Nails, Pretty Nails!

My favorite place for this Happy Nails in Albuquerque, hit the jackpot this time!

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Don’t they look like little galaxies?

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Home School In The Woods Time Travelers U.S. History Studies WW ll {Review}

With products like World War II from the Time Travelers U.S. History Studies, Home School in the Woods makes it easy to add hands on history to our studies.

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Time Travelers have generally about 25 lessons, which are generally meant to be about a week long. As always, we choose to spread them out longer because there are some special needs issuse involved, making it easier to be sure my boys are actually learning as opposed to just rushing to get it done.

Here is a short video for you to watch about the studies:

This study covers more than a decade of major events which changed the world forever, such as the rise of Adolph Hitler and his NAZIs, and the occupations of Gemany, Italy and Japan. We also have been learning about different battles and conflicts, about the Holocaust and what the Americans did “on the home front,” from victory gardens to rationing and much more!

While the first Home School In The Woods product we reviewed was confusing for me at first, once I learned how to navigate between the downloaded files I got it down, so each subsequent study has been easy to get ready for my kids!

It is fairly simple to use the files once they are downloaded. This is what I see when I click on the pdf’s, which is what I prefer to use throughout:

  • Covers
  • Lesson – Masters
  • Lesson – Projects
  • Lesson – Text
  • Teacher – Keys

While there is a lesson plan which you can print out:

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We chose to do things in our own order, beginning with the timeline and some of the lapbook projects. This timeline runs eleven sheets of card stock. It begins with The Treaty of Versailles and the creation of the National Socialist German Workers Party {NAZI}, and continues all the way through the Berlin Airlift which went from June 24, 1948 until May 12, 1949. The timeline goes into the notebook, which is pictures at the top of this review.

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I like to print out the Lesson – Projects pdf one lesson at a time to give to my son, along with the Master for that lesson. He can then follow along with the project page for the instructions on what to do, and he has the master to use for the work itself.

One of the project pages:

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Here, he is working on a penmanship page before crossing it off the instruction page as completed.

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The whole thing is so easy once you figure out your personal favorite way to use this, and get started with your kids! Here, you can see a whole bunch of what “The Artist” has been doing!

The BEST thing about this was that when “The Artist” was working on the timeline, he started to ask his Dad questions about the events he was putting into it. After asking me if it was OK to answer, he began giving “The Artist” even more information about the different things he was learning about, which helps his dad to be involved with him in his learning.

There are numerous blog posts on the Home School In The Woods site like this one.

This study is just as much fun, and as interesting as all of the other ones from Home School In The Woods that we have worked with. You can see what we thought of them by going here!

Including me, there are 70 Crew Review members who have been working through various digital products from Home School In The Woods, such as:

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Finally Got Him To Wear His Thundershirt

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Pretty, Color Changing Nails!

 

Right hand cold, left hand warm!

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Simply Music {Review}

The Music & Creativity – Foundation Course from Simply Music, is a self study program which might be a good way for you to decide if those piano lessons you have been considering for your student would be worth the time and the money. Why? Because it is absolutely, no strings, free. I can’t think of a better way to explore whether or not you, or your student may have an interest before laying out funds for lessons than FREE!

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Simply Music is an international music education organization which was founded  by an Australian music educator named Neil Moore. This is an online video course, and to get started all your student will need is a keyboard with at least 48 keys, and access to the internet. With those two things, Mr. Moore will take the student through “playing based” music learning. Here is a quick video he did about this:

A printable keyboard is offered, so that a student can practice fingering moves even when away from the piano, simply by listening to lessons on their smart phone. I like that. Also offered is an e-book titled “Music and the Art of Long-term Relationships.” This book explains a lot of Mr. Moore’s musical philosophies. His reason for this course is to help students have a love for music forever. You can also download the soundtracks of the music that your student will play along with.

The idea here is to learn by seeing patterns in music, as opposed to learning to read the notes to play music. Since “The Batman,” “The Artist” and I have had regular piano lessons, this is an uncomfortable method for us, however I think that especially when it comes to those who have no experience this may be just the way to go.

