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T is for Tree: A Bible ABC Book Review

I have really enjoyed reading T is for Tree: A Bible ABC  published by Reformed Free Publishing Association with my kids.  What a terrific book!

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC

T is for Tree

A Bible ABC

Hardback Book

32+/- Pages

Beautiful Full Color Illustrations

Bible Scriptures KJV

Recommended for ages 3-6

Retails $17.95

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC is a lovely book.  It is an 9″ x 11″ hardback book made of quality materials.  It contains approximately 32 pages.  Each colorful page has a letter, a word, a poem, a brightly colored illustration, a detailed border, and an inspirational bible scripture (KJV) for each letter (A-Z) of the English Alphabet.

For example:

  • A is for ANTS” .  “A” is the focus for the first letter. “ANTS” is the word focus.  The “letter” and “word” are combined in a simple sentence, written in bold type, and located at the top of each page. Both the focus “letter” and focus “word” are capitalized.  The focus “letter” is also set apart from the text by a different color and large format.
  • The featured illustration shows the ants working to store up food. The page also has a border of ants. Both the illustration and the detailed border help to reinforce the “letter” and associated “word” being learned.
  • The poem reads “Though weak and small in size, They gather food all summer. May God make us as wise”. The poem describes something about the “word” being learned.
  • Next is a corresponding bible verse: “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceedingly wise; the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer” Proverbs 30:24-25.  The bible verses are from both the Old and New Testament.  They always include the “word” being learned.  The bible verse focuses on the character traits of Father God or the traits of those who have faith in him.

The book continues with beautiful illustrations, poems, and scriptures throughout the entire book for all 26 letters of the Alphabet.  The author and illustrator, Connie L. Meyer, has done a wonderful job creating beautiful pages filled with interesting artwork for each letter and word.

Connie L. Meyer’s stated goal for this book (as listed on the back cover) is that it is “designed to teach young children of their heavenly Father’s almighty power and his faithfulness to fulfill his promises he makes to them as children of his covenant.”  She has extensive experience creating art curriculum products, bible study curriculum products, magazine articles, and more for the Christian community and her experience, as well as her love for Father God, shines through in this book she designed for younger children.

Our Experience:

We received this book in exchange for writing an honest review and sharing our experience.

We used this book for read aloud time as a bible study devotional, and also for learning ABC’s with my youngest son.  Though the book is intended for age 3-6, I also included my other kids too.

The kids enjoyed the illustrations.  For those who were old enough, I encouraged them to read the book on their own as well as read a page aloud to the younger kids and to participate in the bible discussions and help out with various activities we did.  We talked about the scripture passages together and this encouraged their walk with God.

To enhance the learning for everyone we added in lots more activities.  In addition to reading the book and going over the ABC’s, poems, bible verses, and enjoying the lovely illustrations, we also used this book each week for some hands on activities to further the learning.

  • Letter Recognition
  • Phonics
  • Matching
  • Bible Memory Verse
  • Bible Lookup
  • Poetry
  • Science
  • Math
  • Writing & Copywork
  • Music
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Playtime (related toys, props, role play, etc)
  • Nature Walks

This is a great book for young learners.  I would encourage other families to include this book when doing letter recognition and phonics training.   Younger kids learn best when play is combined with learning goals.  So we found ways to play and have fun. 

We took walks and looked outside in nature for things that correlated with the bible verses and illustrations.  This was a fun tie in with the book.  We found beautiful things in nature such as ants, birds in the yard, trees, clouds, moon, wild grape vines along the forest, and more.

The kids also did some science related experiments with simple household items we had on hand.  For example, we took time to study the properties of “ice” for the letter “I”. We used a worksheet to chart how long it takes for water to freeze into ice in our freezer, and how long it took for an ice cube to melt on our kitchen table vs how long it takes in our cooler.  I am planning another experiment for the next time we read through the letter “I” to put a few ice cubes in different cups and chart the temperatures of the control glass, a glass with only ice, and a glass with water and ice, and a glass with only water.  I am waiting to do this experiment until I acquire a separate thermometer to monitor each glass.

