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Review: Heroes of History- Milton Hershey

If I had to chose one thing to eat EVERY day it would probably be chocolate (LOL) Issac seems to have taken after me :) When he heard that he could chose Heroes of History- Milton Hersheyfor our recent review fromYWAM Publishing it was his number one choice.  I think we have all heard of Hershey chocolates and Hershey, PA, but I really had no idea of the background and how Milton Hershey got started. Just looking at the book and the title, More Than Chocolate, we got a sense right away that there was more to his life than we knew.

Heroes of History currently has 28 books in their biography series:

Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of FreedomAlan ShepardHigher and FasterBen Carson: A Chance at LifeBenjamin Franklin: Live WireBilly Graham: America's PastorChristopher Columbus: Across the Ocean SeaClara BartonCourage Under FireDaniel BooneFrontiersmanDavy CrockettEver WestwardDouglas MacArthur: What Greater HonorElizabeth Fry: Angel of NewgateErnest Shackleton: Going SouthGeorge Was…

Thankful Tuesday 5/30/2017

Since yesterday was Memorial Day I've been thinking quite a bit about those that gave our life for our freedom.  So many men and women have died for us to have the freedom to do so many things. Yesterday my family and I worked in the yard some. The youngest wanted to know why I wanted to work in the yard :) I told him since everyone was home it would go quicker with all jumping in to help. The entire day I just kept thinking if those before us hadn't fought for our freedoms then I might not be able to spend the day working in my yard. I might not be able to get in my car and go to the store or run to Lowes.  We have the freedom to do so much and we aren't always thankful for that.  I'm truly thankful for those that gave their lives, so that I can make the choices today that I want to make.

Week Ending 5/27/17

Another week has gone better. I remember when I was younger that all the adults around me talked about how the time would fly by to them. It didn't seem that way to me, but as I've gotten older I've really seen it. I'm still thinking about how we graduated our oldest child last week. Seems like it was just yesterday that he was little and learning so much! 

This week we had a few appointments, so we didn't really do a full week of school.  Our middle child has been working on Geometry from Unlock Math.  She's complaining as she always does with math, but I think it's working well for her. I like that it has different sections for learning the new lesson as well as practice.  They also have a challenge question for extra credit that I think is really cool! I really wish they had lessons for younger children because I'd get the 5th grade for the youngest next year. Hopefully they'll keep adding to the programs they already have :) Issac and I have real…

Review: The Typing Coach Online Typing Course

Our youngest has struggled with fine motor skills from the very beginning. He's done Occupational Therapy over 3/4's of his life.  About a year ago it was suggested to us that we start working on typing. He tires quickly when writing and now that he's in the 4th grade there really is quite a bit of writing to do. We have worked a little here and there on typing and he tells me constantly "I know how to type mom!!" He is holding his hands in the correct place and not hunting and pecking :) I've explained that knowing where the keys are and having speed without errors is different :) We recently got the chance to try The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from The Typing Coach.  I was excited for Issac to try this because one of the biggest key points is MASTERY.  The goal with this program is ZERO errors.  I really reflected on that for a bit because I've always thought of myself as a pretty speedy typer.  I realized as I pondered my own typing skills that …

Thankful Tuesday 5/23/17

I'm so thankful today for the rain! I know many people don't like it to rain, but I love the sound. To me it's so calming. When the kids were little and we'd be out while it was raining everyone would ask don't we hate the rain. The kids and I would always respond that we like it and it doesn't keep us from doing what we are doing :) We've had quite a bit of rain in the last two days and I'm loving it for my garden :) Thankfully I have one bed in the front that I just finished getting the mulch on, so that will keep my weeds from growing too quickly :) It always amazes me when we get some rain how quickly the items in my garden grow!

Review: Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors

I have lots of memories of painting as a child.  I'm not sure how often we did that in school, but it seemed pretty often to me :) When I was growing up the teachers had to mix the powdered tempera paint with water to get our paint.  I'm sure that wasn't easy for them to get the right consistency and texture.  My mom was a school teacher and I remember watching her mix the paint and the tempera dust going everywhere.  I know that she would have loved an easier way to give her kids no mess art supplies.  Jump forward to now and The Pencil Grip, Inc. has come up with a great new tool for painting. Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors are solid tempera paint sticks.  NO WATER needed for painting with these.  All you do is uncap, paint and wait 90 SECONDS for them to dry.  As you use them you just need to twist them a little to move the stick and you've got plenty of solid paint to continue your projects.

