Five Minute Friday ~ Collect

What do I collect? To be honest, I've really never collected anything until I was in college. Back then, I started collecting anything that had or was a giraffe after playing a game. I stopped collecting giraffes soon after I began having children. Now, as a homeschool mom, I collect books. I cannot go to a library sale or any discount or thrift store and come out empty handed. I always find something that I think I am going to read or use with my children. So, now I have boxes and boxes of books that I have collected waiting to be used. My youngest is in 1st grade now and I have started to go through the books to see what I have and what I can use with her. I also have pulled some out for my older kids to read through this school year. I love books! And I probably won't stop collecting books for a long time.

I'm linking up over at the Five Minute Friday blog.


Trust Fund ~ Movie Review

My family and I love to watch movies. We also love it when we get to see a movie we had not heard of before. We also love when the movie is family friendly. We were able to review the movie Trust Fund by Mapelle Films.

Trust Fund is a modern day, contemporary Prodigal Daughter story. The movie is about the Donahue family- Grayson (dad), Audrey (sister), and Reese. Reese is a young writer but likes to do things her way. Her father has a successful publishing company which he started with his wife, Audrey and Reese's mother, who has passed away.  Reese doesn't want her father to publish her book because she wants someone else to take notice of her. She eventually lands a deal and is given an advance of money.

Reese finds out her mother has left her and her sister a trust fund worth $10 million to be divided between her and her sister. Because Reese has no money (she spent her advance), she decides to take matters into her own hands. She sets up an account and has the money transferred. She then takes off for Italy where she runs into big trouble.

Reese comes back and begs her father for a job at the publishing company. Grayson is just so excited that she has returned that he gives her a job. Her sister is not so happy. She can't understand why her father is happy. She was the one to stick around and be responsible but her father seems to be ignoring her.

As the movie progresses, we learn more about the Donahue family and the Donahue family learns more about love. Will Audrey and Reese become friends? What happened with their mother's trust fund?

The cinematographer/producer was a homeschooler from 1-12 grades back in the 1980's. You can read more about him here.

We enjoyed watching this movie together as a family even though it is more relatable to female teens. We spent some time discussing the movie after we watched it. My boys did watch it but found it to be boring. My almost 12 year old daughter (who is more in the age range for the movie) found some parts better than others. She will probably enjoy it more in a few years when she is in her mid teen years. In addition to the movie, there is a downloadable study guide and also a book, Love Was Near, for reading after watching the movie.

Trust Fund Movie {Mapelle Films Reviews}



Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (Z)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Well, we made it to the letter z for this blogging through the alphabet round. I have had fun learning about the men and women in the Bible. If you haven't read any of the posts, you can read all of them at the landing page.

 Zipporah: "a female bird"

We know that Zipporah was Moses' wife. Her father was Reuel (Jethro) and her sons were Gershom and Eliezer. Zipporah met Moses one day at the well. She and her sisters were taking their father's flock to give them water. Some men tried to drive the women away, but Moses defended them and watered their flock. Their father had them invite Moses to dinner. Moses stayed with them a while and Reuel offered his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. They soon had sons and Moses decided to go back to Egypt.

Exodus 2:21-22 ~ And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

Zacchaeus: "pure"

Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector in Jericho. He found out Jesus was going to pass through and he wanted to see him. When he got to to the place, there was already a crowd and Zacchaeus was short and not able to see anything. So, he climbed a tree. When Jesus was passing through, he saw Zacchaeus in the tree and told him He would be visiting his house.

Luke 19:2-3 ~ And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

Luke 19:5-6 ~ And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

I am linking up with Annette and Amanda.


Home School in the Woods ~ Make-a-State Activity Pak Review

Home School in the Woods - Make-a-State Review

I always look forward to teaching our state’s history to my children. I have tried many different things to try to make it a fun learning experience, but I always feel like I could do more or the kids want to do more hands-on projects while learning about the state. When I found out that Home School in the Woods was offering a new Make-a-State Activity, I was excited. And that meant we could study, learn, and do a hands-on activity for any of the states. Their Make-a-State Activity is part of their line of Activity-Paks series which includes The Old Testament, The New Testament, Composers, and Artists.

