Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Perfect Pet for Peyton - Review and Giveaway

Although I love my children very much, I'm always looking for ways to be a better parent to them. I received 2 books to help me learn how to love them in their Love Language. Today's review (and giveaway) is A Perfect Pet for Peyton, a delightful children's book that teaches kids about the 5 Love Languages.

About the book:
This wonderfully imaginative children’s hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, featuring four-color illustrations (with hidden details!) by Wilson Williams, Jr., will help children learn the importance of love. Based on Gary’s highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again.


If you aren't familiar with Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages, you're probably wondering what they are.
  • Quality Time - spending special time with people
  • Words of Affirmation - kind words and praise
  • Gifts - giving and receiving gifts no matter the size
  • Physical Touch - hugs, snuggles or even friendly wrestling
  • Acts of Service - doing nice and helpful things
My kids loved this book! Finding the details in the illustrations kept all the girls engaged while I read to them. The use of animals, like a fuzzy, snuggly bunny for Physical Touch and a helpful border collie for Acts of Service, made the concepts understandable for my youngest ones. We've had some wonderful conversations about how to use these Love Languages to show each other that we love them. As soon as we finished the book, each one was quick to tell me what they thought their love language was. I could tell that they understood the different Love Languages because they picked for themselves the same language that I thought belonged to them.


The Boy's is Quality Time. Soccer Girl's is Acts of Service. Ballerina's is Physical Touch. Little Red's is Gifts. Sassy's is Quality Time. 


Giveaway
One lucky reader will get their own copy of A Perfect Pet for Peyton. Please leave a separate comment for each entry and your email address in one of the comments so I can get in touch with you if you win.

Here's how to enter (There are 10 different ways):
1. Leave a comment telling me your child's Love Language. (Or that special child in your life - grandchild, niece, nephew, neighbor, etc.)
2. Go to the Love Language site and take the quiz to determine your love language. Leave me a comment telling me what your love language is.
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This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 10th. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 11th.


 “Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, March 23, 2012

What We've Been Learning - Science

The girls are really enjoying their study of Astronomy. I absolutely love using Apologia for our science. It has the right balance of reading, activities, and notebooking so that my girls really seem to understand the material.

We finished up our study of the sun with an experiment using a magnifying glass, chocolate pieces, and sunshine. Using the magnifying glass, the girls aimed different size circles of sunlight onto the chocolate pieces to see which would melt fastest. They expected the largest circle of light to melt the chocolate fastest, but discovered that it was the smaller, more concentrated circle that melted fastest.







God sent us an extra science lesson while we were outside trying to melt the chocolate. We watched what appeared to be a scout ant come check out our melted chocolate.

The girls also wrote up this experiment and created a presentation for the science fair.


After finishing our study of the sun, we moved on to Mercury. We did an activity to show how even odd shaped rocks would leave round craters by dropping rocks into bowl of flour.

After Mercury, we moved on to Venus. We learned about how Venus is covered with volcanoes, and we did an activity to see how volcanic rock is formed. We poured melted butter over a bowl surrounded by flour and left it to see how the melted butter/flour mixture hardened. (I have used a lot of flour for science lately!)

After Venus, we studied Earth. We learned how God created earth with everything it needed to be perfect for life. Random accident from a "big bang"? I think not!

We're now studying the moon. We have some activities to do with our moon study next week. Hopefully, I'll be more on top of things and get those posted more promptly than these others.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What We've Been Learning - History

Wow! It's been a while since I've shared what we've been learning here. We've been super busy so there's lots to share. In fact, there's so much to share that I'm going to break it down into separate posts.

We've spent a large amount of time in the medieval period. We talked about how most of the churches were built with stained-glass windows that helped tell Bible stories. Then we drew our own stained-glass windows.



 We also put together a medieval castle. (The pencils were used to hold down the towers while the glue dried.) The castle has gotten a lot of use during free time.


We made coats of arms that expressed our own interests.
Ballerina had ballet slippers.
Little Red had basketballs and ballet slippers.

Soccer Girl had Calvary, soccer balls and a Judy Moody book.
Mr. Perfectionist had to have perfect circles for his soccer balls.
The Boy had soccer balls and daggers.
During book basket time, we had plenty of books about medieval Europe to read.

We have now finished up the medieval period and are heading into the Renaissance. I'm looking forward to doing some really neat activities with the small people.

Thankful Thursday - March 22

I'm thankful that the hit The Boy received in his soccer game on Sunday wasn't worse than it was. He ended up with a concussion, but it seems to be a relatively minor one as far as concussions go. No vomiting, no seizure, no loss of consciousness. He's got a pretty decent headache and has some trouble concentrating. Hardest thing for him is no soccer for a week - He missed his JV game on Monday and will miss a tournament this weekend. But it could have been so much worse. I'm thankful it wasn't.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Woodcarver - Review and Giveaway

I was given the opportunity to review another great family-friendly movie. The Woodcarver is a touching story that definitely tugged on my heartstrings.

About the Movie:
Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.
 
Dealing with his own struggles in his faith, Ernest teaches Matthew to live his life asking "WWJD?" before making decisions. This is something I want my own children to do as they have to make choices in their lives.

One of my favorite parts of this movie was a scene where Ernest is talking with Matthew's mother. She asks him about how he had such a good marriage. He told her that they based their marriage on Jesus' life. Her response was something like "How? Jesus wasn't married." He answers that it was based on Jesus' example of kindness, forgiveness, love. What a wonderful reminder to me. So many times my poor husband gets my leftovers at the end of a busy day of homeschooling the kids and taking them to their activities, and that usually isn't full of kindness, peace, gentleness, or any of the other many qualities exemplified by Jesus. I definitely want to try harder to have a marriage based on Jesus' life.
For more information about this movie, check out Christian Cinema.

Not only did I have an opportunity to watch this movie to review, but one of you will get to own your own copy of the DVD. This giveaway will run through 11:59pm on Sunday, March 25. The winner will be announced Monday, March 26.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Theater Week

It's Theater Week at our house. Next weekend, the dance theater where Ballerina and Little Red dance is performing Sleeping Beauty.

What does that mean for us? Lots of late nights this week! Rehearsals every night this week until 10. Then performances on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, and Sunday afternoon.

When I add this to our already hectic schedule, I can see that this week will be a lot of running around. I am so thankful for good friends who are willing to carpool and help me out with getting small people where they need to be. I am also so VERY thankful for my husband. I know there is no way I could do all of this without his support.

I'm looking forward to watching my 2 ballerinas dance next weekend. But I'm really looking forward to this being over.
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