MaxScholar~ REVIEW

We are not really doing a full work load at all this summer.  But, I do want Kaden to read and work on a few things each day to keep his skills up.  We decided to try the Reading Intervention Programs from MaxScholar again.  This online program is very engaging and highly interactive.  And you can use it on your computer or download the app for your mobile device.  A few years ago we had tried it and have since then heard of some changes.  I know Reading Intervention Programs are usually for those that are struggling to read or have a known learning disability and Kaden reads very well with no problems.  But, I also know he struggles with the grammar and technical side of comprehension.  Like before this program is recommended for grades K through 12th grade.  Let's check this out....


The Legend of Greg ~ REVIEW

You know when you see a book cover from across the room and it catches your eye.  You run to grab it and then 9 hours later you look up to realize everyone has gone to sleep and you just finished the 330+ page book.  That was Kaden as soon as I received Chris Rylander's first book in his new series, The Legend of Greg.  Honestly I hadn't anticipated it would capture him as fast as it did, but from the way he describes it I imagine this is going to be one of our favorite book series.  Kaden likes to find activities and crafts on Pinterest that kind of go along with the theme of the books he reads.  So, I let him make a special board for this book so he can add to it.  Check it out!


ARTistic Pursuits Inc. ~ REVIEW

Awhile back I was introduced to ARTistic Pursuits Inc.  And have used a few of their courses and have enjoyed them all.  Recently, I was able to get my crafty hands on Art of the Middle Ages, which is Volume 3 of their New ARTistic Pursuits Art Instruction Books with DVD and Blu-Ray series.


Classical Composition with Memoria Press~ REVIEW

http://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/wp-content/uploads/Classical-Composition-I-Fable-Set.jpgI'm excited to share another homeschool gem from Memoria Press.  We have been using their Classical Composition I: Fable Set for a month or so.  This set is intended for grades 4-12 and came with a Student Book, Teacher Guide and the ever so helpful Instructional DVD set.   I knew it would be a stretch for Kaden to work through this program, but I really wanted to work on his writing skills and imagination.  And he has never used a course from Memoria Press that he didn't absolutely love.


Positive Affirmations

I have found that Daily Affirmations are a positive way to start your day.  Or when you start battling negative self-talk, try one of these instead. :)  In the Bible it says Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” What we think, we’ll eventually say and what we say is very powerful.  We can speak words of life and we can speak words of cursing.  I grew up with a lot of verbal negativity and abuse that formed a hard shell around my heart.  Jesus Christ melted that shell many years ago. 

The Bible warns us to guard our thoughts and mouths.  Proverbs 18:20-21 says “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.  The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Bellow are just a Few Affirmations to get You started, I'll share more in the future.  I have mine written on index cards on my bathroom mirror, dash of my van, at my desk and in my planner.....get creative and let your Self Love Flooooow!

*I am strong.
*I am wise.
*I am precious in the eyes of God.
*I can love and be loved.
*I have power to choose my course in life.
*I accept my self for who I am.
*I replace my anger with understanding and compassion.
*I know that God’s unfailing love surrounds me and that I can trust Him.
*I have everything I need.  
*I trust my ever-increasing ability to eliminate the non-essential and appreciate that which matters.


Home School Navigator ~ REVIEW

Several weeks ago I was given a one year subscription for Kaden to use the Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum and Interactive Notebooks from Home School Navigator.
This is a complete curriculum that includes everything you need for a successful homeschool year in Language Arts.  At your fingertips you have lesson plans, videos, printable games and materials and book lists.  
All of this in 36 weeks covering~  
Practicing Reading Aloud 
Reading Skills
Phonics/Vocabulary/Word Study
Independent Reading


Autism ~ Squash the Tics

Learning about facial and vocal tics right now.  Kaden has been dealing off and on with a mild case of involuntary sounds and movements for years.  But, the past several months has been filled with consistent grunts, throat clearing and blinks to the point I can't ignore anymore.  His sides and chest ache from the grunts and throat clearing and he gets so annoyed and bothered by his eyes. 
So, I'm on a mission to research and find him some relief.  I have to stay on-top of his supplements and start limiting screen time.  We have been down this road before when we were checking him for a gluten allergy.  I think the hardest thing will be the screen time and increased sleeping or resting time.  Right now I am giving him a magnesium supplement drink, fish oil and CBD oil daily.  Also we will be using essential oils topically and in our diffusers.  It's really about eliminating stress and toxins.
I also would like to start daily meditations and yoga with him.  I have benefited greatly with incorporating these two things daily in my life.  I personally use tapping and brain mapping with huge success, so I would like to be working with him on this as well.  I'll keep updating as we go.....today is Day 1!!


The Road Home ~ REVIEW

I love a book I instantly become friends with the characters.  When you stave off that sneak attack to the fridge at midnight because you can't walk down the stairs and read at the same time.  That's how I was while reading The Road Home by Beverly Lewis the past week.


Kayla Jarmon ~ REVIEW


The other day we were given the electronic version of three books from Kayla Jarmon called,  A Boy and His DogDying is Part of This World, and Don't Forget Me.  Many times while parenting situations creep up and cause us to stare blankly at our children while we try to find the right words to explain the truth while protecting their hearts and soothing their worry.  I was pleased to see that the two books in the Discussion Book Series covered a few of those situations beautifully and I'm thinking....wow, if only I had these in my parenting toolbox10 years ago! :)


Homeschooling Autism....update

If I had a penny for every time I changed up our homeschool for Kaden honestly I would be a millionaire.  But, it's necessary and I am desperate for that peacefulness in our homeschooling that came so easy with my other two kiddos.
So right now we are just working on structuring his day while I finish Mahala this month.  During the summer we plan to iron out as many wrinkles as possible so that next year is smoother sailing.  That or I'm going to be bald from pulling all my hair out....there you go, I'm just being real here.  I'll keep you updated.....


Weigl Publishers Media Enhanced Books ~ REVIEW

We love books around here....as I'm writing this right now Kaden and Mahala are lounging on the floor and couch reading on their own.  We like the feel of a book, the smell when you crack it open for the first 20 times and the way the pages get all tattered and stained by sticky little hands.  But, in this day and age digital books and online book clubs are all the rage and we had some fun taking a look at three media enhanced books,  Glaciers, A Lion's World, and There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant from Weigl Publishers.