Hibernation cupcakes 

Evie made some fun cupcakes today. We are reading a book that talks about bears hibernating so we made cupcakes that were caves. They each had a bear in them and icing and sprinkles for snow. 

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I Can Study Acts Review

My son has enjoyed his Bible study this summer using the NIV version of I Can Study Acts Alone With God Bible Study (52 week study) from Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  David is 11 years old and going into sixth grade.  He is gaining biblical knowledge at an amazing rate right now and was excited for him to try this study.  Before Easter we did an overview of the gospels. He has been studying some things about Passover then Psalms in karate and they just started working in Acts in his Wednesday Night Bible class.  This study came at a perfect time for him.  Not only did it tie right in with what he was learning, but it gave in a way to do a Bible study on his own.

This study is set up so nicely for kids to learn to study the Bible on their own.  The lessons are broken down into small bits as to not be overwhelming.  There are 52 weeks of lessons.  Each week has lessons for Monday through Saturday.  The daily assignments start out the same with prayer, then memory verse work.  There are boxes to check off when they are done.  Who doesn’t like to check off a box when a task is completed?! Then there is an in depth look at a few verses.  Here you answer a few questions on the provided lines.

It’s not been easy keeping up with consistent studies through the summer, but David has done great with working through this study amidst his busy summer camp schedule.  He has already told me he would like to continue this to the end and that he would like to pick another one of their studies if he could.

I Can Study Acts Alone with God is recommended for late elementary level and up.  This was a good fit for David (6th grade).  He enjoyed the questions being short and to the point.  We received the New International Version.  A Kings James Version is also available.

This study is in a spiral bound notebook format and has been sturdy enough for my boy to drag is from place to place and it still looks great.  This notebook is consumable so you need one for each child.  At $23.95 I think it’s a bargain for the confidence it has given my son to study the Bible on his own.  It makes my heart happy to see him learning on his own and sharing this knowledge with others.  Nothing makes a mama happier than having people come up to you and telling you that you’ve got a smart kid with correct Biblical knowledge!! I’m so proud of the growth and maturity that David has shown in the past year.  My prayer is that he continues to grow in knowledge and stature and live for God all the days of his life.

Now we need to just work on that handwriting!!! Yes, he wrote in yellow colored pencil and no, I don’t know why.

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Thomas turns 5!

He had a great birthday! First VBS in the morning followed by lunch at the “McDonald’s with the biggest playplace”. After that we spent hours at Funville!! Picked up some pizza on the way home, had cupcakes and presents! 

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R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook Review

Evie been using the Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook and R.E.A.D. Review Pack from The Crafty Classroom.  She is about 6 1/2 now and is about to start first grade.  She is a very hands on kind of girl and loves to make projects.  She can listen to books or do worksheets, but only for so long.  If we haven’t crafted anything during our school time, she doesn’t think we have done “school”.

We have had the opportunity to try many “learn to read” and phonics programs over the years, but I think this one was made just for Evie!!!  She loves it and loves to do her school work!  She felt she was reading from the first lesson and she gets to craft each day with what she’s learning.

The R.E.A.D Curriculum Notebook ($25.00) is a PDF ebook that I was easily able to download and begin printing.  There is an assessment and daily warm-ups.  Each day’s lesson is about 20 pages and is completed in a four day week.  The first week was “am” words, the sight words “I” and “a” and learning what a noun is.  That’s a lot for one week at least at our house, but she mastered it, proudly shared it with her Daddy and was ready to start week two.  Week two is “at” words, the sight words “my” and “is” and learning about pronouns.  Week three is “ab” words, the sight words “and” and “the” and learning about verbs.  Week four is “ag” words, the sight words “we” and “can” and learning about adjectives.  

Two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) we work in her notebook.  We found a pretty composition notebook and glue her work in there.  She loves that this is together, she’s crafting and I love she’s learning to read and recognize parts of speech!

After four weeks of lessons you use the R.E.A.D Review Pack ($15.00) for one week.  These work with blends.  Week five is “fl”, “gl”, “sl” and “bl”. There are about 8 activities included for this week. This could be used as a stand alone review if desired.

This curriculum is labeled for Kindergarten/First Grade, I think this is a great language arts, reading and phonics curriculum for Evie.  It meets her learning style.  She already knew the letters of the alphabet and their sounds.  I glanced at The Crafty Classroom’s other products and they seem to have more great things for children who are learning letters and sounds.  They have a Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook and Alphabet Curriculum Notebook for younger students and they have other products for older kids, USA Activity Bundle and How to Write a Paragraph. They even have math and science!  I will definitely keep The Crafty Classroom on my radar as she gets older.  Don’t miss the banner at the bottom of this review.  When you click on that you can see more products reviewed by The Homeschool Review Crew and what they thought of them.

There is a lot of printing for this program, but I didn’t mind it.  I printed a week of worksheets at a time and put in a three ring binder.  Since there were five worksheets per day sometimes Evie didn’t get through them all before she lost interest.  I just stopped for the day and that’s were we started the next day.  This is a full 36 week curriculum and it may take us a little longer, but I’m ok with that.  One thing I did learn is if I prep the hands on activities by cutting them prior to her starting her lesson she was able to get right through everything without burning out.

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Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit Review

My kids have been having fun with Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products.  Evie (6) is finally old enough to earn badges in American Heritage Girls.  She has worked on some over the summer.  One of the activities in the Dawn of our Country badge was to make a model of the Liberty Bell.  We did this as a fun Fourth of July activity for the 3 youngest.  For our next project, they each made a project from the FREE ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS  ebook.

We started with Rigid Wrap.  This plaster coated mesh fabric was easy to work with.  We used foam cups as a form for our bells.  I cut the wrap into strips for the kids to dip in their water container and form their bell.

(Please excuse the real life clutter and the kid with no shirt on, I try to be perfect online, but sometimes our real life shows through, lol!!!)

The material was quite forgiving allowing the smaller kids to re-position, but still began to dry pretty quickly.  I let it dry for a few hours, then pulled the foam cup out and allowed it to fully dry.

The next day, the kids used acrylic paint to make their own rendition of the Liberty Bell. David wasn’t home and still needs to paint his.

Next we used the Rigid Wrap again to make some projects from the ebook.  Thomas (almost 5) chose the dinosaur.  I cut the pattern from the ebook, traced it on cardboard and he covered it in Rigid Wrap.

Evie (6) chose the sarcophagus.  This was a neat project.  I cut out the pattern from the ebook and two of the shapes out of cardboard.  Evie  crumpled up newspaper and put it between the two pieces of cardboard.  We used a little bit of painters tape (it was handy) to keep it all together.  Then she wrapped it in the plaster strips.

David (11) chose to make a volcano.  He attached a paper cup to a piece of cardboard and began forming his volcano with Rigid Wrap.  Originally he thought he would make it erupt, but he has changed his mind and it’s now a pencil holder for his desk.

Lastly, we tried the CelluClay.  It’s a dry, almost insulation like texture, material that you add water to.

After kneading it, it turns into a mold able clay.  There were so neat ideas in the ebook and some projects that used the CelluClay with the Rigid Wrap.  We chose to make a small bowl and a few beads.  We baked them in the oven at 190 degrees to dry them a little quicker. They will be painted with acrylic paint soon.

The CelluClay was very dusty and quite messy.  It was an interesting experience, but we preferred the Rigid Wrap, because it was less messy and set up more quickly.  We still have some CelluClay left, so we will be trying it again.

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