5/21/2018

It’s a Jungle in Here ~ Book Review

It's a Jugle in Here _ Book Review*This post contains affiliate links*.
It’s a Jungle in Here by Kristie Wilde is the third book in the Joyful Creation Series collection.

I love when I find a book or an author that I have not read or heard about. I also love when I find new books that have a Christian theme.

Want to take a little trip to the jungle to see all of the great animals God created? It’s a Jungle in Here takes readers through the jungle and shows them many of God’s wonderful creations. We see colorful butterflies, big lions, even bigger elephants, and many little frogs. This cute little book is an easy read. It doesn’t take very long to read through and can be read easily by new readers. There is about one sentence on each two page spread. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful. I read this to my seven year old daughter (because she loves to be read to) and she loved looking at the pictures. She wanted to study each page to see if there were any hidden animals.  I love that this book focuses on the creations that God made and how he made each animal different. The book also mentions that God is happy with how He created us. The last pages of the book tell some facts and include Bible verses.  We look forward to reading the other books in this series.



Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

5/20/2018

Scripture and a Snapshot ~ 5/20/18

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5/14/2018

Fun Field Trip ~ Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Sylvan Heights Bird Park Field TripWe have a bird park close to where we live and I have been hearing great things about it, but we have never visited. Since we buy a yearly membership aquarium pass, we are able to get into other places for free and Sylvan Heights Bird Park is included.

I made it a point that the kids and I would get to the park this year when we were finished with our school work. It is not very far from where we live (about a 1 1/2 hour drive) and it is easy to get to and find.

This place is a great place to visit. There are so many birds from all of the continents. You are also able to purchase bird seed to feed to some of the birds. You are also able to get up close to many of the birds. They also have a nice picnic and play area for the kids when you need to take a break.

100_0600The park is set up where you are able to walk in a loop and see all of the birds. There are also some trails that lead off of the loop where you are able to look out over a stream and possibly see a beaver or two and their house. We saw a beaver swimming and also saw one of the beaver’s houses.

It also doesn’t take long to walk through, but you can spend as much time as you want and take your time learning about the different kinds of birds at the park.

We definitely want to go back again and visit. We ended up at the bird feeding station last and by the time we got there, the birds did not seem hungry anymore since there was a school group there that was feeding them. We would start there the next time we go so that the birds are hungry and will eat the bird food. Below are several pictures from our fun day.

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5/09/2018

Reading Kingdom ~ Review

Reading Kingdom Review

Over the past several weeks, my seven year old daughter has been using Reading Kingdom to help her read better and at a faster speed.

Reading Kingdom is an online program that is designed for children ages 4-10 who are beginning readers or struggling readers. The program was developed by Dr. Marion Blank and uses a six skill integrated method.

This program allows your child to use the keyboard and mouse if you are using the program on a computer or laptop. The child needs to be able to click on letters of words using a mouse or they need to be able to find the right letter on the keyboard of the laptop to make words. My daughter had used the mouse before but had not typed out words before. She picked up where the letters were on the keyboard quickly since they only introduce a coupe of letters at a time. You are also able to use the program on a touch screen or tablet.

My older children picked up reading  quicker than my seven year old and while I have tried various programs to help her with her reading, I IMG_20180424_082642_hdr_kindlephoto-596973740think she has found this one to be the most enjoyable. I think she learns better having something that is more visual.

I had my daughter start at the beginning of the program instead of taking the assessment. Since she had been struggling, I wanted her to start at the beginning to build her confidence with reading. She enjoyed it and while some things did come up, I tried to get her to use it at the recommended four days per week during the review period. It is also recommended that only one or two lessons be done each day. The first day (and all the other days) when her second lesson was done and it told her she should take a break, she was upset and wanted to do more. She has loved going through the program and doing her lessons and gaining confidence with her reading.

IMG_20180404_091314Each lesson is a short 10 – 15 minutes long and each lesson builds on the prior lesson. The words start out simple and progressively get more difficult as the lessons go on.  At first, she disliked having to type out the words, but I just told her it was good for her to learn where the letters were on the keyboard and she started getting better at it and started liking it more.

During the lesson, there are several different games where the child needs to identify the letters in the word and also identify the word itself. I think her favorite game was having to choose which word would make the word she was learning (there would be four words with letters missing and she had to choose which one would make the word she was learning).

After the first couple of lessons when I knew she knew how to use the mouse and keyboard, I did not sit with her. I think she did a lot better Reading Kingdomwithout someone there with her. I was still able to go into the account and see how she was doing and how much she had accomplished. You are also able to download a report that will tell you what words the child has learned, what their comprehension is on the word, and their Lexile score after completing each book in the level.

Overall, both my daughter and I like this program. She likes that she gets to play on the computer ad I like that she is learning.

