Audio Adventures with Wulf the Saxon

Audio Adventures with Wulf the Saxon

Homeschool Review Crew

We love when the Homeschool Review Crew offers up Audio adventures to review from Heirloom Audio Productions.  This time we got the pleasure of reviewing the audio adventures with Wulf the Saxon.  We received the physical CD set for our review.  I love the artwork on the cover.  It’s always detailed and gorgeous.

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Living in the country is wonderful.  I love it.  Something I don’t love so much is the drive we have to go anywhere.  We have between 45 minutes to an hour to get to a major grocery store or farm supply store.  Our doctors and hospitals and dentists are the same distance as well.  Taking dance classes?  Again it’s an hour drive.  Getting the picture of how much we drive?  This is why I love having audio adventures from Heirloom Audio Productions available.  We can pop them in the cd player on our van and listen on our drives.  It keeps my kids entertained, stems the are we there yet questions, and affords me some peace.

About the Product

Wulf the Saxon from Heirloom Audio Productions is based on the book by G. A. Henty.  I highly recommend getting a copy of the book and reading that as well.  We love to read the book and then listen to the audio-drama being able to talk about how they are similar and different. The main happenings are the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

We received a two CD series that has approximately two and a half hours of audio drama recorded on it.  Roughly for those aged six through sixteen.  However, my four year old grabbed some great thoughts from listening to it with her siblings.  My husband and I also enjoy listening to these and we’re definitely not sixteen any longer.  

Wulf the Saxon
Something we appreciate and love about both the GA Henty books and the Heirloom Audio Productions audio adventures is that they hold true to our Biblical values.  They help to guide young minds on the correct course of action and bring character training and teaching to the forefront. 

The music is again gorgeous created by John Campbell.  As far as the talent you again are treated to the voice of Brian Blessed.  In addition you’ll find Chris Larkin, Helen George, Jack Farthing, Sian Phillips, and Patrick Godfrey. 

Our Thoughts

Currently our audio adventures with Wulf the Saxon has taken us back in time to the reign of Edward the Confessor in old England.  The main character is Wulf who is a young Saxon landholder.  He is a devout Christian who is admired for his honor, devotion to duty, and courage.  Young Wulf is also only sixteen.  Along with his friend Harold he becomes shipwrecked over on the shores of Normandy.  Now if you don’t know much about this time period you may still have heard about the conflict of the Saxons and the Normans.  Knowing that you are prepared for the battle about to begin.

audio adventures with wulf the saxon

 

A key phrase from the drama is “fortunate are the few who marry for love” as you can see in the picture above.  We learn through the drama what that truly can mean for Wulf and for the Earl he serves.  Love wasn’t an emotion or feeling that played much into marriages of the time.  Marriages were made to advance a person or their holdings, to bring prosperity.  A mere feeling played no part in this.  So what happens if you do happen to fall in love?  What if you want to marry that person?  Wulf has an experience with this with Lady Agnes and it’s quite the story to listen to amidst the battles.

There are quite a lot of battle scenes in this audio adventure.  My kids didn’t really bat an eye at them as we’ve studied wars extensively and also do Civil War and WWII reenactments.  If your child is sensitive to these you may want to wait until they are older to listen.  

Something we haven’t spent time studying is the reign of succession for the British monarchs.  So this allowed us to study a bit more on which kings and queens came after which others.  William the Conqueror is someone we have talked about as my husband’s family line goes back to some of the knights who served with him.  I love watching history come alive for my children and this definitely helped!  I personally had never heard about the Bayeux Tapestry so had to do a bit of research on that.

Learn More

Make sure you check out Heirloom Audio on their various social media forums.  These platforms are facebook, twitter, youtube, pinterest, instagram, and google +.  Jump over to the main Homeschool Review Crew blog as well for the anchor post where all the reviews of this particular audio adventures with Wulf the Saxon are linked up for your reading pleasure.

You can also check out some of our previous audio adventures reviews through Heirloom Audio Productions.  

