02
Apr

Review of Captivated DVD

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How many hours per week do you think you spend using some kind of media?  Most of us are using some type of media much of the time throughout the day, whether it be your smartphone, computer, iPod, television, gaming devices, etc.  It has become a constant thing where we feel like we always have to be connected.

Captivated Movie Review
I recently had the chance to watch the Captivated DVD from Media Talk 101, which talks about how much time we are spending using media and what kind of influence it is having on us.  At first I didn’t think this was something that really pertains to my life, but as I watched the trailer of the documentary I realized it was very important for me to watch this DVD.

Captivated Movie Review
MediaTalk101 is a company that is working towards helping our generation to see what kind of impact this constant media is having on our lives.  Philip Telfer is the director of MediaTalk101 and he founded the company in 2005.  He co-directed the documentary, Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture, that I had the chance to watch and he is an author as well.  MediaTalk101 shares some concerning statistics- just a few of those statistics that really made me think include:
-The average teen uses 7 1/2 hours of media each day.
-The average person watches almost 5 hours of TV each day.
-43% of 3-4 year olds have TVs in their rooms.

So, after I read some of the statistics and watched the trailer for Captivated, I knew I needed to watch it.  The DVD is a little over an hour and a half long and also includes a lot of bonus material.  I rarely watch TV or movies, so finding time to watch it actually proved to be a challenge to me, but I am glad that I took the time out to watch the documentary- I learned quite a bit from the dvd and found it to be very informative and thought provoking.

Captivated starts out by discussing how much media we consume.  It is a scary thought to me that the average American child watches more than 53 hours of TV per week.  And, by the time a child graduates from high school- he or she will have spent more time in front of a TV than in a classroom.  I was pretty shocked by both of those statistics.

Next, the documentary goes on to talk about the content of what we are watching and consuming.  Media definitely has an influence on how we behave and our attitudes- this can be a positive or negative thing, but we can’t deny that it has a huge influence.

The idea that we are being held captive to media is the next topic in the DVD.  People have become addicted to the internet and video games.  People use these things to escape from reality and they are not living a real life- it’s a fantasy.  Researchers have found that being addicted to video games compares to a gambling addiction.  And, it has been found that 10% of children are actually addicted to video games. What a sobering thought.

The documentary finishes up by talking about how media is a battleground and finally about getting freedom from media.  They do not give any specific guidelines or try to tell you that you can’t use any media at all.  But rather, they suggest Biblical principals that you need to consider when making choices about the media you allow in your home and how much time you spend using media is acceptable.

Captivated is meant for adults to watch (although it has been approved for all ages).  I think it something you can certainly watch with your teens and have a family discussion afterwards about what you want to happen in your household.  I recommend paying the $16.95 for the DVD (shipping is free!) and watching it to see what you think.  I know I am planning to make some changes in our family after watching Captivated, and while I am sure I will be met with resistance, I believe the changes are necessary.

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01
Apr

Poppins Book Nook- Where in the World

Poppins Book Book

The theme this month for Poppins Book Nook was “Where in the World?”

Poppins Book Nook

This was perfect timing for us because we are learning about different countries around the world. We are going to Disney World pretty soon and so I decided it would be fun to learn about each of the countries we will see while we are at Epcot.  So, we have been using the Expedition Earth curriculum to help us learn about these countries.

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 We have been using this book- “Children Just Like Me” and it’s so interesting!!  Hailey loves this book and she loves learning about how children live their day to day lives in other countries.  She loves to take notes while I read, which is unusual for her because she hates to write!  But, she is just so fascinated learning about children the same age as her that she wants to write down what she learns.

Poppins Book Nook

We are also using these books- “A Trip Around the World” and “Another Trip Around the World.”  There is a lot of interesting information in these books- interesting facts about the countries, fun activities to do, yummy recipes to try and more.

So…. here are some of the activities we have done:

China:

Expedition Earth- China

We made these fancy fans.

Expedition Earth- China

We decorated Chinese lanterns.  (Hunter picks his own clothes, so you’ll have to ignore the clash in colors :-) )

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Hailey built the Great Wall of China and we created this display for an Educational Fair she had at our homeschool co-op.

Expedition Earth- China

 We went out to eat at a Chinese restaurant.

See more activities from our China studies.

Japan:

Expedition Earth- Japan

Hailey made the Itsukushima Torii Shrine out of playdough and then she painted it.

Expedition Earth- Japan

Hailey and Hunter made some Japanese rock gardens.

