Monday, August 29, 2011

Apologia - How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. For Your Kids by Rachael Carman/ TOS Review

Do you have a H.E.A.R.T. for your kids?

How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids

H-Have a Heart for the Things of God 
E-Enrich Your Marriage
A-Accept Your kids 
R-Release Them to God
T-Teach Them the Truth

I can't believe I am writing my first official TOS review for the new 2011/2012 school year.

I am so excited to be getting back into the swing of things. And what better way to kick off the new Crew year than with a book from Apologia?

I love just about everything Apologia has put out, and this book is no exception.

How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids is a wonderful book. Very inspiring and very encouraging.

In this book Rachael Carmen shares her story of how she came to be a homeschool mom. 

It all started in Ohio when a neighbor moved in down the corner. These neighbors were planning on homeschooling their children.

Rachael had never heard of homeschooling before, and quite honestly, she thought these people must be crazy. Why would they want to do such a thing?

See, Rachael was a school teacher, and she really enjoyed teaching her students, and she couldn't wait to get back to teaching.

It wasn't long after her move that she met two other families that lived nearby that were also homeschooling their kids.

Her son was still young at this time, and she still had every intention of sending him to school when the time came. 

Even though she thought these ladies were crazy for homeschooling, they quickly became friends.

The had play dates and Bible studies together. Somewhere along the way, Rachael started to realize that these ladies were not as crazy as she had originally thought.

Their kids were well behaved, and very smart.  The families were very close with each other.

The time came for Rachael's family to move again, and though she was happy to move, she knew she would miss her friends. 

The time also came for her son to go to Kindergarten.

Rachael looked forward to this. Her oldest would be in Kindergarten, the middle child in Pre-school.

She thought she would get to spend more time with the baby, keep the house clean, get together with friends, etc.

But after repeated incidents with the public school, including her son not making on the school bus several times, her husband went to the school to observe why this was happening.

He came to realize that their son wasn't learning anything. He said that nothing was going on in the classroom. Nothing bad, but nothing good either, just nothing. He pulled their son out of school immediately, and brought him home.

Rachael's husband asked her to do the one thing that she did not want to do. .. HOMESCHOOL!

NO! Rachael did not want to do this. She wanted to find a private school, anything...

But after realizing that they just couldn't afford it, she agreed to homeschool their son, but only for one year.

Rachael's heart was still not where it needed to be. In her mind this was just temporary. She wanted her life back...


Things began to change when Rachael and her husband went to a homeschool conference, and happened to wonder into a workshop held by Chris Davis.

As they listened to him speak for the next hour, both of their hearts were changed, convicted by the Holy Spirit.

Rachael realized that it was her heart that needed changing. She realized that she had been wrong in wanting her "life back". Her children were her life. She just had to get her priorities straight.

I don't want to tell you every detail of her story, because I want you to read it for yourselves, but I wanted to give you enough of her story to understand the premise of this book, and where her heart is coming from.

Rachael's book shows you how to bring your heart back home, and how to have a heart for your children.


It is broken up into 5 sections, and has a "Heart Checkup" at the end of each chapter.


1. H - Have a Heart for the Things of God

In this chapter Rachael explains that you can not have a heart for your kids if you don't have a heart for God first.

She encourages you to have a quiet time, to praise God, and to pray for your kids everyday.

She shows you how to have a closer relationship with God. 


2. E - Enrich Your Marriage

I love that Rachael's priorities are in order. God first, marriage second.

She gives you tips on how to build a strong marriage.

It is so important for your kids to see what a godly marriage looks like.

Your priorities need to be lined up according to God's word, and only then can you truly give the best to your children.


3. A - Accept Your Children

In this chapter Rachael shows you how to really accept your children, to believe that they really are miracles from God. She shows you how to build close relationships with your kids.

She says that children were not sent to bring us glory, but to bring glory to the Lord. She also shows us how not to resist your children's individual bents, and how to love them just the way that God wired them.

I think this is hard for us to remember. We tend to think that our children are ours to do with whatever we wish. That they need to be what we want them to be.

I really liked this section because it made me realize that while, of course, I shouldn't let them be disrespectful, I should let them be who God created them to be.


4. R - Release Them to God

In this section, she helps us realize that our kids are not ours, they are HIS.

We are blessed to be able to train our children up for Him. It is an honor.

We must learn to trust God to take care of our children.

