Monday, February 18, 2013

Polishing Up Levi's Printing with HWT's Wet-Dry-Try App



Even though our home school has never officially used  Handwriting Without Tears for our handwriting program, I am definitely familiar with the small slate and wet-dry-try method of learning letter formations that are a hallmark of the method-- I used this technique to help Ben when he was four or so.  Well, welcome to the 21st Century:  HWT’s new app -- Wet-Dry-Try App ($4.99 in both iTunes Store and Google Play).


Designed primarily for pre-K and kindergarten aged students (as well as remedial), the app can be used two different ways— Pick and Practice or HWT’s Winning Order. HWT’s Winning Order groups letters in similar shape categories; for example “Frog Jump Capitals” requires the student to pick up the pencil to make a subsequent stroke. These are letters like B, F, M, and N. The remainder of letters are categorized as “Starting Corner Capitals", “Center Starting Capitals” and numbers:


With Pick and Practice, letters are shown in alphabetical order (numbers at the end on a second screen) and you or your child can select whichever letters or numbers you’d like:



No matter which way you use this, your child has to complete the wet-dry-dry procedure on each letter three times before your student is awarded a colored “picture” that is taped to their electronic slate.

On the first try, a pleasant voice guided Levi through each of the steps – tracing the letter with a “sponge” which blackens the letter on the chalkboard.  Then the voice tells him to use a “tissue” to dry the letter, and finally Levi was given a piece of chalk to re-write the letter.  The graphics on the app show exactly where to start forming the letter.

On the second try, the sponge-tissue-chalk flashes to remind the child where to start forming the letter on the chalk board.  On the third and final try, there are no clues on where to start making the letter.

There are several adjustments you can make when you log onto the app.    You can add up to four players.  You can turn the music on or off as well as turning off voice instruction and sound effects. And you can “lock” your child on a certain star level if they need more practice. There is a nice FAQ section on the app’s website.


How we used it: We haven’t really used a handwriting program much this year – I taught Levi cursive in first grade and he’s been using it in spelling and other subjects fairly consistently.  But I noticed that he was having trouble with correct print formation, so we used this app to give him a little bump up.  I’m pleased to say that he is more consistently using “Frog Jump Capitals” and they are a much more legible.  I then switched to some basic copywork with paper and pencil using HWT’s letter style.  He is definitely doing better shaping his capitals and lower case b/d’s than before.

Levi showing off all his letters from The Winning Order.
 My recommendations & thoughts:  I think this is a good "version 1.0" app for those with young children - or children with fine motor needs -- who are wanting to supplement their traditional HWT program.  If I was just starting with HWT with my preKer or kindergartner, I would definitely want this app!  My 7 year old liked it – and I’m sure that because it was an iPad app, he liked it even more! It was a fun tool to practice a skill that can become tedious. But he finished using the app within about two weeks at the most. I really hope the HWT people will add lower case and cursive to the app! Then I think it would be a great supplement for a wider range of ages who need some reinforcement of writing skills while sitting in the dentist’s waiting room or driving to grandma’s house.
  
In addition to the app, some Crew members reviewed Handwriting Without Tear’s new Common Core aligned K-3rd grade handwriting programs. To read what  these homeschool, blogging moms thought of these products, please click on the banner below. 
 
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.





Saturday, February 16, 2013

Song School Spanish {A Review}

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I might have a linguist on my hands in the shape of my adorable 7-year-old boy.

Levi has told me that after he finishes Classical Academic PressSong School Spanish, he wants to learn Greek, Russian, Latin, and German.  I might have purposefully blocked out the other six or seven languages he rattled off. 

To say that Song School Spanish has made learning a second language during our homeschool day easy – effortless even – is an understatement.  In about 20 minutes per day, Levi is learning Spanish pronunciation, the alphabet, common greetings, and vocabulary through songs, a few simple workbook activities, a couple of puppets-on-a-stick: our new friends Tortuga & Conejo.

