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This post may contain affiliate links. In the previous post, Diet and ADHD in children, Part 1, I focused on

Making sure your child is getting his or her basic nutritional needs met.

Today I’m going to focus on how to avoid (or minimize) the food additives that are detrimental to his or her health.

Since reading the book, “Eating for Autism,” and others like it, I have made quite a few changes to Nathan’s diet. That is, I’ve removed things that I’ve decided aren’t so good for him.

I have to be honest when I say that I haven’t noticed any remarkable changes in his behavior, like many have when making these important changes. However, I still know that it’s making a difference. One of the things about prevention is that you’re preventing it from happening. So, obviously it didn’t happen. You can’t know about something that didn’t happen, right? I believe that’s important to remember.

It’s not just about reducing behavior and allergy issues, it’s about preventing them from happening at all.

The process is complicated and time consuming. However, if you have a child with major behavior issues, who is nonverbal, or has any other extreme symptoms, you may find the time and effort worth it in the end.

The next step is relatively straight forward:

Get Rid of Harmful Toxins

So, what should you strive to remove, or at least reduce, and why? You should eliminate all synthetic food additives because evidence is growing that these additives do affect persons who are sensitive.

Food additives include artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, and artificial sweeteners. Click here for partial list

One of the issues with toxins is that there are so many of them in the diet of Americans. And food manufacturers are quite skilled at hiding these worrisome ingredients under different names. For example, MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), which I will talk about in a minute. But first, let’s talk about “GRAS.”

GRAS

“GRAS,” which stands for “Generally Regarded as Safe,” is the label or certification the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives when they determine that an ingredient in food is safe to eat. Once a food is labeled as “GRAS,” it’s virtually impossible to get it removed from this list.  Unfortunately, many food ingredients that have been labeled GRAS aren’t necessarily safe for everyone.

Here’s what the FDA has to say about GRAS:

“GRAS” is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe. Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use, or unless the use of the substance is otherwise excepted from the definition of a food additive. (Emphasis Mine)

But if you look at the list of food additives, you might not be feeling so positive about the “safe” part of GRAS, especially when you realize that certain substances were “grandfathered” into the GRAS designation under the Food Additive Amendment of 1958. In other words, they were never really tested for safety before GRAS was slapped on them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generally_recognized_as_safe

Saccharin is one of these ingredients.

Saccharin, which has been clearly shown to cause bladder cancer in rats, is still on the market because it falls under “GRAS.”

Other ingredients that are labeled as GRAS are questionable, including Aspartame and MSG. Despite the fact that numerous people have reported adverse symptoms to Aspartame and MSG, the FDA refuses to budge on its classification of GRAS for both additives.

https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/GRAS/

So, GRAS was created in an effort by the FDA to monitor food additives. The designation GRAS, according to the FDA, is supposed to mean the food additive is safe for the general public. But kids with ADD, ADHD, and Autism are definitely not the “general public.” And studies are showing that many of these food additives have detrimental effects on these kids and other sensitive persons.

Many of these additives contain suspicious ingredients or are created by suspicious means. For example, artificial colors.

Artificial Colors

Most artificial colors contain Coal Tar. Coal Tar is a by-product of coal, and it has been shown to be a carcinogen. So, besides the fact that artificial colors have been shown to increase behavior problems and hyperactivity, there’s the risk of cancer. By the way, coal tar is also used in shampoo, soap, and as a treatment for lice (yikes)!

The current artificial colors used include Blue #1 and #2, Green #3, Red #3 and #40, Yellow #5 and Yellow #6, and Orange. Look for these ingredients on food labels, if you want to avoid them.

Artificial Flavors

Artificial flavors are added to food to improve and enhance the flavor of the natural food. For example, MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), which is probably the most common. Do any of you remember the old “Accent” spice? The commercials used to say, “Enhances the flavor of foods.” Well, that’s what Accent is: MSG. In fact, it turns out that Accent is alive and well in the food community. My husband was just in the hospital, and I discovered that they were giving him an Accent packet on his meal trays.

Here is the ingredient list for Accent:

MSG, salt, chili pepper, Tricalcium Phosphate, (anticaking agent), spice (cumin, oregano), Paprika Extractives (color), Garlic Extractives, Onion Extractives, Yellow Lake No. 6, Yellow Lake No. 5.

Hello!!!???

I could not eat Chinese food as a child, because I got sick. I remember one time I was so sick I didn’t even get out of bed. My mom was not happy with me! When I was older, someone told me it was the MSG that made me sick. Fast forward to current day. The food manufacturers still claim it’s all in our head that MSG causes symptoms. Yet many Chinese (and other Asian) restaurants are MSG free.

And the FDA is requiring MSG to be labeled if it is in a particular food. That should make us all wonder.

Some people think MSG is addicting.

For example, many fast foods contain MSG. I have found when I eat a lot of fast food, I want to eat more. In fact, my first job was at McDonald’s. I remember that I always wanted to eat there even on my days off. Addicting? Maybe.

While in college, I read a book titled, “The Slow Poisoning of America.” It seemed extreme at the time, but it did discuss MSG in depth. If you’re interested in reading this book, it is available on Amazon.

Some people believe that MSG is added to foods because of its addictive properties.

Do an internet search under “Is MSG addictive?” and you will see what I mean.

At any rate, if you are interested in removing MSG from your kids’ diets, you will need to learn to identify it on food labels. Unfortunately, it’s not so straight forward. Even though the FDA requires a manufacturer to state “Contains MSG” on the package, food manufacturers figure out ways to avoid putting it on the label.

The reason why is because it’s not actually the sodium part of MSG that is bad. It’s the glutamate part.

Glutamate, or glutamic acid, is a naturally occurring amino acid. So, technically it’s “natural.” As a result, if a food contains any form of glutamate (as long as it’s not actually MSG), it can be labeled under “natural flavors” or “spices.”