He is the one who created them, and He loves them even more than we do. So we can definitely trust Him to take care of them.

She also shows us that while academics are important, we need to take the time for character training, and teaching them Gods word.

They need a good Christian worldview to stand upon.  Their faith and their character are of utmost importance.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.


5. T - Teach Them the Truth.

There is only one thing that is absolutely necessary to teach our children.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart Deut. 6:6,7


Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deut. 11:18, 19


For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:  6That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children. Psalm 78:5,6

The following is a quote from this chapter:

"Teaching our kids the truth is the most important thing we can accomplish as parents.
It's paramount that we give them knowledge and understanding of the one true and living God. This is the foundation upon which all other knowledge is built. If we focus on anything else, then we doom our children to lives of emptiness and hopelessness."

We not only need to teach this to our children, we need to show it to them.

We need to be that example.


This is an excellent book. I reading through it a second time right now.

I love that she puts God and marriage as her top priorities.

We are not usually taught this. We are taught that our children need to come first.

Of course our children are important, but we shouldn't let our marriage fall by the wayside either.

I absolutely recommend this book. I think you will really enjoy it.

This is a really nice hardback book, with 205 pages. I love that it is small enough to keep in my purse. 

You can read a sample chapter here.

You can purchase How to Have a Heart For Your Kids for $13 at Apologia's Website.


Be sure to check out what my fellow Crew Mates had to say about this book


 
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*I have received a copy of How to Have a Heart for Your Kids, free, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, in return for my honest opinion.
No other compensation has been given to me.*














Friday, August 26, 2011

Giveaway! Complete set of The Letter People Readers


Let’s Read Book Set 

Do you remember the Letter People?
 
I remember using the Letter People in school. One of the few things I actually remember from school. Go Figure! HA

I have one set of 35 books/readers to give away! ($99 Value) Does not include display box. 

**To enter this giveaway leave me a comment letting me know whether or not you used the Letter People in your school.
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2. Subscribe to blog either by email, or RSS Feed, and let me know how you have subscribed. 

3. "Like" my FB page.

Remember to leave a comment for each extra entry. 

This contest will end Friday Sept. 2, 2011 at noon.

The winner will be contacted Friday afternoon. If the winner does not get in touch with me by Sunday night, September the 4th, a new winner will be chosen on Monday, the 5th.




Official Rules for this giveaway:

1. Eligibility. Giveaways are open to readers with US shipping addresses only, unless otherwise stated.

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You may, however, obtain additional entries on a particular giveaway through other channels when applicable.

3. Disclaimer. I will not be responsible for any lost or damaged items, or any lost or late entries, any technical issues, or anything beyond my control.


Good Luck and thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Teaching Textbooks Arrived Today!

YAY! We are so excited!

We ordered the new version of Teaching Textbooks a couple of months ago, and have been anxiously awaiting it's arrival. It finally arrived today!

My daughter is using their new Pre-Algebra course.


Pre-Algebra Teaching Textbook Pre-Algebra Answer Key


Algebra 1 CD Sleeve Pre-Algebra CDs


We have already started using it, and we both love it.

The instructor really explains things well, and it is a real person, not a text to speech person. At least it sounds like it is.

It has a lecture at the beginning of each lesson, and it grades everything for me! Whoo-Hoo

Anyways, I am so excited about it, and wanted to share  my enthusiasm with you.

This is our very first time using TT.

My Mother-in-law purchased it for my daughter. Wasn't that nice of her?

Do any of you use TT? How do you like it?

God's Word Commands...

Homeschooling is such a natural thing. What is not natural is to hand you children over at the age of 5 years old, or younger, for someone else to teach and train.

Deuteronomy 6 starts out with "These are the commands..." and goes on to say in Deut. 6:6-7 "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

We are commanded to teach our children, and to spend time with our children.

Homeschooling gives us the ability to follow God's commandments.

Following God's Word is always best, and is always a blessing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

If you are new to my blog....

I thought I would take a few moments to explain who I am, and what I blog about.

I am the wife of an amazing husband of 14 years, and the homeschool mom of 2 great children.

We have been homeschooling for 10 years now. I can't believe that it has been that long. lol

I have a daughter going into the 9th grade, and a son going into the 1st grade.

I do hope to have more kiddos in the future.

I love being a homeschool mom. I enjoy teaching my kids, but I will admit that it is not always easy.

But I know that the Lord will always be there with us, and that we will do great.

