Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday~ School's Back In







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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Living Like a Saint~ Saint Josephine Bakhita



"I travel slowly, one step at a time, because I am carrying to big suitcases. 
One of them contains my sins, and in the other, which is much heavier, are the infinite merits of Jesus. 
When I reach Heaven I will open the suitcases and say to God: "Eternal Father, now You can judge." 
and to Saint Peter: "Close the door, because I'm staying!"

~ Saint Josephine Bakhita






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Friday, August 19, 2016

TOS Review~ Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC



Do you kids love to do puzzles? I know my kids love to figure things out. Michael has loved puzzles since he was a little thing. He'd sit for hours when he was 2 years old putting puzzles together. I am so excited to share with you about a fantastic new puzzle for kids and adults. Recently, we were given  the chance to review The Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC. 



Enlivenze LLC is a company that works on creating "Smart. Active. Play." products. The companies goal is to make products that encourage active play.  They want to inspire and challenge children's minds. The company is based Saint Paul, Minnesota and the puzzles are made right her in the United States. Isn't that great!

The FlipStir puzzles come in 2 different levels,  Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 puzzles have simpler pictures to put together, while Level 2 puzzles have pictures that are little trickier to put together. 

Level 1 Puzzles

Rainbow Pencils
Tyrannosaurus Rex


Level 2 Puzzles

Solar System
The Statue of Liberty
The Periodic Table

The FlipStir puzzles are geared for ages 7 and up. Perfect for kids and adults. The puzzles costs $24.95. 

The Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle is a self contained 3D puzzle. . No losing pieces! The puzzle is in a plastic jar that reminds me of the jars you used to find in barber shops. The jar is easy to clean. The puzzle itself is 10 pieces. The instructions are super easy!

Shake
Stir
Solve

It really is that simple. I will admit that it takes a lot of hand eye coordination to solve these puzzles. It helps improves fine motor skills and  child's dexterity. Once you figure out how to work the pieces around it becomes easier to solve. 




When we opened up the shipping box, our puzzle was already shaken up. Both Michael and Therese gave the puzzle a try. Neither one of them solved it on their first try. A few days later I sat down and gave it a try. I wanted to see how the puzzle worked and how difficult it was. At first, I wasn't quite sure on how to get the pieces around. I started using the wand to move the pieces around. I recommend putting the puzzle on its side to switch the pieces from the top to the bottom. I noticed that the puzzle had the title The Statue of Liberty and  New York, NY U.S.A. I worked on getting the words into the right position. Once I got the bottom 3 pieces in I knew where the other pieces went. The tricky part was getting them there. I had o move pieces around without messing up the pieces I already had in place.The first and last puzzle piece were probably the easiest to get into position.
After everyone has solved it, I figured we'd have a contest to see who can solve it the fastest. We'll time each other and see who can be #1. I think a little competition will be a great way to challenge their minds a little more.

What we thought of The Statue of Liberty FlipStir Puzzle?


When the box arrived in the mail, both kids were excited. They couldn't wait to see how the puzzle worked. We have enjoyed it. The kids are looking forward to taking in the car when we go o vacation in September. I love that they can't lose any pieces in the car. Some car games can still have lose pieces and we always seem to lose a few. I love that it's self-contained! I love that it's quiet. We won't have to listen to any annoying sounds while driving across country. Even better is requires no batteries. All it takes is your child's smart brain and their hands. 
Michael has already asked for the Solar System puzzle and he Periodic Table puzzle.



Want to learn more about these amazing puzzles? 
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Make sure you stop over to see what other fun puzzles the crew reviewed!

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

TOS Review~ Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Strater Set 1


Recently, the kids and I were given the chance to review a wonderful Spanish program for homeschoolers. Michael has been wanting to learn Spanish for awhile now, so he was thrilled to use the Starter Set 1 from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids.  

Do your kids want to learn Spanish?
Well, let me tell you all about this fun Spanish program for kids!

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review
Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids is a fun and creative way for parents to introduce their kids to Spanish, especially if the parent has no prior knowledge of the language themselves....like me! The goal of the company is to help teach kids Spanish! While discovering a new language, children should be excited, interested, and eager to learn. What better way to do that than by making sure the child is having fun while doing it. A positive experience will help the child learn and encourage them to continue to want to learn the new language.

So What is the Starter Set 1 from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids?

For this review, we received the Starter Set 1. 

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review


The Starter Set 1 includes....

DVD with videos for Levels 1-3
Teacher Guides for Levels 1-3
Flash Cards for Levels 1-3
Card Games for Levels 1-3
Workbooks for Levels 1-3
Stickers for Levels 1-3

The kids were very excited when the package arrived in the mail. I immediately opened it when we arrived home. Inside, we found lots of goodies. The kids looked through the workbooks and opened up the flashcards.
I headed straight for the guide for teachers and parents. The teacher's guide is essential! It starts off with a 3 page How to Get Started Section. Here you will read all about the program overview, the program goals, and how to use the teacher's guide.

