I just wanted to take a moment to invite you to hop on over to Debbie’s Digest to continue participating in Goal Planning Monday. Debbie, who has not missed a single Goal Planning Monday in the nearly 2 1/2 years I’ve been hosting the meme, has graciously offered to carry on for me. I look forward to linking up there when I have the time and will be checking in to see how all my goal planning friends are doing!
Thank you so much for all the weeks you’ve joined in. We’ve accomplished thousands of goals together!
We must sail the seven C’s. Seven C’s we must sail. Seven C’s C every other C.
C1! The C of certain T’s C2! The C of several U’s C3! The C of many B’s C4! The C of the doors
We have sailed 4 C’s, and 3 C’s must we sail.
We must sail the seven C’s. Seven C’s we must sail. Seven C’s C every other C.
C5! The C of jolly G’s C6! The C of TNT
We have sailed 6 C’s, and 1 C must we sail.
But C-seven is always very rough Even in the calmest of waves, No ship has gone there and returned Many have tried to sail there, But they did not even get past C4. So the C’s that we have seeked May have been hard, but we have survived!
So on to the seventh of the seven C’s Everyone will cheer right now, as none have gotten here So to C7 here we go, ho!
C7! The C of no return
And we saw a tidal wave Rushing strait towards us. And it crashed into the courageous men
But we survived - The tsunami was a test A test of courage of which we had shone All of them who even got here, the tidal wave drowned them They were afraid - the one problem of which we did not carry
We sailed back to the shore, And fame was our prize There was now one who had ever survived And along our trip we gained adventure
So I’d say it was good!
We must sail
the seven C’s
we have sailed
the seven C’s
Seven C’s see every
person of our ship
who have gained
fame and glory!
It’s Friday again! This week just flew by. I didn’t get a lot accomplished, but there were some moments to be thankful for that I want to share so I am linking up with Friday Fave Fives over at Living to Tell the Story and I hope that you will join me in highlighting some of the most special moments of your week.
1. Having a husband that was able and willing to take over household responsibilities for me. I’ve suddenly been struck down with cannot hold anything down migraines after years of virtually not having to worry about them. Mike has been wonderful with keeping the kids occupied and getting everyone fed. I’m not sure what I would have done last weekend without him.
2. A moment of sunshine. It has been a painfully grey week, but I walked into my bedroom to glorious sunlight a few days ago and it was soooooo nice.
Mikula and little one enjoyed the moment of sunshine, too. I had to go get my camera and snap a couple pictures.
3. Having a TEN year old. Isn’t that crazy? We celebrated Liam’s birthday yesterday by bringing him into the city to Chapters. He loves to read and is becoming quite the young man (okay, not quite, but he is maturing quite nicely). I look forward to sharing a poem that he wrote with you very soon. I was quite surprised by it and it was another highlight of my week.
4. This dog.
Need I say more?
5. These videos by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Yes, you probably saw them, but I am a really proud Canadian and the Space Oddity video inspired talk about space with the children and then ended up with a marathon of 80ies (and earlier) videos. The kids think that the artists Mike and I enjoyed are totally weird. Oh well, Mike and I had fun.
I’m sad to be putting Goal Planning Monday on hiatus. I cannot seem to get my act together to post a linky in a timely manner and quite frankly, find myself struggling to come up with goals each week just so I have something to post. My main goal is to keep my head above water and keep my kids happy, healthy and cared for, anything else is extra. If anyone would like to post a link up for Goal Planning Monday so that you can still find encouragement from each other please feel free to contact me and I will give you my blessing. I do know that a few of you still check in here regularly and I don’t want to leave you without a place to link if you are still interested in participating.
Thank you for the last couple of years, it has been fun to see how much we have all been able to accomplish each week!
A couple of years ago, I had the chance to review Ooka Island and I was happy to get the opportunity to do so again via Mosaic Reviews. My daughter had loved the program when she was younger and I now had a little one that was getting to be old enough to try it out for himself.
