Home School In The Woods Review

My kids have been enjoying learning about history with several exciting hands on Á La Carte Projects from Home School in the Woods.

We have used several of the larger projects from Home School In The Woods in our homeschool and we love the details and learning adventure they take us on.

Home School In The Woods has a wide variety of affordable single Á La Carte Projects to choose from such as: creative writing, 3-dimensional crafts, authentic historical crafts, period games, historical timelines, Art history, newspapers, Lap booking, World History, American History, Ancient Empires, and more.

The smaller single projects offered in Á La Carte Projects are samples from the larger projects they offer.  These single projects can be completed easily and quickly. Á La Carte is a win win for busy homeschoolers who might not have time for the larger study but want to enhance their learning.  Or maybe they just want to sample a project before diving into the larger project studies.  Either way, you can now choose from a variety of quick to create hands on projects that help your child interact with history while having lots of fun.

We were recently sent 3 of their Á La Carte Projects to review:

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses File Folder Project

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses File Folder Project

18 pages

PDF Download

Grades 3rd-12th

Retail $4

Five hundred years ago, the religious and political world was changed by a man named Martin Luther.  He was a German theology professor (he held many titles including university theology professor, priest, Vicor over 11 Catholic churches, monk, clergy, etc),  and publicly stood up to corruption, man made traditions, false doctrine, and hypocrisy in the church.

Martin Luther bravely nailed his 95 Theses to the doors of the All Saints Catholic Church in Wittenberg Germany on October 31, 1517, the eve of All Saints Day.  Within two weeks printed copies of the Thesis had spread all over Germany and within two months copies had been distributed all over Europe.  This event is considered as the pivotal moment in history when the Reformation of the church began, and what soon followed as the Roman Catholic church split into two main groups called Catholics and Protestants.

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses File Folder Project was created specifically to honor the 500th anniversary of this historic event.

This project contains a beautifully illustrated pictures on the one side, and a biographical summary of the life of Martin Luther, a list of his hymns, and the 95 Theses on the backside.

The Jamestown Replica

The Jamestown Replica

8 pages

PDF Download

Grades 3rd-8th

Retail $3

If you are studying early American History then this project is for you.  Jamestown, Virginia, was the first settlement to establish itself permanently in the English colonies.

Founded in 1607, the Jamestown Colony provided the British with a foothold in the New World as the those in religious and political powers, including the Vatican and the Kings of Europe, race to conquer the world’s resources.  This project is also found in the larger product called Time Travelers: The American Revolution.

This project uses a few printables and double sided tape to make a 3-D replica of Jamestown.

In this project, you create a fenced fort, with a church and several houses.

The Progress of Faith From Europe to the Colonies Timeline

The Progress of Faith From Europe to the Colonies Timeline

Covers 1500 A.D. through 1791 A.D.

16 pages

PDF Download

Grades 3rd-12th

Retail $3

If you are studying the History of the Protestant Church or the American colonial era, then you will definitely want to get this project.  You can get The Progress of Faith From Europe to the Colonies Timeline as a stand alone project or you can also buy it in the project called Time Travelers: Colonial Life.

This timeline helps us understand the faith of early Americans.  It helps us understand how key men and women in history influenced the Christian faith that was a part of the early American colonies and helped establish this nation.

This set comes with 24 labeled and dated figures from the Timeline Figures Collection and a predated timeline that covers from 1500 A.D. through 1791 A.D..

First we printed the project pages and cut off the extra area from the timeline pages.

Then we taped the timeline pages together, and hole punch one edge of the timeline.

Next we cut out the figures, and glued the figures on to the timeline.

This timeline opens and folds back nicely into a three ring binder, and is easily unfolded for study and presentation.  It has plenty of room to add additional information, such as key historical events (wars, technology, economy, plagues, migration, etc) that your student might want to add later.

It is very interesting to see all of the key people who were involved in helping develop the Christian Protestant church and eventually bring this religious freedom to America.

Final Thoughts:

We have really enjoyed working on these projects.  Each project is simple to create and go together easily.  They make a nice visual presentation of the subject.  Because these learning projects are multi-sensory and hands on, kids retain they information they learned better than just reading about history.

We looked up information on Wikipedia about Martin Luther and his 95 Theses while creating these projects (we did a a google search for en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-five_Theses) so we could understand the bigger picture of what took place.  Now we want to learn more about this time in history and how it impacts the Christian faith, freedom, and life today.  I am very interested to continue the learning and purchase three larger studies for my family: the Project Passport: Renaissance & Reformation and  Timeline Pack: Resurrection to Revolution and the Time Travelers: Colonial Life.

We love using hands on history projects in our home.  A few of the wonderful Home School In The Woods projects we have completed in the past are:

Project Passport: The Middle Ages

Time Travelers: Industrial Revolution through Great Depression 

Home School In The Woods has a huge variety of hands on History products to choose from.  Be sure to check out their website and see if they have something that might interest your kids and enhance their history studies.

For a great explanation of these different kinds of projects, check out these short videos:

Activity Paks, Activity Studies, and Lap Paks

Time Travelers Series

Project Passport Series

Timelines and Maps

Social Media

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Recipe for Fuitfulness

Would you like to bear fruit?  Would you like your children to bear fruit?

I came across a recipe in the bible.

It is a recipe for fruitfulness in our walk with God.

On judgement day, we will be examined.  Two specific things will arise and be examined.  First, are we a believer in Jesus Christ the Messiah and son of Father God and therefor have our name written in the Lamb’s book of life?  If our name is found in his book of life we will be sorted out from the unbelievers.  Those who believe will be placed on the right side as sheep, and those who didn’t believe will be placed on the left side as goats.   Next our life will be examined for fruitfulness in the Kingdom of God.  When he examines our life,  he will either say “well done good and faithful servant enter into the joy of the Lord” or he will say “depart you wicked servant”.

According to Jesus in Matthew 24, he will examine us by our fruit.  We are expected to produce good fruit for the kingdom of God.  Some produce 30, some 60, and some 100 times increase from the kingdom of God seed they were entrusted with.

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Matthew 24:14-46

When he examines our life,  and he will evaluate if we were loving and loved our neighbor.  He will either say “well done” you gave me food when I was hungry, drink when I was thirsty, you cast out demons, set me free from bondage, you visited me when I was lonely, and cared for my needs”, or he will say “depart from me I never knew you”, because you did not have love, “you did not care for my needs, you did not give me food, nor drink, nor shelter, nor healing, nor compassion, etc”.

There is a process of maturing in our faith.  Father God did not leave us without a method for it.  He gave us the recipe for this maturing process.  It is like a young tree who after receiving water, nutrients, and sunshine it matures into an productive tree and it produces blossoms and then it is pollinated and then it’s fruit develops and ripens for harvest.  Our faith is also like this.  Our faith needs nurtured and matured so we can produce a harvest for the kingdom of God.

Father God gave us the recipe for producing good fruit. We are to first of all love and obey Father God with all our heart.  He gave us only 10 commands to live by and gave us the gift of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help us.  We are to believe in Jesus his only son who gave his life as a ransom for yours.  Confess your sins to Father God and ask for forgiveness.  Tell him he is Father God of your life and you serve no other gods.  Next, Love your neighbor as yourself.

Then we are to add one ingredient at a time, and then add the next ingredient, and the next and so on.  When we have added all of the ingredients, our recipe will be complete and our life will produce good fruit for the kingdom of God.

