Pigtail Food Flippers

We received a set of two Pigtail Food Flippers from Cave Tools for this review.  

We reviewed their Kabob Skewer Rack before. This time we received both the 12" (designed for kitchen use) and the 17" pigtail food flipper (for grill use) from Cave Tools. While they were handy for flipping food, they haven't replaced all of our other grill tools. 

These flippers are dishwasher safe and come with a lifetime guarantee. If you cook around small children, be aware that the point on these is very sharp. While it does make it helpful to easily turn food, they could also be as dangerous as kitchen knives. 

Disclosure: The product was provided for this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions shared are my own. 


Scripture and A Snapshot

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18

     It's been a full week. My kids made plans to mow the grass today. One finished then the thunder and rain started. It hasn't stopped yet. The friend I mentioned last week, so excited about the possibility of moving soon, had that fall through. Plans do change, and sometime there is nothing we can do about it. The ducks are still swimming. 

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Ten Days of Incorporating Homeschool With Life

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We've reached day ten of incorporating homeschool with life, little glimpses of how this works for us.  I shared how this works both at home and away from home, even while we are on vacation. Help from others was highlighted, too, both from family and friends and from classes in our community as well as on our farm.

Does this give you ideas or maybe already resemble your own style of homeschooling?

Our ten day series is complete! Visit other bloggers linked below, and click through all of my posts labeled Life School for the series.



A Homeschool Life

Several weeks ago we took our kids to see the new Wonder Woman movie. A quote from a preview of another movie stuck with me, even though the movie being previewed seemed more like a horror story than a happy life. 
"This is as real as it gets kids, you learn from living."
That is a bit of oversimplification for us, but homeschool and life are all mixed together. We teach our kids as we live. Throughout this series I've shared a few little glimpses of how that works for us. Homeschool is not school at home. We have changed from trying to replicate a classroom and what it offers. 


Doctor Aviation

The following is a review of Doctor Aviation with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  

We received access to Doctor Aviation's six month online aviation course. Our entire family was interested in this course, but my homeschool graduate was the one who enrolled. She easily completed their online subscription process and quickly read through the initial recommendations then found some of the recommended related books. 

The pace is left up to the student. A lesson can be viewed each week over a four month period or with breaks stretched into a six month course. My daughter worked through over half of the 15-lesson course during our six-week review period. 

Each of the lessons are approximately 45 minutes long, although some last over an hour. The lesson content is sometimes shared as facts, but oftentimes more like a story. Lessons focus not only on dynamics of planes, how they fly, components, etcera, but also on the history of certain planes, pilots, and flights. There is so much information in this course! 

As an adult, this course is perfect for getting an idea of the main components of aviation. The information learned will be useful in teaching students, or even as a starting point before further study of aviation. This course is also great if you just want to have a greater understanding of flight or the history of flight, even if you don't intend to pursue aviation further. 
Dr. Aviation, Daryl Smith, is a Command Pilot. He spent 24 years in the Air Force. He has been an Instructor pilot and a Research pilot. He also served as an instructor at the United States Air Force Academy, and has written an aviation book.

Dr. Aviation is excited to share his knowledge with listeners in this course. He isn't making the course about himself. In the first video lesson he shares his credentials. 

I can tell by things Dr. Aviation says, things that he agrees with, and things that he doesn't recommend, that he is a Christian. He shares Bible references, but he doesn't push it. His main purpose in each video is sharing his knowledge and the knowledge of others about flight.

Dr. Aviation always talks in a way that makes him seem positive that what he is teaching is knowledge that you need to have. He teaches in a way that helps you understand just what he is talking about, even as the subjects get trickier. He's friendly, and he's easy to listen to, along with being humble when speaking of his own accomplishments. 

Subtitles are not available, however occasional quotes are printed on the screen. Diagrams are also shown (see pictures below) demonstrating the terms discussed in the lessons. Quizzes are included periodically but not after every lesson. 

While viewing the videos with my daughter, we both agreed that it would be helpful to have an option on the website to view the slides separately, to refer to after viewing the lessons or to have them available on the downloads. 

