23.10.14

The Virtual Refrigerator


We recently joined a homeschool co-op, and while my son is in his geology and geography classes I help with art. My help is minimal. The mom in charge is so prepared I just do things like washing paintbrushes. Recently she shared with the kids about the artist Kandinsky. 


Kandinsky inspired art.



The little ones made dinasaurs.

I got to watch my son give his state report.
He wasn't nervous at all.


Welcome to another week of the Virtual Refrigerator. Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Angels of Heart, Every Bed of Roses, Homeschool Coffee Break, and a Glimpse of our Life. Link up your art tutorials or projects that your children have been working on. Then pin the same to our virtual fridge by joining our group pinterest board, just ask any of us to add you.

Join us at the blogs of any of the four bloggers who are hosting the Virtual Refrigerator. Link up, visit others who join us, try something new, then come back and share that, too.

Jennifer

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21.10.14

Are You Planning Ahead?

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Jennifer



20.10.14

DVD Review: VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet (and GIVEAWAY!)

A sneek peek of this movie was provided by FlyBy Promotions for the purpose of this review.



My kids and I watched the latest VeggieTales DVD together: Beauty and the Beet. Imagine VeggieTales grown up. It isn't like the ones the kids watched when they were little, but it did still have some of the original songs by Bob and Larry. 

Part of the movie is a talent show, and I had to rewind to see if it really said what I heard. It was in fact in Greensburg. "Greens" my son said, "like vegetables," as if it was common sense. 


About the film:
This brand-new VeggieTales musical premieres Oct. 14 and stars Kellie Pickler (American Idol,Dancing With the Stars), who brings her unmistakable voice to the role of Mirabelle, a sweet-potato singer whose family band is on the brink of superstardom. BEAUTY AND THE BEETblends the irresistible charm of VeggieTales with a heartfelt message about unconditional love. The DVD also includes Mac and Cheese, a giddy new “Silly Songs With Larry” segment in which Larry the Cucumber reveals the surprising and heretofore untold history of his family’s unexpected contributions to Italian cuisine. BEAUTY AND THE BEET is just the start of the fun in store this fall for VeggieTales fans, because the gang will also star in a brand-new Netflix original series, VeggieTales In the House, which premieres Thanksgiving weekend.



Giveaway details:
FlyBy Promotions has also offered a DVD for one winner. Giveaway is only valid in Canada & USA.

For a chance to win, leave a comment sharing your favorite family movie. For an additional chance, enter another giveaway on this blog and leave another comment below. Giveaway ends November 3rd. Please be sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you win. 


Please refer to the winner guidelines below:
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
Jennifer

18.10.14

Scripture & A Snapshot


But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:2

     Thank you for joining Scripture & A Snapshot. Leave a comment with a verse that God has placed on your heart this week, or leave a link to your own post sharing a Scripture and a snapshot. You can enter with an Instagram link now, too! Take time to visit  some of the other links, too. If you would like to join our group Pinterest board for Scripture & A Snapshot, simply follow the board then let me know your Pinterest name or email used there so that I can add you to it.
Jennifer

Scripture and Snapshot



Fall Colors Sale


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Jennifer


Movie Review: Glen Campbell I'll Be Me (and GIVEAWAY!)

A sneek peek of this movie was provided by FlyBy Promotions for the purpose of this review.

From the producer of “Walk the Line”…


In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.  

This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. 

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

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As a little girl I sang along to Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy with my sister. Before watching, I looked up his songs to refresh my memory and found a list called "oldies." Funny, it doesn't seem like that long ago. At least one of his records is probably on the shelf at my mom's house. The film actually showed many of his songs, some looking back at old clips and others of him singing at more recent shows. I was interested in reviewing this film because of my enjoyment of his music as a child. The film was sad yet also encouraging. His family's support and his humor make their coping with Alzheimer's disease seem not desired but accepted. I didn't expect to laugh in a documentary about Alzheimer's, but this is much more than that and it is filled with humor.

Even after the disease progressed, he toured with his children and band "road family." "Glen would say 'God has a purpose in everything.'" He jokes that he has been working on trying to forget things for 40 years. His wife described his diagnosis as "just part of life." If every diagnosis that couldn't be cured could be embraced that same way, this whole world would be different. His family is an inspiration. 

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To download the free single “I’m Not Gonna Miss You":

Go to this website: www.glencampbellmovie.com/redeem

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Giveaway details:
FlyBy Promotions has also offered a 5 song EP soundtrack from the film for one winner. Giveaway is only valid in Canada & USA.

For a chance to win, leave a comment sharing a memory about music that you enjoyed as a child. For an additional chance, enter another giveaway on this blog and leave another comment below. Giveaway ends October 30th. Please be sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you win. 

Please refer to the winner guidelines below:
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
Jennifer

17.10.14

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Giveaway!