Recipe for Kingdom Fruit

  • Give all diligence
  • Faith in Jesus Christ the Son of Father God
  • Virtue
  • Knowledge
  • Temperance
  • Patience
  • Godliness
  • Brotherly Kindness
  • Charity
  • Produces FRUIT!


“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Peter 1:5-8

May we know him, love him, and serve him with our life, and produce good fruit for the Kingdom of God.

Be wise and be blessed!

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MathArt Natureglo’s eScience Review

My kids are enjoying courses from NatureGlo’s eScience.  We were recently given a subscription to review their MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle courses, and we tried out some of their other products too.

NatureGlo’s eScience offers several online live classes and pre-recorded classes that you can do at your own pace.  If you purchase the live class format, you also get access to the pre-recorded course for one year.  The whole family can use the pre-recorded classes for one price.  Most classes are taught for kids ages 10 and older and some classes are geared for specific ages such as highschool age.

The classes are taught by Gloria Brooks, the founder of Nature Glo and NatureGlo’s eScience.  Gloria has extensive knowledge, and she is the creator of several curriculum products.  She teaches from a “Neutral Worldview” meaning she doesn’t focus on “Creationism” or “Evolution” in explaining the universe.  She has been teaching and working in education with all grades in the public, private, and homeschool education settings since 1997 and has been offering online courses since 2011.

Some of the online courses NatureGlo’s eScience has to offer include:

  • Marine Biology,
  • Herpatology,
  • Botany,
  • Rocks and Minerals,
  • MathArt.

You can subscribe to courses in several different ways.  Some of the options available include:

  • 5 – 6 week Class Bundles
  • 4 – 6 week Class Bundles
  • 3 -1-3 week 12 Class Bundle
  • Single classes too.

Be sure to check out the Course Catalog for a list with descriptions of all her classes.

Math Art Online 4-Class Bundle

The MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle is made up of 4 courses that last 6 weeks each.

  • Math Connections With The Real World
  • MathArt Patterns In Nature
  • MathArt in Ancient Cultures
  • MathArt in the Arts & Sciences


MathArt: Math Connections With The Real World:

For the purpose of this review, we will focus on one of the classes in the MathArt 4-Class Bundle called MathArt: Math Connections With The Real World.

Math Connections With The Real World

There are 6 Lessons in this course that are meant to be completed about 1 lesson per week.  However you can go as fast or as slow as your student needs to go.   This course is designed for students age 12 and older.

Each lesson in this course contains videos, power points, study guides, downloads, suggested activities, suggested research projects to further the learning, theme connections with various subjects (Math, Art, Geography, Archaeology, Music, History, etc) and quizzes.

Lesson 1: Introduction & History of the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Numbers

  • Main Lesson Downloads & Lesson Videos with NatureGlo
  • Lesson Activity – Math is Fun: The Golden Ratio
  • Quizlet – Introduction to the Golden Ratio & the Fibonacci Numbers

Lesson #2 – The Golden Number & Fibonacci in Art, Architecture & Nature

  • Main Lesson Downloads & Videos with NatureGlo
  • Activity – Math is Fun: Nature, The Golden Ratio,and Fibonacci too!
  • Project: Golden Ratio Do It Yourself
  • Going Beyond – Web Resources, Projects & Activities & Videos
  • Quizlet

Lesson #3 – The Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

  • Main Lesson Downloads & Videos with NatureGlo
  • Fibonacci Cookies Activity
  • Video (6:24) – The Magic of Fibonacci
  • Going Beyond – Web Resources, Projects, Activities & Videos
  • Quizlet

Lesson #4 – The History & the Golden Ratio of the Great Pyramid

  • Pre-lesson Activity – The Great Pyramid of Egypt
  • Main Lesson Downloads & Videos with NatureGlo
  • History Connection – TEDed Video (4:27) – History vs. Cleopatra
  • Exploration – Discover & Explore and Ancient Egyptian Tomb (Interactive)
  • Literature Connection – The Prince and the Sphinx
  • Art Connection – Video (8:00) – Egyptian Art History
  • Music Connection – Video (3:21) – Tomb Raiders
  • Going Beyond – Web resources, Videos & Projects
  • Quizlet

Lesson #5 – Phi & Quasicrystals

  • Pre-lesson Activity – Explaining What Quasicrystals Are
  • Main Lesson Downloads & Videos with NatureGlo – Phi & Quasicrystals
  • Video (10:18) – Professor Dan Schectman, Discoverer of Quasicrystals
  • Art Connection – Creating Middle Eastern Quasicrystal Designs
  • Literature Connection – Forty Fortunes
  • Quasicrystals Quizlet

Lesson #6 – The Mathematics of Music

  • Pre-lesson Activity – Musical Instruments (& their Relationship with Mathematics)
  • Main Lesson Dowloads & Videos with NatureGlo
  • Video – Fibonacci Melody (8:34)
  • Going Beyond – Web Resources, Projects & Videos
  • Quizlet – The Mathematics of Music

Student Certificate of Completion

When your students complete the course, you can print out a nice certificate of completion to keep in their portfolio.

Check out this Video from Lesson 1 in MathArt: Math Connections With The Real World.

Check out this Video about “Why” Gloria created the MathArt courses.

Our Experience:

We received a subscription to NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt 4-Class Bundle.  We chose to focus on MathArt: Math Connections With The Real World for the purpose of this review.   My 17 year old son and 14 year old son were the primary participants in this course, though all of my kids participated in some of the other courses.

After enrolling in the courses at NatureGlo’s eScience, students can access their dashboard. The dashboard has tabs for each of their enrolled courses, achievements, notifications from the teacher, etc.

Here is an example of the “My Courses” tab with an overview of everything on our personal dashboard.  My kids have enrolled in both the MathArt courses, and also several of the free courses offered including course samples in Marine Biology, Herptology, etc.  My kids can easily click on the course they want to work on and then click on the specific lesson.  

We have access to each course pictured in the “My Courses” tab for 1 year from the time we enrolled in them.  For a quick overview of progress, you can see how far along the student is by observing a small pink bar under each of the courses in the picture above.  Then once you click on the specific course, another pink bar appears above the list of lessons on the right side of the dashboard.

This pink bar indicates the level of completion of the courses we are working on.   At the time I took this photo, you can see at a glance on the dashboard that we were over half way through with the Math Connections With The Real World course.  We had also completely finished with The Introduction to Sea Turtles of the World course.

Under the “My Acheivements” tab on the dashboard, all of achievements are listed for all of the classes your students are working on.  This is a nice way to see them at a glance.

Here is an example of the “Notifications” tab:

Screenshot examples of my sons doing lessons on the computer:

Here is a screen shot of the downloadable study guide.  Each lesson in the course has additional study guide pages and worksheets you can save to your computer and print when needed.

Here are a few more examples of lessons in this course.

Pictures of some of the hands on projects:


Introduction to the Sea Turtles of the World

In addition to the MathArt courses, we also signed up for several of the free course offers and free downloadable unit studies.  So far we have completed Introduction to the Sea Turtles of the World course.

Introduction to the Sea Turtles of the World

  • The 7 Sea Turtle Species Poster & How to ID
  • Learn to ID or Identify the 7 Sea Turtles
  • Literature Connection – Video (8:06) – Believe in Yourself, Story of a Sea Turtle
  • Art Connections: Various Sea Turtle Art Projects
  • Historical/Literary Connection: Traditional Japanese Folk Story: Urashima Taro
  • Geography Connection: The World’s 12 Healthiest Sea Turtle Populations
  • Creative Writing – Writing Prompts about Sea Turtles

This course was suitable for all ages of my kids from the youngest to the oldest so we hooked our computer up to the TV in the living room so that all of the children could take the class at the same time.  This class covered the biology of sea turtles, geography, fiction story about a young turtle, as well as how different cultures view turtles such as the Japanese view, and also focused on different art projects relating to sea turtles.

