Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

**New Homeschool Resource** Schoolhouse Library (promo) #hsreviews

Looking for some refreshment for your school days?  Don’t want to spend a lot of money?  Hate having to go to multiple websites to find what you’re looking for?  Well I think I have an answer……

Schoolhouse Library

This is filled with over 175 resources from top of the line homeschool  companies who want to give us resources to aid us in our journey.  For a one time fee of only $25 you can have:

      • 2 Study Guides from YWAM
      • Draw Write Now Sampler E-Book by Barker Creek
      • Heroines of the Past-Victorian unit study from Amy Puetz
      • Map Trek: Atlas and Outline Maps of World History from Knowledge Quest
      • Teaching Writing E-Book from WriteShop
      • 15 audio E-Books from My Audio School in history and literature
      • A Glimpse at Carnivorous Plants Lapbook from In the Hands of a Child
      • Video from Jessica Hulcy on  “Learning as a Family”
      • From Frazzled to Focused: 7 Planning Tools for Busy Moms from Mary Jo Tate
      • and more – I couldn’t possibly list all the resources!

The lapbook and the YWAM products are what I’m drooling over, of course they are all awesome, but we love lapbooking and know someone personally who is with YWAM right now – so it’s personal.  Don’t take my word for it though, come over and check out these great resources that will reignite that spark if it’s wavering (or gone out) or if you just want some inspiration.

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Inches gone.

WooHoo!  I just got up the nerve to measure myself since I hadn’t measured myself since I did the Shapely Girl group back in September of 2012.  You can click that link or search for ShapelyGirl on my blog and the posts will come up.  So drum roll please…….


My hips measured at 50 inches (a loss of 4 inches)

My waist is 40 1/2 inches (a loss of 5 inches)

My arms are are 15 1/2 inches (a loss of  2 inches)


I wore a skort my husband bought for me about 1 to 1 1/2 years ago yesterday and I was shocked to see an almost 2 inch gap between my waist and the waist band. I’m going to have to get a belt!


I’ve been using an exercise ball and hand weights and while I’m not doing it everyday but I aim to be active everyday.  My husband has gotten inspired and told me to finish reading my copy of Trim Healthy Mama so we can start it in full.  I did make dinner and my breakfast last night from the book and both were yummy.


Alfredo Beef and Broccoli from Trim Healthy Mama with a Stevia sweetened iced tea.


Scrambled egg whites with frozen chopped veggies (onions, red and yellow bell peppers), a little salt and pepper. 1 piece of toasted Ezekiel bread with a dab of butter. Coffee sweetened with Stevia and So Delicious coconut milk creamer.


For lunch I have some frozen meals I’d like to use up so I’m have one of those and I hope in the next few weeks to slowly build up what we need to implement the THM lifestyle.  While I don’t mind carb and calorie counting it can be hard and almost nerve wracking if you’re at a restaurant.  I’m not to my ideal weight yet but I’m still working on it and I will finish the race.


I did do a 2 mile fun walk last weekend to raise money for the local Women’s Center ($283.00 is what I raised! thanks to my sponsors) and was able to complete it in 34 minutes – a 17 minute mile – that is improvement.  Now, I’m trying to decide if I should do the literacy 5K that is happening next month – which scares me because even if my migraines have gotten better I don’t know if I want to push it with the heat and humidity we’ve already had this month.


I want to start training to run a 5K and do a couple of those then work up to running a 10K and eventually get to where I’m doing a marathon.  Baby steps though and I’d love to lose these granny arms – the inches are shrinking but I’m still flabby.  So that is all for now.


Litfuse Publicity: The Offering by Angela Hunt (review)

About the Book: After growing up as an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can’t afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter…

Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy’s world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.

Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened—could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what’s best for the little boy she has never known.

You can buy the book on Amazon.

About Angela Hunt: With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including “The Nativity Story.” Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book “Don’t Bet Against Me,” written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela’s novel “The Note” (with sales of over 141,000) was filmed as the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel’s history. Angela’s novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers’ national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.