Classroom Friendly Sharpener has generously offered to give one of their easy to use pencil sharpeners to one of my blog readers! Enter through the Rafflecopter form. Read my review here.
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Giveaway ends 11/3/14. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Prize will be provided by the company.
Jennifer

Advanced Classes and Homeschool

The following courses were provided by Standard Deviants Accelerate for the purpose of this TOS Schoolhouse Crew review.
Standard Deviants Accelerate offers classes unlike any online classes that our family has used before. For this review of Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courseswe received a nontraditional full annual subscription to all of their Homeschool e-learning courses which includes:

Arithmetic - Grades 3+
Fundamental Math - Grades 4+
Earth Science - Grades 6+
Nutrition - Grades 6+
Algebra - Grades 7+
Biology - Grades 7+
Chemistry - Grades 9+
English Comp. - Grades 9+
U.S. History - Grades 9+
AP Biolody - Grades 11+
AP Chemistry - Grades 11+
AP U.S. Government & Politics - Grades 11+
AP U.S. History - Grades 11+
AP Eng. Composition - Grades 11+


Ages 8 through adult can benefit from these online classes. An email account was required to set up the classes for each of my children. Homeschoolers can purchase individual courses for use by one student for $99 per year or $24.95 per month. AP courses are available for one student for $14.95 per month. 



My primary student for this review was my 9th grader who I enrolled in the Biology High school e-learning class. Her opinion: 

"Each of the fast paced lessons normally last 10 minutes. There are seven chapters in Biology that are divided into five lessons (at the most). At the end of each chapter there is a chapter review. For each lesson they have a video and beside it they put all of the words that are on the video. That helps if you comprehend better by reading or if you just want to go back and review after watching the video. You can print all of the words from the video too. They also have a blank spot on the video screen where you can write notes done for future reference. You are able to print your notes or save them to your locker on the website. After watching the video you click the next screen and study the vocabulary words. There are normally a lot of vocabulary words. There is also a lesson quiz asking five or more of the things talked about in the lesson. When I fist started this I didn't realize the additional slides after the lesson so a video showing where everything is might have been helpful. In your locker you can view all of your classes and go to each lesson. You are also able to see your video notes that you write during each lesson. I really like this course and I feel like I am learning from it. The lessons are not long most of the time but pausing to write notes makes it take a little longer but the notes do help for studying.  There is also another section on the top of your screen called my desk. There you are able to edit your profile or add a different class. On your home page you can view your different subjects and all of the classes that are in them."



The Advanced Placement (AP) courses are what first grabbed my attention. My 11th grader enrolled in the AP Government and algebra classes. She started the algebra course in preparation for the ACT. She has already completed Algebra I and II courses, but this provided a different perspective. 

Heather shared the following: 
"The Standard Deviants Course is set up in a way that makes it easy for most of the different types of learners. There is a video lesson, a written lesson that covers the same information as the video, and a notes section at the bottom of the page. In the notes section, you can write your notes from the video, then the website saves the notes, and you can easily find them again by going back to that lesson.

After you watch the lesson, you can go further and do practice exercises to reinforce the information that was taught in the lesson. At the end of the section, there is a review, too.

The AP courses are set up in the same way, providing a video and written lesson. They are a little bit different, however, because instead of teaching lessons, they talk about how to prepare for the tests for each topic, and what you need to specifically study for that test."

As a mom and teacher, homeschooling high school is not as hard as I once imagined. In fact, with online learning resources like this it is actually easier than teaching my 10 year old. 



Standard Deviants Accelerate on Social Media:

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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/SDAccelerate/
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Jennifer









Apologia iWitness Books

The following iWitness books were provided by Apologia Educational Ministries for the purpose of this TOS Schoolhouse Crew review.

Some of my favorite homeschool resources are published by 
Apologia Educational Ministries, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to review their iWitness books. We received all three of the books currently available in this new series: iWitness Biblical ArchaeologyNew Testament iWitness, and Old Testament iWitness. Each softcover book is $14.00. Two more will be released soon.

This series is written by Doug Powell who also wrote two interactive iWitness books: Resurrection iWitness and Jesus iWitness

The atypical format grabbed my son's attention when we read about these on the website. The first one he read was iWitness Biblical Archaeology. He needed a little help so read them with both my mom and with me. 

Age range: These are great books for many different ages, but the recommended reading level is for ages 11 and up. My 10 year old read them with me and with his Grandmommie. My girls are 15 and 17 and read them on their own but also discussed them with me. 




My 15 year old read the New Testament one. She is my child who asks for Bible studies and searches with me for just what she wants. She called this book creative and shared her insight with me: "A lot of information is put into each page, yet it is something to take your time and read for understanding."  They aren't long books, just about 60 pages each, but instead of reading through them quickly I recommend studying them slowly.

They are set up sort of like smashbook pages with pictures and facts added to each page like a pile of sticky notes. But the notes are orderly. Although we were given three separate books, they support each other. The Old Testament book contains pages about archaeology, and the New Testament one teaches us about the canons and the Codex Sinaiticus. 


We have all been reading through the Bible this year. The purpose of each book of the Old and New Testament in shared in the corresponding iWitness book. These books will continue to serve as a reference for our family. 



As a college freshman, one of my required courses was self defense. We learned when to back down and what was worth fighting for as well as how to protect ourselves. I found it interesting in the back of one of these books that the author referred to it as self defense. My oldest daughter read and discussed with me about the Old Testament iWitness book which shares how exploring the Old Testament can help us fully understand who Jesus Christ is.  The New Testament talks about what He did, and the Old Testament helps us see why He came and who He is. These books provide facts that support our Christian worldview. 



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Jennifer 
                                                           



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