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CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

Splat the Cat: The Big Helper by Rob Scotton {Review}

Splat the Cat: The Big Helper

Join Splat as he learns that a little help can go a long way in this hilarious storybook adventure. Splat the Cat is one silly character and he definitely likes to have fun. In this silly adventure he is all about his video games and fun his way, until his dad calls a family meeting and gives him a to-do list. Starting out, he tries to find the easy way out which really makes everything harder. Yet in the end, he discovers adventure is to be had in all the silly and messy places! This is a great early reader for the most stubborn children that just might learn a lesson from Splat’s mistakes… More fun for all! Related:  Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise Splat says Thank You!     

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Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich {Review}

#backtoschool Twindergarten

Dax and Zoe are twins. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Now is the time to pull out all those new books for introducing the kiddos to school. While it is true that in our family we homeschool, Twindergarten is still an adorable read with lots of good messages within. This would make a great open house book or gift for a new Kinder or 1st grade student that is heading off to school or a different environment for the first time. Twindergarten is an attractively illustrated short story picture book about a pair of boy/girl twins as they head off to school and to different classes for the first time in their lives to be separated from each other. It is new, exciting, terrifying, and awesome. There is some repetition in the text and it is a fairly easy read. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one.  

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 Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 {Review}

Greek 'n' stuff

  Languages have always been something of a dream desire for me that has not gone too far, however, my oldest student seems to share this desire and is eager to start our adventures with the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 Set from Greek ‘n’ Stuff! In my elementary school years, I had a bit of Spanish. While in middle school, I had a short Latin course. In high school, I studied French for years under the instruction of a French Canadian trained speaker. In college, I continued to study both French and Spanish. It was not until later years, that I really had a desire to add Greek study. In recent months, I have started testing the waters with some different curricula options myself for studying Greek. However, the materials that I have started experimenting with are not for young students. They are more for. . .

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Greek Studies

During this past year, my daughter AppleBlossom (nearly eight-year-old working on a generally third-grade level) has been studying Greek. Ancient Greece as it meets with the New Testament, Greek Myths as they relate to story telling and a Classical history and education. Now, as her course on New Testament, Greece, and Rome history comes to an end we are adding in the study of the Greek language (specifically Biblical or Koine Greek). She will continue her in depth studies of Greek Myths for the next year as we continue with the Greek Language (in addition to our studies of the Latin Language). In our journey of a Classical Christian Education, I have had the desire to try different Greek Language products to see where we want to go. It started with Veritas Press high school recommendation and my fondness of Zondervan Publishers with the Basics of Biblical Greek. While it. . .

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In the Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions {Review}

We are one entertained family! Heirloom Audio Productions has done it again with their latest adventure CD: In the Reign of Terror! We have listed to this story over and over again, as well as our other Henty adventures and are enjoying the journey. I definitely need to add more of this thematic education or unit study way of learning to our school days. My stash This makes the fourth disc added to my collection of Heirloom Audio Productions’ G.A. Henty novel dramatizations and we plan to keep adding to it. For the purposes of this review, we received a physical audio CD set and access to download digital components. One of my favorite bits of the digital components is the Study Guide and as my daughter is getting a little bit older, I definitely plan to take more advantage of these components. Radio drama was a big part of my childhood and. . .

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Owl and the Pussycat #xstitch #WIP

During July I made a bit more progress on my #frostedpumpkinstitchery #happilyeverafter #happilyeveraftersal #wip #xstitch #crossstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #flosstube #stitchmaynia #stitchfromstash2017 #2017starts #owlandthepussycat #dmcfloss from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2hlEW99

English on a Roll {Review}

English on a Roll You are a Student

English on a Roll, and no I do not mean sushi… One of the things that I am learning as more years progress is that sometimes we need a bit of help in an area, such as grammar, thus English on a Roll was very intriguing to this mama seeking any way to make it stick for my student. We were blessed to be sent an English Grammar Teaching Method Instructors’ Set (includes 40 cubes and one instructors’ manual) for English on a Roll. While the guide is written for classroom use, it is fairly easy to adjust in a homeschool setting. We also have special copyright permission to copy certain pages for single homeschool usage. Immediately, I noticed that lessons are very adaptable to what my student needs. Some we zoomed past, and a few we repeated or rather continued on for a few days to really get the grasp of the. . .

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Math Lessons for a Living Education

Last night, we did the first lesson in the Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1 book for my middle daughter with their little brother listening in.   Today, doing some of our first lessons in the Math Lessons for a Living Education books (Level 1 for the Princess and Level 2 for AppleBlossom) we have used a plethora of skills. AppleBlossom practiced reading aloud while the Princess practiced sitting still and listening. Both girls are coloring with markers (not a regular medium for us and apparently the markers are dying) and decorating. The Princess is coloring The ONES House and The TENS House, while AppleBlossom is coloring The HUNDREDS House and The THOUSANDS House. We are going to laminate them at the Neighborhood Tutor store to make them über durable and we will share them for the lessons. Place Value Today, we did the first Place Value lesson. . .

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Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook {Review}

My second student is a bit different than my first, reading is a challenge. She focuses more when things are hands-on (coloring) and vibrant (colorful) and my old reading primer of black and white discussion text just doesn’t cut it for her. The Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook (36-week Curriculum) from The Crafty Classroom, however, seems to be right up her desire path! Through the Homeschool Review Crew, we were blessed to receive a PDF download of both the Learn to R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook (700+ pages!) as well as the R.E.A.D. Review Pack  (28 Early Readers that Correspond with R.E.A.D. Notebook) which I’m told can be used as a stand-alone product, if you are not wanting a full curriculum. We are definitely on board to Learn to Read! After getting my hands on this, and printing a few things I am seriously considering getting the Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook (26-week alphabet curriculum). . .

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Mermaid Conversion #WIP #xstitch

As much as I can accomplish on the February mermaid without buying more threads. Put them on my list! I’m going to work on the border a bit more before switching to a different project. But I think she is lovely so far! #mermaid #lakesidefantasysal #2016starts #stitchmaynia #stitchfromstash2017 #crossstitch #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #flosstube from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2tuBnRV