Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday~ May 20, 2019

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Good morning! I hope y'all had a wonderful week. Ours was a busy one. Trying to get school work finished up, bags packed for Michael, and all the very day chores around here. We had a low key weekend. Therese and I spent the weekend curled up reading books and planting a few flowers. We had a girls weekend and it was nice to spend it with my girl.


Welcome to another Happy Homemaker Monday. I'm joining Sandra again for this charming look into the lives of mothers everywhere. I love how she brings attention to all the things moms do, gives a voice to moms everywhere, and encourages us along the way. Want to join in? Head on over and see what it's all about!


What I'm doing right now~
Obviously typing up this post, but I'm sipping my cup of coffee and listening to the birds sing. I'm enjoying the peace and quiet since I'm the only one up. Well, the only person up. All the animals are up and have been feed. 
Chickens- done
Cats- done
Dog- done
Fluffy stray cat- done (he's slowly getting used to me. I haven't been able to pet him yet, but he gets close to me now.) We need to come up with a name for him. It's gray and fluffy. Any suggestions?


What's for breakfast~
Coffee as usual. Gotta have my cup of coffee. I'm also having an organic protein shake. It's chocolate and peanut butter. It tastes just like a peanut butter chocolate shake. 

The weather~
It's hot and muggy here. It never fails. We go from winter to summer in about a week. We get spring days in February thrown in here and there. I don't mind the heat, but the dog has been panting, so I may have to turn on the air for the poor girl.

Monday~ Partly Cloudy, 85*
Tuesday~ Sunny, 71*
Wednesday~ Partly Cloudy, 74*
Thursday~ Partly Cloudy, 86*
Friday~ Sunny, 85*
Saturday~ Partly Cloudy, 83*

What I reading~
I have a huge pile to get through over the summer. I'll have plenty of reading time once Therese starts swim practice. Two hours a day sitting at the pool while she practices. Sunshine and a good book. It doesn't get better than that!

The Babysitter
The Tattoo Artist of Auschwitz
Lilac Girls

Movies and TV shows  on the list for the week~
Since we are having a girl's week. Therese and I have a list of movies to watch.

On the menu~
Monday~ Spaghetti with red sauce
Tuesday~ Tacos
Wednesday~ Chicken and rice
Thursday~ ??
Friday~ ??
Saturday~ ??

What's on the to do list~
Organize the school room
Finish history lesson plans for next year
Catch up on my blog posts
Clean the bathrooms
Laundry


From the camera~



What I'm wearing today~
A new top I bought at Target a few days ago.  It's sleeveless so perfect for these hot, humid days. Jean shorts and espadrilles.



Inspirational Quote~




Till Next Time,
Monique




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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday~ May 13, 2019

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Good morning, everyone. I hope all you amazing mamas had a wonderful Mother's Day!
Saturday was a busy day for us around here. Michael and dad worked on a truck, since a certain young man gets his permit this week. Michael also had to serve Mass on Saturday night. After Mass, Michael and Therese joined a few friends for a spring formal. Everyone look stunning in their dresses and suits. It's a shame it was chilly and rainy here.  Can you believe I got NO pictures! Oh well, I guess there is always next year. 
On Sunday we stayed home and relaxed a bit. The day was rainy and dreary so it was a perfect day to curl up on the couch and read a good book. We had a low key day. Pizza for dinner and chocolate brownies for desert made by the kids. My sweet hubby got me my perfume for Mother's Day. 


I had just run out, so it was perfect timing. I discovered this scent last year and fell in love with it immediately.  He also ordered me flowers, but somehow selected the wrong sate for delivery. So I will be getting flowers later on this week. It will be a nice surprise. 
Things have been crazy around here, so I finally getting a chance to join Sandra again for her weekly Happy Homemaker Monday again!


O.K., enough about our weekend. Let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday!


~The Weather~
It's yucky here! The temperatures have dropped and rain has settled in. Thankfully, it gets warmer around Wednesday. 

It's yucky here. The temperatures have dropped and rain has settled in. Thankfully, it gets warmer around Wednesday! I am getting tired of all this rain.

Monday~ Rain, 59*
Tuesday~ Mostly Cloudy, 56*
Wednesday~ Mostly Cloudy, 67*
Thursday~ Partly Cloudy, 71*
Friday~ Scattered Showers, 69*
Saturday~ Partly Cloudy, 72*
Sunday~ Partly Cloudy, 78*


~On My To Do List~
Laundry- as usual
Cleaning the house- the pets have been losing their winter fur so the floors are always covered with hair
Change the sheets and wash the blankets
Wash the rugs- they need washed and I need a sunny day to hang them out on the line



~Our Menu for the Week~
Monday~ Grilled Chicken , Roasted Potatoes, and Grilled Asparagus
Tuesday~ Spaghetti and Meatballs
Wednesday~ 
Thursday~ Dinner out at our local Mexican restaurant (Thank you dinner for Michael and I for teaching first grade religious education at our local church. Michael was my aid this year) Daddy and Therese will probably have a daddy/daughter dinner out
Friday~ I'm not sure. The boys have plans, so it'll just be Therese and I


~What I'm Working On~
Next year's school plans & lessons- I'm all done except for history
Clearing old books the kids no longer need
Going through out grown clothes
Straightening up the basement pantry


~What's on TV~
I started watching a new series which is pretty big news for me. I'm not much of a TV watcher. On Tuesdays, I record The Village and then watch it once everyone else is in bed. I curl up the couch with a cup of tea and my sweet kitties. We sit back and watch the show. Therese and I have been watching re-runs of Friends. It brings back memories of my friends and I piling into a dorm room sitting on a twin size bed and watching it together. The good old days!


