Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Week 5: Directions Vocabulary

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Monday - Today, we learned about Moses and the Ten Commandments in Believe Storybook.

Thursday - My husband became the Youth Pastor at our church so he went to See You at the Pole (#syatp) the day before to support one of our youth and the students at her school.  He coordinated with the Senior Citizens Director at our church to have the 3 high schools our youth group is in, to show them support by having at least one member from the church at the event.

Two of the high schools were represented, but unfortunately the high school our pastor's daughter goes to, no one from our church showed up. Not only that, but she was the only student at the flag pole that day from her entire high school.  We decided to have her own personal See You at the Pole today, and more members from church showed up to support her and to pray.  I'm glad we were there to show this amazing girl support and it is wonderful to see how strong her faith is!

This is my Mom meeting up with us for See You at the Pole.  She just went overseas to teach and won't be back until around Christmas.  I thought this picture was so cool because it was so dark, and the street lamp in the back not only looks like a star, but also a cross. 

My boys got an up close and personal view of what public school is like.  We were all up and out of the house before 6:30 a.m.  My oldest who always asks about public school (he thinks it is just recess, pizza, friends and then he goes home from TV shows he has seen about it), told me he never wanted to go to public school because of how early he had to get up!

Friday - We finished Chapter 4 in Believe Storybook and learned about Jesus being tempted in the desert by Satan.  The boys learned how important it is to have God's Word in their hearts.

Monday - G worked on the number 2 in his Math Readiness booklet.  B completed a worksheet where he had to fill in the blank for numbers 10-100, and what position they had to be in. (learning before, after, and in between)

Tuesday - G did Lesson 55 Math More 1 to 5 on ABCmouse, learning by doing dot-to-dot puzzles and recognizing what number was what and how many it represented.  B did Lesson 10 on ABCmouse called Let's Get Counting and the boys watched videos counting 10-100 from this. Lesson 11 was called People at Work and they played puzzles on counting on a hundreds chart by 1's and 10's.

Thursday - Both the boys counted every single number on a hundreds chart. (1-100)

Friday - B did Lesson 13 on ABCmouse called Coin Magic!  He also worked on a worksheet with number lines and we used manipulates to help him understand how to work on starting addition equations.

Social Studies:
Monday - B learned north, south, east and west today and how to draw them on a compass and where to find these on a map. 

Tuesday - B's Lesson 11 on ABCmouse had him learn about many different job titles such as a builder, baker, teacher and gardener. 

Thursday - We played Catan, which is becoming one of our favorite family games.  You have to build a settlement and learn to barter, trade and sell.  This also helps the boys work on animal or color item matching.

Friday - B did Lesson 12 on Insects in ABCmouse.  We also are trying to grow our avocado pits so we can plant and grow a tree in the yard!

Language Arts:
Monday - B did Lesson 2 in First Language Lessons and learned to read a poem by: Christina G. Rosetti called The Caterpillar.

Tuesday - B did Lesson 11 on ABCmouse and his sight word was us.  G did Lesson 56 in ABCmouse called Reading Letter X and he did some memory matches on recognizing the letter x.

Wednesday - Today's author spotlight at the library was Lois Ehlert.  Our librariran read some of her books such as Boo to You, Nuts to You, and Leaf Man, which actually had north, south, east and west mentioned!  We also watched a video based off of one of her books, Waiting for Wings.

Friday - G did his very first lesson in 100 Easy Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read.  He learned the phonetics of letters m and s.  B did Lesson 3 in First Language Lessons and learned about common nouns and some family common noun names.  He also read The Caterpillar poem all by himself!

Monday - G wrote the number 2 and B wrote k, and numbers 10-100 by 10's.

Friday - B did first, last, and last in correlation to G working on a craft project.  G wrote letters m and s, and B worked on a worksheet for consonant letter R recognition.

Monday - The boys had fun painting today and painted their favorite topic this month, Skylanders.  B also painted north, south, east and west.

Tuesday - G listened to the song Five Little Ducks and B drew Skylanders. 

Wednesday - At the library, the boys danced to Sally the Swinging Snake and did a finger play called Two Little Blackbirds.  They played Simon Says at Mission Friends at church later that night, and also made some crafts.

