Thursday, April 23, 2015

When Calls The Heart Season 2 premieres April 25! Plus Season 1 DVD Giveaway! #FaithTV #Hearties

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I think this giveaway will make some #Hearties very happy.  However before we get totally into that, let 's talk about  the season 2 premier of When Calls the Heart!  This series opener will air on the Hallmark channel on April 25th!  I'm not going to include any spoilers but I'm sure you will want to tune in!

About the series:
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.
 Now to the fabulous giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a copy of Season 1 on DVD!  How awesome is that!!  Enter using the widget below! 


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Can You Get Pregnant With Your Tubes Tied? #pregnancywithtubestied

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 I've been waiting to share my story with all of you until I had some answers to share.  First let me tell you a bit of my history.  I have 3 children - all boys.  I had my first two in 2000 and 2002.  We were advised to wait awhile before trying for another because of having two c-sections and two very complicated pregnancies. 

In 2008 we were delighted to find out we were expecting!  Unfortentely, that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.  Then in 2009, the same thing only that time it was a blighted ovum and I had a huge dermoid on my left ovary which my doctor removed. 

In 2010, we found ourselves pregnant with out youngest son!  We were thrilled!  Finally after trying for a long time we had our precious last child!  After much discussion with our doctor we elected to tie the remaining ovary's tube. (Mostly because of pregnancy complications and to prevent further miscarriages.)  I remember asking the doctor on the operating table, "This is permanent right?"  His response was, "Nothing is 100%".  How true those words were!  In 2013 my tubal failed the first time.  Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.  However we were faced with some news... we were able to get pregnant again! 

So here I am at the end of April and I'm actually 11 weeks along with a healthy pregnancy!  Seems God wasn't done with our family size and honestly we are thrilled!  We dreamed of another and I even prayed that we would be blessed with just one more. 

After losing the last miracle I prayed this verse to the Lord:

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. - Proverbs 13:12

God heard my cry and answered my prayer!  I am so thankful that God still hears and answers prayers!  This pregnancy hasn't been easy, in fact it has even been a bit scary at times.  We've been to the Maternal Fetal Medicine place 3 times now and we are only 11 weeks along.  However I know it is all in God's hands!

Why Share Our Story?

When I found myself expecting and having a tubal... I searched the internet for others like me.  I found a few forums or answer type things but nothing sharing the details.  I wanted to share so that perhaps I could be a blessing to others.  

What happened?

We don't know exactly.  My doctor looked at the pathology report after he found out we were expecting and said that indeed the did cut and burn the tube.  When I have my c-section I suspect my doctor will want to see how this all happened.  I think it was an act of God.  Maybe we will never find out... 

Additional Thoughts:

If you are pregnant and have a tubal it is important to contact your doctor immediately.  Most of the time these pregnancies do not end up in the womb as ours did.  You will have to be monitiored to be know where the pregnancy is.  That is one of the reasons I've had so many blood test and ultrasounds this pregnancy so far. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Art in Homeschool with ARTistic Pursuits #review

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One of the most difficult subjects for me to teach is art.  We are just not very artistic people in our household.  That said I think it is very important to balance out our abilities with some sound learning and even just trying when it comes to Art.  That is why I was so excited to review ARTistic Pursuits.

What we received:

High School 9-12, Book 1: The Elements of Art and Composition

ARTistic Pursuits Review

This book is a spiral bound soft covered book.  It contains over 90 pages of art instruction and includes two semesters of work. 

There is a schedule included in the book to complete it in 36 weeks by working 2 hours a week. This book can be used for 1 credit for Art - there is more information on the website on how to calculate that information.  

A supply list is included in the front of the book (and can be found online when ordering.) 

How we used it:

Before receiving the book I looked over the supplies needed online.  I wanted to be sure we could jump in at any moment.  We actually had ALL of the first semester's supplies on hand from a previous art project.  These were fairly inexpensive supplies I had purchased at our local craft store.  A drawing pencil set (not just your typical #2 pencils!), vinyl eraser, metal handheld sharpener and drawing pad.

