Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week in Review: Many Great Memories...

Hey ya'll! This week has been a whirlwind of excitement, family time, and some amazing memories. We had Mimi and Papa come down this past week and spend a few days with us. Plus we got school done, Boo Bear was baptized and we had our dishwasher go out. So it's been a wild week !

On the school front...We began our Florida History curriculum this past week. He really seems to like it and I like how easy it is to plan. I haven't had a real structured history curriculum for him so I wanted to get some in. With the ACE Paces, I found a Florida history curriculum and it is fun and easy to get through. So he's loving it which makes it easy on Mama to get it done.

We also completed the chapter on division in our math and moved onto fractions. Whew! Almost there!! We read through our science learning about the digestive system and also did an experiment with oil, water, and soap to see how bile works. We have another experiment in the works for the first of the week to see how our stomach works. Boys just love all this eeewwyy stuff.

I don't think I shared this pic with you in the past weeks but in case I did, here it is again. :-) This is my kiddos start to his 4th grade year and the things he likes, for now. I hope I can remember to do this every year to see how he changes. It is all happening way to fast for me...

On the homefront one of my favorite things was Boo Bear getting baptized. He and several other children, and two adults, from our church were baptized in the river here. It was his choice and he had been asking about it. I'm so very proud of him. He's an amazing little boy, who's not so little anymore. There was a nice sized crowd watching this amazing time in all their lives. This water is very cold too. So they were all making some faces ;).

I'm so glad God led us to this church when He did. I couldn't ask for a better church family to have supporting us. They support and love my son just like he was their own.

We are very blessed and honored to have them all in our lives.

In other news... I have been doing pretty good on my low carb way of eating. My sugar numbers have come way down. I'm excited to see the next blood test results and hope that they can show the hard work I've put into being better. At least so my doctor can see them ;)

This coming up week starts the craziness of our homeschool life school year. We have science classes start up, once a month art classes are this week, and in a couple week's he'll be on to theater class as well. Whew! I'm already worn out from just looking at the outside of the house schedule. Not to mention getting our regular book work finished and my work, church volunteering.... I can't complain too much though because we love this time of year. It's my favorite and things like the trunk or treat activities, Christmas parade and fall are just around the corner!!

So what have you been up to this week? Check out other weeks by clicking this link and seeing how other homeschoolers are doing.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dig-It! Games Mayan Mysteries (Online Game) Review

Dig It! Games Review Let's face it... Video games make learning so much more fun! At least in our house it does. We recently received the chance to review the Dig-It! Games online video game called Mayan Mysteries. 
Dig-It! Games provides a variety of online and iOS apps that you can download for educational games and fun for the entire family. Students can hone in their skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and of course, fun! 
Our game, Mayan Mysteries, provides a look at the Maya civilization as you try to figure out who has been digging up the precious artifacts. The secret looter Ladrone is causing a mess and your team has to help stop him. 
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This online game provides nine hours of play time for most children or adults who decide to check it out. Since it is a lot of information to remember and discover, we have taken it a little slower. You start out with a series of puzzles and tips that Professor Alex Quinn and his team share with you so you can go on an adventure to protect the relics of the past. You learn a variety of skills along the way such as map skills, memory skills, and history about this amazing culture. 
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How we used this... I would set Boo Bear up with the computer for some game time after our regular lessons. He would play for 15-20 minutes at a time as he pursued Ladrone and learned about the culture. I also sat down with the game myself and played along. Some of the questions were challenging to me and I have to say, I missed some to begin with. The great thing was we could go back and redo sections so that we better understood what we missed. It will definitely make you think and keep you on your toes. 

This game is designed for a middle school child, grades five through nine. My son would need some assistance throughout with the reading as the game is based a lot on reading passages. It uses comic sketches, videos, and other interactive methods to help your child get through the game. This game is all played online and you can visit seven different Maya sites while you're trying to protect the artifacts from Ladrone... 
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Your child can improve their independent learning with this game that offers:
  • Over 200 Mayan topics verified by historians
  • 25 Challenging puzzles to solve
  • The famous Mayan Calendar
  • Mayan Pyramids
  • And a whole lot more to explore!
When I asked Boo Bear what he thought of the game, he gave it two big thumbs up! He really enjoyed it and asked to play it instead of me having to tell him to do it. The Mayan Mysteries game is a great way to reinforce your study of the culture itself or to just add an element of fun to sometimes boring history studies. This works great for those who are independent learners or if you want to work together with your younger child.This program also lines up with National Standards for a variety of subjects, if you need to keep that in mind. 

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Super Excited - New Reviews Coming! #ad #sponsored

I recently was offered a chance to review local area establishments with the UsFamilyGuide.com website. I can't wait to share some of the exciting locations that are local to the Florida area and hopefully around the South in other states.

