6/24/17

New @ Aldis & Meal Plan W/Me Videos Up!

I have two new videos up on my youtube channel, Check them out below! 

6/9/17

New @ Dollar Tree | Shop With Me


new at dollar treeA quick look at the new summer and seasonal dollar tree items.


6/2/17

AMAZING PAMPERS SWADDLERS DIAPER DEAL!!!!

Wow, what an amazing deal on Amazon right now on these giant boxes of diapers! I've listed a few of the sizes and deals below but please explore the sizes and box counts to find the best deal in your child's size. Hurry and get your order in no telling how long these prices will last! 

Size 1 -148 Count for ONLY $11.77
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Prima Latina Curriclum Review from Memoria Press | Homeschool Review Crew


    Today I'm going to share with you, my thoughts on a new language curriculum we are using Prima Latina written by Leigh Lowe and published by Memoria Press. Which is known for amazing products.  Let's dig in...
Prima Latina Complete Set     We've been thinking about adding in a foreign language program for a while. After doing some digging around on the interwebs and homeschooling facebook groups, I quickly found out that the best first language for children to learn is Latin. Here's a great article explaining why Latin is SO important, especially if you are a classical homeschooler. Naturally, Prima Latina came up for recommendations from moms but I was really excited when I saw it was going to be a review for the 2017 Homeschool Review Crew. We were so ready to start when it finally arrived. 
 Prima Latina is an introduction to Christian Latin. It is designed for early elementary age students k-5th grades. They recommend starting when the student is reading well but Riley my Kindergartener is doing this alongside her big brother who is in 4th grade. They suggest one lesson a week but we've managed to get 2 in some weeks because we use a "loop" system (which I will have a video about soon!)   Here's an overview of what comes with the Prima Latina Complete Set:

1. The DVDs- I was so worried that I, with my strong southern accent, wasn't going to be able to teach my kids any foreign language correctly so you can imagine my sigh of relief when I found out that Leigh Lowe actually trached all the lessons on the DVDs. They have a great format and Leigh is so great at explaining all the things your kids will say "wait, what?" to.  If you like the slides keep in mind you can view and print them HERE. 

2. The Flash Cards- These little things are lifesavers. They are for both the Prima Latina and Latina Christina so you will not use all of them in this set. They are English on one side and Latin on the other. These really helped my kiddos memorize the words and they even made up a few games with them. 

3. The Teachers Manual- This is a very well put together manual. It features an overview so you can learn some of the rules your students will be taught, student goals, and five tests. It also follows the exact format of the student book, which I love, because it makes it so easy for me to find what I need. 

4. The Student Book- We found it very easy to read and work out of. It wasn't too jumbled up or busy. We appreciate that. They were able to complete the work fairly easy. The first few lessons were a bit more difficult because its such a learning curve to go from English to another language. 

5. The Pronunciation CD- This was another great tool which was a must have. We would reference this several times throughout the week. It was convenient to pop it in the car too when we were on the go. It features songs, prayers, and the pronunciation guide. 

All in all, we are enjoy this program. Learning an entirely new language is hard for anyone but Leigh makes it fun ad easy.  I love that it is a Christan curriculum.  We love the DVD teaching. Just like Math U See, The kids can somewhat take lead themselves with this. Mason will probably gain more overall than Riley but we can always get another student book when she's ready to dig deeper and she will already have a basic understanding of the program. 
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5/7/17

Enter for your chance to win a Softbums Shell & Leg Warmers

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5/3/17

Creamy Chicken Stuffing Casserole | Cooking & Recipes


This is such a delicious and EASY recipe. It feeds a crowd and is filling. You may already have the ingredients in your kitchen! One to add to the easy dinner list as well as one for your freezer meals list. Find the recipe card & video below. 

5/2/17

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Cooking & Recipes

This is such a delicious and EASY recipe. One to add to the easy dinner list as well as one for your freezer meals list. Find the recipe card & video below. 







5/1/17

ArtAchieve Review | Homeschool Review Crew

ArtAchieve
ArtAchieve Online Art lessonsHey Guys! The last couple weeks my son has been taking online drawing lessons using the Entire Level I from ArtAchieve. He was so excited because we missed out on the last review similar and he is a true artist at heart. Let me tell you a little bit about this program and what we thought about it. I love programs that encouraged students to push themselves  and art achieve truly believes that everyone can learn to draw and that students should learn to think creatively. There are five different levels to choose from and they suggest that no matter what your age is that you start with lesson I to learn the basics of the program. The first two lessons in level 1 are free as well as a few others, so you can try this program right now without committing and see if it's going to work for your family. The lessons do build skills on each other so I believe it's best to start at level I or II and go from there.  I also want to add that the supplies needed for level I and II are very minimal and you probably already have them laying around your house so that's a huge plus!
The Lessons:
Take a look at lesson 5, the dragonfly from Ecuador. Your first thing you see is the warm up sheet. To me this is essential and I would not skip this it as it helps students practice the curves and lines they're going to be drawing. Then you have a PowerPoint version of the lesson (if you prefer) next is the video version which we use and then you have a printout of the dragonfly from Ecuador drawing, which gives students a great size reference for their drawing. 
Level I Lesson 5 ArtAchieve
 The author, John Hofland does a great job teaching these lessons he doesn't go too fast or too slow and if needed you can always pause or rewind. They do a great job adding in more information so students can learn about the origin of the art. They offer great suggestions for cross curricular connections complete with social studies,  writing,  literature, science and more. You can find this at the bottom of the lesson page.  My son loves to learn about things that are different from our immediate world so he found it very easy and exciting to have these resources available. 
The Outcome:
He is a bit of a perfectionist and he did learn to let a little bit of that go and not to judge his picture before he was done. In the end he was always pleased with the outcome. Here are a few of his masterpieces. 
Overall, we are both very happy with this program. We are looking forward to using it more in the coming weeks as we complete level I and I'm sure he will be begging me to go to level II soon after. A great thing is that they offer bundles that are very customized and affordable. Don't forget to check out their website, explore it, take the free lessons and see what you think about it. I definitely think it's worth your time.  
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4/28/17

My Top 10 Children's Books For Spring!


Spring childrens books
Spring is one of my most favorite seasons. I love the presence of new life that surrounds us. We have a growing collection of Spring themed books in our home library and I wanted to take the time to share with you a few! Please help a fellow mama out by pinning and sharing!   -Haley

1. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers and watch them grow. Part concept book, Planting a Rainbow introduces children to colors and flowers. 

2. Spring is Here by Taro Gomi. Describes the changing of the seasons. This perfectly executed concept book has a surprise ending that is a treat the first time you read it. Taro Gomi’s whimsical illustrations are lovely. 


3. The Listening Walk by Paul Showers and Aliki. A girl and her father take a walk, and the girl describes the sounds she hears along the way: footsteps, a sprinkler, a jackhammer, crickets, and more. The Listening Walk encourages children to listen to the sounds around them. While the book describes a neighborhood walk, you could read this book when you go camping.  
4. A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox by Wendy Pfeffer and Linda Bleck. Explains what the spring equinox is and describes how various groups of people have celebrated and currently celebrate the spring equinox. In addition to conveying a lot of interesting information, A New Beginnning provides ideas for projects to celebrate the beginning of spring.

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4/18/17

Readers In Residence From Apologia & Debra Bell | Curriculum Review


Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) {Apologia Educational Ministries Review}
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