Our Journey

Kitchen Remodel Part 1

It seems as thought since we bought this house, almost 13 years ago, we have been working on this house. And a couple of months ago Hubby asked which room I want to do next. I replied, “Selfishly, the kitchen!” He was flabbergasted that I would even suggest the kitchen, especially since we want to add a 2nd bathroom, and we need to do some minor work in the bedrooms. With adding a bathroom we would have to move the utility room, which would mean adding a room to the house.

Fast forward a couple for months, I am out of town and hubby has to cook in the kitchen for the kiddos. Being as this is a rare occasion, me being away and hubby cooking, he was surprised with how dysfunctional our kitchen is. I came home and he started complaining explaining to me about why our kitchen doesn’t work. There is no counter space, it is to hot, on and on. Needless to say the kitchen was the next project we started!

IMG_0986Before Dining Room looking into Kitchen.

IMG_0980 Kitchen: Notice the water stains on the ceiling!

Did I forget to tell you that the roof had started leaking??

That helped to start this project off to quick start!

IMG_1007This is what happens when your roof leaks!

IMG_1021IMG_1026  So we decided to take out the wall that divided the kitchen and dining room.

And ended up with this:IMG_1031

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WOW, look how big it looks!!!

Still a work in progress, but we no longer have a leaky roof, but the insulation and drywalls not up either. Between hubby working full time, going to school full time there isn’t much time left over. But we enjoy working together and hopefully my Christmas present will be a completed Kitchen!!

 

Do you have any home improvements going on? Would love to hear about them.

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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This year we switched up our curriculum. We decided to go with Classical Conversations!! Last year we went to our first informational meeting and as soon as hubby and I left we were driving home and I asked hubby, “So what do you think?” I was so nervous that he wouldn’t like it, I had done so much research on CC before the meeting and after I just knew I wanted the girls to use CC. Thankfully he was on board too!! He loved what he had heard and the rest is our new journey!!

I believe so much in Classical Conversations approach to teaching that I decided to take the plunge and become the Challenge A Director!!

This week marks week 5 for our Challenge program and week 4 for our Foundations program. After a month of getting use to the schedule and becoming familiar with all the products, we have settled into a nice routine. The girls are enjoying CC so much, that they have even done school on weekends, just because they wanted to.

For fellow CCers I wanted to share what is helping us!!

IMG_1408 Here is our Weekly Timeline Board- We bought the board at Wal Mart and used double sided tape to attach the sheet protectors.  And of course we had to add a few flowers.  We got the idea from Brandy at Half-a-Hundred-Acre Wood.

We use this everyday for our review and it helps Leann to “see” what we are talking about! It folds up easily and goes behind the bookcase when we are not using it. We also made a binder with all weekly sheets divided into different subjects.

IMG_1383This is our Travel Memory Book – We printed up these weekly review sheet that we found on CC Connected! Search for user sarasmommy06. We then cut the sheet and put them into a cute photo album for light weight travel option! IMG_1384

We have used this while we are on the road for field  trips!!

IMG_1409We purchased these small binders and sheet proctors for our Timeline Cards.

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We put together this Notebook – filled with lots of goodies found on CC Connected! We got this cover and planner pages from Brandy also!CC Notbook 4These Skip Counting Sheets for Math we got from  CurrClick!ccnootbookWe added tabs for each subject. This is gonna come in really handy for evaluation time ;)

 CC Notebook 3 After a couple of weeks, I realized that the Binder was a bit overwhelming for Leann.  So instead I decided that each week, I would put all of her work for the upcoming week into her folder (She Loves Agent P) along with a sticky note with her other work that she has to do each day.

With the Foundations Program we have to add Math, Reading, Language Arts, Spelling. And then we add in Music, Crocheting, and Piano.

For the Challenge Program, since it is a complete program there isn’t very much to add. Amber does voice lessons, 4H, Crocheting and Piano also.

Since we have a smaller class we have introduced a few games for reviewing.

