How Do We Know God is Really There? – Review

We can’t see God so how can we know he exists. To me the easy answer would be faith, but sometimes that is a hard concept for adults let alone kids. I was recently given the opportunity to review the book How Do We Know God is Really There written by Melissa Cain Travis, illustrated by Christopher Voss, and published by Apologia. (The same company who publishes those great planners I reviewed).

A little about the book:

This book is the story of a little boy Thomas and his dad. After looking at the night sky Thomas begins to talk to his dad about God and how a friend told him that there is no proof that God is real. The book goes on with Thomas’s dad asking questions which leads to Thomas understanding that there is a God.

It is a 24 page hard cover book with a lot of illustrations. Every other page is full of vibrant colored pictures. Aside from the funny looking people, my little one enjoyed the pictures. It is available Here for $16.

I really liked how the book is written in a kid friendly tone. It does not come right out and preach at you but lets the child think for themselves and uses the science of Edwin Hubble to explain that God is real.
I read the book by myself the first time because I was not sure what to expect, but I felt that it explained things clearly and then began to read it to my 10 year old. She didn’t seem too interested so I waited a few days. The second time I read it to her she liked it but became very defensive telling me that, “Thomas’s friends are just crazy because there is a God and he did create the earth.” This book definitely brought about a good conversation. I was glad to be given the opportunity to review it.

 

The story is great the quality of the book however is another story. We have read through the book about 5 times and the pages already have small holes near the center. There are strings from the binding sticking out, and the picture is tearing off of the middle from the pages sticking together. Overall the copy that I received seems to have been put together poorly.



These are some of the holes.

I am a little mixed on if I would recommend this book or not. The story is wonderful and I feel it will bring great conversation, but the quality of the book is poor.

This is the strings coming out of the book.
 


My Home School Grades – Review

I am still fairly new to home schooling, and very new to having to keep track of all the work my little one completes. Even though the state I live in doesn’t require records to be kept, I think it is important to have some kind of a record of all the hard work we do. AJ is in fourth grade so although the need to make a transcript is quite a few years off, it is something I will need in the future.

I was given the opportunity to review My Home School Grades. It is an online program that lets you keep track of your home school in one place. You can keep track of grades, extra curricular activities and even create a transcript. It is very simple to use and has four different videos that explain how to do everything.


The set up is very simple. You impute basic information and create your student. You can even upload a picture of them. Then you add a class for the student. Here you are given numerous options. You can select the school year, if the class was an entire year or semester, and if the class was an honors course.

 
 

The next step is to decide how to grade the class. There are many options here as well. You can select to just enter a grade for the class, make the class a pass or fail class, or enter in each lesson and have the system calculate the grade for you. If you use a well known program to home school with such as: Math U See, or  Apologia,  you are even able to import the lessons so that all you have to do is enter the grades. There is also the option to ask for a curriculum to be added to the list. Right now I don’t use a program that is listed we are doing a lot of work books, and next year we will be doing a unit study. I was able to put in my own lessons. It did take a little bit of time, but I entered each lesson into the system and now when AJ finishes an assignment I can enter in her grade. Even entering a grade has options. You can type in the grade (A, B, C), a numerical score (100, 95, 87) or the fraction they got correct (8/10, 51/60). No matter how you enter it the system will change it to your default setting for the class. Once you are ready you can also print out a very professional looking transcript.

Once you have the system set to your liking entering grades is quick and simple. You can create a different student for each of your children and have all your information in one place. There is also a screen to enter all of the extra curricular activities that your child participated in that year.

My Home School Grades is still being improved. One major improvement that is being worked on is a place to record attendance. I can’t wait for that to be finished.

You can access My Home School Grades from almost any device that connects to the internet, so not only is the program simple it is also portable.

You can get a lifetime subscription for My Home School Grades for only $49.99. That price includes all future updates to the program as well. I think that $49.99 for a complete record of your home school is a very reasonable price, but they are giving a FREE 14 day trial so that you can check it out for yourself and see if it is something that will work for your family.