What I reviewed:  Levi and I received the student Book and Song CD ($24.95) as well as the Teacher's Edition ($24.95).  After seeing how adorable the books were, I went ahead and splurged on the Spanish Amigo Match Flash Cards ($26.95). These cards have really been worth it for us – because Spanish gets done twice as much as if I had had to make them!  Thankfully Classical Academic Press (CAP) also put together a bundle, which includes the student book/CD, Teacher’s Edition and the flashcards for $66.95.



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Designed for grades kindergarten through 2nd, the 31-lessons guide young language learners through basic vocabulary for greetings, family names, colors, animals, classroom words, manners, seasons, and more:

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There are 25 lessons and 6 review lessons.  A lesson (usually 2-3 pages in the beginning) are divided into several sections:
  • Words to Learn – A list of the vocabulary for the chapter
  • Chapter Songs – The vocabulary is always used in a mixed English/Spanish song which actually teaches the meaning of the vocabulary and provides a great model of pronunciation.  Here’s one of the verses from Chapter 5 that we just finished up this week:
My padre is also my father. / My madre is also my mom. / Hermano is my little brother, / and I’m the hermana, you see. / Padre, padre, padre is also my father. / Madre, madre, madre is also my mom. /
  • Chapter Lesson – This section is written to the student, and explains the words and their usage.  For example, in Chapter 8, the lesson is learning about the male and female articles “la” and “el” for nouns.
  • Practice Your Spanish – This is an opportunity for your young student to learn about reading and writing in Spanish.  There is copywork to trace and mixed English/ Spanish sentences to match for proper vocabulary usage. Sometimes your child gets to draw a picture of the lesson:
  • Show What You Know  - This section usually has some multiple choice questions that students have to practice using the correct vocab word.
There are often one or two more sections in a chapter – a play with Conejo and Tortuga, a story with the Spanish vocabulary inserted into the English narrative.  Sometimes there is  a review section to practice previous vocabulary.

What I like about the lessons is that there are predictable sections and unpredictable sections in each chapter.  That probably doesn’t make sense, right?  Well, the beginning of each lesson builds off of a pattern that is consistent.  This consistency makes starting the lesson easy – I know that the first day Levi and I sit down with his book, I don’t have to worry much else – all we need is his book and the CD and we’re good to go.  But, I like that there are some different activities that shake us out of our complacency and get us using our Spanish words.  I am finding that this mixture of structure and novelty is a nice balance to help us stay the course of the program, while not boring us to tears with the same-old-same-old in every lesson. 

The review lessons (we’ve only completed one so far) are usually 6+ pages long (they, too, get longer as the book progresses).  The vocabulary words from each chapter are reviewed, the song lyrics are reprinted, and there are additional written exercises to work out.

How We Used This Program:  Although the Teacher’s Edition provides a perfectly wonderful 3-day suggested lesson plan, Levi and I usually work through this program 4 times per week.  Or 5 days a week – if Levi had his way each and every day.  It is honestly difficult to get Levi to slow down with the workbook material and make it last two or three days!  

On the first day, we practice one or two pages per chapter.  We try to listen to the songs every day, and I try to have Levi do the writing activities from the “Practice Your Spanish”  on the second or third day.  We usually play a game or two of Go Fish or Memory Match with our cards two or three times per week.  Since each card has the translation written in small print on the bottom, Luke has sat-in on a Memory Match game with Levi and has been a good substitute for me when I’ve gotten pulled aside.

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I have to admit that with all the great material in the student book, I keep forgetting to turn to the back of the Teacher’s Edition and copy off the additional worksheets that are provided! There is an extra page of games and puzzles for each chapter, two-pages for each review lesson, and a four-page end-of-book review.  This pages include things like word puzzles, word searches, and even a crossword puzzle or two.  Levi loves word puzzles, so I guess I better photocopy these pages this weekend!  He will love me for it.

The Teacher’s edition contains a helpful introduction which explains the teaching method of the program, the available resources (there many additional helps available for free on the CAP website), and a suggested schedule.  The student workbook is reprinted at about 50% of the original size with the correct answers. The additional worksheets are in the back of the book as well (with answers!). 

