Saturday, June 24, 2017

Vacation and Wonder


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As we are nearing the end of this round of Blogging Through the alphabet, we are at letter W. I'm also including V from last week, as life simply did not allow enough time to type that one out last week. :)

V is for Vacation
W is for Wonder... as in let your children experience the wonder of new things at their own speed.

As a family where both parents work, we have had to be intentional about a lot of things that it seems others just do naturally. Maybe they have to be intentional as well, but they might have a little more time to plan than we do.


We love to go on vacations 

While it has often taken some creative budgeting to get there, we have been blessed to be able to take quite a few memorable vacations over these past 14 years of home education. Some only lasted 36 hours, a couple of them each lasted a week.

One of our favorite vacations was in 2013 when we travelled to Oklahoma. We were staying with our dear friends Mike and Ella for the week. They had invited us to visit them and attend the Delaware Nation Pow-wow with them. While there we also did a lot of sight-seeing, including seeing wild mustangs. Yes, there is a fence... on the side towards the state highway to keep the mustangs safe.





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On that vacation we also stopped at this adorable rest stop near Conway, Missouri. All of the picnic tables were enclosed in little Route 66 buildings. It is on I-44 at mile marker 111 Eastbound.

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Vacations can be a chance to visit friends, see new places, and get away from the ordinary routine of your life. Whether your vacation is two days or two weeks, we encourage you to go somewhere and make memories with your children.


W is for Wonder 

As in cultivate the wonder you see in your children's eyes. Let them explore something new. Let them meet new experiences at their own pace. This requires us Moms to slow down, as we often like to keep a schedule and check boxes.

Wonder does not come from checking boxes.

Wonder comes from watching ants, playing in the sand, catching fireflies, camping in the woods, mixing paints. All of those great (mostly outdoors) activities I grew up with in the 1970's that so many parents today think are too full of germs.

Germs, schmerms. Let your children get dirty. Let them have fun. Just last week our 17 year old paused what she was doing and sat for five whole minutes as she watched a spider wrap its prey up in a silk cocoon. "Mama, that was cool!"

Do you still find wonder in the things of nature around you? Are you still amazed by the birth of a new baby, whether it be a tiny human or a little calf? 

How long has it been since you sat and contemplated how the Creator of this vast Universe has given you the ability to create something yourself? Have you created recently? That creativity comes more readily when we cultivate our sense of wonder. Maybe it is time for you to create: a picture, a meal, a garden filled with flowers, or maybe it is time to make a pillow or a birdhouse with your children.


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Take time to plan a vacation, however short, where you can make memories. In the time between now and whenever that vacation happens, cultivate the wonder!

Until next week :)


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series ~ A Crew Review

Do your children love adventure? How about learning about history? Have you seen the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh? Arlene (17) was super excited when we learned that the Homeschool Review Crew was going to get a chance to review all five books in the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series. She had been checking them out one by one from the library to read them, but now she has her own complete set. Whether or not you are a fan of Rush Limbaugh's talk show, I encourage you to read Arlene's review below and learn more about this awesome series of books about true American History. These books would work well as family read-alouds, or as independent reading for those ages 9 and up. Once you get your children started, they will want to read all five books!


American History, Rush Limbaugh

The books came well packed and wrapped up with some Rush Revere ribbon with a pretty bow. I had to stop Arlene from untying them until I could make sure I got a picture for you. These hardback books come with full-color pages of a high-quality paper. There are illustrations, photos of historic paintings and a few modern photos of the locations that characters visit. I was really impressed with the quality of the books themselves. They are made to last, which is good, because Arlene has already read hers more than once!


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Besides being engaging stories that help explain history accurately, the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series has an accompanying website with so many additional features and games. Actually, RushRevere.com includes links to several websites under the Rush Revere banner that include games and activities, study guides, a homeschool depot, scholarships, book summaries and so much more! I'll include a few pictures below to give you a peek. 


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Thanks to the generosity of one of my blogging friends, Arlene now has her own stuffed Liberty. You can see then reading together at the bottom of this post. 

Now, the part I know you've been waiting for: Arlene's review! Arlene also made the following graphics for each book. :) I think my Rush Baby is almost all grown up.


