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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“Mr. Loquacious is home . . . And Tired!

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Progeny Press E-Guides: My Review

In our family, we have enjoyed using Progeny Press E-Guides before, having reviewed one three years ago.

This time, we were given the newest E-Guide The Silver Chair E-Guide which goes with the book The Silver Chair, book 6 in the much beloved Narnia series! This E-Guide was written by Carol Clark, and is as fun and easy to use as any of their other E-Guides!

The author of this Progeny Press E-Guide for the book The Silver Chair received her B.A. in English education, and then her M.Ed. in elementary education, at the University of Toledo. She coordinates children’s ministries in her church, as well as participating in outreach ministries in Toledo, through her local church.

We love these books so much that to do this study, we actually already owned the same boxed paperback set that I bought for myself, I don’t even know how many years ago! 🙂

As you can see by the picture above, this E-Guide is interactive. Your student can simply type his or her answers in and save them, or, you can also print out the pages as you need them.

One of my favorite things about Progeny Press is that it is a faith-based company. I never have to worry about what my children will be learning, yet if there ever is anything which varies somewhat from our doctrine, we can use that as well, as a teaching opportunity.

I really enjoy being given the  E-Guide for The Silver Chair as opposed to a physical copy. With four children, I have gradually learned the value of a downloaded curriculum!

In the 61 pages of this E-Guide, we found a brief biography of the author, some of which I wrote about above. Then you will find the table of contents, some notes for the teacher, and a short synopsis of the story. After this, there is also a short biography of C.S. Lewis, the author of The Narnia Series, including the Silver Chair.

It is recommended that the student/students complete reading the book before doing the study. Well we have read the books, so we went chapter by chapter. Each chapter we would choose a pre-reading activity, We would then read the chapter (or multiple chapters if called for) and go over the vocabulary section together.

Following this are what I feel are god comprehension questions, which helped me to know how well my kids were understanding and retaining what we were reading.

There is also a “Thinking About The Story”, where there are questions to help the children understand the why’s and wherefores of what is going on.

In the “Dig Deeper” sections, we are shown how so much of the story points to Biblical things, and here we find Bible verses to go along with the thinking deeper.

At the ed of the E-Guide are a number of suggested “after reading” activities that your child may b interested, and a resource section where you find a number of additional resources.

Along with this E-Guide, I received an answer key for The Silver Chair
E-Guide. We have really enjoyed working with this!

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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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New Place to Get Kwik Stix!

My boys and I have just loved both the Kwik Stix and the Thin Stix  from The Pencil Grip, Inc. company.


When we reviewed them in the past, the boys had a blast!  You can read about that here, and see just how much fun they are!

Well, I have good news for you if you live near a BJ’s Wholesale Club! You may now purchase this wonderful product there, at the very good price of $19.99 for the 24 pack! This is a great deal!

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You can see how nice all of the colors are, and they do not lie when they say it dries almost instantly. If you read my previous reviews, you’ll see that I was skeptical at first, and then extremely surprised and pleased! Do run right over to BJ’s Wholesale Club and get them. Remember, Christmas is coming, and it never hurts to shop early! 🙂

Disclaimer:

When I review a product, I often receive free product in exchange for an honest opinion expressed on this blog. I am not required to write a positive review, nor am I additionally compensated for these reviews. I share my opinions, and the opinions of my family, of these products. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

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What We’re Eating Lately . . .

You all know I’ve been doing freezer prep meals lately . . . so here’s what we did this time!

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Here’s my helpers, “The Artist” and “The Batman”:

Filling the Freezer Bags . . .

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Done filling the bags . . .

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And a freezer filled with 2 each of 5 different meals!

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Here are some of the completed meals, plated and ready to eat!

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