If you are interested in CC check out their website and find a local community to go check out. Local folks check out our CC Community – CC of Sebring!!

Hope to see you there!!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

This is the Stuff

MUSIC MONDAY

This is the stuff by FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI

Here is a little music to get your Monday morning started.

 

So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I’ve got a new appreciation
It’s not the end of the world

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Garlic Parm Cream Sauce

Lately it has become harder and harder to come up with dinner ideas in this house. I find myself saying more and more, I’m not cooking!!

So tonight starts out the same way as normal!  “Moooooom, what’s for dinner?” and honestly I have no idea and it’s 4:30pm. I quickly do an inventory of the kitchen and I decide on:

Garlic Parm Cream Sauce over Ravioli with steamed Broccoli

Garlic Parm Cream Sauce

What You Need:

1 package of frozen Ravioli (Prepare according to package)

1 Head of Broccoli (cut florets and steam)

For the sauce:

Garlic – 1 clove

Butter – 3 tbsp

All purpose flour – 3 tsp

Milk – 2  cup

Freshly grated Parmesan – 1/2 cup

Freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Melt 1tbsp butter and sauté garlic until golden brown.

Add remaining butter and Flour, stir and cook for 3 mins until golden brown.

Stir in milk, gradually.  Continue stirring.

Add Parmesan and stir until creamy and fully incorporated, Season with pepper and serve immediately over your Pasta!! (if you let it sit to long it will get thicker, add a bit of milk to thin out)

Ohhh, this is sooo creamy and yummy!! A little goes a long way too!!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Chaos!!

So it’s been a bit quite around here! Did you miss me?? Well I missed you all! Things around here got a bit crazy and yeah maybe I should have blogged about it as it was happening but really my head is just now clearing the water. 

So first thing, I wasn’t able to attend the mission’s trip to Australia and that was one of the main reason everything got crazy around here. As the date for me grew closer more and more pilled up around here. Our AC went out! No AC in Florida in the month of July is NOT advisable. Hubby’s tires went flat and needed to be replaced. The roof in the kitchen started leaking, (more about that in another post). And the start of CC (another post also) was looming in the background.

I remember sitting in my darkened bedroom, praying for answers and I remembered that God is not a God of confusion and there was a ton of confusion going on in my life. It was a hard decision to make about not going to Australia. I kept thinking: I got this, I can do this, if I juggle this and that, it will all work out! Needless to say once I faced the facts I realized how much I had dropped the ball. This blog wasn’t the only thing that suffered. But over that last couple of weeks I have plugged away at getting everything back on track.

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It is so nice to finally see the sun!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Time4Learning ~ Review

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We had the pleasure of reviewing 2nd grade for Time4Learning. What is Time4Learing? Well I’m glad you asked, it is an online educational program that teaches preschool through high school! The cool thing about Time4Learning is that you can use it as a full curriculum, or as a supplement to your existing curriculum.  This program is not for only homeschooler, if your child is in public school or private school you can use this for extra help, after school fun or during the summer to keep them on track!

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For this review we received a 6 month subscription for Leann. Leann was excited to get to do school on the computer. Time4Learning allows the student to use one grade level below and one above, so if your child needs a little more help in a certain area, no problem or if they need more challenging work on a certain subject, no problem. Time4Learning covers spelling, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, social studies, science.

Here is the lesson plans for each grade:

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As the parent I had to set up the accounts and answer a few question so they knew what assignments to assign to Leann. The student actually has their own account with a log in name and password, Leann had no problem logging in on her own. After setting up the program and adding it to her bookmark page (for easy access) I sat down with her and showed her each section. Leann had access to LA extensions, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. I even showed her the Playground. The Playground is filled with fun educational games that the kids get to play, but to enter the playground your child needs to do a minimum of 15 minutes of school work. As the parent, you can set up playground time, you can set up which subjects you want your child to do each day, you can even put a time limit on how long they can be on each subject.

