Sinus Infections Suck!

So, I’ve been miserable for a couple of weeks now, with sinus pressure, difficulty when nose blowing, etc . . . I thought it was just the variable weather we’ve been getting. However, my husband finally convinced me to go see the doctor and I got an appointment yesterday. It’s a sinus infection, so now I’m on an antibiotic and a nose spray. I dislike taking antibiotics, but they do work. So, I will suck it up and take the meds for five days, after which hopefully I’ll be well again.

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Pursued To Eternity by John Riley {Review}

In Pursued to Eternity, John Riley took this reader on an exciting adventure while sharing scientific evidence for creation. I was given the blessing of reading this book from Covenant Books in order to review it for my readers!

This is a very nice trade sized soft cover book. At approximately 150 pages it is a fairly quick read, but packed with enough story and information to keep my interest. Did I say story? Yes, I did! As noted in the introduction we find the following:

 “This is a short novel with fictional events, such as hunting for dinosaurs, living during the Exodus, managing school conflicts, searching for oil. Also blended into the book are nonfictional challenges to evolution and an extensive survey of apologetics.” 

Here is a short video for you to check out:

While it is a novel about the six month journey of two brothers, Connor Bridges a Christian who is a Biology teacher and Doctor Alan Bridges who is a geologist who is an Atheist, it is filled with scientific proofs supporting Creation as opposed to Evolution.

My very favorite chapter is called “Please Don’t Indoctrinate Us!, in which some students went for pizza with their teacher Connor Bridges’ family to celebrate a game victory. They asked him some questions about a test from earlier in the week:

“Given a box of jigsaw-puzzle pieces of the fifty states, you are asked to select each piece from the box in alphabetical order . . . blindfolded. How many incorrect selections are probable before one correct selection, with all the pieces in proper order, is made?”

Once their teacher did the math for them, they discovered the answer would be equal to 3 followed by sixty-four zeroes.

After a student asked the obvious question which was “What does this have to do with Biology?” his teacher responded that it has to do with the theory of Evolution, in which all natural progression comes from undirected mutations, most of which are not beneficial. The idea is that a few of the mutations result in new, well-ordered designs, then natural selection would preserve for the future. He asked the students to come up with mutations as an attempt to put parts into a correct order, similar to the puzzle pieces activity. There would be far more unuseful mutations than an extremely limited number of useful ones.

The students had already been reading things at home which seriously questioned Evolution, and wondered if there was a way of presenting the information from their own sources in class as a balance to the theory of Evolution in the text books. The students developed a web-site on their own with all research done after school and at home, with voluntary participation, no grades or school credit. Students from other schools discovered the site, asked their teachers about discussing the material, and reminded that only the biology textbook could be taught in the classroom.Other schools found out, and it just spread! While this whole thing ultimately cost Connor Bridges his job, before that happened he touched so many lives, and he very likely considered it a worthwhile sacrifice.

John Riley is also has designed the course Apologetics: Creative vs. Evolution, for for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. It is a a 14-week, video-based course for grades 7 to 12. Like his book, the course demonstrates evidence and proof for Creationism and allows the students to examine the evidence and come to their own conclusions.

I would recommend that you check out the reviews of 24 other Review Crew Members! Please go here to read them!

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Everybody Always For Kids From Tommy Nelson Publishing {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

We were very blessed to receive the book Everybody Always For Kids from Tommy Nelson Publishing for the purpose of this review! When I read the sample pages before applying for it, I wanted to read “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say.

This is what we found in the box upon arrival!

Once out of the box, this is what we had, a beautiful hard cover book, with a very colorful illustration.

The author of Love Does and Everybody is Bob Goff, a New York Times best selling author. He has written the book Everybody Always for Kids with his daughter, Lindsey Goff Viducich. She has had quite a career teaching, from a time teaching at a therapeutic childcare center in Seattle, followed by teaching kindergarten in Nashville and then first grade in Salem, Oregon, and both first and second grades in San Diego. Her father is an attorney who serves as the honorary consul to the Republic of Uganda and is the founder of Love Does – a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. 

Here is a quote I found on the website for this book:

The quote is very appropriate, because the forty stories in Everybody Always for Kids are written from a Christian world view, teaching children via Biblical concepts different ways that they can show kindness to all people.

The book is targeted toward children from age six through age ten, but as I said above, *I* wanted to read the rest of the story. My son “The Batman” is significantly older chronologically, but is developmentaly delayed quite a bit. He really has enjoyed reading it!

