Help Teaching Pro {Review}

A couple years ago we used Help Teaching Pro in our schooling and it was wonderful! I realized last year that I missed not having the capability to print these worksheets anymore! We went back to HelpTeaching.com and yayyyy…we can now print as many things as we want! Of course, I think I went a little crazy as my black ink is now low, ha!

help teachingLast time we focused a lot on the math section. Because it is a struggle, y’all! Since it has been a couple years, I thought I would see what was added in the higher level grades. I like that you can search by category or grade level!

I clicked on grade 10 to see what was there, and it ends up there is more than I can even capture in a screenshot! The sections were: Function and Algebra Concepts, Geometry and Measurement, High School Math, and Shapes.

Help Teaching Math

We did quite a bit of different math.. But I did want to make sure we worked on mean, median, mode, and range. We haven’t done a ton of that, and what we have it has been a couple years. Always good to review that, especially since I know that Ryan used that in his college math class! This was under the Grade 9 section, but that’s what I love about this site is that you can use things from numerous grades. I even used something from the grade 3 section!

I like that when you click on a particular worksheet, you can go ahead and print however many you want. And the next tab over you can see the answer key! You can print it if you want, or if you just want to grade it off the screen you can do that as well.

Help Teaching writing promptI also went to check out the Language Arts section to see what they had for grade 10. There was a huge selection there as well! One thing that caught my attention right away was a writing prompt worksheet. Now, this really didn’t need to be printed out in my opinion, but it was cute anyway. There is a back story to why I picked this worksheet out and the kids had fun with it..

Help Teaching The Scarlett LetterAnd because it can’t all be fun and games… I also checked out what they had for novel worksheets! We had recently read quite a few from the Grade 10 list, but the most recent was The Scarlett Letter and I printed out that worksheet to see how they would do.

I will say that there are some pretty hard questions! In the future I think I would print them out as we start a book, rather than giving it to them after the fact. Looking at the questions myself, I didn’t know some of the answers and I was reading the book out loud to them, ha! There are some other titles that we will be reading soon I noticed, so I am going to print those out ahead of time.

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As a quick note, I loved this Life Skills section! Especially the Wash Care Symbols, because really, who knows what all of those things mean on clothing tags anyway!! 😀 I thought that this was a very informative section and I wanted to make sure and mention it since it is a smaller section!

So many of these were applicable for the kiddos! And these were just the printable worksheets! You can also click on the Lessons tab! They do have a lot of lessons for Math and Language Arts, and I know I will go back to those soon, but right away I wanted to see what they had for Biology!

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The lessons aren’t that involved, which is nice since we already have a full curriculum and use these for extra information! We looked at the lesson on Fungi. There is a brief write up about fungi and then you answer practice questions. This particular lesson only had two questions. Then you watch the video. I like that they also suggest the related worksheets at the bottom, as well as some additional resources if you want to check out more information. And how about the timing on the video screen grab, eh? Ha!

I see more categories that we will use once we get to that section in our Biology curriculum! Sometimes hearing something a different way really helps you learn it better!

For lessons, they have English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.. For older kids like mine the lessons are meant for a more self directed learning. They are pretty self explanatory on how they work, so I think that is great!

Help Teaching earth dayAnother thing that I enjoyed is reading their blog! There was a recent article, The Importance of Teaching Personal Finance that I thought was very informative! It is definitely true, a lot of kids aren’t taught these things and have to find out the hard way! They do have quite a few interesting articles on their blog! As I write this, there is another great article on Earth Day activities!

There really is a lot you can do with this website. We didn’t take advantage of the Test Maker and Worksheet Generator this time around yet, but we have used it in the past. You can see our review from a couple years ago here. Everything is just so easy to understand, the website is easy to navigate, it is just an all around good thing!

If you want to read what others thought of their time with Help Teaching Pro from HelpTeaching.com, feel free to click the banner below! There may be more information mentioned on a different grade level or subject that I didn’t talk about!

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The whole foster care thing, continued…

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As I write this, our little foster baby has moved on to respite care. Gosh, what an emotional day. She had a dr’s appointment, then a parent visit, and after all that is when we dropped her off.

She will be in two respite houses and then hopefully moved to a family member. I feel bad for all of her transitions and I hope and pray that she does well and ends up in a wonderful place.

It was weird to go back to our typical quiet house. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves. We were just kind of walking around in a daze the rest of the night and even the next day.

