Our Favorites From This Year ~ Homeschool Review Crew

Meet the Homeschool Review Crew Curriculum Favourites for 2016

We have reviewed many great products and curriculum this year. But now it's time for the Blue Ribbon Awards. The Homeschool Review Crew and has voted for our favorites. Click on the image to see what other crew members favorites were for the year.

The following are my kids top five favorites from this past year:

5. Homeschool in the Woods ~ They all loved learning about the election and this lap book was the perfect fit for our family.

4. Homeschool Legacy ~ What a great product to learn about Thanksgiving.

3. Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids ~ Another great product that all of my kids enjoyed.

2. Kwik Stix ~ My girls loved drawing with these and still use these today. Even my 13 year old son liked drawing/painting with these.

1. The Cat of Bubastes, Beric the Briton, and The Dragon and The Raven ~ We love all the Heirloom Audio Productions and we are looking forward to there being more this coming year.

Next is a list of my favorite products that I reviewed for adults:

3. The Old Schoolhouse Hey Mama! Planner ~ This is a great planner and I love how it is set up.

2. My FreezEasy ~ Love having meals already prepped in the freezer.

1. CrossTimber ~ These products are great and make great gifts.

We are looking forward to having a great 2017 and reviewing many more great products.


Five Minute Friday ~ Surrender

This week's five minute Friday word is surrender. I realize the "rules" are to just write freely for five minutes with no editing and no over-thinking, but when I saw the word I had to do a little digging.

When I saw the word for this week's five minute Friday, the first thing that popped into my head was the song I Surrender All. I've sung it many times in church, but never stopped to really think about what it means. So, I just googled about the author and how he came to write the song. It was written in 1896 by Judson W. Van DeVenter after he came to the decision to be a full-time evangelist. We are to surrender everything when we follow God's will for our lives. He will take care of us.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live. 
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my bless'd Savior,
I surrender all. 
All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now. 
All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine. 
All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me. 
All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!



Abigail: The Belle of Bravery Book Review and Giveaway

You may remember my post from June about Esther: The Belle of Patience. If you have not read, I encourage you to do so.

Erin Weidemann has done it again! The third book in the Bible Belles series is about Abigail: The Belle of Bravery.

About the series:
The Bible Belles is a five book series based on women of the Bible. Erin is using the acronym H.E.A.R.D. for the series. H is a book on Hannah, E is a book on Esther, and A is a book on Abigail, R will be on Ruth, and D will be on Deborah. The series acronym is based on Exodus 28:35 ~ The sound of the bell(e)s will be heard.

When I wrote my last review, I didn't realize that the character in the book was named after Erin's own daughter. (You can read about how the Bible Belles got it's start here) Rooney, with the help of her guardian angel Mari, is able to learn from the women in the Bible and earn that woman's superpower. The different superpowers are prayer, patience, bravery, loyalty, and leadership.

The story starts out with Rooney, her friend Dani, and her brother Sam playing outside. Sam is having a difficult day and is being mean to some new neighbors. Rooney is praying to figure out what she can do to help her brother. Mari, the guardian angel, shows up and takes Rooney to see how Abigail would handle the situation. Rooney sees that Abigail lives with her husband who is not a nice person and is not willing to help David. One of Abigail's servants goes to Abigail to see if she can help. Will she help David? Will she be able to feed him and his men? Is she really a brave woman? Did Rooney earn the bravery superpower? Get the book and find out!

What my girls thought:
My girls are eleven and five and they both enjoy these Bible books that are geared just for girls. My older daughter is able to read the books to her younger sister and it gives them a bond. We also love how each story is illustrated perfectly. My youngest daughter loves Supergirl, but I'd rather her have Abigail and other women of the Bible as her superheroes. I also love that there is a devotional that goes along with the Abigail book. And don't forget the coloring pages.

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Menu Plan Monday ~ Thanksgiving Week

Our menu for this week:

Monday ~ Pork Loin with veggies

Tuesday ~ Spaghetti with salad

Wednesday ~ Soup (not sure what kind yet)

Thursday ~ Thanksgiving meal

Friday ~ Leftovers

Be sure to click the picture above to see more menus for this week.


Five Minute Friday ~ Enjoy

It's time once again for the five minute Friday word.

Enjoy. There are many things I enjoy. For instance, I enjoy these five minute Friday posts. They are enjoyable to write and also to read what others write. I also enjoy many things in life, like eating. Yes, I am not going to lie, I love to eat. I enjoy seeing the looks on my children's faces as they learn something new. I am happy that I am the one to be able to teach them. I enjoy having my children around. Sometimes, I do need to get away and have a break though. I enjoy when the weather changes. My favorite seasons that I enjoy are fall and spring. In the fall, the leaves change color. In the spring, new leaves appear. I also enjoy watching movies. We have so many in our collection, but I can re-watch a lot of them several times. It makes me happy. I enjoy going to my church on Sunday and Wednesday. I love the fellowship. I enjoy the sermons. Enjoy the little things.


Christmas Love Letters From God ~ Book Review and Giveaway

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Christmas Love Letters from God is a beautifully written book by Glenys Nellist and is illustrated by Rachel Clowes.