The first one I want to share with you is the GameTime location in Tampa. We have never been to this arcade full of fun but look forward to going in the next few weeks. I have two avid arcade game lovers and it's just nice for a family to get away and spend time playing. You never get too old to play until you stop playing altogether.


The location offers hours of fun with arcade games, a family restaurant serving a variety of food items, and an area to cheer on your favorite team in the big game.

You can play for hours or plan your next birthday get together in the party rooms.

There are several locations in the state of Florida and they all provide you with an afternoon or day of entertainment for all ages.

Here's some more info for their location:

"GameTime is a Family Entertainment Center with many locations throughout Florida. We offer fun indoor amusement with something for all ages and a great place to have your birthday party or celebration. Each of our venues has an array of video arcade games, simulators, redemption machines, & more!

In Miami, Tampa and coming soon to Fort Myers we offer the ultimate experience combining the best in indoor amusement with great food, full sports bars (with multi HDTVs), party facilities (with catering) and loads of entertainment for the entire family!

Join the FUN CLUB and Receive 2 Hours of FREE GameTime in any location!
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I can't wait to share with you our visit, so be sure to come back soon and check out the fun we had.

Have you visited the GameTime near you? Share with us your experiences!

In the meantime while you're waiting on my review, check out their Fun Club information so you can join in!


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Weekly Review: Getting in the Groove...

Happy Friday! Whew! I'm glad to see Friday this week. We've had some craziness going on here and I'm glad it's better. See, we started this past week off on Saturday in the ER. Boo Bear got up needing a breathing treatment, which is something that happens from time to time. He seemed fine and even played outside with daddy some. By 4:00 he had a fever, couldn't breathe and I couldn't give him another treatment yet as it wasn't long enough between them.

We ended up in the ER and they got everything sorted out and placed him on a liquid steroid. He scared me this time. I'm so thankful that he was opened up and the ER staff was wonderful with him.

Although he probably doesn't like it, school still went on this week once we got him situated. :)

That's the downside to homeschool, right? (if there is a downside...)

Our week went quite well after all that excitement. We have been working steadily along and trying to get ourselves in a routine again. We never stopped math or reading really over summer. We are now adding in our other subjects still and it's working out well so far.

Our math is moving along and we are working on division this week. He has had some difficulty memorizing multiplication facts so it's a little slow going. He doesn't think in memorizing. He thinks in how it's put together so he's reversing it. It's really neat to see how his brain works and figures things out. Sometimes I go, how'd you do that???



We started reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing this week. I'm working on a review for Super Teacher Worksheets and I'm using their 4th grade Book Bingo worksheet. That's on the list and we are really excited to read some of the others. This actually helps me to make sure we are reading a variety of books this year.

In science we finished up the chapter on muscles and we're moving along to the digestive system. Should be fun with a boy, right?

We had some friends over this week as well. Does anybody else have that thing where your kiddo asks to have friends over when you're out and about with said friend but you know your house is not ready for company? ? Yeah that happens a lot here. Or at least I don't feel it's ready. I have to remind myself my home is lived in. Not dirty but lived in. We live here and it's not a museum.. Please tell me I'm not alone in this!

Needless to say I'm trying to get him to understand that when he helps keep it ready at all times, my answer can be yes instead of not today.. :) Anyway... That led to two of his friends being able to come over this week.


I cooked up a couple new recipes this week. Some I just threw together and others I was inspired off of Pinterest to create. One of the best ones, I believe was my low carb Philly Cheese-steak in a bowl. It was a big hit here and there were no leftovers. ;-) I love Philly's but the bread is not my friend. Enter in this creation:

Yummy! I have to share for a moment. I've been struggling getting my sugar under control and have finally gotten it where I want it. It's still a work in progress but I'm so thankful that I'm seeing it stay more normal than not. :-) Thus all the low-carb ideas coming. I'm going to share them with you so you can hopefully enjoy them as well!

So how was your week? Do you have any multiplication tips for me? I'd love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to swing by the Weekly Wrapup with Kris!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Low Carb Philly Cheese-steak... In a Bowl!

So one of my dreams is to actually go to Philly and get a for REAL Cheese-steak. However, that has not happened yet. It is definitely on my to-do list. 

Since I have to be careful with the carbs I eat, I decided I'd try to make Philly's without all the bread. Unreal right? 

