Thursday Things

Woah, what a week! Today was a big blur, waking up at 3am and then watching a 2yo all day is hard to get used to! Tomorrow will be better, hopefully will wake up a couple hours later, lol. So, did you like anything special about this past week? Here are my Thursday Things for this week!

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Popcornopolis Zebra Popcorn. I don’t even know what to say about this. The kids got this from our friend for one of their Christmas presents and I never tried it. We found some at Costco over the weekend and I finally tried it. Oh man, so so good.. But just don’t tell my dentist since I was supposed to stay away from popcorn due to my root canal not being finished yet. 😉

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Carmax – Jeffy and I took Ryan with us to look at Suburbans at Carmax. It’s probably the only vehicle that will fit us all. We are so close to getting another vehicle. Ever since our other one was totaled we have had to deal with being a one car family. It wouldn’t be too bad except for Ryan’s college, Jeffy’s travel and work and my general going out-ness.. It’s just so many directions throughout the week..

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Mixed Nut Butter from Trader Joe’s. I love me some nut butters and look at this one…so packed full of different nuts! Man..and you have to store it in the fridge but it doesn’t get all hard like some other nut butters do. I could eat it with a spoon. 😉

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Since it was kind of a last minute deal that we were doing respite care for this little girl, I scoured our toy stash for age appropriate toys. I didn’t have much! So while I was out at an appointment today, I stopped at Target to return something and happened to see a sale of Fisher Price items. It was buy two get one free! So, I picked out a variety of different things, all the same price. This was perfect as she loved the ones we opened already. There is still one left that she can open tomorrow or Monday when she comes back again. I love sales!

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I know I usually put a song here…but this made me so happy this week. Last weekend Jeffy and I spent the whole weekend together. It was amazing. There weren’t any distractions like when we are at home, it was just a pleasant time, even if most of the time we were running errands. It was just so relaxing and filling for us both. 🙂

So, those are my five things! Let me know what you enjoyed this past week!

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Memoria Press First Form Greek Complete Set {Review}

With all three of my kids doing high school work, I figured I should be looking at some languages for them! Ryan has been interested in Latin but the opportunity came for us to try out the First Form Greek Complete Set from Memoria Press and I jumped on it! We have used Memoria Press for a few things and always love how thorough they are! I figured since Ryan had a little bit of experience with the Latin that he would be the best to try out the Greek. At the time, we were also finishing up a unit study on Greece, so the timing was perfect!

First Form Greek Complete Set Grades 7-12

Now, Memoria Press doesn’t mess around with their curriculum. Like I mentioned they are very thorough! The First Form Greek didn’t disappoint either! The picture above shows what all is included and I will go over it all in a bit.

I will mention…while this is designed for people with or without experience in Greek, it would be suggested to start at least after learning the alphabet. Memoria Press sells a Greek Alphabet Book that would be a great extra if your student doesn’t know the alphabet. But don’t despair, it was also suggested that you could spend more time in Lesson one to master the alphabet…and that is what we did! ha!

It took a good while for him to get the alphabet down. Once he figured that out, he was able to continue with more confidence and work on a more typical schedule. He would work on it Wed-Fri as those are the days he has extra time and he thought that it would be good to do it three days in a row as opposed to breaking it up throughout the week.

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First you have the Teacher Manual and Teacher Key. In the Teacher Key introduction they list an ideal scope and sequence to learn Greek, and that is quite interesting…Years 5+ they suggest Greek literature…wow, I just can’t imagine some of the titles they list and being able to understand. Exciting! Anyway, that section also describes how the lessons are typically and any info to help with that.. And then, if you know me you know I love this, it tells you what to do each day. It breaks it down so completely that there should be no question. Lesson one day one is the longest lesson I think, of course we haven’t made it through the whole book..but it is understandable. It tells you what to read, what to review, what to work on in the workbook and there are little squares next to each that you can check off when completed! So great!

Memoria Press First Form Greek

The Teacher Key is a book of answers for the workbook, quizzes and tests. I like how the answers are written in a very easy to see and understand format. They match up to how they are written in the student workbook. They are also listed in blue, which helps a lot as well! Some answer books are very hard to understand and aren’t very user friendly. I always appreciate when companies put extra thought into their items.

