New Van!


Well we did it! We finally broke down and bought a new van! I love it because I can fit a total of 8 people in the van comfortably and when I put Brayden’s car seat in the back I love how I can bring it up closer to me if I need to. Last night we had gone for a long ride and I moved him a little closer to me because he wasn’t feeling very good and he loved still being able to watch the movie that was playing. Even though he screamed all through the movie. I got him a movie for the van and so he didn’t have to watch what the girls wanted to watch anymore. They had to watch paw patrol and more. Haha

There will be no more screaming ofhe’s touching  me or I don’t want to sit next to him. Both girls will have to sit next to him or they will not go anywhere! We can’t wait to go to the zoo soon and on our daily trips this summer! We are very blessed to have this new van! 

LearnBop for Families Review

LearnBop for Families Review
Olivia has since finishing up with school has still enjoyed doing Math and some exercises to keep busy. The one thing that we love about homeschooling is that we can try out different programs that will help Olivia with something that she struggles with. One program that we have been very lucky to enjoy and review is called “LearnBop for Families” by LearnBop. Olivia has signed on a few times and has enjoyed learning and keeping up with her math.

LearnBop for Families Review
LearnBop for Families is a new Online Math Program that families can use for a single student or can be used for up to four children. I love how you can use it for just one child like our family but if we eventually adopt another child I like how we can go ahead and use it with more than one child. This is a wonderful program that we can use while on the road while we travel this summer. LearnBop is an amazing program that we have really enjoyed and we actually received a 12 month prepaid subscription to be able to review this program. The one that we have been working on is 5th grade math still since that is what we are still slowly working on. I am very proud of Olivia for making the struggle less of a hassle with learning math and she is really enjoying learning math.

LearnBop for Families Review
LearnBop for Families is a great program that Olivia has really enjoyed and we will continue to work on for the next year. The one thing that I love about this program is that I can check on Olivia’s progress without having to hover over her right now. I don’t like to hover over Olivia and I trust that she is learning on her own which is very nice! I like how it tells me how long she has been on LearnBop to learn, how many “Bops” she has completed, how many concepts she has mastered and more. I also love how Olivia has her own profile as well. This is so different from what we have done in the past because some of her other programs that we use she uses my profile. This is a difference for her and she said that she likes the freedom that I have given her and that I can trust her that she is learning on her own. In each grade there are about 13 roadmaps that she has to complete to be finished with the unit and I really like this because she is enjoying herself on how she learns.

LearnBop for Families Review
LearnBop is a unique online math program that we have been very lucky to review but even when our membership is over we will be renewing monthly for Olivia because it’s something that we believe has been helping Olivia overcome her fears for how she is with math. LearnBop for Families is good for children who are in grades 3-12th grade. It mimics a One-on-One learning experience for children who do better in learning with a 1-on-1 teacher. Olivia learns this one and is good for her learning experience. You should check out their Facebook Page and Twitter Account!

 

We did receive a 12 month prepaid Single Learner LearnBop for Families subscription to be able to review as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew! All my opinions are 100% my own!

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Summer is Here!

Now that summer is here…may not be official but we know it’s here because it’s HOT outside! The temps aren’t going down any and the storms are just like they normally are in the summer. Long and terrifying! But with that said, I am happy to say that we are going on a mini vacation even if it’s just for a few days! We are heading up to PA for a few days to visit with some of Jason’s friends and we are excited to do so! Of course I’m excited because I’m going to pick up Jason from the Airport on Sunday evening and I haven’t seen him for 2 months now! This is just what I have wanted! He will be home for our anniversary!

 

We had tried to make plans to head to Disney for our vacation but since we are going in November and I may not be able to run the race after all is a little heart breaking for me. I know we have Olivia all signed up for the race that Saturday but honestly I’m almost tempted on changing the week we go all together! I’m just not feeling like going since I won’t be able to race. I’m going to check and see if there is any way that I can defer my race to say another race like Princess Half Marathon or another race at Disney. I just am a little sad that I may not be able to take part in the race I have been training for after all. That is different story I’m not willing to get into just yet but it breaks my heart. If we can go in say December that would make it even better in my opinion! But we shall see when we can go after all.

