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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bible Study the Grapevine Way


Over the years not only have I been a homeschool teacher but also a Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Kids Club teacher.  I've seen many Bible curriculums, but none like Grapevine Studies.    

This unique program uses simple stick figures to engage the students.  As the Bible account unfolds, stick figures are drawn to help teach the lesson.  Students copy figures the teacher draws while teaching.  After the lesson, each student is able to retell the lesson using the drawings they made.  What a great review tool also.  

I had the pleasure to review their newest book "Joseph"


From the website:
Walk with Joseph as he goes from a prince in Canaan to slavery in Egypt and then to the courts of Pharaoh. Your students will enjoy this engaging Bible study! Take your students on a journey with Joseph as he travels from the tents of Jacob to the house of Potiphar and eventually to the courts of Pharaoh.

This chronological study of the life of Joseph will engage your student's intellect and imagination! 

The teacher's guide is simple to follow. It starts off with overall goals for the teacher and students.  Moving onto needed supplies and then a daily or weekly schedule.  Teacher's notes are included to help explain how to use the guide.
The best part of the teacher's guide is the 'section goals and key points'.  This just reminds the teacher of the most important parts of the lesson that need to be emphasized.  


At the beginning of each lesson there is a timeline review followed by memory verse practice.  Each lesson ends with review questions that cover all lesson studied thus far.    

Ok, so there's the 'overview' of what this contains.  BUT what do I think of this curriculum?
  • Well, any newbie or veteran teacher can pick it up and begin.  Preparation is minimal.  A huge plus!  
  • Young and old can draw these figures without struggle.  I'm NOT an artist at all, but even I can handle these figures ;)
  • I like that the student text (at least the multi-level one that I reviewed) had the Bible reference and a few words about the picture.  This way the students only need to draw, no other writing is necessary. 
  • The built in review using a timeline is a great way to see what the students remember from the previous lesson.
  • Memory verses correspond to the lesson that has just been taught. This is just another reinforcement that will help students to remember the lessons.
  • By the end of a book, you and your student will have rich understanding of the topic studied with plenty of pages to look back at for review.
We used markers for our drawings...colored pencils are recommended and I agree that would be much better.




Grapevine Studies offers e-books and printed books for ages 5 - adult. The topics include:  OT & NT Studies, Birth of Jesus, Biblical Feasts, Esther, Ruth, Resurrection and more. 

The website offers individual elessons for only $1.95 each.  This is a great way to spruce up your class.

There are downloadable samples of all they have to offer.  Try before you buy...and I think you WILL want to buy after you try ;)

Once you've used a sample, you too will want to have one of their topics.  Well, GOOD NEWS!!!!Grapevine Studies is offering a 20% discount to all my readers on non-sale items until the end of September.  Use this code: Blog55 at checkout.

I highly recommended this one-of-a-kind Bible curriculum!  


Monday, August 29, 2011

Homeschool Mothers Journal 1






In our homeschool this week… I am sitting at the computer finishing up the paperwork for my son's final school year.   This is graduate #4 for me....only one more to go!  I can hardly believe that I have been  homeschooling now for 20 years!  WOW!  What an amazing adventure this has been.  I am fearful for the days when I will no longer have this be part of my life :(


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I say to each of you, Enjoy every day!  Even the very tough ones, because as I heard so many times, those precious little ones really will be gone before you know it!


Things I’m working on…consistency.  With only one child left, a 13 year old daughter, it is very easy to get out of a schedule. School often takes a back seat to other activities we would rather be involved in :)  


I’m grateful for…stumbling onto this linky.  I love to interact with other homeschool moms.  Blogging has opened up many other opportunities to me, but I've not been able to find many homeschoolers.  Thanks to TheHomeschoolChick for having this linky.



Sunday, August 28, 2011

Week At a Glance 15


It has been several weeks since I posted "My Week At a Glance"....A LOT has happened.  I've been extremely busy, thus my lack of posting.  I had my one year Blogoversary you can read about here.  This began an 8 day game review/giveaway that took much more time then I would have guessed. BUT it offers 8 game giveaways that you can win....check them all out here or on the right sidebar ;) 

I also spent 5 days away.  During that time my oldest daughter, Sampy-June, graduated from cosmetology school.  

I don't have words to express what I felt, so I'll just share some pics!

Reading poster made by other students

Listening to a friend praise her ;)

Highest Award


High Honor Award and Diploma

Sampy-June giving her speech.

No, there's NOT 2 of her.  I was sitting near a mirror and thought this was a cool pi


The boyfriend ;)

Proud Mama with the Graduate

One of a kind gift for my one of a kind girl

More on this gift next month when I offer a giveaway from this talented artist!