I really like this product. I love the fact that all of my grading records can be kept in a safe place. One thing that I really liked was that you can enter information from prior years. We started home schooling mid year so it was nice to be able to input the grades that she received from the other school. I also liked that there were so many different options because no two home schooling families are the same. I would definitely recommend this program.

Waterproof Bible – Review

When I think of the Bible, I think of a holy book full of God’s word. I have had many Bibles over the year and in fact at the moment I have three of them sitting on my bookshelf. They are in fairly good condition because other than church they never really left my house. When I received a Waterproof Bible from Bardin Marsee Publishing to review, I didn’t exactly know if it was a product that I would use. The version I received was the King James Version of the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.
It has a very nice pink cover and is very well made. It is not the entire Bible but the small size would fit nicely into a purse or backpack.

There are five different versions available

  • ESV – English Standard Version
  • KJV – King James Version
  • NIV – New International Version
  • NKJV – New King James Version
  • NLT – New Living Translation

The Waterproof Bible is available in two forms.

  • The Full Bible for $44.95
  • The New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs for $24.99

The amazing thing about this Bible is that it is WATERPROOF inside and out. It is stain resistant, and tear resistant. The synthetic pages of the Bible will stretch before they tear and to help ensure the durability, each page is sewed in and then glued. They say you can hold the Waterproof Bible by one page and shake it around and that the page will not fall out. We decided to test it out. This Bible is so well made that even with a little bit of pulling the page stayed intact.

I didn’t know what to expect with waterproof pages, but they are beautiful. They are crisp and clear and the text is very easy to read. One of the things that I liked was the fact that I could not see the print from the backside of the page as I was reading.

Since I received the Waterproof Bible I have dunked it in water a few different times, each time after it dried it looked brand new. Today was the first time we went swimming this year so we decided to take along the Waterproof Bible and test it out some more.

AJ took it in the pool and the water just squeezed right out of the pages. As you can see the text on the pages is still clear as can be and the cover looks like new. The only thing I was disappointed with was the fact that the Bible sank to the bottom of the pool instead of floating.

The new products do float but I received an older version, one that was printed before they made the change to the floating materials. I have heard from many others that their Waterproof Bibles do float but ours didn’t.

Overall I think this Waterproof Bible is a great idea. It is sturdy and will stand up to just about anything. For now I don’t have any major plans to use this Bible. It will probably sit on my bookshelf with the others, but I love the fact that if I ever have the need or desire I can take this Bible anywhere. I could definitely see this Bible being great for those who are the outdoor type or for people who want to put their Bible in a book bag and not have to worry about it getting ruined. Sunday school teachers, missionaries, and kids away at camp would also have great use of this Bible. If you are looking for a new Bible that is durable, stain resistant, and waterproof, then this is the one for you.

My Birthday

We have another busy week around our house. Today was my birthday, Thursday is AJ’s 10th birthday and her inner squad at gymnastics and then Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Lunch at Olive Garden

I had a very nice day today. I went out to lunch kid free and had a wonderful time with my mom and my best friend. It was nice to get out and not have adult only conversations. I haven’t seen my friend since Easter so it was very nice. I got a flash drive which I definitely needed to store some of my pictures on and a new camera. I am so excited about the new camera. It is a Nikon Coolpix with 20.1 mega pixels and a 5x zoom. I played around with it a little tonight and I can’t wait to try it out on Thursday.

I can’t get cake from the store and have yet to find a good recipe for frosting that doesn’t require powdered sugar or cornstarch so I decided to try something different. I made a Double chocolate hot fudge sundae cake. It was actually very easy. I got the recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook 1500 Recipes for the Way You Cook Today.