This turned out sooooo very yummy! Another bonus... It was a quick easy dinner for a weeknight so that made it even tastier. It got two thumbs up from all the boys in the house too ;-)

Ingredients:

2 bell peppers sliced
2 small/medium onions sliced
2 packages of Roast Beef lunch meat, sliced
1 16 oz package of portabella mushrooms
1 tsp minced garlic
Swiss/Provolone cheese slices



I sauteed the onions, mushrooms, and garlic in some butter in the skillet. Add in your meat to the skillet and allow to cook for a 5-10 minutes, or until warm. Once it's about ready to come out of the skillet, add the cheese slices on top to cover the skillet. Allow the cheese to get all melty and gooey, and you're done!

I served ours with some quinoa and steamed broccoli with cheese sauce. This was one I'll definitely be adding into our regular meal plan. It is simple and delicious. It doesn't take too long to get ready and you can have a healthy meal on your table during those busy week nights.

What are some of your favorite go to quick meals that you love putting on your table?

ThinkFun Game: Code Master

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You know that we love ThinkFun games here in our house! We've shared several of them on here and we have a new one to share with you now.

The latest ThinkFun creation is Code Master. This is a programming game where you have to get your Avatar through exotic locations while grabbing crystals along the way.

The game is rated for 8 year olds and up and it is in a "Minecraft style" fantasy world. This exciting game takes you through 60 different logic puzzles where you have to think and make the right moves to get your avatar safely to the finish line.

If you're child is interesting in programming, this is a great game to get them "thinking like a computer". It helps you to understand programming ideas such as loops and if/then/else ideas.

You are given a series of puzzles in the guide scroll and the tokens you can use. Each token stands for a different move such as sliding, running or jumping.

Once you have laid out how you believe it will work best, you can test out your program. You may find your pattern doesn't get you where you thought and have to start it out again.


This can be played as a one player or you could work together with your child on the tougher puzzles to solve.  There are multiple levels to choose from and the higher the level, the more difficult the programming logic can be.

My son gave this game two thumbs up after playing. He loves these games and is a fan of Minecraft so I knew this one would be right up his alley. We have played several times and it is quite fun figuring out if you have what it takes to program the game.

You can purchase this game at Target starting this month. It runs around $20 and makes a great addition to your family fun night or for a single player to use on rainy days.

If you've never checked out the ThinkFun game collection, I highly recommend you heading over to their site. They offer a collection of educational games that cover all types of interest. These are great additions to your home and to help get your children, and yourself, thinking!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Our 1st Week of 4th Grade!

IT's baaacckkk!! Weekly review time! Honestly this is one of my favorite posts each week. It helps me look back and see, hey... You did accomplish things this week even if it didn't feel like it.


First, I'd like to say welcome to Farmwood Academy! After four years of homeschool we've finally come up with a name. And, awesome daddy made us a sign to go with it! We have hung it in our homeschool room and are ready for our new year!


We have started doing 4th grade work now with the exception of math. Yes. We are still finishing up math. Why is it math takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r it seems? We are just working on both grades and let's be honest. The first part of 4th grade math is a review of what we're doing right now anyway so.... :-)


 We went on our first official homeschool field trip of the year. We visited an exhibit for Lincoln and the museum in the next town over that Boo Bear enjoys so much. The exhibit was slightly disappointing as it wasn't quite what we had in mind. But we had a nice day out anyway.


 It was fun to be on a field trip again. We are looking forward to taking more trips this year. That's my goal for our 4th grade year. I want to be more hands-on outside of the house than we have before. We typically fall into a rut of just trying to get through school work and it's not a good thing. We both get burnt out rather quickly.


 So this year more field trips are in order. We are going to try and visit several places this year but not sure which ones yet.


 We had a blast running away from the Meglaodon teeth this time too. I think his scared face needs some work. This time he wasn't quite as scared ;).


 I think I did okay on mine, right? Am I convincing enough?


Those things were massive when they were here. I would not want to meet one of those at all. Great White's are bad enough but could you imagine the animal that fit these jaws? Whew!

After days and days and days... and DAYS of rain, we finally got some sun out this week. Yes. We live in the Sunshine State but guess what. Summer? Means lots of rain and this summer has had more than I've seen in a long time. We have had flooding in the Southern parts of the state a couple hours from here that had catfish swimming in the streets. No joke.

We were glad to finally get outside in the sun to enjoy some swim time this week. It's been a rough life for a little boy who loves to be in the water and not been able to get outside.


This year we've got several extracurricular activities going on. It should be exciting, and hopefully not too full. We started 4H this year so Boo Bear is having a blast with that. We will return to our science classes in about a month and we have added the local drama club to our activities. He did the play again this past summer and has definitely gotten the theater bug. He loves them so I found a local civic theater closer to our home and he will partake in the play this fall. He's super excited and I'm glad to find his "thing" finally. :-)

So how was your week? Did you start back yet? I'm linking up over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers today!