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Missions Conference 2020

We had our Misions Conference at our church Mesa Baptist from March 1 through March 4.

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Jeremy and Kari Randle are serving in Baden-Wurttemberg Germany Kari wasn’t able to be here, as her father was having surgery, but Jeremy was, and we really enjoyed hearing from him!

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Larry and Sonny Harrison are serving in Whitehorse Yukon, Canada. Their church plant is Calvary Baptist. The Northern Lights are visible from there!

Our third missionaries for the conference are Glenn Kosiorek and hiis wife Shelley. They are serving in Alabama, and also sing as the Crosspoint String Band, singing and playing old fashioned bluegrass gospel music. Their church plant is Redemtion Baptist Church in Albertville, Alabama.

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We had such a grand time! Wonderful messages, great meals before churc on Monday through Wednesday, and WONDERFUL music from Glenn and Shelly Kosiorek! You can see videos of some of their music on their Facebook page.

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Excelerate Spanish Streaming {Review}

Our homeschool family is always looking for a way to learn Spanish, having moved cross country several years ago to New Mexico and when offered the opportunity to review Excelerate SPANISH Streaming from Excelerate Spanish we jumped on it.

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Excelerate SPANISH Streaming is completely different than any other Spanish curriculum we have ever used. We have used workbooks, audio recordings, and once, a game.

Excelerate is what I would consider to be somewhat immersive. Right from lesson 1 in Spanish 1, the teacher is giving words, phrases and sentences along with gestures to go along with them. She tells the students to follow along, using the gestures and movements. This method is called Total Physical Response (TPR). brain functionality and linguistics show that TPR facilitates foreign language acquisition for all age groups.  TPR aids in learning languages by activating different parts of the brain.

The videos are engaging, and the teacher is pleasant. As you can see in the video below, the TPR method is explained.

When we first learn to speak as babies, we do it with immersion. I remember that our oldest son “The Batman,” really spoke no words at all when he was age two (this is when we adopted him). I seriously spoke complete sentences to him, as I did things. For example, I sat him in his high chair next to me while washing the dishes, and said everything as I did it (This is a plate. I’m putting it in the soapy water and scrub it. I’m putting it under the running water to rinse it. I’m putting it into the drain tray so it can dry.”) This child who we were told might never learn to speak now runs his mouth All. The. Time. So, for babies, this is how language is learned, and how many grown people learn. This is learning with speach and movements, or TPR. I never knew this had a name!

In the beginning, there is no pressure at all to speak until you are ready. The words and action movements are repeated, and students remember and associate the actions with the words from then on.

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One good thing, as homeschoolers we can take all the time in the world, repeating things until we get them. In an institutional school, you get only so much time, and then you must move on. With us, while sometimes we can keep up with the suggested schedule, more often than not we can’t. This is one of the “can’t” times. The teacher goes way too fast for us to complete a lesson in the time allowed, so we have to repeat, repeat, repeat. But that’s OK, because we learn at home!

I had “The Puzzler” log on and try to learn Spanish.

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Normally, he would set up at the kitchen table with his Chrome Book and a pair of head phones, so that he could hear and not be distracted by everyone elses noise. It turned out that my son is very self conscious about doing the motions, and would not do them at all if anyone else could see him. It is taking him a long time to go through the videos.

We were given the Excelerate Spanish Streaming to review, but there are also workbooks available for purchase. Given that the video lessons are in an actual classrom and part of the lessons direct the students to pull out their workbooks and use them, I think it would have benefited “The Puzzler” to have them.

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Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece {Review}

 

Homeschool art curriculum such as the Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece is a great way to add drawing instruction to your child’s day, and even though my son “The Artist” already had a natural talent, he and I thought that the Drawing Program would improve his skills and knowledge.

For the purpose of this review, we were given a one year subscription to the Drawing Program.

