Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Drive Thru History Adventures ~Review

Drive Thru History Adventures

Drive Thru History Adventures has been our favorite history series through our homeschool adventure. We have several of the series on DVD that have been watched repeatedly, and were excited to continue with this Homeschool History Curriculum.  This is a series that catches the attention from the toddler through to the adults. So if we have the DVD's, why would we need an online subscription to the series?

Drive Thru History Adventures allows access to the 
Bible History Adventures
American History Adventures
Ancient History Adventures

You can use your laptop, tablet, iPhone, or computer. History on the go! 

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We even hooked up the laptop to the TV for a larger screen and sound when we watched them as a family.
Dave Stotts is a funny guy, with a passion for history and truth. He brings the truth of the Bible to each episode, and connects it to the world around us.
We really enjoy watching him as he roams from place to place, changing vehicles and costumes.

In addition to the streaming of episodes, there is curriculum for each episode! I have always desired to have just a bit more to make it feel like 'school' and book work for learning History. Well now, I can print out the pages and the kids and I talk about it after the episode. I also have the answers if I was multi tasking during the viewing and missed it.

We spent our time in American History Adventures. We need more American History and it came at a perfect time. We watch it during our lunch hour. Shhh, the kids don't know they are doing school during lunch! Well they  may when we work on the review pages, but by then lunch is done and we are back to school. This has been a great asset to the episodes. Each episode also has additional resources to go along with it.

Each episode will have a video as well as a summary of what the video will be about.

Drive Thru History Adventures
Each episode contains artistic renderings of that time period.

There are also downloads of some of the writings that will help further the study such as the Declaration of Independence, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Magna Carta, Washington's letter to Governor George Clinton and more. Each pertaining to the time that we watched in the video. Each of these can be found in the Resources tab and on the individual episode page.

Additional there are side roads you can take to delve deeper

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One of the exciting parts I really enjoyed from Drive Thru History Adventures was Drive Thru History Adventures TV. There are 18 videos with Dave Stotts that give weekly updates. There are videos on Christmas, Thanksgiving traditions as well. The videos are from 1-15 minutes in length.
In addition to these videos there are Side Road Videos where you can watch on the History of Presidents' Day, Saint Valentine, Coins of Herod the Great, and our favorite, The History of Cheese!

I was excited to hear in the recent update that they are working on a Gospel series from Acts to Revelation, with many more ideas for future episodes. As they get them completed they will be made available in the Drive Thru History Adventures as well.

There is also a private Facebook Group where you can interact with others using the Adventures, and see additional updates from Dave. And even greetings!

The videos take you to places you can only dream of traveling. All focused on Jesus, and His Story and how it relates to History.

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Starfall Education Foundation ~Review

When we first received The Starfall Home Membership from Starfall Education Foundation 
I thought it would be helpful for my older student in regards to progressing with his reading. He is 10, but more on a Kindergarten level reading. I was pleasantly surprised that The Starfall Home Membership was a bit easy for him. It boost his confidence, and really encouraged him that he was able to quickly progress through it. I was excited that the family membership could be used for more than one student, and was able to fall back on my 3 year old to help with the review. Why hadn't I thought of her early on? I tend to think most programs online will be too hard for her, not realizing she is growing up in the age of electronics and can manage my iPhone better than I can!
She has been loving the Starfall program on the computer!

It was helpful for her as well, that we have a touch screen computer. I am sure given time to practice with a mouse, she would have been able to figure that out as well.

Starting with my 10 year old. Starfall has both 1st Grade Reading and 1st Grade Math. I chose for Maverick to focus on the Reading, primarily the phonics portion. The phonics portion is broken up into units. We started with Unit 1 and found it to be a bit easy, so we looked through the units until we landed in Unit 5 to start. We did make sure to watch the helpful videos in each unit though, and these have been really helpful for him to remember some of the rules with vowels. I think he learns best with rhymes and songs.

The Starfall Home Membership was a great match for my 3 year old. She would get up first thing in the morning and want to do school. She didn't get to do it as often as she would have liked, since we only have one computer for school. She knew she could get some time in while her siblings were still asleep, and she took full advantage of that.

I really love that can explore the site on her own. She can go from doing ABC's to colors, with the touch of a finger. That the button she is supposed to push next is highlighted for her and she learned quickly how to maneuver her way through.
Some of the things she was able to explore were:
Making a calendar and learning about them.
Talking Library where she could listen to books be read to her.
ABC's where each individual letter has it's own lesson.

