Letter Of The Week – All About “H”

Letter Of The Week – All About “H”

Letter “H” Videos

Printable Worksheets

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“H” Books You’ll Love!

 

More Ideas From Other Bloggers!

Letter H Activities for Tot-School from Heather at growinghandsonkids.com

LETTER OF THE WEEK: PRESCHOOL LETTER H ACTIVITIES from Karyn at teachbesideme.com

12 LETTER H ACTIVITIES from familymaven.io

LETTER H WORKSHEETS + ACTIVITIES from Nadia at funwithmama.com

Letter H Activities & Printables from Anna at themeasuredmom.com

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Letter of the Week – All About “G”

Letter of the Week – All About “G”

Letter “G” Videos

 

Printable Worksheets

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“G” Books You’ll Love!

 

More Ideas From Other Bloggers!

Letter G Activities from Anna at themeasuredmom.com

Letter G Worksheets from Nadia at funwithmama.com

Letter G Activities from Holly at kidsactivitiesblog.com

Letter G Activities for Tot-School from Heather at growinghandsonkids.com

Preschool Letter G Activities from Karyn at teachbesideme.com

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Balancing Diapers and Deadlines – My Review!

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines – My Review!

Hello again readers!

As a work-at-home, homeschooling mom I often struggle with with keeping organized and balancing work and home. So when I recently had the opportunity to review Balancing Diapers and Deadlines from Lisa Tanner Writing I jumped at the chance! After working through the course I want to share with you how it worked for me. And perhaps, it may be just what you’ve been looking for too!

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Lisa wrote this course after spending two years balancing her own life while raising and homeschooling her own 8 children, preparing most meals from scratch and running a working homestead! WOW!

 

Lisa describes her course this way:

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines gives all of my best tips — rigorously tested and proven to work — right to you.

The course contains over 30 lessons to show you how to take control of your life. You’ll have immediate access to all the material.

With Balancing Diapers and Deadlines, you’ll learn:

  • The number one secret for getting more done
  • Tips for integrating your family into your business
  • Effective time management for real moms growing a business
  • Little-known secrets for tackling your to-do list
  • And more!

You’ll also receive downloadable worksheets and action steps to bring it all home.

And the best part is: with the way each lesson is broken down, you can begin implementing these changes immediately.

WITH THIS COURSE, YOU’LL LEARN HOW TO BRING TRUE BALANCE TO YOUR LIFE…STARTING NOW.

 

The course is broken down into smaller, manageable lessons. This means that when you find a spare moment, you can easily get through a lesson or even two without getting overwhelmed.

Have a look at the lesson titles, each lesson is then broken down into smaller lessons, making it easy to work through. You can check off each lesson as you complete them to keep track of your progress.

 

I worked through the course bit by bit as I had time to sit down and read the lessons. Each lesson had great ideas for helping to create organization and balance. Lisa shared many of her own personal experiences and challenges and how she was able to overcome them. The lessons are detailed but simple, and give an action step at the end to help you to implement each strategy in your own life. Some of the lessons even come with printables and links to additional resources to help you work through the action steps.

Of course not all of the topics applied me, such as the section on “Growing a Business with a Child with Special Needs” or the section  “Improve Your Typing Speed” (I’m already quite proficient in typing if I do say so myself). But most of the topics had points I could draw and learn from. Even if I didn’t use her exact technique or idea, I was still able to use the general thoughts as a guideline to create systems that would work for our particular family. For example, there is a section that talks about chores for our children. It gives the idea of using the Marble Jar System. We’ve tried something similar to this in the past, and it just didn’t work for my kids. But I did know that our current chore system (practically non-existent) needed some work and it’s given me the push to better organize how we handle daily chores. So there is definitely something to take away from each lesson, even if you don’t follow it to a “T”.

While I can’t go into too much detail so as not to spoil the course for you, I can definitely say that I feel it is a worthwhile investment for anyone who feels they need more balance and organization in their life. Even if your kids are grown, there are still MANY helpful suggestions in the course for everyone.

