Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TOS Review - Nutrition 101:Choose Life!

I don't like shopping.
(I can hear some of you gasp in horror!!)
I also don't like crowds or traffic very much. (I can visualize some affirmative nods). It is then a given (well I think so) that I would appreciate the concept of a Mall. The one-stop-all-under-one-roof-place to purchase what you need and get out! Obviously to avoid the crowds I try and do this as early in the day and infrequently as possible.

Sometimes I feel a bit 'lost' as to what to teach the kids about a specific subject, or I get so involved in 'getting ideas and resources together' that we never actually get around to it! (Although I know none of you ever do that!) So again I think something like a Curriculum-Mall would be nice where you can go and 'get what you need and teach it'. 

Now imagine my absolute delight when I was offered to review a product that resembles a 'one-stop-all-under-one-roof-curriculum-mall-place. (Well, it's not as bad as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!).

OK, I'll speak English.  

As part of the TOS Crew I was given a free copy of NUTRITION 101:Choose Life! by Growing Healthy Homes (c)

I'm all for Healthy (it makes you live longer) and as my man and I have recently started at the gym I was curious about this product. Now, if this was an actual, physical book you could be arrested for carrying a weapon because it has 448 pages! Yes, folks 448 pages all packed with healthy goodness and 'saige' wisdom.

I am fairly easy to please (well, I think so anyway) and I try to find something good in most things, but really, you WANT to get this product! Even if you don't want to teach this, it is more than worth reading it for your own (and your family's) benefit. After the kids and I did one of the chapters I thought I'd read on a bit. Well, I read and read and read and ... well, you get the picture.

My children LOVE broccoli. When they were younger they used to call it trees. (Well, because it looks like trees). One evening when I was a tad slow with dinner according to my then 4year old, I found him in the kitchen, head of broccoli in his hands munching away! Love it!!

My boy and his favourite food!

Did you know that the humble broccoli is 1) good brain, liver & heart food, 2) rich in Vit. A, Vit. B, Vit. C, Calcium, Magnesium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Potassium and Fibre, 3) reduce the risk of developing Esophageal cancer, 4) can be eaten raw, 5) is an anti-oxidant and 6) it looks like trees! :)

I got ALL that information (and heaps more!) from this 448 page pdf file! - well, except for number 6.

So What exactly is this amazing product?

"Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is a three-in-one family nutrition and health program for all ages that presents the major body systems, how they function, their common health issues, the benefits of good food and the consequences of bad food. Its 448 pages include into six units:
  1. The Brain and Nervous System
  2. Digestion and Elimination
  3. Respiration and Olfactory
  4. Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  5. Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  6. Endocrine System and Emotions."

Each of the units are broken down into 4 chapters. At the end of each chapter there are discussion questions, activities (divided up between elementary and secondary aged kids), recipes and additional, clickable internet resources! At the end of the document (just before the Appendix) you will find an activity guide for each chapter, which is an answer key for all the activities. 
After all this you will find Appendix A all the way to Appendix EE!!!! with charts, health tips and other amazing information.
This is honestly a full curriculum peppered with Bible Verses and encouragement along the way. 

Who is it for?
Well, I can't believe you even asked that question!! It should be compulsory!!
This product should be on every bookshelf .... mmmm... ok on every desktop!! 

What did we think about it?
It should be obvious by now. We (specially me) LOVED IT!!! and I will continue to love it for a loooong time yet. 

How did we use it?
So if you think this is a good product just filled with great are wrong. They even tell you HOW TO USE IT!!! It's like the gift that keeps on giving.
An example of how to use this can be found on page 16 and includes the following:
Monday: Read the chapter and discussion questions
Tuesday: Review chapter and obtain ingredients for the "Power" Recipe
Friday: Share highlights during family meal time

We did:
Day 1: One of the chapters we read was the chapter on The Brain
Day 2: We finished the chapter and answered the discussion questions.
Day 3: We did the activity where the kids brushed their teeth with their non-dominant hand. They also wrote their names with their non-dominant hand. This was fun to watch! 
Day 4: We did some brain teaser games and read a "Puzzle adventure" book.