Thursday - The boys had a blast playing football with their friends outside tonight.  The older kids switched the game to Tw-Hand Touch instead of Tackle so they wouldn't get hurt.  Glad the kids in the neighborhood play so nicely with them.

Friday - G worked on a worksheet where he had to color, cut, and paste pictures of baby animals and match them up with the parent animal.

Thanks for stopping by to share our week! Leave a comment on what you are working on with your kids this week.  Did you participate in See You at the Pole? Hope you all have an awesome week :)


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Social Butterfly Sunday #17

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The Featured Post of the week is...

Is God Lost? & Link Up
Congratulations to Grace at Gracious Insight for her wonderful post on Is God Lost? & Link Up!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

5 Minutes with Jesus by: Sheila Walsh (Book Review)

5 Minutes with Jesus by: Sheila Walsh (Book Review)
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
Raise your hand if you could use 5 Minutes with Jesus?  I don't know about you, but there doesn't see to be enough hours in the day or a week sometimes.  I know they say technology is supposed to make things easier, but I feel busier than ever some days.  This is not an excuse to not be in the Word though.
5 Minutes with Jesus is an amazing book that delivers Scripture, relatable life situations and stories, and a Biblical perspective on how to or how it may apply to your life.  It is a beautifully decorated and would make a lovely gift to a friend or family member.  This book could be enjoyed in the morning with a cup of coffee and give you a refreshing start to your day, or before bed to quiet the restlessness that settles in after a long day.  It can even be read on the hard days, when you need that reminder that we have a Savior who loves us so much.
I very much enjoyed reading this book with all of it's life applications and relatable context with Scripture.  I would recommend this book to anyone who would love the encouragement it offers.  It is not just a book for Mom's or wives, but I think it would be enjoyed by everyone. 
Thanks for stopping by to read my review.  If you would like more information on the book or the author, please click here.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Week 4: Living & Non-Living Things Part 2

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Monday - Today, we finished up Chapter 2 in Believe Storybook and learned about Luke 24: 1-12, and that "He has Risen!"  The boys learned Ephesians 2:8 and why we need to pray to God.  This book has been absolutely amazing if you have young children and are looking to teach Biblically sound curriculum!

Thursday - I read Mark 1: 1-5 tonight and the boys loved learning that the originator of the "Fishers of Men" was not The Newsboys, but it was Jesus and it is in the Bible.

Monday - G worked on his Math Readiness Stickers book and put his stickers into the right place for numbers 1-12.

Tuesday - B did Free Counting Puzzles from 123Homeschool4Me and did the counting by 5's puzzles.  He also worked on a Horizons math worksheet learning before, after and in between for numbers.

Wednesday - We went to the library today and the librarian taught the boys the finger play, Five Little Bees Sitting in a Tree.

Social Studies:
Thursday - The boys were excited to find Catan Family Edition so we waited for Daddy to get home from work and we played as a family.  We had played this game at my husband's aunt and uncle's house in Washington and it is a ton of fun!  You have to set up a village and learn to trade and barter.

Catan Family Edition

Monday - B worked on a Living and Non-living booklet from The Mailbox.

Tuesday - Today, the boys had to cut pictures out of a magazine that were examples of living and non-living things and then we made chart.

Friday - The boys worked on their Hot Wheels track and had to measure and experiment on how many track pieces it would take to accomplish their loop finish.

Language Arts:
Monday - B read his very first book, Go, Dog. Go! by: Dr. Seuss all by himself.  The boys celebrated by grabbing their Star Wars light sabers and quoting The Princess Bride, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." I love that they love the classic 80's movies my husband and I grew up watching!

Tuesday - G did Lesson 54 in ABCmouse called Reading the Letter W.  B had to circle words that began with the consonant C in his workbook, then had to write them.

Wednesday - We went to the library and were introduced to a new author, Marianne Berkes who writes books similar to the storylines of Over in the Meadow and This is the House that Jack Built.  We read Over in the Jungle, Marsh Music and The Tree That Bear Climbed all by this author.  We then watched an Over in the Meadow video.

Thursday - The boys did the Eggy Vocabulary app.