What is Make-a-State Activity Pak?
This activity is offered as a download or on CD. We received the download version and it was easy to download the zip file to the computer. Once downloaded, all I had to do was unzip the file and click on the start file. The start file has all of the links needed to make your state lapbook. This pak includes everything you need to make a lapbook for all 50 states. There is an introduction file that explains the project and also lists some other helpful resources. The start file has all of the links to the activity pages you will need to print. It also includes a photo of each activity so you can have visual while putting your lapbook together. And it also includes directions on how to assemble the finished activities into the lapbook. There are also two bonus items- a state page that has info about each state and a “Name That State!” file folder game.

How we used the Make-a-State Activity Pak:
We will be visiting Florida later this summer and I wanted to give my kids a brief history of the state. My three older kids have visited the state before, but they were very young and don’t remember much. The last time we visited was when my older daughter was six months old and she will be twelve this year! So, I figured they could use a brief history of the state before we went this time.

I printed out each activity all at once. We decided to do one activity at a time. We worked through about 2 activities per week.  My girls did most of the coloring and cutting and my boys helped with the writing.

We mostly used the one page bonus about the state and some of the websites listed in the introduction file for our research. I didn’t want to do a full history about the state just a brief one before our visit and using the bonus page and websites helped us to learn just what we wanted to learn before our trip.

Instead of putting the lapbook all together at the end, we would put it together as we went along. After each activity, we would add it to the appropriate place in the file folder (lapbook).

Oh, I almost forgot. Each state comes with a recipe for you to try out. We kind of cheated on that one. The recipe for Florida is key lime pie. I have made key lime pie in the past, but for this project (and since it has been so hot here in NC) I cheated and bought a key lime pie for us to eat. Maybe when the weather is cooler, I will make a fresh key lime pie for us to enjoy.

What we thought:
Everyone (even my teen boys) enjoyed going through the activities and learning a little bit about the state of Florida. I think I will use this with my 1st grade daughter over the next few years and do a more in depth study of each state. We can cover as many states as we want to each year until we have covered them all.

Home School in the Woods has so much to offer. We have reviewed the U.S. Election Lap Pak from their Lap-Paks series. We also reviewed The Middle Ages from their Project Passport series. We love the projects from Home School in the Woods because they are hands-on. It helps my kids learn a lot more when they are doing a history activity and not just reading about history.

FREEBIE ALERT! Their latest “project” is offering an A-La-Carte page full of hands-on history projects. Right now, because it is the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal, you can get that project free by using the code “alacarte” during checkout.

Hands-on History {Home School in the Woods Reviews}



Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (Y)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Getting creative this week with the letter Y.

Young Maid (Slave) of Israel

We find the story of the young maid in II Kings 5. Naaman has leprosy. We see in verse two of chapter five that this young maid (slave) waited on Naaman's wife. She was there against her will, but she still served. She told Naaman about Elisha and that he should go see him.Naaman trusted the young maid and went to see Elisha and was healed of his leprosy.

II Kings 5:1-3 ~ Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

Young Lad who had a Lunch

We can find the story of the young lad, who had five loaves of bread and two fish for his lunch, in the book of John. Everyone (over 5,000) were hungry. The disciples did not know what they were going to feed the large crowd. Jesus asked them what they were going to do and it was Andrew who found the young lad and told Jesus what he had with him. The young lad gladly gave his lunch and everyone in the crowd was able to eat and there were also plenty of leftovers (12 baskets).

John 6:8-13 ~ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

I'm linking up with Annette and Amanda.



Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (V, W, X)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Since there are not many people in the Bible with names beginning with the ending letters of the alphabet, I have decided to do a combined post. Actually, I've been busy and haven't had time to sit down and get a post up for them. So, I am playing catch up.

Vashti: "Beautiful"

Vashti was the queen of Persia and the first wife of Ahasuerus. She was banned when she refused to show up at the king's banquet. Esther was then chosen to replace her as queen.

