Monday, February 29, 2016

TOS Review: Faith Builders Bible


Faith Builders Bible
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy from Zonderkidz through Schoolhouse ReviewCrew, in exchange for an honest review. 

Zonderkidz Faith Builders Bible  is an amazing way of combining the love of scripture with the love of brick-building.  This Bible comes in the New International Reader's Version (NIrV), with over 20 pages of colorful illustrations.  Each of the illustrations comes with a short summary of what the event is pictured, and a Biblical verse to reference.  The back of this Bible also comes with a short dictionary and a suggested list of wonderful Biblical stories, and what pages they can be found on.

This was our first New International Reader's Version (NIrV) Bible, and I am glad that there was a few pages to describe what this version is.  It is actually based on the New International Version (NIV), but has been made easier for children and those learning to read to understand.  Some of the words are shorter, and some of the names and places have been inserted into the scripture to make it clearer for children.  There are also sections labeled in a chapter or a title given to a set of paragraphs to help the child know what the significance of that section is about.  It is still accurate, as it was checked using the Greek New Testament and Hebrew Old Testament.

Faith Builders Bible
My sons and I have been studying the Old Testament so far this year in our homeschool studies.  It was an exceptional time for us to receive the Faith Builders Bible  because some of the pictures cover the stories we have studied, such as the animals of Noah's Ark, and the Ten Commandments.  We also had an amazing time building the wall of Jericho out of building bricks, and trying to crash all of them down.   

This Bible is also versatile as it can be used with younger and older children.  As a homeschool Mom, I loved that it has a dictionary in the back because you could use that for vocabulary lessons.  I also enjoyed the quick reference guide for suggested stories.  My sons thought being able to do a Bible lesson and make things with building bricks was pretty cool.   The illustrations don't come with directions on how to build them.  I was upset about that at first, but then I realized that the illustrations are there for visual aid.  It gave my sons a chance to be creative, and build the scene or event the way they imagined it would be.

There was much effort and time that went into making this edition of the Bible.  It really does seem that the publisher, Zonderkidz did a wonderful job in picking this Bible to be a NIrV because it was meant to be viewed by children.  It is ingenious that they combined this edition with  illustrations of Biblical events, built with building bricks.

Faith Builders Bible {Zonderkidz Review}

I would definitely recommend this Bible to anyone who has a child that loves to build things with building bricks.  How awesome would it be for a child to get to know the words of scripture because of this amazing concept of a Faith Builders Bible!  Building bricks is not even just a boy thing anymore either! My niece asked for building bricks (in girl colors of course!) for both Christmas and her birthday last year.  My sons love reading about Biblical stories and making things with building bricks, so this Bible has found a very special spot in our home.

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Blessings,

Kelly

Faith Builders Bible {Zonderkidz Review}

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Social Butterfly Sunday #39

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Hi, friends! It has been busy for me and my family this week. We had doctor appointments, vet visits, oil changes, and so many errands to do.  We took the week off of homeschool and thank goodness my husband took some vacation time, so we were able to get everything done.  I hope you all had a relaxing weekend, and hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by :)

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Kelly

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Homeschool Week 23

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Hi, friends! It always amazes me to see that some weeks we get really into one subject or two, and then the following week we get into those subjects we missed or didn't do too much in the previous week.  Does this happen in your homeschool as well?

Bible:
Wednesday - We read in Joshua today about Jacob's 10 sons and the 2 sons of Joseph, which equaled the 12 tribes.  They divided the land up in lots and they believed these lots were designated by God.

Thursday - Today's lesson was in Judges 6-7 about Gideon becoming a warrior, and how he and 300 men defeated the Midianites.

Math:
Monday - The boys counted to 100 today by 10's, there was a review on shapes, and also learning some math fact families. (Lesson 59 in ABCmouse)

Tuesday - Tonight, we had a family game night and played Catan.  The boys are getting really good at this game, and it's become one of our favorites to play.

 My Mom with the boys the night before she flew out for a new adventure in teaching.

Friday - B's lessons today in ABCmouse were on telling time and learning more about fact families.