So go ahead and take a closer look at Balancing Diapers and Deadlines from Lisa Tanner Writing.

And don’t forget to check out what other members of the Review Crew thought of this great little course!
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Letter Of The Week – All About “F”

Letter Of The Week – All About “F”

Letter “F” Videos

Printable Worksheets

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“F” Books You’ll Love!

More Ideas From Other Bloggers!

Activities and Free Printibales for PreSchool from Anna at themeasuredmom.com

Letter F Arts and Crafts from childfun.com

LETTER F ACTIVITIES from familymaven.io

Preschool Letter F Snack: F is for Frog from Karyn at teachbesideme.com

Letter F Activities for Tot-School from Heather at growinghandsonkids.com

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Time Travelers American History from Home School in the Woods – A Homeschool Review

Time Travelers American History from Home School in the Woods – A Homeschool Review

What is Home School in the Woods?

Home School in the Woods is a company that specializes in hands-on history products. On their website you will find so many engaging options available, such as timelines, maps, lap books, and history studies, all designed to have your child LIVE the lessons!

What did we choose to use?

I have previously reviewed some of the Al a Carte items available from Home School in the Woods and really loved the quality of their products. So I was excited when the opportunity came up to use and review Time Travelers: Colonial Life  from their Time Travelers American History series!

SO MUCH CONTENT!

At a cost of only $27.95, you would not believe how much content in included with this Time Travelers product! There are 50 activities included to work on with your children!

From the website:

“Colonial Life, contains 25 lessons that can spread across 5-10 weeks, covering: America’s Colonies Begin, The Colonial Home, Clothing, Food, Family Life, School, Faith in the Colonies, Villages & Cities, Health & Medicine, Artisans, Crime & Punishment, Plantations & Slavery, Pleasures & Pastimes, and Holidays!”

The units are available via PDF format, either through digital download or a CD. You will find text pages, project pages, and master pages for all of the projects. There are also teacher helps, resource lists and teacher keys included.

I had access to the digital download version, which included a file titled “Start”. Clicking on this opened up a page on my web browser that laid everything out neatly for me. All I needed to do was click on each section to view all of the lessons, projects and master pages needed. I really like how easy this makes it for me to see where I am and what I need for each lesson!

Take a look at some of our favourite projects!

It’s hard to pick only a few favourite projects to share because there are just so many to choose from (and they are all really neat and fun). So here are just a few that we really enjoyed working on.

This cute little barn opens up to reveal a pocket full of all the items you might find on a Colonial farm! If you have a child who likes to colour, this is a fun and easy project for them.

Anything to do with food is a good project right? You bet! One of the projects is to put together this neat little recipe book of common foods in colonial times. Your child can even colour in some of the images if they like. But the real fun will be making some of the recipes, yum!

Have you heard of quilling before? It’s where you create images using rolled up strips of paper! It may be a bit time consuming to roll and shape all the paper strips, but it’s kind of relaxing and addicting too! This project may require a little extra help from mom and dad if your child is younger though, but the end result is a really nice piece of art that your child can be proud to have made.

There is something new at Home School in the Woods!

Home School in the Woods has just let me know that their newest product, Project Passport: Ancient Rome, is now available!  They have even added it to the download bundle for the complete Project Passport series. Go check it out!

Don’t forget to check out all the other reviews from the Review Crew!

We all reviewed different products, from different product lines from Home School in the Woods, so make sure you look through the other reviews to see all about the different hands-on history product lines available to you!

Smart Kidz Radio  – Our Review!

Smart Kidz Radio – Our Review!

Hey there!  Guess what we’ve been listening to recently? A brand new program from Smart Kidz Media called Smart Kidz Radio! It’s super awesome, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it, so lets get this review started!

So what is Smart Kidz Radio?