Heat the oven to 350
Mix:

1 Cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 TBS Coco
2 tsp baking powder
 (that has corn so I have to substitute 1 tsp cream of tarter and 1/2 tsp baking soda)
1/4 tsp salt

Then add:

1/2 cup milk
2 TBS melted butter
1 tsp vanilla

Mix with a fork until smooth.
Stir in 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips ( I used milk chocolate) and 1/2 cup nuts ( I left those out)
Put that in the bottom of a 9-inch ungreased square pan

Then sprinkle the top with:

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coco
Top with 1 3/4 cup hot water or strong coffee (I used water)
Right before it went in the oven.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes until the top is dry and let cool for 10 minutes.
Waiting the LONG 10 minutes for it to cool.
It turned out so good. It was sweet, moist and melted in my mouth. I was expecting it to taste good but WOW this cake was amazing! I was even able to use my new camera to take pictures of it.
Topped it with ice cream and it was ready to eat.

We took the easy way out and ordered cupcakes for AJ’s birthday but we hope to have a fun day.Tomorrow will be filled with school work and cleaning so that on Thursday we can relax and have fun.

Gymnastics and a Bike

It has been a busy couple of weeks around our house. It seems like we are always on the go between doctors and gymnastics.  I had to see a new doctor regarding my work injury to my leg and foot. This doctor couldn’t believe I was still working and decided to keep me home. It isn’t going to be good money wise, but maybe it will give my foot a chance to heal. They are going to send me for more tests and hope to figure out the problem. I hope they can because three years of this is enough to drive anyone nuts. It is sad that there are so many hoops to jump through just to get better, and that those few bad apples that want to cheat the system make it harder on the rest of us. Well I guess that is enough complaining. We had a few good things happen this week.

On Tuesday my little one {from now on I plan to refer to her as AJ} had her second inner squad of the season. She has been practicing very hard and really trying to fix those little mistakes in her routine that get points deducted. Up to this point she had never received a score of 9 or above on the bars. She normally gets a pink or purple ribbon on the bars during competition and honestly I didn’t thing a rainbow ribbon would be possible. Well I was wrong! On Tuesday she got a score of 9.2 on the bars and she was beyond excited. She was so proud of herself. When we got home she started to call everybody to tell them she finally got a 9 on the bars. He routine was very good and aside from her leg hitting the bar during the leg cut it was the best I have seen her do. This was not a real meet but it was judged by a real judge. She doesn’t have another official meet until the end of May so her goal is to get a rainbow ribbon in the next competition. I think that score gave her the confidence boost she needed.

 

AJ has been saving her money since Christmas and finally spent it this week. She bought herself a bike. She has had a small bike for a while but it has training wheels and she couldn’t ride the bike without them. Since I have not been able to walk very well for the last three years, teaching her to ride a bike was something that just couldn’t happen. She was determined to ride though and after a few minutes struggling she got it. She can’t turn very well yet but she is getting the hang of it.

 

School work has been about the same. Her reading comprehension skills are getting better and she is doing a lot better at reading out loud. In multiplication she is doing well. This week she will be focusing on her sixes. I am anxious to see how she does once she gets to the “harder” facts. Problem Solving is coming around and I can see her using her thinking skills to solve the problems. We finished the second week of spelling and she got 100% on the spelling test. I really like the Soaring with Spelling program and hope it continues to work for us. We started our volcano lap book and so far she likes the lap book idea. If this one goes well I plan on doing more of them with her. We are taking a break with Spanish now that the review is done and plan to pick it up with the start of next year.

We have decided to try and make a menu plan for the month of May and stick to it. We are going to do a big shopping day for the month and hope to cut out all of those last minute trips to the store. I am hoping by doing that we will eat out less and save some money. I will let you know if we are able to stick to our plan.

That’s how our week went. It never seems like there are enough hours in a day but we get through it.