 

Guess I will have to wait and see what happens at a few of the doctor appointments I have to go to. I will have to see if they give me permission to run it or even walk it. Not sure if they will or not at this point. But let’s all have a good rest of the week! Off to go grab my registration out of my van because I have to go get a temporary tag or registration just to be able to go ahead and get the car fixed! yay!

Give Me Liberty E-Guide Review

Does your child like to read? Are you doing a box curriculum or putting a curriculum together this year? This coming up school year we have decided to do away with the box curriculum and to do a completely different curriculum and we are going to be doing lots of study guides this year. I was super excited when we were given the opportunity to review Give Me Liberty E-Guide by Progeny Press. We have been wanting to read this book “Give Me Liberty” this coming up school year and decided to read it before hand instead.

Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press Review}
This book is so good to read and understand history. This is something that Olivia has enjoyed reading on her own but also to do the E-Guide for the book as well. We have never done one before like this one and it was pretty fun to do as well. We decided to go to the local library to get the book “Give Me Liberty” so that we could go ahead and do the study guide. We do plan on rereading this book this school year and redoing the E-guide as well so we have added the book to our list to purchase for our home library. This book was so well written and it really made Olivia think more into history than she has thought of before. This E-Guide is good for children who are in grades 6-8 and since Olivia is advance in her reading this was something that I felt that she could easily read this year. The study guide is well written by Carol Clark who was a school teacher before and I really felt like this study guide was written with the children in mind.

One thing that I loved about the study guide is that it gave a little information about the author of “Give Me Liberty” and gave a little background information on the book and history. This is something that really wanted me to allow Olivia to read this book again in the school year because it was something that we will cover again in her history this coming school year. I also love how Carol Clark has added some prereading items in the E-Guide as well which is something that I haven’t seen in any other study guides that goes along with other books before. This was something that really brought me to enjoy this e-guide more. We do plan on visiting Williamsburg, Virginia this coming school year so this is again another perfect book to read just before we go there. I would love to take Olivia to Colonial Williamsburg and to Jamestown to learn more about what is there and the history that happened there. This book goes just along with the history of it. Olivia told me that when we read the book again she wants to allow her American Girl Doll Felicity to read along with us since she was based off of the Williamsburg Era as well.

 

The E-Guide itself is well written and I love how it includes vocabulary in the lessons as well. We read the book quickly this past time but the next time we read it we will be taking our time more and working on all of the lessons in the E-Guide. I love how each part is separate and it is easy to follow along with the guide. Olivia says she is looking forward to reading it again and doing the guide more. We even plan on having Olivia do all of the questions as well instead of just inserting the vocabulary in the appropriate spaces. This is something that will help Olivia learn more about what she is reading. Another thing that I love about this E-Guide is that it incorporates the Bible into it and Bible Verses. This is something that I have been wanting to find in a study guide and this is one that I can feel comfortable in doing with Olivia. Plus the fact that we can do an activity along side with the guide makes it even more fun for Olivia to do. I love the book “Give Me Liberty” and this E-Guide is no different! This is well written! You should definitely check out their Facebook page and Twitter page as well just to keep up with the updates they have! I love this Study Guide and actually plan on getting more Study Guides from Progeny Press this school year! Olivia loves how they are written! They have several more guides for all different grade levels which is something that I love as a parent!

 

We were able to review Give Me Liberty E-Guide as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew for free! All our opinions are 100% my own!

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“The Glass Castle” by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B Jenkins Review

The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}
Does your child like to read? Olivia loves to read and as soon as we received the book, Olivia dove right into it. We were lucky enough to review The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins from Shiloh Run Press. One thing that Olivia loves is all kinds of books, but especially books that have adventure in them and everything that she can use her imagination for. This book was like no other and she devoured the book in less than 2 days after we got the book!

