Monday, May 4, 2015

Motivate Your Child ACTION PLAN Book Release & GIVEAWAY #heartparenting

You might remember when I shared a review of the book Motivate Your Child back in January, I told you reading the book was like sitting down to a good conversation with long-time friends.  It was definitely all that -- and MUCH MORE.  I'm still referring to the pages of the book in my quest to be an effective parent.  Now, it is my pleasure to share with you this MARVELOUS giveaway that celebrates the book release for the Motivate Your Child ACTION PLAN.  This hands-on book really helps you walk through the process of motivating your kids while loving them to JESUS.  (Stay tuned, because my full review is coming soon.  In the meantime, make sure to enter this giveaway.) There's a TON of stuff available to help you on this parenting journey we share.  Check it out.

Motivate Your Child Action Plan Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Motivate Your Child Action Plan, we are joining other members of the Launch Team in a wonderful giveaway filled with an iPod Touch, $50 iTunes Gift Card and several biblical parenting products! A value of nearly $350!

Here's what you could win:

Apple iPod touch 16GB Black/Silver  ($195 value)  

  • In the Box - iPod Touch, Apple EarPods, Lightning to USB cable, QuickStart guide
  • Brilliant 4 Retina display with Multi-Touch IPS technology
  • Front-Facing FaceTime camera with 1.2MP photos & 720p HD video recording.  
  • iOS 6 features - Siri, Apple Designed Maps, Integrated Facebook, Shared Photo Streams, Passbook & more

iTunes Gift Card ($50 value)

 Because you'll need apps and music for that iPod Touch!

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($56.95 value) 

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.

The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family. The tips are available to you as MP3 downloads and access to them comes in the workbook.

Family Time Activities Book Bundle ($45 value)

Your kids will have fun learning about God's Word and how it applies to their lives. Science experiments, art activities, and games are all designed to reinforce spiritual truth. Each lesson is clear and simple, yet profound even for parents! You'll teach kids how exciting it is to learn about God and his ways. Your kids will love these books, but more importantly you'll build spiritual memories of Family Time in your home. Titles in this giveaway include:

Seeing Is Believing 

Playing for Keeps 

Running the Race

Enter the Giveaway using the Rafflecopter below! This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY to those 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law.

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Join us for the Action Plan Facebook Party on Wednesday, May 20 at 9:00PM ET. There will be even more prizes and giveaways there and the authors of Action Plan will be present to answer your questions! The winner of this giveaway will be announced at the Facebook party!

RSVP here for the Party! 

Action Plan Facebook Party

Let's MOTIVATE our children together,
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

And the Spinning Plates Fell . . . {wordless Wednesday}

Because sometimes the knot slips,

I'm linking up today with my fellow Crewbies, Wendy (over at Life at Rossmont) and Karen (over at Tots and Me).  Check out the link up for more "Wordless Wednesday" posts.

Wordless Wednesday at Life at Rossmont

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Schoolhouse Review: ARTistic Pursuits #hsreviews

ARTistic Pursuits Review

Being a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew has introduced me to so many things that were not at all on my homeschooling radar when we began this journey.  One of my all-time favorites over the years has become ARTistic Pursuits.  We've had the opportunity to review Senior High Color and Composition, Middle Schoot Art and Composition, and Sculpture Technique,  The high quality of instruction provided throughout the pages of each book is impossible to beat.   Our newest review, High School 9-12, Book 1:  The Elements of Art and Composition  (Senior High Book 1), is no different.  The newly expanded edition of a classic favorite is perfect for artists and non-artists in your home.  A wonderful way to knock out the required high school art credit, this comprehensive program teaches students the basics of drrawing while also including art appreciation, art history, vocabulary, and techniques while creating original {and good} works of art.
ARTistic Pursuits Review

The softcover, comb-bound, 92-page book is chock full of visual appeal and is designed to be completed over the course of a year for one high school credit.  Divided into 16 units, Senior High Book 1 suggests two classes per week for about an hour each class, but that's not the way it worked around here at all.  My Princess was so stinking excited about this book that she picked it up the minute it arrived at our house and has worked on it as often as she can.  She IS an artist, and takes art lessons weekly, but she has been wanting to learn more about shading and pencil drawing.  Talk about a perfect match.  I love seeing her engrossed in activities that she loves. 