~What I'm Looking Forward To~
The end of school and summer!
I can't wait to relax and unwind with the kids. We have a beach trip planned with cousins and can't wait to go. Michael has 3 other trips schedules this summer: a shooting camp, work camp with our church, and a week away for his shooting championships. Therese starts swim soon and is extremely excited. The school year has flown by and we all are looking forward to summer break!
Sunshine, sitting by the pool, and flip flops...what's not to like?



~ Inspirational Quote for the Week~
“My mother gave me life and never asked for anything in return. 
That is her secret you know, always giving without any expectations. 
She is as constant as the sunrise, the moon, the stars, and I count on her. 
She helps me find my way through the years and makes me laugh while doing it. 
There are some things only a mother can do.” 

—Unknown





Till Next Time,
Monique





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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ May 12, 2019

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"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."

 ~Washington Irving



Till Next Time,
Monique


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Friday, May 10, 2019

Review~ Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT -SAT Book 1

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Having two kids in high school seems impossible, but here we are! Like most parents of teens, I want them to be well prepared for the SAT test when it comes time to take it. So when we were given the chance to review Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1 from The Critical Thinking Co., I knew I wanted it! 



The Critical Thinking Co.  has been around for awhile now. I'm sure somewhere along your homeschooling journey, you have come across one of the many amazing books offered by this company. They provide both students and parents with a huge selection of books to help with their educational needs. Reading, writing, math, science, and social studies are subjects that are covered in the products. The Critical Thinking Co.'s goal is to help develop a students critical thinking skills so that they can improve their grades and test scores. By helping students improve their critical thinking skills, they are helping them achieve their goals and dreams for the future.


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What is Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1?


For this review, we received a digital download of the eBook Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1 from The Critical Thinking Co. The book can also be purchased in a paperback version. Both are $16.99. The eBook version can be printed out and used by multiple students. The eBook is 208 pages and introduces students to 180 vocabulary words and covers a few concepts. 

~Literary~
characterization, idioms, puns, jargon, aphorisms, allusions, irony, and theme

~Rhetorical~
Art of Persuasion in Speech and Writing, Using Extended Simile to Write a Poem

~History~
The Renaissance and Renaissance Artists

Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1 is broken up into 20 lessons that focus on a vocabulary list. After 4 lessons, the book does have a small review section that covers what the students have already covered in the previous 4 lessons. At the end of the book, an answer key is provided!

 Each lesson contains a vocabulary list, definitions, pronunciation key, parts of speech, and different words choices for each vocabulary word. The word choice section covers synonyms, idioms, and various word phrases. The lesson also provides students with a variety of activities to help them learn the new words and more importantly understand the words and how to use them correctly. All the activities will encourage students to build a stronger vocabulary. 

Each lesson is broken up into different sections. So for example in lesson 1, students had to use the vocabulary words to fill in sentences, add the vocabulary words to a story, unscramble the word to find the correct spelling and to learn what it means, match the vocabulary word to its definition, and complete sentences to show that they understand the meaning of the vocabulary word. The purpose of the book is to increase the students vocabulary and improve their language arts skills. Both of these goals will create stronger readers and stronger writers, which will hopefully prepare them for college and their future jobs.

How Did We Use Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1?



Since we received the eBook, I was able to print out each lesson for both Michael and Therese. I did one lesson at a time and had them add them to their English binders. Since each lesson is broken up into different sections, I had them complete one or two sections a day. Here is an example how we worked through a week.

~Lesson 1~
Day 1~ Read the list of vocabulary words, pronunciation key, and definition. I also had them listen to the pronunciation on their phones so they knew they were saying the word correctly. 
Day 2~ Complete section A & B- Sentences
Day 3~ Complete section C & D- Fill in the story and unscramble the word
Day 4~ Complete section E- Match the word with the definitions
Day 5~ Complete the sentence


We spent one week on each lesson. You could easily spread it out to cover each lesson for 1.5 weeks. This would give the students a full year to work through the book. 





What Did We think of Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book?

Let's be honest. Their first reaction after reading the vocabulary list for week one was "Who even uses these words?!?" After explaining to them why it's important to learn new words, they diligently sat down to work through the lesson. Being strong readers, they both have come across a wide selection of words over the years. New vocabulary words and how to look them up was nothing new for them. They both found the lessons easy to follow and complete. The lessons did require them to think and use their brains, but neither of them found the lesson frustrating or too difficult. 
I loved the fact that they were learning new words that they had never come across before. I was pleased the lessons were fairly simple and easy to understand. This allowed them to focus on the vocabulary words and their meanings, which I hope will prepare them for the SAT test when they go to take it. Our current school year is coming to an end, so we will stop working through Book 1 and pick it up again next year. I've already added it to our lesson plans. My plan is to purchase book 2 once book 1 is completed and complete book 2 by the end of next year.

If you're looking for a study aid to help build your students vocabulary, I highly recommend this this book from The Critical Thinking Co. 


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Monique






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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May Crowning 2019

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“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. 
You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
--Saint Maximilian Kolbe



We had another beautiful crowning of Mary this year. The first graders in my religious education class helped lead the Hail Mary as we processed over to the church. They have all worked so hard with learning their prayers. They were very excited to lead. 

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Monique



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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ May 5, 2019

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday Inspiration~ April 28, 2019

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