Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Grace and Hope a 40 Day Devotional for Lent and Easter *Review





We have a late Easter this year, and the Lenten season begins on March 1st. That is just 7 days from now. Whether you are a long observer of Lent, or new to the idea, this book Grace and Hope is an excellent addition to your Lent observance.

Lent is a 40 day journey of self reflection and self denial as you prepare for Holy Week. I am not typically on to give up meat on Fridays, or quit drinking coffee for 40 days. I like to add something into my 40 day journey rather than give up something. I like to add something that significantly improves my relationship with Christ and prepares my heart for the celebration of His death and resurrection. This devotional study is just the thing to start with.

Each day begins with a scripture from The Passion Translation. This translation is geared for the modern English speaking world, to bring the scriptures back to life in a way we can understand. After the scripture reading, there is devotional by Dr. Brian Simmons. Each devotion focused on Jesus.
Finally their is a Lenten prayer. Each day is numbered rather than dated, so you can use this devotional each year.

Pick up a copy from Broadstreet Publishing and make this a Lent to really appreciate all that our Savior has done for us.



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Duck Commander Happy Happy Happy Stories for Kids *Review & Giveaway



Duck Dynasty is a staple in our family! We have many of the DVDs because we don't have cable to watch them when they come on. We can easily binge watch them on DVD. From the youngest 2 year old up to the oldest.. huhum... me, we love them as a family.
I was super excited to see the Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids available for review with Tommy Nelson. Written by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard. It is illustrated by Holli Conger.
These fun and faith filled stories resonate with kids ages 4-8 but you may hear a giggle or two from some of the older listeners.

There are 14 chapters in the book. Each chapter begins with a scripture verse that teaches how we should act or how our character should look. Then the story begins. Each story takes a few pages, illustrated beautifully. The Robertson family antics is a large part of each story. Told in story form like reading a fiction book, so that it feels like you are there at the time.

After the story there is another scripture verse. Then there is a section called Lets Talk about it, where you answer questions about the story that was just heard. I love this section because it helps me to know how well my child was listening. With these funny stories, believe me, they are listening.
The last section is Duck Commander in action where you are challenged to do something to help you grow in this character trait. To learn from what you just learned. They are not intense or hard. Writing a scripture verse out and tucking it beside your bed, talking to someone you don't know real well, learning patience by playing a board game, or making a list.

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Home School in the Woods Ancient Greece *Review


HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

Having worked with Home School in the Woods previously, I was excited to jump into
HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece.


HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

I received Ancient Greece in a downloadable product from Home School in the Woods, but they also sell it in a CD if you prefer. It is very quick and easy to use the download and you don't have to wait to get started.

As with their other Passport Studies, you  begin in the first lesson by getting your passport, your binder, and your timeline all set up. There is a bit of printing in the first stop in the travel but this is just because you are laying the ground work. We took a couple days to finish all of it so not to overwhelm the kids with printing and cutting.

Each stop, or lesson is separated out for clearly seeing what is required as far as printables and supplies. The Travel Itinerary section tells you exactly how to assemble the different booklets and print outs.
Each stop has a Guide Book Text of approximately 3 pages to read to your students to set the time line. I so appreciate not having to know anything about Ancient Greece to be able to teach this curriculum. I learned as I read the three pages to my 12 and 15 year old.

There are 25 stops, each having the Travel Itinerary and the Guide Book Text. Each stop doesn't necessarily equal one lesson. Some of the stops are bigger than others, and may require a bit more work from the student. Also there is a resource section that gives suggestions for additional books, and movies to add in. Some of the stops may invoke interest that you want to spend some more time with.


On our travels we learned about the map of Greece so we could relate where the people and things were happening. I am a bit of an ink miser, so we utilize the laptop rather than printing off all of the program.




With each project there is also a photo icon you can click on to make sure you assembled it correctly. This is so helpful. There are also opportunities for audio drama when you click on that icon.

Each stop along the way looks at a different area of Ancient Greece. We studied the Greek Government as well as Sparta and Athens.



We looked at everyday life of the Ancient Greeks. This was probably my favorite part. I love learning about how people used to live. Their clothing, foods, homes and jobs.
Education was exciting to read about, as a homeschool mom. Also the start of the library, where papyrus rolls were called Byblos. There was even a lapbook to make representing that. I love books and this was a fun project to work on. Reading about Aesop's fables was another part that was fun to dive into.

Stop 11 starts learning about Science and Archimedes. Medicine, and disease are included in the next stop and then the study  moves on to The Arts. Philosophy and religion are touched on including Greek Myths.
We weren't able to get to it in the review time, but we are looking forward to the armor and weapons section, at least my 15 year old son is.
I am excited to learn more on the architecture side when we get to the Parthenon.

So much to learn and study from the Ancient Greeks. Much of what they did still impacts our lives today. We aren't typically big history buffs. Home School in the Woods makes history come alive, and makes it fun for us to learn. I am certain we can't go back to just reading dry history books after all of this fun! Good thing Home School in the Woods has several adventures available for us.



HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study
Home School in the Woods is working on Ancient Rome, due out in 2018 so be sure to pencil that in to your schedule.


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