So, We Are Working On Limits For Video Games . . .

This has NOT been well received, not at all. We are limiting the boys to one hour per day. Below, you will see “The Artist” and “Mr. Loquacious”. Now, “The Artist” is playing his hour. “The Batman will do so later, right now, he’s taking his therapy dog for a walk, and “The Puzzler” went with him.”the Puzzler had his tablet taken from him a while ago for doing some things he knew he shouldn’t, and “Mr Loquacious,” while at Youth Conference with teens from church made a commitment to give up video games and music we don’t approve of, so he is using his tablet as a Bible just now.

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Those who are limited on their games aren’t exactly thrilled, I keep hearing about how “ALL of our friends get to play video games all day, whenever they want!” My response? “I am not raising those kids, I am raising you.” I think my mom and dad are coming out of my mouth the older my kids get, LOL!

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The Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series: Our Review

American history has come to life for our family with the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.

My son “The Puzzler” saw a copy of Rush Revere and the Presidency when we were out shopping, and asked me to buy it for him. I wanted to wait though, and find out if this would be the book we might have a chance to review for the crew. Little did we know that first, we would be chosen for this review, and second, that we would receive ALL FIVE books in the series! 🙂

They came in this box, wrapped so beautifully in the lovely, specially designed ribbon, it was almost a shame to undo it!

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THIS was the look on “The Puzzler’s” face when the books came out of the box. He was SO happy!

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I’m here to tell you, these are beautiful, well made, hardcover books, complete with a glossy slip cover. The pages are beautifully aged looking, and there are such good illustrations.

Beginning with Book 1, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, we meet a supposedly “ordinary” substitute history teacher. He will become a tour guide for some of his students, across time! He and his students go on his talking horse named Liberty, through a time portal.

In this first book, Rush, Liberty and students Freedom and Tommy go back in time, beginning in Holland, going on the Mayflower, and getting to Plymouth! They get to meet some of the well-known people of the time, and learn what Rush has told his class is important when learning about history . . .”Where, what, who and why.” They get to even witness the first Thanksgiving, and build on a fort!

Here is “The Puzzler” in one of his favorite reading spots:

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In book 2,  Rush Revere and the First Patriots, a third student named Cam joins the time travelling group. In this one, they go to England to speak to King George and attempt to convince him to stop making life so hard for the colonists. Since he won’t listen to them, they end up going back in time to join the Boston Tea Party!

In book 3, Rush Revere and the American Revolution, Cam is a big focus. His father is deployed, and he lives on a military base. He is having problems, among them the fact that he is being bullied.

Rush and Liberty take Cam, Freedom and Tommy to meet people from the American history. People such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock , John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and more! They observe the Battle of Concord and learn about things like the Declaration of Independence. They learn a lot about strategy, which then is very helpful to Cam once they return.

Book 4, Rush Revere and the Star Spangled Banner focuses on Tommy, who has an ill grandfather. This time, the travelling crew goes to Washington DC, visiting National monuments such as White House and the Washington Monument.  In the past, they get to see the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, see a patriotic American symbol saved, and they must at the same time avoid the Redcoats, museum guards, and even a surprise visitor.

Book 5, Rush Revere and the Presidency, is the one “The Puzzler” wanted SO bad! He loves reading about Presidents, any and all of them!

In this book, Cam has decided to run for Student Body President, so the travelers go back in time to learn about how to be a good president. They visit early presidents and first ladies, and learn that being president is not about fame and glory, it is about serving one’s country.

You can also check out the Rush Revere Library, the education depot! section of the web site, where you will find a homeschool section, a general education section, and much much more! Here you will find things like activity sheets, study guides, etc.

“The Puzzler” is very anxious to get going with Rush Revere and the Presidency, and we are ever grateful to have been blessed with this review of Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.

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K5 Learning Online Program: My Review

Our family received a six month subscription to the K5 Learning online program,

which I have chosen to use with our twins, “Mr. Loquacious” and “The Puzzler.” They both need a lot of work in math and reading, so I thought this might be a good thing for them. When they came into our family at the age of eight, they could only read and write their names. That’s it. And then the first couple of years, we ended up having to put away the school stuff and school for them needed to be “how to be in a family.”

 

“Mr. Loquacious” was NOT pleased about this program, because he insists he is in eighth grade. He is not, but he recently spent time in an accredited public school situation and they told him that’s where he was.

K5 Learning Online Program is actually intended as a supplement, as opposed to a full curriculum. This means that it would also be a good fit for children who are not being homeschooled, but need help in the areas of math, reading and/or spelling. It is available on a monthly or a yearly basis.

“The Puzzler” is very much enjoying this program, and did not balk one bit over doing the assessment at the beginning. To be fair, he had already heard me telling his brother “Mr. Loquacious” many, many times that the instructions explicitly said I was not to help him during the assessment, that it is meant to give him questions which might be too hard or too easy. This is how the system figures out where the student needs to be placed.

