Thursday, July 7, 2016

Laurelwood Books Review

Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}

VENDOR: Laurelwood Books
PRODUCT: State the Facts: a Guide to Studying Your State
PRICE: $13.95
AGE: 3rd to 8th grade/ 8 years and up

Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}

ABOUT: Laurelwood Books gave me the chance to have a little but of an adventure teaching about Missouri using their book, State the Facts: a Guide to Studying Your State. This workbook is written by Mary Ellen Tedrow. It is for children ages eight years old and up with the focus on the state history. There is 58 pages total of activites, resources and maps to do. This can be used with any state of your choice, we just picked Missouri since that is where we currently live.

When you start the book there is a how to page. This page explains how you can use the book. This is a little fun as it isn't one you have to start at page one and work your way through till the end. You can go through and do it how you wish and how you are able to find the information. It does suggest starting with getting your address and people information first. This was information about people they might talk to in order to help more help; librarian, crongressmen, president, senators, and so on. Not only did they give a space to wrote down the contact information but also a speech/conversation starter to teach the kids how to ask for their own information without the parent having to do it for them!  Some of the other pages in the book include the following:

U.S. Flag & State Flag
Men and Women of This State
Jun for Fun Facts
Plan a Trip
Nature Walk
State Fact Pages
Natural Resources
Physical Features
Final Thoughts & Further Study
Suggestions for Field Trips
Here is Our United States

It was nice to just let loose and let the kiddos go on the book. We actually all worked on it together since we only have one good writer but learning facts intrested them all. Something that really intrested my daughter, 11yo, further than other state studies is the tax information. While we have been really working on budgeting and she is starting to do her own spending, she is learning about tax. We travel frequently and she has noticed that when we are in different places, even just towns, the price for the same thing will be slightly different. So it was interesting to learn about how local tax varies from different places and then the state tax will be the same. 

We also enjoyed learning about the people from here. We always love a chance to plan a trip to Laura Ingles Wilder home. We did have to postpone it because of the massive rains we have been getting but are looking forward to getting back again. It was also interesting to learn about others from here like Mark Twain. 

My children are also really big outdoors kids so the nature walks and journals were a hit. We also got to learn about some of the natural resources in Missouri and things about our land that is different than other areas. Like we live in the Ozark and have a few mountains and the terrain is not as flat as if we were in a place like Kansas. 

Overall this was a super fun way to learn about the state instead of just doing a map and capital and calling it a lesson. It was much more fun learning about key things and people that make our state interesting. We look forward to learning more about other states using more of these workbooks in this coming year for out history lessons. 

I think it would be a great addition to your history lessons as well. It is also very easy to make this work for older students by making them dig deeper into the work. It is also simple to make easier for younger students by simply making the lessons shorter and more focused on the stories of the past. I think everyone in the family would love to try it out. 

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Also another great way to learn about Laurelwood Books and many of their other great curricumum options check out what my fellow crew members got to review. Some reviewed the same as I did but many more got to review many other choices for a great variety to take a look at.
Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books  Review}

Monday, July 4, 2016

Angelicware Cloth Diaper

Fun and cute cloth butt. No leaks,  double gusset to hold in those massive...umm explosions. Lol it wasn't overly thick causing to much bulk which was nice for my slim baby.  However, I did try it with my toddler and it fit him well too. It absorbed great overnight which is a major plus in this home.

You can purchase your diaper at Amazon.

I did recieve this free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Talking to him

I don't know about you, but I know I spent a lot of time growing up wondering what people meant by talking to God. They would say things like, "God told me". I just could not
understand the concept of it. Sure I believed in God, I just never heard him talking to me. Was I supposed to hear him speak? Was it a sound I was going to hear with my ears? Was I going to have a "feeling" about something? How would I know what he was saying and that it was him who said it? 

I know I have sat and prayed and cried and pleaded and felt nothing. Then I end up thinking why is he not hearing me? Why is he not answering me? It wasn't until I learned to pray it ALL OUT. I mean every last drop of it, till there was no tear left, and no word left to be said. Because until you can get yo that point, you have not left it to God to deal with. 

Many years and lots of prayer I now know what it feels like to "hear God". I am sure it is probably different for everyone. I think God "speaks" to each person in a way he feels they will hear him best. 

As an example, this past month I have been having a hard time with the idea that it would have been the time I would be celebrating my little angles 1st birthday. Since my little angle went to be with the Lord I did not get to celebrate that. I have not really thought much on it since it happened but this past week I have really been asking why. I wanted to know why God would take my beautiful baby from me? A strong little heart beat just placed inside of me in the wrong position to grow big enough. 

Yesterday while driving home late in the dark from seeing the fireworks God spoke to me. No, I didn't physically hear any sounds. My heart sure did hear something though. I guess the reason why no one ever explains it to you is because it is hard to. Even though you don't hear a voice your heart and soul hears the words. Those words told me...

As much as you love being a mommy here on this Earth, this baby coming to Heave be for you will allow you to be a mommy when you get here too. 

My heart just sang. I know it may seem silly to most. Even maybe a silly reason to lose a baby but knowing that I will have an eternal baby waiting through those pearly gates for me to snuggle for the rest my eternal life gives me nothing but the greatest joy in the world. My kids are all going to grow up on me and move on with their lives. I'm going to get old myself. But boy oh boy I'll get my chance again to do what I love best! If that doesn't help make me strive to be the best Christian I can be then nothing in this world will. 

I will hear God and I will continue listening. I hope you will take the time to truly open your hearts and listen to him too. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Bass Pro Shops in Memphis, TN

May 16, 2016 
Neat place to visit. There is ample parking, even for buses, RV, and big rigs. It is easy in and out access to get to as well. 

