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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

12 Steps of an Organized Women- Book Review




The Updated and Revised Version of the 12 Steps to
Becoming a More Organized Women by
Lane P. Jordan.

ISBN: 978-1-61970-110-6     (Page Count 176)
The List Price for a Soft cover book is $12.95
The Kindle Price is $7.95

You can purchase the book on
Amazon, Christian Books,
and other Book Retailers.


Today's Women/Mom's have so much on their plates. We
are to run our homes, jobs, and families. It can be so much
to manage. Usually when one part of our lives thrives another one
tends to suffer. It can be arduous. Where do we look when we feel
like we are failing? The bible is a good place to start and the example
of the Proverbs 31 Women written in the pages of his Word.

Lane Jordan uses this example and helps us to apply it to our
lives giving us practical biblical advice as to how to become more
organized as Women, Mothers, Managers of our Homes and Teachers
to our children. With in the pages of this book you will look at...

Your relationships

Managing your Time

Importance of staying Fit or working toward becoming Fit

Meal Planning

Tips for handling your Paper clutter

Details of Managing your Home

And so Much More


The book begins by imploring us to put God first in our lives.
Seek First the power of His word. Seek Him to find your peace.
We all need that to do all and be all the things that God shows
us through Proverbs 31. He does not expect perfection. He only
expects us to lead and follow in His word and Light. To me
this was the most important part of the book.
As you read on you will learn about different ways to put your
husband next in your life. You realize that the relationships
in your life should take precedence over all other aspects of
any kind of busyness. "View your husbands as Gifts from God. "
All other things will fall into place. You will figure them out.
" A women's main need in a marriage is security and a man's
greatest need is respect. "  Lovely advice and thoughts to keep
in mind as you go about organizing your life and time.

In later Chapters you will get into tips of the how to Organize
yourself. Practical advice that will get you started. You might
not be able to do all of these things at once but take one step at
a time and soon you will be living the Proverbs 31 life.

I decided to take some of the suggestions to heart. The kids and
I worked on organizing our attic. I had boxes everywhere. I am
happy to report that the contents of our attic is now organized
into categories. I have created an area for holiday d├ęcor and one
for the kids toys they would like to save. The other area was hand
me down clothing. We often shop in our attic but it had gotten a
tad overwhelming. There was just to much there and much of it
wouldn't work for our family. So we brought down bag after bag
of clothing and I sorted them by sizes and girl or boy. I ended up
with organized containers of sizes. It will be so much easier when
the seasons change. I also took at least 8-10 bags to the donation
box. It was a very productive week for clean out.

I then decided to clean out my room a little. I'm a homeschool
momma as you know so I have books . Lots and lots of books and
they reside in my bedroom. It had gotten so bad that they were
stacked around the room. So I sorted them by importance and placed
them on shelves by subject content. Then the rest went in storage in
the attic appropriately labeled. I do have some for the library sale
in the fall for donation.

I must say too that cleaning out all these things felt good. Sometimes
I feel overwhelmed with stuff . Tossing and Purging really
helped my mental mindset, which is always a good thing when you
have kids.

After reading this book I also came away with many other book
suggestions to look into. I would suggest when reading to
keep a notebook nearby for ideas you want to implement into
your life. I found that there were many things I already do
to organize myself. There were a few new things I learned
along the way. One was the variety of links shared to help you
organize yourself so that you are paperless. My desk sure does
get messy sometimes and it would be nice to jump start us into
the technology age. This will be my next task.


Definitely a book worth picking up if you need a little Proverbs
advice in your life.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not
required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance
with the FTC Regulations. I am part of 
The CWA Review Crew.



A- Accept the Call to Home Educate

 



Proverbs 16:9 

"A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."

I can revive the memory of being a little girl and sitting on my bedplaying with dolls. I had that desire then to be a Mommy and to be a Teacher. I would care for my dolls for days at a time . I lined them up and taught them to read and to sing their ABC's. All of which occurred within my own imagination. God had implanted this onto my heart, a mother's heart.  The years went by and time changes things. Our visions sometimes become blurred if we don't keep the path or open our hearts to what God wants for our lives.I really enjoyed Art at the time. I thought that that creativity and beauty was to be my new calling but instead I think it was to be more of accent to my original Calling.

God had other arrangements for my life. Intentions that I didn't quite recognize just yet but soon they would plummet into my heart. I would hear Him and I would see.