Spanish for You! – Review

 

Living in California, there is a great need to be fluent in Spanish. Spanish is everywhere and my little one has picked up a lot of words and phrases, but she needs more. For the last two years she was taking a Spanish course at school and while it was great for vocabulary, that was about all that it taught. Now that we are traditionally home schooling I have been searching for a good Spanish program that teaches more than just vocabulary. I wanted a program that was not all on the computer and one that taught conjugating verbs. I found a few programs that fit my specifics, but they had very high price tags. Then I was given the opportunity to review Spanish for You.  It seemed to meet all of my needs so I was very excited to try it.

Spanish for You is a Spanish program designed for kids in grades 3 – 8. It comes with a soft cover book, downloadable worksheets, downloadable flash card pictures, lesson guides, and MP3 downloads that have the author reading the pages in the book and a native Spanish speaker reading as well. It also includes downloadable self checking worksheets.

There are three different themed books; Fiestas (celebrations), Estaciones (seasons), and Viajes (travel). At the time of this review Viajes is not quite finished and will be available soon. The books can be used in any order as they are not leveled. The interesting part of this program is that the same book can be used for your child in third grade and your child in eighth grade. There are lesson guides to use for grades 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8. While your students in different grades will be learning the same things, there are worksheets available that will be at each ones grade level. I only have one child and we used the 3/4 lesson guides but I did look at the higher level worksheets and they looked grade level appropriate.

I was given Estaciones to review. It contains 5 lessons; The Calendar and Weather, Fall and School, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Each lesson covers new vocabulary, verbs and how to conjugate them, and grammar. Each lesson takes about four to six weeks to complete depending on the child and the pace you take. The lessons are short and to the point following a four day a week schedule.




I have to say that I really like this program and so does my nine year old. She actually asks to do Spanish now. I like the fact that while there are some worksheets to complete there is not an abundance of writing. A lot of the work has to do with memorizing the vocabulary and there are quite a few fun games suggested in the book to practice the vocabulary. I think my favorite part of the program is that they are learning the Spanish language not just select vocabulary. On the second week they are already learning how and why to conjugate verbs.


  My little one is learning things that I didn’t learn until high school Spanish, but the learning is being done in a way that is easy for me to teach and for her to learn. Each page in the book is read by the author as well as by a native Spanish speaker so that there is no confusion on pronunciation. I liked having the opportunity to listen to both recordings of the book because I felt that it gave a solid understanding of the pronunciation of words.

There is not much prep time needed to use the program. Each week I printed the lesson guide, printed any worksheets that needed to be printed and found which audio files we would need. I would say it took less than ten minutes to prep for the week and I found the program self explanatory and easy to use.



The program has a few different pricing options shown here. The entire program for a single grade level (3/4, 5/6, or 7/8) is only $39.95 while the entire program with all grade level lesson guides is only $64.95. I feel this product is definitely worth the price. It is a solid Spanish curriculum that I think most anyone would benefit from. I feel it would also be great for those older than eighth grade who were looking for a way to learn Spanish that wouldn’t break the bank.

There was only one small thing that I wish was different when it came to this Spanish program. I wish that there was an option to purchase the audio downloads on a CD and the workbook pages in a workbook so that they didn’t have to be printed. I understand that it would cause the price to increase, but I personally prefer to buy real books and not print page by page. There was not a lot to print, but if that option was available I would definitely choose it when I purchase our next set.

This program has been great and we will continue to use it next year when we start school again in the fall. I feel that this review came at the perfect time as I no longer need to search for the perfect Spanish program, for us this is it.

End of the Week Review

We are about three weeks into traditionally homeschooling and so far so good. We have been using our student planner and have basically stayed on track for where I wanted to be. Here is what we have been doing.

For reading we are working on two different workbooks. Reading Skills grade 4 and Reading Comprehension grade 4. Both are from Flash Kids. For each of those books she reads a story and then answers questions about the story. The best part about these workbooks for us is that all of the stories are nonfiction. My little one really likes learning new things and so far the stories have kept her interest. Both workbooks also have color pictures that she really seems to enjoy. Reading Comprehension covers various topics, where Reading Skills focuses on one major aspect of reading at a time. She has finished the section on facts and opinions and is now working on sequence.