Elevator that takes you to a look out to the top. Did not ride it at $10 a person. Not sure the view of dirty Memphis was worth that much with our big family. 😂😂

Smallet than I would have thought from the outside. You have to remember that part of it is reserved for the hotel portion of it though. When you first walk in you will see the area to go for the hotel and then straight forward takes you into the store area. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Progeny Press Review

Vendor: Progeny Press

Price: $17.99
Age: Upper Elementary-Grades 4-6

Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press  Review}

About: Progeny Press presented me with the wonderful opportunity to review Mr. Poppers Penguins E-Guide. Progeny Press is a wonderful company that I been able to review for before. They make wonderful literature study guides from a Christian Perspective. Mr. Poppers Penguins E-Guide is for children in Upper Elementary, about 4th through 6th grade. I got the book from the library to go with this for my daughter to read.

The book is a 1939 Newbery Honor book, crazy to think how old it is and yet it is still a wonderful classic. It is about a house painter, Mr. Popper, who is a dreamer of a man. He doesn’t have much and just makes it by with what they do have. He has always fancied Antarctica and wished he had traveled before he had settled down. The book goes on to tell about how he ends up with some penguins and the fun they have.

Then you get into the E-Guide, which allows you to print off or use in Adobe Acrobat Reader where you can type in the answers straight to your computer. The study guide comes in at 60 pages long. These are divided up into six sections. Each of these sections covers four chapters. In those sections the guide contains vocabulary questions, reading comprehension questions, Dig Deeper, optional activities, and the answer key.

In the vocabulary section some of the activities were using the words in sentences, matching words, finding the definitions.

Reading comprehension questions were short answer type of questions about something in the story. Then there were think about the story questions that were more thought type questions that needed longer answers.

Dig Deeper section used Bible passages to see why characters did things they did. The questions would help them compare the book characters actions to those in the Bible.

The optional activities have several different hands on things you can do to extend the learning. From things like more writing topics to map making, and even just more discussion topics.

How we used: We worked on this a little each day. Kailea is in 5th grade going into 6th. I had her reading and once she read four chapters I would stop her and then she would do a section in the e-guide. Since she loves to read she would usually read her chapters in one day. Then I would have her to do at least a page a day on the study guide until she finished the section and moved onto her next four chapters of the book. She worked most of the guide alone until we got to the Dig Deeper questions. I wanted to do those with her so we could talk and make sure she was getting the understanding of the Bible versus right. Like when it went over pride. Pride is something we  go over a lot here because it can be both bad and good. Sometimes it is hard for kids to understand between the two. As the parent I fall short in doing a good job at finding the perfect Bible verses sometimes to go with studies and Progeny Press never fails. They really are the best and such a great light into our hearts and home.

Mr. Poppers Penguins E-Guide is for Upper Elementary, but Progeny Press also has guides for Lower Elementary, High School, and Middle School so be sure to to read the other reviews to learn the differences between these levels. I think any Christian home that enjoys reading and extending it to a little learning and some Christian values will love these E-Guides. 

Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press  Review}

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Forbrain Review

Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd Review

Vendor: Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd
Product: Forbrain
Price: $359
Age: 5 years to adults

Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd Review

About: I was so excited when Forbrain - Sound For Life LTD sent me a package with their bone conduction headset! Forbrain used technology to enhance your language by using your own voice to stimulate your brain. How cool is that?! The headset is designed to be able to use with children as young as 5 years old and even as old as the adults as well. Since Forbrain has many uses it can help at many levels for those different age levels.
Some of the uses:
*Memory Work
*Speech-Fluecy/language development
*Attention and Memory
*Reading Difficulty
*ADD/ADHD to help focus
*Strengthen Auditory Reception and Process

It comes in a nice protective case that holds the headset as well as the charger. Also included is the user manual, quick start guide, and 3 spare mic covers. There is also a 2 year warranty for the headset. When fully charged the battery will last approximately six hours. 

For correct placement you will want to make sure that the earpiece is on the bone in front of the ears. This is very important as this is how the headset works. The recommended usage is to use daily. For young children use 15 minutes a day, for older teens and adults use 20 minutes a day. 

I  mainly used this with my son who has a speech impediment. When he went to pre-k in a public school he was given speech therapy for it. We never had much luck with the whole repeating of words and trying to hold his mouth in the correct way in order to get him to say the words or sounds correctly. He also has ADHD so it is hard to get him to sit and focus on much at one time. I really enjoyed this because he thought it was cool to wear it and hear himself. It also was nice because it did not actually add anytime to our studies, just a couple seconds to put the headset on. He just wore it while we did some of our other work. Usually when we were working on learning our letter sounds and sight words. That way when we would say them after me he could hear himself. So we do put it on daily but usually he will keep it on longer than the 15 minutes. I think it has helped him because not only is he hearing how he is saying things better to correct himself he is also blocking out the outside sounds around him making him be able to focus more and not pay attention to those distractions. Which is huge for him because normally he would nit pick at the little noises around to interrupt us.

I think that this would be a great tool for anyone that needed some speech, memory, singing, reading, auditory, or focusing help. I love to sing myself and did try it on once to see how well it did with singing. I don't like hearing myself when it comes to and audio system as it makes me feel like I sound off. I was very pleasantly surprised at the clarity that it had and I could actually hear pitches well and it made me feel confident. I didn't want to use it much more so that we could focus on him using it, but I plan to try it out more for myself as well. I could very well see someone using this to aid in their singing lessons.

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Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd Review

Life is a Gift

“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” -Walter Anderson