Memoria Press First Form Greek

Next are the student books. The Student Text is a very short but informative text book. It gets right into the heart of everything. But a little extra that is included with all of the language information are little snippets that are Greek related somehow. What we did was when one of these came up we spent a little extra time learning about whatever was mentioned.

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The workbook is basically like what you would think a workbook would be. It is all fill in the blank and has plenty of room to write in your answers.

Memoria Press First Form Greek

There is also a booklet of Quizzes and Tests and it has tear out pages which is so nice! I print and make copies of so many other things on a daily basis, that I appreciate the tear out pages so much!

Memoria Press First Form Greek

The last few things are great extras that really complete this package. The thing that really helped was the pronunciation CD. I mean, how many people could look at the Greek characters and know how to pronounce them..ha! So this saved us quite a few times!

The DVD’s are amazing and so full of information. There are five disks and the lessons covered aren’t very long.. Sometimes these were watched a few times in order to get it correct, it is such a good companion to the books.

Last are the flash cards. I know some people aren’t flash card people, but they really go over well here. These really helped for the quizzes and tests as well as just for the workbook.

These extras make it so much more interesting than just having the books.

Even though Ryan had a little knowledge of Latin, we basically started from scratch with this. It is a pretty difficult language to learn, but I think that this set is something that will definitely help you learn it. Following their schedule in the book that I mentioned above or the one mentioned on their website would give you a very thorough education on the Greek language.

Memoria Press has so many different things to offer, one of which is a set that involves the Iliad and the Odyssey. That might be something that we look at for next year.. If you want to look and see what others thought of this First Form Greek and a few other curriculum choices, feel free to click the banner below… 🙂

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What I read in March

What I read this month

Today is one of my least favorite days of the year. I just don’t like April Fool’s Day! The only good thing about it is the funny stuff that online business put little ads out for. Those make me chuckle. But I just don’t like tricks and other things like that… Blah.. But, I do like reading, right?? 😉 So, this is what I read in March!

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Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh – Fifteen-year-old Yasmin Doner is a social misfit—obese, obsessive and deemed a freak by her peers at school. With her father dead and her mother in a new relationship, Yasmin yearns for a sense of belonging, finding comfort only in food and the fantasy of being close to Alice Taylor, a girl at school. Yasmin will do anything to become friends with pretty and popular Alice—even if Alice, like everyone else, thinks she’s a freak.

When Yasmin notices a sinister-looking man watching Alice from the school fence, she sees a way of finally winning Alice’s affection—because how this stranger is staring is far more than just looking, it’s wanting. Because this stranger, Yasmin believes, is going to take Alice. Yasmin decides to find out more about this man so that when he does take Alice, Yasmin will be the only one who knows his name and where he lives…the only one who can save her.

But as Yasmin discovers more about him, her affections begin to shift. Perhaps she was wrong about him. Perhaps she doesn’t need Alice after all.

And then Alice vanishes.

What I thought: Well, I wasn’t sure how this was going to go, but it ended up just being an eh book for me. The way it was written, the characters.. Neither really did it for me. There were a lot of good ratings on Goodreads, so I was hopeful.. Ah well, maybe you will like it!

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The Strays by Emily Bitto – On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends Eva and her sisters Beatrice and Heloise, daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. An only child from an unremarkable, working-class family, Lily has never experienced a household like the Trenthams’–a community of like-minded artists Evan and his wife have created, all living and working together to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930’s Australia. And Lily has never met anyone like Eva, whose unabashed confidence and worldly knowledge immediately draw her in.

Infatuated by the creative chaos of the Trenthams and the artists who orbit them, Lily aches to fully belong in their world, craving something beyond her own ordinary life. She becomes a fixture in their home, where she and Eva spend their days lounging in the garden, filching cigarettes and wine, and skirting the fringes of the adults’ glamorous lives, who create scandalous art during the day and host lavish, debauched parties by night. But as seductive as the artists’ utopian vision appears, behind it lies both darkness and dysfunction. And the further the girls are pulled in, the greater the consequences become.