The Brain
(If this image is copyrighted please let me know)
Well, I can go on and on about this amazing product, but that will leave less time for you to read it yourself. 
So without further ado go and visit the website and purchase your own copy of Nutrition 101: Choose Life! 
CD-ROM Format for US$79.95 
Book Format for US$99.95
Combo for US$129.95

This is a product you will use again and again.

If you don't believe me or want a second opinion (which is always good) please go and read some reviews of my fellow Crew Mates about this product by clicking HERE

DISCLAIMER: As part of the TOS Crew I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I did not receive any other compensation. 

Do let me know what you think of this!!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Win a US$20 Book Voucher!!

Do you like competitions? ... or reading?... or both?

Well, Stephanie Walmsley @ TheBroadroom is running a competition where you have several chances to win a US$20 Book Voucher from The Book Depository!

Why not check it out over HERE?

All the best : )


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thank you Alexander Fleming

No, this is not a close-up picture of a stained table cloth. It is in fact an enlarged photograph of the scarlet fever bacteria. Most likely some distant cousin to the bacteria that infected our 10 year old daughter in February.

We spent a very long night in the Emergency Dept of our local children's hospital one Monday night. Our girl presented with ongoing vomiting, high fever, chills, headaches and a sore throat. No rash. So 8am on Tuesday morning we came home with an all-covering "Viral-infection" - diagnosis. It was obvious though that the dr. was not 100% satisfied, but we were exhausted and came home with 'keep the fluids up and paracetamol 4 hourly'.

That afternoon at 4pm we received a phone call from the hospital (Yes, I was VERY impressed!) to check on how our girl was doing. As there was no change in her symptoms we were asked to return to hospital. By that time she looked as if she was badly sunburned. So back we went at 5:30pm and after more tests, blood tests and IV fluids she was diagnosed with Scarlet Fever after 11pm. A good dose of IV Penicillin was given and more of that magic potion was prescribed to take orally.

The funny thing is that Scarlet Fever is such an 'old' illness and almost everybody asked me where she picked it up from... I started saying I got it mail order because "I don't know" became such a boring answer ; )

All I can say is 'Thank you God', and 'Thank you Mr Fleming'. Thank you for Penicillin. Our girl was so unwell, but she recovered quickly!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Grammar Made Easy Online Course

OK, so on the 26th of March I raved a bit about this Grammar Lessons Made Easy course I am doing with the kids and promised some pictures and information about it. So here it is:

What is Grammar Lessons Made Easy?

This is a 13-week Grammar course that will guide you step-by-step in teaching your lovely children about Grammar.

Each week (for 13 weeks) you will receive an e-mail from Stephane Walmsley (the author) with a link to a PDF download. You can then save this to your computer.

This download opens a file of 3 - 6 pages which include your lesson that is set out in an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow format.

All you need to do is read through the lesson so you are familiar with the content before teaching your kids and then print out the pages which the kids will need to make their poster for the week.


This course will cost you three installments of NZ$19. That is just under $60 for a 13 week course which you can do at your own pace. Not a bad price at all!

Our thoughts:

I love Stephanie's courses and her online products. I've attended all the courses she used to run in Auckland which included "Introduction to Homeschooling", "Charlotte Mason" and "Liberal Arts".

Grammar Made Easy is exactly what it says... Grammar lessons the easy way.

The kids LOVE doing their weekly Grammar lesson. I find it easy to teach / explain and the kids understand the concepts and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE making the posters. I enjoy looking at the way they make their individual posters and watching their creativity come to the fore. ... we've even got my Mum joining in and making her own posters too.

Stephanie encourages each child to make his / her own poster (which will be a lot if you have more than 2 kids), but I can see how it is beneficial. Stephanie also encourages Mum to keep her hands to herself and let the child make their own poster, putting their personal 'stamp' on it. I do 'sit on my hands' and have thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids being proud of what they have produced. I laminate the posters and stick it on the wall. At the end of the course each child will have a folder where they'll put their posters in.