Also watch out for the chemicals “disodium inosinate” and “disodium guanylate,” because these are almost always associated with MSG. Other ingredients that contain glutamate are hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate.

As you can see, carefully reading labels and doing your research is extremely important, if you want to eliminate or reduce MSG in your family’s diet.

Artificial Food Preservatives

Two artificial food preservatives that have caused controversy are butylated hydroxyanisole “BHA” and butyl hydroxytoluene “BHT.” These two preservatives are used in cereals, certain oils, and also in cosmetics.

When I first learned about BHA/BHT, I discovered that Cheerios had them listed as an ingredient. I was really bummed because Cheerios are one of my favorite cereals. Reluctantly, I stopped buying Cheerios after that.

The good news is that Cheerios stopped using that preservative. One day I was in the grocery store, thinking, “Boy some Cheerios really sounds good right now. It’s too bad they contain that cursed ingredient!” Just for fun, I checked the label. It was no longer there! So now my family can eat Cheerios again.

So, read food labels, and re-read them again, because food manufacturers are starting to get the hint that more and more people don’t want that junk in their food!

Other common preservatives that are often not tolerated and that can be harmful are sulfites and sodium nitrites/nitrates. Sulfites are found in dried fruit, certain aged cheeses and wine. Nitrites are found in ham, hot dogs, salami, other cold cuts, and bacon. The good news is that there are sulfite free versions of most foods. There are also nitrate free versions of cold cuts as well.

In part 3 of this series, I will discuss specific vitamins and minerals, and why they are important, in more detail.

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Even though my schedule hasn’t been affected as much by the stay-at-home orders (though my husband is home a LOT more and it IS affecting him a whole lot), I’m still thinking of things I might not have been thinking of before.

(Post contains affiliate links).

For example, in times of stress, I’ve been thinking about how nice it will be to have a home that’s clutter free!
My husband and I deal with clutter differently. For example, I’m bothered by it but he isn’t–or is he?????

I honestly believe that if you have a cluttered house, even if you don’t think it’s affecting you, it is!!! For example, do you ever get restless for no apparent reason? Or just don’t feel like doing any of it because you don’t know where to start?

This is the way my husband and I both are. We deal with it differently. However, clutter affects both of us.

So, I’ve been busy the past month or so encouraging my husband to help me de-clutter.

I really got motivated after watching the 4 Free Challenge Videos! (by the way, if you missed them, they will be included in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle if you decide to purchase it!

As you probably know, if you read my recent email, we paid someone to carry away all of the “junk” in our storage unit we’ve been keeping for over 10 years “just in case” we decide we might need some of those books or whatever else was in there.

This was definitely the first step in the organization process we’re in the middle of.

Just last night my husband was trying to find a tripod he hadn’t seen for a while. This kind of instance reinforces my motivation, but also reminds me that we still have a ton of stuff to get rid of–stuff we don’t need, don’t use, and don’t love–stuff that when removed from the bookshelves, corners, etc., will clear the way for the stuff we DO need, DO use, and DO love!!! (Brenda Mason)

And the more clutter we remove, the calmer I feel!!!

This process is making a world of difference in my own sense of well-being.

This makes my family happier, because if mom’s not happy, no one’s happy…Amen?!

Seriously, so many things are changing and there is SO MUCH UNKNOWN. As a result, predictability is especially comforting right now. Don’t you think???

For example,

  • I look forward to our daily walks, which makes for more time together with my husband. (What do you look forward to)???
  • The idea of having a family board game night sounds much more appealing to me now.
  • Knowing that I will get at least 1 or 2 things done every day that will help keep my cleaning schedule in check.
  • I was just talking to my husband about this this morning. Picking one or two things that we can work together on to get more organized.
  • Making time for Bible study and prayer every morning and every night, for me and for my family…these things are all helping!

And the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is playing a big part in my motivation to do this!

“So, what’s in the Bundle?” you may be asking.

First of all, I’ve been told (because I’ve only been in “the cycle” less than 2 years) that in the past 8 years, right around this time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle has gone on sale. I’ve also been told that after all these years, the price is still the same.

That’s kind of amazing when you think about it!

So Imagine…

Over 50 women have contributed their tried-and-true resources to help you have a home that’s calm, organized, and well-run.

When you buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, you’ll get access to:

  1. 14 eCourses & videos
  2. 9 eBooks
  3. 9 workbooks
  4. 8 planners
  5. 8 printable packs
  6. 3 membership sites & summits

The creators behind these resources are 50+ women who have struggled with the same things you do, but have learned (and will teach you) how to simplify homes, declutter & organize, put healthy meals on the table, and nurture strong family relationships.

Best of all, you can get the entire package, all for just $29.97. Like I said, this price hasn’t gone up since it was first released 8 years ago – which is kind of a miracle considering the prices of most things these days!

Check out the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle right here.

Oh I almost forgot!

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Check out the bundle and the bonus here: Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2020

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ADHD and Diet in Children – Part 1. This post may contain affiliate links. My son was diagnosed with ADHD in Kindergarten. I was a Registered Dietitian back then, and had been since 2000. However, I admit all I was thinking about back then was keeping his diet balanced. This included ensuring he received enough protein, iron and other essential vitamins and minerals through the foods he ate. I never thought about diet and ADHD in children.


I never seriously thought about food additives to avoid or specifically, “Diet and ADHD in children,” until recently.

Nathan was pickier when he was younger, and he was thin. So, in addition to giving him a multivitamin with iron, I gave him one bottle of Pediasure every day. I also gave him 1000 IU of Vitamin D (and still do) everyday. (I take 6,000 IU per day. We use Seeking Health D3 drops).

