Even a House Full of Adults Needs A Chore System! {Review}

Five years ago I had the opportunity to review Everyday Cooking from Everyday Homemaking.  This time, as a Crew Leader, I received an updated digital version of Everyday Cooking as well as a digital copy of Everyday Family Chore System.

Like the Ninth Edition (revised in 2011), the new 12th Edition of Everyday Cooking,revised just this past July 2017,  is full of recipes and tips.  This new edition has 203 pages and more recipes!

I know I said this 5 years ago but I must say it again. Vicki Bently cooks like me and I think that is one of the reasons I love this cookbook!  When I think of old fashioned home cooking, I think of things like Mom's Roast, Chicken and Dumplings, or Hamburger Gravy.  Yes, those are all recipes included in this book.  When I think of everyday food or meals, I think of hamburger stroganoff, sloppy joes, and "unstuffed" chicken breasts.

One of the new recipes is for an Asian Sweet and Sour Sauce.  I also spotted new Skillet Chicken recipes and a Low-Carb Biscuit recipe. These are all on my to-try list.

During the review period we adapted the Banana Muffin recipe to be Banana Chocolate Chip.   When Boobear was lamenting that she hadn't had baked oatmeal in a long time I pulled out the Baked Oatmeal recipe.  It was as good as we remembered.

But what I really want to share with you is the Everyday Family Chore System. In 2012 when the Crew reviewed Everyday Homemaking last, I only had the opportunity to use the Everyday Cooking eBook.  I needed to see the Everyday Family Chore System to perform my duties as a Crew Leader but I didn't think I would actually use it.  I was wrong.

My family is in a new season of life.  We started transitioning a year ago when Turtlegirl went away to college.  Now we have to find another new normal for us as Boobear is an adult living at home.  Tailorbear started classes at a local technical college.  It will be just Supergirl and I home alone many days.

We are all busy.  We all live here.  Chores still need to happen.  We still need a system.  We may not be in the season of chore training but just because the girls grew up doesn't mean the need to do chores has stopped.

I don't know about your house but at my house I frequently hear the lament "I don't want to be the only one doing chores."  Everyone feels like they are the only one who does it so they don't do it.  That means nobody is doing chores.  Things are just not getting done.

I needed inspiration.  I needed a jump start.  I think I've found it with th Everyday Family Chore System.  This book is divided into three parts plus the introduction.  The three parts are:

  • Laying a Foundation
  • Implementing a Plan
  • The Actual Chore System

Laying a Foundation:

In this section Mrs Bently shares four basic principles that need to be understood.  These principles are the foundation that lays the groundwork for the how-to sections.   These principles are:

  • Have Age Appropriate Expectations
  • Establish Rules or Standards
  • Have a Working Knowledge of Family Discipline
  • Tie Strings to Their Hearts

Implementing a Plan:

In Part Two Implementing a Plan Mrs Bently includes a Life Skills Checklist.  This checklist is divided into sections based on how old the child should be to start learning those sills.  She also includes the age that the child should be proficient.  For example she lists that a 7 year old should start to be responsible for washing and drying own hair and by age 10 should master this.  She also lists that a 7 year old could start to clean bathrooms but not necessarily be able to fully accomplish that task until around age 12.  She emphasizes:

The age category under which an item falls lets you know the age at which you might consider beginning to train a child at this task; the age in parentheses is the age at which you might expect him to be able to fully accomplish the task. (p. 15)
This checklist should be a guideline and not a strict measuring stick.  I love that she keeps it real by acknowledging that she is not competent in all the areas that she includes in the checklist.  That made me feel better about the gaps I've noticed in my children (and myself!).

In this part she has sections titled:

  • Delegate/assign Responsiblities
  • Suggestions for the actual "set up" of the system
  • Teach them How to Work
  • Make it Easy to Succeed
 Each of those sections are full of information! Even though much of this is focused on young children and teaching them how do the chores, I found reading this section to be what I needed to jumpstart my brain into thinking about possible systems.

I keep coming back to the Delegate/assign Responsibilities section because I think this is the heart of what I need.  There are 4 of us plus Supergirl.  Even Supergirl is capable of doing some chores.