Another example of how we are incorporating science and math with this book is teaching the kids to track the moon cycle for the letter “M”.  The letter “M” page quotes the bible scripture from Jeremiah 31:35-36 about the “ordinances” of the moon, but most people do not understand what that means.  Because Father God established it and mentions it in the scriptures, I want my kids to understand what the ordinances of the moon are.  The moon means month.  It has an established law.  It was put in place to govern specific things such as to be a guide to keep track of time, for example each “day” begins in the evening and goes through until the start of the next evening. God established this on the first day “and evening and morning were the first “day”, and it has remained so ever since.  The moon is the gauge to track not only when the day (evening and morning) begins, but also to track each month.  The moon tracks when the month begins (at the first sighting of the moon), the middle of the month (full moon), and when the month ends (when there is complete darkness), it was established to keep track of Sabbaths (he established when he rested the 7th day, evening and morning, after he had worked for 6 days), as signs for future events in prophesy, and also to keep track of special feasts and appointed times with God.  Father God established ordinances for the moon and stars that not only provide light, but also establish the start of the new year, govern the days and months, and govern the planting and harvest of crops.  The moon ordinances even help regulate a healing chemical produced in our bodies called Melatonin that also helps us sleep, the moon cycle regulates fertility, and there is a lot more than I have time or space to share in this story here.

I want my kids to know these truths, and I would encourage every person on earth to seek out the truth, because Father God put it right in front of them so they will believe and rely on God to show them instead of believing and trusting in the lies (tel-lie-vision), theories (assumptions) and sorceries of men.  We do not worship the sun, moon, stars, or anything on the earth or under the earth, however we must understand that God put them in their habitations for his reasons and for our benefit.  These ordinances will never change, no matter how much kingdoms change, or church doctrines change, or books change, or technology changes, or cultures and man made traditions change. You can change the daily calendar as men have done, you can change the history books, you can write science books full of theories and fill them with lies and portray them as truths, but no one will ever be able to change the ordinances Father God has put into place and it stands as a witness of the eternal truth.

There are so many ways to build on what kids are learning in this book. For example, my kids created several arts and crafts projects they wanted to do.  They used some art techniques they have been learning in their current Art course. For example they made 3D paper creatures with construction paper, scissors, and glue. They also made pictures with watercolor crayons which are special paint like crayons that you brush with water after coloring and it looks as if you painted the picture.  Both of these are types of techniques they have been studying in our Art curriculum.

ABC’s

We did a “letter of the week” focus with my youngest son and included using hands on activities like matching with foam letters.

A is for ANTS:

We sounded out the letters, played matching games, and used an inexpensive ABC puzzle to help with letter recognition and association.  For one of the games we played, after I read the page to him, he had to find the correct letter from a pile of scattered letters, and then match the letter to the story and finish by placing the letter into the ABC Puzzle.

B is for BOW:

C is for CLOUDS:

Below are a few more examples of the many activities we did.  To save time and space, I am only sharing a few examples of what we did with the letters A, B, C, H, S, and T for the purpose of this review.

A is for ANTS:

For the letter “A” we did a few different activities.  We did a science observation and went outside and investigated an ant hill.

After observing the top of the ant mound, I let my son take a small stick and gently disturb the top of the mound one time.  Then I had him stand back to see what the ants would do.

The stick barely lifted a small thin section of the top of the mound.  The ants were at war instantly.  I had my son stand back at a safe distance as it is no fun to get bit by red ants.

They moved so quickly it was hard for my camera to capture a picture of them.

They came out of lots of tiny holes with tunnels that had been just under the surface layer of dirt.

He was quite interested to observe the ants defend their home.  Since these are red biting ants, I didn’t have him try to collect any for closer observation. 

I purchased a bug viewer for him to use, but he broke it while viewing a ladybug and before he had the chance to catch an ant.  We will however keep our eyes open for more opportunities to catch black ants and perhaps put them in a mason jar to look at closely with a magnifying glass.

Next we did some arts and crafts and created 3D Ants with construction paper.

B is for BOW:

For the letter “B” the kids made a “Bow” for the rainbow.  They created a bow with a creative craft called Super Beads.

After designing and assembling the beads to resemble a rainbow, they sprayed them with water, let them sit overnight, and had a toy rainbow to play with.

They also colored pictures of rainbows and colored in printables we found online.

We still have plans to learn more about the science of rainbows in the next few weeks with a science kit I purchased.

C is for CLOUDS:

To learn more about clouds, I found writing, science, math, and coloring worksheets on line that related to clouds.  We also went outside and watched the clouds.

