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Review: Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”

We have had so much fun watchingDrive Thru History® – “The Gospels” recently.  I have heard wonderful things over the years about Drive Thru History®, but I have to admit this was our first experience with it. Just opening the package got me excited because the quality of the items was so wonderful.  There's always something special about a quality item! The case that holds the cd's was nice and sturdy and the pages of the study guide were thick beautiful pages.  There are 3 dvd's that include 18-30 minute videos.  A study guide is included and it has wonderful pictures and very thought provoking questions. The study guide has a summary of the episode as well as the discussion questions.  The study guide alone is wonderful because of the information and pictures.  It's like a beautiful picture book! 

 The very first video had me hooked!  The quality of the pictures on the dvd's was just amazing.  Not many of us can travel all over the world, but through these videos…

Review: Planet 316

I've recently found a new game that I'm enjoying playing every day!Daily Bible Jigsaw is a puzzle game by Planet 316with beautiful pictures and Bible verses.  I think everyone remembers the fun days of doing puzzles when we were younger. What better way to do one than with a beautiful Bible verse attached.  You receive one free puzzle a day, but can purchase coins to play additional puzzles. It cost 3 coins to play each additional puzzle and there are also tools that you can use while doing the puzzle.  You can choose between rotate, guide, sweep, edges & magnet.  I used the guide most often, so that I could see what the puzzle was suppose to look like when I finished.  Rotate turns everything to the right, magnet puts two puzzle pieces together, sweep moves everything off the "board" and edges takes everything away except the edge pieces. I think most people do the edges first, so that was another "help" that I used.  I found myself playing several ti…

Week Ending 4/22/17

This week has really been a ROUGH week! Seems like everything in the house is falling apart (LOL) The dryer already wasn't working, the washer started leaking now, the keyboard messed up and then the printer (LOL) I switched the printer back out, but somehow turned in the cord to attach to the computer (LOL) It's suppose to connect wirelessly, but it's not (LOL) Seems like all the basics are falling apart (LOL) Trying to remember the saying about turning lemons into lemonade (LOL) I need to order out end of year testing and get that done. I usually do it mid-April, but it hasn't happened yet. We did have our Spring Formal Friday night. The first one we've done and it turned out fairly well. There were a few issues, but I'm taking notes (LOL) Issac's birthday is in a week, so that's on the schedule for this week :) Trying to figure out what to get him and to have a good school week :)

Review: Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

Ex-con Adam Stone just wants to be left alone. When a string of vandalism starts happening at his house he doesn't even bother to contact the police because he'd like to stay as far away from the police as possible. When police chief Lexie Graham finds out about the vandalism she contacts Stone to try and solve the case. She understands with his rocky past that he doesn't want to deal with the police, but he's not the only one being vandalized.  Stone reluctantly agrees to help Chief Graham and when his dog is injured that's the final straw for him.  When a local boy, with a history like Stones, is linked to the case the chief asks Stone to mentor the boy. She feels that maybe if he spends some time with someone that went down the wrong path that he might chose another path.  While working this case Stone and Lexie both start to develop feelings for each other. Stone isn't sure as an ex-con he can have a relationship with Lexie. A book is always good, in my opi…

Review: Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth)

I hate to admit that I hadn't heard of Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) before this was listed as a review item.  I have, however, heard of Apologia Educational Ministries. We have used many things over the years from Apologia and their curriculum is known as top notch. I'm not sure how I missed out on this homeschool reading curriculum from Apologia, but I'm excited that I know about it now! My oldest never enjoyed reading and it was something that he and I struggled with every school year. My youngest has had lots of difficulty with reading, but has finally made great strides. I've always felt that there was more I could have done to help my oldest. When I checked out RIR it looked like a great program to try with Issac.  We haven't really done too much with the elements of literature, so I knew that he would learn those with this program.  We were able to work on vocabulary as well as being able to think critically about what we were reading. Comprehensio…

Thankful Tuesday 4/18/2017

Somehow I forget half the time to post on Tuesday (LOL) I'm thankful for many things, but this week is for friends that pray. Maybe I should even say people that pray because often times complete strangers will pray for others. It's nice knowing you have people that will just pray even if you don't go into details.  Prayer truly works and it's comforting to many to know that others are praying for them. Thank you to all those that have ever prayed for me. It's always been a blessing and comfort. Thankful today for those that pray!

Review: SpeedyPrep

In our state our 11th and 12th grade kids have the option of dual enrollment. My oldest took advantage of that this year and I want our middle to as well. Something I've heard a ton about in the last year is CLEP testing. If you pass the CLEP test then you've just earned college credit from home for that subject. What a COOL way to earn credit and keep college costs down. SpeedyPrep has come up with a way to help the need of knowing how to study for those CLEP tests! SpeedyPrep teaches by the mastery learning principle. You repeatedly need to answer questions correct to see your progress bar growing. They are making sure that you understand the information by teaching this way. They are so sure that this way of learning is best that if your progress bar is between 90-100% and you do NOT pass your CLEP test they will refund your subscription charge.If you have any questions about the program then check out this wonderful VIDEO that explains how the program works.