The kids studied 7 different kinds of sea turtles and learned how to identify the different body and head types of each kind.

They also learned about life cycles of turtles from laying eggs on the shore to the eggs hatching and the baby turtles emerging from the nest to make it back to the water.

The course has several lessons and suggested videos.  There is an audio video animated story about the eggs hatching and the new life of the baby turtle.  After watching the suggested video, the kids dug deeper by researching their own videos of sea turtles hatching.

One of the videos they found was taken at Oak Island, NC where we have visited a couple of times and my kids have swam on that same beach that the turtles hatched from.  The kids were very excited to make this connection.

One of the lessons in the course is learning to identify and draw a sea turtle.

Another art lesson in this course involves creating a unique 3D painting of a turtle and fish in the ocean.

Once you have completed this course, the student is sent an achievement award.

Here is a short video on the Introduction to Sea Turtles of the World course.

Final Thoughts about courses from NatureGlo’s eScience:

17 year old son’s opinion of the MathArt: Math Connections In The Real World:

“It has been fun to take this course.  It has been amazing to see the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci numbers in everything in every day life from pine cones, to flowers, to architecture, and music.  It is almost hard to grasp how much this in everyday life.  It is amazing to see Father God’s hands in everything. I have learned a lot and I have been inspired to do a lot more research.”

My kids are enjoying all of these courses from NatureGlo’s eScience and having Gloria as the teacher.  The younger kids are getting ready to start the Introduction To Whales & Dolphins.  The older kids are about finished with the Math Connections In The Real World and will soon be starting the MathArt In Ancient Cultures.  They are looking forward doing all of the classes in the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle.

These classes are informative and there is a variety of things to do from reading, watching videos, videos of recorded classes, completing worksheets in the study guides, and additional suggested videos to expand the learning as well as a lot of suggested hands on learning activities, including fun art projects too.  She covers such a wide variety of subjects from Science, Math, Art, History, Archaeology, Cultural History, etc and there is something that interests each of my kids even thought they are all different.

We really like the pre-recorded classes, because you feel as if you are in class with Gloria and the other kids, but you have the benefit of going at your own pace, and you can rewind and hear it again if you need too.  With either option, pre-recorded classes or live classes, Gloria has made herself accessible if you have questions.  She also asks if kids do the suggested projects, to send in pictures or links that she can share with others.

On a personal note, I wish these courses were taught from a Christian worldview.  I intentionally seek out educational programs with this worldview.  Thankfully my kids are strong in their faith, and they are able to add what Gloria is teaching them in NatureGlo’s eScience courses into what they already know to be true about the “Creator of the creation”, the one who created everything we are studying around us.


You can “try before you buy” by checking out the free courses and unit studies offered through NatureGlo’s eScience.

  • Fibranoci Unit Study (MathArt Course)
  • Introduction to Sea Turtles of the World (Marine Biology Course)
  • Transparent Living Jewels: The Glass Frogs (Herpatology Course)
  • Introduction to Whales & Dolphins Unit Study (Marine Biology Course)

Social Media

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What Every Child Should Know Along the Way Book Review

Do you set yearly goals with your children?  What do you hope your child will know at different ages and stages of their development and growth?  Would you like to raise up children for the glory of God?

Parenting Made Practical has a helpful resource to help you set and reach family development goals called What Every Child Should Know Along the Way ~ Teaching practical life skills in every stage of life.

What Every Child Should Know Along The Way

Paperback Book

151 pages

Parenting Resource

Retail $11.95  (Sale $9.95)

What Every Child Should Know Along The Way is written by Gail Martin.  Gail is an experienced homeschooling mom.  Gail is a college graduate in Home Economics and Nutrition.  She is a bible study leader and conference speaker.  She is the wife of church elder and leader Jim Martin and together they are leaders in Christian ministry for Jesus Christ helping to train and impact families, marriages, and future generations for the Kingdom of God.

Spiritual and Practical aspects of child training:

The main preface of the book is to focus on both the spiritual and practical aspects of Christian child training.  The book is divided into seven chapter categories:

  • Dynamic Devotional Living
  • Cultivating Family Unity
  • Gifts and Talents
  • Biblical Character Traits
  • Manners
  • Practical Living Skills
  • Personal Safety


Chapter 1: Dynamic Devotional Living

Dynamic Devotional Living explains why and how to have family devotions.  Practical steps are given to set up a family prayer journal where you can list prayer requests and answers to prayer and put the date in.   There is also a lot of discussion and encouragement to establish time and opportunities for structured and unstructured family devotions.

Chapter 2: Cultivating Family Unity

This chapter explains why it is important to get along and create unity in the family.  It encourages family activities and spending time together and use these opportunities to build relationships.

Chapter 3: Gifts and Talents

In this chapter, we learned about what gifts and talents are, such as physical talents can be skills like singing, art, strength, athletics, etc and spiritual gifts can be things like wisdom, discernment, faith, prayer, healing, prophesy, love, etc.  These gifts and talents are ordained by God in our life when he created each of us, and it matters that we learn how to use our spiritual gifts and talents with humility, determination, and dedication for the Kingdom of God.

Chapter 4: Biblical Character Traits

This chapter focuses on how to become Godly men and women and what character traits it takes to get there.  It takes a closer look at specific people in the bible as our  example to strive for.

Chapter 5: Manners

This chapter discusses specific manners to develop in your children and how to use them in different settings.  It also teaches you how to resolve conflicts and help them maintain God’s word in their attitude and actions in many different settings and circumstances in life.

Chapter 6: Practical Living Skills

This chapter focuses on Practical Living Skills for ages 2 through Adult.

It includes a huge checklist of skills for different ages and stages of life, little posters and ideas you can put up on the wall or fridge, chore charts, and more.

Chapter 7: Personal Safety

This chapter discusses various types of personal safety everyone should know.  Some of the information is general and applies to everyone and some of the information is specific to situations.  Some general info for example is safety on stairs, or public bathrooms.  Some specific safety info examples are: using and caring for a bike, swim safety, vehicle safety, stranger safety, internet safety, fire safety, etc.

There is a lot of safety information in this chapter.  I especially liked the suggestion for creating a family emergency preparedness kit.  A few years ago, we looked into how to be better prepared in our home and improve our skills to survive natural disasters such as power outages that affect access to heat, water, food, and medical aid and this book contains lots of wise and practical suggestions everyone can implement.

My favorite aspect of this chapter on personal safety is the inclusion of scriptures that point the way to Father God for our safety and security.  It is honestly my favorite thing about this entire book, but especially in this chapter, to point the way to put our trust in God, as most advice in our modern world seems to trust in, and rely on, everything else but God.

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading What Every Child Should Know Along The Way.  This book is a wonderful resource jam packed with information to help families raise up responsible well mannered children who honor and serve Father God with their life.

This book would be wonderful to put into the hands of every teenager, everyone getting married, everyone who is pregnant, parents, and grandparents too.   In the back of the book is a Resource Guide with suggestions for books for a family library, bible study helps, and lots more books and resources on parenting and home management.  I will continue to use this book as a resource in my home.