Learning to appreciate art

Beginning the assignment

Adding the details that give life to her drawing

ARTistic Pursuits truly makes art education easy.  I have ZERO artistic talent, but I can easily understand the instructions given.  The simple list of supplies needed make it easy to help your children succeed.  We actually had everything needed to begin the first semester on-hand, but if not, the items would have been easily purchaseable at the local stores in our small town or even online.

Introducing students to the art elements of space, line, texture, shape, form, and value, Senior High Book 1 teaches beginning students how to challenge themselves to be creative by pushing past what they've always known and discovering something new.  Each unit of study is divided into four lessons.  The first lesson helps students to connect real-world experiences as they create art.  You might find your child sketching leaf shapes or drawing the room they are in.  Lesson One introduces new concepts and stretches the minds eye as students learn to observe life around them.

The second lesson of each unit teach students to appreciate art as they study artists and art history.  Your children will gain a new understanding of rhythm and perspective.  The third lesson of each unit focuses on technique and the tools of the trade.  Students are encouraged to use different mediums with each lesson so that they will feel at ease with all types of art and design.

The final lesson of each unit is always a project that incorporates the techniques and artists studied.  It may have students drawing the same scene at different times of the day or drawing a series of still life objects.  Lesson Four works to pull the entire unit together and encourages the student to relax and enjoy what is being taught.

So, how does that actually work in real life?  For my self-proclaimed artist, I do not "schedule" art.  For her creative genius, it works best if I allow her to pick up the text and read through the pages and complete the activities on her own.  Depending on the day, she may read only one lesson and open her sketch pad and work on only one assignment.  OR . . . she may very well continue working through the lessons until an entire unit is done.  She has also been know to begin a lesson and venture off chasing colorful "rabbits" and filling the pages of her sketch pad.  I like that ARTistic Pursuits feeds her desire to create.

Now, the Eagle Scout is a completely different story.  Although he's not overly thrilled with art, he's willing to complete all tasks assigned.  Therefore, I schedule art into his week and require that he complete at least two lessons a week.   (You'll notice there are no photos of his art work in this post -- I do not have his permission to share as he is not impressed with his own work.)  He would probably never admit it, but his talent is budding.

What I like about ARTistic Pursuits is that it meets students right where they are and builds confidence in them as they watch the progression of their art work.  I do believe that there's a creative genius in all of us -- ARTistic Pursuits will help you find yours.  Stop by and begin discovering YOUR own creative side by visiting the following Social Media sites:

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I was given the opportunity to review ARTistic Pursuits as a member of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew thought of this and other products as well (or just click on the banner below.)

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Schoolhouse Review: Star Toaster #hsreviews

Star Toaster Review
Games, games, games.  We are definitely a gaming family.  Board games, card games, online games . . . we enjoy gaming and I consider it a major win when the games my children play teach as they go.  When we were given the opportunity to review Star Toaster's Orphs of the Woodlands book The Treasure of HighTower, I was excited because it brought the best of both worlds to my family.  An online educational resource AND game, Orphs of the Woodlands has the Princess reading, learning new vocabulary words, improving math skills, AND smiling as she does it all.  That, my friends, is a WIN for not only this mom, but for my girl as well.
In order to decide if Star Toaster was for us, I had my eighth grader watch the promo video with me. From the very first introduction, she thought it looked "cool" and was eager to begin.  (As you are well aware, "cool" is the ultimate compliment for a teenager.)  Reading through the chaptered "story" daily, she enjoyes the interactive lessons -- she is actually so engrossed in the story that she forgets she's working on "school."  Another win for us both.  I'm open to all the help I can get in a multi-disciplinary way.  Bring it on!