It is a really fun edutainment (education + entertainment) radio station just for kids, full of original songs and stories that teach valuable life skills! And the best part is that the live stream is totally FREE to listen to!
Smart Kidz Radio  provides a safe and appropriate radio station for young children to listen to. With regular radio stations I have to carefully listen to each song as it comes on, and be ready to change the station at the first sign of bad language or inappropriate content. With Smart Kidz Radio  I can just sit back and relax and really enjoy the songs and stories with my kids, knowing that I can count on kid-friendly content.

 

How can you listen to it?

All you need to do is go to Smart Kidz Radio and sign up for a FREE account, then you can listen to the live stream directly from your computer or laptop. And to make things even easier, IOS and Android apps are also available so you can play the live steam on any device, anywhere, anytime!

On Demand Content

In addition to the FREE live streaming radio station, you can also sign up for On Demand Content. The On Demand content comes at a very reasonable price of $3.99/month and includes over 1000 original songs and stories for children. You can even sample some of the On Demand content on the website before upgrading, so you can see if it is something you’d be interested in. My two year old just loves the Itsy Bitsy Spider song and wants me to play it over and over again for him!

Here is some of the entertaining radio programming you can find in the On-Demand section:

Song Programming

  • Early Learning Radio Program (Ages 2 – 4)
  • Good Behavior Skills Radio Program (Ages 3 – 6)
  • Living Skills Radio Program (Ages 4 – 10)
  • Survival Skills to Grow On Radio Program (Ages 6 – 10)
  • Bedtime Songs Radio Program (Ages 2 – 8)
  • All-Time Favorites Sing Along Songs Radio Program (Ages 4 – 10)
  • Relaxation from Stress Radio Program (Ages 4 – 10)
  • Favorite Christmas Carols and Songs (All ages)

Story Programming

  • Classic Fairy Tales
  • Not So Scary Tales
  • Grandpa Tyler’s Storytime
  • Best Loved Bible Stories
  • Favorite Christmas Stories
  • Peter Rabbit Tales

Final Thoughts

I can confidently recommend Smart Kidz Radio as a safe and fun listening experience for your young children! From the current content that we’ve been listening to, I’d probably say that its best for the 1-6 age range. It’s still good for the 7-10 range, but it might seem a bit “little kid-ish” to them. This would be great to play during some free play time, or even during quiet time as some light background music. So what are you waiting for?! Go sign up for your FREE account to listen to the live stream!

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No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope – Book Review

No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope – Book Review

Those tween years of 8-14 can really be difficult to navigate, for both parent and child! I know that I have often wondered myself, “where has my sweet little baby gone?”. We can all see and understand the physical changes happening at this age, but it is the emotional changes that really throw us for a loop. Or at least they throw ME for a loop! That is why I was so excited for the opportunity to read and review No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope from Great Waters Press.

Authors Hal and Melanie Young guide us on this challenging journey through these critical years of parenting. The book is full of personable stories of their experiences with the own children going through the tween years. And let me tell you, they are SPOT ON! As I read through the book, I found myself nodding several times. These were the exact things that are going on in our house right now, it was as if they could see into our home and were writing just for us! Not only do they tell about their own experiences, but they explain WHY these behaviours and feelings are happening, and how we can cope and help our children (and ourselves) through this difficult time of transitioning, of being “No Longer Little”.

As you can see from the table of contents below, they don’t skip out on anything. From Getting Bigger, to Brains Turning to Mush, from Social Struggles, to Media and Gaming, and Conflict At Home. Hal and Melanie cover all of the topics that we are struggling to make sense of.

They remind us that we aren’t alone in this, and that our children aren’t the only ones that seem to have gone completely bonkers at this age.
Does this sound familiar at all:

“We were convinced our son was brilliant, homeschooling was great,

and really, our parenting and teaching skills were awesome, too. Yes,

sir, life was sweet.

Then he turned nine, and the wheels fell off the train.

That year, school fell apart. Math was an all-day ordeal. Often, it

seemed, it was the only thing we got done. Everything he did took

forever, and he was constantly getting distracted.”