Then we did cloud related projects.  For science we were able to learn about the different kinds of clouds and create a matching game.

We also watched a science video that taught us more about clouds.

For math we practiced counting clouds with cotton balls.  For phonics and writing practice and art we used worksheets, pencils, and crayons.

H is for HORSE:

For the letter “H” the kids made construction paper 3D Horses:

You will see more pictures of their horses and other 3D animals they have been making in an upcoming story about their art curriculum.

They also played with toy horses.

We are hoping to visit a horse stable soon and learn about the care of horses.  I found several printables online and am putting together a horse unit and lapbook for the kids.

S is for STARS:

The kids made their own firmament pictures with construction paper, crayons, glow in the dark stars, marbles, glass beads, and toys.

We also have a stars sensory bin that contains stars of different materials and colors, black pompoms, blue and clear glass beads, and more that my kids love to play with. Sometimes they pretend they are on a journey in space or that they have taken a journey to see the moon.

T is for TREE:

For the letter “T” the kids learned to draw and color trees.  Some made their trees with watercolor paints, and others made theirs with watercolor crayons and used the techniques they learned in our art curriculum.

They also used toy trees, trees they made with Super Beads, built Lego trees, puzzle letters, and more:

We took a nature walk to look at trees.   We love looking at the forest.

So many different trees are in the forest, and it is home to many different creatures and birds.  We also enjoy the shade provided from the trees so we can cool off from the sun when playing in the yard.

We like to learn to identify the different leaves of different kinds of trees.

We also find the most beautiful treasures produced by these amazing trees.

Sometimes the kids just enjoy climbing up trees, pulling themselves up on branches to see how high they can go and what they can see, and sometimes they hang upside down in trees too.

Sometimes when we go barefoot, we get ouchies like splinters from walking and balancing on tree logs too.

Author:

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC is written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer.   She dedicated this book to “all the children of the Reformation, to the children who live by faith, faith in the promises of God.”  Connie L. Meyer is a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She has dedicated her life to serving the Christian community for many years as an author, artist, teacher, curriculum creator, tutor, speaker, magazine article writer, and has served students in all grade levels and adults too.  She is well known in various Protestant Reformed churches, schools, and associations.

Be sure to check out more books Connie L. Meyer has authored including her Behold The Beauty Art Curriculum.  I would really like to try this curriculum with my kids.  There are three individual art curriculum books and the entire bundle listed at the link above, as well a other books she has had published through Reformed Free Publishing Association.  Each art curriculum book has free sample lessons offered on the website.  I downloaded all of the free samples and plan to use them soon with my kids.

Publisher:

The Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1924.  Their mission is to be a witness to the distinctive Reformed truth.  They strive to publish works that are based on scripture and bring glory to God.  They primarily publish the work of professors, ministers, and educators who are aligned with the Protestant Reformed Churches in America and stand firmly as a witness to the truth of bible scriptures. They offer books, biographies, church history, educational curriculum, bible commentaries, bible study guides, devotionals, theology, and more in print, audio, and digital formats.  They offer discounted specials so be sure to check out what is on sale.  They also offer 35% off regular price and free shipping to members of their monthly book club.

Final Thoughts:

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC is a wonderful book full of inspiration for you to talk with your kids about Father God and his love for his creation and then put it into action.

I would encourage other homeschool families to get this book.  Read it for your bible study, or read aloud, or practice learning the letters and more for school.  Then spend time doing something hands on related to each page and really connect the message to real life for your kids.  Spend time teaching them God’s word and walk and talk it out.

Deuteronomy 11:19

“And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

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Learn To Read With Reading Kingdom Review

Are you looking to improve your child’s ability to read and write? Then you might want to check out Reading Kingdom online interactive curriculum.

Reading Kingdom offers a better strategy than what has traditionally been offered to help kids improve their reading and writing skills, reduce academic failure, and reach reading proficiency.

Reading Kingdom

Reading Kingdom

Online Learning Program

Interactive Curriculum

Highly effective

Adapts To Each Child

Individualized Instruction

Research based

Ages 4-10

Retail $19.99 month ($9.99 additional child).

Reading Kingdom in an online learning program developed for students ages 4 to 10 to help them become proficient at reading and writing to a 3rd grade level.   It is fun to use and kids can use the program on their own.  Because it is filled with learning games and books, kids are motivated to use it each day.  Reading Kingdom works as a standalone curriculum or as a supplement to your curriculum.  Reading Kingdom works on any device with an internet connection (including Windows, Mac, iPad, Android, Chromebooks, etc.)

Reading Kingdom uses a patented strategy called the Phonics Plus decoding system created by Dr. Marion Blank, a developmental psychologist who is also one of the world experts on reading.  Learning with Reading Kingdom has been made available in a fun online interactive program by her son Jonathan Blank, an expert in computer software development.   Now families everywhere can have access to this award winning learning system to help kids learn to read and write.

The Phonics Plus decoding system is based on learning the meanings of words, the pattern sequencing of letters, and sounds that create meaning.

Sequencing:  recognizing patterns from left to right.
Writing: understanding letter placement on keyboard and writing through out the program.
Sounds (Phonics): sounding letter blends,
Meaning: understanding the meaning of words and their context.
Grammar: grammatical rules
Comprehension: remembering and understanding what has been read.

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The Department of Education reports that two out of three kids today are failing at reading and writing proficiency and Dr. Blank believes it is because they learned to read with phonics only.  There are many reasons why learning with phonics only fails to help so many kids.

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However, rather than just learning phonics only, Reading Kingdom teaches the Phonic’s Plus decoding system as foundational for mastering reading and writing proficiency.  This method brings reading, writing, and comprehension together. As students learn these skills, they will benefit both now and later in life as many of these skills overflow into other areas in a person’s life.

How It Works:

Reading Kingdom uses fun reading games, story books, and the Phonics Plus decoding strategy to boost each student’s skills and confidence in reading, writing, and comprehension.  When kids finish the program, they will have mastered above a third grade reading level.

Reading Kingdom contains 5 Levels.  Each level is adaptable for the skill level of the person using it, so it customizes itself per the child’s needs.  Each level builds upon the skills learned in the previous level.  Before moving forward it gets kids ready for the next level so both sets of skill levels flow smoothly together. A Progress Check (review quiz) is given after each level. More practice is given if needed, or if they have mastered everything, they are promoted to the next level.

Reading Kingdom is designed to be used 4 days per week. Each level is filled with several sessions and you complete one session each day.  Each session takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.  A child learns 1 new word or reads 1 new book during each session.

Below are a few examples of different skill levels.  The first picture shows the level, the number of new words, new words plus word variants, total new words, and new books learned in that level.  The second picture in each category below is an example of a learning game in that level.

Level 1

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Level 3

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Level 4

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Level 5

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The entire Reading Kingdom online program starting at the lowest level and working your way through to completing the highest level, is designed to take about 12 to 15 months to complete all the levels and skills.   However, an older child child who already has acquired some reading skills, takes the placement test and scores above the beginning level, etc. maybe able to complete the program quicker, perhaps in as little as 6+/- months.   This program could also be used for review for older students and ESL and remedial learning.  A child who is a struggling reader may take longer than average to complete.  The program is flexible and adapts to the skills of each child.  However if your student is on the Autism Spectrum or has other learning challenges, then you might want to check into another program Reading Kingdom has developed called ADS Reading.

Who is Dr. Blank?

Dr. Marion Blank

Dr. Marion Blank is known around the world as a literacy expert. She developed and directed the Light on Literacy Program. She has served on the faculty of Columbia University. She lectures around the world, and has authored several peer-reviewed articles and books. Dr. Blank has developed award winning teaching programs.  She is the author of the Reading Remedy and creator of the Reading Kingdom.

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How We Used Reading Kingdom In Our Home

I was thrilled for my kids to have the opportunity to use Reading Kingdom.  We were given a one year subscription in exchange for writing an honest review about our experience.

My kids have been using the Reading Kingdom program for about 6 weeks, and have practiced almost daily during our language arts study time since getting the program.  I am using this program with my three youngest kids, ages 6, 8, and 10.  The 8 year old is the most consistent user.  He has averaged 4.3 days per week.  The 10 year old has averaged 3 days per week.  The 6 year old has an average of 2.3 days per week.