I am also a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew.

I blog about homeschooling, homemaking, marriage, parenting, etc.

We are planning on a move to the country, so I have been trying to learn about homesteading too.

I have been making my own bread for a while, and absolutely love it.

It is not hard, and it tastes so good!

I will have many reviews here, mostly for TOS, but also a few other companies.

This is my second year as a TOS Homeschool Crew member, and I am so blessed to be a part of it.

We receive homeschool products to use in our homes in exchange for an honest review.

I have been so blessed this past year.

Tryouts are in March, so if you are interested check back here then for the info.

Last year I reviewed some amazing products. You can find those reviews in the top left hand side of my blog under 2010/2011 TOS Reviews.

As for upcoming reviews for this year, you can find those on the left hand side of my blog under my blog button.

There are many there already, so check them out.

I recently redid the look of my blog, so I also have a new button.

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Please feel free to grab it and place it on your blog, if you would like to. If you have my old button, you may want to replace it with my new one. Just copy and paste the above button.

I have not always been the most consistant writer, but I always have many ideas. I just don't always have the time to write about them all.

I am going to try to write something each day. I will at least write several time a week.

I love to write about my kiddos, tips I find helpful, marriage, parenting, homeschooling, etc.

I hope that you can see my heart in my posts, and that I can be helpful to you in one way or another.

If you have anything that you would like to see me write about, feel free to leave me a suggestion.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog.

See you soon!





Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sad Sight

Last week we were driving around, going to garage sales, lol, and we drove by an elementary school.

I slowed down and we watched about 30 kids walk out of the building, all in a row, all with their hands behind their backs.

It was such a sad sight.

I said to my kiddos, "look at those poor kids".

They looked over and saw all the kids in a row, and they both said how sad it was that they had to be herded around like that.

My 6 year old said to me, "I'm glad I don't have to go to school, I'm glad I am homeschooled".

I replied, "You are, why?".

His response, "Because I'm HOME."

I think that just about says it all. Because he is home.

How sad would it be if my children were not home?

I just can't imagine a life like that.

I am so blessed that my children see the blessing in being able to be homeschooled.

And I am so blessed to be able to homeschool.

I thank our wonderful Lord for this blessing.

Thank you so much. 




Thursday, August 18, 2011

First Post Ever Link Up

I thought it would be fun to see what everyone's first post was! How about you?

OK, my first post is nothing special, but I am so curious to see how other started out blogging, and what they wrote about in their first post ever.

Sounds like fun, huh? Join me!

I will try to read all of your posts and follow all of your blogs. I would love it if you would follow mine as well.

OK, let's get going! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join us too!



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Building Blocks in Life Science

My daughter is entering high school this year, and I thought this would be perfect since this was a high school science curriculum. 

This is actually a great book, but my daughter is a young 9th grader, and it was a little too difficult for her. 

Well, she says it's not too difficult for her, but it was for me! HA Just kidding, well, kinda. lol

I think she could do it, but I think she will get a lot more out of it in a couple of years. Or maybe even next year.

That said, we did do some of it, and I have looked through it, and really like it. 

I love that it is a Christian Science curriculum. It is very detailed scientifically, but shows God as the creator of everything. 
It actually gives scientific evidence to refute things such as evolution.
It is a great faith builder. Your child will not be lost when asked why they believe in Creation. I love this.

The author, Gary Parker, is a former evolutionist, which I think is awesome, because it is a very powerful testimony.

This book is made up of 3 units and 19 chapters:

  • Covers in-depth topics such as genes and Genesis, the roll of natural selection, embryonic development, as well as DNA and the magnificent origins of life
  • Powerfully refutes the evolutionary worldview that life simply evolved by chance over millions of years--Provides exceptional insights and clarity to patterns of order in living things, including the promise of healing and new birth in Christ
  • Offers a fill-in-the-blank or short answer study page at the end of each chapter so students may test their comprehension
  • Helps students know how to defend their faith scientifically
Even though we have not fully used and completed this program, from what I have seen, I do recommend this science curriculum, and absolutely plan on using it in the future.

I think it would be best if we did the first book in the series before we do this one. The first book is Building Blocks in Science

And you can't beat the price!

You can purchase Building Blocks in Life Science here for only $15.99.

It is a great value. It is only black and white, but that really wasn't a deterrent with this book. My daughter said she actually preferred it that way.