Social Studies:
Wednesday - Today, we looked at the bodies of water and the 12 tribes of Israel.  We learned about the formation of the camps in the desert, where the tabernacle was at the center.  It was then surrounded by the tents of Moses, Aaron, Levi, and then the outer perimeter was the tents of the 12 tribes.  It wasn't until reaching the Promised Land, that homes were set up instead of tents, and these homes were made of mud and stone in a headers and stretchers pattern.  This made the walls strong and effective against weather.  They also had no electricity or bathrooms, so they used oil lamps for light and had water heat in a jar all day if they wanted a warm bath.  Olive oil was important because it softened skin and was used as an insect repellent.  They went to the bathroom outside or in a bucket, which was then thrown into the street. (The boys thought this was really gross!)

Science:
Monday -   G's lesson in ABCmouse was on the four seasons today, and B's lesson was on spiders.  We learned that spiders have eight legs and 2 body parts, and insects have 6 legs with 3 body parts.  Both have exoskeletons but spiders make silk inside their bodies to make webs for food, protection of egg sacs, and for flying. (called ballooning)  We saw pictures of spiders such as cobalt blue tarantula, star spider, seller spider, golden orb, wolf spider, and jumping spider. Spiders are good because they eat insects, that eat crops.

Tuesday - We visited a new library, which had a beautiful entrance with an aquarium! The boys spent much time trying to identify all the fish.  We also went over Lesson 1 in Christian Kids Explore Space & Earth.  I am in love with this curriculum because Science can sometimes be a hard subject, especially for homeschool.  I like that because it is from a Christian viewpoint, I can actually read the material and not have to skim over things I don't agree with.  We covered Creation today for our first lesson. How awesome is that!



 Christian Kids Explore Space & Earth
Language Arts:
Monday - G did Lesson 18 in ABCmouse and covered a review of the letters A through L.  B's lesson covered the sight words water and them.

Tuesday - We finished half of the second audio CD of The Dragon and the Raven.  This has been a tremendous story of Vikings, battles, and morals taught with scripture.  The boys have enjoyed this story so much, that they are pretending to be some of the characters from the story when they play!

Wednesday - B did Lesson 25 in First Language Lessons and we discussed all the aunts and uncles the boys have, and how they all proper nouns because they are specific aunts and uncles and their names are capitalized.  It was also his first oral lesson on not using ain't. (This is hard when you live in the south!) Instead we are to use am not, are not, is not, has not, or have not.  G also did Lessons 16 and 17 in 100 Easy Lessons. He is flying through these lessons to try to catch up with brother and learn to read also!

Thursday - We read chapters 1 and 2 in Afternoon on the Amazon.

Friday - B's lessons in ABCmouse covered the sight word, time and words with the long a sound (ai, ay, train, tray, way, day, hay, rain).  We also did words with long e such as ea, ee, sheep, bee, beak, knee, leaf, cheese, beam, read, been, feel, beach and peach.

Writing:
Wednesday - B wrote the words aunt, uncle, up,us, but, cut, fun, and run. G wrote the letters d, s, e and i.

Houghton Mifflin Spelling and Vocabulary Grade 1

Thursday - B's vocabulary words from Tapestry of Grace Primer were flax, trumpet, torch, fleece, Rahab, Ruth, Boaz, and Gideon.

Elective:
Monday - B's lessons in ABCmouse covered the song, Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Tuesday - B colored a picture of astronauts for his lesson in  Christian Kids Explore Space & Earth.
They also played with some other kids at the library.

Christian Kids Explore Space and Earth

Wednesday - The boys colored pictures of the 12 tribes, and B also drew a picture of Sonic the Hedgehog.   

tapestryofgrace

tapestryofgrace

Thursday - B drew a picture of The Little Mermaid, and he also lost his second tooth today! He was a happy camper in the morning :)


That's our week! Thanks for stopping by to share it with us :)

Blessings,

Kelly

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Social Butterfly Sunday #38

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Hi, friends! Welcome to Week #38 at Social Butterfly Sunday! Hope you all have a had a nice, relaxing weekend! I am excited to be doing something new this week at the link up.  I was blessed with a wonderful book and curriculum for my sons, so I wanted to share with you an author who gifted these to my family.

Author Spotlight

Meet Janis Cox
http://www.janiscox.com/

In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journaling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers.  She has been blogging since 2008. In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book Tadeo Turtle. She ran a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer for four years.

Recently she joined Hope Stream Radio, an Internet radio station. Her talk Growing Through God’s Word can be heard each Tuesday.

In addition to a career as a homemaker and teacher in the public school system, Janis was a partner in a Canadian small business with her husband, Wayne. They currently reside in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada and winter in Mesa, Arizona. Their family of three married children and seven grandchildren keep them active and enthused. Snowball, their maltipoo, is a fun loving ball of fur whose need for walks keeps them outside and exercising often.