I started giving Nathan vitamin D after I was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. My doctor prescribed a high dose of vitamin D (10,000 IU per day) to counteract the deficiency. The vitamin therapy had amazing affects on my mood–within 3 days I felt better. I was ready to start selling vitamin D, I was so impressed. I’ve struggled with depression in the past, so this was a HUGE deal!

I also noticed that as I continued to take it, I got sick with the cold much less often. To this day, if I get a cold, it’s milder and it doesn’t last as long. This is the same with my son.

More people are realizing that vitamin D is essential for much more than strong bones.

It treats and prevents depression, increases your immune system, and is even helpful for diabetes. However, not everyone is on the bandwagon.

The standard 400 IU is not enough to prevent deficiency in most people, but this is the most common amount on multivitamin labels. In fact, this is still another vitamin that many people are deficient in, and most aren’t even aware of it. (See my articles on Zinc Deficiency and Magnesium Deficiency for two other examples).

The research is still catching up on how important vitamin D is for good health. However, the vitamin D council has the latest, and in my opinion, the most accurate information regarding vitamin D. (By the way, vitamin D is not actually a vitamin. It’s a hormone, and is part of the endocrine system). Click here for my article foods high in Vitamin D.

What about Additives to Avoid?

Okay, so I was satisfied with the fact that Nathan was getting all of the most important nutrients through his diet and/or through the supplements I was giving him. One thing I didn’t think about back then, however, was whether there were food additives in his diet that could be contributing to his symptoms. I never asked the question, “Do certain foods or ingredients affect kids with ADHD?”

New Discovery of the Importance of Diet and Children with ADHD

I didn’t start thinking about food additives until Nathan was seven, because I was overwhelmed with all of his other issues. And let’s face it. Most doctors don’t emphasize food or nutrition as potential therapy for special kiddos such as ours. My son’s doctor certainly didn’t.

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, we are required to complete a certain number of continuing education units.  So, when it was time to search for that perfect continuing education class, I came across an awesome book titled, “Eating for Autism,” by Elizabeth Strickland. When I read this book, the lights started coming on, so to speak. And I immediately made changes to further improve Nathan’s health.

For example, I immediately put Nathan on a high quality Omega-3 supplement. (I will talk more later on why the quality is so important and how to know you are getting the best quality). I also changed his multivitamin so that it did not contain any artificial flavors or colors. Previously he was taking Flintstones chewable vitamins, which were prescribed by his pediatrician. He wasn’t taking omega-3s at all before this.

I want to point out a few things that I believe are important to know about children’s multivitamins.

When Nathan’s pediatrician first prescribed the multivitamin, I had to tell the pharmacist I wanted iron in the vitamin, because the doctor ordered them without iron.  The doctor was worried about the supplement causing constipation.  However, a multivitamin with iron only contains 100% of the US RDA, and SHOULD NOT cause constipation.  The only time you should have to worry about iron causing constipation is when you are giving your child a separate iron supplement.

A separate iron supplement should only be necessary if your child is diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia (low iron in the blood). This requires a simple blood test. At that point, the risks of constipation outweigh the risks of iron-deficiency anemia.

Cow’s Milk and Iron Deficiency

I previously worked for the Women, Infant, and Children program as a Public Health Nutritionist. While there, I discovered that iron deficiency is pretty common. I also completed my Master’s Degree project on Iron Deficiency Anemia and its connection to excessive cow’s milk intake.  So this issue is close to heart.

For those interested, the results of the study showed that children who stay on the bottle longer than 12 months are at increased risk of iron deficiency anemia.

This is because:

  1. Cow’s milk has no iron, and in fact too much cow’s milk can interfere with iron absorption (affect the ability of your child to use the iron from other foods)
  2. Drinking from a bottle usually means drinking large amounts of milk. Milk is high in calories, relatively speaking, and so will fill the child up and make him less interested in other foods (such as iron rich foods).

So, prevention of iron deficiency was a big deal to me before Nathan was even born.

This is because Iron deficiency is serious and should not be taken lightly.

Iron deficiency anemia results in developmental delays, (and can even cause permanent mental retardation, if it’s severe enough, and doesn’t get treated). Iron deficiency also results in increased risk of infection, fatigue, and a whole slew of other issues. Prevention is the best treatment.  The good news is that most doctors test for iron deficiency early on. If your child has not been tested. I strongly encourage you to get him or her tested.

It is important to note, that if there is no deficiency of iron, and your doctor has not ordered an iron supplement to treat the deficiency, a simple multivitamin with iron should prevent iron deficiency anemia, even if the diet is inadequate in iron.

I gave Nathan the Flintstones vitamins with iron for several years. They were free through his insurance. Once I started learning more about the risks of artificial colors and their effects on kids with ADHD and autism, I started giving him vitamins that don’t contain artificial additives.  I paid for these myself, which was worth it to me. Although to be fair to the doctor, she might have been willing to prescribe the healthier ones, I just never asked.

It’s important to know that gummy vitamins do not contain iron.

It can be hard to get your kid to chew the healthier multivitamins. This is something I started having problems with. Nathan got to a point where he wouldn’t take the chewable vitamins. Of course, he liked the gummy vitamins. However, I knew he needed iron to prevent anemia, because he wasn’t eating much meat at all (or meat alternatives, such as eggs, beans, peas, nuts, seeds). So I searched high and low for gummy vitamins that contained iron. I could not find a single one with iron!

So, if you want your child to get iron in his multivitamin, you’ll need to find another type than gummies.

(If you know of a gummy vitamin with iron, please let me know)!

So, back to the first step to healing.  I didn’t necessarily do the steps in order (nor did I even do all of the steps. For example, I see no evidence that Nathan is gluten or casein intolerant).  However, I’m going to try to talk about them in order–sort of.

Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to jump around from topic to topic when I’m talking. Since I am writing to you, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem!

