Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fix It! Grammar - Book 1 ~ TOS Review Crew

Fix It! Grammar Review
I'm Alicia and I am a Grammar Nazi. (Everyone say "Hi Alicia")

When I heard that we would be getting the opportunity to review Fix It! Grammar from Institute for Exellence In Writing, I have to admit, my heart skipped a beat.

Fix It! Grammar Review
We received The Nose Tree [Student Book 1], which sells for $15.00 and The Nose Tree [Teacher's Manual Book 1], which sells for $19.00. This program covers Grades 3 through 12, depending on your students level. You can also find out where your student needs help by taking the Placement Test.
Fix It! Grammar Review

Even though my children are still relatively young in their schooling, I had been thinking how I was going to teach them proper grammar for quite some time, and it was starting to worry me. Until we received Fix It! Grammar.

In 15 minutes a day, we hunt for and correct errors we find in a daily passage, that by the end of the 33 weeks of lessons, will tell a story. Each book provides 33 weeks of daily passages, along with 132 vocabulary words, reproducible student pages, VERY clear teachers notes and a grammar glossary. Your student will need a binder with 4 tabs, one for Fix Its, Grammar Glossary, Rewrite and Vocabulary.

We start out our week by reading the "Learn It" section in the Student Book. They learn about the grammar concept we will be working on for the week and I show them how to apply the lesson to the passage for the day. Since the markings are illustrated in my Teachers Manual, it's easy for me to guide them.

Then we work on the Fix Its. We read the sentence for the day, I give them the definition for the bolded vocabulary word, which they write in their notebooks, we fix and mark the sentence and then they rewrite the corrected sentence in their notebooks.

The rest of our week centers around fixing the remaining sentences, one each day, and learning the vocabulary words and their definitions. With the lessons only taking 15 minutes a day, it's great for my two short attention span kids. 

Now, did we jump in full force with the kids being as excited as I was to get started? I would have to say "No". But as we've continued to work on it, they've started to understand more and more and sometimes will even catch things, such as putting end marks, when doing their handwriting practice.

English was hands down my favorite subject all through school. I could lose myself in the written word, still do. When we started this homeschool adventure in 2012, I started to think ahead of how I would go about teaching them the Language Arts, even though they were only in Kindergarten and Pre-K at the time. Both the spoken and written word can convey so much, and I wanted to be able to teach them to do it properly. With the help of Fix It! Grammar, I'll me able to teach them just that. 

I'm also proud to say that IEW is an Oklahoma company, based in Locust Grove, OK. The Fix It! Grammar series covers 6 books, both Student Books and Teacher's Manuals and from Grades 3 through 12. You can give your student the Placement Test, found on the website, before hand so that you know where your students understanding of grammar lies before you make your purchase.

Make sure and check out the reviews of my fellow Crew Mates. Our reviews cover the first 5 books of the series.

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We hope this review has helped you in learning more about IEW and Fix It! Grammar.

Blessings!

Alicia

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Does Plexus Work??

Those who know me personally, or are friends with me on FB know that I am a Plexus Independent Ambassador and have been one since February of this year.

I'm often approached by people both in person, and online, asking me what it is, and if it works.

It has worked for me, and worked for my husband, along with people I know personally who are using it.

The impressive weight control benefits of Plexus Slim aren’t just hearsay – they’ve been clinically proven in a recent human study. The study was conducted with patients of mixed gender and age. The study measured the effects of Plexus Slim on overweight patients with blood-sugar issues. Every single one of the patients who participated in this study enjoyed improvements in weight lost, inches lost, blood glucose levels, energy levels, and appetite control. Even patients with very little excess weight (5 to 10 lbs) were able to lose these excess pounds.
Will it work for everyone who takes it? No. It won’t. But, based on the proven track record, there is a better than excellent chance that it will work for you.
It would be dishonest for me to say that it will work for everyone. I don't know of any weight loss product that will work for everyone, even prescription medications don't work for everyone. Most products don't have the same effect on everyone because everyone's body is different.
The developer of the product states that it takes two to three weeks for Plexus Slim to really get into your system and to start to see results. So, even though tons of people have achieved faster results, it could take longer. And you need to be aware of this up front. Don’t begin taking any type of weight loss product with false expectations and hopes. You need to know the facts before you begin. The worst thing you can do is to start taking a product expecting to see fantastic results within a week or two. That’s a very good way to get discouraged.
My recommendation is to try Plexus Slim for at least two months before you draw any conclusions about whether the product works, or not. That’s a reasonable, and realistic, time period to expect to see some results, and customers are also completely protected by the 60 day money back guarantee during that time frame.
You will most likely be one of the thousands of people who have been helped by this product. But if it doesn't work for you… you can always get a refund. 
I’m not going to try to convince you that this is going to work for everyone who tries it. It would be ridiculous for me to do that. And it would be ridiculous for you to believe that type of hype.
I will, however, share our story and those of others with you, and let you be the judge of whether it works or not.
This is Misty, and she suffers from Fibromyalgia. Here is her story:

