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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

We are already to letter E of our blogging through the alphabet series. I am enjoying studying and writing about these men and women of the Bible. This week we will focus on Elisabeth and Eli.

Elisabeth: “God is my oath”

We learn about Elisabeth in Luke 1. Elisabeth and her husband, Zacharias, were both Godly people. They were “righteous before God, walking in all the commandments of the Lord blameless.” (Luke 1:6) But, Elisabeth was barren and now she was older. Her and Zacharias had prayed for a child for many years. Elisabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. When Elisabeth and Zacharias least suspected, God had worked a miracle. Elisabeth was with child. She was going to have a baby boy. Her child, John, was going to make the way for the Messiah. She was visited by her young cousin Mary and her child “leaped in her womb.” Elisabeth knew then that Mary was carrying the Lord.

Luke 1:13 ~ But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Luke 1:24-25 ~ And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

Luke 1:41 ~ And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

Luke 1:80 ~ And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Eli: “ascent”

We learn about Eli in the book of I Samuel. He was a high priest at the tabernacle in Shiloh. He had two sons that also served in the tabernacle, but they did not know the Lord. He was in the tabernacle one evening and saw Hannah. She was praying, but Eli thought she was drunk. She told him that she was petitioning before the Lord and he sent her away. Hannah did conceive and gave birth to Samuel. When the time came for Samuel to be weaned, Hannah brought him back to the temple to Eli. Samuel lived with Eli and was taught and cared for by Eli. Some years later when Eli was old, the Lord called Samuel in the night. Samuel went in to Eli, but Eli told him it was not him that called him, but the Lord. It was then that Eli confirmed Samuel as a prophet to the Lord. Eli son’s died when they went to battle. They thought the Ark of the Covenant would protect them, but God was not with them. When Eli heard this news, he fell out of his chair, broke his neck and died.

I Samuel 1:14 ~ And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

I Samuel 3:8-9 ~ And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

I Samuel 4:18 ~ And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.



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

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Deborah: “a bee”

We learn about Deborah in the book of Judges. She is a prophetess and judge who is married to Lapidoth. She is the only woman judge that is mentioned in the Bible. She helped Barak organize an army. She told him that the Lord will help him defeat Sisera. And after this event, there was peace in the land for 40 years.

Deborah was courageous and wise. When Barak was scared, she helped him overcome his fearfulness.

Judges 4:8-9 ~ And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

Deborah would not take credit for what was about to happen, she reminded Barak that this was the Lord’s doing.

Judges 4:14 ~ And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

Deborah loved the Lord and she was a Godly woman.

Judges 5:2 ~ Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

We see that God can use anybody who is willing to be used. Are you willing to be used by God?

Daniel: “God is my Judge”

We know quite a bit about Daniel. He has a whole book in the Bible dedicated to him. His most famous story takes place in the lion’s den. Daniel was a man of God and refused to do what the king ordered him to do. Instead, Daniel prayed to the one and only God and disobeyed the king. This made the king furious and ordered his men to throw Daniel into the den with the lions. But Daniel was not fearful for his life. He knew God would be in that den with him. King Darius was not able to sleep that night and when it was morning hurried to the den. He was so happy to find that Daniel was still alive.

Daniel was not going to obey man. He knew he was to obey God.

Daniel 6:10 ~ Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Because Daniel obeyed God rather than man, he prospered.

Daniel 6:28 ~ So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.


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Word of the Year ~ Monthly Update

I said in my word of the year post last month, that I would keep myself accountable and give an update each month.

Have I been intentional in the last month? Yes! I have been intentional in spending more time away from social media. I have been intentional in spending more time in God's Word. I have been intentional about keeping my house cleaner.

This week has been chaotic and I have found myself going back to not being intentional. I need to stay focused and stay in God's Word. He will help me be intentional this year.


I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug ~ Book Review and Giveaway

I'm Going To Give You A Bear Hug

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Do you like to read simple, but cute, bedtime stories to your children? Are you looking for a book that has great illustrations? I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! is a cute, simple bedtime story. This book was written by Caroline  B. Cooney and illustrated by Tim Warnes. The book goes through how different animals may give you a hug.
"I’m going to give you a horse hug. A grab the mane,
Race through the rain, Yes oh yes, of course! hug"
It’s also a great way to get those bedtime hugs in with your child. Every child loves and needs to be hugged. I read this with my 5 year old daughter and she loved the hugs and loved looking at all of the pictures.

Bear Hug Sample

About the book:
Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.
I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a sweet loving bedtime story book that is also sure to become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones who enjoy celebrating a day full of hugs and kisses from loved ones.

About the author:
Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now.

About the Illustrator:
Tim Warnes has been illustrating children's books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children's illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he's not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.

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