The Dragon and The Raven

With Lee in Virginia

Captain Bayley’s Heir

 

The Cat of Bubastes

Beric the Briton

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Gluten Free Sourdough Bread

This gluten free sourdough bread was the second sourdough recipe I tried. While the first was edible it was a very dense bread that did not embody what I think of when I think of sourdough.

Check out my post on how to get a great gluten free sourdough starter if you haven’t already done so or don’t have one of your own.

 

Gluten Free Sourdough bread

 

The original recipe is through Cultures for Health but I of course have made it my own.

First is the fact that I have also made it dairy free so that my whole family can enjoy the bread. Second is that I have experimented with it enough now that I’m adding goodies to the bread as well as experimenting with other flours than just the three that they mention.  

I’ll share the recipes for how I’ve changed it for other loaves, but for now here is how I make my gluten free sourdough bread loaf as either a boule or a traditional loaf.

 

gluten free sourdough bread boule

 

First, you want a great gluten free sourdough starter.  I keep mine in the fridge and bring it out the day before making sure to feed it twice before I use it.  Because we have a large family and use at least one if not two loaves of bread per meal I make this in bulk(surprised right?).  This recipe will make six loaves in loaf pans of eight boule loaves.

 

 

gluten free sourdough bread boule pile

 

You will need:

  • sourdough starter
  • coconut oil(or butter if you’re not dairy free)
  • honey
  • psyllium husk(I use the powder versus the flakes)
  • ground flaxseed
  • eggs
  • water
  • sorghum flour
  • buckwheat flour
  • tapioca starch
  • salt

I use a large stainless steel bowl to mix up my bread in.  To find the amounts needed go to the site I linked to above.  I multiply the recipe times four so you use a dozen eggs and four cups of starter.

First place the starter, water, melted coconut oil mixed with the honey, and the eggs in the bowl and whisk until well combined.

Next sprinkle the flaxseed and psyllium husk powder over the bowl.  Whisk well.  Now is a key point!!  You need to let this sit for 3-4 minutes before doing anything else.  This is what makes this bread the BEST!  The original recipe says 2-3 minutes.  But, I’ve found a little longer doesn’t hurt.  You want this to gel and set up.

Now sprinkle on the flours and salt and mix mix mix.  If you let the psyllium and flaxseed set this is going to be amazing.  You can mix this some with a Danish dough whisk but then you’re going to want to knead the rest of that flour in with your hands.  Just like REAL bread!

I pretty much always let mine rise for 18 hours covered in a corner of the kitchen.

When making the loaves I dump all the flour out onto a floured surface(tapioca starch).  I knead this up a bit and then I cut the dough into six even pieces for the bread pans or eight even pieces for boule loaves.  To make sure that all the loaves bake the same and need the same amount of bake time I weigh them. Normally my six bread pan loaves are 1.7-1.8 pounds each.

Knead those individual loaves until they’re just slightly sticky. Put in a greased or parchment paper lined pan.  Let them rise again for 2-4 hours.  I like to do the longer rise unless I’m rushed for time.  But never less than two hours.

Before baking you need to slash your bread.  My favorite slash is a diagonal slash from a top corner to the opposite bottom corner.  I also really like to wet the top of the bread loaf slightly with damp fingers and press on some sesame seeds.  So yummy!

 

gluten free sourdough bread slash

 

I bake in a 400 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.  Remove and let the loaves cool for a few minutes and then put them on a cooling rack.

It’s really hard to not cut into these immediately but they will slice better if you let them fully cool before slicing.  Trust me that your gluten free sourdough bread will still be amazing if not even more amazing.  If you can’t resist and have to cut the gluten free sourdough bread while it’s still warm just cut up and eat the whole loaf.  Not that we’ve done that. . . many times. . . okay almost every time we sacrifice one loaf this way.

Enjoy!

 

sliced gluten free sourdough boule

 

I have saved a tutorial where I go through the steps in video form on my instagram page if you want to see those!  It’s saved in the highlights as Gluten Free Sourdough Bread.  You can find me on Instagram as ForHimandMyFamily

Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

Sourdough! Oh sourdough! How I love thee.  But that gluten free sourdough starter proved elusive for a while.

