Monday, May 28, 2018

Menu Monday for 5/28/18

Running late, so with no fanfare here is the plan for this week's dinners:

Saturday (5/26):  Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches, milk shakes

Sunday (5/27):  brisket, potatoes, carrots, salad, rolls

Monday (5/28): cheeseburgers, potato chips, salad

Tuesday (5/29): spaghetti, salad, Texas toast

Wednesday (5/30): navy bean soup, salad, rolls

Thursday (5/31)(CAP): pan fried chicken, rice, broccoli

Friday (6/1): Guys out on CAP training exercise

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Homeschool Graduation

It started many years ago, when a little boy was five years old, and his mom and dad didn't send him off to Kindergarten.

 It is amazing that we've reached the end of our journey! 

On May 11, 2018, our little guy, now a man, officially graduated from our home school.

We had our oldest in from Denver, and our middle daughter in from Virginia with her husband. We set our date, ordered a cake, arranged for the immediate family to be in attendance. We invited our son to invite friends and asked him who else would he like to have at our celebration.

And then the graduate announced that he really didn't want to make a big deal out of this.

Well, too bad! So we love our graduate and want him to have his day the way he wants to have his day, but we still required him to make some concessions for us. We would keep it to immediate family, but we still wanted to present the diploma and celebrate with a nice meal and cake.

So our young man conceded. Donning his cap and gown, he put up with us holding a small formal ceremony where we awarded him his diploma.
 His dad read through the diploma to him...

 And awarded the diploma with a hand shake...

 And then posed for a few photographs for us.

After a lovely meal of rib eye steak on the grill with fried onions, baked potatoes, and salad, we served the cake. It was cut once before we remembered to photograph it.

So our lad is graduated and is moving on to college. It is an exciting time. And it is a turning point for this blog. How can I call myself "Homeschool Review" when I have no more students? The end of a 27-year era for me. I guess I become "Homeschool Recovery" or "Homeschool Retired" or something?... Well, to be determined.

Onward to college and Air Force ROTC!

I would like to once again extend my gratitude to Homeschool Diploma for their kindness in providing our family with Vintage Diploma with the optional add on Cap & Gown package to help us make our graduation celebration  particularly memorable for our last homeschool student. I am so thankful we were able to do that for our son.

To read about more graduates of the Homeschool Review Crew in 2018, please click the button below.
New American Cursive & Traditional Logic {Memoria Press Reviews}

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Menu Monday for 5/21/18

This week I am calling "Plant Strong". That means some of the meals are leaning more vegan/vegetarian. Here's the plan:

Saturday (5/19):  French Lentils, salad

Sunday (5/20):  black bean chili, corn tortillas, salad

Monday (5/21): French bread pizza, salad

Tuesday (5/22): picadillo, biscuits, salad

Wednesday (5/23): navy bean soup, salad, rolls

Thursday (5/24)(CAP): pan fried chicken, rice, broccoli

Friday (5/25):  Date night/dinner out

Friday, May 18, 2018

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC - A TOS Homeschool Crew Review

In April I received a copy of T is for Tree: A Bible ABC from Reformed Free Publishing Association to review.
Reformed Free Publishing Association

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC is a beautiful hardcover book designed for children ages 3 - 6.

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC
I no longer have children that age in my home, but at church this year I have been serving in children's ministry once a month and in MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) twice a month. I volunteered to read this book to my little charges!

The children in my audience were actually about age 2. I was amazed at how easy it was to read this book and keep the young ones' attention.

What I saw immediately when I received the book was illustrations with deep detail. I wasn't sure these illustrations would keep toddlers' attention. I was wrong.
T is for Tree: A Bible ABC
As I read this book to a little girl on my lap, I could see the beauty of the way this book is written. For very young children, you can read through the entire book reading just the first line of each page: "A is for ANT". I wondered if this was where I would need to stop for a 2 year old. It was not. I was able to read the entire page on some pages! That means I read all the way down to that Bible verse on the bottom! For the most part, though, for this young age I read like "X is in FOXES: In holes they have a bed; But for us Jesus suffered this: No place to lay his head."
T is for Tree: A Bible ABC
I also liked the illustrations around the edge of the pages. On "B is for BOW" I liked asking questions like, "Can you find a frog?" or pointing to the bear and asking, "Do you know what that animal is?"

The next time I did childcare during church I got to read the book to a 5-year-old boy. Again, the story totally held his attention. Also, it was fun to note how many more of the animals this little boy knew than the 2-year-old girl had known. He knew most of them! Not only that, it was almost like I could hear his brain-gears working overtime when I made a correction on his guess, like when I said, "That's called a 'starfish'."

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC
On "A is for ANT" I had fun seeing how high kids could count by asking, "How many ants do you see?" For the 2-year-olds it was pretty predictably a count to about 10. I didn't have the older boy count them. I didn't think of it that time.
T is for Tree: A Bible ABC
This is a very sweet book, and offers a soothing way to introduce some scripture into a reading time each day. Consider owning one yourself or buying it for a toddler you love. To read more reviews of T is for Tree: A Bible ABC from Reformed Free Publishing Association, please click on the link below.

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC {Reformed Free Publishing Association Reviews}