Drive Thru History® ~ Review

Drive Thru History® Review

I am always trying to find different and creative ways to incorporate Bible into our school day. We do have family devotions every day, but I feel like there is always so much more that we need to study and learn from the Bible. I also dream of one day being able to visit the same places where Jesus lived. So, when we had the chance to review Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”, the newest product from Drive Thru History®, I was excited to show these to my children.

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” contains eighteen 30 minute episodes. The discs come in a beautiful case with a 118 page study guide. The study guide not only offered discussion questions for each episode, it also gave a short summary paragraph. There was also Bible reading passages and quotes from different people throughout the guide. It also contains beautiful art and pictures on each page. Dave Stotts takes us through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to the places where Jesus walked and stayed. We see many ancient sights in Israel and learn about Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection.

The Gospels

When we first received the DVD set, I was planning to go through about two episodes per week so we could move at a slower pace and go through the study guide. We watched an episode, then during our family devotion time, we read through the suggested Bible reading. The following day, I would go through the discussion questions with my older three children (15, 13, 11). The 6 year old couldn’t really answer the questions, but she did enjoy watching the videos. And as planned, we did go through two episodes per week. When we went through the questions, I had all of the older children write down their answer before saying it out loud. I wanted to hear all of their opinions and be able to have a discussion. They all answered differently and in their own way. They all were able to get something from each episode.

Study Guide Sample

All of my children and myself have enjoyed and have learned so much from these videos. From the case that these came in to each episode, you can tell a lot of hard work and care have been put into this production. We have enjoyed “traveling” across the world to visit the places where Jesus walked and talked. Dave Stotts did a wonderful job with the narrative. My boys especially liked the first episode where he introduced us to the Land Rover that he would be using for this series. My children know a lot about the Bible from going to church and reading it daily for family devotions, but we have all learned something new from watching this series.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone wanting to know more about the gospels in the Bible, more about Jesus’ life, or just want something good to watch. This is also a great series to use for homeschool or in a classroom. It can be incorporated in a history class or in a Bible class. It is a great series for any one of any age.

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Five Minute Friday ~ Sing

Five Minute Friday - Sing

This week’s prompt at the Heading Home blog for five minute Friday is sing.

I love to sing. Even though I don’t have a good singing voice, I still love to sing. I sing in the car, in the shower, in the house, in church, everywhere! I love when old hymns pop into my mind and I start singing them. I love to sing newer contemporary Christian songs also. Singing helps keep me stress free and happy. I sing along with the radio when I am in the car. When I’m alone in the car, I sing louder and praise the Lord while listening to KLOVE. Singing brings me closer to the Lord, because I am usually singing a hymn or a song we sang in church. I hum songs when I’m doing the dishes. It helps it to go by faster since I don’t have a dishwasher and have to do the dishes by hand. Singing is great for me and I will always sing praises to the Lord.


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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Naomi: “lovable, delight”

We learn about Naomi in the book of Ruth. Naomi married a man named Elimelech. They had to move from Judea to Moab because of a famine. They had two sons who married Moabite women an they also die. Naomi wants to go back to Bethlehem where she has friends and family and tells her daughters in law that they are free to go to their homes. Ruth declines and follows Naomi. When they return, Naomi goes through a period where she is bitter. Naomi allows Ruth to glean in some fields and the man who own the property is kinsman to Naomi’s husband. Ruth and Boaz marry and have a son together. Naomi cares for the child and becomes happy again. The Lord provided for Naomi.

Ruth 1:3-5 ~ And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Ruth 2:1-2 ~ And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

Ruth 4:14-16 ~ nd the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

Nicodemus: “the people is victor”

Nicodemus is mentioned three times in the gospel of John. He is a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. He first visits with Jesus one evening and asks him how he can be born again? He is confused and wonders how he can go back into his mother’s womb to be born again. Jesus explains to him that to be born again is to be born of the Spirit. Jesus goes on to give Nicodemus the greatest salvation message. We also Nicodemus in a Sanhedrin meeting where he protested against them in their plot against Jesus. We also see Nicodemus after Jesus has been crucified. He helps in preparing the body for the tomb. Did Nicodemus put his trust in Christ? We may not know now, but maybe we will see him in Heaven one day. I do hope that he became a believer.

