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Oct
24

Flowers of Blessing

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My youngest son came through the door with an enthusiastic grin on his face.  He’d been gone a few hours helping his dad on a job.  Before I could say, “Hello” or ask how his morning had been, he asked, “Hey Mom, daisies are your favorite flower, right?”  I hadn’t noticed his hands behind his back until that moment.  “Yes, sir. They certainly are,” I replied with a note of anticipation.  “Here, I got this for you!” he said as he handed me the loveliest flower in the prettiest vase he’d been able to find.

“He loves me.  He loves me not…” 

Clearly, he loves me and I am one blessed momma!

Blessings to you and yours,

#Wendy’s  #Raising Boys to be Men  #Daisies

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Oct
21

Cancer

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I wish I could say that cancer has never touched my life, but I can’t.  Actually, it touched my life before I was even born.  My father’s younger brother died of cancer, when he was still in his teens.  I never met him, but I was named after him.  I’m proud of my name and I wish I’d known my uncle.

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I am the oldest child in my family.  I have sisters and I had one dearly loved brother.  At 30 years of age, he died of cancer.  He had a beautiful wife, a toddling young son and a baby girl that didn’t make her grand appearance until several months after he was gone.  He worked hard for the M.D. after his name and barely had a chance to use it.  We adored him and our hearts ache for what might have been.

 

My brother, before he was diagnosed with cancer, and his son.


The daughter he never met and his growing boy, nearly a year after his death.  They’re both teenagers now.

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To me, my husband’s sister, my sister-in-law was most recognizable in her roles as wife, mother and art teacher.  I saw her as bright, capable, loving and healthy.  Out of all of us, she always made a conscious effort to take care of her body.  She died of cancer.  The mother in me has wept every time her sons accomplished a goal or achieved a milestone, because she wasn’t here to celebrate with them.  She’s missed graduations, marriages and the births of her grandsons.  I don’t know what they miss most about her, but I miss her laughter and her smile.

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My Ma, Gramma to my children and Mom to my husband, died of cancer 9 years ago.  It’s true what they say, that children won’t remember the dirty dishes in the sink, the piles of laundry waiting to be folded or the clutter.  Everything good about her life has been magnified with time.  The way the house looked sometimes, as I was growing up, is truly insignificant. The memories that last are memories of homemade finger-paints, pulling weeds together in the garden, and learning how to sew a straight stitch.  I hold close the memories of making paper dolls and Play-Doh creations, reading out loud, singing hymns and swingin’ to the “Oldies.”   When my daughter wants to play with my hair and “make it beautiful,” I have a flash of memory, brushing my mother’s long hair and “making it pretty”  -with barrettes and bows and bobbie pins, oh my!  I clearly recall the miles apart and hours on the phone together, laughter and tears; stern scoldings and warm embraces.  My memories say she was the most generous, had the biggest heart, and loved the deepest of any woman I’ve known.  My memories shout that taking the time to make memories with my own children is one of the greatest secret treasures my Ma ever shared with me!  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, remember; and love her all the more.

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There are many types of cancer.  There are days, weeks and entire months designated to the increased awareness of the disease.  It is an education I wish none of us ever needed, but one that we must embrace for lives to be saved.

 

Please, click the graphics for a complete list of Cancer Awareness Months and ways that you can help.

 

The American Cancer Society is devoted to raising awareness and funds to find a cure.  They offer information on prevention, early detection, research, support, and treatment.

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In 2011, it was “reported (by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) that more than 230,000 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 will die of the disease.”

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am so thankful for the survivors in my life.  Their faith, vulnerability and strength; courage and determination inspire me.  My beautiful, young niece is one of them.  She continues to write about her journey through breast cancer and life, offering encouragement and education; and building awareness at Pretty Pink Packages online.  She is an incredible woman and has given much of herself to others.

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I hope all is well with you and yours.


Blessings,

 

 

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Sep
26

Unit Studies – Building a Family Legacy

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Teaching, using the Unit Study Method, comes more naturally to some than others.  I find a topic that interests my children and I  focus my time, attention and creative energy on pulling together every bit of information I can find on that topic.  I have them read about it, eat something that reminds them of it or relates to it through food origin or recipe, look at pictures pertaining to it or watch a video of it; and take them somewhere that it is or was, etc.  I exhaust my resources and immerse them in the topic.  They complete the study; and I prepare to move on to the next vein of interest.  Often a study is generated by something that caught our attention or piqued our interest from a previous study.  Unit Studies are synonymous with In-depth Studies, covering numerous subjects at a time.  They promote Investigation from several angles, Research, Application of skills learned; and invaluable Family Time. Creating a solid Unit Study can be quite time consuming, but not necessarily difficult; and using it is usually effective and rewarding.  Although many educators truly like the idea of teaching through a Unit Study, the amount of preparation can be overwhelming.

Once-a-Week Unit Studies  from Homeschool Legacyprovide step-by-step instructions on how to use each fully prepared Unit Study.  They were created by Sharon Gibson, an experienced homeschool mom with a passion for the benefits of using Unit Studies; and the verve to share their ease and flexibility.  You just have to choose which of the 11 Studies currently available you want to do first.

 

 

One of the main ideas behind Once-a-Week Unit Studies is to literally set aside every other regularly scheduled program for one-day-a-week to focus on Unit Study only.  Presently, my children have away-from-home commitments on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon; so our “Unit Study Day” is Wednesday.

Just like you, the first thing I had to do was choose which study I wanted.  The individual studies range in price from $15.95 to $19.95 each, so cost wouldn’t really be a determining factor for me.          Revolutionary Ideas: the Story of the American Revolution is a perfect fit with our American History studies this year.  The versatility of Once-a-Week Unit Studies permits them to be used as a stand-alone curriculum or as a compliment to what you’re already using.