Psalm 25:9


“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”


Over time I grew in many ways. Not just in age but in wisdom and knowledge of Christ. I soon had my first Child. She captured my heart instantly. My desire was to do all the things  of a mother's palate. I
talked to her incisively. We played together and learned together. There is so much a mom has to figure out . Parenting doesn't seem to come with instructions. We hear this all to often don't we but we do have instructions. We have instructions for life and God gave us that Word for the teaching. My little one grew to fast as you all know occurs. Before I knew it she was ready for Kindergarten. I knew nothing different. I registered to the local public school. I felt the change in her that that process presents. A child will change when they enter school as they have to fend for themselves. I had to morn the new child in my hands. She was still mine to love and mine to teach but something's did change. She was still loving and full of life and learning but little seeds were planted that I could not unplant. I have no other words for what happened. The thought came to bring her home it did and I sadly ignored it. Now this child she survived public school . She graduated from there and she thrived
the entire way through. It can be done but folks it was a hard road. I had to stay diligent in keep  the Lord at her reach. I had to work hard at our relationship spreading it open for when infliction would arise. Then again no two roads are easy. Nothing Good ever is.

Soon I had my second child. This one much different than the first. She seemed so small and lost. She struggled to do everything but walk. This little one learned to walk at 9 months of age. And when
I say walk I mean run but her mind couldn't keep up with what her body was doing. I knew this. I knew and I knew it but I ignored it. I brushed it under the rug. I decided the best thing for her was to put her in preschool. I sigh here and loud long sigh because sending her away was really not the answer. Why did I think that someone could love and teach my child better than I could. As Kindergarten registration rolled around. I had to choose and I went with the  norm. I thought it was the thing to do. Just push her on they said. She will figure it out they said. She will have to they said. But who were they. I should know best. I should have shouted out for my child. Well
of course she struggled. She was bullied. She was humiliated. Shewas frustrated beyond words and I hate to say it but I allowed it to continue till 1st grade. Why I ask Why?? I have no good answer.

My heart began to break... I began to hear God. Each day I would walk her to the bus and she would cry. She would cry big heaves until she vomited. I'd have to take her back to the house , clean her up and drive her to school. I hated what was happening. And
Finally I yelled STOP! No more! A friend had told me all about educating at Home. She encouraged me and told me you would be great at it. You can do it. She was so right. I brought my child home with the support of her dad. Her entire person changed. She became a happy smiling child. The little girl I had so missed. She learned to read and write and she loved it. Bringing her home was the best thing for her.


And God had showed me my calling...



Isaiah 30:21


 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”


I didn't know it at first. I didn't realize that my call to God would be to share Him with my family. To teach them at home  and to teach them in the ways of the Lord. That mother instinct was implanted,that teaching heart was deep seated and that creativity was for my families Joy. I did not know because I wasn't looking until God made me look.

Three other children came along. These three all learn at Home.





I am not saying that Educating at Home is for everyone  but if youare here reading this then it's probably on your heart. God probably has rooted that desire. If you are not sure Seek Him. Ask Jesus to
show you the path and then step forward. Don't wait like I did. Step forward and avoid a lot of heartache. You Got this . You can do it!



This article comes to you from Blogging through the Alphabetfrom Ben and Me Blog.


My ABC series will be taking you through the ins and outs of Educating at Home.  Click here to read the current Letter A's.




Ben and Me

Warm Blessings,

Nikki
Monday, April 28, 2014

Nutrition- Dear Diary This isn't Easy



Dear Diary... This isn't easy.

No one said it was going to be easy to lose weight. I have had
some success though. I went into my closet and decided to try on those
jeans. You know the pair. Usually us girls have a couple of things hanging
in our closets but we hope that one day we will wear them again. So I
thought I'll just try it and see how close I am to closing them. Imagine
my surprise when I closed them tight. I was so surprised. I thought I had
another 20lbs or more to go. I even wore them away that day grocery
shopping and later in the week. I was so excited about it that the kids
thought I had finally lost it. I even have a bit of space in them. So that
was an exciting milestone for me. I do have another pair in the awaiting
the next fit but that pair will be awhile.

With that success there also came some struggle too. Easter with all
its goodies was difficult. We also had a death to deal with and I am an
emotional eater . All of the stress of planning Easter activities and
dealing with death sent me spiraling a bit. I did no gain any weight
but I haven't been eating healthy or caring for myself as I should be.
So this is my restart. We all need to have them time and again. And
I want to give myself a pep talk so here it goes...