Before we can divide up the chores (assign them!), we need to know what it is we need to do be doing and deciding how often it needs to be done.  She does have a list of possible jobs in Part 3.

Like with the cookbook, I found myself nodding in agreement as I read through some of her tips and ideas in the Make it Easy to Succeed section in Part 2.  I am glad I am not the only one who says "don't put it down, put it away!"   I wonder if she is more successful with that in her family? I know several of my family members who really struggle with this concept.  We once found math homework in the refrigerator.  Still not quite sure how it ended up there but usually the object gets put down anywhere and we can't find it when we need it.  This also means clutter and things laying out everywhere.  Even as adults this is something we need to work on.

The Implementing a Plan part of the book is the heart of the book. It is the longest section and it is filled with practical tips and ideas including suggestions for rewards.

The Actual Chore System

Before moving on to part 3 The Actual Chore System Mrs Bentley gives a quick review of parts 1 and 2.   It is very tempting to jump right in with Part 3. I encourage you to read through parts 1 and 2 no matter what season of life you are in.  The author does state that you may want to refer to Part 3 as you read through Part 2 and I agree that was helpful but do not skip over Part 1 or Part 2 just to get to Part 3!

The Chore System has two parts:  The How-To Cards and the Job Labels.  I really wish I had used How-To cards when I was teaching the girls different chores.  I'm thinking a few of those now would not be a bad idea.

She included several pre-printed how-to cards such as Setting the Table or Wash Bathroom Walls.  She also included job labels for the most common tasks.  Some of the job labels are: Groom Animals, Sort Laundry, and Cut Grass.

I love that she included job cards for Help Brother and Help Sister!  Vicki Bentley even included Assistant Cook as a job label.

What I love best are the blank cards.  Because my copy is a PDF Download I can just print however many sheets I need directly onto Card Stock.  If you purchase the printed copy she encourages you to photocopy the blank pages onto card stock though you can use them straight from the book.

There is a Suggested Resources page after the last page of blank cards but with the new website design I couldn't find the referenced list of resources.  Hopefully Everyday Homemaking will put the list back on their website or better yet include it in the next printing or edition of the book.

Our Chore System

So Boobear, Tailorbear and I brainstormed how to take the ideas from The Everyday Family Chore System and put together something that we could use.  Something VISIBLE.  Something easy.  The original Bentley system used clothespins on a large board. Mrs Bentley describes several ways you can use the Job Labels.

We decided we liked the board idea.  But instead of having the names of family in the center with weekly chores on one side and daily on the other we would color code them.   We put names in different sections.  We also decided to laminate the job cards and use velco.

Our Family Chore System is still in the "working out the kinks" and "testing".   It's a work in progress.  I'm excited though. It's a step in the right direction.

Do you have a chore system that works for you?  Do you have a cookbook that will help you teach cooking skills to your children?

Go read more reviews!  I think you'll want your own copy of Everyday Cooking or the Everyday Family Chore System!

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Everyday Cooking and Chores Systems for your Family {Everyday Homemaking Reviews}

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Studying Marine Biology Just for Fun! {Review}

Many years ago when my girls were still very young, I was introduced to Apologia Educational Ministries through their Elementary Science Series of books.  We used Exploring Creation Through Astronomy and followed it up with Exploring Creation through Botany.  As the girls grew we continued to include Apologia Science in our home school and in high school all three of the "big" girls used Exploring Creation Through Biology.

Recently, as part of my role with the Homeschool Review Crew, I received Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set.  Apologia generously included the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD.

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I don't have any high school students anymore.  Boobear graduated from University in May.  In June Tailorbear graduated from our home school high school.  Turtlegirl graduated last year and is away at college. All of them said the same thing "oh man, I wanted to study Marine Biology when I was in high school!"  Much to our mutual disappointment we had run out of time.

Funny how things work out though.  Boobear came to me and asked if it would be okay if she read the textbook.  She still wanted to learn more about Marine Biology.  A few days later she asked me "mom, would it be okay if I wrote in the Student Notebook?"  So my college graduate daughter has started studying Marine Biology just for fun!

