Family Movie Night {Homeschool Review Crew}

Family Movie Night

Homeschool Review Crew

Do you have family movie night?  We tend to do it either Friday or Saturday night depending on our schedule.  Recently it was a mom and two older daughters movie night though.  We received a new movie from Mapelle Films.  This movie is Trust Fund and it’s a new twist on the prodigal son story from the Bible.  We also received Love Was Near, a book to go along with the movie. It’s the to be read after viewing.  This movie and book are geared towards ages 12 and up.

 

Family Movie Night

Because this is geared towards ages 12 and up it was not an entire family movie night.  But rather just my oldest two daughters and I watched the movie and read/discussed the book.  The rest of the family had a different movie they watched.  We don’t often separate out the family for two separate movies but it seemed like the best solution to this.  I had not prescreened the movie and did not know if it would be something I’d want my four year old to watch.  It’s not just FYI.

Have you ever heard of the prodigal son story from the Bible?  Most people have.  Even people who don’t attend church know this story. It’s a classic of it’s own.  This movie gives it a new twist.  It’s no longer a son but a daughter who decides to go out and leave behind all she’s known for a bright new future.  Only the future isn’t quite what she thought it’d be.

Who do you relate to most in this story?  The brother who stays home or the one who leaves and comes back to much rejoicing?  I never really thought about it much but while going through the movie and study book with my daughters I really examined my own feelings.  The daughter/son who stayed home.  That would be me.  And then it hits me.  Am I really that person?  Am I cynical?  Do I think I deserve that attention and that I’m more worthy?  Lots of great discussions can come from this movie!

About the Movie

The movie is the product of a homeschooler!  Isaac Alongi was someone early on the scene to homeschooling being homeschooled starting in 1982.  Guys I gotta add that was before I was born!  Anyway it’s always nice to see that homeschool kids can do great things too!

Now this movie is based loosely on the Bible story of the prodigal son.  Before you schedule this for your next movie night please make sure and read some reviews and think about the ages of your family.  Due to some violence and hard lessons learned I’m not sure I would alter the age given by the movie.  It suggests ages 12 and up and I agree.  Now I might relax that to 10 or so but not much more than that.

Jessica Rothe plays Reese.  The younger spoiled daughter of a rich man who is an aspiring author.  When she learns her dad has been keeping secrets from her she decides she can’t trust him and goes off on her own.  She thinks she’s found true love. Of course, if that was the end of the story there would be no story.  So guess what?!  It’s not the end of the story. She has an older sister who has to stand by and watch and pick up the pieces when her younger sister runs off.  And there is her dad of course too. Oh and what about this guy she thinks is worth leaving her family for?

Needless to say because it’s the prodigal son story she comes home.  She’s lost everything but her regret and has yet to realize what true love is.  Until she comes home and her father still loves her.  That’s the general synopsis.  You’re going to want to watch the movie to find out all the juicy details.

I’d rate this movie a four out of five.  Not bad.  A good family movie night movie for older kids and parents.  Plus it can spur lots of discussion.

 

Love Was Near Book

Now the Book

Love Was Near is a book companion for the movie.  It retails currently for $12.99.  Think of a diary where you’re thinking about and reflecting on a monumental part of your life.  That’s the vibe that this book gives off.  It’s more of a reflection and rethinking of the movie than just a story version of the movie.  I think it offers quite a bit of thinking and reflecting on ourselves and our own lives as well.  

There is so much more to life than what we see and hear the first time around.  Sometimes if we reflect and think on the things that have happened it offers up a new perspective and learning experience.  Join Reece as she does just that with what has happened to her in this book.  I personally think it’s a good read and makes you think a bit about your own life and really take away some new points.

Side note:  There is also a study guide to go along with the movie.  This would make a great Bible study type program to do with the movie with your own children or a church group.  Find it HERE.  

 

Mapelle Films

Learn More

Want to hear more about this movie and book for your next Family Movie Night?  Check out the main Homeschool Review Crew blog for the main post. A great article to read is from a local(to me!!) Homeschool community the Midwest Parent Educators so take a peak at it too! You can also find them on social media through facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram

 

Homeschool Crew Review Disclaimer

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.

 

Homeschool Crew Review Disclaimer

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 +

 

Homeschool Crew Review Disclaimer

The Mark of The King {Litfuse Review}

The Mark of the King

by Jocelyn Green

 
The Mark of The King
 
About the book The Mark of The King:

The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2iKM4uj

 
About the author of The Mark of the King:
 
 
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg;Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.
 
