Sunday, May 21, 2017

Living Like a Saint~ Saint John Bosco

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Till Next Time,
Monique



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity

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I am thrilled to share with all of you a wonderful new homeschool parent resource called Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity. Homeschool Rescue is an online course for homeschool parents! Even as adults it's always good to learn new things. Whether you are a newbie or a veteran in the homeschool world, this course will provide you with a variety of resources and ideas to help your homeschool journey.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue
So What is Homeschool Rescue?

Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity is an online course for homeschool parents. The program is geared specifically for homeschooling mothers, but I'm sure dads could learn a thing or two from the course. The course is geared for that homeschooling mom that is feeling a little inadequate or overwhelmed in their homeschooling journey. Maybe she's just hit that winter slump? You know the one! The school year is dragging on, it's cold outside, no one wants to do their work, or things have just gotten out of control.
The course was designed to offer encouragement to these struggling moms. 
Who doesn't need to hear a kind or uplifting word every now and then.
Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

Homeschool Rescue is an online course to help homeschooling families succeed in their journey. 
The course offers videos (about 20 minutes long), transcripts, audio downloads, homework & workbooks, and plenty of resources and links for further study. Right now, the total video time is 5 hours and 28 minutes. I'm assuming this will change as more lessons are added.


The course is broken up into Modules. 
There are currently 5 Modules. More are coming soon. The Modules are broken up further into lessons. Each module has at least 3 to 5 lessons.
Each module deals with a specific topic. 
Here is a simple summary of some of the topics discussed.

Module 1
Figuring out your child's learning style 
Your homeschooling style
Your goals for your homeschooling journey

Module 2
Schedules & Routines
Homeschooling multiple children
Organization (this is a great topic)

Module 3
Curriculum
Yearly planning 

Module 4
Self-esteem
Reward system

Module 5
Teaching the older students
Time management for older students
Study skills for older students

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

I've only listed a few of the topics covered. I couldn't possibly have that much time to go into detail about them all. I can guarantee that the course offers something for every homeschooling mama.
A 60 day course schedule is available for download. The schedule has all the lessons and assignments planned out for an easy to follow plan. Just follow along, and check off the lessons as you complete them. Of course, the schedule is only a suggestion. Homeschooling moms can choose to work through the course at their own pace. You can take all the time you need. Just like our children's education it's not a race to the finish end. It's the journey that's important. 






In addition to the lessons, Homeschool Rescue offers mamas a few bonuses. Members can print out a planner to use. There are to-do lists available to print for the kids and an academic planner for teens. Members also get access to a members-only Facebook group. Even better members will be able to receive personalized email support. The course cost $97 and members will have lifetime access. For a slightly higher fee, members can chose to become a VIP member. With the VIP option, members will receive one-on-one coaching and support. This option would be perfect for the new homeschooler or that mom that is really struggling.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

So What Did I Think of Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity?

I actually have enjoyed the course so far. As a veteran homeschooler, I really wasn't sure if there would be that much information I could take away from the course. I was wrong. I enjoyed the lessons on scheduling and organizing. I honestly believe that is where I struggle the most. I tend to over schedule and be completely unorganized. It was great to hear some new ideas and get some advice on how to be better prepared. I'm looking forward to the lessons on homeschooling teens!

I did have a problem with the videos freezing for me.....that pesky internet. I would get a few minutes into the video and then it would stop loading. I ended up giving up on watching the videos and just downloaded the transcripts to read. I actually preferred to do the course this way. I think the transcripts would perfect for making a book for parents to read, especially if the access to internet is limited! So maybe look for a book in the future!

Want to learn more about the online course Homeschool Rescue?

Check out Heather's Social Media pages!


or
stop by and read the some more crew reviews!


Homeschool Rescue {Only Passionate Curiosity Reviews}


Till Next Time,
Monique

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Living Like a Saint~ Saint Augustine




"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!"

