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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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Ben Carson, A Chance At Life (Review)

We have been very fortunate to have been chosen as reviewers for  YWAM Publishing (Youth With A Mission) before during the years I have been a member of the Homeschool Review Crew. This year, we were so lucky to receive my very first choice, Ben Carson, A Chance At Life, along with the accompanying study guide.

There is a reason I really wanted this particular title to review with my boys. As you know, we have built our family by way of adoption. Two of our boys, “Mr. Loquacious” and his twin “The Puzzler” are biracial. It is so very important to me that as they are getting older (they just turned 16, which is so hard to believe!) they learn that it is not true that the only path for them is to follow the street crowd. One of the boys has had some problems which stem from his early life, and had been headed down the path of thinking the best thing was to look like, talk like, and act like a “gangsta.” He’s been working hard at moving back into the correct direction, but this story showed him and my other boys that eve coming from poverty and a hard life, one can go so far, if they work at it!

This book doesn’t actually open with the early days of Ben Carson’s life. The very first little (two page) chapter, more of a prologue, really, shows us Ben, looking around at all of the famous people sitting with him at the 1994 Essence Awards at the Paramount Theatre in New York City. He was there, being honored as one of the African-Americans who have made significant contributions in each of their fields.

Here are my twins reading the book together.

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Right after this prologue, we go directly to the early life of Ben Carson, at the age of eight. It was then that he discovered something had happened, and his mother had made it clear that his father was no longer welcome in their home. All she would tell her son was that “He’s done some real bad things, and now he has to pay or them.” She told Ben “This ain’t his home no more.”

At that time, Ben, his mother Sonya and his brother Curtis lived in Detroit. It was not easy to be a single mother in the 1950’s. Sonya Carson went to work as a domestic servant, working two, and sometimes three jobs at a time to try and make ends meet.

At some point during that time, his mother began going to church, as did her son’s. There came a Sunday when the message so moved Ben and his brother Curtis, that they both went forward to commit their lives to Jesus. It was then that Ben told his mother he wanted to be a doctor, having heard such a message about missionary doctors.

Ben’s family moved to Boston for a while to live with relatives. Unfortunately, he did very poorly in school, failing almost all assignments. Eventually, the school did vision tests on the students and discovered that Ben could barely see anything on the chart! His mother took him to an eye doctor, and when he came back to school with his new glasses, he was astounded at what he could see written on the board, that he had never even known was there! But Ben was still not doing very well in school, so his mother told him and his brother she was going to pray on what she could best do to help them.

Mrs. Carson prayed, alright, and then she came home from one of her jobs and snapped off the TV! She told them that from now on, they could have two programs a week and that was it. She told them from this point on, instead of coming home from school to watch TV, they had to get to the library and check out at least two books. Each week, they were to read both books and write a report on each one.  Ben soon realized his mother was right, and it was not impossible to do this. He didn’t know it at the time, he never knew until many years later, his mother couldn’t read or write. she wanted so much more for her boys.

Later, in junior high school during the early sixties, he discovered how much racial strife was erupting. He was one of only a few black kids in a mostly white school, and got a lot of threats. His anger kept building and one day, he’d had enough and hit another boy back who started a fight with him. he hurt the boy, because he didn’t remember he still had his locker padlock in his hand. He was ashamed, because he knew a Christian boy shouldn’t do that. But, that wouldn’t be the last time his rage would erupt. It would happen again one day when his mother bought him pants he didn’t like. He said he wouldn’t wear them, and when she said he had to, Ben swung on her, and had to be held back by his brother. Having been through this with one of my twins, I know how very important it is to get the child to turn around in direction.

Eventually in high school, Ben was also in JROTC, and working hard to get his life on track. And he did well at it, too.

Ben went on to Yale, and did his medical residency at Johns Hopkins. Ben Carson went on to become the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate twins who were joined at the head, having to separate their brain.

I’m sorry that this book ends when it does, because I think it’s a really big deal that he has gone from poverty as a child to now being the Secretary of Health and Urban Development.

Now, the unit study, as are all of the studies from YWAM Publishing, is really great in that it fleshes out the information in the book.

The unit study gives us the following things to work on:

  • Introduction
  • Key Quotes
  • Display Corner
  • Chapter Questions
  • Student Explorations
  • Community Links
  • Social Studies
  • Related Themes to Explore
  • Culminating Events
  • Appendix A: Book and Resources
  • Appendix B: Answers to the Chapter Questions
  • Appendix C: Social Studies Reproducibles

Now, we are still working through this, because it’s so interesting and there is so much available! We have mostly used oral discussion during this study, but are looking forward to going back over this study and going even deeper with it!

We had Corrie Ten Boom, Keeper of The Angel’s Den last year, and in 2013, we had George Washington: True Patriot. Having now read three books from YWAM Publishing and used the unit studies, we have become huge fans of this company! So far, we have felt them to be exceptionally good reads, very historically accurate, and accompanied by wonderful study materials to bring them further to life!

100 Homeschool Review Crew Members reviewed YWAM publications, both Heroes of History and Christian Heroes : Then & Now. To read what the other 99 crew members and their children think of the abundant choice of heroes, please click the banner below!

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A Special Fundraiser We Attended!

On Thursday April 27, 2017, the boys and I attended a special, public fundraiser for Scleroderma Awareness. There were some very special guests there, in addition to some of the children in this area who live with this disease every day, but before I get to these special guests, let me tell you some of what I learned about this disease.

