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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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Dec
09

Hands-On

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I love hands-on learning!  Building.  Creating.  Going.  Doing.  Definitely more of an action-verb sort of teacher, rather than a state-of-being type.  I’m not fond of seat work, although it has it’s place and I use it.

I love Pitsco Education! They are the epitome of relevant, hands-on learning activities and they are dedicated to student success.

 

 

Pitsco has been a leader in education for 40 years.  They “offer a robust array of STEM-oriented [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] classroom solutions.”  Their classroom kits would work well for co-op groups, but they also have full line of individual, homeschool kits, available.  They care about their students, their teachers AND their reputation.  Therefore, they are constantly seeking to improve and expand their product line, “providing students with the most positive and meaningful experiences possible,” while maintaining an exceptional system of customer support.

Our most recent experience with Pitsco Education involved learning about and building a catapult and a trebuchet, using their Medieval Machine Pack.  It retails for $21.95, includes a Trebuchet Kit, Catapult Kit, Mass Plates, and the Seige Machines Book.

From the website:  “Teach basic math, science, and problem-solving skills. With this pack, your child learns about catapults and trebuchets through hands-on activities that cover three areas:

  • Science: Tension versus torsion, elasticity, gravity and levers, and force and motion
  • Math: Metric conversion, calculating averages, and prediction
  • Experiments: Mass versus distance, testing rubber bands, targeting, and more.”

This pack is designed for use by Intermediate – Middle School age students, but all of us in my house, elementary through high school and adult, gained knowledge with this hands-on activity.  The kit activities did require some additional items such as measurement and hand tools, all of which we already had in the house.

 

Here’s a look at our catapult assembling journey ~

Contact:

Mail –

Pitsco Education

P.O. Box 1708

Pittsburg, KS 66762

Call –

800.828.5787

or

800.835.0686

For more detailed information about Pitsco, please, follow the many links I’ve included throughout this post.  You can also read other reviews, by my TOS crew mates, when you click the graphic banner below.

Take a few minutes and explore Pitsco Education.  It could have a positive impact on your curriculum at best and a definite influence on your Christmas list, in the least.

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.

 

Thank you for your comments.  I’d love to hear about YOUR favorite Pitsco Education product.

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

 

 

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Sep
30

A Hope of Publication

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In our home it wouldn’t be difficult to find a writer or composer, a photographer or three, or a designer, an engineer, an architect or a young inventor.  I could show you stories and poetry, music and lyrics, photographs, sketches, drawings and paintings, structures and gadgets built out of Legos, or Lincoln Logs, tin cans and wooden pallets.  Presently, there are few copy righted, less recorded and none published.  It’s difficult enough for adults to break into their field, but often it is even harder for a teenager to find a respectable outlet for their work.

We’ve made a recent discovery, though, and it’s one that gives us hope.  Aletheia Writing Magazine is a Christian magazine for teens, by youth, ages 13-19 years old.  Pronounced Ah-Lay-thei-uh, it is the Greek word for “truth” or “unveiling.”

 

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A one year subscription, published quarterly, costs just $26 when delivered to an address in the United States.  That’s four issues, 40 color pages, including shipping and handling.  My children found it interesting that many of the writers and artists, contributing to the magazine, have been homeschooled.  They were also pleased that they did not find this publication full of cookie-cutter stories and articles.  Yes, faith and hope are evident throughout, and the publishers state that they “will not accept work that contains profanity, tasteless violence, or inappropriate sexual content,”  but you can see the individual author in his writing or art.

You’ll find – stories, poetry, articles, reviews, photographs and contests.  Every issue features:  a Writer’s Challenge, the Featured Contributor, a book review, Glory to God for the beauty of nature, Ancient Ink, and an interview.  Aletheia Writing Magazine has made their entire Spring 2011 issue available for you to preview, for free.  It is full of energy, creativity and a bold freedom of expression.

 

Content page from the current issue – Fall 2011

 

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

writealetheia@gmail.com

or

Aletheia Writing Magazine

P.O. Box 1602

Lansdale, PA  19446

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You can also read other reviews of Aletheia on The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew Blog.

 

Although, we hope that a submission will be accepted for publication in Aletheia Writing Magazine, the opinions expressed in this review are my own, and were not coerced in any way.

