From my house to yours, I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Love your kith and kin, remember how you are part of God’s family, and have fun with each other. We have hope so live like it! 🙂
Rescues and breeders is the focus of this weeks ABC blogging post.
Breeding rabbits often sets you at odds with the local rabbit rescue groups. I can understand their point of view… they don’t want people
- taking away their business (selling rabbits)
- bringing rabbits into the world that they might have to care for.
Most rescues, it is next to impossible to dialogue with them. They have their mantra, and their classification of what they think breeders are, and really aren’t interested in changing their minds. Occasionally though, you meet a rescue that goes against the grain. These are a joy to work with.
Why would a breeder connect with a rescue?
It’s an odd thing you know. Why would a breeder, knowing that rescues tend to be very anti-breeder, want to connect with one? Well, for the simple fact that sometimes people contact me wanting me to take in their rabbit. After I breed rabbits so that must mean that I would happily take in their rabbit. Um.. NO. I cannot take in every rabbit. 🙂
Knowing who is out there and how they handle intake, rehoming, bonding rabbits, and so forth helps me know who to direct people to.
Closed Minded Rescues
I have to admit, I used to take their attitudes to heart but I stopped doing that once I realized how unreasonable they were being. Trying to engage in conversation quickly becomes “You are a breeder, how can you possibly care about your animals?”
Some of the things these types of rescues might do.
- Email you about a rabbit you have for sale berating you for selling an older animal just because she was past her prime. I now just say, make me an offer over X amount and give her a home then if it matters so much to you. You know what? They never follow through.
- Send a person out to scope out your place. Had this happen once. People don’t buy rabbits on-site any more. I don’t need to deal with people criticizing my life choices over a little rabbit.
- Buying a rabbit from you for a low price, lying because they told me their child can’t afford an expensive rabbit. Then turning around and selling it as an animal rescued from a breeder for a MUCH higher price.
- Sell sick animals. This drives me crazy to be honest. Selling rabbits with chronic illness to pet people who generally have no clue how to handle a chronically ill rabbit. I do not understand why they do that. You have access to a good vet, put the sick ones to sleep leaving you room to rehome healthy, good-natured rabbits.
I have dealt with two reputable rescues over the years. Two out of 10 that I have contacted. Rabbit rescues tend not to last long most lasting two years max. We do have one in the area that has been around for six years, I am not sure if they are still active as I haven’t seen them post on kijiji lately.
Rabbit rescues often end up being overloaded on sick rabbits fairly quickly so it’s often too expensive for them to stay in business long.
BUT the reputable rescues, they know how to work with breeders.
- Able to express concerns without bashing the breeder. For instance, one rescue pointed out the research on pro-active spay/neuter and urged me to change my position. Another that pointed out the new way to deal with malocclusion.
- Commends the breeder for what they are doing well. For instance I have a strong health policy.
- Don’t sell rabbits that are ill. They make sure to vet the rabbits that come under their care well. This way the new owner knows precisely the needs of their new animal.
- Willing to work with a breeder when there is need to do so, because frankly sometimes they have resources a breeder might not. For instance: occasionally a momma rabbit will over-clean a baby and they’ll end up missing a foot, a tail, an ear. One time a baby slipped past my scrutiny (YES, I know.. horrible!!!). She had a missing foot, she got around really well, nicely tempered, rock solid little animal who needed accommodations I couldn’t manage. They happily helped me find the perfect home for her. Advising me and the new owner about potential future care.
It’s a tenuous relationship between rescues and breeders. One MUST proceed cautiously. Could a rescue find me if they really wanted to? Sure. Ask around my hometown for the bunny lady and someone will be able to point my way. BUT I don’t let people on my property who inquire about rabbits. When dealing with a rescue, I don’t give my address. I don’t want PETA types on my property as they can do some rather stupid things.