So let me tell you about this Marine Biology Course!

The Textbook:

The author is Sherri Seligson with technical editorial contributions from Dr. Robert Carter, PhD Marine Biology.  The text is written to the student in a conversational tone.  It begins with Student Notes that describe the course.

Marine Biology is divided into 16 modules.  The recommend pace of approximately 2 weeks per module plus tests and has students finishing the course in 34 weeks.

When I think of biology I think of studying life forms.  I imagine studying respiratory systems and digestion tracts. I think of dissecting frogs or in the case of Marine Biology fish.  I don't necessarily think of studying the composition of the ocean or the continental drift.  I love that this course covers the geology and ecology of the ocean as well as exploring the all the life forms that live there!

Here's a list of what is covered:
  • Module 1 ~ The Oceans of our Planet
  • Module 2 ~  Life in the Sea
  • Module 3 ~ The First Four Kingdoms
  • Modules 4 & 5 ~ Marine Invertebrate
  • Modules 6 & 7 ~ Marine Vertebrates
  • Module 8 ~ Marine Ecology
  • Module 9 ~ The Intertidal Zone
  • Module 10 ~  Estuary Communities
  • Module 11~ Coral Reefs
  • Module 12 ~ Continental Shelf Communities
  • Module 13 ~ The Epipelagic Zone
  • Module 14 ~ The Deep Ocean
  • Module 15 ~  Ocean Resources
  • Module 16 ~ Effects of Humans on the Sea
 The Text also contains  a Glossary, Index, and several Appendixes.

This is a lab course!

The laboratory exercises fall into one of three categories:  microscope labs, dissection labs, and household labs.   Just as the name implies the household labs use only household equipment.  You'll need a microscope and prepared slides to complete the microscope activities and for the dissection exercises you'll need a dissection specimens kit and tools.  Since Marine Biology is an advanced biology course it is assumed that the student has completed high school biology.  It is also assumed that since they already took Biology they would have a microscope and dissection tools.

This course can be completed without doing the Labs but most colleges and universities require multiple science courses with a lab so this course would fulfill that requirement.

The Student Notebook:

This enormous soft cover spiral bound notebook is divided into four sections:
  • Introduction ~ This section includes a note for parents, rubrics for grading labs and a beautiful schedule that includes all the readings, questions, labs, and tests.
  • Modules Notes, "On Your Own," Study Guide, and Optional Summary ~ This section has pages for students to take notes and has all the questions from the text but laid out with space for the student to write out their answers.
  • Lab Reports ~ Includes the details such as the procedure as well a place to write out observations, and make drawings and diagrams.
  • Presenting Your Research: Creating a Presentation Poster

Solutions and Tests:

In addition to the textbook and the Student Notebook the Advantage Set also includes the paperback Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Marine Biology 2nd Edition.  This came shrink wrapped with a smaller paper pamphlet of just the tests.

The larger solution manual is more than just answers to all of the study guide questions, copies of tests, and answers to tests.  The front section contains helpful information about the course and how to administer the course including grading information.

I love that they included a test only booklet.  If I were using this with my high school students I would not want to administer the test from the Solutions and Tests book nor would I want to deal with trying to make copies of the tests. (It specifically states that you are allowed to make copies if you do not want to administer the tests from the solutions and tests manual.)

The MP3 Audio CD:

The Advantage Set contains everything you need to be successful with the course but Apologia also sent us the Audio CD.  This is sold separately.  It is MP3 Format and must be played with an MP3 compatible cd player or computer.  We found that our DVD player which also plays CDs is MP3 CD compatible.

The CD is  complete audio recording of the book and is read by Marissa Leinart  Students who have difficulty reading the text or who might be auditory learners will find this very helpful. Boobear is very visual so prefers to read the text herself.  For her it would be too difficult to listen to the audio and try to take notes.

For the purposes of this review I listened to a couple sections of Module 1. I noticed that the reading was clear. She was easy to understand. She read at a pace that was fast enough that I wasn't lost but too fast for me to stop and pause. She reads the text including vocabulary definitions and On Your Own questions but she doesn't read figures or captions.  I really wanted her to pause so that I could pause the CD to study the Figures.  She doesn't read the experiments.  Again I wish there was some type of pause built it or a "please stop the CD now and complete the experiment."

