Big Box Store Covid Shopping

Shopping at Sam’s Club the other day . . .

 

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Five Minute Friday ~ Normal

I’ve decided to join the FMF fun. I was given a word prompt, instructions to set a timer for 5 minutes, and just write. To check it out, go here. This week’s prompt word is Normal. And, go!

They keep talking about the “New Normal.” the press, the governors, comunity leaders, and now, just people. A LOT of people, who don’t seem to realize what the term “new normal” even means.

New normal is not a temporary thing. The first time I ever heard the term was when my best friend’s husband died. One day when I asked how she was handling things without him, she said she was learning to live with her “new normal.”

“New Normal” is not a temporary thing like our governor and the press would have us believe. The term itself is a permanent thing. Are we in a new normal? If so, I resist, my family resists, and will do so forever.

And, end!

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Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 {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.)

I have always been intimidated at the thought of teaching Math to my children so I was excited to be offered  Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High Schoolfor my family’s review from Math Essentials.

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Please let me tell you about Mastering Essential Math Skills Book Two. This is a very nice work text. Sturdy, with a nice glossy cover. This book is 158 pages, eight chapters, plus the teacher answers in the book.

The eight chapters cover:

  • Whole Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percent
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Word Problems

Ath the end, there is a Final Review Section and an answer section. Note: I’d love to see the answers in a separate book, bundled with the work text. Ask me why!

There is also a Resource Section which has a glossery, an Inportant Symbols page, and several charts.

This book, as well as the other books being reviewed by Review Crew families includes online, video lessions to take you all the way through. The courses are taught by Rick Fisher, a Math instructor for  over 31 years within the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, California. His sixth grade students would regularly bypass the seventh grade math program and move directly to a high-powered eighth grade algebra program. The videos are password protected, and you must have to book to get in. For “The Artist,” this was very helpful. A number of times, he really needed them to “get it.” In twenty minutes or so per day, a student can easily refresh skills they have forgotten, or if they are just learning these concepts, these lessons will help the student to better succeed.

Each day “The Artist” watched the video for the lesson, and then do hus book work.

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Having just realized he wasn’t doing the review problems, I told him that was going to change. I had been letting him self direct, but between that and the answer section, I think either his dad or I will be needing to do something at the table during Math time! This is what he’s going to see, if he tries looking in the back again!

Neither myy son “The Artist” or I care much for  Math, but he had gone through the No-Nonsense Algebra book from Math Essentials during an earlier review and I went through Math Refresher for Adults. Both of us really learned using them. When I offered him the opportunity to be the student for this review, he happily said that he would. and I had gone through the Math Refresher for Adults. You can check out those reviews here.

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No-Nonsense Algebra, Math Refresher for Adults &  Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School {Math Essentials Reviews}As always, I would just love it if you would join me in all of “My Journeys Through Life.” Just go to the subscription box at the top of the blog and enter your email information. After that, you will always know when there is something new happening. I hope to see you here very soon! -)

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Beyond the Stick Figure Art School

(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.)

I was so happy to get the opportunity to receive a great homeschool art curriculum called the Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School!

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My son “The Batman” gets very upset when he is unable to draw like his brother “The Artist,” so when I showed him the sample lesson before applying for this review and saw how excited he was to try it, it made me very happy. You can check out the sample lesson by going here and scrolling down to the second video. This video was what showed my son that he COULD do this!

This course will be great for our entire family! “The Batman,” his Dad, and I are all at a very, very beginning level. Right now, “The Batman” is the only one using it, but his Dad has expressed interest, and I may try it myself. Our son “The Artist” is very interested in the other courses, as he is a natural artist and far beyond our abilities.

The bundle we received for the purpose of this review are:

  • Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course ($525 value)

3 parts with 53 video lessons and a rubric to evaluate your own work.

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  • Watercolor and Pen & Ink Course  ($297 value)

2 parts with 15 video lessons.

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  • Introduction to Acrylic Painting Course ($325 value)

3 parts with 52 video lessons.

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  • Introduction to 3 D Design Course ($298 value)

3 parts with 30 video lessons.

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With lifetime access and email support, this bundle is well worth it!

 

Right now, “The Batman is the only student. He is really loving this, and asks almost every day (sometimes even on the weekends) if he can do “Art school, Mom?” Unless we are very busy, I usually say “of course!” He is very focused on the drawing course, which starts at the very beginning, with extreme basics such as circles, straight lines, dots and curved lines.

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There are downloadable worksheets, which “The Batman” really liked, especially when he learned how to print them himself from his Chromebook.

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The teacher, Sally showed him how to put straight lines, circles and curved lines to make a simple flower.

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At Sally’s direction, “The Batman made a sheet with the colors in his marker kit, labelling them with color name and number. His brother helped him by writing the labels.

