Friday, July 10, 2015

TOS Review ~ Prasso Ministries

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review a bible study through Prasso Ministries. I love a good bible study. Especially when I can get my kids involved.

I received the Teen Prasso Ministries Teachers Manual ($35) and the Teen Prasso Homework Manual (Journal) ($15).

Let me tell you a little bit about the product first.

First off, the set just looks really neat. All my kids wanted the workbook. The cover for each book are the same. You can see from the picture below that it has a neat rustic look to it. Which fits into my own home perfectly!

Teen Prasso Review
Inside the Teachers Manual starts with a introduction. It explains how to use the material and then goes right into the lessons. There is no prep work. Each lesson is laid out for you. From what bible verses to read to what questions to ask. There are a total of 13 lessons.

~ The Right Beginning
~ The Map
~ The Bridge
~ The Storms
~ The Enemy
~ Testimony
~ The Two Opposing Fears
~ Anger
~ Forgiveness
~ Pride
~ Refocus
~ To continually, habitually, and repeatedly practice God's Word
~ Prasso ~ External Eyeglasses

The Student Journal starts out with a preface explaining the goal of the study. Then it pretty much dives right into the lessons. It is 187 black and white pages. 

There is nothing fancy about this program. That is a GOOD thing. It is direct and to the point with enough black and white sketches to be interesting for a teen. It is not confusing or extensive. Like I said to the point. I like that. Each lesson is told around a fictional story of 2 teenage boys, Brandon and Derek. Which keeps it interesting!

Each week we worked through the lessons the same way. On Monday, I read the story and we touched on topics that the teachers manual mentioned. Which usually led to a rabbit trail or two. Which I love. Then each day the kids worked on their daily lesson from the journal. I tried to have time set aside so they were not scrambling trying to get it down or forgetting. I worked through Taylor's journal with her. The other 3 usually worked on theirs at the same time. Which was nice because it kept me available if they had any questions. On Saturday, we sat down together and went over the discussion questions in the end of their journals. 

So did we like it? You bet! We loved it! I only received 1 journal so I bought journals for the rest of the kids. That is how much I like it. It is perfect for my teens. Some of the lessons really hit home for them and I can see them growing because of the study. I would definitely recommend it. Although it is intended for a small group setting it can easily be used with any number of children. Even if you don't have a small group like my own. :)

Prasso Ministries Review
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

TOS Review ~ CursiveLogic

I never pushed my kids to learn cursive. I usually started teaching them once they asked to start learning it. Well that was until I was informed how important it is to write in cursive. Since then I have pushed cursive a bit more.

Workbook_coverOver the last few weeks, Carter and I have been going through a book called CursiveLogic Workbook ($29) by CursiveLogic. Linda Shrewsbury created this product as she was working with a 23 year old boy named Josh. He had learning disabilities but really wanted to learn how to write his name in cursive. So CursiveLogic was born.

I was able to review the 96 page spiral bound consumable workbook. The book starts out with instructions on preparing for cursive handwriting and how to teach CursiveLogic. It is all laid out very nicely and explains their cursive writing process very clearly. The end of the book has a couple dry erase pages for extra practice.

The method of CursiveLogic is a bit different than most curriculum's I have seen. It is pretty simple really. Instead of relying on memorizing the letters it focusing on the inherent structure of the cursive alphabet.

There are 2 key features to CursiveLogic...Letters grouped by shape and Letter strings.

Letters grouped by shapes ~ letters are grouped into 4 groups based on their shape. Which simplifies the process.

Letter strings ~ captures the flow of cursive by teaching all the similar shaped letters in a connected string. Instead of teaching individual letters. Each shape string has its own color.

As I mentioned, Carter used this product. He was a little confused at first. Once Carter is taught something it is kind of stuck in stone for him. I explained the process a couple of times and he caught on a little bit but he never really enjoyed the program. That was NOT because of a lack in the program. It was only because he had already been working on cursive a different way.