Sometimes the 6 year old isn’t as motivated as the 8 year old and 10 year old are to sit at the computer.  I think he has stopped a few times before his lesson was completely finished for the day, and I am not sure if that reduces the average number of days counted.  I think he will become more motivated to finish each lesson as he gains more skills.

This is our second time to use this program and I can see similarities in the ages in regards to skills and motivation.  We had a subscription to Reading Kingdom three years ago and the kids learned a lot at that time and loved it.  We were excited to see how much they have improved since then.

Each child has two options when starting the program.  The first option is for those starting at the beginning level and are just learning to read.  They can start at the very beginning with the very first lesson session.  The second option is to take a placement test to find out what skills the child already knows and where they should be placed.  The placement test has two parts, a keyboard typing test and a sequencing test.

Typing & Keyboard Test

Typing & Keyboard Test

These placement tests help the parent, and the Reading Kingdom program understand what skills the student already knows, and what skills they have yet to learn.  Because Reading Kingdom is an adaptable reading program, it responds to the child’s skill level and their ongoing progress.  It also recognizes what they don’t know because of the mistakes they are making, and provides extra support and training in those areas.  This helps customize the program to their learning level.

Sequencing Test

Sequencing Test

Since he is a beginning reader, I had my 6 year old start at the beginning level without taking the placement tests.  My 8 year old son and 10 year old daughter both took the placement test.  They took the letter sequencing test and a keyboard typing test.

The placement test put the 8 year old a little above where I thought it would.  He is a strong reader and quick learner and did well on the placement test.  It placed him on Level 3.  However the 10 year old struggled more while taking the test, as it is timed and she is slower to answer even if she knows the answer, and it started her in the middle of Level 1.  Both she and I thought she would place on a higher level.  It seem to us that because she struggled with speed on the placement test is the reason why she started at a lower level, and not because she didn’t know the answer.  Though she was a bit disappointed at first, it has turned out to be good review for her to go back over many of the words and practice them, and the parent report is showing she is getting an “excellent” score on her lesson sessions.

After the tests, and placement, then each kid can begin their sessions.  The program is set up to do 1 session a day, though you can do more.  After they log in, each of my kids have a dash board that shows their progress.

On the parent dashboard, I can go in to a tab and choose to review reports, change the level or speed for responses, or even set it to retake the test if needed.  For now, I have left everything at the default speed and mainly use my dashboard to review the reports.  Reports can also be downloaded and sent by email too.  I like the parent dashboard because it gives me a basic summary of how each child is progressing, what words they are learning and what words they are struggling with.

As a parent, I know each of my kids learn differently, some are fast and some are slow at picking up certain skills.  It is nice to have a curriculum that can adapt to their learning styles.

When my kids complete a level (or test out of a level) they have the option to print a diploma certificate for that level.

I would encourage other homeschool families to check out Reading Kingdom. You can help your child achieve reading proficiency when you team up with Reading Kingdom for the Phonics Plus solution to help your child succeed.

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Davy Crockett Heroes of History Review

I will never forget when I was a young girl, I used to hear my Grandma sing: “Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier.”  Thanks to Ywam Publishing, and their Heroes of History series and Unit Study Guides, I am able to teach my kids about Davy Crockett too.

Heroes of History – Davy Crockett: Ever Westward

Biography

of

David Crockett  1786-1836

Paperback Book

191 Pages

17 Chapters

Ages 10 and up

Retail: $9.99 on sale for $7.50

Davy Crockett: Ever Westward 1786–1836 is a biography of David Crockett’s life from about the time he was 10 years of age until his death.  It is written in an easy to understand way for people of all ages.  It is recommended for students age 10 and older.

Table of Contents:

This book includes 17 chapters and suggested bibliography resources.  Topics discussed in these chapters include: pioneer life, family relations, bullying, courting and marriage, forest, rivers, hunting for food, faith, education, Tennessee; Texas, militias, native American Indians, US House of Representatives, Texas Revolution, Battle of the Alamo, bushcrafting, woodsmanship, integrity, exploration conviction, hope, and determination to survive.

Below I have listed each chapter title and briefly summarized the first six chapters from the book for you to get a general idea of what we are learning about:

1. Across the World: This chapter we are introduced to a dreamer teenage boy named David who hopes to get a job as a cabin boy on a merchant ship that is hauling lumber and sailing from America to London.