Scleroderma is a rare and debilitating autoimmune disease for which there is no cure. It is often progressive and sometimes, it is fatal. It affects every age and gender. It’s neither preventable or contagious. It confuses even the best of the medical field because it’s difficult to diagnose.

Scleroderma attacks the Vascular System, cutting off blood flow to extremities, resulting in gangrene and amputation. It affects the Gastrointestinal Tract, Heart, Kidneys, Lungs, and Esophagus.  It causes hardening, thickening, and tightening of the skin which often causes devastating results to one’s facial appearance and one’s mobility.

For more information, please check out the Scleroderma Foundation.

Now, do you want to know who came out for this fundraiser? Here are some pictures of my kids and me, along with the special guests who come out to raise funds for special causes such as this, for absolutely no charge!

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All of these superheroes are from the “Heroes Alliance NM”. Please, definitely go and check them out, they are the best, I’m telling you. They do this on their own time, tirelessly, with no pay. They care.

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Painting . . . With NO MESS! T.O.S. Review

Two of my boys have been playing around with a new addition to the Pencil Grip, Inc. company, which we were given for the purpose of this review. They have been creating art with this company’s new product, the Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors.

We had previously reviewed an earlier product from The Pencil Grip, Inc., and absolutely loved it, so when this opportunity came up, my boys really bugged me to apply for it!

When we reviewed the original Kwik Stix, my son “Mr. Loquacious” really enjoyed them, however, he had me say in the review that he wished the company would make them even thinner, so he could use them for more detail. Well, they did, and now we have Thin Stix! He is asking now though, if the company would please go even thinner, more like the thickness of a crayon. Not too demanding at all, this child of mine!

Here he is, showing what he has named “The National Flag of Kids”

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Hey, the way *I* see it, at least this time around he was not hampered by a sling on his dominant arm, lol!

“The Artist”, as when we reviewed the Kwik Stix, also really likes this product. He loves drawing very much, and I love the no mess aspect of this product! Here are just a couple of the drawings that he likes the best:

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The Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors, like their thicker brothers, the Kwik Stix, are also actual Solid Tempera Paint, inside of a marker like container. My boys simply pop off the cap, roll up the paint as you would do with a glue stick, and paint their hearts out. After that, they roll it back down and put the cap back on, being sure to get it on tightly. It truly could not be simpler in any way!

Thin Stix, exactly the same as their thicker brothers, really is paint, but the reason *I* like it is that I am just not one of those “cool” homeschooling moms who doesn’t mind messy projects. I don’t know what it is, but I am always afraid the mess will become permanent damage.  Now, THIS paint is not like that at all! the pictures that “Mr. Loquacious” and “The Artist” are showing off above were painted on simple printer paper. First, the only one which had any curling was the flag that “Mr. Loquacious” made. Since the pictures that “The Artist” made are not heavy with paint, and did not cover the entire page, his did not curl at all. And they BOTH did indeed dry completely within 90 seconds, just exactly as the company claims the product will do. Gotta love that!

My kids are really enjoying this product, and I think they will continue to do so!

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Captain Absolutely . . . Our Review

My boys have discovered graphic novels, but most of them that we have found have in my husband’s and my opinion to be really way too mature for our boys. Because of this, I was thrilled to introduce them to Captain Absolutely from Focus On The Family!
Captain Absolutely is over one hundred pages of exciting comic book style story which had the boys captivated. As a matter of fact, I was barely able to even get the mailing package open when “The Artist” had it GONE from my hands, lol! He had it finished in less than two hours!
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The other boys are also enjoying this story, although they have yet to get it completed as they all read slower than does “The Artist.”
Captain Absolutely comes to us from Focus On The Family,
and it is a spin off of the  Adventures in Odyssey series, a program that I can remember playing on the car radio for my kids when they were young and we had to run errands during the time it was being broadcast. We really enjoyed the program, so I was sure they would love this book! I was right, too!
Captain Absolutely tells us the story of librarian Josiah King. When there is an explosion, he takes shelter in a room full of Bibles, and while waiting to be rescued from the rubble, he begins reading the Bible, which he’s never seen before. In fact, the sign says they are BANNED! You see, Metropolitanville, where the library is, happens to be a city where anything goes, nobody has any sense of right or wrong.
During this time while stuck in the room reading, the city’s radioactive core was leaking, and slowly filling the room. By morning, a great change had happened to him, and as seems to always be the comic book way that superheros are made, the radioactive leak has made him into CAPTAIN ABSOLUTELY! And, like all superheros, Captain Absolutely has a nemesis. His name is Dr. Relative, who goes by the world view that right and wrong is changeable based on what is best for him at any given moment.
“The Artist” just told me that his favorite character is Lord Foulspleen. He says this is because he is  former time traveler who destroyed priceless works of art, until Captain Absolutely arrested him. When he was in prison, he turned his life over to The Lord, showing that everyone can get a second chance. Now he works at the Art Museum and supports Captain Absolutely. He also says it was fun to do the questions in the back of the book. You can check your answers because it gives the page number that goes with the questions.
“The Artist” also likes that the book says “God’s Word is true, but it’s not always simple. Discuss these questions with a parent or youth pastor as you dig deeper into Captain Absolutely.”

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My Boys, Shiloh, & Our Beautiful Hairstylist!

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