I encourage your to click over to samples of the student book, songs and teacher book – CAP is very generous in showing a variety of their materials on their PDF samples, and I think you’ll be impressed!  Don’t forget to check out the online vocabulary flash card game at CAP’s HeadventureLand.  Levi also likes going to this site, where I can feel safe knowing that he is practicing something fun and educational at the same time.

My recommendations & thoughts:  This is another product that I know we will not be able to stop now that the review is complete.  Levi just loves the workbook and songs so much.  I’m constantly impressed at how much Levi is learning through the songs.  Sometimes the songs have brand new tunes, and while other times I can tell the tune is to a common childhood song.  Either way, his pronunciation (and rolled “r”s) is coming along quite well!  He truly loves learning Spanish with this program, and I’m so please that the program has been effortless for us to fold into our busy days.  Luke (10) will even sit in with us for some songs and lessons (and games, of course), so I think it could definitely be used with a child beyond 2nd grade – especially if you are wanting to keep siblings together.


Not only were Schoolhouse Review Crew members able to review Song School Spanish, some members were able to try out their God’s Great Covenant Old Testament Bible Studies (there are two sets).  To read what other homeschool, blogging moms thought of all these great Classical Academic Press products, please click on the banner below:

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the Song School Spanish Student book/ CD set and Teachers Book through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

This picture was not staged:

I think at this point in daisy's life she's just too old to fight this spry young kitty. As long as she's not getting clawed to death, Daisy is pretty passive.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

WeeklyMonthly Report: Where are we?

It's been at least six weeks since I wrote about our school year.  Why six weeks?

Homeschool Ski Lessons!

I love homeschool ski lessons -- the mountain our family has skied at for the past 7 or so years provides an amazing deal for our group, which grows each year.  The boys have become competent skiers who enjoy a day on the slopes. I enjoy the fresh air (the bitter cold - not so much).  Ben has reached the highest level of lessons and is thinking of trying snowboarding lessons next year. My guess is that I have one more year of skiing with Levi before he desires to ski steeper and deeper slopes than this mama cares to try. This is something that will be part of our homeschool until Levi turns 18.
I hate to admit this, but after about four weeks, I start to get a little stressed out about the subjects that we haven't gotten done as consistently because of our extra day off to ski.  Spelling always takes a hit during this period as does writing.  Luke and Levi tend to get bare bones history readings done.

Second Place in the pack for best car design
Today is the first day of a full week of school sans skiing.  Because of the snow storm, the boys had an exhausting weekend shoveling, playing, and tubing at a friend's house. They woke a little grumpier than usual and we were less efficient than necessary.

But, I will refrain from stressing out, because I have the "gift" of an extra day this week.

20+ foot tree that fell, just missing our house, PTL!
I have, however, made some decisions about the tools we are going to use for the rest of the year.  I've decided to stop using WriteShop Primer A with Levi.  It is a great program and I appreciate the creative activities in it, but it is a bit young for Levi, and he feels that it is babyish.  I wish I would have known about it last year when he was in kindergarten!  We have gotten several weeks behind in Luke's WriteShop D, but I am not yet ready to abandon it.  We are working on re-writing a folk tale.

Plans I had for Ben haven't really changed -- except we've never gotten around to starting our elective classes.  I had wanted to use Art of Argument  (which we started last year during a review), a computer programming course (though I am hopeful Ben will get a taste of one during an upcoming Schoolhouse Review), and an online basic computer skills course.  What Ben has had to learn (the hard way) is time management and successful study skills.  In the long run, learning to manage his time efficiently is way more important for life than computer programming, for example, but he was looking forward to the "fun" electives.

Some of our review products continue to be staples in our day:  Samson's Classroom is used for reinforcement and spelling practice of our Spell to Write and Read lists.  I have really seen that it helps Levi very much and it is a good supplement for Luke.  Until recently, Ben was using Vocab Videos still -- I wanted to take a break so he would work through a Critical Thinking Word Roots program that I have.  He'll probably return to Vocab Videos in the spring.


Luke and Levi will not let me stop Anatomy and Physiology for science, even though we haven't finished Earth Science yet.  It is a case of so much to learn, so little time here!