I knew both of my bigger boys would want to be included in the projects of this book.  Even though my middle son is only in 7th grade he has been able to keep up.  The three of us set up camp on the kitchen table to work.  I would read to them and show them pictures and then we would all work together on the project - each doing our own individual rendition. 

It was fun to see how each of us used the techniques we learned.  For example in Unit 1 we learned about space, both active and non-active.  Then our assignment was to draw an outdoor scene and show both types of space. It was neat to see each of our interpretations. Another thing we did was modify our project a little.  For example during the second project we were supposed to do a self portrait using a mirror or picture.  Instead we all chose different pictures to use.

This is my project - I drew my Great- Grandfather

My middle son used his own baby picture
My oldest did a drawing of his little brother


I really like the simplicity of this book. Once you have the supplies it is very easy to pick up the book, open the page and go.  As a person who really doesn't have a lot of knowledge of art history and terms this is exactly the type of curriculum I need to teach.  I know the kids enjoyed the projects because it was time together.  We might not be the best drawers but we put our best efforts into each assignment and had fun.  I think that is what matters the most.  I feel confident at the high school level that a student could work completely independently with this book as well.  We just enjoyed doing the work together.  The true test of any curriculum we review is will we continue to work with it in the future and all three of us agreed that we would love to continue projects.

Last year I reviewed the Preschool book, The Way We See It - you can read our review here!  *Spoiler alert* we loved that one too! 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Against The Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel In An Age Of Relativism by John C Lennox #review

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We've just wrapped up a study of Daniel in our church.  The book of Daniel  is a fascinating look at history,  God's power and prophesy! John C. Lennox's Against The Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel In An Age Of Relativism  book came at the perfect time to be able to continue that study. 

This is a big book - over 400 pages!  It is not something you simply pick up and quickly read through but it is better used as a continued study.  Lennox provides a wealth of history through his writing.  Because I was reviewing this book, I skipped around to the chapters I wanted to focus on.  I particularly studied the chapters on the 70 weeks and the 70th week.  I like how he gave the general opinions of both of these books.  I also love how he stated the importance of studying Daniel in relevance to today's world views.  People (believers and non-believers) are quick to judge God because he doesn't do exactly what they think He should - this book helped me to see from that perspective and how to actively discuss these thoughts with others. 

About the book:

Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. It tells of four young men, born in the tiny state of Judah around 500 b.c., and captured by Nebuchadnezzar, emperor of Babylon. Daniel describes how they eventually rose to senior positions of administration.
Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith. Their story carries a powerful message for us today. Society tolerates the practice of Christianity in private and in church services, but increasingly it deprecates public witness. If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of public debate.
This is a lucid and erudite examination of the life of Daniel from a leading expert on faith and science. In his first biblical work, Dr. Lennox provides a unique perspective on both Western society and biblical exegesis that will make Against the Flow an instant classic encouraging Christians to speak out in our modern Babylon.

You can purchase your copy of Against the Flow at your local bookstore and at online stores like Amazon.  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble Review & Giveaway

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I have a great book to share with you today.  It is part of the new Sunset Cove series by Colleen Coble.  The Inn at Ocean's Edge is a mystery with some romance thrown in.  I don't usually read mysteries but honestly I am really starting to think that might be my next genre to explore.  Why?  Well, this book drew me in on page one.  There were plenty of twist to keep you guessing.  Coble really knows how to develop a story and this page turner did not disappoint!  The setting of a shore town was the perfect place for this book.  Main character Claire comes back to the Inn after many years away.  Only she doesn't know her past... or that she had been there before.  Someone wants to make sure she doesn't remember the past.  Claire must figure it out before someone stops her from learning the truth.

About the book:

The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean's Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She's at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the "nervous" woman's testimony as less than credible.

But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke's father suspected she'd been murdered. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn't show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.

As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

You can purchase your copy at your local bookstore or at online stores like Amazon

Additional Information:

Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Orphs of the Woodlands Review

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I have an awesome program that Xander and I have been reviewing the past few weeks.  Star Toaster gave us their Orphs of the Woodlands online software.  This program is an online reading adventure.  Children are encouraged to read through the story - in our case it is the first one in the series - Treasure of HighTowers.  After completing the reading then the fun unlocks.  Kids can work jobs the jobs earn you rewards which you use to take care of your Orphs.