Hopefully now that life is returning to some semblance of 'normal', I will be able to get back on track with this blog.  

What's new with you?


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fascinated with Wheels: A Heely's Review


Wheels!  What an invention!  From that first round object being pushed around, man has had a fascination with what it can do.  Now apply that same 'technology' to be put on your feet and see where we can go....

I may be 'dating myself', but does anyone remember these?

 Which later progressed to this.....


And now we have wheels in our shoes
thanks to Heelys

Who would have thought that this historic invention would be applied to shoes that every kid would want to own.  And fashionable too!  

When my own kids found out I was asked to review a pair of Heelys, they were fighting over WHO was going to get the review pair. 

 HA....well, ME of course!  
And here they are: 

Heelys double as street shoes.  They come with detachable wheels that can easily be inserted, then removed.

First remove the heel plugs using the tool provided

 Insert wheels into wheel brackets

Using both hands, firmly snap wheels into place

Now you're ready to wheel around (or flail around as I did)

I have never done well with wheels on my feet.  I just can't seem to get the balance part down very well.  Just take a look and you'll see what I mean!


Ok, you can stop laughing now

To prove that the average person really CAN roll around with these, my 17 year old son put on these size 5 Heelys, a shoe 1/2 the size of his foot and was successful.


What a show off!

He is an experienced Heely user.  When he was around 14 he did have a pair that he loved!  Whenever we went to a store, he would roll around the store having a blast.  Now that he has outgrown them, he misses them....

There are many styles to choose from.  From sporty, to girly, to plain, to sparkly....something for everyone.  There are even high tops!  I'm quite certain that everyone could find a pair that fits their style.  

As for comfort, they are as comfortable as any other sneaker you may have worn.  Only difference is with these you can roll ;)

Heelys is throwing a Labor Day/Back-to-School special!! Between Sept 2-Sept 5, Buy one pair of Heelys, get the second pair for only $30!  At this price, you can make learning 'heeling' a family affair.  After you buy your Heelys, view this video to learn the correct way to heel and your whole family can enter the sport of 'heeling'! 

*I received a complimentary pair of Heelys for my honest review.  No other compensation was received.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One Year Blogoversary! begins an 8 day giveaway extravaganza DAY 8: Mystery Game

The mystery game is:

HEY WAITER!

4 people guessed the correct game
and the winner is:

KRISTEN!







Last day of my blogoversary party.....
Thanks to each who have come by everyday!

Entries to the giveaways continue
until September 8th at midnight EST

Click the above tab:
BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAYS
to be taken to each giveaway page

PLEASE ENTER AS MANY AS YOU'D LIKE!

Today's game is a mystery!  

You are the detectives.  

It is up to you to figure out the last game being given away. 

Visit R & R Games, look around at all the games they offer.  Once you think you've figured out which game is the giveaway game, then leave the name of the game in the comments AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.
Whoever picks the correct game will win it.  IF there is more than one correct guesser, their names will be mixed up and a winner randomly chosen.  THIS THE ONLY WAY TO ENTER!!!

The mystery game is one I have not reviewed during my blogoversary.....Click here to see the games I have reviewed, while you're looking, enter those giveaways also :)

This giveaway ends September 8th at midnight.  The winner will be notified via email and given 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.  

I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED
MY
BLOGOVERSARY PARTY!!!!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One Year Blogoversary! begins an 8 day giveaway extravaganza DAY 7: YOU MUST BE AN IDIOT


The best thing about this game is that you really don't need to know the answers...good thing, because I really didn't KNOW the answers!  

How to play:
Can you tell who's really an Idiot and who's just Faking? Each round, everyone is dealt a card telling them whether they are an Idiot or not. The current Genius gets to ask a special Trivia question of their choice from the card in their hand. Everyone writes their answers down, BUT.. if you're an Idiot, you MUST answer incorrectly... Once all the answers are revealed, it's your job to figure out who's definitely an Idiot. Gotta be careful though! Call somebody an Idiot who's not and they steal points from you! And Idiots who don't get caught get BONUS points! So the question you have to ask in this game is.... Who's REALLY the Idiot and WHO's just fooling? 

3-6 players Contents: Board, EZ-Play rulesheet, 19 pawns, 180 Trivia question cards, 60 WHO-AM-I? cards, 6 pencils, 6 answer pads.

