Braving History with Rush Limbaugh – Rush Revere Series Review

Braving History with Rush Limbaugh – Rush Revere Series Review

In years past I have listened to a lot of Rush Limbaugh. I didn’t always agree with him, but I appreciate his strong opinion and how he can push me to think through the things I believe to gain a better understanding.

I remember when he began the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series. At the time my kids were only 5 and 3 so I knew it would be a while before they were something they could dig into. Imagine my excitement when I was given the chance to review the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh this year!

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Books For Moms – Mother’s Day Treats

Books For Moms – Mother’s Day Treats

I have taken a bit of a break from my Back to the Classics Challenge to read a few great mothering books.

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I’m a sucker for books written about parenting, but motherhood is my favorite. I love that I can completely relate (most of the time) and that they have me laughing and crying throughout. There is something special about the bond of motherhood.

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I’d Rather Be Your Mommy – Book Review

I’d Rather Be Your Mommy – Book Review

We are book lovers around here. There is not a room in our house that does not have a book in it… literally, even the bathrooms. Adding books to our collection is a constant thing. Which is why I was excited that we were given the opportunity to review the book I’d Rather Be Your Mommy by Home School Adventure Co..

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For our review, we were provided a digital copy of the book, I’d Rather Be Your Mommy , a digital version of the coloring book and the digital edition of the print set.

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Back to Classics Challenge – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Back to Classics Challenge – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Book with a Number in the Title – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, was recommended by my husband. It is on our Ambleside Online schedule for year 5 as well, so it was both a free read for me and a preread in preparation for the kids.

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Reading the Classics – Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Reading the Classics – Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Since having kids, reading has been one of the many things I wish I had more time to do in my day-to-day. This past year, I happened upon the Back to the Classics Challenge on Books and Chocolate. Because it was too late to try and be a part of the action in 2016, I decided the next year, 2017, would be my year to start the challenge.

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Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 2 – Term 1

Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 2 – Term 1

We homeschooled over the summer so we are almost finished with our Charlotte Mason Year 2 Term 1, but I thought I would share with you what we have used for this term. We use Ambleside Online with a Catholic twist. I have added and subtracted a few things to make them more fitting to our faith and have really loved the way it has been working for our family. Here’s a peek into our curriculum.

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Digging Deeper – Progeny Press – The Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide Review

Digging Deeper – Progeny Press – The Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide Review

Books. There is no doubt we love them in our house. Reading either alone or aloud is one of the things we all enjoy doing. Most of the time, I require a narration which allows me to see what they gathered from the readings and how well they are comprehending and listening during the reading. However, every so often it is nice to throw in a book report or a book study. We got the chance to dig a little deeper into The Minstrel in the Tower with the Progeny Press The Minstrel in the Tower E-Guide!

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Time For Us – Mother-Daughter Bonding Over Coloring Books

Time For Us – Mother-Daughter Bonding Over Coloring Books

Since my kids were small, I’ve colored with them in their coloring books. This is fun but nothing like the mother-daughter bonding Sunshine and I enjoy with our coloring books and colored pencils. In fact, I bought Sunshine a mandela coloring book so that we could color together, but once she saw my big thick Wonderland Coloring Book from Amily Shen, she wanted one for herself. So on our date day, she picked her very own grown up coloring book so we could color together.

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And color we did, for a few hours! We enjoyed the beautiful day with some music, a coloring book and some colored pencils. It was delightful!

From the moment my Wonderland Coloring Book arrived, I was itching to get started coloring. The book follows along with the Alice in Wonderland story and it is beautiful!

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I love that the words on the page are an inspiration for the illustrations. There is something wonderful about getting lost in words and a bit of color!

The illustrations are gorgeous and not overwhelming which, in mommy time, is nice. I can feel as if I accomplished a whole page of beauty and it doesn’t take days and days to complete. Some of the pages have extra space for your own additions, which is a fun extra for those creative types. However, even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, this type of coloring book, is a wonderful way to relax, no artistic abilities needed. Just let yourself go and embrace the extra white space!

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So if you enjoy Alice in Wonderland, are looking for a coloring book that will inspire your creative juices, or want a fun way to bond with your kiddos, this Wonderland Coloring Book is a great option!

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Relax and enter the world of Alice.


Disclaimer –  I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books bloggers program. The opinions stated above are my own.

Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016 Recap

I can’t believe it, we finished our second year of homeschooling last Friday!

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The kids and I are ready for a little break and I feel like we accomplished a lot over the last year.

We started the year with lessons of mostly workbook activities. The kids were not loving school time and were getting extremely frustrated with the amount of workbooks we were using. I felt something wasn’t working and so I started rethinking our plan. I had been feeling a call to use Charlotte Mason’s ideas especially the living books more. And after researching, reading and praying, we made the switch to Ambleside Online after Christmas. I used our Christmas break to rework the schedule for Year One so we could fit it into the last 4 months of our year and be able to start Year Two over the summer (slowly) so that we would get to Year Three sometime next year and be caught up at Year four the following year. Fitting Year One into a few months was a lot of work, but the living books were amazing and the kids were always asking for more which was in complete contrast to the previous few months.

Here is a look at what we used in our second year (first/second grade).

Math

Horizons (First Grade – Mister Man, Second Grade – Little Miss) – beginning of the year

Math-U-See – (Beta) – Second half of the year – this change proved to be one of the best decisions I had made. Mister Man was excelling at math and Sunshine was struggling, so I pulled Sunshine back to help her grasp the concepts better and Mister Man kept excelling. A few weeks after the switch, Sunshine started loving math and was excelling as well! I am so very glad I decided to make this switch!

History

Mystery of History – Volume 2 – This just wasn’t working for us.

Story of the World – Volume 2 – Better but still not what I was looking for.

Living Books

Science

Burgess Bird Book – Loved this book!!!!

Apologia Exploring Creation – Flying Creatures of the Third Day– This was a great reference for the Burgess Bird Book.

Geography

Northeast Study – We went through the states in the Northeast one by one, reading books about each, eating their famous food and locating them on a map.

Paddle to the Sea – We read this and loved it! As we read we mapped Paddle’s journey from Canada, through the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence River eventually to France.

Religion

Finding God

Our Island Saints

Grammar

First Language Lessons – (Level 1 – Mister Man, Level 2 – Sunshine)

Spelling

Spelling Workout – Level B

Writing

Copywork (Bible Verse and from readings)

Handwriting Without Tears – Cursive

Literature

Parables of Nature

Aesops Fables

Just So Stories

Tales From Shakespeare

Blue Fairy Book

James Herroit’s Treasury for Children

Stuart Little

Homer Price

Indian in the Cupboard

Mary Poppins

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

The Family Under the Bridge

A Christmas Carol

White Fang

The Borrowers

Pinocchio

Redwall (AudioBook – from the library)

Poetry

A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson

When We Were Very Young – A. A. Milne

Now We Are Six – A. A. Milne

Ambleside Poetry – Year One

Foreign Language

Song School Latin

Art – Picture Study/Artist Study

Da Vinci

Monet

Art – Drawing/Process

Artistic Pursuits – Book One – Review Coming Soon

Music – Artist Study

Mozart

Beethoven