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”  Matthew 18:6-7

Raising Christian kids for the glory of God is a big challenge in the modern culture and world we live in.  There are many offences in this world that can lead people, and especially children, astray.  Today it seems easier to let the government, schools, TV shows, internet and computers, and pop culture raise our kids.  But what is this doing to the next generation?  It is easy for folks to call on police, doctors, schools, organizations, church, pastors, leaders, teachers, science, pharma, diet plans, exercise protocols, courses on self development, or government to guide them and save them in all sorts of situations, but most folks either forget or intentionally choose not to call on Father God and trust and rely on him.   The result is a that most of the upcoming and maturing generations are turning away from true faith in God.

“Who is your God?” or “Who are your gods?” is the very question that encompasses a snapshot of each of our lives.  We will live life according to how we answer this question.  This question can be answered by another simple and profound question: “Who do you place your trust in?”  Truly trusting in and relying on Father God as the ultimate one in charge of the outcome of every situation one might find one’s self in life is foundational in our Christian faith.

“Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.”  Matthew 12:1b-9

Father God protects us and provides for us and He expects us to teach these truths to our children.  If we don’t, we are guilty of denying him before men.  Father God and His Son says in his word that we can trust Him because not one sparrow falls from a branch and not one hair falls from your head that He doesn’t know about.  He sent his Son Jesus Christ the Messiah to redeem us, forgive us, to fill us with a spirit of love, power, and sound mind, and to heal our health and well being, and to save our eternal soul so we can daily walk in relationship with God.  The Hebrew word for Father God is Yah or Yahuah and the Hebrew word Jesus Christ his Son is Yahusha or Yahusha HaMashiac.  The Son said he came in his Father’s name to do his Father’s business. He also said if you have seen him, you have also seen the Father.  Yahusha means Yahuah Saves.   Father God and Jesus share the same name, Yah.  See Father God always provides and He knows the end from the beginning.  Father God has the ultimate control in every situation in life.  He asks us to submit our life to Him and completely trust Him, because He knows what we need and has provided the way, the truth, and the life.

The most practical life skill we can teach our children is to teach them to believe and trust in Father God with their life and believe and accept the gift of salvation through His Son.  Father God is the one and only true God and is who we should educate our children about, place our complete trust in, call on for every need in every situation, and give thanks to for everything.

Proverbs 22:6
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Parenting Made Practical

Parenting Made Practical (PMP) was started by parent educators who have been ministering to families for over twenty years.  Parenting Made Practical has many simple practical resources to encourage parents, equip parents with tools and biblical resources and empower them to raise respectful and responsible kids for the glory of God our Father in heaven.

The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew members recently reviewed several different products from Parenting Made Practical, such as:

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Reprove Works of Darkness

Is it better to be politically correct or spiritually correct?

During my bible study today, this verse stood out to me.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11

Lets start our understanding with some definitions:

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary to “reprove” means to:

  • to scold or correct
  • to express disapproval of
  • to express rebuke

According to online Web Results, to “express” means to:

  • to put (thought) into words; utter or state: to express an idea clearly.
  • to show, manifest, or reveal: to express one’s anger.
  • to set forth the opinions, feelings, etc., of (oneself), as in speaking, writing, or painting: He can express himself eloquently.
  • to represent by a symbol, character, figure, or formula: to express water as H 2 O; to express unknown quantities algebraically.
  • to send by express: to express a package or merchandise.
  • to press or squeeze out: to express the juice of grapes.
  • to exude or emit (a liquid, odor, etc.), as if under pressure: The roses expressed a sweet perfume.
  • Genetics. (of a gene) to be active in the production of (a protein or a phenotype).

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says that “political correctness” is “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.”

Usually to be politically correct, we are expected to not express, not correct, and “overlook” darkness so we don’t offend others.  People are usually forced into political correctness by those in power.  Those in power usually control the financial rewards or punishment, such as  controlling the money or accessibility to resources, employment, raises for job performance, etc and are able to invoke financial punishment or removal of resources on those who don’t comply.

Political correctness might be in relation to a conversation that relates to a job, gender, school curriculum, sports, community programs, sexual orientation, or topics such as abortion, sexual immorality, rituals, holidays, marital affairs, worship of other gods and goddesses, etc.

So now we see that political correctness and spiritual correctness are not the same.  They are usually opposites of each other.  To overlook evil for the sake of not offending someone is not what we are instructed to do in the scriptures, and for good reason.  Political correctness is the opposite of love.  Though it may look like a loving thing to avoid offense, it is actually the opposite of true love.

As children of Father God and followers of his Son Jesus Christ, we cannot stay quiet about works of darkness.  Works of darkness are unfruitful and will lead to an eternity separated from God.  Our fruit will be judged, and we are warned not to participate in darkness, but to remain children of the light.

We are told to rebuke and correct works of darkness and lovingly pull our brothers (and sisters) from the fire ahead that results from sin before it is too late to save their souls from eternal damnation.  We are to lovingly and sternly warn them of what is up ahead at eternity so they can come out of darkness, repent, be saved by Jesus, and be transformed in to a new being.  They can be transformed by the Spirit of God and the renewing of their mind that is no longer in darkness, but now abides in light, the light of Father God and his Son.

When you read this verse in context, it’s meaning in this passage of scripture becomes even more clear.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.

But fornication (sexual immorality), and all uncleanness, or covetousness (wanting stuff and wanting what others have), let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting (mock, idle tale, tease, or witty remark), which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger (sex outside of marriage, or one who has sex with a prostitute), nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater (one who has idols or man made gods or puts their trust in man made systems and creations), hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”   Ephesians 5:1-17

It is clearly wiser to be spiritually correct.

May we understand what it means to wake up to the truth, to walk as the wise, obey the commandments of Father God, reprove unfruitful works, walk in the light, walk in true love, and understand the will of the Lord God our creator.

Be wise and be blessed!

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Handwriting Skills With CursiveLogic Review

CursiveLogic: An Intelligent New Way To Teach Handwriting Skills.

We were recently given the opportunity to review the newest edition of the Student Workbook and Webinar in the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack .  We were also sent the CursiveLogic company’s latest addition to further the learning with The Art of Cursive.

CursiveLogic Quick Start Pack

Instructional Webinar

CursiveLogic Student Workbook

112 Pages

10 Cursive Writing Lessons

5 Step Method

Letter Shape Groups

Color Coded Shapes

Letter Strings

Catch Phrases

3 Dry Erase Practice Pages

Cursive Logic workbook is a 112 page, spiral bound, full color workbook with consumable pages.  It is double sided and contains both the teacher instructions and the student practice pages.

CursiveLogic is divided into 10 lessons.  Each lesson is designed to last for about a week and consists of short practice exercises that take about 10 – 20 minutes each.  If you wanted to go faster, it would take a student about 1 hour per day to complete 1 lesson per day. The course is flexible and you can go as fast or slow as your student needs.

The Webinar has the complete instructions for following the CursiveLogic method and will help you understand the layout and how to teach the course.  It takes a little less than an hour to watch the video.  Though it works best to watch the video with their student, parents can also watch the video by themselves and adequately teach this method to their student.  You will need high speed internet service and an internet connected device such as a computer, etc to view the Webinar.  Check the website for more information regarding methods taught and what devices you might have in your home that would be compatible to watch it from.

