Friday, June 20, 2014

Free History Resources

I have been taking a few days off and now I am getting into the swing of gathering books and resources for our upcoming year.  Since we do school year round, this does not generally give me a lot of time to get this done so I have been on a whirlwind tour of all my favorite haunts and Amazon is one of the best I have found, especially if you are looking for inexpensive and/or free.

I have been working on History today.  History of the United States.  I have already accumulated scores of items on Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt just for starters.  But I had nearly nothing at my fingertips for the History of the United States and I wanted more than just the dull and boring information that can be garnered nearly everywhere.  What I found on Amazon was a huge selection of ebooks that covered everything.  I also needed fun reading to go into this as well.

I have ebooks on David Crockett, the memoirs of Woodrow Wilson, notes and writings from Thomas Jefferson and many many more.  I have gathered some of what I found into a widget shown below.

Some of these are for younger children and others are for a more mature young person in reading style and content. I have found nothing inappropriate in any of these books thus far, but if you should in your review of these, please let me know and I will remove it from my list.  I have not personally read all of these books, yet, but I will and if I find that some are not appropriate, I will remove them.

Thanks for taking a look and I hope that you find something that will enhance the studies of your own children. There are quite a few here so be sure to scan through all 5 pages of the widget.

I am an affiliate of Amazon receive some compensation for your purchase of these products.  Purchasing through this link does not cost you more, it simply provides compensation for the advertisement done for Amazon.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hym and Hur Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have now read this story entitled Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey.  While it does consist of many chapters, I would have to say it would still be considered a short story.  While it is completely different from his book Dangerous Times, it is well written and shows just how far the imagination of this writer can take you.  From crime thriller to angels and love, what a leap, but wonderful done..

I won't do a synopsis of the book as I would generally, because I think it is a story that is well worth reading. This story is about life and death but in a much different way.  Angels, lighthearted angels; Hym and Hur and the angel of death, Death.  A deal is made to allow a person to prevent people from dying by just a touch, but it gets out of hand and has to be cancelled.

This is a touching short story of a couple of angels who obviously love each other and bring happiness to the world and about a human couple who are having issues, but who find a way to work them out through the events that are created in this story. An starving artist and a nurse.  The artist through the events in this book and the love of his nurse, manages to create a work that brings them together and allows them to succeed which is what angels of light are really all about, assisting the humans of this world in their daily living.

While I enjoyed this short story, I would have preferred the author take this idea a bit further in his creativity and enlarge on the idea in a book.  I think the world could benefit from knowing about angels and demons in a purely fictional manner.  This story could be a great stepping off point for such a book.

Phillip Frey has a wonderful imagination and uses it wisely in his writing.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, including teens.  It would not be appropriate for young children.

I hope that you will take a look at this story, you can find it on Smashwords.  Enjoy the read.

Be blessed


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What Did I Learn Today?

Well that is a million dollar question isn't it?  My first thought was to title this post "What Did We Learn Today?" but I could not in all honesty do that because I am not teaching today.  In fact, for whatever reason, I slept off and on all day long.  I am not sure why, but my body and my mind just would not work today.  So did I learn anything?  The answer...

Is Yes.  But it was actually yesterday that I slept most of the day as it is now 4 a.m.  So what I learned actually happened in the last hour.  I was reading some post on a facebook group that I recently joined and visiting some of the links that I saw there.  And, what happened?  Learning happened.  Thank God for the peace and quiet of early mornings.

I read a blog by  Jody Hagaman.  In this blog, I learned, or actually both realized and learned that I needed to do something to help my grandson become a better person before I had an unruly teenager to handle.  I have been trying to instill Christian values and having some success, but also having a lot of tug of war going on.  But in this blog I saw a very simple step to starting him on his way to being the person he is meant to be.

I say it is simple, it really is.  You can click the link above for Jody and read for yourself, but here it is in a nutshell.  When you require a task of your child, do not consider that task completed until they have come to you and asked one very simple question.  "Is there anything else that I can do for you?"  She uses role play to instill this in her children and she learned it from another child.  Amazing.  It is just one more way we can train our children.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

This is something that I thought that I was doing, but when I take a long hard look at the lessons, I was teaching, I was not very happy with what I saw, so a new journey begins and it begins with me.