 

 

This is a 7-week study, designed for grades 2 – 12.  That includes all of my children, with no limit to family use of printed materials; so it works well with my budget consciousness.  At the back of your book you’ll find, “Getting the Most Out of Your Once-a-Week Unit Study.”  This is the place to start.  This is where I was reminded by Sharon Gibson that, “Text books merely inform.  Family time and loving moments help build a legacy.”

Unit Study Day begins with a Family Devotional Time that uses Scripture and commentary to highlight the topic.  It is important to note that every Homeschool Legacy Unit Study is Biblically sound.

For each of the seven weeks of study, Sharon Gibson has compiled an outstanding list of Classic and Award-winning Literature, Interesting & Informative Books, Biographies, Classic Movies, Documentaries; and more. 

 

An excellent choice of books, for individual daily reading and family Read-Alouds is given for:

Week 1 – Significant Pre-Revolution World Events

Week 2 – The Life and Times of Colonial Americans and Their Taxing King

Week 3 – The Firebrands

Week 4 – Early Battles and “The shot heard ’round the world.”

Week 5 – America Declares Her Independence

Week 6 – The Turning Point

Week 7 – March to Victory

“The books listed in the Pick & Choose Read-Alouds for Non-Readers” have been read and vetted to eliminate objectionable content.  I really appreciate this!  Another superior feature of Homeschool Legacy‘s Unit Studies is the fact that – because the recommended books and videos are listed in numerical and alphabetical Dewey decimal order, once we made our selections according to age and ability, they were easy to find at our local library.  For the couple that weren’t available in our system of libraries, I followed the suggestion of noting the Dewey decimal numbers on the books that are listed, and checked the library shelf in the same section for any books that explored the week’s focal topic.  This is a no-stress guide to learning. It is completely teacher/student driven, and flexible to each family’s needs.

Clear instructions are given on how to make a Timeline Notebook.  This is a wonderful idea for any age, but especially when it is established with young children and maintained through the years.  It can be used for many subjects, takes up far less room than a timeline on the wall; and sincerely helps to visually tie past events, places and people together.

After Family Devotions, Unit Study Day is generally spent on inexpensive, interactive and engaging activities that keep the focus of the day squarely on the topic.

One Topic > Many Subjects

Literature

Language

History

Science

Bible

Geography

Art Appreciation

and More

 Reading and writing assignments, experiments, outdoor adventuring, oral presentations, map work; and other hands-on activities are suggested and detailed for each week.

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My kids were excited about using the Revolutionary Ideas Unit Study as soon as they learned that the suggested game for Week 1 is RISK!  It is one of their favorite games, but inevitably it takes forever to play; so it doesn’t get played as often as they’d like.  As far as they were concerned, here it was listed as a must for Game Night!  I put up a little fuss, just so they don’t pick up on the fact that I’m thrilled with continuing education long after school hours are passed.

John Adams said, “The revolution was effected before the war commenced.  The revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people.”

Week 5 had us read The Declaration of Independence in its entirety.  I think every home in America should do this once a year.  We went online and looked up John Trumbull’s painting of the “Signing of the Declaration of Independence.”  Before our Unit Study Day, I went to the bank and bought a two-dollar bill for each of the children working through the study.  We used a magnifying glass to look at the incredible detail of the painting on the back of the two-dollar bill.  We tried to identify some of the Signers pictured and then recapped a brief history, thought or idea for each of them.  I think the general retention of the information will be greater because of the hands-on activities we did.  Anytime you can utilize more than one of your senses while learning, you foster the possibility for optimal retention and recall of the material.  To date, this was our best week!

We have yet to finish Revolutionary Ideas: the Story of the American Revolution, but I already know that one of the veins of interest we’ll follow will be from Week 6.  In our Family Devotional Time, we read that “George Washington had prayed for a much needed ‘signal stroke of providence.” God answered that prayer in the form of a major victory.  In response to that victory, the Continental Congress called for a “Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to God.”  They also recommended that everyone confess and ask forgiveness of their sins so that God would be able to pour out His blessings upon America.”  We will pursue this topic right into Thanksgiving 2012.

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A unique aspect of Homeschool Legacy‘s Once-a-Week Unit Studies, that I wasn’t able to utilize, is the potential for Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls to earn corresponding merit badges when assignments are completed as designed.  I don’t have Boy Scouts or AH Girls.

For further details you can Contact Sharon@HomeschoolLegacy.com or call – 828-685-7215.  Homeschool Legacy is in Hendersonville, NC.

My Schoolhouse Review Crew mates had an opportunity to review different Once-a-Week Unit Studies.  You can read their reviews when you click on the banner below.

If you’ve never gotten around to doing a Unit Study, now is the time.  I believe you can trust      Homeschool Legacy to help you build a family legacy of learning that pleases The Lord.  The present state of our great nation compels me to wholeheartedly suggest that you begin with Revolutionary Ideas.  Knowing our past and acknowledging our foundation is vital to our future.

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*   I received a PDF formatted copy of Revolutionary Ideas: The Story of the American Revolution, in exchange for my honest review; as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Sep
19

Fighting Obesity

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Everyone needs daily physical activity.  Generally, our level of physical fitness reflects the state of our overall health, and the body’s fitness is usually determined by the amount of physical work we do.  Many of our ancestors physically worked hard every day.  They were naturally active.  Technological progress has changed the very nature of work.  Often, we sit at work and then, we sit at home.  Establishing a regimen of consistent physical exercise has the potential to improve our health, well-being and life expectancy.  Yet, it seems so difficult to implement.  I’m hoping that if I start a program with my children, now, maybe it will become such a habit that they will continue it into adulthood.  The experts estimate that “by 2015 75% of all US kids, adolescents and adults will be overweight or obese.”  That’s a statistic I’d rather not have a direct connection to.

