Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Becoming Bea {Review}


Bea, an introverted Youngie, has her life planned out, content to stay at home while her sister runs the business and she works behind the scenes.  No marriage in the future for this girl, particularly not to Ben.  Been there, done that, has the broken heart to prove it.  Until her sister Molly conspires to move the family to Montana, including Bea and their Mother.  Of course, Bea will go along with the plan.

Until she decides she's had enough of her sister's planning and decides to get a job helping a local family with triplets.  Working as a mother's helper, she begins to come out of her shell, enjoying the company of the other Youngie who work there, even Ben's company.  And then Don enters the picture.  Is he interested in her?  What are his motives?  And how does he play into her relationship with Ben?

I've never read anything by Leslie Gould and this was a sweet treat.  Yes, it was an Amish romance, but I appreciated how much of the story revolved around Bea and finding out who she was aside from the romance element. Here is a young woman trying to find who she is, even when she thinks she already knows.  Her struggle is identifiable and something we all struggle with from time to time: learning more about who we are. 

And just when I thought I had the story figured out, Gould through in a twist that I didn't see coming.  It definitely kept me wondering if I didn't have it wrong all along.  However, in the end, the story came out well, and this book kept me turning the pages. 

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

Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Goals this Week

October has been just plan crazy.  Actually the past five weeks have kept my head spinning.  Two birthdays down for the year and I'm catching a little bit of a breather before the holidays and another birthday.  Needless to say, I've been just keeping my head above water and not getting much down on my To-Do List, but I'm gonna try to get a little done this week.  Who's with me?

Parenting:
  • Take a nature walk, do a regions map, and some other hands on learning
  • Try mini pumpkin science project
  • Meet with master teacher (2 swim lessons, dance,gymnastics, etc)
 Blogging:
  • Film 4 videos
  • Review 2 books
Homemaking:
  •  Complete a DIY project
  •  Carve pumpkins
  • Do something creative
Personal:
  • Get 8.5 hr sleep/night
  • Workout 3 times

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Peek Into Our Homeschool Week: Oct. 6-10, 2014

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Noah working on Indian Tribes of California
This was the Coastal tribe we studied

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From our unit on Families

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Non-Fiction Writing w/ Science
We'll take a field trip soon

Monday, October 13, 2014

Our Current Homeschool Schedule

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This is how a typical homeschool day runs in our house.  If there is such a thing as a typical day with three kids.  :-)

8:30 am Circle Time
Morning Prayer
Calendar
Skip counting/Multiplication facts
Character Quality
Scripture Memorization
Read aloud?

9:00 am Mathmatics
Drill work
Workbooks

9:45 am Handwriting

10:00 am Break/Snack

10:20 am Language Arts
Spelling
Paragraph writing
Grammar

11:15 am Reading Comprehension
Reading and questions

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Read aloud

1:15 pm Science or History

2:15 pm Reading

3:00 pm Activities/sports/ mommy's work
Map puzzle
Baking
Science projects
Writing Skills
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