First, like I discussed above, make sure your child is getting his or her basic nutritional needs met.  You can do this by:

  1. Completing a 3-day diary of everything your child eats. (Click here for a basic 3-day food record–it’s free–that I whipped up). Make it as detailed as possible, including serving sizes, brand names, time of day eaten, how much actually eaten, how much your child likes the food. Remember it’s only 3 days! 🙂
    • Try not to make any changes or improvements during this 3-day period. Don’t judge yourself or your child. No one has to see this except you.
  2.  Use MyFitnessPal.com (Free to use, not an affiliate link–not trying to get a sale here) or some other calorie/nutrient calculator to help. MyFitnessPal.com will make it much easier to see any major deficiencies (or excesses) in intake off the top.
    • For example, proteins, carbohydrates (simple, complex, fiber), fats (saturated, mono and poly, trans), cholesterol
    • Vitamins A, C, sodium, potassium
    • This is a good starting point.

After you’ve done a 3-day diary for your children (and yourself, if you’re feeling brave :D), The next is to recognize, and then to avoid (or minimize) synthetic (artificial) food additives that are detrimental to his or her (and your) health.

I was going to cover both parts in this post, but I realize this post is getting way too long already. So, the rest of this initial step will be in part 2. In the meantime, there’s a bit of information in my post, “Artificial Additives and our Kid’s Health.”

So, in summary, record and review your children’s and your (whole family’s?) diets. Look for glaring deficiencies. Think about adding a multivitamin with iron (if not already taking) to your child’s diet. Talk to your doctor about having your child tested for iron and/or vitamin D deficiency, if you feel it’s a problem.

Ask your doctor to test for:

  1. Vitamin D deficiency – or you can test at-home using a vitamin D test-at-home kit. (Note: this is not an affiliate link–there is no financial benefit to me if you buy the kit). The cost of one kit is $58. This may be cheaper than going to the doctor. However, either way, you should check with your doctor before putting your kids on a high dose vitamin D supplement.
  2. Iron Deficiency – If the test hasn’t been done recently and you are concerned about protein/iron intake.

Click here for part 2 of “Diet and ADHD in Children.”

Here is a basic 3-day Food Record Template, with a couple of pages for note taking

Click here for free handout of food combinations that increase absorption of Iron. Hint: Combining iron rich foods and vitamin C rich foods is the key. Click here for recipes and article on iron rich foods.

In case you don’t already know this. Adobe Reader, which is free, allows you to type into the document. When you click “Fill and Sign,” it allows you to type on the lines. This is something I just recently discovered.

Take care until next time! 🙂

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Of course I had to come up with some awesome Father’s Day gift ideas for you to get your gift-giving creative juices flowing. And who better to help me with that than my hubby? (Post contains affiliate links).

I mean, if my husband doesn’t know what a man wants for Father’s Day, who does, right?

So, I put him to work…

And let me tell you, this was no small task for him. He is not, what you would call, “typewriter inclined,” if you know what I mean. He’s the “hunting and pecking” kind of typist. Plus, he really had no clue how to use affiliate links before this little project. But guess what? He does now! =) LOL

So, here are some awesome gift ideas for Father’s Day that any man will be happy to have.

You will notice that many of these are “cooking” connected. For example barbecue accessories and such. This is because it goes with our theme here on Homeschooling Dietitian Mom. However, my hubby couldn’t resist adding a few other gadgets to his list.

In fact, he hasn’t said it, but I’m pretty sure this is HIS Father’s Day wish list! HA!!Awesome Father's Day Gift Ideas

Awesome Father’s Day Gift Ideas

  • Men’s Flannel Long Sleeved Shirt – Flannel shirts come in handy on cold days. Plus, they look really nice and are versatile. For example, they can be worn alone or layered, and are great for camping in the wilderness.
  • Karoad Black License Plate Frames – This is what is needed to keep the license plate from curling up. Men think stuff like this is important.
  • Beam Electronics Universal Smartphone Car Air Vent Mount Holder Cradle for iPhone – If your dad is anything like my husband, he likes having his phone propped up while in the car. Especially if you are using GPS. My husband chose this one because he has an iPhone 7, and because the price was right.
  • Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove – My husband knows about cooking gear, so you can trust that this is a goody.  It is so portable it doesn’t even look like a stove. This stove would be great for a hiker or anyone else who’s going to be outside for an extended period time, including fishermen. Especially, if they don’t like eating cold food or they want to eat their catch right then and there.
  • WORSPODAY Survival Gear Kit – These are always good to have when you are out in the wilderness.

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6 Reasons I’m Thankful for Autism

 

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I agree with the above statement and I should know, since my son and husband have enthusiastically completed sculpture projects from ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. for the past three years. Thus, you can probably imagine that I was excited when I was asked to review ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, Model.


Speaking of which…Since my son has been working through ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, Construction for 3 years, I will be discussing both products which are designed with 6-12 graders in mind.

My son, who is 15, has been into sculpting since he was in kindergarten. So three years ago when I came across ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture books, I was immediately Interested. Three years ago, we started with the Construction (even though my son preferred the Model) because it made the most sense.

This year, being part of the Homeschool Review Crew gave me the awesome opportunity to grab the Model book. So, we spent the past several weeks working on the awesome projects contained within ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, Model.

We have been taking our time and haven’t completed the Construction book. But that’s okay, because it’s not necessary to do everything in order. My son and husband have done most of the projects together. Below are a few examples from ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, Construction:

ARTistic Pursuits - Sculpture

Handmade Paper

Handmade Paper and Wire

Shockwave from Transformers


The previous pictures show the different projects that involved handmade paper. My son and husband made the paper according to the directions in the first Unit of ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, Construction. They made a bunch of different colored sheets, but they’ve used most of them!

The past few weeks we have been working with hard putty and air dry clay.

ARTistic Pursuits - Sculpture

Hard Putty shapes.

Rock Hard Water Putty Still Figure – Graboid from movie “Tremors.”