Family Time Fitness  is Physical Education for everyone, but with their Fitness 4 Homeschool Curriculum it is especially for the Home School.

 

 

 

Designed for grades K through 8th, Family Time Fitness utilizes the Guided Discovery Method to teach Movement Education.  “Guided Discovery is based on providing simple instruction then allowing children to explore movements on their own.”  Guided Discovery is approved by the International Youth Conditioning Association.

 

Family Time Fitness gives us, as parents and teachers, the instruction needed to confidently teach our children basic physical movement:

Skipping

Hopping

Crawling

Shuffling

Running

and Jumping

Each of the 260 lessons is clearly outlined with written instructions and video examples to follow.

Lessons detail –

Skills Taught

Equipment Needed

and Suggested Recovery Time

Plus –

3-5 activities for Warm-up:

Standing Leg Swings

Arm Circles

Toe Raises

Heel Walks

Ankle Alphabets

the Rocking Horse Series

and More…

3 or 4 activities for Game Play:

Wall Sits

Ball Circles

Shuffle & Skip with Toss

Partner Turn and Pass

Shoulder Tag

Bear Crawl

and Several Others…

2-3 Cool Down activities:

the Bowing Pose

Lion Pose

Crossover Stretch

Palm Tree Pose

and Single Leg Stretch

To Name a Few…

And 1 Outdoor Activity:

Freeze Tag

Monkey in the Middle

Who can Hula Hoop the Longest?

The Agility Course

and More.

 

 

 

The lessons are structured to provide 25-45 minutes of physical activity, with an additional 15-30 minutes of outdoor play included for a full 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily.  On average, it is taking us an entire hour just to accomplish the 25-45 minute activity.  Sometimes for fun, they do the 15-30 minute play, later in the day.  Other days, lack of time doesn’t allow us to do anymore PE for the day.  This program is flexible to any schedule, adaptable to any level of fitness and can be easily modified to meet each family’s needs.

It is recommended that Fitness 4 Homeschool be used at the same time each day, 5 days a week.  Presently, we are only using it 2 to 3 times a week.  Believing that “physical activity helps activate the brain and improves on task behavior,” we have set our family fitness time first thing in the morning; after face washing and teeth brushing, but before breakfast and school.  Starting after breakfast tends to churn up breakfast-in-the-belly because this, seriously, is a workout!

 

 

The lessons are designed so they can be done in limited space, but I think our space restrictions are a little much even for Family Time Fitness.  We couldn’t seem to do any of the activities in the house.  We did everything outside, and if the weather didn’t permit being outside then we postponed the lesson.  For those that have ample clear floor space, ideas and suggestions are added for indoor use.  For example, “Use foam balls for activities that require a ball with an alternative being a blow up beach ball.”

 

Lots of the activities are done without equipment, but some require readily available items that make the lessons more enjoyable:

Bean Bags – or small Balls, even a pair of socks rolled into a ball shape

Jump Ropes

Hula Hoops

Playground Balls – basketball, soccer ball or volley ball

Foam Balls

Cones – alternative might be a box, a bucket or even a large rock

Measuring Tape

Stop Watch

and an Exercise Mat – if needed after assessment of activity area


 

A Tracking Calendar is provided.  It can be copied and used for record keeping, as well as encouragement when a lesson is completed.

 

There is also an Assessment Form.  It is optional, but it is helpful to gauge where your child is starting in skill level and aptitude.  Assessing again, in 6-8 weeks, will usually show a noticeable improvement in a number of areas –

Strength

Mobility

Agility

Flexibility

Coordination

Balance

Endurance

and Mental Acuity

Other tools to assist you include:  a Daily Food Diary, Grocery List, a Meal Planner; and a Nutrition Log.

 

I have the PDF version of Fitness 4 Homeschool – Core 1 Physical Education Curriculum.  Paying a one time fee of $57 will give you access for a lifetime.  One of my favorite things in this format is the One Page Summaries.  One Page Summaries provide an overview of each lesson.  They were actually created to save on print costs.  How considerate!  You print one page and use it as a reference guide for the lesson you reviewed.  The lessons are formatted for the iPad and smartphones, too!  That’s another print saver.

 

 

It’s my intention to continue with Family Time Fitness and promote a few good habits with my children.  My youngest daughter loves “exercising and playing together.”  Her favorite activity is actually a Warm-up:  “Popcorn.”  The child lies flat on her back with her arms extended over her head.  She brings her knees to her chest, holding her legs with her arms wrapped around them.  She lifts her head as close to her knees as possible, holding that position to the count of 10.  Then, she “pops out” and back to the starting position!

My son gets distracted waiting for the set up or instruction for the next game.  He’s also extremely competitive and has to be reminded that every activity is not a contest against one of his siblings.  I’m looking forward to the improvement in his skill level, but also a positive change in his attitude.

The oldest daughter that is participating sees the benefit of “purposefully moving,” but has never enjoyed exercising.  “If you have to do it, Family Time Fitness is more fun with the family than working out alone.”

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact

Email ~ CustomerService@FamilyTimeFitness.com

Phone ~ 979.209.0778

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Family Time Fitness

3131F East 29th Street

Bryan, TX  77802

 

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Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post; including the banner below that directs you to the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog and my Crew mates reviews.

