Anniversary!

This past Friday Night, my husband took me to dinner at Outback Restaurant for our 27th anniversary. It was SUPPOSED to be a surprise, but a couple of kids accidentally let slip that something was up. But that was OK, because it gave me the opportunity to mess with them on the actual day, lol! I came downstairs on Friday lazing around in grubs, hadn’t showered yet, etc. One of my kids was frantic all day trying to get me to go get showered and dressed up, and when my husband got home went running to tell him. At that point, he told said child that I knew, and I headed up to get ready. It was so funny!

He took my picture before I could stop him, and I didn’t even realize that my necklace was all askew! Oh well, that’s OK, it was a lovely evening alone with my husband!

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Trust Fund, From Mapelle Films: My Review

I feel very blessed to have received for purpose of this review the movie “Trust Fund” from Mapelle Films.

I also received the companion book Love Was Near, a very good book which gives a lot more background into the story given to us in the film.

There is also a fabulous downloadable study guide  available, which you can use on your own, or even in a small group!

This film is sort of  a modern take on the prodigal son story, but instead of a son, the prodigal is a daughter. So you may wonder why I asked for this when I have only sons, right? Well, right off the bat, I will tell you that the trailer caught me in about 30 seconds!

Also, I have my own child who has been struggling with the “Prodigal Son” issue. In fact, when he came back from teen camp last week and all of the teens gave their testimony and favorite message from camp, the Prodigal Son was his. I had no idea that he heard that, he didn’t tell us until then. But he said that it hit him hard because he’s been “pretty low” himself.

I think the reason this film hit me hard is that I am the eldest child in my family. I sort of identified much more with Audrey, the main character Reese’s older sister. I can remember feeling exactly the way Audrey felt whenever my parents appeared to give unwarranted leeway, etc, to my younger brothers.

In the film Trust Fund, Reese is much more of a “free spirit” than is her older sister Audrey. Audrey is the “responsible one,” as is often the case with the eldest child. This is something I greatly identify with, as I said above.

In reading the companion book Love Was Near, I discovered that it is not a “behind the scenes” type book about the making of the film. This book reads like a novel, and gives a ton more background into the story of Reese and her family. It is written by the character Reese, and there are little write-in sections throughout where you are asked to think about what you just read, think about the question being asked, and write about it. There are no “right” answers, this is personal to each viewer and each reader. It is an excellent companion to the film Trust Fund.

In the story Trust Fund, Reese does something that I believe in her heart, she knows she shouldn’t do, that it is very wrong. I believe this because she hesitates a number of times before she actually does it. After taking this step and fleeing back to Italy (where she had recently come home from) and to the man she fell in love with there, she finds herself in very serious, and frightening trouble. I am not going to give away too much of this story, and certainly not giving away the ending. I really want you to go and get this film Trust Fund, and I want you to also get and work through both the book Love Was Near and the study guide. I believe very strongly that these three products can make a difference in your own life.

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Annual Free Slurpee Day at 7 11!

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UnLock Pre-Algebra, Our Review!

I had never even heard of UnLock Math before this, but I am sure glad that being a member of the Homeschool Review Crew showed it to me!

We were given a number of options to request for review, and have been blessed with the one that would truly work for us (or should I say, work for “The Artist)! We were given for purpose of this review a one year subscription to UnLock Pre-Algebra.

One of the things I particularly like is that UnLock Pre-Algebra breaks the lessons down to small sections, so the student is never overwhelmed. Concepts are built one on top of another, so that the student can understand what is going on in a logical manner, and not fall prey to math anxiety (which is something that I have always had a problem with!), thereby building more confidence, skill and understanding.

The video lessons are approximately 10 minutes in length, and are watched after doing the warm up section. After the video are the practice problems, generally about 10 of them, focusing on what was taught in that particular video. After this, there is a stay sharp section, which covers everything the student has covered since the beginning of the program, and then a challenge yourself, a difficult (in my son’s opinion, anyway) word problem. I understand that, because I myself have always hated word problems.

UnLock Pre-Algebra can be used as a full program for the year, or as a supplement to your main program. This program is 16 units in length, and covers topics from whole numbers all the way to probability and statistics. The entire UnLock Pre-Algebra Scope and Sequence is available for you to read before purchase.

I also like that the program does allow the student to redo the practice questions if he or she feels they could do better. Afterwards, the system will use the highest score they get for their grade. I ESPECIALLY like that this is parent/teacher friendly. I didn’t have to prep or teach anything. I don’t have to grade anything, the system does it for me, and “The Artist” can see how he’s doing from his side as well, so that (as I said before) if he feels he didn’t do well, he can do the practice questions over and the system will take the better grade. I don’t have to decide how to schedule lessons, either, because there is a downloadable scheduling guide already made!

My favorite thing? The absolutely phenomenal customer service! The day that I was out-of-town with “Mr. Loquacious” when he needed surgery for his broken nose, I asked my husband to please make sure “The Artist” kept on schedule with this and one other school assignment. Well, he found a mistake in on of the tests. He had the right answer, his dad (the math geek) said it was right, too. so after I came home, I got into chat on the UnLock Pre-Algebra site, where I got an immediate response, no waiting. Devon came on, he told me he would fix the grade right away and check on the glitch. Then, he emailed me because he forgot to ask my son’s name in the chat, lol!