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On another sheet, he showed the primary colors, and which ones went together to create secondary colors.stick figure 14

Being encouraged to let himself go and make abstract art while practicing the circles and the straght lines, for example, hgas really made a difference in his thinking. He is realizing that it doesn’t matter if his art is like “The Artist’s,” his is just as good but different!

All in all, we really like this curriculum!

In order to see all of the lessons ahead of time, you need to mark everything completed. This is literally the only thing I would love to see changed. I’d like to see a better method for the parent to see this without having to do this. We ended up letting “The Batman: pretty much do this on his own, coming to me only when he didn’t understand something, and marking it all completed would have been confusing for him. He is developmentally delayed, so it was important to have him be able to simply check the next uncompleted lesson.

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The Hidden Message of The Great Seal {Review}

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Our family has been enjoying adding to our history studies with The Hidden Message of The Great Seal How Foundational Truth From The Dawn Of Liberty May Rescue A Republic In Peril from The Hidden Message, LLC.

This is a very high quality soft cover book. Large enough to set out on a coffee table, with it’s glossy cover and pages full of information, it prompts the reader to pick it up and learn.

During this time of Public Heath Orders all over the United States of America, I believe this is an important book. Reading this book reminds me that we must balance these orders with our God given rights as set out in our country’s original documents. We must not simply let go of liberties in exchange for safety. We further must stop our children from being taught a watered down version of history, and make sure they learn what our founders actually said when establishing this great country and it’s Great Seal.

Written by Michael Kanis,

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this book is a fascinating study regarding the meanings and messages found by examining the clues used to piece the whole together. In 24 chapters, Kanis very clearly shows that the hand of God was in the details of the Great Seals creation. In the short introductory chapter, Kanis points out that learning the foundational truths found in the Great Seal “may rescue a republic in peril.” In this book, you will find the following chapters:

  • Time Capsule 
  • The Significance of The Seal
  • Setting The Stage
  • A Tale of Two Systems
  • Studying the Seal
  • How Could it Have Been Hidden So long?
  • Charles Thomson
  • Francis Hopkinson
  • The Pyramid
  • Annuit Coeptist
  • Novus Ordo Secorlum
  • The Eye
  • The Early Designs Part 1
  • Early Designs Part 2
  • The Covenant
  • The Front of The Seal
  • The Four Pillars
  • Virtue
  • Freedom
  • Providence
  • Unity
  • Unexpected Connections
  • Conclusion

Followed by six pages of endnotes.

In 256 pages and including 295 images,

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Kanis offers much evidence for the reader to use in deciding whether the claims he has made are possible and true. He invites the reader to come to an independent conclusion.

As a Christian, he has written this book to show us the providential hand of God in shaping the United States of America, and the details of the Great Seal. From the Mission Page of the website of The Hidden Message is the following message we must understand:

“Our republic is at stake, this I do not debate. History and reason and the seal make the claim. I merely echo the warnings of Washington and Adams and Franklin. Of Madison, and Henry and Paine. Of Locke and Montesquieu and Bollingbrooke, of Cato, Plato, Polybius and Cicero. These and many more beside. And all merely add their voice to what God has already made clear through the scriptures.”

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Freezer Meal Prepping Our Way Through Covid 19

On April 11 2020 “The Artist and I put up 12 supper meals in the freezer!

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On that day we did recipes 1 – 6 in exactly 1 hour, 36 minutes and  3.29 seconds. Yes. I DID use the stopwatch function on my phone! Recipe #7 had to wait until after Easter Sunday dinner, because I needed the leftover ham for it. 

This is some of the prep work for some of the recipes:

And here’s one in the process, almost ready for the freezer:

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By the end of that 1 hour, 36 minutes and  3.29 seconds, we had THIS!

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On Sunday afternoon, my husband cut up 8 cups of ham, and “The Artist” cut up the onions, carrots and celery. With the 4 LBS of split peas I bought, we now have 2 packages in the freezer of the makings for Split Pea Soup, for a total of 14 meals ready to thaw and cook.Not reheat, cook from scratch.

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Until next time . . .

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Covid 19 “Stay at Home” Pantry Clean & Organize

I promised I’d show you the pantry fix this week, so here we go!

When I got started, my pantry was a disorganized mess. My kids just basically were shoving things in willy-nilly, which meant NOTHING was with whatever it should go with. By the time I was done, I dicovered we had several of a number of seasonings, for example.

Before:

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So, I went to the Dollar Tree and bought baskets. Just these. This is all that I used. $14.00 worth of baskets from Dollar Tree. The vines (also from Dollar Tree) are for another project in the kitchen.

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I made my kids help me pull every single thing out of the pantry. I totally forgot to take a picture of it all sitting on the kitchen table. I’m not tearing it back apart just for a picture.

But THIS is what it looks like after!

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How long it will stay this way, I have no idea. I already had to move some things back to where they belong after cereal was “put away” this morning.

In the meantime,

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