A Christian Comic Book {Homeschool Review Crew}

A Christian Comic Book

Homeschool Review Crew

As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we recently received a new Christian Comic Book to review.  My oldest son was particularly interested in this one!  Captain Absolutely was out of the box and in his hands before I even realized that it had arrived!  Thanks to Focus On The Family for keeping him occupied reading for a few hours.

 

A Christian Comic Book

 

Yes I did say a few hours.  He literally read this book super fast.  It’s written like a comic book with lots of great graphics and just enough suspense and fun to keep my 10 year old intrigued from cover to cover.  Who wouldn’t be mesmerized by a librarian named Josiah King who while hiding amongst a room full of Bibles actually opens and starts reading one.  Due to some radioactive fumes(aren’t they always the culprit) and the fact that he’s reading the Bible,  he is turned into the hero Captain Absolutely.

About the Book

Do you remember ever listening to or reading Adventures in Odyssey?  I remember listening to the audio shows and watching the cartoons for Adventures in Odyssey as a child.  Captain Absolutely, the star of this Christian comic book, is a character from that show.  

We received a paperback copy of this book.  The bright colors and vivid graphics caught my eye as I was sneaking looks over my sons shoulder.  As soon as he finished reading the book it went off to my oldest daughter and then on down the line.  Currently I think child seven is reading the book and she’s the last independent reader I have.  Once she’s done I might actually get a chance to read it!

Captain Absolutely: Battle Against Dr Relative is written by Wooten Z. Bassett and illustrated by Dennis Edwards.  This character is a spin off of the Adventures in Odyssey series.  The series was written over a span of 5 years while it was appearing as a comic strip within the Clubhouse Magazine from Focus On The Family.  Only 105 pages long it will entertain your child as Dr Relative is dealt with by our hero who is defending truth, justice, and lots more truth.

This book is listed as a kids juvenile fiction and is currently retailing for $9.99.

Our Thoughts

I was not super interested in this book to review.  Got to admit it.  Science fiction and superheroes has just never been my thing.  Give me a historical fiction novel or a good biography and I’m hooked.  But sci fi and futuristic stuff, it’s over my head and just does not engage me.  My son on the other hand thinks this is amazing and could not wait to receive it to review.

Once the book arrived he grabbed it and found a comfy spot.  Within a few hours of sitting down he’d read the book straight through!  Even though I’m not a fan of this genre I do love the message behind this book.  It’s teaching children how to stand firm in their beliefs no matter what the rest of the world might be saying and doing.

Focus On The Family

Learn More

Want to learn more?  Check out the Main Blog Post for the review team.  All of the reviews of this Christian Comic Book are linked up there so you can pick and choose some to read and see what everyone has to say.  You can also find Captain Absolutely and Focus On The Family on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, and YouTube.

 

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Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom {Homeschool Review Crew}

Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom 

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Are you a homeschol mom?  Overwhelmed by homeschooling?  Listen up because there is help for you momma; there is help for the harried homeschool mom.  I’ve recently had the chance to review a help for the harried homeschool mom and I want to share about it with you.  Homeschool Rescue created by Heather at Only Passionate Curiosity has created this resource just for the homeschool parent who isn’t sure what they’re doing anymore!

 

Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom

 

About This Resource

This course is made for the homeschool parent.  In particular it is written to be a help for the harried homeschool mom with a vast age of children.  With this course comes lifetime access to the facebook group and materials.  There are five modules to work through with each module containing several different lessons.  It is self paced so you can work through at your own timing.   A unique aspect of this program is that it is only available for sale at different times during the year as the creator wants to have time to work with each group of people coming through.  She’s available through the facebook group and support to help and guide people through the program.

Because this is only for sale for limited times so the classes can get the most help I want to let you know it is open for enrollees now!  Mid May through June 1 you can sign up to go through this course yourself.  The class will run June-July but remember you get lifetime access to the information.  The course price is currently set at $97 that lets you into the modules and the facebook group.  If you’d like the VIP access which gives you the one on one coaching and support that is a slightly higher number.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

 

A Closer Look

The first module is titled Triage Your Homeschool.  As a nurse I am very familiar with triage and what that means.  Surprisingly though, I had never thought of applying the knowledge of triage to my homeschool or to my home.  Basically this module is your starting point to take stock of where you are, where you want to be, and how you’re going to get there.  It will teach you how to determine what is the most important to you and what makes you driven and then work with those to help you form a plan.

