Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trust Fund Movie (A REVIEW)

Mapelle Films

We had the opportunity to watch a movie with a new twist on the "prodigal son" story from Mapelle Films for this review. This movie, titled Trust Fund, has all the elements of the original prodigal son story, the loving father, money, and the jealous sibling who worked hard all along. Add this to a modern setting with modern money problems, and you have a great faith based movie to enjoy!

Trust Fund Movie

We received a physical DVD for this review, with the above picture on the cover, and the movie itself is rated PG

The movie title begins by showing scenes of two little girls who appear to be best friends as they are growing up. That would be the sisters Reese and Audrey. They grow up to be 2 very different women. Reese is a "dreamer and a visionary" as her Dad describes her, and is feeling kind of lost in life as the story starts. Audrey is a hard worker, and knows how to make sure things get done. She is very orderly, and likes things done a certain way. 

Reese has just gone to Italy, and met a guy whom she thinks she has fallen in love with. She comes home from Italy, lost and unsure of what she wants out of life. Her Dad offers her a job at the family publishing business. She stumbles across information about an inheritance from her Mom, thinks that she should have that instead, and only takes the job to please her Dad who thinks she is not ready for the inheritance.

She can't resist the fact that there is a large amount of money just waiting for her, and manages to take it. She takes off back to Italy with the money, and meets back up with Milo, the man she met during her short time in Italy before. While in Italy she lets this man "invest" all her money, but it turns out he's up to no good. She realizes this at the same time she realizes how wrong she was in taking the money and leaving home. She calls Dad and asks "can I come back home?" 

When she comes back home her Dad welcomes her with loving arms, and is happy she is safe. Of course Audrey sees this, and is not happy about it all. She tells her father "while she was gone, I was here working." The sisters have to work through some things in their relationship, and the mess from Italy follows her back home briefly. That part was a little suspenseful! I won't say much more. I might have already said too much. In the end it all works out for good.

This movie was very well done. I enjoyed the suspense, and mystery. I also enjoyed the love story, and the prodigal daughter theme to it. I think the scenes were all filmed very well, and it took me right to Italy, and made me enjoy the dreamy place that it is. I'd recommend this for a family movie night, or a gathering of a group of teens. A study guide is also available for further discussion.

Another thing to note is that this movie is also has a book, Love Was Near. This book offers a behind the scenes look at the movie. It's a little more thought about Reese's life and what she's thinking throughout this story. I did not request a copy of the book to review, but some other reviewers did, so you'll have to click on the banner below to see what they say about it.

If you'd like to see more reviews about Trust Fund movie also, you can click on the banner below.

Trust Fund Movie {Mapelle Films Reviews}
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

T is for Twister

For the letter T I have Twister. Every once in a while the kids just love to pull this one out. It definitely gets them moving and laughing. It's pretty easy to play.

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 Spin the spinner...

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And reach for it!

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The cat thought it was for him... (yes his tail looks funny because it was healing from a wound)

IMG_1960 The end.

IMG_1959 Here are the other abc blog posts:

A is for aggravation
B is for Bingo
C is for Chess
D is for Derby
E is for Evening of Games
F is for Face
H is for Hullabaloo  
I is for It 
J is for Jenga  
K is for Kitten
L is for Laser Maze
M is for Math
N is for Nothing yet (lol, I need an N!)
O is for out 
P is for Pictionary (coming soon)  
Q is for Qwirkle
R is for Rummikub
S is for Sequence (States and Capitals)
T is for Twister
U is for clU
V is for 
W is for 
X is for 
Y is for 
Z is for Zingo 

Friday, July 7, 2017

K is for Kitten

Well, I completely failed at keeping up with the abc posts on a weekly schedule, but there are still some great games I had lined up to share. I think I'll finish it anyway! It's almost over, so I can't link any of the past ones up, but oh well!

I'm going to go back to the ones I missed, and fill in from there.

The first of the ones I missed is the letter K. For the letter K we have a game called Exploding Kittens. We first discovered this game at a library homeschool game day. One of our friends brought his game, and all the kids had a great time laughing. We even had to shush them a few times because they were just getting loud.

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I've played it once since we bought it. The kids love it, I can take it or leave it. It's definitely an interesting game. Too hard to explain the full game, but basically you don't want to draw the Exploding Kitten card. It will blow you up. There are other cards that will keep you safe if you have them. Each card has it's own action or purpose.

That's Exploding Kittens! No action shots, sorry!


A is for aggravation
B is for Bingo
C is for Chess
D is for Derby
E is for Evening of Games
F is for Face
H is for Hullabaloo  
I is for It 
J is for Jenga  
K is for Kitten
L is for Laser Maze
M is for Math
N is for Nothing yet (lol, I need an N!)
O is for out 
P is for Pictionary (coming soon)  
Q is for Qwirkle

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lightning Literature and Composition (A REVIEW)

Hewitt Homeschooling

I am not very well read in classic literature, but I really want to be. This is an area that I'm really trying to develop so I can teach my children from great literature, so I can use all the help I can get. I was excited to try out a literature curriculum from Hewitt Homeschooling. I chose the British Early-Mid 19th Century because I have a high school daughter that is excited about all things british, so I thought these would be great titles for her. Along with some poems, the books studied in this unit include: Pride and Prejudice, Ivanhoe, Frankenstein, and Jane Eyre.