John 3: 1-2 ~ There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

John 7:50-51 ~ Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

John 19: 39 ~ And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

I am linking up with Annette and Amanda.



Five Minute Friday ~ Empty

Five Minute Friday - Empty

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a five minute Friday. This week’s word prompt is “empty.” It’s simple to post a blog post- just write for five minutes. Five minute Friday is hosted over at Heading Home.

Empty ~

What does it mean to be empty? It means to be void of something. During this Easter holiday weekend, Christians rejoice over the tomb being empty. But there are so many people in the world that have an empty feeling every day. They feel they have no purpose. Even as a Christian, I sometimes feel empty. It is then that I know that I need to be reading His Word. When I am regularly reading my Bible, I never feel empty. I am filled with the Holy Spirit. Knowing Jesus keeps me from feeling like I am worthless and empty. He has me on this earth for a reason and I need to seek Him and do His will while I am still here. We need to rejoice in knowing that the tomb is empty! Jesus wants us to be happy. He wants us to tell others of him. Rejoice! Jesus has risen!

Psalm 28:7 ~ The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.


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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Already half way through this round of blogging through the alphabet. This week we are on the letter M. There are so many great men in the Bible whose name starts with the letter M. It was a difficult choice, but I settled on the one below.

Martha: “bitterness”

Martha is the sister of Lazarus. Martha loved Jesus, but was always wanting everything to be perfect. She even told Jesus to tell her sister to help her in the kitchen. Martha was hospitable (she invited Jesus into her house). The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot, but I’m pretty sure his visit was not planned. When was the last time we had unexpected visitor’s and invited them into our house? She treated Jesus as a friend, someone she could tell anything (like, can you make my sister get in here and help me?). Jesus told Martha not to always be in a rush. She needed to slow down and listen (my interpretation). When was the last time we met someone for lunch or coffee and just listened to them? I would have liked to Martha’s friend.

Luke 10:40-41 ~ But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

Malachi: “messenger”

Malachi was a prophet during the Old Testament times. He also wrote one of the books in the Old Testament. Not much is really known about him except what he shared in his book. It is probable he lived around the year 420 B.C. Malachi wrote to the Jews and prophesied that God would send someone to prepare the way. He also addresses the coming judgment from God.

Malachi 3:1 ~ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 4:1 ~ For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Malachi 4:6 ~ And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Leah: “Weary”

Leah’s story can be found in Genesis. She was the daughter of Laban. Leah became Jacob’s wife even though it was her younger sister that Jacob wanted. The Lord blessed Leah with six sons and also a daughter. Leah had to have felt unloved by her husband when he found out it was her that he married. Leah was not as beautiful as her sister, but her father said it was not customary to have the younger daughter married before the older. The Lord noticed that Leah was unloved and opened Leah’s womb and gave her many children. Even though she had to compete with her younger sister for affection from her husband, Leah knew that she was loved by God. We can learn to have faith in God from Leah. When we are feeling unloved and alone, we can turn to God and He will be there for us.

Genesis 29:16-17 ~ And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Genesis 29:25-26 ~ And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

Genesis 29:31 ~ And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

Lazarus: “Whom God helps”

We find Lazarus’ story in the New Testament. He was the brother of Mary and Martha. We know that Lazarus (and his sisters) loved Jesus very much. Jesus is out of town and Mary and Martha sent word to him that Lazarus was ill and they needed Jesus to return as soon as possible. Jesus intentionally spent an extra couple of days out of town. When he returns,  Mary and Martha are upset that he took so long to get back. Now their brother Lazarus was dead. Jesus told them that he is the resurrection and the life. Against Martha’s warnings, Jesus heads out to where Lazarus is buried. We see in John 11, that when Jesus had come to Lazarus’ grave, he wept. He mourned for his friend. Jesus commands him to come forth. One thing that is not mentioned in the Bible is what Lazarus experienced in Heaven. He may have told close friends or family, but it is not recorded. If it was me that had been raised from the dead, I would be telling everyone (strangers, family, and friends) what Heaven was like.