Module Two is Time Management Systems and Organization.  This is my favorite module.  I find it really hard to say no sometimes to outside activities.  Mainly I’m an introvert but I want my children to have all the opportunities they can.  Newsflash!!  They don’t need it all.  Trust me.  None of our kids do.  I’m working this summer on pairing down what we do outside of the home so we can be more flexible for the fun things.  Fun is important.  Also this module talks on organization and with 12 people, two huge dogs, and four cats in a 1100 square foot house, I can use all the organizational helps and hints.

For Module Three we step into Curriculum Planning and Organization.  This is a great module to be going through right now as most people are ending a year and starting a new one soon.  For me, we school year round and our curriculum change up happens in January because that is when we have the most time to focus on a switch.  It’s my husband’s work slow season(he’s self employed) and we’re not gardening plus it’s not so nice the kids want to be outside all the time.  There is a section in this about classrooms.  We don’t have a classroom, so if you don’t either take note that even this section has relevance to you.  So don’t skip it!

On to Module Four!  Module Four delves into Setting Students up For Success.  This seems like a no brainer.  We all want our kids to succeed.  Otherwise why would we homeschool?  But we may not be going about it the right way.  This is where I’m at.  For me I see myself coming back to this section over and over and over again.  It chats about consequences, reward systems, mastering the follow through, and training up our children.  Oh my.  This is so hard guys.  We all know training our children is a full time job in and of itself.  For me the follow through each and every time consistently is the hardest part.  With ten kids and a baby still nursing it’s so easy to just tell them what’s going to happen and then not get up that exact minute to do it because I’m putting a baby down, but then I forget to finish that follow through.

The fifth and last module is all about Teaching Older Children/Students.  My oldest is only 12 right now so I haven’t really gotten into this module that much.  I don’t consider her an older child yet as we’re not into junior high or high school studies.  This module works on study skills and time management(which I will start working with her on soon) as well as talks on teaching teens.  I’m still in denial that my child will be a teenager next year.  Give me another month of denial until she tells me she’s hit that half birthday and I may have to kick myself out of my world of denial.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue

Bonus Materials

We all love bonuses.  This course offers you several bonuses that I wanted to talk about.  I’ve mentioned the online facebook group just for members of the course which is amazing but there is  more!

I love the printable mom planners.  It’s so hard to find free ones that have all I want on them and I’m horrible and creating things myself so this was amazing for me.  

Along with the printable mom planners are academic planners for teens which I have not accessed yet but probably will be using for our next school year.  And to go along with this are to do lists for your children.  I am a lover of to do lists for me but hadn’t really used them with my kids before.  We are now!  I love knowing that they know what is required of them for the day.  Because they have this knowledge I also know when they are just choosing to let their personal desires and natures get in the way of what they should do.  This opens up areas for character training which is also covered in the modules.

You also get personalized support through emails.  Not many courses will offer this to you so make sure you take advantage of it if you need it.

Our Thoughts

I’m a seasoned homeschool mom.  Or I like to think I am maybe.  But I can definitely relate to the mom who needs help.  I’m a harried mom half the time.  There is always so much to get done and I felt that my schedule needed a revamp.  For some reason adding in baby #10 this past year just really threw me for a loop.  Maybe it was my health taking a quick downward spiral or the time that I worked outside of the home the fall before.  Whatever it was my home and our homeschool were suffering.

I was excited to start this program.  I have to admit I haven’t been able to work through the entire course yet.  What I have worked through is really good and helpful though.  This is a wonderful course.  I see it helping veteran homeschool moms and new homeschool moms alike.  It’s well done and very informative plus interactive.  The facebook group is a great place to chat and ask other moms opinions of things related to the course that you’re just not sure about.  It’s also a good place to share your own story and ask questions about how you’re implementing the changes.

Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue
I’m greatly recommending this program.  Because you get life time access you can come back and revisit the modules as you reach different milestones in your homeschool and may need to revamp things.  There is help for the harried homeschool mom ladies and the future looks bright!

Learn More

Interested in what you’ve read?  Want to learn more?  Check out all the other reviews linked up over on the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog page.  You can also find Only Passionate Curiosity on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, and google +.

 

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The Secret Bridge {Homeschool Review Crew}

The Secret Bridge

Homeschool Review Crew

I love to read!  I’m sure you have noticed that by all the book reviews I post on here.  Recently I received a copy of The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing through the Homeschool Review Crew.  Find out what I thought of it below!

 

The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}

 

About the Book

This book is gorgeous for one.  I know looks shouldn’t matter but this book cover is so pretty.  It’s definitely one I’d pick up and look at in a book store.  After looking through the website all the books from Lamplighter Publishing are this way.  Their goal is to create “Christlike character one story at a time.” 

The Secret Bridge is written by Amy le Feuvre in 1899.  It’s 272 pages long and even for that length it’s a quick read.  I’m not sure that I would allow young children to read this book.  Maybe an age limit of 11-12 or so, but that would have to do with their mental capacity and not just their physical age.

A note.  Any profanity or questionable content in the original works is removed or phased out of the copies that Lamplighter Publishing offers for sale.  This is one of the ways that they ensure they are promoting their values and not taking people away from God but rather drawing you closer.  The company was started in 1994 by Mark Hamby and now offers over one hundred and thirty titles.

 

The Secret Bridge

 

My Thoughts

I loved the book cover.  The book also did not disappoint.  We get to travel back in time and meet a great character.  Bridget Channing.  Her father dies leaving her penniless and alone in Ceylon.  Can she survive?  What will happen to her?  She sales to England and on the voyage she attracts the attention of Godfrey Bullingham.  Determined to make her own way and not rely on pity or charity Bridget wants nothing to do with him.

Once in England Bridget finds out that the uncle she was to stay with has also passed away and she is now without a place to stay.  What should Bridget do?  Godfrey offers her marriage and with no other options she accepts.  

Now Bridget must find out what she is to do.  How does she go on?  She’s quiet and shy and due to this she hasn’t many friends.  She self professes as not believing in Christ.  But she shocks even herself when she turns to Christ and learning how she should act and behave as a new bride.  Her example?  Why the Bible of course!

Throughout the book we’re challenged to grow closer to Christ.  To await him as a bride awaits the bridegroom.  I think our young girls can get great character training and enjoy deep thoughts while reading and processing The Secret Bridge.  While reading it I found myself thinking and digesting little morsels and thinking in ways I might never have thought before.

Find out More

Find out what other reviewers thought of The Secret Bridge.  All reviews are linked up on the Main Blog for the Homeschool Review Crew.  So many different readers are sure to take away many different take aways.  You can also find Lamplighter Publishing on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +

 

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Online Art Classes {Homeschool Review Crew}

Online Art Classes

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I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again.  I’m not an art person.  Drawing is not my strong point at all!  In fact, I’m horrible at it!  That’s why I’m so thankful for reviewing these online art classes from ArtAchieve.  We received the Entire Level 1 online subscription.

 

ArtAchieve
 

An entire Level of online art classes for my kids to use.  Level 1 is geared towards ages 5 and up or people with little to no background in drawing.  This would be me!  And this also encompasses all but one of my school age children.  My three year old is able to do some of these as well even though she is under the age level.  She’s also not the best at it, but it’s the fact she tries that is the best!

I do want to mention that some of the lessons will also list individual age ranks and such.  So for the level one Owl lesson it says for 2nd grade and up.

 

Online Art Classes

 

About the Program

ArtAchieve offers four levels to their online art classes.  They are progressive so Level 1 is the easiest and Level IV is the hardest.  The art supplies needed are easy to obtain and don’t cost large amounts.  Classes are easy to follow and explained well online.  

