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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daily Bible Jigsaw Review

I have four kids, and while they don't have their own devices, they love using our shared devices and playing games on them. We have enjoyed reviewing Daily Bible Jigsaw, a family friendly game from Planet 316. (I have distorted the names and pictures of my personal screen shots in this review to maintain the privacy of my Facebook friends.)

Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316

This game is free! Though the Google Play Store says the game contains ads, I haven't seen a single one in the game. The only advertisements I found are in the get more coins area. You can buy coins or you can watch video ads to earn coins. I appreciate Planet 316 keeping this game safer for my kids by not using ads they could accidentally click on or view while playing.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

How We Homeschool: Notes (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

I couldn't come up with anything for N besides the word Notes, and I think it will fit with how we learn music.

All four of my children are learning piano. M is taking lessons from a piano teacher, and the three younger children use Hoffman Academy. They all used to learn from Mr. Hoffman, but M was nearly at the end of what was available then, and she learns better with individual help, so having a piano teacher has been wonderful for her.

Weekly Recap: with the GPS

Last Saturday I forgot to mention that the Easter Bunny visited us. He always comes on Saturday so we can spend Sunday focusing on Christ.

We started the day Sunday by making resurrection rolls. Church was wonderful, all the talks and lessons were inspiring. My kids helped make dinner, and J and my husband had made a peanut butter cheesecake for my birthday!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Weekly Recap: with Holy Week and the broken washer

Last Saturday was a regular day, grocery shopping, chores, and I finished a knitting project for my sister.

On Sunday we went to church then my parent's for a family dinner.

Monday's history lesson was about the Bill of Rights. A guy came out from our internet provider and adjusted our connection so we can hopefully get the speeds we're paying for now! As I was moving our router to attempt to plug my desktop computer in with an ethernet cable, I nearly had an emergency situation.

Friday, April 14, 2017

How We Homeschool: Math (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

There are so many math programs available for homeschoolers! When we started teaching our kids at home, we struggled with what math program to use. So many seemed like they would work well. I started looking at various programs, trying anything I could get my hands on, and reading reviews and books/websites that explained them.

We finally settled on Saxon. The spiral method works well for my children (they did not do well with the mastery program they used at school). There is SO MUCH hands on work for the younger grades, and we've found ways to carry that over into the older grades when the kids need it. I read many things that helped me understand how thorough Saxon is. Every time one of my kids struggles with math, I switch up how we work and learn so they can get past the difficult part. I finally quit researching other methods because whenever I did I was reminded how great Saxon is, and that nothing else was going to work as well for my kids. If someone was truly struggling with Saxon's methods we would switch for that child, but usually the trouble we experience is because we need to refocus or examine how we're using our time.

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Digital Savvy" Review: A Computer Literacy Course

Two of my children have had the opportunity to review Digital Savvy, a computer skills course from CompuScholar, Inc. I am quite pleased with the content of this course, there is so much information that it covers! When I was younger it took me many years to learn, through my own exploration, the things this course covers. I often wish I could just plug a cable between my brain and my children's to share some knowledge with them. This course makes learning fun and easy.

CompuScholar, Inc. Digital Savvy

If you recognize the name Homeschool Programming, you are already familiar with CompuScholar, Inc. They were sister companies who sold the same computer science courses to different markets. They have merged and redesigned as CompuScholar, Inc. and still have the same great content! Courses are still available for homeschool and public/private schools.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekly Recap: with General Conference and without school

We spend last Saturday and Sunday enjoying General Conference and listening to the living prophet and apostles speak! Did you know there is a prophet living today? Just like in Bible times, you can learn from him exactly what God wants us to know, and the feeling of comfort when you hear the leaders of Christ's church speak is wonderful.

My husband has had his work weekends fall on General Conference twice now. He's not thrilled about that, but at least it's available to watch online or read! In between Saturday sessions the kids and I went grocery shopping, then we set up a grilled cheese bar for lunch. We invited some friends over for the Priesthood Session after dinner, and had banana splits.