Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Veritus Press Self-Paced Bible #hsreviews #classicaleducation #onlinebible #homeschoolbible @VeritasPress

I am a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. All opinions are my own.

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

For the past few months Mary and I have been learning about the Bible in an amazingly fun way thanks to Veritus Bible and their Self-Paced Bible; Old Testament 1- Genesis to Joshua.

I grew up in a Christian school for the majority of my childhood years. From second grade to eleventh to be exact. In our school, other than our normal studies, we also studied Bible everyday. And we also had special services every Wednesday called Chapel where we would hear a sermon type message. Since I had grown up in that type of situation for so many years, I knew when I got pregnant with Mary that I wanted the same for her. And since private school wasn't an option at that point, I decided to homeschool her to be able to teach her about the Bible.

Learning about the Bible was different throughout the years of being in my school. When I was young, my teachers liked to play word games or make up songs to help us remember things better. Still to this day I can tell you all 66 books of the Bible in order from the King James Bible thanks to my second grade teacher, Mrs. Calcutt. She made up a song to help us learn them in order and still to this day it has stuck with me.

Then I got into secondary school and Bible was pretty much memorization and tests.  And from those years, I can't really tell you what I learned at all. I want Mary to be able to learn but also have fun while she retains everything. And that's where Veritus Bible has come in.

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

Veritus Press has an online Bible program that teaches the Bible in a fun way that kids can learn from. Everything is done right online so you'll need a computer or a tablet to be able to access the lessons. But the best part is that the lessons are really fun. Each one of them includes video of your Israelite teachers explaining the lesson to you. They also have games, songs and great memory triggers to help kids retain what they learn.

At the end of each lesson, they have a test that counts towards their grade too. You have to pass to be able to go to the next lesson. And throughout the lesson, there are short quizzes that you have to pass correctly before you can pass onto the next slide.

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

We were able to review the Old Testament 1: Genesis to Joshua program and I have to say it is completely amazing. The videos kept Mary's attention and I loved that they really went over the material well to make sure she understood what she was learning.

The Self-Paced Bible course allows you to use the course with one child which was perfect for us. It also lets you have a login apart from your child so you can keep track of their progress too. I love being able to login to see what lesson Mary is on and what her grade was on her final test.

Honestly, this is probably the most fun Bible curriculum I have ever seen. The videos are engaging, the lessons are well written and planned, and it kept Mary's attention very well. She loved how interactive everything was and how it made learning about the Bible really fun.

If you have elementary aged children, I highly suggest this was your Bible curriculum. It is so amazing, plus there is no planning on your part either since everything is done right on the computer. And when your child is done with their test, simply print out their grade for their records. It's the best Bible curriculum we have ever tried and it works so well for our family that I know we will be continuing part Old Testament 1 and onto the others soon!

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Simple & Easy-to-Cook Baked Pecorino Chicken Recipe

Being a busy person, whether with work or other priorities in life makes it hard for you to find time to cook special meals for you and your loved ones. There are times when you just cannot prepare food anymore because you are tired and you simply opt to buy ready-to-eat meals, which are not that healthy. However, there are a lot of ways on how you can make quick dinners that will surely satisfy your standards of health and taste.

In case you do not have much time to prepare for your meals at home, you can create family-friendly and nutritious recipes that all of you will surely love. You can simply search some smart tips online for speedy and easy meals, which you can instantly cook.

One suggestion that you can try out is the Baked Pecorino Chicken that can be served for four persons. Apparently, you can cook this simple dish in just half an hour so it won't eat up much of your time and it's quick to cook. Here are the steps on how to prepare and cook it:

Firstly, prepare the following ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted and melted butter
5 slices of sandwich bread
2 bunches Swiss chard; leaves cut into an inch strips and stems discarded
Kosher salt and black pepper
½ cup grated pecorino (2 ounces)
4 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Secondly, start heating your oven to 400°F. Pulse the bread until coarse crumbs form for about two cups in the food processor. Then add the pecorino, butter, ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and pulse once or twice to moisten.

Thirdly, put the chicken in an 8-inch baking dish. Season it with ¼ teaspoon of pepper as well as ½ teaspoon of salt and sprinkle with bread crumb mixture. After that, cover it with foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, uncover and bake it until crumbs are already golden for three to five minutes.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a big skillet with medium-high heat. Add the Swiss chard then add ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Cook and toss until it's tender for three to four minutes.

Finally, serve it with the chicken. You can all savour this palate-pleasing meal and enjoy the rest of the night.

With these simple and easy steps, you can already cook a delectable meal for your family. It only takes a little effort and patience to cook something special for the love of your life, so be sure to practice it from time to time.

Nothing beats the happiness you see from your family after they have tasted what you've cooked. It is one of the best feelings in life.