Some of the lessons contain what is called a Cross-Curricular Connections.  This is additional information that can be used to learn about the object of the drawing lesson.  Such fun!  It allows you to add in and make this a unit study almost.  Literature, history, geography, and music are included in most of these.  As a Charlotte Mason and unit study loving homeschool mom I’m all for these!

 

online art classes

 

Our favorite lesson would have to be the Welsh sheep because we loved all the extras and using this as a unit study.  Plus, we raise sheep so it was close to home for us too.

Though our favorite was the sheep we really enjoyed all the Cross Curricular Connections included with the Owl lesson.  Owls are so fun to learn about and now we can’t wait to the weather to warm up and stop raining so we can go look at them up close!

 

online art classes

 

Our Thoughts

My kids love arts and crafts time.  Even though they love it, it’s still something that I struggle with getting into our days.  Mainly because I’m not good at it and it’s messy.  Thankfully these online art classes don’t require a lot of clean up or prep work.

 

online art classes

 

As you can see from our attempts at the lessons my kids think it’s great fun!  I love watching them learn about art and growing in their art skills.

I enjoyed that he says to be silent while you draw.  Also that it’s okay not to like everything you’ve done.  To me this teaches that if it’s worth doing it’s worth doing well and also that no one is perfect all day everyday.  I love being able to teach some life lessons during school.

online art classes

 

online art classes

 

My youngest who worked on this program is 3.  Obviously, she did not do these correctly or even close to correct.  But she had fun and she is learning about lines and curves while using the program.  Also history!  And music appreciation are amazing things to be learning at age 3.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about the other levels of the program or what other reviewers of Level 1 thought hop over to the link up on the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  All the reviewers are linking up their reviews there and indicating which level it is so that it’s easier to tell which might interest you.  You can also find ArtAchieve on facebook, twitter, pinterest, google +, and instagram

 

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The Gospels Homeschool Curriculum {Homeschool Review Crew}

The Gospels Homeschool Curriculum

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Are you looking for a new Bible curriculum to use in your homeschool?  Check out what we’re using!  We’re using Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” from Drive Thru History®.  The Gospels Homeschool Curriculum is DVD based.  

We’re not huge into using DVDs or computers in our homeschool.  But this course is amazing and we’re loving using it.  In our homeschool we use Bible in all things.  It’s not a subject all it’s own but a part of all the subjects as well.  By using the Gospels homeschool curriculum I’m enjoying learning more about the gospels with my children.

 

The Gospels Homeschool Curriculum

 

About the Program

This gospels homeschool curriculum is geared towards ages 5th grade and up through adult.  It’s a Bible study geared at Christian families on a whole.  My children ages 6-12 watched and enjoyed these.  My older children got more from the curriculum than the younger ones obviously but they all did get something from it.  To go with the DVD series is a study guide.

There are nine hours of viewing on the DVD series.  Plus the study guide.  As you go through the program you’ll meet the guide.  Dave Stotts is your guide through the series as you journey through the gospels.  He’s engaging and fun as he brings the Bible and history alive.  

Within the nine hours are 18 thirty minute episodes.  You can use this as a weekly Bible study or simply go through it at your own pace as a gospels homeschool curriculum on a more daily basis.  

But what are we studying?  In this series you’re going to be studying the places and locations that are visited by Jesus in the Gospels(Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).  You travel and learn and wish you could walk on those spots yourself!  Or at least I did.

Episodes

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?

On top of these episodes is the study guide.  It gives you extra Scripture passages to read and study as well as a brief summary of the episode.  Plus there are questions.  The questions are thought provoking but not so difficult that the kids can’t understand and come up with good answers.  Sometimes I find myself amazed at what my kids are able of comprehending and how they view things.

Our Thoughts

We loved this.  I decided to use this as a full course.  Because it does cover Bible, archaeology, history, and so much more it is very easy to use this as more than just a Bible curriculum.  The study guide that comes with it is amazing as well so I haven’t had to add much to it.  There are over 50 places to visit and learn about.  To me it’s amazing all the places that can still be visited today that Jesus stood and lived.

We love this!  I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about the Bible and history at the same time.

