Thursday, July 20, 2017

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #161: July 20, 2017

Welcome back to... 

I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around July 20th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook.

Last year I focused solely on recipe posts for the posts I wanted to share, and the year before that, I shared past review posts. It was fun remembering some of the recipes and reviews I had forgotten about. This year I will be sharing random posts.

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. (If you don't have anything from this current week, it is still okay to link up with a post from a previous year around this time. And if you haven't been blogging for a full year, feel free to share any earlier post.)

Please make sure to share from the past as instructed above if you would like your post to qualify for the Featured Post. Most weeks I find that there is a wonderful post, but I can't feature it because it is a current post, not from the past. I love reading the current posts, if you want to share them. However, I am not able to feature them, because the spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past.
Thank you

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here is my Throwback Thursday post:

Originally posted July 21, 2013
R is for Rice and Rainbow Sensory Fun

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Throwback Thursday Blog-Style permalink please.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: July 19, 2017 (w/linky) : More Summer Reading Fun!

Yep, we are still having fun with our summer reading programs. And they are keeping us quite busy.

Art with recycled water bottles:

Lego Club.
Building a wind powered car:

STEM challenges!

Building towers with toothpicks and marshmallows.

Testing to see how many pennies it would hold:

Attempting to make the longest bridge with 4 Dixie cups and 6 pieces of paper.

Now their group moved on to making the toothpick/marshmallow towers.

More testing:

Harold's bridge. He lost his partner as she went to build with the Lego blocks. So mommy might of helped him lay his papers together. But it was his idea on how to fold it.

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.

Trust Fund: A Story of a Prodigal Child {A TOS Review}

We had the privilege of reviewing a great movie created by homeschool graduate Isaac Alongi. Not only was I intrigued by the fact that Mr. Alongi was homeschooled, but I loved the idea of a modern day prodigal daughter story. The parable of the prodigal son, as told by Jesus in Luke 15, is such a wonderful story of God's unfailing, unconditional love. I am so thankful that I was able to review Trust Fund by Mapelle Films, thanks to the Homeschool Review Crew, and I am so excited to share my thoughts with you.

We received a physical DVD which is 1 hour and 47 minutes long. There is a free downloadable 12-page study guide available on the Mapelle Films website under the "tools" tab. Here you will also find four movie clips related to the sections of the study guide. Additionally, some of my fellow Crew Mates received a companion book titled, Love Was Near written by Sandra Martin. This book is suitable for girls ages 12 and up. 

The movie begins with a montage of scenes from the early lives of the sisters, Reese and Audrey. You can see how close they were when they were younger. We then move forward in time, to when they are young ladies who aren't quite as close anymore. Audrey is the responsible, older daughter, while Reese is the irresponsible dreamer of the family. Reese has it made really. At least it seems she does, until it is revealed that her finances are in dire straights. She is in the process of writing a book, not interested in getting a job in the meantime to help pay her bills, instead relying on daddy and advances on her book. However, she suddenly finds herself having to take a job that her father offers her in his Chicago publishing company. 

It doesn't help that she discovered that her mother left both her and her sister quite a sum of money in a trust fund when she passed away. She feels that she is entitled to this money, and doesn't understand why her father is keeping it from her. After some frustrating confrontations with her sister, Reese ends up stealing her share of the money, transferring it to an account. She then hightails it out of there, headed for Italy where she has a man waiting for her, a man she had previously met and fallen in love with. 

Of course, if you know the prodigal son story, you know something is going to happen to cause Reese to lose all her money. Though we do see her spending it on lavish items, she was also trying to be responsible with the rest of it, thinking she was investing it. She naively trusted her boyfriend Milo, not realizing he was involved with illegal transactions. She thought she was helping him, until, with the help of a new friend, she discovers the truth. She is scared she is going to be implicated in the crime, so she runs, however, she is now penniless. 

On the other side of the story, we have Audrey who can't understand why her father isn't taking a more forceful stance in searching for Reese to bring her to justice. She feels her father dotes on Reese too much, and is blinded by how she is using him. When Reese finally makes it home, running into her father's loving arms, Audrey distances herself, not even attending the party thrown in Reese's honor. Like the older son in the prodigal son story, she thinks it is so unfair that her sister is welcomed home so eagerly. 

