Friday, April 28, 2017

Drive Thru History® – The Gospels *Review

Drive Thru History

Our family  has long loved Drive Thru History® and have watched nearly every episode they have made. Probably our very favorite history program to date! Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is the latest in their DVD series, and it is exceptional.

Drive Thru History The Gospels
This set comes with 3 dvd's on which are 18 episodes at 30 minutes each. 9 hours of Historic excitement. Excitement in History? You typically wouldn't hear that out of my mouth, as I have not been a history buff over the years. When you are taught History through a text book, by your typical history teacher, you find it hard to be excited. Programs like Drive Thru History has given me personally a new excitement for history, specifically Bible times.

There is also a study guide with this particular series, that is built right into the case that holds the DVDs. This is a full color study guide with beautiful local history photos. Each lesson in the study guide gives a summary of the DVD, and then offers discussion question. I would gear these question at about 5th grade and up, though younger students may be able to join in the discussion with some of them.

Because we use Drive Thru History as our lunch hour study, we didn't use the discussion questions or study guide this time through. I am planning to rewatch this series (yes it is that good!) and use the questions the 2nd time through. These dvds are so packed with information that you will catch something new the second time around for sure.

Drive Thru History The Gospels

Dave Stotts, the host is very energized and passionate about what he is teaching. He is funny, and very entertaining for all ages. Even my 2 year old will say "Time to watch Dave?" at lunch time.
Dave takes us on a driving history to the places Jesus walked. I  may never get to Israel to see these great sites, but watching this program is a close second. No crowds either!

Drive Thru History The Gospels

The series takes you through the life of Jesus of Nazareth, with Biblical references and historic records.

Each episode includes;

Episode 1: The Historical Landscape
Episode 2: The Announcements
Episode 3: Jesus is Born
Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up
Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry
Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee
Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles
Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority
Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount
Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
Episode 11: Jesus Travels North
Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem
Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
Episode 14: The Last Supper
Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus
Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus
Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus
Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

Drive Thru History The Gospels

There are so many historical sites to see in this series! He travels and showcases over 50 sites. Like I said earlier, you can certainly watch this series more than once because it is truly jam packed with historical significance! The gospels are well presented in this series and it is told chronologically which is always helpful. Jesus life is brought to 'life' for my children and myself and this has honestly been one of the best programs we have ever used.
Don't just take my word for it, see what my crew mates thought by clicking on the banner below!

Social Media Links:

The Gospels {Drive Thru History® Reviews}

Crew Disclaimer
Don't miss a single post Subscribe to A Year of Jubilee Reviews and get our latest reviews and giveaways directly to your inbox!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Planet 316 Daily Bible Jigsaw *Review

Planet 316

Planet 316 has a free new app called Daily Bible Jigsaw . This app works for for ios, google play, or on facebook. The app is free to download, but you can also purchase coins to help with some of the moves in the game. It is a basic puzzle game like I used to sit around the family room table and play.  I was also given 500 coins to use in the game to try out some of the helpful hints.  

Daily Bible Jigsaw by Planet 316

Each day there is a new puzzle to solve. You can go back and solve a puzzle you may have missed, but it will cost you a few coins. There are also some bonus puzzles that you can do for free, if you aren't getting enough with the daily puzzle. Each puzzle will only take about 5 minutes to complete.

All of the puzzle pieces are brought out on the board and you can play just like this without any need for coins. Click on the piece to rotate it, and start assembling the puzzle.

I always use the edges button and spend 2 coins to remove all of the inside pieces, just like I do with an actual puzzle. There are additional 'helps' that cost coins as well.

The middle pieces are then added in. I could move the entire puzzle hooked together to get any of the pieces that may be hidden under the current puzzle pieces.

The completed puzzle is then attached a scripture verse with it. I enjoy that it brings it back around to the Bible, thus the name Daily Bible Jigsaw. The photos around easter were of Jesus, but the other ones have been animals or nature scenes. The scripture at the end really adds the Bible element.

For those of competitive nature, you are given a list of the top times of that puzzle, and can see if you are beating out other friends. This was one of my worst times for a puzzle and only earned 1 star. Then you have friends who get the puzzle done in under 2 minutes!