JanisCox.com/ 

Recently, Janis graciously gave me a copy of her book and some amazing curriculum that goes with her beautiful book, Tadeo Turtle.  She actually both wrote the book and illustrated the pictures.  This book won the Best Children's Book in Canada in 2013. It has a fun rhyming scheme that children love, and my sons wanted me to read it to them again and again!  It is a wonderful story about a turtle who doesn't want to deal with his shell anymore.  He has an adventurous dream, and realizes he is perfect just the way God made him.  

As a Mom, I loved the moral of the story.  My sons and I enjoyed the characters in the story and the illustrations are gorgeous.  We also had some fun with the curriculum, and painting pictures of Tadeo.  There is also some interesting facts about turtles, and my sons were able to point out some of the things they learned from reading this book.  We saw an empty turtle shell on display at the library, and they knew what it was called and also referenced about a certain turtle that weighs 2,000 pounds!   I hope you take the time to visit Janis' site and learn more about this wonderful author!   

Janis loves tell others about what God has done and is doing in her life.

Janis can be reached on her website, Growing Through God’s Word and on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

Please join her at Word of God Speak Facebook Group to learn more about memorizing Scripture through art. Please join her Newsletter and get the latest updates on her books, some fun recipes, and other interesting topics.

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Kelly

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God by: Diane Stortz (Book Review)

I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God by: Diane Stortz (Book Review)
 Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God  is children's book of Old and New Testament stories of the Bible.  There are 40 stories with 40 different names of God, one for each story.  It gives the name, meaning of the name, pronunciation, age appropriate Biblical story, devotion, prayer, scripture, and ways at the end of the chapter to have your child learn more.  Each page is beautifully illustrated by: Diane Le Feyer, and it makes the stories and meanings just bounce off the page right into your child's heart and memory.

I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God by: Diane Stortz (Book Review)

This was a fascinating title to me, and something both my husband and I wanted to know more about.  We are going through each of the chapters and names of God, once a week in our homeschool lessons with our sons.  It has been wonderful to read this together as a family, and have each of us know more about God.  

I would highly recommend this book to add to a church or home library.  The colorful images draw you into the book, and there is a new way to look at the classical Biblical stories we all know and love.  It would be an amazing way to connect with your children or grandchildren, and have you all learn together.  The possibilities of learning with this book are endless to having it be enjoyed as a bedtime story to incorporating into a Sunday School lesson.

Thanks for stopping by to read my review.  If you get a chance to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I are.


Blessings,

Kelly

Monday, February 15, 2016

Homeschool Week 22


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Bible:
Monday - We read about Numbers 13-14 and learned how God told Moses to select leaders from each of the twelve tribes. God also became angry with the Israelites and their lack of faith, and had them wonder in the desert for 40 years. The only people able to go into the Promised Land was Caleb and Joshua because of their faith.

Tuesday - Today's reading was in Deuteronomy 31-34, where Moses passed on at Mt. Sinai and Joshua becomes the new leader.  We read about Rahab hiding the spies on her roof and asking for protection for her and her family when they come back to invade the town (Joshua 1-2).

Thursday - We read about Joshua 1-4 and 6 about crossing the Jordan River and how it stopped flowing long enough for the the people to cross, like the Red Sea.  Twelve stones were picked from the center of the river to represent each of the tribes.  We also read about how they marched around the wall of Jericho and after 7 days and 7 times circling the walls, with a shout for the Lord it fell down.

Math:
Monday - The boys worked in their math workbooks today. G filed in numbers 1-8 in the correct spots, and B worked on single and double digit addition.


Tuesday - We went to the children's museum today, and the boys thought it would be fun to count the number of steps we climbed.  There was 38 plus an additional 52, so I had B do the math!

Friday - B worked on math equations adding to 10, and also skip counting by 2's.

Social Studies:
Monday - We read about what the daily life of an Old Testament nomad consisted of.  They lived in tents, kept flocks of animals, and had no permanent homes until entering Canaan. 

Tuesday - One of the local children's museums has a free day once a month, so we got a chance to get there this month! The boys got to pretend to be fire fighters by dressing up and going down a pole in a child sized play fire house and fire truck, they got to be athletes by running different races and climbing, movie directors and actors in a theater with sound effects, a construction worker building a house, an astronaut, and also a vet and doctor with X-rays.