Unlike the biblical story, the movie continues on, showing both the consequences of Reese's actions and how the relationships of all the characters evolve. Through it all, we see her father's unconditional love for both Reese and Audrey.

I originally watched Trust Fund alone, because I wanted to make sure there weren't any scenes that would be too mature for the children. Honestly, I was going to watch it with my husband, but he had to work the night we got the movie, and I was just so eager to view it. Though there are some suspenseful scenes, I didn't really find anything that would be objectionable for children to watch. So, we watched it together as a family.  

Trust Fund is a wonderful movie demonstrating a father's love. If you are familiar with the Bible story, it is obvious that this story is based on it. However, the message is conveyed in a way that does not shove Christianity in the face of the viewer. That said, it can open up a dialogue with an unbeliever, showing how God loves all, even those who grievously wrong Him. 

I love that the story doesn't end with the welcome back party. But we get to see the story play out to it's natural conclusion.There is a love story involved as well. A love story that is almost ruined because of Reese's actions. 

This is a wonderful adaptation of the Prodigal Son that the whole family will enjoy.  Tabitha and Amelia even begged to watch it a second time and were quite upset when I told them they had to wait a day.

You can find Trust Fund Movie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Don't forget to click the banner below to see what my fellow Crew Mates had to say about the movie and the companion book:

Trust Fund Movie {Mapelle Films Reviews}

Crew Disclaimer

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: July 18, 2017

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

What have we been up to?

We have been enjoying our summer reading programs. Yes, we have two libraries we attend for summer reading program. Last week's Wordless Wednesday featured some of the fun we have been having. We've also been reading lots of books about fish and picking favorites to reread. I had so, so many fish books out because of my round up on fish/under the sea that was posted last week.

We have been using our review products of course. We have moved on from learning the Greek Alphabet with Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek. Now we are learning words, one at a time, learning how to write them, pronounce them, and recognize them. We also continue to work on memorizing the alphabet.

I have been using the R.E.A.D Curriculum Notebook from The Crafty Classroom for Harold, and he is really enjoying it. He works on the calendar and daily warm up almost independently, then we move into the sight word and word family of the week pages.

I have been working on grammar with Hannah using English on a Roll

Plus we have been getting artsy with the products from ACTIVA. Last week's Fishy/Under the Sea Literature and Craft Round Up featured the aquarium diorama we are creating with the Rigid Wrap and Celluclay from ACTIVA. In the van we have been enjoying listening to "In the Reign of Terror" from Heirloom Audio Productions. We also have a fun Memory Deck to play card games with to exercise our brains.

Our summer school session begins next week and will go into August, then we will take another break before starting school in September, like we did last year. I have to schedule this around summer reading programs, camp, and VBS. My plan for the 2 or 3 week summer session is to spend some time doing all the hands-on science observations from the different units that we didn't get to through the school year. We will be finishing up ECC with our lessons on Australia. 

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my review for Lightning Literature Grade 3 from Hewitt Homeschooling.
This week I will be posting my review of the movie Trust Fund from Mapelle Films. And later in July you will be able to read my reviews of Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTIVA Products, the R.E.A.D Curriculum Notebook from The Crafty Classroom, and English on a Roll.
In August I will share my review of Heirloom Audio Productions' In the Reign of Terror, and Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! from Greek 'n' Stuff.

Some things I would like to share with you:

I also started a new weekly feature called Fiction Fun Friday, where I share the books the older girls and I are reading, sharing their thoughts on the books, and possibly even a review of a Juvenile book I am reading. 

I was going to start Picture Book Saturday, but didn't get a chance to do so. I couldn't remember all the books we had read, and some had already been returned to the library as the idea for the post was a last minute idea Friday morning. So, I am keeping better track this week. 

Hoping to make both of these consistent, weekly features here on Tots and Me...Growing Up Together. 

Are you running out of ways to keep your children busy this summer? Check out my Summer of Fun Round Up:

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 8 wonderful posts linked up. Sadly, there were no clicks, so I will only be sharing a randomly selected post this week.

Please, don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:

Sara from A Mama's Story shared Save the Day With Schedules {Free Printable}.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Littles Learning Link Up permalink please.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- July 18, 2017

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway
Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

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