Here are some pictures of their creations:

Some of our Posters on the wall
Aaron's (left) and Lydia's (right) Pronoun Posters

Part of Lydia's Pronoun Poster
Part of Aaron's Pronoun Poster

If you want to find out more about this course, please go to: Grammar Lessons Made Easy

To find out more about the lovely Stephanie click HERE

ADDED: Stephanie does offer a money back guarantee!!! Here it is as per the website:

30 day 100% Moneyback Guarantee

30 day money back guarantee
If you join and you don't like the course or if you are unhappy
with it for whatever reason, your money will be refunded at the click of a mouse. 
Speedily, politely and with no questions asked.

This is absolutely guaranteed!
I want to be sure that you are completely satisfied will this course and so
I have chosen to offer a 4-week, money-back guarantee. I am confident that you
will be absolutely thrilled with the course content, and with the results in your family.

DISCLAIMER: I paid for this course and this is an unsolicited review.

Why don't you comment on this blog and let me know what you think of this product.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Science Weekly - TOS Review

DISCLAIMER:  As part of the TOS Review Crew, I received a free set of Science Weekly(c)  Magazines about 'THE FLU' for review purposes. I did not receive any other compensation.

WHAT is Science Weekly (c)?

Science Weekly(c) is a yearly Magazine Subscription of 15 issues on various Science topics.
The Magazine is available at different levels and is recommended for Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade.

Levels are:
Pre-A (Kdg)
A (Grade 1),
B (Grade 2),
C (Grade 3),
D (Grade 4) and
E ( Grades 5,6).

It also comes with Teaching Notes.

Topics include (amongst others):

The Flu
The Science of Movies
Scuba Diving
The Moon

How much does it cost?

The Price Tag for 15 issues of the Science Weekly Magazine is as follows:

Individual Rate - US$19.95 / student (less than 20 students) / Level

Classroom Rate - US$4.95 / student (minimum of 20 students) / Level

The Subscription Page is HERE.

What do you get for your money?

Each Magazine is a colorful, folded A3 size. So there are 4 pages all up. The pages are divided into sections e.g. An introduction to your topic on page 1 followed by a section for Vocabulary, a section for Math and a Weekly Lab that sets out a science experiment. It is less than $2 per Level and full of information, an experiment and some activities.

How did we use it?

My kids are nearly 8 and 10. I decided to do more than one level and so we did Levels B, C & D. We did Science once a week and spent 5 weeks on this. The last week I set up a little test for the kids to see what they remember. I was pleasantly surprised!! I loved having all the different levels at my disposal so as to build upon previous knowledge over the 5 weeks. I think in one way it's a shame that the Magazines are sold at specific levels as I liked the way it builds on the previous level and was able to use different levels with the kids.

So the first week we did the introduction of Levels B & C and did the vocabulary section. The following week we 'recapped' the vocabulary sections. We then did the Science Lab of Level C. The kids really LOVE the hands-on stuff. The following week we recapped the Introduction, Vocab and we read the introduction of Level D. Week 4 we did Level D's Science Lab and looked at a youtube clip about the FLU VIRUS invading a body!!  Week 5 I gave the kids a test to see how much they remembered. I am pleased to say that they have a good grasp on The Flu!! :)

We all thoroughly enjoyed this product! The kids liked the vocabulary section and made doing this into a game. They loved the Science Lab and even enjoyed taking Mummy's test. I had two very proud kids on completion of our FLU Study thanks to Science Weekly (c).


As usual, I like when people are confident in their product and offer free samples. Science Weekly doesn't disappoint. You can view some sample issues HERE.

With anything in life, this is only one opinion. See what my fellow Crew Mates think of this product by going HERE.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

No I did not disappear or forget....

Ok so this is a short entry - I guess kinda like an apology for those who came back on 'MONDAY' to check out the review on GRAMMAR MADE EASY and found it well, wasn't here!!

Intentions were pure - of course!

Life gave us a little bundle of joy .....

Yes, my reason for NOT posting pictures yet of this amazing course is that we were asked to take an emergency foster placement. So the last week and a half have been spent bonding with, cooing over, falling over (yah those sleepless nights : )}, making bottles and changing nappies again. Oh the joy of it all.

So, please forgive my tardiness and check back in a few days again when the pictures will be posted... hopefully ; )