You can go to the calendar after each game and see that it is building a larger puzzle. Each day you complete the puzzle you are given another piece.

A couple other puzzles I finished.

Additional tools you can use are
Magnet which connects 2 pieces for a few coins
Edge tool will push unconnected pieces to the edge for 1 coin
Visual Guide will let you have a peek at the completed puzzle for 2 coins
Rotate will rotate all the puzzle pieces for 2 coins.

Again the only tool I used was edges to get rid of the middle pieces right away.
I am not a big game player, but this was a really fun one to play and the kids would even sit with  me and try to help.

Social Media Links:

Twitter:  @planet_316

See what my other crew mates thought of this fun new app by clicking on the banner below.

Daily Bible Jigsaw {Planet 316 Reviews}

Crew Disclaimer

Don't miss a single post Subscribe to A Year of Jubilee Reviews and get our latest reviews and giveaways directly to your inbox!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ripley's Wacky 123 & ODDphabet *Review

Ripley's First Board Books

Two fun and zany board books geared for ages 3 and up.

Both books feature highly engaging illustrations by Ripley cartoonist John Graziano, who also illustrates the daily Ripley's Believe It or Not! cartoon. Ripley's Believe It or Not! ODDphabet and Wacky 1-2-3 make learning letters and numbers tons of fun! From a painting elephant to singing mice, and everything in between, each quirky character is based on a true Ripley's-verified story.

Jellyfish was her favorite animal in the ODDphabet book. So fun! There are common animals like the E is for elephant, though this elephant paints. Then there are unique animals like B for Blob Fish.

Engaging photo's and rhyming text, this is a fun way to get a variety in an ABC book.

Wacky 123 counts from 1 to 12. Pointing to each object you can practice counting on each page. Counting penguin sweaters, goats in trees, and a frog with 6 legs??? That was an odd one.

Check out these two fun board book on Amazon!

Imprint: Ripley Publishing
Publication date: March 7, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-60991-170-6 ODDphabet
           978-1-60991-181-2 Wacky 1-2-3 
Pages: 26
Price: $6.99 US / $8.95 Canada (each book)
Trim size: 6 x 6 inches

Don't miss a single post Subscribe to A Year of Jubilee Reviews and get our latest reviews and giveaways directly to your inbox!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Welcome to College *Review

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey (Kregel, March 2017)

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than "What will you do with your life?"
In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It's critical that students know how to handle college before they're in the thick of it.
Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:
-How do you grow spiritually?
-How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
-Is all truth relative?
-Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
-As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?
Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow's book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.
My Thoughts
As a mom with 2 kids in college, and graduating the third from homeschool this year, I wish I would have had this book for the first 2! This is an excellent resource for students heading out into the secular college world. Even Christian schools aren't what some hope that they will be. It is the world, either way. This book gives awesome insight into some topics that you don't really think about until you are in the midst of them. This is a great graduation gift idea!
This is a big book, even if your soon to be college child reads a chapter a week, they can focus on each chapter along with the parent. I read much of the book, and I do find it helpful for the parent to read it as well, just to get the scope of what the college student may be entering into. Especially if the college student is the first in the family to experience college. I wish I had this book when I went to college 25 years ago! It really is an excellent reference and a 'go to' for suggestions on how to deal with college life from a biblical perspective.

About the author:
Jonathan Morrow (DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including "Questioning the Bible" and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith.
Find out more about Jonathan at

Morrow pin1

Don't miss a single post Subscribe to A Year of Jubilee Reviews and get our latest reviews and giveaways directly to your inbox!

Monday, April 10, 2017

More Pocket Letters #Snailmail

I had a chance this weekend to make a few more pocket letters. This one was based on tigers for a friend whose favorite animal is tigers.

This one was based on a Print and Pray Shop at Illustrated Faith I Know This Much is True

This one too was built off of a Print and Pray from Illustrated Faith called Everyday Blessings which they no longer have.

So fun to make, and I hope that each of my pen pals that receive them love them as much as I do. I had so much fun making each one!!

Don't miss a single post Subscribe to A Year of Jubilee Reviews and get our latest reviews and giveaways directly to your inbox!