9/22/2017

Weekly Highlights













We have been busy these past few weeks and I haven't taken the time to write up a weekly post.

Two weeks ago we went on a field trip for my birthday to the aquarium and Fort Fisher in Wilmington NC. We had a great time seeing the animals and learning about how the fort was used during the civil war. I posted pictures on this wordless Wednesday post.

I've been busy with review items and have had two reviews due back to back for the past two weeks and also have two due this upcoming Monday and Tuesday.

You can click below to see the four reviews I posted the past couple of weeks:
Let's Go Geography
Imagine...The Great Flood (book review)
Carole P. Roman (book review)
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Study Guide

So, now I am working on a few reviews that will post this upcoming week and in a few weeks in October. One is the newest production from Heirloom Audio Productions. The others are two books from The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls book series and Brinkman Adventures (audio drama missionary stories).

We have also been getting school work done these past few weeks and my boys (high school) are almost to the nine weeks exams for their subjects.

We've been busy and I don't know if it is ever going to slow down.

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9/20/2017

Let’s Go Geography ~ Review

Let's Go Geography Review

Wanting my youngest daughter to learn more about the world we live on, but not having a good geography program to introduce her to the places around the world, had me grateful that we were chosen to review Let’s Go Geography. Let’s Go Geography is a fun homeschool geography course that is also a hands on based geography curriculum for K-4th grade children.

What is Let’s Go Geography?

This program takes you and your child through all of the seven continents during the year. Year 1 is available at this time and you will learn about several countries such as Canada, Nicaragua, Chile, Ecuador, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Hungary, and many more (see image below). Each lesson takes one week to complete  with the lessons being spread out over 36 weeks. 

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Before starting the program it is recommended to create a travel journal (3 ring notebook) to keep all the pages together. You will receive a travel journal cover to print out when you purchase the curriculum. You will also need dividers for each continent.

During the week of learning, you will print out several pages for your child to work on. These pages include maps of the country, a flag of the country, and a coloring page of a landmark in the country. Your child will also listen to the national anthem and watch videos on the country. If you want to explore the country more, you can go to the library and check out some books on the country. There is also a craft to go along with the country. And, if you want your child to write what they have learned about the country, there are notebooking pages included.

Every 12 weeks is a review week to review what your child has been learning over the weeks. They will label and color the countries, match the flags to the country, read some facts, and color some coloring pages.

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How we used Let’s Go Geography:

We went through this program as scheduled, but if you would rather skip around it is okay to do that to. During the review period we learned about the Northeast US, Hawaii, Canada, Haiti, and Nicaragua. I printed the pages that were needed each week and my daughter colored the countries, flags, and coloring pages. We used the computer to watch videos about the countries and to look at the pictures from each place. We also did the crafts each week.  While it is recommended to spend an hour each week doing the lesson, we broke this up into about 20 minutes each day to work on the lesson each week. We would color the map and flag and learn about the country (where it is located, the size, the population) on the first day. The next day, we would watch some videos on the country. The rest of the week  we looked at the pictures of the country, worked on the craft, and colored the landmark coloring pages.

Canada Craft

What we thought about Let’s Go Geography:

My daughter has been enjoying learning about the different countries of the world. At her age, it is easy to go through the program slowly and it keeps her attention during the time. She has already learned so much in the short period of time that we have been working on the program. We will continue to go through learning a country a week until we finish out the Year 1 program.  We will likely keep using this program as Years 2 and 3 become available. I love how easy it is to use and that everything is laid out for the teacher. I also love that links to videos and pictures of the country are included for easy navigation. This is a well laid out geography curriculum and is easy to use.

Northeast USA craft and color page

This program is available for purchase as a whole year, a semester, or there are individual lessons available for purchase. There are some sample freebies that are available for download. Click below to see how other crew members used this in their homeschool and what they thought about it.

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9/18/2017

Book Review ~ Imagine…The Great Flood

Book Review Imagine...The Great Flood

We were given the opportunity to review the first book in a new series from Barbour PublishingImagine…The Great Flood by Mark Koceich. This is a story about a boy from modern times who goes back in time to the story of Noah and his ark.

In this story, Corey is out with his mom and dog Molly. He and his mother are talking while playing fetch with the dog. It begins to thunder and lightning and Corey is on his way into the woods to get the dog. On the way, Corey falls and bumps his head. The next thing he sees is some men in robes and some animals. He finds out that the man is Shem and he his helping his father get the animals to the ark. While they are out gathering the animals, Corey and Shem are being chased by the Nephilim (giants) and Elizar (an evil man). Corey does get caught by the Nephilim and wonders how he will ever make it out alive and back to his home. He remembers something that his mom told him~ to trust in God. He prays to God to help him out of the situation he is in and gets out of the deep well the Nephilim put him in. It had already started raining and the water was coming up from the ground and he is being pulled away by the current. Just as he is about to be safely on the ark, he was pulled down into the water. When he comes to, he hears a familiar voice.