This game is best played with the maximum of 6 people who can 'take it' when you falsely call them an idiot!  Don't play with anyone who is sensitive...you may end up getting into a fight ;)

A feature I really like about this game is that the way to score is written right on the playing board.  This way everyone can figure out who gets what points easily.  Also, the rules for the length of game is every player reads 2 questions.  This can be adjusted to whatever you choose.  We played for a specified time period.  The player with the most points, wins.

The questions, I felt, were very hard.  Most of us didn't know the answers to many of the questions we used.  Which turned this into a guessing game that produced a lot of laughs at the interesting answers we came up with.

The title "You Must be an Idiot"  is a great name, but the actual playing, well, let me just say, it is not one of my favorites.  It did receive the Top Ten Games award one year...so maybe I really AM an idiot!

Want to have 'permission' to call someone an idiot?  Then enter the giveaway to win this game.


Don't forget to enter the other game giveaways during my Blogoversary Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see them all here


R & R Games is offering a discount code to my readers:  25% off any order on the website:  FOA25O (those are o’s not zeroes and has to be all caps).


Winner will be drawn September 8, 2011 using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen.  

Monday, August 15, 2011

Gabby Moms August Review: Last 3 of the 5 R's


Refine:
From Homekeeping 101 
to Graduating with Honors


Over the years I have done my share of gathering books, reading this article or that article, trying one idea or another to help me do a better job of keeping my house.  Some ideas have stayed around and really helped, others I just tried and discarded with the trash.

One Year Blogoversary! begins an 8 day giveaway extravaganza DAY 6: PANTS ON FIRE

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE
That's what this game is all about!

If you're a good liar story-teller, this game is for you.  OR if you are the type who can 'sense' someone is stretching the truth a bit, you'll do well.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

One Year Blogoversary! begins an 8 day giveaway extravaganza DAY 5: PRESSURE POINT

This game requires fast-thinking and being able to get those thoughts spit out of your mouth to form coherent words in only 10 seconds!
It took me 5 seconds to figure out what I was supposed to be thinking of :)  Then when it finally clicked in my brain what the category was, there was a lot of "ahhhh....hmmmm....what is THAT word?"  
By this time I'm laughing so hard I can't even think and the 10 seconds is up!

Thankfully, points aren't earned by how many words you come up with, but how close you can guess how many words someone else can think of on their turn.  After a few rounds, this became much easier.

We enjoyed this game the more we played it.  The first couple of rounds were frustrating because 10 seconds is not very much time at all!  But after a turn or two, we got the hang of it and didn't waste our time laughing.  The laughing was saved for after the 10 seconds was up ;)

Complete instructions can be found here.

Don't forget to enter the other game giveaways during my Blogoversary Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see them all here

R & R Games is offering a discount code to my readers:  25% off any order on the website:  FOA25O (those are o’s not zeroes and has to be all caps).

Winner will be drawn September 8, 2011 using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen.  

LEAVE EMAIL CONTACT WITH EVERY ENTRY, PLEASE!



I am trying a new stream-lined form for the entries for the giveaway.  Please let me know how you like the new form.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

One Year Blogoversary! begins an 8 day giveaway extravaganza DAY 3: PIG PILE

THE WINNER IS:
JENNY 
AT MANY HATS MOMMY!


I am 1 full day into my 2nd year of blogging.  I'm excited to see what year 2 of blogging will bring.   


OK, let's get to the 3rd game in our 8 game, 8 day Blogoversary giveaway extravaganza!


But before that....

IF you BLOG about my 
Blogoversary 8 day giveaway extravaganza,
and use this link in that blog post 
THEN you will receive 5 extra entries into 
the game giveaway you leave the link to your post in.
AND 
(oh, yes, there's more!)
I'll give you another 5 entries if someone joins the party and comments you sent them
PLUS
that person will also get 5 extra entries
so, go write that blog post (please?)

Ok, ok....NOW onto the game:

Did you ever play this as a kid?   


Someone would yell :  "PIG PILE ON CINDY"


IF Cindy heard her name she would take off as fast as she could before everyone could jump on top of her. 


 I hated this game very much

My brothers used to think it was funny to play it ON me.  Then I would go tattling yelling to mommy that the boys were being mean, once again.  And yea, they would get in trouble, BUT that didn't stop them from doing it over and over and over.....


I introduce to you a FUN for everyone version of Pig Pile

I have decided not to go into a detailed version of HOW this game is played.  Not because it is complicated, it isn't, but because it would take too much typing and all that has already been done by R & R Games here. So if you want to know the ins and outs about this game, click on over!

This is very similar to the card game "3".  A new game I learned earlier this year from Sampy-June's boy wonder (BEFORE he WAS hers). Once we learned "3", we played it all of the time with everyone who cared to learn.  

