Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Typing Coach {Homeschool Review}

 The Typing Coach
The Typing Coach 

There is just something fun about the sound of the keys clicking on a keyboard, but how often do you hear the backspace key several times in a row?  Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.  😊  Well, we have been reviewing The Typing Coach Online Typing Course by The Typing Coach and working on mastering our typing skills.

Take a minute (and forty seconds) to watch this video for The Typing Coach.

The Typing Coach Online Typing Course is a self-paced online typing course.  It has audio, video, and written instructions.  We found the course easy to set up and start.

Here is a screenshot of the audio lessons.

The Typing Coach teaches you to sit properly and to type using all your fingers.  No pecking allowed!  If you follow his instructions you'll be typing properly and quickly in no time, with little errors.  He says by the end of the course you will be able to type at least ten words per minute with as little as one error.

Student Packet

The course includes lessons on sitting properly, using the home row, top row, bottom row, shift keys, and then the number row with timed and scored proficiency tests.

The Typing Coach focuses on good posture and accuracy.  There are timed drills, but you cannot use the backspace or delete key.  He wants you to focus on typing one letter at a time, not caring what the words are.  You are reminded to keep good posture and to do the practices with the monitor off or a piece of paper over the screen.  Keeping your eyes on the letters to be typed (not the keyboard!). When a test is taken, you have the option to have print it and/or have it emailed to you.  This is great for your portfolios.  

You do not move onto the next lesson until you've mastered the previous one.  This may get a bit tedious, but the Typing Coach focuses on accuracy, not speed.  Little to no errors is your goal!

One small issue that we had was the keyboard of our laptop.  Because of the space for the mouse, your wrist is  unable to hang off the keyboard.  I did notice this caused problems with accuracy.  I am hoping for a new desk top in the near future with a regular keyboard, so hopefully that will help.

Overall, we enjoyed this course and learned a great deal.  I feel I am a better typist because of it.  I do plan to have my kids focus more on the program when we get our new computer, hopefully before third term.

If you're interested, just not completely sure you want to spend the money, they offer a try before you buy option.  Click here for more information.

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The Typing Coach Online Typing Course {The Typing Coach Reviews}

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mother's Day

I shared yesterday how Mother's Day was a difficult day, but I also wanted to share this photo of our mothers at church on Sunday.  We gave them each some flowers and a pen/bookmark set.  Our attendance was low because family was at the hospital, but we had a lovely service celebrating the mothers who were able to come.

Friday, May 19, 2017

"She is with the Lord"

Thank you all for praying for Jane.  I've been encouraged with notes and messages from people saying they are praying.  It has taken me a few days to even write this blog post.  

On Sunday (Mother's Day), I spent the afternoon between the hospital and the women's crisis centre.  I had planned to go back to the hospital Monday morning sometime.  I woke up on Monday and went for my walk, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself for not having a relaxing Mother's Day and that we probably wouldn't be able to go out for our anniversary, when I got a call from one of our church ladies saying "She is with the Lord".  The rest of my walk was done with tears streaming down my face while I was just angry with my selfish self.  I had an amazing opportunity to sit with a lady who is having marriage problems, give her a new Bible, share Scripture with her, and invite her to come to church.  Then I spent time with family, praying with them while they are hurting as they say goodbye to a loved one.  And here I was feeling sorry for myself.  I didn't have a relaxing Mother's Day or Anniversary, but I did have opportunity to share the love of Christ with others and that's far more important than anything else.  I am grateful the Lord uses a broken vessel like me.

After I got back from my walk, we went to the hospital and sat with the family.  They asked my husband to pray. We all gathered around the body and my husband prayed.  I heard movement and I looked up to see her husband bending over kissing her face through the blanket that was pulled over her, I couldn't help but shed more tears.  What a special site I will never forget.  I am thankful for this lovely lady and the encouragement and strength she has been to me and my family.  I can't wait to see her again in Heaven someday!

There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye.
All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be. 

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be. 

There'll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there;
And forever I will be with the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be. 

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.
What a day, glorious day that will be!

(On a side note, when an Indigenous person passes away, they don't say their name for a period of time for fear of bringing back their spirit.  A Christian indigenous person knows this is not true, but out of respect for their unsaved loves ones during this time, they don't say the name.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homeschool Rescue by Only Passionate Curiosity {Homeschool Review}

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

We are in our 11th year of homeschooling!  As crazy as that sounds, it has gone by so quickly.  After homeschooling for such a long time, it's good to step back, see what is working, what's not working, and what needs to change.  Sometimes we just need to "breathe new life into our homeschool".  Years ago when I started homeschooling, I felt like I was one of a small group of people, but nowadays there are some great resources not just for homeschooling, but also for homeschooling moms specifically.  One of those great resources is Homeschool Rescue by Only Passionate Curiosity.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue Homeschool rescue is an online video course created by Heather, a homeschool mom of 4.  It includes lifetime access to 20+ online video courses (audios and transcripts are also available), printable workbook assignments for each lesson, resources for homeschooling, ongoing support from homeschool parents who understand, and bonus content being added regularly.  If you're into planners, also included are also several styles to choose from!

At the moment there are 5 modules included in Homeschool Rescue, each module has 3-5 lessons.  Each lesson has a video (up to 20 minutes), downloads, and resources.  I have found many of these downloads to be very helpful, especially the ones on organising my time and the cleaning schedules!  You can do this course at your own pace, it was recommended to do a lesson each week, but you could easily do several a week.  If you prefer, you can also do the course along with others in a group on facebook.  This is great if you are needing the extra encouragement.  (The next one starts June 1.)  Whether you choose to do it independently or with the group, I believe you will find it to be a great help to your homeschool.  Sometimes it's just helpful to hear from someone else that yes, homeschooling can be difficult, but here's how we can get through this.  

