Monday, April 21, 2014

Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop

My apologies for posting this so late. We are dealing with the loss of a family pet and it's been a rough couple of days. The linky will be open all week, so please do share your posts!
Tots and Me
Welcome to the fourth and final week of the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop hosted by Tots and MeWalking in Faith and Angels of Heart

Can you believe that Resurrection Sunday is here? Whether you would like to share your preparations, your recipes, your crafts or a post related to this week's topic, we ask that you include the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop Button or a text link back to the hop, and head on over to any of our blogs to link up.  It can be as long or short as you want it to be.

Please take the time to visit the blogs of those who have linked up.  Leave a comment.  Follow them.  Wish them a Happy Easter.
Don't forget to follow the hostesses.  We will gladly stop by your blog and follow you back.

Here is this week's question:
How did you celebrate Easter/Resurrection Sunday?  

Do you have your children hunt for eggs, do you read the Resurrection Story, do you attend a Sunrise Service at church, a regular church service?  What will you be doing to make this year's Resurrection Sunday special?

We are looking forward to reading your posts, visiting your blogs and following you.


(Please be aware that irrelevant posts, links to your main blog instead of a specific post and giveaways will be deleted. Please only link up posts relevant to the weekly theme. Thank you for your understanding.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop

Tots and Me
Welcome to the third week of the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop hosted by Tots and MeWalking in Faith and Angels of Heart

We would love for you to come back each week and check out the current topic.  We ask that you compose a related post answering the question, or share an old post that fits the theme. Please include the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop Button or a text link back to the hop, and head on over to any of the co-hosts' blogs to link up. Your post may be as long or short as you want it to be.  We will be choosing a co-host from those who link up a relevant post during the week.  The co-host will have the linky on their blog for the following week.

Featured Co-Host

Lexi from Lextin Academy shared some beautiful Easter Decorations and Art, including Marbled Egg Art, Spaghetti "Easter Grass" Art, Woven Easter Egg Art and Bunny Silhouette Art. Don't forget to stop by and check out all the wonderful ideas.


Please take the time to visit the blogs of those who have linked up.  Leave a comment.  Follow them.  Wish them a Happy Easter.
Don't forget to follow the hostesses.  We will gladly stop by your blog and follow you back.

Here is this week's question:

What are your favorite Easter recipes? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks?  

We are looking forward to reading your posts, visiting your blogs and following you.


(Please be aware that irrelevant posts, links to your main blog instead of a specific post and giveaways will be deleted. Please only link up posts relevant to the weekly theme. Thank you for your understanding.)

Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop

Tots and Me
Welcome to the third week of the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop hosted by Tots and MeWalking in Faith and Angels of Heart

We would love for you to come back each week and check out the current topic.  We ask that you compose a related post answering the question, or share an old post that fits the theme. Please include the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop Button or a text link back to the hop, and head on over to any of the co-hosts' blogs to link up. Your post may be as long or short as you want it to be.  We will be choosing a co-host from those who link up a relevant post during the week.  The co-host will have the linky on their blog for the following week.

Featured Co-Host

Lexi from Lextin Academy shared some beautiful Easter Decorations and Art, including Marbled Egg Art, Spaghetti "Easter Grass" Art, Woven Easter Egg Art and Bunny Silhouette Art. Don't forget to stop by and check out all the wonderful ideas.


Please take the time to visit the blogs of those who have linked up.  Leave a comment.  Follow them.  Wish them a Happy Easter.
Don't forget to follow the hostesses.  We will gladly stop by your blog and follow you back.

Here is this week's question:

What are your favorite Easter recipes? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks?  

We are looking forward to reading your posts, visiting your blogs and following you.


(Please be aware that irrelevant posts, links to your main blog instead of a specific post and giveaways will be deleted. Please only link up posts relevant to the weekly theme. Thank you for your understanding.)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hopping Along To Easter Week 2

Tots and Me
Welcome to the second week of the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop hosted by Tots and MeWalking in Faith and Angels of Heart

We would love for you to come back each week and check out the current topic.  We ask that you compose a related post answering the question, or share an old post that fits the theme. Please include the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop Button or a text link back to the hop, and head on over to any of the co-hosts' blogs to link up. Your post be as long or short as you want it to be.  We will be choosing a co-host from those who link up a relevant post during the week.  The co-host will have the linky on their blog for the following week.