About the book:
This book is appropriate for children ages four to eight, but I think any age would love this book. The book has seven stories, written in prose and poetry, from Isaiah's prophecy to the wise men's visit. Each story has a letter written to the child from God (the giver can add the child's name to each letter in the space provided). The letters are written in a way that makes it as if God was speaking to the child. God's Perfect Promise (a special Bible verse) accompanies each story and letter.

I cannot wait to give this beautiful book to my 5 year old daughter for Christmas. She loves books and this will be a perfect book to add to her collection. She also loves God and talks about Him all the time. I have read through the book and I know she will love the stories in this book. The illustrations are a perfect match and are very beautiful. This would make a great present for that special little someone in your life.

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Five Minute Friday ~ Common

When I saw the word for this week over at the five minute Friday blog, I had no idea what I was going to write and I still don't, but here goes.

My mother-in-law died on Monday. We spent the week dealing with all of the emotions that come with a death. On Thursday, we celebrated her life. Friends and family members came through the line to tell us how sorry they were for our loss. There were some people that I didn't know that came through the line, but we had something in common. We both had suffered a loss. This loss was very unexpected and came sooner than we thought. Over the course of the holidays, my family and I will remember the times we had with her and laugh and cry at the memories. I also have something in common with my mother-in-law. We both lost our first child, hers through a stillbirth and mine through a miscarriage. Our children have never been on this earth. They have lived in Heaven. And now my mother-in-law has been reunited with her son and has met my child. And someday I will have that in common with her. I so look forward to that day that I will be there with them.


Five Minute Friday: Journey

It's time again for another five minute Friday post. This week's prompt is journey.

When I saw the prompt, I was thinking on what would be the best way to go with this word. At first I was thinking of my spiritual journey. This world is not my home, I'm just passing through. And I cannot wait to get to my final home. But, for now, I am on a journey on this earth and I need to continue on for Him. Then, my mind went to my parenting journey. I was given four precious children to nurture and prepare them for their adult life. That is a scary thought. Am I doing a good enough job that they will be able to make it when they go off to college? What about when they get their first job? Another journey I am going through right now is a homeschool journey. My children have been homeschooled their whole lives. More questions: Are they learning? Will they be able to make it in the real world? How can I best prepare them for the world? Will they get up in time to make it to their classes or job? But then, someone will come up to me, sometimes a stranger, sometimes a friend, and reassures me that I am doing my best in the parenting and homeschool journey. My spiritual journey? Well, I try my best and only God knows my heart. Soon, I hope to hear these words from Him- "Well done, they good and faithful servant"


Homeschool Legacy ~ Review

Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims Micro Study

I love history and I try to help my children have a love for learning about our land. Over the past three weeks, we have been using the Once- a- Week Micro-Study Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims from Homeschool Legacy to learn more about Thanksgiving.

What is Homeschool Legacy? 
Homeschool Legacy is a company that produces once-a-week studies and micro-studies. Their goal is to instill a love of learning in your children. The once-a-week studies are written particularly for all homeschool families, but they also help children who are in different programs to earn merit badges. The once-a-week studies were created to help families bring glory to God. The Gibson family started this business after researching the many different ways to homeschool. They felt that the best choice was a unit study to give families a break from the textbook.

What is a micro-study?
Some of the differences between a unit study and a micro study are listed below:

  • A micro-study only has you reading from one classic or read aloud during the study
  • They are still designed to be used one day a week over a period of time, but they can also be completed in a week if you choose
  • They are digital products with educational links throughout the study
  • Micro-studies are designed for children in grades 1-8
  • They do not include weekly library lists

What is Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims micro-study?
The Thanksgiving micro-study is a six week study of Thanksgiving. Over the course of the six weeks, you and your children learn many things about the Pilgrims, the Constitution, the Mayflower Compact, Plymouth, and the Puritans. The micro-study is designed to be used 30 minutes for three days a week. There are a few books listed (or you can use your own) and there are also some recipes to make. There is also several helpful links to click on throughout the study to learn how the pilgrims talked, learn about your First Amendment rights, take a virtual tour of the Mayflower, and a link to slow cooker Indian pudding.

How we used the Thanksgiving micro-study:
Since we already had a couple of books about Thanksgiving, we used our own instead of the ones listed. (The one pictured above is one of the books we used.) We have gone through three weeks of the study. I am using it with all four of my children (grades K, 6th, 8th, and 9th). So, my choice of books were a little young for my older two, but they still listened to me read the book. My older children did most of the work while my K-5er helped with the easier stuff and listened to the history parts. I was hoping to make it to week four before I had to write our review so we could make the Indian pudding recipe. (I will try to come back and update after we make the pudding early next week).

What we thought:
My children liked being able to take a break from their textbook history to study about Thanksgiving. They learned some things that they did not learn from their textbook about the Pilgrims. They are looking forward to making the pudding and finishing out the study the week before Thanksgiving. Week six of this study is about Christmas and I would like to continue our study by purchasing the once-a-week unit study Christmas Comes To America.

You can see a sample week of the Thanksgiving study (and actually any of their studies).

Be sure to click below and read what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew though about Homeschool Legacy (there are several different studies that were reviewed).

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