Monday, February 13, 2017

First Friday Friends - January

Our January meeting was all about a "Heart of Beauty".

After filling the house with the smells of chocolate chip cookies... we demonstrated (with the help of a dear mom friend who can ROCK high heels and short skirts) what true beauty looks like!  If you want to know should check out their book :-)

For our craft - we made adorable cork boards with some key verses about how God sees beauty.

Each of them were unique, just like our beautiful daughters.

This is such a beautiful group!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Go Upward!

It's that time of year... Upward Basketball season!

Here's our "stars" this season... 2 basketball players - one in her final season, and one in her first. And... our cheerleader!

We love the Upward program.  It's a Christian based sports program that focuses on building sport skills and character.  All of our children have had a chance to play the sports they love, make new friends and have fun! (without the high level commitment of time and finances that most sport programs demand...)

I think the cheerleader may have found her life's calling...

Times Alive by Times Tables the Fun Way: A TOS Homeschool Crew Review

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}
Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

Times Alive by Times Tables the Fun Way

Some days I feel like I will never leave multiplication fact practice behind... my 8 kiddos = MANY years of practice!. Thankfully, Times Alive by Times Tables the Fun Way (City Creek Press), which is online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way, has made it painless this time around! My 2nd and 3rd graders are having a blast with our three-month subscription. The smile says it all :-)

This is an online, subscription that features animated stories, songs and practice to help master those pesky multiplication facts. Multiple students can access your subscription from the same computer. It's very affordable - just an initial $6.95 setup fee and a monthly fee of just $9.95. They recommend using the program for 20 minutes a day at least twice a week. The 18 lessons could be completed in a single month, or you can extend your subscription for more practice.

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

One of my testers is in 2nd grade and just beginning to learn multiplication. My other tester has been struggling to get them memorized for quite some time. They both LOVED this program.

It's very user friendly, and easy to get started. The program remembers your computer's "cookies" to track your student's progress. Multiple students can use the same computer, but with unique log-in names. The lessons can be completed in any order, so your student can really focus in on the facts they may be struggling with.  This was very helpful for my 3rd grader who already had some of her facts mastered.  

The videos are all animated characters with silly stories that help illustrate the multiplication facts in a memorable way - great for my visual learners. The songs help my auditory learners cement the multiplication facts. I find myself singing them as I'm correcting their math! Take a peek at one of the videos...

It's very easy to see their progress, and for them to find where to start again. The program records which videos have been viewed, which lessons have been completed and even scores on their quizzes. You can see exactly what they have learned.

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}
The Progress check is where they practice what they learned from the song and video. First with the picture prompts, and then with the facts.

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}
And, one of my testers favorite parts - the games! My testers enjoyed the coloring pages over and over.
Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

I am a huge fan of this type of learning. My testers showed MARKED improvement in their math lessons after just a few sessions. If you have a child that learns a bit "differently", this is the program for you.  

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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Tea Party

You may remember, I blogged about my Girls' weekend with Lydia, and we went shopping for antique teacups and saucers.

We had our special "Girls' Tea Party"!

The cups were specially suited to each of my daughters.  Lydia had a hard time keeping it a secret, but we pulled it off.

We read "A Cup of Christmas Tea" - one of our Christmas favorites, enjoyed our tea and cookies, and made more wonderful memories together!

Monday, January 30, 2017

What I love...

So, I was scrolling back and realized I never shared one of my favorite Christmas memories.

This!!  My very own, private Christmas concert!  Every one of my children have learned to play an instrument.  This year's concert was missing my Flute (braces have made it hard to play)  But, she is learning how to Jump (as in on a horse...).  I told her bringing a horse in to jump over furniture was out this year. :-)

All those hours of practice, the expense of lessons are WORTH EVERY MINUTE!  I pray they will always play, and that they will enjoy it half as much as I do hearing them.

Monday, January 23, 2017

First Friday Friends - December

Sorry...I'm behind AGAIN!

Our First Friday Friends

group is going so well!  Our December meeting focused on the "Heart of Rejoicing".

The girls divided into their "flower groups" (my way of making teams of older/younger girls for games or discussions).

Then, I gave them some tinsel, crepe paper, and toilet paper.  Their task was to "decorate" on of their team into a Christmas symbol.  It was hilarious!!

Our craft was making paper bag advent chains that held 12 verses for special Mother/Daughter times during the month focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus' birth.

This group is the most precious collection of moms and daughters, it's truly special to see how a group of "strangers" have become just dear friends in just a short time.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

12 Angry Jurors - Stage boys!

My "theater kids" had their latest play..."12 Angry Jurors" with their community theater group.  It's a remake of the old movie "12 Angry Men".

They were AMAZING!!  I am so impressed with them. This was a dramatic show, and they pulled it off with class.  I love the confidence that theater has given them.  Their director is an amazing woman who truly pulls out the best in them.

The cast... a great group of young people!