As you can see in the picture, the book is quality. It is nice sized, perfect for him to hold, The pages are glossy, with beautiful, colorful illustrations. As you can see, there is even a nice blue ribbon to be used as an attached bookmark.

Reading the prologue, I imediately knew this would be a very good addition to our home library. The authors talk there about how God wants most for people is to grow up to be love.

One of our favorite stories is Connectiong the Dots. The boy in the story is covered in freckles, and other kids at school made fun of him, calling him Spot. His grandmother helps him by showing him the Art in his freckles!

We also received a five day lesson plan to use with the book. We have not used it, but I really like it!

There are crafts for the kids to do, hands on activities, and discussion questions. I think this is a great add on to reading this book with your children!

Check out the following social media links for this book and the publisher:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tommynelsonbooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootedfamily/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rootedfamily/_created/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8czPXeM9a-OULnyks60How

https://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/everybody.-always-for-kids-reviews/You know, our family is only one of twenty-five who have been reviewing Everybody Always for Kids! To see what the other families think of it, please go here to check them out!

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Our churches in NM no longer have capacity limits!

The Governor her in New Mexico has had very draconian restrictions for over a year now which have all but destroyed this state’s economy, but she can no longer restrict our Constitutional right to choose how we worship and with how many people.

“A spokeswoman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the change to the health order was made in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that blocked capacity limits for churches in New York and Colorado that were more restrictive than business restrictions.

In its November order, the Supreme Court acknowledged the public health concerns posed by the pandemic, but said restrictions that barred many from attending religious services in person struck at the “very heart” of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

Legacy Church in Albuquerque is quoted as saying “We are glad the court has recognized our God-given right to assemble and worship without needing the governor’s permission.  But it’s tragic that the state has stubbornly stuck to dictatorial measures that have done more harm than good.”

I am so very glad that we no longer have to face punishment for following God’s command to “Assemble together”

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25

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Nails for Easter!

I went with the color changing polish this time!

This is warm:

And this is cold! (We took this picture about two weeks later)

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Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

I wanted to be sure my son “The Artist” cemented his knowledge of multiplication facts, so I wanted to try Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division from Math-U-See.

We received everything in this box:

Upon opening, we found the following:

  1. Resource Guide
  2. Online videos and materials
  3. Blocks (integer blocks)
  4. Flashcards
  5. Math Facts Strategy Posters

“The Artist,” as it turned out, really did know most of his multiplication facts, but this curriculum did help him to be sure he had ALL of them. The scope and sequence for this curriculum is:

  • The Manipulatives
  • Rectangles, Factors, and Product
  • Doubles and The Commutative Property of Multiplication
  • Tens Facts:Increase Place Value by One Place
  • Fives Facts: Use the tens fact, Find Half the Product
  • Nines Facts: Use the Tens Fact, Subtract One Group
  • Multiplication by 4: Doubles, Doubles
  • Multiplication by 6: Use the Fives Fact, Add One More Group
  • Extras, Facts Known, and The Distributive Property
  • Solve for an Unknown
  • Introduction To Division

“The Artist” really liked the manipulatives for building the multiplication facts as he went along.

The process in the lessons is as follows:

  • Give your student the Before AIM Assessment
  • Watch the video on how to teach the fact family for the lesson, and read the resource guide for that lesson
  • Session A: Present Lesson Instruction
  • Session B: Demonstrate Understanding
  • Session C: Transition Math Facts to Visual Memory
  • Session D: Assess for Mastery

Once you have followed the steps in Session D enough times to verify the student has mastered the facts using the fact check cards a minimum of three times and filling in the three stars on each card, the student may move on to the next lesson.

When assesing for mastery, you are using the fact check cards for that lesson. filling in one star at a time on each card until all three stars are filled in from repeating this step as many times as needed. At that point, you may move on to the next lesson.

We definitely liked the digital componant of this curriculum! With this, we have the lesson videos, the lesson pages, solutions, activities, and digital resources such as:

  • Online Drill
  • Worksheet Generator
  • Digital Manipulatives
  • Multiplication Facts Mastery Chart

With the addition of the digital resources, you have just about everything you need! I will admit to wishing that the color pencils which match the block colors had also been included in this pack. Fortunately, we had kept everything together in the package we received when my other son “The Batman” reviewed the AIM Addition and Subtraction curriculum, and pulled the pencils which came with it. You can read that review here.