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Once subscribed, you may use the lessons for each family member if you wish, but at this time only my son is using it. Maybe later on I’ll try too, but I have no drawing ability at all, so I don’t feel very confident.

This course is taught by master Artist and instructor Sharon Hofer. She makes sure the lessons are done in such a way that anyone, even a child, can follow them. My son says “She goes step by step and makes it easy for me to follow her. The lessons are fun!”

There are four levels in the Drawing Program :

  • Beginning Drawing
  • Drawing Level 1
  • Drawing Level 2
  • Drawing Level 3

Throughout the levels, there are 48 lessons, which cover 30 different drawings. The drawings cover:

  • Drawing in Pencil
  • Lessons in Charcoal
  • Lessons in Colored Pencil

Paper used:

  • Vellum
  • Heavy weight Bristol
  • White drawing paper
  • Black drawing paper

While you can probably get the recommended supplies at a good art store, we chose to purchase ours online. When you look at each project, there is a link tto a list of supplies.

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When we clicked on purchase supplies, it tooke us directly to a source for the specific supplies needed, with a cart pre-filled.

My son started right in at the Beginning Drawing level, doing the lessons in order. The first project was a cartoon giraffe, in which Sharon helps the student learn  foundational concepts and skills of the cartooning style. The drawing on the left is straight from following the lessons, while the drawing on the right is what he drew afterward, using the skills he had been taught.

The drawing just below is called Simplicity, in which “The Artist” began learning about seeing and incorporating values and shading. He also spent some time learning about planning and moving through a pencil drawing.

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Hoot Owl was fun, according to my son. In doing this drawing, he learned even more about the process of drawing. You can see the owl from the lesson at the top, and his versions below.

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In Polar Exploration, he began drawing with a white pencil onto black artist paper.

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In Field of Daisies, “The Artist” learned to use charcoal, vellum and an eraser to create his drawing. By laying down charcoal and then erasing selectively, this drawing was created!

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Baby Elephant is also done in charcoal on vellum, but this lesson is actual drawing, as was done with pencil previously. This time, he draws with the charcoal. Isn’t he so cute?

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In Moonstruck, Sharon taught my son more about the basics of value, shadow, and highlights as he created this drawing using colored pencils on vellum.

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Angling For Trout is another drawing in which “The Artist” first laid down charcoal and then used an eraser to draw with, much like Field of Daisies. The difference is the paper. While Field of Daisies is done on vellum, this drawing is on white Bristol paper. On the left, you can see the trout from the lesson. On the right, you can see the drawing he did when he decided to draw a pair of salmon!

My son has recently started the Level 1 lessons, and did this beautiful piece called First Thanksgiving on vellum with colored pencil. In this lesson, he began learning  how to draw fruits and vegetables and how to use colored pencils on vellum paper, and how to make them look three dimensional. I just love the look of this one!

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Working with texture, value and showing movement, Arctic Seal was drawn in white pencil on black paper.

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Overall, we feel that this program is a benefit to “The Artist’s” education. While he does have some natural talent, these lessons are definitely teaching him a lot that he didn’t know how to do. We are very happy that we were chosen for this review!

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A Place to Put My Oils!

We’ve been using Essential Oils from Young Living for a while now, but have had no place to really put them nicely.

My husband saw this on my Amazom wish list, and one day, it was delivered to our house! Here he is with my son installing it:

A,d. Voila!

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Independence Day Cookout!

Taco Burgers (from My Freeze Easy) being grilled!

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Taco Burger, chips & salsa!

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Happy Independence Day, everyone, and please, remember why this day exists!

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M.I.A. Lately . . .

So, many things have happened to keep me away. Let’s see . . . first up was a little mishap which made it really hard to use my hand . . .

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Yes, folks, I did this myself, carelesness while using scissors. no, I was not running with scissors. I was trying to cut a tag off of something.

Surgery . . .

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My birthday dinner is waiting until probably the end of January or into February, when I am able to be done healing, and able to chew again.