 

 


 “Be enthusiastic about physical activity.  Children will give physical activity the same importance and enthusiasm that the parent or teacher gives.”

 

Blessings,

 

 

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Sep
06

Everyday Homemaking

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Econobusters  is a website dedicated to busting free from this economy, with Molly Green.  Molly shares frugal tips, recipes, advice and more to help you maintain balance in your home and life, while saving all the “green” you can.  Now, Molly has her very own product review crew, built on the standards you’ve come to rely on from the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

 

 

 

Drum roll, please…  This is the first product review for The Molly Crew!

 

What could be better than everyday homemaking?  Isn’t that just what we’re trying to do everyday – create, maintain, or improve our home and life?

 

Everyday Homemaking is jam-packed with practical ideas and tools to help you better manage your household and time. Practical ideas, time- and money-saving tips, useful products, links to our favorite sites–family resources that God has used to enable us to live our lives more abundantly. Everyday Homemaking–practical ideas for busy families, like

 

yours and mine.”

 

 

 

I basically grew up in a single-parent household.  My dad was career Army and my mother raised us alone.  I was well-loved, but unprepared for adult life in many ways.  I felt like I was given a good foundation for motherhood, but not homemaking or housekeeping.   Vicki Bentley  is the author of Everyday Homemaking.  Her biography begins with the little tidbit of information that “she is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty, and grandma to fifteen wonderful grandbabies.”  Wah! As you read further, you discover that she was able to homeschool 17 children, alongside her husband Jim, and was still able to “open the front door to guests.”   I have only seven children still living at home–they’re not babies–and more times than not, I meet my guests on the porch.  The Lord wants us to practice hospitality, but my lack of housekeeping skills often prevents me from doing so, and that’s sad.  I am awestruck at what Vicki’s been able to successfully accomplish in her life!  I wish we had been next-door neighbors when my older ones were growing up, but I’m grateful for the positive impact that she’s had on my life from this point.

 

One of The Molly Crew’s choices for review was Vicki’s Everyday Cooking – a collection of tried-and-true recipes…  The e-book format is $14.99.  I’m looking forward to reading my Crew mates reviews of this book, since I chose to review The Everyday Family Chore System.

 

 

 

 

I chose to review this book because the first words I read said, “Household management training!”  Vicki Bentley actually explains that her intentions are for it to be a springboard…to encourage and provide tools to help you mentor your children in what it means to be a responsible, caring, sharing part of your family.”  This was my first ray of hope that all was not lost, because these are the characteristics my older children display.

 

The book is divided into three parts:

 

1.)  Laying a Foundation – “Child training is the first step to successful home management training.”

 

I was immediately reminded of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”  This is a foundational truth.  I appreciate that there are Biblical references throughout this book.  Somewhere, over the past several years I recognize that I’ve become careless in my child training.

 

2.)  Implementing the Plan
– Assign responsibilities
– Teach them HOW to work
– Motivate them to succeed

 

The facts are that the reasons for establishing a family chore system are more than having your home clean and organized.  Although, my husband would say this is prime, at the moment; and rightly so.  It also presents a way for us to faithfully serve one another, and provides an opportunity for me to teach vital life skills to my children.  Before now, I had no plan; consequently some of these areas have been neglected and are quite weak.

 

3.)  The Actual Chore System
The Everyday Family Chore System
– How-to-do-it Cards

 

Vicki believes Part 3 is the most important part of this book.  I would agree that for most people, especially those just contemplating a chore system of any type, first-time parents or a young family, this is probably true.  This is the section with the details of how to create your working chore charts and lists.  Part 3 is where she stresses that you must teach your child HOW to work, and shares her “essential element”
in the system — the How-to-do-it Cards.

 

 

She highlights several different ideas of how to implement the Everyday Family Chore System.  Even though we already have a chore system based on a rotation schedule, I chose to follow her suggestions and make a new chore chart.  I used a magnetic white board, because I already had it, and I purchased colored magnetic material that I could write names and chores on; and cut apart.  If I were starting from scratch, I think I would be tempted to use the magnetic wall paint I saw in the craft store. It looks so cool! It allows you to make nearly anything magnetic and then paint over it with the color of your choice!

 

We headed our chore chart with the words – Family Service = Loving Each Other,
followed by the verse from Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for The Lord, not for man.”

 

 

Ultimately, the chart itself worked similarly to the one we were already using.  However, the concept of the How-to-do-it Cards, although simple, is remarkable.  It changes everything! Especially, if you’re just starting to train your child.

 

The strength of the Everyday Family Chore System, for me, is found in Vicki Bentley’s ability to fill a gap for parents. She challenges parents to model behavior, and to have a clear definition of what it means to train and to discipline. She guides them to an understanding of basic foundational principles, that might never have been considered; backing every truth with scripture.  She teaches parents how to train their children. She is so generous with her knowledge and information–I just read the Basic Foundational Principles on her blog the other day. She has been blessed and she is a blessing.

 

 

This book is available coil bound – $19.99 or 91 pages in e-book format for $17.99.

 

To read additional reviews by my Crew mates, click the banner below.

 

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer*   I was given The Everyday Family Chore System e-book in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Aug
27

Making Time 4 Writing

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What do you make time for in your day to day life?  Work, devotions, music, God, family, education?  Generally, we make time for the things that we value.

One of our highest priorities is to make time for learning. Many subjects vie for the time that is available.  History, Science and Art are the easy favorites in our house, so we have to purpose to make time for the less desirable, Mathematics and Writing.  Time always seems to be in short supply.  I still teach my children how to look up a word in the dictionary, but I appreciate the ability to type that same word into a browser and have a definition in just seconds.  I appreciate crock-pot cooking, as opposed to standing over a stove, but I’m not fond of the microwave, even though it’s quick.  I appreciate time-saving choices.

