12/29/2014

A Look Back At 2014

Another year has come and gone. This was my 2nd year on the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I enjoyed it so much, but decided to take a break and try to go back to college this coming year.



This year started out with some snow and snow cream for us in Eastern North Carolina.



My oldest turned twelve in February and my youngest turned 3 in March.



I had several reviews over the months. I participated and finished blogging through the alphabet one time. I am on my second round of blogging through the alphabet.

I also lost my computer half way through the year and had to scramble to buy a new hard drive quickly since I had many reviews due. This is not the screen you want to see when you start up your computer.



I managed to get several menu plan Monday posts written and also posted some free printables.

I celebrated my birthday in September. 2015 is the big one for me. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, but it's coming.



Our favorite field trip this year was to the aquarium.

My youngest son turned 11 in July and my oldest daughter turned 9 in October.



And we finished the year with a great Thanksgiving and Christmas.



I hope you have a great 2015!

12/26/2014

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ H





















Proverbs 10:12 ~ Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Matthew 10:8 ~ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:freely ye have received, freely give.

I Peter 2:17 ~ Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

12/22/2014

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 22

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Here is what is on our menu for the week:

Monday ~ Spaghetti

Tuesday ~ Cube steak and gravy with mashed potatoes and other vegetables

Wednesday ~ Lentil Tacos

Thursday ~ Christmas (Buffet style at in-laws)

Friday ~ Leftovers

Saturday ~ Homemade pizza

12/18/2014

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ G




















Ephesians 6:24 ~ Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.

Psalm 116:5 ~ Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

Psalm 145: 3 ~ Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

John 4:24 ~ God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

12/15/2014

Wisdomantics Game Review






















My family and I love to play board games. I was given the opportunity to review a game called Wisdomantics.

What is Wisdomantics?
Wisdomantics–New King James Version (NKJV) is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon. Wisdomantics-NKJV utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn! The game’s intent is to bring individuals together to learn how to cope with numerous situations in a fun and relaxed environment. Inside the box you’ll find 2 interactive DVDs with 400 questions, score cards, blessing cards, and more!

For 2-4 plates, ages 12+. It is available on the website for $29.95.

Below is a video that explains how the game is played:



My Review:
We are regular church attenders and my children think they know their Bible. Even though the game says for ages 12 and up, my 11 year old son and 9 year old daughter wanted to play. I played the game with my three older children. My 12 year old son did great with understanding the game and answering the questions. My 11 year old did okay. My 9 year old din't get many answers right, but she had a fun time learning. This was a fun game to play and we look forward to playing this game many more times.

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12/12/2014

Songs In The Key Of Happy ~ Review and Giveaway

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I was given the opportunity to listen to and review the newest Goodman Revival CD, Songs in the Key of Happy. This CD is available for pre-order at the Family Christian website.

The Goodman Revival trio consists of  Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes, and Johnny Minick. The CD has many familiar songs and is a great CD to listen to at home or in the car. The songs on the CD are as follows:

  1. What a Happy Time
  2. Eyes of Jesus
  3. Until You've Known the Love
  4. I'll Be Alright
  5. The Sweetest Song I Know
  6. This Is Just What Heaven Means to Me
  7. It Happened
  8. Settle the Score
  9. Who Am I
  10. I Don't Want To Get Adjusted
  11. I Hold A Clear Title To A Mansion
  12. I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey
  13. Look For Me

I enjoyed listening to the CD and hearing some familiar old songs. My favorite is Look For Me:



Pre-order your copy at Family Christian today. This CD will be released in January 2015.

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12/10/2014

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ F




















~ Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of  my righteousness.

~ John 3:16 -For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

~ Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

~ 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

~ Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

12/09/2014

Parenting Unchained ~ Book Review

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For the past several weeks, I have been reading a great new book for parents, Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents by Dr. James D. Dempsey. This book is available at the website for $14.95 for a nice soft cover 190 page book. If you prefer a Kindle version, it is available for $ .99 this week only (December 8-12, 2014).

About the book:
In Parenting Unchained – Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents, Dr. James D. Dempsey reveals the ten most destructive lies about parenting. He writes from the heart about the way these lies infected his own parenting, and illuminates the Bible's powerful truths that counter each lie. Both Biblical and practical, each section ends with home activities to help parents take immediate steps to develop their kids' character--character that lasts when they leave home.

The last chapters focus on the most important adjustments parents must make with teenagers to prepare them for independence. Weaving humor into strong warnings, Parenting Unchained points out the hazards that derail the parenting journey.

