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Small People

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Author Mattie Richardson - Appaloosy Books Review

I don't know about you, but it's often hard for me to find good books for my girls to read. Two of my girls are voracious readers, and I can't tell you the number of times I've thought they must have read every decent (and age appropriate) book there is, wondering what I could have them read next. It's always exciting when we stumble upon a new author (or a new-to-us author) because it opens the door to more opportunities for good reading. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to review all four books in the Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Excelerate SPANISH review

It is extremely important to me that my children get a good solid foreign language education throughout their schooling. Being able to communicate, even on a very minimal level, with people who speak a different language from them would benefit them for life. With this in mind, I was very excited for us to have the opportunity to review Excelerate SPANISH Streaming from Excelerate SPANISH.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 9 Review

Grammar is one of those subjects that is extremely important to me as a homeschool mom. I feel it is important for my children to constantly review grammar rules so that they are able to write more effectively. For this reason, Easy Grammar Systems has been a part of our homeschool curriculum for many years. When we were given the opportunity to review Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 9, I was elated.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Britfield & the Lost Crown Review

I am a firm believer that, if you don't have the funds to be a world traveler (which I certainly do not), the next best thing is to travel extensively in your reading life. I love reading books set in other countries because you can visit there in your imagination, especially if the author does a good job of descriptive writing. So I was intrigued when I was offered the opportunity for us to review Britfield & the Lost Crown, which is set in England. Since Brailey and Brittany are always looking for new books to read, I thought this would be a good book for them to try out as well.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

A Birthday Finish

I had planned to start a new cross stitch project on my birthday, but I didn't order the fabric in time for it to be here for that. However, I was able to finish a project. I started this in September 2018, so it took me just a little short of a year.

Friday, August 23, 2019

My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping Review

I am a planner. I make detailed to-do lists. I have notepads and planners and notebooks all over my school area. And for years, I've been a paper and pencil planner for our homeschool. So I felt a little trepidation when I received the opportunity to review the Annual Membership Plan for My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

CTCMath Review

Love it or hate it, math is a necessary part of a good education. Some of my kids love it; others hate it. My goal is to make them successful math students, regardless of how they feel about the subject. One way I try to do this is through the addition of a supplementary math program. We have our core math curriculum, but I also like them to get additional practice. We've been using CTCMath for several years as our supplementary math program, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to review their 12-month Family Membership.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Flosstube #2

My 2nd Flosstube video is now live for anyone who is interested -

Many projects are shared.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Memoria Press - Ninth Grade Literature Set Review

It's hard to believe but I now have another child in high school. Caelin is in ninth grade this year, which means a new level of school work and expectations. Since all of my children learn differently, I knew that what I used with the twins for literature was not going to work with Caelin. I was intrigued by the Ninth Grade Literature Set from Memoria Press, so I jumped at the opportunity to review it. The fact that these cover classical literature was very appealing. Caelin and I started with the Beowulf the Warrior Memoria Press Literature Guide, and we will work through the rest of the literature guides during this year.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Library and Educational Services LLC Review

I don't know about you, but at my house, we love books. (Some of us more than others.) We have a lovely set of built in bookshelves in our living room, a 6-foot tall book shelf in the school room, and bookshelves in the bedrooms. The biggest problem we have with our love of books is the lack of funds to buy all the books we want. So when I find an economical resource for purchasing books, it makes me very happy. Needless to say, I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to review Library and Educational Services LLC, a company that sells wholesale books.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

I've Joined Flosstube!

I've been hooked on watching videos on Flosstube for the past couple of months. It looked so fun that I decided to join in as well. I posted my first Flosstube video this past weekend. I'm hoping that my future ones will be less awkward. LOL

You can find my Flosstube channel here.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Happy Happy Birthday!

Shout out to my husband for his birthday today! 

Picture from a previous year because this year's cake didn't turn out very photogenic LOL

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition, Review

We have used Apologia for our science curriculum since Bobby started homeschooling. Throughout the last fourteen years (! - How is that possible??), we have used almost all of their science books, beginning with their elementary sciences and then moving to general science and into the high school lab sciences. My older children all had a struggle when they had to transition from the elementary science books to general science. So I was extremely excited to hear that Apologia had produced a new edition for general science. I was even more thrilled when we were given the opportunity to review Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Reading Quote

This quote spoke to me today and I wanted to share it.

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.
—Kate DiCamillo

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Heart Changer Review

I've mentioned before that Brailey has a deep love for Biblical history and historical fiction. It is especially exciting when those two intermingle. Needless to say, she was ecstatic when we were offered the opportunity to review The Heart Changer by Jarm Del Boccio, Author.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Proud Mama Moment

Last night we had our annual track club pasta dinner. Each year this is held right before our state track meet to celebrate the athletes and encourage them for the upcoming competition season.