Don't give up! You can do this! I know it takes longer than you
want but imagine the big picture. Imagine where you want to be
and work to get there. I so want this! I want to be healthy. I want
to keep up with my kids when they play. I want to run and swim
and enjoy them. I want to feel good in my clothes and feel confident
in any situation. When heartache comes I don't want my body to be
the other stress that I have to worry about. It is my temple and God
gave it to me to take care of. I can do this!  I want to be able to
feel confident at Hearts wedding. To walk wit h her and feel proud
and not have to worry about weight or how I look or what people
think of me. I just want to be me and this right now keeps me
from doing all that I want to do. I got this... Today is a new
day to a NEW me. My restart.... Let's go....



Warm Blessings,


Nikki


Healthy Me



When you think of Spring you might think of warm weather
and blooming flowers but in our region it means rain and lots of it.
So unfortunately you are thinking that now the kids can get outside
but more than likely they are still rather sedentary. The spurts of
warm days mixed with rain doesn't make things any easier because
now they are anxious for outdoor play. To keep us moving I
created a pin board of songs that encourage movement. There
are also some videos there that actually teach you the moment.

Even if you can't get out and going you can still get that body
working . I will continue to add Pins to this board all the time.
If you have any to share feel free to leave the links and I'll pin
your ideas too.








Warm Blessings,

Nikki




Sunday, April 27, 2014

Scripture and a SnapShot



Psalm 27:4


One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the
house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of
the LORD and to seek him in his temple.



Scripture and Snapshot
Friday, April 25, 2014

Random 5



Linking up with Miranda to post five Random things
about our week.



1. I finally got a hair cut. It was to the middle of my back.
Getting ready for the warmer weather.




My 8 year old got this do. Although he doesn't always have it
sticking up like that that was just for fun.




2. God gifted us with this amazing rainbow. It arched the entire way
across the sky. My camera could not capture how vivid it was. It
was truly a gift.





Close up of the colors. God is so awesome.




3. Over the weekend we went to my dads egg hunt. At this hunt
the kids can get their pictures taken with the bunny and then hunt
for real hardboiled eggs. Afterwards we went to my moms to have pizza
and hang out with friends that came along.

Spirit ready to go...




Sweet Pea after the hunt.





4. We also organized and had  crafting and an egg hunt for the kids
at my church ... It turned out to be a fun event as usual.  This is a shot
of the room taken by a friend. Crafting stations all around. It always takes
me all spring break to get ready for it. But well worth it.

My son and his best friend at church.





5.  My next Event activity to plan for will be the Blessing
of the Bikes . I will need to plan Games and activities for the
kids while the grown ups socialize.
 




Maybe you would like to join in on some Randomness with
the Pebble Pond. Click the graphic to join in.




The Pebble Pond


Warm Blessings,

Nikki



Lego Challenge #8



This is my sons Lego Challenge number 8. He made
 a treehouse. This was a prepackaged kit. So all he had
to do was follow the directions. He got the kit at our 4H
auction from his lego group.





He is very proud of his Spring Creation.






Our next challenge will be....







Now it's your turn. Share your links in comments . We can't wait to see
what you have come up with and before you run off . Don't forget to
snag your Lego Challenge #9  Here are the details to participate.

Would you like to join us? A new challenge will be posted on the
next due date which would be May 30th .
1. Present the challenge to your kids and have them make their creation.

2. Take a photo of what they come up with and have them write a little
about their creation.

3. Create a post on your blog with their challenge and set it to live
on  May 30th  If you do not have a blog contact me in comments
and I can give you information to email it to me for your child's challenge
to appear on my blog.

4. On May 30 come back here and add your links in  the
comments. I stopped doing the linky for now due to lack of participation
but we still want to share our lego creations and give you that option
to join us.  Then  find out what The new challenge will be.

5. Include a link to my post please. :)

6. You might also want to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss
any challenges....  Lots of ways to follow me on my side bar to the right.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki
Thursday, April 24, 2014

CTC Math- Review


 Math is not always our best subject here at my house. I have
two that excel in it but the rest of the kids have to work harder .
I must admit that I am not the best math teacher. Digging deep into
literature is my thing.  I am glad I have helpers to aid in teaching
math. Just like CTC Math Tutor.



I received the online 12 Month Family Plan of CTC Math for
homeschoolers. As of this review you can receive a 60% discount.
Prices for that sale are listed below. This is a really good deal from
the original pricing.