I had a similar experience with my son in our homeschool. He has become easily distracted and simple tasks dragged on and took forever! Hal and Melanie give an explanation as to why this happens, and it’s no ones fault.

Or how about this scenario:

“Son, go get me my keys,” one of us would tell him. The car keys were

always left on top of the microwave oven in the kitchen. No variation.

Forty-five minutes later, we’d find him wandering aimlessly around

the house. His shades were up, but no one was home.”

There have been SO MANY times when I would ask my child to do something, and the response would be “okay, just a minute”. And then 20 minutes later I’d go back and ask why he hadn’t done the task. I’d get a blank stare, and he didn’t even remember being asked in the first place. This was always so baffling to me, and frustrating!

It just can’t be helped. Hal and Melanie reassure us that this is a normal occurrence:

“During puberty, the part of the brain changing the most is the area

that controls executive functions. These are tasks like problem

solving, priority setting, short term memory, attention, and focus.

This is the center of common sense and good judgment, the part

which decides, “This thing—Good idea? Bad idea?”   ……

Neurologists say that during early adolescence, these parts of the

brain actually unravel; there truly is a temporary loss of function

as the neurons re-assemble into their adult configurations.”

Well, it all makes much more sense now doesn’t it?! They give some great advice and tips for coping through this stage, but of course there is no “cure” and we just have to do our best to be understanding and supportive of our children as they make this confusing transition from child to teenager.

If you’ve ever secretly thought to yourself “what has happened to my child!?”, I highly recommend that you read No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope. It is available as either an ebook or a printed copy from Great Waters Press. I’d suggest the printed copy so that you can keep it with you wherever you are, to re-read over each chapter as they come up in your own child’s life. Even if we can’t “fix” the tween years, this book is like a comforting hug to help us to help our children get through this stage with as much grace and hope as possible.

The Josefina Story Quilt eGuide by Progeny Press – A Homeschool Review

The Josefina Story Quilt eGuide by Progeny Press – A Homeschool Review

Hey fellow homeschoolers! How are you doing this week?

We’ve been enjoying our summer, while still trying to get in a little reading and learning here and there.
Which brings me to a question for you.
Have you heard of Progeny Press?

I’ve heard of it myself, I know it’s popular among homeschoolers, but I didn’t really know what they were all about until just recently! And now I’m really glad I’ve had the chance to learn more about them and the wonderful eGuides that they have!

Today I want to tell you about the eGuide that we had the pleasure of reviewing, it’s called The Josephina Story Quilt – eGuide.

It is a lower elementary eGuide to go along with the book The Josephina Story Quilt. There are 34 pages which include:

  • Background on the authors and story
  • Prereading suggested activities
  • Vocabulary activities related to the story
  • General content questions
  • Literary analysis and terminology questions designed to give students a good understanding of writing technique and how to use it
  • Critical analysis questions designed to help students consider and analyze the intellectual, moral, and spiritual issues in the story and weigh them with reference to scripture
  • and, of course, a detailed answer key!

Our library allows us to search for books in all of the libraries in the area, and we were able to find a copy of The Josephina Story Quilt to borrow. And then we set out working through the eGuide while reading the book.
I just want to say that I LOVE that the eGuide gives background information about the time period of the story and details about the locations that the story takes place in. It really helps to give better understanding of the story to my almost 8 year old.
Along with reading and comprehension questions, the eGuide also has some fun activities such as a word search, crossword, map work, a recipe, and arts and crafts suggestions.

We really enjoyed working through the The Josephina Story Quilt eGuide, and I’m looking forward to using more of their eGuides in our future homeschool studies.

They are such a great way to see how your child is retaining what they’ve read, and they also allow your children to dig deeper into the story and even do some fun activities relating to the story.

Progeny Press also has a number of other eGuides for Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School levels that you can find on their website. They are available as downloads, which makes it super simple to read on your computer or devices, and then you can easily print out pages as you need them. Simple!

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