With elegance and vibrancy, THE STRAYS evokes the intense bonds of girlhood friendships, the volatile undercurrents of a damaged family, and the yearning felt by an outsider looking in.

What I thought: I enjoyed the read, although it wasn’t an absolute favorite. I liked how there is a past and present. You understand more of what went on, especially toward the end.. hmm…

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The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth – With every book, Sally Hepworth becomes more and more known for her searing emotional portraits of families—and the things that test their bonds. In The Mother’s Promise, she delivers her most powerful novel yet: the story of a single mother who is dying, the troubled teenaged daughter who is battling her own demons, and the two women who come into their lives at the most critical moment.

Alice and her daughter Zoe have been a family of two all their lives. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe’s father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works—until it doesn’t. Until Alice gets sick and is given a grim prognosis.

Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practically strangers, but who are her only hope: Kate, her oncology nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. As the four of them come together, a chain of events is set into motion and all four of them must confront their sharpest fears and secrets—secrets about abandonment, abuse, estrangement, and the deepest longing for family. Imbued with heart and humor in even the darkest moments, The Mother’s Promise is an unforgettable novel about the power of love and forgiveness.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. You really got in with the characters and I enjoyed the way the book was written. You get a sense of the different characters and you can still see the whole story.. I think I will look for more books by this author!

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Always by Sarah Jio – While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense everything connected and felt “right.” But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what and whom she wants.

Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she’s willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.

What I thought: At one point I really got into the book, but then it kept getting stagnant again. I liked the story line idea… it was just kind of predictable in a way? A good beach read…

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Bessie’s Pillow by Linda Bress Silbert – May this pillow bring you peace. So reads the pillow entrusted, in 1906, to 18-year-old Boshka Markman as she prepares to board a train in Vilna, Lithuania. One of hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants who will leave Europe to escape persecution, she travels to America alone. This is not just a story about a pillow, however. A masterful blending of history and life in the early 20th century as seen through one woman’s eyes, it is also a story of resilience-one that reminds us that no matter when or from where we came to America, we are not so different. This is not only Bessie’s story-it is ours. Based on the true story of Bessie Markman Dreizen, this story crosses genres like few others, offering a glimpse of what it was like for the thousands who came to America between 1880 and 1920 and a front-row view through a child’s eyes at the persecutions endured by the Jews of the Pale of Settlement at the hands of the Russian Czar. But this book’s greatest gift is education not only of the mind…but of the heart. As Bessie says in the prologue, no matter what challenges we may face, “Happiness will come again.”

What I thought: I reviewed this book here if you wanted to see what I thought. But I definitely enjoyed this book and knowing it was based on a true story made it even better!

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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – A shipwreck. A sole survivor, stranded on a deserted island. What could be more appealing to children than Robinson Crusoe’s amazing adventure? Set in the 17th century, and unfolding over a 30-year period, it offers plenty of suspense and everyday detail about how Crusoe manages to stay alive. Additionally, it paints a fascinating portrait of the age—including references to slavery and Europe’s view of the “New World.”

What I thought: Ok…who doesn’t know this book? And again, it was one of those that I never had read! It was slow going for me, the way it was written and the whole story line. I mean, I get that it is a classic and written hundreds of years ago…so there’s that. :shrug:

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The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins – For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.

Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.

What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?

In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book! The main character was really well written.. There were a couple cheesy parts, but really, they had to happen anyway.. I liked the way the story was told as well. I want to say one thing but will give it away so….you will have to read it for yourself. Ahh, the easy way out, lol.

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Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld – A satirical novel about a mother whose life spirals out of control when she’s forced to rethink her bleeding heart liberal ideals

For idealistic forty-something Karen Kessler, it isn’t enough that she works full-time in the non-profit sector, aiding an organization that helps hungry children from disadvantaged homes. She’s also determined to live her personal life in accordance with her ideals. This means sending her daughter, Ruby, to an integrated public school in their Brooklyn neighborhood.

But when a troubled student from a nearby housing project begins bullying children in Ruby’s class, the distant social and economic issues Karen has always claimed to care about so passionately feel uncomfortably close to home. As the situation at school escalates, Karen can’t help but wonder whether her do-gooder husband takes himself and his causes more seriously than her work and Ruby’s wellbeing.