She is really good at math and can figure out problems above grade level, but she still doesn’t have her multiplication tables memorized. Last year her teacher suggested we just go on in math as long as she understood how to do multiplication. So we did, and we put up a chart for her to use when she needed. Unfortunately that backfired and she became too dependent on the chart. So we decided to really focus on multiplication. I got her a Kumon third grade multiplication book. It started out very simple with just repeated addition and then went on to the 2 times tables. She works on each set for about three days and then has reviews after each two sets. It seems to be helping and I am hoping that by the time we start fifth grade she is proficient in multiplication. Oh and we took down the chart too.

I also got her a grade 3 Problem Solving workbook from flash kids. I got the third grade book because the store was out of the fourth grade one at the time, but I am glad I got this one. I feel it is easy enough to help her gain confidence but hard enough to make her think. Everything is in word problem form. She does two pages in this book each day with about 3 to 5 questions on each page. She can usually do the work by herself or with a little bit of help in talking through the problem. I like this book and think we will use the 4th grade book when this one is finished. It covers many different types of math; charts, graphs, time, money, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and more.

For Spanish, we have been using Spanish for You Estaciones. It is an item I received to review so look for my review sometime next week.

We are not focusing too much on grammar right now, but we have been going over the punctuation and capitalization rules found in the planner we have been using.

I hadn’t planned on doing any spelling for the rest of the year, but soon changed my mind. I was planning on buying Soaring with Spelling for next year after looking at a bunch of different programs that one looked really good to me. Since she still has a little bit of fourth grade left I decided to order fourth grade and then move up to the fifth grade level when she was finished. Well that isn’t what happened. I could have been positive that I ordered 4th grade, but the 5th grade book arrived. So I looked at my receipt and sure enough I ordered the 5th grade book. I decided we would just start it a little early and have used it for one week. She loved it. She actually asked to do spelling and that is not like her. Today she took the test and got 13/14. She was so proud of herself and I was proud too. It was only one week but I have hopes that this spelling program will work for us.

Cursive writing is another thing she has been working on. In the past it always seemed to be pushed to the back burner, but I found a really neat e-book during the Scholastic Dollar Days Sale. It has little jokes written in cursive for her to practice like, “Why did the computer squeak? Because someone accidental stepped on it’s mouse.” We haven’t done too many of these yet but she likes them so far.

Writing, oh how she hates writing. It is one of those subjects where she procrastinates, I get mad then she can’t think of anything to write, then she takes an hour to write a paragraph. Not our favorite subject but we are going to try a different approach. Someone recommended the story-starters from Scholastic site and after looking at it she seems to like the funny story suggestions it comes up with. You pick the type of story you want to write about, and then pull the lever and it gives you a topic. While we were looking at it today it came up with the suggestion, Write a store about a pink whale who stars in a play. We are going to try to using that site this next week and see if that makes writing time a little less painful for all of us.

Science and history have not really been a priority. She is learning both from her reading workbooks and for the time being neither of those subjects will be a main focus. I did however download a lapbook on volcanoes that we plan to work on a little bit each week.

I think she is learning a lot and I feel that the more scheduled we get the easier it will become.

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Ultimate Homeschool Planner – Review

 

    Debra Bell’s Ultimate Homeschool Planner - Review

It’s already April, and chances are if you are a homeschooler you are looking at, thinking about, and even purchasing items for the next school year. Next year will be the first time I will be traditionally home schooling my little one for the entire school year. I have started to get my curriculum ready for next year, so when I was given the opportunity to review Debra Bell’s Ultimate Homeschool Planner, I was excited. To be honest the only thing that turned me away from it in the beginning was the price. It costs $28, but I soon realized it was much more than an ordinary planner. To start with it has a 12 page user guide in the beginning. It gives details on not only how to use the planner but how to plan your year. Inside the planner there is a place for yearly, monthly and weekly planning. All of the pages in the planner are undated which is nice because not everyone follows the same schooling schedule. With room for information for up to six students the pages leave plenty of flexibility so you are able to use them as you see fit. Each week there is a place to put down the good things that happened throughout the week along with places to put bible verses and prayers.