One of the highlights of the dinner each year is the honoring of one of the club's athletes with the Taylor Elmore Spirit Award. This award was established to honor the memory of one of the club's athletes who was tragically killed in a car accident in high school 10 years ago. This award is given to an athlete who embodies the following characteristics and is voted on by the club's coaches.
      o  Punctuality and attendance for practices and team functions

      o  Listens and respects not only coaches but all they come in contact with

      o  Represents God, Family, City of Florence, and Florence Track Club with pride and honor

      o  Always gives 100% whether in practice or meets

      o  Is always encouraging to others

This year's award winner was Aria! She definitely embodies the characteristics of this award. She's an extremely hard worker and always gives 100%. Last summer she was injured and wasn't able to compete so we didn't sign her up to be a club athlete. Instead of staying home like she could have, she chose to come to all of the practices - 3 nights a week - and helped with the younger athletes. I'm extremely proud that her character has not gone unnoticed by the coaches.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Failure Breeds Success

I want my children to fail. There - I said it. While I hate seeing my children upset, I know that failure is good for them.

Do I mean that I don't ever want them to succeed? Absolutely not! I love watching my children succeed and celebrating those successes with them. But without the failures, those successes don't mean as much.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set Review

When I look back on my junior high and high school days, the classes that stand out the most in my mind as the most loved are my literature classes. My English teachers introduced me to classics as well as to books I would probably have never picked up on my own. I feel like it's because of this that I enjoy a variety of genres in my reading life today. It's extremely important to me that my own children get a solid foundation in literature and that I find a curriculum that will help me to accomplish this. I was delighted that Brittany and I have had the opportunity to review the Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Wars of the Jews set Review

 I've mentioned before how much Brailey enjoys history, especially Biblical history. It amazes me how much she can tell me about the Bible and the events taking place in the world during biblical times. To say she was excited to be able to review The Wars of the Jews set from Memoria Press would be a HUGE understatement. The moment the package arrived at our house, she was ready to dive right in and get started!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Stitch Maynia Completed!

I did it! I managed to do some stitching every day but one for the entire month of May. I worked on 14 different projects. Here are the ones I did this past week.

The three Santa's are separate patterns, but I will be combining them into one finished project.

This last one will eventually be a Clemson football helmet with a tiger paw. It's not much right now, but there are over 600 tiny stitches in this already.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Supercharged Science Review

At my house, science is one of those subjects - you know, the ones that can often be accompanied by heavy sighs and slumped shoulders. In order to make it at least slightly interesting for my girls, there needs to be some hands-on, tactile learning going on. Just reading about it in a book is not enough to catch their interest or comprehension. Supercharged Science makes this so much easier with their e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum.

Friday, May 24, 2019

EdAlive Review

Like most kids today, my children enjoy spending time on the computer. It makes it much easier for me to justify that time if it's being spent doing something educational. We were very excited to have the opportunity to review Maths Invaders Online and Typing Tournament Online from EdAlive.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

WIP Wednesday (on Thursday) May 23

It's been quite a week! The first summer track meet of the year was on Saturday. I made sure to bring my stitching, and I was so glad I did. Britt and Caelin raced at 8am and then didn't have anything else until javelin at 1:30pm, which meant LOTS of time for stitching.

I know I worked on something last Thursday and Friday, but for the life of me, I can't remember what it was.

Saturday and Sunday were spent working on The Evil Fairy from the Magical SAL.

Monday and Tuesday were spent on The Giver of the Red Apple from the Magical SAL.

Wednesday I started Santa With List from The Design Works Crafts, Inc. Collection. This one has turned into a fairly quick stitch.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WIP Wednesday - May 15

May is probably my busiest month - between birthdays, awards programs, spring musical, and track meets, I feel like the world is spinning crazy fast. It's hard to find time to stitch each day, so I'm happy if I can just get a few stitches in - like the 8 that I did on Sunday. Since I spend 2 days on each project, I can at least see progress overall.

Ariel from the Magical Stitch-a-long (SAL) (This was one of my already started projects, and I'm excited that it's almost done.)

The Little Glass Slipper from the Magical SAL

Mulan from the Magical SAL

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Critical Thinking Co. Review

With college looming just around the corner for the twins, preparing them for the SAT is at the forefront of my mind. One of the most daunting aspects for them is the vocabulary section. I was extremely excited when we were given the opportunity to review Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1 from The Critical Thinking Co.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WIP Wednesday - May 8

A late post for Work in Progress Wednesday.

I'm thoroughly enjoying participating in Stitch Maynia. I wasn't sure how I would feel about having so many different projects, but it's actually more inspiring to me to have multiple projects to work on. I didn't get to stitch any on Saturday because I was at a track meet for Caelin ALL day - left the house at 8am, got home at almost 11pm - and forgot my sewing bag!

I'm working on each project for 2 days before moving on to the next project. Thursday was day 2 of Harry Potter with Owl. Here's the starting point and then the progress made Thursday. It's a lot of white on white, so it's hard to see.