The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}
“The Glass Castle: Thirteen Book 1” is an amazing book that Olivia just couldn’t put down. She said that the book reminded her of numerous books she had read, but this book kept her intrigued the whole time. I heard laughing coming from her room or from the other room as she was reading it and she said the book was really cool as she claims it to be. I had asked Olivia what the book reminded her of and she said it was kind of like Alice in Wonderland and a good mystery book. She said that if the game clue had been written into being a book, this is what the book would be about. Olivia says that her favorite characters in the book happened to be Kate and Avery. She said that Avery was kind of like the ring leader of the friends and was the one who everyone would go to just to see if it was ok to do something. This she said also reminded her of her of one of her cousins and this really seemed to play a part in how Olivia portrayed the whole book.

 

Olivia said that she wish she could have found out about this book long before we found it to review because she could have read it over and over again in which she has already. I love my daughter who loves to read books. Olivia read this book and told me that she felt like she was a part of the book as well which for Olivia has a big meaning for her to do this. She loved the whole story line of how the King wanted someone to be able to take over the throne when he was not well enough or even alive to take care of the kingdom. This was one thing that Olivia loved about the book because she often told me while reading the book that she really wanted to be a princess instead of just Olivia. I told her to keep using her imagination and to think that she too was within the book as well. That she did. For 3 days she walked around the house asking for me to call her Princess Olivia. Yeah, she went that far but it was all worth it for me.

 

The book is well written by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B Jenkins. Trisha White Priebe is a mother, wife and more. Jerry B Jenkins is a well known author and he has written this book along side of Trisha. This book is a good book for those who have middle school aged children and who are always looking for an adventure. This book will not disappoint the children that’s for sure. This is something that I plan on picking up and reading this summer while at the beach but for now, Olivia has claimed the book as hers and for mommy to stay away from it. I did receive the book from Shiloh Run Press to be able to review for free as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew! Please check out their Facebook and Twitter accounts as they have more amazing things up there! Olivia told me that this coming up school year she wants to do a book report on the book, so it looks like this book has been a huge hit in our family! She doesn’t even want to share it with her friends and family! She’s keeping this book all to herself!

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Phil Wickham “Children of God” CD Review

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Do you enjoy listening to new Christian music? I sure do and I enjoy getting new CD’s in the mail to review! One of my favorite Christian singers would be Phil Wickham who has an amazing voice and his songs are just amazing and I love them. I have listened to his other songs but the songs on his new album, “Children of God,” have made me think that this is a great album! It actually hasn’t left my CD player in the 4Runner which is big considering normally I am always changing CD’s in the car!

A few of my favorite songs off of this new album would be Doxology/Amen, My All in All and Your Love Awakens Me. All of these songs have a wonderful meaning to them and when I am feeling low and down, I can turn these on and feel much better! The other songs on this album are all amazing and no matter what I can highly suggest this album for anyone who loves to listen to Christian tunes.

 

  1. Doxology/Amen
  2. Better Than Life
  3. Your Love Awakens Me
  4. The Secret Place
  5. Wide Awake
  6. My All in All
  7. Starmaker (High Above the Earth)
  8. Children of God
  9. Stand in Awe
  10. Body Mind & Soul
  11. As It Is In Heaven
  12. Spirit of God

This whole album is just amazing and wonderful to listen to and this is one that I actually have on my Spotify to listen to as well when I’m not in my car! You can get it now through iTunes, Amazon and even yes on Spotify! Check out the video below for his song “Your Love Awakens Me.”

I did receive a copy of this CD for free from Flyby Promotions in exchange for an honest review!

Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 Review

Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 Review
Now that our school year is over and we are looking forward to next years school year! I am looking forward to actually doing the lesson plans for Olivia’s learning this go round compared to having it already planned out for me. This is something that I honestly have never done and I have all summer to get ready for my lesson. But something that will now help me even more is using my Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 this go round by The Old Schoolhouse. I was lucky enough to be able to review this and I have already started looking at our curriculum and trying to figure out what to start with first in planning. This planner is dated from July 2016 to June 2017 which is going to be perfect!!

Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 Review
When I first received my Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner I realized that it would not work with my box set curriculum as all of Olivia’s lessons were planned for us already. This was something that when we first started homeschooling worked for us as I didn’t understand how to do lesson plans and didn’t want to do them either. But this coming school year is very different, Olivia’s learning has changed and I have learned what she is good at and what she struggles with. This planner is going to work so well with our family and even be able to work with the different appointments that Olivia has as well. One of the things that I love about this planner is that it has great little pick me ups.

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I also love the other things that they have other things in this planner that makes it all worth having which other planners that I have gotten didn’t have. I love how it has yearly goals in the back for each child. Of course I only have one child but when the time comes to adopt and we homeschool that one then we will get to that point and we can homeschool more than one. This planner will be perfect for anyone who has more than one child. Also I love how it has an Attendance Chart in the back for each child. This is so much easier to keep up with the amount of days we do. So we need to do the 180 days each year and this is such an easier way to keep up with it. Plus we love to homeschool because we can homeschool on the weekends compared to public and private schools. Plus even when we go on Field Trips they are still considered school days for us because we are learning.

 

They Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner has a spot in the back of the book where you can put for each child, Books Read This Year. This will come in handy for us since we plan on using books as part of Olivia’s literature. This is something that will be wonderful for her and for me to keep up and a record of the books that we read and she reads as well. Plus this planner has a curriculum planning sheet which is pretty cool since I have never seen one before in a planner before. And I love the homeschooling contact list as well. Pretty neat considering that we are going to be doing different activities this coming school year. Plus this planner has many different helpful information as well! I love this planner and I will be using it each school year! Whats something even better? Please check out their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+ pages.

 

Want to know something even better about purchasing this planner? You can get $10 off your Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 if you order it now using the coupon: CREWCODE! Offer expires July 15, 2016!

Coupon Code Hey Mama Planner 2016 2017

I did receive the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 to review and as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

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Occupational Therapy is Over!

Today was Olivia’s final day of Occupational Therapy! She has made it through 8 long months of going from not being able to even attempt to try new foods to trying them. She has gone from hating all veggies except for french fries (yes she considers them veggies) to liking a few of them or at least tolerating them. This is a big change for Olivia and we are excited in how much improvement she has made.

 

We are happy that even though she has Autism Spectrum Disorder, she has made it past this difficult task in trying new veggies and fruits and not having an anxiety attack over it. It was more of a sensory issue with it and we are very grateful for her Occupational Therapist for helping her get over this difficult challenge. We will not go back to OT unless we see a dramatic change in her behavior! Yay! This is a big hurdle we have surpassed!!!

Homeschool Curriculum 2016-2017

Now that our school year is finished up for the year and Olivia will take her test for the 5th grade on June 7th in Wilson, I have already started gathering her books for next years curriculum. You can never be too prepared to have as many books and to be ready for the next school year! I am though shying away from the box curriculum this year and doing more of classical and Charlotte Mason Homeschooling instead this year. I am feeling more confident this year as Olivia’s teacher and Mom to know what works best for her.

The very first year that we homeschooled I felt really overwhelmed with what to start her out with. I didn’t know where to start her out with and what curriculum would be best for her. I did so much research on so many different starter curriculums from Bob Jones University to Abkea to Apologia. We ended up settling on Bob Jones University for Olivia because we felt it was the right fit for her. Then the next year we looked into doing Abeka for her but to buy the whole set was so expensive so we looked into doing it used as it was cheaper for us. Then we decided to put her into public school again which turned into a bad idea after all.

