It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

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What We’re Freezing (And Eating)!

You all know how much I’ve been enjoying preparing & having freezer meals at the ready, right? Well, this is what we did today!

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This is:

  • 2 Apple Butter Glazed Chicken meals
  • 2 Honey Sesame Chicken meals
  • 2 Slow Cooker Asian Shredded Beef meals
  • 2 Slow Cooker Caribbean Chicken meals
  • 2 Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich meals

Here are my helpers, cleaning red and orange bell peppers:

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An here, the Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches with Deviled Egg Potato salad, which we had for supper tonight!

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I always make my menu plan for 8 servings, and so we had enough leftover to make a couple of lunches for my husband to take to work, as well as probably enough for the kids to have for lunch, on bread instead of sub rolls.

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New Goodies From The Pencil Grip Co.!

I’ve told you before about Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, and if you’d like to refresh your memory, please click here!

Well, there is a brand new product which has come out! It’s called Magic Stix Washable Markers. They are available in both 12 pack and 24 pack, and boy, are the colors ever pretty!

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Magic Stix 12pk - Washable markers that won't dry out!

  • Won’t dry out for 7 days with the cap off. Guaranteed!
  • Unscented markers
  • 12 or 24 Assorted colors
  • Bright bold colors
  • Washable

These can be used to make any number of beautiful things! Here are just a couple of examples:

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I can hardly wait to see what my own kids come up with!

I received a free product from the Pencil Grip Co. in exchange for this promotional post. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

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Shiloh Was Cold!

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Writing With Sharon Watson, Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis – My Review


We have had the opportunity in the past to use curricula from Writing With Sharon Watson, and because “The Artist” really enjoyed it we were very happy to get the chance to review her Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis!

For the purpose of this review, we received the following:

  • Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis Student Text/Workbook
  • Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis Teacher’s Guide
  • Bound copy of Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis Quiz and Answer Manual

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We also received access to the Quizzes to be done online, which then would grade them for us, allow the student to print out the completed quiz  and scoring, and would also then email the same to the email address used to log in and take the quizzes. In this case, I had “The Artist” use my email, so I would receive copies after he had done them.

We were also able to download as a pdf the free Novel Notebook, an 86 page optional addition. I did not tell “The Artist” that it was optional, because I really wanted him to use it. As it happens, I just asked “The Artist” what he thought of the Novel Notebook, and he says “It’s pretty good!” FYI, sometimes old age and trickery works! 🙂

Here is what I like best, as a parent/homeschooling teacher about products from Writing With Sharon Watson: I have found them all to be very good “open and go” products. I didn’t need to do any prep, other than providing the books called for. Basically, I handed it to “The Artist” and let him “have at it.”

Required readings are:

  • A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, in the textbook
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dover Publications
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot, Dover Publications
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Dover Publications
    • An Assortment of Short Stories:
    • “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett, in the textbook
    • “The Garden of Forking Paths” by Jorge Luis Borges, link provided
    • “Haircut” by Ring Lardner, link provided
    • “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank Stockton, in the textbook
    • “Of the Passing of the First-Born” by W. E. B. Du Bois, in the textbook
    • “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas, link provided
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Dover Publications
  • Biography or autobiography of student’s choice
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Mariner Books

Within the text, Sharon Watson recommends specific editions, because when the Student Text asks questions, the student is often directed to a specific page or pages of the novel.

There are suggested activities for each reading. Below, you will see a pencil drawing that “The Artist” did after reading the short story “A Jury of Her Peers.”

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I was pleased with the amount of details he put into this drawing! Although, funny thing, when I pointed out that the kitchen sink setup seemed awfully modern, he said, and I quote “That’s the only kind of sink I know about!” 🙂

“The Artist” is now solidly into “Frankenstein”, which is the novel required for the second reading. He’s enjoying it very much, and looking forward to some of the other novels as well, especially “The Hobbit!”

This course is written for grades 9 – 12, and will qualify your student for one credit over two semesters. As with the other curricula we have used which was written by Sharon Watson, this is definitely written from a Christian worldview.

By the time he finishes this curriculum, “The Artist” will have been taught almost 100 literary terms and devices when they occur naturally in the reading selections. My hope is that as intended by Sharon Watson, my own student will gain a real appreciation for fine literature, and retain the knowledge of the many tools used by authors when they write.

This is the second volume in a series. However, students may take this and the first volume Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide in any order. This is another thing I quite like about Sharon Watson’s curricula.

All in all, we are so pleased to have the opportunity once again, of working with one of Sharon Watson’s products, and highly recommend this, and any other of her works.

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A Day With The Horses!

The Puzzler spent some time with a friend from our church this past weekend, who happens to own some horses. He was SO looking forward to it, too! Of course, he didn’t realize until our friend picked him up, that he was going to get the FULL experience, LOL!

First, cleaning up after the horses!

And now, the reward, riding Will . . .

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And riding Cowboy!

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Thank you to my wonderful husband who helped me to figure out how to get the pictures from a text message into something I could use!

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Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 From Kid Niche Christian Books, Our Review

My family was very blessed to be given the study book Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1. This is a very nice book, printed colorfully on quality paper (70#) and already hole punched so that we could put into a notebook right away. It even came with a colorful cover sheet, which we placed into the clear pocket on the front of the notebook.

Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 was sent to us for the purpose of this review, by the company Kid Niche Christian Books, which is devoted to helping you teach your children and grandchildren to pray the way that Jesus taught his disciples to pray, with their minds and their hearts.

Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 has 36 Bible lessons for tweens, woven within The Lord’s Prayer. There are 72 pages illustrated in color to keep your child’s interest. This book also includes an answer key for six different Bible versions, including the King James Version, which is the only Bible my family is willing to use.

This study is great for grades 4 through 6, in Christian school, home school, or church. It can also be used for family study.

There are units on God The Father and on God The Son, along with prayer practice using a kid friendly re-wording of The Lord’s Prayer.

Various methods of learning include: Cartoons, Charts, Definitions, Drama, Drawing, Fill in the Blanks, Illustrations, Matching, Multiple Choice, Sequence, T&F, so your child will not be bored while learning.

You can see below the amount of learning a child can get in the 36 weeks this is designed for:

How did we use Weave Your Word In Me — Part 1? Well, as you may have read in a previous post, I recently spent several weeks in the hospital, followed unexpectedly by a stay in a Rehab Facility. I had originally intended to use this curriculum with all four of my boys, having them take turns writing in the answers. What ACTUALLY happened though, is that one of my twins, “The Puzzler” appropriated it and began going through Weave Your Word In Me — Part 1 on his own. While I was in the hospital and the Rehab Facility!

Here is “The Puzzler” studying away!

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He’s been going back and forth between using his printed Bible and his Bible which is on his tablet. Sometimes, he says it is easier to find the verses when using the Bible on his tablet.

One reason I think it was easy for him to just pick up Weave Your Word In Me — Part 1 is that the lessons are relatively short, and the font is of a decent size for him to follow. As I said before, this is printed in color, so in the lessons there are nice, colorful pictures and sidebars to help with learning and understanding each lesson. The first thirteen lessons are just one page, and beginning with lesson fourteen, they increase to two pages. Sometimes, the student is asked to draw a picture of what the scripture reference is about, but most of the time, the student is simply asked to look up the scripture in his or her Bible and use what they looked up to fill in the blanks in the lesson.

All in all, I’m pleased with this curriculum, if for no reason than the fact that it captured “The Puzzler’s” interest enough that he wanted to go ahead and do it on his own, without being told to!

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