My Review:
Dr. Dempsey discusses ten deceptions in the book that parents believe. Those ten deceptions are as follows:

  1. It's All About Your Kids; Your Character Doesn't Matter
  2. You're Capable; You Can Do This
  3. God Only Cares About Rules
  4. You Can Be A Parent Without Investing Much Time
  5. Teaching The Right Information Is Enough
  6. Why And How You Discipline Don't Matter - Just Make Them Obey
  7. You Don't Need To Talk About Your Faith
  8. Children Should Choose Their Life Course (You Don't Need To Help Them)
  9. It's All About Consistency (You Don't Need To Adapt)
  10. Life Should Be Easy
 Satan is out to destroy families. we need to remain focused on God and  pray for His help while we parent our children. In the book, Dr. Dempsey says, "God's model for parenting will help you avoid the deceptions that seek to destroy both you and your children." Keeping God first in your life and praying for His help will keep Satan away. But Satan will try his hardest to get to your children, so we need to be vigilant.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book are as follows:

"But parenting is about your character, because it forms the foundation for all you do as a parent. " page 15- This comes from the very first page. It really spoke to me because my character as a parent really does form the foundation of my parenting.

"To be like Jesus, parents must be fully engaged in the task of parenting. They must think about and empathize with their children." page 55- This come from deception four which says, you can be a parent without investing much time. False. To be a parent, you need to spend time with your children. 

I enjoyed reading this book very much. This book has helped me already and I know will be a great help in the weeks, months, and years to come. 

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12/08/2014

Menu Plan Monday ~ 12/8


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On our menu this week:

~ Veggie beef soup

~ Chicken nuggets

~ Hamburgers

~ Leftovers

That's as far as I have gotten this week. I need to get a better plan together. :)

12/06/2014

Susie's Hope DVD ~ Review and Giveaway

I was recently given the chance to review a movie, Susie's Hope.

About Susie's Hope:

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals.

My Review:

Living in North Carolina, I was surprised to learn this movie was a true story based on an event that happened in North Carolina. I had not heard of this story or this law even though I have lived here for 16 years. This movie was a little slow to start with, but once it got to the main story line, It was great. I watched this by myself, because I wasn't sure how graphic it would be. While it is graphic, you can tell that the burned dog is not a real dog, but a robotic dog. I think my boys, who are 12 and 11, would like this movie. They love animals. I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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12/04/2014

Stronger By TaRanda Greene ~ Review and Giveaway

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I was first introduced to The Greene's way back in college. I don't really remember how I found them, but after I had heard them, I had to listen to more. Over the years, I have been to many of their concerts and have bought many CD's of theirs. I remember when TaRanda joined the Greene's and enjoyed hearing her whenever I had the chance.

When I was given the chance to here TaRanda's new CD, Stronger, I was so excited. It has been awhile since I have listened to my CD's and I knew this was going to be a great CD.

I was not wrong, this is a great CD! The minute it started playing I knew it was going to be great. All of the songs are great, but my favorites are the title track, Stronger, and  the song, Where Amazing Happens. You can listen to samples of all the songs at Family Christian.

"Stronger" ~ It doesn't matter what you face, Jesus is always by your side and you are stronger than you think.

"Where Amazing Happens" ~ When you feel like you are at the end of your rope, that's when amazing happens.

The other songs on the CD are as follows:

  • "Shackles (Praise You)"
  • "Awake My Soul"
  • "Deepest Praise"
  • "Healer"
  • "Promise"
  • "A Little More Jesus"
  • "If I Could"
  • "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain"
  • "All I Need"
  • "The Sound"









You can see the behind the scenes of Stronger below. The CD is available at Family Christian for $11.99.



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12/03/2014

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ E




















Already to the letter E in blogging through the alphabet with The Potter's Hand Academy.

Here are a few encouraging verses for the week:

Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. ~ Psalm 99:5

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ~ Psalm 100:4

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. ~ Proverbs 30:5


12/01/2014

Menu Plan Monday

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In no particular order, here is what I have planned for this week:

~ Hamburger steaks and gravy

~ Chili

~ Broccoli cheese soup

~ Homemade pizza

~ Beef and bean burritos

~ Chicken stroganoff

11/29/2014

What's In The Bible? Volume 10 ~ Review and Giveaway

































I had heard of the Buck Denver Asks...What's in the Bible? DVD series, but have never had an opportunity to watch one. I recently was given the chance to review Volume 10 in the series. Volumes 1 - 9 cover the Old Testament. Volume 10 starts with the New Testament.

What's in the Bible? Volume 10: Jesus is the Good News covers the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Volume 10 includes two 25 minute episodes: God's Perfect Timing and The Messiah Has Come. In God's Perfect Timing, Buck Denver and children learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the right time. In The Messiah Has Come, we learn about the life and ministry of Jesus, how he died, and rose again.