 

My thoughts:

I have read the works of Jocelyn Green that center around the Civil War and LOVED them.  So I knew that I loved her writing.  When this book arrived I knew that I wanted to read it and read it quickly.  I was not disappointed.  This book is amazing.
 
Travel back in time.  I’d never even heard of this!  Forced marriages so you could get out of jail and go colonize a new world.  I personally don’t think I’d have chosen hardened criminals for this but I’m guessing the king just wanted people over there.
 
Anyway back to the book!  Julianne is an intriguing character that you can’t help but be drawn towards.  She has great strength and makes the most of her lot in life.  Being a gifted midwife she can’t practice since she’s imprisoned for killing a mother.  Well, she really didn’t kill her but you’ll have to read the book to find out!  Then she marries a man she doesn’t know, travels across the ocean, and sleeps in the mud and rain.  Such fun!  But it gets better!  Her brother is supposed to be in this new land.  The brother she raised and loved and nurtured like a mother would.  Will she ever find him?
 
And what about this husband?  Can he be a good man or is he bound by his criminal past?  Will she be able to hide the mark on her or will the world find out and make her an outcast again?
Oh guys!  This is suspenseful and full of good plot twists and characters.  I love the little girl she gets to mother and the complexities of her character.  I love her relationship with Marc-Paul and lets not even get into her brother.
 
Definitely one I’m keeping on my shelf to reread!  Well after it comes back from making the rounds of all my avid reader friends. 
 

Control Girl {Litfuse Review}

Control Girl

Litfuse Review

Control Girl
 
About the book Control Girl:

Tension, anger, fear, anxiety-it all begins with a heart that craves control.

Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don’t match your version of perfect. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God’s, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts.
 
Thankfully, there is a better way.
Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and
about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future, each of these women’s stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.
Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.

About the author of Control Girl:
 
Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She’s been published by “Family Fun,” “MOMsense,” “Focus on the Family Magazine,” and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. “Control Girl” is her first book.
Find out more about Shannon at shannonpopkin.com.
Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFind us on PinterestView on Instagram
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I can honestly say that I have control issues.  I know I do.  Control is something that I want to have over my life and what is going on in it.  Control is also something I really and truly rarely have if I think hard enough on it.  As I’ve worked through this book and the Biblical examples I’ve been challenged.  Challenged to let go of my need to be in control.  God truly desires and is ultimately in control of our lives no matter how hard we struggle to take that control from Him. 
 
Do you struggle with a need for control? I think this would be a great study to use with women of your church.  Or work through it on your own.  Personally I feel it would be good to work through this with someone you can talk with.  Someone you can chat and talk over the things you’re reading and how you can apply them to your life.
 
Keep your Bible handy.  I prefer a King James Version.  Others like different versions so make sure you have your preferred Bible handy to look up the verses and stories being told.
 
blog disclosure
 

Biblical Manhood Study {Homeschool Review Crew}

Biblical Manhood Study

Homeschool Review Crew

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.        

 

Homeschool Crew Review Disclaimer

 

Home to Paradise {Litfuse Review}

Home to Paradise

Litfuse Review

 
Home to Paradise
 
Home to Paradise is the highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.
 
Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community-especially to marry.
 
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
 
 
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 of America 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.
Visit our blog Like us on Facebook
 
 

My Thoughts:

I was a little left out feeling because I haven’t read the first two in this series.  But that didn’t affect the overall story.  Just made me wish I’d taken the time to track down those first books first!  I loved getting to know our Amish, not so patient wants to rule her own life and destiny and wants it all to happen now, Rose Anna.  And then there is John.  He pretends he’s loving his running around time, but he’s really not.
 
After a few scrapes with the law and deciding the partying life isn’t for him, John spends his hours at home.  All alone and tired or being alone he helps out his brothers when he can.  Then he lands his dream job of working with horses and befriends the elderly man who owns the farm.  As he repairs his relationship with Rose Anna and learns about himself he grows closer to the farm owner and the horses.
 
Rose Anna is getting impatient with John to wise up and realize he wants to be Amish and wants her to be his wife.   Will she take matters into her hands? Or will she allow God to have his way?  
 
This is a great Amish fiction title and I loved watched the characters develop and grow.  The story does have a few unexpected turns and twists though.  Ever heard of an Amish horse breeder who is friends with an attorney?
 
 
blog disclosure

The Elusive Miss Ellison {Litfuse Review}

The Elusive Miss Ellison

Litfuse Review

 
The Elusive Miss Ellison
 

About the book The Elusive Miss Ellison:

Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.
That’s the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister’s daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won’t take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia’s pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother-who stole the most important person in Livvie’s world.
 
Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he’s just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there’s already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.
 
That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn’t the only heart that needs to change.
 
These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.
 
Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love.
 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author of The Elusive Miss Ellison:

 
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.
 
Visit our blogLike us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFind us on Pinterest
 
 

My thoughts:

I adored this book.  To me it’s written in the style of the Bronte sisters.  A good strong heroine who can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  Who then has to learn how to allow her heart to have a voice as well.

Poor Miss Ellison.  I loved her character.  She’s worked so hard to make herself the doer.  The one who cares for the poor and unfortunate because she knows no one else will, certainly not the landed gentry who are supposed to do this.  After all, they own the houses the poor live in, the ones that are crumbling.

Then she meets that new landowner.  The new master of the village if you will.  She’s already got her mind made up about him though.  He’s horrible, he’s arrogant, he’s only out for a good time and spending money.  And of course, he will never care for these people.  Mainly because he and his brother caused the death of her mother.  Something she’s never been able to let go of much less forgive.

Such a wonderful book.  Well written.  It flies when you’re reading it.  I loved getting to know Miss Ellison and making her my new friend.  And of course there is some suspense and danger as well.  And you get the chance to love and hate the same character but at different times.  I won’t give away the ending but I will say Miss Ellison, sweet Lavinia, learns a lot about herself and who she is.  That may have to do with a side of the family she’s never known or it might have to do with who she is inside.  I’ll let you find out whether she’s rich in money or love or both!!

 

blog disclosure

 

 

Bessie’s Pillow {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bessie’s Pillow

Homeschool Review Crew

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.

 

Strong Learning, Inc.
 

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

Homeschool Crew Review Disclaimer

 

Riding the Range {Homeschool Review Crew}

Riding the Range

Homeschool Review Crew

Riding the range is something that captivates most young children.  They play cowboys and Indians and ride imaginary ponies across the yard.  My kids are no different.  They love to pretend and play like they’re on a big ranch.  Part of this play lately comes from reading the newest Andi books from Kregel Publications and Susan K Marlow.  These newest titles in the Circle C Stepping Stones series are Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top.  We received both of them through the Homeschool Review Crew so we could read and review!

 

Andi Under the Big Top
 

My children love to read!  Several of my kids have already devoured these two books and are ready for more.  Since we aren’t buying any new books right now they’ve gone back to read the other Andi book we have.  And any other horse and farm related books they can find!

We’ve read some of the older chapter books about Andi and now these two books.  My kids love Andi and her adventures riding the range.  They’re great read alouds or for kids to read on their own and discuss.  We highly recommend the Circle C books.

About the Books

The new series is intended to go between the beginner series and the longer chapter books for older children.  So the age range for this new series is 7-10.  At present there are six titles that are going to be in this series. Your kids will love riding the range with Andi and her horse Taffy.

Andi has a pretty Palomino horse that she loves to ride named Taffy.  Her older brother Justin is a lawyer.  Chad(another older brother) runs the ranch while her older sister Melinda cares more for her appearance than the ranch or her younger sister.  Mitch is another older brother who has a horse named Chase.  A Spanish cook completes the household.  Andi’s mother is described as being “very nice” while unfortunately her father has passed away.

 

Riding the Range

 

Andi Saddles Up

In Andi Saddles Up we find her celebrating her ninth birthday with a new saddle and bridle for Taffy.  It’s the first book in this new series.  Andi wants to learn to be a trick rider but her brother does not approve of that plan!  Instead she finds a new friend.  But this new friend is on the wrong side of a feud between her father and Andi’s brother Chad.  Can they still be friends?  What about this feud?  Can Sadie and Andi find a way to stop the feud?  104 pages of fun and excitement will help you find out!  At the end of the book there are two pages of fun history facts that relate to the story within.

Andi Under the Big Top

Andi Under the Big Top has a circus coming to town!  While you might get that from the title you won’t know that Andi again finds a new friend!  This young man is named Henry Jackson and he works for the circus selling treats.  As Andi gets to know Henry she finds out some sad news.  Henry ran away from home to join the circus.  He’d like to go home now but he can’t.  He’s trapped.  Andi wants to help him but how?  As Andi comes up with a plan will she be able to save Henry without suffering any losses of her own?  Great story line that not only helps your children have a fun read but opens up doors to talk about strangers and what to do if they ever get lost.  This book is 105 pages long.

 

Kregel Publications
 

Learn More

If you’re interested in learning more about Susan K Marlow and Kregel Publications plus their newest Circle C Stepping Stones titles please check out the main Homeschool Review Crew blog where all the reviews are linked up.  You can also find Kregel Publications on twitter and facebook as well as Susan K Marlow on twitter and facebook

 

Homeschool Crew Review Disclaimer