At the same time, I do want them to see responsible breeders in action. I want them to know what to look for even if we don’t agree on everything. My desire is the poor quality rescues learn to consider what they are doing when they rehome a rabbit in less than stellar condition. I want to commend the good rescues for what they do well. Helping bunnies find new forever homes. Encouraging breeders in what they are doing well. And hopefully a better middle ground can be found. Less us vs them mentality. That’s the goal! 🙂
Others in this Series
- American Fuzzy Lop.
- Baby Bunnies.
- Culling well.
- Discussing Death.
- Errors in Judgement.
- Feeding Rabbits.
- The G’s of rabbits.
- Holland Lops.
- Interesting facts about rabbits.
- The Joy of Bunnies.
- Choosing Rabbits to Keep.
- Leaping Lagomorphs.
- The Scoop on Poop.
- Not Wanted Rabbits.
- Over the Hill.
- Educating Pet Rabbit Buyers.
- Rescues and Breeders.
Letter R Link Up
Each week we will be linking up with the hosts of Blogging Through the Alphabet. Please visit some of these other blogs to get things like book lists, vegan recipes, and wonderful places to visit, just to name the topics I can think of off the top of my head.
I was trying to figure out my approach to the Hey, Mama planner as the physical copy isn’t sitting well with me. GASP! How can I say that about a product from The Old Schoolhouse®!?!?!!? Well here’s the thing. I look at the physical planner and I think cool, but… Why did Gena Suarez lay it out in this manner? This doesn’t work for me!
Then I got to thinking as I looked through the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year that this planner also comes in a digital version. And that means I can lay it out in a way that works for how MY brain and planning style works.
Same good content, but laid out in a “ME” fashion instead of “Suarez” fashion, and thus a found a method that works. Neat eh?
What I am Reviewing
Vendor Name AND Link: The Old Schoolhouse®
Product Name and Links: Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year
Author: Gena Suarez
Price: $22.00 – $53.00
Hey Mama, Schoolhouse Planner, Homeschool Organization, school planner
The start of Hey, Mama planner teaches you how to make a transcript and provides you with a checklist for courses studied and skills learned. You will also find yearly calendars for 2019 through 2021.
Devotionals are scattered throughout, 21 in all, some of the topics are: Homeschool purpose, Anxious?, God’s Provision, Squabbling Kids, Faith Walk and more.
Lines that caught my eye as I skimmed through:
“Our children are watching. Someday when they are grown, they will meet their own troubles. Will they come to you for counsel, for prayer, for godly advice? Be that model for Christ, Mama. Inspire them to fall into His arms during the hardest of times, to cast their cares on the One who cares for their soul.”
“When the bad days come, stay the course. It doesn’t mean giving up, any more than the Lord gives up on us. He sets us right, we repent and start again.”
“If you are His, walk confidently in His love, just the same way your children know without a doubt that you love them. They too walk confidently because they know you will never leave them. They are safe in your love.”
Lay Flat Spiral Binding
Accompanying each devotional is a lined page so you can jot down notes for each month. Following the devotional is a month spread out over two pages. The spiral binding means that it lies flat. This is an easy way to plot out your months adventures. In August my son is off for two weeks, so jotting it in means I don’t plan any “go away” time with my lad. It’s easy to forget if I don’t jot it down you know?
The calendar runs July 2019 through June 2020. At the close of June you will discover week long calendar with slots for five children. As someone unused to planners this is one area where I wish they had a sample week done. I wasn’t really sure what to do with this so I just listed out subjects my lad would be taking. It doesn’t “feel” right, so I don’t know if I’m using it correctly.
Helpful Charts and Lists
At the close of this section you will find a variety of helpful charts, good for up to 5 children. Curriculum planning, attendance, books read, along with yearly and semester goals.
Let me talk abit more about the yearly and semester goals. They are divided up into seven different categories.
- Personal Talents
- Life Skills
These categories help you to think through the different ways to help your children be the people that God has called them to be.
What would I do?
Now that you know what the physical planner contains. Let me tell how I would print if off with the digital planner.
- Attendance list, curriculum list
- Each month with it’s calendar and goals.
- Follow this the weekly goals, enough weeks for each month.
- Add behind each month the booklist, along with skills checklist.