 Lightning Literature and Composition Pack
British: Early to Mid 19th Century

For this review we received the Student's guide, and the Teacher's guide. We did not receive the books titled above, but they were easily accessible at the library (and in fact I actually had a few on my shelf).

The Student guide is a soft back bound book with a nice cover with a picture of what looks like Big Ben on it. It has a nice introduction to language, and the different parts of writing, including things like alliteration, poetry, short stories. It's a great review of everything along with some why's and what's for the course. After the long introduction the book is broken up into units with 2 lessons each. Each lesson introduces a new author with a classic book or poem to read.

The Teacher's guide that I received was a loose leaf book stapled together. I am not sure if that was supposed to actually be spiral bound, as it seems that some others had theirs spiral bound. It was ok, and didn't really bother me because I could put it in a binder if I wanted, which is kind of nice. The main focus of the Teacher's guide is grading, schedules, and comprehension questions. It has a schedule for both a half year (semester) and a full year. There are some great checklists for grading the writing, and comprehension questions which can be very useful. Writing isn't always an easy thing to grade.

What is the purpose of this course?

On the cover of the student guide it says "Acquiring College-Level Composition Skills by Responding to Great Literature." That pretty much sums it all up in one sentence! It is a study of the classics by responding through writing essays or answering comprehension questions.

Who is this course intended for?

This is a high school level course. It is intended for grades 10-12. I of course enjoyed reading it too. I think it's a great way for a homeschool Mom to dive into some classic literature. It is a very full course. There is a lot to read and digest, and many many writing projects.

I love using literature to teach my children, and I think this Lightning Lit. course has done a very thorough job of walking a student through the literature as well as through the writing and comprehension. I can't always think up the questions to ask, or lessons to apply when we read something together. This program could be done independently by a high schooler, but it can also be done together which is how we choose to do it.

If you would like to see the other Lightning Lit course reviews for high schoolers on down to elementary you can click on the banner below. There are lot of great titles in some of the younger grades too.

Hewitt Homeschooling {Reviews}
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Friday, June 23, 2017

A Homeschool Planner (A REVIEW)

Homeschool Buyers Co-op

I have always been a paper and pen kind of person. I have always had my life down in a paper calendar/planner, and like having the physical copy to carry around with me. But, there is something to be said in not having to lug around a big book of calendar pages. I decided to try an online/electronic calendar from Homeschool Buyers Co-op especially for homeschoolers. Homeschool Planet has convenient tools for planning everything for homeschool and life, including specific daily lesson plans.

Homechool Planet

Homeschool Planet is a completely online planner. I received a one-year subscription along with a free lesson plan for a curriculum, which I will talk about a bit later. Also, I had to become a member of the Homeschool Buyers Co-op, which is free and very easy to do (there are a lot of great curriculum offers through the Co-op too! Just a perk!)

To access my calendar which looks similar to the one picture below, I log in to homeschool planet, and it brings up the daily, weekly, or monthly view (I can easily switch between all 3 of those choices). There are also links (to the left of the calendar) for each family member to look at just their schedule for the day, and some various lists (to the right) to help keep track of things. Specific daily assignments can be laid out, and checked off as completed. Everything is color coded to specific category, so you can easily know there are a lot of "church activities" in one week if there are a lot of green boxes. It does take a little bit of time to get set up, but once you get all the basic assignments and activities and people in, it's easy to keep going and takes less time later.

Homeschool Planet

Lesson plans:

Homeschool Planet is offering a free lesson plan schedule, until the end of June, for a curriculum of choice from a list of selected names in the Lesson Plan Marketplace. I chose The Magic School Bus Science Club lesson plans because I have thought about using that for some curriculum next school year, and wanted to see what the lesson plans were like. Basically, all the daily specific lessons are loaded right onto your calendar! I can choose which units to put where, and it's so easy to do with just a few clicks. It even includes links to videos and websites that might be helpful to the lesson, and of course a check box to show it's completed.

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Some of my favorite features of the Homeschool Planet are:

  • The ability to move an assignment forward, or delete it if it is missed
  • Being able to easily add events on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, and not have to keep putting them in.
  • I can specify who an assignment or event is for, and even if it's for several different people
  • The lesson plans! These are so convenient. I would definitely buy more.
  • The daily email reminders about what is coming up.
  • It's easy to add daily assignments or activities, and easy to figure out and navigate through.
Overall, I found Homeschool Planet to be very user friendly, and making the switch from paper to electronic has truly been enjoyable and easy. I like that I can access it anywhere, even mobile, and that I don't have to keep writing things over and over again! I can easily plan many assignments for multiple children with only a few clicks, and keep track with only a check mark, or move things forward if needed. I feel like I still have a lot to explore with this planner, but if you want to find out more you can read what the other crew members had to say by clicking on the banner below.


Homeschool Planet {Homeschool Buyers Co-op Reviews}
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

A small change

I need to change something. I feel like this blog is no longer a fitting place for family and personal stuff. I think it's time for me to move all that to my family blog that's been quiet for a few years. I will still be here, writing reviews, and posting about books and learning, but I am looking forward to having a different place for family stuff. If you'd like to join me over there, I'd love that.

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