Our use of this program was mainly doing two episodes a week plus working through the study guide.  So on Monday we’d watch an episode, Tuesday we’d work through the study guide for episode one, Wednesday would bring us episode two, and Thursday we’d work through study guide for episode two.

Drive Thru History

 

 

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about the Gospels homeschool curriculum and Drive Thru History® please visit the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  There you will find all the reviews linked up.  Feel free to read what all the different reviewers are saying about this curriculum.  You can also find Drive Thru History® on facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.  

We’re excited to check out the other programs offered by Drive Thru History.  The American History and Ancient History sound like they’d be right up our alley.  Also offered is a series on The Holy Land.

 

 

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Homeschool Reading Made Fun {Homeschool Review Crew}

Homeschool Reading Made Fun

Through The Homeschool Review Crew

Homeschool reading made fun is easy using Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) from Apologia Educational Ministries.  We received this new curriculum to review through the Homeschool Review Crew and can’t wait to share our thoughts with you.

 

Apologia Educational Ministries
 

We actually are a houseful of readers and love to read here.  But, sometimes I wonder how much of the books my kids are comprehending.  I wanted to make sure that they are reading not just for enjoyment but for content also.  That is why when I saw that Readers in Residence was offered as a review item this semester I jumped at the chance!

About the Curriculum

This new program and Volume 1 specifically is geared towards grades 4-6.  I am using it with two of my children who are in grade 5 roughly.  As far reading level they are definitely above their grade but again I’m not sure that they comprehend everything they read.  We’re loving this program though.

Prior to starting this curriculum your child should know how to read and be reading well.  They should be reading at a 4th grade level at least.  If your child is older but has special needs or is a slow reader they could definitely use this program as well. 

Primarily in Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) your child is going to learn how to read for comprehension through activities and reading assignments.  

 

Homeschool Reading Made Fun

Two books are included for this curriculum, an all inclusive student book and a teacher’s guide.  I love that the student book is spiral bound as that makes it easier to flip the pages and use it without breaking the binding.  The teacher’s book contains all the answers and helpful hints that you’ll need to help your child go through their workbook.

Skills to be targeted and learned through this curriculum:

  • identify and understand figures of speech(hyperbole, metaphor, etc)
  • build up their vocabulary
  • use context clues to decode meanings of unfamiliar words
  • pay attention to and note how writers use punctuation and the others elements of writing 
  • make inferences
  • recognize literary elements that are used to create fiction and nonfiction
  • understand the author’s crafts, intentions, and choices

Our Thoughts

As I mentioned above, this curriculum is geared for grades 4-6 and my two fit in there nicely.  Both love to read and were excited to get to read books for school.  We do a lot of free reading and read alouds instead of just assigning books to be read.  

There are three books that we get to read with this curriculum.  Sarah, Plain and Tall is the first book to be read.  You do need to read these in order and work through them in order because they build on what your child is learning.  We already had this book in our cabinet so we were ready to go!  I did get a second copy from the library as I have two children going through this.  I also bought a second student workbook.

The other two books to be used are Charlotte’s Web and Because of Winn Dixie.  My kids have read all of these books prior so they weren’t overjoyed at reading them again.  As we worked through the workbook pages to go with Sarah, Plain and Tall though they realized that they had missed out on details and facts through the book before.  They had read the book just for enjoyment and didn’t take in everything.  Studying the book with questions actually made them focus and comprehend so much more.  

I personally love this curriculum and what my children are learning.  My children are really enjoying it as well.  I can see this continuing to be used in our homeschool and us going on to purchase the other volumes.  Homeschool reading made fun and full of learning is what this curriculum amounts to.

Learn More

To find out what other review families thought of having homeschool reading made fun with Readers in Residence Volume 1 (sleuth) please visit the main Homeschool Review Crew blog review page where all the reviews will be linked up.  You’re sure to find a schooling style that correlates with yours to see how it works in their school.  Also check out Apologia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

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American History Study {Homeschool Review Crew}

American History Study

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As we’re working through our school year I decided that we needed to add in more history.  Who can go wrong with history?  It’s a favorite subject of ours and we really haven’t covered a lot of American History lately.  Enter Memoria Press to the rescue.   We received two products from them to review that pertain to American history; 200 Questions About American History Set and The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Set.