We also learned of the diet of the people in Canaan and the importance of grapes.  Flax was also important for making rope and linens.  It was dried on flat roof tops and believed this is what the spies hid in that Rahab helped. 

Friday - B did some ABCmouse and Lesson 58 was on Things We Use Everyday.  He learned about Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone and how he was helped by Lewis Latimore, who also came up with the special drawings inventors use.  We also learned about Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb, phonograph and movie camera. 

Science:
Monday - We had some fun doing experiments in our Magic School Bus Club.  One of the experiments was making gas by mixing ingredients and it inflated a balloon on the top of a soda bottle!  We learned how to turn to liquids into a solid, how to make slime,and also how to turn the slime into a rubber like material.  They love getting this kit once a month, and being scientists!

Magic School Bus Club

Friday - Lesson 59 in ABCmouse was on the parts of plants and flowers.  The boys learned some vocabulary words like leaves, roots, stem, seed and that plants need water, nutirents, sunlight and carbon dioxide to grow.

Language Arts:
Monday - We read chapters 4- 8 in Pirates Past Noon today.

Wednesday - We finished Pirates Past Noon, and also read Little Love Letters from God.  B worked on some fill in the blanks for letters with -ip in his workbook.  He also did Lesson 21 on proper nouns and addresses, and Lesson 22 where we read a story called "The Little Girl Who Wanted to be Dirty" in First Language Lessons.  He also had to answer reading comprehension questions.  G did Lesson 15 in 100 Easy Lessons, and his new words were it, sit, ear, seed, rat,meet, and mad.

Thursday - G worked on Lesson 16 in ABCmouse called Reading Letters Kk-Ll.  B worked on letter o and e sounds in his workbook.  He also did Lesson 23 and 24 in First Language Lessons where we reviewed nouns and he gave some examples of some, and also had to do reading comprehension questions for the story "After a Bath." We also started the book, Night of the Ninjas and read the first two chapters. 


Friday - B did Lesson 57 in ABCmouse and learned how to read the words spot and stop, and learned what an action verb is. (things that are happening now and have ing on the end) He added ing to do, start, ask, jump and his sight word of the day was after.  We all read chapters 3-4 in Night of the Ninjas.

Writing:
Monday - The boys wrote the numbers 1-10 in parts of their math workbooks today.

Wednesday - G wrote letters r and t, and B had to write out our full address.

Thursday - B wrote the words on, not, got, box, hot, top, get, ten, let, red, men and yes.

Electives:
Monday - We took a walk outside and B rode his bike.

Tuesday - We had a field trip to the children's museum so the boys got to play with other kids, climb, and dance.  They worked on a rocket ship craft an got to meet Daniel Tiger.  B had so much fun playing with this little 18 month little girl.  Her parents came up to me and let me know how kind he was and how proud I should be of him for raising such a nice boy.  What a compliment to receive and I am so insanely proud of both boys :)


 

Wednesday - B made a Sonic comic book, and G worked on a cut and paste activity for letter t.


Thursday - G worked on Lesson 15  in ABCmouse, on colors in the classroom.

Friday - We got a chance to get outside today and play on the swings, and the boys pretended to be Jack and Annie from The Magic Treehouse books.

 My Mom with the boys at the park.


That's our week. Thanks for stopping by to share it with us :)

Blessings,

Kelly

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Social Butterfly Sunday #37

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Hi, friends! Happy Valentine's Day!  It has been super busy around my house the last two weeks as my Mom came in to visit, and we are celebrating both my husband's birthday and Valentine's Day today with family.  If I didn't get a chance to comment on your post from last week, I will be catching up on that this week! Thank you all so much for stopping by to link up here each week.  This community is really starting to grow and I am so thankful for all of you!  Hope you all have an outstanding week :)

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 We went to a new library this week that was close to where my Mom likes to get her hair done.  While we waited for her, we had the pleasure of exploring a new place and also diving into our first lesson of Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space.  My oldest, pictured above had such a blast with this lesson and is excited to start the next one this week.  It's hard to believe we are getting to that point in the year, where we start to think about what homeschool curriculum we want to use for next year.  This is a wonderful science curriculum, as it is from a Christian viewpoint.  I find many science books and curriculum I don't agree with some of the topics discussed because of my faith.  I don't have this problem with this curriculum, so if you are a homeschool parent I hope you get a chance to check this out at Bright Ideas Press.   






