Showing posts with label Home-School. Show all posts
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Planning a Graduation Party


Our beautiful daughter, Faith graduated from High School this Spring - so I wanted to have a graduation party to recognize that accomplishment... only problem was, trying to keep it simple, and not spend too much.... here's what I came up with....

Our theme was blue (her school colors), gold, silver, black, and white with pink peonies for a touch of elegance.


               

The Guest Table - 
We had guests sign a JENGA block with a message. Picture frames hung on the wall. A Vase of flowers, a card box, and a basket for the JENGA blocks on the table. We also had a quiz about the graduate for guests to fill out. You can see the quiz here.

The Gift Table was pretty simple - it was the top of a garage cupboard... I glammed it up with a sign and flowers...



We had her diploma, more pictures and some of her artist work (paintings and drawings) showcased in a bookcase.



Faith Through The Years - On one of the garage walls, I posted 8x10 pictures of our graduate from a baby to her senior year. I used gold stars to write her age on. And used cutout lettering above.



Another section of the wall had a picture of the graduate, along with an Inspirational Speech printed out. You can read the speech here. (This was my hubby's contribution!)



The Food Table was decorated in blue and white table clothes with gold doilies. We hung gold, white and blue table clothes from the ceiling to hide more garage stuff. We hung paper lanterns, paper fans, and blue paper swirls above the tables. 

Our Menu was simple....
We had a Cheddar Cheese ball, Dried Beef Cheese ball and crackers, Mixed Fruit, Assorted candy, and Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes. I also made a layered cake to use as a center piece.... we sprayed the cakes with gold color mist. I used clear plastic serving dishes from the Dollar Tree.





For drinks we had fresh garden mint tea, chocolate and regular milk, and bottles of water. I purchased the milk cartons from the public school and bought 'Class of 2017' labels for the water bottles.



The one thing that my daughter wanted most, was a Photo Booth/Selfie Station. I bought a room divider, hung a sign, and set a basket of props on a chair beside it! For props, we had a mustache, bow tie, masks, boa, top hat, sun hat, sunglasses, necklaces, leis, #DONE, and a chalkboard sign. I bought skewers and hot glued the masks, mustache, and bow tie myself.




  


The tables were covered in blue table clothes with confetti. We bought a helium tank and had balloons around the garage in several places and tied to a pole by our lane and at the walk in door. 



Overall, I thought the party turned out pretty much how I imagined it to be.... the only regrets I have is that I wish we would have had more people show up (out of the 90 invites, we only had 40 guests). And I wish that I would have taken more and better pictures....



Most of our party decorations were purchased at Party City.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

How Well Do You know The Graduate Quiz

Here she is.... Our oldest daughter, Faith Dahlia... a graduate of the class of 2017! ..... We are so proud of her!


We had the following quiz at her graduation party....

How Well Do You Know The Graduate?

What is her middle name? Dahlia

What is her favorite color? Blue

What is her favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate

What is her favorite holiday? Thanksgiving

What is her biggest pet peeve? Tardiness

What is her favorite food? Fish

If she could go anywhere in the world, where would she go? Ireland

What was her favorite subject in high-school? English (funny side note - she hated English in grade school and had to take 4th grade English three times!)
What is her dream job? Writing or Acting

What shoe size does she wear? Size 7½

What is her favorite book genre? Fiction

What super power would she choose? Invisibility or Flying

What is her favorite movie? Lord of the Rings

How many musical instruments can she play? Four - The violin, piano, ukulele, and guitar  
         
How many States has she visited? Twenty-Two

What is/are her favorite animal(s)? Horses, Dogs, Cats

What US State would she like to live in? Washington State

Where was she born? Greenville, OH

How old was she when she started riding horses? Four years old

How many times has she flown an airplane? Three

What is/are her favorite hobby(s)? Writing and Drawing

Where did she volunteer at for 3yrs? Redkey Veterinary Clinic -  Redkey, IN

Where would she like to go to college? College of the Ozarks, Missouri

What was her 1st published newspaper article about? Saving Grey Wolves


What is one thing she wants to change in the world? Hatefulness



Friday, May 5, 2017

Class of 2017 - Baz Luhrmann Inspirational Speech - Wear Sunscreen

My oldest child is graduating high school this year.... where did the time go?!?! 