John 11:1 ~ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

John 11:4-6 ~ When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

John 11:14 ~ Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

John 11:23-24 ~ Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

John 11:43-44 ~ And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Just finding my blogging through the alphabet series. Catch up by reading my A-K 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

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Memoria Press ~ Iliad/Odyssey Review

Iliad & Odyssey Review

Now that my boys are in and getting to the high school level, I have been trying to find some great literature for them to read. My oldest read several different literature books this year for school, but I felt there were too many and he was rushing through them. He did turn out some good reports for the books he read, so maybe he didn’t rush. Regardless, when I saw the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set from Memoria Press up for review, I was hoping I would be able to review this myself to see if it would be a good fit for my children.

What comes in the Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set?

Everything you need to be able to read through and teach each book.

  • Iliad
  • Iliad Student Guide
  • Iliad Teacher Guide
  • Iliad DVDs
  • Odyssey
  • Odyssey Student Guide
  • Odyssey Teacher Guide
  • Odyssey DVDs

The teacher guide gives helpful information that will help you in scheduling, organizing, and teaching. The teacher guide is equipped with all of the answers to the student guide as well as giving help about discussions and writing assignments. There is also an appendix that is full of information like the genealogies, names that are used in the books, and character references. All of the test and test answers are included in the teacher guide.

The student guide has many thought provoking questions for each book in The Iliad and The Odyssey as well as quotations and discussion questions. There is also an appendix with names, genealogy, and character reference.

The books written by Homer have been translated by Samuel Butler which makes it easier for children to understand.

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How I used The Iliad:

I have never read The Iliad or The Odyssey. I chose to start with The Iliad since it is intended to be read first. When I received the package, I watched the introductory video. The video gave a lot of information about the background and pronounced the names for us to be able to hear them. There is also a video to be watched after reading through each book. The DVD was very helpful, even for me as an adult. I read through each book in The Iliad, answered the questions in the student book, and watched the video for that book.

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What I thought and how I will use this with my children in the future:

I thought this program was very helpful with a lot of great information provided in the DVD’s. Although the book itself was not a very exciting read, I did look forward to watching the videos for a better understanding of what was happening. I am confident that my children will learn a lot from reading the books and watching the videos. I plan to continue with reading The Odyssey and going through the videos.

I am going to use these books with my soon to be 9th and 10th grade boys. I will read this book aloud to them and have them go through the questions in the student book separately (the student book is available for separate purchase so they are both able to have one), and have them watch the videos together.

Be sure to go the Memoria Press website to see samples of The Iliad & The Odyssey Complete Set.

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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Since little is known about them, I’m going to highlight two women in the Bible whose names start with K.

Kezia: “Cassia (sweet scented spice)”

Kezia was the second born daughter of Job after he went through his great suffering.

Keren-happuch: “Horn of the face paint (cosmetic box)”

Keren-happuch is the third born daughter of Job after his sufferings.

These girls along with their older sister (Jemima) are described as the most beautiful girls in the land.

Job 42: 14-15~ And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

Korah: “Ice, Hail”

Korah is related to Moses from his father’s side (some say uncle, some say cousin). Korah is remembered for his rebellious acts against Moses. God did send fire from Heaven and consumed him and all who rebelled with him (250 people total).

Numbers 16: 1-2 ~ Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown.

Numbers 16: 19-21 ~ And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible
Jochabed: “Jehovah is her glory”
We find Jochabed’s story in the book of Exodus. Jochabed is the mother of Aaron, Miriam, and Moses. She had Moses during a time when Pharaoh was killing Hebrew baby boys. She had to hide him when he was born and when he got to big, she floated him in the river hoping someone good would find and take care of him. After Pharaoh's daughter found him, Miriam told her she knew of a nursemaid that could nurse the baby until he was weaned. I can’t imagine how Jochabed felt when she delivered Moses and realized he was a boy and may be killed. How did she hide him and keep him quiet for three months? And how could she let him go not knowing if she would ever see him again when she put him in the river? She had great faith and trusted God to take care of her son.
Exodus 2:2 ~ And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exodus 2:7 ~ Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
Exodus 2:10 ~ And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

