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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Flavor Your Life Campaign

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There is so much talk of eating healthy, and I think it's a priority for most people. But when it comes to choosing what is good for us, it can be difficult to know what to pick. I admit I have felt this way about olive oil, there are many varieties! Do I pick virgin, extra virgin, cold press, and where should it come from? Some say it's okay to cook with, some say it's not. Help!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How We Homeschool: Writing (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

Writing.. this can be a tricky topic. Some kids can write, and write, and write... and the story never goes anywhere. Some kids can sit, and sit, and sit... and put only two words on a paper. We had those examples here once!

When we started homeschooling I felt strongly that being able to write well was something our children needed to learn. There are so many people who write online today. The news is online, and our local news has awful writers working for them. I had good and bad feelings about the curriculum used at M and J's charter school. Lucy Calkins seemed to have some good methods in place for teaching children, but it didn't completely sit right with me, and it seemed the kids rushed through it just to say it was done, when they could think of what to write. My son's teacher asked us to send a 4x6 photo book to school so he could look on past family experiences and have some ideas to write about. Even that photo book barely helped.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Review of The Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series

A couple of years ago one of my kids received the first book in the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from their grandmother. They loved it, and she gave another child the second book. One child found the third book at our favorite book store. When the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh came up on the Homeschool Review Crew my children were jumping around and begging me to review it so we could complete our set! They were gracious enough to send us a complete set of this five book series. After this review, my kids decided to give away some of the duplicates we now own so that their friends can enjoy the series as well.

My family has a love for reading historical fiction, and these books do not disappoint! This genre is a great way to get children interested in history and to help them learn events in an exciting way. My kids enjoy reading these books again and again, in fact their friends visited and recognized the books and the kids all started chatting about the series! When my kids pick one up, they are GLUED to the book and I hear occasional giggles. They even read their favorite parts to me. That's how much they love these!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Weekly Recap: with the priesthood, the pioneer, the chickens, and the rain

Over the past couple weeks I've hinted at a pretty big event that was going to happen in our home... my son's new suit, his birthday, pictures... well it happened last Sunday! My son received the Aaronic priesthood and was ordained a deacon! But hang on, we realized that even here in Utah (the state where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints headquarters are) the term deacon needs explanation.

Please ignore his shoes, I've already talked to myself enough about forgetting that detail.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How We Homeschool: Vocabulary (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

Vocabulary can be a fun subject for kids, but they have to understand the meaning of the word and how to use it! I remember a fun vocabulary method that my 3rd or 4th grade teacher used. There was a rarely used big word that we learned each week. Sometimes the definitions were taught in a funny way, or the way it was used in a sentence was funny. I still remember some of the words, like bifurcate.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekly Recap: With the new eggs!

Last Sunday was a fun day, after church M and J helped cook dinner and dessert. It was delicious! J had an interview with our bishop.

Monday was an exciting day.. J found tiny eggs from our hens! Hooray for eating tasty eggs again!

A Review of the Educator's Spanish Collection from Whistlefritz

My kindergartner loves to use the little bit of Spanish that she knows, so when I told her she had the opportunity to review the Educator's Spanish Collection from Whistlefritz, she couldn't wait to get started! This curriculum is designed for pre-K and early elementary age children, but my daughter who just finished 3rd grade enjoyed using it too. Even the middle school kids participated in some of our lessons without being asked!
Whistlefritz Spanish