My Opinion:  I just finished this book and I have to say that it really got me to thinking about a lot of things as a strong, pro-life Christian.  I never gave much thought to surrogate pregnancies – either the woman who carries the baby or the IP’s (Intended Parents) but that has changed, then again I’m not going to start wondering if every pregnant woman is a surrogate or not!  Amanda and her husband, Gideon story picks up quickly from the first page and through a 1st person telling we see Amanda’s coming to grips with love and loss.

This isn’t normally the genre I’d really pick up but the plot intrigued me when I received the email about getting this book to review.  I’m so glad I gave it a chance a though – Amanda’s inlaws are Catholic and she gives her daughter both a Protestant and a Catholic understanding of faith – and what love ultimately means.  I knew a huge twist was coming but I wasn’t sure when, and when it came I had to pull out the tissues because I cried several times through this book.

It has even sparked discussion between my husband and I, as to whether we’d ever consider me being a surrogate, however there are a lot of ethical as well as our religious beliefs to consider and pray over.  It’s raised some good questions, one that I hadn’t considered before – including surrogacy but I admit the money would be nice to have as well as helping a childless couple.  If you’ve never given thought to it this is a great way to maybe seeing pregnancy, love and ultimately sacrifice and healing in a whole different light and definitely different from how a Christian novel usually goes.


Read more reviews of The Offering on the Litfuse Landing Page.




Angela Hunt is celebrating the release of The Offering with a Nook HD Giveaway and an Author Chat Party on Facebook {6/5}.


One winner will receive:

  • A Nook HD
  • The Offering by Angela Hunt 

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 4th. Winner will be announced at the The Offering” Facebook Author Chat Party on June 5th. Connect with Angela for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Angela will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Offering and join Angela on the evening of June 5th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!

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Crew Review: Science Naturally; One-Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! #hsreviews


Sometimes as a homeschool parent you want a break from the usual science and with Science Naturally you can get that break while having fun and discussions with your children.  I was sent a copy of One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Short Mysteries You Can Solve with Science!, this book is written by father and daughter team, Eric and Natalie Yoder.  The stories literally take only a minute (or less) to read which helped us get through several a day and they were all very clever and a great delight to read aloud with all three of my children ages 11, 8 and 6.


Since the stories were all right around 1 minute even my son with his short attention span sat still and quiet while I read several aloud each day.  I would read the first page of the story and ask my children to think about the ‘mystery’ I just read, it may be about growing a vegetable or an animal, but it all revolves around some sort of science. After reading the mystery and discussing it with my children, some of which we’ve studied, I’d read the solution which is just part of the story – high fives all around when all three got it right!



This is not a Christian book, however I didn’t run into any evolutionary ideas however, there was one mystery that involved halloween, which could be skipped for those who prefer not to delve into that arena.  Most of the mysteries require calling upon previous knowledge, especially if the child has already studied that particular area of science as well as critical thinking skills.  Which is great to see if the child is retaining what you’ve taught them as well as seeing if they are listening to what you’ve read as the clues are in the story – they just need to recall them.


The book covers several science areas:


  1. Life Science (15)
  2. Earth and Space Science (15)
  3. Physical and Chemical Science (15)
  4. General Science (15)
  5. 5 More Minutes of Mysteries (5)
  6. Bonus section: Mysteries you can solve with Math (5)


The books are geared for ages 8 to 12 but as you’ve read above I used this with my children in and outside of that age bracket.  I do think children as young as 5 would likely enjoy these stories but they may need some help in recalling the clues.  The authors have appeared on NPR and have won numerous awards for their book from both publishing and educational businesses.  There are also math mysteries, more science mysteries and early childhood books which can be found on the products page.  The book I received sells for $9.95 and there are bundle packages that are also offered, saving you money.  If you’d like to see a sample of the mysteries visit the sample page and if you’d like to read what other parents had to say visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.




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Blogging Through the Alphabet: G, H, I and J (yes, I’m behind)

Blogging Through the Alphabet


I knew it was bound to happen – getting behind with my Blogging Through the Alphabet over at Ben and Me, but life happens so I’m catching up.


G is for Grief:


A lot has happened in these last few months – the school shooting before Christmas 2012, the tornado that hit Moore, OK – not to mention deaths of loved ones (not me, but several personal and online friends), deaths of babies.