Josiah: “Jehovah has healed”
We fins the story of Josiah in II Kings. He became king at only 8 Years old. Josiah was a good king and did right in the sight of the Lord. During his reign, he proceeded to repair the temple and abolish idolatry. Josiah refused to let the king of Egypt pass through his land to go to war with the king of Assyria. He sent his army out to deal with the Egyptians, but decided to go out himself in disguise. It was there that he was fatally wounded by an arrow. He reigned for 31 years.
II Kings 22:1 ~ Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
II Kings 23:2 ~ And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.
II Kings 23:23-25 ~ But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the Lord in Jerusalem. Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord. And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
II Kings 23:30 ~ And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.

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Susan K. Marlow ~ Book Review

Susan K. Marlow - Book Review

My daughter loves to read. She loves to read about horses. She has also read several of the Circle C Beginnings books. I knew she would love to read the newest books, Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top, written by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications.

The books in the the newest series, Circle C Stepping Stones, are designed for children ages 7-10. The chapters are longer and the plots are deeper. The books have the same great illustrations. There are also coloring pages (free download), activity pages (free download), and lapbooks (for purchase) available to use with the books.

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Andi Saddles Up, the first book, is about Andi turning nine years old. She is so excited to be able to be a real horse and rider pair with her horse, Taffy. She becomes friends with a girl named Sadie, but soon learns their families are in a boundary dispute with each other. Can Sadie and Andi remain friends through the process?

The study guide (activity pages) that goes with this book has a great monthly schedule for reading through the book. It will take 21 days if you are not using the separately purchased lapbook. It tells you (or your child) what pages to read each day and what page of the activity book to do that day. The activity pages include answering questions about each chapter, matching vocabulary words, writing poetry, how to cook, and so much more.

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Andi Under the Big Top is the second book in the series. In this book, the circus comes to town and Andi cannot wait to see it. When she is buying some food, she meets a young boy and thinks that he has the perfect job. But she soon finds out more about the boy and decides she is going to try to help him.

The study guide for this book is in the same format as the first book. It also includes a page of Bible verse bookmarks that your child will love to color. Both study guides also include maps of where the story takes place.

I let my 11 year old daughter read the books by herself. She is just out of the suggested age range of 7-10, but she has enjoyed reading the books. I am starting to read through the first book with my just turned 6 year old and she is enjoying them and is always wanting me to read more. My oldest daughter said the books were great and kept her interest. They were an easy read for her and she was able to read through them quickly. We did not use the study guides, but I had her look at them to see if it was something she would be interested in using in the future. She said she may use it for the next book.


My thoughts: These books are great read aloud books for younger children. Younger children will also love coloring the pictures and doing the activities after you are done reading. They may need a little bit of help with some of the activities. They will learn a lot while doing them. They are also great books for horse lovers of any age. We can’t wait for the next books in the series to come out this fall.


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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

This week we are at the letter I. There are not many (just one, actually) women’s names that begin with the letter I.

Iscah: “spy”

Iscah is only mentioned in one verse in the Bible. She was the daughter of Haran and the sister of Milcah and Lot.

Genesis 11:29 ~ And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

Isaiah: “the salvation of Jehovah”

Isaiah was one of the prophets. He is considered to be one of the greatest prophets. He lived in Jerusalem and God gave him prophecies that were directed to Israel. Isaiah was married and had two sons. We don’t know much about his life, but we do have his writings and prophecies in the Bible. There are several times in the book of Isaiah that the prophecy refers to Jesus Christ. He prophesied about Jesus’ first and second comings. Isaiah also prophesied many warnings to Israel and Judah. Some other prophecies found in the book of Isaiah are Lucifer’s attempt to overthrow God, Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah, and judgments coming against numerous nations. The prophecies we can look forward to in the book of Isaiah are those about the second coming.

My life verse is 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.

Be sure to check out my A-H 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’m linking up with Annette and Amanda.


