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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?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"Math Refresher for Adults" Review

So many parents are intimidated by having to teach math to their children. I admit math is not my strong suit, and I've got two kids in Algebra, so reviewing Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials seemed like a great way for me to brush up on some math skills.

To be fair, my kids do pretty well with math once they understand what they are doing. But if they don't, it's frustration for everyone until they do understand. Especially my son. He's going into 8th grade and sometimes rushes through the teaching portion of a lesson, assuming he knows what he's doing, only to discover he's gotten everything wrong. Then he has to sit and wait while I read the lesson, figure out what I'm doing, and then teach him. It would be nice if I could remember what to do and help him the first time through!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Weekly Recap: With the cherries and the blessings

Did you know that IEW offers free shipping from July 1-10? It's a great time to buy what you need for the next school year! Be sure to enter the drawing for a $50 gift certificate while you are there.

Here's an update through the rest of June. I've been so busy that I'm  having a hard time keeping up with everything! I'm glad that June is done. I've seen so many good things happen the past couple of weeks though, I know Heavenly Father is watching over my family.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Year 5 Celebration of Learning

We made it through the school year! June has been SOOOO busy that we had to schedule our Celebration of Learning at the end of the month. We studied South America this year. Some of our family members are Brazilian and some have visited other South American countries, so we really enjoyed this school year and celebration. Our Brazilian family taught me a couple of recipes, and the children found other recipes they wanted to try. Here's what our celebration was like!

Mmmmm... a basket full of pao de queijo, Brazilian cheese bread. My sister-in-law taught me to always make extra!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

"The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective" Review

I have been using the book The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective. We received a digital copy of it from The Master and His Apprentices. This book is intended to be used to study art and can be used as a full credit of art history for high school students.

It would also be good to use as a reference or supplement to other art history courses, or to just learn about art history for fun. I chose to use it as an adult studying art history. This book is full of examples of many pieces of artwork. What makes this book unique is there is no nudity. When you get to the Michelangelo pages, the statue of David is cropped to show only a foot. The Creation of Adam is cropped to show just the forearms and hands.