earlier! Well guess what they are on Groupon Coupon too! You definitely need to check this out before your next city vacation. I used on when we went to Chicago a couple of years ago and it makes the trip so much nicer. You don't have to worry about prices or lines! Just look at the available destinations and make your choice. This New York City Pass is the one I want next! My kids want to go back to Chicago soon too!

If the holidays are already drawing to a close (especially my friends in Arizona!) then it may be time for back to school shopping! TargetMacys, and JCPenny's all have coupon offers waiting for you to save!

target.com with Target Promo Codes & Coupon Codesmacys.com with Macys Coupons & Promo Codesjcpenney.com with JCPenney Coupons & Coupon Codes

I hope that you find this useful. I know I will be using Groupon Coupon more and more! Saving without the effort of hunting for and storing coupons! I don't see anything better than that. If you check it out and find a great deal - share it in the comments :)


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The Complete Book of Maps and Geography - Amazon Deal

What do you have in mind for Geography and Maps for next year. I've had my eye on the Complete Book of Maps and Geography for the last few months. It's been sat in my school wish list and that's why I just got a pricing update that I want to share!

 
one for a while. It's been on my wish list and has some awesome reviews. It's just been released from $14.95 to $10.36 so I was seriously tempted just to get it now. Then I saw the new version is on pre-release for an excellent price! Yep dropped from $16.99 to $11.87! I'm pre-ordering it NOW!!!




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Monday, July 17, 2017

Mapelle Films - Trust Fund Movie {TOS REVIEW}


Mapelle Films
We love watching movies together, of course content is very important. We only watch family friendly movies so I was really excited to receive a new movie called Trust Fund by Mapelle Films.

I waited until we had a night home together, and popped some amazing hot popcorn! It was the perfect setting. I was a little concerned because I have quite a big age gap between Jam and Captain and I was hoping that everyone would enjoy the movie.

Trust Fund is a very enjoyable movie. It is very family friendly and both of my boys watched it and enjoyed it, Boo enjoyed it too.

Trust Fund Movie

The movie is about sisters. One funny thing about siblings is that they can be brought up the same way, going to the same school, the same church, having the same kind of experiences and yet be completely different in their outlook on the world. This is the case in this movie two sisters are raised by loving parents, they have everything they could wish for but choose very different paths. One of the things that struck home to me in this movie is about being their for others even when they choose paths different to our own. Sometimes those we love need to know we will be there for them unconditionally. There were so many good examples of strong women in this movie (and of course not so good examples). I have had times in my life where I have had to watch others make choices that you know in the long wrong will bring them pain, but if they know you love them, when they are ready they know they can come back.

On of my favorite actors Willie Garson from another show I used to watch is in the movie. He is hilarious and plays his role as a private detective perfectly! It's fun when a face you recognize turns up in a unknown movie.

Fun fact about the cinematographer/producer was a very early home-schooler. His parents began homeschooling him in 1982. It's nice to follow the career of a home-schooled person. You can read this interesting article here that talks a little more about this.

Although the Trust Fund movie was fine for all my family it actually received the DOVE SEAL for ages 12+. There is also a downloadable study guide produced by Mapelle films that can be used along with the movie. This would be a good thing to use for a bible study or youth group.

Some of the other reviewers also received a book Love Was Near suitable for girls ages 12+ check out this link for the reviews to learn more!

Trust Fund Movie {Mapelle Films Reviews}



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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Field Trip Friday

What a fun Friday. Captain and I went to a local wildlife center. The big kids were away and so he had a fun few days running the roost!!! He actually hand fed a goose. We will be spending a lot of time at this place. It's such fun and everything is free!! I bought Captain a compass. I can't see the exact one on Amazon but he really loves this one Backyard Safari Expedition One we found. It's already on his Christmas wish list!









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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fascinating Education - Biology {TOS REVIEW}




Fascinating Education
Boo has been wanting to start biology as soon as she finished her last science program right before the summer. So this review from Fascinating Education for their Fascinating Biology was perfectly timed.  She was totally scared of Chemistry even though this program suggests to do it first she still wanted to try Biology first. Something about Chemistry just freaks her out! As it happens she was really glad that she was able to work through the Chemistry Pre-Course for Biology which really helped her get on the right track for the Biology. We are really familiar with the Chemistry course as Jam used it in 2015. You can read our review here.


Fascinating  Physics
There is so much information on this website and the company is very helpful. If you have any questions they are super quick to answer. This level of support is really reassuring especially when you are studying a harder subject like science. In fact it makes me smile every time we log on and see... I mean you can just feel the good nature there - the "Fascinator"!
If you want to go and check out their website they have a great free section where you can take 5 free lessons. 
Lesson 1 - Calcium
Lesson 2 - Energy
Lesson 3 - Candle
Lesson 4 - Plants
Lesson 5 - Newton
These free lessons will give you a great idea of the quality of the courses offered. Although of course the subject matter gets a little harder as you get into the course.
Boo completed a short Pre-Biology course. Let me explain how the course works;
The pre-course consists of 6 lessons each one has a video, script of the video - Boo loved having this so she could easily look back to remind herself of a fact. The scripts open in a way that would allow them to be printed this would be excellent to keep in a binder to aid with revision before the taking the test. The test is completed at the end of each lesson. When the test has been completed the students score shows up on the screen. This can then be printed out and stored for grading or transcript purposes. However, if you don't print this out there is no record that the student completed the test or what their score was. This was the only thing that confused Boo. When she started she didn't realize this and I must have forgotten when Jam took the course. So it frustrated her when she logged in and couldn't see that she had completed the work. She loves seeing things checked off so it would have been a great motivator for her. However, we got around this by printing out her test results. The benefit of this is however, that the student can re-take each test as often as needed and then just print out the one that they are happy with. I know Boo likes to see 100% on all her tests so she sometimes does them twice.



After the pre-course Boo moved back over to the regular Biology course. There are 18 lessons in the biology course. Each one contains multiple videos, transcripts and then a lesson test. It's very simple to follow but that doesn't mean the content is simple. Boo has had to study hard to take the tests. 
There is a menu so you can see the different subject matter studied in each lesson. It would be quite acceptable to expect your student to be able to complete one science lesson a week. However you could even go at a faster pace.
You can also click on the glossary to see the definition of any words the student might not understand.
This is all available on the screen next to the video so it's very handy. Boo likes that everything she needs is all in one place. Plus like I said before help is only a click away. We really liked this program when Jam worked on the Chemistry course and we have not been disappointed with the Biology one. 
 
Even if you are not ready for Biology or maybe you are passed it you need to check out the other reviews. There are more Biology course reviews, Chemistry, and Physics. There are a few other science courses on the website so hop over there too! Click here to take a look at the other reviews or click on the graphic below.

Biology, Chemistry & Physics {Fascinating Education Reviews}
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

4th of July Fun

This fourth of July weekend was amazing! We have had so much fun. My son bought himself a kayak and then hubby had to go buy one too. Then Grandma and Grandpa bought Captain an early present, and he got one too. We all had a blast and I must admit I feel a lot more confident in the kayak compared to our older canoes. It was perfect temperature! Plus we had family visiting which made the trip perfect!!! We even managed to go to an Indian POW WOW I can honestly say serious fun was had by all!

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Gathering Threads - Litfuse Book Review

You have all heard about "Switched at Birth" stories. What if, you switched with a completely different life. Raised with comp...