Home School Adventure Co. ~ Review

Walking with the Waodani

My boys are familiar with the Jim Elliot and Nate Saint missionary story. They have watched the movie and have read some about them. They knew a little about the Indians that lived in Ecuador. When I saw this study, I knew my boys (and myself) would be interested in learning more about this tribe and the missionaries who tried to witness to them. We, my boys and I, have been reviewing the newest product from Home School Adventure Co., Walking with the Waodani, over the past month.

About Walking with the Waodani:
Walking with the Waodani is a four lesson unit study. It is intended to be spread out over a month, going over one lesson per week. The lessons include Shell Mera (Then), Shell Mera (Now), Ecuador, and Quito. There are five components to each lesson. They are lesson introduction, people and places, meals and markets, animals and agriculture, and worlds and worldview. You will learn about the geographic place using maps, read stories about the people that live in these places, make some of the meals they eat, and learn about the animals that live there. Each lesson also has a travel journal. Some of the assignments include notebook pages, mark your map (a notebook page that contains a map), rating a recipe, drawing an animal, and creative freewriting. There are also additional resources for each lesson that include links to websites, books, and DVDs.

Sample Walking with the Waodani

How we used Walking with the Waodani:
We wanted to take our time so we decided to take about two weeks per lesson with this study. I read the pages out loud to my boys. There are several pages of information with each lesson. I would read a couple of pages each day. I also gave them an assignment (part of the travel journal) to work on every few days. At the end of the lesson, I had my boys pick one of the links in the additional resources to read through. We also watched a couple of videos during the review period. We watched the End of the Spear and Through Gates of Splendor. The meals portion that was covered were grubs and piranhas. My boys said they would eat both if given the chance. We didn’t actually cook the meal, but there are directions included for making the meals. My boys have cooked/grilled plenty of fish, so they were able to answer the questions about eating the fish.

Sample 2 Walking with the Waodani

What we thought about Walking with the Waodani:
My boys and I are having a fun time going through this study. We have learned so much more than what we already knew. We loved watching about the Indians and missionaries. My boys are enjoying going through the notebooking pages and answering the questions about Ecuador. Below is part of the story from lesson 1 that one of my boys wrote:

This is my first trip to visit the Indians. I was able to do a flyover, but was unable to make contact. I decided to join Operation Auca because I want to tell others about Jesus. I don’t have any family…well, I have my parents and siblings back home. As the days get closer to leaving, I am feeling a bit nervous. How will these people react to seeing us near their homes? Will they accept us?
I’m looking forward to going over the last two lessons with my boys over the next few weeks. We will be reading some of the books listed in the additional resources.

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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

There are so many great people in the Bible and there are also many not so great people. It is difficult to choose which person I should write about, but this week I’ve decided to write about Hadassah and Hezekiah.

Hadassah: “myrtle or bride”

We find Hadassah’s story in the book of Esther. Why? Because Esther’s birth name was Hadassah. Hadassah lived with relatives because her parents had died. Mordecai, her adoptive father and her cousin, brought her to the King’s house after the Queen had died. The king’s servants had decided to search for a young virgin for him. When Hadassah was brought before the king, he found her to be the most beautiful and loved her above all the other young virgins. Mordecai stayed at the palace and was sitting outside one night when he heard two guards plan to kill the King. Mordecai immediately told Esther who then told the King of the guard’s plan. Later on, a man named Haman is upset with Mordecai and plans to kill the Jews. Mordecai makes sure Esther knows about this so she can talk to the king. Unfortunately, Esther never told the king that she was Jewish so she has no idea how he will respond to her. Esther fasted before approaching the King and invited him and Haman to a banquet where she tells the king about Haman’s plan. The King is restless and can’t sleep and asks them to read him some record books. Fast forward and Esther finally reveals that she is a Jew and that she needs to be able to save her people. It took a lot of patience for Hadassah/Esther to keep her secret. She needed to tell it at just the right time.

Esther 2:7 ~ And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

Esther 2:17 ~ And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Esther 5:2 ~ And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

Esther 7:2-5 ~ And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom. Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage. Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?