For a Single student :


Monthly $11.97
6 Months  $50.80
12 Months $78.80


Family Plan for 2 or more students :


*note on the website it reads 2 or more students.
I was able to have log in for 5 children and a parent account.

Monthly $15.97
6 Months $78.80
12 Months  $118.80



 


CTC Math Review

CTC Math is a math tutor online. Through the program you will be
able to access all grade levels K- high school.

Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
Basic math and pre Algebra
Measurement and Geometry
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
and Trig.

The math tutor offers 1,367 videos approximately 4-9 minutes
in length. Children choose the topic they are practicing , watch
the video and then work through interactive questions to practice
their new skill. The screen tells them right away if they made a mistake
or it gives them a green check mark if they got the answer correct.
If the child makes a mistake they are shown the correct answer.
At the end of the section the child is given a percentage of correct
answers. If they try and answer more of the same questions from the
section they have the opportunity to try to raise the percentage. The
percentage is then calculated by the previous work along with the
current work. You have access to diagnostic tests as well.

Parents have their own log in and can set up individual log ins for
each one of their children. Parents are emailed feedback on a weekly
basis. So you can see how well or not so well your child is doing
 within the program. This is a really great feature for older children
who like to pretend they are doing their math. Course I know none
of my children would attempt doing that. (wink)






How We used it:
I used CTC Math with my two youngest children. My daughter
Sweet Pea will be sort of beginning K in the fall. She is a young
5 so we probably will divide K up over the course of two years .
No rush I say. She was unable to progress through the K program at
a fast pace because she has much more math to work on however she
did enjoy doing the first level which practices on counting numbers
1-5 and recognizing those same numbers.  She watched the video
a couple of times and then clicked the questions. She would count out
pictures in groups and then type in the number related to that question.
She also would color any number of stars or apples as promoted.
As you can see on the screen above she received a 93% with only one
incorrect answer. She has done this one several times now. I liked
that she could practice the same level over and over. I thought she
would tire of it but she did not. I do believe she is ready now to
learn the next set of numbers 7-10 . When she has those down we
can come to CTC and practice what she knows.




My second student is Spirit who is in the 2nd Grade.
Spirit has been working on Multiplication in his math unit
so we skipped to that lesson. I would introduce the math concept to
him and we practiced a few of them together on the white board.
Then he would try a few that I gave him as examples. We would then
go to his math workbook in his existing curriculum and work through
those problems.  I would correct them and we would talk about any
incorrect problems. There were times I could use CTC as a Math tool
to teach the concept using the videos and other times I would use
It as a practice after his regular work was completed. I was thoroughly
surprised that the lesson seemed to match up with what he was doing
in his book. Children work toward receiving reward certificates for
the work from each section. We didn't really accomplish that because
we were moving around in it. Spirit is rather slow at getting math and
this is why I was excited about trying the tutoring program.

Both Children at their course work level had online questions and
activities but I noticed at higher levels you are given worksheets that
can be printed out for use. I think this would be beneficial for math
journals and working out larger problems.


Another feature I thought was great for my 2nd grader was Speed
skills. Speeds skills help your younger children work on answering
their math facts much quicker than they might normally. They can
work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Sort of
like the timed tests that kids do in school. Loved this for Spirit.




(example of the math video on arrays)


I also had the idea to create an account for myself. I have older
children who are going to be working in higher math and I thought this
would be a great way to give myself a refresher this summer on Algebra
before my son is ready to take it in the fall.  I did not use CTC with my
older students since they are about finished with what they are currently
working on but I do plan to use it in the fall and will update you on their
progress. CTC is a  help for teaching math.




What we thought about the Program:

I thought the program was really helpful for additional practice with
our already standing curriculum. I probably wouldn't use it as a stand
alone math program. Some of my children learn best with hands on
experiences but I do have one visual learner that really appreciates
programs such as this one. I did feel that it would be nice if when
a child was struggling with something that they would have more
options or games to go along with that particular section. However
it continues to give you more questions to practice, which has it's
place as well. I also liked getting a parent email each week telling
me how things were progressing. Although I would have liked to
have been able to do more with the parent area. It would have been
nice if I could assign certain things on log in for a particular child.

What I liked the most was the simplicity of the program. It wasn't
intensive or over long sessions that the kids had to painstakingly
work through. They were direct and to the point. The kids
appreciated that.


You can connect with CTC Math on  Facebook
and the Australia Facebook Page


If you would like to read more reviews on CTC math
You can click the graphic below to learn about some of the
other levels of math.

