Friday, January 4, 2019

First Days Back to School in 2019

Yep....I'm struggling to get back in our routine.  Wow was December unreal!!  How are you guys doing it?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Zondervan - Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women Review


Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women

We recently had the opportunity to review a new to us product from Zondervan.  It is called Beloved:  365 Devotions for Young Women.  What a beautiful way to inspire young girls using the Scriptures.

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women

Our children face so much negativity in the world today.  Strong feminist views want to encourage girls to look away from the bible as an aid in their lives, since they feel the Bible does not appreciate or value women.  So to many young women, the Bible can sometimes feel like the last place to look for advice on how to handle our modern problems.  But it's really the first place we should turn.  If you are reading your Bible, you will see how women were really appreciated and valued through the  Scriptures.

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women is a daily scripture for young girls to look at.  In busy lives, Bible study usually gets put off and put off during the day, since it takes some time and also concentration.  I really liked how each page was short, but well-written.  Each day could be covered in a matter of just a few minutes.  

We would start with a scripture...

And then a brief, yet thorough explanation was given how a young girl could apply it in her life.  

Included are questions for thought and a few lines to make notes or write down your thoughts.

Some days Lydia would read the passages on her own and then we would discuss her thoughts and feelings.  But most days, I would sit down with the girls and we would spend 5 minutes discussing heroins of the Bible such as Naomi and Ruth.  Other examples included are Tamar, the life of Jephthah, Esther and even Paul.  

The scriptures chosen and the thoughts and feelings presented were great reminders of our God's love for all of us, men and women.  The girls were not being taught that the Bible teaches that women are second class citizens.  Instead they were reminded that women are very important to our heavenly Father.  Women were treated well in Biblical times, and those who mistreated people were not rewarded by God.  

Created for young women in their teenage to early adult years,  Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women really does want your daughter to feel important and loved.  The real world application of each scripture emphasizes these feelings.  I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to review Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women  and I definitely look forward to reading each day with the girls.

Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women with their families.  Visit the link below to see how they used this book in their homes and what they thought of it.

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women {Zondervan Review}

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Swimming Regionals, Geography Fair, and Studying Jan Brett

We started our week off at Regional Swim Competition.  The girls did really well.  The whole team did!!  Very proud of all their hard work at practice.

As soon as we got done with swim competition we headed home to a fundraiser for our local volunteer fire/rescue.  They demonstrated some of their new equipment.

Geography Fair was coming we had to kick our butts into gear!  We had been reading about our country, but didn't have our display ready yet.  So we spent a couple days working on that.  Our country is Japan, so Monday's lunch had a "fast food" Japanese feel.  Especially since they use a lot of vending machines there.  So they had Menchi Katsu with fried radish chips and a cup of ramen (just like they saw on the vending machine videos we had been watching).

Lydia loved the radishes.  We also learned some interesting facts about how to lay your chopsticks when not in use.  If you lay them crossed on the table, it means death.

They tried this fried tofu recipe.

Caty really got into ramen and broth.  She added shredded pork that I made in the crockpot to eat on this week.

Their finished board.

Their presentation about Japan at Geography Fair.

They made Gotchapons.  These are little toys that you get out of vending machines.  We ordered plastic containers and mini-squishes.

Caty also made easy mochi.

Lydia at Geography Fair teaching how to make an origami whale.

Lunch another day this week...

In a couple weeks we are getting to go to a Jan Brett book signing.  So the next few weeks we are reading through her stories and doing some drawing activities from her YouTube channel.

We finished our Story of the World Volume 2 curriculum last week, it was a little rushed.  So we are finishing up with a couple more movies and story books and we'll start Volume 3 next week.

We also watched some more video on the Magna Carta and also on the Reformation.

We also read...

For Science club this week, the kids studied Meiosis.  After watching the Amoeba Sisters, the girls did an escape room activity I found on Teacher Pay Teachers.  They spent an hour trying to escape being trapped in a cell that was dividing.  I think they really enjoyed this activity.  

They also made themselves lunch of easy chicken empanadas and Caty made homemade chocolate with coconut oil, cocoa powder and Splenda.  They had a fun couple hours together.

Another Jan Brett story we read this week was The Mermaid.  It went perfect with our Japan geography project.

We have been watching the Jan Brett channel on Youtube and working on her drawing tutorials.  This was Lydia's mermaid drawing.

I created Multiplication War cards for Caty and I to play and practice her facts.

The boys started basketball practice this week.  They both have moved up to the mens teams.  It's an exciting new adventure for us all!

We had bowling and swim practice.  The girls are training for state competition in a couple of weeks.

On Friday night the kids went to Kaitlyn's Cottage for movie and popcorn night.  It gave dad and I a couple hours of free time.  Which we spent looking at a book store.  Wish we lived closer to here, we could have watched a movie at home.  But oh well...they had a good time.  This is Caty's favorite club spot.

We got our first measurable snow of the season.  Lydia was super excited and went out to play right away.  The other half of our kids sighed...they don't love snow!  She was making large snowballs and lining them up on my grill hoping they wouldn't melt.  What she wanted was to put them all in my freezer!  I hated to change her plans, but there was not space.

We survived another week.  I will be honest that the stress of dealing with all the unique needs we are balancing is taking a toll on both Joe and I.  We are experiencing some major teenage issues with hormones making things that were already present even worse.  Hormones and autism/anxiety disorders DO NOT go well together.  Caty has been experiencing some sugar swings up and down that are unnerving.   Changes in diet are frustrating to her.  We are still working on lifestyle changes.  In fact, we are working on it as a family.  So watch as more is to come. 

I hope everyone had a great week!  Can't see what you all are doing on your blogs too!  Linking up with other Homeschool Families at:

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