Rock Hard Water Putty – Still Figure, Trout.

Air dry clay – Harley Quinn

Air-Dry Clay – pot using rib tool to add texture

The best thing about working with different media is that you learn the strengths and weaknesses of each.

The first thing we learned almost immediately is that hard putty is completely different from clay. For example, the hard putty dried quickly. In fact, it dried more quickly than the time we thought we had. We also learned that with hard putty, it is extremely important to use the exact amount of water the recipe calls for. We discovered the hard way that one of our measuring cups is inaccurate. This was a good thing to know and is all part of the learning process. (See pictures above).

My husband and son created three different kinds of products. The first was thicker and dried almost immediately. The second type of project involved using newspaper, masking tape, and then painting with a thinner version of the hard putty. The third was a figure in motion and also involved wire. The second and third projects were lighter than expected.

When you work with hard putty, you’ll learn how easy it is to create rough edges so it definitely takes practice to get a really top notch product. But I think my son and my husband did a great job.

You can see the last couple of pictures are air dry projects. We had to wait quite a while to get the Gesso. So they didn’t paint the air-dry projects right away. But this weekend they were able to do the gesso and some painting.

Based on the way the painted items turned out, I would say that gesso is extremely important to the quality of the finished product. (See pictures below). For example, the shininess you’re seeing is from the paint alone. In my experience, when you paint clay with acrylic paint, you don’t get the shine. I did not realize how important gesso is. We’ve never used it before because we didn’t realize how much it improves the final product.

Artistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique Model

Pots with Gesso Only

Harley with Gesso covering face plus other “Strange Guy”

Painted bowl

Painted pot

This looks like an Alien head, but was not intentional.

Air Dry Clay ARTistic Pursuits

Painted Harley Head

Bottom line with ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, Model is that the instructions are clear, the pictures are really helpful and are given as part of the instructions. Also, the units contain review questions for kids to answer upon completion of all projects. Templates are also included as well. ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, Model includes everything a student needs to earn high school credit, if needed. This is icing on the cake, in my opinion, because regardless of whether the course is taken for credit or not, you students will add hours and hours of enrichment to their daily lives, as they work through the exercises.

To find out more about ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, Model as well as other ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. products, click here. 

Brenda from ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. has just notified us that she added a couple new art courses. So, if you have K-3 grade budding artists, Click here now.

AND, if you have children who love to draw, click here for some awesome FREE drawing videos.

To check out the other awesome reviews of ARTistic Pursuits, Inc. products, click here.

 

Art Through The Ages & Art for Children {Artistic Pursuits Inc. Reviews}

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Learn Latin – Prima Latina Complete Set by Memoria Press

Did you know that English is considered a “Latin-based language?” If you’re a teacher or a homeschooler, you probably already know this. However, I think it is an interesting phenomena.

Even though I’ve not studied language much, I heard this years ago. English, along with Spanish, French, Italian, German, and many others are all Latin-based languages.

What this means is that if you learn Latin, or if your child learns Latin, many words will be easier to learn in English and the other Latin-Based languages.

Knowing this inspired me to take advantage of the opportunity to review Memoria Press Prima Latina complete set. My son just turned 15 this May. However, he has absolutely no background in Latin. Other than the Latin he gets simply by knowing the English language. And this is the same for me. This is why we chose to start at the very beginning.

Even though Prima Latina is specifically written with 1-4 graders in mind. It was the right level for us.

Goals for the Prima Latina Complete Set include:

  1. Learn Basic Latin alphabet and pronunciation of vowels and consonant sounds.
  2. Learn 25 practical Latin expressions and 4 prayers in full.
  3. Pronounce, spell, and translate approximately 125 Latin words.
  4. Learn numbers 1 through 10.
  5. Learn names of popular constellations
  6. Understand concept of derivatives
  7. Grammar – Learn parts of speech including verbs, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions
  8. And more.

When the title says, “Prima Latina Complete Set,” it literally means “a complete set.” What I mean is all that’s needed to teach and learn Latin is included. See the list below:

  • Audio CD – Leigh Lowe has a really nice voice – This is a quick and easy way to listen to the pronunciations and to practice saying the words out loud. It plays like a music CD, with 38 tracks that you can skip through as needed. This is mainly what son uses.
  • DVDs (Video) – I couldn’t figure out how to get the DVD to work on my computer. Plus, I felt that the audio CD and the books were sufficient. My son resists looking at unfamiliar faces. As a result, he would have been distracted by the teacher’s visual presence. However, I perused the three DVDs this past week:
    • The DVDs work perfectly on our TV and add not only substantial value to the package, but are almost as good as being in a live classroom.
    • The only downside is you can’t question the DVD instructor. But obviously that’s no big deal.
    • However, a HUGE benefit is that you can press stop, rewind, fast forward, and choose to review chapters in order or out of order. And every DVD has a “Table of Contents.”

 

 

 

 

 

  • Teacher Guide – Basically the same as the student guide with teacher helps and an answer key.
  • Student Book – Super simple. My son didn’t complain too much. He doesn’t like to write down words with a pencil. The fact that there is a little bit to write every day was perfect for him so that he didn’t feel overwhelmed.
    • My son was able to independently work through the lessons with a bit of encouragement from me. (After we went through the introduction together, which includes a pronunciation guide and a grammar overview).

Sample of completed lesson page.

    • The hardest thing for me to get my son to do is to talk. He doesn’t like to use names of people, for example. So getting him to say the words out loud wasn’t particularly successful. This is only because he has Autism. However, I can tell by the accuracy of his workbook exercises that my was understanding the words and learning what they meant.
    • He seems to like learning language and I hope to continue teaching Latin through next year when he will be in 10th grade.
  • One especially neat thing about the program is the Latin prayers.

When Completing the Prima Latina Complete Set, your child learn prayers in Latin. But he or she can learn and memorize the English versions as well.