Then, snowmageddan Albuquerque . . .

We live outside of Albuquerque, but it hit here. I did NOT move to the desert for this, but truthfully, it was gone gone gone in about a day.

And last but not least, my husband in the E.R. on January 2.

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So this, friends, is how my 2018 ended, and my 2019 begain. So, I’m hoping for the year to improve!

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So . . . This Happened . . .

I’ve been MIA here on the blog lately because a “thing” happened. My husband and I were on our way home one evening a few weeks ago, a woman hit us. Nothing broken but the minivan, but I had a lot of deep bruising, and painful (very painful!) issues with my rib cage. I was unable to manage stairs, or even lie down. So for two weeks, I slept downstairs, sitting up.

Here is what my minivan looked like the last time I saw it . . .

We will hopefully have it back by the 20th from repairs.

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Recovering . . .

A few weeks ago, on September 26, I had a total knee replacement. I was supposed to have surgery on Tuesday and come home on either Thursday or Friday. Unfortunately, my blood pressure kept bottoming out, causing me to pass out when the Physical Therapist would get me up to walk, and I ended up in ICU, followed by going to a Rehab Facility instead of home. 😦  Well, I’m home now, and working on recovery.

Here are my extra legs for the time being . . .

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And here is my comforter when I’m resting on the couch . . .

Isn’t he just the cutest?

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Ultra Safe Safety Scissors & The Pencil grip 3 Step Training Kit: Our Review

 

Because I have a son (“The Batman”) who has long struggles with handwriting and printing, I was very pleased to be given for the purpose of this review The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit .  We also received the The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors.  Both product were sent to us from The Pencil Grip, Inc. and I think both products are wonderful for either young children, or those with poor motor control, such as my son.

 

 

“The Batman really felt more confident while using the pencil grips. He much preferred the green grip, meant for beginners. He felt that this was the easiest for him.  Here is the order in which they are used for training:

3 Steps For the Best Results In Training

  • The Crossover Grip for Training
  • The Pinch Grip for Transitioning
  • The Pencil Grip for the final step!

The 3 Step Training Kit contains three different grips. For beginners, we have the crossover grip, which has wings to keep the fingers from crossing over, promoting a proper grip. Next, we have the pinch grip, which gives some structure while allowing a little bit of freedom at the same time. Finally, there is the pencil grip, which gives comfort, control, and can be continued as an extended use tool. One thing I really like is something that makes the pencil grips easier for children to use. there is an L and an R on the grips. These are to show your child where to put his or her thumb, based upon whether the child is right-handed or left-handed. This is a very nice, thoughtful touch.

The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors really are just that! They are not dull at all, but they are made with a shield (which you can see in the above picture). This safety shield protects your child from being able to get his or her fingers in between the blades, which I find a good thing, as it prevents those cut fingers which we see often with regular sharp scissors! They are easy to open and close, partly because of the little yellow lever you see above. The handles have a nice fit. Even I tried them, and it was very comfortable for me to fit my fingers into the spaces.

The only thing we found bothersome is that while yes, the protective shield DOES protect little fingers, it also makes it hard to get a clean-cut, if a beginner or someone with poor fine motor control is trying to use them. At the same time, I love that there is a permanent shield. The shield is not going to come off. That is helpful when you have (as we have) one child who has misused scissors frequently.

Here is “The Batman” using the 3 Step Training Kit and the Ultra safe safety scissors:

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Just Got Back From Pre-Op!

So, two weeks from today, I will be in the hospital having a total knee replacement on my right knee. I have to have both knees done, but the left one will have to wait a while, as our out of pocket will take time to pay off. They don’t like to do both at once because it makes recovery harder.

I had my pre-op appointment today, for blood work, etc. I thought it was for yesterday, and went all the way out there for nothing! Boy, was that embarrassing! But, we’re alol set now, and they will phone the day before to tell me what time.

Wish me luck!

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