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The guide is broken up into lessons. The lessons last between 5 -30 minutes depending on the day. Foreign Language for Kids by Kids recommends working on one lesson at least twice a week. Of course, if you child isn't grasping the material, you can spend as long as you want on a lesson. You should never move on unless, the child knows the material from the lesson. You wouldn't want to send them into panic mode. All you have to do is work at you child's pace.
The teacher's guide is great for busy moms. I was able to review it before each scheduled lesson and know exactly what I needed to do with the kids. The vocabulary words are presented, the video section being taught is given, and a fun activity is given for the kids to do.

We started with Level 1 since none of us know any Spanish. 
Level 1 is Basketballs aren't for Breakfast. In this level, we are introduced to 3 boys and their dogs) eating breakfast. The kids are introduced to common Spanish words and phrases. For example in lesson 1 of this level, the kids are taught
Desayuno
Hola
Mama
Donde esta?
Gracias
De nada
Aqui esta
Mazana

The video lesson is broken up into small lessons so children will not become too overwhelmed with all the new words. This is important since the video is entirely in Spanish. The first time watching the video is a little confusing since you don't know the language, but the more the kids watch it the more fluent they become. 

Spanish foreign language


To go along with the videos, the program comes with workbooks to go along with each level. The workbooks have word searches, crossword puzzles, simple matching, word scrambles, etc. A review page is also included to see what the child has mastered!

Spanish


Flashcards and a card game are included as well. The flashcards have graphics and words. They are great for a memory matching game. You can really test your child's knowledge!

How we used it?

Since we were new to Spanish, we started with Level 1 Basketballs aren't for Breakfast. We started with lesson 1 of course and worked on from there. The first lesson we did three times our first week. From there, progress has varied. Some lessons we have spent 2 weeks o, while others we spent 4 on. It depended on how many times we worked on it during the week.  The kids could put in the video themselves and sit down to watch it. It required very little guidance from me. They worked on the workbook together. Micheal did most of it since he was more eager to learn Spanish, but Therese was right there with him.
My kids are older, upper elementary and middle school, so they could work a little more independently. Younger kids may require more assistance.

What we thought?

We really enjoyed the program. We have started back to school already and plan on continuing with the the Spanish Starter Set 1. The program is a 20 week program. We have plenty of material left to cover. I especially liked how the program is explained and divided up. It makes it very easy to work through. 
Both kids liked the videos. They were concerned at first that the videos may be a little to "babyish" for them. They both agreed the videos are great. We kept feeling sorry for the grande dog in the video. The poor dog was going to get a complex from being called grande all the time.

Foreign Language for Kids by Kids is a fantastic way to introduce kids to a new language. It's fun, well laid out, and easy for kids to grasp. 
I know my kids have learned  a lot so far.



Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Living Like a Saint~ St. Vincent de Paul



"Extend your mercy to others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His mercy from us?"

~St. Vincent de Paul



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Monday, August 8, 2016

5 Days of Homeschool 101 Blog Hop~ Our Curriculum for 2016-2017



It's that time of year again. We are heading back to school!
We are starting a little early this year because of a cross country family vacation we have planned later on in the fall. I'll share all about it when we get back. 
So what do I have planned for the kids this year? 
A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and some suggestions from them. I always like to include the in the initial planning. 

So here is what we will be working on this year!


Religion~
(5 days a week)


Religious Education Class (Sunday after Mass)
Michael- 1st year Confirmation Prep Class
Therese- 6th grade


English~
(5 days a week)


Latin~
(5 days a week)


Poetry/Recitation~
(5 days a week)



History~ The Civil War- 1990's~

Various Great Literature Books- I'll share all the great books we used throughout the year.

Geography~
(2 days a week)


United States State Study~
(2 days a week)

Continuing on with our study of the states as they were excepted into the Union.

Science~
(3 days a week)
Apologia Human Anatomy (we didn't get to the human body last year) & CCM Delta Year

Art~

I'm actually teaching my kids and 4 more kids this year. I'm looking forward to it.

Music~
Music from our history timeline


Co-op Classes~
Science Class- Science Shepherd
Art Class~ I'm teaching that one!

Extracurricular Activities ~
St. Zita's Home Economics Club~ I'm helping to lead that one this year.
Literary Ladies Book Club



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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Living Like a Saint~ St. Faustina



"For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray- that too is merciful;and thirdly, deeds of mercy. 
And when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis we shall receive the eternal verdict."

~St. Faustina

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