Grief.  It surrounds us.  In can engulf us.  It can break us.  It can make us stronger.  It shows us who we can lean on.


My heart aches for the parents who will never see their child again, never kiss another boo-boo, never get that sticky kiss or that sweaty hug – never hear a tantrum again.  It doesn’t have to be something personal – you may not know that person but it’s grief, thankfully today Marcy at Ben and Me has posted several Scripture we can lean on in these times and rather than re-post them all, go check out Marcy’s blog.


Grief, it rips your heart out, it makes you hit your knees but…….


H is for healing:


With grief comes healing – it may not seem like it now – but healing is on the heels of grief.


Healing brings life.  Restoration.  Hope.  Joy.  Freedom.


What grief seeks to tear from us, healing brings – you’ll never forget that child, that loved one, the house that was destroyed – but healing allows you to move on and rejoice at that life however short or long it was.  Healing allows you to remember that face without tears, or maybe tears of joy.  Healing allows you to re-build a house, one that maybe was even better than the last.


Healing doesn’t happen on our own though – in order to heal – without the scars of bitterness, hate and worry, we must – we HAVE too rely on the Lord – the Ultimate Healer.  If Jesus can bring back Lazarus from the dead, He too can heal our hearts and be a balm to our wounds when we realize we can no longer go it alone.


You can’t go it alone unless you’re……


I is for Ingrained


The definition of the online Merriam-Webster is:


1.  Worked into the grain or fiber

2.  forming a part of the essence or innermost being

Follow me here – it’ll make sense.  I promise.

There are things – that are ingrained into us – like my love for my children, my husband, reading, these are ingrained in me.  They are an innate piece of me – no one will take the love of my children or husband, no one can take the enjoyment I get from reading (unless books stop being made).  Following along the lines of grief and healing we need to become ingrained with the Holy Word – Scriptures.

Only by making Scriptures a part of us, can they become ingrained, hardwired, if you will into our hearts, minds and bodies!  If God’s Holy Words are ingrained in us we don’t need a physical Bible to get us through the hard times, we can call upon Scripture in the car while driving, in line at the grocery, wherever and let His Words wrap us in comfort that only the Lord and His Word can do and that brings me to……

J is for Joy:

Please don’t think me insensitive – but after grief and healing and if we’ve become ingrained with Scriptures we can find joy.

Read Job.  Yep, even the man who lost EVERYTHING was able to find joy in the end.

Joy is what we get when we realize, as Christians, we can see our loved one again if they’ve grabbed at that saving faith.  Joy is knowing that we can continue to live and be loved and enjoy life – even if we’ve lost everything.  There are many verses in the Bible that speaks of joy.

I think John 16:20 says it best though:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world will rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”

There are some that will not sympathize with the grief (I had many who didn’t understand my husband’s and I’s grief at losing our 1st baby to a miscarriage) but we healed, and with that sorrow came joy when I held our 2nd baby almost a year to the day after I had the miscarriage.

I’m not saying one ever forgets – I never forget that baby – the baby was only 7 1/2 weeks along, we don’t know if it was a boy or a girl – but I do know that for whatever reason the Lord needed my baby and as a result He turned my cold heart from pro-abortion/choice to a pro-life mentality (not just for babies but for all life – the elderly, the ill, those on death row, pro-life doesn’t stop at the womb).  He gave me my Hannah who astonishes me everyday, then Bethanne and then Christian – He gave me joy, that only He can give.

Did I understand joy then?  No.  Could I even think about joy when I was grieving?  No.  But the Lord knew, even when I didn’t recognize Him as Lord – He gave me comfort.  He gave me joy – and one day – not today, not tomorrow and maybe not a year from now – you who are grieving will have joy again and will have it more abundantly.

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Litfuse Publicity: It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist (review)

About It Happened at the Fair:

A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair’s Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.

The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?

You can purchase the book on Amazon.

About Deeanne Gist:


Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for People, Parents, and Parenting. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website at I Want Her Book and on Facebook.