I have to change my perspective, let old things fall away, learn to zip my lip, and most of all let go and let God.  I have this wonderful grandson who is usually fighting mad, but from another source today I also learned that I and his mother are the reason for this.  A good read is a book called "Love Your Children on Purpose" by Danny Silk.  It was very insightful and informative and I learned some amazing things about not just my grandson's behavior, but that of most children I see around me these days

I don't want to be controlled, so why would I want to keep this child under my control.  God guides us in freedom, so I must learn this lesson from God and guide my grandson and any other child who comes under my tutelage in freedom, not control.

Since this is a confession of sorts, my own mistakes that I have felt conviction for by the Holy Ghost, I truly hope that it helps someone to see more clearly.

Thank you for reading.

Be blessed

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review - Charlie the Cavalier Begs for Attention

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have been honored to review this great little children's book.  I trust you will love it as well.  This is a short picture book and as the author explains it, and we all know young children feel anxious when loved ones must go away.  Take along Charlie  and on Skype or some other form of visual communication show that Charlie is taking care of the adult who is away. Use the puppet to interact with your children.  Charlies loves to dance and sing and tell jokes and play hide and seek "peek-a-boo".  Children will see that Charlie is taking care of their loved ones while enjoying the playfulness of interacting. Use Charlie to connect with long distance family and all will be overjoyed at the feeling of being right there in the same living room.

At this time the book is only available on Amazon but will be available in book form in the next month.  Click here to get this now.  Or if you like you can visit Amazon and get this book for free on June 23. One day only, so mark it on your calendar.

Oh and did I forget to mention, the illustrations in the book are awesome.  Beautifully done so your children will love to read this book over and over again.

Thanks for reading and don't forget to mark your calendars for June 23 for your free Kindle copy of the book on Amazon.

Just click HERE on that date for your free copy

You can go HERE and subscribe to receive a free Charlie the Cavalier puppet and other activities.

Thank you for reading and I hope that you enjoy the book as much as my grandson and I did.

Be blessed

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dangerous Times Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

This is a book that I read yesterday.  It is available from Amazon on Kindle and there are many other places to get it as well. This is an adult only book.

This book is for me a bit terse.  Two sentence paragraphs make it just a bit jumpy for me.  I prefer a more thoughtful process to paragraphs.  The plot is a wonderful thriller and it changes from one moment to the next.  Each character creates a new avenue for crime and thrill, with each comes a desire for money and the things they believe that money can do for them.

The inner circle is Frank the sociopath on the road to steal the wealth and use it to kill his way around the world.  Franks' wife Ty who just wants the money as pay back to her Uncle Eddie who was responsible for the killing of her parents.  Franks' lady on the side, Emily who believes she will be the recipient of the good life with Frank once they have the money. Then there is Charlie, the person to whom Frank goes for the new identity and of course, the person he is going to kill to get it.

Other characters are John Kirk who has been selected as the one who will die for his identity for Frank. Frank at one point believes him to be dead but by another's hand.  Staub, John's boss and the ultimate sleaze who actually winds up in the grave he digs for John. John's mother who is a drunk because she is still grieving the loss of her husband, John's partner, Lisa, who is just wants to be rich and does not care from where it comes.

There is the detective Hicks, who is suffering from the death of his son and the loss of his wife, until he meets Ty and decides that she is his future. His best friend on the force Tim Burns, who mourns the loss of his wife but has suffered through the drunkenness to become a better man.  There are other incidental characters who make up this book as well, to fill out the blanks, bodyguards, cousins, basically anonymous couples who play their part by finding the bodies.

Overall the book is a good read.  The author introduces the characters and their situations succinctly and with little fanfare but as you read you understand them and why they behave in the manner that they do.  How they come together in the end is the happy ending to this book.

Due to this books graphic nature and the adult language, I would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 18 and only for those adults who enjoy this type of work or who are able to simply skim over he bad language.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves crime thrillers.

Thanks for reading.

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This is a question I ask myself on a daily basis.

Hi, as you all know I am grandmother to a gifted 6 year old that I also homeschool while his mother works to handle the financial responsibilities.  So, for two years now I have homeschooled this child and have had advice from all sorts of professionals as well as other homeschooling moms about how to handle and teach this gifted child who just can't sit still.