Click to read Crew Reviews


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Crew Disclaimer

Virtual Refrigerator- Easter Crafts



Better late then never I guess. Below are a few or our Easter
Crafts from last week.


The first are stick crosses. The kids practiced tying
knots with ribbon onto their crosses. Each was tied with a
silent prayer. Then we went to the yard to place them in the flower
beds. This was a solemn moment and we will do this again next year.





My little gal loved making these toilet tube bunnies. We used
sturdy card stock for the ears and I hot glued them to make sure
They would stay with the added weight of the cotton. We used
tacky glue for the whiskers and noses.
 


Last we tried our hand as some standing sheep. They didn't
turn out like I thought they would. I thought the kids would
enjoy making them fluffy but they barely wrapped the yarn.
You just never know what they will like to do. Sometimes the
best laid plans just don't work.
 


Do you have some art to share. If so drop in and add yours to the
Fridge anytime. :)







Good News. Jennifer the Creator of the Virtual Refrigerator
Blog Hop has created a pinterest board of our Art. So now you
can go and see all of our past art projects. Yeah...
Thank you Jennifer !


Follow Jennifer Miller's board Virtual Refrigerator Art on Pinterest.



Check out some of the other Bloggers co-hosting this fun
Hop each week.





Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Home School Adventure ,Co. - Review

Home School Adventure Co.



Today's review Product is the E-book

The Wise Women with Literary Analysis Journal Questions -$14.95
(The print addition is $28.95)

Created by Home School Adventure, Co.


The Wise Women is truly an inspiring Parable that will speak to
the hearts of the children that  read it and to the moms who share it.
This truly enchanting story will make everyone think. The book can be
used as a read aloud and discussion time for children ages 9-11. It is suggested
as well that children 12 and up use the story and questions as a teaching tool
or study. High schoolers are encouraged to read through and answer questions
on their own at their own pace.  In my opinion you should read the material
before you present it to your children. A sensitive child may be affected by
some of the imagery of the reading.

I first read the e-book in two evenings so that I could get a feel for the story.
Elements of the reading took me aback at first. It is set up as an old style
fairy tale, which can be rather abrupt in it's description of situations within the
story.  Despite some surprising situations I still found my self thinking about
the deeper meaning of raising and training a child. I found it rather interesting
that the very situations that were presented  to help the child realize their short
comings were the same that felt neglectful , but then again this is a fairy tale. The
main point being that it made you think and the questions that Stacy Farrell
created help to guide those thoughts in the right direction. The reading is
in 1800 writing style. It was rather easy to adapt to. As I mentioned I easily
read it within a few hours. Although my children found it peculiar in the
beginning to comprehend but adjusted as well.


The Wise Woman Literary Analysis  Journal


George MacDonald is a Christian writer known for his fables. The Wise
Woman also known as The Lost Princess is first published on 1875.
The tale begins by telling you about two different girls. One born
of a Queen and King who love their daughter so much that she is
spoiled with the things in her life. Whatever her desire whatever her
want it is given to her. (Rosamond) The other child is born to ordinary
shepherds who can not give their child the world but instead gush
over her and give her constant praises. So much so that she thinks
very highly of herself. (Agnes) Both girls think that they are
"somebody" but are both born the same and both born crying just
like the other somebodies of the world.

In time the King and Queen can no longer handle their daughter.
She cannot be consoled or convinced that enough is enough. So
They seek out the advice of the Wise Women. The Wise Women
sees that the parents are at fault here and she takes the child to
try to help her. She takes her to a small cabin and begins to gently
correct her and  add a bit of fear so that the child begins to listen.
And yet it is short lived because in truth old habits are hard to break.

Now I have to stop here because the message at this point was that
if we instill a bit of fear in our children they will have respect and
listen to discipline. At least this is what I got from it. In essence though
I feel that a built relationship is what a child respects more. A child
will want to please you if you show them love and grace. I prefer
respect over fear in any case the story continues...

Rosamond sees the Wise Women as an ogre because that is how she
personally sees herself. Often times we place our blame on others
because we can't see clearly what we are doing to ourselves.
Rosamond is soon left alone in the house and is asked to care for
the house and herself but she is too lazy to do so. She lays around all
day but soon realizes that this will not do. She tries to do some of the
chores but is foolish in her thought that the "work of one day should
serve the next day too. "

Now Agnes has a more difficult problem . Hers is ingrained in her
heart. It is harder to take out the conceit once it is placed within a
child. Given the chance the child chooses trying for fame over family.
The very family who loved and praised her into thinking she
was "somebody" Both girls cared more about their own desires
than anything in the world. Each of the girls find themselves in reverse
rolls. Realizing that a little of the parenting style of each parent could be
good if there was a balance of all.  Will the Wise Women be able to
help these ladies. Well you will have to read the story to find out.