Friday and Sunday, The Beauty from the Magical SAL (Stitch-along) that I'm participating in.

Monday and Tuesday, The Enchantress from the Magical SAL.

Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum Review

Our family has chosen to homeschool for a number of reasons. One of which is that teaching from a Biblical worldview is important to me. Another reason is that many school curricula have been rewriting history, and I want to ensure that my children learn an unrevised history. Pathway to Liberty's History Curriculum from Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum approaches the teaching of unaltered history with a Biblical world view. We had the opportunity to review Pathway to Liberty's World History.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Hamelin Stoop Series Review

Brailey is a huge fan of the fantasy genre, but finding books that are appropriate is sometimes difficult. The Hamelin Stoop Series by Robert B. Sloan from 12 Gates Publishing is a brand new series that is bridging the gap between middle grades and young adult fantasy. We were excited to have the opportunity to review the first two books in the series.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

WIP Wednesday

This year, I'm participating in Stitch Maynia for my first time. What I like most is that each person can do whatever works best for them during the month of May; it really is just to encourage stitching all month.

Here is my plan for Stitch Maynia:
I’ve decided to do 15 projects in May. Most will be starts but 3 will be WIPs. I'll work on each project for 2 days, and that will give me 1 free day. I'm sure I'll need that with birthdays for 3 of the kids plus several track meets this month.

Today was Day 1 and I worked on Harry Potter with Owl. I am so excited that I finished the bottom half today. It's exciting to start seeing the details in the owl.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Techie Homeschool Mom Review

Unit studies - I love, love, LOVE the concept, but I hate the prep time that it usually involves on my end. Sometimes it's not even the preparation time that is the issue; sometimes doing a unit study is far more teacher-involved than I have time to be, especially if the unit study is for just one child. I'm always looking for new unit study products to see if I can find one that is a better fit for our homeschool. I was delighted when we were given the opportunity to review Ancient Rome Online Unit Study from Techie Homeschool Mom.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Hundred Dresses and The Golden Goblet

Oops, I completely missed posting my G read-aloud last week! So this week I'll share a G and an H book. If you've been following along for A through F, you know that my Through the Alphabet theme is read-aloud books. This has been such a fun part of our homeschooling life.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

My Region Champ

This one is now the reigning 2-mile Region Champion.

She also came in 2nd in the 1 mile and anchored her 4x800m relay team to 3rd place (they were in 4th when she got the baton).

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

YWAM Publishing C. S. Lewis - A Christian Heroes: Then & Now Review

At our house, we are HUGE fans of YWAM Publishing, a ministry of Youth With a Mission. In fact, you know how usually the mail leading up to Christmas is loaded with catalogs? Well, when the YWAM Publishing catalog was delivered, Brailey took it and marked all of the books she wanted from it - and there were a LOT! Needless to say, when we were given the opportunity to review one of the Christian Heroes: Then & Now books, we were ecstatic. We chose Christian Heroes: C.S. Lewis as our book to review since it was one of the ones at the top of Brailey's wish list.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Fix It! Grammar Review

Several years ago, we were introduced to Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) through our homeschool co-op. To say that this drastically changed how I approached writing in our homeschool since then would be an understatement. I was very excited to have the opportunity to review IEW's Fix It! Grammar with Brittany so that we could see if this might be the right grammar for her.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Family Under the Bridge

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds. Some of my favorite memories from when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up with them on the couch after lunch to devour a good book.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Egg Tree

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds. Some of my favorite memories from when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up with them on the couch after lunch to devour a good book.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tied 2 Teaching Review

Brittany absolutely loves math and science. Last year her favorite class at our homeschool co-op was her STEM class. Needless to say, we were thrilled when we were given the opportunity to review STEM Activities, Full Year of Challenges with Close Reading from Tied 2 Teaching.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Drive Thru History® Review

If I had the money, I would love to take a road trip (Would a road trip where you have to fly to your destination be called a plane trip?) to the Holy Land. Of course, I would have to take Brailey with me as my traveling companion since she has such a love for the Bible. To be able to visit places we've read about in God's Word would be absolutely thrilling. Although this may probably never happen, we've been able to experience the next best thing during our review of Drive Thru History® "Acts to Revelation" from Drive Thru History®.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Door in the Wall

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds. Some of my favorite memories from when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up with them on the couch after lunch to devour a good book.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Read-Aloud: Calico Bush

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling when my children were younger was read-aloud time. I loved snuggling up on the couch after lunch to devour a good book. My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Homeschool Complete Unit Studies Review

One of the perks of homeschooling that I love is the ability to choose what and how my children learn. Letting them dive into a topic that they are interested in makes learning more fun for both them and me. I was extremely excited when we had the opportunity to review one of the Unit Studies from Homeschool Complete.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Read-Aloud: The Bronze Bow

I'm joining many of my Crew friends in Blogging Through the Alphabet.

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling when my children were younger was read-aloud time. My theme for this trip through the alphabet is read-alouds.
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