This past school year we redid 5th grade and did some 6th grade work as well. We did BJU again as the Box Curriculum as I still was not confident enough to do anything else and honestly I was scared to shy away from it. I was afraid that if I did shy away from it would she understand it or would she be bored from what I was trying to teach her? I was also doing school full time myself and I was feeling quite overwhelmed myself with my workload I had to do so I liked the idea of having all of the lessons planned out for me. Well let’s just say that I found that some of the items worked for us in the BJU set and then some did not! We did not do the BJU Math as it was not helping Olivia at all. We ended up doing Math-U-See with her and she loved it! She hated math when we started it with her and now she absolutely loves math!!! We plan on continuing math throughout the summer minus when we are on our mini vacation in June but she doesn’t want to stop learning math! We feel that when she starts 9th grade she will be on grade level if not advanced for it! Yay! Finally! But after this school year I have found that I don’t like dealing with the box curriculum and I would rather piece together a curriculum rather than purchase textbooks! As one child does not learn just based off of what is inside a text book but based off of what is inside books! So I feel so much more confident in what I am going to teach her and how she learns! I have learned what works for her best and what doesn’t. And how she learns too! Plus we plan on putting her in many different activities throughout the day which in return is good and plan on putting her in dance which is a good thing! So here is what we have decided on so far for next years curriculum.

History: The Story of the World: Volume 1. Olivia decided on this book for History because we love history but we felt that this could be family book we could read together. Each chapter is short but we did get the activity book for her to do the added activities to do and crafts to do as well. Then she will also be able to do the tests after each chapter too. She is very excited to get started on this and we will most likely start school in August if not July!

Science: We are still deciding on this one but we will most likely go with Apologia on this one. Just not sure which one yet.

Writing and Composition: We will be using Writers in Residence Volume 1 by Apologia. We received this as a Review and had already started using this, but we will start from the beginning again since we aren’t using BJU and it won’t conflict anything that I am teaching her. I am really excited about this one and she is excited about doing this one too!

Literature & Vocabulary: For literature we will be working on Study Guides and reading books to go along with the study guides. This will also go along with her vocabulary as well and she is very excited about reading different books during the year. She loves to read and after the horrible experience she had with BJU Reading 6 last year we decided that this was the route to go with her this year! This way she picks the books that she wants to read and she gets her literature in and vocabulary as well out of the books she is reading!

Math: we will be using Math-U-See again this year! We will finish off Delta this summer and then we will start her on Math-U-See Epsilon after she finishes that up. We have noticed that she has gone from hating math to loving math!

Bible: We will most likely do a daily devotion with Olivia on this one.

Art: We will be most likely enrolling Olivia into an Art class through the homeschool co-op locally. Also I am looking into doing a class or possibly a photography class or something. I think it is something that I can do since I do like photography. It’s something that I would need to look into doing.

That is all I can think of right now. I will update more when I can figure out more.

She Can Walk!

Olivia went to the Orthopedist last Thursday to see the fate of if she could walk on her foot yet or not. They took another x-ray of her foot to see how the healing process of it was going and to see if she was going to be able to walk on it or have to stay on the crutches some more. She got the go ahead to get rid of the crutches and to start walking on her foot. She was really scared and nervous to start doing so while there in the office so she waited until she was home to do so. She goes back to the Dr on June 3rd to see if she can get rid of the boot or if it needs to stay on for a few more weeks. She still has a lot of swelling and bruising within her foot and I thought that she would not have as much with the bruising. Especially since we are a month out from the accident happening.

Last Friday was her Homeschool Field Day and we were afraid she wasn’t going to be able to join in some of the activities and not have fun. She did get to join in several of the activies and she had a blast! She even met several new friends which was a fun time for her and there was another Olivia which was fun for both of them as they both were just a like. Crazy I know! Olivia even won 3rd place in the crab walk which was easy for her since she didn’t have to put any pressure on her foot. Just her heel. She has continued to make progress on her healing with her foot as she continues to heal slowly. Each day comes with a new challenge. Today she so far hasn’t had much pain but we also haven’t done much either which has been nice.

We also are finished with school and have been for several weeks now. She will take her final test for school on June 7th in Wilson for the State and there isn’t much she can do to prepare for it. She does however continue to work on math as it still is a challenge for her but she still loves it! Also we will continue to do it over the summer which works for us! Another thing is we plan on going to the local homeschool store to put all of our book up on consignment and look and see what books of ours didn’t sell from last year and take them home. Hopefully I will be able to sell them instead. 🙂 Also going to look around tomorrow at a few new choices for next years curriculum choices as well. We are still debating on doing Abeka or BJU. Still not sure yet of which ones.

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