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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Product Review: Dive Into Your Imagination


Annie Crawley, AKA Ocean Annie, explores a world filled with wonder in the Dive Into Your Imagination video series. These ocean-based DVDs offer an in-depth look into the ocean, all from the comfort of your living room.

So why start to study the ocean now? Because the health and welfare of our world's oceans are too delicate a subject to ignore any longer. These videos present issues that we need to address, the future of our oceans and the creatures within them all depend on our actions now. Using her expertise as a diver, oceanographer and world traveler, Ocean Annie intends to educate and promote a love of our world's oceans.

I was very excited to review Who Lives In the Sea. This DVD gives an intense and up close look at the marine animals living in the ocean. You'll learn what sound a sea lion makes, what makes dolphins swim so fast, as well as discover a wide-range of creatures that you never knew excited! It is available on the website for $19.95.

Although intended for children in Kindergarten to 3rd grade, my preschooler and fifth grader loved watching along with their siblings. In fact, I thought the footage was just amazing and it was all I could do to leave the television to tend to the baby.

Other TOS crew members reviewed the DVDs What Makes a Fish a Fish? and Dive into Diversity. You can find out more about these products on the website or by reading the review of my crew mates here.

 In addition to the DVDs', Annie Crawley has just begun to offer amazing educator guides to further expand the information presented on the videos.

 These guides are packed with information and activities that combine ocean literacy standards with science, math, literacy, social studies, art, and character education. In addition there is a special behavior component in which students use imagination play to become scuba divers, scientists, submarine pilots, explorers, and so much more. 

Ocean Annie has generously offered an amazing deal to my readers:

"As a special for the Homeschool Crew and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and followers Annie Crawley of Dive Into Your Imagination, she will gift you a set of PDFs with purchase of the DVDs. When you place your DVD order, just let her know in the notes that you are a Homeschool Parent!"

In order to obtain these amazing teacher guides, which number around 300 pages each, simply mention "homeschooler" in the comment section at check-out after you have added the DVDs. Don't put the guides into your cart, or charges could apply.


It was really neat to see all the different fish that live in the ocean.

I liked it because it was funny and there were fish with funny names in it.

I really liked it because there were so many different creatures. I didn't think I would like it but I did.

Mama, know what? That movie wasn't long enough and there wasn't many girls in it.

For the entire month of May and June, there will be free shipping with any order placed at Now is the perfect time to let your ocean adventure begin!

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Group, I received the above-named DVD and educator guides free of charge in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation. 

Hot Summer Days (Picture Edition)

Monday, May 28, 2012

May 25

Every year on or around May 25 we take a family photo.







And a little bonus....

Ghost in the Head

A girlfriend hosted a Native American group at her house for a fun field trip day for the kids. The group represented the Huron Indians who were local to our area.

Making a beaded bracelet while learning the significance of each bead.

Building a wigwam.

Eating. Always eating.

Launching his atlatl. The atlatl are six feet long with a metal pointed tip. I am hoping that we survive the usage of these without injuries.

It was an incredible day and a fantastic way to end our school year!

Friday, May 25, 2012

7 Quick Takes


The Society Security Administration released it's list of popular baby names for 2011. Does anyone care about this but me? Probably not, but I am always fascinated about names. Most popular for a boy is Jacob, for a girl is Sophia.


Since I had a baby in 2011 I had to look up his name to see where we stand. Malcolm ranks 499 for the most popular names. I am pretty pleased (see number three). 


Growing up, there were four Jessica's in my first grade class. I was called Jessica Rebecca, to help differentiate. I didn't really mind, and by second grade they had spread out the Jessica's to where there were only two of us in each class. I didn't have a single elementary school year with less than two Jessica's in my class. It's funny that now I know very few adult Jessica's. Where'd they all go?

In fact, I looked it up and it was the fourth most popular name in the USA the year I was born. Now it is number 120.


So of course this makes me curious about my other kids.

When James was born, his name was at 18. Now it's at 17

When Isaac was born his name was at 48, now it's at 35

When Henry was born his name was at 95, now it's at 57

When Margaret was born her name was at 177, now it's at 187

I bet this is making you curious and you are going to go check for some names. I'd love to hear the name and ranking in a comment. I checked for some of my friends and their kids and couldn't get any numbers higher than about 550. I checked my Grandma's name and it didn't make the top 1000. Hmmm.


In every large family there comes a time when you can no longer have multiple children share a dresser. Each child must have his own. I have been dreading this moment because of the practical aspect of "Where are all these dressers going to go?" I recently had to choose between having a dresser in which it was physically impossible to shut the drawers, resulting in clothes all over the floor, and finding the space to fit more. I did some rearranging, cruised a couple of yard sales, and voila!

The bigger boys now have their dressers in their room on the third floor.


Doing this has of course caused a mess that has taken me the last five days to clean up. And of course the clean kids laundry can no longer be dumped into one room.


The best part of this new arrangement is the realization that both shorts and pants can fit together in a drawer. Long sleeve and short sleeve shirts can also be together. Before, each child only got two drawers, which meant the "big clothes switch" happened frequently. This new arrangement means I have to deal less with this

This, in case you were wondering, is a closet filled with 24 plastic totes. All filled with kids clothes. TWENTY FOUR. And shoes and snow boots and whatever else I can manage to squeeze inside there. I am just shutting the door and walking out of here.

Read more Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary!