Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sunday inspirations~ May 31, 2020

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Monday, May 25, 2020

For Love of Our Country

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday Inspiration~ May 24. 2020

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Review~ Second Form Latin from Memoria Press

Disclosure~I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.



Memoria Press Review


Throughout our homeschooling journey, we have used a variety of curriculum from Memoria Press. We have enjoyed all the curriculum we have used over the years and we were excited to continue on with our Latin lessons with Second Form Latin Complete Set. Second Form Latin will be our fourth Latin curriculum from Memoria Press to use. In the past, we have used Prima Latina, Latina Christiana, and First Form Latin.




Memoria Press is a well-known homeschool curriculum company that provides parents with an entire homeschool program based on the classical approach. Parents can choose a full year curriculum or purchase a few subjects that appeal to them. The company is Christian based.  I love knowing my kids will learn a wealth of knowledge from the materials provided. Parents can find science, literature, Latin, geography, poetry, math, Greek, Christian studies, history, art, music, and other books for enrichment. They have everything subject covered! 




For this review, we received the Second Form Latin Complete Set. The full set costs $125. Families can add on 13 months of Streaming Video access for $10. Prices are subject to change, so please check the website for the most current information.
The Second Form Latin Complete Set arrives with the following materials.
Student Text
Student Workbook
Quiz and Test Booklet
Teacher's Manual
Teacher Answer Key
Pronunciation CD~ 2 discs
Instructional DVDs~3 discs
Flashcards
The Second Form Latin is geared for students in 6th grade and up.  This Latin curriculum is the follow up to Form Latin. Students will then continue on with their Latin lessons using Third Form Latin and Fourth Form Latin. 
Second Form Latin continues the journey of learning Latin grammar. The set builds on what the students have learned in First Form Latin. Students will review the material covered the previous year. The students will have mastered the following topics.
~6 indicative active and three indicative passive tenses of all four verb conjugations
~ 5 noun declensions, including -er/-ir nouns and i-stem nouns
~Adjectives in 3 declensions
~Personal pronouns
~Prepositions
~365 Vocabulary words (185 from First Form & 180 new words)
After completing Second Form Latin, students will have reached they half way mark in their Latin journey. The set is geared for students in the grammar stage. It focuses strongly on grammar forms and vocabulary. This focus allows students to build on their knowledge as they enter into the logic and rhetoric stages of learning. 
Memoria Press wants students to succeed in their Latin studies, not to give up and drop out. They do this by providing students with the knowledge to retain, understand, and comprehend the Latin they are learning. The workbooks allow students to put their knowledge to the test. The exercises in the books provides students with the skills they need to excel in Latin and master it.
Over the past few years my kids have studied Latin using Prima Latina,  Latina Christiana, and First Form Latin. We've worked on and learned Latin prayers and hymns using a chant CD and a Catholic homeschool curriculum. For us Latin is an important subject to learn. We still can attend Mass where the Mass is said in Latin and we still sing hymns in Latin.  I will admit that neither of my kids are overly thrilled to learn Latin. Therese enjoys it a little bit better than Michael. Michael dreads the class. He says it is a useless subject, but he has seen how it comes in handy in other classes. We have taken a break from Latin the past 2 years. I loved how Second Form Latin review what was in First Form Latin. It helped the break from Latin go a little smoother than I thought it would.
For this review, I received a complete set for one student, so I did have to buy an extra set of student books for one of the kids. The test booklet is reproducible, so I only needed one of those. My kids are currently in 9th and 10th grade depending on the subject. If your start using First Form Latin in 9th grade, you can complete a four year program in high school by using the full Latin program.
9th grade~ First Form Latin
10th~ Second Form Latin
11th~ Third Form Latin
12th~ Second Form Latin
 Second Form Latin was a perfect for us since we stopped of using First Form Latin. Some of it was review, but that was perfect since we had taken a break. It's always good to review. I was pleasantly surprised with what they had remembered. They do really listen!
Second Form Latin contains 5 Units and 31 lessons to work through.
Unit 1~ Nouns and Adjectives
Unit 2~ Personal & Possessive Pronouns, Prepositions
Unit 3~ Verb Present System Indicative
Unit 4~ Verb Perfect System Indicative
Unit 5~ Verb Passive Voice, Present System Indicative




Each unit has a review lesson. 
The regular lessons in the student textbook are two pages long, while the review lessons are little longer 3-4 pages. The student workbook is broken up in the same way as the student text: 5 units and 31 lessons. The student workbook uses 5-6 pages for each lesson. 
Lessons contain word study, grammar, vocabulary, drills, declensions, and translations. 