One of my choices is  Time4Writing.  I think this is probably marketed as “Now is the Time 4 Writing,” but to me it is, “Helping you Make Time 4 Writing.”  Time4Writing provides 8-week, online writing courses with certified teachers.  Courses are available for Elementary, Middle School and High School/College Prep students, covering the basics through advanced essay writing, SAT essay writing and writing research papers.  Each course costs $99.

 

 

 

Using the placement chart available on the website, I chose to enroll my daughter in the High School Grammar, Usage and Mechanics course.  I wanted to make sure there were no gaps in her writing foundation. If we had determined that this was not the right course for her, for any reason, I could have changed courses or even had my money refunded within the first 2 weeks.  Time4Writing offers a 100% guarantee!  She begins her seventh week, today, and says, “This course has definitely been beneficial to me.  I already knew a lot of the material that was presented,  but I was able to identify my weak areas and discover what I still needed to learn.  Presently, I have a 96.86% for the course, but I have several classes to complete and I’m hoping to raise my final grade.  The teacher’s comments were encouraging and kept me on track.  Now, I have the confidence to conquer essay writing.”

 

 

Click graphic for Course Overview

High School Grammar, Usage and Mechanics covers:

  • Parts of Speech
  • Complex Sentences
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Plural & Possessive Nouns
  • Pronouns, Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Confusing Words & Capitalization Errors
  • Commas, Semicolons, and Other Punctuation
  • and Proofreading

 

Each course is student paced.  The student signs into the lesson and completes the assignments given.  These are not video lessons.  They are written and read by the student, reinforced by writing assignments and multiple-choice quizzes.  Tests are marked and comments written by the teacher, with the opportunity to correct and improve the grade.  I think this keeps the focus on learning and retaining the material, not on the grades obtained.  The parent is sent reports of every correspondence between the teacher and the student, and detailed reports of the assignments completed and test scores earned are available.

This system worked especially well for both of us.  I read reports and watched progress, but otherwise my time was not used for this course.  My daughter broke her ankle at the beginning of the course.  The pain and the medication she needed put her behind on her classes, but once she was feeling better she was able to make up the time.  She would work on lessons in the morning and then do an extra one in the evening.  Her teacher was attentive and helpful, even offering to extend her course time by a week, if it became necessary.  Although, the courses are a little costly to our homeschool budget, and I do wish they had a greater than 5% multiple users discount, the benefit of time gained was worth the price to me.  I hope to enroll her in the SAT essay writing course, soon.

There are numerous Free Writing Resources at Time4Writing.com.  I hope you’ll use the links I’ve provided throughout this post to gather more information and utilize the resources available.  You can also read the various reviews written by my Crew mates, when you click the banner below.

 

 

 

 

Comments or Questions?

Read the answers to  frequently asked questions, make  Contact  through the website

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Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*   I was given access to an 8-week online course from Time4Writing in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Jul
18

Who Is My Neighbor?

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“The fact is that we are better together than we are apart.  A family, a neighborhood, a church, or a country is more than just a collection of what each person brings to the group.  Together, we enrich each other’s lives through our individual interests, gifts, and talents.  And only when we live and work and play together can we become the kinds of healthy, balanced, purpose-filled people God created us to be.”  My family challenges and inspires me to be the best I can be, for God and my world.  I desire to do the same for them.

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?  is the third book in the series, What We Believe, published by Apologia Press with Summit Ministries.

What We Believe is a Biblical worldview series.  It is my responsibility to teach my children “how to use Scripture as a lens; viewing the world through it.”   If I don’t, I set them up to become a grim statistic –

“Well over two-thirds of young people leave church soon after graduating from high school or starting college.  Many are already gone by their teen years,” says Davis Carman, steward of Apologia Educational Ministries.  The vision for the What We Believe series is, as quoted from Apologia:

  • to help children build their lives on the solid rock of God and His Word
  • to encourage family discipleship as an educational model
  • to eliminate the fear factor of teaching worldview at home
  • to decrease the rate at which young men and women are leaving the Christian faith

 

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is beautifully bound in a hard cover book.  It is an easy to read conversation, geared for students ages 6 – 14.  You can find a Lesson 1 sample here.  Who Is My Neighbor? is Scripturally sound, but not denominationally specific.  It touches many subjects; teaching more than Bible.

 

 

I believe the return on the $39 investment for the textbook, which includes access to additional resources and many online extras, has the possibility of being incalculable.  There is also a Notebooking Journal – $24, and a Coloring Book – $8, that corresponds to and reinforces each lesson.

 

 

I have had the privilege of teaching  Who Is God? And How Can I Know Him? and Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? , and we are now savoring Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?.  We continue to read, notebook, discuss and ponder, question, answer and memorize.  I wholeheartedly endorse this worldview curriculum.  It has been a joy to use such well-written, dependable material.

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There is a lesson plan outlined for each book in the series, but it is not mandated.  In fact, each book is set up to allow maximum flexibility.  We learn at our own pace.  It is also noteworthy that each book is set up to stand on its own and must not necessarily build upon the previous one, although, there are keys that connect from one to the other.  Personally, I appreciate the order designed by the authors, and I’m pleased we started with the first book.

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is a detailed 276 pages, comprised of  8 Lessons, each structured around The Big Idea – which is an intro to the main subject.