Having a good sourdough bread has been impossible since going gluten free. I’d tried unsuccessfully several times to start my own sourdough starter to no avail. They just wouldn’t ferment up! I didn’t know why and it was very frustrating.

 

gluten free sourdough starter

I finally decided to order a dehydrated flake starter. First I got one from Cultures from Health. I tried twice with their starters and couldn’t get them to work either. At this point I’m wondering if maybe I’m just not meant to ever have sourdough again.  But I really wanted sourdough.

Then I happened upon another company who makes and sends out sourdough starter dehydrated packets. I decided to order the teff starter to try out. Prior to this I’d always been using brown rice flour because it’s cheap and what I have on hand.  I also ordered their brown rice starter but I never even tried it!

This teff starter was what I needed!

gluten free sourdough starter

 

It fermented up and I’ve been having wonderful luck baking with it. I highly recommend this starter if you’re needing a good gluten free starter to give you the sourdough experience you’re missing.

It feeds well.  Has tons of bubbles and activity and smells divine.

I followed the instructions that come with the starter for how much flake to use with how much water and flour to start the gluten free sourdough starter. 

Once my gluten free sourdough starter was established I decided to play with it a bit.  I found that for me I feed it twice a day on my counter with 1/2 cup brown rice flour and a scant 1/2 cup water.  If I put it in my refrigerator I feed it once a day when I remember with the same amount of flour/water.  But to be honest, I feed it probably two to three times a week.  You just need to make sure you give it two good feedings before you use it if you want it to be fully activated and ready to bake.

Watch for some amazing recipes coming soon!! Because I’m baking everything sourdough with my amazing gluten free sourdough starter!

Here is my everyday super delicious gluten free sourdough bread recipe that can be made as a boule or a loaf pan bread.  It’s my go to for sandwich bread.

Seeds of Hope {Litfuse Review}

Seeds of Hope

Litfuse Review

seeds of hope

About the Book Seeds of Hope:

Seeds of Hope.
 
A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you can be found in Seeds of Hope.
 
Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.
 
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather’s farm, but he’s convinced the Amish life isn’t for him. There’s so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can’t be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
 
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather’s farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.
 

About the Author of Seeds of Hope:

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers ofAmerica Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Find out more about Barbara at http://barbaracameron.com.
 
 
 
 
 

My Thoughts:

Miriam still hasn’t found the man she wants to marry.  She’s part of the Amish church but none of the men have made her heart do strange things.  Except of course for the man she can’t have because he’s English.  Not just English but also a lawyer.  A high profile guy that isn’t likely to visit often and even less likely to return her feelings.  That is until life throws him a curve.

Mark Byler often visited his grandfather’s farm and enjoyed his experiences there.  He also appreciated the friendship he made with a local Amish girl named Miriam.  But the idea of staying there or giving up the rest of his life never occurred to him.  Until he needed a place to escape to.

When a case goes wrong and his client is arrested again for the same type of crime his office gives him some “time off”.  Not knowing what to do with himself and having received a message from his grandfather that he needed him he decided to spend his time down on the farm.

Can Mark figure out why his innocent client has again been arrested?  Who is the guilty party?  What is he going to do with his life?  And just how sick could his grandfather be?  Oh and then there is Miriam.

Great read.  As most Amish fiction, this is a nice read.  Not a fast read but a nice slow read that you are still drawn into and feel as if these characters are your friends.

 

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Deadly Proof {Litfuse Review}

Deadly Proof

Litfuse Review

Deadly Proof

 

About Deadly Proof:

Riveting new series offers legal suspense with a romantic twist in Deadly Proof.
 
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
 
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
 
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything-even murder-to keep the case from going to trial.
 

About the Author:

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including “Lethal Action” and “Devoted Defender,” which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including “Trial & Tribulations” and “Fatal Accusation.” These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. “Trial & Tribulations” was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.
Find out more about Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.

 

 

My thoughts:

I love a good mystery.  Especially when it involves medicine of some sort.  This book contains pharmaceuticals and murder and mystery.  Who could ask for more!?  Oh and a guy with a past and a bit of a chip on his shoulder. 