A daring, discussable satire about gentrification and liberal hypocrisy, and a candid take on rich and poor, white and black, CLASS is also a smartly written story that reveals how life as we live it–not as we like to imagine it–often unfolds in gray areas.

What I thought: Well, I didn’t enjoy this book much at all. There were a couple good parts. But for the main of it, I thought the character to be a whiny girl who is upset at life and who worries too much on what people think of her. Ick. It says satire, but I just say no…lol.

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The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred – Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated—and not quite sure that she’s like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?

His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he’s destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different–but that’s what he likes about himself.

When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?

What I thought: I totally liked this book! I mean, it went places that I wasn’t expecting, but I loved the dueling writing by the two main characters, you got to really know them. Very cute book, fast read…

Ok, I didn’t really think that I had read so many books this month, wow!! I am up to 25 for the year already! Let me know if you have read any great books, I am always up for suggestions!!

 

 

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Thursday Things

My week is so wonky!! Getting my tooth fixed and pain pills and just all of the things…I totally missed today being Thursday until I actually looked at the calendar! Sooo, it is time for Thursday Things! Let me know what has made you happy this past week! It’s always good to reflect on the good…. 🙂 Here’s what I liked about this past week!

Uncle Matt’s organic orange juice with turmeric and probiotics – I drink their regular orange juice all the time..but when we went to the store and saw this I thought it was perfect, what with being on antibiotics and such…why not? And turmeric is supposed to be good for you too… It was yummy!! 🙂

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Raw Sugar Body wash in vanilla bean and sugar scent – I needed a new soap and was at Target…they didn’t have my normal stuff so I just looked at what they had. This seemed interesting so I bought it. I like how clean it feels and it smells good. 🙂 I am glad it worked out!

GoodBelly Cranberry Watermelon drink – Again with the probiotics, and yes, another drink…but really…it seems like I have been on antibiotics for ages!! This was pretty tasty! I had some every day and went back to pick up more as well as some other flavors. I tried the blueberry acai flavor and it wasn’t as good, but not bad. I have one more to try, we will see! I just really like this combination!!

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Sprouts – Yay!! One of our favorite stores in AZ finally opened up a location here! Sure, it is like 50 minutes away, but still. With all of the times that I am taking Jeffy to the airport and picking him up, it isn’t that much of a detour to go! I hope it gets a little less busy though because parking is crazy!!!

Every Breath You Take by Eklipse – I have been into cellos so much lately. And I love this song played this way… So so good!! 🙂

So, those are my five happy Thursday Things! What did you like about this past week?

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Bessie’s Pillow {Review}

You guys know how much we like to read around here. Some more than others, but during our school days we read a LOT! We were sent a copy of the book Bessie’s Pillow published by Strong Learning, Inc. I was actually pretty excited to read this book as it is based on a true story and we don’t read near enough of those!

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The book starts the story of then 18yo Boshka Markman as she is leaving her home in Lithuania and heading to America by herself in 1906. Her family is seeing her off and a family friend asks her to take a pillow to her son, should she meet up with him in America.

No, the story isn’t all about a pillow, but it is woven through the book here and there. I thought it would be good to mention about the pillow since it is in the title after all.

The first few chapters are about her trip to America…there are many things mentioned in these chapters. The stops she makes, how she feels about the way other people are traveling and just her general thoughts and experiences.

She makes it to America and then has to figure out housing, a job as well as learn the language. She overcomes quite a bit throughout this whole book. It is quite impressive actually. I don’t want to say too much though, because I can’t say certain things without giving other things away, it is a pretty interconnected story! I will say she is very lucky to have had friends and family in America already before she left to go there.

Sometimes the book focuses on one particular time in her life and other times the book skips a couple years into the future. As I was reading the kids joked how fast time was flying when that happened, but I know that to fit in all that told in a story you want to include the important parts and not all of the parts…

The author of the book is Linda Bress Silbert who is actually the granddaughter of the main character in the story! She even says that the events are all true! There really was a pillow!