And now that we've made some decisions for Ben about home schooling high school next year, I can re-focus on the job at hand --finishing this year strong.  






Friday, February 8, 2013

Elementary Science: Apologia’s Anatomy & Physiology



Science is such a fun topic to teach children. They are so curious about everything and God has done such a bang-up job creating a world where discoveries never end!

Our family has used many types of science curriculum over the past 9+ years of homeschooling.  One that we’ve returned to several times is Apologia Educational Ministrieselementary science books.

I’ve been trying out their relatively new (2010) Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) with Luke and Levi. If my kids had to write a review of this program, it would be one of the world’s shortest reviews: they love it.  They whine and moan on days when I do not have A&P scheduled….and conversely, they think I’m the world’s best mom when we do have science.  Oh, and if it is a day with a “Try This!” hands-on activity?!  Well, they might just like me more than ice cream.  (They are New Englander, and New Englanders love their ice cream and a lot.)

For this review, I was sent the hardback textbook ($39.00), which has 14 chapters and is recommended for grades 4th-6th;  the regular Notebooking Journal ($24.00) appropriate for upper grammar students; and the MP3 Audio CD ($19.00).  There is also a Junior Notebooking Journal  ($24.00) for younger elementary students who are tagging along.

This is a very complete A&P course for elementary students covering the following topics:

skeletal system – muscular system – digestive/ renal system – health/ nutrition – respiratory system – blood – cardiovascular system – nervous and endocrine system – the brain – senses – integumentary system – lymphatic/ immune system – growth and development

You might be curious to know that reproduction is not included in this book.  This final chapter (Growth and Development) discusses development in the womb, but does not explain how a child gets in the uterus nor does it show pictures of the female uterus.  After a month-by-month  discussion of the development of a baby in utero, a short discussion continues about growth and development outside the womb.  Puberty is discussed as follows:
“…The major changes in this regard occur during puberty…and they usually begin between the ages of 9 and 13 for girls and 10 and 14 for boys.  During puberty, children grow much taller, and the differences between males and females become more obvious.  In short, you are becoming a man or a woman so that eventually you can marry and have children of your own.”
I think this is a wonderful way to handle such a special subject, that allows parents to tailor further discussion based on the child’s age, development, inquisitiveness, and family values. If you would like to see a specific table of contents for the book (which includes chapter sub-headings) you can download a PDF Table of Contents.
              

The journal has two very helpful sections:  a week-by-week schedule that you can follow to help you move through the course in 28 weeks (you complete one chapter every two weeks).  Across two days per week, it schedules out not only the hardback text, but also the activities in the journal and the projects/ labs.  The second (and longest part) is a chapter-by-chapter journal for your student to record his/ her work.  Each chapter includes room for personal narrations, recording facts and drawings, a vocabulary crossword puzzle, copywork (offered in print and cursive fonts) and space to write out lab reports.  There are also mini-books that can be completed for each chapter and there is a cool Personal Person to create, which illustrates the body system studied through the year.  You can view a Journal Sample (junior is here) at the Apologia website.  Want to know lab supplies? Here is a lab supply list, too.



The mp3 recording of the textbook was made by coauthor Jeannie Fulbright. (the other author is pediatrician Brooke Ryan, M.D.) It is *almost* a word-for-word reading of the book – great if you have non-readers or if you want to listen to it on an extended car trip. I typically enjoy reading (and cuddling) with the boys, so we didn’t use this audio that much.  However, in the interest of trying new things, we all cuddled up to the CD playing on the laptop (it opens up in a pseudo-iPod app), the book and a blanket.  Jeannie’s voice is pleasant and we followed along with the text.  She does not read the Try This! or labs – only the text.  Despite seeming a bit fast for a read aloud/ recording, it was nice to not be straining my voice. 

How We Used This:  Like I mentioned, my younger two (4th and 1st grade) love this book and beg me to read it daily.  We have it scheduled out to use 3 times per week, so I tend to use the schedule in the journal as a guide.  We usually read a section or two of the book and complete any “Try This!” hand on activities that we have read about.  These are not full fledged experiments (although we’ve gone ahead and written out hypotheses statements about a few of them), but hands-on opportunities to understand some of the material.