The classic color set was nice because it had your basic colors you'…

Graduation Day 5/20/17

Can't believe that graduation day has come and gone! Hard to imagine that we have graduated our first child. Where have the years gone?? Seems like just yesterday that we were starting on our school journey. Has it really been that long since we started kindergarten? I'm so incredibly proud of our son. He is turning into such a find young adult.  He amazes me constantly with his ability to fix and build things.  I'm also proud that he started on some college classes this past year and already has 12 credits under his belt. I know that he's going to do amazing things as he continues his journey.  He's taking the summer off from school and will continue to work his full time job as well as do odd jobs.  I can't wait to see what he does next!

Review: Captain Absolutely

I grew up in the age of comics and remember how popular they were with the kids. I think it was the small amounts they actually had to read compared to the wonderful graphics! Focus On The Family has come up with a wonderful book,  Captain Absolutely.  This book is based on the character from the Adventures in Odyssey series. 

This book is a wonderful book for any child that is interested in adventure as well as some of the reluctant readers that we might sometimes have.  Our oldest hasn't really enjoyed reading on his own ever :( It makes me sad, but he's just like his father (LOL) When he was younger and I was trying to entice him into reading I had several people suggest comic books.  Captain Absolutely is just the kind of book that I would have gotten for him! When I opened to package and saw the colorful graphics on the cover I knew our youngest would enjoy this book. We start off the book with Josiah King being involved in an explosion in the library.  He takes cover with…

Review: Homeschool Rescue

I think every homeschooling mom has felt she needed rescuing at some point. When you first jump into homeschooling you are full of excited and thrilled to be on this new journey. We often have blinders on and don't realize how hard it really can be.  We don't expect to stress about curriculum, stay up at night wondering if we are teaching enough or the right things.  That is why Only Passionate Curiosityhas come up with the Homeschool Rescue program.  Often we think we are the ONLY ones that are going through a situation and it's wonderful to know that most homeschooling moms have gone through it as well. We all need support, but homeschooling moms need an extra bit of support I believe. Everyone loves their kids, but it's not always easy to be with them 24/7 and be the one teaching them.  We don't often think about what we do when we are sick, or one child is sick and we have two others to teach.  We chose to homeschool  because we want to do it and we love it. Th…

Week Ending 5/13/2017

I can't believe the year is coming to an end! I also CAN'T believe we have a son graduating high school in just a few days! Where has the time gone? He was our first child, first to start on the homeschooling journey and I'm sure the first to deal with many issues as we learned about homeschooling :) I have regrets because he's never really been a "book" kid, but I just didn't realize or change my thought soon enough. 

I've watched him building trailers for lawnmowers, try to build a trebuchet and learn to work on cars. I'm not sure there is anything he doesn't know how to do on a vehicle at this point! His plans after high school were to include something in computers. I've watched him this year take a few classes and do well in them all. He's taken four classes this year and has gotten 3-A's and 1-B. I have to admit I wasn't sure how he'd do, but knew that he had to navigate those waters himself :)I'm so proud of him a…

Thankful Tuesday 5/9/17

I'm thankful today for the Homeschool Review Crew! I've only been on for a few months, but we've gotten to try so many things that we wouldn't have been able to otherwise! Today we got two great items in the mail that I'm super excited to try.  I have not had experience with Hewitt Homeschooling before, but from what I've seen this looks like Issac will enjoy it.  We also got the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series. Our middle read one of them in a book club, but I'm super excited to delve into these.

Review: High School Essay Intensive

Homeschool parents are always asking each other for curriculum advice! Who better than other moms to give advice about how programs work.  I've always struggled with writing and therefore I don't feel I've excelled in that area with my children.  When the conversation comes up about who to go to for writing help Institute for Excellence in Writing is always the number one that is talked about!  I have a son graduating this year and another child that is a freshman.  They are totally different people, struggle in different areas as well as excel in different areas.  The oldest will do the bare minimum to get by because he doesn't see any reason to write (LOL) Those are his words and not mine! Our daughter has much more imagination, can easily come up with topics to write on, but doesn't necessarily know how to rein herself in :) I thought High School Essay Intensive might be great to help her learn the best way to set her writing up for success.

We aren't suppos…