Kate has worked hard to get to where she is as a lawyer.  She wants the lead on a case to bring some relief and closure to the families of victims of a drug with nasty side effects.  A main goal for Kate is actually making a difference something many of her lawyer friends don’t understand.  They call her an idealist.

As Kate takes over her new case she finds odd things happening.  Both inside her office and outside.  They become more sinister in the form of someone trying to scare her off the case and even kill her.  Who could be at the bottom of this?  Who can she trust?  

She knows she has someone inside her office that can’t be trusted but is her suspect the true problem?  And who is the one trying to hurt her and responsible for killing the whistleblower?  Is it the head of the company?  Or could it be their lawyer, her friend?

I truly loved this amazing book and highly recommend it.  Get your copy today and get to reading!

 

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Rescued Hearts {Litfuse Review}

Rescued Hearts

Litfuse Review

 

Rescued Hearts

Take a peek inside Rescued Hearts. 
 
Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.
 
Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.
 
When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.
 
 

About the author:

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.
Find out more about Hope Toler at http://hopetolerdougherty.com.
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I love a good mystery. Suspense keeps me intriqued.  I found both in Rescued Hearts and couldn’t put it down.  Do you ever get a book like that? I find I’ve had a lot lately!
 
Confession #1:  I’m a total cat lover and have rescued my fair share.  I would have rescued the cat too.
 
Confession #2:  The blonde bimbo impression.  I’ve done it.  She did amazing.  Much better than I could have.
 
Confession #3:  I love Brett’s family!  Can they adopt me?  I mean the matchmaking is on point.
 
Confession #4:  I’d never make the first phone call so another reason Mary Wade and I would get along amazingly.
 
No clue what I’m talking about?  NO idea what a gorgeous cabin in the woods has to do with anything?  Check out this book from your library or purchase it at the store and you’ll know.  You also are going to want to make sure you have uninterrupted reading time.  Because it’s that good.  There are lots of secrets kept in this book.  Lots of notions that get challenged and hearts that have to be cracked open piece by piece.  It moves at a fast pace but not so fast that you’re missing important clues.  Definitely a good read in my opinion.
 
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Imperfect Justice {Litfuse Review}

Imperfect Justice

Litfuse Review

 

About the Book Imperfect Justice:

Imperfect Justice Litfuse Book Review

In Imperfect Justice the police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . . can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
 
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
 
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl-and find a future for themselves in the process?
 
 
 

About the author:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.
 
Find out more about Cara at
 

My thoughts on Imperfect Justice:

I love a good murder mystery and suspense book.  It helps me to leave this world for a bit and use pieces of my brain that otherwise don’t get activated.  Not much chance for a stay at home mom of ten who homeschools to solve a murder mystery right?  Well.  I guess I do somewhat.  Sometimes I have to figure out who murdered the doll or the bottle of glue, but it’s just not the same.
 
I immediately fell in love with the main character Emilie.  The author makes you feel as though you’ve suddenly become her best friend.  Very good writing.  I also wanted to find out what Reid is hiding.  Who is he really?  I mean we don’t get a lot of background there and curious minds want to know.  But also you then have this whole issue of who is the one behind the things happening to Emilie?  Is it the same person who framed her client for murder?  Or not?  How many issues are really going around here?
 
I could not put this book down and it didn’t disappoint.  I’ve recently had a hospital stay and been very sick so I did a lot of reading.  This was by far one of my favorite books and I’m searching for more by this author now.  My mom has my copy of this book and is reading it now and then it’s off to a local library because it’s that good that I want everyone to read it.  Definitely one to request your library get in.
 
 
 
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Mom Approved Paints {Homeschool Review Crew}

Mom Approved Paints

Homeschool Review Crew

 

The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Do you like arts and crafts?  I love doing them with my kids!  But I hate the mess.  And because I hate the mess we don’t do them as often as we should.  Lately we’ve been doing a lot of painting using these mom approved paints from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  We are adoring their Thin Stix Creativity Pack that we received for a review through The Homeschool Review Crew.

