Neds Gr8 8
This was on facebook and I liked it. Made sense overall. :)
The Pig Adventures
My son is a budding film maker.
This is one part in a series of about 15 short clips of the "Pig Adventures" as created by "The Lad" which is his director's name at this point in time. :)
Hopefully you have as much fun watching this one minute clip as I did. :)
Etched Upon My Heart
I just received this book in the mail today. I won it. :) Pretty cool eh.
Anyways, the book is call "Etched Upon My Heart". It's written by Jill Kelly.
You can find more about her at her website.
I haven't read it yet, but it looks an interesting book. Once I get it read I'll post a review on it. :) Has eight chapters with one word titles such as lov
Very tired household today
We started off our actual homsechooling day doing language arts. The lad had already spent a good portion of the morning learning about making his own film. He's seven and is just starting to learn about not showing EVERYTHING, that you can stop, set up the shot and then go on from there. He's learning to be aware of back ground noise. To zoom and out and such like. It's a work in progress.
Language arts: We read a story from our reader and then I asked the lad a variety of questions. What would you do in that situation? What do you think of what the boys did? Are you glad they figured out how to get help? Do you think what they did could really have worked?
Then we went to Adventus. The lad LOVED this lesson (did it three times) and wanted to go on to another lesson but I said let's do our question from Target the Question first as well as our Essentials in Writing lesson. That of course led to our doing our first DO IT multiplication question through A+Tutorsoft interactive math. He did well with this once he figured out exactly what they were asking from him. It's hard to focus on things today.
So once we were done all that I said... GO PLAY for while. We both need to let our brains chill out. :)
We're going to make some indian bread this afternoon and do some more picture making for our First Nations work. Also we plan to build a paper castle. We're using these plans from My Little House.
Today's Efforts In Learning
We started off our day with Adventus. Today's lesson was a bit of a challenge for him to figure it out. We needed to work together to bring understanding. We did our question from Target the Question. We did another lesson from A+Tutorsoft math, we did the starter lesson for multiplication. I told him all he needed to do today was listen to it.
We plan to do the Essentials in Writing lesson when we return from the library.
At the library we drew some more First Nation Lodges, find more First Nations recipes we can make at home, and work through immigration - when people came to Canada. Ended up working on the timeline for immigration to Canada. It needs some fine tuning yet.
Had gym time with the Homeschool group.
Then home to make supper.
This is what we are having
Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork
Yield: 6-8 servings
INGREDIENTS:1 large Vidalia onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (4-6 lb) boneless pork butt or shoulder
¾ cup cider vinegar
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoons dry mustard
½ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS:1. Rinse pork roast under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Place onions in crock-pot. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, kosher salt and pepper; mix thoroughly. Rub mixture all over roast and place the roast on top of the onions.
3. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, Worcestershire, red pepper flakes, sugar, mustard, garlic salt and cayenne pepper; whisk to combine. Drizzle about 1/3 of vinegar mixture over roast. Cover and refrigerate remaining vinegar mixture.
4. Cover crockpot; cook on low for 10-12 hours. Drizzle about 1/3 of reserved vinegar mixture over roast during last ½ hour of cooking.
5. Remove meat and onions; drain. Chop or shred meat and onions. Serve with remaining vinegar mixture or your favorite barbeque sauce.
Fireworks In A Jar
It's fun to do science experiments.
This past week we did this one. It's called Fireworks in a Jar. It came from "I can Teach My Child". I can't remember if it was a freebie or a purchase.
plastic fork or stirring implement of some sort
4. Gently pour the oil mixture into the glass of water.
5. Sit back and watch what happens.
Mom, can we do it again? Junior (the angry bird pig seen above) wants to see it done in pig colours. Can I do it again?
As you can see, junior is quite pleased at the results. :)
The knowledge behind the experimenting
I asked the lad: what do you think is going on here?
"the food colouring doesn't like the oil so it's going into the water"
Why do you think that is?
"because we already know that it mixes with water mom. The oil tries to keep it but the food colouring doesn't like to stay with it."
Then I agreed with and explained
Yes, the food colouring dissolves in water not in oil.
