Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New furniture

We got all moved in this weekend. Our furniture was delivered and I am super excite about it. 

This is our first new furniture purchase. 

I think someone else likes them too! 

We also got a new table. It was a pain in the butt to put together, but it's really pretty!

 For some reason it looks much smaller in this picture than it is in person. 

I'm still getting it all together. I'll show you everything when it's all done and decorated. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology/ TOS Review


Anatomy & Physiology

We love Apologia in our house. I have used several of their Young Explorer Series with my older children, and was so excited to get to try one of the newer sets in the series, Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

I was even more surprised that Apologia not only sent me the book but also two Notebooking Journals and the MP3 audio book!

If you are not familiar with Apologia, their books are Christian based. They are completely different from typical science textbooks. (A Huge Plus!) They have been voted the #1 homeschool science curriculum year after year for a reason. 

The textbook is written directly to the student. This makes for a much more pleasant reading experience. It is not boring, as the typical textbook seems to be. Here is an example:

What also makes The Young Explorer Series different than other textbooks is the fact that it is full of projects and experiments. 

Don't these look so interesting? I can not wait to do all of these projects! 

There are also many "Try This" blocks throughout the chapters. 

Having all of these hands on projects really make learning more personal and the children will learn so much more when the learning is fun and they are looking forward to it! 

In the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology  series your child will learn all about the human body. 

"Beginning with a brief history of medicine and a peek into cells and DNA, your students will voyage through fourteen lessons covering many subjects, such as the body systems: skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, nervous and more! They'll study nutrition and health, how God designed their immune system to protect them, along with embryology and what makes them a unique creation of God."

At the end of each chapter there are What Do You Remember and Notebooking Activities.

For the What Do You Remember, your kids can go tell daddy, brother or sister or anyone else all about what they learned. Telling someone else about something really helps the child to remember what they learned as well. It also gives you questions that you can ask your child and they can just answer them out loud to you. 

The notebooking section gives you the option of making your own notebook or purchasing one of the jourmals that are made to go with the book.  We have made our own many years back before there were these journal options. I highly recommend that you use the journals that go with the book. It is so much easier. 

There are two journals that you can choose from. 

There is the original notebooking journal. (grades 3/4 and up)

And there is a junior notebooking journal. (K through 2/3 grades) 
 The junior journal is for the younger student who has not quite mastered handwriting, or who can't write as much as an older student. 

The journals are fairly similar. Both have notebooking pages. 

Both have copywork pages in print and cursive. The Junior notebooking journal has less to write than the other one does. 

Some of the activites and pages in the older journal are more complex and usually include more writing. 

The younger journal also includes coloring pages. 

There are 14 lessons in this book. You could do them in order or you could probably even do them out of order if you like. 
We went ahead and did the first chapter because the project at the end looked really fun!
My niece, who was living with me, unexpectedly went back to stay with her mom for a couple of months. She left about 2 days after I got this in the mail, and won't be back for another week. I had planned on using this with her, but seeing as how I couldn't before the review was due, I did it with my other two children ages 13 and 3. OK, so maybe I didn't really do much with the 3 year old besides letting him color the coloring pages. lol 
My son read the text his self. I have also looked over the text, and am very familiar with Apologia's textbooks. (LOVE THEM ALL)
My son says he likes all of the cool projects,and that making the edible cell was really fun. He said it is really different than the typical textbooks. He said it is really hard to just find the answer! When he was doing the questions on one of the pages he was just looking for the answers. I think it is a good thing that it is not easy to "just find the answers".  I think children are used to "studying for the test". With this curriculum your children will really learn what they are reading. 

The notebooks also include little mini books and other projects in the back of the journals. 

Both journals have over 200 pages, not including the mini books in the back. 

If you have more than one child, you can use the same textbook and each child can have their own level of notebook. This book and notebooks are aimed at the 6 to 13 age range. Depending on your child, you could use it with a little younger or older. 

As I said before, we chose to do the first chapter because we wanted to do the experiment at the end of the first chapter. 

We made Edible Cells out of candy and jello!

My three year old's kind of fell apart because he pushed all of the candy too hard down into the bowl. But he still did it and had fun doing so!

There is a list at the beginning of the text that shows you everything you will need for all of the projects in the book. 

As I also mentioned before, I was also sent the MP3 Audio Book

I wasn't sure if we would want to use this or not, or if it was necessary. Once I put it in a started listening to it, I knew that it was! 

