The Convenient Bride Collection

Is In Stores Now! About Maureen Lang Maureen Lang writes stories inspired by a love of history and romance. An avid reader herself, she’s figured out a way to write the stories she feels like reading. Maureen’s inspirationals have earned various writing distinctions including the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, a HOLT Medallion, and the Selah Award, as well as being a finalist for the Rita, Christy, and Carol Awards. In addition to investigating various eras in history (such as Victorian England, First World War, and America’s Gilded Age), Maureen loves taking research trips to get a feel for the settings of her novels. She lives in the Chicago area with her family and has been blessed to be the primary caregiver to her adult disabled son.

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Another day.

So, VBS nursery duty. Wednesday sick kid exposure. Friday, sick baby Rascal (aka Almond). Sunday, sick Princess (aka OrangeBlossom). Wednesday, sick AppleBlossom. Saturday, sick mama. *sigh*

Fevers are pretty much gone. No more fever reducers or honey-cough needed much. AppleBlossom is having some pretty bad waking up with painful coughing (drainage and such) so we’ve given her a bit more there. But otherwise I’m toughing it out and dealing with three kids with runny noses and my own sore throat feeling.

We will survive. Eventually.

And in the meanwhile, since she’s no longer fevered, we’ve jumped back into schoolwork. We are trying to get some stuff done from the last year and have made some interesting decisions for the up coming year on curriculum and such. More details, if you’re interested…

SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers {Review}

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While it is true that I try to keep the kids off the computer as much as possible, we do use it for educational stuff. These last few weeks I have been able to discover SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers and it has been a neat experience. I do have experience with other online subscription services for videos that we use for education supplements, this product from SmartKidz Media  ~  {http://www.smartkidzhomeschool.com/} is unique. My five-year-old daughter (a month away from turning six!) currently finishing up her First Grade year in school work has been delighted with SmartKidz Media Library. We’ve set up the login with an autosave password so she doesn’t have to worry about being logged in. Then on most days I allow her to browse around. She absolutely loves the Dry Bones Connected song and video in the Mighty eBook Collection in the Flash Animated eBooks. She tells…

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A word from the silence…

Last week was VBS at our church. I was in the nursery watching workers kiddos including my own 11 month old Rascal. On Wednesday, day 3, a child had a non-stop faucet or clear runny nose and a faint cough. On Thursday, day 4, a second child had a repetitive cough. On Friday, the day after VBS ended my Rascal had a runny nose, and by evening a cough.

Now, days later he has a horrid congested cough. Runny nose with no end, and is just a clinging whimpering mess. He had two days of a moderately high fever topping out at 103.9 one night. Now he’s steady at 99.9. A few days ago, I watched in near slow motion horror as OrangeBlossom in her three year old loving self kissed him on his clear wet nose. As of last night she is following in full symptoms currently sporting a 103.5 fever. But her attitude is still good as long as it’s not night. I did not like the sound of a croupe cough last night, I hope that was just a fluke of congestion. I really don’t want to repeat that with another child after experiencing it so much with AppleBlossom.

*sigh*

Pirate’s Code movie {Review}

Last night we had the privilege as a family to watch Pirate’s Code. As the movie started I got the idea that perhaps this was a sequel as there were several statements and hints to this being a follow up. It took me a while to discover that indeed there was another movie called The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure (2012) while my DVD is Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code (2015). There also appears to be a third, yet unnamed movie planned according to http://www.mickeymatson.com/. In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  They’re new invetnion, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device…

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CTC Math Online Maths Tutor {Review, 2nd year}

Begin CTC Detailed Report

I guess it was about April, last year when I discovered online school programs, or what I called Science Computer School and a Math Computer School Program. Last year, you might have seen my review, when I was first introduced to CTC Math  ~  http://www.CTCMath.com and blessed with their 12 Month Family Plan for their US Curriculum. Again this year I have that blessing! Last year I was extremely intimidated by the idea of starting online school programs, but now we have found them to be a delightful part of our schooling. Right now my daughter is working to master her addition facts, subtraction facts, and becoming introduced to multiplication theory and facts. Sometimes as we have been going about our school day, we need a little bit of reinforcement or a different way to introduce how-to do a math problem. CTC Math has provided an awesome way to do…

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Studying History {Grammar Stage}

This week has been a blur with our starting of history. Last January we read the first several chapters of The Story of The World: Ancients (SOTW) and then again this March we started over here and there and have read through chapter five and we are enthusiastically discussing all-things ancient Egypt. We’ve watched everything possible on Netflix from King Tut to the mysteries of the Pyramids of Giza to all the fictitious of The Mummy and The Scorpion King sagas. (It appears there maybe a new series added this month of an Egypt lifestyle so I will have to explore that.) We’ve also read more. And experienced Egyptology more. AppleBlossom has started her lessons in the Veritas Press Self-Paced Online Lessons in Old Testament Ancient Egypt (OTAE) and is through Lesson five just having completed her first test. (Thanks to the 50% off sale!!) We’ve snuggled and read the…

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Any advice for someone about to start Memoria Press First Grade?