I like at the end of the book there is an afterword that explains what has happened throughout time with the characters in the book. I love when books do that as you tend to get close to book characters like this, at least I do! And to read what happened to them in their lives gives a sort of closure.

Also at the end of the book are plenty of family photos! These are fascinating. I am one to love looking at old photos in general, so looking at these after reading about the family was really neat.

There was a lot of research done in writing this book too, as you can imagine. At the very end of the book is a section called Bessie’s America. It has different sections that are very informative! The first section talks about when the largest amount of Eastern European Jews would come to America and the traveling that it entailed as well as the general feeling in that time. The book includes a short section but there are more details online in an interactive multimedia guide that is filled with so many things!

Other sections in this part of the book are Immigration Resources, in case you wanted to look up family members or read other immigrant stories as well as ways you can see a better idea on how life was for immigrants then.

There are sections about famous people, food and recipes, health, movies, music and dancing, as well as musical theater. There is a little information about New Rochelle, which is where Bessie aka Boshka ended up. News in that time period is also featured, parks and beaches in the area, presidents, radio, social movements and more photos..

With this little section as well as the online material, you could definitely make this into a unit study or something…there are so many things that you could include! History, Geography, etc!

While the story didn’t end at her dying, which I am thankful for, it did tell the majority of her life. I found it quite fascinating and I will definitely keep this book forever. My kids all enjoyed it and I would imagine the age range for this book is huge! I read this aloud as part of our school day as they seem to enjoy that.

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Creating a Masterpiece {Review}

Ever since we have started homeschooling we have included some form of art throughout our days. There really hasn’t ever been a ton of instruction though, just some random things I have found here and there. I was glad to try out the Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece.

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What we lacked before was someone that could teach to adults as well as to kids, and that is something that Sharon Hofer does very well in my opinion. While she was able to teach to young kids, nothing she said was ‘babyish’ to where you felt embarrassed as an older person.

With the Monthly Plan, we had access to all projects within all levels. I thought a bit on what I thought would be best for the kids to do first. I came up with the idea that I would give them each a week to do a drawing type project. It could be pencils or colored pencils..and they could pick the project. Then we could do something together as a family the following weeks. There were a few different drawing projects offered so I was curious as to what they would pick!

Nobody wanted to be identified as to which one they did, which is fine.. I think they all did a great job! I am happy to just show of their work!

The first project was from Level One and it was the Sunflower in pencil. This just needed some nice drawing pencils, a pad of paper and an eraser. Easy enough, we had that on hand! I had ordered some good quality drawing pencils and colored pencils a few months ago.

Sharon started the lesson not jumping into the sunflower, but showing the student that you really need to look at the item you are drawing. She used the example of a shell and that most of her students would just draw the main shape and call it a shell. She insisted that you have to look closer to really be able to draw it correctly. She then used the example of a kettle so that you could understand that things aren’t always straight even if they appear to be. It was also another lesson in paying attention to the things that you are drawing. Last was a lesson in drawing a duck but without lifting your pencil! That really helped in planning on what you could draw in one place before moving along to the next.

As we get to lesson 4, she starts teaching on starting the sunflower. She reiterates that every drawing is it’s own and that people see things differently and draw things differently…that it’s ok if it doesn’t look like hers. She gives tips throughout each lesson and mentions often that it is ok to stop the video if you need to catch up or look at more detail. Also included is a larger picture of her drawing that you can use for reference.

Even with all of the practice drawings this lesson still only took up our given week per child, I think it turned out great!

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The next project was with colored pencils. This was also from level 1. Honestly, I have only ever seen colored pencils used lightly, not so dark, so I was very interested in the process of this one! It did look like paint when it was done!

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I like how she went into details on layering the colors…this was done with only a few different colors and none of those colors were orange!

The last project was portraiture. This project was pretty thorough so it used up more than just the one week. We typically only do art on Wednesdays and Fridays and for only a small part of the time, but it was nice that everything was explained so thoroughly! There were plenty of opportunities for practicing this project.

First was a simple drawing of a man. Then changing that into a woman. Then changing it back to a man, or whatever..

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Then we went to a teenager..She mentioned you could change this to a girl easily as well..