Now that we have had our first placement, we don’t know what to do next. Jeffy is slightly frustrated with the whole system, as are most people. He doesn’t think he wants to do it again. I can totally see his point because it really was kind of a crazy experience.

Granted, this case was especially hard, and not typical, if there is such a thing in foster care. There are definitely things that I would have liked to have been different, but it’s not up to me, lol.

I am glad that we could help out in the life of Princess Buttercup, which is the nickname Jeffy came up with. We are glad that she improved as much as she did in her short little stay. I am glad that we could send her to the first respite house healthy and in good spirits. They seem like a great family with two little kids. I hope the next family does well also, they too have two little kids. She loves kids, even our big ones..

I guess I will keep y’all updated on what we decided to do in the future!

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Princess Cut movie {Review}

A few weeks ago we got a movie to watch that I thought would be great to watch as a family, because one thing we do well is watch movies together.. The movie is called Princess Cut from Watchman Pictures and it seemed relevant since I have all teens that would do good to see it.

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Well, plans don’t always work out and between getting a new foster placement, 2/3 of the kids getting super sick as well as myself and the aforementioned foster placement and other life things, I was the only one to be able to watch it so far. On another note, this is a great movie to watch when you are sick in bed!

One thing that I noticed and loved right away was that it was filmed in my general area! I wasn’t positive until the end when I read the credits, but sure enough, a little less than an hour away. We have grown fond of the beauty that North Carolina has and I am fascinated when I see books or movies set here…

Basically, the movie is about a girl, Grace, that is hoping to finally get married to her boyfriend Stewart.. I don’t recall the movie stating how old she was, but she is in school for interior design so I was assuming she was in her 20s. The website says early 20s.

When Stewart suggests that they have a date to discuss something special, she thinks that this is the moment she will be engaged.. As life goes, that wasn’t what happened..

The rest of the movie details her quest to find a husband, but while keeping true to herself as well as God.

The family unit is just a nice family that I could imagine living next to here in NC.. I am pretty sure I know quite a few families just like them.. Grace is the oldest of three, she has two younger brothers. The family lives on a farm and grows soybeans.

I thought the acting went very well with this movie! On a funny note, quite a few of the actors resembled people that I know in real life, and they act like the character in the movie! There was what seemed to be an obligatory fight scene that seemed like it was expected to be there and maybe was a tad cheesy, but it goes with the story.

You could pretty much tell what was going to happen in the movie, but it was still enjoyable to watch it play out. Kind of like a good book. You just keep reading because it is so fun to read it all happen.

While this is a Christian movie, there isn’t anything thrown in your face…so if you were to want to watch this with friends that aren’t Christian for example, I don’t think it would be too out there for them.

I am looking forward to watching it again with the family once life slows down again, hopefully towards the end of the month.

Make sure you check out the website where you can watch the preview! And one of my favorite pages is the Photos & Video page where they show behind the scenes and random photos as well..

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Memoria Press Second Form Latin {Review}

We have used Memoria Press for quite a few things in the past, they are a great company with a great variety of curriculum to choose from! The last thing we used was First Form Latin so I thought it would make sense to do Second Form Latin this go around!

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After using the First Form Latin last year, we were curious to see how the Second Form would be. The layout is very similar to what we were used to, so that was nice! Very easy to jump back into it!

You can see all that is included in the Complete Set in the photo, I will go over each item. It is in a way, difficult to explain how each book goes together, but I will attempt it!

Memoria Press Second Form Latin

This is a page from Lesson 9 in the Student Text. I had to laugh when we got to this part, because if you have a child, you know at one point they probably said that something wasn’t their fault. Well, this lesson was talking about mea culpa – my fault.

The Student Text and the Workbook go to the student. They learn the lesson in the Student Text and then work on the pages in the Workbook.

The lessons in the Student Text are pretty short, just two pages, and the book is a smaller one. I like it because kids aren’t overwhelmed with too much information to learn in each lesson.

Each lesson is pretty similar to what you see in the image above. The forms of speech are talked about, some vocabulary, and something interesting about Rome or something related to the Latin language. I actually learned quite a bit myself in those little snippets!

Memoria Press Second Form Latin

This picture shows part of Lesson 9 in the Workbook (right) and the Teacher Key (left). I love that the answers are written the exact same as the Student Workbook! So much easier to grade that way.

So in keeping with Lesson 9 as an example, there are six pages in the Student Workbook for that lesson. Each lesson is generally the same, depending on what is being taught.

