Monday, December 2, 2019

Turkey Contest 2019

We took our annual Bentz Family Turkey Coloring Contest on the road with us to Arkansas this year!

Here are the Bentz Family submissions... competition was high this year!

Rules are simple, create your design - we post it on Facebook, and the most "likes" wins bragging rights for the whole year (and boy, do we brag!)

Of course, we HAD to let our hosts (the fabulous Lewis family) take part in our competition:

And.... the winner was - Maddie Lewis with her fabulous "Yoda Turkey"!!  


Next year Bentz Bunch... you'll have to do better (or not let the truly artistic people into the contest...)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Everyone should have a friend like this...

Everyone should have a friend like Michelle!

She and I have been friends since the good old MN days.  We've been pregnant together, shared losses together.  Homeschooled side-by-side. Worshiped side-by-side.  Served side-by-side. We've vacationed together... we even have shared the flu together - on vacation!  We've mourned together and celebrated together.

I've moved twice since the good old days and Michelle has always made it a priority to come visit me and "make sure I'm in a good place".  Our phone calls have been a lifeline for my sanity on more than one occasion.  Truly, the miles apart have only made our hearts closer.

She blessed me again  - by coming to share my girls' show with us!

Everyone should have a friend like this.

Wine + coffee = true friends

Pedicures are double the fun with someone to sit next to!

I treasure this friendship.  Thank you Michelle!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

LitWits Kits from LitWits: A TOS Crew Review

LitWits Kits from LitWits

I love when literature comes to life!  We have been discovering a fun way to liven up our literature studies with LitWits Kits.

LitWits is a company founded by two sisters that share a love of reading and experiencing books together.  They offer 46  LitWits Kits that bring great books to life for you and your family.

We have gotten the opportunity to take a peek at 4 titles:

Let me show you what a LitWit Kit is all about.  Check out this video:

Each LitWit kit arrives as an online experience.  You can also download all the great suggestions in a handy PDF as well.  It's well organized and very easy to use.

Each of the kits include:

  • Welcome
  • Overview  - a basic synopsis and introduction
  • Prop Ideas - great ideas for items to display and ways to bring the book to life
  • Hands-on Fun -   activities to get you moving and creating
  • Bookbites - another way to experience the book - with your taste buds
  • Takeaways - what did the characters learn, what can you learn?
  • Hand-outs - printable worksheets - vocabulary, literary analysis, maps and more
  • Learning Links - great ways to explore more
  • Great Quotes - we LOVE quotes
  • Copyright
We were excited to jump right in with our next literature book - The Phantom Tollbooth.  This is a fun book all about words and numbers!

Our LitWit kit gave us great ideas of ways to experience our book and to make it even more memorable.  Since we were doing this together at home, I skipped their Prop Suggestions.  But, this would be a fabulous addition to a coop literature class!

Our first activity was a Chromograph - basically we colored music.  We had so much fun jamming out to the William Tell Overture and creating colored music scores.

Next we created a fun project celebrating Norton and Jules from our reading.  The girls really enjoyed creating personalized maps with magazine letters and illustrations from the book - and we have a fun way to remember how much we enjoyed reading the book together!


One thing I love about LitWit Kits is that there is a wide variety of activities you can choose from - pick one, or all of them.  You can customize to your family. Most of our activities used supplies we readily had on hand.  All the work has been done for you.

Facing the Doecahedron (had to google how to say that one...) was a fun project to build a 3-d 12 sided shape decorated with all our facial expressions.  

Bookbites is a section that allows you "to taste the story".  The Quotes and Learning Links are sections that will take you to other useful resources on the web. 

The Takeaways section gives you plenty of topics to explore together - for instance brain hemispheres and etymology are topics from The Phantom Tollbooth to get you interested in learning more.  Valuing education and the visualizing of ideas are also topics to discuss and explore together. LitWits has made it easy for you.

A PDF section of Handouts is included as well.  Vocabulary, literary analysis, creative writing, math and more are all included to round out the learning.

I am very impressed with the quality and quantity of experiences each LitWit Kit includes!  You can really make reading an adventure, and all the hard work is done for you.  With so many titles to choose from, you will have no problem finding a good fit for your family.

Be sure to check them out!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Beauty & the Beast - Recap

As are some more pics from the show - they were truly amazing!

My favorite Enchanted Plate ever...

The Enchantress

An Enchanted Napkin with high kicks!

She found her "place"!