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Lastly was a little girl. This project is from Level 5. Thankfully there was no changing this to a boy because this final project went into a lot more detail than the previous projects in this lesson. I like how she builds on each part of the lesson so that the final project is easier as well as makes more sense.

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All of the kids had a great time with working with these lessons! Unfortunately I got a wicked toothache and we never got to finish with our group projects. But once I get it fixed we will be picking out the next project for us. I am thinking of something with acrylic paint as our neighbor is a wonderful artist that uses acrylic paints…

As I was watching these videos myself, I was impressed with how she explained what she was doing, not just suggesting that you do what she does. I am looking forward to doing the next project together with all of the kids!!

If you want to check out what other families chose as their projects, feel free to click on the banner below! The lessons really are good for people of all ages!!

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I hate toothaches!

I hate toothaches!

I went to the dentist in February… All clear! Yay! I even get comments that my teeth are good and she wishes everyone was as easy for cleaning…

And then I get an awful toothache. Here I am thinking that I got a tortilla chip stuck in there somewhere…

Nope.. Turns out one of my very very very old cavities that I had filled had issues and now I need a root canal. :sigh:

I hate toothaches!

This will be my second one.. The first one happened shortly after we moved here.

And he can’t see me until next week. So I have antibiotics and pain pills to last until then. I am trying not to take the pain pills very often but dang it hurts!

Dental issues are like my kryptonite.

Thankfully I have gotten used to going in for my cleaning every six months like a good and faithful adult…so it isn’t as bad.. But I had three children with no pain meds and here I am freaking out over a toothache. Whatever..

I can’t wait to get it fixed and will try to not use the whole bottle of pain pills. He said the antibiotics will help with the pain once they start working..

I hate taking pills in general but especially this combo. Ugh.

Looking forward to next Wednesday! Kinda. Sorta. Yeah.

I hate toothaches.

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Walking with the Waodani {Review}

You guys know how much I love doing unit studies… I was definitely excited to check out an early version of Walking with the Waodani, the newest study from Home School Adventure Co.

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What I love about unit studies is the ability to make them your own. This particular one has many opportunities to make this a more involved study! It isn’t too involved to where you have numerous daily items to do, but it is almost an open ended study where you can go off on many different courses.

I received the first two lessons of this unit study to check out. We are all enjoying the fact that it has to do with real missions and just has some unique content.

The beginning introduces you to the people in the story, we all liked knowing that this really happened! It mentions how the study came to happen as well. I don’t know about you, but I like knowing the behind the scenes of why/how something came to be.

As you start the unit study, there is a little reading. It is almost like an introduction to an area that you can then draw ideas from. As you keep reading, there are different sections; People and Places, Meals and Markets, Animals and Agriculture, and Worlds and Worldview. Just within those few categories you can make this unit study as much as or as little as you want!

The reading is pretty easy to read which helps for when you get to the worksheets. The worksheets in this unit study are a part of the Travel Journal and there are a few in each section; Notebook pages, Mark Your Map (or Ministry), Rate the Recipe, Draw an Animal, and Creativity Unleashed.

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That’s an example of what the worksheets look like from the first lesson.

When we did this particular lesson we really drew it out to a couple of weeks. We were really able to look at the map of Ecuador and note some characteristics of the general area and then we were able to dig deeper into the Shell Mera that was mentioned in the lesson. The next lesson also talks about this area, so it is nice to really get some of that information and background. The page with the map also has questions from the reading that you can fill out.

There is a section on food that was talked about.. In this part it happened to be grubs. Now, we get a lot of grubs here and sure, the birds are quite happy with them, but we couldn’t imagine eating them…ew. ha! On the coordinating worksheet, you draw the food item and then answer some questions about it.

One of the favorite sections of this study were the animals. Figures, right? This worksheet had you draw an animal. We do a lot of drawing on a typical homeschool week, so this was something they looked forward to. Everyone happened to pick the black panther this time around. I mean, we have three cats so I guess it was an obvious choice!

The last section is more of a creative writing exercise. There are some clips and phrases that you can then go off of to make your own story.