2. Wilderness Life: This chapter we travel back in time to the early years of David’s life, from about 10 years of age, as his family moved to a couple locations in the state of Tennessee to set up their homestead life.  After loosing their home and belongings and a grist mill they had built to a flood, they had to move again.  In another location, they set up their home as a Tavern (with a bed and food and care of horses) for travelers. David is an excellent hunter and provides the homestead with meat.  He also chops firewood, and does other chores around their pioneer life. He also takes care of the travelers horses getting them water, food, bedding, and cleaning the mud off the horses hair if needed.

3. A Hired Hand: David’s father sends him at age 12 to help one of the travelers take his wagon, horses, and cows 400 miles East to reach his homestead in Virginia.  He has given up on the harsh Westward expansion and skirmishes with Indians and wants to return to farm life in Virginia.  After David helps him to Virginia he is kept on to work for him as a hired hand according to an arrangement his father made and didn’t tell him about.  During the winter, on his own, David up and leaves the “hired hand” job and makes his way back home.

4. The Runaway:  David makes the long journey home.  However, there are many changes including a new school with a dirt floor opens up nearby and all the Crockett boys are enrolled and their father paid for them to attend.  David fights a school bully.  David skips school and after several days his father finds out because the teacher updates his father.  His dad confronts him on the trail near the woods as he tries to skip out again the next day.  David runs off into the woods to avoid a spanking and being forced to return to school.  David gets a job driving cattle to Virginia and then another job getting wagons of goods to Baltimore.  He hopes to get a job as a cabin boy and sail the seas and see the world. But the driver of the wagons refuses to give him his pay and personal belongings, prevents him from boarding the ship, and forces him to continue working for him with the wagons.

5. The Return: The owner of the wagon train beat David with a whip in addition to preventing him from joining the ship as a cabin boy, and he forced him to continue on helping with the wagon trains.  After several undeserved beatings, David escapes from the wagon train.  He informs another wagon driver further back on the trail of what happened and this driver helps him confront the evil man and retrieve his clothes, though his money is lost forever.  David eventually becomes an apprentice to a hat maker and spends 18 months (of a 4 year commitment) learning the trade of turning animal pelts (mainly beaver pelts) into processed felt to make custom hats.  When his work ended, David was almost 16, and he was ready to see his family and make the long and dangerous journey walking over 400 miles back home.  His family is glad to see him when he returns.

6. Free and Clear: David’s father asks him to work for his creditor (s) and pay of his debts. David agrees and works first for 6 months at a tavern (fetching water, chopping firewood, and serving the travelers) and later he worked 6 months more for a farmer doing various farm chores.  In the end he had paid off both of his father’s debts.  While working for the farmer, he listened to him read the bible out loud each day and was inspired to go back to school and learn to read and write.   After the debts were paid off, he went back to work part time for the farmer and attended school.  He was 18 years old, a grown man, and back in school.  He had only had a few days of schooling in his youth before he left.  Now he was determined to learn and he learned to read and write and do math computations using a handheld chalk board called a slate and later used a quill with ink.  David falls in love with the wrong girl and it ends badly for him.  At 19 years of age, he is not sure if he will ever find a wife.

7: Answering the Call:

8. Indian Country:

9. Wandering in the Wilderness:

10. Shoal Creek:

11. Gentleman from the Cane:

12. Rutherford Fork:

13. Down the River:

14. Congressman Crockett:

15. The Lion of the West:

16. On to Texas:

17. One Last Battle:

Bibliography: Suggested books to read about David Crockett’s life.

Downloadble Unit Study – Davy Crockett: Ever Westward

Digital Unit Study

76 Pages

72 Pages Instruction Guide

4 Pages Student Worksheets

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This digital unit study guide contains several guides and everything you need to teach the book as a stand alone course, or as part of a larger course, and has several helpful organized teaching tips if you need to meet certain learning standards.  It also includes a 76 page unit study guide.  The unit study has a printable part 1 and part 2.  Part 2 is the same as Apendix C and contains the printable Social Studies Reproducibles.  Additional bonus materials are also available.

