Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Color Code Bible *Review

The new Color Code Bible comes in NKJV, which is perfect for my kids. We use the NKJV for our homeschool so that we are all reading the same words when we do our morning Bible time.
So what is does Color Code mean? Over 1600 are color coded to important themes, making it easier to find scriptures you are trying to memorize, or do a thematic study.

Gold: God
Navy: Sin, evil,
Red: Jesus
Orange: washed clean from sin, new life
Green: growth in your new life as a Christian and Faith Walk
Blue: Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving
Purple: Heaven

It is like having the highlighting already done for you. A great way for kids to have an introduction to highlighting, and keeping track of themes in the Bible.

With over 800,000 words in the Bible, it can be a bit overwhelming for young readers. The Color Code system helps them to find relevant verses much easier, and then be able to read the chapters around that to gather the context.

The Bible also has a 365 day reading plan included in the front, which is great for kids who want to read the entire Bible and aren't sure how to get started. With it being right in the Bible, they aren't going to lose their reading plan either.

The Color Code Bible has even taken the time to list each verse that they have highlighted, under it's correct color, divided by Old and New Testament. This helps that if you want to find a verse about God, you can turn to the list of gold highlighted words and find a verse from the many listed.

This is a great bible for a Tween to get started with noticing themes in the Bible, as well as learning to dig a bit deeper rather than just reading a scripture alone.

Additional blank pages at the end of the Bible help the reader store up some memories to pass along with their Bible

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Help Teaching *Review

Help Teaching Pro Subscription {} is an online platform for educators. Help Teaching Pro Subscription gives you access to tests, worksheets and lessons. Help Teaching has worksheets for pre K through grade 12. My focus was on the pre K level with my youngest daughter 20 months.
She is so interested in doing school as she watches her older siblings day in and day out working. I knew that many of the Help Teaching lessons would be above her head, but the beauty of that is I can use those lessons for my older children as well. When you sign up for Help Teaching, you get full access to the site for an entire year.

We started on the English Language Arts, and were able to watch a video on each letter of the alphabet. Each week we are doing a letter of the week with her, as well as an animal to go along with it. The video is just a short 2 minute video clip that repeats the letter sound as well as items that start with that letter. It not only is teaching her the sound, but opening up her vocabulary with new words. We used it a few times a week and she was doing great at saying each letter sound.

There are practice questions included, and these would be great to follow up for a 4 year old or one who is writing. The videos worked great for her alone.

In addition to letters, we were able to work on colors.

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Such fun characters to go along with the colors! Now this will use some ink on your printer, so I do recommend laminating the flashcards or covering with contact paper to keep them for longer.

When you are on the page Tests/Worksheets you have a good option for narrowing down your search. You can browse via grade, or subject. I was not able to find a search engine to locate specific items. The browsing does help to narrow it down though. On the Lesson page there isn't the break down that there is with the Test/Worksheets.

Under Early Education Printables there are worksheets for
Thinking Skills
Early scissor skills

There are also mini books you can print out for each letter of the alphabet as well as themed booklets.

So much for my preschooler to do! In addition, there are great worksheets for my older kids as well. We utilized the math worksheets quite a bit. It really liked the Math Worksheet Generator. This gave me a way to print off a quick review math sheet for the older kid while I was getting some other things done. You can't have enough practice in multiplication facts, and this was very helpful.

There is also a Word Search, and Bingo game generator. Sometimes this 'busy work' is just what my kids need for a change of pace.
Help Teaching has so much more to offer with their Test Maker and Tests. I am not a big test giver so I didn't try out these features. I think for someone who needs to administer test it would be great!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Christian HomeSchool Hub Download Club *Review

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club} or Christian HomeSchool Hub, is a huge cataloging of homeschool downloadable resources. When we first got our CHSH Download Club

I was excited to look into the preschool type downloads for my youngest. Once I did that, I couldn't stop there, with the nearly 50,000 different downloads!

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This resource is only $25 a year, and worth every dollar!

One of the first things I loved about was the home page and the calendar that had daily events and observances. I remember using a calendar like this for my older kids, and having their journal project for the day represent something that happened in history that day.

So let's look at the categories offered by
Bible Related
Arts, Music, Crafts
Language Arts
Social Studies

These categories can then be searched according to grade level from Pre K through 12th grade.
Another feature is that they can be browsed seasonally as well. As we hit Fall, this is a great feature to look up projects with leaves, pumpkins and apples.

There are also some organizational and classroom helps for the teacher.

From the Download Club home page you can search for categories, topics or key words. This has been incredibly helpful as we are doing school with other lessons and need to add more. We looked up the Sun as a go along and found a great printable to make a 3D sun. I also printed off a coloring page of the planets and a reading comprehension page. All of these just added to our program.

Some of the downloads though are complete works in of themselves. For example, the Sky Observers Guide is 159 pages long and can be downloaded and then read from your PC.

My focus started for preschool and I was quite impressed with what I found. My daughter is not quite 2 yet, but has a love of learning already and wants to do school daily with us. We started her out with her colors, and moved on to shapes. has individual pages to print, as well as shape books, color posters, and learning books for colors.
For shapes we printed out Shape flashcards and a shape book. Some of the fine motor skill ones were a little beyond her just yet, but I imagine come spring she will be cutting out shapes as well. We also get to look forward to learning Time, Numbers, Alphabet, Fine Motor Skills, Rhyming and a favorite for sure to use this spring, Dr Seuss Resources.
There is easily enough resources for a good solid PreK curriculum.
There are topic added daily, and you will see those at the top of the page on the Download Club page as well.

I feel like you could put together your own studies with many of these downloadables and just add some reading resources for a nice way to get started homeschooling. It is honestly hard to not download everything! I am a collector of information and I had to keep reminding myself that I don't have to refind this, that it is already all saved for me at

Just make sure you have plenty of printer ink! The only downside is many of them are in color, which for the PreK level I think is important to catch their attention.

I would love to see more information on animals for the younger kids. We are going through the animals alphabetically and it would have been really fun to find something to go along with this. Since they are adding new items daily, I will keep checking back to see if by chance they do.

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