Expedition Earth- Japan

Hailey made an origami cat.

Expedition Earth- Japan

We made some pretty colorful carp.

Expedition Earth- Japan

We also ate some delicious Japanese food.

See more activities from our Japan Studies.

 United Kingdom:

Expedition Earth- United Kingdom

Hailey made Big Ben.

See more of our United Kingdom activities.

 Ireland:

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Hailey tried lots of different foods from Ireland.

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We learned that the harp is the national symbol of Ireland.  Hailey and Hunter liked trying to play a harp.

 France:

Expedition Earth- France

Hailey had a lot of fun making soap.

Expedition Earth- France

We built the Eiffel tower.

Expedition Earth- France

 Hailey made some super yummy chocolate truffles.

 I haven’t done a full post of all of our activities from France, so you’ll have to come back if you want to see everything we did :-)

Italy:

Expedition Earth- Italy

We learned about volcanos and made one of our own.

Expedition Earth- Italy

Hailey used blocks to build the Roman Colosseum.

Expedition Earth- Italy

A definite favorite activity was painting like Michelangelo- I taped paper under Hunter’s table and they had a great time painting under there!

I haven’t done a full post of all of our activities from Italy, so you’ll have to come back if you want to see everything we did :-)

We are having so much fun learning about these different countries!!  I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into the fun we have been having.

 Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of Where in the World!  The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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31
Mar

Week in Review

Here is a little review of some of what we have been learning about:

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History/Geography:

Hailey tried out a fun class where the kids learn about a different country each week.  She learned all about Ireland when she tried the class.

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She started out trying several different foods from Ireland.

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Hunter really enjoyed a chocolate chip scone.

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They also got to try playing a harp.  We learned that the harp is the national symbol of Ireland.

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Hailey tried the big harp too, but Hunter was afraid to go near it.

We’ve also been having  great time using the Expedition Earth curriculum!

Science:

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We have been learning about landforms in science.  We started out by reviewing the continents and oceans.

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We are also using Science 4Us, which Hailey really enjoys.  She has done several lessons about our current topic and she loves using it.

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I am also using a landform unit from Around the Kampfire.  We used this printable from that unit to come up with a definition of a landform.

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Hailey did a test with a variety of materials to see what kind of effect wind and water would have on different kinds of land (dirt, pebbles, rocks and sand).  She drew a picture of what the material looked like before any wind or water came in contact with it.

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She tested each material to see what would happen, then drew pictures of the results.   The water definitely beat the pebbles.

We took a day to go to a nearby science museum.  We had a great time!!

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A floating ball!

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Hailey worked to build a dam to stop the water.

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Hunter loved playing in the water table.

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Hailey testing out some magnets.

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Fun block building

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Hailey said she was a spider

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Hailey and Pa (my dad) tested to see who was more relaxed.

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They also made buildings and then set off an earthquake to see if the buildings could stand the earthquakes.

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Hailey and Hunter helping turtles

Bible:

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 Hailey has been practicing memorizing the New Testament books of the Bible.  I wrote them out on cards.  Then she would say the books of the Bible,  turn over some cards and then said them again, until all the cards were turned over and she could say them without looking.

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30
Mar

Tot School

Hunter is 27 months old.

Tot School

We had a great week at Tot School this week!

Letter N activities:

Tot School

We used several printables from COAH. Hunter lined up his counting bears on the letter N.

Tot School

He traced the letter N with his finger.

Tot School

Hunter glued noodles onto the N is for Nest paper.

Tot School

He used his do-a-dot markers to dot the letter N.

Tot School

I made a Nemo lapbook for Hunter.

Tot School

Hunter enjoyed using his Nemo lapbook.

Tot School

Hunter painted a letter N paper from 1+1+1=1.

Tot School

We made an N is for numbers… and I found out that Hunter can identify some of his numbers.

Manipulatives:

Tot School

Hunter sorted his bears.

Tot School

Hunter worked on sorting his rainbow pegs by color.  It really bothered him that there wasn’t enough room for all of the colors to have their own row.  He kept taking pieces out and trying to make room for the purple pegs.

Tot School

He liked making a necklace with the rainbow pegs.

Tot School

He worked on pounding some nails.

Tot School

Hunter did some building with some blocks.

Sensory bins:

Tot School

I put sea shells in the sensory bin one day.  Hunter was not very interested in the shells.

Tot School

I put macaroni noodles in his bin another day, which he loved.

Other:

Tot School

Hunter had fun playing basketball with Hailey at swim and gym.

Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.

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