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Sunday, 18 April 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Late Again!
Mood:  blue
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

The only reason I'm "Blue" is because I am once again late on posting a new question. Therefore, I will give you a couple of extra days to answer this one.

Speaking of being blue. I have an interesting question this week that may be a Hot Topic question for some. It's one that I have struggled with for some time. I used to be totally against most medications. I didn't like ADHD meds. nor meds. for things like depression etc. Well, as I often say, the Lord has a sense of humor. I have a child on two types of medications (working toward the day that he can be off of them, but on them still nonetheless) and after two significant life changing things that happened in our lives, both my wife and I have had bouts of depression and have used anti-depressants. So, obviously, my views have changed. Do I still think they are over prescribed? Yes! But I am no longer totally against them. So, here is the big question for this week.

How about you? What do you think about those types of medications? Are they over-prescribed? Do you think that we should be totally relient on God and not use such things? I'm anxious to hear your answers!

Let me remind you of 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 one of the Men's Monday Meme buttons found to the left on your blog. Just copy the code below the button of your choice. 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 along with a new question will be posted next Monday. The new Mr. Linky will be added at midnight Monday night.

And here's the new Mr. Linky:




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Saturday, 17 April 2010
John Allen Places Third (Maybe Second) in the sitting postion at States but it's Bittersweet.
Mood:  sad
Topic: The Kids

Yesterday Joshua had to learn a lesson the hard way, and today John Allen had to learn a lesson the hard way. No physical injuries but hurts just as badly.

Today was the Tennessee State BB Gun Championships. John Allen was wanting to do well after having a great season last year, and coming in fifth this year at the pre-state match.The only problem was, he didn't want to put as much of an effort in this year as he did last year.

Last year we practiced a lot. We went every Saturday to regular practice then went one or two days to the range to practice more. How many days did we go this year. NONE! It was not entirely his fault. With all of the problems we've been having with Jacob, there wasn't as much time. But, we did have some. Unfortunately every time I had the time and urged him to go, he didn't want to go.

Well, is showed today. Today was probably one of his worst matches. Amazingly enough, he has never placed in an individual position before and today he did. The one position that he did well in he placed either second or third. They are going to recheck the targets and let us know.

Oh well, we had already said that we were going to sit the International competition out this year so that he could go next year ~ the last year he's able. The rules say that you can't go two years in a row, so if he went this year, he couldn't go next. He feels bad, but hopefully he's learned his lesson. If you want to excel at something you have to put forth the effort.

Pictures will be posted when we get them.



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Friday, 16 April 2010
Never a Dull Moment at the Tinkel House!
Mood:  accident prone
Topic: The Kids

Notice my mood says "accident prone", but it really isn't me that is the accident prone one it is Joshua, our middle child. If you follow me on Facebook you will know that Joshua was in the "Forbidden Forest" behind our house. The kids are not allowed in it because of all of the trash that has been dumped in there over the years. Well, you guessed it, sure enough Joshua went back there and stepped on a piece of glass. Three stitches and a tetanus shot later, he is back home with a bandaged foot (pictures of said foot will be posted soon). Hopefully he, his brothers and the neighbor kids have learned their lesson.

I always hate it when one of the kids get hurt. I guess I have the father syndrome that wants to protect my family and hates it when something happens that is out of my control. I was probably as nervous as Joshua was...and that is pretty bad. Sarah said that he was brave for the most part.

Please be in prayer for the next couple of weeks. It is going to be hard to keep our hyper child down and off his foot. Your prayers are coveted. As I said, I will post pictures soon.

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Thursday, 15 April 2010
Thursday's Child - A New Picture of Marcelo!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Compassion International

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I saw a new face on my Compassion International profile page. I thought maybe they had added a new correspondent child even though I hadn't asked for one. But, Lo and Behold, it was an updated picture of Marcelo! I was so excited that I wrote to him right away. Then, this morning, I thought maybe there had been some mistake. Surely this tall skinny handsome young man couldn't be our Marcelo. I actually thought about calling Compassion and asking if there had been an error. Instead, though, I asked a few of my friends that sponsor kids and showed them the above before and after picture. Most said that yes, they thought that it was the same boy. They noticed many similarities of the facial features. So, I thought I would do my own facial comparison and came up with this:

Sure enough, if you look closely you will see the same nose and the same eyes. It is our Marcelo all right. They only update the pictures every two years, so, unless we go to visit them or the Compassion center happens to send a picture for some reason, then the only visual we have is the latest one that we have been given. I knew Marcelo had turned 13, but it was hard to imagine him with anything but fat little cheeks and that type of haircut.

