29.8.15

Scripture And A Snapshot



Scripture and a snapshot

"And He said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19


     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. 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 leave a comment to let me know your Pinterest name or email used there. 
Jennifer

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28.8.15

Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide, A Schoolhouse Crew Review


Illuminating Literature When Worlds Collide from Writing With Sharon Watson was offered to us at a time that fit in perfectly with our high school literature credit needs. My girls are both in high school now, (one is a senior!) and we have been working on transcripts. They both love to read. We have used various programs before and joined friends in group book studies, but this program has been refreshingly easy to follow. My senior is focusing on selections from American history this semester, too, so many of these books blended well with her plan. Sharon Watson summed it up perfectly during her kick off Facebook party for this curriculum: "unstuffy." Illuminating Literature is exactly that--an easy to work through engaging way to discuss American literature.



For this review, we received the Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Student Workbook, Teacher's Guide, Quiz and Answer Manual, downloadable Novel Notebook, and the first two books used in the curriculum. All eight books used ( seven novels and one memoir) are linked on her website for purchase of the recommended editions. 




This review also included an unexpected surprise. In addition to notes to the teacher/parent of the student, leader direction is provided for a group as well as the individual lessons. Schoolhouse Review Crew friends joined together to form a Facebook group, a virtual literature discussion group when we started this review. The surprise was that the author joined us there, too, and has been responding to our students and encouraging even more discussion. 

Several weeks ago, a friend in our homeschool group suggested our high school students meet together for a literature group. (The younger kids will be doing art and PE.) She selected the books, and several of the ones planned are also in this curriculum. I'll be prepared to help lead those discussions. 

This literature curriculum is comprehensive for one high school credit. In addition to the workbook, the additional resources online helped round out the study. It is recommended to cover two semesters and count as a literature, English, or language arts credit. 

When we started to use Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide, we first printed a copy of the novel notebook (downloaded free from Sharon Watson's website) for each of my daughters. They took turns reading the books which uncharacteristically we read in the order recommended.  My oldest daughter used the student workbook and I discussed things from the teacher's guide and quizzes with them. Quizzes are also available online. They were able to participate in the online group, write their thoughts in their novel notebooks, and discuss the books with me. 

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain was the first book covered. None of us had ever read it before, and it was a stretch from our typical choices. Even though the story itself wasn't our favorite, the topics presented were clearly represented in the choice, such as irony. My oldest daughter did find the unexpected aspects interesting. The questions and vocabulary quizzes in the student workbook provided another chance to review the story.


Some of the other concepts covered in this curriculum are figurative language, point of view, and narrative shift. There is so much more! 
Rich vocabulary studies are seamlessly built in using words from the books. 

My 11 year old became interested in this study when he saw the cover of the second book: The War of the Worlds depicted an alien. Although he isn't using the student workbook and other resources or completing the quizzes, I am adapting some of the discussions to include him, too. 


If you want to help your students become more discerning readers, I recommend this homeschool literature curriculum.  



Writing with Sharon Watson Review
Jennifer
**Those of you reading this before August 31, Sharon Watson's Facebook kick-off party included giveaways and special offers that don't end until the end of the month. You can also follow her on Pinterest

27.8.15

The Virtual Refrigerator


Welcome to The Virtual Refrigerator.  From August through October, we will be featuring artists. Check out Kym's blog featuring M.C. Escher for her latest installment of this exciting series.

Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Every Bed of RosesHomeschool 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. We want to see your child's masterpiece on our #VirtualFridge 
Jennifer


Click these links to visit the co-hosts' blogs.   
 Every Bed of Roses 



23.8.15

Scripture And A Snapshot





For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the LORD in all your dwellings. Leviticus 23:3 
   
      Freshly cut grass is one of my favorite smells. Our family had a weekend at home, and we all worked in different ways around the farm Saturday. One of my daughters mowed. We ended the day with a perfect meal featuring Pappy's grilled chicken. Sunday the whole family will go to church together. I'm thankful for that privilege. 

     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. 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 leave a comment to let me know your Pinterest name or email used there. 
Jennifer

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20.8.15

The Virtual Refrigerator


Welcome to The Virtual Refrigerator.  From August through October, we will be featuring artists. Check out Kym's blog for the latest installment of this exciting new series.




My daughter Emily painted this and added sand for texture. I love the soft colors that she used. 

Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Every Bed of RosesHomeschool 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. We want to see your child's masterpiece on our #VirtualFridge 
Jennifer


Click these links to visit the co-hosts' blogs.   
 Every Bed of Roses 


18.8.15

21 Lessons in 20th Century American Music Appreciation

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21 Lessons for 20th Century American Music Appreciation

When I was in college, I joined the university choir. It provided a small scholarship, new opportunities, and some additional required music lessons that were an enjoyment and at the time to me a completely new experience. Along with voice lessons, one of the classes I took then was music appreciation. I remember for the first time listening to the individual instruments and trying to determine which one I was hearing. My children have all had a variety of music lessons from a very young age. Along with their instruments, they have all learned some music theory. My girls are even teaching beginner students piano and violin. One thing that we have not focused on consistently is music history. That is about to change.

This fall I'm diving into American music using Gena Mayo's brand new ebook curriculum  21 Lessons in 20th Century American Music Appreciation. As we study songs that tie in perfectly with our American history lessons, I'll share a review with you.

* The Grand Opening Sale is 50% off during the rest of August (code August50)

"I think this product is unique and will be very attractive to lots of homeschool moms, as well as music teachers. When I started writing it last summer, it was because I did a lot of research and couldn't find anything like it on the market. It can easily be taught both at home, in a classroom, or at a homeschool co-op." ~ Gena Mayo

Visit Gena Mayo at I Choose Joy!  http://ichoosejoy.org
Jennifer

Illuminating Literature iPad Giveaway from Writing with Sharon Watson!

We have been reviewing Sharon Watson's Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide! high school curriculum and will be sharing that review with you next week. My high schoolers both love to read and have enjoyed the depth of these lessons that give insight into the authors and the stories. They just finished the lessons on Pudd'nhead Wilson and are now digging into The War of the Worlds. You are invited to join us as she kicks off the release of this curriculum with a Facebook party where the winner of this giveaway will be announced. Enter now! 


Writing with Sharon Watson Illuminating Literature iPad Mini Giveaway
To celebrate the release of Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide, we are joining with Writing with Sharon Watson to bring you an incredible giveaway! 

One of you may win ALL of the following prizes, a value of nearly $450:

Apple iPad Mini 16GB, WiFi Only ($329 value)

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch Display; 1024-by-768 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A5 Chip 1GHZ
  • 5 MP iSight Camera; 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 0.68 lbs

Illuminating Literature Curriculum Set ($64.47 value)

Literature in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere . . .

Your teens will appreciate the unstuffy way Sharon Watson teaches literature. They’ll read some great novels, encounter the hero’s journey, learn literary terms and elements, and gain an appreciation for fine literature.

More important, eager and reluctant readers will become more discerning as they learn the secret craft of the writer.

Prepare your teens for college literature courses and for the rest of their reading life.
  • Written for Christian high schools, homeschools, and co-ops.
  • Two-semester course earning one credit for language arts or English.
  • 70 lessons.
  • Student-directed, with clear lessons and reading schedules.

Illuminating Literature 8-Book Bundle ($52.84 value)

This book bundle includes the following books used in Illuminating Literature:
  • Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  • The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
  • Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie
  • Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

Writing with Sharon Watson Illuminating Literature Facebook Party

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Jennifer

15.8.15

Scripture and A Snapshot


For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
    
     We have had revival this week at our church, and I am filled with hope. The text focus was Ephesians, and the sermons were all about how Christians, unified in Christ's love, can share hope with the world. One night when we walked out of the church, this beautiful double rainbow filled the sky. The brightest one almost looked like two complete rainbows under another one. Every time I see rainbows, I'm reminded how God keeps His promises. Do you know that hope? 


My hope is built on nothing less 
than Jesus' blood and righteousness. 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
but wholly lean on Jesus' name. 

On Christ the solid rock I stand, 
all other ground is sinking sand; 
all other ground is sinking sand. 

When Darkness veils his lovely face, 
I rest on his unchanging grace. 
In every high and stormy gale, 
my anchor holds within the veil. 

His oath, his covenant, his blood 
supports me in the whelming flood. 
When all around my soul gives way, 
he then is all my hope and stay. 

     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. 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 leave a comment to let me know your Pinterest name or email used there. 
Jennifer

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14.8.15

The Foundation of Our Homeschool


When we first discussed the possibility of teaching our children at home, I imagined what I now hear people call "school at home." We did try to imitate some of our own school experiences and even bought desks for each of the girls. 

Over the years, our homeschool has changed, but one thing remains constant. The heart of our curriculum is God's Word. Truths are tested by Scriptures as our ultimate source of truth. 