For me the pronunciation CDs and the instructional DVD's are a must. I took one year of Latin in high school and I'll be honest I don't remember much from that class. It has been quite awhile since I sat in that classroom. The CD's and DVD's have been a life saver. I like how my kids can work independently now that they are older. They can complete their lessons on their own with little to no help from me. 
We enjoy the flashcards too! In the past I hadn't ordered them. I just created them myself using note cards. Having the flashcards already made saves me time. We make a game out of the flash cards.
We use them daily to master the vocabulary. Whoever gets it right first, gets the card. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins a small reward. When they were younger we did the same thing, except we played outside and they got move ahead if they got it right. It was sort of like Mother May I. The small prize is usually ice cream or a blizzard. What teen doesn't want a frozen treat.
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The crew members were given the opportunity to review Prima Latina, Christiana Latina, First Form Latin, Second Form Latin, Third Form Latin, and Fourth Form Latin.
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Monique


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Monday, May 18, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday~ May 18, 2020

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Good morning, friends...

I can't believe it's already Monday again. The days seem to be dragging on, but the weeks and months seem to be flying by. It doesn't seem possible that it's already the middle of May! Where did April go?

We had another busy weekend here. We ran to town to get plants, flowers, and building supplies. My dear, sweet hubby is building me some raised flowers beds for our garden. We used to have a garden at my father-in-laws's house when the kids were little, but it just made it hard to stay on top of it. The weeds would get out of control and no one over there was really able to help water and weed it. The last two years we've had no real garden.. only a few tomato plants that the deer would eat. Needless to say, I'm rather excited.

The builds built the beds this weekend and we put some soil in the bottom. We still need to add good soil, build the fence around it, and add the gate.

I did find some more flowers for the flower beds. IT's slowly starting to look like summer around here.


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Now, let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday post. Be sure to stop in and visit with our beautiful host, Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

Diary of Stay at Home Mom



❀❀~The Weather~❀❀

Ugh...it's another rainy week  here on the East coast. I'm really tired of all this rain and cloudy skies. I miss seeing the sun. One week of sunshine would be nice!

Monday~ Cloudy 65*
Tuesday~ Cloudy/Chance Showers 63*
Wednesday~ Cloudy/Showers 58*
Thursday~ Rainy 63*
Friday~ Thunderstorm 68*
Saturday~ Scattered Showers 76*
Sunday~ Scattered Thunderstorms 68*


❀❀~How I'm feeling this morning~❀❀

Not too bad this morning. My allergies are good. My stomach is bothering me a bit. The older I get, the more issues I have with food. I drank a different kind of coffee yesterday and have had stomach problems since then. It sucks getting older at times. I wish I could eat like I did when I was in my 20's. I had no food allergies (at least none diagnosed). I could drink juice and have dairy with no issues. I find it strange that the older you get, the more problems I have with food. I wonder why that is? I did the Whole 30 Challenge back in January and felt pretty good. I think I may just have to go back and do it again.



❀❀~ What's on my mind~❀❀

I'm thinking about summer and what will go on. So many things have been canceled or put on hold. It's kind of hard to plan anything, but I feel I need to plan at least a few things. The kids are getting restless and miss their activities. There's only so much you can do at home before boredom really sets in. It's funny...if the kids were little I think they would have been fine during this stay at home order. They would played with their toys, explored the woods, and played in the pool. They would have had their bikes, swing set, and sandbox. I doubt they would have noticed us staying home so much. Teens are a whole new world. They miss hanging with friends, going to the movies, sports, etc. Oh well, it is what it is. We have until June 10th. I think they are counting down the days! A lot of us probably are.

❀❀~What they kids are up to~❀❀

Michael has 3 subjects left in school....math, history, Spanish 1. Therese only has math and history left. She's ahead in history so she'll finish up before Michael. Both kids will work on math during the summer. This will put Therese right where she needs to be next year and it will have Michael completing Algebra 2 next year. Michael should be able to start his freshmen year of college at the community college his senior year of high school. This will get him ahead of the game. He's actually looking forward to it I think. It' hard to believe my babies are almost done. When we starting this homeschooling journey 12 years ago, high school seemed so far off. Now I'll have a sophomore and a junior.


❀❀~What's for breakfast~❀❀

I tried a different coffee this morning. It wasn't great for my stomach either. I guess I need to go and get my coffee. I ate two pieces of gluten free toast to help with my stomach. I did put some butter and cinnamon/sugar on it so i was rather tasty.



❀❀~My current reading pile~❀❀

I finished reading The Silent Daughter by Claire Amarti. I have to write up the review for it still. I should have it posted sometime next week. At least that is my goal.

I went to my bookshelves (since the libraries are still closed here) and pulled of one of the many books I've bought to read. I'm just starting to read The Matchmaker by Elin Hildebrand


The kids are working their way through The Three Musketeers. Therese so far is not a fan. Michael says it not bad. He's actually ahead of Therese which is not the norm around here. Therese is also reading a book, Peak by Roland Smith,  for a book club she and her friends are doing. Their first meeting will be in June...hopefully. If they can't meet in person, they plan on using a meeting online.



❀❀~TV shows/movies I'm watching~❀❀

Therese and I are still working our way through the Gilmore Girls. We're on season 4 of Gilmore girls. Other than that not much TV watching for me.
We did watch the Shazam last night. It was Michael's pick. It wasn't' too bad.


❀❀~Music I'm listening to~❀❀

I've been listening to a 90's play list on Amazon music. It brings back lost of memories.