Another bonus...you don't have to buy a separate teachers guide or answer key. The answers are in the back of the book.

If you have a high school aged child, I say check it out. I think you will really like it.

*I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing, in return for an honest review. No other compensation has been given to me. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fun News! Timberdoodle

I found out the other day that I was accepted to review for Timberdoodle! How cool is that?

Yesterday I received an email with an offer to review some items. 

I found out yesterday that I will be reviewing Raising Real Men and A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers.




This will be my first time reviewing for Timberdoodle, so I hope I do a good job!

I am really excited about reading Raising Real Men. I think that will be a great book.

Anyhow, I just wanted to share my fun news with you! So look forward to those reviews as well as my TOS reviews!




Monday, August 15, 2011

So I Totally Redid My Blog! Whatcha Think?

I hadn't been feeling too well lately, and was stuck in bed, so I decided I had the time to redo my blog. lol

Last year when I was accepted to the TOS Homeschool Crew, I redid my blog to fit around the ship/water theme.

I still like it actually, but you know how it goes. I can't believe I kept it for that long. I am always changing things around.

I figured I would keep it that way for the Crew year and then change it. See, I thought you could only be on the Crew for one year. I didn't know that I would be accepted for another year! Thank you Brenda and Heidi. 

Anyhow, I figured I could either keep it that way as long as I am on the Crew, or go ahead and change it now. 


Seeing as I hope to be on the Crew for as long as they will allow me to, lol, I went ahead and changed it.

I wanted something more me, ya know?

I wanted something pretty, and family focused. Not just Crew themed.

Of course now my blog does not match my Crew buttons anymore, and I am having to learn that it is OK for everything not to match.  lol

Now, I am not totally done. I have more of my friends blog buttons I want to add, and other widgets, but I am really liking it.

What do you think? Do you like it too, or do you like the older one better?

Better say this one, cause I don't think I am gonna go through all the trouble to change it again. HA

Just kidding. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.

I hope to start writing even more about things that I know you will love! At least I hope so! lol




Saturday, August 13, 2011

How Things are Going With PAL and Reading

 
 
We are still using PAL, and we really like it, but I must admit that it is slow going. 
 
Pal teaches things really fast. It is too fast for my son. 

We are not giving up on it though, we are just going at it a little slower. 

One thing I have done is take a break from the lessons to practice what we have learned so far, so that he really knows and understand what he is learning.

We are using the folder games, but I also made up two more games of my own. 

I took all the "helpers" that he is learning, and made a match game out of them. 

I also made a match game out of the color sight words he is learning. 

This is really helping. 

Something else that I am doing right now is focusing more on the I See Sam Readers

 
This is much easier for him right now. 
So we are going to do more of the I See Sam readers, and practice what we have learned in PAL so far, and then take each PAL lesson slowly. 

It might take us a lot longer to get through the lessons, but that is OK. 

If you are using PAL, and it is going a little too fast for you, just remember that it is OK to slow down,and tailor it to your child. 

For those of you who use pal, how is it going for you?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Already Compromised

Already Compromised


I have been reading this book for the last few weeks, and let me say...Wow. It is so good. If you have a child that is considering going to college, you must read Already Compromised.

Ken Ham and Greg Hall do an amazing job of revealing what the professors in Christian Colleges really think.

You would be so surprised at how many don't believe in a literal translation of the Scriptures, and how many even believe in evolution!

In the survey used for this book they interviewed 312 people. All from Christian colleges.

Some of the questions asked were:

*Do you believe in God creating the earth, but not in 6 literal days?

Response: only 47.1 % said yes. Can you believe that?

*Do you believe in the inspiration of Scripture?  98.1% said yes.

*Do you believe in the inerrancy of Scripture? 74.0% said yes.

*Do you believe in the infallibility of Scripture? 80.8% said yes.

This means that there are 26% that don't believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, and 20% that don't believe in the infallibility of Scripture. And that is just from these 312 people. Imagine how many more there really are.

There are many more questions in the book, but something I found very interesting was the fact that in this survey, the science department seemed to have a stronger faith than the religious department.

The religious department was more likely to believe in evolution, and reject the idea of a six literal day creation.

I never would have thought that, but I guess it makes sense. The science department can see that the data actually backs up creation, and not evolution.

There was a lot in this book that really made me think harder about sending my kids off to just any old college.

And just because your college is a Christian college, does not mean that your kids will be taught the same beliefs that you have taught them.