This week in our Back to Homeschool Blog Hop, Kym shared their yearly tradition of choosing a Scripture for their family. We have memorized verses together (currently we are learning Psalm 91) but I'm inspired now to choose a passage for the school year with my family.  
Jennifer


13.8.15

The Virtual Refrigerator



Welcome to The Virtual Refrigerator.  From August through October, we will be featuring artists. This week on Kym's blog she is featuring Gustav Klimt.

Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Every Bed of RosesHomeschool 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. We want to see your child's masterpiece on our #VirtualFridge 
Jennifer


Click these links to visit the co-hosts' blogs.   
 Every Bed of Roses 






10.8.15

Back to Homeschool Planning

This year our return to homeschool (not quite a complete description as we never really stop) has been more gentle. Homeschooling for us has become our constant, so beginning our new year kind of feels seemless.
 
My children are now in 6th, 10th, and 12th grade. I HAVE A SENIOR!

We shopped for school supplies, but even that was nontraditional. We didn't take a list, in fact this year the shopping was incredibly simple. All of us (even me) choose new notebooks. I purchased more art supplies: paint brushes, sketch pads, metallic markers, some just for fun, all on sale.
 
I now combine more subjects, integrating vocabulary and science or writing and Bible for example. 

Instead of a new planner, I'm simplifying that process this year, too. A friend showed me her student calendar that she used to jot down assignments for each of her children, so we took her advice and each picked out our own ruled calendars at Michael's craft store. Her method  is very similar to this one using notebooks.

I have several exciting giveaways to share with you this week. The first is for a copy of TobyMac's latest CD. Enter here.
Jennifer


TOBYMAC This Is Not A Test Giveaway

TOBYMAC giveaway
TobyMac's latest songs have been filling our home with energy and encouragement. My kids and I are all enjoying these songs. Scroll all the way down for a chance to win a copy of this CD.



About TOBYMAC:
Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman.  Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music.  While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk.  Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001.  Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight(2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008).  This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released.  Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and - perhaps most relevant of all - the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going.  "It's the truth," he says.  "I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart.  I believe God can use a song to open someone's mind and heart."   

ALBUM RELEASE DATE:  AUGUST 7th! 
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YOUTUBE CHANNEL - Includes a 3 part video series for the song Feel It 

 
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Giveaway guidelines:
"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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
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Disclosure: I was supplied with a unique digital link to listen to Toby's 6th studio album before the release date.
Jennifer


Friendship

With two teenage daughters, I've been reminded of my friendships when I was their age. Friendships that have been the most consistent for me have been those with a depth from both having a relationship with Jesus Christ that provides perspective. One such friend taught me instead of simply saying "I'll pray for you" to actually pray with her (and others too) when asked, right at that moment. This summer I've shared heartache and joy and many prayers with friends. For them, I do thank God. Friendship is a blessing. 
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Last month was an interesting blog change as I cohosted with my friend Lynn for her July blogging challenge. During August she is offering a new weekly challenge called digging into God's Word. The first prompt is friendship. 
Jennifer
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9.8.15

The 2015 Back to Homeschool Blog Hop

All week long friends from The Schoolhouse Review Crew and Homeschool Blogging Connection are sharing homeschool encouragement and resources.



Mark your calendars - 10 to 14 August - it's time for this years Homeschool Blog Hop.  The
Schoolhouse Review Crew
will be joining forces with Homeschool Blogging Connection to bring you a week full of back to school encouragement.

We have 55 homeschool Mom's sharing their combined wisdom and insights covering everything
Homeschool related. That's 275 posts of encouragement and information just for you!

Meet Your Back to Homeschool Blog Hop Hosts

Marcy @ Ben and Me
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Rebecca @ Raventhreads
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Jennifer @ Chestnut Grove Academy
Annette @ In All You Do
Aurie @ Our Good Life
Jennifer @ A Peace of Mind
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Katie @ DailyLife
Melissa @ Mom's Plans
Annette @ A Net In Time
Dawn @ Double O Farms
Callie @ Mama's Coffee Shop
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama
Crystal @ Crystal Starr
Shawna @ Tenacity Divine
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning 
Leah Courtney @ As We Walk Along the Road
Check back all week.
Jennifer

8.8.15

Scripture and a Snapshot



“Let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
     
     Last week after church, a young girl was baptized in a swimming pool. I love that we can pray to God anytime and anywhere. 

     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. 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 leave a comment to let me know your Pinterest name or email used there. 
Jennifer

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