I sat down with my 3 year old daughter to watch this video. When it first started, she asked, "Is this about Jesus?" She loves Jesus and loves going to church, so I knew she would loving watching the DVD. She sat through the entire video without moving or talking after that. I asked her at the end if she enjoyed it and she said, "YES!" I enjoyed watching this video with her. I liked that this is a Christian video and I don't have to preview it to make sure it is okay for my 3 year old to watch.

You can watch the trailer here (or below):



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11/26/2014

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ D




















Just a few for this week:

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. ~ Psalm 34:14

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. ~ Psalm 37:4

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. ~ James 4:8


11/25/2014

Being Thankful

For the past two years I have written almost each day leading up to Thanksgiving Day on what I have been thankful for that year. You can read them here. Well, I really was not thinking about it this year and just forgot all about it. So, I am just going to write one post on what I am thankful for this year.

I asked my three year old what she is thankful for and she said, "dogs, cats, and little birds."

I am thankful for my children, my husband, our health, having a roof over our heads, and having food on the table.

I am also thankful for God's creation. I have seen some beautiful sunsets this year. I love when the leaves change color.

I am thankful to have a running washer and dryer and a car that while not reliable still gets us to where we need to go.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to thank God for all He has provided for you.

11/24/2014

Parenting Unchained ~ Giveaway

Parenting Unchained by Dr. James D. Dempsey is a new book about overcoming deceptions that shackles Christian parents. Dr. Dempsey lists ten deceptions in this book that have infected his own parenting. I am going to be writing a full review of this book in a couple of weeks. I am enjoying this book and it has been a help to me already. Satan is out to destroy families. we need to remain focused on God and  pray for His help while we parent our children. In the book, Dr. Dempsey says, "God's model for parenting will help you avoid the deceptions that seek to destroy both you and your children." Keeping God first in your life and praying for His help will keep Satan away. But Satan will try his hardest to get to your children, so we need to be vigilant.

Parenting Unchained Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents, we are joining other members of the Launch Team in a wonderful giveaway filled with a Kindle Paperwhite, $25 Amazon Gift Card and several biblical parenting products! A value of more than $300!

Here's what you could win:

Kindle Paperwhite 6" eReader ($119 value)  

Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver a superior reading experience:
  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand—over 30% lighter than iPad mini
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Built-in light—read without eyestrain
Your Kindle comes loaded with 2 biblical parenting books right at the start:

Parenting Unchained Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

In Parenting Unchained – Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents, Dr. James D. Dempsey reveals the ten most destructive lies about parenting. He writes from the heart about the way these lies infected his own parenting, and illuminates the Bible's powerful truths that counter each lie. Both Biblical and practical, each section ends with home activities to help parents take immediate steps to develop their kids' character--character that lasts when they leave home.

Home Improvement Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

This book contains eight principles every family needs written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. You'll learn practical, hand on ideas for helping your kids deal with their anger, constructive ways to end discipline times, and keys that will help children change their hearts, not just their behavior. Turansky and Miller offer tried and true strategies in a refreshingly new family-friendly format. This is the parenting book you can read to your kids.

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The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($39.85 value) 

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.

The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family. The tips are available to you as MP3 downloads and access to them comes in the workbook.

The Family Toolbox ($99.95 value)

The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.

As your family works through the lessons, teens learn 16 Life Success Principles and parents learn valuable tools.

Philippians in 28 Weeks Digital ($18.95 value)

It is easier to share the Word of God when it is etched upon your heart. Philippians in 28 Weeks™ is a delightful and painless way to commit the entire book of Philippians to memory. This streamlined approach uses memory cards carefully constructed to present Philippians thought-by-thought, copywork versesjournal questionsweekly reflections,recitation charts to test your retention, and an optional tracking tool called “The Log.”

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11/19/2014

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ C




















Be sure to go over to The Potter's Hand Academy to check out what others are blogging about during this round of  Blogging through the Alphabet.

Already to the letter C. Here are some of my favorite Bible verses (KJV) for this week:

~ Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this right. Ephesians 6:1

~ Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7

~ Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the rightous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

~ Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Proverbs 29:17

~ Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

~ Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

11/17/2014

Menu Plan Monday ~ 11/17/14

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I love the cooler weather when we can eat more soups and chili. This week I have planned a lot of soup, but it will get eaten. Our menu for this week is (in no particular order):

~Spaghetti

~Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

~Broccoli Cheese Soup 

~ Mexican Chicken Soup

~ Roast beef

~ Homemade Pizza

~ Leftovers on one of the days

11/16/2014

Finding Hope Now DVD ~ Review and Giveaway

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Finding Hope Now is a movie based on a true story. Reverend Roger Minassian had a heart for the gang youth in Fresno, California. In 1993, Rev. Minassian left his church and started the ministry Hope Now for Youth. While dealing with gangs, Roger meets Santos Delgado. Santos is a 16 year old who has left his home and now survives on the street. Santos joins one of the gangs and his life starts spiraling out of control. Roger keeps on Santos and eventually Santos life starts turning around the right way. Rev. Minassian learns to become a father to the fatherless.