Then, a few days ago I received an email from Matthew Blackwood, founder of UnLock Math letting me (and apparently everyone else with this program,) to let us know that the testing and assessment platform was updated a couple of weeks ago. An unforseen result is that graphing questions were not grading correctly, and it is a bug they are working on fixing. With apology for any inconvenience, Mr. Blackwood hs told us that we can simply send a list of any questions that the student has answered correctly, but the system is grading as incorrect or incomplete, and it will be manually changed for the student.

In the beginning, I set up my log in and “The Artist’s” student log in, gave him a brief explanation, and away he went! Pretty quickly, he decided to keep paper and pencil at hand in order to work out on paper some of the problems.

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The very first day that “The Artist” began UnLock Pre-Algebra, I was hearing an awful lot of “Boo-Yah!” coming from the computer area, which I thought was funny, coming from someone who didn’t even really want to do a math program. 🙂

What does “The Artist” like about UnLock Math? Here are his answers to that question:

  • I can just look at my screen and visually see how  I’m doing percentage-wise
  • UnLock Pre-Algebra made it easier to learn Roman Numerals by explaining it better than other programs I have tried
  • I like that this is all on the computer and I didn’t have to do work sheets
  • I liked the short lesson videos
  • I liked that there was only one problem on the screen at a time, it made it easier to focus.

“The Artist” mostly uses a pair of head phones while working in UnLock Pre-Algebra, so that he can actually focus. With a six person household, it’s not often going to be quiet, hehehe.

I have decided I am a definite fan of this program! Now that the review period is over, we have decided this is a wonderful program to help “The Artist” get going on being where he may need to be in math. I highly recommend it to you!

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Mr. Loquacious Had Surgery!

This past Tuesday, on June 27, 2017, “Mr. Loquacious” had to have surgery on his broken nose. For which we had to travel to Los Alamos, NM. We had to leave home by 4:30 a.m., as I had to get him checked in by 6:45 a.m.

He asked me to record him after and get him to say goofy things, and I agreed, provided he allow me to use the video on this blog. He said it was OK. For the record, I did not even have to get him to say silly things, lol!

First up, pre-surgery photos!

 

Now, Post-op photos . . .

 

And finally, videos!

And Mr. “I’m not tired!” yesterday . . .

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Grade 7 Lightning Lit From Hewitt Homeschooling: Our Review

Hewitt Homeschooling was kind enough to send us for purpose of this review their Grade 7 Lightning Lit Student Guide, Student Workbook, Teacher Guide, and a copy of the book Stories And Poems For Intelligent Children of All Ages.

In each chapter, The Student Guide gives the student an introduction for the book or story he is reading. It also gives him comprehension questions, vocabulary words, a literary lesson, and a mini lesson. Once he completes his workbook activities for that chapter, then the Student Guide will have him come back and do a writing exercise.

The Student Workbook is consumable, so it is for one child only. In it, your student will find writing activities intended to help him hone the concepts, skills and composition he has learned in his Study Guide. Also, these pages will help with thinking skills, and Grammar review. Your student will then find optional puzzles and extra challenge pages.

The Teacher Guide is just great! It includes an explanation of the course’s philosophy, a weekly lesson planner (very helpful to me, that!), the answers to the comprehension questions and the workbook pages, helpful teaching suggestions and extra information regarding the writing exercises.

Stories And Poems For Intelligent Children of All Ages is just a fantastic book, and not just for your student, either! This book is a wonderful anthology filled with forty-one stories, tales, and eighty-three poems. These stories, tales and poems come mostly from the nineteenth century or earlier. They are not the “dumbed down” reading material our children often get exposed to these days. they are intended to inspire your child to have a life long love of reading. This is something we want for our boys, as both their father and I are avid readers!

This course has 36 weeks worth of lessons, meaning it can be an entire school year worth of Literature and Language Arts.

I had chosen this course from the offerings because “The Artist” likes to write, and we already owned the first book required, which was Tom Sawyer. In fact, we already owned two different copies!

Here “The Artist” is, working in the Grade 7 Lightning Lit Student Workbook.

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When he first started this curriculum, he began with the story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling. This story was in the book Stories And Poems For Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages, and when he began reading it, he remembered that I read it to him when he was a young child!

Then, he moved on to Tom Sawyer. Boom. The complaining began. “Why do I have to read this, I read it last year for fun?” So I explained that this time, he is reading it in a different way, so that he can use it to learn more about writing. He is more willing to do it now. 🙂 I am excited to see how well he does with it over this year!

I will tell you that I highly recommend this curriculum, and this company. The books are very well made, and they are attractive to the eye as well.

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So, We Are Working On Limits For Video Games . . .

This has NOT been well received, not at all. We are limiting the boys to one hour per day. Below, you will see “The Artist” and “Mr. Loquacious”. Now, “The Artist” is playing his hour. “The Batman will do so later, right now, he’s taking his therapy dog for a walk, and “The Puzzler” went with him.”the Puzzler had his tablet taken from him a while ago for doing some things he knew he shouldn’t, and “Mr Loquacious,” while at Youth Conference with teens from church made a commitment to give up video games and music we don’t approve of, so he is using his tablet as a Bible just now.

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Those who are limited on their games aren’t exactly thrilled, I keep hearing about how “ALL of our friends get to play video games all day, whenever they want!” My response? “I am not raising those kids, I am raising you.” I think my mom and dad are coming out of my mouth the older my kids get, LOL!

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