So, what IS Orphs of the Woodlands, and exactly how is it a multidisciplinary program?  The best explanation for all of this comes directly from the Princess herself.  Here's what she has to say about The Treasure of HighTower (as she waits patiently for book two to arrive):

To begin the book, you must first fill out a Spy Application and tell about your qualifications and willingness to learn.  You have to be accountable to do your best.  As you read through the book, you are tasked with the job of finding a treasure and keeping it safe. Students are introduced to and name their main character (My character is named Rain) and they follow him through a series of  adventures.    This is really kind of like a detective story/mystery/adventure all rolled into one.  When you sign in to your current chapter (I read one chapter a day), your character leads you through the story to find the treasure.  While you are reading, the story comes to life through videos that apply to the task at hand.  Math videos and science videos explain new concepts that apply to what you've just read.  Famous quotes from literature and history are clickable so that you learn who said themand what they meant.  You are able to earn gold stars as read through the book -- and you use the gold stars to feed your orphs and keep them alive.  There are even recipes to try.  
Progress is tracked in a "Top Secret" Journal (pictured above) which lets students know how many Orphs they have rescued, how many jobs they have completed, how many goldstars they have earned, how many projects they have completed, how many plots of land they own, and how many orphanages full of sweet little orphs they have.   

Star Toaster Review
It is worth noting that a typical purchase of the Orphs of the Woodland program gives up to three children access for a two-month subscription.  One month extensions can be purchased as needed. Parents can easily follow the progress of each child as they work through the skills of Math, Science, Language, Vocabulary, Thinking Skills, Character Development, Life Skills, and the Arts by tracking the successfully completed jobs.  Each of these skills can be reviewed as often as necessary so that complete mastery is attained at the end of the fifteen chapter book.

The entire program is user-friendly and offers a  "no parent required" success rate.  My eighth grade Princess works completely on her own each day. Concepts are introduced and taught in a fun and engaging way that keeps her interest and leaves no room for complaint.  As a result, we are all winners.   Orphs of the Woodlands would make for the PERFECT summer reading program.  You'll definitely want to give it a try.  There's even a FREE TRIAL so you can see if it's a good fit for your students in 4th grade and above.

Star Toaster Review

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I was given the opportunity to review Star Toaster as a member of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew thought of this and other products as well (or just click on the banner below.)

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Take Delight {Scripture & a Snapshot}

Because sometimes you don't need a Plan B,

I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we give glory to GOD through our photos.
Scripture and Snapshot
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Random 5 on Friday

1.  Claire is officially an OT1.  I'm excited for her.  She's going to make a great Occupational Therapist.
The School of Health Related Professions will be her home away from home for the next 3 years.
2.  The Blue Crew, Too has heart.  I love their enthusiasm and friendship.

Load Up

3.  Watching your children grow up is hard work.  I wasn't ready for all of this.

19, 15, 20, and 13

4.  Overload and stress make you feel like this:

5.  These two verses have resonated with me this week:

The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places . . . Isaiah 58:11

But HE said to me, ‘MY grace is sufficient for you, for MY power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that CHRIST’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Fun {Wordless Wednesday}

Our traditional Bridge picture

With the Significant Others

Claire and Johnathan

Victoria and Marty


Goofing Off

Finally in place

The Age-Order for Nana

They make my heart sing.

Don't forget Chaucer.

Ever the goofball

Mom's Treasures


Bunny Stache

Thanks, Easter Bunny

Waiting for the couples to arrive

Hmmm . . .

It was a glorious day.

I'm linking up today with my fellow Crewbies, Wendy (over at Life at Rossmont) and Karen (over at Tots and Me).  Check out the link up for more "Wordless Wednesday" posts.

Wordless Wednesday at Life at Rossmont

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