5.24.2017

The Typing Coach ~ REVIEW

The Typing Coach

I remember my typing class back in high school.  I sat behind an old office electric Brothers typewriter.  Yes, friends back in the early 1990's we still used those contraptions. :)  Needless to say I was a two finger kind of typist.  But, I didn't care....I was young and I knew things.  Who needs to be able to type I have a thing called an ink pen, Hello! :)  Yes, even back then kids thought they new everything and I was one of them.  So, fast forward back to today and you obviously know that we are behind a keyboard a lot, like more than a lot.  I use it to write, work, teach my kids...you get the picture.  I never thought to teach my kids how to type the correct way, they just learned on their own.  I was very interested to see what The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from The Typing Coach would be like.  I was surprised to see most things haven't changed from high school.

5.23.2017

New Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. ~ REVIEW


I know you have heard me sing the praises of Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. many many times, but I'm here once again to show you what Kaden's been up to with these New Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors.

The Last Star Blog Tour and Giveaway!!



I'm pretty new to The 5th Wave party, but my daughter Mahala was bouncing off the walls excited to hear that there are more books to come in this series.  Sadly not many details yet, but for now You can try to snag this Awesome Giveaway down bellow and make sure you share that today is the Paperback Release Day for  
The Last Star!!

5.22.2017

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!



 
It's Summer time, so in my house that still means school time with a lot more free time though.  And my kiddos like to read in their free time.  So this Mama is stocking the shelves with some fun new exciting books. One of them happens to be The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora written by Pablo Cartaya.  I've never read anything from this Author, but I was excited to add it to our library for a few reasons.  One we are originally from Florida and have family living in Miami where this story is so lively situated in.  And two it's about Family and my life is about Family, loving each other, standing up for each other and fighting for each other.  This book also lets me peek into the spicy flare of the Latino culture.  The Spanish dialogue mixed through out the book added an authentic experience to the story I wasn't expecting, but loved and appreciated.  The Author is already very descriptive and detailed, but they way he writes I could smell the foods laid out onto the Family table.  I could feel the love... my feet almost swayed as I imagined music in the background.  I definitely was taken back in time to when I was a young 13. :)

BOOK SUMMARY:


Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL? 

For Arturo, summetime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela's restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute girl who moves into Arturo's apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn't notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.
AUTHOR BIO:
Pablo Cartaya has always been a hopeless romantic. In middle school he secretly loved reading Shakespeare’s sonnets (don’t tell anyone), and he once spent his allowance on roses for a girl he liked. He also wrote her eight poems. Bad ones. He’s been writing ever since. Pablo has worked in Cuban restaurants and the entertainment industry, and he graduated with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. All of these experiences have helped him write stories that reflect his family, culture, and love of words. Pablo lives in Miami with his wife and two kids, surrounded by tías, tíos, cousins, and people who he calls cousins (but aren’t really his cousins). Learn more about Pablo at pablocartaya.com.

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TOUR SCHEDULE:
Week One:
May 15 – Ms. Yingling Reads – Review
May 16 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Guest Post
May 17 – Folded Pages Distillery – Review
May 18 – All Done Monkey – Review
May 19 – Margie’s Must Reads – Guest Post
Week Two:
May 22 – Four Violet – Review
May 23 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
May 24Little Earthling Blog – Review
May 25The Reading Nook Reviews – Review
May 26The Boy Reader
 

1980's Summer

The 1980's was filled with many Summer Memories of fun childhood wonder.  Growing up in the 80's was a different time, I collected Garbage Pail Kids not Pokemon.  I was fighting Bowser and traipsing through the Legends of Zelda, not kissing vampires and navigating through the web of Social Media.  So, this Summer..... I'm bringing back the 80's.  I'm pretty excited, we are still going to do our homeschool but with a fun twist.  
I'll be posting everything here and obviously on Instagram!!!!