This lesson starts out with Word Study and Grammar. There are questions asking what a pronoun is and the Pronoun Agreement Rule. Then you write in vocabulary words and go back and forth between Latin and English. You are supposed to say them out loud as well.

Next in this lesson is Declensions and Form Drills and it is dealing with First Person Possessive Adjectives. There is a chart that you fill in the singular and plural forms and also use the three genders for meus -a -um. Another chart for noster nostra and nostrum in three genders, singular and plural.

There is a drill that involves the nominative case for 12 different word phrases such as ‘my shadow’ or ‘our field’.

Part three are more charts to fill in dealing with Second Person Possessive Adjectives as well as another drill.

Part four is all about translating. Most of these are from Latin to English, but there are a couple English to Latin at the bottom.

Part five is Derivatives which are fill in the blank while Part six is called Enrichment. It is underlining pronoun adjectives, drawing an arrow to the noun it modifies and circling the personal pronouns. We did this in our previous English curriculum quite frequently, so they were used to that.

Each lesson is similar but different. They are broken up in a way so that you aren’t doing the same thing every day, every week, for the whole book. I like that because I know some do have the same thing all the time, and that gets exhausting to me!

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What I love about Memoria Press is that everything works together so well. The student text and the workbook aren’t very cumbersome. They could easily be toted around if you were doing this in a group setting. There isn’t a ton of work each day, it is quite manageable, at around 25-45 minutes.

The Teacher Manual and Teacher Key are both very easy to understand, they are organized very well. There is also a book for the quizzes and tests. It does seem a little overwhelming to have so many books and items, but they do make sense together once you start!

Second Form Latin extras

Also included in the complete set are the instructional DVDs, a pronunciation CD and a lot of flash cards! The DVDs have three disks and include about 9 hours of instruction that use about 15-20 minutes a lesson. The DVDs have helped us tremendously in the past and they have this time as well!

The pronunciation CD is definitely helpful if you are having issues with pronouncing some of the words, which definitely happens! The flash cards cover so many different things. That would explain why there are so many! They are good quality too, almost like playing cards, should still be careful with them though..

I will say, if your child is interested in learning Latin, or any language really, don’t stop over a break. We stopped when Ryan graduated and he was the one that thought it would be good to continue with the second form and he realized that he forgot more than he thought he did. Even if you just do the flash cards over a break, that’s better than nothing!

I am always impressed with everything we use from Memoria Press … They always put so much thought into their products and make it easy for people to use their products.

If you are interested in hearing what others thought of Second Form Latin feel free to click the banner below! I am looking forward to hearing what others thought of Music Appreciation I because that is something that we haven’t done a lot of. We have dappled in it, but everything we have done has had you search for music online or buy/rent the music to listen to. This comes with the CDs. It might be something we try next!

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Creation Illustrated Unit Studies {Review}

One of our favorite things do in our homeschool are unit studies. They just make it so easy, but really, you seem to learn so much more at the same time! Creation Illustrated  is a magazine that we have had a subscription to in the past, and they have come out with unit studies now!

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The one that we chose to work on was on Pine Trees. Coming from the Phoenix area, there just aren’t a ton of pine trees around. There are certain varieties, but just not a general thing you see as you drive around.

A few years ago we did a quick study on pine trees, but it wasn’t a unit study by any means, and we didn’t really learn a whole bunch. This one is taught from a creationist viewpoint and is geared towards grades 5-8 but are good for all ages. What I love about unit studies is that you can always add on to them. Even though my kids are older, we could go into more detail and do deeper studies.

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These unit studies are matched with an article in the magazine, so you can use the article with your study! This Pine Trees study is from the Fall ’17 Digital Edition.

With 16 pages included in this unit study, it doesn’t seem like there is a lot of info, but there is! Especially with the magazine article! While I am one to normally prefer printed magazines, this online edition is done quite nicely! It looks like a magazine and you can ‘turn’ the pages and everything. The images are clear and it is easy to read. Definite pluses!

There are so many pages in each magazine, all full of info. I wish our subscription didn’t run out!. But really, the online ones are so nice as it is easier to have the information right there on the computer as you are doing schoolwork at the same time!

Creation Illustrated unit studies

There are plenty of printable worksheets in this study. Here are a few that we did. We will always, ALWAYS, do the art part of any unit study… So of course we were looking forward to that one. While the worksheet asked to draw your favorite pine tree, we kind of focused on what we knew from living in Arizona. Soon, we will be looking more into pine trees that are in our general area here in NC, as they are different from the other side of NC!