Table of Contents:

Introduction
1. Key Quotes
2. Display Corner
3. Chapter Questions (Discussion questions, these can be answered orally or written out for all 17 chapters)
4. Student Explorations (Arts & Crafts, Movies, Essay and Research Projects, etc)
5. Community Links (Field Trips, Interviews, etc)
6. Social Studies (Vocabulary, Geography, Graphs, Historical Timelines, etc)
7. Related Themes to Explore
8. Culminating Event (Special Display, Oral Presentation, or Dinner for family and friends showing off your learning adventure)
Appendix A: Books and Resources
Appendix B: Answers to Chapter Questions
Appendix C: Social Studies Reproducibles

There are lots of ways this unit study guide can enhance the learning of the material in the book.  Unit studies are cross curricular.  They blend a theme of a book, main character, or specific topic, with many subjects and cover the material from different angles and hands on exploration.

It is up to the parent or family to decide how many additional projects they want to include to expand the learning.  Some folks may want to choose just a few projects to expand the learning, and other folks may want to choose lots of research projects, movies, field trips, arts and crafts.  This unit study is flexible and can be adapted to what ever your family needs.  It is a good idea to write down what activities you want to do and where in the learning adventure you want to fit them in.

Rather than just reading the book straight through, and being done in a day or few days, the Davy Crockett Unit Study Guide easily helps stretch the learning opportunity into as many weeks as desired.  If you want it to last 17 days or about 3+ weeks, you could do a short unit study by reading a chapter and doing the related study questions each day.  Or you could do a longer unit study and read a chapter, questions, and additional related projects per week.  If you add in enough additional projects, books, field trips, etc, this unit study could possibly cover several months about 17 weeks (for 17 chapters).  Or you could possibly make this study last a whole school year of learning around a specific theme.  This unit study about Davy Crockett accommodates further studies and learning adventures in:

History
American Government
Geography
Vocabulary
Essay writing
Creative writing
Math
Science
Design
Research
Reading comprehension
Public speaking
Drama
Art
Life Skills
Bible
Character Development
and more…

Our Experience:

We received the book and the downloadable unit study guide in exchange for writing an honest review. We added several additional activities, field trips, and crafts to further facilitate this review and these added to the hands on learning experience.  The pictures below are a brief summary of some of the learning adventures we have done so far.

Some of my family has read ahead, but most of us are reading 1 chapter a week aloud together as a family, and doing the suggested discussion questions in the unit study guide as well as several fun activities.   We have been super busy with optional activities, and we are currently on Chapter 7 with another 10 chapters to go.  Whew!  It’s been a lot of fun so far!

My 13 year old son read the book cover to cover and couldn’t put it down.  The book is a great read with lots of excitement.  He loves adventures, hunting, history, and drama and has loved reading this book!

My 15 year old son is keeping pace with the rest of us.  He trades the book off with me reading a chapter at a time. He also loves the wilderness, pioneers, farming, and responsibility.  He is really enjoying this book and learning experience.

When he is finished reading a chapter, I read the book aloud to the rest of the family, including to my husband when possible.  He wants me to read ahead to him, but I tell him he has to wait on the rest of us or read ahead on his own.  He is enjoying hearing about Davy Crockett too.

Unit Study Guide Worksheets:

Beef Jerky:

Davy lived on smoked dried venison (deer jerky) and stewed venison (deer stew) during much of his life.  Though he likely made his over a campfire or fireplace, we made beef jerky with a modern method by slicing the meat into strips, marinating in a combination of apple cider vinegar and spices, and drying on a dehydrator rack.

Firewood & Building Campfire & Cooking Outside:

The kids helped collect firewood and make a campfire in the back yard.  The big boys have created two fire pits.  One is surrounded with rocks and one fire pit area is surrounded with some old bricks we had on hand.  I prefer using the one surrounded by brick when the younger kids are going to be sitting together, because it only has exposure to the fire on one side (the back and sides have brick) so it is easier to keep an eye on safety.  The rock firepit is more rustic and manly used by the big boys, or occasionally a younger sibling will sit with them too.  On the brick fire pit we put a cooking grill plate on top.  Sometimes we use the plate to hold water for making tea, soup, steak, pancakes, or baking bread.  The bricks help reflect heat for baking and to keep warm when it is a cold day or evening.  After building the fire, the kids cooked beef hot dogs and sat by the fire late into the evening watching the embers glow.  We are gathering recipes and ingredients and have plans to do a hole lot more outdoor cooking projects before our unit study is through.

Creek Exploration:

Davy crossed many creeks and rivers in his journeys.