The Author, Jeannie Fulbright, reads the text herself. There is some nice music added in there, and her voice is very inviting. 

If you have children that learn audibly, the audio book is a must have. I know a lot of people have trouble understanding what they are reading, but if they hear it, they understand. 

Your child can listen to the audio book on its own, or they can follow along in their text as they listen to her read the text to them. 

You could also listen to it in the car as a refresher or as another way to incorporate what they are learning. 

Perhaps you have a younger child who can definitely understand, and wants to learn, but can't quite read well enough to read the whole text. They can still listen to the text and follow along and that will probably help in their learning to read! 

I do think the MP3 Audio Book is as necessary as the other products in the line. 

Doesn't all of this just look fun???

That is the best part of the Young Explorer Series. They make learning Fun. 

I more than highly recommend these books for your science curriculum. I have been using Apologia for close to 10 years now and will use nothing else for our science curriculum. 

If you have never heard of them, or have been interested in them, but you weren't quite sure if it was right for you, please check them out. I know you will love them! 

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Princess Cut/ TOS Review

Watchman Pictures

Princess Cut The Movie

If you have teenagers in your home, this is a must watch movie for them, especially if you have teenage girls. 

I was lucky enough to have received a copy of this movie, Princess Cut, by Watchman Pictures, and I am SO thankful that I was. 

This has got to be one of my favorite movies, and I will be telling all of my friends about it, especially those with teenage children. 

My daughter is grown but I have a 13 year old son that I asked to watch it with me. I got a little grumbling, because he is a boy and didn't want to watch a girly movie called "Princess Cut". I expected that though. I watched some of his super hero movies with him in exchange for his watching this with me! HA! 

We sat down to watch the movie, and surprisingly he watched the whole thing without one single gripe! THAT says a LOT right there!

I don't want to give away the whole movie but I feel like this movie is based on real life, things we all face and go through as young adults, or even older adults who have never been married, or are going through this stage of life for a second time. 

The main girl in the movie is much like the typical girl, however she does have strong values, and wants to save any physicality for marriage. 

She reminds me of myself and many other girls that I know. They want to do things the right way, but it is sometimes hard. There is pressure from the world, pressure from guys, etc. 

She goes through a couple of relationships that just aren't what she wants, but she keeps trying because she wants so desperately to be married. I feel like a lot of girls and women feel this way. We tend to settle or not stick to our beliefs because we are lonely or just want someone so badly that we don't wait on God's timing. 

In one of her relationships, she is constantly battling the pressure form her boyfriend to be physical. In the film the physical part they are referring to is just kissing. This is a perfect family film. There is nothing that you would worry about your kids of any age watching. 

He ends up kissing her when she really doesn't want to. She finally talks to her parents about it and she realizes that he is not the one for her and she decides to stop looking and just trust God to write her love story. 

By waiting on God to bring her the right person, she finds someone who brings in the same values that she has and also doesn't want to be physical before marriage either and believes that she is too precious to do things any other way.

It was such a sweet movie. It was such a powerful movie. I think it shows girls and women that it is OK to wait, and that God will bring them their perfect match if they are willing to wait on Him. 
I think it also shows men the right and wrong ways to treat women, and what a good Christian girl would expect from him. 

When the movie was over, the first thing my son said was " There wasn't even one single kiss in that movie!" I laughed and said well, isn't that good?  and he said " Well, in the end they were married, so they should have at least  kissed then. " lol 

I personally think that it was good that they didn't show any kissing, even after they were married. It shows that you can still have a very good movie without sexualizing it. 

I love watching movies like these because it makes you feel good. I think it also helps you to stay on the right track in life. What you watch really does make a difference in your life, and the lives of your children. This movie is very encouraging. 

A lot of times our children think Christian films are cheesy. (Let's face it, we think that sometimes too) This is not one of them. I think they will really enjoy it. If my 13 year old son did, I am sure yours will as well!

I feel like the title of the movie has a double meaning. Princess Cut, as in the girl is cut out to be treated as a princess; a princess of God, and of course, princess cut as in the style of wedding ring. (By the way, princess cut is my favorite stone as well as what my ring is, so I loved this)
I can't recommend this film enough. Please pick it up and watch it with your family. It sparked some good conversations with my son about what christian girls really want, and how not to pressure anyone, and how waiting really is the best thing for both of you!

You can buy the DVD for only $9.99. 
You can also buy or rent a digital copy
You can rent it for $1.99 or buy it for $3.99.
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