Friday, May 1, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ May 1st

May 1st! Can you believe it? I love springtime! How about you?
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1. I get to watch my squishy little nephew today! I am so excited. I need to smell him. Kiss him. And of course take lots of pictures!

2. Ducks. I wanted them SO BAD. They drive me crazy. Like really, really crazy. I got 2 Khaki Campbell. Definitely the wrong breed for me. They are so shy and scared of EVERYTHING!

3. I spent $18 at our weekly action trip! Guess what I got? A lilac start, 15 red raspberry starters, 2 day lilies, 6 celery plants, a few other perennials, a bunch of tiger lilies and well....that is all I remember but the kids and I have SO much fun! Hubby was happy I didn't bring home any more rabbits!

4. You know what? Life is just really hard to balance sometimes. There is so much I want to do and definitely so much I NEED to do but every once in a while I just get this urge to cover my head and not get out of bed. Am I alone? 

5. I am so excited that it is May 1st. I am ready to get my garden in. I heart garden season. :)

How was your week? I hope to hear from you.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TOS Review ~ Spelling You See

We usually like most of the items we get to review. Somethings more than others, obviously. Well this time around we reviewed Spelling You See and I must admit that it is now a household favorite.

I received Spelling You See ~ Modern Milestones Level G. Which included Student Workbook 1 & 2 plus a teachers manual. Spelling You See is unique. Although a spelling curriculum, it is not your typical spelling program.

Spelling You See Review

Before we dove into the program there was a few things I already fell in love with. The very first thing that I liked about the program is that instead of placing the student by grade level they are placed by language development. If you have a child that is ahead or behind their grade level than you know how encouraging that it!

Once we received the program in the mail, I skimmed through it. The next thing that encouraged this love thing I have going on was that I noticed each lesson was more than just a spelling lesson but it was filled with information about artists, musicians and other influential people! The very first lesson started with Jan van Eyck the father of oil painting! Cool, right? I don't know about you but I have children that bored really easy. Trying to get them to go over spelling words is like pulling teeth and definitely boring. This aspect of the curriculum makes it very interesting! Especially if you have a budding artist or musician!
I had Morgan start on this right away. She is 12 and pretty good at spelling. A little above her grade level. She liked the program right away because along with the books she also received a pack of colored pencils with erasers! That hooked her instantly. ;)

Here is how we used the program:
Each week there is a new passage. The passage is covered every day but with a new activity. Morgan would read aloud the passage to me on most days. It did say to read aloud every day but to be honest we didn't do that. A few days a week was good for me. Sometimes I would have her read it to me and some days she would read it to whoever would listen. Then she would do that days activity. Every day of the week is different. Some days she would copy, dictate the passage or do a "workshop" page (multiple choice worksheet).

The program is laid out nicely. It tells you exactly what to do each day. There is no guess work. No prep. That is perfect for me! Each lesson only takes about 10-20 minutes for Morgan to complete. So it is easy for us to fit it in every day. This level covered mostly suffixes and prefixes. With a little grammar thrown in here and there.

Spelling You See has lower levels available too! The Crew were able to check out their new levels which includes the level I just told you about and level F. If you are interested check out what they had to say by clicking the banner below.

Spelling You See Review

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ April 24th

Welcome to another round of Random 5! I am so glad you are here. Let's do this....

1. Every Wednesday the kids and I have been going to an Amish auction. The first time I felt very intimidated. I seriously had no idea what I was doing. But now...we are loving it. We look forward to it all week. This past Wednesday I got 2 elderberry starts and 2 red raspberry starts for $4 bucks. That made me happy.

2. Running a hobby/mini farm is hard work. Whew. Worth it but am I tired at the end of the day! I love every minute of it though.

3. As if we don't have enough animals....2 of our outside/barn cats are getting ready to have kittens! Oh. My. Goodness.

4. We had some kind of sickness go through the house over the last 2 weeks. No fun. Everyone seems to be on the mend. Tay is still not feeling 100% but close enough to say thank God it is over!

5. Be on the lookout for some changes around here. I am hoping to let you enjoy the mishaps of life here on this pretend, wannabe, getting there farm of mine. :)

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Here are the rules. They are simple.
~ Link up your Random 5 on Friday post.
~ Add a link back to me somewhere in your post.
~ Please make sure to put the direct link to your blog post not just your blog. I like to read and comment on all of you but I can not always do it right away and I do not have time to look for it. Thanks!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Random.....CATCH UP!

So I have been a bit MIA lately on my Random 5 posts. Springtime is hard and so lovely all at the same time. Here is a rundown on what has been going on around here.

~ We have a lot of chickens. We had 4 layers. Lost 1 to a raccoon...we think. Lost 1 to a prolapse vent. Bought a rooster because I want to hatch our own eggs. Bought 36 chickens...some for meat and a few to add to our layers. I made a trip to Rural King and came home with 6 more. For no reason at all really. Other then the fact that they were cute and Americana's and I want green and blue eggs. Lost 1 cross beak because she couldn't eat very well. Bought 3 layers from an auction. Whew....It is called chicken math. You will only understand if you have chickens. :)

~ We started raising meat rabbits. Yes, that is correct. Brian has wanted to do meat rabbits for awhile but I was always against it. I changed my mind. The more self sufficient we become the more self sufficient I want to be. So I went to an auction and bought 3 rabbits. Had a mishap with 1. That left a male and female. We have mated them and are waiting on babies! We went to an auction yesterday and I bought 2 more. Another male and female. They are in quarantine right now. I'm anxious to get this party started.