I asked Boobear for her thoughts and opinion.  She said:
I really enjoy how this text book is laid out and how the author was clear with the description. I also appreciated that the first module was laying down a very through foundation, while this sometimes was boring I appreciated making sure that the students starting the course knew all the information that needs to be known. 

My favorite thing though is the student notebook. It would have been so much easier in high school to have had that. I was not sure that the note taking was something that I cared about but for students that are unfamiliar to note taking it is great training. I really appreciated the questions being in the note book and the chapter summaries plus study guide. Maybe I take too many notes but I do wish it had more of the Notes pages.  Overall it is so much easier to have a note book that has all of that that you can use with the text book.

There you have it!  A program so well put together that it inspires the learning to continue even after college!  We both recommend Exploring Creation with Marine Biology as an additional science with a lab credit for your biology loving students!

Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set {Apologia Educational Ministries Review}

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Still Learning Latin! {Crew Review}

While I have always considered myself more of an eclectic style homeschooler I do have some classical leanings such as teaching Latin.  There are many benefits to teaching Latin but rather than discuss that I want to tell you about Memoria Press and their Latin programs.  Well, specifically I want to chat about the Third Form Latin Complete Set.

Third Form Latin from Memoria Press #hsreviews

I have to begin at the beginning though.  Many many years ago we started with Memoria Press's Latina Christiana Complete Set which by the way has been completely revised including new DVD lessons.  We still laugh at Honeybear's joke about amo. We'd be practicing our recitation amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant and Honeybear would interject you have a ma moose, but what about the pa moose?

A few years later we had the opportunity to review First Form Latin and we were hooked!  We loved First Form so much that I purchased Second Form Latin.  Turtlegirl was thrilled to find out that we now own Third Form and Fourth Form!

Cheryl Lowe, the author of the Form Series who recently passed away, had a passion for Classical Education and teaching Latin.  She co-founded Memoria Press.  In her letter "To the Students and Parents" - Discipulus et Parentibus she writes:

As I have said many times before, mastery is the key to success in Latin.  Students enjoy what they have thoroughly learned. They do not enjoy what they have half-learned and half-understood. The seriousness of this advice becomes more obvious with every lesson. Grammar is added to grammar, and vocabulary is added to vocabulary.  The work of mastery and review must  continue and not let up.

In Third Form Latin, Ms. Lowe continues to build upon the grammar and vocabulary she taught in First and Second Form Latin.

Since Turtlegirl has been using Third Form Latin I've enlisted her help with writing this review. Let's take look at each of the parts included in the complete set.

The Student Workbook

One of the first things Turtlegirl noticed about the student workbook is that it is spiral-bound now. It was not spiral-bound before when she studied First and Second Form. She loves that they changed the binding because it is much easier to work with now.

Third Form Latin Student Workbook Pages #hsreviews

As for the format, there are 7-9 exercises per lesson. These exercises involve practicing grammar, the lesson's Latin saying, vocabulary, several form drills, and translation exercises. If there are derivatives for that lesson, there will be an exercise using those. The exercises are sometimes broken down into Drill A, Drill B, etc. It should also be noted that the pages in the Student Workbook are numbered with the lesson and "Worksheet #". The Worksheet numbers reset for each lesson. However, the different exercises could start on one workbook page and end on the next.

Generally, the lesson starts with grammar, then the Latin saying, then vocabulary, then the form drills, and then translation and derivatives.

The Student Text

The course is divided into 5 (V) units. Each unit has a specific focus. Generally, the unit begins with a review of the grammar and vocabulary learned in the previous Forms that relates to the unit's focus. The unit ends with a review of what was covered in the unit.

Third Form Latin Student Text with Flashcards #hsreviews

Each lesson in the unit has a Latin saying.

Instructional DVDs:

For the lessons, the session begins with a recitation of the conjugations and declensions that the student has learned. Afterward, the instructor goes over the vocabulary for that lesson, saying the Latin first, then the English, and then the Latin again. The grammar for that lesson is discussed.