  • Downloadable tests for each section. For example, Lessons 1-5. Quizzes are in the hard copy book.
  • Huge Deck of Flash Cards

Be sure to check out the complete Memoria Press series, which includes not only the Prima Latina Complete Set, but also the Latina Christiana Complete Set, and more.

And don’t forget to read the other awesome Homeschool Review Crew Members’ Memoria Press Reviews for more awesome reviews on the Prima Latina Complete Set,  The Latina Christiana Complete Set, and more by clicking the image below:

Prima to Fourth Form Latin Complete Sets {Memoria Press Reviews}

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No-Nonsense Algebra https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/no-nonsense-algebra/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=no-nonsense-algebra https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/no-nonsense-algebra/#respond Wed, 13 May 2020 16:20:34 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=29680 (Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL 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). Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra My son really struggles with math. For example, this year we have been working […]

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No-Nonsense Algebra

Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra

My son really struggles with math. For example, this year we have been working through pre-algebra but have not been able to completely finish the first semester. In the state of Oregon where we live, a standard diploma (SD) requires three (3) full years of math with Algebra 1 being the first class and the other 2 classes following after. In other words, pre-algebra doesn’t even count as a year of math for the standard diploma (SD).

As you can imagine, my original goal was for my son to get through pre-algebra this year and then follow up with the next three math year requirements. However, I’ve finally accepted the fact that this is not a realistic goal for him. Nonetheless, we have spent some time together working through Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra workbook.

I believe Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra workbook is perfect for kids who like math and who are going to take Algebra 1 and beyond for high school graduation.

I compared this Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra to other Algebra 1 textbooks and it is right on. The subjects covered are:

  1. Necessary Tools for Algebra
  2. Solving Equations
  3. Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations
  4. Solving and Graphing Inequalities
  5. Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  6. Polynomials
  7. Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions)
  8. Radical Expressions and Geometry
  9. Quadratic Equations
  10. Algebra Word Problems

Chapter Quizzes are included as well as a Final Review/Test and all Solutions.

Also included are the following teaching aids and tables:

  • A glossary
  • Important Formulas
  • Important Symbols
  • Multiplication Table
  • Commonly Used Prime Numbers
  • Squares and Square Roots
  • Fraction/Decimal Equivalents
  • A Link and Password to Access the Online Videos, which are available for every lesson.

One of the things I appreciated the most while going through the Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra lessons are the videos.

After I watched the first video, I was sold.

First of all, the style of teaching is visual, so I could see the instructor working through the problems on the white board. Secondly, he instructs students to have a notebook and to write everything down. He also explains why writing everything down is helpful in the learning process. Plus, watching the videos gave me insights on how to reduce the confusion my son has with some of his basic math concepts.

For example, adding and subtracting negative integers.

Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra is also a great way for me to review my algebra.

For example, the quadratic equation and slope. I recently signed up to be a tutor and got qualified for middle school math. However, when I took the pre-algebra assessment I didn’t pass. This is because I couldn’t remember the formula for slope and I’ve completely forgotten how to use the quadratic equation. So, I obviously need to brush up on my Algebra. And I am using this book to do just that.

Another awesome thing about No-Nonsense Algebra is how inexpensive the text book is.

I don’t know if you’ve priced Algebra textbooks lately, but they can run close to $100. In contrast, Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra is less than $40.   Not only that, but there is a Spanish version available. By the way, there are other books in the series, including a practice textbook to go along with the main textbook. (This is not necessary because there are math problems in the textbook, the practice companion is just what it says–opportunity for further practice).

Other books in this series include Mastering Essential Math Skills books, which provide practice with division, multiplication, fractions, geometry, and more. And the videos are included with the price of the textbooks.

Speaking of the videos. Richard W. Fisher is an excellent teacher and when I watch the videos, I get insights into how to better explain confusing concepts to my son.

You might have noticed by now that every time you start a new year in math, the review makes the class seem almost identical to the previous year. This is why I thought my son might be ready for Algebra.

If he liked math, that would be a different story.

However, the amount of time it takes to convince him to do the work combined with the amount of time it takes for him to actually complete the assignments just isn’t a long-term solution. It will only make him hate school. And this is definitely not my goal!

We’ve discussed the fact that if he decides to become an engineer, then he will need higher level math. He has no intention to enter a university straight out of high school (and neither do we).

So, if he decides when he is older to become a train conductor or other type of engineer, he can take the math classes required then.

I was given a choice regarding which level I wanted to review, and I probably should have picked one of the more basic Mastering Essential Math Series. However, one really good thing about having this book available to me is to realize that Nathan’s energy is better spent elsewhere, than on higher level math–at least at this point of his life.

Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra helped me to teach my son the basic concepts that he has difficulty with such as adding and subtracting integers. However, the more difficult concepts such as the quadratic equation are overwhelming to him at this time.

He is just barely starting to master his single-digit math facts, so that he can better add, subtract, multiply, and divide without a calculator. And he’s gaining confidence along the way.

Math Essentials helped me with the process of what to do for math with my son. This is because it gave me the final clue I needed to realize that my son is just not ready for Algebra 1.

I’m looking at the other books, knowing the style of this one, and I just may decide to purchase one of the other Mastering Essential Math Skills Series.

 
Check out the Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra curriculum here.

You can see all of the Math Essentials Products here.

Don’t forget to check out the other awesome Homeschool Review Crew reviews here.

No-Nonsense Algebra, Math Refresher for Adults & Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2 Middle Grades/High School {Math Essentials Reviews}

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Complete Drawing Course and More https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/complete-drawing-course-and-more/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=complete-drawing-course-and-more https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/complete-drawing-course-and-more/#comments Mon, 11 May 2020 16:00:05 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=29683 (Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL 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). Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses by Beyond the Stick Figure Art School […]

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Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses by Beyond the Stick Figure Art School is an online drawing class. But it is so much more!