 

Memoria Press
 

I was so excited when these came in the mail.  My kids gave me a look though.  I think they saw more work for them and less excitement.  That didn’t last long.  They soon were over at the box with me asking questions and wanting to know if they could take parts and read them.

About the Curriculum

Since we received two sets let’s talk briefly about each.  Both sets are meant for grades 5-8.  I think this is spot on and have been using them with my two who are doing 5/6 grade work.  Now the cards that come with the 200 Questions about American History Set are super fun and all my kids love looking at those.  They’re all learning so much just from reading and chatting about the cards.

Now about 200 Questions about American History Set.  It is a great set compiled of the teacher guide, student book, and the flashcards.  We have loved working with this set.  Created to work with The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic this ties in very well.  It can also be used with The Story of the World Volume IV.  We use The Story of the World as well but are only in book 1 so can’t tell you how well they work together.  I can say that there were some questions in here that I didn’t know so this is a very thorough course!

 

200 Questions About American History Set Grades 5-8
 

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and The Great Republic is also a set.  It comes with a text, teachers guide, and student guide.  This is the newly revised second edition. The text you receive is a combined version of the books by H. A. Grueber.  Memoria Press edited and combined them for this current text.  This covers the start of America with the Native Americans up through 1898 and the Spanish American War.

Both sets work together and provide great coverage of American History for your student.  The student books are meant to be used by one student so additional student books for additional students.  They’re easy to purchase through Memoria Press and shipping is fast. 

 

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set

 

Our Thoughts

My kids loved this.  We’ve used other Memoria Press products before and have loved them as well but this is our first time trying out their history.  

As a way to add the younger kids into our school we would read aloud our history portions for the day.  The text by Grueber is not dry and dull so they all loved to listen and learn.  Without doing the actual questions my other kids are learning a lot about American History too.  Sometimes I would do a few of the questions that weren’t too difficult with the younger ones too outloud. 

We loved learning more about American history and loved all the mapwork.  No map comes with this, but normally homeschoolers have a plethora right?  We used one that I had on hand so we could map American expansion.

I have found as a parent that we’ve thoroughly covered some time periods and not as thoroughly others.  My husband and I met reenacting the Civil War.  I’ve been doing this since I was 7, so obviously my children have grown up doing it as well and know a lot about that time period.  They don’t know as much about the Colonial time period so I’m glad to have these two resources that thoroughly cover this period!

Learn More

Learn more about the two American History sets we received as well as the other Memoria Press products that were up for review by going to the Main Crew Review blog and checking out all the reviews that are linked up.  You can also find them on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest

 

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Biblical Manhood Study {Homeschool Review Crew}

Biblical Manhood Study

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With three boys growing quickly I knew that they needed to do a biblical manhood study with their dad or a group from our church.   Thus, why I was thrilled to receive the Manhood Journey Father’s Starter Kit for review from Manhood Journey & City on a Hill Studio.

 

Manhood Journey & City on a Hill Studio
 

First, this biblical manhood study has six sections.  We were sent the first section or module to review.  It’s titled Embarking.  It makes sense really as our sons are embarking on a journey towards manhood and we’re hoping to shape that journey and them into Godly young men.  

My boys (and husband too) loved the idea of this study.  I mean who wouldn’t want to go on a journey and a bit of a treasure hunt.  That is definitely a draw for kids of this age.

About the Study

This study is recommended for ages 8-17.  It can be used as a study for just a family or with a youth group as well.   It comes with instructions on how to do this either way.  We almost have our own little youth group to use this study with our three boys!  Ages in our home for this study are 8, 9, and 10.  So we’re definitely on the young side and I think they might get more from it as they age by doing it again.

There are six modules for this group study but only one is included in the starter kit.  I should mention that my husband did say he wished more was included within the study.  This study lasts six weeks and includes a group discussion guide, 1 on 1 discussion guide, DVD of the introductory videos for all six modules, 10 maprochures, plus a free copy of Wise Guys:  Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from Men all Around You by the Manhood Journey cofounder Kent Evans. 