Let's not just survive the homeschool years, but thrive!

Homeschool Rescue is a great online resource for homeschooling moms.  Yes, something just for you!  It's a step by step program to help you get your homeschooling back on track, or on track if it never was.  If you are curious what exactly the program teaches, here is a graphic with more details...
Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

I have recently finished the third module and am working my way through the fourth one.  I will say as a mom of a teenager, I am looking forward to the module on Teaching Older Students!  "Teaching your teen to pay attention to the details" sounds like an awesome one.  😀 

Also, as a side note, please check out Heather's website.  There are many more great resources (with lots of free printables) on her site.  Only Passionate Curiosity

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Thursday, May 4, 2017


This is Jane.  She is one of the dear ladies that attend our church.  She is dying of cancer.  About two months ago doctors gave her about 3 weeks to live.  Basically she is living on "borrowed time".  My husband is convinced God has left her here just to be an encouragement to (and possibly to convict) other Christians.  Jane amazes me.  She has every excuse to stay home and miss church.  Yet she insists on coming.  Two weeks ago her sister was away so she decided to walk to church.  Thankfully someone was passing by, they picked her up and dropped her off.  This past Sunday, I went and picked her up for church.  As I helped her stand up out of her wheelchair and use her walker to painfully walk to my car, I said, "Are you sure you want to come today."  She said, "I need to hear the Word today."  Tears immediately came to my eyes.  How often we take this for granted!  After church she stayed until everyone left, she wanted to soak up the fellowship.  As I was helping her get into the car, she began singing, "The Joy of the Lord is my Strength".  Even as I write this, tears are flowing.  Jane is in a lot of pain.  It hurts her to sit, to stand, to walk.  I asked her how can I pray for her this week, and I wanted to share those requests with you.  She said, "Pray for strength to handle my pain, and pray that I will be faithful until the end."  Please pray for Jane.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Citizenship Celebration!

This past Monday was May Day, so we decided to have a bbq and invite all our friends to help us celebrate our Australian citizenship.  We pretty much invited everyone we knew.  It was a holiday weekend so many people were away, but I think we had about 60 people show up.

Autumn made a flag cake.

Lining up for an Aussie bbq!

Plenty of teen girls!
They LOVE their photo being taken!

The boys hung out inside watching a movie.

Gifts from sweet friends.

Another photo of Autumn's cake.

We had a lovely evening with friends.  Living so far from family can be difficult, but we are very thankful for the friends God has given us here.

A friend gave us a fun list of  "You Know You're An Aussie When...".  So I thought I'd share some with you.  Enjoy!
  • You feel compelled to complete this chant: "Aussie, Aussie Aussie . . ."
  • You believe Waltzing Matilda is our real national anthem. 
  • Driving a caravan around the continent is your ideal retirement plan. 
  • You're bothered more by flies than sharks or crocs. 
  • At some point you've given or received the advice: "She'll be right, mate". Finding one of the world's most venomous snakes or spiders under your car is not out of the question.
  • You can go on holidays to another country in less time than it takes to fly to the other side of your own. 
  • You pronounce Melbourne as "Mel-bin".
  • You can translate: "Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas."
  • You believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep.
  • You think "Woolloomooloo" is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
  • You're secretly proud of our killer wildlife.
  • You know it's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle. 
  • You're sweating the same amount at 8pm as you were at midday.
  • You have a spider as big as a dinner plate living in your lounge room and you're not really worried, because it's only a Huntsman.
  • You go to the servo for your petrol.
  • You love your barbie (And it's not a doll).
  • You went outside for less than 5 seconds and you are covered in mosquito bites.
  • You're strongly encouraged to slip, slop slap.
  • When you each chips - Not fries or crisps.
  • When you have a thong tan (On your feet) all year through.
  • You can run, dance, could even build a house wearing thongs.
  • When you check for Red-Back's before sitting on the dunny.
  • When you have Blue Tongues living in your yard, and you think they're friendly.
  • When you always have tan lines. Even in winter.
  • When you drive though "Macca's".
  • When you know "Crikey!" can mean something's either good or bad.
  • When something's a "Ripper!" you know it doesn't mean it's actually ripped.
  • When your builder is a "Brickie" and your truck driver is a "Truckie", but your Accountant is still your Accountant.
  • When having a "Chin wag" doesn't mean wiggling your chin.
  • When you know all the words to the "Wiggles" songs.
  • When you write 'Colour' not color.
  • When your mother is mum - not mom.
  • When you wake up in the morning and there's a new Prime Minister and there has been no vote
  • When the same Prime Minister who was booted out, without a public vote, is the new Prime Minister again, still without a vote.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

G'day, mate! We're Aussies now!

April 26,2017 we became citizens of Australia!
(Yay, for no visa worries ever again!)

Here we are with another lady who was getting her citizenship
along with our town mayor.

Our pledge

My certificate

A sweet friend got us each a gift,
this was mine.

Some friends from work and church.

I wish we had a group photo of everyone who came to show their support.  I didn't even think of it!  It was a lovely evening and we all celebrated afterwards at a local restaurant.  If you're on my facebook, the town council facebook lived it so the video is on my wall.  

Standing there listening to the mayor welcome us as Australia's newest citizens, I couldn't help but think of the years we prayed for our visas, wondering what God was doing.  Now here we are 5.5 years later with our citizenship in hand.  God has a plan for every delay, every hiccup along the way. He is good, all the time!