My hubby had me listen to the following speech a few months ago and I keep going back to it....  While it may have been written 10 years ago, I think it is still great advise for today's Class of 2017!
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2007, wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists.
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind. You will never understand the power and the beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in twenty years you will look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now - How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future or worry that. Know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you. 
Sing.
Don't be reckless with other peoples' hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours. 
Floss.
Don't waste your time on jealousy.
Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how. 
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Stretch.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-old's I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't.
Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't.
Maybe you'll divorce at 40.
Maybe you'll dance the "Funky Chicken" on your 75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much. Or berate yourself either.
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own. 
Dance. -even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room.
Read the directions even if you don't follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings, they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go. But a precious few, who should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle.
For as the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Travel. 
Accept certain inalienable truths.
Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old and when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young - Prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders. 
Don't expect anyone else to support you.
Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you'll never know when either one will run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're forty, it will look eighty-five.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.
Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off. Painting over the ugly parts and recycling for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.
Listen to Baz Luhrmann Speech and the song here.

So, to my beautiful daughter - remember the sunscreen..... and these words of wisdom! - Congrats to the Class of 2017!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Best Online High School

"When it comes to education - there is no school like home!"

We home school our kids.... 

In the past, we have used public school for kindergarten and have tried a couple christian schools, but in the end, it just works better for our family at this point in our life to home school. 

Over the years, I have had experience using just about every curriculum out there.... Abeka, CLE, Pathway, ACE, Rod and Staff, and more, but I have found the best curriculum to be the one that is put together individually for each child.

For the two youngest, we are currently using My Fathers World and love it! I'll try to do a post on that sometime!

For high school, our oldest daughter is graduating this year with a Diploma from Penn Foster High School. 


I graduated from Penn Foster back when it was a mail correspondence course and was known as ICS Newport Pacific High School/Harcourt High School.

Some of the reasons that we love Penn Foster High School are as follows:
Self-Paced - Get your high school diploma online, at a pace that's right for you. There are no study schedules at Penn Foster. Penn Foster's goal-setting and progress-tracking tools can help you stay organized and on track, select the study plan that works best for you, track your progress, and set alerts for when your exams are due.
Quality Education on Your Terms - When you enroll at Penn Foster, you can be confident that you're going to gain career-focused knowledge and skills. And, you could start learning online right away! With their open enrollment policy, you can enroll anytime, from anywhere, and begin your lessons within minutes after your enrollment has been processed.
Accredited - Receive quality, licensed and accredited education online. Penn Foster Career School and High School have earned both regional and national accreditation. Penn Foster College has earned national accreditation. 
Affordable - Choose from flexible payment options to fit any budget. We paid in full and received a discount off our bill.
Coached and Supported Learning - Get motivation and academic support from Success Coaches and expert faculty. As a Penn Foster student, you have access to instructors with real-world experience, digital learning aides, career services, and more. If you have any questions about the material, you can contact one of the instructors by phone or email at any time.
Mobile - Learn anytime, anywhere with our mobile-friendly, designed for learning on the go.
Personalized - Build your pathway to college or career in fields like health care, plumbing and more.
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster was one of the first pioneers of distance learning. With more than 30,000 graduates each year across the United States, Penn Foster’s online and blended learning programs are self-paced and personalized. Penn Foster works to empower youth and adult learners to achieve their academic goals so they may unlock their career potential, and ultimately better position themselves for success.

Based on recent survey data, 99% of Penn Foster graduates were satisfied with their program, 97% achieved their goals, and 98% would recommend their program to a friend. 

If you are interested in becoming a Penn Foster Graduate - Please Click Here.

Monday, March 27, 2017

NIV Investigators Holy Bible Book Review



NIV Investigator's Holy Bible
by: Zondervan
5 Stars


If you're looking for an NIV bible that is easy to understand and keeps kids interested... this is the one to get

Have you ever used a magnifying glass? It makes everything bigger and easier to see, right? Detectives and scientists magnify things to understand them better. Well that’s just what this Bible does—it’s a magnifying glass to help children understand the Word of God better.

The Bible is a gift from God, but many of the things written in the Bible are hard for kids to understand. In fact, sometimes they’re downright mysterious to kids. Using kid-friendly language and a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible explains the Bible text for kids ages 6–10. 

Two central mystery-solving characters invite children to investigate the Bible using the following features:
  • Evidence—Bible book introductions answer what kind of book it is, who wrote it, what happens, and the “best part”
  • Breakthrough—answers questions kids might ask, such as “Who were the Philistines?” and “What is The Spirit of God?”  
  • Scene—includes descriptions highlighting geographical information pertinent to a verse 
  • Witness—explains the meaning and history behind Biblical names Detective—quizzes students on what they have learned  
  • Case Closed—explores how the events of a particular book of the Bible relate to children as individuals.