Thin Stix Creativity Pack

About the Product

This fun pack of 24 colors introduces us to the thin stix kwik stix colors.  We’ve reviewed their original kwik stix before and loved them so I knew these would be just as fun.  These amazing colors are non toxic tempura paint in stick form so they need no water and no brushes.  You simply color with the paint stick like you would a marker.  They dry in 90 seconds so less mess means these are mom approved paints.

 

mom approved paints

 

We got some fun colors in this kit.  There are 24 all together.  While 12 of them are your standard colors there are also six metalix and six neon colors as well.  My kids particularly loved the sparkly colors(metalix) because that was something that they hadn’t had before.  I love how easy they are to use even for my  little toddler guy who thinks he needs to do everything the big kids do.

 

mom approved paints

 

Our Thoughts

Obviously since I titled this post mom approved paints I approve of them.  They are easy to use and mess free.  For real mess free.  When one of my kids got some paint on the table it easily wiped off which cemented their worth in my eyes.

 

mom approved paints

 

A fun fact is that I have ten kids.  All ten of my kids used these to create their gorgeous works of art.  And the paints are still almost all full.  Which means using them to paint ten pictures did not use much at all.  For us this is amazing.  If we were to use a normal palette of paint we would use the whole thing just for making one set of pictures.  Believe me as we have.  It’s easy to use too much and saturate your paper when you’re using a brush.  When it’s a marker it’s so much easier to control where the paint goes.

 

kwik stix 7

 

That brings us to another point.  These work amazingly for kids who have fine motor control issues.  My gal who has had to have occupational therapy for fine motor can use these wonderfully and is so proud of her pretty pictures.  Using paint brushes does not get the same results for her and often makes her sad that she can’t do what everyone else can do.  This evens the playing field so to say and makes them even more mom approved paints for moms who have kids with special needs.  Or moms who really just don’t like messes(raising my hand here).

 

mom approved paints

 

Learn More

Want to learn more about Thin Stix and how others have used them?  Check out all the reviews posted and linked up.  You can find them all linked up over on the Main Blog Post on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Also make sure to check them out on social media via facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

mom approved paints

 

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Bible Curriculum {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bible Curriculum

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Recently as part of the Homeschool Review Crew we were asked to review a Bible curriculum for upper elementary ages.  Kid Niche Christian Books has published Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 and we were excited to receive it and give it a go.  We really don’t have a set Bible curriculum and thought it would be fun to try it out and see what we thought.

Kid Niche Christian Books

About the Curriculum

This particular Bible curriculum comes compatible with several Bible translations including KJV, ESV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, and NABRE.  We use the KJV or NKJV in our home so that was an immediate positive for us.  My daughter’s Bible is KJV.

Susan Case Bonner is the author of this Bible curriculum aimed for homeschool, small group, or church programs.  It contains 36 Bible lessons aimed at grades fourth through sixth or that upper elementary “tween” age group. 

To add additional thoughts and information to this physical Bible curriculum there is also an online section of helps that you can find HERE.  These are fun things to add to what is being learned in the study and not to replace any of the lessons.  The physical portion is 72 pages and ready to put in a 3 ring binder.  Physical curriculums are my favorite so that was already a point in it’s favor from me!  Each child will need their own curriculum.

Part 1 covers God the Father and God the Son in 36 lessons.  Part 2 will have 44 lessons and cover What God Wants plus God the Holy Spirit.  So a total of 4 units and 80 lessons will be available in this series.  Currently my copy of this physical Part 1 is $20.00 in the US for purchase.

 

Bible Curriculum

 

Our Thoughts

I chose my oldest to try this out.  She is 12 and in sixth grade for most subjects.  She worked on this three to four days a week.  We do a four day a week homeschool week so some weeks she’d do it daily and other weeks she’d take one day off.  

We loved the definition box portions of the lessons.  It would give you a word from the lesson and define it.  For instance, lesson 21 is about Jesus the Leader and the word is apostle.  It then defines apostle and tells about how God send Jesus to the world and then Jesus sent out his apostles.