My Opinion:


I’ve only read one other of Deeanne’s book, A Bride in the Bargain, back in 2009 although I do have another one or two on my Kindle and now I’m eager to read those since I just finished It Happened at the Fair!  I loved the story with the history of the Chicago World’s Fair – so much so I had to go and Google more about this fair and see more pictures from it.  Cullen’s father surprises him with exhibitor tickets to go and see if he can make a name for himself selling his life saving device and Della is there as a teacher to deaf children (yes there was an exhibit where people could watch deaf children being taught!).


I did really enjoy this book, however towards the end there was a bit to much kissing and touching – and one scene after two characters get married – left me blushing.  Up until that point the book had me hooked, however once I reached that point I sort of dropped off in interest, as I really don’t need to read about how a newly wed couple beginning to love each other physically.  I loved the richness of the history, the complimentary characters and the plot twists that occurred in the book, even if the physical intimacy pushed the boundaries of what I’d like in a Christian book, but it was a good read overall.



**If you liked my review or want other opinions of this book visit the Litfuse Landing Page to read more reviews.

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Litfuse Publicity: The Monastery Murders #3; An Unholy Communion by Donna Fletcher Crow (review)

About An Unholy Communion:

The newest offering in The Monastery Murders series, An Unholy Communion (Lion Fiction).

Following the ancient tradition, ordinands from the College of the Transfiguration gather at first light on Ascension morning to sing their praises from the top of the college’s tallest tower. Not one to miss any liturgy, Felicity finds herself swept up in worship as she listens to the timeless words. But her delight quickly turns to horror when a black-robed body hurtles over the precipice and lands at her feet. Her investigative instincts immediately kick in when she sees a double-headed snake emblem clutched in the lifeless hand. Was this suicide? Or murder?

You can purchase the book on Amazon.




About the Author:

Donna Fletcher Crow is author of more than thirty-five novels. She has twice won first place in the Historical Fiction category from the National Association of Press Women, and has also been a finalist for “Best Inspirational Novel” from the Romance Writers of America. She is a member of The Arts Centre Group, and Sisters in Crime.

Find out more about Donna at her website.






My Opinion:

An Unholy Communion is the third book in Donna’s series, The Monastery Murders, and it’s just as delightful as A Very Private Grave and A Darkly Hidden Truth.  As we have in the other books we are brought back into the lives of Antony and Felicity – who are now engaged to be married – and are thrown into yet another murder mystery, one that they try to ignore so that they can go on a pilgrimage with a group of young adults.  If you’ve read the other book, then grab this one too – if you haven’t read the others it’s okay as each could technically stand alone, just make sure you go back and read the other two after.

There are parts that are slow – this is because of the history and details that Donna weaves into the story – and this gives it a richness that some novels just don’t have today.  I must say that Donna’s books are right up there with another author who puts out controversial books about the Christian faith – however Donna’s are not controversial and even makes the reader want to know more about their faith, not having them turn away from it.  This also isn’t a murder mystery with lots of gore and blood and nonsensical romance in it – the ‘murder’ is straight forward without a lot of detail going into the scene and while Antony and Felicity are in love and they do hold hands there isn’t anything that would be out of order for Christians or those who are ordained or becoming ordained.

It’s hard to write a review about a book when you’ve read the others and reviewed those as well, however each book of The Monastery Murders holds something different as An Unholy Communion does – as the whole scene setting is different and as I read it has me wanting to one day take my own pilgrimage to visit the land of my Lord and Savior.  Also, I am allowing my 11 year old daughter to read it – that is how ‘safe’ I feel this book is, and I’m pretty picky on what I allow my children to read and she is enjoying it, even if some of the history is a little overwhelming.





**If you enjoyed my review or want to see what others had to say visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

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Our trip aboard the Titanic – April 22, 2013 (review and re-cap, too)

The smell of the sea, the sounds of horses and motorized carriages, orders being yelled – men in their suits, women in their finery.  Can you imagine what it would have been like on April 10, 1912 on the way to board the Titanic, on it’s maiden voyage in Southampton?  Exciting, fearful, overwhelming, joy – maybe just some of the feelings that those traveling and working on the Titanic would feel on this ‘unsinkable’ ship made for the White Star Line by Harland and Wolff.

