Thursday, July 20, 2017

Traveling Thursdays~ Grand Tetons

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Well we've made it to the Grand Tetons! 
Unfortunately our trip here was rather uneventful. There were a few forest fires going on, so we saw hardly any animals. We saw a few birds, a squirrel,and a chipmunk.




The landscape was beautiful. 


Just a friendly reminder to be aware of  the bear.






We saw beautiful images everywhere we looked, but sadly no wildlife. The sky was hazy but we still could make out the scenery around us.
With the fires, the kid were able to see fire fighters. 
They were offering information to tourist like ourselves.



Till Next Time,
Monique

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday~ Pooh- tato

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Somewhere in Idaho, we spotted this Pooh-tato.


Isn't he cute?


Till Next Time,
Monique



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Living Like a Saint

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Monique

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Traveling Thursdays~ Our Last Day in Yellowstone National Park

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I have to tell you Yellowstone is HUGE! Four days is not really long enough to see the entire park. There are so many places to explore. I feel like we had traveled everywhere in the park, but I know in reality we barely saw any of it. 


Today, we explored Yellowstone Lake. The lake is the largest lake in Yellowstone. It is 7732 feet above sea level, covers 136 square miles, and has 110 miles of shore line. We walked around some of the shore line, but it was rather windy there. It is amazing to see. I would never have thought a lake so large could be located in the park. 
We were going to have a picnic outside but it was too windy (too cold for this mama), so we ended up eating in the car. 
So far while exploring Yellowstone, we have seen mountains, lakes, streams, grasslands, prairies, forests and pine forest areas. We have seen so many different habitats during this trip. It was a wonderful way for the kids to see first hand the different biomes we studied last year.
After our trip around the lake we drove around taking in the beauty of the park. The diversity of plants, animals, and landscape is outstanding.







Yellowstone is beautiful. It's majestic. It's stunning. It truly is a place to see. There is nowhere in the United States you can see so many different terrains. 

Till Next Time,
Monique

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~Fascinating Chemistry from Fascinating Education

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As the kids have gotten older, I have dreaded teaching a few subjects. Chemistry and Geometry come to mind. I struggled in high school with both of these subjects. I was thrilled when we were given the opportunity to try out Fascinating Chemistry from Fascinating Education. Maybe with this course, I won't have to worry about teaching Chemistry.


Fascinating Education

Fascinating Education offers students a variety of science courses. Students can choose from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Medicine, and Atoms & Molecules. Dr. Sheldon Margulies' approach to science is a fascinating one. Usually science is thought of as boring and tedious. Science is supposed to be serious and not a lot of fun. Dr. Margulies begs to differ. He believes science should be enjoyable. Students should be given the scientific tools that they can use in their own lives. Science should be easy to learn and understand. Too often students believe science is for only the smart kids. I know I believed that as a young student. Dr. Margulies feels that once student realize science is easy, they will grow in their confidence. This confidence will then allow them to excel in the scientific world! I LOVE his belief and wish more students could gain from his expertise. 

Fascinating Chemistry

For this review, we received a one year subscription for Fascinating Chemistry. 
Fascinating Chemistry has 18 lessons.


Lesson 1~ The Structure of the Atom
Lesson 2~ The Ionic Bond
Lesson 3~ The Covalent Bond
Lesson 4~ The Polar Covalent Bond
Lesson 5~ The Metallic Bond- Part 1
Lesson 6~ The Metallic Bond- Part 2
Lesson 7~ Heat
Lesson 8~ Air Pressure
Lesson 9~ Properties of Water
Lesson 10~ The Mole
Lesson 11~ Gases
Lesson 12~ Solutions
Lesson 13~ Chemical Reactions
Lesson 14~ Orbitals
Lesson 15~ Molecular Geometry
Lesson 16~ Electrochemistry
Lesson 17~ Polymers 
Lesson 18~ The Nucleus 
and 
 Lesson 19~ Final Problems (review)

Each lesson has an video lesson, a script of the lesson that can be printed out, and a test. The lessons are broken up into further sections. Each lesson contains a lot of information. It can seem overwhelming at first. I love how you can print out the lessons script for reference. I recommend creating a binder for the scripts or notes the student takes.
The lesson are about 45 minutes long. If you take the test after the lesson, I would say the entire lesson and test would take a student about an hour and a half. 





To go along with the Fascinating Chemistry lessons, 12 labs are provided for student to explore with. The labs are a great way for students to get into chemistry. Utilizing the labs will only help the student understand the importance of chemistry in our world. Supervision is recommended for the labs and additional materials are needed to complete them.
I love how Fascinating Chemistry lessons can be done at the students own pace. One lesson a week or one a day. Students can choose to work on one lessons for 3 days during the week or complete an entire lesson in one day. It truly is up to them. This program is a wonderful student led program. 

What We Thought About Fascinating Chemistry

It's very easy to set up and log in. I love that Michael can log in and get to work....more of that independent learning I have been trying to get him into. Michael and I both agree that the videos contain a lot of information. The lesson scripts printed out help students keep all that information straight. Spreading the lessons out over a few days is a great way to help break up all that information overload. The labs are a fun way to bring the science to life.


Check out the other science courses offered from Fascinating Education!

Biology, Chemistry & Physics {Fascinating Education Reviews}

Crew Disclaimer


Till Next Time,
Monique

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ Wonders of the World from HomeSchool in the Woods

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We love hand son learning in our house! We were thrilled to try out another great product from Home School in the Woods. This time we, received the Hands-On History Lap-Pak Wonders of the World.  Over the years, the kids and I have discovered that having fun while learning helps them learn the information and lets them enjoy the themselves in the process.