Memoria Press First Grade Advice

Any advice for someone about to start Memoria Press First Grade? I love Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum, I truly do. I’m impressed with everything they’ve put together and their Enrichment is my favorite part of how it all meshes together. We have spent the last year working our way through Memoria Press First Grade from their Classical Core Curriculum. It’s shocking, because I feel like I was just finishing up my reviews from our year in Kindergarten. We started with Junior Kindergarten, then Kindergarten, and then First Grade, and I’ve already started plotting my fall with Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum Second Grade. We are that impressed that I just keep coming back for more and recommending it to anyone who asks. Truly, I could go on for hours. It is based on years of research, that Memoria Press is able to offer classical curriculum for homeschool families. After…

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Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal {Review}

Apologia Field Trip

  I have been a huge fan of Apologia Educational Ministries  ~  (http://www.Apologia.com) since I was a long-term substitute at the Classical Christian Education private school nearly seven years ago as they use the Apologia science curricula there. Last year I got my first taste with my own children using their Biblical Worldview curricula and this year I’m so excited to share their absolutely brand new Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal which I have blessedly received for review. We are also going at our own pace, with our purchase, using the Exploring Creation Astronomy and the matching Junior Notebooking Journal as well currently. So far every experience with Apologia texts has been incredible, thus I’m not surprised at how amazing I have found the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal to be. When the journal arrived in the mail I found myself to be very excited anticipating the learning opportunities that…

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Field Trip Friday: U.S. Space & Rocket Center 

us space ctr

*I originally wrote this to be part of my Real-life Homeschool Blog Hop a few weeks ago, but never organized myself enough to insert the pictures until now. Oops. I’m still missing a few, but I hope to insert them as we find them. During the month of March we knew we were headed ‘home’ to Georgia we decided that along the route of a road trip we’d stop in and spend a day at the U.S. Space Center & Museum in Huntsville. It’s about a halfway point and made for a decent drive on both days with a fun hotel say in between. Our goal was the U.S. Space Center & Museum (http://rocketcenter.com), but we also made an afternoon out of the Sci-Quest (http://sci-quest.org) Children’s Museum as well.  Both the Enginerd and I have childhood memories of playful days in children’s science museums and thus we were eager and…

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The Book of the Ancient Romans & The Aeneid Lesson Plans {Review}

Ancient Romans and Virgil Lesson Plans cover

The Book of the Ancient Romans & The Aeneid Lesson Plans Thanks to the TOS Review, I was delighted to receive and review the complete set of the Dorothy Mills, The Book of the Ancient Romans edited by Memoria Press with their Student Manual, Teachers’ Guide with solutions, and the text. While the curriculum is such that you can just jump in and go, I’m a person that for now at least in my earlier years of homeschooling enjoys a bit of direction. This is provided in the Lesson Plans by Memoria Press. In the introduction, I discovered that Memoria Press recommends that your student has taken The Book of the Ancient Greeks & Homer studies in the year prior to studying Dorothy Mills’ Ancient Romans giving them a firm foundation on which to build. After having a few weeks and nearly a dozen completed lessons under my belt I’d…

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The Book of the Ancient Romans Curriculum from Memoria Press {Review}

Ancient Romans

Memoria Press ~ (http://MemoriaPress.com/) is the company known for their Latin curricula, but in the past few years they are providing so much more for education in cottage schools and homeschools everywhere including their histories and classical studies, especially their programs on Rome including Famous Men of Rome Set (Grades 4-8) and The Book of the Ancient Romans Set (Grades 6-12). Memoria Press is  making a name for their publishing company in the Classical Homeschooling method with their Classical Studies Programs. They have several topics available and the ones highlighted in this review for the Review Crew are divided between two typical age ranges including some adult study. For my review purposes, I have been blessed with a physical copy of The Book of the Ancient Romans Complete Set which I planned to use three times per week for the review period, which works out well – I’ll get into this…

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Silver Spurs (Horses and Friends, #2) by Miralee Ferrell {Review}

Creative Madness Mama reviews Silver Spurs

In May, you may recall when I mentioned the first book in the Horses and Friends series, A Horse for Kate. The Horse and Friends Series is set to have four books so far. A Horse for Kate (Spring 2014) Silver Spurs (Summer 2015) Mystery Rider (Fall 2015) Blue Ribbon Trail Ride (Spring 2016) When I was a pre-teen, or tween, I definitely had fears and trusting God was a concept constantly on my mind. In Silver Spurs, Kate and her friend Tori have a tale of defeating their fears and entrusting God with their dreams. This one has a flair of the “means girls” that is so often found in this age, but there is a method to the madness and a purpose to the pain. I’ve never been one much to get caught up in the excitement about horse-lovers. While I have loved the handful of times I’ve…

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