In the CursiveLogic Student Workbook, students learn the connection of letters right from the beginning of the course using a successfully proven multi-sensory approach.  Because it is multi-sensory, this method works for most learning styles. To master cursive writing, each lesson in CursiveLogic uses color, movement, verbal, and auditory tools called “Letter Shape, Shape Colors, Letter String, and Verbal Catch Phrase”.  In addition to learning the alphabet, students learn to write actual words and phrases from the first week and will have mastered cursive writing of phrases and paragraphs with all 26 upper and lower case letters by the end of the course.

CursiveLogic teaches 4 basic shapes that make up the cursive letters of the English alphabet.  CursiveLogic teaches a patented color coded string method for learning these letter shapes.  For example, each shape string has a color— such as ovals are colored orange.  Because the method is patented, I can’t go into further detail on it.  You can see an example of the Orange Oval letter sting on the picture below.  Cursive writing is easy to master using this method.

Also contained in the workbook are three dry-erase surfaces that go back over all of CursiveLogic’s exercises.  Dry-erase pages enable students to practice and review again and again.  Additional helpful tips, and printable practice pages are available through the CursiveLogic newsletter and website.

For more details on the specific method taught in this course, please see the CursiveLogic website.

 The Art Of Cursive

Adult Coloring Book

Teaches Cursive Writing

4 Cursive Writing Lessons

27 Coloring Pages

27 Trace and Write Pages

Multi-sensory Approach

The Art Of Cursive is the next book to complete after completing the CursiveLogic Student Workbook.  It is designed to be used by adults or older students.


Check out this short video that shows CursiveLogic and the Art of Cursive in action.

Our Experience:

This is our second time to write a review of products from CursiveLogic.  We reviewed the previous edition a couple of years ago with one of our older sons.

He was a reluctant writer prior to using the CursiveLogic book.  This method of writing seemed to unlock his potential and he blossomed.  He has enjoyed writing ever since he took this course.  He has the best handwriting skills of our entire family.

Not long after that, I was asked by the CursiveLogic company to participate in a group of families they had asked to look for errors in an upcoming edition and make suggestions to reduce the overall size of the workbook and condense ideas and make it even more user friendly.   We were sent a rough draft of the new edition which I looked over and used with my oldest son.  We emailed back and forth with the company on suggestions and they sent a copy of the hot of the press new addition.   Their staff is always friendly and helpful and it was a really good experience working with them.

Our Experience With CursiveLogic QuickStart Pack:

A few weeks ago, I was excited to be asked to write a new review the new edition of CursiveLogic Student Workbook.

I asked another one of my son’s if he would like to use the books we were sent as part of his daily coursework. Knowing how well the course worked for his older brothers, he happily agreed.  These boys (especially the second and third in line) are very competitive with each other and knowing that one brother has mastered a skill motivates another brother to want to master that skill too.

He was very motivated to work on the CursiveLogic student workbook each day.  He enjoyed the practice combination of tracing and writing and working at his own pace.  He learned to master cursive writing in just a few weeks. 

Our experience with the Art of Cursive book:

When I first read about the concept of combining multi-sensory learning methods to teach cursive writing I was intrigued.   We enjoy art and the opportunity to combine art with writing sounded exciting.

My own children each learn differently, and though one method may work for one child, it doesn’t always work out the same for another.  So using multi-sensory methods can work better for every one in general.

However, my honest opinion about the Art of Cursive book is that though it includes lots of cursive writing practice, and it may be fun to practice cursive while you color,  I would not buy this book for myself or my family because of the spiritual significance of the artwork in the book.

Though I was excited about this new combined method of teaching in the beginning, I was very disappointed with the artwork.

The CursiveLogic company has created an amazing method and produced great teaching resources that I have enoyed using with several of my kids.  However, I have a completely different feeling about the art used in developing this coloring book.  So though I like the method, I don’t like the specific coloring book.  They incorporated their method of teaching by using a few condensed lessons and then writing out famous sayings by famous people that students can trace and rewrite on one side of each page.

However, the artist’s contribution on the other side of each page of the book incorporated those same famous quotes into pictures that represent things that are wicked and the spirit of antichrist.

The art in this book includes new age concepts that are attributed to other gods, moon goddess, other religions, Myan or Aztec pyramids (which is affiliated with human sacrifice) and Egyptian pyramids, portals into the layers of heaven and the firmament, portals in time, upside down heart, a phoenix, a serpent dragon, etc.  Can you see a theme?

My older kids have taken highschool courses about ancient religions and they recognized what had been done with the art in this book immediately upon looking through it.  It takes me a bit longer sometimes to see what is hidden in plain sight.  But upon closer examination the truth is right there in front of me.

Another thing that bothered me is that each of the famous quotes mentioned in the book, give credit to their authors and they are from various occupations such as politicians, inventors, artists, poets, etc and all but one quote is listed this way.

The specific quote listed differently that I am referring to about midway in the book and says:

“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not lean when heat comes for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in years of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

This quote belonged to Jeremiah in the bible.  He was a prophet.  There is an entire book included in the bible about his life, what he had to say, what Father God told him to say and do, and historical events.  He is so significant that he is also mentioned in other books in the bible including Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Daniel and Matthew.  He is a very important man of God to both the Jews and Christians.

Here is what he said, the actual quote:

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Jeremiah 17:7-9 (KJV)

This is the only quote used in this coloring book that is from the bible, and yet they left out it’s author and the fact that it is a bible verse.  WHY?  The artist paired this quote up with a new age, wicked, twisted, serpentine looking “tree of life”.    WHY?

I focused on the bible verse to get through the review of this book.  But I must tell you my honest opinion.  The truth is when they published this book they chose to leave out who they quoted and where the verse came from, THE BIBLE.  WHY?

As I pondered the bigger meaning of all of this, I came to the conclusion that my family will not be participating any further with this coloring book, or any coloring book with these wicked antichrist themes.  The big question for myself and every Christian who loves and obeys Jesus Christ and loves and honors Father God is, or should be, “Is it beneficial to “relax and color” without regard to the images?” “Is this what Father God wants us to do?”

Final Thoughts:

CursiveLogic is a product that has worked well so far with three of our six kids.  They each learn differently yet the CursiveLogic methods have been easy for each of them to grasp.  When they completed their CursiveLogic workbook, they had mastered the skills of cursive handwriting.  I encourage others who are ready to teach their kids to write in cursive, to consider using the CursiveLogic Student Workbook.

Special Offer:

You can currently save 20% when you enter a discount code “CREW2018” at checkout.

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Magic Stix Washable Markers Reivew

I have some wonderful markers to tell you about.  For the past few weeks we have been trying out markers called Magic Stix Washable Markers created by The Pencil Grip, Inc.

You probably already know how highly we think of the folks at The Pencil Grip, Inc.  They make some amazing products for kids and adults.  Over the past few years, we have reviewed some of their products such as Thin Stix tempera paints and Pencil Grip and Safety Scissors  and have been impressed with everything they have sent us to review.  We are excited to try out their newest creation Magic Stix Washable Markers.

Magic Stix Washable Markers

Magic Stix Washable Markers are a completely new product on the market designed to meet the need to be safe and effective and not dry out.  The beautiful long lasting colors of Magic Stix are guaranteed to continue to work good as new even when the cap is left off for up to 7 days without drying out.

Bright & Bold Colors


Safe To Use


Odor Free

Vented Safety Cap (to reduce choking)

Won’t dry out for 7 days – guaranteed!

