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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Spencerian Handwriting Review

This review is a little different. I was the only Crew member who reviewed this item, and I did it for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®, LLC. You can find the review on their website.

We are a little bit enthusiastic about writing tools and penmanship. We’ve tried many methods of teaching cursive, and we’ve learned a few forms of calligraphy. When we were given the opportunity to review a new book, Spencerian Handwriting, The Complete Collection of Theory and Practical Workbooks for Perfect Cursive and Hand Lettering, my daughter and I were thrilled. We’ve dabbled in the Spencerian method, but never put much effort into it. We were hoping to learn the method, improve our cursive, and give you an idea of how this book could be used in your home.
The Spencerian method was originally printed in a series of books, the first was the primer and the others were workbooks. Spencerian was the handwriting standard in the 1800s. This book combines the primer (instructions) and workbooks in one.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekly Recap: With the first snow!

It's always an exciting day when snow sticks to the ground at our house! The first snow in the mountains happened a couple months ago, but last Monday was the first snow at home. It was cold for the rest of the week, so the north side of our yard still has that snow!

We switched our school lessons up a bit and did science on Monday and learned about the nervous system. E did our Family Home Evening lesson and read her book called The Sparkle Box. It's a wonderful reminder about what really should matter at Christmas, and a great addition to #LIGHTtheWORLD.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Weekly Recap: It's December!

Last time I wrote, we had just celebrated Thanksgiving. Here's what happened next...

Monday our history lesson was about mountain men. It was so funny to see the girls twist up their faces and wonder why someone would live like that, while my boy's eyes got huge and he was enthralled.

Tuesday's literature was about General Conference stories again, specifically the plot being made up of a problem and solution. The kids helped create story maps. After school N decided she HAD to go Christmas shopping. We took the trampoline down for the winter. The computer was slower than ever..

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Most Wonderful Language Arts Time of the Year!

Since we love using curriculum from Institute for Excellence in Writing, and one of my favorite time to shop with them is now, I thought I'd share some sales and events they have going on.

First, check out their clearance sale! You can save 50% on anything in their clearance section from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.  This is a great sale because the items are in great condition... some are a tiny bit beat up (never noticed anything more than a slight fold on a corner) or are discontinued. I do most of my IEW shopping during this sale.

Photography Class: An Update

I am not very good at keeping up on a series of blog posts. But I do want to update you on how this has been going.

M and J are about 14 weeks into The Beginner's Photography Guide book. They are doing pretty well having a good time learning still. They do a portion of the week's reading each day and do the camera practice a few times a week.

I recently discovered Google Classroom and have started putting the end of the week test in it, as well as having them submit their best photos of the week through the class. This is working well and keeps them more accountable since they would forget to show me their photos before.

It's been fun watching them learn, and having them be able to help me out with photo shoots.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Weekly Recap: With Thanksgiving

Last week we swallowed the broken computer idea and ordered a new one. The current one is still slow, occasionally freezes, and some days needs a second try to start up. So we’re hoping it hangs on while the new one is built!

Monday our history lesson was about reformers during the Industrial Revolution time period. We went grocery shopping for last minute Thanksgiving items.

Tuesday our literature lesson was about short stories from General Conference, specifically sharks and the barrier, and spiritual crocodiles. We also did a science lesson on blood, to make up for the one we missed last week. Our 36 pound dog broke another cable, this one was called The Beast and for dogs up to 125 lbs. This one lasted 6 months. She can’t be loose in the yard when she’s unsupervised, so that’s why we have a tie out, and she’s not even on it all day!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Review: Out of the Ordinary

 Recently I had the opportunity to review Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano. I received the Kindle version of this book, and it was a pre-release copy. This book is set in the late 1800s in New York.

Gertrude Cadwalader is a companion to a very interesting lady... Mrs. Davenport has the horrible habit of taking things that don't belong to her. But she always has Gertrude secretly return them later! This makes for some interesting events in the book. Gertrude is such a generous person, she happily tolerates being the person that Mrs. Davenport, an aspiring clothing designer, experiments on.