I find that some of the recommended reading sections on the schedule can be long, so if you are more of a Charlotte Mason mama, who likes shorter sections of readings, you might want to adjust the schedule and work on it 4-5 times per week instead of two longer chunks of time.

One of the Try This! activities the boys liked (so far) was learning about the importance of both the skull and cerebrospinal fluid to protect the brain.  We placed an egg in a small prep bowl before lightly jogging and shaking the egg for two laps around the house.  Next, we put a second egg in a small prep bowl filled to the top with water and repeated our jog. Guess which egg survived?

Here’s another picture from a Try This! activity that helped us see what embalming does to an organism: 
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One of the Try This! activities was to embalm half an apple (right) with salt and baking soda. 

One of the things I appreciate about this text is that it is not written in a boring/ textbook manner.  The writing style is engaging, almost as if I was carrying on a conversation with my kids about this topic.  I love that about the elementary science books from Apologia! (Click on the link at the bottom of this review to see what other reviewers though of the rest of the elementary curriculum from Apologia.)  Mrs. Fulbright and Dr. Ryan also ask questions of the students in the text, which makes it less like a lecture and more engaging.
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My boys don’t care for Jell-O, but they sure love making and eating candy cells!

The book does not hesitate from using scientific terms and explaining above grade-level information. However, they are presented in kid-friendly fashion.  Luke and Levi know all the major parts of an animal cell now, but they know them in the context of a “city” (the cell)  where each organelle has a job:  the mitochondria is the power plant, the Golgi bodies are the grocery stores, the nucleus is the government.  This analogy has really helped my boys to continue to remember the functions of these organelles.
One of the different things I'm doing with the journal is that I’m using some of the Amazing Fact sections to help him learn some basic note taking skills.  I could, of course, have him do this on separate notebook paper.  But, using the journal is motivating for him, and I’m gonna use as many motivating tools as I can to get this kid to write more!  So for us, Luke is writing down interesting facts as well as other information (I had him outline the five jobs of bones).

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I always have Luke complete the vocabulary crossword puzzle and we also complete each chapter’s narration/ quiz called What Do You Remember? These are open ended questions that target the main themes and material for each chapter.  As we progress through the text this year, Luke will have more and more responsibility for writing down his answers to these questions;  as it is right now, I’m taking dictation of his responses.
My recommendations & thoughts:  Have I mentioned enough times that we liked this curriculum?  If there is any doubt, we LOVE this curriculum!  I think the authors have done a great job of making some difficult and detailed information accessible to elementary aged students.   They’ve accomplished this with creative writing, lots of hands-on activities to illustrate principles, and helpful add-ons that make teaching and learning fun.

One of the things that I’ve had to work through is not getting all uptight if each page in the student journal is not complete.  I need to remember that it is a tool for learning – and not each of the tools in the book will be necessary each week. Remember, you are the master of the curriculum – it does not master me!

To read what other homeschool, blogging moms thought of Apologia’s elementary science programs – including the Zoology series -- please click on the banner below:

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 Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Guest Blogging for Glimpses of our Country Tour!

50 states blog posts

One of my Homeschool Review Crew Mate sis a lucky duck and is traveling abroad this month -- so I did something I've never done before:  guest-blogged for her Glimpses of Our Country tour!  
The first state -- Hawaii (my absolute fave state!) -- is up.

Click on over February 15 to read my entry about New Hampshire ~ but don't forget to check out other states on other days.

You can click on the graphic above to take a virtual cross country trip!

What is your favorite state?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

{Not Quite} Wordless Wednesday

 

On New Years Eve, we had a great night with close friends having a Minute to Win It party!  As a family, we rocked and came in 2nd:

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We carefully stacked cups, balanced nails on a string, plunked pencils into a cup, blew cups off a table with a balloon, flipped a key into a glass and more.  It was a blast and a great way for kids and adults to enjoy one another’s company (we allowed kids under 8 to have 2 minutes to win it instead of one).

