Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Physics 101 {The 101 Series Review}

Science is one of those subjects that instill fear and trepidation in homeschooling families and it's one of the most researched aspects of home educating. If you fall into this category I would like to encourage you that the science's is one of the most enjoyable subjects to teach in your home educating journey.  I have a confession to make ... I love science.  In high school I loved physics and hated chemistry (I did not like learning the periodic table ...) IF I could have I would have taken physics as one of my elective subjects.  I was very excited when  The 101 Series offered me the opportunity to review their Physics 101 DVD course.

What I received
  • Physics 101 - The Mechanics of God's Physical World DVD set containing four DVD's.  Physics 101 is a Christian DVD High School Level course from Westfield Studios.
  • A Companion Guide to the Physics 101 DVD set in PDF format (98 pages) on the fourth DVD.
 Subjects Covered
  • Disk A
    1. Introduction to Physics (30 min)
    2. Light and Colour (40 min)
    3. Mirrors and Lenses (35 min)
    4. Invisibility and Speed of Light (35 min)
  • Disk B
    5. Introduction to Sound (43 min)
    6. Acoustics: the sound of Music (35 min)
    7. What is fire? (30 min)
    8. The Three Laws of Thermodynamics (35 min)
    9. Refrigeration: Hot and Cold (40 min)
  • Disk C
    10. What is Electricity? (30 min)
    11. Outlets and Circuits (40 min)
    12. Batteries and the Electromagnetic Spectrum (40 min)
    13. The Life of Sir Isaac Newton (30 min)
    14. The Universal law of Gravity (30 min)
    15. The 1st law of Motion (35 min)
    16. The 2nd and 3rd Laws of Motion (25 min)
  • Disk D
    17. The Life of Albert Einstein (35 min)
    18. Relativity (30 min)
    19. Quantum Mechanics (30 min)
    20. The Future of Physics (20 min)
How we used Physics 101
Physics 101 is a high school level course produced by Westfield Studios.  The host is Wes Olson who guides you through each area of physics covered.  He helps to untangle the complex terms and ideas and presents each topic in an easy to understand conversation accompanied by visually rich graphics which help to clarify his presentation.  The purpose of the course is to provide you and your student with a thorough overview of the intriguing world of Physics.

When you load the disk you will find a comprehensive list of contents to make easier navigation.

The course is split into seven areas and colour coded:
  1. Light (Red)
  2. Sound (Orange)
  3. Heat (Yellow)
  4. Electricity & Magnetism (Green)
  5. Motion (Blue)
  6. Physics of the Weird (Indigo)
  7. Future of Physics (Violet)
At the beginning of each section Wes presents a couple of questions that will be answered in the lesson.  For example in Section 1 we learned the answer to the age old question: Why is the sky blue? and Why is my reflection upside down in a spoon?

We also studied some famous scientists know for their contributions to Physics.  Nathaniel was particularly intrigued to learn that Cavendish, Newton, Curie, Einstein and Galileo are all thought to have had Aspergers Syndrome.

It was interesting knowing that Sir Isaac Newton studied the bible daily and fundamentally believed that the Bible is the Word of God.  He was also born prematurely and could fit in a quart jar!  His mother was advised to let him die. We learned that he was frustrated with the math of the day because it could not help with his science so he developed Calculus (The mathematical study of change) in order to help him with his science.

Sir Isaac Newton tomb

He died in 1727 at the age of 84 and was famous for his discoveries in optics, motion and mathematics.  His most acclaimed published work is: Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy).

Guidebook and Quizzes
The guidebook came as a 98 page pdf document found on disk D.  I printed this to work through along with the DVD's.  Each segment follows the same layout.
  • Video information:  This area contains text with information directly from the film session.
  • Side Bar:  Contains interesting trivia, facts and physics-related matter.
  • Text box: Containing biographical information, observations and interesting points relating to the session, or questions for discussion.
  • Footnotes: Contains references and quotes in relation to points of interest pertaining to the subject matter.
This is then followed by a Quiz with multiple answer section.    The answer key to the Quiz section is found at the back of the booklet.

About The 101 Series 
Westfield Studios was established in 2004 in order to produce Biology 101 for Wes wife Tammy who could not find a biology curriculum to assist her in home educating her two high school age sons.  Wes has many years of experience in producing films for companies such as Boeing and Portland GE.   The whole family are involved in the business and work closely alongside leaders in the scientific fields pertaining to each section of the DVD's produced.  Wes is passionate about the sciences and is an avid biblical student.  All the scripts are vetted for scientific accuracy by numerous Professors to make sure that all the information is current and correctly presented.

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I am very impressed with the quality and presentation of Physics 101 and will definitely be investing in the other two courses which are available.  We have both enjoyed the visually complementing materials in the presentation which help to clarify the materials being covered.  If you are looking for an excellent introduction to the complex world of Physics then this is definitely the DVD set for you.

Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series} Reviews

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Pointillism Fruit {Virtual Fridge}

This Week
Art is not my strong suit. I can not come up with ideas on my own that is why I appreciate all the wonderful resources that are available to the Home School market. Recently we spent four weeks working on a pointillism inspired piece of art. Pointillism is an art form developed by Georgie Seurat.  See The Light have some great free resources on their blog to accompany their step by step art program dvd: Art Projects - Pointillism Fruit. Pointillism pictures are best viewed from a distance hence the photo taken from a little way off. 

Nathaniel and Chareen Pointillism Fruit

Homeschool Friends Pointillism Fruit

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This weeks feature is a Fine Line Fall Leaves tutorial from over at Our Unschooling Journey.
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

CrossTimber Name Gifts {Review}

I want to squeal with excitement over CrossTimber! I love this product and am so very happy to have discovered John and the company. CrossTimber specialise in Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse gifts. 

I emailed John and asked him if he can help me find the name meanings of a few names and he was super helpful.  It was less than a day and I heard back from him. He has a huge database of names and loves to share the meanings of names.  If you would like to know the meaning of a specific name email him and he will get back to you with it's meaning. 

I'm so looking forward to giving these as gifts for Christmas this year to my children and to my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary.  I LOVE that I can have them as a printable. CrossTimber make two name plaques as well, these make wonderful wedding, engagement or anniversary gifts.  I love that the work is done for me. (I know how many hours go into creating graphics and this is why I haven't made these for myself ... ).

I chose to order  Multi-Name Plaque gift for Paul for his birthday and am so pleased that I did. I love these extra large plaques for up to three names at once. I used his first and middle name on the Golden eagle's Wings (NG-8x10-AN24)  These prints are designed to be 8" tall and 10" wide. For more detailed information on the Multi-Name Plaques read this page: What's a Multi-Name Plaque?  John sent me a note with the meanings of his names and attached my order via email.  I took it on a memory stick to Big W and had it printed in 8" x 10" gloss print and framed it. 

I want to do them for my grown children too so I can give them a beautifully framed name meaning board so they will always remember our love upon them through the choosing of their names the possibilities are almost endless!

A little back story to my passion about the meanings of names...
For many years names and their meanings have held a special significance to me and it all started with my first pregnancy.  It was important that the name be one of blessing. We called him Timothy (One who brings honour to God) our daughter was named Jane (Gift of the Lord) and then we waited many years (10 long tear filled years) for our third blessing and we named him: Nathaniel (Asked of the Lord).

About 15 years ago we became more aware of the significance of names and their meanings and so started telling our children what their names meant.

I recently realised that knowing what my children's names mean and knowing the positive meanings has been a huge encouragement to me through the many valley's we have walked in parenting.

When ever I look at Nathaniel I am reminded that I asked God for him and God heard my cry. His second name means brings joy/laughter and this is true too. He has brought comfort and joy into Paul and my life and we love him dearly.

When I hear my older two children's names I feel the hand of God and know that He is working in their lives daily.

For many years I really struggled with my own name ...
My name is a combination of my grandparents names (Charles and Kathleen) of which I am very proud. With my initial research I found out that Charles means manly and Kathleen purity. For many years I wondered why God would allow me to be called manly?

My passion for names and there meaning continued and so my quest to know more names and their meanings deepened. I soon discovered that the original meaning of Charles is actually strength not manly! I was not being called manly, my name actually means Strong Pure One or Strength in Purity.  I received my name/life verse: Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Knowing that my name means Strong Pure One and that God delights in me and rejoices over me with singing has made a huge difference to how I see myself.
Name Meaning Gifts
Name meaning gifts have a HUGE impact on the person receiving the gift. I have watched people cry tears of blessing and seen the change in them when reading a note to them saying this is what your name means and this is who you are.

Types of name meaning gifts
CrossTimber have a large selection of options available for you to choose from.
The process is super easy.
  1. Choose the type of gift you would like to purchase.  
  2. In the drop down menu choose the style of photo you would like and select it.   
  3. Select the type of frame etc
  4. In the notes section write in the name you would like on your gift 
  5. Hit the Add to Order button.
Once you have paid for your order you will receive a confirmation email. I will be purchasing more of these gifts in the future.  CrossTimber mail their products worldwide. If you would like to order be sure to email John and he will get back to you on the cost of postage for your order.

**Please note the names and gifts photographed in my review are in frames I purchased locally.  I was given and purchased pdf versions of the names, meanings and scripture to print at my local store.

CrossTimber are sponsoring a name gift giveaway.  For your chance to win a name gift of your choice be sure to visit CrossTimber and enter their giveaway.  The giveaway ends on 4 December.

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Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews

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