He has been to the doctor and has been diagnosed as having ADHD and has medication that is supposed to help him with this issue.  The medication does work, it calms him down, slows him down and basically turns him into a different person.  I don't like it. So I keep reading and searching for other answers.

First of all, I find that I must just learn to deal with some things.  I don't like a lot of noise; this child screeches and makes all sorts of sounds for no apparent reason.  I don't like to hear toys or other things being banged on the floor or other furniture; this child does it all the time.  I don't like jumping and running and horseplay in the house; this child does it all the time. First thought was DISCIPLINE.  Being a strong disciplinarian by nature, this was of course the first avenue of endeavoring to get this child to (behave) sit still for 10 seconds. I tried this for nearly a year.  Doesn't work, not even close. So at my wit's end, I give him the medication and we get through the work for the day.  But I still search.

This is what I found.  I read a blog about why children fidget.  This article was so well thought out and written that it made a believer out of me, but I did more searching and found that it is corroborated in many places.  You can click on the link and see for yourself.

So I let this child move.  Try to minimize inside (we have a small house) because the vibrations of hardwood floors sometimes topple things over. This seems to be working great.  He is more often ready to sit down and listen, as long as he knows that I am going to let him get back to it within a few minutes.  I keep our "still" time down as low as I can, sometimes 15 minutes or less.  Why not right?  We have all day to do what we need and if it does not get done today, who cares, there will be another day, that is what homeschooling is about, making education of your child fit the child.

I hope this has enlightened some of you, if not then you were ahead of me already.

Have a blessed day.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Reviews Coming - Stay Tuned

Good afternoon to all and I hope that your mid-week "hump" day is winding to a pleasant close.  Dinner is about to be on the table and I thought I would quickly let you all know that within the next couple of weeks I will be posting a review for a couple of books.  Dangerous Times and Hym and Her are the titles.

These books will most likely have adult content that is not appropriate for children.  However, I hope to have a few children's books to review in the next couple of months.  I am looking forward to commencing my book review journey and hope that my reviews point you in the right direction.

I also am looking for some Christian books for my grandson for reading and hope to be able to review some of those for you as well.  It really does help to know what others think of a specific publication.  I know that I have chosen books based on reviews many times and have thus far not been disappointed in my choices.

Have a great finish to your week and I look forward to hearing from you all throughout the summer.

Be Blessed

Monday, June 9, 2014

Made It Through Our Second Year

Well, we have completed all of our testing.  He did really well.  We don't usually do many "tests" and I rarely give a grade on his work, but this last few months he has asked more often  "How did I do?" so I decided to do end of year testing and give him grades for the work.  We did Math, Language Arts and some specific Reading Comprehension.  We have also worked on his spelling for the last few weeks a bit more than normal because I noticed that he could spell some words that I just pulled out of my own vocabulary, yet there were second grade level words he was missing.  So I just quiz him on occasion to keep this in the forefront of his mind.  He was misspelling words that he sees on a daily basis.  I am not sure why this is happening, when we talk about it, he says it is because the spelling does not make sense to him.  "Too many letters that just don't belong there."  So I have given him some examples of Italian, Greek and Hebrew languages to look at and explained that our English language is derived from these languages and/or a combination of them.  This seems to help him understand but he would still rather spell them the way they sound.

So now that the testing is over and we have 6 weeks of free time.  What to do?  Well we are going to take a short boat ride up one of our many rivers to check out the wildlife, dolphins, turtles, birds, etc.  He is excited about that.  He also wants to go back to the Marine Science Center for some time with one of the young people who work there for some "conversation".  A trip to North Carolina is also planned, as well as a trip to LegoLand and hopefully Sea World as well.  And of course, there is the water park, which he loves.

So what is up with everyone else for the summer.  I hope that you all have a wonderful summer vacation. We will be back to the school year on August 1 and "little man" will be entering the world of 3rd grade.  He is sort of excited, but also a bit hesitant.  His words were "But, Mimi, isn't it the work going to be harder?"  Actually, not, as he has already been doing some of that level already.

Good luck to all and Happy Summer Days!!!  I'll be around with posts about our travels and perhaps lots of photos.

Oh, I almost forgot, we also are going to be rearranging our classroom/craft room so that he has a bit more room for some art projects and science experiments.