It was interesting to do the geography section, as I guess we didn’t realize how widespread pine trees are across the world! The Bible Study on pine trees was tricky for us! I think it was because of the version of Bible that we used. We ended up looking at the answer key that came at the end of the study.

At the beginning of the study there are some sites to go to for more reading, and those were definitely helpful. There are also some YouTube videos that you can watch as well, and those seemed to be easier for us as a group…

We had to laugh as there was a section on Fibonacci in this unit study and we had just learned more about that a few weeks ago. That was an easy question for them now! ha!

Creation Unit Study Snow

We also started looking at the next unit study on Snow! We are excited to get further into this one. I love that both Pine Trees and Snow are things not generally found in the Phoenix area, but we have seen both plenty since we have moved to NC. The Snow Unit Study is found in the Winter ’18 Digital Edition which makes sense! Of course with the weather we have been having, it could have been Spring, am I right??

The Snow unit study is set up like the Pine Tree one; Vocabulary, Bible study, etc.. There are a couple of different things as well. This one is 17 pages. This one seems to have more activities, which is always fun. Everyone likes making the crystals on pipe cleaners! It’s just something you have to do, especially if you homeschool! lol

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I am looking forward to the Spring issue.. This study is on butterflies! You can check back on their unit studies page to be see when it is up there!

We had a great time with these unit studies, and I think they would be a great addition to a homeschool, or just fun to do as a family for extra learning! If your kids are older like mine, there are so many things that you can do in addition to these! That’s what I love about unit studies!! Feel free to click the banner below to see what others had to say about either the Pine Trees or Snow Unit Study!

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A Place To Land book {Review}

For the last month or so I have been working my way through A Place To Land, a book by Kate Motaung who hosts the Five Minute Friday link up that I do sometimes on Fridays. You would think I would do it more since it is writing for literally five minutes…alas.

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I have read memoirs of some other authors before but I couldn’t get into them 100%. Hmm, it almost seemed as if they were trying too hard? Maybe I have to read some more..

But right away, Kate’s story grabbed me. Maybe because I have moved away from home quite a few times..granted, not to a different country, but at least twice across the country.

The way she told her story just flowed. Even though she went from the past to the future which sometimes gets confusing, this one just made sense..

The book is about her experiences with her parents’ divorce, some big moves, and her mother having cancer.

One of the moves had her moving from the US to South Africa! That’s huge! I know how much I miss family and just the way things were a little bit in AZ,  I couldn’t imagine being in a different country. She moved there not really knowing anyone and ended up meeting her husband!

I got an online version of her book and I usually will read those on my computer, but we had just gotten a new foster placement who happened to be sick for two plus weeks straight! It just wasn’t happening. I am thankful that I got a printed copy in the mail a little later!

Being able to read the printed copy any time worked out so well, as there is a lot of waiting when it comes to foster care.. Visits, appointments, etc. I was able to really get into it too, and not just read a paragraph and then have to stop. So much better!

Also during this same time my mom started the process of getting ready to leave Arizona and move here to North Carolina! There were so many changes all at once!

Interspersed between stories were Bible verses that helped Kate through each particular time. I definitely highlighted those because they all just fit so well. They weren’t thrown in to the middle of a story like an afterthought, it was almost like she based the whole story on each verse.

This was just the perfect time to get this book. I am thankful that she wrote it, that I got it and could read it..  Until supplies last you can get an autographed copy of the book here!

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It has been great hearing Kate talking online about her book and a little bit about her life. She did a little Q&A about the book, and I will share some of that below! One of the things I learned was how to pronounce her last name! 😀

Q: Who do you think will relate most to your story?

A: Well, hopefully A Place to Land will resonate with people with a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds, but I think especially for those who are familiar with:

•Divorced parents

•Moving frequently

•Feeling unsettled

•Longing for more

•Dealing with cancer

•Grief

•Loss of a mother (or loved one)

•Living cross-culturally

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Q: Which verses from the Bible do you think would be helpful or encouraging tothose dealing with difficult circumstances?

A: One passage that has comforted me over and over again comes from 2 Corinthians: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

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Q: What was the most difficult part about writing your memoir?

A: Writing about my mom’s death. My eyes tear up just thinking about it. I must have cried about 72 times through all the revisions and edits and more revisions. But they were therapeutic tears, and I’m so glad I’ve documented the experience, since the memory does fade. You don’t think you’ll ever forget something like that, but the details do fade.

