Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Earthquake Study Resources

Every year Oklahoma has more and more earthquakes. They have been happening so frequently. It's actually a little scary. Just Tuesday we had more than 20 earthquakes occur in one day.  They have been making my daughters ask more and more questions. I would love to be able to accurately answer all of their "Why is this happening?" questions. I understand how earthquakes work, but to be honest, I'm also kind of wondering "Why so many?" I decided to put together an earthquake Pinterest board and an earthquake study to help answer their questions. I may not be able to explain why so many. However, together we will learn about how earthquakes work and how to be safe during one.

CLICK HERE to view the latest earthquakes around the world 

We found a fantastic FREE Earthquake Unit Study and Lapbook.

My daughters also learned about seismic waves and learned how scientist use seismometers to measure the seismic waves generated by earthquakes. We found a great video on how to make a seismometer. My daughters had a blast making it and jumping around to get it to record the movements.

Earthquakes for Kids - A wonderful website filled with educational earthquake information for kids. 

Here is a video I found on Youtube, showing the Jell-O experiment. We hope to do it soon.

Learn about Beno Gutenberg, a collaborator in developing the Richter magnitude scale

The Earths outer core was discovered by Beno Gutenberg in 1913. Today the boundary between the mantle and the outer core is known as the Gutenberg discontinuity. The area lies about 1800 mi beneath our feet. He was studying seismic waves traveling through the earth using seismographs stationed around the planet.

We hope you have found something useful and have a fantastic earthquake study!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Kids Songs ~ Review

Hello friends, My daughters and I recently had the opportunity to review some wonderful songs and a workbook from Happy Kids Songs. We received three song sets via download.

The wonderful workbook is called Happy Kids Songs Workbook: Hands-on Activities to Build Character, Social & Emotional Skills.

We were thrilled to do this review because our family loves music. I especially love music that teaches.

What is Happy Kids Songs?

Happy Kids Songs are up-beat and entertaining songs that help children learn good character, social and emotional skills. A gentleman named Dr. Mac and his team have produced eight Happy Kids Songs albums that are all professionally recorded. Dr. Mac. is a child psychologist, song writer, and music director for the PBS series Jay Jay the Jet Plane. 

As a child I absolutely loved learning with songs. I was able to retain much more when I did learn using songs. I think most people can relate. I mean, we all learned our ABC's from singing a song. I was really excited about reviewing Happy Kids Songs because of this reason. I knew it would be a great resource for my children. As a parent, I want my children to have good character, social and emotional skills. These songs are helping do just that. They are instilling these values through wonderfully fun and highly entertaining songs.

What are the Happy Kids Songs albums like?

Each album contains 5 songs and each song teaches a different skill.

Friends & Sharing album includes the song titles: 

Sailing on the Seven Cs - This song teaches about the ingredients of friendship. I felt like it instilled the values I really want my children to understand about how friendship works.

Everybody Wants to Find a Friend- This song teaches about the importance of reaching out to others.

Sharing Friends - In my opinion, every child needs to learning about sharing and this song is great about teaching how to include others in play.

Happy as Happy Can Be - Another great song about being happy with a friend.

Together - This song teaches about the importance of sharing time and saying goodbye.

Happiness & Attitude album includes the song titles:

Shake It Out and Dance - This song teaches children to turn their "can’t" into "I can"

Who Knows What’s a Kudo? - A fun song that reinforces the importance of giving compliments.

I Don’t Understand - Teaches children about handling limitations.

Be Good to Yourself - A song about the being good to yourself and the pathways to happiness.

Better Together - A great song about being together and being apart.

Manners & Character album includes the song titles:

H-o-n-e-s-t-y - Being honest is a must and this song is wonderful at teaching the value of honesty.

The Magic Word - A catchy song about learning manners.

Quirks - We were all made wonderful and different and this song teaches the importance of appreciating those differences.

The Golden Rule - A song about teaching consideration for others.

Six Little Kids - We don't all have the same perspectives and I loved how this song taught about honoring other perspectives.

How did we use Happy Kids Songs?

After downloading the songs to my computer, I decided to put them onto a CD. Putting them on a CD made the songs more accessible to my daughters. They were able to listen to the songs not only at home, but also in the car.

The Cd was played a bunch while doing chores around the house. Other times, when listening to the songs, they would dance and sing. They used the workbook to find the lyrics to follow along. I enjoyed the times they would sing the songs without the music even playing. I knew that it was something that was sticking with them. I felt that listening to the songs also presented me with the opportunity to talk and teach more about certain character skills. 

The workbook is a wonderful compliment to the songs. I loved how it shares the lyrics for each song along with activities that reinforce the values that the songs teach. My daughters enjoyed completing the worksheet activities. 