For $19.95 a …

Week Ending 4/14/2017

We took this week off because EVERYONE is on Spring Break according to my two younger children (LOL) I hadn't planned on doing a break because we have less than 8 weeks of school left. It was nice though to not worry about doing lessons and being on a schedule like we normally try to do.  I asked Issac if he wanted to hard boil eggs to dye and he told me he didn't know what I was talking about! It amazes me sometimes what he doesn't remember and then how quickly that changes! I sure wish he would have had some issues remembering things at his TEACCH evaluation :) We are taking Monday off as well. Again, I hadn't planned that, but dd was invited to the lake with friends, so she won't be here. I figure Tuesday we'll attempt to get back in the swing of things. We have to go to Duke for an appointment on Wednesday and Friday is the formal dance, so I guess it's just another "normal" week :)

Review: Color My Conversation by Northern Speech Services

Issac has been in speech therapy basically his entire life. Just within the last six months has he stopped. There are still many things we need to work. When I sawColor My Conversationup for review by Northern Speech Services I was so hopeful that we would get this item. Color My Conversation is a multi-sensory approach to teaching children how to have conversations.  The program incorporates auditory, kinesthetic, tactile and visual strategies to teach these conversation skills.  I knew this would be a winner with Issac because he does very well with the multi-sensory approach.  The age range is about 5-12 for both the beginner and intermediate levels.  The advanced level is 8-12 and the expert level is suitable for all ages.  I decided that since Issac is almost 10 we'd just start at the beginning and work through the entire program.  When the box arrived in the mail I was so excited to open it and get started! This is what I saw when I opened the box up :)  One thing that immedi…

Week Ending 4/8/2017

This week has been a rough week. Our family is saying goodbye to Sensei Reggie this week.  He has been training at our dojo since before our kids started.  He's basically become like an uncle to the kids. He is tough, he is supportive and he's a really wonderful mentor.  We are going to miss him greatly! While we hate that he is leaving we support that he is trying to do something better with his life. Thankfully his daughter and grandson still live in the area, so hopefully he'll be around fairly often :) Here is a picture of everyone that we took at our potluck this week.

Review: Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer

Issac and I recently read an interesting book, Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver-Author.  Peggy spent 18 days in Israel in 2010.  She was there with the Associates for Biblical Research and that trip truly helped move this book forward.  She was able to truly bring a vision to this book because of places she had visited. This book is based on the Gibeonites of Joshua 9 and 10.  It's told from the view of Keshub, a young shepherd boy.  This book is 375 pages that include 46 chapters. At the beginning of the book we have the characters and relationship section which helps us to know the characters in the book.  There are also wonderful discussion questions at the end of the book if you are reading this book with a small group. There is some AMAZING information HERE that Peggy has shared with us. This background information truly helps to put the book into perspective.  I could just sit and read Peggy's journal from her trip all day! Peggy has also mad…

Thankful Tuesdays 4/4/2017

Today I'm thankful for art time with my two younger kids.  We've been reviewing Art Achieve recently and the kids and I have really been enjoying it. I think art is important, but I'm bad to not do it for other subjects. Reviewing this program has given us some fun time together. There is no fighting among the kids, no rush to get something done or feeling like our art isn't great. We've all been able to make some nice things and it's been relaxing. This will be one of those days I look back on and am thankful that I had this time with the kids!

Week Ending April 1, 2017

This was an extra crazy busy week for us because we are having dryer issues! I know many women don't like to get things for the house as a gift, but normally I love it (LOL) Our dryer went out, someone came and fixed it and then it stopped completely. My husband who normally fixes them said let's just get a used one for now. We found one, Zachary went and got it that day and now it's not working. I think we need an electrician to come and look at it to see the issue. Carl knows a guy, but he hasn't been able to get him over here :( I've gone to the laundry mat twice this week to dry clothing. I like that you get your laundry done in basically an hour, but it's the toting it back and forth. Even with Issac's help the first day and his and Brianna's the second I'm still dealing with neck and shoulder issues. We used to have a line outside, but since three our of the five of us suffer severely at pollen season it just isn't a workable solution righ…

Review: Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set by Memoria Press

We have enjoyed several different items from Memoria Press over the years.  Our middle child spent quite a bit of time reading all about Greek Mythology and anything related she could put her hands on. When I heard that we had the chance to review Iliad & Odyssey Complete SetI jumped on it for my daughter.  We received the following:
IliadIliad Student GuideIliad Teacher GuideIliad DVDsOdysseyOdyssey Student GuieOdyssey Teacher GuideOdyssey DVDs I suggested to my daughter that she read the first "book" in each of the Iliad and the Odyssey to decide which she'd prefer to read. I know normally the Iliad is read first, but I gave her the option to read whichever she'd prefer. After reading a "book" of each she chose to continue on with the Odyssey.  She watched the video for the first book and then proceeded to move on to the student book. You can see a sample of the video here.  I really liked the videos, but my daughter didn't.  I felt it helped me un…