Chapters covered include:

  1. Does Anyone Really Need Me?  “Two are better than one… If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  2. How Can I Make A Difference?  “My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.”  1 John 3:18
  3. Who Is My Neighbor?  “I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.”  Matthew 25:40
  4. Why Did God Make Families?  “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  Mark 10:9
  5. What Can I Do For My Country?  “He makes nations great, and destroys them:  He enlarges nations, and disperses them.”  Job 12:23
  6. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?  “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”  James 3:16
  7. Who Is God’s Family?  “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:10
  8. Why Does The Church Need Me?  “Be encouraged and knit together, by strong ties of love.”  Colossians 2:2

 

 

I use the learning objectives for each lesson, laid out in What You Will Do, to guide our conversations and reinforce what we read.    

A Short Story is read and used to demonstrate a situation and how it might be handled when a Christian Worldview is in action.  The stories contain marvelous detail, and although they can run long, my children anticipate each one!

Vocabulary words are listed separately in Words You Need To Know.  I have the children write these and their definitions, along with their Bible memory verses, from Hide It In Your Heart, first.  We refer back to them as needed.

There are various articles in each lesson, touching on subjects of art, music, math and science, etc., that tie into the main idea – either directly or through the short story.  This is Integrated Learning.  In a section titled What Should I Do?, a specific Godly character trait is highlighted.  Combining Integrated Learning and What Should I Do?  gives us the opportunity to brainstorm several scenarios and the best way to handle them.

I use the Prayer section as a model, to keep our prayer time focused on the attributes of the lesson.

Encounters with Jesus is one of our favorite portions of each lesson.  It “is a story, adapted from Scripture, about a person who encountered Jesus during His ministry on earth… Through these stories students can explore how Jesus showed God’s love to individuals in their time of need, thus providing an example for students to follow as they meet people in need.”

Thanks to Apologia Press, Worldview Study is no longer a dynamic I neglect in our Bible studies.  In every lesson, we are given knowledge that helps us center our lives on God’s Truth, knowing what we believe and why.  “When we recognize the components of our own worldview, we can begin to look at other worldviews and understand why others believe as they do.”  As Christians, we have a hope in Christ Jesus, The One True and Living God, that other religions don’t have.  Worldview equips us to effectively communicate that hope to others.

Through all four books in this series, we are reminded that we are building a House of Truth In this volume, Who Is My Neighbor?, we erect the third wall, the Servanthood Wall, adding on to the foundation and the first wall, the Fellowship Wall, built in Who Is God?, and the second wall, the Image-Bearing Wall,  from Who Am I?.  This is intended as a memory aid and can be drawn in the notebook, built with items you have on hand, or purchased separately from Summit Ministries, as a three-dimensional, build-as-you-go model.

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Comments or Questions?

Contact ~

Write

Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220/340

Anderson, IN  46016

Call

888.524.4724

or

765.608.3280

Email

biblicalworldview@apologia.com


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Please, use the numerous links I’ve provided in this post, to learn more about Apologia and their What We Believe series.  You can read other reviews of Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?, from my Crew mates, when you click the banner below.

 

 

 

 

It is my hope that I have laid a firm foundation; built my house and home on Truth, and that my sons, as they travel to Quebec, Canada, this week, on a mission trip, to minister to the needs of our neighbors, will have assurance and full confidence in sharing their worldview.  May The Lord keep them, and may they be “salt and light”  for the cause of Christ.

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*  A copy of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

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Apr
16

Hands-on Science!

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Yes, please!  I wish every concept of science could be taught through hands-on activities.  I retain what I learn, so much better, and therefore, I’m able to teach it better!  When I present it well, and my students get their hands on it, their minds seem to follow and stick with it much easier.

Take the instruction from AIMS Education Foundation, for instance.

 

Click the graphic to read The Story of AIMS as told by the founder.

 

AIMS is an acronym for Activities Integrating Mathematics and Science.  They’ve been around since 1981.  Their goal is to integrate science, mathematics, language arts, social studies, etc., just as they are integrally connected in the real world, and this makes AIMS products effective.  We recently had the opportunity to use and review Earth Rocks!.

 

Click graphic to see PDF formatted preview pages.

More than 300 pages, covering 50 lessons and hands-on activities.  Students explore soil, rocks and minerals (noting that there is, indeed, a difference in the two,) the water cycle, weather, and erosion.  They identify and classify renewable and non-renewable resources, and spend time discussing pollution and solutions.  The book is large, regular 8 1/2″ X 11″ black and white printed pages, bound between a high-gloss, paper back cover.  The content is written for grades 4-5, but I found it adaptable to younger and older ages, with little extra effort.  The book is non-consumable, but many pages must be copied/printed for use by a student.  Earth Rocks! can be purchased for $29.95.  It is also available, in its entirety, in downloadable PDF version, for the same price.

AIMS Education Foundation has many Activity Books, Lab Kits, Components, and Resources available.  Their Rock and Mineral Set, for $24.95, is a great resource for Earth Science, and Earth Rocks!.  The books can be used in any order, and together could fulfill requirements for a full curriculum.  For us, they are outstanding supplements to our Science or Math curriculum.

We did not work through Earth Rocks! in a specific order.  This week, April 10, 2012, was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic.  Earth Rocks! has a lesson on Ice Sculptures.  The topic is Glaciers.  Timely, yes?  Every lesson includes Key Questions, a Learning Goal, Guiding Documents, Science, Integrated Processes, Materials needed, Background Information, the Management and Procedure of the lesson and activities, Connecting Learning and Extensions.  The students make a glacier, which was our tie-in to the history of The Titanic, but the lesson rolled us right into how glaciers create valleys, and change the surface of the Earth.  Great information; well organized hands-on activities make AIMS a welcome resource!  Earth Rocks!, in itself,  gives us nearly a year of one-a-week supplemental science lessons.