There is a list of colleges that they do recommend, however, if you are looking for a good Christian college.

I don't plan on my kids going to college, at least not to a public college. In my opinion they are no better than public school, and I wouldn't send my kids there.

I also wouldn't send my kids to a Christian school, because I believe that Scripture mandates parents to teach their kids.

But, if after they are adults, and they need, or want to go to college, I would definitely be very careful of which one I chose.

This book gives you a list questions to ask your colleges, to see where they really stand on their beliefs.

Greg Hall says "The ultimate goal of thinking Christianly is to present God as Creator and Father of everything that He has made and build our entire worldview on the foundation of His written revelation. He is the maker and owner of everything that is made. Here is where humankind is made to realize we owe our very existence to something (someone) other than ourselves. Here is where hubris is put in it's place. Here is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...and that is the only foundation for clear thinking ever made available."

This is what we need to teach our children, and what the Christian colleges need to be teaching our children. Unfortunately, many are not.

There is so much more to this book though than just what is going on in Christian colleges today.

I leaned so much from this book on faith and worldview. It is so refreshing to see someone write about standing strong in your faith, and not afraid to speak the truth.

I highly, highly recommend this book, even if you don't have a child headed to college. As Christians we need to be aware of what is going on in the church.

I would even say, let your kids read this book. There is a chapter specifically for students, but I think they would gain so much knowledge from reading the entire book.

If you read this book let me know what you think. I really liked it, and was very impressed by Ken Ham.

You can find Already Compromised here for $13.99.



* I received this book from New Leaf Publishing, free, in return for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given to me. *

Monday, August 8, 2011

Nutrigrain Mill Giveaway

This is one of those things that you really don't want to blog about becasue you want to win. lol

But I'll share with you anyway.

Halle the Homemaker is having a giveaway fro a Nutrigrain Mill, and all the supplies needed to make bread.

Here is the link to the giveaway:

http://www.halleethehomemaker.com/2011/07/two-year-blogiversary-giveaway/

Check it out. Oh, it ends tomorrow!

Our Vacation

For the last two weeks my husband has been on vacation.

The first week we went to the Illinois River.

We always procrastinate, so we didn't get there until almost dark. lol

I was kind of frustrating because there was a burn ban, and we we couldn't cook out over the fire, so we had to buy a little charcoal grill.

And of course we had to put it together in the dark! With bugs flying all over me! OOHHH

After we got it all together my husband cooked hot dogs, and we went to bed.

The next day we had a lot of fun swimming down the river. We decided not to rent a raft as the water level was so low. A lot of people were bottoming out.

We swam for almost the whole day, and then decided to try to find a free wilderness camping site. We had been told there were some, but couldn't find any.

My husband wanted to camp out under a bridge by the river. UH, NO! I was not comfortable with that.

Luckily he said we could find somewhere else.

We were going to go back to the campgrounds, but we went back a different way and accidentally found a sign that said primitive camping 5 miles.

So we drove all the way down the road and came to the campsite, if you can call it that.

It was so scary! We turned on the head lights and set up the tent. We had already eaten out before we got there, so we didn't have to worry about that.

As soon as I got the tent set up, my husband went out to the car, and a snake went right in front of him. He said it looked like a copperhead! YIKES!

But we calmed down from that, and as he was getting something out of the car, he heard a loud stampeding noise that really scared him. He turned around, and there were about 15 deer running up from the river into the woods. He said it was awesome! I wish I could have seen it.

He told us to come see, but as soon as we got out of the tent he told us to hurry up and get back in. He saw a coyote in the woods.

OK, I have had enough. I am ready to go at this point. Back to the nice campgrounds were there are no Snakes and Coyotes! OK, there might be, but not as likely.

We stayed, but we had a hard time sleeping, wondering if anything would come up to our tent. Well I did at least, my husband slept fine. lol

The next morning we got packed up, and went down to Barren Fork River and swam all day.

You could see all of the fishes in the river, it was so clear. It was really fun.

But later that night my husband wanted to go back to the primitive campsite to camp again. It's free, ya know? lol

So, we did, and getting there before dark was much better. It didn't seem as scary.

So, we set up camp, and my husband and the kids fished. At this point we had just been eating out for all of our meals, as the town was super close, and we didn't want to mess with the grill.

The next morning we woke up, and went swimming. It was so nice. I wish we could live right off of the river...