Hezekiah: “whom Jehovah has strengthened”

We find Hezekiah’s story in the book of 2 Kings. He was the son of King Ahaz, who was an evil king. He was 25 years old when he began to reign and reigned for 29 years. Hezekiah was a good king who did what was “right in the eyes of the Lord.” During his reign, he purified the temple and was able to get rid of the idols. Hezekiah knew that Jerusalem would come under attack, so he had started fortifying the walls, building tunnels, and building towers. Hezekiah became very sick, but began to pray. He lived for another 15 years. It’s amazing to me when I read about a good king who had a terrible father but they turned out to be good. I’m sure those good king’s would give God all the glory.

2 Kings 18:1-3 ~ Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did.

2 Kings 20:4-6 ~ And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

Be sure to check out my A-G 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

I’m linking up with Annette and Amanda.


Eclectic Foundations ~ Review

Review of Eclectic Foundations

I started kindergarten this year with my then 5 year old daughter in August. She has been having a little bit of trouble with her reading. When I saw I was going to be able to review a program for her age, I figured it would help her to have more phonics than what we were using. Over the past several weeks, I have been using Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level A with my just turned 6 year old daughter.

Eclectic Foundations is a Biblical, easy to teach, all in one curriculum. A teacher’s guide and student guide are included that teaches 144 lessons over a period of 36 weeks. The curriculum is designed to be used four days a week. Eclectic Foundations is available as a download or as printed material. We reviewed the printed material that included the teacher’s guide, student workbook, word cards,  laminated appendixes. It is a hands on approach to learning using the McGuffey Reader. The lessons include phonics, grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, handwriting, composition, and poetry in each days work. You will need to download a free copy of the McGuffey Reader from the link provided on the website.

Sample Eclectic Foundation

Level A starts at the beginning. Each letter is introduced on the first day and is then taught on the rest of the days in a one week period. The first week my daughter learned about the letter m. I read some words that are provided in the teacher’s guide to her and she had to point to the happy or sad face (found in the appendixes) depending on if the word started with the letter m (happy face) or did not start with the letter m (sad face). The next day, she had to circle all of the m’s in a passage (in the student workbook) and also do other things listed. The third day was spent writing the letter and listening to words with m at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end. The last day is spent with matching, writing, and playing a game. Each day there is also poetry that is to be read to your child. And as you go from week to week adding on letters to learn, each previous letter is to be reviewed each day also. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson.

Student Sample Eclectic Foundations

While we have been working consistently over the past several weeks, we have not yet made it to the lesson that introduces the reader. The McGuffey Reader is introduced in lesson 65 in Level A. This lesson is also the first lesson that introduces the flashcards. Your child is to color each word a different color. The colors represent the different parts of speech. It also says that Level A focuses more on the function of the word than the name of the part of speech. An example would be from lesson 71. You are to show your child that all the red cards are naming cards (which means they name something or someone). You can also tell your child that these words are called nouns, but you don’t have to. And when you are finished with the level, you can make sentences using the cards. They will also be used in the following levels.

What did we think about Eclectic Foundations Level A? My daughter and I both loved it. She loved matching the letters and she also loved the letter mazes. She loved listening to the poetry each day. I think she loved everything about it. I loved that it is easy to use for the parent and that each day is set up for me. I love that each lesson builds on the previous lesson and there is always review. I know this has helped my daughter with her reading and I am looking forward to when we add in the reader to the lessons. It truly is a fun, Biblical, easy to use curriculum.

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

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Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Gomer: “complete, vanishing”

We can find Gomer’s story in Hosea. She was not a pure woman. She was a lady of the night. She was married to Hosea, but loved other men. Hosea had to buy her back from another man. Gomer was loved by  one man, but still had to go out and find “love” with other men. She had no idea how much she was loved by her husband.

Hosea 1:2- ~ The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord. So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.

Hosea 3:1-3 ~ Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.

