Friday, November 13, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
1. God's Mule
2. Mountain Mover
3. The Silent Ambassador
4. Translating Trouble
6. Acorns & Oaks
7. A Saint's Story pt.1
8. A Saint's Story pt.2
10. Busy Bees and a Bullhorn
11. Missionary Tourist pt.1
12. Missionary Tourist pt. 2
Monday, November 2, 2015
The last couple of years we have not done trick or treating. Monster would never go up to scary houses, we always got way more candy than needed and we usually did a family thing instead.
Well this year Monster has neighbor friends for the first time that really wanted to go. So we created all 3 boys into Zombies at the last moment ( Party City was crazy hectic!) and took them out!
Again, we got way more candy than needed! Monster can't even have a lot of it due to it being either gummy or sticky. OR he doesn't like certain ones.
So this homeschool mom was on a quest to figure out what we could do with all the candy besides stuff our faces with it.
Then BAM! I had an idea. LETS GRAPH IT!!!! My husband thought I was crazy.
So this morning we ( Monster and I) sat down and started. Then I stopped and let him continue on his way because he was really getting into it and I did not want him to lose focus!
Looking through his candy.
Starting off he put them in lines and counted out how many he had. Then he wrote the number on a sticky note to go next to it.
All lined up !
I think Smarties won! He had 33 Smarties!
Here he is all done! He was so proud! We then took some and made either adding problems or multiplication problems. Like for instance: He had 13 packages of gobstoppers. There were 3 gobstoppers in each pack. How many gobstoppers are there all together? So he took 13x3 and came up with 39! We did problems for several different ones till he got bored with that.
We then added up every number to see how many he had total. He counted in his head as we went down the line and I did it on paper to make sure he was doing it correctly. We both came to the same number... 234 pieces of candy! Too many!
He then took what he wanted and was allowed to have and I put the rest in a bucket. He asked for one gobstopper and that was it.
The rest is in his bucket... just sitting there... staring at me....
Thursday, October 29, 2015
- A biography of the composer Sergei Prokofiev
- The conductor letting you know what to listen for in the music
- A new recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
- A bonus track that has just the music and no narration
- A Russian trio playing folk instruments
- Dance along to the famous Russian folk melody
- 24 page activity book
Another great feature is after you are done listening to Peter and the Wolf CD, there is a downloadable curriculum to go along with the music CD. The curriculum covers topics such as Math, Language Arts, History, Music, Art, Geography, and Science.
What we thought:
Monster and I both opened up the Peter and the Wolf CD and checked it out. We started by flipping through the 24 page activity book. We found some fun activities in there such as matching the instrument with each animal that it is in the story. There is also a cute little dot to dot activity and a crack the code activity. Monsters favorite ones though were the word search and the crossword puzzles they included in the book.
When we first listened to Peter and the Wolf CD I had Monster sit on the couch and listen to whole thing while doing nothing else. I wanted him to focus just on the story and listen to how the instruments made the story. Monster really enjoyed just sitting and listening to the story and the music. He told me it was fun trying to create the pictures in his mind and it was exciting when you could tell what was happening with the sounds of the music.
After letting him listen to it that way, I then kept the Peter and the Wolf CD in the player and let him listen to it at random. I also would play it when we needed it to be calmer in the house. Monster does well with listening to music also while working. This CD is great for that because the music is fun yet relaxing too.
Monster has really enjoyed the Peter and the Wolf CD and is already asking for others!
Right now Maestro Classics has 12 CDs to choose from:
- Peter and the Wolf
- The Nutcracker
- Casey at Bat
- The Story of Swan Lake
- Carnival of Animals
- The Solider's Tale
- The Sorcerers Apprentice
- Merry Pranks of Master Hill
- The Tortoise and the Hare
- My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music
- Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
- Juanita La Langosta Espanola
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
We were recently given the chance to review The Ultimate Homeschool Planner ( Blue cover) from Apologia Educational Ministries.
Apologia Educational Ministries is the #1 publisher of creation based Science and Bible curriculum. Apologia Educational Ministries is a family owned company. Apologia's mission is to help homeschool families learn, live and defend the Christian faith. They have several type of tools to help homeschool families and grades K-12th.
The Ultimate Homeschool Planner-Blue Cover is a 48 week planner.
- Sturdy cover and back with pockets at each end.
- Yearly calendars that start at 2015 and go till 2023
- User's Guide- explains how to use the planner and tips to make it work well for you.
- One Year Planning Grid
- Student Goal Setter
- Pre-Planning Guides- resource list for each student
- Monthly Planner-calendar style with fill in boxes for dates.
- Weekly Planner- with spots for small notes, supply list and appointments. There is also an area for you to record memorable moments and evidence of grace.
- Records-scores and grades. You can also write in your reading list and field trips/outside activities.
- Teaching Tips
- High School Planning Guide
- Year in Review
- Notes-3 pages of pages to take notes through out the year.
When I received The Ultimate Homeschool Planner-Blue Cover I immediately noticed the great covers. Planners I have used in the past were either card stock type cover that had been laminated or very flimsy. I noticed how the cover and back were made from what feels like a thin plastic. It is hard to tear and won't easily destroy if a kid accidentally stepped on it! Next I opened The Ultimate Homeschool Panner-Blue Cover up. I sat down and for the first few minutes just went through each page to see what each page offered. I then went back and read through the User Guide. Normally with planners you don't get User Guides. I loved the way everything was set up and explained. It came so easy for me to understand and follow along with.
After using The Ultimate Homeschool Planner-Blue Cover I have really enjoyed it. I love how easy it is to use and keep track of everything I need to keep track of. One of my favorite parts so far has been the are for memorable moments. I think that is so great that that was included. You always have moments where you want to record them and then something happens and you forget. Having the planner with me and usually on my desk it is within reach to be able to write down moments quickly. Using the One Year Planner Grid helps me to remember important dates that are coming up. I sat down and wrote in the two upcoming months and all important dates and holidays so they are right at my fingers now. I also love the Weekly Planner. That fact that there is a supply list on the side of each one helps me to remember what I need to grab when I am out shopping for the week. I am also loving the Reading List area. That is one area we struggle with ( Reading) so to have a list to be able to write down which books we are reading is great so we know how many we have read or really need to catch up on!
Some of the sections we have not been able to use yet like the High School Planning Guide. I mean Monster is only 8 right now, but I like that it was included. I enjoy checking those out and find it interesting to know what we will look forward to in the future. Way, way, way future! ;)
I would recommend The Ultimate Homeschool Planner to any homeschool family looking for a great homeschool planner. You can get the planner online for $29.00
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