❀❀~What I'm working on~❀❀

Same old stuff here.

Lesson plans... I never got around to them last week.
Wreaths. I finally got all the supplies I needed to complete them. With all this rain, I plan on getting them done this week.


❀❀~Looking around the house~❀❀

The school room still needs finished.  The floors are a mess. Too much rain brings out muddy floors. I need to pick out a paint color for the living room. We received the fabric sample for the living room furniture and we found one that we both loved. Once it arrives, we'll take the furniture to the upholsterer  to have it done. I'm so excited! So now I have to figure out a paint color for the walls and a paint color for the entertainment center. I'm going to paint that and our two end tables with a chalk paint. Decisions, decisions!





❀❀~This weeks to do list~❀❀

Laundry~ not much left to do. I'm almost done for the week already.
Lesson plans
Pick out paint colors
Clean my bedroom
Finish the schoolroom
Groceries...I'm not looking forward to this at all. I miss the good, old days of carefree grocery shopping. I hope I can find some toilet paper. We are on our last pack.

❀❀~What's for dinner this week~❀❀

Monday~ Chicken fried rice
Tuesday~Bacon wrapped pork chops, stewed apples, and beans
Wednesday~ Beef stroganoff with egg noodles
Thursday~ Creamy Tuscan Chicken, pasta, garlic bread, salad
Friday~Leftovers
Saturday~ Chicken,pineapple, onion, and pepper kabobs
Sunday~ Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, peas

❀❀~ From the camera~❀❀




Raised flower beds in the making!!!



❀❀~What I'm praying for~❀❀

Our country, our president
My family, my friends
Essential workers..it seems people keep forgetting about them
All those affected by everything going on
A little bit of sunshine



❀❀~Inspirational thought for the week~❀❀



"The most beautiful moments always seemed to accelerate and slip beyond one's grasp just when you want to hold onto them for as long as possible."
                                                   ~ E.A Bucchianeri




Wishing you all a wonderful week. 
Stay healthy and happy!


Till Next Time,
Monique



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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Inspiration~ May 17, 2020

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Review~ Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 from Math Essentials

Disclosure~I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.


Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Review


Mastering math is one of those skills that is essential to life. Over the years, I've learned that reading, writing,and arthritic are subjects that are extremely important in our homeschooling. Those core subjects is an area we didn't skip on. Recently, we were given the opportunity to review Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School from Math Essentials.




Mastering Essential Math Skills is not just another math textbook. 
This book teaches a system to learning and mastering math! 

math book


The Daily Lessons are broken up into 5 key points.

Two Speed Drills
Review Exercises
Helpful Hints (teacher tips)
New Material Section
Daily Word Problem

The material is presented in a way for students to master math skills and gain confidence in their math abilities.

Math curriculum


The easy to follow lessons can be done in 20 minutes a day! Each lesson is concise and self-contained. The nice thing about the lessons presented in this book are that they pertain to all areas of math. The constant review allows students to completely understand these important math skills.
Everyone needs strong math skills!

math lessons


The book is broken up into 8 chapters. 

~Topics Covered~

Whole Numbers
Fractions
Decimals
Percents
Geometry
Integers
Charts and Graphs
Word Problems


The book contains a final review section to finish out the learning.

There is an answer key for parents and students to check their work. It's a standard answer key. It just provides the answer to each problem. How to solve the problems are not included. 

math skills

At the back of the book, there is a resource center. It contains a glossary and a few important resource pages. There's a page of Important Symbols, Multiplication Table, Commonly Used Prime Numbers, Squares and Square Roots Table, and Fraction/Decimal Equivalents. These pages are a great resource for students to utilize. 

Math book review

Mastering Essential Math Skills Book Two is geared for middle grades to high school. There is a Book 1 that is geared for students in grades 4th through 5th.

An added bonus to this book is the free access to the online video tutorials that come when you purchase the book. 

The book can either be used as a full curriculum or a supplemental curriculum. It's up to the parents and student to decide how they want to use the book.

Math book review
I don't want to do math!


~What We Thought~

At first glance, I honestly thought the book was geared for younger students. It looked like simple math. Once Michael started using the book, we quickly realized it was a fantastic book to keep math skills sharp! So many math books tend to forget to review the basic math skills that students need day in and day out. Michael is currently working through an Algebra 1 and Geometry book and I noticed simple math skills were slipping. It wasn't that he didn't know how to do them, he just would make foolish mistakes. I'd see it was wrong and he'd immediately see what he did wrong and correct it.
We added Mastering Essential Math Skills to his schedule. He worked on lessons 3 days a week. He does math 5 days a week, but since we were using this as a supplement, I didn't want to overload him.

Michael found the time to complete a lesson very doable. He was easily able to add it to his daily school schedule. He felt the book was great at reminding how to do certain skills he hadn't seen in awhile. 

Mastering Essential Math Skills would be a great supplemental math book for summer. It would keep the students math skills sharp and crisp in the mind.

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The Review Crew were given the opportunity to review two other books to review. We've used and  reviewed both the other books, No-Nonsense Algebra and Math Refresher for Adults.

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Monique



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