Esther 1:11-12 ~ To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.

There are no W or X women names in the Bible.

Vajezatha: "purity, worthy of honor"

He was one of Haman's sons. He was slain by the Jews.

Esther 9:9-10 ~ And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha, The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.

Xerxes: meaning of the name is not known.

Interestingly, this name is not mentioned in the KJV, but it is likely that King Ahasuerus was known by Xerxes.

There are no W men names in the Bible.

I'm linking up with Annette and Amanda.


Internship for High School Credit ~ Apologia Review

Internship for High School Credit - Review

Is your high school student interested in a career where they would be able to have an internship? Did you know it is possible for your high school student to have an internship and earn a high school credit? Being able to internship in their chosen career before going to college would be a great experience. With Apologia Educational Ministries new book Internship for High School Credit by Sherri Seligson, it is definitely possible and your high school student can earn a credit while doing it.

About the book:

Internship for High School Credit is a spiral bound, 100 page book that contains five sections.

Part I ~ Getting Started:
This section explains how to choose a company, how to prepare for the internship, how to write a resume, and also explains how to receive high school credit. This section also gives a sample letter of introduction that the student can send to the company. It also gives a sample resume for the student. And lastly, it gives hints on the interview process and what to do after the interview.

Part II ~ Information for the Parents:
This section gives information for parents about the child labor laws and how to give a high school credit for the internship. It also gives information on how many credits to assign for the internship and how to grade the internship.

Part III ~ First Semester:
This section has some worksheets to be filled out to keep track of the internship. There is a semester goals worksheet and also weekly worksheets. There are also work performance sheets and skills gained worksheets. The semester goals worksheet is there for the student to fill out with the supervisor about what skills your child would like to learn during the internship.The weekly worksheets include a place to record dates and hours worked each week. There are also questions to be filled out such as "Write about a particular activity you were able to observe" and "Describe the specific task you performed during the past week." There are also tips and quotes throughout the pages.

At the end of the first semester pages is a midterm work performance sheet that the supervisor can fill out and also an end of semester work performance sheet to be filled out by the supervisor. And lastly, there is a skills gained worksheet that the student can fill out during the semester as they learn new skills.

Part IV ~ Second Semester:
The pages in this section are similar to those in Part III, but the questions are to be filled out on a  separate sheet of paper and are to be one to two pages in length.

Part V ~ Course Wrap-Up:
This section tells the student how to write a thank you note to the company about their experience and how to update their resume with the work experience.

Apologia Educational Ministries

While we didn't have a chance to use this book yet, I have read the book and it has given me some great ideas for my children. So far, only my soon to be 10th grade son has chosen a career. We had already talked about the possibility of an internship, but didn't know how to do it. This book will be useful if he decides he would like to intern before going to college.

Be sure to click the image below to read more reviews on Intership for High School Credit and also check out How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook).

Homeschool with Confidence & Internship for High School {Apologia Educational Ministries Reviews}



Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (U)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

We are to the letter U for this week and I had to get a little creative for the women. There are not any women that are mentioned in the Bible who's name begins with U. But there are plenty of unique unnamed women found in the Bible.

Unique Unnamed Women:

The first one that comes to mind is the lady with the alabaster bottle. She heard Jesus was visiting a Pharisee's house and found her way there with an expensive oil. We don't know much about her, but she loved Jesus.

Luke 7:37 ~ And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment

In Exodus, we have the story of the unnamed princess who found Moses in the river.

In I Kings 17, we learn of the unnamed widow who helps feed Elijah.

There are also plenty of mothers, daughters, and sisters who are not named in the Bible who are also unique. All of us are unique to God in our own special way. He made every one of us unique.

Uriah: "The Lord is my light"

Uriah was Bathsheba's first husband. He was a soldier in King David's army. And he was murdered by King David's order. We don't know much more about Uriah, just that he was a great man and he was a Hittite. He was faithful to his job by not wanting to be home with his wife (when David called him home), but to be out in the field with the rest of the soldiers. He didn't want to take time off when the other men were still out there fighting.