In addition to drawing, your budding artist will learn and practice pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and 3D.

Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus courses is appropriate for your first time art student as well as your seasoned artsy student. For example, my son, who loves art, is experienced in some aspects. However, he did not mind at all going through the basics all the way from the introduction of shapes.

Sally, the artist and teacher gives you a materials list that is very specific because she wants to make sure that your student purchases high quality art materials from the start. This is one of the things you learn as an experienced artist. The quality of materials you use can make a HUGE difference in the experience.

Beyond the Stick Figure Art School is basic and non-intimidating.

The drawing course starts out very basic, from the beginning.  However, even if your budding artist has experience with lines, shapes, colors, and the color wheel, it’s still a really good review.

The drawing portion of the course is extensive and complete.

For instance, part one covers 17 topics, part 2 covers 133 topics, and part 3 covers 5 topics.

What I think is a really good thing about the course, especially from my son’s perspective, is that Sally shows the work and her two hands and you’re looking down at the paper almost as if you were the one drawing and she shows you exactly what to do and my son doesn’t like looking at peoples faces so this is a really good thing because whenever there’s a face in a video it always distracts him and so he actually is enjoying this course immensely and it even seems to calm him down as he’s following along.

Video screenshot of Sally showing the pen strokes. This picture shows the end of the video.

 

The following four pictures show my son’s circle, dot, wavy line, and straight line projects. Sally encourages the students to do several of them. However, my son only wanted to do one. This was fine for us because he has actually learned some of the concepts. While he was working on them I sense that it was having a calming effect on him.

Circles – According to Sally, circles don’t have to be round to be considered circles.

Beyond the Stick Figure

Dots – The basic difference between dots and circles is that dots are filled in. Again, they don’t have to be circular per se.

Beyond the Stick Figure

Wavy Lines Practice

Straight Line Practice

Beyond the Stick Figure

Notice that all lines are integrated here. Circles, dots, wavy lines, and straight lines.

And the videos are pretty much five minutes or less so broken down into small chunks. This is perfect if you or your child have a short attention span.

The course is currently set up so that you have to go in order. 6/29/2020 UPDATE – This has been fixed so that you DON’T have to go in order! Yay!!! 😁

However, nothing says that you can’t skip through all the lessons.

For example, simply mark as complete the lessons you want to skip over, and then return to them later. Of course, this requires a bit of work to make sure you start in the right place when you back. However, I didn’t think it was a big deal.

Especially since with the Covid-19 thing going on. We’re not able to run to the craft store and buy what we need. For example, last week I went through all of the drawing lessons so that I could get to the pen and ink lessons. By doing this, was able to determine which materials my son would need, make printer copies, and such. I needed to have for those lessons and sure enough I can get them through Amazon but obviously I had to wait for them to be delivered one of them may not come here for a week.

Bonus #1 Pen and Ink Techniques Course and Complete Watercolor Course

We’ve been working through the “Pen and Ink” lessons this week and last. Learning how to transfer an image from paper to another page and pen strokes.

Here is what Nathan did on Friday using an ultra-fine Sharpie.

Bonus #2 – Acrylic will give your student even more experience with individual art media. There’s nothing like hands-on experience to help differentiate between different types of paint. The hands-on experience your budding artist receives here will help them better determine which type of paint is better to use depending on the goals.

Bonus #3 – 3D art is a completely different form of art and includes clay, paper, and other types of sculpture. This bonus course provides 30 days of design in 3D instruction.

Bottom line for us is that my son is really enjoying the courses. And, in my opinion, they are really well done. Since the courses are fairly new, and they have recently transferred to a new forum, they are still working out a few things. However, rest assured, if you find something missing or you’re having technical difficulties, they have really good customer service. They will help you with any questions or concerns you have.

Don’t forget to check out Beyond the Stick Complete Drawing Course Plus Three Bonus Courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School by clicking here.

And don’t forget to check out the other reviews from the homeschool review crew by clicking the image below.

 

Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course {Beyond the Stick Figure Art School}

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I am on my 6th year of homeschooling my son. One thing that has become apparent over the years is how much more effective hands-on learning is with him. Not only is it more fun, but it doesn’t require as much learning.

My son has struggled with verbal and written communication since he started kindergarten. However, he is able to talk well–when he wants to, so the verbal communication struggles were hidden until he reached adolescence.

He was diagnosed with ADHD and developmental coordination disorder in first grade. However, he wasn’t diagnosed with Autism until the summer of 2018. (He was 13 and getting ready to start 8th grade).

In the meantime, I was learning through trial and error what worked and what didn’t. He is more mature now. So, he is more willing to write his ideas down. However, even at 15, it is still an incredible chore for him to do any kind of lengthy writing.

Anyone who has studied history and other social studies realizes that learning the facts usually involves a lot of reading and writing.

This is why I find Randi Smith’s Sorting Mats to be incredibly helpful resources for supplementing my son’s education.

Once you realize that Randi is a Speech Language Pathologist by profession, you will begin to understand why she has chosen to create these materials. Students with communication struggles, whether they be verbal or non-verbal, will benefit by using these resources.

Of course, even if your child doesn’t struggle with communication, he can learn by this method. Younger children who are still at the concrete stage will also benefit.

The reason I’m bringing this up is because she has contributed one of her awesome products to this year’s Build Your Bundle. Last year we purchased her 50 US Presidents sorting mats, which we completed at the end of last year and the beginning of this school year.

We are currently working through another of her sorting mat projects which I will discuss in another post. However, today I want to briefly discuss her product and the other complementary products in the American Studies Bundle.

The American Studies Bundle includes 9 separate products devoted to the USA, including US Elections, US Presidents, US Geography, and all 50 states.

If you are a homeschooler or are teaching at home, you owe it to yourself to check out the Build Your Bundle Sale. In all of the years I have been homeschooling, I have yet to find a better deal on curriculum then during this one week period in Mary.