I do wholeheartedly recommend the curriculum Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Multiplication with a Bridge to Division and if you want your students to really learn their multiplication facts, I think you will find it to your liking as well!

To find out even more, please check out the following:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mathusee
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mathusee
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mathusee/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mathusee
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/mathusee

Please don’t just take my word for it though. To check out what 24 other review families think of this curriculum, please go here.

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Poor Easter Bunny!

Happy “The Batman,” Happy Bunny!
Oh, No! Bunny says “NOOOOOOO”
Bunny says “I can’t hear so well anymore!”

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Racy Red Nails!

This past Friday, I went in to have my nails taken care of. I have acrylics because my nails never came back properly after a number of surgeries (beginning with Thyroid), and if I go without them, my nails literally split from bottom to top, causing an enormous amount of pain. This is what I chose:


Aren’t they cool?

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Overnight Get-a-way!

My best friend, knowing that we BOTH needed to get away, and really needed to see each other, invited me as her guest to meet in the middle between our homes for an overnight at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ. This motel is the inspiration for the Cozy Cone Motel in Radiator Springs, of the Cars movie which was released June 9, 2006.

Here we are, in front of our Wigwam!

Our room:

All of the Wigwams had old vehicles in front of them, so we went around and got pictures of some of them:

Here’s Doc Hudson from the movie:

And Tow Mater’s Grandpappy!

We had such a great time, jus hanging out, talking, and eating good food, like dinner at an Italian restaurant nearby!

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Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

If you are looking for a writing reference tool for your high school student, check out Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers from Everyday Education. The Homeschool Review Crew has been using the PDF version of the book for about six weeks, in order to give you a fair and honest review.

While this is a go at your own pace kind of book, as opposed to a book with lesson plans and a schedule, you will find that questions and assignments are given to help the student work through what they are reading about.

The 420 page Excellence in Literature Handbook For Writers, designed to be used from middle and high school into college and beyond is effectively two books in one, with the first half giving detailed instructions and models (samples) for constructing arguments and writing essays. Learning to write pursuasively, whether for writing an essay or for debate is an important skill, And I think every writer would benefit from using it.

The first half of this book covers such things as:

Part 1: Introduction to Essays and Arguments

Initial Comments
Trivial Arguments over Matters of Established Fact
More Complex and Interesting Arguments
The Importance of Reason
An Overview of The Major Tools
Exercise 1: Recognizing the Form of Simple Arguments
Some Brain Teasers

Setting Up The Argument: Definition (1)

Defining the Argument: Some General Points
Two Simple Examples
ome Sample Openings
he Importance of Defining a Focus
he Importance of Defining a Thesis
xercises in Recognizing Potentially Useful Thesis Statements
Some Hints on Forming Good Thesis Statements
The Start of an Outline for the Argument
Some Problems with Introductory Paragraphs
Exercise With Sample Opening Paragraphs

And there are many, many other things to learn from in section 1!

My son “The Artist” loves to write Fan Fiction as well as just stories straight from his imagination, so this section was a very good reference book for him to learn about how to properly use things such as transition words within a paragraph, for example. He can identify areas where he struggles, and go straight to the section which covers the issue by himself, thus taking ownership of his education in writing.

Section two is all about usage and style, with sections covering things such as:

The Clause
Sentence Fragments
Dependent Clauses
Which, Who, Whose
Present Participles
Citing Examples
Use of Bulleted Lists
In Regard /In Response
Quotations
Sentences are either Statements, Questions, Commands, or Exclamations
Direct Questions

Question Marks in a Quotation
Exclamation Points
Subject/Verb Agreement
Compound Subject
Compound Subject as a Single Unit
Plural Forms that take Singular Subjects
Group Nouns
Consistency
There Is / There Was
Indefinite Prononouns
Number
Compound Subjects
Alternate Subjects
Passive Verbs
Verb Consistency
Use of Passive Expression

The above is just a brief sampling of things covered in section 2!

This section was, and will continue to be a very good reference book for him to double check and see if his writing used accurate grammer, punctuation, and style.

The Excellence in Literature Handbook For Writers from Everyday Education Is a worthwhile purchase for every writer from middle school up through adult. In fact, I was a Journalism major when I went to college and personally, I find this to be a bit more useful than the style book we were assigned back then. I like the exercises given in the book to help one learn to improve his/her writing. and to check him/herself on gramjmer and punctuation.

Please don’t just take my word for it though. To check out what all 28 review families think of this book, please go here!

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