How we used this E-book:

Before I tell you about the kids I wanted to mention that I did
pick out a few things for myself within the pages. One thing that
stuck out to me was that a parent often is able to know what is right
and disciple when the heart isn't involved. Meaning that if you take
care of other children not your own you often are wise in decisions
then you would be when it is your own child. I began to evaluate if
my actions as a parent are teaching actions or actions because I love
them so much that I don't want them to feel hurt or be upset. In
reality this hurt can sometimes teach and be of importance in their
lives. Realizing I can't protect them always. (As much as I want to
protect them)

As a parent the biggest lesson to take away is that if your children
do falter and need help learning a heart issue that you should guide
them each time they fail. That you as the parent must be there to
step it and take them through the steps. Love them so much that
you help and not ignore because you don't want them to hurt.
Lots of thoughts rolling around in my head.


How we used it with the kids:
I decided to read this story as a read aloud. I was going to
allow my teen daughter to work through it on her own. I think she
could have but the discussion that came from it was well worth the
time it took to set this up. My daughter is 16 and I also included my
13 year old son. I felt my younger son who is 8 was a little to young
to understand the deeper meaning of the text. As it was my learning
challenged teens had a few issues. My 16 year old isn't to good at
looking to the deeper meaning and I had to stop on occasion to
explain the text. It was great for her to try to figure it out herself.
We read a chapter at a time and often wanted a few days to allow
the thought to really soak in.

We discussed the literary question aloud. These question
dug to the root of the deeper meaning. For example one
question asked why Rosamond seemed to respond better to terror
over responding to kindness and why was that so?  I won't give
away the answer. Some of the questions were more open ended
meaning that they could have more than one answer. There were
also bible verses that could be related to the text which was
awesome. There were some points in reading where I would
think I know the bible has something to say about this and was
grateful for the verses. Although we did do a little more research
on our own on an extended base for some of the portions.

We would read Monday and Wed. So on Monday we would read
talk through the discussion questions. Then on Tuesday if there
was verses from the bible we could associate the reading to we
would read those again and look for other verses and solidified
the message. Wed we then would write our own private journal
message and pray about what we had learned. Then we would
Read the next chapter. There is a lot with in the pages of this
fairy tale. In the back of the e-book is a chart with vocabulary
words that the kids might not know.  We would fill in the
vocabulary at the end of each reading as well as the discussion.





My thoughts
At first I was taken aback by the writing. Much of fantasy of the
story felt a bit like abrupt to my thinking . However the story
itself really dug deep in the meaning of what is the right way to
respond to situations. How to have a happy heart in all things. It
forced all of us to look inward.  In truth the story kept us wanting
to find out what happened next. It showed us that we could really
enjoy reading older writing and the kids could understand it.
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Nikki
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Easter Later...




Happy Easter to Everyone. I know I'm a little late with
the well wishes. Easter at our church went well and the kids loved
the activities we provided. We ran about and did a couple of different
egg hunts and spent time with family. Unlucky as could be we
ended up passing around a stomach virus. First Superboy had it ,the
one waving in the photo. Then Princess in the red sweatshirt and
then Sweet pea over Easter on Easter Bunnies lap. And drum roll now
I have it. I sort of knew it was coming. When you are caring for your kids
it is unlikely that you will get away with not getting sick. Despite all that we
were able to have a good time. Somehow we were able to enjoy family in
the mist of a lull before another went down with it. I love that we
were able to capture this photo of everyone being happy and having a
good time.  I have more to share with you but just not feeling to great so
it will have to wait. Hope all of you are well on your end.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki
Monday, April 21, 2014

Hopping Along Week 4

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How did you celebrate Easter/Resurrection Sunday?  

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Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Friday, April 18, 2014

Random 5 - Easter



I thought I would share this week my Random Easter
post. We are so very busy preparing for Easter activities.


1. Friday we are going to an egg hunt at my dads work and
then to mom and dads to share pizza with a whole bunch of kids.
So much fun.