 I loved the illustrations and the concept of this bible. I loved the questions it asked. I thought this book/bible was put together perfectly for middle aged kids!

For me personally, I'd love to see the same exact thing in the KJV.... if they had that, I'd buy one for each of my kids pronto! 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLookBloggers, book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kids Book Reviews

 I have three kids. There is a 9 year age difference between the oldest and youngest. Most of the kids books have been passed down over the years, and many have been torn, colored in, or dog-eared, pages ripped, etc. Some of them were getting so rough, it was time to toss them, so I am trying to find my six year old, books to add to her collection. Here are two of the latest kids books I received to review.


Same Kind of A Different Me
–by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

This book wasn’t near as good as I thought it would be. I liked that it had some depth to the wording, so it is better suited for grade school kids. Although the story line was good, the illustrations were lacking and seemed more for toddlers. The story seemed to be missing a link, tying it all together.

 I do love the saying on the last page, “Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody,” and I definitely want to instill that into my kids’ minds, but, overall, this book didn't do that phrase justice. It’s one of those books that is not horrible, but, just not great, either.



The Beautiful Garden of Eden:
“A Faith That God Built” series 
–by Gary Bowen 

If your kids like the classic 'The House That Jack Built', they will love the whimsical style of this book!  I myself, loved this book and think that it is a fun and entertaining style. I also love that it’s teaching kids Bible stories in a simple, fun way! I think these books could be a good addition to your young child’s library or your home school book collection!
However, my youngest child is six, and she wasn’t very impressed: she kept saying, “They already said that!” -like she couldn't understand why the book kept repeating the phrases.... 

Please share your book recommendations for six (almost seven) year-olds in the comments!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from the publisher through BookLookBloggers and Tyndale Blog Network, book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Lord's Prayer Book Review


THE LORD'S PRAYER
by: Rick Warren
3 Stars

I loved the front cover of this book. I also like the fact that the author takes the time to explain what the Lords prayer means so that kids can understand it. I think too often people are to quick to disregard the KJV because they simply do not understand it.

This book will encourage your kids to not only learn this portion of Scripture but to also apply it in all situations. My 6 yr. old was excited to add this book to her collection.

This book is a great resource to add to your home school library.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLookBloggers, book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Read and Share Look, I'm Reading! Bible Storybook Review



The day this book came, I sat down with my 6 yr. old daughter Adilayia, to read this book together. She enjoyed it. By replacing key words with graphics, the child can fill in the story by looking at the picture which represents the missing word. I used to love these books when I was a kid! 

Some of the short stories are: Beginning, Flood, Abraham’s Family, Moses, the Promised Land, Ruth and Naomi, David, God’s People Made Slaves, Esther, and Jonah in the Old Testament and Jesus is Born, John the Baptist, Jesus’s Life, Jesus’s Death and Resurrection, the Holy Spirit Comes, Saul Becomes Paul, Peter, and the Best is Yet to Come.

The cartoon like drawings are simple and fun- but some of the people images v.s words were kind of confusing to explain to a 6 yr old. but overall, I think this book is a great addition to our home school library for my son and daughter who are learning to read.

To comply with regulations by the FTC, Book Look Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Me: A Compendium Book Review



by: Wee Society 
4 Stars

I thought this book looked cute and was planning on using it for my youngest (age 6). But since my two youngest are in the same grade and do the same work, I thought my cute, curly haired, 4 yr. old, niece might like it..... 
And her Momma says she does! The only down is that it may be a little more suitable for a 6-7 yr. old that can read and write!

Me: A Compendium by Wee Society is a cute, cleverly made, hardback, fill-in journal for kids. The pages are big and bold and colorful. Kids are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild as they write or draw. The large, colorful pages allow for kids to explore who they are and who they want to be.

I loved all the questions that they ask such as: 
What's your favorite jokes?
What's your favorite clothes?
 If I were going to outer space, _____ is what I would pack. 
What I wish was inside my refrigerator.
 If I had a shop, it would be called ___ , and we would sell____. 
_____ is the number of jumping jacks I can do before I get tired.
 I am __ inches tall. 
____ is what time I go to bed.

 I think this book would be great as a home-school supplement for kids in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. You can purchase the book from Amazon here.

To comply with regulations by the FTC, Blogging For Books Network has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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