Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carole P. Roman with Away We Go Media Part 2 Review

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Price: $0.99 kindle edition
$8.99 Paperback

The "If You Were Me and Lived in...Australia" book is a bright and colorful picture book. The book is 24 pages of bold and easily read print. The book starts out stating what the country  is about and showing the location of the capital city. It also shows where the it is on the globe! The book goes on to explain what it would be like if you were a child in that country. For example, it gives some names and how they would be pronounced in Australia. There are places you would want to see there as well as games you would play.  There is also some history in the pages as well. 

In the back of the book there is a list of pronunciation of the words used in the book. All the facts are given in an easily understood text and things that younger kids would understand. Things are not listed as just a bunch of boring facts.

I think this book would go great with a unit study about the country.  You could add in some art and cooking to go with it.  It really makes a good starting point for some fun research from your young children to your older ones.

Be sure to look back at  my review on some of the other books in this series here.

*Disclaimer-I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dairy Free Spice Cake

  • 1 1/2 Cups flour + 2 Tablespoons (all-purpose) 
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp.  pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil 
  • 1 Cup water 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8" square baking pan.  Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients, with one being bigger (for the oil). Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression.  Pour water over all.  Mix well until smooth.

Bake for about 35 minutes.  I always use a toothpick in the center to make sure its done before pulling it out.

Monday, July 14, 2014


If you've ever used a bulb or battery-type aspirator to clear the mucus out of your little one's nose, you've probably said to yourself: "There has to be a better way!" Well, we just found a better way and it's called the BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator. Here's the secret: It works so much better because it uses your own suction. Think about it: your own lungs are a strong, natural vacuum cleaner - much more powerful than a tiny bulb or battery-powered motor. And the result is just a more effective method of clearing your baby's sinuses. 

But have no fear; you won't suck boogies into your mouth because of the design of the receptacle and the tissue filter that you insert into the body of the aspirator. This is why pediatricians are recommending BabyComfyNose to moms and dads. Recently, Dr. Sears of The Doctors TV Show recommended the BabyComfyNose as the best way to clear babies' noses. Take a look at the video 'How to Use the BabyComfyNose' here to see how well it works. Enter USFAMILY at checkout for a 20% discount. Or get the best retail pricing at Walgreens stores and save the shipping!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A student and a mom

Seriously I do not know how much being a student, a mom and a homeschooling mom sucks.  However this is not the point of the post.  No matter how much I feel overwhelmed and I want to crawl in a hole or quit school, I don't.  Would you like to know why I don't?

When I sit down and break open my books, my kids see that.
When I turn the TV off or put my phone down to study, my kids see that.
When I miss out on an event, my kids see that.
When I am working hard and doing lots of research, my kids see that.

So when you think of it my kids see all that I do.  If they see how much I put into school then I am doing my job.  As a parent we are to be role models for our children.  Children are more likely to do as they see not what they are told. I am not saying that you have to go out and start college to be a good mom.  This applies to anything in life.  If you think something is important in your life that you hope your kids will grow up and find it important too then you need to make sure they see it in you.

After all, seeing is believing right?? Homeschooling is hard and even harder when your kids do not find it to be important to work on things. When you show them the importance then they will strive to do better.  I have been a single mom while raising my babies and I still worked hard on my school.  I want my kids to learn that no matter what they battle is in front of you, you can always continue on with your dreams and wants.

I want my kids to see that if it is something important to them they will be able to do it no matter what.  It is also nice that when they see me working they want to work too.  They have learned that school time for mama is quiet time and I pay them the same respect when they are working on something.

Learning is team work and we are a family and a team.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Free All in One Curriculum

I know many of my readers are like myself and live off a small income.  It is hard to homeschool when things are not cheap and each of our children end up learning different and not able to share curriculum.  So here is a list I have found of places that offer free all in one curriculum for children of all ages.  If you have others to add please feel free to comment and I will add it to the list.  

This is a non profit outfit to help family's in need.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Moving Beyond the Page Review

Product: Language Arts Package - Charlotte's Web
Price: $20.92
Age :7-9 Years Old

The full packages comes with the online guide and the physical book Charlotte's Web by E.B. White and Garth Williams.  This package is designed to work hand and hand with the Science Package - The Water Cycle.

Product: Science Package - The Water Cycle
Price: $25.94
Age: 7-9 Years Old

The full package comes with the physical guide book as well as the book, A Drop Around the World by Barbara McKinney and Michael S. Maydak.