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In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims you are first introduced to Rush Revere, a fun, history loving substitute teacher at Manchester Middle School, and his horse Liberty, a time traveling horse from the American Revolution who loves history and food. He starts teaching the Honors History class when the normal teacher Ms. Borrington is out taking care of a sick family member. In his class you meet Tommy, a fun and funny boy whose jokes usually get him sent to the principals office, Freedom, a quiet girl who loves nature and animals, and Elizabeth, the popular and not so friendly “Queen” of the school. Mr. Revere is a fun teacher who instead of teaching from a boring textbook uses Liberty’s time travel abilities to show the kids “videos” of historical events and then asks them what they thought about what was going on at the time. The fun starts when Tommy makes a joke in class about Rush’s outfit, (because he is dressed as his historical hero Paul Revere) and Rush, instead of sending him to the principal’s office, comes up with an idea to teach him more about history. So using Liberty’s time travel abilities he and Tommy go back to meet the Pilgrims who they have been learning about in school. Being there in 1620 Tommy learns more about just how hard it was for the pilgrims to leave the home they knew and take a dangerous sea journey to an all but unknown land. After spending some time on the Mayflower they come back to modern day to talk about what they learned. The next time they go they take Freedom (who also found out about Liberty’s gift) with them and they go to the time when the pilgrims were having a hard time surviving and how they managed to persevere despite all the hardships. Then they travel forward a little more in time and join the pilgrims for the first Thanksgiving and learn about the joys the pilgrims had about deciding to stay in their new land. In this book they meet some really cool historical figures like William Bradford, Miles Standish, and the Native American Squanto. 



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In the second book Rush comes back as substitute teacher while Ms. Borrington is on vacation. On his first day back we are introduced to Cam, a new kid in town who has made friends with Tommy, he likes jokes and fun but can also be really serious and loves history. In this book Rush and the Crew (which now also includes Cam) travel  back to the early days of America just before the start of the War for Independence, where they learn about why the Colonists didn’t like the king and what some of the events were that led up to the start of the war like the Stamp act, and the Boston Tea Party. They even visit the first Continental Congress. They meet really cool historical figures like Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry and even King George III. They also run into a bit of trouble when Elizabeth learns about Liberty’s abilities and tries to make Rush and the crew take her back in time so she can tell King George about what the colonies are planning so that he will make her royalty. But they foil Elizabeth's plan and make sure history stays as it really happened. 



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This book starts when Rush gets a call from Cam’s mother, she tells him about how Cam’s dad is overseas with the Marines and how Cam is having a hard time dealing with it. She also tells Rush how Cam doesn't really understand why his dad is gone and what he is fighting for. She had learned that Cam liked Rush’s class and she was wondering if Rush could help him. We meet with Cam again and find him fighting with Billy who is a bully and Cam is trying to make him stop picking on his friend Ed. Cam is having a hard time so to help him feel better Rush organizes a summer history class with the crew to have fun learning history. In this book they travel to the American Revolution and meet amazing people like Dr. Joseph Warren, Paul Revere, Samuel Daws, George Washington, Henry Knox, and John Hancock. They visit important events during the revolution like Paul Revere’s ride, the Battle of Lexington Green, Bunker Hill, and visit General Washington’s troops while they were camped over winter at Vally Forge. At the end of the book they even visit the first Continental Congress and witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  At then end of the book Cam has learned what the first American Patriots were fighting for and the reasons why his dad is fighting for them today.



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In this book Tommy’s grandfather whom he is really close to is in the hospital, and so to take his mind off of it Rush organizes a trip for the crew to Washington D. C. The crew along with Freedom’s Grandfather go around D. C. to all the cool museums and buildings from the capital building to outside of the White House. They have fun and meet a homeschooled girl named Maddie whom they hang out with. They go to a baseball game together and they make her a long distance crew member. During this book they go back in time to the Continental Congress and learn about Thomas Jefferson and the writing of the Constitution. They visit the War of 1812 where they meet Frances Scott Key while he was under the capture of the British near Fort McHenry and wrote what we now know as our National Anthem. They meet John Adams, Dolly Madison, and so many cool historical figures that they met before but get to know better in this book. 



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In this book Cam wants to run for school president, but Rush realizes that he wants to run because he wants to be popular, not because he fully realizes what an important and hard job it is. The Crew travels back in time to meet the first three presidents, while there Cam learns from George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson the importance of serving your people, listening to everyone's ideas, and leading your country (or school) with wisdom. They also meet other important historical figures like Abigail Adams and Martha Washington where they learn about how every amazing person needs other people around them to help them. Also running for president is “Queen” Elizabeth who is only interested in the cool kids and gives Cam a hard time during his campaign that he must overcome. 





I really like the books because the characters come alive, both the historical figures they talk to, and the modern day characters like Tommy, Cam, Freedom, Liberty and even Elizabeth. The characters are fun, and funny, but also thoughtful about what they learned. I can't wait for the next book to learn more about the amazing history of our country. 



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