Kingdom Files ~ Book Review

Kingdom Files Book Review

I love reading books to my seven year old daughter. I try to find books that are fun and can keep her attention. We received two of the Kingdom Files books from Barbour Publishing to review.

Kingdom Files are Bible based biographies designed for children ages 8 – 12. Each book is divided into three parts. The fact file, the action file, and the power file. The fact file is  a  two page spread that gives information and a timeline about the person. The action file is the actual story about the person. The power file is where you can find memory verses and how the scripture applies to your daily life. There are also clue boxes throughout the story that help to understand the story better.

Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? tells the story of Mary. from the time she was visited by an angel until Jesus’ death and ascension into Heaven. It is a simple, easy to read, easy to understand story.

I read this book to my seven year old daughter. We went through the files, read the story, and read through each clue during the story. At the end of the story, we went through each power up and discussed how we can apply it to our lives. We also read through the memory verses.

My daughter already loves and knows her Bible stories. She was excited to listen to the story about Jesus’ mother and learn how Mary loved her Son so much. She recognized that the story was Biblically accurate. She loved reading through the power ups and learning how we can use this story to help us through our lives. She also was able to learn a few of the memory verses.

Who was Jonah? tells the story of Jonah. It is set up the same way with the fact file, action file, and power file. The story tells how Jonah was called by God to visit the city of Nineveh. Jonah didn’t want to visit the city, so he decided to run away. He gets caught up in a storm in the boat he is iin and the men on the boat tried to help Jonah by rowing the boat back to shore, but Jonah told them it wouldn’t work. Once Jonah was in the sea, the storm stopped. Jonah spent some time in the belly of a fish where he learned he needed to trust God. He finally makes his way to Nineveh and tells them what God told him to tell them. The city listened, but Jonah became upset. And it is at the end of the story where Jonah truly learns how God had taken care of him all throughout his journey.

My daughter also enjoyed this story and she learned that  God cares, God loves us, and God is faithful.

We look forward to reading more books in the Kingdom Files series. Be sure to check out the website for games and educator resources.

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Reading Eggs Workbook ~ Review

Having tried several different curriculum for my 7 year old daughter’s reading, she still somewhat struggles with reading. She loves trying new things, which I am very thankful for. She doesn't complain when I introduce a new curriculum to her. She gets excited to try something new. She wants to be able to read quickly and be able to love reading. I was able to try out Reading Eggs new reading workbooks. We reviewed 200 Essential Reading Skills for Second Grade.

Reading Eggs is an online reading curriculum developed for children ages 2-13. It is an interactive website that uses games and songs to help your child learn to read or become a better reader. Reading Eggs has introduced a full line of workbooks for reading and math that go along with the lessons on the website. The workbook can also be used independently.

I had my daughter take the placement test for Reading Eggs since she is seven. It placed her at lesson 71. It didn't look like it went along with the book we had, so we started with just using the workbook on its own. I had her start at the beginning so she wouldn't miss anything. After looking more at the website, I realized I probably should have had her take the placement test at the Reading Eggspress level which is designed for ages 7-13. It looks like the lessons here go along with the workbook.

The workbook is designed to be used five days each week. The first two days included a short passage to read for comprehension. It asks you to circle or underline parts of the story and answer the questions about the story.

The next two days are devoted to spelling. Each week a rule or spelling pattern is introduced. There are short activities to do to learn the spelling words such as matching the word to a picture, unscrambling the words, and copying the words.

The final day the workbook introduces grammar. The second grade workbook introduces nouns, proper nouns, articles, adjectives, action verbs, linking verbs, adverbs, contractions, and much more.

We used the workbook for four days each week. I am using a great spelling program already, so I decided to skip the spelling days in the workbook. We went through the reading and the grammar portions of the workbook each week. My daughter has been looking forward to the book each day. She loves that the reading portions are short. I like that the student marks important parts of the story to help them retain the story better.

She has also been loving the grammar portion of the workbook. She looks forward to getting to the grammar portion each week and learning about the different types of nouns. I hadn't really introduced her to any grammar yet, but she seems to be picking up on it quickly.