- I don’t know if I would print off the semester and yearly goals. They seem rather redundant but I suppose it’s good to write them down instead of mentally thinking “let’s get through the semester and make sure the lad knows what he needs to”. Written goals make it more intentional and provides another conversation with the lad.
I love how each of the devotionals captures a thought, expands on it, and then draws you in the heart of God. The month-a-glance calenders are a handy feature, and I enjoy the book lists. Having a brief walk through on how to create a transcript is very helpful.
I would strongly prefer having the digital version of the Hey Mama Schoolhouse Planner over the print since I would want to lay things out in a manner that works for me. Having a small “how to use it” section would be uber helpful to me, a non-planner. 🙂 Overall, a well done and useful planner to help you in the education of your children.
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Two reasons for this blog post.
- Summer is here, which means I’ll be blogging less and being outside more! I’m actually hoping to use the time to work ahead, maybe create some ebooks, and what not. But mostly I’ll be outside, walking, talking, visiting, doing stuff other than sitting inside.
- The other reason for the post is I am updating my website on Bloglovin and therefore need to let them find my “follow me on bloglovin”. So I’m killing two birds with one stone.
Do you ever have it that you are fully prepared to not like a book and then you are pleasantly surprised? This was my experience with the graphic novel This Was Our Pact. I haven’t quite finished it, but wanted to get this review done for you, so you can go out and order it for your graphic novel loving middle schoolers.
It’s the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they’ll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars, but could that actually be true? This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and to ensure success in their mission, they’ve made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home, no one looks back. ….. Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel further than anyone has ever gone, down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship.
A great deal of this story happens outside at night so many of the pictures are on a blue/black background. Ben and Nathaniel are caught up in the story of the Autumn Equinox Festival. Two boys who dads are friends, yet aren’t the friends their dads wish them to be. Over the course of the night, two boys learn friendship. They learn that different is not wrong, and in fact being different can be a good thing.
They meet a variety of interesting characters and have some magnificent experiences. The imaginative writings of Ryan Andrews were a delight to read.
The art work was well done, I loved how the solar system was displayed, and all those fish! It was .. I want to say amazing but that’s not the right word. Delightful? Not quite it either… stellar! 🙂 Really well done, the fit between words and images was spot on.
Learn more about equinox festivals here.
We happen to love science in our household. A long time ago we learned that science encourages us to ask questions that cross a wide spectrum of study. CrossWired Science proved encourage the same type of questions. Walk with us through this question inducing science program with two main courses of study: Fluid Dynamics and Sound.
What I am Reviewing
Who is CrossWired?
CrossWired Science (CWS) showcases a desire by the creators to share science with families and their children. Faith is central to how they put their online science program together. They want to help young people cement their knowledge of science and of how God fits into the bigger picture of it.
Through the use of scripture and the work of other individuals, they want to help youth understand the connection of God the creator and the bible.
What CWS intends to build is a science program that is put together as distinct projects. So far they have given us sound and fluid dynamics. They intend to give us additional projects as well.
The Finer Details:
As we were using CrossWired Science it was fairly evident that it was still a work in progress. It was fascinating to see the responsiveness of the creators with aspects that we liked, or would rather see modified. That is one of the joys of being Beta testers… seeing changes happen right before our eyes!
For instance, my son kept asking “In what order am I supposed to do things?” The response of the CWS crew? A calendar! The general goal is for each of these global projects to take a month to complete.
You can see the care they have for their students in the very fact that they don’t insist that there is only one way to work through their projects. They provide additional calendars such as this 1.5 month option.
The target audience is students aged 4 to 18. My son is currently 13, he worked on Fluid Dynamics, I worked on sound. There are two tracks to use, first times and second timers. At this point in the learning process my son and I haven’t found a lot of difference between the two.
As you can see from the calendars above, they do like to encourage their students to read. This was a bit of a stickler for my lad, “Mom, I have lots to read already, why can’t I just look things up online or watch a video?” I had to agree with him. He’s a fairly busy lad .. often working on his own projects or doing extra work for his schooling or programs he is involved in. I did go the library for him when he mentioned something he wanted to learn about AND….. got him to pose for a picture!