About Orphs of the Woodlands:


For the reading portion of Woodland Orphs, you read the chapter online.  Each chapter varies in length.  As you work through the chapters the story unfolds.

You will earn your first couple of Orphs after completing your first reading chapter.   It is your job to take care of them.  Orphs are little critters from the story, they are poor, homeless and uneducated.  They need your help!


These are task you complete.  There are many different kinds.  They usually have an academic theme like math, quotes, science - kids learn without even realizing they are doing learning.  As you complete jobs you earn gold stars, which are the currency in the game.

Gold Stars:

These are the currency in the game.  You use these buy clothing, water, houses, land and other items for your Orphs.

How we used this program:

My son Xander was the primary user of this product.  He is 12 years old and in 7th grade.  He really enjoyed his time working. He used our main computer to work on the program several times a week.   Once he got on the program he would spend a lot of time there.  I had to remind him when it was time to be finished or I think he would have stayed on all day and night.

Star Toaster Review
One of the things I really liked was how hands off this was for me as a mom.  I just signed him up and he was able to navigate the rest.  That might not be the case for younger students but for him it was exactly that way and worked well as I've been not feeling well lately.

I received  progress reports from Star Toaster telling me what Xan accomplished and what was coming up next.  I really like that sort of thing because it helps me to keep track of how much he is accomplishing and see that he is actually doing work.

Another thing I liked was that it was a learning activity.  Xan had fun doing it but he was also learning. I feel like this would be a great summer bridge activity!  I plan on having my older son use it come June. I also like that it filled a need/gap.  Both of my kids like to play online games however I'm cautious about what I allow them to do online.  This was a secure site that doesn't include any interaction with other people on the program.  I really appreciate that because internet safety is a huge concern for me!  I think the only thing I know some parents might be concerned about it the story line.  It is a fantasy type story.  We have no problem with that kind of thing but I have friends that do. Overall as a parent I was thrilled with the product.  I will have Xan complete the story in the upcoming weeks.

Xander's thoughts on the product:

Star Toaster's Orphs of the Woodlands is a fun and educational game to explore. In this story you work your way as a spy to fight against the dreaded Night Creatures to find a treasure while taking care of Orphs and earning Goldstars. There are fun jobs to do, recipes to make, and a big vocabulary to learn new words from. After fulfilling the tasks you need to do to earn the Goldstars you can buy food, water, clothing, heat, housing, and land. I enjoyed the educational minigames to play and the storyline is phenomenal. I really enjoyed and I would do something like this everyday!

Star Toaster Review

This program subscription is $19.99 for two months and extensions are available for $6.99.  If you would like to try it out they offer free trial.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grace of God DVD Review & Giveaway #WIN

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Finding movies that have a faith based message is very important in our family.  It is nice when our down time can still be productive with our faith.  I am so excited to share a new movie with you today, Grace of God!

About the film:

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

My thoughts:

This was an awesome movie!  Bill Broadly doesn't have good thoughts about Christians.  Through the movie we see that all Christians are human and all have sinned.  It is where we go with that and how we move forward that makes the difference.  It is the truth so many judge Christians as if we are supposed to be perfect but truthfully we are not.  We are the same as everyone else - with one exception - we know Jesus.  That one exception is a big one!  It is the difference in trying to live a life pleasing to God.  We might struggle or slip on the path but we all have a greater goal of doing right.  I really enjoyed this one. 

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$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway #WIN

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I wanted to do a giveaway for my faithful readers here at A Rup Life.  I know my favorite place to shop is AMAZON!  I love having Prime and the shipping coming super fast.

So to thank you for being faithful readers I'm going to offer one lucky reader a $25 Amazon Gift Card!  Just enter using the widget below!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

First Start Reading by Memoria Press #REVIEW

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Teaching my youngest to read is something that gives me anxiety!  My oldest learned to read at school and my middle taught himself.  I've never had to really be the responsible party in teaching reading but this time around with my youngest I will be.  Thankfully Memoria Press sent me their First Start Reading program for review.  

