Saturday, June 24, 2017

Heading to Regionals

It's been a busy few weeks. A couple of weeks ago, we had our state track meet and the girls did amazingly well.

Little Red broke the state record for 1500m race walk and came in 2nd. Her friend came in first and gets the title of state record holder, but both girls have the knowledge to say they broke the record. Red also came in 2nd in javelin with a great new personal record.

Sassy also came in 2nd in her age group for the 1500m race walk and for javelin. 

Soccer Girl came in 8th in the 3000m run, which was enough to qualify her to compete at the regional meet in a couple of weeks.

I am super proud of all of them.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series Review

I am a huge American history fan, and I am trying to instill that love in my children as well. Thankfully two of them seem to have developed interest in American history as well - Ballerina and Sassy. We were really excited for the opportunity to review the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series from Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Internship for High School Credit Review

One of the benefits of homeschooling is having the opportunity to customize each child's schooling. With the twins entering high school this year, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I want them to achieve during their high school careers. When I heard about the resource Internship for High School Credit from Apologia Educational Ministries, I was definitely intrigued.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Racewalk Fun

Little Red and Sassy have really improved in their racewalk technique, and this weekend they had the opportunity to get even better.

We spent yesterday and today at a racewalk camp with a couple of other girls from neighboring states. Although I was excited about them improving their skills, I was more excited about the friendships they formed with the other girls. They are looking forward to seeing these girls at regionals and nationals. I love the opportunities that track has provided for my children to meet new people and make new friends!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

YWAM Publishing Clara Barton: Courage Under Fire - A Heroes of History Book Review

Ballerina loves all things history and loves to read. Give her a book about history or an historical figure, and she is one happy girl. She was very excited when we got to review Heroes of History - Clara Barton, which is part of the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing.

YWAM Publishing

For this review, we received:
  • Clara Barton: Courage Under Fire by Janet & Geoff Benge - This is a 191-page paperback book
  • Clara Barton Heroes of History Downloadable Study Guide - a downloadable file containing both pdf and html files
I mentioned earlier that Ballerina loves history; she especially loves reading about the Civil War. She finds it fascinating and also sad that the most deadly in American history was fought within our own country because of disagreements among fellow Americans. Clara Barton: Courage Under Fire documents the life of Clara Barton, who organized the American Red Cross. In the book, Ballerina learned how Clara Barton's childhood affected what she decided to become when she grew up. Her courage and kindness helped many men to survive during the Civil War. By collecting donations of food, blankets, medicine, and more, she braved the battlefields to carry the supplies to men who needed them. After having read how timid Ms. Barton was as a child, this was pretty impressive. 

Now that I've shared a little about the book, let me share with you about the accompanying study guide. There are two pdf-file guides to download. The first one is a unit study guide that provides ways to use the book across the curriculum including activities for history, geography, essay writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, public speaking, drama, and art. Some of the sections of this study guide include:
  • Seven Key Quotes with suggestions for using them for memorization, conversation starters, dramatic interpretation, and artistic display. 
  • Display Corner ideas for how to collect and display objects related to Clara Barton's life and the time period in which she lived.
  • Chapter Questions with six questions for each chapter that focus on vocabulary, comprehension, and opinion and interpretation.
  • Student Exploration activities including essay questions, creative writing, hands-on projects, audio/visual projects, and arts and crafts.
  • Community Links with suggestions for how to plan for guest speakers and field trips to related places as well as suggestions for where to find good resources within the community.
  • Social Studies section divided into six categories: places, journeys, terms/vocabulary, geographical characteristics, timeline, and conceptual questions. 
  • Related Themes to Explore provides a visual concept map of other related topics to study.
  • Culminating Event suggestions to wrap up a Clara Barton unit study.
  • Related Books and Resources list books, videos, articles, and websites that can accompany a unit study on Clara Barton.
The second pdf-file guide contains the following printables:
  • Clara Barton fact sheet
  • Map of Central and Eastern United States
  • Map of Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia
  • Timeline
Clara Barton: Courage Under Fire is one of many books in the Heroes of History series. We have also had the privilege to review Ben Carson: A Chance at Life and Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life.

I love that the study guides provide plenty of activities and ideas to turn reading one of these books into an extremely interesting and engaging unit study.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

End of the Year

I have been looking forward to the end of the school year for a couple of months, and once it got here, things have been so busy that I haven't really had time to think.

The past few weeks have been spent trying to get The Boy's paperwork in to our homeschool accountability group, working on paperwork for the soccer club for tournaments and tryouts since I'm the club registrar, and working on track registration for meets since I'm the track club secretary.

I'm hoping to catch my breath this week and maybe actually get to relax a bit.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Typing Coach Online Typing Course Review

The Typing Coach

I remember taking a typing class when I was in junior high. Back then, the class used manual typewriters, and if I made a mistake, I had to use either liquid white-out or those little white out tabs. I credit that class with my ability to type at a fairly fast rate without having to look at the keyboard. Today my children don't use manual typewriters, but they still need to know how to type. Keyboarding skills are a necessity in today's digital society. I was excited for us to have the opportunity to review The Typing Coach Online Typing Course created by The Typing Coach.

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