Friday - B learned that a noun is a person, place, thing or idea and we learned about common nouns in First Language Lessons

Tuesday - B wrote air, shelter, food and water.  G wrote big a and little A.

Friday - B made a story about Alvin and the Chipmunks, and G absolutely astonished me as I saw my 4 year old write the word green.  I have only taught him letter a but because he has been watching his brother learn over the last 2 years, I realized he is picking things up even when I think he is not paying attention!

Monday - The boys played the musical instruments toys we got in Mexico for celebrating Jesus as we did our Bible study today.  B also colored and cut his booklet for his science lesson.  We also made it outside to walk our dog and wash the car!  We also played on the playground and it was the first day it actually started to feel like fall.

Tuesday - We made a chart today of living and non-living things for science and the boys used old magazines to cut out examples of each.

Wednesday - The boys got to play with their cousins today as we visited and my sister did my hair, and the boys also!  They also sang and danced to Sally the Swinging Snake at the library and learned some more fun finger plays.

Thursday - The boys had a playdate today with their friends.

Friday - The boys colored and made pictures for their Alvin and the Chipmunks story.

That's our week. Is it starting to get cool where you live? We are ready for some more cooler fall days! Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful week :)



Monday, September 21, 2015

Trade-in Your Old Phone in for cash with Gazelle!

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I was perusing Gazelle's website the other day and came across a few tidbits that I thought you'd find interesting ...

Remember the Motorola RAZR? That was actually the first trade-in that Gazelle accepted. Shortly thereafter, Apple released the iPhone 3G, which created the first generation of obsolete phones (iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, anyone?). Since then, Gazelle has paid out more than $200 million to customers for their devices!

Although there are a number of options for purchasing pre-owned smartphones and tablets online, I know first-hand that there are key things that Gazelle offers that helps ensure you won't waste your time or money buying a gently-used device. For instance:
  • Gazelle performs a 30+-point inspection on all their devices (iPhones, Galaxy phones, and iPads), which guarantees that every feature of the device is tested and is of the highest quality before it's sold to you. This is also backed by a 30-day return policy.
  • Because Gazelle Certified devices mean no contracts or strings attached, you can upgrade your device at up to 40% less than buying a new one and avoid being tied to an expensive two-year contract that you might not need. You can keep your carrier, or go with a new one. The choice is yours.
  • You can also easily trade-in your used iPhone, iPad, iPod, MacBook, AppleTV, and other smartphones and smart devices to Gazelle for cash in three easy steps.

    Step 1: Select your gadget from a list of options on Gazelle's "Trade-In" page, answer a few questions, and then Gazelle provides you with an offer for your device.

    Step 2: For items worth $1 or more, it's free to ship your device to Gazelle. Once your trade-in is received, the device is inspected to make sure its condition matches your evaluation.

    Step 3: Payment. If the device matches your description, Gazelle will pay you in the form of a check, an gift card, or via PayPal. Payment takes about a week once Gazelle receives your device.

If you want to sell your old phone or device and get a fair, cash price for it, Gazelle is the safest, easiest, most reliable way to go. And if you want to upgrade your device without having to pay retail rates or deal with a poor-quality purchase, make your life easy and shop Gazelle Certified.


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Girl in the Song Book Review