For the Language Arts Package - Charlotte's Web we started out by reading the book together as a family.  I only have one reader but I knew my 8 year old (who dyslexia curses her reading) would love to hear the story as well.  We have seen the movie and this was the first time for them reading a book that a movie is based from.  Then we moved on to the guide book that goes along with this book.  I will tell you this guide book can be a bit much for the younger of the age range if you try to do it all but my 9 year old seemed to keep up pretty well.  In the guide book you learn to work with charts, graphs, and maps that all have to do with the book.  This would probably be fun to do in the fall when all the spiders are out.  There is one page that you put information in about spiders also doing a life cycle of spiders.  So really you could take this and make a whole unit study with it. There is also work with adjectives, adverbs, sentence structure, paragraphs and writing narratives. All these are done with the book in focus or turning it into your own life with similarities to the book. The guide also merges into animal life cycles and the seasons and weather cycles which is where it goes into the same learning as the Science Package - The Water Cycle. At the end of the guide there is a project for the kids to do which is writing a book review (pretty sure I got an evil look for even suggesting this one) or making a book advertisement. It comes with a worksheet to put your ideas on and then one that is a rubric for your project to make sure you got everything you needed on it.

My ideas on this package: I think it was a really fun book to read and the activities were well fitting and pretty simple to do with my 9 year old.  I liked that online everything is broke down into sections like it would be in a physical book.  You have 7 lessons and then the final project.  It states a couple of the lessons take 2 days.  In reality though I think they could all use two days to really grasp the ideas that are being taught.  The spelling worksheets rock!  They have a task to complete each day to help you learn the words and then there is a list of vocabulary words from the book as well.  I will say all in all this was fitting for the 7-9 year old age range until we got to the final project.  My 9 year old is generally an advanced child and even scored way beyond on her grade level on her end of the year testing.  However she had a hard time trying to make the advertisement and it brought on some meltdowns.  There was so much stuff required to be on the advertisement that it seemed to overwhelm her.  We went through magazine ad's and such and they were all short, sweet, and simple and then she gets this huge list of all the stuff that was to be on hers.  Maybe it was just the fact that she has OCD and can not stand clutter and felt it was to much on one page, but it did not work out well for us.

For the Science Package - The Water Cycle we read, A Drop Around the World book and then went to the physical guide that came with it.  We love science and we love to learn about it so this one was exciting. There are 5 lessons in this guide and then the final project. There is a materials list at the front of the book so you can check off making sure you have everything you need in order to complete each lesson. The first lesson was about what water was made of along with a project.  We made a water molecule but we didn't have foam balls so we improvised with some play dough. 

It has activities for each lesson including watching clouds and graphing them over a time period.  Lesson 6 was to make an aquarium using real things like rocks, salt, plants and such on a paper plate then placing saran wrap over the top to make it look like a glass window.  We were visiting my parents while we did this one up north and I completely forgot to take the pictures before we left and they did not survive our trip home. I also love the little songs they have in this guide to help learn the water cycle.  The final project was really neat.  We are still working on it as we wanted to really get it right.  I was super shy in school and hated presenting anything to anyone, even my family.  So I want my 9 year old to be able to talk in front of people.  I am also going to have her present it in front of our co-op class if she will to not only teach them but give her that experience in talking in front of people.

I really enjoyed this lesson with the kids.  I had my 9 year old doing the book but we all participated in learning about the water and clouds.  Now anytime I say water one of them will interrupt with H20 to correct me.  I also think having the physical book is worth the $5 extra so I do not have to print everything out myself, plus it is all bound together and I don't have to make a binder for it.

Overall I will be using Moving Beyond the Page for more of our work through our homeschool career.  I would love to be able to afford to buy the whole set but it is not feasible for a big family and many different curriculum needs but for now we will buy them as we find ones that fit in with what we are learning.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

I always seem to run out of eggs around my house. Also I am trying to stear away and do more healthy options as well so we try to use alternatives instead. So here I tried out a cake using vinager. Yup as you all know my love of vinager I have found yet another use for it lol. 

 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 TBSP coco
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 TBSP oil
1 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a bowl.

Make 3 depressions in the mixture, 2 small and the 3rd a bit bigger.

Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other, and the oil in the larger one.

Pour the cup of water over the top and mix well.

Pour mix into a greased cake pan. Or I usually use wax paper under mine.

Bake for approx. 35 minutes.