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Friday, March 16, 2018

"A Refuge Assured" Book Review

I was sent a copy of a new book by Jocelyn Green to review. I have never read one of her books before so I was excited to read A Refuge Assured. This book is historical fiction and describes the difficulties of the people who lived during the French Revolution and were loyal to the royal family.

Weekly Recap: With the last level of reading!

We're stuck in this Utah weather that can't decide if it's winter or spring. It's a fun time of year with lots of rain and snow, and warm sunny days randomly sprinkled in between.

I finally started getting better... my fever went away completely! But I had lingering coughing and tired days. And my neck and head were in so much pain, so much that it was hard to lay down and relax.

The kids had regular activities all week and stayed busy, plus M and J went to the temple one afternoon. We put the trampoline up and the kids have enjoyed playing on it again.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Weekly Recap: with the snowy miracle

School Highlights:

  • Our history lesson was an introduction to slavery. We're working toward the Civil War, this lesson was eye opening for some kids. We've talked about slavery in the past, but we really talked about it this time.
  • We studied Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. We really like this poem and it was fun to learn more about it.
  • Our science lesson was about the sense of touch.
  • For geography we talked about the growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South America. It was prophesied that the church would grow there, like an acorn grows into a might oak tree. We looked at when the prophecies happened, and how church membership grew. Pretty neat! Then we worked on religion reports for our chosen countries.
  • Prokofiev was the subject of our music lesson. What a great musician!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

CursiveLogic and The Art of Cursive Review

We had the opportunity to review the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive from CursiveLogic. I'm going to be honest... this is one of the reasons I joined the Homeschool Review Crew! They reviewed this when it was brand new a few years ago. Ever since then I've been waiting for the right time to buy it for my youngest. Well, we are really glad that we got to review it! If you're interested, check out the discount code towards the end of my review.

What is CursiveLogic?

We received two different items. The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack consists of one copy of the workbook and access to the instructional video. The workbook has thick, heavy pages with two laminated pages in the back for dry erase practice. It is full color with basic instructions throughout the book.

The lowercase letters are taught in four lessons, each lesson split into four days of work. The letters are grouped by similar shape so that a string or group of letters are all taught together. The uppercase letters are taught in six lessons, again with similar shaped letters grouped together. The method is intended for ages eight to adult. We are using it with a first grader. She has a little experience with cursive, and because she's younger we sometimes took five days to teach one lesson.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Magic Stix Washable Markers Review

I think that craft and coloring items are a necessary household category, and my kids happen to agree with me. When we were offered an opportunity to review Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc., everyone couldn't wait to try them out!

Magic Stix Washable Markers

We have reviewed items from The Pencil Grip, Inc. in the past, you can find our reviews of Kwik Stix here. This set of 24 markers are a new item and they have their own unique characteristic... they don't dry out if you leave the cap off for seven days! It's kind of amazing, and we had to put it to the test.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Weekly Recap: The rough (but also good) one

We had a whopper of a week. It was a good thing that we took President's Day off! J had his last basketball game. He also got to clean the tabernacle. M learned some cute hair styles, and luckily has two younger sisters who don't mind the practice!
I took pictures of a friend's toddler. I rarely do photo shoots for others but I sure love when I get to!
N heard Daddy talking about buying cookies (Samoas) and decided she'd make cookies all by herself and sell them to Daddy! What a little entrepreneur! She did make sugar cookies with very little help, but did not charge anyone to eat them.
We finally replaced the broken phone that our kids use, so now they can call or text us when they are out.

Friday, February 23, 2018

"I Am Harriet Tubman" Blog Tour

We have been studying United States history this year. About a week ago we reached the Civil War. A couple of months ago I was offered the opportunity to review a copy of the children's biography I Am Harriet Tubman. This is the latest in a series of books titled Ordinary People Change the World from Penguin Young Readers.

Book Description: 

"Harriet Tubman's heroic and pivotal role in the fight against slavery is the subject of the fourteenth picture book in this New York Times bestselling biography series.
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume focuses on Harriet Tubman's brave heroism as part of the movement to abolish slavery. As one of the key players in the Underground Railroad, she helped enslaved African Americans escape and find freedom."