Thursday, February 9, 2012

DVD Review: A Mile in His Shoes

I wanted to review this movie because as a family with no cable, we want to watch faith-based, family-oriented movies. There are some really good actors in this movie. If you or someone you know has a special person in your life with Asperger's syndrome or autism, you will definitely want to see this movie. Our family sat down and watched this film together.

Knowing it was based on a true story made it even more special to watch. We really enjoy true stories. It is an inspirational film that will strengthen your faith and give you hope and determination.

The bugs really enjoyed this fun film.

A Mile in His Shoes

About Mile in His Shoes:

From the director of "Angels in the Outfield" comes an inspiring story about a special boy with an amazing gift, and the coach who believed. Dean Cain and Luke Schroder star in the gmc movie based in the book "The Legend of Mickey Tussler".

     "Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

~For the giveaway, visit one of the linked sites above and leave me a comment here about the movie. For an additional chance, follow this blog and leave a comment, (or comment if you already do.) Be cure to leave your email so I can contact you if you win. One winner will receive a copy of this DVD! Winner will be announced at the end of February! Good Luck!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

~~~~~curriculum we LOVE~~~~~

We decided to change it up a little this year with our curriculum. I have always used curriculum that seemed to be alot like traditional school material. Pages and pages and pages of work, nothing really that exciting, not much to look forward to day after day. I started researching a little about the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling and realized very quickly that this was the way I wanted to school my bugs. In a couple of words, Living Books! Wow, what a difference this has made in our homeschool. We no longer dread getting started in the mornings with this curriculum. It has really been a blessing!

I first saw it at a homeschool convention in Memphis, TN last year. I was a little scared at first but after praying about it and realizing that we had to make a change, it became clear that this is just what we were looking for.  QUEENHOMESCHOOL! Publisher of books for the Charlotte Mason Style Educator.

So far, my three oldest bugs started the Language Lessons. These books are written by Sandi Queen.

These books each have practice in picture study, narration, copywork, dictation, poetry appreciation & instruction, creative writing, grammer instruction, and more, depending on the level.

We are also using the "Learning to Spell Through Copywork".
This series picks up where your phonics program leaves off. Each volume reviews one phonics rule per week, which is very helpful when there are ones that need a refresher course! They are to copy over and narrate words that follow that week's rule throughout the rest of that week. These books are written by Haley and Sandi Queen.

I have my two oldest bugs doing Words of the Week.

This is a vocabulary program based on a picture study. Each volume is an 18 week program for grades 4 and up. It uses full-color picture study and introduces five new words each week.

One area of our school we struggled with daily was MATH!!!!! Now, after starting this wonderful new way of homeschooling, we have also found a wonderful way to do math.

My second grader just started Math Lessons for a Living Education.

 We are enjoying it so much. Each lesson is very fun and adventurous! By far, one of my favorites.

My two oldest started Life of Fred. I had heard of LOF before but never really thought about it to much. I have a couple of friends that use it in their homeschool and seemed to have had success with it.

My oldest bug started the Life of Fred: Fractions. She needed a little refresher course!

My second to oldest bug started with the first elementary Life of Fred book entitled "Apples".

We are also using the Printing with Pictures handwriting program and the Pictures in Cursive series. These were also written by the Queen family.

We are still using another bible study series, history and science curriculum but in the near future, plan on using the complete Queen Homeschool Curriculum.

I want to apologize for this post being so long but I have really been wanting to share the new way we do school around here at our HAPPY homestead!

God Bless!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

a nice giveway on Ozark Mountain Family Blog!!!

I have been following this blog for a while and really enjoy it. Today I was on the blog and saw where she was giving away a really nice bag and some heirloom seeds. Look how nice this bag is!

The bag measures 12" high, 10" wide and 4 1/2 " deep. She is also giving away nine packages of Heirloom, non-GMO vegetable seeds.

Amish Paste Tomato
Yellow Pear Tomato
Millionaire Tomato
Candy Stripe Tomato
Striped Cavern Tomato
Sweet Red Amish Stuffing Pepper
Sweet Chocolate Pepper
Golden Treasure Pepper
Sweet Dumpling Squash

Go check out her blog, and leave her a comment regarding this giveaway and feel free to tell her where you heard about the giveaway! Giveaway ends Friday, February 12th at 11:59 pm CST.

God Bless!