Sunday, October 19, 2014

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
Vendor:
Standard Deviants Accelerate

Product:
Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses


Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
Age: 
8 and up

Price: 
One student is $99 for a year, or $24.95 per month.
AP courses for one student are $14.95 per month.


About:
Standard Deviants Accelerate has the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses that is online based learning. Lessons are taught with videos with problems to answer as well. There is also an option to view the written transcript of the lesson. The program includes the following subjects:
Arithmetic
Fundamental Math
Earth Science 
Nutrition
Algebra 
Biology 
Chemistry 
English Comp.
U.S. History
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP U.S. Government & Politics
AP U.S. History
AP Eng. Composition 
The course starts out with you watching a video. There is also a bit of humor added in to keep things exciting. Next tab is vocabulary where it helps go over the words from the video.  It even helps you pronounce the words and hear them spoken. Third tab was diagram, where you drag and drop answers and it tells you if you get it wrong. The fourth tab us where the Quiz is for the section. You take the quiz over the information you learned from the video as well. The last tab is written answer.  This one is not graded by the computer but by the parent. 

A great feature to this program  is that you can print all the work.  This is great for those of us that need to keep copies of work or have a portfolio of work to show the state.  We do not have to do this but I like to have it just in case.


How we used:
We used the program 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday. My daughter used the Arithmetic section.  This was a good way to introduce subjects to be able to elaborate on them later in our studies.  Most things she was able to catch onto easily and go through quickly but somethings it was just a good starting place. She usually spent about 30 minutes on a lesson.  Sometimes if it was an easy section she would continue on with another. 

You are shown all of the topics for the course and you are able to pick which one you want to learn and it is easy to go at your own pace.  We had just started fractions and it was nice to be able to start on fractions with this program even though it was not first on the list.  I think this is my absolute favorite part of this course. 

Also we didn't really work to much on the other subjects but we did explore them some.  One thing to remember is that this program is secular based and no mention of God or creation is mentioned at all in the Earth Science. That is good for those that may believe in using only secular but those that don't may want to skip Science and just do the other programs.  Overall it is a great supplement and even though we don't believe in evolution we were able to skim some things in the Science section as well.

The only part of the program I didn't like was that we had to make a new email account for my daughter.  She doesn't get free range of the computer as she is only 9.  So that means I have to keep up with two emails while using this account which is a bit overwhelming at times, especially at set up of the course. After that then the email is not really a big deal but it would be so much easier just to use my own still.  Though they have said they are going to work on making the set up process easier so maybe that is something to consider for the lower grades.  I am sure if you have highschoolers they already have their own email so it wouldn't be an issue for them.

Overall great program and we will continue to use it this year to dive into new topics with my daughter. 

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tastes Like KFC


Made these wonderful beauties today!  Boy oh boy were they good.  Yes they do taste just like KFC in my opinion!


Ingredients

3 cups flour
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 1/3 cups milk
2/3 cup shortening

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together well.
Make a well in the middle of your flour mixture.
Pour your milk into the well.
Dump in shortening to the flour mixture.
Blend well with a fork until all ingredients are incorporated.
Dump onto a floured surface.
Knead until smooth, only about 10 times.
Pat down to about 1/2 inch thick and cut out biscuits.
Place biscuits onto the baking sheet. Place them close together for softer biscuits and farther apart for a crispier texture.
Bake for about 10 to 14 minutes, or until tops are lightly brown.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Changing the Path


Sometimes when we look back at our path we have made in life we see some cuts we may not like. As I have laid awake in bed the last few nights,with much on my mind, I have reflected on those paths. It seems I would get a good path started and in order to please someone I would make a cut in that path. Then I think back on those times and every time I try to please someone besides myself havoc is brought in. 

Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


After lots of prayer and talking with God this last few weeks I have re-devoted myself to him. I will no longer do things to please others but to please him. I hae followed others leads so no one would get mad at me and in turn I made life worse for myself. Recently the devil presented himself in my life and made a huge "war" with some of the people I love the most. While I know everyone envoled was hurt, I can't stop hearing God tell me it was the devils doing. The devil likes to sneak in and break people apart. If he can isolate you he thinks he can have you. Well I have been isolated enough!! He will not win with me. All I can do is pray the other people in my family can search deep enough to seek God and his word. 

2 corinthians 2:5-8 NIV

If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.


With all that I have also decided to change my path in school. I am going to get my degree in Physcology. I want I be able to work in the mental health world. People in this world do not understand mental health and they brush it off like it is not real! Or that it can't make people say and do the things they do. In reality mental health is as serious as cancer or dementia.

Luke 17:3-4 NIV

So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says , ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”


It is time I step forward and I follow what God has put in my heart. I may not have always been the best Christian but God loves me the same. He will listen to my cries and he will answer my calls the way he sees fit. I hope those in my life will understand that and seek peace in their heart through God as well. He is the only one that will get is to our final destination.