~Saint Augustine



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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Traveling Thursdays~ Beartooth Scenic Byway

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After a one night stop in Red Lodge, Montana, we are now heading onto the Beartooth Scenic Highway! The Beartooth Scenic Highway is National Scenic Byway that is 68 miles long.



The road winds its way through southwest Montana, northwest Wyoming,and leads travelers right into Yellowstone National Park. 



Beartooth opened up to travelers in 1937. It has welcomed thousands of travelers eversince then. 


One thing to note is the road closes. It closes in October and remains closed until Memorial Day. It even closes during other times of the year because of snow. We were lucky enough to be able to pass through on the road.



Two days prior to our arrival the road was closed. The hotel we stayed in had a chalk board right in the lobby stating whether or not the road was open for travel. It can even close in the middle of July because of snow!

The Bear Tooth


At the top, we climbed out and played in the snow. We've never had a snowball fight in September before.




Beartooth Highway is one of the most rugged roads in the lower United States. As you travel along the road, you will drive through 20 peaks that reach over 12,000 feet high! As you wind through the terrain, you will be greeted by a variety of wild life, glacial lakes, forests, and beautiful waterfalls.


We saw a pair of wolves playing in the field.




It's COLD at the top! So we stopped at the Top of the World Store for some hot chocolate and coffee.


The scenery is absolutely breathtaking! Traveling on this road was wonderful and I highly recommend to anyone heading out west. You won't regret the journey.





We've made it to Montana!


As we came to the end of the Beartooth Highway, we stopped to eat at a small little restaurant. The food was simple and organic but very tasty after our long drive.




We're leaving the Beartooth Highway and heading into the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park!


Till Next Time,
Monique






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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Living Like a Saint~ Saint Josemaria Escriva





"Don't you long to shout to those youths who are bustling around you: Fools! Leave those worldly things that shackle the heart- and very often degrade it-leave all of that and come with us in search of Love!

~ Saint Josemaria Escriva

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Friday, May 5, 2017

M is for Making Changes and Math~ Blogging through the Alphabet


Thanks for joining me again for the Blogging Through the Alphabet with A Net in Time and Hopkins Homeschool. This week's letter is M, so we are talking about Math!

M is for Making Changes and Math


O.K. I was going to talk about math, but we are currently making a few changes in that department. So I decided to write a post about making changes in your homeschool.

First off, YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE CHANGES!!
This is something I needed to be reminded of.
I know this is a hard concept to get used to. It seems to go against our nature. We want to stick with things and we don't want to give up. Who wants to raise kids that are quitters? Not me. As parents, we need to realize that not all curriculum will work for your children. Curriculum that worked for one child may nit work for another. A curriculum that was working may suddenly stop working. 
That's were we are with math. 
Michael has been using Saxon Math since 3rd grade. We used Abeka math for 1st and 2nd because we found the books really cheap at our local thrift store. I liked Abeka, but switched to Saxon Math because it came highly recommend. Michael enjoyed it. Math came easily to him. He could easily read a lesson and complete the work with very little help. He's still that way. Last year, math suddenly became a chore. He started to dislike math (hate math is a more accurate description). He found Saxon boring and tedious. I fought it and encouraged him to stay with it since so many people recommend it. This year, it's only gotten worse. Math is a dread part of our day and I'll be honest I cant take it anymore. This mama can not take anymore gray hairs popping up on her head from the stress. 
So we are currently looking for recommendations for math. I'm looking at Teaching Textbooks, Jacob's Algebra , and Life of Fred.
Have you used any of those? 
I'd love to hear thoughts!