2. Friday evening I set up for our Easter activities
and manned nursery for Thursday services and Friday Services.


3. Saturday is our Easter fellowship activity. We provide
crafting time for an hour an a half. I will share that with you soon.


4. Then we have an egg hunt with 100s of plastic eggs filled with treats.
This year my son is bring along his real bunny rabbit to share with the
30-60 kids who attend.


5. Easter we attend church services . I supervise our nursery and
teach Sunday school to preschoolers. Then we are heading to my
Moms for Easter Sunday Dinner.



Happy Easter all

Warm Blessings,

Nikki
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Curiosity Quest - Review


Curiosity Quest Review


Kids have lot's of curiosity. They are always wanting to know
how things work. Sometimes mom and dad might not know the
answers to their complex questions , but perhaps the creators of
Curiosity Quest can be of some help. I viewed two of their dvd's in
exchange for a review. They both were both Combo Packs with three
videos on each dvd from the show Curiosity Quest.

DVD Combo Pack - Produce- $24.95
(Cranberries, Oranges, and Mushrooms)

DVD Combo Pack- Swimmers of the Sea- $24.95
(turtles, penguins and salmon)


Curiosity Quest is a fun educational, family television show that
explores what you the viewer is curious about. Joel Greene is the host
and he takes you through the exploration of the question the viewer
submits to the show. If you are selected he will teach you all about the
topic you wondered about on a virtual tour of the location. Included in
the video is basic vocabulary of the topic, mapping, fun facts and
question and answers by area children. Sometimes the kids are way
off in their answers and are pretty cute. Sometimes they are right on
and typically there is a little bell sound so you know which child is correct
in their answer. Other times the show continues to share the answer on the
field trip to the locations. Curiosity Quest is for Children and parents
of all ages but is geared toward children 7-14 years of age.



The first DVD Combo pack we began watching is from the Produce
package.  I brought I up on our laptop and was able to select which
one of the three videos I wanted to watch.  We started out with ...

Curiosity Quest Review


Mushrooms


Joel takes you to Watsonville California to the home of the largest fresh
mushroom grower Montery Mushrooms. You will learn much about the
mushrooms. The tour takes you through the entire process of growing and
shipping mushrooms, to all the care of handling and growing them . You
will learn all about the proper conditions a mushroom needs for growth and
 about the different stages. Joel is put in some funny situations of cutting
mushrooms and helping to prepare them for shipment. He learns how many
mushrooms are prepared per hour and soon quickly realizes that he could
not keep up with the demand.  Joel also went to Royal Oaks where he
learned about Packaging. We also learn about Portabellas and Joel even
gets a chance to taste one.

Some of the other  topics you will learn about are...

* What is the first step of Growing a Mushroom

* What is a mushroom

*What is the Harvest

*How big can a mushroom Get?


Some of my kiddos will eat mushrooms and others will not. Their
daddy is a fan but mommy is not but it was still fun learning about
how they were grown even for this non-mushroom eating mom.





Cranberries

Out  of all the produce this is the one I was most curious about. The
kids as well.  Here Joel takes you  to a farm in Wisconsin. It seems to be
pretty cold there and is snowing and Joel references the temperature a few
times. Must have been pretty cold there. We learn that the Cranberry
comes back each year and I always wanted to know why they were in fields
of water. I often see the cranberry commercials and wonder why? You will
find out why in this video.  You learn all about their growing  season just
like the Mushrooms, the right conditions and temperature. We saw
how the cranberries are collected and Joel had a race with the
gadget here in the photo verses a tractor. I wonder who won? (hee hee)
We are then taken to the factory and learn about how to tell if a
Cranberry is ripe and what the correct size for a typical market
cranberry .  The kids favorite fact was that  a cranberry will bounce
if it is ripe. The cranberries get four trips around the machine
ride to jump into the ripe side. The kids loved this concept of
sorting them. Some of the topics that are presented...

* What does buoyant mean?

*What do Cranberries taste like?

*What does harvesting mean?


My grandmother makes the best cranberry sauce at Thankgiving so
all of my kids have tasted cranberries before.  I love cranberries especially
cranberry juice. During Question and Answer many of the kids hadn't tried
them. Make sure you allow your kids to try things even you don't like.