The reason it doesn't like the oil is that the oil is less dense than water so it will float on the top. The coloured drops of food colouring are heavier (so more dense) than the oil so they will begin to sink due to the differences in density.
Community college or High School?
I thought this interesting. Would have preferred it done NOT in a park with wind noise...
Study Jams: the Human Body
I want to use this site when doing some study on the human body with the lad.
Study Jams: the Human Body.
Here's one of the ear
Review: A+Tutorsoft Math Program
For the past two weeks I've had the joy of reviewing A+Tutorsoft Online Math program with my son. It's a good program, but I'll get on more to that later.
The company is A+Tutorsoft, Inc.
The product I used is the Online Homeschool Edition, A+ Interactive Math.
They also have a CD version as well, you can find out about that here.
A+ Interactive Math is a multi-sensory interactive math program that uses audio, visuals and text with interactive lessons, step by step instructions and instant feedback for 1st - 6th grade, Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.
How it works
There are a couple of main areas to this program.
1. the practice and review section.
2. the print off and do it section.
The online program
" DOES track all assignments completed online in addition to providing option for the parents to print the assignments and have them grade/track using the tools we provide."
The Lad's Thoughts
He has a strong appreciation for the "I've got it mom, can I do the test now?"
Sure is my response.
As long as he gets above 80% he can move on. He likes that.
"Look Mom! I did it see?"
Changes I would like to see
Cost of the Program
The online homeschool edition for one parent and one student, which is what we used, is available monthly $19.95, quarterly $49.99 and yearly $124.99. That is a 16.67% discount off the regular price of $149.99. Before purchasing you can sign up for a one month free trial to see how you and your student like it. In my opinion, the price is great for all that is included.
Check this out... a discount!
There is a 50% Special Promotion discount being offered! The promotion is open until the end of March.
The coupon code that you use is SPOFFER50.
Please do know that you can try before you buy. One month is offered free so if you are interested, please do check it out.
A bunch of other fine homeschooling families have had a chance to review this product as well, not just the on-line version, but the CD version as well. Please do go and check them out. You can go here to do that.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of 2nd Grade A+ TutorSoft for free through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Every day we try to get a half hour of determined physical exercise. Dancing to an exercise video, playing an active Kinetics game, going for a walk, building snow men, tobogganing, playing road hockey and so forth. Depends on the weather/season etc.
I've a lad who is quite content to just play or sit quietly in the house, but once I get him going he usually enjoys himself.
Today I got to thinking...it's cold outside and the weather rather inclement do I really want to go for a walk? NO. What can I do to get a boy busy physically? I wanted to do some sight words with him so I decided to use them to get him busy.
I laid 16 of them out on dad's exercise mats and then said Pounce or Jump or Run and Grab the words as I say them. Turn them upside down so when you are done you can test Mom. (he thought that a cool idea).
The rule was...if you don't know the word I will tell it to you and then you must use it in a sentence so I know that you know what it means. AND we will then spell it out loud together. This went over SO well, I will definitely do it again. As we did this I went over some of the rules of spelling. About silent e's and how some words sound different depending on the meaning like Live (live a life) or Live (a live bunny) and such like. He asked lots of questions and bounced around like a crazy lad.
Later we got him out to do some tobogganing.
The size of our hill. Hubby is 2 inches shy of 6 feet. This hill is more than a foot taller than he is.
Who Am I?
2013 TOS Reviews
if you were me
Family Hope Center
Bible Study Guide for all ages
Bird Cage Press
Homeschool in the woods
Wet, Dry, Try App
Essentials in Writing
In the Hands of a Child
A journey through learning
2014 TOS Reviews
Philippians in 28 weeks.
The Brinkman Adventures.
Logic of English.
Go Science DVD's
Happy Kids Songs
Wizzy Gizmo: In his image
Essential Skills Advantage:
My Beloved ..
Don't Miss the Boat
Tokens of Promise
Biff and Becka's ....
A Child's Geography
Homeless at Harvard
30 Days of Bible Study...
Topaz and the Evil Wizard
Alone yet not alone
Lead me Home
I am Second
Can't wait Willow
This is Our Time
What I wish I knew at 18
Raising boys by design.
The Ruby Ring.
Knowing God By name.
The Jesus Bible, NIV.
One Realm Beyond.