My TOS crew mates reviewed several different Activity Books; so, you’ll want to click the graphic below, and follow the link to read their blog posts.

 

 

Blessings,

 

Disclaimer*  A copy of this product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 

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Feb
27

It is Beeyoutiful!

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A month ago, or so, my youngest daughter came across a basket of her baby things, items that were used in her nursery, that I had put away until I could decide what I would sentimentally keep and what I would discard.  She asked if she could use the baby lamp in her room now.  “Oh, pleeeeease.”  I didn’t put up much resistance and said, “sure.”  Over the course of the next couple of days, she moved that lamp to several locations in the room, until she found “just the perfect place.”  During one of the moves, the lamp shade was bumped and her chin hit the hot light bulb.  Please, don’t ask me if I was still okay with my “sure” instead of my usual, “no, leave it alone, it really isn’t necessary.”  It burned, blistered, and hurt.  I treated it, prayed over it, and loved-on her.  She said, “I’m okay, I’m okay,” with watery eyes and a forced smiley-grimace.  Actually, she’s one of my easy ones, when it comes to getting hurt.  She’s calm, collected and trusting.

The next day I got Miracle Skin Salve, from Beeyoutiful, in the mail.  I knew there was a product arriving any day, but I didn’t know when, and I didn’t know what.  Not one to believe in coincidence, I was thrilled with the Divine intervention that had my little girl covered before I even knew she’d need it.

 

 

The insert telling me about it says:  “This delicate, summer-leaf-colored cream, full of skin-soothing, natural ingredients looks as healthy as it is. Spread on a dab of Miracle Skin Salve to treat:

• Cuts and abrasions (cover with a bandage if necessary!) • Stubborn splinters (to help them work their way out) • Insect bites and stings • Inflamed and swollen injuries or bruises • Painful hemorrhoids • Diaper rash and tender bottoms • Dry, chapped skin • Minor burns • Yeast-related rashes like eczema and psoriasis • Cold sores • Post-staph infection and skin surgery sites (to reduce scarring apply daily for 2 to 3 months).

You’ll notice fast healing thanks to the miraculous blend of ingredients that moisturize and soothe while providing anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory aid to skin irritations and injuries. These reliable, natural ingredients give Miracle Skin Salve its power: Coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, bee propolis, organic plantain leaf, organic comfrey root, organic calendula flowers, and essential oils of lavender and rosemary.

So many natural, healthy ingredients in it that even though I wasn’t familiar with the product, yet, I was comfortable trying it.  “Beeyoutiful skin products contain NO Parabens, Formaldehyde, Petroleum derived ingredients or SLS Detergents.  They are all manufactured in the USA, using pure, all natural ingredients.”  By this time, the area on her chin was weepy and raw looking.  I gently dabbed the Miracle Skin Salve on her burn and it instantly soothed it.  She wasn’t sure if it would sting, or not, and it didn’t.  It has healed nicely and we continue to use it, to reduce any scarring to her face.

 

I find comfort in knowing I have it in the house, in case of emergency, but also for the little things, like splinters and insect bites.  It is $15 for 2 oz. or $25 for 4 oz., and I honestly think it’s worth it!  It is effective and it goes a long way.

My youngest grandson was born on Christmas Eve, just over a year ago.  He is a bright, beautiful, allergic-reaction-waiting-to-happen!  Yes, he’s allergic to nuts and peas and…  He also has atopic dermatitis.  It is a type of eczema, with skin inflammation, rash, and intense itching.  Because he’s a baby, much of it is located on his face and head.  My daughter has gone through several products in an attempt to manage it and keep him comfortable.  Cetaphil Moisturing Lotion was the best she had found, but he would still have miserable outbreaks and the patches were never completely cleared.  Nana (that’s me) to the rescue, with my latest discovery, the Miracle Skin Salve!  I slathered his little face and ears with it, and within an hour or two all the redness and inflammation was gone.  We could still see and feel a residual rash, but it worked so well, so quickly, that I gave my daughter a teaspoonful to use on a continual basis.  It worked miraculously!  It completely cleared his rash!  She was so excited to see his baby-smooth skin, again.  She bought the 4 oz. container, has used it generously, every other day, and it’s lasted about a month.  Different things can cause an eczema outbreak,  but the peace of mind we have, knowing she can now manage it, keeping him healthy and happy, is priceless.

I also used the B.A.L.M.  Beeyoutiful All-Natural Lip Moisturizer is a keeper!  “Conventional lip moisturizers can be harsh and even damaging to fragile lip membranes with chemicals and fuel derived bases. Beeyoutiful’s all natural Lip Balms offer you a choice of a soothing, healing lip balm that you can be confident in the ingredients, knowing you are using the very best on your lips!”  At $3 a tube we can each have our own and I don’t have to feel guilty for hiding mine!

 

 

At Beeyoutiful.com they believe “that each individual is responsible for their own health.”  They are caring for themselves and their families, just as we are, and they desire to share the tools; the products, that are beneficial to them.  They want to “aid others in obtaining and maintaining good health.”

On their site you’ll find useful information:

The Articles section ~

  • Preparing for Pregnancy Video Series
  • Anemia
  • Heartburn
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • and more

Nutritional Supplements ~

  • Bone and Joint Health
  • Circulatory Support
  • Pregnancy and Prenatal
  • Weight Management
  • and numerous others

Natural Skin Care

  • Eucalyptus Bath Salts
  • Milk & Honey Facial Bar
  • Miracle Skin Salve
  • Lavishmint Hydrating Toner
  • and many other items

 

Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post and take a few minutes to check out the various products available from Beeyoutiful.  Their website is easy to navigate, and you can Shop by Product or Shop by Health Concern.  If you want to investigate further, click on the graphic below to read other reviews by my crew mates.