II Samuel 11:6 ~ And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.

II Samuel 11:11 ~  And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.

II Samuel 11:15-17 ~ And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

See my other Men and Women of the Bible posts:

A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli
F ~ Female at the Well and Felix
G ~ Gomer and Gideon
H ~ Hadassah and Hezekiah
I ~ Iscah and Isaiah
J ~Jochabed and Josiah
K ~ Kezia/Keren-happuch and Korah
L ~ Leah and Lazarus
M ~ Martha and Malachi
N ~ Naomi and Nicodemus
O ~ Orpah and Obadiah
P ~ Priscilla and Philip
Q ~ Queen Jezebel and Quartus
R ~ Rebekah and Rehoboam
S ~ Sarah and Samson
T ~ Tabitha and Titus

I'm linking up with Annette and Amanda.


K5 Learning ~ Review

K5 Learning Review

My 6 year old daughter has struggled with reading this school year. I’ve tried what I could to get her to a better reading level, but backed off and figured she would get it later. We’ve been trying out an online supplemental program for the past several weeks. We are reviewing the subscription to the online program at K5 Learning.

What is K5 Learning?

K5 Learning is an online supplemental program that children can work on after school, during the summer, or in a homeschool setting. K5 Learning includes math, reading, and spelling for children in K5 – 5th grades. The program helps children to work independently while improving their skills. When you sign your child up for K5, you can have them take an assessment to see where they need help with and where the best place to begin for them. The lessons are broken into 8 skill areas. The reading skill areas include phonics, sight words, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The math skill areas include numbers and operations, measurement, and geometry.
Not only does K5 Learning offer online work, they also provide printable worksheets for your child to work on based on what they are learning in the program. Children also work at their skill level and not on their grade level (if they take the assessment). So, they can be at a higher level for reading and a lower level for math (or vice versa). Another thing, the lessons are short ranging from 5-10 minutes.

The parent dashboard:

The dashboard gives parents access to the child, their progress, and the assessments. The parent is also able to create assignments for the child to work through.

The student homepage:

This is where the child gets their lessons and worksheets.

The sections of K5 Learning:

  • Math: covers numbers and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra, and data analysis.
  • Reading: helps kids with their reading and covers phonics, sight words, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
  • Spelling: a vocabulary program that helps improve language skills. Words are automatically generated or the parent can input the words.

How we used K5 Learning:

I used this with my 6 year old daughter who just finished kindergarten. She worked on the reading lessons the most since that is where she needed help. She also worked on some of the math lessons to see how they worked. I did not have her do an assessment before we started the lessons. Some of the beginning lessons were easy for her, but they did get more difficult as time went on. She only worked on one lesson at a time every couple of days. It is hard to get her to sit still. She loves to move around. So, I didn’t push her to do more.

What we thought:

My daughter liked this program okay, but it is not her favorite. She said it talks too much and is slow. I did go through one of the lessons and the directions are sometimes lengthy but are needed. Sometimes when the child gets one right, the program has a “reward” type thing where it puts toppings on a pizza and takes up some time. She is not one that likes waiting. She wants to get it done right away. The program itself is a good program and my daughter has learned a lot. It has helped her with her reading and we will continue to use it. I like that the program lets the child work at their own pace and moves on when the child is ready. 

Be sure to check out the sample videos and also sign up for a free 14 day trial (no credit card needed).

K5 Learning {Reviews}



God's Easter Miracles ~ Book Review

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God's Easter Miracles written by Lee Ann Mancini and illustrated by Dan Sharp is a fun story about Easter written in a way children will understand.

About God's Easter Miracles:
In this book, the sea kids learn that Easter is not all about the candy or the bunny. Easter is about Jesus giving His life for us and how we are to sacrifice ourselves for others. Through different scenarios like Paul who is autistic, Jimmy not wanting to share, and Lenny who was in an accident the sea kids learn what Easter is all about. The children learn about the power of prayer.