My family has watched documentaries about the Titanic, read books and even watch some fictional accounts of this ship and the people aboard her – but nothing truly brings it and those people alive until you board a replica of the ship.  As we pulled into Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on April 20 – a little over 101 years after the real ship sailed – one couldn’t help but notice the tall smoke stacks and the hull of the ship from the road.  To say it was breathtaking and beautiful would be an understatement.

The picture I took from the road as we left this exciting and educational experience.

Before you enter the museum you’re met by a costumed character who will give you your own boarding pass – this gives you the name and information such as which class they sailed with, age, destination and a little background information.  My 8 year old daughter received the name of a Ms. Jamila Nicola-Yarred who was a 13 year old, 3rd class passenger who sailed with her brother and a Syrian couple as their father wasn’t allowed to sail due to an eye infection – to meet their mother in Florida who had gone before them.  The children’s boarding pass has a small ‘quiz’ on the back that they can scratch off their answers as they go through the exhibit (or after to occupy them in the vehicle).  We all survived that fateful trip – at the end of the museum you can find your person on the wall in the Titanic Memorial Wall which tells you if your person survived or not.

The tour is self guided, but hearing devices with recorded information, including interviews with a few of the last remaining survivors before they passed – are available for a small, additional fee.  No worries, for children there are a second set of numbers that children can push in to hear a more condensed and child-friendly explanation of what they are viewing.  This kept my 6 year old and 8 year old occupied for awhile.  My husband and 11 year old preferred to read the descriptions posted while I opted to both listen and read.

Our first glimpse of the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

There are many hands-on activities through out the museum, that will attract both children and the child-like (my husband and I enjoyed them almost, if not, more than the children).  Submerge your hand in 28 degree water and get a sense of what those left floundering in the ocean felt, touch an iceberg, experience what the decks felt like as the slope became steeper and steeper, and walk the exact replica of the Grand Staircase.  There is also a “tot-room” with hands on experiences for ages 8 and under, including a bear that will interact with your child.  There are 20 galleries to go through, with 2 decks and over 30,000 square feet – the forward half is recreated at half the size of the original ship.  My children still talk about the ‘ghost’ picture which was a picture taken of some builders and one was erased but the hand was forgotten leaving an outline of a man with his hand still visible.

While no pictures are allowed in the museum due to copyright laws, you may take pictures outside and there is a professional photographer on hand at the end to photo edit you and your family into several different areas of the ship, such as the Grand Staircase or on the deck of the ship.  View a recreated 1st and 3rd class cabin and get a feel for the differences in how each class sailed – some very large families sailed 3rd class!  If, like me, you’re worried about how the artifacts were obtained – all were either brought off by survivors or salvaged from the waters during the rescue efforts – none come from diving expeditions.

My husband and I on the Titanic.

There are two locations for the Titanic Museum, one in Branson, Missouri where from August 1 to August 15th the ‘lost’ Wallace Hartley violin and at the Pigeon Forge location from May 22 to July 27th can be viewed.  I wish I had made more use of the educational opportunities available on the Titanic Museum website on their education page but I also wanted the children to enjoy the museum and the vacation without them thinking we were doing school.   I will be making use out of the resources available over the summer and when we begin studying the Titanic in history.  You can download boarding passes, watch a video about the religious Heroes aboard the ship, and other educational sources to be used before, during and even after your visit to the Titanic Museum.

I have to say, if this was the only attraction we went to while in Tennessee it would have made the entire trip worth it.  My children are still raving about it, more than the other attractions, and there was something about being able to climb the Grand Staircase holding the hem of my skirt up that was so awesome.  By the way, if you or someone you know is handicapped or cannot climb stairs, there is an elevator should you not be able to walk the staircase.  The staff was very friendly, even answering all the questions that my 6 year old son insisted on asking, and gave us a lot of information about what we were seeing and experiencing.

The whole family on the Grand Staircase.


Crew Review: Spanish for You! Estaciones (Seasons)

When we first started homeschooling, about 6 years ago, neither my oldest or I wanted to teach or learn Spanish – for various reasons.  Now, all three of my children like to learn it and it’s fun to teach it (and learn along) especially with a unit study concept of Spanish from Spanish for You! using the unit study concept makes the teaching easy and the learning fun – for all involved.  I was given Estaciones (Seasons) themed unit for my children and there is also Fiestas and soon there will be Viajas (travels).