24 pack option with sturdy plastic storage case

12 pack option with sturdy plastic storage case


Magic Stix Washable Markers come in two sizes.  Both sets are professional looking and come in options of 24 colors and 12 colors.  The bright bold colors work on a variety of surfaces such as paper, wood, cardboard, and more.

Magic Stix Washable Markers 24 Pack retails for $19.99 (currently on sale for $14.72) and contains 24 Bright and Bold Colors:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Hot Pink
  • Magenta Pink
  • Light Yellow
  • Medium Yellow
  • Dark Yellow
  • Light Green
  • Dark Green
  • Forest Green
  • Olive Green
  • Hunter Green
  • Light Blue
  • Medium Blue
  • Dark Blue
  • Deep Blue
  • Light Purple
  • Dark Purple
  • Light Brown
  • Medium Brown
  • Dark Brown
  • Grey
  • Black

Magic Stix Washable Markers 12 Pack retails for $9.99 and contains 12 Bright and Bold Colors:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Light Green
  • Dark Green
  • Light Blue
  • Dark Blue
  • Light Purple
  • Dark Purple
  • Brown
  • Black

The Case:

Magic Stix Washable Markers come in their own perfectly sized, strong, sturdy, see-through case.  The hard plastic case holds each marker securely in its place.  The case is just the right size to fit into a bag, backpack, or medium to large purse so you can take it on the go with you.  The sturdy case is able to hold your markers in a safe convenient place while you travel.

How we used Magic Stix Washable Markers in our home:

We received a 24 pack of Magic Stix Washable Markers to use in our home for the purpose of writing this review.

There are so many great colors to work with for fun projects!

We have enjoyed using these markers in our home and schoolwork in a variety of ways:

  • Wooden Airplane Projects
  • Four Seasons Tree Project
  • Toilet Paper Tube Projects
  • Art Journal Book
  • Schoolwork Unit Study
  • ABC Worksheets
  • Birthday Card
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Coloring pages
  • and more

Here are a few of our projects:


The kids had a lot of fun decorating wooden airplanes.  This was a great “rainy day” project for some energetic boys.  A few days later, when the rain had stopped and the ground was dry, they enjoyed flying and racing their planes outside.  These planes can fly up to 25 feet!

View of planes from the top side:

View of planes from the underside:

Proud pilots!


Another fun project the kids worked on was a Science and Art lesson creating trees of the 4 seasons.

These markers worked great outside on the back porch and remained fresh use after use, project after project.

The variety of colors was just perfect for this project and allowed for a lot of creative fun for this craft.

The final step (not pictured) is to cut out the trees, glue them to light-weight cardboard like a cereal box, and then glue all four sections together so that they make 1 tree with four sides.  When the tree is turned, it shows the same tree in a different season.

Art Journals:

My daughter made some lovely art journals with the Magic Stix Washable Markers.  She recycled cereal boxes for this project.  I will post another story about how she made these.

These little books are so fun to make.  Besides using these for art journals or writing journals, they would make wonderful ABC books for younger kids, or use to write a story book, or make them into prayer journals, and gifts too.

After assembling her journals, she decorated the outside covers with Magic Stix markers.

She will have a lot of fun filling these books with colorful thoughts and art projects.

She enjoyed using Magic Stix Washable Markers to make her art journals.  They turned out so cute!

Final Thoughts:

My family has really enjoyed using these colorful markers.  They are made of high quality, safe, and nontoxic materials. They are odor free, the color goes on evenly, and they feel good in your hand.  This case of markers is a perfect addition to our home art supplies and on the go in our portable art kits.  Give these markers a try as they will impress kids and parents alike!

The Pencil Grip, Inc

The Pencil Grip, Inc has many great products for families with kids of all ages.  I would encourage everyone to stop over at their website and see what they have to offer.

Check out this short video of one of our favorite products  called Kwik Stix.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

When I was a young girl, I learned this passage of scripture.  But it wasn’t until I was older, and went through life experiences where this verse became real to me and I truly understood what it meant.

I am thankful to have learned this verse when I was young, and tucked into my heart and memory, so when I was in the midst of living life, I knew the truth.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 23

This verse is comforting.  It is especially comforting when you find yourself going through a difficult time.  Having this verse memorized in your heart and mind helps you let go of fear and trust that Father God has everything in control and you don’t have to worry about anything.

Truly believe as a child of God that no matter what circumstance you go through, Father God will meet all your needs.  He will even meet your needs when you are in the midst of your enemies, Father God has made a way ahead of time and will take care of you even creating a banquet table prepared for you.

A few examples of when this verse became so real to me a few times in my life that I know truly who my Father God is and that he will always take care of me. These are only a few examples of the many that I could share.

During my Mother-in-laws battle with cancer and subsequent death, I saw first hand how Father God’s comfort and compassion in my life.  She was my best friend since I was 19 years old.  We talked daily by phone until her illness and then she moved in with me.  I took care of her 24/7 for the last year of her life until she died.  After a long and painful illness, she took her last breath surrounded by family in my home.   This was a very difficult time for me.  I was witnessing my best friend and the mother of my husband slowly slip away in this life.  My own father had died suddenly, on my birthday, the year before.  I was only 25 and these were the two people in my life who knew me the most, who I could call on to talk and lean on and they were my biggest supporters.  Now they were dead.  I could never hear their voices or call them for prayer and share something exiting that had happened.

Father God taught me to rest in him.  He helped me to put my trust in Him for guidance and trust Him for reassurance.   Father God taught me to be at peace and just trust him no matter what the circumstance I was going through.

Years later during pregnancy and childbirth (several times), I truly felt Father God was there leading me, and protecting me, even in moments that seemed like I was at death’s door.  I knew without a doubt that God was going to bring me through it, I didn’t need to fear death, and it would turn out exactly as he allowed it to.

Another part of this verse became real to me a few years ago.  At a time when things should have been great, and we had so much to look forward to, a man we thought was a friend and had gone into business with, stole nearly everything we had and stole the business and left us financially crippled.  It was a very hard time for our family.  It took a long time, several years, to recover from the financial loss we suffered by him, and we still have never been able to replace most of what he stole.   Father God wanted us to forgive that man for the evil he had done.  It was hard, but daily we prayed and asked God to help us forgive and prayed for that man to be blessed.

A few months after it happened, a local church knew we were going through a difficult time and gave our name to a local restaurant that each year gives a family a free dinner for the Thanksgiving Holiday.    We accepted their offer and went and enjoyed a wonderful meal.   We were blessed with so much kindness and food that it was overwhelming.  This was a very nice restaurant.   They had several staff wait on us, sometimes three and four staff at the same time as we have a large family.  The owner checked on us several times too, and we were treated so nice.  There were several courses of food, salad, bread, soups, entrees, etc.  They even brought a variety of deserts at the end of the meal.  The table was filled to overflowing, and we were treated as if we were some kind of royalty or something.  After the meal, they offered to show our kids around the restaurant.  They put aprons and hair nets on them and took them for a full tour of the kitchen where food is cooked for the guests and they were allowed to go into the refrigerated coolers where food is stored and to meet the chefs and shake their hands. They were also invited to come again anytime.   About a month later that restaurant blessed our family again and gave us several gifts of new clothes and toys for the kids.

I don’t know when during the meal that I started thinking of this verse, but my heart was filled with gratitude and this verse came to me.  I told my husband that even when we go through the most difficult times, our God is with us, leading us, filling our stomach, giving us drink, and protecting us.  At that very moment of gratitude, I saw a look on my husband’s face as he noticed something in the distance.  I turned and looked behind me over my shoulder.  There at another table, several rows away, was the very man who stole from us and had made our life so difficult.  I honestly nearly fainted.  It was so sureal to be in the whole situation.   I knew this verse had come true “He leadeth me” and “he prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies” right before my eyes.