About Lee Ann and Dan:
Lee Ann is a professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She has earned a bachelor's and two Master's degrees. She is a wife and mother of two and has devoted her life as a servant for Christ.

Dan is an artist with over 30 years experience. He has a bachelor's degree and has illustrated many children's books. He has specialized in creating licensed artwork designs for Disney, Warner Brothers, American Greetings, and many others.

My review:
I read this to my 6-year-old daughter. She didn't know what autistic meant because it has never come up. I explained it to her and she was able to understand the story better. We both loved the illustrations in the book. The book is very colorful and easy to read. I like how the author uses some "real life" experiences to show how we should be praying. This is a great book to read to children to show how Jesus gave his life for us and how we should treat others. We loved this book and give it 5 stars!

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.”


Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (S & T)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Sarah (Sarai): “Princess”

Sarah was Abraham's wife. She was barren and wanted a child very much. Sarah had a lot of patience. Sarah was also a beautiful woman. Sarah and her husband were commanded by God to move to Canaan where they would become be blessed. Several years later some men visited them and told Abraham that his wife Sarah would have a son the next time they saw him. Sarah was almost 90 years old and when she heard this, she laughed to herself. The man overheard her and asked why she laughed. Soon after the men left, Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Isaac. Sarah lived to be 127 years old.

Genesis 18:10-12 ~ And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

Genesis 21:2 ~ For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

Samson: “Of the Sun”

Samson's parents had prayed for a child and God heard their prayers. God gave them some specific rules to follow about their pregnancy and their son. Samson was born a Nazarite and was not to shave or cut his hair. So, Samson grew up and left his house and fell in love with a Philistine woman. Against his parent's wishes, he married the woman. Samson was a strong man. He discovered his strength when he was on the way to ask the Philistine woman to marry him. He killed a lion with one hand. On the way back to be married, he noticed some bees had made some honey in the carcass of the lion, so he reached in and grabbed it. He ate some and gave some to his parents. At his wedding, he told a riddle to the Philistines and they had to guess the answer. Well, they couldn't, so the threatened his new wife. Samson told her the answer and she told the Philistines. Samson became so angry when he found out the truth and went back home. Samson slaughtered many Philistines in his rage. Later on, he meets a woman named Delilah. She nags him about where his strength comes from and he eventually tells her. She had a servant cut his hair while he is sleeping. Samson is then tortured by the Philistines. One day, about 3,000 Philistines come to watch Samson and when he is led into the arena, he tells them to let him lean on the pillars to rest. He then breaks the pillars and kills himself and all the others.

Judges 14:1-2 ~ And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Judges 16:5 ~ And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

Judges 16:17 ~ That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

Judges 16:28-30 ~ And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

Tabitha: "gazelle"

Tabitha is mentioned in the book of Acts. She was a disciple at Joppa. She was a good woman. She became ill and died. Some people had heard that Peter was there and called him to come into Tabitha. He prayed over her and told her to arise. She opened her eyes and sat up and he presented her alive to everyone.

Acts 9:36-41 ~ Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

Titus: "honorable"

Titus traveled with Paul and Barnabas at Antioch. He also went to Ephesus with Paul and Timothy. He traveled with Paul a few times to different places. Not much else is known about Titus.

Titus 1:4 ~ To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

I'm linking up with Annette and Amanda.


Louis Zamperini ~ YWAM Book Review

We love reviewing books from YWAM Publishing. My kids love how interesting these books are written. Over the last several weeks, my kids and I have been reading and learning about Heroes of History -Louis Zamperini from their Heroes of History series.

About the book:
 Louis Zamperini is the story of how Louis (Louie) became a great athlete and war hero. Louie was not always a great person. In fact, he was a troublemaker when he was younger. His brother, Pete, saw how fast Louie could run away from authority when he was in trouble, so Pete decides to train Louie to be a runner. Louie became a great runner and could run short distances at record speed. Louie was able to try out for the 1936 Olympics for the 5,000 meter race, something he didn't run very often. He did great and set a record speed for the final lap. After the Pearl Harbor attack, Louie decided to join the military. He became a bombardier. While out on a rescue mission, the engines failed on the plane and sent him and his buddies into the ocean. He was adrift for 43 days before being rescued. He was also sent to prisoner camps after being rescued. He was there for several years before he is able to come back to America. Louie gives his life to the Lord and marries and has two children. Louie lived to be 97 years old.