Set up was even easier this time as we were supplied a memory stick with the program included on it. All we had to do was plug in the USB and drag the files into our App folder. A username and password was supplied and we were all set to go! Not much had changed on the website. The theme song was as catchy as ever as it plays through my head as I write this review!
We did run in to some issues this time around as my daughter is getting a little bit too old for this program. While she isn’t a fluent reader, yet, she is more advanced than the early levels of this program. My son, who has just turned 3, is very much ready to learn some basic phonics, but he mouse control wasn’t all that accurate so it was frustrating to him. In the end, I had him tell his older sister what to do and they were able to make it work that way. It was a good exercise in cooperation for them and for that reason, it would have been valuable.
The clickerThe pointer.
This worked better in the earlier days as my son could get up and point to the things on the screen, but for the last 3 weeks he’s been unable to do so as he fractured his tibia. Just out of his cast, we was still unable to sit on his knees to play for this picture.
However, there are a lot of redeeming characteristics to the actual program itself and I think that is a good program for your early readers that are just beginning to use the computer. The activities are well structured and educational and the free play can be fun, but it well regulated so that your child has to do a fair bit of learning each time before they can play with their rescued characters. Letter and sound recognition is the basis of the game and children have the chance to read short stories and answer comprehension questions. I think this is ideal for early readers, but may be a bit tedious for children that already have good letter/sound recognition. When my daughter was just learning she enjoyed this program, but this time around she found that it did not progress fast enough for her.
There were a few technical issues that we were faced with, but nothing that restarting the program couldn’t fix, so all in all I would be happy to recommend this program for early readers. The Ooka Method is quite sound and kids will play along without realizing that they are learning as they rescue the Ooka Elves from the mean Fligs that wouldn’t teach them to read. I do find that it is priced at the higher end of what I would be willing to pay for what you get, but at the same time, it is a program that is quite engaging and may be worth the price even if you decide to pay for it on a month to month basis of 12.95$ or an annual price of 124.95$. I encourage you to take some time to look at the website and decide for yourself.
This week has been one of ups and downs. So much goodness happened, but at the same time I’ve been unwell with the same issues that have plagued me for the better part of the last year. It’s beginning to feel like I just got a little reprieve from the medication/hormones I took (a reset of the system), the the actual problem has not changed and it’s not something I’m terribly trilled to live with. It’s made me feel rather poorly at times and interferred a bit with plans earlier in the week, but as I said, there was a lot of good and today was really a perfect day so I wanted to take the time to share some of my Friday Fave Fives along with others at Living to Tell the Story. If you would like to take part in our (hopefully) weekly attempts to look at the brightness in out lives, I encourage you to check out this blog. Everyone’s posts always make me smile.
1. We’ve taken to the trails behind our house for the first time since moving here. It is awesomely amazing to be able to walk out the door and be in nature. This afternoon our neighbour, who owns the land, joined us and it was really lovely to just spend time together and chat while the kids got to be with nature. The little one was quite happy to be carried in the Ergo so everyone was content and we got to see a lot of things that the children have never seen before – bear tracks, moose track, a partridge, a wild rabbit just to name a few.
I didn’t take my camera today, but this is one from a couple days ago. Isn’t it like a piece of paradise? I can just open my door and walk for miles. Definitely taking my telephoto lens next time. The photo opportunities today were just amazing!
2. Word that steak is coming home with my husband tonight. It has been ages since I’ve had a good piece of red meat and I’ve been craving it. Yum. I cannot wait. Only about 45 more minutes!
3. Taking the time to organize my homeschooling area today. There will be a blog post coming about it soon, so I won’t share right now, but it is sooooooooo good and I am glad I came home and did it this afternoon.
4. The knowledge that my son is getting more confident around our dog again. He’s been a little bit nervous since he had an accident a couple of weeks ago. There been a couple freak outs over the dog (one day Mum told the dog to “go fly a kite” without thinking and that was not good).