“Mr. Loquacious” discovered that in math, the system placed him in early 4th grade, and in reading he was placed in a combination of mid 3rd grade (phonics), high 3rd grade (sight words), and early 4th grade (vocabulary and reading comprehension).

“The Puzzler” was placed in high K (measurement), early 1st grade (Geometry) and high 1st grade (Number and Operations) for the different math sections, and for reading he was placed in a combination of mid K (comprehension) early 2nd (sight words) high 2nd (phonics) and early 4th grade (vocabulary)

One thing they both liked was that there were little breaks in the assessment when there was a game to play.

Once the assessments have been done, the student may begin lessons. Lessons are done online, but some of them will offer printable worksheets with which the student can practice what they are learning.

The program is animated, and speaks to the student. If you have an auditory learner, this is great! My kids are both visual and auditory, so being able to read and hear helps them. They enjoyed the little jokes and riddles given at the beginning when they would go online as well.

With spelling, you the parent/teacher will enter the spelling list for the child. The program will read it aloud,, tell the student the definition, and use it in a sentence, after which the student must type in the proper spelling of the word.

Over all, I think this is just perfect for “Mr. Loquacious” and “The Puzzler”! I think competition will keep “Mr. Loquacious” going (he was excited that he scored higher than his twin), and “The Puzzler” just really likes “doing school,” as he puts it.

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Livin’ The Life!

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Nature’s Beautiful Order From Memoria Press: Our Review

We have recently received for the purpose of this review the curricula Nature’s Beautiful Order, from the company Memoria Press.

 

We have reviewed products from Memoria Press before, which you can read about here.

Nature’s Beautiful Order is a set which includes the text-book, student guide (workbook) and teacher guide (a copy of the student guide, but with the answers included. According to the website for this product, it is intended for grades six through nine.

John James Audubon is just one of the writers whose works are presented in the text-book for Nature’s Beautiful Order.

Here is what your student will learn about, and the order it is presented in the book:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: What Is an Animal?
  • Chapter 2: The Lobster
  • Chapter 3: The Cuttlefish
  • Chapter 4: The Sea Urchin
  • Chapter 5: The Bee
  • Chapter 6: The Trout
  • Chapter 7: The Frog
  • Chapter 8: The Turtle
  • Chapter 9: The Canada Goose
  • Chapter 10: The Miracle of Flight
  • Chapter 11: Day’s Herald Bird
  • Chapter 12: Birds at Home
  • Chapter 13: The Groundhog
  • Chapter 14: The White-Tailed Deer
  • Chapter 15: The Carnivora
  • Chapter 16: Farm Friends
  • Chapter 17: Man the Upright Animal
  • Chapter 18: Man the Steward

I put “The Artist” on this review, because when I was reading off the possible titles, he jumped on this one. He is our “go to” guy for pretty much all things natural science, so this one really attracted him.

Here he is, unboxing the package this curricula arrived in:

“The Artist” is telling me that he enjoy the text-book, because the chapters read like a story as opposed to a text book. That said, he does not like the Student Guide. He says that he feels it uses too many questions he can’t understand, and that it is confusing to him. Now, to be fair, he has not had much exposure to educational material which focuses on critical thinking skills, so this is not in any way a failure of this curricula. We are not a “classical method” homeschooling family. He has agreed to work through it orally with me however, and to then  write down the answers. That was his other complaint, too much writing for him, lol!

Here he is reading the textbook, and working in the student guide:

As you read above, this material begins with the question of what is an animal, moving from there all the way up to man, which leads me to the one big thing that bothers me, the reference to man as an animal. I don’t believe this idea is at all Biblical, I don’t believe God would create an “animal” and say that it was created in His image. I do realize that there are many who would not agree with me, even including others within the Christian faith, but there it is. With this one exception, this is a wonderful curricula for homeschoolers.

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Amazing Milestone For “The Batman!”

So, as those who know me personally are aware, our son “The Batman” has never been able to tie his shoes. He simply couldn’t make his fingers do the job. Once we could no longer get velcro shoes for him, we found curly laces, which have been perfect for years.

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Recently though, I took him out for new sneakers. He REALLY wanted Batman sneakers, because we have a friend who portrays Batman in Heroes Alliance NM, and he showed our “Batman” HIS Batman sneakers. Well, by the time we got around to getting him some, all they had were high tops. Sadly, the curly laces are just not long enough.

Our “Batman” was determined to learn to properly tie his Batman sneakers, so my husband went to YouTube and found a good, easy instructional video, which you can view here.

It really only took a few minutes of practicing with his new sneakers, and now, he’s tying them like a pro!

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And our friend Batman from Heroes Alliance NM allowed me to use the following picture for Our “Batman,” who also, by the way, did in fact give me permission to write about him finally being able to tie on my blog.

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