About the authors:
Janet and Geoff Benge are a married couple who have twenty years of writing experience. Janet taught elementary age children, while Geoff has a degree in history. They have several books in the Heroes for History series and also the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series.

About the Digital Unit Study:
The digital unit study is a downloadable pdf that is split into two sections. The first section is full of chapter questions, ideas for a display corner, student explorations, related themes to explore, and a social studies section. The student explorations section of the study includes ideas for creative writing, essay questions and research topics, hands on projects, visual projects, and arts and crafts. The social studies section is divided into categories to be used for mapping and timeline. There are also appendices that include the answers to the chapter questions and books and resources for further studies. Part two of the unit study has reproducibles that include a biography (fact sheet), map, and timeline.

How we used the book and unit study:
I used this as a read aloud with my older three children (11,13, and 15 years old). Each day, I would read a chapter and after we would go over the discussion questions in the study. There are six questions related to each chapter. I would ask the questions and my children wrote out their answers on a sheet of paper. We looked over all of the other projects and one of them was to create a word cloud. We had fun coming up with words that described Louie. You can see it in the picture below.

We mapped out the various cities listed in the book on the map provided. And I had my daughter work on the timeline that is provided in the unit study. We also watched the movie Unbroken which is based on Louie's life.

What we thought:
We had a good time reading this book and learning more about Louis Zamperini. My boys liked working on the word cloud and my daughter liked learning more about how Louie was rescued. There are some facts in the book that I did not even know. I enjoyed working through the book and study with my children. They have already asked who we are going to be learning about next.

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Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip ~ Review

Imagine…letting your kids paint without a mess being made. You may be thinking, “that is not even possible.” I can assure you that it is possible. My girls love to get out the paints and fill up some cups with water and start creating something. It always seems to happen around dinner time and now there is a mess on the table. Now that we have Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors from The Pencil Grip, Inc. the above scenario doesn’t happen anymore. They get out the sticks and start painting with them. Their works of art are dry within minutes and we don’t have a messy table anymore.

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What are Thin Stix?
Thin Stix is a solid tempura paint that is packaged in sticks (like a glue stick) to take the mess out of painting. Thin Stix is also fast drying. You no longer have to wait hours for your creation to dry. Thin Stix dry in 90 seconds. They also work on paper, wood, or cardboard. And best of all, it's a fast and easy cleanup when the kids are finished painting. These paint sticks are thinner (hence the name) than the original Kwik Stix so you are able to have better control and paint with finer detail. Thin Stix paint also comes off of your hands easily. I’ve been able to just rub it right off and of course, it comes right off with soap and water.

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Who are Thin Stix for?
Anybody of any age will enjoy painting with these sticks. My children are 15, 13, 11, and 6. They all equally enjoyed making pictures with these paints. Even I got in on the action and painted some pictures. These are fun at any age!

How we used Thin Stix: We used them almost daily, especially my girls. I never had to tell them not to paint, because Thin Stix is easy to get out and easy to clean up. I even printed some coloring pages to try out the thin stix and it worked out good. You can see some of our creations in the picture above. I can't tell you how long they last, but we have been using them almost daily and they are still quite full. My kids even use these in their bedrooms! I am not worried about messes anymore. We used the regular kwik stix in the past but only used them on paper. This time we bought some wood cutouts (below) to try the thin stix paints on. It worked perfectly and we were happy with the results. We also were able to print out some coloring sheets to use with the thin stix. We were able to get better detail using the thin stix.

  Thin Stix Wood

What we think of Thin Stix: We all love them! I love that it is easy to clean up after using. My girls love that they can still paint whenever they want to. We love that we can take them wherever we want and don’t have to worry about messes. We give these paints 5 stars!

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