I recommend this movie about Hosea and Gomer (click on picture for link):

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Gideon: “hewer”

We find Gideon’s story in Judges. He was the fifth judge of Israel. During his time, the people were doing evil in the sight of the Lord. The Midianites would come and take things from the people of Israel and push them away from the land that the Lord had given them. The Lord sent an angel to Gideon and told him that he needed to save his people from the Midianites. Gideon questioned God and told Him he couldn’t do it, but God told him He would be with him. After some time, Gideon had a large army, but God told him he had too many. God told Gideon to do some tests on the men and eventually, Gideon had only 300 men left in his army. He took his man down to the Midianites camp during the night and told them not to do anything until he gave the sign. He and his men circled the camp and Gideon said “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon.” And all the men in the army started breaking pitchers and blowing trumpets. The Midianites were scared and ran off. Gideon was one of the best judges in Israel.

Judges 7:7-8 ~ And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

Judges 7:18 ~ When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

Judges 8:22-23 ~ Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the Lord shall rule over you.

Be sure to check out my A-F 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

I’m linking up with Annette and Amanda.


By The Way Series ~ Book Review

By The Way  Series Book Review

My family and I love to visit state parks when we go to different states. We would much rather do that than visit an amusement park. Going to state parks can be a very educational experience. We have actually visited a few in Florida before, but it has been several years since we there. I was so excited to have the opportunity to read through a new book series from By the Way Book Series. The book we reviewed is the first book in the series, Florida’s Treasure Coast ~ Here We Come!

About By the Way:

Joy Budensiek had the idea to create this series when she was listening to a speaker. That speaker mentioned that Christian parents don’t talk to their children about God. She created the series to help provide parents with materials to talk about God and his creation. Joy’s goal is to write 100 books. She has already written six so far which include the following:
Florida's Treasure Coast ~ Here We Come!
Smoky Mountains ~ Here We Come!
Pennsylvania ~ Here We Come!
Ohio ~ Here We Come!
Washington ~ Here We Come!
Colorado ~ By the Way
These books are written from a Christian perspective and talk about creation and God. Each book is written to showcase each state and visit places in that state (or country) that God created for us to enjoy. Also, these are beautiful hardcover books with great pictures and illustrations.

About the book and how we used the Florida book:

The book is 48 pages in length and covers many different parts of the state of Florida. Alex and Lexi live where it is cold and snowy. Grandpa calls and asks Alex if he and his sister would like to visit sunny Florida. Grandpa and Grandma take the kids around the state to visit the beach, talk about hurricanes, learn about bugs of Florida, and learn some history about the state parks (Jonathan Dickinson State Park and Dubois Park). They also learn about the different kinds of animals in the ocean and gulf. They even learned about geocaching. They both had a fun time with Grandpa and Grandma.

Florida Sample Pages

Since the book was lengthy, I read through this book with my 5 year old daughter over a couple of weeks. I would read a few pages and we would discuss what we read. We discussed how God created everything and it was good. We discussed and learned about the different animals and bugs that are in Florida and how we can find some of the same animals and bugs in our state.

Florida Sample Pages 2

What we thought about the book:

We both loved it so much. I love how the Bible verses are incorporated throughout the book. My daughter said her favorite part was learning about the dolphins and the manatees. I also love all of the pictures that are in the book. They are very beautiful. I also liked all of the fun facts that were spread throughout the book. My daughter and I learned so much from this book and we can’t wait until we get the next book.

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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Already to the letter F. Well, since there are no women mentioned whose name starts with the letter F in the Bible, I’ve decided to get creative.

Female at the Well: you can find her story in John 4. Jesus was on a journey and was tired from traveling. He decided to take a rest by Jacob’s well. A little while later, a Samaritan female comes the well. Jesus asked her for a drink. Back in those days, Jewish people did not talk to Samaritan’s. So the woman was surprised when Jesus started talking to her. She asked him how was she to get water out of the well when neither had anything to draw the water up with. Jesus answered her with the salvation message. He also knew she was lying, and she told Him that she did know about the Messiah. Jesus then told her that she was talking to Him. She ran back to the city and told many people of Jesus and many Samaritan’s believed.