As much as we know CWS likes to encourage it’s students to read, when it comes right down to it, my lad lives in a digital age and has embraced that concept completely. He loves the immediacy of “I’m interested in learning more about vortices, and then searching out more information online”.
And just LOOK at all the options he has for learning! All these things to stimulate questions being asked and then answers being looked up.
Videos make up a big portion of each project, followed by worksheets (for each video), experiments, digging deeper, a choice of research projects, and more. They even suggest field trips you can do! I will mention some of the sections individually below.
They encourage students to share what field trips they go on so they can build a data-base of ideas for all the students to work from.
These are an important part of CWS. You watch the videos, and then answer a worksheet. You can either print them off or answer them online. There are the links they put together as well as (under General Links) links to helpful youtube videos. Below is one of them.
As you can see they provide a lot of options for experiments. The experiments open up in PDF files. We found that each experiment page contained links for additional research as well as more than one experiment you could do. All those additional links we loved. They spawned additional research by the lad and myself.
The information on vortices led my lad down the path of airplanes which coincided nicely with our research on the airplanes of WW1. I decided with the shark video to learn more about dogfish sharks. The experiments did what was intended, helping us to dig deeper into the project. 🙂
I have to admit, we struggled with some of the experiments in that they didn’t give clear instructions on how to complete it. For instance, what are the ingredients for making a cornstarch oobleck?
Encouragement to see science in a bunch of different ways. Who would have thought that a study of Fluid Dynamics would lead me to watching a video on a shark dissection?
These are longer study which led from one point to the next. Designed in such a way that older students could help younger ones. You can go indepth, or just touch the surface.
Each section when clicked leads directly to the named section, which is great for the point of convenience if you remember what letter you stop at. It’s a fairly long section so rather than complete it in one day, my lad divided it over three. Some of the information he knew already, but much he didn’t. He enjoyed this study on bones.
Thoughts and Recommendations
My intention was to keep pace with the lad as he went through his course. I um.. didn’t. I got distracted by spring weather and gardening! I absolutely love that I am not committed to following one project through before checking out the other project. I started with Fluid Dynamics just like the lad, but then he asked if I could do the other project so he knows what to look forward to.
His intention is to complete both projects, at his own schedule. He loves having the calendar to follow but doesn’t want to do as much in day as it asks him to do. It’s no mattering to me how long it takes him to complete it as I know he will get through it.
He has made some comments to me about how some of the videos aren’t very in-depth and seem for a lower grade level, they often have music playing the background which for him is distracting, and he wants to see more professionalism in them. All that said, after working through the course over these past three weeks he is commenting on how much he is learning and his freedom to follow rabbit trails.
YES. My recommendation (and my son’s) is that you go out and get it. Their end goal is to have 25-30 projects by the time they are finished.
Their projects will encourage your children to ask questions, their experiments are set up so you don’t have to do ones you’d rather not, and the videos are easy to watch and build leads off of. It’s a solid science program that will help you connect God with creation and all that he has done BUT if you aren’t a person of faith, you can easily incorporate the science into your studies without feeling overly influenced. A solidly good program that is well on it’s way to becoming a stellar one. Creators who care about the people using it… CrossWired Science, it’s a win-win. 🙂
I strongly urge you to check out all the other reviews. There are 80 of by the crew. You can find them here or by clicking the image above.
I am writing this just before I go to bed. Tiredness rules this body today. Join us over at Miss Kate’s won’t you?
Hours run 230-midnight
A hard-working middle aged husband.
The work is hard, not enough men
But the pay helps a household run.
One does not look a gift horse in the mouth.
A wife in support
Stays up late
Minding the house
As a good man works
But tiredness reigns.
Some nights, sleep overcomes
A comfy chair, a quiet playing show
Snores soon abound.
But sleep in a chair
Is not the same as
Sleep in a bed.
So the lack sometimes shows
And mom learns
And hubby learns
that sometimes… bed calls loudly.
and it’s okay if