The Student Materials for Third Form Latin #hsreviews

Pronunciation CD

The Pronunciation CD also serves as a review of all of the vocabulary, since the instructor goes over the Latin pronunciation and the meaning. If a verb has irregular principle parts, the instructor says all of them. There is also a mini-quiz at the end of each track to help the students' comprehension and memory. There is no quiz for Lesson 1 since Lesson 1 did not have any new vocabulary and instead reviewed what was learned in First and Second Form. Lesson 2 is heavy on review but has some new vocabulary.  With Lesson 3 you are off and running with Third Form. The length of the tracks depends on what was covered in the lesson. This means that the track could be as short as two minutes or as long as 12 minutes.

Quizzes and Tests

The quizzes have the same look as the workbook pages with fill in the blanks and fill in the charts.  Generally all the quizzes will have sections on Vocabulary, Conjugate, Decline, Translate, and Grammar. Quizzes are 2 to 3 pages long.

Unit tests are longer ranging from 3 to 5 pages in length. Unit Tests also include sections for Latin Sayings.  A Final Exam is also included.

These are perfect bound and perforated.  We tear them out as needed which makes it easier to write on the pages.

Third Form Latin Teacher Resources from Memora Press #hsreviews

Teacher Manual

If you as a parent are teaching this course the Teacher Manual is invaluable. Even though I rely on the Instructional DVDs to do the teaching, I find the Teacher Manual valuable.  In addition to laying out what you should teach (and sometimes how to teach and what to say!) it has several appendices full of reference material.  The Teacher Manual includes teaching guidelines, which also include a sample lesson plan.

The Student Text pages are embedded in each Lesson.  This is a handy feature as it means you can reference the student pages while preparing to teach the lesson without having to hunt down the Student Text.

The Teacher Manual is also a valuable reference tool for students like Turtlegirl who are working through the program independently.  She can watch the video lesson, read through the student text and then if she is still having a bit of trouble, she can reference the Teacher Manual.   There are nuggets of wisdom such as 
Say each word aloud with its meaning, and have students repeat after you. Begin every day with this oral drill of the week's new vocabulary. These are the hard little words in any language. They require extra attention. (Lesson V page 19 Teacher Manual).
There are no answers to student workbook pages in the Teacher Manual so there is no worry that students will just copy the work. While I am not using Third Form Latin for high school credit, if I were, I would gladly hand my independent student the Teacher Manual to aid them in their studies.  My one complaint though about the Teacher Manual is that it is perfect bound. I wish it was spiral bound. 

But what about the answers to the workbook pages, quizzes and exams?  There is the Teacher Key!

Teacher Key 

The Teacher Key is spiral bound.  It is simply the student workbook pages, quizzes and tests with the answers filled in.  When we were using First Form and Second Form for high school credit these were my lifeline to grading.  I did not have to know any Latin at all.  Even Honeybear did some grading and he had less Latin exposure than I did!

Third Form Latin Teacher Key from Memoria Press #hsreviews

To save space each two page spread of the Teacher Key has 4 student pages.  This does make them a little harder to read but it also makes it so that key is not so huge and unwieldy.

Turtlegirl's Thoughts:

Turtlegirl loves Third Form Latin from Memoria Press! Read the review at CirclingThroughThisLiife.com #hsreviews

I love Latin. That's no secret. So, of course, I was super happy to work with Third Form since I'd already worked with First and Second Form. I found myself a little rusty, so the review in the first few lessons was very helpful. I love the spiral binding on the workbook. It made my life much easier. I also found the instructional videos very easy to follow. It was nostalgic for me to recite the conjugations again. I recommend Third Form Latin as well as the other forms because it's easy for self-study as well as a formal study environment. 

My Thoughts

I love that the Form series is so complete and thorough.  I think learning Latin is more fun when learning in a group but with the instructional DVDs this program works very well for driven independent learners.   When folks ask me what do I recommend for Latin?  I answer Memoria Press.  Supergirl is loving Prima Latina.  Boobear is refreshing her memory of Latin and I'm learning right along with Supergirl.   If you are just starting high school and just starting Latin, I encourage you try First Form Latin.  You may find yourself like us wanting to continue with Second Form, then Third Form and yes I know we'll be doing Fourth Form as well and my girls are college age and beyond now!