What is included in First Start Reading, Phonics, Reading, & Printing:

Teachers Guide - This is a big soft bound book that includes the teacher's information for all four workbooks.  At 322 pages it is very complete.  Each lesson has notes for the teacher to help you with teaching your child.

Book A -  This book introduces children to beginning writing and reading.  You learn letters with a pattern to connect and have reading success quite quickly.

Book B - This book expands on book A but also includes dictation.  Writing practice is continued.

Book C - This book expands on book B.

Book D - This is the last book in the set and it includes some new activities for the words you know.

Memoria Press Review

How we used this book:

My adorable four year old was quite ready for a program like this.  He is in speech therapy and we had been holding him off on reading to make that journey easier.  However, once we received these books we dove right in.  We worked on book A several times a week.  He already knew his letters by sight and sound so that part was just review for him.  However, in the teacher's manual you go over identifying the sounds in words at the beginning or the end...  his knowledge of the letter sounds really helped him with this task.

One area he struggled with was hand writing.  At 4 his motor skills are not fully developed.  Some days he could complete a whole page of practice letters and some times it took 2 days to work on that.  Since he is 4 - that slower approach was fine with me.  My main goal was that he enjoyed the learning time and had some success.  I did purchase a large round pencil for writing at the advice of my sister-in-law who is a preschool teacher and I would recommend that for any one doing this set.

While he struggled with handwriting he excelled in the reading part.  By lesson 5 he read his first sentence!  You could see the pure joy on his face when he realized he read for the first time!

My Thoughts:

This is exactly the type of program as a mom I needed.  It wasn't flashy - all the workbooks are in black and white - but it was thorough and easy to implement.  It was something I could pick up and go with little planning.  The teachers guide gave you all the information you needed.   I have confidence that I will have a full reader once completing this course. This is a kindergarten course but I felt that at 4 with knowledge of letters (sight/sound) Jace was fully ready for the next step.  We will take it slowly because I'm in no rush to push him.  The best part about the program was how Jace responded.  He was thrilled with his success both in writing and reading.  He asks to do school and that is exactly what I want to see for him.  He has been practicing writing on his own since we started the course and I think it is further proof that he is learning and enjoying the journey! 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Real Life Homeschooling Blog Hop - Hiccups

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Some days are rough when it comes to homeschooling.  This week was like that.  While we accomplished some things ... mom just didn't feel well at all.  I struggled with morning sickness 24/7 so we pared down the day.  Math, reading, science, grammar and bible.  That meant that art, history, and literature were sparse!  I wish I could tell you I get it all in every day but weeks like this show the truth!

Thankfully - most of the boys curriculum is pretty independent this year.  Next year history will be too since I will have a 5 year old and a newborn to entertain while the big kids do work.

So what did the boys do in the mean time?  Grandmom came Wednesday morning to babysit while I went to the OB/GYN - so they socialized!  They learned to play Chinese checkers and a few other new games.  They helped straighten the house, cook and played with their little brothers.  They had some down time, which I think they needed too!  My 12 year old took a nap several times this week and he grew an inch!  (Growth spurt!) 

It was a hiccup week.  One I didn't plan for (we weren't taking a spring break but it seems we got one!)  We also know next week needs to pick up the slack!  And that is the beauty of homeschooling.  The flexibility when life happens!! 

 Be sure to stop by and visit a few of my friend's and see what their Real Life Homeschooling looks like:

Treasuring Life's Blessings
Double O Farms
Simple Living Mama
Fried Clams and Sweet Tea
This Sweet Life
A Net In Time
Counting Pinecones
Some Call It Natural
 Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Debbie's Homeschool Corner

  Life at Rossmont
 A Stable Beginning
Happy Little Homemaker
Joyful Hearts and Faces
Day by Day in Our World
Mama's Coffee Shop
Delightful Learning
Double O Farms
Tales of a Homeschool Family
 Home Sweet Life

Indy Homeschool
The Open Window-An Autism Blog
Creative Madness Mama
Hopkins Homeschool
 Tots and Me...Growing Up Together
 Our Journey
 A Little This ... A Little That
For the Display of His Splendor

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How To Become A Blogger: Part 4 #bloggingtips

The last thing in this series we are going to talk about is content.  This is where I lose people.  Most people like the idea of blogging but not really doing the work.  For any blog to have a steady following there has to be content.  Preferably original content.  This means steady writing.

