Archives for April 2013
Joan Wolf is a 30 year veteran of Romance writing. She has provided great reading material in the genre’s of Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Historical Novels and more. Her series of biblical based fictions is unlike anything I’ve ever read.
The Scarlet Cord tells the love story of Rahab. Rahab is a Canaanite woman from the times of battle in Jericho. Rahab aided the Israelite people by hanging a scarlet cord from her window to give warning. Though this was a dangerous thing to do, this brave and beautiful young woman took much risk to help a cause she believed in and follow her faith in the meantime.
While preforming this brave action, Rahab also finds her one true love, Sala. Sala is an Israelite boy who saves her in more than one way. Her love of Sala and her strength to do what is write leads her to find her greatest love of all: The Love of God. Both were everlasting and unconditional loves that she never thought she’d find.
Though this book is fictional, it does have a biblical story line. The story of Rahab has been created from the events of the time period from biblical accounts. I found the story intriguing and easy to follow. It was very much enjoyable and it has led me to want to read more Historical Fiction from Joan Wolf.
Math Rider allows for more than one child to use the system learning needed facts. This worked well for us since we have three children learning at different levels currently. My oldest daughter truly enjoys this program while she’s working on her math facts simply because there is a horse involved. She is my animal lover. My son loves the simplicity and ease of the program. Because of it’s easy to use programming, I plan to start my 5 year old on it very soon.
I have to admit I was raised by a perfectionist. My Mother was and still is an amazing woman but she expected her house to be almost “perfect”. I grew up having to follow her strict rules of “put it back in it’s place” and “do it my way”.
Those of you who know me probably know that I was my Momma’s problem child and biggest challenge. We have butted heads many times over the years. She wants a home that showcases her favorite possessions and looks like a magazine cover. I want a home that is functional and lived in. I have a hard time getting her to comprehend the difference.
To me, it’s important that everything have it’s place but that everything in my home is functional and is used for a purpose. As a homeschooler, I need my space organized for that “classroom” aspect of our days. As a Mom, I need it to be functional for four fast growing kids who are home every single day.
Now, what my Mother thinks should not effect how my home is run in a normal family but in my family it does. Since she lives directly behind us and her job is to help me with my children daily, she is often in and out of my home. She straightens, directs children, helps with meal prep, puts things away as needed, give baths. Basically, she is an extension of myself and it’s a wonderful thing until you realize just how opposite we are in our expectations.
There are days when I get so fed up with choosing a place for things to go and organizing my home it to fit my family to then find it reorganized or out of place because Mom felt it belonged elsewhere, that I find myself doing nothing in my home except the essentials. With a family of essentially eight and two dogs, this doesn’t work well for me. It leaves my home in a bigger mess than I started out with.
As a Mom of a smaller large family, I can tell you that missing one day of tasks, chores, and household duties leaves us in a much bigger mess than we began with. Things quickly get out of hand and then it can take days to get caught back up, leaving future plans amiss in the process. So I strive to do my best not to let us get behind.
My children have daily chores, like laundry and dishes, that they complete to help out. If the routine is kept fairly well missing one day doesn’t hurt but it does mean double the work for the next day. Missing more than one day leaves us struggling to catch it all back up so I can tell you that doesn’t happen often.
I don’t currently use a schedule but it’s something I really do need to implement in our home. I probably need to create several lists too but this idea is a new one for me so it’s something I’m learning as I go along. Since my Mother and I are basically total opposites in home management, her ideas don’t necessarily work for me, so suggestions from her aren’t always helpful.
I really feel for you Momma’s that have a bigger family than I do! You are a true inspiration. I often take ideas and suggestions from you to fit into our own home. So if any of you are reading this, please do share in a comment some things that you do to make your homes more manageable for the rest of us who struggle with this daily.
I know I’m on my way in this home organization process but some days it feels that goal is so far away from me – lightyears to be exact. I want a home that is suitable and happy. One day I hope that I will get there.
The creative team at Knowledge Quest has done it again. Well-known for their creative black line master maps and timelines, Knowledge Quest is continuing to invent products that are easy for any homeschooling family to use. The Knowledge Quest Timeline Builder App for iPad is no different.
This app allows the user to create a full timeline to use with any history program. You can create a sample timeline using a specific time span, adding to it as needed or removing things that aren’t needed. The user can also create a new timeline with the specifics needed at the time.
Sample timelines come with facts from the time period already introduced. The most important characters of the time period are covered, complete with photos for the user to learn with. This can be added to as needed or removed from as needed. Images can also be uploaded or found and added from various places online.
New timelines are completely blank, much as they would be when creating your own timeline with weekly and daily lessons. Images can also be added by uploading or by finding them various places online. The time period can be set and adjusted as needed with the user able to choose from BCE, BC, AD, and CE periods in time. Any start or end date can be chosen per timeline.
A name can be specified along with a full description of the timeline you create for any timeline created. The user can also choose a background to further customize the timeline being created. And timelines can be switched between simply by clicking on the tabs shown on the app.
Inside the timeline, the user can choose to show the images or hide them as needed. Zooming in and out to specific periods is also available. You can edit the timeline at any point in time so change background color and specific years needed, as well as era.
Creating a New Event is easy. Simply click “New Event” at the top of the timeline. Create an event by entering the event name, description, start and end dates. Then import an image from the iPad image library or pasteboard. You can delete images in this option too.
Once the timeline is created, you can then share it. You can save the timeline or event images to photos, send the timeline or events by email and save the event descriptions and timeline event images to a folder for sharing in iTunes. This allows you access to the timeline in other places than just the app and also allows printing of the timeline specifics as needed. This also allows you to store the information for future use without needing to keep the timeline on the iPad permanently. When the timeline is no longer needed you can simply use the delete timeline option to remove it from the app.
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