Another challenging aspect was simply trying to decide which stories to include or not include. Having amazing editors was a huge help in this process, but obviously they can only work with what I give them. There were many times when I would write scenes that my editors asked for, and I would be thinking to myself, “Who the heck cares about this? This is so boring!” But in the end, as a Christian writer I have to trust that the Lord will keep whatever words He wants to have in the book and cut whichever ones He doesn’t.

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Q: Where can readers find you online or hear more about your story?

A: I’d love to connect on my blog, Heading Home, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Interested readers can read the first chapter of A Place to Land here or on Amazon.

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What I read in March

Wellll, it’s a good thing that I got a few books ahead in my reading challenge! I don’t think I read much in March at all! We got a new foster placement towards the beginning of the month and the first couple weeks were pretty rough! It’s definitely better now! We even took two weeks off of school, lol. But here is what I read in March!

What I read March

Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life…

So begins Born Bright, C. Nicole Mason’s powerful memoir, a story of reconciliation, constrained choices and life on the other side of the tracks. Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a beautiful, but volatile16-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school where she excelled.

By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds. The first, a cocoon of familiarity where street smarts, toughness and the ability to survive won the day. The other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules, not designed for her success. In her Advanced Placement classes and outside of her neighborhood, she felt unwelcomed and judged because of the way she talked, dressed and wore her hair.

After moving to Las Vegas to live with her paternal grandmother, she worked nights at a food court in one of the Mega Casinos while finishing school. Having figured out the college application process by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino school along with the help of a long ago high school counselor, Mason eventually boarded a plane for Howard University, alone and with $200 in her pocket.

While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many—that the poor don’t help themselves enough.

What I thought: I thought this book was pretty fantastic. The author is similar in age to me so it was interesting to see the differences as well as the similarities in our lives.

What I read March

Because I Was a Girl by Melissa de la Cruz – Because I Was a Girl is an inspiring collection of true stories by women and girls about the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities they’ve faced…because of their gender. Edited by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz, the book is the perfect gift for girls of all ages.

The collection includes writings from an impressive array of girls and women who are trailblazers in their fields, including bestselling authors Victoria Aveyard, Libba Bray, and Margaret Stohl; industry pioneers like Dolores Huerta, Trish McEvoy, and Holly Knight; renowned chef Katie Button; aerospace and mechanical engineer Emily Calandrelli; and many more.

What I thought – Meh. There were a couple good stories, but I guess I should have expected that most of them would be the same old thing…

What I read March

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

What I thought: Well, it was ok. I guess I thought there would be more…stuff…lol.

What I read March

Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin – Luisa is ready for her life to start. Five minutes ago. And she could be on her way, as her extraordinary coding skills have landed her a finalist spot for a fellowship sponsored by Thomas Bell, the world’s most brilliant and mercurial tech entrepreneur. Being chosen means funding, mentorship, and most importantly, freedom from her overbearing mother. Maybe Lu will even figure out how to control the rare condition that plagues her: whenever her emotions run high, her physical senses kick into overload, with waves of colour, sound, taste, and touch flooding her body.

But Luisa’s life is thrust into chaos as a deadly virus sweeps across the globe, killing thousands and sending her father into quarantine. When Lu receives a cryptic message from someone who might hold the key to stopping the epidemic, she knows she must do something to save her family—and the world.

What I thought – I had high hopes for this one. It turned out to be just ok as well. I was interested and kept reading, so that was a good sign, but again, I think I was hoping for more…

What I read March

A Place to Land by Kate Motaung – A Place to Land is a globe-spanning memoir that wrestles with the question, “Where is my home?” Kate Motaung watched “home” slip away again and again—through her parents’ divorce, a foreclosure, two international moves, ten rental homes in ten years, and her mother’s terminal battle with cancer.  Add in the challenge of a cross-cultural marriage, and Kate was constantly adapting to a new environment. Through her experiences, you’ll realize—as she did—that no matter where we go or what we do, this world is not our home.

What I thought – This book was needed at the time I was reading it. It was perfect timing. I will have a deeper review soon on it!

What I read March

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway – A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

What I thought – Thankfully another good book for this month! It was done so well with three main characters which a lot of the time I just don’t like.

So, that’s what I read in March! I don’t know if April will be any better as I have a lot going on, but with a little travel, I may get some read during that.. We will see!

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Birthday craziness!

birthday craziness

Do you have a cluster of birthdays in your extended family? I call it the birthday craziness month.