Pages are easy to use and are full of information!

The back of the planner is filled with more great information and teaching tips. To go along with the Ultimate Homeschool Planner there is a teen planner (which I did not review, but it looks nice) and a Student Planner.

 The Student Planner is smaller in size and easy to carry around. It has undated monthly planners as well as weekly planning pages. We used the monthly planning pages as a way to track attendance. Each day she did school work I put a sticker on the calendar, since we don’t follow a Monday through Friday schedule it was nice to glance at the page and see how many days she had worked on school.
The Student Planner is a perfect way for kids to stay organized

On top of the weekly planning pages there are scripture verses and trivia questions. The weekly planning pages are broken down so that there is a separate place for Monday through Friday and another place for Saturday and Sunday. I was happy to see that there was a spot to put weekend work. I really love how there is a place for the child to check off that the assignment was completed and then another place for the parent to approve the assignment. My little one loves stickers, so instead of just checking off the assignments, I put a sticker in the area once her work was completed to my satisfaction. It seemed to make her finish her work a little quicker and take more ownership in it. It also forced me to grade it daily.

The back of the planner has all kinds of facts and learning tools. There is a world map, USA map, punctuation rules, Greek and Latin roots, a history time line and much more. I felt that those were very helpful in trying to create an independent learner; I feel that the student planner would actually be great for non homeschoolers as well.

Much more than just a planner, it is full of study aids too!

With only one child to home school, I  found myself using the student planner more often. I liked the size and didn’t feel the need to write my plans in my planner and then the same plans in the student planner. I am however using the Ultimate Homeschool Planner to plan and get ready for next year. Next year my plan is to put independent items in the student planner, and work that we will do together or that might require my help in my planner.

Overall I feel that the Ultimate Homeschool Planner would be a great fit for those with more than one child. It has a lot of space and keeps everything in one place. If you have younger children I would recomend getting just the Ultimate Homeschool Planner. For those who have a child who is more independent I would recomend the Student Planner as well.The Student Planner is full of information and my little one really enjoyed using it. The only problem that I found with the Student Planner was the ruler bookmark. I loved the idea and at first I liked how it stayed in place in the spiral binding, but ours has already broke and will no longer stay in place. Other than that the planners have been a blessing.

Product at a Glance

What is it?

A planner to help organize your home schooling year.

Who would use it?

The Ultimate Homeschool planner could be used by anyone wanting a better way to schedule their home school. The Student Planner is geared towards kids grades 4 – 8.

Where can I get it?

It is available from Apologia. Click Here

How much will it cost me?

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner is $28
The Student Planner and Teen Planner are each $19

Why this product?

It was created by Debra Bell author of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. It is easy to use and contains a lot of information.

We Choose Virtues – Review


Obedience, honesty, helpfulness and kindness are all qualities that the world needs a little more of, so when I was given the opportunity to review We Choose Virtues I was excited. It is a program geared towards kids ages 3 through 5th grade to help teach them to be:

Self-Controlled

Content

Forgiving

Patient

Kind

Perseverant

Obedient

Diligent

Helpful

Gentle

Attentive and

Honest

The best part is that there is no right or wrong way to do the program. I was given a few different things to help teach the different virtues. The first thing I received was actually a free product, the Family Character Assessment. It is a downloadable page that is a self assessment to see where your child feels they are on all of the different virtues. I figured my little one would say she was doing great on all of them but it turns out she knew where she needed help. She decided the virtues she needed to work on the most were honesty, perseverance, and obedience. I agreed with her and we started with Honesty, she likes to lie about the craziest things even when there is no way what she is saying could be true. It was nice to see that she knows what she needed to work on though. Another free resource available is a list of memory verses, heroes and truths that reinforce the virtues.

