Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience : A TOS Crew Review

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MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience

By this time in our year...we are so over math!  Getting a change of scenery was just what we needed to bring some life, and MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo's eScience gave us a fresh, new look,  Best of all, this online program combines history, science, art and MATH all in one!

Designed for students ages 10 and up, each of the four- 6 lesson classes is unique, and offers a new perspective. Your subscription give you access for a full year, with multiple students able to use the program at the same time.  The four classes included are:

  • Math Connections with the Real World 
  • MathArt in Ancient Cultures
  • Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences 
  • MathArt - Patterns in Nature

We spent our time in MathArt in Ancient Cultures.  My tester is 11, so she was a little on the young side.  I do think some of the content may be more appealing to older students. The six lessons included:

  • Ancient Babylonians & the Plimpton 322 
  • Ancient Greek Math & the Platonic Solids 
  • Pythagoras & the Music of the Spheres 
  • Ancient India’s MathArt: Rangoli, Mandalas & the Story of 1 – 9 & 0 
  • Zellige Moroccan Tiles & Other Tessellations 
  • Maya MathArt
Each lesson follows the same pattern with a Pre-lesson activity, the Main Lesson slide-show with downloadable study guides, live class videos (with the option to participate in a live class - should you want to), and links to extra topics and hands-on activities to use with your study.  

The program keeps track of your progress, so you can restart where you left off, but you can also go back and review.  

Awards will pop up to congratulate your student as they continue, and a printable completion certificate is also available.

My tester tried the live, recorded class first - this was not her favorite.  Listening to the other students read text and answer questions did not appeal to her.  However, when moving on to the interactive lesson with the DK-Let's Find Out!, and exploring on her own, she liked it much better.   The printable Study Guide was a valuable addition.  You can download the study guide, and the slide presentation and learn at your own pace. 

The program takes advantage of the wealth of internet resources to teach with (how did we ever manage without it...)  I appreciate how the author, Gloria Brooks, has made my job easy by compiling all the best into this program.  As we visited each culture, we were introduced to not only the history, but the art, music and creative expression of the people.  My tester got a huge kick out of hearing Sumerian sang out loud. :-)  In each lesson, there are many options of activities - some are videos, some are downloadable templates or art projects.  My tester was inspired to create her very own cuniform tablet in clay.  Here's the "Bentz 2007" :

I love the variety, and the ability to customize to your family found in this program.  I am not a "math person" myself, and I have several children who take after me in this area. It makes this subject much more enjoyable!

This is a great way to finish our school year.  We plan to keep on exploring all through the summer.  I have several older testers who were drawn in to see what we were up to - I know they'll enjoy it too.   I love the connections it makes, this is how learning should be!

Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think form Parenting Made Practical: A TOS Crew Review

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    Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) & Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (DVD) from Parenting Made Practical

Do you ever wonder if "blah, blah, blah" is what your children really hear when you ask them to do something? If so, you will want to join me, and spend time with Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) & Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (video) from Parenting Made Practical.

This set is designed for parents with children ages 8-college - EXACTLY my age range!  Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think (book) is a 12 chapter, 160 page softcover book filled with some much needed encouragement for parents.  The Appendix offers addition resource recommendations for both parents and teens.

I will admit, after all these years of parenting, I may have "thought" I'd probably not be able to learn much from this book... I WAS WRONG! 

From the first chapter,  I found myself agreeing with the author's perspective.  Then, I went into my children's room, and saw the piles of clean-but-not-put-away laundry, and I knew we needed to get back "on the horse" and start some heart training around here!

There are so many gems of wisdom in this book,  I have been recommending it to everyone! 

 I realized how I have been "lecturing" and my children have NOT been hearing any of it.  I was encouraged to start asking simple yes and no questions to get them to THINK for themselves.  This is a much more useful tool.  I have been using this new approach on all my children.  It's very helpful to both my attitude (not getting frustrated) and their responses.

I needed to be reminded that until their hearts are teachable, by realizing their sin, they will not be able to change behavior.  WOW - not only for our children, this is for us too!  Consistency has always been a struggle for me, I start well...  the author's recommend on picking an area to work on, and stick with that until you see results, instead of trying to do it all at once.  I decided we would go back to the start with immediate obedience - our saying is "Right away, all the way, the happy way" (not from the book).  

Letting our children redefine the rules is a dangerous slope.  I love the frank, honest and Biblical foundations in this book.  Disobedience is sin.  Throughout the book you will find Scripture to back up the parenting principles discussed.  In addition, personal testimonies are included.

