Though my diaper days are over, I was thrilled to review "Balancing Diapers & Deadlines" from Lisa Tanner Writing.
Well, I'm glad you asked.
I started up a business when my youngest was in middle school and I wish I had gone through this course, first. You see, my children didn't understand what I was doing or why. I had a hard time and went years without accomplishing anything for my business.
As I finished up the first lesson, I said, "Why oh why didn't I do that?" Lisa shared three ways to get your family on board in the beginning: explain the changes that will take place, share the reasons why you are starting a business, and talk about your business. Instead, in my house, my children were resentful so I didn't put time into the business or ever talk about it with them. Big mistake!
Next, Lisa shared about creating flexible routines. Another "Wow! Why didn't I do it the way she suggests moment!" She even shares how to teach your children to be flexible. By this point in the course, I was so impressed!
We enjoyed joining the Brinkman Adventures when we listened to Season 6: Underground Rising.
Before I tell you all about Season 6, I want to give you some background information on me. You see, I am a real Corrie ten Boom fan. She was a true hero during World War II, hiding Jews and working with the Dutch Resistance.
Knowing this about me, you have to realize that I was absolutely thrilled that the topic was the Dutch Resistance during World War II.
Let me make a few things clear about Brinkman Adventures Season 6: the acting is awesome, the screen writing is excellent, and the story catches you up into the excitement of World War II.
My favorite part was the way the story started with the children visiting their grandmother. She begins to tell the story of her brave husband, her courageous friends, and herself fighting the Nazis during World War II. Every once in awhile she reappears in the story to make a comment or explain something more clearly. This made the story so much more personal.
This radio show is based on a true story. In fact, I was so excited to see on the Real Stories pages of the website supplemental information on each episode. We saw photos of Reng and Lynn VanKesteren and learned more about the main characters in the radio episode. I love the picture and saved the link so I can listen to a podcast with the couple later. How exciting!
The Real Stories page also contained a recipe for oliebollen, or Dutch doughnuts. For each of the other episodes 56-60, there is information and a link to a podcast to listen to.
In fact, I found the podcast page on the Brinkman Adventures website. Lots of great podcasts to listen to. You can listen to them here.
CashCrunch Careers from CashCrunch Games helps people of all ages answer the question, "What do you want to do when you grow up?' Choosing a vocation and career can be a scary, overwhelming process.
One thing I loved about the website was the information on the Careers webpage about various careers. They list 17 different career segments (like Architecture & Construction, Education & Training, Finance, or Health Science). You can click on any of the career areas to learn more about all the different careers to choose from. There is a wealth of information on this website about careers.
CashCrunch also has free games you can play on their site. These games help middle school and high school students learn more about managing money. You can play them here.
I was very excited to be able to take a carer survey from CashCrunch Careers. In addition, my daughter Shine and my young friend Marielle took the career surveys.
When I took the career survey, the results gave me a wide variety of fields to choose from including human resources manager, education administration elementary and secondary, education administration post-secondary, cost estimator, lodging manager, and public relations managers. I had to laugh because they all describe the different hats I wear as a homeschooling mom, pastor's wife, and homemaker.
There is also a video that explains the survey and results to help you better understand your survey results. That was helpful.
We are studying American history this year in homeschool co-op.
The week we learned about Jamestown, we decided to build the settlement out of pretzels and cereal.
Would you like to see what we did?
I will take you step by step through our process.
But first, true confessions. Our fort walls looked awesome but they didn't stand up on their own. Next time, Laura and I decided that we will bake a dense cake to stick the fort walls into so that we have a nice sturdy perimeter.
Aside from that, everything was perfect. We had such a great time creating the buildings and the fort.
We used pretzel sticks to make the log buildings, pretzel logs to make the walls, cheese crackers for windows and doors, and frosted mini-wheats for the ceilings. We used royal icing for glue, making everything edible.
Ready for a whirlwind tour? Here we go.
Remember that history can we fun! We certainly experienced that fun making our edible Jamestown fort.