What are the odds that the very man who caused us so much harm would be at the same restaurant at the very same moment in time?  Father God had prepared this a head of time.  How was this even possible?  Only God could do this.

I know this truth.  God is with us!  God will take care of us when we follow him and allow him to lead us in the way we should go.  He will protect us and provide for us.  He is our shepherd.   This is comforting.

The choice is ours to make.  How will we proceed in life?  Who will we follow?  Who will we place our trust in?

We can TRUST Him.

I would encourage you to memorize this passage of scripture and teach it to your children.

Be wise and be blessed!

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Drive Thru History Adventures Review

Is your History curriculum boring?  Do you need to spice it up and get your kids excited about History?  Would your kids like to go on a fun adventure?  Would you like to see your kids (or the whole family) learn something new while they take a field trip through History right from their living room?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I encourage you to check out Drive Thru History Adventures from Dave Stotts and his terrific History Curriculum.

Drive Thru History Adventures

Drive Thru History Adventures

Online Subscription (Yearly or Monthly)

3 History Courses

Ancient History, American History, Biblical History

Adventures TV

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Drive Through History Adventures has 3 History courses to choose from that cover American History Adventures, Ancient History Adventures, and Bible History Adventures.  These courses are based on the Drive Through History TV series and are presented from a Christian Worldview.  Your subscription gives you unlimited access around the clock 24/7 to all three courses to use at your convenience.  You can choose to do one course, or do all three.

Ancient History Adventures (12 weeks)

Covers Empires of Greece, Rome and Asia Minor

American History Adventures (12 weeks)

Covers Early American History From Columbus to the Constitution

Bible History Adventures (18 weeks)

Covers the Life of Jesus

Visit 50+ locations in Israel

Here is a short video by Dave Stotts explaining his mission with Drive Thru History Adventures.

For the purpose of this review, I will focus on the Bible History Adventures.

Bible History Adventures


There are 18 lessons in the Bible History Adventures curriculum so far with plans to add more.  The lessons focus on the Life Of Jesus of Nazareth written in The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) of the Bible and include:

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?

Each lesson is a combination of videos, readings, photographs of historical places, historical people, architecture, art, illustrations, famous quotes, discussion questions, optional downloadable worksheets, and a dig deeper section that helps expand the subject material for older or upper level students.

Dave Stotts takes you on location to learn the history of Jesus of Nazareth’s life, the events that took place, and a close look at why over 1/3 of the world’s population believes he is who he said he was, the Son of God and Savior of the world, and why they follow’s his teachings.  He proves why Jesus is the most important person in history for over 2000+ years.

Here is a shortened example of the kinds of videos and information you will find in this curriculum.

In addition to access to all three History curriculums for the entire year, the Drive Thru History Adventures subscription also gives us access to the Adventures TV program extras.

Adventures TV:

Dave is a TV star.  He has had his own TV series called Drive Thru History for many years.   His program appeals to both Christians and non-Christians, because of all the travel adventures, architecture, culture, and unique exploration of history in each episode.   For subscribers of the Drive Thru History Adventures curriculum, he has given free access to many of his other videos available on Adventures TV.  You can view Adventures TV from your computer and mobile devices.

Our Experience

For the purpose of this review, we are focusing on the Bible History Adventures curriculum.

We have both older kids and younger kids in our family.  We used the curriculum differently depending on their age.  The older kids used the full curriculum on the computer.  For our younger children, we connected the TV to the computer so they could view the videos together in the living room.  The younger children only used the videos and discussion questions of the curriculum.

The Bible History Adventures curriculum covers the life of Jesus written in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John of the New Testament in the Bible.  These are called The Gospels.  The kids go on an adventure to discover who Jesus is, what his life was like and what was going on in the world at that time and since, and why Jesus is so important in the history of the world even today after 2000 years since his birth.  The kids get to go on a virtual field trip and visit 50+ locations in Israel.

I thought it might help to show our readers some examples from the Bible History Adventures lessons.  So below are screen shots from Lesson 1.

Examples from Lesson 1: The Historical Landscape

We started out with a 27+/- minute video to watch.

Dave Stotts is adventurous, serious at times, engaging and funny and he has a special way of making the process of learning History interesting.

It is wonderful to see all these amazing places he visits as he explains what took place.

After the video, there is a famous quote that relates to the learning. 

Next is a photo on location.

Next is a summary of the learning.

There is a bible scripture (s) study.  The lesson gives the Scripture Reading and what verses to focus on.  It offers an in-bedded bible or “bible box” for reading the verses within the program as you do the lesson. You can select what version of the bible you want to use and adjust the font size for ease of reading.  Having the verses listed right in the lesson is helpful.

There are examples of famous art and additional historical information.

Next is more historical information.

Next are discussion questions.  The questions can be answered individually or discussed as a group with the family.

The discussion questions as well as the lesson summary and other info is listed in PDF format for printing if desired.

Printing out the downlable PDF’s are a great way to keep a record of the learning adventure.  It is also a great way for older students to practice writing their thoughts out in paragraph or essay format.

Finally, each lesson has a Dig Deeper section for additional reading and research for older students.

We love using this curriculum.  For our needs we opted to use our bible and favorite online bible, rather than the provided scriptures within the “bible box” offered in the lessons.   Sometimes you just need the bible in your hands while you read, and at other times, the online bible works great too.  The online bible we use is free, and we can choose any version to read from in any language, and even compare scriptures in different versions to improve our understanding, and search related key words etc.

Another reason we like the online bible is that it puts the verses up on a whole page and we can adjust the font size and it is easier to read. Another advantage to the online bible we normally use, is that it has an option to “read the verses out loud”.  Over the years, the read aloud option has helped the children read along and get a better understanding.  Another free bible resource we use also looks various words or subjects up in Hebrew or Greek and defines the true meaning of those words and shows how they are used through out the entire bible so you get an incredible deep understanding of the message Father God wants you to know.  I love these extra features when using the online study bible.

After starting this review, my kids were sent some suveniers.  Dave Stotts sent them Drive Thru History Adventures patches and stickers and an autograph signed picture of Dave on location in front of his Jeep. The older boys took possession of the patches right away to put on their outdoor adventure back packs.  The younger kids put the stickers on their folders.   I just wanted to mention this to show that Dave goes the extra mile to reach out to people and encourage them.  My kids were encouraged by his outreach.

Dave makes himself available to families through the use of social media.  One way he does this is through a Facebook group for families using the curriculum.  He also reaches out in other ways and you can leave a question for him through his contact form on the website.  I am very grateful that Dave is so personable and interested in real relationships with people.  You can see that he has remained humble and approachable even through he is so popular.

Final thoughts about using this program:

We really love the work Dave Stotts has done in both the Drive Thru History TV series (which we have been a fan for several years) and the new Drive Thru History Adventures curiculum.   Dave has a way of presenting historical facts in a fun memorable way.

In Bible History Adventures, Dave drives from place to place to over 50+ locations and takes you along for the ride.  The amount of historical sites and information covered is incredible!  The lessons are as short or as long as you want them to be and they are flexible.   Whether you use the bible provided in the popup box in the lesson to study the scriptures, or use another bible study resource is up to you.  Whether you verbally answer the discussion questions or print out the worksheets and write the answers in essay form is up to you.  You can access the curriculum 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as it is convenient for you to do so.