My daughter shared her review of the program: 

Dr. Aviation shares a lot of information in each lesson, so you are sure to understand what is being explained. There are pictures and diagrams shown to aid in each of the explanations. Sometimes images of Legos are used as examples.

He repeats major points in case you miss something, which is really great if you are taking notes. There are guided notes provided for every lesson which can be downloaded, printed, or viewed online. I found that opening them on my phone worked great; I just copied my notes and answers into a notebook.  

There are also suggested activities, practice exams (recommended for those who wish to count the course as academic credit), guided notes, recommended books, movies, and additional related links and resources. Our library had some of the books which were recommended. Some are available for purchasing on kindle. There are links for further study, which include not only articles, but also videos. In the lessons, Dr. Aviation even reads segments of Yeager's autobiography to give us the context of what was going on. Some of the books listed as recommendations are books that he used at the Air Force Academy. 

One of the first books recommended is titled The Bishop's Boys. I couldn't find it, but did find quite a few others. The history shared about the Wright brothers was very interesting. I enjoyed getting a deaper look at their history and family from David McCullough's The Wright Brothers. Did you know that they invented their own style of bicycle in 1896, which they sold in their own shop? 

Lesson five was more of a review, at least in the technical trivia section. However, this lesson was where I got excited. I kept hoping through the first four lessons that he would do a bit of demonstration, instead of just pictures. It was a little disappointing, but I still understood what was being taught. However, when I started lesson five he started demonstrating. The plane behind him became more than a prop. He hopped in, showed where parts were and what they did, and it brought my understanding to the next level. This may not be as big of a deal if you learn more from pictures, or from hearing, but it really helped me to see it in action.

The people discussed in the Notable Innovators section varied greatly, so certain of them piqued my interest more than others, though I enjoyed hearing facts about all of them. Flights and events shared in the Legendary Aircraft and Events section weren't always happy or exciting. Lesson five was about a plane crash in 1989; not an event that anyone would wish to happen, but a lot of lessons were shared about how the crew managed the crash, and what we can learn from it. My dad remembered details about that crash and discussed it with me after watching that lesson with me. He told me about turbine blades, how they come apart, and showed me one! 

I don't see this course as being for any certain age. No prior knowledge is required, and it can be made more complicated depending on how much time you or your student wish to put into it. Younger students may not fully understand all that is discussed, but would still enjoy it. As the lessons progress, harder concepts are discussed, but younger students may still appreciate the historical segments. 
There are many books available about the people and events discussed, so younger students may be interested in those. For example, our library system has many books available for kids, written all about the Wright Brothers. Examples are used that many people will know of or be able to relate to. 

No background knowledge is required, but general knowledge acquired with age and study does help, I think, in how much each student will get out of this course. Another beneficial learning help is how much you push yourself to gain knowledge from this course. Just watching each lesson is great, but using all of the resources, which have obviously been provided for a reason, will help you tremendously, (as with many other courses.) 

Exams and answer keys can be accessed by contacting Dr. Aviation.

Our whole family is learning together from Dr. Aviation. 

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Aviation Course {Doctor Aviation Reviews}

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Homeschool Lessons in Dad's Workshop

We moved back to our family farm and my husband built our house when our oldest daughter was in kindergarten. Learning beside him has been a lifelong habit for all three of our children. He also repairs lawn mowers, and I have a precious memory of my son when he was very young working on his toy tractor just like his daddy. Hands-on learning from someone who understands and enjoys what they are teaching is my preferred learning style. Around the farm, my kids have so many opportunities to learn. Watching them learn from their dad as they work on projects together simply builds my joy. 

My daughter wanted a Hope Chest made by her daddy. He decide instead to build one with her, and taught her how to make dovetail joints and use power tools as they built it. I benefited from their practice as I now have two lovely shelves in my bathroom. 

My son got to review a course about engine repair. His daddy helped him clean the old greasy engine so he could learn. Watching his joy as he learned about engines in the same shop that my husband was rebuilding my Powpow's old tractor was again just priceless. 