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In addition to the Latin Programs, the Homeschool Review Crew also reviewed The Book of Trees and Nature's Beautiful Order

Latin, Nature and Trees {Memoria Press Reviews}

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Homeschool Computer and Technology Courses from CompuScholar, Inc. {Crew Review}

In this day and age the ability to use a computer is nearly essential for so many of our daily activities.  Our students need to be familiar with computers and many students enjoy programing and coding.

Recently the Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to use and review their choice of one of three online courses from CompuScholar, Inc.  As a crew leader I was blessed to receive teacher and student access for all three courses:  Digital Savvy, Web Design, and Java Programming.

You may already be familiar with CompuScholar, Inc. from their old name: Homeschool Programming.  We loved Homeschool Programming and I even wrote a review of their TeenCoder C# Series which included Windows Programming and Games Programming.

CompuScholar, Inc. provides courses for Homeschoolers, Individual Students and Small Groups!

Topics Covered in Digital Savvy:

While I have learned my way around computers, there is still so much I don't really know or understand so I've been working through Digital Savvy for myself!  Digital Savvy is a great introduction to computers and technology.  It starts with the basics. In the lessons in the first chapter explain what "hardware" is.  You'll also learn a bit of the history of computers and you'll be able to define "peripherals".  In the following chapters you'll learn about software, operating systems, and computer files. One thing I really appreciated about Digital Savvy is that it included information on Linux and Android not just Mac and Windows! In addition to these computer basics, you'll learn about Search Engines, Computer Networks, and Computer Security.

Digital Savvy is the perfect introductory course for students new to computers, computer science and technology!

What I am looking forward to though are the chapters that cover Word Processing, Spreadsheet Programs, Presentation Programs, and Database Technology.  I am hoping that the chapter on Database Technology will give me enough skills to start playing with creating a database to use for church library! (Yes, Honeybear and I have volunteered to do the Church Library!) There is even a chapter that covers Project Management and Teamwork.  Oh goodness but listening to BooBear as she worked with many teams to do project presentations in her different classes she and her classmates would have done well to study this chapter!

In the second half of the course students move into working with the internet.  There are two chapters just on Social Media. I think I might have to skip ahead to the chapter on Digital Images. Also covered are Web Design and Internet Communication.  Digital Savvy also introduces Programming Concepts and Digital Logic. The last chapter before the Final Project covers Careers and Professional Skills.

How the Course Works

These courses are online and students work can work through the materials independently. Students and teachers log in to their account and are taken to their dashboard or home page. To get to the course material click on the course title. This will bring up the page with the list of chapters. Click on a chapter to see the individual lessons, chapter activity, and exam. Unfortunately the program does not remember where you left off.

Digital Savvy has 25 chapters plus a "chapter" of Supplemental Lessons.  Each chapter is divided into Lessons.  The number of lessons varies from chapter to chapter with as few as 3 Lessons to as many as 6.  Most chapters have 3 Lessons.  All Chapters include an Activity and a Chapter Exam.

Each lesson contains Video, Text and Quiz.  The same information from the Video is presented in the Text however, there is more information in the Text.  Ideally, the student would watch the video which gives an introduction to the lesson and then read through through the Lesson Text.  If a student is only going to complete one or the other, I strongly recommend choosing Lesson Text over Lesson Video as the text includes additional information and for many of the lessons a Work With Me Section that includes discussion questions or an assignment.

The Chapter Activity provides hands on experience with the skills or topics covered.  For example in the activity for Chapter 4 students create folders, copy, move, and delete folders, and create a zip file. When I get to Chapter 12, I will create a Music Database and I hope that will give me the experience I need to create a Book Database!


Lesson Quizzes and Chapter Exams are graded automatically by the program. In Digital Savvy and Web Design students may attempt the quiz up to 3 times.  We noticed though that in Java Programming it was only 2 attempts.  Chapter Activities must be graded by the teacher.  These can be submitted through the course and the teacher can access them through their Dashboard.  The grading is easy! CompuScholar includes a Rubric so I just have to answer "yes" or "no".  The course calculates the grade for me.