Still best of friends (and the cutest pair I ever did see).
5. I’m going to leave you with this video from Walk off The Earth. This band, in general, make me feel amazingly cheery, but this song in particular has been playing and awful lot around here this week and everyone runs to hear it when it comes on. It’s our feel good song right now and I’ve got it on repeat this evening.
Over the years, we’ve lost some very important people in our family. My Mum died when I was just a child, and I’ll admit that I waited every year for some kind of message from her. I thought maybe something was saved to give me when I was older or at certain events (like you see in the movies) but that wasn’t the case. A few years ago, my husband’s dear grandmother died at at 98 and oh, the stories she had. We were lucky that she did write each child and grandchild a letter that shared the story of her life and her wishes for her family, but it would have been amazing to have a recording of her voice as she told her stories as well. When were were given the opportunity to review the Saving Memories Forever App these were the two things that came to mind.
Downloading the app on our iPhone was easy and so was setting up an account on their website. However, trying to get my family to record their stories proved difficult so in the end I wasn’t able to get a good feel for the power of the program. I did have time to browse around though and the site is very easy to navigate. You just set up Story teller accounts for each person that you want to interview. Then you can choose which stories to share with your friends and family via Facebook, e-mail or other media. Simple and fun. It is really nice how everything is organized into accounts and categories. It makes it very easy to find and share what you are looking for.
While this app was not a perfect fit for my immediate family (and I doubt it would be for my extended family either….we are all quite shy), I think that it would be interesting to use with my husband’s family. They are much more likely to share stories and memories than my family is. We will be visiting with them over the summer and you never know, I might just get my husband to pull out the iPhone and give it a shot. I think the would have fun listening to each other’s accounts of certain events!
I invite you to visit this page for pricing options, as they are explained well there. You can get the app and account for free and then just pay to download the recordings or you can pay and monthly or yearly fee. This app works on most devices (Android, iPhone, etc), but I encourage you to check out some other reviews to see the differences between operating systems as I can only vouch for it working well on iPhone. I definitely think that it would
Check it out and start saving your precious memories!
I recently had to opportunity to review the book Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up! The Whale Tells His Side of the Story.This book is a cutesy take on the story of Jonah told from the perspective of the whale that swallowed him. Thing is, we don’t really do cutesy Bible stories so it didn’t really appeal to us all that much. The kids were like “that character doesn’t look at all like we would expect Jonah to look” and I didn’t like how they use “asleep” to mean dead. We kind of tell it like it is in this house, but I can see how others might appreciate it. It was okay to read once or twice, but it is not likely to be a book that we will come back to time and again. I did appreciate how the compared the whales journey to Jonah’s and it did teach the basics of Jonah’s story, but it was just a wee bit too cutesy for me. If this story interests you, be sure to see below for your chance to win a copy!
I’d love to leave you a bit more from the publisher:
Oh sure, we’ve all heard the story of Jonah and the Whale a hundred times. But have we heard it from the perspective of the whale who experienced that history-making event? Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up! imagines how that great sea creature from the incident might tell his
side of the story, helping kids ages 4 to 8 discover a creative way of
learning about that guy who was supposed to go to Ninevah.
The “Parent Connection” feature (inside the book) will help moms and dads
take the story further with scripture references and tips on how to talk
with their children about what really happened.
This book is just $9.99 and will entertain you and your kids!
About the Author:
Troy Schmidt has writing and video production credits ranging from assignments with Disney (The Mickey Mouse Club) and Nickelodeon to Max Lucado’s Hermie franchise. He is currently the lead writer for The American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on the Game Show Network. Troy and his wife have three sons.
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Last week’s goals
1. Keep wee boy as happy as possible. DONE! He is actually amazing, despite a broken leg. The nights are occasionally hard as he has occasionally had nightmares, but the days are fine and he is going about his normal business.
2. Attend lego for homeschoolers this week.DONE! It was nice. We’ll probably try to go regularly. It was nice to see kids all the way from nearly new to their early twenties all hanging out together.