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5/06/2018

Scripture and a Snapshot ~ 5/6/18

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5/02/2018

Weigl Publishers

Weigl Publishers Review

We were recently given the chance to review three media enhanced children’s books (A Lion's World, There Once Was A Cowpoke Who Swallowed An Ant, and Glaciers) from Weigl Publishers. They offer several books that have codes to unlock media content for the book.

Each book has a special code that you put in on a certain website and then you are able to view the media for each book. Each book has different media like videos to watch, activity pages you can download and print, or have the book read to you.

There-Once-Was-a-Cowpoke-Who-Swallowed-an-Ant There Once Was  A Cowpoke Who Swallowed An Ant is a story that is designed for children in grades K-2. It is about a cowboy that swallows an ant but soon figures out that it was not the best thing to do. He then swallows other animals and even himself to get the ant.

The media on this book is just the story being read to you. There is a narrator’s voice and the cowpoke’s voice. There are also different sound effects as the story is being read to you. The words are highlighted as the story is being read. You can see what it looks like on the computer in the picture below.

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A-Lions-WorldA Lion’s World is also designed for children in grades K-2.  This is a simple one sentence on each page with a picture that a child could read alone. When you log onto the EyeDiscover website with your special code, you will see a video of the lion’s in the background while the story is being read by a narrator. You will also be able to hear the lion roar in some of the videos.  There are some things included in the book that are not on the website. The book includes some lion facts and keywords. The media on the website just shows video of lions and reads the book.

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Glaciers-Earths-WaterGlaciers is a book that is designed for children in grades 3-6. The book tells about the size of glaciers, where glaciers can be found, and different aspects of glaciers. The media found on the website includes videos, interactive maps, web links, slideshows, activities that can be downloaded as a pdf, and much more.

Side note: Because this is not a Christian science book, the book does talk about millions of years ago. I don’t keep my children from reading books that talk about this because I tell them from an early age that we don’t believe in that, but they can still the read the book, but remember what we believe.

This book and website has a lot of great information and I would definitely use it to teach my children more about glaciers.

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My youngest daughter looked at and read through A lion’s World and There Once Was  A Cowpoke Who Swallowed An Ant. I had her go through the books on the website and she enjoyed having the books read to her and seeing the videos of the lions. She thought the cowpoke book was the funniest and had a good laugh as the story was being read to her.

I looked through the glacier book and website myself and liked that there was so much information that can be used for future studies with my youngest. I did show this to my oldest daughter who will be starting 8th grade in the fall. She said she would enjoy parts of the book and website if her studies included glaciers.

Overall, we enjoyed the media enhanced books and will take a look to see if there may be other books that we would enjoy.

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4/30/2018

YWAM Publishing ~ Review

Laura Ingalls Wilder Review

Having reviewed books from the Heroes of History line from YWAM Publishing, I knew we would not be disappointed with any of the choices that were offered to us. For this review, our first choice was Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life. My oldest daughter had just finished reading one of Laura’s books and I thought she would love to read more about her growing up years and her family.

YWAM, which stands for Youth With A Mission, publishes different biographies to encourage Christians to make a difference. in the world.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was written by Janet and Geoff Benge. Janet and Geoff are a married couple who have twenty years of writing experience. They desire to make history come alive.

This biography is less than 200 pages and has 15 chapters. It could be read fairly quickly or you could read it slowly over a period of time. This book would make a great read aloud book or you could choose to have your children read through it themselves. The book covers Laura’s life from when she was a small child until her death. It talks about the hardships the family encountered, but it also talks about the fun they had as well.

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These books have an accompanying digital unit study that can be used with them. The unit study is a downloadable pdf that includes study questions, ideas for a display, essay and creative writing, and hands-on projects. There is also a fact sheet that you can fill out that lists the full name, date of birth, parents, siblings, and date of death. A timeline of important events during the person’s life is included, as well as some maps of the area where the person lived or traveled.

In the past, I have used this books as a read aloud for my children. This time I decided to let my 7th grade daughter read the book on her own. She had just finished reading one of Laura’s books and I thought she would like to read about the author’s life.  My daughter read through about a chapter a day. She did know some of the things she read just by reading Laura’s books and also by watching Little House on the Prairie. She enjoyed learning about some things she didn’t know like Laura’s Christmas present of a doll one year.

When my daughter had finished the chapter, I would go over the questions with her. I had her pick one hands-on project to do after she finished IMG_20180426_133748reading the book. She picked to make a rag doll like Laura’s. We found some instructions online and made a no sew one easily and quickly with some scrap fabric I had laying around. I was hoping she would want to bake or make something to eat, but she said she wanted the doll because Laura’s doll was named Charlotte and that is my daughter’s name.

She enjoyed reading the book, going through the questions, and making her new doll. I also had her fill out the fact sheet and had her look at the states where Laura lived and traveled through. We also went over some of the events on the timeline.

My daughter enjoyed the book and said she would love to read another biography soon. I had her look through some of them and she mentioned Amy Carmichael might be one she would enjoy.

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