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Freezer Meals October 2021

Got this month’s round of freezer prep done! With help from “The Batman” and “The Artist,” we got the big shop done on the 14th, and the meals put together on the 15th! Here’s the menu plan.

For each recipe we get two meals in the freezer, except for the salmon, that made 4 meals. Plus, we had enough extra boneless chicken breasts to do 4 packages with BBQ sauce, making a total of 26 meals in the freezer! Yay, us!

This is the bounty of our work:

So far, we’ve had one meal, the Salibury Steak. It’s a favorite of my husband and boys, so they wanted that first.

I use My freeze Easy to create my menu plans. I’d love it if you went here to check it out, there’s a try it free option at the top of the page. My family loves the variety, I love having entrees all ready in my freezer, plus, It makes me ready at any time someone needs a meal brought to them, which is a ministry I participate in at my church.

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LightSail for Homeschoolers {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

LightSail for Homeschoolers focuses on four areas ReadingWritingVocabulary, and Fluency. We have been using it to improve reading comprehension.

When homeschooling curriculum began to be available as digital and as online programs, I was really not a fan. I mean, I much preferred to use physical copies of everything. I think that maybe it was because that was all I had known for pretty much ever. Digital and online curricula has really grown on me over the past few years, though! LightSail for Homeschoolers is really showing the advantages of an online curriculum. I mean, how expensive would it be to have a library of over 12,000 books, 51,000+ encyclopedia articles, 150+ unit studies, and so much more than I could realistically decribe to you in one review!

We are focusing more on reading and vocabulary at this time. With Cloze activities, the student fills in missing words. They also answer multiple choice questions. There are also Power Texts. You, as the parent, can assign how often you expect your children to do them. Power Texts are selected books at your child/children’s reading level. They help your child really improve his/her reading skills.

This is my parent dashboard:

Here, you can set up the children who will be using LightSail for Homeschoolers. You can assign specific things, such as number of pages to be read per week, how often they must do a Power Text, Unit Studies, and more!

Here is the opening dashboard for one of my boys:

This is where he will see a book that he is currently reading, how many pages per week he is supposed to read, and more. This picture was early on in our review period.

One thing we really like is the extensive library, which is mentioned early in this review.

There is so much here! As you can see, there are specific catagories, but when you click on one, it opens up to tons more! For example, books!

The picture above is only a tiny portion of the many, many books available to read! This picture shows browsing by subject, which we like, but you can also browse by author.

One of the other topics from the main library page is Unit Studies. I love them, but one of my boys is not a fan at all. 😦

Here are just a portion of the unit studies available!

Over all, we like LightSail for Homeschoolers. The only thing we didn’t like was that it didn’t work as well as we expected on my children’s Chrome Books. This meant they both have to use my Laptop, though I didn’t mind if I wasn’t needing to use it. With the Chrome books though, they could both work at the same time, plus keeping my Laptop free.

For more on LightSail for Homeschoolser, please check them out on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LightSailEd
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lightsailed/

A number of other Homeschool Review Crew families also spent some time checking out LightSail for HomeSchool. I would love for you to go here and check out what they had to say, and the ways that they used it!

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Bible Breakdowns From Teach Sunday School {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

Teach Sunday School is a company with a number of very good products to aid in helping your children (or yourself!) including the product I am reviewing for you now: Bible Breakdowns.

Bible Breakdowns is just exactly what it say, a breakdown of every single book in the bible. Each page is laid out really nicely.

At the top, you will see the name of the Book as well as what number the book is (in order).

Next, there is a very short summary of the book being studied. It is a bare bones summary, but plenty enough to tell me what I want to know before studying the book.

Here is a graphic to tell you more about the book:

I like this a lot! I like to see at a glance the information given in the graphic. If I want to see what period is covered in a given book for example, it is right here for me.

Now, we come to the Breakdowns themselves. As you will see, this section gives you the entire book of Daniel broken down by chapter, and sometimes by verse sections. I really like that books which would be considered to be classic Bible stories are highlighted in blue.

Finally, the last section of the Bible Breakdown page is a section which gives you the most popular verses in the book being studied.