3. Cook a few big batch meals to freeze.Not done. Mike has actually found work here so he will not be gone for long and I may return to Sydney Mines to finish up business there. We haven’t really decided, yet, but I have a lot of hope that Ruadhan will be healed either way and that Mike will not be gone long.
4. Keep up with my seedlings. DONE!They are doing well.
5. Decide whether or not to continue with my coursera classes. DONE!I am not doing them for the certificate of completion. It isn’t going to happen, but I’ll likely keep up as best I can and try to take them again when they are offered another time.
6. Write a whole bunch of reviews. Partially done. I only wrote one and there is a lot more that I need to do. So many writing obligations and for the more part I’m not feeling terrible inspired.
This week’s goals
1. Clean out the fridge.
2. Get done with at least 3 of my writing obligations.
3. Sleep. Lots. I’m tired.
4. Help the kids stay on track with chores now that Daddy is here. It seems they forget to try when he is home. I still need the help (and maybe more so).
This is how I am greeted each morning since we’ve had the opportunity to review the Spanish for You curriculum as part of Mosaic Reviews. We were sent the e-book version of the Estaciones (All about the weather) package for grades 3-8, which retails for 64.95$US. This complete curriculum came with a workbook, an e-book of flashcards/worksheets, audio files of the lessons recorded by the creator of the program, and an audio recording of native speakers reading the vocabulary. We also received lesson plans for each week. It looked easy to use and I was excited to print off the first few lessons to try.
Unfortunately, my students, ages 7 and 9, were not as eager about the program as I was. It may very well be because we’ve started so many language curricula over the years and have never kept up with them. We’ve tried French, Gaelic, Latin and other Spanish courses and the children have not become at all fluent in either of the languages. A new Spanish program was met with some groans. Frustration set in nearly immediately when we listened to the audio files because the narrator does not leave space for you to repeat the vocabulary words after her. I wasn’t always quick enough to stop the audio so they could repeat the words and they did not like that I had to keep going back. Using the other materials was easy and the kids enjoyed colouring and using the flashcards.
We stuck with the curriculum though our review period and have completed nearly 3 weeks. We had to break each lesson down into two weeks as we found that there were so many new vocabulary word that we needed more time with them. All in all, I enjoyed the program even if my children did not find it particularly appealing. I found that the program was well organized if you printed just what you needed for a week or two at a time. I’ve heard that they’ve made it even easier since we were given the material for review so it should be very straight forward now! I appreciated that they include both a native speaker and an English person with the audio files. Any programs we’re tried previously have had either one or the other and it is really nice to hear both! I also love that it jumps right in to Spanish that you can use and verb tenses and whatnot are thrown in as needed. There is nothing more tedious than conjugating verbs and having sentences that the children can learn and use immediately is a huge plus!
The only real downfall I see is that the vocabulary words are read straight through without space for the children to repeat them. It was frustrating for them and frustrating for me as well. There are times when I let the children do their lessons more or less independently with me nearby, but I was needed to pause the audio time and again. I strongly feel that if the audio was slowed down my children would have taken the initiative to turn it on from time to time throughout the day to practice. In addition, a few of the flashcards were a bit ambiguous, but that was no biggie for us and it didn’t affect our use of the curriculum.
All in all, I think this is a very good Spanish curriculum. While we will probably leave it for now, I hope to come back to it over the summer. I hope very much to see a Spanish friend of ours (who has promised us some lessons) and I’d love to show her this curriculum. I’d also love to surprise her with the children able to speak some Spanish with her. I do think that this program will provide us with what we need to really be able to converse in simple sentences (at least about the weather – a great Canadian pass time!)
For the price, I do not think you can go wrong if your children are really eager to learn Spanish. There are also options for purchasing just the grade level you need for 39.95$US and you can choose the Fiesta package instead of Estaciones. There are a couple trial options and free printable mini lessons so I encourage you to go to the website and check out the different options that are available.