Most of my kids are audio visual learners and this curriculum fits their learning style.  My younger kids are able to enjoy the videos about historical places, people, and events, while my oldest son who likes to read on, is able to dig deeper and do the additional research he enjoys.   And with the annual subscription, we get to enjoy all of this wonderful history curriculum (Ancient, America, and Bible) for a full year.

Dave Stotts and Drive Thru History Adventures is a great way to spice up the learning and a sure cure for boredom.  There is something for everyone with this curriculum.

Discount Specials

There are several discount specials going on right now.  There is a free 7 day trial offer, and for new annual subscriptions Dave Stotts is offering a free set of DVD’s from Drive Thru History Adventures called The Gospels.

There is also a 20% off discount offer available for readers of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

Check out both resources to see the current offers and find one that fits best for your family.

Social Media

Dave Stotts is very active on Social Media.  Be sure to check out Dave and Drive Thru History on their social media for all the latest special offers, products, and updates.


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Starfall Home Membership Review

Have you ever checked out the the Starfall Education Foundation website? It has a lot of learning fun to offer!

We were recently given a one year subscription to their upgraded paid version called The Starfall Home Membership in exchange for writing an honest review of our experience.

The Starfall Home Membership

Online Learning

Phonics, Reading, Spelling Games,

Music, Learning Games, Math

PreK – 2nd Grades

One Year Subscription

Retail $35

The Starfall Home Membership subscription includes free mobile App to access the membership account from a mobile device.

The Starfall Home Membership

The Starfall Home Membership is an educational program for younger kids.  It is designed for kids in PreK through 2nd grade.  It is also great for kids (or adults) of any age who are learning English As A Second Language, any age with Special Needs, or even older kids who need Remedial work, or to just for fun to brush up on some of the basic phonics, reading, and math skills.

Starfall Education Foundation offers both a free version and a paid version (The Starfall Home Membership) of their online program that is filled with supplemental educational learning games.  They also offer a FREE mobile app, a printed version of full curriculum for sale and other resources for sale, and FREE parent teacher resources including FREE worksheet generators, posters, books, and other free printables.  Requirements to use the program are access to Internet service, and a computer or a laptop or mobile internet compatible device to access the program.

Check out this video for a short demonstration of a phonics spelling game from the Starfall Education Foundation.

Here is an example of a fun math game.  To see it in action, click the “play button” on this video for a short demonstration.

The Parent – Teacher Center

Looking through the Parent – Teacher Center can help give parents ideas on how to use the program and incorporate the program into their student’s curriculum.

It includes supplemental worksheets, custom worksheets, posters, curriculum downloads, informative guides, and the latest information from Starfall to keep you up to date.

Starfall also offers an organized lesson plan already put together.  You can use this resource online, or purchase the printed curriculum.  They offer a full printed curriculum that comes boxed with several additional extras (books, games, toys, manipulatives) that go along with the curriculum too.  Be sure to check out their curriculum if you are looking for a helpful resource.

Our Experience

I used The Starfall Home Membership with both my six year old and nine year old sons.

Though they had to share the same dashboard (as families are only given one account), each boy enjoyed different aspects of the program.

We worked on this review of Starfall during January and February.  It is accessible 24/7 and we used it on weekdays as a supplement to our curriculum and weekends if the kids requested to play on it.

The first thing the kids did each day they worked on the program was view the interactive calendar.

This was a fun exercise to see and learn more about the days and months.

The calendar lists the main holidays each month, and then you can add items, such as students can dress it up with the provided border options and stamps or print and color it.  My boys changed the border for the holiday and marked the weekends stamped with stars.

Holidays for January included:

  1. New Years Day
  2. Martin Luther King Jr Day

Holidays for February included:

  1. Groundhog Day
  2. Valentines Day
  3. Chinese New Year
  4. Presidents Day

The calendar feature also asks the kids a few questions about what day of the week and other questions that helps them get familiar with reading and using the calendar.

Another fun personalizing feature of Starfall is the avatar.  Because there is only one account per household, there is only one avatar to share.

The six year old got to choose the avatar features and dress it up and then both boys worked together on answering the questions about items in the room or various rooms of the house.

A nice feature of Starfall is the dashboard filled to the brim with learning opportunities.   The Learn To Read tab is really nice.  It brings you to a list of letters, words, or combinations, and then after those skills are mastered, the student proceeds to the books that feature those letters or word combinations for more practice.

The six year old is learning letter sounds and using them in short words.

He is also counting to 20 and using simple math such as adding numbers.

Math songs help him remember different concepts.

Starfall offers lots of math games that make learning math concepts fun and motivate him to want to do more fun practice of skills.

There are plenty of activities to choose from.  I am just barely skimming the surface in sharing these things so far.  There are also puzzles, activities with subject themes, and some basic learning games in Sign Language such as the ALS alphebet and some signing words in the music activities too.

My nine year old son is a strong reader already and really enjoys reading books.

Here are a few pictures from some of his activities, books, songs, and learning games he has been working on.

A nice feature for strong readers and those just learning to read is the option for the book to be read aloud to you.  My older son did not need this feature, but my younger son did.

Sometimes after my older son read the page, I would go back through it with him and push on the little ear button to have the sentence or paragraph read to him.  He was like “Mom, I already read that!”   However, even though he did a good job reading, I wanted him to hear the deflection in the reader’s voice as it read through the different characters and with different emotions.  Learning how to express emotions and vary the sounds enhanced the learning for him.

Every option, whether it was phonics, books, math, music etc had even more opportunities for him to read.

He is enjoying the various math games.

There are a lot of musical options too.  There are folk songs, nursery rhymes, math songs, abc songs, classical composers, and more.

There are lots of extra learning activities too such as holiday cards, and more.  In one of the activities, my son helped a mouse practice writing a letter to his grandma.

Final thoughts about the program:

This program has a lot of activities to offer and can help kids learn and improve their reading and math skills.   It is affordable at just $35 a year for the entire family, so if you have multiple younger children, you only have to pay one low price and they can all use it.  You can try out the free version and see how it works for your family.  The paid version offers a whole lot more.  Also it does not keep scores after the activity, and kids can repeat the activity as many times as they want.  You can take it on the go with you by using the mobile app so it can give kids something fun to do while traveling in the car or when “waiting” on appointments or waiting for other activities to begin.  It is flexible and my younger kids have enjoyed using different parts of the program.

I would have loved to have had this program when I was teaching English as a Second Language to International college students.  A program like this would have helped immerse the International students in the English language and engage them with fun activities, songs, and audio visual interaction.  The read aloud option of the books, with emphasis on tones and expression would have really helped practice speaking and understanding language and how it is applied in conversation and different situations.

One consideration to keep in mind for religious homeschools, and especially Christian families, is that there are themes in the books and games options (such as aliens, fantasy, dragons, magic, Halloween, etc) that would be part of public school education, but may conflict with bible teaching and a homeschool with a Christian worldview.  However, each activity is optional and you can choose which games or books you want to use in the program and avoid selecting certain topics that do not agree with your religious beliefs and cultural practices. The program is flexible and has many different options and you can use what you want from it.

Starfall learning games and books are interactive and engaging and the program has a lot of different things to choose from to build skills and practice reading and math.  It is a publicly supported non-profit educational foundation, and it’s standards are aligned with the public school Core Curriculum of both European Union and USA and other countries.

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