Final Thoughts

When looking for resources for teaching character skills, I would have never originally thought about looking for music. I'm thankful to have been able to review Happy Kids Songs. The songs and workbook were absolutely a perfect fit for our family and we will enjoy it for years to come in the form of continuing to listen to the songs and in watching the character growth of our daughters. I believe the songs would be a great addition to any character study.

Friends, How I wish I was able to play the songs for you. They are so fun and catchy. However, don't just take my word for it. Do check them out for yourselves. I think you will be very pleased with the amount of passion and dedication that has went into each song.

What does Happy Kids Songs cost?

You can currently purchase each album for $4.95

If you are only interested in certain songs you can also purchase them for 99 cents per download.

The Happy Kids Songs Workbook  can currently be purchased for only $12.56

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Wizzy Gizmo ~ Review

Hello friends, My daughters and I recently had the opportunity to review Audio Drama One: Who Created Everything? from Wizzy Gizmo. What a fun review! It was refreshing to review a product that was not only fun and entertaining, but also one that explored the Bible.  I am always looking for ways to include sound Biblical material in my daughters education and I found that with Audio Drama One: Who Created Everything?

What is Wizzy Gizmo?

Wizzy Gizmo is a series of Bible books for kids, Bible audio dramas, Bible flashcards, and many more Bible resources. These resources have the purpose to equip children for life by exploring God’s Word. Great resources with a great purpose.

Wizzy Gizmo is also a wonderfully entertaining character. He is a genius inventor who loves to make fun gizmos and most importantly loves to explore the bible. My daughters fell in love with Wizzy Gizmo. They talked about how fun it would be to be an inventor that could explore the way he does. It was perfect for them to be able to listen to the audio and through their imaginations actually be able to explore the bible right along with him.  

Audio Drama One: Who Created Everything? is a 36 minute Bible audio drama CD from Genesis chapter one. There is also an additional 24 minutes of bonus soundtrack content. While it is recommended for ages 4-12, I found it to be perfect for all ages.  

In the beginning of the audio drama, Professor Wizzy Gimzo places the bible on his invention called Gizmovision. The invention brings Genesis chapter one of the bible to life and sent my children on a memorable learning adventure right along with Wizzy Gizmo and his friends. Gizmovision, allows the characters in the story to hear, see, and touch everything that happens in Genesis chapter one as if they are really there. I loved the fact that my daughters used their imaginations to visualize what the characters were doing and learning. I know that my children were familiar with Genesis chapter one, but I never realized how having an audio drama such as Audio Drama One: Who Created Everything? could be so wonderful in capturing their attention and teaching in a way that was memorable and educational.  I was blown away at how the audio did indeed capture their attention and even helped to start Biblical family discussions. At the end of the audio, Wizzy Gizmo, asks questions to help children remember what they had learned. I loved this and appreciated that my children were able to answer correctly, assuring me that they were indeed listening and entertained.

My oldest two daughters said that there favorite part was learning more about Genesis in such a fun way. My youngest daughter, Raylee, had fun learning the songs and singing along to them. She absolutely loves music and said that the songs were one of her favorite parts. I also enjoyed the songs and felt that they were a great addition to the story.


I also loved that Audio Drama One: Who Created Everything? is on a CD. It is nice to have a resource that can be used in an array of ways. For instance the CD can be played while completing household chores, in the car, at bedtime, and any other convenient time. The first time we listened we actually arranged time to sit together in our living room and listen as a family. We recently took a family vacation and I know that if we would have
had the CD, it would have been a perfect opportunity to listen to it. Also, I'm not opposed to reading bedtime stories, but honestly this is so perfect to put on at bedtime for a wonderful bedtime story that doesn't have to be read. 

Final Thought

Anytime I can teach my children God’s truth with resources like Audio Drama One: Who Created Everything? is a huge advantage in training them up in the Lord. I feel blessed to have been able to do this review and highly recommend it. 

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Random 5 on Friday ~ Aug 15th

1) It's time to start preparing and planning for our year and I literally haven't done much. I feel like we just started our break. 

2) My husband and I took the girls tubing at the lake a few days ago. They had an absolute blast. 

3) We gathered the seeds from our sunflowers and roasted them. It was the first time we had ever done that. We were shocked at how many seeds there were. It would have been a better experience had our oven not been out of commission. We used a toaster oven and it took what seemed like forever. 

4) Today I plan on re-organizing my kitchen cabinets. Usually I dread doing it, but I've gathered some inspiration from Pinterest and I'm ready to tackle it. 

5) I checked my e-mail this morning and found out I had won a giveaway (Home School Adventure Co. books) I entered last week. That was a wonderful start to my morning. 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Lonely Homeschool Mom

I've heard. Oh! have I. That it is so important for homeschoolers to socialize their children. Ha! We can't be weird un-socialized homeschoolers. :) My children are social. Truth is, I sometimes think my children are more social than I am. I rarely hear anything about mom though. Nobody really addresses the loneliness a homeschool mother can feel. It's real! Very real. I have lived it.