Click the links to visit the Build Your Bundle page to learn more.  (Though these links focus on Social Studies and History, you will find all subjects and grade levels)..

  1. Drawing Around the World: USA – Brookdale House
  2. 50 States Notebooking Pages – Callie Domingues, Mama’s Coffee Shop
  3. Across the USA – In All You Do
  4. “28 Great Quotes from US Presidents” Cursive Penmanship – LightHome Publications
  5. Hands on Presidents – Biblioplan
  6. Presidential Election Fact Pack – WOLFe Pack
  7. US Geography Sorting Mats: All 50 States – Randi Smith
  8. An Early Learners Introduction to the 50 States – In All You Do
  9. U.S. President’s Emergent Readers – In All You Do

Other Things To Interest You

My Autistic Son Hates School

4 Ways I’m Being Homeschooled

5 Reasons My Son Believes in Catastrophism

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3 Reasons Fermentation is Fun. When we were given the opportunity to review the Fermentation Starter Kit by Fermentools, I was excited.  As a Registered Dietitian, I know that probiotics are a healthy addition to your diet. I also knew this would be a great opportunity to give our 15-year-old son another hands-on kitchen experience. What I didn’t know was that this little tool creates a finished product in less than a week.

3 Reasons Fermentation is Fun

1. You get to spend time in the kitchen with your kids.

Our 15-year-old son has autism and is an introvert. As a result, it can be extremely challenging to get him to interact with us—unless it’s his preferred topic, which currently is trains.

When he knows it’s an assignment for school, however, he’s more than willing.

As you can imagine, Fermentools Starter Kit quickly became part of his high school curriculum. 😉

Thus, we all got experience and learned the process of preparing fermented food. Plus, we spent quality education time together.

And all of us learned, including my husband, who’s been cooking for 40 years. Speaking of which, my husband led with the experiments.

And the first thing he said when I asked him what he learned was, “How easy it was.” For example, the process uses very simple ingredients. All that is needed is distilled or spring (non-cholorinated) water, salt, seasoning (which you can choose based on your preference), and the chosen food itself.

Which leads to the 2nd of 3 reasons fermentation is fun.

2. You can ferment virtually anything.

Yes, that’s right! We started with what we already had in the refrigerator–carrots.

A few days before we conducted our fermentation experiment, we went to the store and my hubby bought 5 pounds of carrots. The reason for this is that he was searching for yeast so that he could make homemade bread. He went to virtually every grocery store in the area until he found a large supply store that had yeast. While purchasing the yeast, he picked up some carrots. 😉

Since we had so many carrots in stock, we searched online for ideas and decided to ferment some of our carrots. Since my husband and son like garlic so much, they also added garlic. The carrots turned out great. However, I would recommend slicing them because the carrots we used were still crunchy, which I didn’t care for. My hubby likes the carrots this way. However, I’m going to give it more time and taste them again. Which reminds me, it states that the longer you ferment the vegetables, the better they will taste. That’s good to know.

I wish I could tell you what my son thought of the taste of the carrots, but he was unwilling to try them. Maybe some day! What I can tell you is that he helped prepare them by cutting up some of the carrots and putting the ingredients in the jar.

My son was fascinated by the process, though! In fact, he kept watching as the bubbles started forming–the very next day, and the day after, and so on.

The bubbles continued to form until the carrots were ready to be put into the refrigerator. It was completely surprising to all of us that the bubbles formed so quickly. It was a surprise to both me and my husband that the final taste included a vinegar flavor. Especially since the jar contained no vinegar!

3 Reasons Fermentation is Fun

Everything you need to ferment a food is included in the Fermentools Starter Kit. All you need is a large-mouthed jar and the food/water/herb combination.

During our research, we also discovered that root beer and sarsaparilla, familiar drinks to most, are fermented drinks! We printed a recipe for these two drinks, but haven’t tried them yet as they require exotic ingredients such as sassafras. (You can easily find a recipe online for these drinks).

Reason number 3 of 3 reasons why fermentation is fun is:

3.  You can teach your family about other cultures.

Plus, you get to try new foods you’ve never even heard of before!

After we completed the carrots, the next three foods we considered were:

  1. German Sauerkraut with Bratwurst, Kielbasa, Pork
  2. Korean Kimchi with (virtually anything you want).
  3. El Salvadorian Curtido with Puposas

I’m not fond of sauerkraut and I wasn’t sure what we would eat the Kimchi with. Thus, I thought it would be more fun to create Curtido. (I didn’t know what it was called. However, while I was in graduate school, I took a class which introduced me to this unique ethnic food).

When we visited the little “Hole in the Wall” El Salvadorian restaurant in San Bernardino, California, I fell in love with Puposas and the accompanying “slaw” it is traditionally served with. But I never knew the name until now!

3 Reasons Fermentation is Fun

This is the Curtido when it was first put into the jar.

So, I chose Curtido because it would be a good excuse to encourage my husband to make Pupusas from scratch. And they turned out delicious! Again, I am amazed that the Curtido tastes like it contains vinegar when it doesn’t! The only ingredients included in the Curtido are cabbage, carrots, sweet red peppers, oregano, Malaysian salt, and non-chlorinated water. Yum!

My son and husband enjoyed the puposas, but not so much the Curtido. And again my son wouldn’t taste the Curtido. That is fine with me because that means I get it all to myself!

To each his own, they say! 😊

3 Reasons Fermentation is Fun

3 Squash, cheese, and green chili puposas and homemade El Salvadorian Curtido.

Don’t forget to check out the Fermentools Starter Kit now. This cool kit not only allows you to quickly ferment your favorite vegetables, but is super simple to use.

And if you grab one before June 30, 2020, you will receive a 15% discount if you use coupon code CREW2020

 

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