In the Parent’s Area, there are many useful tools available. You have access to a forum where you can chat with other parents using Time4Learning. I did not set any timer on Leann’s work. I allowed her to pick and choose which subjects she wanted to learn and allowed her to work at her own pace.

Leann at first really enjoyed being a “big kid” and being able to work on the computer. But soon the novelty wore off and it became just school. Leann typically started her day with LA extensions, which works on vocabulary and facts on different subjects.  Activities include  a puzzle, a story; which has options for reading: Read to Me, Read Aloud, Read by Myself and I Can Read.Then the student takes a quiz to check their comprehension. After the quiz they move onto Sounds, Letter & Words and under each activity is a printable resource to complete later on right then. There is another quiz at the end of those activities.

Language Arts is up next, with help in the Phonics department!

Math has numerous areas to work in. Leann did not care for the format of the math program. It tends to follow a public school curriculum: Learn the concept, do a worksheet (see below), take a quiz. 

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Next up is Science then Social Studies and both follow the pattern of listen to the lesson, do a worksheet, take a quiz.

Overall Leann enjoys getting on the computer and listening to the lessons. She has found out some very interesting stuff, like earth worms are easily seen after the rain because the rain gets into their homes and will drown them if they stay underground. We will continue to use Time4Learning as a supplement to our day.

Prices:

PreK – 8th Grade

$19.95 / student per month  & $14.95 / month for each additional PreK – 8th student

High School

$30 / student per month; Includes 4 Courses Check out what the Crew is saying about Time4Learning!Photobucket “Prices are accurate at time of review”  

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Doorposts ~ Review

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We had the pleasure of reviewing Beauty in the Heart; A Study of Godly Beauty for Young Women from Doorposts. This 186 page study contains 86 days of study in addition to 45 extra studies given at the end of each study. It is recommended for girls ages 10-12 and up to use this study. While this study is primary written for young ladies it is also appropriate for young men too. In a few place you will see an * which indicates there are alternate questions in the back of the book for the boys.

Price: $14.00

Recommended materials include a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Nave’s Topical Bible and a King James translation Bible. Highlighters or colored pencils are needed for marking passages in the Bible.

This study includes 10 Chapter on Beauty:

  • Beauty in Submission
  • Beauty in the Heart
  • Beauty in Trusting God
  • Beauty in Humility
  • Beauty in Modesty
  • Beauty in Serving
  • Beauty without Discretion
  • Beauty in Crisis
  • Beauty in the Gates
  • Beauty in Review

Each chapter/study is set up for a 7 day week. In each study there are gray boxes in the side margin that give optional instructions. Each day’s study will take five to twenty minutes to complete. Younger students might need help with some of the lessons.

How we used this study: At first I gave Amber, age 12, the study to do independently, but by day three she had her first hiccup.  In the instructions it tells you to mark certain words in your Bible a with a certain color marker, Amber had some trouble locating the words because she was using a different Bible translation. Once we figured that out it was a bit easier for her. Since our weekends tend to be more hectic, Amber used this study Monday through Fridays in the beginning of her school day.

Amber’s thoughts: While she enjoyed this study and plans to finish the book, she did think some of the questions repeated themselves. Also some of the reading was a bit too much in one sitting, she tended to get a bit bored rereading the same passages over and over again.

My thoughts: I thought this study is awesome and while it might be a bit much for Amber alone it makes for a perfect Mother Daughter Study!! We have had many great discussion after reading each day’s study. Beauty in the Heart; has helped this Mama explain to my preteen what the Bible has to say on Beauty. During this critical time in a young girls life, learning to express themselves with outward adornments and how the world views beauty; this study helps them to keep it all in perspective.

I would recommend this study for young ladies and again I think this is a perfect Mother-Daughter Study!!

***SPECIAL OFFER***

You may pre-order your copy of Beauty in the Heart and it will ship on August 29th but if you order before August 31st you will also receive a FREE copy of the e-book. To redeem this great offer use the code “beautyshop”

Check out what the Crew is saying about Doorposts!Photobucket “Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

 

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