I read this as a read aloud to my six year old daughter. We read a few chapters a day and she was always disappointed when I stopped. She wanted to know what was going to happen next. After I finished, I asked her some questions about the book.

~ What was this book about? It was about a boy who went back into the Bible during Noah’s Ark time.
~ What was your favorite part?  I liked the part when he went back to his home. I was happy that he was able to get back to his family.
~ Were there any scary parts? Yes, the giants were kind of scary.
~ What did Corey learn? He learned to trust in God.

We both enjoyed the book very much and this was a great book to read aloud to her. The recommended ages for the book is 8-12. There are some scary parts and even though she mentioned them, it was nothing gory. I didn’t really notice any scary parts, just the Nephilim chasing them and them not knowing if they would get back to the ark alive. There were some mild violent parts (the Nephilim throwing objects at Corey and Shem and them throwing Corey into a deep well). The book does mention how Elizar is “one who uses dark arts to perform magic.”

Overall, this was a great book and I recommend it if you are looking for something different to read to your children.

We look forward to the second book in the Imagine series coming out next spring about the ten plagues.  At the time of this writing both books, Imagine…The Great Flood and Imagine…The Ten Plagues, are on sale for $4.49.

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9/13/2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ 9/13/17

Last Friday was my birthday. We took a field trip to the aquarium and to Fort Fisher in Wilmington, NC.

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9/12/2017

Carole P. Roman Book Review

Carole P. Roman Book Review

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We have reviewed books from Carole P. Roman in the past, so I was excited to be chosen to review some different books this time. We received Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag and Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? to read through.

Oh Susannah cover Jpg_zps5vx1cw4kOh Susannah: It’s in the Bag is the first book in a new chapter series. This book is geared toward the lower elementary age. This story is about Susannah Maya Logan who is in the third grade. It starts out with her having trouble with her homework. She feels like she can’t talk to her parents about not understanding the math problems because they are too busy with their own work. She leaves for school the next morning with a feeling of dread. Her problems keep getting bigger as the day goes on and she doesn’t know what to do. She keeps stuffing all of her school work into her backpack until it can’t hold anymore. When she gets home from school, she stuffs the full backpack under her bed hoping it will just disappear and make all of her problems go away.  When she goes to bed that night, she starts thinking about that full back pack and eventually falls asleep. The back pack haunts her in her dreams and becomes so big that it just explodes all over room. Her parents rush in when they hear her scream. They stay with her and make her talk about what is going on. Will they listen? Will things change? How can they help her still be a little girl but remember her responsibilities also?

Oh Susannah: It’s in the bag is a short 34 page, nine chapter book. It is an easy read and I read this to my 6 year old daughter in a couple of days. We both looked forward to finding out how Susannah would deal with her problems. This book gave me an opportunity to talk with my daughter about not hiding her problems from me, but coming to me to talk them over. W can’t wait to read the next book in the series to find out more about Susannah.

Princess Cover updated_zpst31jlv0aCan a Princess Be a Firefighter? is a story about two daughters asking their dad if they can be something when they are older, but still be a princess. The dad tells his daughters that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up and that they will always be a princess to him.

My daughter loved this book. She has mentioned that she would like to be a firefighter when she grows up, so I knew she would enjoy this book.  It is a short, easy to read picture book that can be read in one sitting. It is ideal for preschool age, but really anyone who has daughters would love this book.

Carole also sent us two bonus books to look over and read. We were sent One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day and The Crew Goes Coconuts: A Captain No Beard Story.

One To Ten cover JPEG_zpshojqyd47One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day is about a squirrel who is rushing around trying to gather acorns when she loses them all. She is frustrated, but her friends try to help her by measuring how bad a problem is from one to ten. After hearing about her friend's problems, she realizes that her problem is not so big after all. Her friends plan to help her gather more acorns so she won’t be without.


The Crew Goes Coconuts_zpskgz1fu1kThe Crew Goes Coconuts: A Captain No Beard Story is Volume 6 in the Captain No Beard Series. This series is about the imagination of two cousins who are playing with their stuffed animals. This story begins with the crew being thirsty. They are docked at an island, but there is nothing to drink. They couldn't find any water to drink and their juice on board is all gone. They blame a goat that one of the crew members brings with them and start making fun of the goat.  Captain No Beard hears them and asks what the problem is. They let him know. He comes up with a solution that will make everyone happy.