I try to have a post go live every day of the week.  Sometimes those are sponsored post.  That means a company has sent me a product in hopes that I will share my thoughts with you.  Other times those post are original content (like this blogger series.)   A combination of both is fine, however original content is content that is always relevant.  Things like crafts, recipes, tips... those are things people search for.  They are looking for articles on those topics!

My suggestion for any new blogger is to just write.  Write every chance you get.  Share thoughts, things you are doing.  Be sure to have real pictures to break up the blank space.  I love seeing pictures when I read someone's blog. 

I hope this series was a blessing to you.  My last advice for blogging is have fun with it!  If it is a chore - it isn't worth your time! 

Have you missed any part of the series?  Click on the links below to see the rest:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Real Life Homeschooling Blog Hop Day 2 - Sometimes You Need Help

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Some days real life homeschooling means asking for help. My oldest has been having some trouble with algebra.We've gone over it but he just needed a new perspective.  Sometimes you have to branch out and get someone else to help.  A tutor, relative, fellow homeschooler, older sibling... 

So we invited my sweet sister-in-law over.  She happens to be a teacher and studied Math extensively in college.  She is also one of my kids favorite people ....and my children love spending time with her!

tutor session

We are so thankful for our Aunt Liz helping today.  We are thankful for her expertise and willingness to help.

Be sure to stop by and visit a few of my friend's and see what their Real Life Homeschooling looks like:

For This Season
Unexpected Homeschool
For Him and My Family
As We Walk Along the Road
 Growing in His Glory
Homeschool Coffee Break
 Daily Life
 There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining
Proverbial Homemaker
ElCloud Homeschool

Monday, April 6, 2015

Real Life Homeschooling Blog Hop Day 1

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I'm a little late getting this post up today... because well that is real life.  Yesterday was Easter Sunday and we had a full blessed day!

Today I'm going to share some pictures of what our Monday's look like.  It is REAL for sure!  The house is messy!  The kids have trouble getting back to focused work after a fun weekend.  The 4 year old is vegging on the couch watching Doc McStuffins!

dishes needing washing

messy counter top, including iron that needs to be put away

large load of clean laundry that we need to put away!
leftover pizza for breakfast!

starting to plan the day

beginning the work with Critical Thinking Co

making Mommy a present

As you can see our Monday's come together and everyone gets down to work.  I love that we don't have to rush out of the house early in the morning and that everyone can set their own pace for the day.    The dishwasher and laundry machine will get a nice work out today but that is fine too.

This week I hope to share a little bit about how our week goes.  Remember everyone's homeschool looks different because each families approach is unique.  Our approach is laid back for sure!

Be sure to stop by and visit a few of my friend's and see what their Real Life Homeschooling looks like:

Every Bed of Roses
Ben and Me
Footprints in the Butter
Mountain of Grace Homeschooling
Counting Our Blessings
 Homeschooling for His Glory Ozark Ramblings
 Chestnut Grove Academy
Only Passionate Curiosity 
Farm Fresh Adventures

Friday, April 3, 2015

Random 5 on Friday

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1.  Easter is on of my favorite holidays!

2.  Every year as far back as I can remember I've gone to my cousins house to celebrate.

3.  Two foods that are served that are my favorite foods - spanish rice and perogies!! 

4.  The family, food, and fellowship are wonderful but they are not the real reason for Easter.

5.  Jesus died for our sins and rose again on Easter Sunday.  That is why we celebrate.  It is also why my family will be in church that morning.  If you don't know Jesus personally I truly encourage you to get to know HIM.  It is life changing! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How To Become A Blogger: Part 3 #bloggingtips

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Today we will talk about social media.  (By now you should have picked a name, and a platform and signed up!)

The thing about social media is it is an excellent way to get your  content out there.  You want to create identities for each form of social media with your blog name so that when people look for you, you will be easy to find.