Featured Co-Host

Roberta from A Little Bit of Everything shared these cute Crocheted Easter Baskets last week:


Please take the time to visit the blogs of those who have linked up.  Leave a comment.  Follow them.  Wish them a Happy Easter.
Don't forget to follow the hostesses.  We will gladly stop by your blog and follow you back.

Here is this week's question:

What sort of craft ideas do you have?

Whether you have children or not, do you have any special crafts planned to help decorate or perhaps give as gifts this Easter/Resurrection Sunday?  
We are looking forward to reading your posts, visiting your blogs and following you.


(Please be aware that irrelevant posts, links to your main blog instead of a specific post and giveaways will be deleted. Please only link up posts relevant to the weekly theme. Thank you for your understanding.)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Captivated ~ {TOS Review Crew}

Captivated Movie Review


The Mom's of the TOS Review Crew were recently given the opportunity to watch and review the DVD, Captivated documentary from Media Talk 101.

I have to admit, when the DVD arrived in the mail, I laid it on top of the Xbox, and left it there. I knew what I would learn by watching it, and I was afraid to see that for myself. I've been a "baaaad Mommy".
Captivated Movie Review

Did you know there are more tv's than children per household? Most households have more tv's than people? We have two children and 4 tv's! One in the living room and one in each bedroom.

Media consumption has steadily gone up over the years. By the time a student graduates high school, they will have watched 53 hours of tv per week, for a total of between 18,000 and 22,000. Teenagers are sending 3,339 texts per week according to Nielsen Media. They sleep with the phone under their pillows at night so even if a text comes in at 2am, they can wake up and answer it. 

When our children are babies, their brain triples in size in their first 2 years of life. If they are exposed to tv before the age of 3, it shortens their attention span. I'm ashamed to admit all the times I would sit my little ones in their bouncy seats in front of a PBS cartoon.




Our children are playing games all the time, whether it's on a phone, Xbox, tablet, or computer. And each time they get to another level, they feel like they've accomplished something. But that false accomplishment affects the same part of the brain and gives the same affect as smoking crack, minus the brain damage. Whatever the brain does alot of, it gets good at.

We are amusing ourselves to death, the more tv we watch, the dumber we are getting. Our addiction to video games parallels 1 to 1 with gambling addiction.

When I sat down to watch the DVD, it was early morning, before I got the kids up. I had pad and pen in hand so I could take notes. And I'm glad I did. I was able to make some notes of things to discuss with the kids. And we actually had that discussion that day. In our household of me, my husband and our two kids; we have our two cell phones, the kids have old ones to play their games on, my daughter has a DS, I have a Kindle Fire. We have an Xbox 360 and 4 tvs. Not to mention my laptop. We also have a desktop, but it is currently non-functional.

If we're not doing lessons, and their not outside, their either watching tv, or playing a game. Sometimes doing both at the same time! If I'm not on the computer, I'm on my phone. I tell myself that it's part of my "job", if I'm not writing a review, I'm posting on FB for either my Lilla Rose or Plexus businesses. Or I'm talking or texting. And if it's not that, I'm playing Candy Crush! 

So, the kids and I have made a pact to spend less time, ALOT less time on the gadgets and in front of the "boob tube". We don't have alot of games, but my goal is to get more. We're going to spend more time reading, coloring, drawing. Playing things that use our imagination.  We're going to tune in to each other and turn off the electronics.

We've always kept an eye on what their watching, what games their playing. We don't allow anything that's not for their age group. 

Captivated ($16.95) is meant for parents, but I'd recommend watching it with your children if they are old enough. Get them in on the discussion, get them excited about the options of things to do in place of having our faces in front of a screen.

Don't forget to check out the reviews of my fellow Crew Mates also.

You can also find Captived on social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaptivatedTheMovie
Twitter: @CaptivatedMovie


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Blessings!

Alicia

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spelling You See ~ {TOS Review Crew}

Spelling You See Review
We were recently blessed to be able to review Spelling You See, the new spelling curriculum from the same company who does Math-U-See, Demme Learning. And what a blessing it has been! We've done other's over our first two years of homeschooling, but I think I've seen more progress and more enjoyment of the program from my children with Spelling You See than any of the others.

Spelling You See Review
We were even more blessed when we received not only Listen and Write, Level A for Baby Girl, but Jack and Jill, Level B for Little Man!

