16 April 2017

Easter 1953

My father is the twin on the left.  I remember making odd paper crafts as a child as well.

14 April 2017

BJU Heritage Studies 4 Review

We've been using the "Distance Learning" option, which basically means that in addition to using the workbook and the textbook in our studies, we can also log in and watch video lessons online.  The fourth grade Heritage Studies curriculum covers American history from the Civil War through World War II.

What I like about the curriculum is that it doesn't talk down to the children.  It seems that the written textbook is a higher academic level than the online teaching or the workbook.  Which is fine, because watching is a more casual experience, and in terms of writing, children often don't write so well as they understand the material presented.

I'll give some examples:

The workbook is in full colour, and as you can see, I am allowing the children to write their ideas down freely. We are working on spelling these states properly during spelling time, though, I promise.  Can you tell that two children are sharing the workbook together?  It is their time to negotiate and figure out what goes where and to collaborate a bit.

Thumbing through the textbook, you can see that it goes into some pretty good detail considering it's for fourth graders.

The online program comes with PDFs so you can print supplemental worksheets to do at home.

I left a sample lesson above.  They always detail what materials you'll need.  Rarely to never do they ask for weird stuff like two yards of rope, but otherwise this is pretty much the sort of lesson you'd tune into each day or twice weekly or whatever.  You get to watch the lessons over and over during your agreement time, so you get to it whenever you feel like it.  I often use the video lessons for the children when I have something to do that will take 20 minutes or I just want a short break for lunch. 

It's a good break from my routine and I know the children are still learning quite a bit.  They love it.  I'm not sure if we'll continue next year as it's rather expensive.  We might want to try another subject next time for variety. 

12 April 2017

Thomas Nelson KJV Compact Thinline Review

The Thomas Nelson KJV Compact Thinline Bible is pretty much the perfect size to pop in a purse on the way to church or throw in a suitcase for travel.  I've included a photo of my hand next to the bible for reference - you can see that the type inside is going to be readable but small.  For travel, I'd honestly just keep it in the sturdy sleeve and tuck it somewhere it won't slide out and not bother with an expensive Bible cover. 

I have another much older Thomas Nelson KJV bible that is a mini-mini size and in battered but readable condition.  It's hard to explain but there's something about this new Bible that made me go hunt down my older little Bible and check for the publisher and sure enough, same outfit.  That makes me pretty confident that this Bible will stand up to any sort of regular use without falling apart.

I'm not including the picture of the book I got from the publisher because even with the glare, I think mine's better.  From the photo you can see the softness of the material and the nice stitching.  It doesn't have that new leather smell because it's not real leather but ohhh it is very soft.  True to the advertisement, it does lie flat so that one does not have to pry open the book in the middle to read to the end of the line.

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02 April 2017

A Modern Culture Moment

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe is otherwise known as "Salt Bae".  This salt-sprinkling meme has been driving me nuts because I didn't know what it "meant".  It seems to be on every corner of the internet.  It's even on my coffee!  Good grief.  I'll spare you all the videos in which he spanks the meat "sensually" before salting it. You are welcome to google that stuff for yourself.

29 March 2017

My Downstairs Bathroom.

See how tiny?  I have to stand outside the room so that you can see it.  To the right is enough wall space so that the shower door opens out.  Next to that is a small louvered door, behind which is my furnace/ hot water heater.  That's it.  That's the size of my bathroom.  I think it likely is actually a converted utility room as it's just in such an odd spot in the house and there are no windows.  If the door to the bathroom were not open, you would see the stairs going down to this floor ending right there.  So there is no way to expand this bathroom unless I were to re-plumb everything or make some hugely expensive home makeover/ redo (unlikely).

Oh well.  Now that my shampoos and whatnot are moved back in, it will do until the next paint job.  It was about the colour of the tiles before (and perhaps a bit lighter) which really worked, but it showed every possible scuff. 

Rose painted the little chickadee picture you see on the wall.  It's a paint by number set her Nana and Grandpa sent for her birthday. 

28 March 2017

My Kitchen Counter

Well, I'm repainting the bathroom and it's a very SMALL bathroom (about the size of a closet), so all my shampoos and assorted things are up here in the kitchen.  My, is my shampoo all gunky with hard water and not as clean as I thought.  I need to just pitch the over-shower sprayer caddy also.  Yeew.  Maybe I need to just pitch everything.  Aaand we've left the barbecue sauce on the countertop.

Ever do 500 things around the house all in one day and by the end of the day everything in your home is a jumbled mess?  That's my day today.

Also?  In retrospect I am almost finished painting the bathroom a hideous colour.  It looked nice on the tin but now it's on the wall I'm thinking, why, why did you do that?  Dark brown isn't a bad colour but it's bringing out all the little nicks and defects on the walls and making the teeny room look even smaller.

I had thought that a dark colour would just withstand the usual bumps and scuffs better.  Oh well.  We're sticking with this for at least a little while because I just don't want to do more work than I have to at this point.