So with all of these different sections we were able to delve deeper into all of them and really make it a very thorough unit study for our family filled with all of the things that we were all interested in! Since we have only used the first two lessons, we are looking forward to seeing what the rest holds in store!

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Saturday snippets

It has been a while since I did a Saturday snippets post so I figured, why not? I have a to-do list that is really quite long, but that can be ignored for a little bit, right? I also have a cat on my lap that I don’t want to bother, so y’all know how that goes. Well, those of you that have cats. 😉

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If you don’t know what a Saturday snippets post is…I basically just list some of the interesting/cool/funny things that I have seen on the internet this week. Because sometimes you just need a break at looking at random stuff…get a drink, hot or cold, and hang out for a few! 🙂

  1. This story ends not in the way that I thought it was, but wow… :sigh:
  2. All of my kids are teens.. I agree with this post on teens. I am enjoying the teen years much more than what society has me expecting I would…
  3. This teen has a syndrome that causes him to not stop growing. Finding size 28 shoes was expensive. Check it out..
  4. I love nature. And beautiful lighting. This combines the two wonderfully. 🙂 All in Alaska.
  5. I love the idea of sending these boxes to people I care about. What a great idea!
  6. Want to know the secret to a happy life? You may already know it…
  7. I remember seeing this a year or so ago, but it has resurfaced. School lunches..you remember them, right? Check out what they look like in other countries.
  8. It’s amazing what happens when people think of kids and their families. And yay, to this school principal in Raleigh!
  9. I know duct tape fixes all sorts of things, but what it does here is quite inspiring!
  10. And I know almost everyone saw these two boys wanting the same haircut

Sooo, those are my ten things for this week. Not as much funny haha stuff this go around, but I guess it changes all the time. We will see what I see next time.

I hope everyone had a great week and for those of you that are changing time this weekend, I’m sorry. I still can’t get why we are still doing it.. I say, change 30 minutes and keep it that way forever. 😉

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What I read in February…

What I read this month

I barely squeezed in my last book of February on the last day of the month…ha, love it when that happens! There was a time that I thought I would only read one book for the whole month, with it being a short month and all, but alas, I got a couple more in there. Have you read any great books lately? I always love recommendations! Anyway, here is what I read in February…

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The Hidden Letters of Velta B. by Gina Ochsner – Young Maris has been summoned to his mother’s bedside as she nears the end of her life; she feels she must tell him her version of their family history, the story of his early life, and the ways in which he changed the lives of others. Maris was born with what some might call a blessing and others might deem a curse: his very large, very special ears enable him to hear the secrets of the dead, as well as the memories that haunt his Latvian hometown. Nestled in the woodlands on the banks of the Aiviekste River, their town suffered the ravages of war, then the cold shock of independence. As a boy, Maris found himself heir to an odd assortment of hidden letters; a school project provided the chance to share them, forcing the town to hear the truth from the past and face what it meant for their future.   With “luminous writing [and] affection for her characters” (New York Times), Gina Ochsner creates an intimate, hopeful portrait of a fascinating town in all its complications and charm. She shows us how, despite years of distrust, a community can come through love and loss to the joy of understanding — enabled by a great-grandmother’s legacy, a flood, and a boy with very special ears.

What I thought: This was an odd book for me to read. It took me a while to figure out the writing style and honestly, I kept imagining Maris as a girl name, lol. It was a slow read for me until I got into the writing style and then it was ok. I liked it ok, but it was just ok for me..

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Crosstalk by Connie Willis – In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal – to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely – in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

It is almost more than she can handle – especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that’s only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love – and communication – are far more complicated than she ever imagined.

What I thought: Ok, sure this is kind of cheesy, but I really enjoyed the way this book was written. I was finding myself not being able to put the book down just to see what happened next. I gave it an extra star just for that.. I read this book quickly just so my heart would slow down. lol

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Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger – Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and hair don’t suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There’s no more sadness in her life; she’s bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who’s still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

What I thought: This book was really odd. I enjoyed the writing style.. The character was a little odd but she grows on you. I really don’t know what to say about this book but I liked it well enough.