The Cure for an {Uncommonly} Cold Winter

We have been suffering with near zero and below zero temperatures lately.  That is too cold for me. Only two good things come from temperatures like this:  cuddling and warm food.  Like soup. My most fave soup is a yummy, smooth chowder.  But my waistline doesn’t always love chowders.
Gratefully, I found the yummiest recipe at Cooking Light magazine a few years ago:  Curried Chicken Corn Chowder.

Here’s my tips for making it:
  • I’ve never made it with fresh corn, but I’ve never had any complaints from using frozen corn instead.
  • Served in a {homemade} bread bowl is a bit of heaven.
  • I’ve also never used a jalapeno as the recipe calls for.  My youngest is not fond of spicy food, so I make it “plain” without complaints from anyone.
  • Sometimes, it turns a bit more stew-y because I like lots of chicken.
  • I’ve used grocery store broasted chicken for a nice flavor.  I’ve also grilled chicken  and seasoned it with Greek spices and/or Mexican spices.  Both have been de-lish.
Click over to Milk & Honey Mama’s blog to see what other cures for the common {winter} cold you can add to your recipe box!

Curried Chicken Corn Chowder

Jim Peterson, Cooking Light
JANUARY 2003

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion $
  • 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 6 cups White Chicken Stock (I’ve used home made chicken stock, bullion, and canned stock successfully)
  • 5 cups (fresh) corn kernels (about 7 ears)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 1 pound)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Preparation
  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeño, and cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add curry, and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add stock and corn, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until well blended to form a slurry. Stir slurry into corn mixture, and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken, cilantro, salt, and black pepper.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

God Spotting: Words are Powerful

For the past month or so, a few home schooling moms and I have been getting together to work through Lysa TerKeurst's book and study Unglued.


Not only has the study been good, but I am thoroughly enjoying the time of fellowship with these women and learning more about them.

I thought I would share what I've learned!

  • Imperfect progress.  I love that Lysa uses this term to describe the process for being re-shaped by God.  For me, it helps me to remember that the goal is to be Christlike, but recognizes the reality of my sinful nature -- that I often grab control back from God and try to do it myself -- and that I need to trust and persevere instead of giving up on the process.  I can so recognize when the evil one attempts to thwart my progess towards following Christ more intentionally and more closely -- and (I admit) I get discouraged often and sometimes feel defeated and less Christian, less loved by God, less connected to Him.  Of course, that is exactly what he wants me to feel!
  • Triggers.  I have been able to reflect more specifically about triggers that make me lose it.  Now to be more deliberate about de-stressing my life (and perhaps being more organized) so that I'm not apt to lose it so often!
  • Words.  Last night's video specifically talked about words that we all have heard in our lives that become part of the chatter that runs in our heads about ourselves.   This was a very convicting lesson for me, but not because of the dialog I hear in my head about myself, but the chatter that I am laying down in my precious son's heads.  What have I said in a fit of anger?  What messages have I given to them by my actions towards them?  My constant prayer is that God's mercy will wash over my children and erase the mistakes I've made, but it is my responsibility to be more Christlike towards them and mentor them better.  
Driving home last night after our get-together, I was very encouraged that I am listening what God wants me to hear.  The first song that I heard on Air1 was a new Hawk Nelson song called "Words."  It was like God was punctuating my evening with an exclamatory, "Yes, Alane, you got the message!" while at the same time, laying a prayer into my heart for me to meditate on:

Hawk Nelson - Words (feat. Bart Millard)
From the album Words (single)


They've made me feel like a prisoner
They've made me feel set free
They've made me feel like a criminal
Made me feel like a king
They've lifted my heart to places I've never been
They've dragged me down back to where I began

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart
Or put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don't want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

You can heal the heartache
Speak over the fear
God, your voice is the only thing we need to hear

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts
Or put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don't want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
Let the words I say
Be the sound of Your grace
I don't want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

I want to speak Your love
Not just another noise
I want to be Your life
I want to be Your voice

How has God been speaking to you lately?