It has been the same with Pig Pile.  It is recommended for ages 7 and up, but with a little help, even younger ones could play.  One deck is good for up to 6 players, just add another deck if you have more than 6 to play.

Lots of fun and laughs along the way.  Another 'keeper' for my game closet for sure!

R & R Games is offering a discount code to my readers:  25% off any order on the website:  FOA25O (those are o’s not zeroes and has to be all caps).

One reader will win this game but only if you enter!

Don't forget to enter the other game giveaways during my Blogoversary Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see them all here

Mandatory entry:  
1.  You MUST be a follower of For One Another.  
Can't win a prize if you don't attend the party :)
If you already follow via GFC, please choose to follow via networked blogs, or twitter.
2. Please Visit R & R Games.  Tell me something, a small detail, about one game I haven't told you about yet.  Who knows, maybe one of the 8 games I'm giving away will be one you mention.

Additional entries:
Follow For One Another on Twitter
Follow For One Another on networked blogs
Tweet this giveaway once daily and leave link. 
Enter another giveaway on For One Another and comment which one.
Winner will be drawn September 8, 2011 using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen.  

LEAVE EMAIL CONTACT WITH EVERY ENTRY, PLEASE!

*I received a complimentary copy of this game from R & R Games for my honest review




Marysvale Review online book tour


When I received the above book to participate in the online book tour I was a little less than interested. The cover reminded me of a recent trilogy about vampires that evoked feelings bordering on ridiculous.  The popular series I feel is juvenile, not something I cared to read.  So I put this book aside, avoiding the inevitable dull read. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

One Year Blogoversary! begins an 8 day giveaway extravaganza DAY 2: FLEA CIRCUS

CONGRATULATIONS TO
PENNYMINDINGMOM!


I just told my mom I don't know why I decided to try to write a review about a game daily for 8 days!  WHAT WAS I THINKING????  
Well here goes game 2, day 2.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

One Year Blogoversary! begins an 8 day giveaway extravaganza: HIDE & SEEK SAFARI

AND THE WINNER IS:
SHELLY!
ENJOY!!


I've been told that as one gets older time passes more quickly. 

I remember as a child waiting, waiting and waiting for something particular....it seemed that time passed so very slowly that I was afraid I'd get old before I knew it.  Guess what?  I have!  And so has my blog....it is already 1 year old.  It's fun to look back at old posts and such and see where I started compared to where I am today.

My 'vision' for this blog has morphed into something else.  Not knowing anything about blogging, I really didn't have a clue about the whats, hows or wheres.  After a year, I know a little bit more, but who knows what the next year will bring?  I'm excited to jump in for the next year and see where it goes.

But for today, my blogoversary, I'm beginning an eight day giveaway extravaganza, thanks to R & R Games.  

The first game is so much fun.  It's so simple, yet fun for all...really!   We have played ours with as young as 3 and as old as 73.  I think the adults have enjoyed it equally with the kids.



This is an electronic version of the "hotter/colder" game.  Where you hide an object, while someone looks for it you yell hotter/colder in reference to how close they are to finding it.  Only with this game the hidden object is an animal, either a Monkey or a Tiger. Wands that look like tree branches are used to scope out the animal.  The wand has lights that turn on the closer you are to where the animal hides and then beeps when you are very near.  The game comes with one wand, others can be purchased separately.  

This game is best played inside, but we tried a few times outside.  The sensor on the wand is less sensitive outside.  Also, the animal cannot hide under anything as the sensor will not pick up the signal.

This game is a keeper that I plan to use for almost any aged guest that comes into our home!

R & R Games is offering a discount code to my readers:  25% off any order on the website:  FOA25O (those are o’s not zeroes and has to be all caps).

One reader will win this game, but only if I can find you!

Don't forget to enter the other game giveaways during my Blogoversary Giveaway Extravaganza!  You can see them all here

Mandatory entry:  
1.  You MUST be a follower of For One Another.  
Can't win a prize if you don't attend the party :)
If you already follow via GFC, please choose to follow via networked blogs, or twitter.
2. Please Visit R & R Games.  Tell me what game sounds most interesting to you, if you can choose only one that is!

Additional entries:
Follow For One Another on Twitter
Follow For One Another on networked blogs
Tweet this giveaway once daily and leave link. 
Enter another giveaway on For One Another and comment which one.
Winner will be drawn September 8, 2011 using random.org and notified through email. Please respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen.  

LEAVE EMAIL CONTACT WITH EVERY ENTRY, PLEASE!

*I received a complimentary copy of this game from R & R Games for my honest review