 

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Beeyoutiful.com

Box 1

Nunnelly, TN  37137

1.800.556.0967

 

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Jan
11

It’s a Wrap!

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At our house, a school day might begin something like this…

A Younger Child:  “Hey, Momma, did you know that all of the Anderson’s have the flu?”

ME:  “I didn’t.  When you talk to Katie, find out if they need anything.”

Younger Child:  “Okay.”

An Older Sibling:  “Did you know that our great-great-grandmother died from the flu?  Nana was born in 1912, so she was only six when her mom and her little brother died in 1918.”

ME:  “The worst plague in America was the Influenza Epidemic of 1918.  More people died from the flu in that year than died in all of World War I.”

Younger Child:  “She was younger than me.”

ME:  “She was.  Then, her dad died when she was just 12.  She was your sister’s ages living through The Great Depression.”

Older Child:  “1929-1939 or 41, or something?”

Younger Child:  “What’s The Depression?”

ME:  “I’ll tell you what, after breakfast, I’ll show you some pictures of kids during The Great Depression.  I’ve got a book, someplace.  I’ll find it.  It’s called Children of the Great Depression.  Just the photographs will give you a good idea of what The Great Depression was, but we’ll talk about it, too.”

At this point, my brain is charging ahead with plans for today and tomorrow, and beyond.

THINKING:  “I’ll make breakfast a little hardier than I initially planned, so I can just give them bread & water for lunch.  Seriously, hunger was real during The Depression.  Maybe we’ll follow a bare-bones-potato-soup recipe for dinner and eat by the light of an oil lamp.”

I know my older ones read The Great Depression, America 1929-1941, by Robert S. McElvaine, but the mids haven’t, yet.

THINKING:  “I’ll pull that out and we can read excerpts from it, to everyone, but they can work on reading the whole thing, themselves, over the next week.  They’ll definitely need to start a vocabulary/spelling list.  I have some Penmanship/Copywork pages I can add for the younger ones and an essay assignment for the oldest.”

DANCING INSIDE MY HEAD:  I can download an instant e-Book from Zeezok Publishing!  One of their Z-Guides to the Movies for the Depression era.  I’m pretty sure they have one for Kit Kittredge, and since we already own the movie we could actually work on it this week.  They love that movie, but with the Z-Guide they’ll see it in a whole new light.”

 

 

 

Books, movies, the internet.  The library, Netflix, museums.  I use them all.  Anything and everything that I can get my hands on and afford, that will stimulate my children’s desire to learn and successfully educate them.

Zeezok Publishing has been providing materials for the homeschooling community since 1993.  They’ve published government and history texts, and sixteen classic biographies on the great composers.  In 2010 they introduced us to Z-Guides to the Movies.

 

 

Each Z-Guide is developed for a specific movie.  We’ve found many of the movies at our local library; most are available for rent on Netflix, Zeezok sells a few and some you may already own.  There are more than 30 Z-Guides available, now, and another 25 are due to be released in the spring.

 

$12.99 gives you access to an instant e-Book download, of your choice, or you can have a CD shipped.  Many topics and time-periods are covered –

 Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece

Ancient Rome

Medieval Europe

16th, 17th, 18th & 19th Century Europe

American and French Revolution

Westward Expansion

War Between the States

The Roaring Twenties and The Great Depression

World Wars 1 & 2 and Post-WW2

and the Vietnam War

You’ll get a topic, time-period overview; a movie synopsis, giving you an understanding of the relationship between characters, events and situations.  A list of review questions to be discussed and answered as the movie is being watched, and additional activities prompting research and writing.  My favorite section of every Z-Guide is the Filmaker’s Art and Dramatic License Activity.  I do not have the ready knowledge that I find in this section.  Even as my children are learning, so am I.

“The Filmmaker’s Art activity helps the student recognize the tools being used to influence the viewer.”  Without the Z-Guide, I don’t always discern these as clearly.  “The various guides discuss how filming techniques, music, lighting, humor, character development, irony, foreshadowing, and even character names are used by the director and producer to influence the viewer to get their agenda across.”  Z-Guides to the Movies has changed the way we see a movie and that’s their goal.  They “want the student to be able to discern not only the agenda of the movie, but also how they are being influenced by it. The goal is that when the student goes to the theatre and watches a movie, he walks out not thinking it was an entertaining movie, but understanding the bigger message behind each film.”

My children are enhancing their critical thinking skills.  Besides movies, they now look at reading material differently, and also examine the influence and impact they may have on others with what they personally write or visually and musically produce.

I think  Z-Guides are impressively thorough.  In 2011, I used one with The Hiding PlaceClick the link to read my review.

Recently, we did, indeed, use the Z-Guide for Kit Kittredge.  Written for elementary and middle school, it was easily adaptable to include our K5 through high school and adult.

Topics and Activities covered ~

The Great Depression

Journalism

Prejudice

Family Unity

and Hobo Life

It was a perfect wrap to an interesting study!

The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew has had the opportunity to review several different Z-GuidesClick on the banner below to read what my crew mates thought of each one.

Comments or Questions?

Contact Zeezok Publishing

email –

info@zeezok.com

write –

P.O. Box 1960

Elyria, OH  44036

call –

800.749.1681

or

440.782.1193

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The next time you study, tie everything together with a Z-Guide and a family movie night!

Blessings,

 

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

I am not affiliated with Netflix and I receive no compensation for references.

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

 

I appreciate your encouragement.  Thanks for your comments.  PK

 

 

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