Monthly Archives: August 2015

MFW Exploring Cultures and Countries Preparation and Week 1

It is the beginning of another school year. It looks a little different this year as this time, we have two in high school and the younger two are 5th and 7th grade.

Barring any arguments about what or how school will be done, we should conquer all and learn this year once again.

We are using My Father’s World- Exploring Cultures and Countries, Ancient History and Literature as well as US history. This will be our 6th year using My Father’s World.

I am working hard to keep things very simple and focusing on learning, but yet, not stress about it to an extreme.

It seems there has to be a good balance between overloading students and lacking discipline.


We have finished Week 1 and are onto Week 2…


11888013_10204936237545495_8440779391108698358_n Grade 12 books that do not have a home yet and are still sitting in the living room on the bench.

11949269_10204936237385491_1516753798422191573_nGrade 7 book Basket- ready to go

11953110_10204936236865478_3423488326522991488_nGrade 9 Book Basket – Ben Hur is one of the extra reads we are going to try for as well. I also bought an Usborne Encyclopedia as I am going to work on some the ECC geography with my 9th grader as well.

11896187_10204936236625472_6296235972350915425_n 5th Grade Reading basket

11254117_10204893682321641_3085528098806014895_n My organized shelf in my room with binders, extra books we are not using, pencils, glue, crayons, scissors etc.

11895122_10204881139808086_7601148495899907716_o-2 My main basket… stored in the living room.



I feel very unprepared this year, but am going slowly, but surely forward!

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Never Said by Carol Williams


Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

Book Description

From bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), a contemporary YA novel about a family that has been caught up in what doesn’t matter and how two sisters realize that their relationship—no matter how different the two of them are—is most important.

In this contemporary YA novel by bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), fifteen-year-old fraternal twins Annie and Sarah are sisters, but that is where their interaction ends. Then Annie begins to withdraw from the family, forcing Sarah to investigate why-and the secret she uncovers changes their relationship forever.

Never Said explores not only the effects of abuse but also our world’s reliance on self, beauty, and other people’s perceptions. With themes of forgiveness, love, sacrifice, and hope woven throughout the story, teens and other fans of young adult fiction will be drawn to this story of two sisters who must find a way to come together and find the healing they both need.

My Review:

This book has a beautiful cover and an alternative writing style that will appeal to many teens that do not read a ton. The chopped clipped sentences were unusual for me. I enjoy a more in depth literature with well thought out vocabulary normally, but also love young adult reads on harder topics. This book is written in more a journal type style, with slang and not a lot of detail. It works hard to address some topics that many teen girls may face, abuse, weight, bullying, rejection and issues with parents. The book, like others from this publisher, only takes place over a week. I felt as if I knew the girls about as well as I would know a new neighbor that I have known for a week. I was mildly interested, felt sorry for them, but was not invested enough to care too much what happened.

I think the author did a good job with writing a book to engage readers that struggle with deeper books, but still need to read about hard topics. She failed in engaging readers in any kind of redeeming quality. There was even some unhealthy behavior that was not addressed at all by any of the adults. The reader would be left wondering what was the right thing.

Depression, angst and humiliation is throughout the story without many redeeming qualities.

However, this book, for the intended audience will likely cause some young women to think. It would be one that you could hand a non-Christian friend, as there is no mention of anything Christian in this book.


This book was given to me for review by BookLook Bloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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Homeschooling- In The Grocery Store

When you are a homeschooler, you end up realizing pretty quickly that school ends up being a way of life.

One thing that I found was that you can find some great resources to help you teach practical skills, while getting your errands done with a little planning.

Grocery Cart Math is a great resource that can be good for 3rd-6th graders to not only keep the kids busy in the grocery store, but also fulfill an extra math assignment. You can write in the book, but also, I believe this one is reproducible in your own family. Make sure to check the copyrights in the front though.

This fun activity can be done at home. You can carry it as far as you want into the grocery store, or just work on it at home for awhile. It takes a little creativity and grocery store ads… It is cheap, and you will have more savvy shoppers in the future after this. Grocery Store Ads

There are many other links to ideas to help incorporate real life skills into our children. Math often sometimes seems hard to use for children in the classroom or at the kitchen table. For boys, especially, that love to eat, making it a practical application can really help excite them. They can see the reality of how it is useful!

Check out a few of these other links for ideas you can use. Some of them were made for classrooms, so change and make them work for you.

Money Math at the Grocery Store

Math At the Grocery Store  

Printable Grocery Store Math $5

The Math Chef 

All in all, keep it simple. If you don’t have time before the grocery store run, do something simple. Hand your child a calculator. Everything you put in the cart, have them keep track of it. As you shop, ask for the running total. If you have coupons, let them keep track of them and show them how to figure if it is really saving you money.

As they get older, involve them in meal planning, shopping, cooking and figuring out how to stick to a budget. Often we teach our high schoolers Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and Chemistry and they leave home and go into debt over groceries. Those subjects are important, but start with the small stuff when they are young too.

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Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin


Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the book:

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

My Review:

I have throughly enjoyed all of Sarah Sundin’s books, I mean, what is not to like? Beautiful covers, flawed characters, World War 2 fiction? All of my favorite things!

This one is a little different than her others, which threw me for a loop at first and I realized that I wanted to sit down and concentrate on it. I usually do a fly by reading, which means I read in very short segments. My life has been busy, so it has been more 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there, than anything else for reading. It is not terribly satisfying, but better than nothing.

However, for this book, I highly recommend giving it your full attention. It starts out slow, but pulls you in with the subtle mystery surrounding events that take place before WW2.  Sarah’s ability to create pretty characters with distinct flaws is no different in this book. I loved seeing the characters grow and change throughout the story.

I will also say this, if you love 1940’s fashion, you will adore this book! Check out Sarah’s Pinterest board for pictures, but this book describes the dresses in such good detail, I felt like I could go and buy it at the store and I knew what it looked like already!

While this book surprised me with the more mystery bent of it, I throughly enjoyed it and will look forward to the rest of this series! I already bought a second copy to lend/give away of this one and I suggest you do the same!

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