I enjoyed CursiveLogic and think it would be a great addition to a homeschool curriculum. It just didn't fit into our homeschool right now. I think it would be a great curriculum to start with. It is very easy to learn and to teach. It is simple and makes sense.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Simple Womans Daybook ~ July 6th

For Today @ 9:30am

Outside my window ~ It is raining. I can hear the cars driving by and the water on their tires. The grass is tall. Today was supposed to be mowing day. The weeds are starting to get under control. We spent the day yesterday working in the gardens. The porch is a mess. A sign of our 4th of July party last night.

I am thinking ~ I need to get moving on the day. The rain is making me sleepy. So many things I want to do but so little energy this morning. I think I will go for run in the rain. If it slows down enough. That will wake me up and I always feel better after my workouts.

I am thankful ~ for a great weekend. Full of family and fun. It doesn't get any better than that.

I am wearing ~ A tank top and Brian's comfy pants that are covered in

From the kitchen ~ oh the mess.....

I am creating ~ a legacy. This has been on my mind a lot lately.

I am going ~ to run into town this afternoon. I have a few errands to run and I figured it would be best to do it while it is raining.

I am reading ~ a few inspirational blogs.

I am hoping ~ to start a blog link up called Beauty Captured. I started it a while back and had to stop because of some life issues. It was basically a picture a day capturing beauty. Taking the time to stop and notice the beauty that surrounds me. I loved doing it. I am not going to do it every day but once a week instead. I am excited. I just have to figure out what day.

I am hearing ~ My puppy whining, a fan blowing and the rain.

I am learning ~ to "outlove"

I am wondering ~  when we are going to start back to school.

A few random pictures ~

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ July 5th

The Pebble Pond

1. I'm sorry that I am late. It has been a crazy busy weekend. Friday came and went without me having any time to sit down at the computer. Right now I am cooking and cleaning and typing. All kind of at the same time. I didn't want to just skip Random 5 so here I am.

Did you have a good holiday weekend? We went to my dads yesterday. Played football, watched fireworks. It was fun! Tonight we had a little family party. Carter and Morgan decorated the front porch and set it all up with games. It was a good weekend. :)

2. I got a tattoo! I love it. I told myself I would never ever get a wrist tattoo but I did it and I am so glad I did. It says "outlove". Now I know that is not a common word. Which is actually what I was going for. Here is what it means to me...Outlove. It means to exceed in loving. To go beyond. To repay evil with good. I want to live my life in such a way that I show Gods love to my family, friends and strangers. That not only do I show them love but shower them in love. To be a gentle woman. To make people around feel special. To love. To exceed loving.

3. I love macaroni salad.

4. I have been slacking on my workouts! I am going to bed early tonight so that I can get it done before our day takes off running. I just feel so much better when I am consistent.

5. Do you remember my Beauty Captured challenge? Well...I have decided to start it again. I am not going to do every day. I am going to do it once a week. Would you like to join me? 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ June 25th

The Pebble Pond

1. It is 65 degrees at 11pm on June 25th in Ohio. Weird, I tell ya. Just weird.

2. I have decided to start having Sunday dinners at my house. Which means I need to keep my house clean. It is not clean. Summer is a hard time for that! There is so much to do. My to do list keeps getting longer instead of shorter. Oh well....I need this.

3. Our little rabbitry is growing nicely. I got a buck Wednesday for breeding. Well..I didn't realize he was too young! He is a big rabbit so I just figured. Oops! I am still learning.

On a side note...I sold a rabbit today! These babies are our first batch and are a bit on the small side for eating. So I am trying to sell some and add some money into the "I will always need more rabbits fund".

4. My hair is FINALLY starting to grow back out. It has probably grown a few inches already since I got it cut. Luckily, my hair grows fast.

5. We are taking the kids to a rodeo on Saturday! FUN! None of us have ever been so we are pretty excited. :)

I can't wait to hear from you! 


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