But guess what we saw on the other side of the river on a big rock? Bear poo! Yes! Oh My! I didn't know we were out there with bears. Then the kids informed me that they found some last night just down from our tent on a tree on the river.

So they showed me, and it was still fresh. AAAAHHHHH. That is so scary. I don't think I want to camp with bears anymore.

It was really fun though. We had such a great time together. It was really bonding for our family.

And I love long car drives, so I like taking these long trips.

Well, thanks for listening to me babble on. lol The one thing that I regret was not bringing my camera! What was I thinking?

Next time I will have pics to show you!

This last week we just stayed home, and did pretty much nothing, but it was so good to have him home.

He had to go back to work today. SAD

But I am happy we got this time together. He hasn't had a vacation in over 6 years.

Next time we go camping though I need to find some tips on how to keep the bugs away. We have bug bite all over our legs. And I still have some kind of rash on my tummy. Poison Ivy or something.

What kind of tips do you have for camping?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Do you ever feel like you have too much curriculum?

UGH. I feel so frustrated. I have all of my plans laid out. I have all of my curriculum. I am set.

BUT, I don't have time for any of the extras. I have so many ebooks, unit studies, audio classes, etc, that I never have time to do.

Do you ever just want to do one thing at a time, and move on?

I mean, I have all subjects picked out. Each course will take a year. If I continue with this, I will not be able to do any of those unit studies, living books, etc.. that I also want to do.

I feel like I would want to do math and writing each day with my oldest, math and reading each day with my youngest, and then just do something else, whether that be a history or science thing.Whatever.

Do you know what I mean?

For example, I have almost all of the Curiosity Files. I would like to do just one of those until we are done, and then move on to something else.

I have Creation Science classes online, I have cool art projects, I have a lot I would like to do, but with all of my curriculum picked out for the year, I won't have time for any of that.

And Lapbooks, OH MY, I have 100's of lapbooks. But never any time. sigh

I want to read a lot more, I want to do a lot more projects. Oh, I just feel tied down.

Do you ever feel that way?

How do you deal with this? How do you make it work? How do you incorporate the extras?

Friday, August 5, 2011

DON'T Leave Your Books on the Dashboard of Your Car!

Twice I have left a hardback book on the dashboard of the car. Both times it warped the books.

You would think I would have learned the first time, but NO.

After the second time I did learn my lesson, BUT, today I left a paper back there.

I didn't think it would be an issue.

The heat melted some of the binding and some of the pages came loose! It was a new book too! (Already Compromised. I am almost done. Look for that review soon.)

I just wanted to share this with you all so that hopefully you won't end up with warped covers, pages coming loose.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Green Beans in the Garden

I just went to the Homestead Blessings Website, and saw this video.

I just wanted to share it with you. It was so sweet. The girls were quite a bit younger in this video though.



I have been watching some of their videos. I love them. Tomorrow I am going to make a roast using their recipe. It looks so good. And They have a great recipe for buttermilk ranch dressing. YUM!!!

If you haven't hear of the West Ladies before, you really should check them out. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

More Things for Sale - Price Reduced

Writing Strands Level 4 Retails for $20. Selling for $5 plus Shipping.

Very good condition. Does have our family name in the top right hand corner, but can easily be covered. 

                                                                                                                                                                  
Reading Strands Retails for $20. Selling for $5 plus shipping. Has a little corner wear, and has our name in the corner. 

Will sell both books together for $10.


Writing With a Purpose.  Retails for $16. Selling for $5 plus shipping. Brand New. Never Used.
Writing With A Purpose: Grades 7-9  


Story of the World Volume 1 Retails for $16.95. Can buy at Christianbook for $11.49. 

Selling for $6 including shipping. Good, used condition. Has some wear. 

Spelling Wisdom Book 1  Retails for $21.95 Selling for $10 including shipping.

Great condition. Has some shelf wear. Cover is not Bright White anymore. lol Pages in great condition.


Spelling Wisdom (American version)

ABeka Arithmetic 6 Have the set of Student workbook, Teachers Guide, test and speed drills, and Test and speed drills answer key. Retails for over $50. Selling for $15 plus shipping.

The first 35 lessons have been done, but can easily be erased. There are 169 lessons.

There is another version coming out, but you can still get this one through A Beka as well.


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One Year Anniversary!

Today is our one year anniversary. It sure has been a crazy year, but I am so thankful for my husband.