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.  

 

 

Blessings,

 

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Aug
10

Wordless Wednesday

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“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of The Lord is to be praised!”  Psalm 113:3

 

 

 

 

May the peace of The Lord be with you,

 

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Jul
13

Wordless Wednesday

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“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  Psalm 119:105

Blessings,

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Thank you for your comments.  May your life be enriched for having stopped here.  PK

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Jun
08

Wordless Wednesday

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HIS ATTITUDE

Colossians 3:23, 24

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men,
since you know that you will receive
an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
~ New International Version ~

 

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Weekenders Custom Furniture & Cabinetry hand-crafted originals


Weekenders Originals can now be found on facebook!

2 Drawers, each on chrome, ball-bearing runners – 24″ X181/2″ X 14″ Deep


James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above,

coming down from The Father of the heavenly lights,

who does not change like shifting shadows.”

~ NIV ~

The clothes on our backs, the roof over our heads, the shoes on our feet, the food in our belly’s and more –

Most often, through the gifted and skilled hands of the artist-craftsman;

husband and father.

Blessings to you and yours,

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.  PK


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May
25

Wordless Wednesday

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“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”   Ephesians 5:1-2

 

 

Abundant Blessings,

 

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Mar
23

Wordless Wednesday

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A Herald of Spring ~ Yellow Forsythias

 

 

“…and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Matthew 6:29-33

 

 

Blessings,

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Thank you.

 

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Mar
18

Friday’s Fave Five #102

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Living to tell The Story sponsors Friday’s Fave Five Meme.  An opportunity for me to pause and note 5 Favorite moments of my week or to give thanks for 5 wonders or blessings or

 

1.)  Loving memories of my mother.  A St. Patrick’s Day baby born during WWII.  Her daddy made her an Irish Kawleen.  We knew her as Ma, Mom and Gramma.  She died in 2003, just 3 months after being diagnosed with colon cancer.  She would be amazed at how often we think of her and how much we miss her.  Even I am amazed at how real her life seems to the children that didn’t even have a chance to know her.  One of my little ones walked into my room, yesterday, and said, “Today’s Gramma’s birthday and I have the perfect present for her.”  Before I could say anything, she blew a kiss Heavenward and said, “Happy Birthday, Gramma.”

It’s so easy to hear my mother’s voice and her laughter.  I hear them when I talk with my sister’s.  I hear them in my own voice and the way I phrase a sentence when I speak to my children.  I see the hint of her features when I look in the mirror and it makes me smile when one of my older children touches my hair and says, “Oh, Momma, your hair is starting to feel silky, like Gramma’s,”  and a younger one says, “I wanna feel.”

She was a good woman.  She loved God and she loved us.  Growing up, she was everything I wanted to be.  I look forward to “meeting her in the morning, just inside the Eastern gate, over there…”

A Skelton photograph


2.)  Ah, the sunshine.  The warm breeze.  The chill is out of my bones and I am sure that spring has arrived!  A sweet respite before the hot, humid; sometimes languid days of summer.

Photo by PK

 

3.)  $3.99 All You Can Eat Papa’s Pizza Buffet.  Tossed salad, cucumbers, tomatoes, banana peppers and shredded cheese; broccoli salad with raisins and dried cranberries, nuts and sunflower seeds.  Thin crust loaded veggie pizza, thick crust three meat… your way, any way!  Have you noticed grocery prices, lately?  I don’t know how he does it.  1 case of head lettuce – $62.  This time last year, 1 case of head lettuce – $38.  Good food.  Good people!

 

4.)  Older children licensed to drive themselves to work and thereby enabling this momma to sleep in, just in case she was up until 3 a.m. writing or some such nonsense.

A Mustang dream

 

5.)  A child’s laughter.  Anyone’s child.  Anywhere.  I love to hear a child giggle and laugh.  Innocent.  Trusting.  No inhibitions.  In spite of all of the tragedy and heartache in this world, when I hear a child’s laughter I hear the sound of hope.

Photo by PK

 

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“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.”

 

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Thank you.

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Mar
16

Wordless Wednesday

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A Sumptuous (which is just another word for fancy-Nancy) Birthday!

 

 

 

 

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” ~ 2 Peter 3:18

 

Blessings,

 

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