Since it's beginning, Hope Now for Youth has placed over 1800 gang members with criminal records in jobs with Fresno businesses. Hope Now has given them a chance at a new life and have taught men how to be loving husbands and fathers.

Finding Hope Now is available at Family Christian for $19.99. It is recommended for ages 12 and up because of gang related violence.

This is not a movie I would normally choose to watch, but I am glad I was chosen to review this movie. It was such an inspiring movie and had me in tears by the end. Reverend Minassian has such a big heart and loves youth and wants them to do right. It inspired me to want to help the youth in my city. I live near a city that has a gang problem and my mayor has a heart like Roger and wants to get them off the street and into jobs. This movie will not disappoint.

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11/13/2014

Snake Oil: Party Potion ~ Review

Snake Oil Review

We love playing board games and card games in our house. So, when I find a new to us game or am introduced to a new game, I want to learn more about the game. We recently reviewed Snake Oil - Party Potion from  Out of the Box.

Out of the Box offers many fun and educational games. Snake Oil – Party Potion is a fun, fast paced game. You are able to play the game in about 30 minutes. This game is geared for ages 8+, but can be used with children as young as 6 if they are reading. It is for 3-6 players and only takes 5 minutes to learn how to play. Snake Oil – Party Potion is available for $14.99.

The name Snake Oil was first introduced in America in the 1860’s. Chinese laborers would rub the oil, that was made from water snake oil, on them after a hard day’s work. Products that contain water snake oil are still used today. In 1917, a sample was tested and found to contain no actual snake oil. As a result of the false product claims and misleading labels, the name “Snake Oil Salesman” was born.

How to play Snake Oil – Party Potion:

The game comes with 14 customer cards and 112 word cards.

Step One: Each player draws 6 word cards and one player chooses to be the customer.

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Step Two: The remaining players take about 30 seconds to combine two of their word cards to create something for the customer. Each player then has to persuade the customer that his product is the best. The customer can cut off the pitch after 30 seconds.

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Step Three: After each player has made their pitch, the customer chooses the best item and that player wins the customer card. The word cards used that round are discarded and each player draws enough cards to bring their total back up to six. The player to the left of the customer becomes the customer.

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Winning: The player with the most customer cards, after each player has been customer one time, wins.

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You can check out a video on the directions here.

How we used the game and What we thought:

My kids and I played this game several times throughout the review period. We usually played during the afternoons after we finished our school work for the day. Since there were only 4 of us, the game play went fairly fast. We never played for more than 30 minutes which was great when you don’t have a lot of time to sit down and play a game. My kids, ages 12, 11, and 9, loved this game. They loved trying to convince the customer to pick their product. They didn't like that the game play went fast though. They wanted to keep playing one more time. I enjoyed playing this game with my kids. It was great to see them laugh and have a good time with each other. This is a game we will keep around and play during the cold winter months.


11/12/2014

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ B





















Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. ~ Acts 16:31

Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. ~ Ephesians 4:32

And the beatitudes fit in perfectly this week:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. ~ Matthew 5:3-11

11/11/2014

Purposeful Design ~ Book Review



Jay Schabacker of Purposeful Design recently sent us his book Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation to review. I am always on the lookout for great books that can help us in our homeschool. This books goes along with what we are studying in science and what we studied earlier in the year for history.

Purposeful Design ~ Book Review

Each chapter of the book is devoted to each day of creation.

Introduction – The “Man in the Moon” ~ Tells about the moon’s orbit

Chapter 1 ~ The First Day: Creation of the Heavens and the Earth- the Foundation of it All ~ Talks about the earth rotation and orbit

Chapter 2 ~ The Second Day: Creation of the Atmosphere and Water ~ We learn about the rain cycle

Chapter 3 ~ The Third Day: Creation of the Dry Land and Vegetation ~ Tells us how beneficial fruits and vegetable are to us

Chapter 4 ~ The Fourth Day: Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars ~ We learn about seasons and tides

Chapter 5 ~ The Fifth Day: Creation of the Birds and Fish ~ Tells us why birds and fish were created

Chapter 6 ~ The Sixth Day: Creation of the Land Creatures and Humans ~ We learn about animals and the uniqueness of human beings

Chapter 7 ~ The Seventh Day ~ Reminds us to take a day of rest

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This book is beautifully illustrated with great photographs as well as many scripture verses throughout. Purposeful Design is appropriate for children of all ages and is available for $18.95. You can download three chapters of this book for free.