The lessons in this program are designed to be used in short lessons, 10 minutes per day. Which works great with the short attention spans of my children! And they don't get so overwhelmed that they get tired and don't want to do anymore.

There are no grade levels in Spelling You See, you choose the level that would best fit your child at their stage of learning. To best determine what level your child would be in, check out the Placement Guidelines on the website.

Listen and Write works to help your child develop the concepts of how letters are formed and sound. So they're able to put letters together to form words. They say the sound, write the letter and hear themselves say the sound, connecting the visual, kinesthetic and auditory aspects of learning. 
Spelling You See Review

At the top of the worksheets in Listen and Write are letters that she practices forming. She will first say the sound, then trace the letter, then write her own.  Then there are short words for her to say and trace, she then writes them for herself. We do 10 minutes a day, as recommended, and she's learning and loving it!

Spelling You See Review
And the Instructor's Handbook couldn't be easier for the teacher! A little bit of reading, then short descriptions about each section of lessons, and then a Daily Dictation List with words for each lesson! And a General Dictation List with Words with Three Letters, Beginning Blends, Ending Blends, Five Letter Words, Double Consonants at the end. It's wonderful! 

Listen and Write is for students who are just grasping the concept of letter-sound correspondence. I would say ages 4-7, my daughter is 6 and this program is working wonderfully for her. Level A consists of the Instructor's Handbook for $14 and the Student Pack for $20. The Student Pack also included a Handwriting Guide and Sticker PackThe stickers can be used for rewards, or even to help with those letters your student is having trouble with.
Spelling You See Review

Jack and Jill is for students who are moving on from the phonetic stage of development to the skill building stage, my little man is 8.  This is the level we received for Little Man. It is Level B and uses nursery rhymes to teach spelling skills and introduce new words.  Level B consists of the Instructor's Handbook for $14 and the Student Pack for $30, which includes the two student workbooks, handwriting guide and erasable colored pencils.
We also do the 10 minutes a day with Little Man, and to say the change in him is awesome is an understatement! We read the nursery rhyme together, then he writes it out, and will circle the words that are indicated, for instance, the proper names, or letters beginning with R.

For both children, they're excited about learning spelling, and reading. They're not getting worn out and tired before we're done, and I'm actually seeing them develop! The change in my son's handwriting has been amazing to say the least!
Spelling You See Review
And the Instructor's Handbook is just as wonderful for Jack and Jill as it is for Listen and Write! The resources are wonderful and there's an Answer Key for the lessons also.

If you have children who are either struggling, or showing that resistance in doing the work, I urge you to check out Spelling You See. Don't just take my word for it though, check out the reviews of my fellow Crew Mates!

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Blessings!

Alicia

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop

Tots and Me

Spring is here, well, supposedly. I am still waiting with great anticipation to really experience "spring." I guess it is fortunate that Easter (or Resurrection Sunday) is later in the month this year. Not only is there the chance that it may be warmer so we can do our Egg Hunt outdoors, but we have more time to get ready.

We would like to welcome you to the first week of the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop! What is Hopping Along to Easter? Well, it is a weekly blog hop that will last from now through the Friday after Easter. Each week there will be a new topic related to the celebration of Easter. We would love for you to come back each week and check out the current topic.  We ask that you compose a related post answering the question, or share an old post that fits the theme. Please include the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop Button or a text link back to the hop, and head on over to any of the co-hosts' blogs to link up. Your post be as long or short as you want it to be.  We will be choosing a co-host from those who link up a relevant post during the week.  The co-host will have the linky on their blog for the following week.

Please take the time to visit the blogs of those who have linked up.  Leave a comment.  Follow them.  Wish them a Happy Easter.
Don't forget to follow the hostesses.  We will gladly stop by your blog and follow you back.

Here is this week's question:

What do you do to prepare for/get ready for Easter?

Do you have anything special you do to prepare yourself, your family, your home for this holiday. During Christmas we spend a lot of time buying and wrapping presents, sending Christmas cards, baking cookies or making candy, decorating our homes.  What do you do to make Easter special?

We are looking forward to reading your posts, visiting your blogs and following you.


(Please be aware that irrelevant posts, links to your main blog instead of a specific post and giveaways will be deleted. Please only link up posts relevant to the weekly theme. Thank you for your understanding.)

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