Till Next Time,
Monique


This post is a few week late, but it's better late than never.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Homeschool Crew Review~Entire Level 2 from ArtAchieve

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We love art! If you've been reader of mine for awhile now, you probably already know that though. Today I get to share more information about a wonderful homeschool art curriculum called ArtAchieve. This time I get to talk all about Entire Level II
Last year, we reviewed Entire Level I and loved it.
ArtAchieve
ArtAchieve is a online art curriculum for students of all ages. ArtAchieve art lessons make it easy for anyone to teach drawing and painting, even those of you out there that think they have no artistic talent whatsoever. 
The lessons are broken up into different levels.
Level I (ages 5 and up)
Level II (ages 7 and up)
Level III (ages 9 and up)
Level IV (10 and up)
The age guidelines are just a recommendation. Students with no previous art background can start with Level I. ArtAchieve does offer a few of their lessons for free, so you can give them a try to see where you should start. Last year, we did Entire Level I and my children were 11 and 12. They enjoyed working on the art projects and certainly didn't find them too easy. Obviously of you child has an artistic ability starting at a higher level would make sense.
For this review, we received an online subscription for Level II for the entire year. A Level II online subscription for the year is $56.78. This is 25% savings. If you only a want to purchase a few of the lesson, you can do that too. Each individual lessons costs between $5 and $6.
Level II has 15 lessons. 
Lesson 1~ The Swedish Dala Horse
Lesson 2~ The Korean Wedding Duck
Lesson 3~ The Japanese Goldfish
Lesson 4~ The Elephant from Ghana
Lesson 5~ The Ukrainian Cat
Lesson 6~ The German Nutcracker (perfect for a December art project)
Lesson 7~ The Sri Lankan Landscape with an Elephant
Lesson 8~ Repeating a Pattern to Create Original Art
Lesson 9~ The Ukrainian Rooster
Lesson 10~ Hiding Butterflies
Lesson 11~ The Mexican Mask 
(great for learning about the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead or an Halloween art project)
Lesson 12~ Color Value and Analogous Colors
Lesson 13~ The Polish Szopka (Saint Pope John Paul II's feast day art project)
Lesson 14~ The Mermaid from Denmark (art project for Little Mermaid fans)
Lesson 15~ The Hawaiian Dog (art project for Moana fans)
If you are looking for a year long art class, you could easily do Level I and Level II. During your first semester you could work through Level I and then move on to Level II in your second semester.
Another option is to use all the additional resources the ArtAchieve lessons provide. Students are not just learning about art. You can take all the information offered and create a wonderful unit study for each lesson. ArtAchieve lessons introduce students to art from around the world. The lessons also provide links to related topics in social studies, science, and language arts. 

So for example, Lesson 1 is the Swedish Dala Horse. 
Students can learn how to draw the Swedish horse, but can also learn all about the Sweden, Norway, and Finland. They can learn the history of the Dala horse and its meaning. Links to Swedish stories and music are included to expose students to a different culture. You can add science to the study by learning about the Swedish horse breeds. You could easily spend 2 weeks on each art lesson.
So What Did We Create?

Here a few of the projects we worked on.....

Pictures coming soon! I've lost my camera battery so I can't charge it and I've misplaced the memory card I took a few pictures earlier on.
If you could say a quick prayer we find both that would be great!

The Dala Horse
This was Therese's pick, since she really wants a horse.


The Japanese Goldfish
Michael picked this one since he loves fish. He got a Beta fish for his birthday last year.


The Ukrainian Rooster
We had to do the rooster!


What Do We Think of ArtAchieve?

We LOVE it, but you already know that. The lessons are fairly easy for students of all levels to complete. As an art teacher, I always want my students to feel encourage when they create a piece of artwork. I never want them to walk away feeling discouraged or upset with their skills. The nice thing about ArtAchieve students of all ages can create and work on the same projects. Younger students or students with less artistic abilities can still accomplish these projects. Older students or students with more experience can go a little further and more details and depth into their works or art. This a great program to teach children of various ages and abilities. Perfect for large families or co-ops!
Try a FREE LESSON today!
ArtAchieve
Check out the other Levels!
Art Lessons Inspired From Around the World {ArtAchieve Reviews}
Till Next Time,
Monique
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