As a whole, this quick-to-prepare Baked Pecorino Chicken recipe is perfect for those busy people out there. With this crispy coating of grated pecorino bread crumbs and skinless, boneless chicken breasts, you will definitely have a scrumptious dinner at home and surely, everyone will feel full and satisfied after eating.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Learning Math with LearnBop #hsreviews #learnbop #onlinemath #homeschoolmath

I am a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. All opinions are my own.

LearnBop for Families Review

For the past month, we have been able to check out LearnBop which is an online math subscription. The product we received was the LearnBop for Families and we got the Single Student Plan.

In school, math was never a strong subject for me. In all honesty, I did well in math up until 5th grade. In 5th grade I started struggling and it was a downward slide every year after that. In 9th grade, I actually got an F on my report card for Algebra but not because I wasn't trying. I just couldn't get my brain to understand. I used to explain how math problems made me feel like this, "Imagine you are standing in front of a wall. You know you need to get over the wall but you have no idea how. And the only thing your brain keeps telling you to do is to keep walking into that wall."

LearnBop for Families Review

Basically that's how my mind always felt when I was trying to do math. I always felt like I was hitting a wall. I tried staying after school to get tutoring and even taking tests in private silent rooms but nothing helped. Eventually in 11th grade, the dean of my school took me out of math completely because it was bringing down my grade point average so much she was afraid I wouldn't make it into a good college.

My struggle with math has continued but thank goodness I don't use math on a daily basis anymore. But now I am seeing the same patterns in Mary. Mary is getting ready to go into the 3rd grade in September but math has never been her strong point. It normally takes her 2 hours to do a math worksheet with a front and back page full of addition and subtraction. She has always been a slow learner with math but she can do it, it just takes her longer.

When we received our online subscription to LearnBop, we logged in for the first time and made Mary's account. Then I sat down with her to log her in for the first time.

LearnBop is for grades 3-12 so since Mary is just going into 3rd grade, I thought it might work for her. When she first logged in, she had to complete a warm-up to see how much information she already knew. Unfortunately she didn't know any of what she saw in the warm-up. LearnBop starts 3rd grade out with multiplication and division. Two things Mary has never learned yet. So honestly, she was completely confused.

After she guessed on all the warm-up questions, it took her to her first lesson which was introducing multiplication and division. You start out watching videos and then you can start doing bops which are questions.

Mary watched the lesson but she got distracted a lot. She couldn't seem to focus on it. Probably because it was a little too much for her just yet. And since I have a small scale Asperger's myself, I couldn't seem to follow it either.

I tried looking through all the lessons but they were all based on things she had never learned yet. Even some of the simpler lessons that involved adding and subtracting would say "y + _ - _ = _" or in some fashion. Even me with my Asperger's couldn't figure something like that out without a little help.

Overall I think this is a great product for kids but I don't recommend it for any child who is just now going into the 3rd grade and who hasn't started anything more than adding and subtracting. It will be too intense for them to learn from the start.

But other than that, I think it would be perfect for kids who already have a knowledge of multiplying and dividing. It helps you build on what you learn from there so I think it will work best for older kids.

LearnBop for Families Review
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Monday, June 20, 2016

How to Make Taiwanese Milk Tea

My husband is a huge tea drinker. And my huge, I mean he drinks tea at least 4 times a night! So it's always fun to try out something new for his tea once in a while.

Taiwanese Milk Tea was actually invented in the 80s and is known as bubble tea because of the fun pearls at the bottom. It's also known for it's distinctive thick straws too.

Want to find out how to make Taiwanese Milk Tea at home? Check out the video below for complete instructions!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Homestyle Cooking in a German Town? That's Helen's Country Cafe #ReviewCrew @Restaurant_com

I am a Restaurant.com Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

If you're looking for amazing food in Helen Georgia, look no further than Helen's Country Cafe! Right off of Main St, Helen's Country Cafe is a place you surely don't want to miss if you're hungry. They serve down home country foods in a very relaxed atmosphere so having lunch there was very comfortable.

The inside of the restaurant is adorable, right down to the collection of licence plates on the walls that have actually been sent to the owner from customers.

I ordered a burger and it was HUGE. I was thoroughly impressed with my portion size and how delicious everything tasted. The meat was grilled to perfection and everything was very fresh. I honestly have only good things to say about Helen's Country Cafe. I liked it so much that I even reviewed it on Trip Advisor while I was still there!

Overall the food and service were wonderful and they had no problem taking a Restaurant.com gift certificate. Before I left the house, I printed out my gift certificate and took it to the restaurant with me. When I got done placing my order, they took the certificate and validated it. Then I paid the remainder.

Currently offer gift certificate denominations in the amount of $5. So the $5 would take $5 off a $10 bill.That's a savings of 50%!

So if you're ever near Helen, GA and you're craving burgers or homestyle southern food really bad, then you need to stop on in with a Restaurant.com gift certificate!

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