These were the sections that worked well for her age. Additionally there are decoding books, learning to read, phonics and more as she gets familiar with the letters and sounds.
My oldest who is almost 23 used Starfall, pre computer. I recall having a work book he used and small booklets he learned to read from . It is exciting that my 3 year old can use the same books, online to read that her oldest brother did. The longevity of Starfall, is a clear indication that it works!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bytes of Learning UltraKey Online ~Review

UltraKey Online Family Edition

We have been working with Bytes of Learning yearly subscription to UltraKey Online Family Subscription. We were given up to 7 users on this subscription which is perfect for a large family.  You can purchase individual and school subscripitions as well.

The student with the  most interest was my 13 year old daughter. She has been wanting to learn to type for some time, and hasn't had great success with other typing programs. She saw her Uncle typing at our house one time and she mentioned, wanting to learn to type so she didn't have to do it with 2 fingers like him. It was a struggle to watch him type! 

This program works best with North American keyboards, but they are working on a version for UK, Australia and New Zealand. 

It is compatible with Windows, Mac, Chrome books and Ipads. We used ours with Windows on a laptop.
We were given an exclusive link for our family, which I had to hunt down in the email sometimes. I wasn't computer savvy enough to realize I could somehow save it in my favorites to make it easier to get to.

Within the exclusive link, you can have sign ins for each member of the family. You begin this program by setting a goal. I had the computer set a goal for my daughter since she is brand new to typing.

To prepare the student for lessons, there are 2 movies that will be watched. The first is on Posture, and proper way to sit and square yourself up to do your typing. The second movie is on fingering which gives you the names of the fingers, keys and readies you for the lessons. The movies are just over 1 minute in length, and then has a small test to make sure you learned it. When you start the lessons, you have about a 3 minute video to watch. You can't get to the lessons until you watch these videos first.

The lessons also build upon themselves, beginning with the home row and adding in letters as you go. It also teaches numbers in a series of lessons. You need to be skillful in each lesson to move on.

There is a typing forum where you can take typing tests or use the typing tool for practice.

The dashboard allows me to manage each of the students. I can set goals, adjust settings, see their progress, and print out reports and certificates.
I can print out a diploma, typing certificate, and merit award. These are fun for the younger kids to get a reward as they progress. I am going to have to set up my 10 year old to learn this, he would enjoy getting the printed certificates.

I had planned on my college student trying this program, but he was always busy working on college work. So I played around with his account.

It was fun to go through the various typing tests and realize I may need some more practice, at least to get rid of some poor habits of mine. I tend to put a space after the end of the sentence, even when I was supposed to be starting a new paragraph. That dinged me quite often. It does hem you in and make you think more about your typing. It is set that you can't back space and fix your errors either.

I think my daughter is getting a lot out of this program. UltraKey online has been her favorite learn to type program so far and she has tried several of them. It is very straight forward, and easy to learn with. Perfect for every homeschool student to learn to type and not be like my brother the hen pecker.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Psalm 5

Psalm 5
A Morning Prayer for Guidance

To the Chief Musician upon Ne'-hi-loth a Psalm of David

Nehiloth is only found in this Psalm and it is unclear as to it's meaning. This is the first in the Psalms that calls for God's curse on the wicked. Is there an connection? Some Bibles interpret it as Wind Instruments. Strange though that this would be the only Psalm with this in the title.

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD;
consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry,
my King, and my God:
for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD;
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee,
and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:
neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight:
thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing:
the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy:
and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies;
make thy way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
their inward part is very wickedness;
their throat is an open sepulchre;
they flatter with their tongue. Rom. 3.13
10 Destroy thou them, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions;
for they have rebelled against thee.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:
let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:
let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous;
with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Sometimes I just enjoy reading it in KJV. I enjoy the variety for sure.
He will cover us with his shield, those who are righteous..

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Psalm 4

Along with my study of the Psalms, I wanted to work in a study of the Names of God. Here in Psalm 4:1 is the only time Elohe Tsadeki.. God of my Righteousness is used in the scripture.

Christ is our righteousness. I love how Jesus is shown in the Psalms, even before he came to earth as a man.

A Psalm of David with stringed instruments. I looked up the specific instruments that they would have used. They were going for a specific sound to this Psalm. 

Lyre: A lyre has a body with two arms, which are joined by a crossbar. The strings stretch from the body to the crossbar.

Harp: Harps have a neck at an angle to the body, either arched (of the same piece as the body) or angular (the neck fastened to the body at a near right angle).