~ Will I be able to eat rabbit? Who knows. I sure hope so. I grew up with a dad that hunted everything. Rabbits, squirrels, deer....So I am used to it. I have never been big on eating rabbit but I have heard that home raised rabbit tastes better than chicken. Which I love chicken so...that is awesome. I also know what they have eaten and how healthy they are. Plus they are extremely low in fat and calories. That is a major plus.

~ I made the cages for the rabbits by myself! I had help from the kids with some of the sawing, stapling (They fought over this job!) and holding the pieces for me so I could screw them together but I did it! I was very proud of myself. Now I have to make 2 more. I have a system down so it is pretty easy to do now.

~ I got 2 ducks. They are messy. No, messy does not even come close to describing them. They are poopers and destroyers of everything. But man are they cute! I still haven't named them because I won't know their sex until they are a bit older. They are Khaki Campbell's and they are scared of everything. I am hoping to get my hands on some Welsh Harlequins but I am letting my husband adjust to the mass about of new animals I have acquired over the last month first.

~ Oh did I mention we got a puppy! Yes...we sure did. Remington. Remi for short. He is a Husky, Aussie, German Shepherd mix. He is 9 weeks old now and the cutest thing EVAH! I love him to pieces. Which is good because he is bad. Like really bad. he is a puppy bad but I forgot what that was like. He is also as smart as a whip! He already follows some commands. Sit, down, fist bump, coming to his name and I am working on rolling over. I read some information on training so I have been making him work for his food and unfortunately having to disciple him with a squirt bottle but he is really doing great. Did I mention how stinkin cute he is!? And that he already weights almost 20lbs!?

~ My sweet Alyssa gets her permit in 25 days. Mercy! When did she grow up? She is already talking about jobs and college and I'm over here like "Let's build with blocks or wanna cuddle?"....time sure does fly. Luckily, she still loves to cuddle but I don't think she will build anything with blocks with me. Although she did help build the rabbit cage so that is close, right?

~ School? Well is it going. Our 1 week spring break turned into 3. Oops! We are back in full swing and will be lightly doing school through the summer this year. It happens. That is one of the joys of homeschooling! I love the flexibility. And truth be told...over those 3 weeks the kids were learning a lot! Real life learning and that is the best kind.

~ We still haven't found a house! ARG!!!! So frustrating. I look every day. Every. Single. Day. Nothing. Nothing. And more nothing. Brian is trying to talk me into moving far away. It is starting to look like a good idea. You can buy a house with land for 1/3 of the price compared to around here.

~ I started all my seeds except for my pepper seeds. I guess I am just going to have to put them straight in the ground. I guess I could start them inside and put them in the ground late. Decisions. Decisions.

Well since tomorrow another round of Random 5 should be posted I think I will stop there! 
Tomorrow I will post pictures too!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TOS Review ~ ARTistic Pursuits

This is my 3rd time reviewing my favorite Art curriculum! Talk about being blessed, right? If you have been reading my blog for long you know that I LOVE ARTistic Pursuits. It is a perfect fit for us. As I have mentioned before, I am not an artistic person. Well...I love my photography but that is as far as my artistic abilities go. Unless you count that disturbing cute figure I attempted to draw on my grocery list the other day.

ARTistic Pursuits Review

I have a few kids that love to draw and they are actually pretty good at it. So it is important to me that I encourage them in that area. ARTistic Pursuits allows me to teach them art without having to actually know a thing about it. Perfect? Yep!

ARTistic Pursuits ReviewThis time around I was given Artistic Pursuits ~ High School 9-12 Book 1 ~ The Elements of Art and Composition to review. It is a 92 page, soft cover, comb-binded book. It is broken up into 16 units and there are 4 lessons for each unit. Each unit covers a different art element. Within that unit, each lesson covers a unique way of exploring the topic.

The beginning of the book has a "Getting Started" page that tells you the Contents of the book and the Art Supplies that you will need. They even give you a recommended schedule of Two classes a week for about an hour. The whole book should take you a full year to complete. Although it really fits any schedule. You can work through this book at your own pace. It is intended for children 14 and up and the child will earn 1 credit in Studio Art. 

One of my favorite aspects of Artistic Pursuits is that it covers Art Appreciation along with the actual art ( this case) lesson. Included you will find beautiful quotes and famous artwork. The lessons are very clear and easy to follow. Even for someone like me. The art supplies aren't crazy. Just a pretty normal list for a high school art curriculum...drawing pencil set, vinyl eraser, drawing pad, charcoal name a few.

I originally got this for Alyssa, who is in 9th grade this year. I didn't hesitate though to let the other kids join in. I figured they would. The curriculum is meant for independent work. Although Alyssa did and could use it that way, we usually all went through the lessons together. It works for us. As much as I hate drawing, I love art. So I really enjoy reading through each lesson. Carter and Morgan both love to draw so they got a lot out of each lesson as well. Alyssa is not a real big artist but she is a lot like me. She loved the art appreciation part and got right in there for each lesson trying to do what it asked of her.

We will continue to use this program and I intend to go onto Book 2.  Who knows maybe by the end of the whole program my stick figures will actually look part human. I am not holding my breath. :)

ARTistic Pursuits Review

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