During this review period, I have printed out the breakdown sheet for the book of Daniel. Our Assistant Pastor (who will become our Pastor when our current one retires in January) is doing a series during our Sunday evening services using the book of Daniel, and I thought it would help us to have this breakdown printed out to refer to.

This is my copy with my Bible. I am liking the fact that I can get additional context, along with keeping track of what we are hearing during the services.

As you can see below, this is a beautiful set, worth printing out and keeping in a notebook so as to have handy for every book you study, whether for church or for personal study.

I plan to do exactly that, but first I need to go and buy a binder for the pages! Then, it will be readily available for use every time any of us are being taught from a specific book of the Bible, or doing a Bible study of our own.

Social Media Links: Teach Sunday School

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SundaySchoolLessons
Instagram: @teachsundayschool
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/biblefun/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChwHfenlbCBU_XfzvqCFFPA

43 other members of the Homeschool Review Crew have also been using Bible Breakdowns. Please go here to find out how they are using them, and what there thoughts are!

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Shiloh

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Building Thinking Skills: Beginning 2 {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

The Critical Thinking Co.™ provides fantastic critical thinking resources for young students such as Building Thinking Skills® Beginning 2.

I was very happy to receive Building Thinking Skills: Beginning 2 from  The Critical Thinking Co.™ to use with “The Batman,” because this company provides fantastic critical thinking resources for young students such as Building Thinking Skills® Beginning 2.

With “The Batman’s” developmental delays, the only book offered to us for review that would work for him at this time was Building Thinking Skills 2, so this is the one we chose. This book addresses many skills he has struggled with all of his life, such as:

  • Auditory Processing
  • Fine Motor Control Development
  • Classifying
  • Analogies
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Patterns
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Aural Reasoning
  • And many more skill sets!

There are plenty of areas in which my son has gone significantly higher than we were told we should expect, such as reading and spelling, but many areas that are extremely difficult for him, such as those listed above. He has always had fine motor control problems, but he did not complain at all while doing work pages in “Building Thinking Skills: Beginning 2,” which makes me feel we have perhaps found a company to stick with. If we can get him through this book, then maybe he can handle the next one, as well!

When the book first came, “The Batman” was very excited to see it! He likes the colorful-ness of the pages, and the fairly clear instructions. I have only had to explain what he was being asked to do a few times.

Here are a few of the work pages he has done so far (there are really too many to put in here!)

His hands shake an awful lot when he tries to write, make lines and circle things, but he does really love this book! To quote “The Batman:” “It makes me think a lot, and it is really fun to do!” That to me is a good indicator that this is an excellent tool for learning. My long time readers know that I have pretty much always said that the learning which is enjoyable is the learning that will stick!

To learn more about the Critical Thinking Co., please check out the following:

Social Media Links: The Critical Thinking Co.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCriticalThinkingCo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/criticalthinks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecriticalthinkingco/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/criticalthinks/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsVEVNa6UpVqXxo_t5sbb7Q

There are 37 other Homeschool Review Crew member families who received this and other books to review from The Critical Thinking Co. I invite you go and discover their thoughts regarding this company and its products by clicking here!

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October 4, 2021 · 2:24 pm

World Watch {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

I was excited to receive a six month subcription WORLD Watch to use for studying current events with my children, and to review for you!

World Watch is an online news/current events daily broadcast for teens, but honestly, I have been enjoying watching along! Each weekday program is approximately 10 minutes, with a variety of topics.

 WORLD Watch news reports cover a variety of topics such as: history, technology, science, economics, government and world cultures.

On August 10. this is what came in my email to show me what was on the site for us to watch that day:

  • Taliban captures fifth provincial capital
  • Faithful former coach Bobby Bowden dies
  • The Smithsonian Institution turns 175
  • Caleb explains the Rural Electrification Admin.
  • Hannah reports how neon signs are made

Today, we are watching the following stories:

  • Taliban overtakes entirety of Afghanistan
  • Acapulco recovers from earthquake
  • El Salvador adopts Bitcoin as official currency
  • Arlington explains budget with Legos
  • Caleb reports on flyovers

I like that while this program is giving the news, we get “Just the facts.” with no opinion slant at all. News broadcasting over the past several years has become very slanted to one political view or the other, and I don’t like that at all. I majored in Journalism, and was taught that my opinion as a reporter didn’t matter, to simply give the facts and let the reader/viewer come to their own conclusions, so I have been very disappointed in how the news has such slant, more so with every passing year. I also dislike a lot of the adult topics in the news, such as LGBTQ stories. I would prefer to discuss these things with our children within a Biblical viewpoint. World View does have a Christian viewpoint, bit not in a preaching style.

