Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gidget Goes Reviewing: Product Review--Wisdom From the Wardrobe

Wisdom From the Wardrobe is a unit study for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.  It is a complete curriculum but users will want to supplement Grammar and Math.  It includes all instructions and suggested readings to complete the unit study and make a portfolio of the student’s work.  A notebook and dividers will be needed to complete the portfolio.  Also needed are the book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, supplemental books (can be bought or borrowed from the library), paper, pencils, and lots of imagination.  The authors suggest a membership to and Giant Science Resource by Evan Moor Publications would also be helpful.  The product also has websites for the use of the student and teacher.  This is a faith based program but should be reviewed by individual families to make sure it goes along with their own beliefs.

Made especially for homeschoolers, Wisdom from the Wardrobe is written for students in first through sixth grades.  It can be used with a variety of learning styles and parent teachers should tweak the curriculum to fit their students.  Keep in mind that younger students will not be able to do all the activities and may need to be read to.  Older students should be able to do many activities independently.

I really like that this is a complete curriculum.  The only things I have to add are grammar and math.  I can supplement history if I choose to.  This really worked well for our homeschool because of it being complete and being a unit study.   My children learn best from a unit study approach.  I also like that it includes Bible!  That is a huge selling point for me.
I would really like to see unit studies for the other Chronicles of Narnia books.  I think that would really complete this study.  I can see using all the books and unit studies to make an entire year’s curriculum.

Wisdom From the Wardrobe is highly suggested for homeschool families who enjoy digging into a good unit study.  

Note:  I was provided a free copy of Wisdom From the Wardrobe by Fortunately For You Books in exchange for my opinion of the product.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and completely unbiased.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Update on Goals

Well, things aren't going as well as I had hoped on my goals.  I was sick with a cold last week so I didn't go to the gym. I finally went back last night and I was exhausted after doing my strength training.  Hopefully I can get back to the gym today and Monday...maybe I won't be so tired by then and can get up in time to do water aerobics. 

Laundry.  Oh dear.  Well, I've almost done a load a day.  Three days I did 3-4 loads.  LOL...I figure it all comes out in the wash.  (pun intended)

Reading.  LOL...well, I think I've read the for fun book I picked up.  Not completely sure though.  Guess I'll keep reading it to make sure.  I did request a book for review from Bethany House Publishers.  Stay tuned for that review!  I'm super excited about it.  I reviewed the first novel in the series and am really looking forward to the next book.  The first one was exceptional so I'm thinking this one will be too.  ;)

For my bible study/personal enrichment book, I'm having a hard time getting into it.  I think I've heard so many good things about it, I was expecting it to be more.  Hopefully it will pick up.  I'll let y'all know.

I weighed in yesterday and have lost 9 pounds!  Yes, you read that right!  NINE pounds!!!  That seriously excites me. 

I'm off to prepare my children's church sermon for tomorrow.  Everyone have a blessed weekend!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Work on goals

Well, I started working on my monthly goals today.  First, we went to the gym.  So that's one day at the gym this week.  :)  We also went to the library and I picked up my "for fun" book.  I got The Storekeeper's Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter.  I also put on a load of laundry today.  It'll be going in the dyer shortly and be folded and put away after that.

How are you doing on your goals?  Are you setting monthly goals like I am or something else?

Happy New Year!

I'm a little late but just one day.  :)  Yesterday started out right with worshipping the Lord at our wonderful church.  God has really blessed us. 

There has been lots of talk about New Years resolutions.  You know, the things that most people break every year.  Well, some friends of mine decided to make montly goals instead.  I have decided to join them.  Forget making promises I can't keep.  I'm just not doing that this year.  Monthly goals are much easier to keep.

Here are my goals for January 2012:
1.  Read one personal enrichment/Bible study book.
2.  Read one book just for fun.
3.  Go to the gym at least 3 times a week.
4.  Lose 6 pounds.
5.  Do one load of laundry daily (washed, dried, and put away).

That's it.  I want to try for more but I don't want to overwhelm myself.  I've already started reading a personal enrichment/Bible study book.  I'm reading the Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson.  So far it is an excellent book.  I'd eventually like to do a mom's bible study at church using it.

What are your goals?