Lute: A lute has strings stretched along a neck attached to a resonating body, as does a guitar-like or violin-like instrument.

Subtitled in Henry Morris KJV as "An Evening Prayer for Deliverance". David first calls upon God in his distress, rather than going to man. A perfect example of how our prayers should be. Cry out to God and ask Him to hear our prayer.

We get to Selah again in this Psalm after verse 2 and 4.

Verse 8 really gives Peace for an evening prayer. "I will both lay down in peace, and sleep; for thou, LORD, only makest me to dwell in safety. "

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Psalm 3

Psalm 3 is our first mention of Selah.. the word I had chosen as my Word for 2017. The Passion Translation rather than writing Selah, says Pause in His Presence. I did some research on this word Selah, and it is thought to be a musical term for a pause or rest. It is used 71 times in the Psalms. The Psalms are hymns and songs, so this is a pause to the musicians, which gives an opportunity for reflection for the listeners. I read this Psalm with those pauses, to look back at the last verse spoken to see what God would want me to reflect on.

There is a Selah after verse 2, and 8. In verse 2, David is saying how the people are slandering God, saying that God can't even save him. Pause.. Verse 3 claims God as his shield that fully surrounds him. Glory to God. He is our shield. Not just a front facing shield either, a fully encompassing shield from all sides.

Verse 3 from the Holman Standard reads "But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head".
KJV reads "But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head."

The one who lifts, and the lifter up.. Always gently taking his hand under our chin and lifting it up to his gaze. What a beautiful word picture.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Psalm 2

Psalm 2 has a couple of introductory titles.
The Coronation of the King
The Messiah's Triumph and Kingdom
The Reign of the Lord's Annointed

All show examples that this Psalm is pointing to the coming Messiah. I love reading in the Old Testament, the prophesies that have so vividly come to pass already. As we are playing out more prophesies currently, it is amazing how accurately God portrayed them, and fulfills them.

I love how Psalm 2:11& 12 reads in The Passion Translation;
"Serve and worship the awe-inspiring God. Recognize his greatness and bow before him,
trembling with reverence in his presence.
Fall down before him and kiss the feet of his Son..."

The 12 verses in this Psalm are broken up into different voices.
The first is the Nations. In verse 4 God speaks. Verse 7 Jesus speaks and finally in Verse 10, the Holy Spirit speaks.

Trembling with Reverence can also be Rejoice with Trembling
The Hebrew word for 'rejoice' means to "spin around with excited emotions or 'twirl".

We know from Genesis that all three in the trinity have always been, and I love finding the Holy Spirit and Jesus pop up in the Old Testament.

In our minds today, let us bow down and kiss our Savior's feet.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Psalms To Color & Soothe The Soul *Review

Psalms to Color and Soothe the Soul allows readers to express their praise for God by coloring in 47 beautiful scenes that include passages from the Book of Psalms. The floral patterns, nature scenes, and imaginative designs provide ample opportunity to engage in joyful coloring that will inspire and soothe the devoted reader's soul. These were fantastic to go along with my study of the Psalms. The pages are nice and thick and single sided, especially nice if you want to use markers or gel pens for coloring. Beautiful artwork by Felicity French. This book is outstanding quality and both the colored pictures by you, and the book itself make excellent gifts.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Psalm 1

As God leads me through the Psalms, I thought I would record my journey for myself mainly, but if you want to come along you are welcome. I am just a student of the Word, untrained, undisciplined, but with a desire to grow in Him.

Psalm 1 lays out two paths for people. The godly and the ungodly. The godly path leads to renewal, refreshment, and constant nourishment like a tree planted by everlasting water. Because we love the Lord, we delight in His laws, knowing full well that they are better than anything we can come up with on our own. That nourishing, living water gives us the opportunity to bear fruit.

The ungodly path is one of being blown away in the wind like the chaff of wheat. The unusable portion that gets cast to the wind. They have no security, no constant nourishment. They are not planted, but blown around by the wind. They will perish.. die..

The Psalms lay out right from the start, the right path we should be on. Easy to see the differences in life from those who focus on the law of the Lord, and those who neglect it. Laws are there out of love for us. The boundaries of the law keep us hemmed in, and on the path to righteousness. The laws aren't made to enslave us, but to set us free. Much of the Word is opposite of what the world teaches. To be free, we must lay down our lives to our creator. There is the true freedom to soak in the beautiful water of our savior, and to be rooted and planted deeply in Him.

This was a printed page that I could just color. Sometimes I need these easy steps to give me the opportunity to get it done, and not worry about the art work.

Thank you Jesus

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