I can't believe it has been so long since I posted one of these. We started back to school on the 2nd of January and school has been going reasonably well. Buster just finished unit 20 of Bigger Hearts and we have been having a great time learning about early US history and important historical figures. Sweetpea is in unit 9 of Beyond, and Buttercup is in unit 9 of Little Hands. I decided to put Drawn Into the Heart of Reading on hold for a little while and I just put all the books I want Buster to read before the end of 3rd grade in a bucket and am letting him choose what to read. He has really impressed me by reading 4 books in the last two weeks. Sweetpea is getting better at reading herself and is almost done with the third Christian Liberty press phonics reader. I just finished reading the 21 balloons to Sweetpea this week and she absolutely loved that book! Buster started basketball today and we will get back to swimming next month. Buttercup will be starting swim lessons too. For some reason I have not taken any pictures of school this month, so instead I will show you some pictures of the snow we had and you can see Buttercup's 4 year old pictures here. She will turn 4 on Thursday!
Buddy didn't like the snow on his boots.
After this we had to come in for some hot cocoa and watch Martin's I have a Dream Speech!
We Choose Virtues is a complete Character training curriculum for elementary students.
"We Choose Virtues was created by Heather
McMillan, my wife of 20 years, out of her love for children and her
desire to see them reach their personal potential. As a preschool
teacher and a children’s pastor, it concerned her how often she
came across children whose lack of self control, honesty and
perseverance was almost debilitating. How could they succeed in life
without the skills that come from good character?"
The goal of We Choose Virtues is to instill values, Character, and good virtues into children from a young age. This is accomplished through colorful character cards, fun activities, goal charts, and more.We Choose Virtues focuses on 12 main Virtues: Diligence, Helpfulness, Perseverance, Gentleness, Contentment, Attentiveness, Honesty, Kindness, Self Control, Patients, Obedience, and Forgiveness.Each virtue is represented by a colorful cartoon character, and a explanation of what that virtue means. For example on the Diligence card it says, "I am Diligent. I start fast, work hard, and finish strong. I am NOT....slow to get started or lazy, and I don't quit early."They offer a whole host of colorful posters, cards, incentive charts, and teachers helps to guide you in teaching the 12 virtues. You have two choices for the products Faith Based(which includes scripture references), and non faith based(that contains just the character traits).
For the purpose of this review I was sent a set of the Virtue Clue cards featured above as well as a PDF of the other items pictures. The Coloring Book, Teachers Handbook, and Assessment chart. Sweetpea absolutely loves the virtue cards and had a great time picking a new virtue to practice each day. She even got all of the other kids involved and had them pick one as well. The coloring book was also a hit with Sweetpea because she loves to color. The book contains a picture to color for each virtue as well as a few worksheets. The Assessment chart is meant to be used as a way for parents to asses how well each child did at the end of the day with their virtue. As for the Teacher's Handbook I felt like I really could not do much with it because of the limited resources we were given and it seemed that much of it was geared towards a classroom setting. Non the less this is a 56 page PDF that explains how to implement and use their character training products. You will also find a plethora of fun activity suggestions in the Teacher's Handbook. If you want to find out more about We Choose Virtues be sure to visit their website. As far as product pricing goes you can pick up a set of the Virtue Clue Cards for $5.99+SH right now, they are normally $7.95, The Teacher's Handbook PDF is $4.99 or $19.99+SH for a hard copy, and the PDF coloring book is $3.00. They also sell a large selection of other products and complete classroom kits. The other products I received are free downloads always available.
I received The Virtue Clue Cards, and Teacher's Handbook Free of charge from We Choose Virtues in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was given.
Yet again we had the opportunity to review a CD from Maestro Classics! This time we received The Story of Swan Lake. This 54 minute CD contains; The Story of Swan Lake(a fully narrated version of Tchaikovsky's ballet), Tchaikovsky's Life, Speed Metal Swan(The music modernized), About the Music, "Tchaikovsky Wrote A Great Ballet", Want to have some fun? Prepare to Perform, and "Tchaikovsky Wrote a Great Ballet" Sing-along. As you listen to the CD you will enjoy all of the music of Swan Lake accompanied by the story, Learn about Tchaikovsky life, and more.Maestro Classics has a whole line of CD's intended for children ages 6-12, and I believe Swan Lake would specifically appeal to girls interested in Ballet. Sweetpea loved it and recognized the songs right away from her ballet DVD's. Buster also enjoyed it because the story does have action as well. His favorite part of the CD though was Speed Metal Swan. Maestro Classics also has available on their website free Homeschool Music Curriculum to accompany all of their CD's.The Story of Swan Lake is a fun way to introduce children to classical music and composers!
"The Story of Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s greatest ballet score, is
the tale of a prince who falls in love with a beautiful princess. The
princess, however, has been turned into a swan by an evil magician, and
only the prince’s love can break the spell. This narrated version of the
classic tale for children is sure to delight all who love ballet and
If you would like to here a sample of The Story of Swan Lake or find out more about the CD click Here! It is available from Maestro Classics as a CD with a small book for $16.98, or as a MPS download for $9.98. As a special this month if you buy the CD you get a free download of the Swan Lake Orchestral version. While you are visiting the Maestro Classics Website be sure to check out all of the other great CD's they have for sale. Also check out Maestro Classics on Facebook and Twitter.
The Story of Swan Lake CD was given to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review no other compensation was given.