Weekly Goals for April 16, 2014, and an Update on Last Week’s Goals

I’m finally making some money from our decluttering, which is always a good thing.  However, now that we’re FINALLY getting some spring weather, I just want to be outside all.the.time!  Plus, it was my birthday this weekend, so I played hooky to hang with my family.  :)

Financial

  • Relist the kids’ outgrown spring/summer clothes on eBay and Mom Mail.  I sold everything and made $92 total.  Yeah!
  • List three homeschooling items we aren’t going to use (MFW Kindergarten and FIAR books) on Facebook and eBay.  I’ve sold two of the three so far.  That’s another $70 to go in our homeschool fund for next year’s school supplies.
  • Pack up two tubs of “stuff” to be sold at an upcoming garage sale.
  • Return two supplements I got from Amazon that won’t work for me.  I need to do this soon, before the return window closes.
  • Return one homeschooling item I got for PB & J Girl that I’ve decided not to use.  I still can’t decide if I want to use this or return it.

Personal

  • Exercise for at least 20 minutes 3 days this week.  (Didn’t happen.  Think I’m taking this off the list until May because the next few weeks are going to be busy.)
  • Pray a decade of the rosary 3 day this week with the kids.  (We did this twice.)
  • Follow my candida diet and only eat carob and coconut two times this week.  I’m struggling here.
  • Get rid of 2 bags of “stuff” we no longer use.
  • Study Japanese with the kids at least three times this week.  Bookworm had quarterly exams this week, so we didn’t do Japanese.
  • Read at least 3 books to the girls a day.
  • Do at least 15 minutes of ABCMouse.com with each girl 2 to 3 days this week.  
  • Read for 30 minutes every day.  As soon as we finish all the seasons of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix, I’ll be back to meeting this goal.  :)

Work

  • Put up 2 reviews and/or giveaways this week.
  • Write 2 staff writing and freelance articles this week.  
  • Have at least 5 of my own blog posts written and scheduled for next week.  I had three written ahead of time this week.

This Week’s Goals

Financial

  • List two homeschooling items we aren’t going to use (Saxon phonics and Sonlight’s Core G) on Facebook and eBay.
  • Pack up two tubs of “stuff” to be sold at an upcoming garage sale.
  • Return two supplements I got from Amazon that won’t work for me.
  • Return one homeschooling item I got for PB & J Girl that I’ve decided not to use.

Personal

  • Get rid of 2 bags of “stuff” we no longer use.
  • Study Japanese with the kids at least two times this week.
  • Read at least 3 books to the girls a day.
  • Do at least 15 minutes of ABCMouse.com with each girl 2 to 3 days this week.  
  • Read for 30 minutes every day.

Work

  • Put up 2 reviews and/or giveaways this week.
  • Write 4 staff writing and freelance articles this week.  
  • Have at least 3 of my own blog posts written and scheduled for next week.

Do you make weekly goals?  If so, what are yours?

I shared this post at Money Saving Mom.

TOS Crew Review: Curiosity Quest

My kids don’t watch hours of television every day, but when it’s time for them to relax, I’m happy when they choose PBS shows.  So, naturally, I was excicted to review PBS’ Curiosity Quest recently.  We were given 2 DVDs to review:

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DVD Combo Pack – Produce (includes three shows:  Mushrooms, Orange Packing, and Cranberries)

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DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea (includes three shows:  Turtle Rescue, Penguins, and Salmon Hatchery)

Each DVD pack is $24.95.

What Is Curiosity Quest?

Curiosity Quest is a family-friendly program.  Host Joel Greene goes around the country seeking answers to viewers’ questions.  The show airs on 100 PBS stations nationwide, but I’ve never seen it in my area.  If we had it, we’d be sure to watch on a regular basis.

The show is targeted to children ages 7 to 14, but all three of my kids (3, 5, and 9) enjoyed the shows.

The Basic Format of Curiosity Quest

Viewer Question

The show starts with a viewer who sends in a question about a topic.  From there, Greene goes in search of the answer.

For instance, he visited a sea turtle hospital in Florida to learn more about sea turtles.  Throughout the 30 minute show, he interviews experts who can explain the topic he’s exploring on that particular episode.

Interviewing Kids and Adults Off the Street

Throughout the show, Curiosity Quest answers questions relevant to the topic they are exploring such as “What do sea turtles eat?” for the sea turtle episode.  Usually before they give the answer, though, they interview kids and adults on the street to see what they say.  Their answers can be close to the actual answer or humorously way off!

Here’s Your Fun Fact

Another part of the show is random Fun Facts thrown in.  For instance, on the Sea Turtle episode, one fun fact was that sea turtles can grow up to 600 pounds!

Excellent Springboard for Learning

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Watching the DVDs on their own is interesting and educational.  For instance, we never knew why cranberries grow in water.  After watching the cranberry episode, we learned that they don’t actually grow in water.  Instead, water is added before the harvest to make the harvesting easier.

However, Curiosity Quest episodes could serve as an interesting springboard for more learning or as a supplement to a current science unit your children are studying.  I’m planning on showing the kids some of these DVDs again when we begin our Kindergarten science lesson and next year when Bookworm studies animals.

Our Favorite Episodes

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My favorite episode was the mushroom episode namely because I had no idea how they grew commercially.  I was surprised to learn that they grow in straw part of the time.  Watching how fast the workers could process the mushrooms was also interesting.  (Watching Joel try to go as fast as them and fail miserably was entertaining, too.)

The kids liked the salmon episode best, in part because salmon is one of our favorite foods to eat.  They enjoyed learning that salmon return to where they were born to lay their eggs.  Sadly, the show taught us that salmon die shortly after they lay their eggs.  Their lifespan is 5 to 7 years.

Other Materials Available for Homeschoolers

Curiosity Quest has a unique program designed just for homeschoolers.  They offer a monthly homeschooling package that, for $24.99 per month, gives you two episodes of Curiosity Quest as well as homeschool appropriate curriculum that will “provide follow up questions, projects, and activities.”

Or, you could sign up for a one year membership for $264.00 (saving $2.99 per month off the monthly subscription).

Curiosity Quest picks the two episodes for you.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the kids and I loved our six episodes of Curiosity Quest.  While they were all educational, my kids also just watched because they were fun and interesting!

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