We both enjoy using this book. I like that she is picking up on reading comprehension and remembering the stories she reads. She likes that it is fun. She enjoys looking at the colorful images. She enjoys reading the different short stories. And she enjoys learning about grammar (so far). We give this workbook 5 stars and will continue using it throughout this year.

If you purchase a workbook, I have a code that gives you 10% off the price. Use code WK10BEEENYU when checking out. In addition, you can sign up for 4 free weeks of Reading Eggs by clicking on this link.
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What My Tween Girl Likes To Read

Books My Tween Daughter Likes To ReadMy twelve year old daughter loves to read. She has some favorites that she will read more than once just because she loves them so much. I love that she loves to read since I also love to read. She has read some books that I read when I was her age.

IMG_20180827_084253Mandie Books ~ These books are set in the state (north Carolina) we live in. I read these books when I was her age and had a couple of the books that I gave to her to read through. She got hooked, so I decided to buy the collections (there are five books in each collection) for her and to save them for future readers (my 7 year old  and hopefully granddaughters one day).

There are also a few movies that go with these books and my daughter has enjoyed watching them.

My daughter also loves books by Marguerite Henry. She has read severalbeed0ec1454c14bafdde8130c8a3f508 including Misty  of Chincoteague, Stormy, Misty’s Foal, and Brighty of the Grand Canyon.

She has also watched the Misty movie and enjoyed it. She wanted to know if there were more movies for any of these books and I found out there are some, but they are hard to find (especially on DVD). She loves anything that has to do with horses.

Some other books she ahs read and enjoyed are classics. Anne of Green Gables and Little Women are at the top.  She has also read The Secret Garden and several Little House on the Prairie books. We go to our local library sale whenever they have it (usually two times per year) and she picks out several books that she thinks she would like to read. The majority of the books she picks out are animal related. She loves animals and will read anything that has animals in it.

I just wanted to make a list of a few of her favorites in case you are looking for something for your tween daughter to read.



God Schooling ~ Book Review

God-Schooling-How-God-Intended-Children-to-Learn-by-Julie-PolancoI enjoy reading books and having been homeschooling for thirteen years now, I have realized that I still do not have all the answers. The book, God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn by Julie Polanco, is a great book to encourage you through your homeschool journey.

Julie Polanco is a homeschool mother who is active in the women’s ministry and worship team at her church.

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is a short, 158 page book that can be easily read in a few sittings. The chapters include the following:

  1. Biblical Support for Natural Learning
  2. Motivation & Excellence
  3. Thoughts on Teaching Children Under Age Eight
  4. Thoughts on Teaching Children Aged Eight to Twelve
  5. Giving Teens the Wings to Fly
  6. Spreading the Banquet
  7. Getting Started
  8. Some Q & A
  9. Record-Keeping and Structure

I enjoyed reading through this book even though I have been homeschooling many years, I was still able to find some things that were interesting. All of my children are different and have achieved different things at different ages. It was comforting to read that some children have difficulty reading until a later age. My seven year old has been having a difficult time, but seeing that the author’s children all learned to read at different ages was comforting. Another area of the book that I liked was having some study questions at the end of each chapter. It helped to get me thinking on what I could change. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is just starting to homeschool or even someone who has been homeschooling for many years. Everyone can learn something!

If you are interested in reading God Schooling, you can get the ebook for haf price until August 22.

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Upcoming Reviews

We are working through a new workbook for Reading Eggs.

We will also begin to read these new books by Matt Koceich.


Reviews ~ What's Still Working?

Over the past several years, we have reviewed many items. Some of them have only been used during the review period and some we are still using. I was introduced to Apologia science during my first year on the crew and we have stuck with the company. My oldest son is actually going through the Advanced Chemistry book this year. He loves that he learns so much from these science books and I know they are helping him prepare for college as he wants to be a biologist.

Another one we have reviewed in the past and recently reviewed is Home School in the Woods products. My children love the hands-on approach of this product and I am beginning to use it with my youngest.

And one more that we are still enjoying is the Traditional Spelling that we reviewed this past spring. My youngest loved this spelling and we are getting back to it after having taken a break from school. I plan to continue with Traditional Spelling II after we complete the first one.

I just wanted to share a few products that we were introdueced to during my time on the Homeschool Crew and let you know what is still working for us.



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