Share what you love with your children! 


Homeschool In The Kitchen

Through the years, this has been something we've done a lot. Instead of repeating myself, I'm going to link to some of the ways I have shared before that we homeschool in the kitchen or even learn lessons in other kitchens.

General Science Density Experiment 
Jane Austen Homeschool Day at Oakley Plantation
The Process of Perfecting Macarons

For your convenience, Amazon affiliate links to some of the books that we have enjoyed learning with are shared below. Cookwise is an in-depth look at how ingredients work together and has beautiful pictures. The second one is a kindle freebie about science in the kitchen. Kitchen math has a delicious recipe for cream cheese brownies that my daughter has made over and over.




Trust Fund

The following is a review of product from Mapelle Films with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. 

For this review, we received the DVD Trust Fund: Know Who To Trust and the book Love Came Near by Mapelle Films. I prefer movies and books that have happy endings. What have you done that you think is unforgivable? This movie shares a modern retelling of Jesus' parable of The Prodigal Son (found in Luke 15) showing that a Father's love is both giving and forgiving. They also designed this study guide which you can download for free. This movie had a limited release in AMC theatres last year and is just now coming out on DVDs distributed through Amazon. 

Isaac Alongi is the Cinematographer and producer of this film. He was homeschooled in the 1980s and has won two Emmys for his work on a series of historical films. His wife Sandra Martin is the author and producer of the book inspired by the movie. She shared that she felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to write it and hopes that it will shine light on some important issues we need to be talking to our daughters about. 

The movie opens with nostalgic scenes of two sisters to the tune of "I will always love you first." Sadly, that tune doesn't stay true though, and loving changes between the sisters. I like the music throughout the movie. I did miss the option of subtitles. 

Trips to Italy, train rides with private cars, and multi-million dollar transactions are beyond my budget. Overall, to me, this movie's story is not believable. But then, neither is the amazing love and complete forgiveness displayed by the Father as Jesus tells the parable of The Prodigal Son. And God's love, so amazing, is unbelievable by human standards. "Beyond Belief" but I do believe the Bible. 

In the retelling as in the original parable, the main character is not a hero. The father is the one with amazing forgiving love. 

Sometimes helping someone helps us forgive, and that is part of the restoration process between the sisters. The book provides scenarios and asks "what do you think." Writing can at times be a way to share things easier than talking. My daughters and I read through this book and the second time we watched the movie they noticed the book Reese wrote-- this book: 

Reese writes a book in the movie, and after the movie was released Sandra Martin wrote an interactive diary inspired by the movie, as if it is the book written by Reese. Love Was Near is recommended for 12 and older. It is filled wth introspective questions. At the end of the book, she echoes her words from the movie "I learned what love was from my father."

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Trust Fund Movie {Mapelle Films Reviews}
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Homeschool in Our Community

There are times when homeschool seems more like away-from-home school when life plans keep us busy. I cherish our days at home. But there are times when friends can teach my children things that my husband and I haven't learned. For those, we appreciate their time, and we go to them. There is no way we could accept every opportunity offered, so we have to consider each opportunity carefully. These things are sort of like electives in our lessons, though sometimes we've met with others for groups for the basic courses, too. 

Some of the group things we've done as classes or teams with others through the years are art, soccer, Spanish, speech, geography, dancing, orchestra, sewing, and more. Many of these weren't "homeschool group" activities. Knitting, for example, started as a one-time free class at our library. Community interest kept it there, and the teacher became a family friend. My girls still like to go, especially when they reach a point in a knitting project where they need help. 

Book club is another group that I've enjoyed with my children. We've joined book clubs with friends, at our library, and with our homeschool group. We've attended plays based on books after discussing the books together, and we've shared meals featuring foods that we read about. 

Not every opportunity is within a group. Music lessons are one of the things my girls have done most consistently through the years. They even teach their own students now, but the continue to learn from others, too. 

Have you found activities that are just the right fit for your children? 

The second week of our ten day series is here! Visit all of my posts labeled Life School for the complete series.