This Spanish curriculum is for grades 3 through 8 but could be used for a younger child, if they already have some Spanish knowledge they could probably jump in at the grade 3 level.  I didn’t do this with my 6 year old though focusing mainly on my 11 year old and 8 year old daughters – working at the 4th and 6th grade levels.  One of the reasons this fit so perfectly with our family was that it can be used independently, so while I could chose to teach a lesson my daughter’s were able to look at what they needed to do on a given day and complete it without me needing to be with them at the time.

You’re probably wondering what do you get in your package – you’ll get enough material that covers 24 weeks for grades 5 to 8 and 27 weeks for grades 3 and 4, enough to cover an entire school year, if you school on a regular school schedule.  You’ll receive the:

  • Spanish for You! book in hard copy (this contains games, lessons, and how to use the curriculum)
  • audio downloads so that if you’d like you can listen to the whole book
  • lesson guides for the grades you select (3-4, 5-6, 7-8, or all if chosen) in PDF format
  • self checking worksheets for the above grades in PDF format
  • flash card pictures (can be used for more than just flash cards)
  • a native speaker recording the entire book audio.

If you’d like all the grades, great for families with multiple aged children and grades it will be $64.95 or you can select to purchase at grade level for $39.95, extra books are $12.95.  What I enjoyed about this is it is set up for four days a week, no tweaking needed from me to make it work for a four day a week schedule.  I loaded the lesson guides I needed onto my Fire so I could view what each girl needed – looking back I should have loaded Hannah’s lesson guide onto her Fire as well.  The girls shared the book using their own lesson guide, by accessing my Kindle and seeing what they needed to complete for each day.

As an example Week One Day 1 had Bethanne (4th grade) practice asking and answering a question in Spanish, reading page 1 with audio, do learning your new vocabulary on page 1 in book, make flashcards and play the optional games.  My children enjoyed the games – however they often played them among themselves as I saw them as optional (as listed) but they enjoy the repetition.  When the worksheets need to be completed it is noted on the day that it needs to be done.  Since the worksheets are self checking it meant I had time to look over other work that my three had completed during the day.

The author does stress that the lessons need to be done in order, as they each build on the other however, you can tweak it as needed – if you’d like to stretch each day into two, allowing for more time for the games – do so.  That means each week will be made into two, and this may be what a younger child or one who isn’t quite confident in learning a new language needs.  If you do school five days a week simply use Friday as a time to do games not done during the week and review their vocabulary flashcards and practice their sentences and answering.  We are continuing to enjoy our Spanish for You! Estaciones curriculum, and it’s affordable for any family size.  You can view some sample pages of Estaciones (click on the picture of the book to open the sample) or check out the free mini lessons and free worksheets available at Spanish for You!


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Mother’s Day 2013

Yesterday was Mother’s Day.  A day for mom’s to be celebrated and honored – really, it should be every day – but one day is nice 😀  I must say I’m totally blessed by my three children and husband.  I was looking back in my blog and wanting to link to each of their birth stories, which I know I wrote but cannot find.  Suffice to say – Hannah was born via c-section, Bethanne was my 1VBA1C, and Christian was my 2VBA1C.


My husband gave me a combo pack of DVD’s which had Les Miserables (one of my all time favorite books, yes, I’ve read it in it’s entirety and musicals) and it came with Mama Mia (of which I’ve never seen and Hannah and I decided the reason it was paired with Les Mis was because they share an actress).  The children gave me a Tim Horton’s gift card.  Bethanne made me a card and a bracelet as did Christian.


Front of the card from all three children.


Inside of the card from the children – for some reason Christian signed his name upside down 😀


Front of the card from hubby.


Inside of the card and he signed it with my secret name for him.


I’ll take some pictures of the handmade cards and bracelets and post those in a little bit – but I just have to say it was nice to sit and read for awhile yesterday, even finishing one book and almost finishing another and take a nap.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to church because it seems one child or another is coughing – more than likely allergies or a seasonal cold – but I didn’t want to take chances since there are quite a bit of elderly who attend our church.




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