 

Biblical Manhood Study

 

Our Thoughts

First.  One of the first things my husband and I both noticed was where the scripture passages come from in this biblical manhood study.  They’re NIV.  We’re a KJV family here.  We truly believe that it is the best of the Bibles and to use a different one can take away from the meaning and our understanding.  It might be minor for other people but it’s something we would have liked to know beforehand.

My husband mentioned that he would like to see the whole thing in a package.  So all the modules would be together in a package, numbers 1-6 so you could do the whole study one after the other without having to go and purchase more pieces.

In the Embark study that we are doing it speaks of a Manhood Journey notebook that each boy should have.  This was a bit confusing.  We first thought it was something we needed to purchase and popped onto the website.  In reality it’s any notebook you might have or want to use that each boy can have their own to write notes.

Another side note.  You do want the group guide even if you’re just doing this one on one.  It gives you more insights and helpful hints that come in handy.

Overall we are enjoying this study.  It’s a great way for my husband and boys to have “man” bonding time.   I really love the concept and love that they’re growing in God and building a better bond together.

Learn More

You can find out more about this study by checking out all the reviews linked up on the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Manhood Journey can also be found on facebook and twitter.  City on a Hill can be found on facebook and twitter as well.        

 

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Bessie’s Pillow {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bessie’s Pillow

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We love to read here and historical fiction is a favorite.  We’ve loved reading Bessie’s Pillow by Linda Bress Silbert.  Strong Learning, Inc. sent out a physical copy of this book for us to review.  Also provided are amazing study guide materials available online for us to use.  This book is based on a true story so it could also be classified as a biography as well.  

 

Bessie's Pillow

 

I would recommend this book to be an independent read for middle school and high school students.  The materials found on the Bessie’s America page are more geared towards this age range as well.  However, they can be tweaked to work with elementary students as well. 

About the Book

The book , Bessie’s Pillow, is set in the early 1900’s.  Bessie travels by herself from her home country of Lithuania to the United States.  She’s an immigrant.  She’s also a Jew.  Her reason for immigration is to escape the persecution the Jews are already under in her home country.  

As a country formed of all immigrants, we as a people tend to love to read about immigration stories.  We trace our history and heritage to find out where we came from and who our “people” are.  There are websites devoted to ancestry and helping people reconnect with family they may have lost along the way.  This book is a chronicle of one families history.

Linda Bress Silbert is the granddaughter of Bessie.  She and her husband are the owners of Strong Learning, Inc. and the voice behind this book.  Fun fact behind the making of the book is that the narration is taken from interviews that were recorded of Bessie talking with her daughter, Linda’s mom.  I would love to have something like that of me talking with my grandmother.  Such a treasure!

Our Thoughts

I used this book mostly as a read aloud with my children.  Well, there was actually a progression of reading this book.  I read it to myself, just free reading.  It’s captivating to me, but then again I really love history and this era for the Jews is chock full of information.  Next, my oldest daughter age 12 read it on her own.  Lastly, I read it aloud to all of the kids ages 3-12.  We then worked on some of the pages within the study guide.  There is a wealth of additional information within the study guide pages on the internet.

Primarily I would recommend that kids under age 7-8 not do any formal material with this book.  Some of the concepts are harder for them to reverbalize in my opinion.  That being said they did listen and participate in our study, but I don’t believe they took away as much from it as the older children.  I will definitely be rereading and redoing the study with them when they’re a bit older. 

My kids loved the book.   I loved the book.  It really brought a new perspective to us of someone who went through a period of history that we can only read about.  We celebrate Jewish holidays in our home and often study the history of Jews plus major time periods and the history of the holidays.  This brought a much more personal feel to our Jewish studies.  This book is getting a permanent place on our shelf.

Learn More

Definitely check out the page titled Bessie’s America which allows you to delve deeper into the time period in this book.  It’s an amazing period in our history as a country.  Plus, you’ve got the beginnings of a vast movement throughout Europe that will forever change history as well.  This book and the material provided to us through this page can fully be made into a unit study.  I feel that given a bit of time to plan I could easily make an entire semesters worth of information and a unit study focusing on the book and it’s history.