Ours pretty much seems to start at the beginning of March and ends at the beginning of April.

My brother, numerous cousins, Jeffy’s brother and mom, my mom, my other brother, Jeffy’s cousins…Jeffy…a few other random family members.  It is just crazy how many people in our family have birthdays is just that one month span of time!

Ryan and Lauren have summer birthdays, while Kyle and I are both born in December. It really made things interesting when the kids were little, especially since Kyle’s birthday is so close to Christmas. We tried a half birthday celebration, celebrating his birthday with the other two in the summer… Nothing worked, so we kept his birthday and made the day all about him.

But come spring? It’s like we are saying happy birthday over and over and over!! Of course this time around we were in the midst of the new foster placement, the first two weeks were a tad crazy, so I think we missed a few birthdays, but I am sure they understand.. 🙂

How about your family, do you have a month of birthday craziness too??

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Carole P. Roman books and collections {Review}

We have been a fan of Carole P. Roman and her books for a few years now! All of the books we have by her have a permanent spot on our bookshelf. Carole P. Roman books and collections are an easy way to learn more about different locations or just get lost in a new story..

We picked out three books this time, our favorites are the If You Were Me and Lived In… series. They have it split between Cultural and Historical. We usually break it up between the two.

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The first book I picked was If You Were Me and Lived In…Hungary. There was a definite reason why I picked this one! My grandpa’s family is from Hungary!

These Cultural series are great for younger children, but we love them just as much for our teens. It is a great starting point to learn more!

These books start out the same, with an ‘If you were me…”, hence the title of the book. But this book suggests where you might live in Hungary, what your parents might call you, and what you would say for various English words in Hungarian.

This book shows and talks about different locations that are popular, foods that people eat, as well as other things that make Hungary interesting. One thing I had to laugh about was that it talked about the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube being Hungarian. Back in elementary school one of my friends swore up and down that her dad invented it and I know for a fact he isn’t from Hungary. I don’t know how I remembered that, but it made me chuckle.

There are pronunciation helps throughout the story as well as a guide in the back of the book. The story itself is only about 24 pages since it is for younger kids.

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Our next book that I picked out was If You Were Me and Lived In…The American West. This book goes so well since we are studying American History in school this year. We haven’t gotten to this point in our studies yet, but they obviously know about this part in history anyway. I think we will bring the book out again later!

This book is part of the Historical series. They are almost like the cultural ones, but made for older kids. This book is 43 pages and there are more words on each page. Just goes into more detail of the story.

Ohio was the starting point for this family and they made their way to Oregon. It’s always kind of funny when we read these books as the kids always call themselves the suggested names and substitute themselves in the story.. So for this story, Kyle was Clarence and Lauren was Minerva.

This book went into detail on what foods and items they brought with them on the wagon, different things they saw, and how life was once they got to Oregon. I really enjoy how they write it so it is easy to understand.

At the end of this book there is a glossary and then a couple pages on famous people from the American West.

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The last book I picked out was If You Were Me and Lived In…the Ancient Mali Empire. I chose this book just randomly since I really didn’t know much about this area at all and thought it would be fun and different from my other choices!

Right off the bat I learned that Mali means hippopotamus in the Mandika language.. I am always fascinated at how places get their names, even in the United States!

This story is the longest of the three at about 60 pages! It really goes into detail of her life! Her family was an important one, so it was interesting to read about! It talked about religion and how things were so very different than what we experience now!

At the end of this book is another glossary and then quite a few pages of famous people in the Mali Empire. I am thinking of putting this in our studies next year somehow…I haven’t gotten that far yet though. But we will definitely be bringing this one out again!

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One of the fantastic things about this book are the illustrations. Carole does such a wonderful job telling the story, but the illustrations go with each book perfectly!

Some books use real images in the background with the illustrations on top, some are more of a cartoon style, some are made with what looks like chalk. But each kind of illustration fits the story that is being told. It is one of the things that I look forward to with each book.

You really can’t go wrong with these books. If you use them in your homeschool, or just keep them at home to look at with your kids, they are just great books! Younger kids will love the story books that she writes!

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Life gets crazy sometimes

Life gets crazy sometimes

You ever get to that point?

Everything crazy is happening at the same time and you don’t really know what to do next?

That’s about what is going on here at the moment.

I know it will get easier…well, maybe not easier…better?  Not sure if that is the word either.

We are doing a good thing. And it is hard. Some good things are hard.

We will just keep on keeping on…like they say.

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