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We are about to enter Tech Week for the new Spotlight Youth Theater musical my kids are in: Oklahoma! It’s the first time it’s been performed with Spotlight, and we are so excited to be involved in it!
My oldest has a small lead this time. He’s Ike Skidmore. My 2nd son (not pictured) is working backstage. The next three kids are in it as well! My husband is working Tech. And I’m the ticket-seller!
Please get your tickets today to see “Oklahoma” at Spotlight. The show runs November 6-16 in Zion, IL. And credit a Mayo kid!
It’s my 8-year-old son’s first show! He’s the youngest of 86 kids kids in the cast. The kids range from 8-18 (or just turned 19).
Below is one of their stage moves:
Just imagine them with their hair and make-up done–and cowboy hats! The dancing is awesome. And the leads are so talented. If you are in the area, you don’t want to miss it!
On another note, my 2-year-old daughter had her first haircut this week. Unfortunately, it was not cut by me. It wasn’t even sanctioned by me. Let me just say that we were having a WONDERFUL morning of homeschooling my 6 oldest kids Monday morning. I was just thinking how nicely (and quietly) my 4-year-old and 2-year-old were playing together in the basement. Then, she came up looking like this. And her brother was the guilty culprit! I cried. Her older sisters cried. But, now it’s kind of growing on us. It’s funny how he left the one long piece on the right side of her head. I’m calling it her “Kate Gosselin” hair-do. My husband calls her the punk rocker!
Here’s another great Berenstain Bears book written by son Mike Berenstain called Blessed are the Peacemakers.
This story is based on the verse from Matthew 5:9 where Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
The cubs are at school and we find that there are several groups who are always bickering with each other. They’re trouble-makers and tease and bully. Everyone joins in for the all-school play, though. And it’s pretty ironic that the lead girl and boy (for Romeo and Grizzliet) are from rival “gangs.” Problems continued to happen until they were actually on stage, and a fight breaks out in front of the audience! Even the parents got involved. It’s Squire Grizzly and Preacher Brown who became the peacemakers and helped everyone realized what they were doing was wrong.
The final page has “Activites and Questions from Brother and Sister Bear”
There are 3 questions to talk about with your child and 2 activities to get out and do. These help to add to the teaching of the book.
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Blessed are the Peacemakers in order to write this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)
I enjoy getting books that would be good for my tween daughter (who just turned 11) to read. She loves to read and she loved reading the Samantha Sanderson books. When we received them I didn’t have time to read them yet; my daughter read them in a matter of days!
The first book in the Faithgirlz! Series for Tweens by Robin Caroll is Samantha Sanderson At the Movies. We are introduced to Sam who is a 7th grader in public school and her best friend Makayla. The scenes go from school, fun places (movie theater, football game), church, and Sam’s home. Sam has a great desire to be an investigative reporter like her mother. Sam’s father is a police detective. The story starts out at the movie theater when Sam helps to discover that a bomb has been planted there.
The entire story is that Sam is reporting on the crime at her school’s new blog site. She continually has to make decisions about what would be appropriate to print, and she often makes bad decisions, such as all but accusing certain people of committing the crime when there was no proof. She justifies what she does by saying that that’s what a reporter does. At the end of the story she learns that she didn’t do it very well. Her mom and dad talk to her about writing things that are kind–not just true. And listening to her father’s wishes and keeping his trust, instead of just writing what she wants to because she’ll get more comments.
The story was very well-written. Nothing about the writing bothered me (which seems to be common in lots of books these days). I loved the ways living out the Christian life was seemlessly woven into the story. Sam talks to her youth director at church and gets advice on witnessing to her friend at school who isn’t a Christian. She prays with her dad and talks with her mom about God.
The only negative thing I have is that there was so much more time that Sam spent justifying writing what she wanted than there was of her admitting she was wrong and listening to her parents explain the best way. I fear that maybe my daughter didn’t quite catch all of it.
Overall, I recommend Samantha Sanderson At the Movies as a book that would be great for a Christian tween girl to read. Now, I’m off to read Samantha Sanderson On the Scene!
(I received a complimentary copy of Samantha Sanderson At the Movies in order to write this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)
During the month of October you can purchase Art Projects:Sunflowers and get the FREE Sunflowers Unit Study to go along with the art lessons! It’s a 9.99 retail value.
Purchase the Art Projects: Sunflowers for 14.99 and FREE SHIPPING in the USA. **Click on OCTOBER SPECIAL at the top of the page!
Coupon Code to use: STL
Hurry the special is good thru October 31st.
What do you find in the Sunflowers Art Projects DVD?
We’ve been doing this with my kids this week. The teacher guides the students through 4 sessions of one project–to do an oil pastel of Sunflowers in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. She sprinkles lots of interesting historical facts throughout the video, and teaches the art techniques in a way that any level can follow. They are really written for ages 10 and up (and could be used for high school art credit), but my younger kids were able to do it also (just not to the extent an older child would). By the way, the pictures below encompass the first two lessons–not the finished product yet!
What do you find in the Sunflowers Unit Study?
It contains everything the busy home educator needs to have a well-rounded, comprehensive plan for an entire month!
With SUNFLOWERS Art Project at the core, this unit study-guide provides integrated instruction in many disciplines for the student ages 10 and up — and can be tailored with more challenging research assignments for the high-schooler.
Components of the SUNFLOWERS UNIT STUDY:
SOCIAL STUDIES (History and Geography)
ART HISTORY / ART APPRECIATION
SUNFLOWERS UNIT STUDY also includes a “Week at a Glance Plan” as well as the daily plan. There are Internet links and suggested reading lists.
So, use the coupon code STL to purchase the Sunflowers Art Projects DVD for $14.99 and get free shipping and the Sunflowers unit study for free! The sale ends Friday October 31, 2014! Click on OCTOBER SPECIAL at the top of the page!
(This post contains affiliate links. I purchased the Sunflowers Art Projects DVD for myself.)