As this is a video course, there are multiple videos, of course! I do like that, because I need to SEE what I am being taught, along with hearing it. My boys, however, hate doing the practice time involved with traditional piano lessons, so this is fun for them. I do think they will enjoy continuing with this, although I will more likely go back to working through my piano lesson books until we can afford to pay a new teacher for me (our teacher moved away).

So again, as I said at the top of this review, if you have not had lessons, this would be a great way to guage interest befor coming up with the money for lessons. I encourage you to read the thoughts of the 44 other reviewers by clicking on the banner below!

Learn to Play the Piano with Music & Creativity - Foundation Course {Simply Music Reviews}

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Shiloh LOVES his new toy!

Shiloh has been on enforced rest for 2 weeks, and as a reward, he got a new toy! To see how much he likes it, check it out by clicking HERE!

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The Heart Changer: Book Review

The story of Naaman which is told in second Kings chapter five of the Bible is very short, but interesting.

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The Heart Changer, written by Jarm (pronounced Yarm) Del Boccio takes this Bible story and fleshes it out as a novel. I was given the digital version of this book to review.

I really have always enjoyed books in which the author takes the minimal facts of an actual historical event, and with some imagination brings  it alive in a novel.

In this novel, we see someone growing and learning to hold onto faith, even in the middle of very difficult circumstances. This happens to be something I am currently struggling with, making this the perfect time for me to be reading and reviewing this book.

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has written this as her debut book, and it’s good enough that I can hardly wait to see what she comes up with next! Del Boccio is also a teacher on  SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a favorite homeschooling resource for many parents, including me.

Here is  the video trailer for this book:

Miriam is the name given by the author to the “little maid” who in verse 2 of second Kings has been taken captive from Israel to become the servant (slave) of the wife of Naaman. In the Bible, she is not named. Given that the novel focuses on “the little maid’s” point of view, it was important that she be given a name.

In the beginning of The Heart Changer, Miriam’s village is being invaded by Syrians, and many captives are taken to be slaves. Miriam though, does not go to be auctioned off. She is brought to the captain of those who invaded her village, and after questioning her, he chooses her to be the new servant of his wife.

Miriam must now, in her anger at her situation, learn to live with Gentile traditions instead of her own. When her mistress proves to be kind as opposed to harsh, she also begins to soften somewhat.

As the story is written in second Kings chapter five, we learn that Naaman has leprosy. Miriam remembers that there is a prophet back where she came from in Israel named Elisha. She believes that her mistress’ husband can be healed by Elisha. They do go there, and Miriam is hopeful of discovering whether her family is still safe.

Naaman is told what he must do to be healed, but he feels that what he is instructed to do is beneath him. He finally listens to reason and does as Elisha has instructed, which of course, heals the leprosy. This changes is heart, and he acknowledges the One True God.

This story shows also a changed heart in Miriam, who begins the story in the novel as a bitter, angry girl over what has happened to her. Throughout the story, she grows and learns to accept that God has His own plans, and Miriam is where she is for an important, specific purpose.

There is a study guide for The Heart Changer available on The Heart Changer page. Simply scroll down to the white square which says The Heart Changer, and click.

After getting to Know the author on the first few pages, the guide goes into Miriam and her story:

QUESTIONS ABOUT MIRIAM’S STORY TO PONDER:
• Who do you think the “Heart Changer” is? Why do our hearts need changing?
• Our friends and family can see our actions and hear our words. But many times
we are able to hide our true feelings. Can anyone see deep down in your heart?
If so, what would He find there?
• Why did Miriam have a hard heart?
• If you were taken from your home, what would you miss the most?
• Is it okay to question God?
• When could you see Miriam’s heart beginning to change?
• Why was Rana’s heart jealous of Miriam? Have you ever felt jealous? Of whom?
• Have you ever felt like turning your back from God because of difficult
circumstances?
• Do you think it was wrong of Miriam to light the candles to Adara’s god?
• What circumstance in your life seems like a tangled tapestry? How can God
make it beautiful? Can you see it happening right now?
• Which character did you relate to the most? Why?
• What is another way Miriam’s story could have ended?
• Would Miriam have influenced Naaman for good if she would have shown hate
instead of forgiveness?

And there is much more to help learn about, and ponder, the time and place of Miriam’s life.

I really enjoyed reading this book.

It is targeted to middle grade student, but it is suitable for adults as well. I enjoyed it, and I’m an adult!

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