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Thursday, 30 September 2010
Never a Dull Moment
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Family

Please be in prayer for us in the next few days. We have several things going on that are not fun. Family health, ministry difficulties, etc. Perhaps soon I can go into more detail, but for now all we can ask for is prayer. We know who we are in Christ, but it is still hard to not be anxious. I thank you ahead of time for your prayers.

UPDATE: I don't know why my mood said "mischievious". This is definitely no joke. I've changed it to "unsure".

One thing I can update you on is the family health issue. My mom is not doing well at all. There was a fear that she wouldn't make it through the night. She seems to be doing a little better today, but is in ICU. We have been planning a trip to see her and my sister in New Jersey in a week or so and still plan to stay on that schedule. Thanks for all of your prayers. We can feel them.

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:27 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 1 October 2010 6:49 PM CDT
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Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Vocabulary Cartoons - A Fun Way to Learn Vocabulary - And I Mean REALLY Learn It!
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Homeschool Product Review
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Growing up my family was always competitive. We weren't cut throat or anything like that, but we still liked to compete and win. And it wasn't just athletic games that we played. I remember one time my sister and I had a contest to see who could get the most correct answers in the monthly Reader's Digest Word Power column. She always won. Of course she is 15 years older than I was. I know, excuses, excuses.

Anyway, the vocabulary contest that I had with my sister really spawned an interest in words, and I grew to love learning new words and their meaning and I want to pass that on to my children. So, when I learned that I was going to get to review Vocabulary Cartoons by New Monic Books, I was excited.

Vocabulary Cartoons is a very unique way of learning the meaning of new words. It's a way that I had never seen before, and was a little intrigued and perhaps even a little skeptical that it would work. They first introduce a word and give a definition. Then they give you word that is similar to that word. For example, one of the words was "smitten" which means very much in love. The similar word was "kitten". They then draw a cartoon portraying the vocabulary word but using the the similar word in it. For the word smitten they had a cartoon of a kitten, purring with hearts around it, brushing up against a dog. The cartoon had the title of "A Smitten Kitten". They then use the word in three sentences. Let me give you an example of an exact page so that you can see what I'm talking about:


It takes about a minute to look over the page, but it works! The combination of the definition, the similar word, the cartoon and the three sentences gives you a picture in your mind that really sticks. I gave this to John Allen, my 8th grader to use. I would assign him 10 words a couple of times a week. After 10 words, there is a review - usually a matching the word with it's definition and filling in the blank with the appropriate word type thing. In order to preserve the book for my younger boys, I just had him jot his answers down in his Language Arts notebook. This evening, right before writing this review, I did a little oral quiz with him. I asked him to give me the definitions for the first 30 words. I told him the word, and he had to orally answer. He only missed one! And most of the time he gave the exact definition that was in the book. I was thrilled and impressed. I knew that he enjoyed working in the book, and I looked over the answers he gave for the review, but this is the first time that I really quizzed his long term memory of the words. I used to think that this was just a fun activity and might help him remember learn some vocabulary words, but now I'm a believer! This really does work.

But, don't take my word for it, check out the website by clicking here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. The New Monic Books website has sample pages of the different level of books that they sell. The level book that was sent us was the elementary edition that sells for $12.95. But, they sell books for all grade levels including high school students who are getting ready for the SAT! A group of TOS Homeschool Crew members reviewed the SAT versions and you can read what they thought of them by clicking here. Or to see what other crew members who reviewed the elementary version thought just click here. Happy homeschooling.

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was given a free copy of "Vocabulary Cartoons" by New Monic Books in order to try out and review on my blog.

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Posted by tink38570 at 9:29 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 29 September 2010 10:29 PM CDT
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Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Finally!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Men's Monday Meme


Whew! It has been an interesting past few weeks...matter of fact, it has been an interesting past few months. Somewhat stressful in areas - basically because I don't let God take control and try to control it myself (never works Frown) - but exciting in a lot of areas. I'm sure in the months to come I will be sharing with you here and there.

And more excitement it coming in about a month...the elections! Now, some of you, I know, could care less about politics, but it is fascinating to me. I don't think that I would be a good politician, God would really have to give me a clear and forceful push for me to ever run for office, but, I love to follow it. I have always been an American history buff, and, I guess, that kind of leads into loving our great nation and caring about what happens to our country.

One of the things that really angers me a little is people who just don't care about the United States and the direction it's going in, and don't even vote. Now, I'm the type of person that occasionally watches C-Span and relishes watching cable news (all right, I'll admit it, I'm a FOX News fan), and I have more than once written my senator or congressmen about an issue. I don't expect everyone to be like me. That's not for everyone. BUT, I do think that it is the civic responsibility of all United States citizens to at least vote.

Maybe I'm wrong. Am I missing something? Is there a real reason why people don't vote? That brings me into this week's question:

Do you vote? Why or why not? Is there a personal or religious reason that drives you to vote or not to vote? Is there another reason why you do or don't vote? Let us know how you feel!

Now, especially since it's been a couple of months, here's the rules:

  1. This is a man's meme, so the answers must be the answers from a man. Either the man can answer on his blog, or a wife can interview her husband for her blog. However, if the wife puts it on her blog, she must stay true to what her husband said.
  2. You are encouraged to put a Men's Monday Meme button on your blog. Just copy and paste the button at the top of this post. The more folks who link, the more readers you may have to visit your blog.
  3. You may answer the question any time during the week up through next Monday. After you answer the question, add the address to your post to the Mr. Linky below. If you could, please only add the direct link to the post to make it easier for readers to find the entry.
  4. My answer (if I remember to post it Innocent) along with a new question will be posted next Monday. The new Mr. Linky will be added at midnight Monday night or sometime within the next couple of days after that Wink.

And here's the Mr. Linky:

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:17 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 September 2010 10:40 PM CDT
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Horror's! I've missed another day!
Mood:  irritated
Topic: General

And, I missed publishing my new Men's Monday Meme. Ah, well, more on that later.

Anyway, many of you know that I had set a goal last November to publish a post every day. Well, that went out the window months ago when I missed a day after my computer crashed. I've missed a few more since then, but have continued to try to post daily. I'd been doing fairly well, too, when, HORRORS, ministry difficulties last night made me miss another day...after I'd announced to the world that I was going to restart my Men's Monday Meme that day!

A day late and a dollar short again! It's the story of my life. Well, I promise today will be the day. We are still in the middle of our ministry mini-crisis (you can pray about that) but I should be able to publish it later on today. Please be patient!

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:49 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 September 2010 12:00 PM CDT
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Sunday, 26 September 2010
Mood:  happy
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

It's Back! After a couple month break, I'm brining it back. I figured with the start of school that nobody would really have the time to participate but, not that school has been going on for a month or so, I've decided to restart it.

I have some good questions coming up - especially with the elections coming up Undecided! Can't wait to hear what you all think about them.

I'll be posting my first one tomorrow - after all, it is called the Men's Monday Meme Laughing. So check back tomorrow to see what the first new question will be!

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:24 PM CDT
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