I recommend the minimum:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest

There are a slew more and if you are already familiar with Tumblr, google +, linkedIn - go for those too!  Just be sure to register for them even if you don't plan on using them right away.

We have one more week in this series and we will talk about content.

You can find the entire series at the links below:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Pipsie Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar #WIN

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 We had so much fun reading Pipsie Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar!  I had my 2 year old cousin over last week so I read the book to her and my little guy.  They enjoyed the story so much that they got up and ran around the room pretending to be butterflies!  Made me so excited.  We also ordered some caterpillars to come in a few weeks so I will revisit the book again when they come to refresh Jace on the process!

In this delightful tale, Pipsie and her pet turtle Alfred, find a caterpillar.  They spend time playing with 'Frannie' until one day they can't find her.  They go on a mission to find their lost friend and find out she really isn't lost as much as transformed! 

I really loved how this book was a gentle approach to science.  Perfect for my curious 4 year old. 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Greek Morphemes Lessons (It's NOT Greek to Me!) #REVIEW

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I have a really neat curriculum from Ready to Teach  to share with you today.   It is a program to teach children Greek Morphemes!

What I received:
Greek Morphemes Lessons (It's  NOT Greek to Me!) - Instructor's Manual w/CD Rom
Greek Morphemes Lessons (It's  NOT Greek to Me!) - Student Work Book
Flash drive (thumb drive with all of the CD content)

What is a Morpheme?

In linguistics, a morpheme is the smallest grammatical unit in a language. In other words, it is the smallest meaningful unit of a language. The field of study dedicated to morphemes is called morphology.

Morpheme - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Let me start by telling you that my son, who is in 9th grade was the child we used this program for.  He had been interested in learning Greek and I thought this might be a great way to fulfill that desire and get him started. Of course this isn't really a course in Greek but in learning prefixes, suffixes and roots that are Greek based and breaking down the words to decipher their meaning by using that knowledge.  

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The teachers manual included lessons, transparencies (in case you were going to be teaching on a overhead), tests, answer keys, flashcards, instructions on how to use the course and how to grade.  It is pretty thick at over 100 pages!  My teacher's manual came with a CD that has the lessons in a powerpoint format on it.  However, they will be offering all of that in a thumb drive because so many computers don't have cd-drives anymore. 

The student manual has all the lesson worksheets.  Plus some flash cards at the back that are blank so your child can write them out.   


The first worksheet for each week  is called Notes.  This is where you watch the powerpoint presentation and take notes on the roots, prefixes and suffixes.  The next two assignments (A & B) you learn to 'work' a list of words by breaking them down.  You also add a definition in your own words as well as looking it up.  Assignment C - You write sentences in a format laid out in the book as well as create two made up words - just for fun - using the list.  Last is assignment D, where you break down a word, write a definition and do another definition activity.  You  are encouraged to make flash cards on the first day and study them. After you complete the weeks lessons there is a test to see what you learned.

For our homeschool, my son watched the powerpoint with me (only because I found it fascinating!) The powerpoint was neat because it encouraged you to think about where you might have heard a root word.  We liked challenging each other.  Then for the rest of the week Austin worked on the workbook.  The only thing we did not use is the flashcards.  I told him as long as he maintained a B average for the test he could skip that but he had to read the list each day for studying.  (This works well for him because he has a fantastic memory... if it was my other son the extra practice would really help him with studying.)


A-man working on his lesson. (Don't mind my messy workspace!)


Our Thoughts:

We both liked this program.  In fact Austin asked if he could do it in lieu of other vocab we are doing.  He liked the challenge of seeing if he knew the words and guessing their meanings.  He also liked how practical it was.  Truly when you know a root you know a good bit about a word.  What I liked is that I feel like this is going to prepare him for the SAT and PSAT which are just around the corner in 10th and 11th grade.  I think a true test of how much we enjoy a curriculum is if we plan to continue using it after the 'review' period and that is a definite YES!  I think my 7th grader will enjoy doing this in 9th grade as well.  My only suggestions would be to pare down the teachers manual without all the transparency sheets, because it is a little thick and overwhelming at first.  Also a way to print out the test would be awesome.  Not really complaints, just something that would make the program a little more user friendly for me.   


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