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. - C.S. Lewis

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Preschoolers and Peace E-Book Review

Preschoolers and Peace Review
Preschoolers and Peace Review


Vendor:
Product:
Age: 
For Moms
Price: 
$2.99

About:
Preschoolers and Peace's book Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet was written by Kendra Fletcher.   Kendra has homeschooled 8 children, one of which has just graduated college. This book talks about planning a preschool day with a 2 year old.  This is an encouragement book to help show you that you can homeschool your older children at he same time as having a young one. The book has the following chapters:

What a Homeschooling Mom Needs 
Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids With Little Ones Underfoot
 Planning Around Preschoolers 
How Do I Keep Them Busy? 
What Does a 2-Year-Old’s Day Look Like? 
How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done? 
How Not to Just Kill Time
 Circle Time: Or How We Pull the Little Ones In 
Preschool Boys 
When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers 
Preschool Chores 
Planning for Preschool 
When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant) 
Meal Planning 101 

Thoughts:
Reading a book from a mom who has been there, and more times than I have, was a blessing.  Many times when I read something from someone I feel they are just giving text book answers or ideas.  It is really hard to find the truth out there and get answers from someone that has actually done it and done it with several kids. Kendra talks about a schedule being the biggest help, but the schedule is more routine. I have to agree with her, small children thrive on a routine.  If they know what to expect everyday they will get used to it.  This is where I fall short though.  I live by the seat of my pants and I know that is what makes it harder for me to deal with teaching my kids and trying to keep the baby occupied. Another key is circle time, this is something we do.  I try to do as much as a whole family as we can.  If I can do one subject with everyone we are in heaven.  Plus reading books together is fun for us all and allows us to to activities together over the book.  Then of course you must have Christ in your heart.  If it wasn't for Christ pushing me to homeschool I would never survive.  I have tried several times to put my children in public school and each time something has made it impossible.  I know this is the work of him and telling me that it is my job to teach them, not the school.

This was a great easy read.  I suggest any mom schooling more than one kid read this no matter their age.  I think there are things that everyone could benefit from it. We all can use tips in how to wrangle the kids at school time, and this book gave some great ones.



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween is Coming


Halloween is coming!

I know this is a very touchy subject for some.  It is either one of those love it or hate is holidays.  I for one love it because I LOVE candy.  That is seriously all we celebrated it for growing up.  We hardly even took the effort in dressing up.  Only a bit to pull off something in order to get candy.  Now that I have kids I still participate because well what kid doesn't like to dress up? I think it is fun to dress up and get some candy. I don't let them have it all though, mama gets half :) of the loot.  I wouldn't be a very good mom is I let them eat it all right?

If you are questioning to participate remember you can do something fun with your kids without doing things that do don't agree with that others may do. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fix It! Grammar Review

Fix It! Grammar Review



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Age: 
3rd grade and up

Price: 
Teacher Manual $19
Student Book $15


Fix It! Grammar Review
About:
Fix It! Grammar is a complete grammar program from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). This is a 6 book series, with each book being a 33 week long lesson plan. Each daily lesson takes about 15 minutes to complete.  You search the short passage for mistakes and correct them.  These passages also build together to create a story. Each week you are learning a different topic that you will implement into those daily lessons and corrections. The teacher's manual is 228 pages long and gives all the instructions you need. It also gives you tips on teaching the lesson to your child as well. The student book is 126 pages long and contains grammar cards that are on card stock. Also, if you purchase the teachers manual you get the student book download for free. Both books have a glossary in the back with words from the work.

How we used:
I used this with my 9 year old.  She is a super speller and very smart in a lot of her work.  However she hates writing and making stories so we have slacked in the whole grammar program.  Getting this review was great because you are getting your child to write and entire story before they even know what they have done.  They are writing it one sentence at a time.  Then by the end they have made the whole story and it is not so overwhelming to look at. So each week we would sit down and go over the new topic.  I would read over the teacher book and give her some of the tips that were in there.  She would then open her own book, read the instructions and do the sentence for the day.  I would then go over her work and correct anything that was wrong and talk to her about how it was wrong and how we could fix it and why. Only spending 15 minutes a day on something that can be tedious was a God send for us.  My kids like to get frustrated when they have to sit for a long time going over something, especially once they have figured it out. This one allowed her to go in and get her sentence for the day done and move on to something else.

My favorite part was the tips that the teacher's manual had.  I will be the first to say that I suck at grammar.  When I went to high school I did the bare minimum in classes to graduate so I never had any kind of English class after 10th grade.  I did not care to pay attention to how I was writing because my other classes did not care either. I do not want my daughter to be like this but sometimes I have a hard time explaining things to her to make her understand it when in reality I barely understand it either.  So having actual tips versus normal instructions on teaching was a blessing.

You can also take the Placement Test to see what book you should start at and then watch the Webinar to understand how the program works.

Be sure to check IEW on social media, they have some great postings.



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Thursday, September 25, 2014