5.19.2017

Captain Absolutely ~ REVIEW


 We have another book to Review today, but this one is a little different.  We had the opportunity to read Captain Absolutely from Focus On The Family.  This book is different for a few reasons.  One, it's a Graphic Novel and two it's Faith Based.  So, that means clean language, appropriately dressed characters and a little Biblical Wisdom.  Sounds like a win win situation to me.  We have loved Adventures in Odyssey since the kids were young so this was going to be fun to add to our family library.

5.18.2017

Homeschool Rescue ~ REVIEW

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Not a week goes by that I don't question myself in some way regarding my Homeschool.  I worry how I'm going to teach next year's Math, will they be able to write beautifully in Cursive.  That's surface stuff....I worry are they getting what they need to be productive people in this world?  How am I going to solve World hunger when I need to get Mahala's transcripts updated for her Senior year?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed, I can't be the only one....right?  Obviously not, because this next Review Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity is a New Self-Paced Program that is designed to throw us Mamas a life raft!  So, if you feel like you have been sinking or even floating around in those waters, this may be just what you have been praying for.

5.10.2017

Sensory Seeker


Kaden is a huge Sensory Seeker...all day every single day.  As long as he is in control, if we walked into a room with loud music and strobe lights we would be in for a long meltdown.  But, I have seen him roll around on the floor for over and hour with his blinking light thingy we bought at Disney last year and have absolutely no problem with it. 


These days I'm pretty happy with my Autism Mama Skills these days.  Long ago are the days when I tried to squeeze a typical day out of not so typical kid.  And we are all much happier for it. I used to go by the seat of my pants and do a workbook approach with Skylar who was public schooled through 6th grade.  He was very much used to workbooks and taking tests.  Mahala has been homeschooled since the end of 2nd grade.  I did a laid back unschooling approach and we worked on Mastering subjects.  We used a rough outline with Sonlight.  We focused on Good Books and burning through each grade level.  This way burned her out a little, because I think it became mundane and not fun or exciting.  

But, this was also the Season of life we were living in.  From the time Kaden was 4 ears old until  he was a little over 8 we had people in our home 40 hours a week doing ABA therapy with him.  And before that we were in over our heads and didn't know what we were going to do.  We did the best we could during that time.  This past year has been a huge difference in so many ways.  I'll share some of the changes later this week, but here is what my little Sensory Seeker has been up to this week.
 
Of course reading is a Major thing for him.....he reads constantly and always 2-4 books at a time.  I should share Kaden's reading List.... :)

Any time he can get into water he takes the opportunity.  Add a little essential oil and or bubbles and you have one happy boy.  We have recently been combining water beads and Homer to his trampoline time too.  Homer provides pressure and company as Kaden soaks in the sun.  And the water beads are a texture treasure in his eyes.  We do this also while we read, practice math facts, do oral spelling tests, narration and listening to audio dramas.






Hamster Princess Giant Trouble ~ Review, Craft & Giveaway



 What do you think a Battle Quail eats?  What exactly is a top knot?  How fast do you think Mumfrey can run?  Can you eat goose eggs?  I could go on and on with the questions Kaden asked while reading the 4th book from Ursula Vernon's Hamster Princess Series.  I'm not quite sure why he Loves this book so much, I take that back.....I know why.  First the vibrant glittery cover caught his sensory seeking eyes and drew him in immediately.  Kaden usually doesn't relate well with fairy tales and I was a bit shocked he continued reading after recognizing the story line from Jack and the Beanstalk.    But, I finally figured out that I think it's because the characters are animals in this series and not people.  In Kaden's world of Autism he has always been drawn to animals rather than people.  And this story captured his heart and sparked his imagination.  

5.09.2017

High School Essay Intensive ~ REVIEW

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"Mom I'm going to go upstairs and write," said my daughter.  What?  Yes, you read correctly.  Mahala has been writing her little heart out since we discovered the High School Essay Intensive from Institute for Excellence in Writing.  I couldn't have been any happier when I found out that we would be able to use and review this program in our Homeschool.


5.08.2017

Prince and Pirate ~ REVIEW

 
Recently Kaden and I have been reading the most adorably silly, over giggly book written by Charlotte Gunnufson.  We were able to receive our own copy of Prince and Pirate a few weeks ago and I can't wait to share this little "fish tail" with you.