My daughter did enjoy this curriculum but felt it was a little easy for her.  I’d suggest it works best for the lower end of the grade range so closer to age 10 or grade four.  It’s written so that kids can easily understand it.  Some sample prayers are given each lesson.  We really enjoyed that it had kids delve a bit deeper into scripture and make sure they truly understand what is going on in each passage by asking questions that require some thought.  It does also have a lot of fill in the blank type questions that you do have to go to the scripture to find.  

At the end of the book there are a few pages that contain all the answers.  It gives you the different answers for all the different translations as well so you can easily find your translation and see if your child got the correct answer.

Learn More

Interested in learning more?  Make sure to head to the Main Blog Post over on the Homeschool Review Crew blog where all the different reviewing families will have their reviews linked up.  You can also find Kid Niche Christian Books on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

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Online Reading Games {Homeschool Review Crew}

Online Reading Games

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Reading Eggs
 

Do your kids love to read?  Or do they maybe struggle to read?  Would some online reading games make all the difference?  That’s where we were at.  I have a nine year old boy who just wasn’t all that interested in reading.  Oh he could read if he wanted to but most of the time he didn’t want to.  Enter Reading Eggs and their Reading Eggspress.  We received a six month subscription for two of our children through the Review Crew and they both are in love!

About Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs is the parent company name but they have several sub products to be used with your children depending on age.  For my youngest(other than the toddler at age 16 months) who is four years old the Reading Eggs Junior is for ages two to four and is a great start for those who haven’t done any reading work yet or who maybe have a little alphabet knowledge.  She also was a good fit for the main Reading Eggs which is for ages three through seven.  Because they overlap it’s easy to try out both and see which fits better.  I have often used terms like “she’s a young seven” or “she’s an old five” for describing kids because each one can be so different in what they are able to do.

Reading Eggspress is more for those who can read and need that extra boost or ages seven through thirteen roughly grades one through six.  My son using this is age 9 grade two or three.  Along with our six month subscription to Reading Eggs we also have access to MathSeeds.  It’s a fun math program set up much the same way that Reading Eggs is.

Extras

A fun thing that came up while we were reviewing are the homeschool parent guides that you can download from the parent dashboard. They are available for grades kindergarten, first, and second currently.  You can download or print them off.  It’s a cute little program showing what to use with your child for 36 weeks.  Covering all the important subjects it uses Reading Eggs and MathSeeds plus adding other subjects so you have a whole curriculum to use.  It’s amazing!  I am not using this as I already have a full curriculum that I’m using with all my kiddos together so this is not needed at this point in time.  I can see this being amazing for a new homeschool mom or one who hasn’t already planned out the year.

Other fun things offered are some fun printables that you can print out and work on away from the computer. These are called activity pages and located under bonus materials.  We had access to maps and coloring pages.  

Our Thoughts

First off my kids love anything that involves them getting to use the computer.  It makes them feel all grown up I think.  So they were both very excited to get to try this out.  My four year old is doing a simple preschool curriculum and was greatly impressed that she was going to be allowed to do something on the computer.  She felt like big stuff let me tell you.  You could tell that by the fact that she insisted on wearing her princess costume and tiara in order to do her work.  Three days a week.  Yes, you read that right, three days a week she wore her princess dress to do her online reading games.

My son tried to hide his “coolness” about getting to do some online reading games but he too was very excited to get to do something on the computer that the other kids didn’t get to do.  I love that Reading Eggspress offers different reading level readers and makes it fun.  This guy can read he’s just not motivated to practice and get better at it.  It’s not a learning issue so much as a stubborn boy issue.  When my older son had this happening we found a book series he loved and he really took off.  This guy keeps stumping me and not wanting to find a series interesting but he’s absolutely loving reading online.  So we’re using this five days a week for approximately thirty minutes per day just to cement those reading skills. 

 

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Learn More

Want to learn more about all the different online reading games that your child can enjoy through the many levels of Reading Eggs?  Check out all the linked up reviews over on the Main Blog Post as well as find them on social media.  You can find them at facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, and youtube.  Also try this out for 4 weeks FREE yourself by using this link before November 30, 2017.   I’m sure your kids would love to try out these online reading games!

 

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