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Thankful Tuesday 8/14/2018

So thankful for our son and all that he has accomplished in his young life. He's got a mentality that he'll try things that others might not think he should do at his young age. I've enjoyed watching him grow into such a fine young man. It's hard to imagine that in a few short months he might not live anywhere near us, but for now I'm enjoying all the time we had with him this past week!



Review: No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope

Life seems so much more complicated these days than when I was younger. The amount of technology that surrounds us makes a parent really have to work hard to do their job.  When our babies are first born it doesn't seem like it could be harder than taking care of them 24/7. As they grow up there are always new issues that arise that may not seem harder, but are still hard to deal with.  Children go through different seasons as they grow and we have to learn how to adapt our parenting skills as they change.  Great Waters Press has produced a great product that I'm finding helpful as I maneuver these tween years. No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope is a full of information to help during this stage.  I personally feel that the "tween" stage is one of the harder stages. My kids have struggled in this area because they aren't young children yet, but are quite teenagers. They felt at times they were treated as "babies" as my oldest said, b…

Review: Home School in the Woods Time Travelers American History-The Civil War

Home School in the Woods has fast become one of my favorite companies to shop.  They have a huge selection of items and I can find pretty much anything I want or need for history.We have been fortunate to be able to review their products several times.  We had a great time withreview #1 as well as review #2 . Our youngest has gotten into that stage where he's fascinated by war. He doesn't understand what war truly means to those in it, but he's fascinated by the history of our country.  We chose to work in the Time Travelers U.S. History Studies section.  They had great options for us to chose from, but ultimately Issac wanted to learn more about Time Travelers: The Civil War.  I'm not the most techie person out there and had some type of glitch when trying to download the product. I reached out to customer service and they were AMAZING.  I hadn't had this issue previously and they hadn't either, but they worked with me until I was able to download the product.…

Review: Northwest Treasures

There is something mysterious and magical about dinosaurs in the eyes of children.  Their size alone is enough to lure children into learning more about these creatures.  Northwest Treasures was founded to share a information and a love of geology.  A good foundation in geology is needed to better understand anthropology, biology, earth science and paleontology.  This foundation will lead to a better understanding of the Bible and what God has said. There are several  Online Courses currently available.  We were able to view two of the courses.  The first being Taking the Mystery Out of Geology and the second being Dinosaurs and the Bible.   Taking the Mystery Out of Geology is a 20 minute course in which Patrick Nurre shares his love of geology.  There are 13 terms that will help students to better understand geology: 1-Science 2- History 3-Philosophy 4-Uniformitarianism 5-Evolution 6-Creationishm 7-Bible 8-Geology 9-Rock Cycle 10-Rock Types -Igneous -Sedimentary -Metamorphic 11-Tec…

Wordless Wednesday 7/11/2018

Review: Bible Study Guide For All Ages

Over the years we have used many programs for our Bible time. Some we liked and some we didn't, but the thing I noticed about most was that there didn't seem to be a continuous building in the program. I think most had the plan to do so, but it didn't feel that way to me. Issac also enjoys more interactive work, so when I read about the Bible Study Guide For All Ages it seemed a good fit for Issac.  I chose the Intermediate (3rd & 4th grade) for Issac to try as well as the  Wall Maps and Timeline set.  The Intermediate set is suggested for 3rd & 4th grade, but after comparing the amount of writing to that in the Advanced set I felt it was a better fit for Issac.  I think I was most excited for Issac to see the Wall Maps and Timeline Set because he greatly prefers more interactive work. Thankfully we had a wall with enough space to put up the maps and timeline because it does take up a fairly large area on the wall.  I have to say it was pretty exciting opening up …

5th Grade-End of Year Review

Wow, I can't believe that I no longer have any children in elementary grades! On one hand that seems SO cool and on the other it makes me sad. It feels in some ways that just yesterday I started homeschooling and now my 3rd child will be starting 6th grade. It feels like we'll be done homeschooling sooner than I'd like. That said we had a great 5th grade year. Lot of stuff happening and lots of patience required :)

I think we used so many different programs, books, etc this year that at this point I'm not even sure I remember what all we used! I started my second year on the review crew and there are always LOTS of great things to be reviewed. Some of the things that stand out for me are that Issac really loved CTC Math. I had looked at this program previously for my daughter, but for some reason we didn't go with it.  He loved this program from day 1. He's really only used Teaching Textbooks, but he prefers CTC Math and I think we'll stick with it for now.…