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary book through the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers for being a part of Girl in the Song Book Launch Team. *Photo credit: From Girl in the Song Book Launch Team.*
I was very blessed to be included in this book launch team and to review this courageous book.  I don't think I took a breath while reading this book, and being a busy Mom it was amazing that I was able to finish this book in less than a day.  The author, Chrissy Cymbala Toledo does a wonderful job of giving a person front row seats and holding nothing back as she takes you on her life journey.
The book is a true story of Chrissy's life and you are introduced to a 4 year old Chrissy as the story starts.  She is the daughter of a pastor who has a church in a rough neighborhood in Brooklyn.  She discusses how she embraced all the different nationalities and cultures, and the love she had for all the people and all the love these people had for her.
Everything was going well for Chrissy until an event happened in the life of her church that left her devastated.  She was a young teenage girl who started to have to be perfect in her appearance to the outside world.  It became more than just a fashion infatuation; and to make matters worse, she continually heard a voice saying she was never good enough.  This inside voice harassed her and really became bad when she began a secret relationship with a man.
I think everyone has dated or at least known someone close to them that has dated a man like the one Chrissy met.  Her life begins to whirl out of control and missed opportunities happen just to suffice staying with this man.  She ends up hurting many people, including her family. 
God is so good though because it is not until we are lost, that we can be found.  Chrissy goes through so much and yet she comes out shining.  This is a beautiful story of how God can work in our lives, no matter what we go through. 
I would highly recommend this book.  It would be a wonderful book to give to a young teenage girl or a youth group student, but I think anyone would enjoy this book.  It shows the real life struggles that we all go through, and the real life God that is there by our side the whole way. 
Thank you to Chrissy for sharing your amazing story, and for allowing me to be a part of this book launch team.  I can very much understand many of the situations that were presented in this book, and I thank God that He had His Hand on me also. 
#girlinthesong #bookreview 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Social Butterfly Sunday #16

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Welcome to Week 16 of Social Butterfly Sunday!  So glad that you stopped by and can't wait to see all the awesome things you all to have to share!  Hope you all have a wonderful week :)
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Week 3: Calendar, Living and Non-Living, & Location

Wow, so I am a week behind on posting on our weekly adventures.  I apologize for that.  It's been a busy week, and last week we lost some time as most of us were not feeling well in the house.  We took off for Labor Day and Friday was a sick day for every person in our house.  Good news is we are all feeling better, and now I am catching up, lol ;)

Hope you all are doing well and thanks for stopping by to share our adventures.  I hope to have this last week up before the weekend is out. 
Even our puppy and kitty just wanted to lay around and lounge last week while we were trying to feel better.
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Monday - We learned about Adam, Eve, Satan and the banishment from the garden of Eden.  We also learned the good news that God sent us a Savior in Jesus to save us from our sins in Believe Storybook.

Tuesday - G played Eggy Numbers 1-10 app and practiced writing numbers.

Thursday - E played Eggy Subtraction Subtract to 20 app and learned about subtraction families.

Social Studies:
Tuesday - B learned Let's Move lesson 7 on ABCmouse.

Wednesday - The boys learned about our address, countries, continents and cities on a map and filled out worksheets on where we live.

Thursday - We learned about living and non-living things, and used Science4Us to help us learn with their fun, interactive videos and lessons.  Living things need air, food, water and shelter.

Language Arts:
Tuesday - B did Lesson 8 - Very Special Letters on ABCmouse and learned phonetic sounds through looking at readers for ot, am, and an words.

Wednesday - We went over the calendar and days of the week today.  The boys also did some vocabulary fun on Eggy Vocabulary app.

Thursday - There was more Eggy Vocabulary fun today. 

Tuesday - G wrote number 10.

Wednesday - B had to write our address, USA, North America and the state we live in.  B wrote letters A and a.

Monday - We were blessed to be able to spend time with my brother and his family.  My Mom actually had all of her children, their spouses and her grandchildren in one place at one time which is a rare treat.  We had a fun day swimming before it started to rain, and then the adults played Dominos and the kids watched Disney movies. It was a great day :)

Tuesday - The boys cut and pasted worksheets for calendar time, living/non-living things and for learning where we live.  G also did a letter A puzzle.

Friday - The boys had their very first sleep over without Mommy and Daddy.  They had a great time at Grandma and Grandpa's house, while Mommy and Daddy got a night out to Disney with our youth group for Night of Joy.  Hard to believe how fast my babies are growing up!

That's our week.  Hope you all had a nice week :)


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ultimate Homeschool Freedom Giveaway

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What is the Freedom 2015 National Religious Liberties Conference?

My name is Kevin Swanson, and I have spent the last 30 years of my life in the battle for freedom. I ran for Governor of Colorado in 1994 and the U.S. Senate in 1998, and I served at the helm of Christian Home Educators of Colorado in the 2000s. I’ve written a book called Freedom: The Historic Battle for Liberty, and I am the host of a radio program called “Generations.”

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  • Pass on a legacy of freedom to your children on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

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