Our Thoughts

Turtlegirl is home for the summer and she's been working a bit with Web Design and Java Programming.  Here are her thoughts:
First of all, I am a Computer Science major. I know my way around computers. I was doing this for fun. I decided to play around with the Web Design and Java Programming because it's been awhile since I studied Websites and I have never learned Java. One of the things I noticed and appreciated was the inclusion of Linux and other operating systems besides Windows in the first chapters of the Java Programming. I also greatly appreciated the time they took to introduce the history of computers and operating systems, as well as the discussion of computer ethics. I like having both a video to watch and a lesson to read. I did find that I could skip the video and not miss any information. I like the submission format, and I like that the program gives the student the grading rubric. I find that very helpful. I did not like the fact that with the quizzes, the wrong answers are not clearly shown in the review section. I found it very difficult to find where I went wrong and it was very frustrating. Overall, I liked the program a lot and I recommend it to students and those who are just studying computer science for fun.

I agree with Turtlegirl that for Web Design and Java Programming, which are set up exactly like Digital Savvy with Chapters that include Lessons, Activity and Chapter Exam including Lesson Video, Lesson Text, and Lesson Quiz, do not have the same easily visible "this answer is right" or "this answer is "wrong".  I really appreciate that Digital Savvy shows the correct answer.

I love how easy it is to use the courses. These are solid programs and the Java Programming is an AP level course! I recommend Digital Savvy for all students as an introductory computer science course and for students who discover a love of computers and programming I would suggest moving on to Web Design, Java Programming or any of the other courses offered. The courses offered by CompuScholar, Inc. prepared Turtlegirl so well that she was bit bored in her computer science class at college!

CompuScholar, Inc. Java Programming

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Digital Savvy, Web Design & Java Programming {CompuScholar,Inc Reviews}

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Menu Monday: Using up Left Overs: Broccoli Cheddar Soup!

I don't have any idea how regularly I will do a Menu Monday post but I like the idea of sharing a menu, recipe, or meal idea on a Monday.

Today I want to share a lunch idea using up leftovers. Not so much a recipe, but sharing what I did to use up left over broccoli.

If you were to ask my family if they like broccoli I am fairly certain they would look at you like you had two heads.  Like broccoli? I don't think so.

They might say "well I'll eat it," or they might respond with "I prefer it raw."

I've discovered though that Supergirl loves broccoli with cheese. Since I'm trying to get her to eat more veggies and we we are trying to get her to eat more protein we eat broccoli a few times a week.  Steamed.  For Supergirl I might sprinkle some Parmesan or shredded Cheddar on it.  Sometimes I splurge and buy those "microwave-in-a-bag" broccoli with cheese sauce.

Don't let them fool you though.  They like broccoli.  They just seem to think that they must hide it.  Maybe they are afraid if they admit it the world will explode.  People are not supposed to like broccoli right?

There is one way though that my family seems to LOVE broccoli. In soup.  Cream of Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

Using up leftovers! Broccolli Soup #MenuMonday @CirclingThroughThisLIfe.com
I almost forgot to take a picture! So you get a messy half full bowl. It was that good!

Sometimes the bag of frozen broccoli (okay okay most times!) is too much because there are only 4 of us eating instead of 5 or 6. I end up with leftovers.  Not quite enough to serve as a side dish for another meal but too much to throw away.

So the other day I made it into a soup.  I took the left over broccoli chopped it up a bit more and threw it in a pan and barely covered it with some chicken broth.  It was already tender from being steamed the night before so I wanted to be careful that I did not over cook it but I did want those steams to be even more tender.  Brought the broth to boil and then turned the heat down.  I stirred in some cheese and some half and half.  Decided it was a little too thin so mixed some cornstarch with water (not too much) and stirred that into it.  Creamy, cheesy, broccoli soup.  It fast.  It was easy.  It used up leftovers.

I have been told that I need cook broccoli this week.  A big bag.  You know so we can have some left overs to make soup.

What's on your menu this week?