Friday, June 26, 2015

Time to Remember


Today is a day to remember, to grieve, to mourn.

Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd
Susie Jackson
Ethel Lee Lance
Depayne Middleton-Doctor
Clementa C. Pinckney
Tywanza Sanders
Daniel Simmons
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Myra Thompson

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Welcome Summer!

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles and freedigitalphotos.net
The first day of summer is here. I'm finding it hard to believe that it's just now officially summer. All week long we've sweltered in blistering heat and humidity here. The temperature has been close to 100 degrees all week long, and it's only JUNE! I can't imagine how much hotter it will be in July and August.

What's the weather like to kick off summer where you are?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson DVD Review and Giveaway


"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. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
If you are looking for a family-friendly movie to watch, I have one for you. The small people and I sat down to watch Pirate's Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson on DVD, and I was quite pleased with it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CTC Math Review

CTCMath Review

I've noticed over my years as both a classroom teacher and a homeschooling mama that math skills can be forgotten over the summer months. I've also found that while it may seem like a small person is doing okay in math, there may still be some gaps in his/her skills that can affect them later. My children love to use the computer so if I can combine their love for screen time with an online math program, that should be a win-win situation. I was given the opportunity to review CTC Math and their 12 Month Family Plan.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Warm Heart

I saw the absolute sweetest sight tonight at track practice. At the beginning of every practice, every athlete has to run 2 laps around the track. This one little boy, maybe 5 or 6 years old, was really struggling to finish his lap. In fact, he had stopped running and was just standing there holding his side. Two of the older boys, who were running their laps, slowed down when they got to the little boy. One of them put his hand on the little boy's shoulder and encouraged him to keep going.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW): Writing Package Level A Review

IEW Review

Over the past few years, I have become quite familiar with the writing curriculum available from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). My older children have taken IEW classes through our homeschool co-op, and we have also used some of their themed writing books. Sassy has been begging to get to do IEW with the big girls, and now I believe she is finally ready to begin more formal writing instruction. Words can not express how excited I was to have the opportunity to review the Deluxe Combo Teacher/Student Writing Package Level A with her.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Welcome Summer Break!

We are 3 weeks in to our summer break, and I'm just now feeling like it's summer.

The outdoor pool is finally opening, and I'm hoping that these overcast days will leave so the small people and I can enjoy the summer sun.

One of my goals this summer is to take the small people to some of the nearby county and state parks to go hiking and exploring. I can't wait to share these adventures with you!
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