Friday, March 27, 2015

Encouragement

It seems a lot of my home school friends are needing encouragement. I know I need it a lot myself. Right now local public schools are getting out for Spring Breaks and kids are all over the place. It maybe hard to get our kids to sit still and do work so they can get some free time as well.

Before you get to overwhelmed stop! Remember all the reasons why you started homeschooling in the first place. We can go at our own pace. If your child needs to go outside and run all day till he falls over, let him. Maybe yell out some random Spring facts so they have something to think about. However when they come in all tired start talking. Talking to each other is one of the best ways to promote learning and a love for it. Ask your child what kind of new things they seen popping up outside. A new flower? How about we look that flower up and see what it is called? Oh you saw a snake go across the road, let's look him up too.

There is always a way to turn things into learning. Just be open to it and let your child lead you with their intrests. It will save lots of stress on everyone.

Or you may have a day like this...

New eggs!

So I got 7 eggs from my hens yesterday! That was the most I have gotten. I average 4 eggs a day, which is good for my family. I am hoping by summer I will have some to sell to help pay for their feed! I am also waiting in my goat to get pregnant so I can have a baby goat too. Come on guys grow up so mama can have some bitty babies around!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Critical Thinking Company Review

Critical Thinking Company Review



Age: Grades 4-5

Price: $19.99

Critical Thinking Company Review


About: Editor in Chief Level 1 by The Critical Thinking Co. is 136 perforated pages. The authors are Cherie A. Plant and Nancy Rowe. The book is broke down into 12 lessons with 69 activity pages for those lessons. The lessons include:
Content
Capitalization
Punctuation
Spelling Rules
Nouns
Pronouns
Adjectives
Adverbs
Articles
Verbs
Agreement
Conjunctions
Prepositions
Interjections
Confusing word pairs
Negative words
Homophones
Homographs
Run-on sentences
Sentence fragments
Each lesson starts out with teaching the lesson and going over the topic. After that then there is activity pages in which the child works at correcting the mistakes in the paragraphs by following the rules taught in the lesson. The answers are also included for this book as well.

How we used: I used this with my 4th grader. She is a very smart girl but does not like to write paragraphs and sentences. She can if I make her but it kills her love for doing work. So when we got the chance to review this book we were excited. Some of the subjects we have gone over before but it was always hard getting her to write a proper sentence using the rule. With this book it was the opposite, we learned the lesson then all she had to do was go and correct the paragraph already written. We worked on this book daily. Usually we would take about 30 minutes to an hour to learn a lesson and work on a few activities or review what we had learned. At the first of a lesson we spent our time going over the lesson and the examples and going over any questions that she may have had for the lesson. We tried to spend closer to an hour on this day to make sure she understood what each topic meant fully. Then the next day we would start working on correcting the paragraphs. You can correct them right in the paragraph but there is also the option of rewriting the paragraph as well. She wasn't to fond of that but sometimes did it. Another great thing about this book is the copyright allows you to make copies of the pages in this book. This is really good when you have multiple children that could use it or if your child is having a hard time learning a rule and needs to try to do it a few times to get it.

I think that this book would be great as a supplement to any homeschoolers. This is not a stand alone program but helps build more confidence in writing rules. I also think anyone that isn't homeschooling and needs something extra to help a struggling child would want to check this out. It is a pretty easy way to get a child to get some extra practice in with not a while lot of writing, which I am sure many kids will like that. I know my daughter can't be the only one that hates writing. 

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Also be sure to check out what my fellow crew members had to say....
Critical Thinking Company Review


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Scalp Cleaner

Do you need a good scalp cleansing? Have oily hair? 

Wash your hair with a cleansing shampoo.  After you have rinsed apply a few drops of your facial toner (like Sea-breeze)to your scalp and massage in.  Let this stand for five minutes than rinse and apply your conditioner.

Do this about three times a week to get it under control then once a week for maintenance. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Egglo Entertainment Review




Price:
               *Egglo Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs ($9.99)
               *The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book ($9.99)
               *Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls ($4.50)
*Egglo Bible Verse Stickers ($3.29)
*Egglo Easter Egg Stickers ($3.29)
*The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Character Stickers ($3.29)
*The Egglo Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Event Curriculum ($9.99)

Age: Any age but ideal age is 4-13









Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs  are something we had a great pleasure in reviewing. Generally we do not make a huge deal of Easter at our home. We will do eggs and color them and do a quick hide, more for fun play than anything. I like my children to know true meanings of Holidays instead of just passing them off as no big deal. I love that a company has taken the meaning of this holiday and mixed it into the real meaning as well as some fun. Now the kids can do their egg hunt while learning about Jesus!

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book uses the idea that the eggs glow in the dark to represent the fact that Jesus is a light. You search for Jesus by looking for his light. All through the adventure of three kids.

The eggs glow in the dark, obviously, and after charging then and filling with the goodies I hid them around the house. We still had snow on the ground during the review so we couldn't do it outside. Though we will be pulling these back out when it is actually Easter and do a night time hide. The curriculum helps guide you and I've tips and ideas. This would also work well for a church group to do as well.

We also went over the story of the resurrection in the Bible. Having a children's Bible would be handy for the younger kids as some of it is hard to grasp from my NKJ version. 

We read through the Adventure book and then we hid the eggs. There are 12 eggs that are in four different colors. Once the kids had found them we read the scriptures on the scrolls and talked about them. The scriptures do go along with the book as well. Some of the stickers also had scripture written on them. It was fun seeing kids get excited about Jesus and hearing what scripture they had. Just as much passion and energy they would have had if it was candy. Made my mama  heart melt. 

Overall this was a great activity for all my kids. We all enjoyed it from the fun I the hunt to the breat Bible time it have us before and after te hunt. I believe any Christians would love to do this with their family. This would also work really well for a church group, of course you would need many more eggs. Though it would be fun to mix them in with othe eggs and see who had the versus to share with the rest of the group. It is almost like finding a  bit of gold in each one. It makes it even more exciting when you can do them of a night and hunt for them by the 'light of Jesus'. 

I can't say there is anything that I don't like about this curriculum activity. I think all my readers should give it a chance. 


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Egglo Entertainment Review

Sunday, March 1, 2015

With life comes death



Our mama rabbit broke her back and died. All the new chicks in out life and we lose our mama rabbit.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Eggs go on lockdown *graphic picture*

So yesterday my eggs went on lockdown. That means I no longer have to rotate them and I raise the humidity about double. Yesterday was day 18 and eggs usually hatch after 21 days. I am so so excited to see how many actually hatch, if any. This is my first time hatching eggs in an incubator. Some were duds and I already tossed them before lockdown. Some chicks had stopped growing for whatever reason. 

Though it maybe a little gross it was a great learning experience for the kids. They got to see how they develop and what they looked like mid development. We candled them while in the eggs but you can't see detail like the real thing. We also seen one a lot further than this that stopped growing but I forgot to snap a picture. 

I am however not a person that likes to wait so I took a trip to Tractor Supply Company and bought me 6 fluffy butts! They are so cute and I love having baby chicks around.