There is also a free bonus Young Explorers Club curriculum that goes along perfectly with the book.  It is a pdf of pages of questions about each day of creation.

Page 1 from the Student Workbook

I read this book to my children when we received it. They loved listening to what Mr. Schabacker wrote about the wonderful world we live in and how God thoughtfully created everything in it. As I stated above, this book goes along wonderfully with what my 4th and 6th graders are using for science this year. It also was a great read for review for the history curriculum we are using this year. All of my children, ages 12, 11, 9, and 3, enjoyed listening to each chapter and looking at the pictures while I read through each page. We read through the questions from the PDF download and my children answered the questions orally.

My science boy, age 12, loved this book. He loved all of the pictures and he mentioned that his favorite part was reading why God chose the earth to tilt at exactly 23 1/2 degrees. He said he had never really thought about what would happen if it was tilted at 0 degrees or 50 degrees.

My 11 year old said his favorite part of the book was the photos. My 9 year old and 3 year old also loved looking at all of the pictures.

I liked this book and also loved looking at all the beautiful pictures throughout the book. It is a well put together book that my family can use for many years.



11/10/2014

Menu Plan Monday ~ November 8-15

Thanksgiving











Be sure to check out more menu's over at I'm An Organizing Junkie.

Here is what I have planned for this week:

Monday ~ Leftover roast beef
Tuesday ~ Chicken pot pie
Wednesday ~ Veggie beef soup
Thursday ~ Lentil taco's
Friday ~ Spaghetti
Saturday ~ BBQ Chicken

11/04/2014

My Favorite Bible Verses ~ A

I am going to try to remember to join in each week over at The Potter's Hand Academy for a new round of blogging through the alphabet.

I've decided for this round, I would share some of my favorite Bible verses (KJV) with you.




















For the letter A:

I Peter 4:8 ~ And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Matthew 7:7 ~ Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Isaiah 53:6 ~ All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Joshua 24:15 ~ ...As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.


11/03/2014

If He Had Not Come ~ Book Review

My children love books. So whenever I have the chance to review new to us books, I am excited. We love to read. We also love Christmas stories. My children have a favorite that I read to them every year.

We were able to review If He Had Not Come, a story re-introduced by David Nicholson. This classic story is best suited for children ages 6 and up. It is available on the website for $18.95.

If He Had Not Come is a beautiful, colorful, hardcover 8.5 x 11 book. There are 40 pages in the book. It has beautiful illustrations on each page and is a classic story that each child should read or have read to them.

David Nicholson is a retired teacher and a short term missionary. Having been introduced to this story when he was younger, he took it upon himself to have it re-introduced for other generations to enjoy. You can read more about why he chose to re-introduce the book on the FAQ page of the website.

Nan Weeks, the original author, was a teacher and writer. The story, If He Had Not Come, was first included in an anthology that was published in 1938.
















Summary of If He Had Not Come:

Bobby was excited to get to bed on Christmas Eve, but before heading up to bed, Bobby's dad sits down with him to read from the Bible. There were five words from the Bible reading that stood out to him. They were "If I had not come." Suddenly, it is morning and Bobby rushes to get dressed so he can start unwrapping his gifts. But, when he got down the stairs, there was no tree or stockings or presents. It was just an empty living room.

Bobby was frantic. He put on his coat, hat, and boots and started running around town. He had to find out what happened. Everyone he ran into just thought it was another day. They didn't know what Christmas was. Bobby had an idea to go to his church to find out what was going on, but all he saw was an empty lot. He noticed a sign though. It read, "If I had not come."

Bobby ran into an elderly gentlemen that needed help. He told the man to stay where he was and he was going to get him some help. But all Bobby saw around him were signs that read "If I had not come." He ran home only to find that the Bible his father read from last night only went to Malachi. There was no New Testament.

The next thing Bobby hears are church bells ringing. They were playing his favorite Christmas carol. He prayed right there in his room to thank God for sending His son to earth.

When this book came, we all sat down and read the book right away. My youngest daughter is 3, listened to the story, but probably did not comprehend the whole story. My older kids enjoyed this story and we discussed how the world would be different if Jesus had not come.

I enjoyed this book very much and I know my kids enjoyed it also. They have re-read it on their own several times. This book gets 5 out of 5 stars from us!

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