I was thinking today how much that picture even effected my letters to him. Now that I have a new visual image of a young man and not a boy, I'm sure my letters will change.

It is such a joy be able to sponsor and write to children that are way less fortunate than we are.  We have so much, and we take for granted some of the luxuries that we do have. Have you ever thought of sponsoring a child through Compassion? Have you been praying about it? You can check out some of the children's profiles and read about the children without any obligation to sponsor them. Just click here to get to the Compassion website. If you have any questions about sponsorship, please ask by leaving a comment below.



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Don't Turn that Dial! Yes, It's Another Math Review, but It's Out of This World!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

Okay, okay, it's a play on words. The excellent math program that we got to review is called Math Galaxy from the company Galaxy of Education but, it really is "out of this world". You won't believe everything that is available, and it is fantastic! Now, when you see the screen shots that I'm going to show you, you may think that it looks technologically blase, but, never fear, it really isn't. My kids love it.

The folks on the Crew were able to download anything that we thought would be helpful to our kids. I chose to download their Whole Number Fun program for Joshua and the Pre-Algebra Fun for John Allen. Since it would take too long to explain both programs, I'm just going to focus on the Whole Number Fun program that Joshua tried out. Now, just because they have the word "fun" in them does not mean that the programs are all fun and games. Each program is actually a tutor that you can use with your child for a whole year. Here is a list of the rest of the great computer programs that you can download:

  • Decimals, Proportion, % Fun
  • Fractions Fun
  • Whole Number Fun
  • Pre-algebra Fun
  • Word Problem Fun

The followin is a picture of all of the different things that are included in Joshua's Whole Number Fun program. This is an actual screenshot of what you first see when you enter their program.

As you can see, this program covers everything. And, it's fun to use! I wanted to begin Joshua on basic adding because I wanted to make sure that he had the basic concepts down pat. When I clicked on the "adding" button, I expected the screen to go straight to some problems for Joshua, but there was yet another screen with more choices. We could choose Addition Tables ~ choosing a number and practicing all of those single digit number facts either in order or randomly. Or we could choose adding on a number line, 1, 2, or 3 digit addition, or if your child is having problems learning addition using the traditional method, you can even choose an alternative method. They had it all covered! That was just what you could choose after clicking on the addition button The other buttons had similar choices! Here are a couple of the screen shots from one addition problem that was given. The first shot is of the problem as it first appears on the screen. The second shot is of of the completed problem. When completed, the program automatically regroups and numbers appear to help cement the process in the child's mind. I really like that.

It may be a little hard to see because I had to resize the pictures in order to fit them in my blog, but I think you get the idea.

But that is just the regular program we are talking about here. There is so much more that Math Galaxy has to offer. There are reward programs that students can play that are just as fun. Joshua loves the Riddles game. Here is a screen shot of it. I think you can figure out how to play. Give it a try!

But, that's not all!!!! If your kids can't get enough of the computer games, there is a worksheet maker where you can print more riddles out to take with you or use during non-computer school time. What fun! There are worksheet generators for Decimals, proportions, %; Fractions; and whole numbers. 

Okay, are you ready? That's not all that Math Galaxy has to offer! They also have workbooks that you can download! Presently there are two ebooks that you can download - Math Galaxy Fraction Riddles; Math Galaxy Whole Number Riddles; Math Galaxy Decimals, Proportions, %; and Math Galaxy Pre-Algebra.

This company has everything and everything is well done. By this time you are probably asking how much all of this cost. Well, it isn't as bad as you think. Each stand alone computer program and worksheet generator is just $24.95. Remember, they are stand alone programs, so there is no monthly on-line fee or anything like that. Once you buy them they are yours to use for years to come. The ebooks are only $12.95. They as well can be printed out for multiple children and used for years to come for your whole family.

There are some online games and sample things for you to try before buyint on their site, so just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. Different TOS Crew members focused on different programs, so you might want to click here to read what they had to say about Math Galaxy. As always, since this is something that can be used by all students homeschooled or not, Happy Home Educating!








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