Home School in the Woods
Home School in the Woods offers parents and students a wide variety of learning materials. The company was founded by Amy Pak and her family. Amy was a homeschooling mom of four who wanted to create a fun way for students to learn history. She felt is was important for students to learn history, but even more importantly for them to understand it. She wanted the learning to be exciting! No boring history textbooks here. Hands- on projects and great literature were the key. So after researching and figuring out what worked, she decided to share her valuable resources with all of us. 
Parents can choose from a wonderful selection.
Hands-On History Lap-Paks
 (Grades K-2nd)
Benjamin Franklin
Knights 
(Grades 3rd-8th)
U.S. Elections  (we reviewed this one last year)
The 20th Century in America (I'm looking into this one for next year)
Wonders of the World

Hands-On History Lap-Pak: Wonders of the World
Hands-On History Activity Paks
(Grades 3rd-8th)
The Old Testament
The New Testament
Composers
Artists
and their newest one....
Make-a-State
History Through the Ages: Time Travelers American History Studies
(Grades 3rd-8th)
New World Explorers
Colonial Life
The American Revolution
The Early 19th Century (the kids had fun working through this one)
The Civil War ( a great way to study the Civil War)
The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression (this one has some fun crafts)
World War II (can't wait to get to use this one next year)
History Through the Ages: Project Passport World History Studies
(Grades 3rd-8th)
Ancient Egypt (loved it)
Ancient Greece 
The Middle Ages
Renaissance & Reformation
and
History Through the Ages: Timeline Trio
As you can see they offer a little bit of everything. Finding a topic to fit your needs and engage your children would be rater simple. Over the past few years we have used a few of their products. Just this past year we used the Civil War and The Industrial Revolution Time Traveler series. We'll continue with the series as we finish up with the Great Depression and World War II.  I'm always amazed with the amount of information the program offers to students.
O.K., so now on to the review! I was excited about getting the Wonders of the world. I had always wanted to learn more about these amazing and stunning historical places. Since we were technically on our summer schedule, I thought the Wonders of the world would be a great topic to study and learn more about.  For this review, we received a link to download the product. It was super easy to do. We received an email, I clicked on the link, and the Wonders of the World lap-pak was downloaded. The download version is $18.95. If yo'd prefer a CD, you can purchase one for $19.95. I've used both formats in the past and they work the same way. It just comes down to your personal preference.
Hands-On History Lap-Pak: Wonders of the World
The Wonders of the World Lap-Pak is all about these famous places created by man and nature. It truly is amazing how some of these places were made. Students will learn all about the Ancient Wonders, the Medieval Wonders of the World, the  New Wonders of the World, and God's Wonders of the World.
Ancient Wonders of the World
Statue of Zeus
Temple of Artemis
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Colossus of Rhodes
Lighthouse of Alexandria
Great Pyramid of Giza
Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Medieval Wonders of the World
Stonehenge 
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Colosseum
Hagia Sophia 
Great Wall of China
Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Lost Porcelain Pagoda
 Modern Wonders of the World
Channel Tunnel
CN Tower
Empire State Building
Golden Gate Bridge
Itaipu Dam
Panama Canal
Netherlands North Sea Protection Works
Natural Wonders of the World
Mount Everest
Grand Canyon
Northern Lights
Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
Great Barrier Reef
Paricutin: Volcano in a Cornfield
Victoria Falls
The kids and I were excited  and eager to study these beautiful places. Most we had heard of before. I was lucky enough to study abroad in college and was able to visit Stonehenge and the Colosseum. The kids were able to take a look at them in my old photo albums. In my life prior to kids, I lived in NY, so I've been in the Empire State building. 
Of course,we were more excited to learn about the places we had never heard of before or the places we knew very little of. Michael was thrilled to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef.
The Lap-Pak consists of 23 lap booking projects. These projects consist of creative writing projects, coloring and drawing pages, research opportunities, and fun projects to work on. All the projects are then put together in a colorful lapbook.
To go along with the 23 projects, a booklet is provided. This booklet gives students (and moms) all the information needed. You have 2 options on how to print this booklet out. For the life of me, I can never figure out how to make the 32 page booklet. It just seems confusing and too time consuming. I always print out a full page text. I just use construction paper to make the book. My kids can then just add it to their binders.
We also checked out a few books out from the library about the different Wonders of the World. I love to have visuals. There are plenty of sites online that have information. The resource page is filled with additional resources to use. There is a wonderful selection of books that are recommenced.

I love how the lap-pak comes with  detailed instruction sheets. Students (and parents) can read all about the projects and how to assemble the lapbook. There is even a page that tells you what projects are included and what supplies you will need. The supplies list is filled wit materials you probably already have markers, paper (white & colored), cardstock, pencils, colored pencils, glue, tape, paint, and of course file folders to create your lapbook.

If you want your kids  to learn about the Wonders of the World and have fun doing it, then this lap-pak is perfect for the kids!
Home School in the Woods now offers families a A La Carte Projects
Now you can purchase just a few select projects to use with a certain topic. You can purchase games to play about different time periods, learn about art or the orchestra, learn about different composers, or take a journey through history with the timelines!
Be sure to check out the other crew member's reviews!
we reviewed a ton of great projects.
Hands-on History {Home School in the Woods Reviews}
Crew Disclaimer
Till Next Time,
Monique

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Living Like a Saint

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Till Next Time,
Monique

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