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The last produced we learned about was Oranges

Orange Packing


This time Joel takes us to Gillette Citrus company in Dinuba, California to
learn all about how Oranges grow, how they are washed, sorted and packed.
We learned that an orange can be damaged easily on the outside  when
picking and handling you must take great care in protecting their skin. There
is a special way to cut them so that no stems are still attached. You wouldn't
want a stem to puncture other oranges in the bag or box. We learned about the
various kinds of oranges and when they were to be harvested. At the time of
the shooting many of the oranges weren't quite the right color. We are
shown how they get the oranges to turn orange if they won't on their
own. We watched machines sort them by size and learned the good
ones from the bad ones.  Other topics presented...

*What is your favorite type of orange?

*What type of climate do oranges grow in?

*Do you have fresh fruits and vegetables at your house?

*How do oranges get to the supermarket.

My kids love oranges. They beg me to get them and eat them
on a regular basis. I think my 16 year old probably eats one almost
every day for lunch.




The second DVD Pack combo was called the Swimmers of
the Sea.
Recently in conjunction with this dvd  were able to
visit with a marine biologist through our local parks system so this
was a great ad on to that lesson.




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Penguins


A few years ago the kids and I did a lapbook on penguins the  younger
ones in particular love exploring animals and the way they live and survive.
This time we had to Monterey Bay Aquarium in Long Beach, California to learn
about and take a look at the penguins. The Penguins we get to visit do not like
the colder climate but thrive in warmer weather, which is perfect for living
in CA. The Megellanic penguins at this Aquarium seem rather tame and
readily approachable. They probably selected some for the show. Joel learns
all about the food prep, what they eat, and how much they eat. He was
taken into the aquarium to learn hands on how to feed them . The
aquarium keeps exact records of each penguins feeding.  Joel also
was able to touch one of the penguins. While there we learn about their
body structure, proposing, and  preening.


Other questions learned....

* What do penguins eat?

*What does it mean to molt?

*What does a penguin sound like?

* What do they feel like?

* What is husbandry?

*Why can't penguins fly?



Sea Turtles



We just love turtles here. We have one of our own of course not a sea
turtle. The kids are always fascinated by them. This time we head to a Turtle
hospital in Marathon, Florida. We find out about animal rescue, rehab and
release into the sea. We learn about how many turtles come to the hospital
each year and how many were there since the hospital opened. We find out
what they eat, what their nose feels like, where turtles lay eggs, how they
hatch,  and various things about them. Some of the situations are rather sad.
Sea turtles are endanger animals and we are not aloud to touch them but
the hospital has a license to touch them while they are there so they
can help them.


Other facts touched on...

*How do sea turtles eat?

*How much can a sea turtle weigh?

* How can you tell if it is a boy or girl Sea turtle

*How long can they live?



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These are the paper sea turtles the kids made at the talk with the
marine biologist. They learned so much about turtles.





Salmon


 
We had seen documentaries on Salmon before so this one wasn't as
interesting to the kids. Only because they already know a lot about them.
Otherwise I think they would have enjoyed it just as much as the others.
Recently we had done a study on dog sledding in Alaska. This would have
gone great with that study. I did see there is a DVD on dog sledding. We
study the Iditarod every year so we may have to grab that one for next year.

On this journey you will find out about the life cycle of salmon. We learn that
wherever they start out they imprint that into their memory and will return
there to reproduce/spawn. We find out why hatcheries such as this
one exist and how long they stay in this habitat. It is interesting
to note that salmon can live in fresh water some of their lives
and the sea another part of their lives.


 
Other topics presented:

* What is imprinting?

* When do salmon lay their eggs?

*What is a net pen?

*What do Salmon eat?







What we Thought of the DVD's and How we used them


I used the DVD's with all of my kids. They all wanted
to watch. We staged a curiosity Quest night. The older kids
were armed with clipboards to write done some
of the interesting facts. The little ones watched. My kids are
4, 8, 14, and 16.  As we watched the cranberries episode I
realized that I had watched that one before with  one of
my kiddos. I realized soon after that our PBS station airs
these shows. I was able to go to the show site and
find out times for the programing. The kids were pretty
excited about that. However , having the DVD has it's
advantages like with our marine study. We were able to
view just the right one for our lesson about Sea turtles.
It was nice to have an accompanying activity for our study.

I loved the DVD's and like I mentioned before I am hoping
to pick up the sled dog one too. There are others in the
collection. I will have to make a list so I remember them for
some of our future studies. They are gear toward the kids
and keep their attention.  I am thinking the next time we
use them to create notebooking pages for their use.
I like the humor of Joel in them. He has a humor the kids
will like and talks to  their understanding. Definitely
one we will view again and again.
 



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Nikki


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