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Speaking American* by Josh Katz – Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can reveal where you grew up? In December 2013, Josh Katz released an interactive dialect quiz in the New York Times that became the most viewed page in the paper’s history. Now a graphics editor, Katz harnessed the overwhelming response to that quiz to create Speaking American, an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular.

How do you pronounce “pecan”? What do you call a long sandwich with varieties of meats and cheeses? Do you cut the grass or mow the lawn?

The answers to these questions—and the distinctions they reveal about who says what and where they say it—are not just the ultimate in cocktail party fodder; they are also windows into the history of our nation, our regions, and our language. On page after page, readers will be fascinated and charmed by these stunning maps of how Americans speak as they gain new insights into our language and ourselves.

For fans of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and How the States Got Their Shapes, Speaking American is an irresistible feast of American regional speech.

What I thought: Ok, I loved this book, I found it fascinating! All the different ways that people pronounce words around the country. Some words I had to say over and over because I found myself saying them both ways, it was amusing. I definitely recommend this book if only to see where you fit in this crazy country. 😀

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Mila 2.0 Redemption by Debra Driza – Mila has been running for her life for so long. But there might be nowhere left for her to go. Especially now that she’s an incredible danger to herself and anyone who dares get close to her.

That’s why Mila has gone into hiding with friend and tech expert Lucas. She can’t take the risk of hurting people worse than the way she hurt Hunter: the boy she’ll always love, the boy who might never forgive her for what she’s done.

But then Mila discovers that General Holland—her ultimate enemy—has plans that are an even bigger threat to humanity than she is. His quest to reclaim Mila is only part of a larger mysterious endgame that will put people’s lives at stake. Mila must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she’s got…or turn her back on the world forever.

What I thought: I read one or two of these books previously.. I don’t recall how many were in the series total. It seems like I may have missed one as she talks about a desert and I don’t remember that. This book was ok, a very fast read. It was easy enough to recall the main story once I started reading. You could probably read it on it’s own as it fills in the back story every now and again…

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The Lost Girls by Heather Young – In the summer of 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys her mother, who spends the rest of her life at the lake house, hoping in vain that her favorite daughter will walk out of the woods. Emily’s two older sisters stay, too, each keeping her own private, decades-long vigil for the lost child.

Sixty years later Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before she dies, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person to whom it might matter: her grandniece, Justine.

For Justine, the lake house offers a chance to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the stable home she never had. But it’s not the sanctuary she hoped for. The long Minnesota winter has begun. The house is cold and dilapidated, the frozen lake is silent and forbidding, and her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more than he’s telling about the summer of 1935.

Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives with designs on her inheritance, and the man she left behind launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house steeped in the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.

What I thought: This book was told in alternating voices and that took me a while to get used to. I was intrigued how the story was intertwined in a way and there was a somewhat big reveal at the end. I liked this book but it wasn’t an absolute favorite..

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The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – Billy Marvin’s first love was a computer. Then he met Mary Zelinsky.

Do you remember your first love?

The Impossible Fortress begins with a magazine…The year is 1987 and Playboy has just published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For three teenage boys—Billy, Alf, and Clark—who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it.

The heist will be fraught with peril: a locked building, intrepid police officers, rusty fire escapes, leaps across rooftops, electronic alarm systems, and a hyperactive Shih Tzu named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Failed attempt after failed attempt leads them to a genius master plan—they’ll swipe the security code to Zelinsky’s convenience store by seducing the owner’s daughter, Mary Zelinsky. It becomes Billy’s mission to befriend her and get the information by any means necessary. But Mary isn’t your average teenage girl. She’s a computer loving, expert coder, already strides ahead of Billy in ability, with a wry sense of humor and a hidden, big heart. But what starts as a game to win Mary’s affection leaves Billy with a gut-wrenching choice: deceive the girl who may well be his first love or break a promise to his best friends.

What I thought: I wanted to get this book because of the 80’s references…but it was written from a teen boys perspective and I found it weird for me, lol. Some of the things I knew were going to happen but it was still a decent book. I liked it ok…

So, I did end up reading more than one for the month! lol I started a new book today, not sure about it yet, we will see!

Please let me know any suggestions! 🙂

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