My boys seem to like the fact that the stories are in short bites, with each program lasting right around 10 minutes, as mentioned above. There is always a main story, and sometimes a history of something interesting.

WORLD  Watch has a 30-Day FREE Trial to see if it is right for your family, which is something I appreciate as a homeschooling parent. We have to be careful of the pennies, so having a good amount of time to be sure of whether something is a good fit befor investing in it is definitely a positive thing!

World Watch is a very good program with which to introduce our kids to regularly watch the news, while at the same time helping them to gain discernment while watching. eventually, they will be able to divide out what is fact, and what is opinion while watching or reading news reports. I very much recommend World Watch for regular viewing.

Check out World Watch at their social media links!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldwatchshow
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worldwatchnews/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLhlnq_RLfpSdQ8Fm6VEEjw

29 Homeschool Review Crew families have been using World Watch, giving their own reviews. Please, go here to read about their thoughts!

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Shiloh and His Boys

He loves ALL of his boys, and boxes of wrapping paper, too!

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Crocheting Again!

It’s been so long since I crocheted anything! The last time was shortly after moving to New Mexico, when I made a baby blanket for our former piano teacher back in Michigan.

This is the beginning of one for our Youth Pastor’s wife’s baby shower!

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Archer And Zowie by Hans Bluedorn {Review}

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For the last few weeks, “The Artist” has been reading Archer and Zowie from Hans Bluedorn.

Archer and Zowie is Hans Bluedorn’s newest book, a sci-fi novel written for kids in the 6-13 age range. This is a 233 page soft cover book, with engaging illustrations drawn by the author, The illustrations look to me like pen and ink drawings and fit quite well into the story.

The story is about best friends Archer and Zowie, a boy and girl who could not be more different! “Archer likes to plan, explore, and find things over the next hill” but “Zowie likes to look around, feel life, and find fun right where she is.”

At the beginning of the book, Archer and Zowie are stuck inside on a rainy day, with a babysitter. Archer has gone into the kitchen and after staring at the microwave on top of the refridgerator, grabs the cord and pulls it down, and brings it in to the dining room where he sets it on the dining table. Zowie asks if they are going to be “using their imagination again,” reminding Archer of how much trouble they got into the last time they did that. Archer then untwits a coat hanger and bends ito a V, making an antenna and taping to the top of the microwave. He writes the word  TELEPORTEE on the door in permanent marker and the adventures begin!

The “Teleporter Order Catalog,” which Archer has written himself, is a list of products with numbers next to them, such as:

  • Big Hot Pastrami Sandwich . . . 3345
  • Spinach and Mushroom Pizza . . . 1204
  • Milk . . . 2030
  • Soda Pop . . . 8392
  • Fork . . . 8943
  • Miniature Nuclear Reactor . . . 2934
  • Antimatter, 10 ounces . . . 2851
  • Black Hole Kit . . . 8744
  • German Shepherd Puppy . . . 7283
  • Milk Cow . . . 8830
  • Blaster Gun . . . 5258

“Borrowing” the babysitter’s credit card, Archer orders a Glaster Gun, which, according to Zowie looks like a dust buster. After they argue and accidentally shoot the  TELEPORTEE (microwave, it goes a little crazy and shoots out a big penguin like alien. FRom that, Archer and Zowie end up using their imaginations to go to other planets.

This book is written in script form, and “The Artist” didn’t care for the format, so I ended up taking over and reading it. I do think that if I give it to “The Batman,” he will enjoy it though. I did not care for things such as Zowie supposing that “Rain is God’s pee.”

Overall, this is a pretty good story, but “The Artist” says he would like it better if it were written in a more standard novel format.

Please check out the books and the author on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fallacydetective
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hansbluedorn/

27 families from the Homeschool Review Crew have been reviewing Archer and Zowie and The Fallacy Detective (also by Hans Bluedorn), and I invite you to read what their thoughts are by clicking here.

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