 

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Learn what other reviewers thought of Bessie’s Pillow over on the Main Crew Review blog where all the reviews are linked up.  You’re sure to find a schooling approach and view that will give you the information you would like to know.  Bessie’s Pillow and Strong Learning, Inc. can also be found on facebook and twitter

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Creating Art with Kids {Homeschool Review Crew}

Creating Art with Kids

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As a mom of 10 kids age 12 down to under a year I have a hard time getting crafts and art into our homeschool day.  After all, creating art with kids is messy and takes forever.  Or at least that’s what I used to think.  Join us in learning about Creating a Masterpiece online art lessons that we’ve been reviewing thanks to the Homeschool Review Crew.  We received the Monthly Plan which gives us access to all the levels and all the lessons.

 

Creating a Masterpiece
 

Working on creating art with kids has been my goal for the past month.  I personally have not done so well.  I’m not artistic at all.  Really.  Truthfully.  So when people talk about how some of my kids don’t draw at grade level I shrug it off because I certainly don’t either!  Stick people.  I can do stick people!!

Supplies

Right now we’re still working through all the lessons involving oil pastels.  I wanted to work on one type of drawing at a time so that it was easier to manage the art supplies.  I love the oil pastels that I got off Amazon.  It’s a HUGE classroom size box and really perfect for my needs as a homeschool mama.  Oh and guys that’s not an affiliate.  I can’t do affiliates with Amazon due to the state I live in so you’re just getting a tip of advice there.  :)  

 

Creating Art with Kids

 

When I knew we were going to be incorporating more creating art with kids in our homeschool through this review I also knew we’d need paper.  Again Amazon to the rescue!  I bought this ream of drawing paper and we’ve definitely been using a lot of it.  I know there are actual art stores out there, but when you live out in the middle of nowhere Amazon Prime is your friend(or is that just me?)!

Our Thoughts

My kids have LOVED using this art curriculum.  I’ve tried a few of the lessons as well and it really is easy to understand and do.  However, I have no artistic talent so I’m not sharing my masterpieces here.  

As the oldest child keeps telling me, “Mom art is communicating just different than writing.”.  And she’s right of course.  Kids who can’t express themselves always through writing can do so in words.  Those who have no artistic talent for drawing(like me) are creative in other outlets.  I love to knit and crochet and sew, etc.  I do have to say that this program is amazing and I’ve even impressed myself with the fact that I did a nice picture.

 

Creating Art with Kids

 

My fridge is always full now of gorgeous art pieces and my computer is almost always going with some art lesson or another.  Different kids have lists of which projects they’d like to do next so I have a nice list of all the other art supplies I need to be purchasing.

About the Curriculum

Creating a Masterpiece is online through video instruction.  The goal of the creator, Sharon Hofer, was to guide students in creating excellent artwork on par with kids who were in a fine art school that they would be proud and willing to display.  This program contains step by step instruction to create high quality artwork in the comfort of your own home at your own pace.

There are 15 different types of art or media to choose from.  They include:

  • acrylic painting
  • soft pastels
  • oil pastels(our main focus)
  • sculpture
  • watercolor(our secondary focus)
  • block printing
  • ink
  • silk dying
  • pencil
  • bombay ink
  • colored pencil
  • charcoal
  • glass mosaic
  • gouache
  • balsa carving

With this many areas to choose from there is bound to be something that will interest them.

 

creating art with kids

 

Within the art program there are also levels from Beginner, Level 1-5.  There are so many art projects as well.  You’re not going to get bored creating art with kids with this program!

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about creating art with kids and Creating a Masterpiece please go to the Main Blog Post over on the homeschool review crew blog.  All the crew review posts will be linked up.  Since we all had free reign over what we decided to create you’re going to see a great variety!  Enjoy! 

 

Creating a Masterpiece
 

You can also find more about Creating a Masterpiece and their monthly plan subscription by checking them out on facebook as well as their website.

 

 

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