The item I feel was the most important was a set of Virtue flash cards. You get 12 cards; each has a cute picture of a child whose name starts with the first letter of the virtue. Hockey Stick Nick is the Virtue Kid that helps you to remember Honesty. On the back side of the card there is a kid friendly definition of the virtue along with a memory verse that goes along with the virtue.

Honesty says, “I am a truth teller I am not a liar, a thief or a cheater and I don’t change the truth to get my way!

The cards come in KJV, NIV or secular. It is recommended to focus on one virtue each week. We talked about each virtue each week and then picked one to focus on through out the week. My little one really liked the cards and loved how the definitions were written in words that she could understand. Some may feel that the pictures on the cards are a little too young for older kids, but my 9 year old seemed to like them a lot. The cards are $14.99 and I feel they are definitely worth the price.

I was also given a sample parent card. The parent cards tell a story about the virtue kids and give ideas to help reinforce the virtue. The parent cards are $34.99 and I will be purchasing the entire set in the future because I think they would help to grasp the virtues better, and She enjoyed the story about Airplane Betty Jane (attentiveness).

I received a downloadable coloring book as well. It is a good value at only $3, but my little one is not too into coloring, and she didn’t care for the pictures too much. I think for a younger child the coloring book would be good.

I also received a downloadable teacher’s handbook; it costs $5 and has a lot of ideas on how to learn virtues in a group setting. Even though I only have 1 little one I found some very useful ideas. If you have more than one child I think it would be useful to get. There are numerous other products available including posters, awards and goal charts. While those items may be helpful I feel that the virtues could be easily taught with just the Virtue Flash Cards and the Parent Cards. Check out the other products and more about the program here

There are also different kits available for church groups and home schools. Throughout the month of April there will be a discount code available if you would like to purchase the Home school kit. Type in Home20 before check out to receive 20% off of your home school kit. Another code that is available forever is Virtue15. It will give you 15% off any purchase through We Choose Virtues. The two discount codes can not be combined.

Overall we enjoyed using this product. I like how the virtues are backed up with verses from the Bible and really enjoy that they are written in a child friendly way. Character training is a life long lesson and we plan to continue to use these products to help us to live a better life. I have seen a change in my little one’s behavior while using the cards. I hope your family is able to enjoy this product as well.

Product at a Glance


What is it?

It is a character training program for kids.


Who is it for?


Kids age 3 through 5th grade


How much will it cost?

The flash cards are $14.99, but there are other products available including different kits.


Where can I get it?


 


 

I like it because it is kid friendly and is easy to teach!
 
 
 


What have we been up to?

I haven’t posted in a about a week and wanted to give an update about what has been going on with us. Sickness has been all around, I had strep throat, my little one got some kind of flu bug and my mom has been sick as well. Dealing with being sick and having a sick little one I decided not to complete the blog challenge I was working on. It was a lot of fun while I could keep up, but life gets in the way a little bit too much to try and blog every day. I liked a lot of the questions that were asked and hope you all enjoyed reading a little bit more about me. On top of being sick we had another major change.

After a year and a half of schooling using the California Virtual Academy, we decided to leave and are now doing traditional home school. We enjoyed our time with CAVA and I would recommend it to anyone who felt their child was not getting what they needed in a traditional school. We had some issues with curriculum that just wasn’t working for us, and with the hours that I work getting to state testing was going to be difficult. I am excited to take this new journey and know it is the best decision for our family. For the rest of this year we will be using a lot of workbooks and brushing up on some skills that I feel she needs to work on. We took spring break right after changing to traditional home school. I am hoping when we start back on Monday everything will go well.

We didn’t go anywhere or do anything special for Spring break, mainly we stayed home, did some house work, and caught up on sleep. Yesterday we had some friends come over and we colored Easter eggs.

 My little one hogging all of the colors.
 My friend and my little one with their blue eggs.
We had a great time!

We are all ready for Easter. Hope you all have a great Easter!