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9/11/2017

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Study Guide from Progeny Press ~ Review

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Progeny Press Review

My older children all have literature books that they will be reading throughout the year. My youngest is in 1st grade this year and she still loves to have stories read to her. I didn’t really have any books picked out for her to listen to and learn about. I was glad to be chosen for The Bears on Hemlock Mountain E-Guide from Progeny Press.

Progeny Press offers many study guides (downloadable and print) for elementary, middle, and high school age. Progeny Press offers study guides for literature from a Christian perspective. They have over 100 E-Guides available (samples of titles in parenthesis) starting with lower elementary (Frog and Toad Together), upper elementary (Charlotte’s Web), middle school (The Giver), and high school (The Hobbit). They also have the same study guides available on CD or a printed workbook.

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain is a  story that was written by Alice Dalgliesh. She wrote this story based on a folk tale that was told to her by a state archivist in Pennsylvania in 1952. There are many variations to the story, but the boy, the iron pot, the mountain, and the bears are all part of the original story and remain unchanged.

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The Progeny Press E-Guide about the book The Bears on Hemlock Mountain is geared for the lower elementary range (1st through 3rd grade). The E-Guide gives a brief synopsis about the book, background on the author,and background on the story. There are also several activities to choose from before reading the book. Some of these activities include doing research on animal tacks, listening to bird songs, and tracing a cookie pattern shape to make a border. My daughter said she didn’t know what a bear print looked like, so I found an image of bear tracks and showed it to her. I also had a picture of a bear and the bear print for her to color.

Progeny Press Sample - The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

During the review period, I read a couple of chapters a week (the book only has 10 short chapters). After reading the chapters to her, I would go over the questions with her. We spent a whole week reading and going over the questions. Some of the questions she didn’t understand and I would explain those to her. She also needed help with looking up the words in the dictionary and writing the answers down.

We both loved reading through the book and studying more about the book. *Side note: after we were chosen for the book, I went online to see more about the book and after seeing the old book cover I realized I had read this book as a child. I had forgotten about it, so it was fun to re-read it to my daughter.* At this level (1st grade), my daughter needed a lot of help with the study guide portion. She did enjoy going over the questions and learning more about the book. She also liked doing the activities that were listed before and after.  Overall, this is a great study guide and it helps the child learn more about the book and remember the book.

Be sure to click the banner below to read through the other reviews. There are reviews on Macbeth, Charlotte’s Web, The Silver Chair, and The Bears on Hemlock Mountain.

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9/10/2017

9/06/2017

Is There Anything Better Than Candy? ~ Box Tract Review

Is There Anything Better Than Candy Review

I was given the chance to review a Halloween Tract from Let the Little Children Come. Many people are looking for ways to get the gospel out around Halloween time. Our church  has a trunk or treat outreach every year where over 2,000 people come through the line to receive candy. This gives our church an opportunity to hand out literature about the church and about God.

Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box Tract is a pumpkin shaped candy holder that also has the gospel message on each “leaf” to be read as the person opens the box. The boxes come unassembled in a 20 pack for $15.95 (if you order more than 10 packs, you get a discount price).

Halloween Tract

The pumpkins are easy to punch out (pre-perforated) and assemble. The pumpkins are small, but can hold Hershey kisses, bite-size snickers, milky way,etc, starburst, or any other small candy you are able to find.

I haven’t though much about how we are going to use thse yet. Some ideas I have seen and heard about are as follows:

  • Trick or treaters that come to your door (we live in the country and this would not be an option for us)
  • Your child’s scout group (Trail Life, American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts)
  • A child’s Sunday School class or youth group
  • Assemble the boxes, add candy, and visit a nursing home in your area
  • Assemble the boxes, add candy, and give to a shelter in your area

I may use these for my youngest daughter’s Sunday School class or we may visit a nursing home in the area. Or, I may just gives these to our children’s pastor and he can use them as he sees fit.

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9/04/2017

Kwik Stix Now Available at BJ's Wholesale Club


















I just wanted to write up a quick post to let you know that Kwik Stix Thin Stix are now available at BJ's Wholesale Club. The thin stix comes in a 24 pack for just $19.99. This is an awesome price and you can't find them anywhere else cheaper (average price is $24.99).

We have tried both the regular Kwik Stix and the Thin Stix and the thin stix are my favorite. This would make a great birthday or Christmas present for anyone that loves to paint and make things. The 24 pack includes classic, neon, and metallic colors. Pick up some today and have fun!

9/03/2017

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