Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Stronger than the Struggle {Review}

In Stronger than the Struggle, Havilah Cunnington takes her readers through a strategic battle plan for everyday battles, whether with ourselves or spiritual forces.  Cunnington addresses such issues as:
  • If I'm already following the Lord, why am I still fighting?
  • Is the battle internal or spiritual?
  • What does the Bible say about spiritual battles?
  • Do I have any spiritual authority?
Rather than stirring fear, Cunnington seeks to awaken spiritual authority and boldness.  While the basis of the book is spiritual warfare, she mentions several times that it's about living in the assurance and authority of the Lord.

While many of the principles set forth in this book are tried and true, Havilah Cunnington speaks in a fresh voice to remind many of us of our God-given power.  She reminds us that there's more to life than living in fear and that it doesn't take those in ministry to wage the battle.  Having been a Christian for many years, I still found this to be an awakening perspective and well worth the read.  Although I've already finished the book, I plan to reread in the near future.  It was just that refreshing.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky Postcards {Review}

Recently I had a chance to review this set of 50 postcards featuring birds of land, sea, and sky.  The timing was perfect as I'm starting a homeschool bird unit with my 7th and 5th graders.  I had high hopes for this set, and still it far exceeded my expectations.

This beautiful set of 50 postcards came in a nice sturdy box and was divided into 5 sets:
  • waterfowl
  • woodpeckers
  • wading birds
  • songbirds
  • and owls & raptors.
Each postcard is printed with original paintings by ornithologist David Allen Sibley and they are just stunning.  The cardstock is nice quality and the illustrations are amazing.  Really there are no other words to describe them: beautiful, stunning, exceptional, amazing. Retailing at $20 for the set, these postcards are so worth the money.  Either as a gift to a friend or an addition to your homeschool.  As for us, these are going to be well loved, both in this unit study and in years to come.  

*Disclaimer: I received this set for free from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 9, 2018

What's In My Kids' Easter Baskets ll Collab ll 2018

What's in your Easter Basket?  Take a peak into our minimalist, practical baskets for our 12 yr son, 10 yr daughter, and 6 yr old son.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Homeschool Favorites// Show & Tell Tag

Join me as I share some of my favorite homeschool moments, memories, and items!

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Favorite Curriculum at the moment (is is your LA or Math or Art, ect.)
Favorite Subject to teach
Favorite HS Supply
Favorite Writing Utensil for Mom
Favorite HS Website
Favorite School Room Decoration
Favorite Lunch of the Week (show pic)
Favorite Mom Pick-me-up
Favorite Place to Go for a Field Trip or Day Out (show picture)
Favorite Person Who Inspires You (share their picture or website/channel/book/etc)
Favorite Homeschool Planner
Favorite HS Moment of the week (show a picture or video clip)

Confessions of a Homeschooler Website:

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Pepper and Pine:

Sodbuster Living:

Full Time Wife Life:

Homeschooling in the Pines:

This Life of Ours:

Cookie Crumb Fun:

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Preschool in Our Home

*Post originally written 8/4/14 and sat in the archives.  Enjoy!

In all my planning for the new school year, I find myself back in familiar territory... preschool.  Although I sent my older two to traditional preschool, I still did lots of supplementary activities with them... talking about letters... learning sounds... practicing life skills.  And while this is familiar to me, it's also strange.  I'm now balancing teaching three grades and balance is tricky.

But preschool is all about learning through play.  Finding the joy of learning... keeping school fresh...

On that strain, these are just a few of the things we're incorporating into our preschool year:
  • Circle time-- He loves to join the older kids for circle time in the mornings.  Days of the week, months of the year, weather, time, graphing, songs... this is absolutely his favorite time of the day.
  • Letter of the week-- Each week (or two) we learn a new letter.  Sometimes he paints a block letter, sometimes he glues beans on it.  Other days he models the letter out of playdoh.  
  • Shapes and numbers--We do a similar process with shapes and numbers... sometimes even doing collage art to learn. Most of the time these activities are done while the big kids work at the table.
  • Counting everything in sight-- Beans for collage, chocolate chips in cookies, counting for hide and seek, how many otter pops each sibling gets so he gets as many as big brother... math is everywhere.
  • Community helpers-- We talk about the ambulance that drives by. Or stop and listen for the fire truck that's on it's way through town.  Or talk about what police officers do.  Most often we ask questions when the kids go to the Dr's office.
  • Family structure-- Family is all around us.  Even if they're too far away to visit, they are a great way to learn about family structure, heritage, and history.
  • Art--What child doesn't love doing art projects?  Break out the watercolors, crayons, markers, tissue paper... I've planned a few projects here and there, but I'm also open to letting him explore and learn on his own.
  • Reading-- We love to read in our house. He's always a part of bedtime reading at night and reading our chapter books during the day.  I don't expect him to sit through the whole thing 'cause it's sometimes over his head. But he enjoys it and hears vocabulary, sentence structure, history, science... all kinds of new ideas.  And although he's still young this year, I know that next year he'll be ready to learn and we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
  • Life skills-- Helping mommy with lunch... putting on shoes... picking up after himself... these and so many more are just a part of learning at home and growing up.  And I'm excited to see him grow in all these areas in the next year.
So what about you?  Do you have a preschooler at home?    What will you be learning this year?
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