John 4:7 ~ There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

John 4:11 ~ The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

John 4: 21 ~ Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

John 4:39 ~ And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

Felix: “Happy”

We learn a little about Felix in the book of Acts. Although his name means happy, he was a mean and cruel ruler. He was the Roman governor from 52 AD to about 60 AD in a town called Caesarea, which is 39 miles north of Jerusalem. One of his commanders brought Paul to him to protect Paul from the Jewish leaders. He kept Paul for five days while waiting for the trial to begin. After hearing Paul’s speech at the trial, Felix decided to postpone his decision. He knew that Paul did not do anything wrong. Felix brought Paul to see if Paul would offer him a bribe to be released. Felix wanted to free Paul, but also wanted something in return. So, when Felix retired, he left Paul in prison.

Acts 24:25-27 ~ And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.

But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

Here are my A-E posts:
A ~ Abigail and Abraham
B ~ Bathsheba and Boaz
C ~ Claudia and Caleb
D ~ Deborah and Daniel
E ~ Elisabeth and Eli

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Home School in the Woods: The Middle Ages ~ Review

Project Passport The Middle Ages

I love when we get to review different history products, because it helps me to find what is best for my children. Some of them like hands on activities, while others prefer to just read a textbook. So, we have used several different history curriculums over our 10 years of homeschooling. One of the hands on history courses that my 6th grade daughter likes is from Home School in the Woods. We have reviewed products from them in the past and she learns a lot when we go through the hands on activities. Over the past month, we have been reviewing HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages (download version).

What is Project Passport: The Middle Ages?
Project Passport is an interactive project-based curriculum that takes you on a trip through time. It is recommended for grades 3-8. Your child will create a passport and have a travel itinerary. In Project Passport: The Middle Ages, there are 25 stops (lessons) where you will meet people and see different sights. You’ll even get the opportunity to taste some of the food like wassail, gruel, gingerbread, and beef barley soup.

Middle Ages Luggage Sample

The 25 stops are able to be spread over 8-12 weeks, or even longer, depending on how slowly or quickly you want to go over the material. There are many projects to complete plus an additional resources page that allows you to go more in depth. There are also seven audio tours that will give you more information on some medieval events. Your child will create a scrapbook of sights which is a 3 ring binder that holds, “The Medieval Times” (a newspaper), postcards from famous people, notebooking pages, recipes, and more.

There are several other Project Passports available on the website. Project Passport is available as a download or there is also a CD version available. You can take a trip to the following places:
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece (the newest Project Passport)
  • Renaissance & Reformation
  • The Middle Ages
  • Ancient Rome (available next year)

How we used Project Passport: The Middle Ages
I decided to have my 6th grade daughter do one stop a week (we did two the first week). She has been studying world history, so I used this as a supplement. The first stop in The Middle Ages is to create your luggage folder, passport, preparing the scrapbook of sights, preparing the timeline, and preparing the newspaper. I had her do that stop over a couple of days and we started the next stop a couple of days after she completed those projects.

The Middle Ages Sample 2

Each stop includes some text and several hands on activities. I would read through the text (short, anywhere from 1-3 pages) on one day and she would go over which activities she wanted to do and what order she wanted to do them. She would spread out the activities over a few days.

We also had a chance to enjoy listening to our Heirloom Audio Productions again when I noticed that some of the G.A. Henty stories were listed in the additional resources. We also enjoyed watching Disney’s Robin Hood.

The Middle Ages Sample 3

What did we think about Project Passport: The Middle Ages?
My daughter enjoys doing the hands on activities and learns more by doing them. She does not like to sit and read a textbook. She comprehends so much more when she listens and does activities. Overall, she has loved Project Passport: The Middle ages so far.
I like how there is an option to do a scrapbook or a lap book. My daughter prefers scrapbooks over lap books and this gives her the option to make it her own way. The instructions are also detailed enough that she can do the projects on her own.

My daughter liked listening to the audio tours while she did her projects. She told me that she would like to do more Project Passports when she is finished with The Middle Ages.

The only con I have is that there is so much printing and this will take up a lot of time. I printed out the first five stops at one time, since that is about what we have gotten done during the review period. But once everything is printed and sorted and you have looked through the material, it is easy to use.

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