Misty says ~ "I was skeptical even did a ton of research before starting. When I saw it could help me with the every day pain related to my #Fibromyalgia I decided to try it. What did I have to lose I've tried everything else right? Boy was I in for a surprise after the 1st week no pain related to fibro and I felt more alive. My second week I was doing things that normally hurt. Week 3 I noticed that i had lost a total of 17 inches from around my body. Today week 4 measured this morning and 21 inches GONE!!!!! Still no pain from fibro, yes my permanent pain from the hardware in my back is there but not like it was and the pins and needles, fire from a match running up and down my legs, and I no longer feel like a million pins being stuck in me when I get a hug. It has been an interesting journey this last 2 months and I truly love what it has done for me. I drink Slim in the morning and take 2-3 Probio 5's at night. Can't wait to see what else it will do for me. Looking forward to starting the Fast Relief Nerve Health and Fast Relief soon."



If you're interested in learning more, feel free to contact me, or visit my website, here.

Blessings!

Alicia







Friday, September 26, 2014

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up - September 21, 2014

As I sit on my patio listening to the distant sound of a lawnmower and the hum of the dryer in the garage, I reflect over the last two weeks. Two busy weeks. The kind of weeks where at the end you realize you forgot to post your weekly wrap up on your blog.



When the cool weather arrived, I felt the need to start getting some projects done. The first thing was an impromptu freezer cooking session with some chicken pieces I had. I had planned on using it to make some Chicken Spaghetti, a recipe from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. I ended up having enough for THREE meals of that, and still had chicken left, so I made some homemade noodles and was able to freeze two meals worth of Chicken and Dumplings.

I also rearranged the dining room and decided to sell the little dining table and chairs we had recently acquired. Now I had my sewing nook back. Little did I know I would meet the nicest elderly couple in the meantime. She and I started chatting about quilts and her husband (who in a way reminds me of my grandpa) started talking to the kids about his tractors. They invited us to all come up some weekend and he'd give the kids rides on the tractors and she and I would chat about quilts.





I also cleaned up the patio, repurposed the large dresser from Baby Girl's room, and got things ready for Fall and cooler weather. I love our patio, but my favorite time out there is in the Fall, cool mornings and evenings....ah, it's perfect.

I cleaned out and organized the hall cupboard where the towels, toiletries, etc are kept.



Then did another freezer cooking session with some hamburger and ended up with 2 meals of chili, spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes and hamburger patties for salisbury steak.

This past Friday, my mom came over and helped me rearrange the kids rooms. Little Man was pretty excited about his, but Baby Girl cries every night that she can't sleep in there because it feels "weirds". After a full day of cleaning and moving furniture, we were 
exhausted.








Then on Saturday, we took the kids to the State Fair - tired and sore afterwards, but we had fun and don't think the kids will soon forget Momma riding the rides with them. 



And it's on to another week, and I just realized I haven't prepared this week's lessons yet. :-/

Have a great week!

Blessings!

Alicia

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up - September 6, 2014



The last couple of weeks have been interesting around here. After deciding what we were going to be working on this year, I ended up changing things up. But that's one of the beautiful things about homeschooling, isn't it?

My original plan had been to put the kids weekly work in one folder each and then pick and choose each day. After a few days of doing that, I realized there HAD to be an easier way to do it. So, I created folders for each day of the week, one set for each child. Little Man's are blue, and Baby Girl's are yellow. I'll sort their printed pages in to each day, and mark any online work in my calendar. My plan is to work on the next week's lessons each Wednesday.


Some of the things I've been doing have been inspired by others. I recently purchased the Character Badges from The Modest Mom. We're still in the early days, so it's too early to say it's a success yet. But I will say the kids are learning that it's better to fill up the "good" chart instead of the "bad" chart. 




I also recently found a meal plan notebook that I thought I could actually keep up with. I came across it at Homemade By Carmona. It's free and she gives great directions for setting up your own.



Once I decided to do the daily folders, we finished up the work that was in the original folders for the kids, so this coming Monday, we're starting fresh. 

Yesterday afternoon, Little Man and I did some art with chalk pastels and using tutorials on Hodgepodge.me. We did the Tree Silhouette and Harvest Moon Nocturn. It surprised me that he wanted to do some, since he's usually NOT that in to art.


This one is mine.


This one is Little Man's.


I did this one on my own, then he came in wanting to do one, and did the one below.



This is a "hummingbird" he wanted to do by himself.

And that's about it for our week. I'm off to a women's event at our church this morning, the kids are going to spend the night with Grandma and Grandpa so Big Man and I can celebrate my birthday. Our "celebration" will probably consist of going to bed early. LOL

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings!

Alicia






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