The authors, Joey and Carla Link, have over 20 years family ministry experience. In the 53 min. DVD, they share the main points of the book.  I highly recommend reading the book first, and then watching the DVD as a reminder or refresher.  They both share, role-play examples, and offer a downloadable PDF of notes.  This would make an excellent resource for a small group study.

This has been a timely resource, and VERY helpful.  You will definitely want to check this one out!  Other members of the Crew have gotten a chance to explore more resources from Parenting Made Practical:
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Monday, March 12, 2018

A Letter to Satan

I have a guest blogger today - my hubby.  This is his letter to Satan - I wholeheartedly agree!

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Revelation 21:11

Hey Satan,
I figure you‘re out here somewhere on Facebook. Just want you to know that no matter what you throw at me with rectal cancer or anything else in life I am going to stand up and declare God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!
So far my experience with this disease is that it’s a pretty disgusting and humbling invention of yours. But no matter how many times you throw the indignity of incontinence at me – I will clean myself up, change my clothes if needed and declare God is good all the time. No matter how many times you won’t allow me to sleep because the pain is too severe I will sing praise songs to God until my much needed rest finally comes. No matter how many times I throw up from the chemo or how many hours a day you force me into the bathroom to deal with the side effects of chemo I will keep on declaring that God is good all the time. And no matter the end result of this battle – I WIN either way because of what my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did on the cross. And either way I will come out on the other side of this battle and declare yet again that GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME - ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD! - Matt Bentz

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The "Pilgrimage"

When MN comes to TX - they must make the "pilgrimage".  You know where... Magnolia Silos in Waco!

And the "Super Fan" award goes to... Jenny!  She had multiple "moments" of unbelievable excitement that "we are really here" :-)

 I love these two!  We made it inside the bakery - my first time ever...

and they were worth the wait!

A picture perfect day!

Of course... we had to go stalk all the Waco locations...

Yes, the super-fan made us creep the restaurant, which is NOT yet open!  Just to find the "handprints".  Some us may have refused to get out of the car at this stop.... or were possibly locked in by the child locks...

Waco has NEVER been this much fun!  Hope they let us come back some day!

CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive From CursiveLogic: A TOS Crew Review

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CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive from CursiveLogic

CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive from CursiveLogic are just what you need to get started with cursive!

CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack  contains the unique, 113 page Cursive Logic workbook and access to the 45 minute online Instructional webinar that contains step-by-step instructions on how to use this revolutionary system.

The program is designed to take approximately 10 weeks - but, you will be able to modify according to your student's progress.  My tester has already done some cursive - so, she was able to work faster.

The Workbook is spiral bound at the top - this is a great feature for both your left and right-handers.  My tester is left handed, so this was especially nice for her.  You work through the workbook on the front of each page first, then flip and work back through on the other side. Several dry erase pages are included for repeated practice (and who doesn't like writing with dry erase markers?) 

The basic philosophy is that all cursive writing can be broken into four shapes. Each shape is taught in proper connected format.  This is a wonderful way to get your student making the correct letter strokes from the very beginning.  

The lessons are short and easy to master.  One thing I am so impressed by is how this program uses a multi-sensory approach to teach each of shapes.  By using color, catch phrases and muscle memory - your child will truly master the art of cursive writing, and it appeals to every learning style.

Helpful tips on posture, paper position, and holding your writing tool help get you started the correct way.  Everything you need is contained in the workbook, no need to purchase another Teacher Guide.  

The Instructional Webinar is a great tool! You get 12 months of access, so you can go back and review whenever you would like.   I have taught multiple children cursive, and this is the first time I was able to listen and learn HOW to teach.  It was incredibly helpful to learn the process, see a lesson taught and hear helpful phrases for me to use during lessons.  

We also got to take a look at The Art of Cursive.  This is not a full cursive curriculum, and is designed for adults and older students who have mastered cursive.  My tester was not to be denied!  She has already done quite a bit of cursive, so I allowed to to color as a reward :-) 

This book contains a sort review of the Cursive Logic approach followed by 27 practice passages to write and beautiful coloring pages with inspiring quotes. It is beautiful! It's a great way to practice cursive skills...but, don't tell them - they think it's just for fun!

I found this to be the most enjoyable and effective way to teach cursive skills that we have ever used - it's a new favorite.  Be sure to check it out for yourself.

Don't miss this! CursiveLogic is offering  20% off special through the end of March. Simply use the coupon code - CREW2018 when checking out.

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