Blessings,

Kelly

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Homeschool Week 21: The End of Ancient Egyptian Civilization

 Hi, friends! Thanks for stopping by to share our homeschool week! I am so glad I get a chance to write down what we do, because it always seems like I don't do enough until I see written what we have accomplished in a week.  Do you ever feel that way?

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Bible:
Monday - Today, we read about Exodus 3-4 and Exodus 5-10, about Moses and the burning bush. God spoke to Moses and told him tell the Pharaoh He is "I Am Who I Am" (Yahweh) and to let His people go.  Plagues came to pass over Egypt, and yet Pharaoh would not let the people go.  We also did a review of all the Biblical stories and characters we learned so far.

Tuesday - We read about Exodus 11-12 and the death of all first born sons in Egypt, not to put the lamb blood over their door to protect the house and be passed over.  We learned that Egyptians believed in many gods and goddesses, but how the truth is there is only one God. 

Thursday - Today, we read about Exodus 13-15 and 16-17 on God parting the Red Sea, and also how He provided manna from heaven to feed the people.

Saturday - The boys and I read about the Ten Commandments today in Exodus 19-20, and God's Holy laws in Leviticus 1-27.  We also read about the meaning of Yahweh in the book, I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God.

Math:
Thursday - The boys did some STEM today as they played with some Hot Wheels track, and built the ultimate track.  They had to learn the different angles so that the track would be supported where they wanted it to be, so that the cars would race around the track correctly.


Friday - My sons love playing board games, and its a good way for them to practice their 1:1 ratio and counting each space.  They love The Game of Life, so we played that today with Gamma.

Social Studies:
Monday - We learned the importance of sheep to the Egyptians because they provided milk, wool for clothes, and meat to eat.  There were trade markets in Ancient Egypt, and how they only traded with other countries when there wasn't enough grain grown for that season.  Grain was their most important crop because it provided means to make bread and beer.  They also ate many vegetables, and mostly the rich people ate meat and fish.  We also learned they believed in the after life, and we learned about mummies.

Wednesday - We read about Ancient Egyptian painting and writing, and also that they had a system of math and medicine.

Thursday - Today's lessons were on pyramids, and the end of the Ancient Egyptian civilization.

Science:
Monday - They had a fun adventure at our local library today.  They did an experiment of sticking their hands in ice cold water, then they had to had to stuff shortening into a zip up bag, and then use another zip up bag as a glove.  When they stuck their hands in this time, it was surrounded by the shortening, and they couldn't feel the ice cold water! They learned that many animals have what is called blubber to help keep them warm such as polar bears, seals, and whales. It was an awesome experiment!


Friday - We watched the cartoon show of The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! (Season 2: Episode 1) called Jumping on the Moon.  The boys learned about gravity, the moon, what astronauts do, craters, and moonwalk.

Language Arts:
Monday - G did an alphabet puzzle today at the library and told me the phonics of each letter.  We also read Froggy Gets Dressed while we waited for the science experiment to start.


Tuesday - B worked on middle sound phonics of words today and short vowel sounds in his workbook, and G did Lesson 14 in 100 Easy Lessons and learned to read the words see, seed, read, mad, sad, am, ear, at and the phonics of letter i.  He also had to answer reading comprehension questions.


Friday - I have been blessed to be able to be a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew this year, and one of the reviews to come soon on the blog is The Dragon and the Raven (Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this product in exchange for an honest review)  We listened to CD 1 today and it is remarkable! It has amazing sound effects, great narration, and is a heroic tale with morals.  B also worked on some more short vowels and middle sound phonics.

The Dragon and the Raven

Writing:
Tuesday - B wrote his vowels, and G wrote the letters e and i.

Wednesday - B wrote his vocabulary words of the week which were pyramid, sarcophagus, locust, chariot, tabernacle, I Am, Aaron, and Joshua.

Electives:
Monday - At the library today, the other families there were also homeschool families so the boys got to play, learn, and talk with fellow homeschoolers.  B also drew a Star Wars picture.


Tuesday - The boys colored a sheet on the 10 plagues from Tapestry of Grace: Primer curriculum.

Tapestry of Grace

Wednesday - The boys learned how to write their names in hieroglyphics from Tapestry of Grace: Primer curriculum.

Thursday - We built a "pyramid" today out of chairs and blankets, and also attempted to make a pyramid out of Lego.  

Friday - We took a walk outside and B rode his bike.

That's our week! Thanks for stopping by to share it with us :)

Blessings,
Kelly
 

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