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Monday, August 13, 2018

Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year!

We like to do a special Family Home Evening lesson before the first day of school. It's a great one to remind children the importance of learning as well as some good character traits. See the lesson we use at this website - We Can Learn at School. That lesson also contains my favorite goal sheet, which we have the children do during the FHE lesson or on the first day of school. Also, we always do Father's blessings (And a teacher blessing!) the night before school starts.

History, Geography:

As you know, we have used Family School every year since we started homeschooling. It is written so all the children can learn together, but they complete work on their own level for every lesson too. Originally there were going to be six complete years of six topics. A while ago they decided to change that. That threw a wrench in our school plans, but I accepted it and began planning. We have been promised that the sixth year of history and geography available to use this school year. Which I am desperately hoping is true, because completing those two topics in the curriculum we started is logical. Why start all over with something else?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Weekly Recap: With the breakfast foods

Last time I updated you, I mentioned an exciting event coming up from Family School. Well, that happened and it was pretty awesome! They introduced the new Lifetime Membership pricing, the new Preschool lessons, and the Open & Go lessons! That is what has kept me so busy lately, I am on the team that is condensing the lessons and making them easier for you to use. It's been such a neat project to participate in and I'm so excited to see them go live for you to use!

M has been busy in the kitchen lately. We found brown spot bananas discounted at the store and she wanted to make banana bread muffins. I believe she said she did 12 batches by the time she was done, something like 150 muffins? Then she decided to make breakfast burritos, and ended up with just over three dozen of those! It has been so nice to have these options in the freezer for breakfasts. A few days later she also made overnight oatmeal, one dozen half pint jars.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Book Review: A Daring Venture

I received Elizabeth Camden's latest book, A Daring Venture, to review. Mrs. Camden is one of my favorite historical fiction authors. Her books contain good themes, strong women, and bits of history that aren't always common knowledge.

This book is no different, yet is an enjoyable story in its own way. The main character is Dr. Rosalind Werner, a scientist whose goal is to purify water and eliminate waterborne diseases. She and her brother were orphaned as children when their parents succumbed to cholera. As a female scientist, she faces people not trusting her work and rumors about her character. Yet she is determined and honest... until her colleague decides to take a giant step ahead with their research and she must decide if she will support him and continue their work. Hiding a secret could hurt her new relationship with Nicholas Drake.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Weekly Recap: With all the stuff in the busy summer

Well, this weekly recap is nearly a monthly recap! I really hoped that life would slow down in the summer so we could kick back, read, play, splash, and chill a little. Ha ha! My daughter was looking at the June and July calendar the other day. "Mom, we only had 4 days with nothing to do in June. Woah... July only has 2 and it's not even done yet!"

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Family School For All Forever!

I'm really excited to share this with you. Mark your calendar for this event on Facebook. They're tossing out hints now and have mentioned something about owning Family School rather than renting it.

Family School is the main curriculum we use. The one curriculum that we've never changed since we started homeschooling.. it's that good! If you follow my blog you've read a lot about Family School, especially if you read our Celebration posts.

Sign up to attend this Facebook Live event. You won't want to miss it! (I promise... I've got a little tiny bit of insider info I've promised not to spill!)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Family Home Evening Lessons by Kids

Ever since President Nelson's Hope of Israel fireside, we've been using For the Strength of Youth for Family Home Evening. Each week one of us prepares a lesson on whatever topic is next in the book (website) and then we present it. I happened to come across this website that has ideas and suggestions for each topic so we're using it too.

In the past few months, my kids have been creating digital presentations more and more. With the LDS Media Library app, you can collect various types of media to use with a lesson. This has been one of the few apps that my youngest has always had access to. So she's familiar with finding videos and adding them to her favorites.

Well, last Monday it was N's turn to teach the Family Home Evening lesson. The topic was Family. She began by reading the booklet and picking out the paragraphs or sentences that stood out to her. (She chose paragraph 2, 4, and a sentence from 5.) Then she asked me to help her find pictures and images from the LDS Media Library app to cast to the TV, and to pick an activity. Yes, my going-into-second-grade daughter planned this all out.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Code for Teens Review

When I was a kid, we would play with and build things out of sticks, rocks, plywood, and whatever we could find out back, sometimes with a sprinkler added in. My kids also enjoy a little bit of stuff like that, but being able to create with technology is more their thing. They like drones, tablets, stop motion video, and all things with USB chargers. Being able to program is exciting for them. When my teens were offered the opportunity to review Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner's Guide to Programming (Volume 1) they wanted to try it out. Being able to create computer functions from their own knowledge is rewarding and helps them develop problem solving skills.

This is a new book from Code for Teens that teaches JavaScript in a simple yet fun way. Okay, I hear some of you asking what JavaScript is. It's a programming language that is frequently used to develop software. It is used in over 90% of websites, and is commonly used with mobile apps. Back when I learned to program websites, Java was a neat tool that we used to add fun functionality to them. Now it does more than ever before, and believe it or not... teens and kids can learn it. How's that for preparing for their future?