River Exploration:

We did not try to cross a river, but we enjoyed going to the waters edge and making observations, and exploring the surrounding forest.

Wild Foraging – Edible Plants for Food and Medicine:

We collected several plants, ate some fresh in salad, dried some, and froze some for using in various ways such as sweet jams and home remedies.  I wrote another post about this experience for this unit study.

Collecting Pine Buds, Pine Needles, and Pine Pollen.

Collecting Dandelion Flowers and Greens.

Collecting Rose Hips and checking on status of new wild roses about to bloom.

Collecting Fresh Wild Rose Petals

Collecting Mint.

I have a half barrel planter on the back porch filled with mint and flowers.  It was perfect for my youngest son to practice his harvesting skills.

Hunting Archery Practice:

Dad helped all of the kids practice shooting a long bow.  It shoots with about 25lbs of pressure, much less than the larger versions.  I found this smaller long bow at the sporting goods store for about $20 and it came with three arrows and a quiver too. We picked up some extra arrows to practice with. It worked out great.

Gold Rush Investigations:

We took a trip to see a real gold town that was part of the Westward Expansion and gold rush of the early 1800’s in North Carolina.

Candle Making:

The kids practiced making candles outside.  They melted wax and dipped cotton string into it and hung it up to dry.

My oldest son also made another version of a bushcraft candle with a match wrapped in paper (paper towels or toilet paper work great) and dipped into wax.  These waxed candle matches are used to start campfires because they burn a long time like a candle.

Leather Working:

The older boys made a leather bag from cow hide and gave it to Dad for his birthday.  Several months ago, Dad helped one of the boys make a bag and a sheath.  Now that same boy taught his brother how to make a leather bag for dad.  I will post additional stories about these projects, but here are a few pictures.

The boys also enlisted Dad’s help to make a knife sheath.  This project isn’t finished yet.

The younger kids also made a Native American style leather bag.  We bought leather shamios for cleaning cars.  These were 3′ x 3′ size leather hides available at most local stores that were tanned with cod oil, and they were $8 a piece.  They are a lot thinner than the cow leather the older boys use to creating sheaths and bags with, but they were softer for younger kids to handle and more affordable.  We bought three for the younger kids to practice making pioneer and Native American Indian related crafts with.

So far, they learned to make a leather bag and decorate it with beads.

Here is big brother helping little brother with this project. They made a paper template and then traced it onto the leather before cutting it out.

They used several tools to create this leather project.

Then end product is adorable.  They sewed it by hand.  The sides are stiched in two rows and they left a flap for the lid.  They attached a tassel and beads for decoration.  This bag will hold herbs, jerkey, and lots of different things.
We will be making more crafts with these pieces of leather as we continue the unit study.

Movies:

We have had a few movie nights.  We sat down together including all of the kids and my husband and watched a few episodes of Davy Crockett from the TV series in the 1960’s.

We have also watched several documentaries for movie night that were fantastic!

We also watched a pioneer and native American Indian movie and plan to see a few more with this theme.

These movies really peaked everyone’s interest and they have all been so attentive to listen to the book and learn more.   We have had so much fun!

So far we have watched:

  • Davy Crockett TV Series
  • Davy Crockett Song Lyrics
  • Davy Crockett Documentary – The Legend of Davy Crockett – The Incredible Journey
  • “Not Yours to Give” Davy Crockett’s Speech before the House
  • Davy Crockett and the Alamo Documentary – Battle of the Alamo – The Incredible Journey
  • Follow the River (shares many of the same topics of pioneers, farming, exploration and Westward Expansion, trade, and hunter gatherers, strained relations with Native American Indians).

Building Diarama’s and Story Telling:

The kids have had a ton of fun creating with Legos, Lincoln logs, Popsicle sticks and retelling the stories from Davy Crockett’s life. They used many of these creations to decorate their display table.

Display Table:

The kids set up a display table in the living room.  They will continue to add to the display as we go through the chapters of the book and unit study.  We need a bigger table!

Lapbook:

We also made Davy Crockett themed lapbook notebooks.

I used the worksheets from the downloadable Unit Study Guide as the foundation (biography page, timeline, maps), and then added a lot of history minibooks, worksheets, vocabulary, coloring pages, and more.

To make the lapbook notebooks, I took several file folders, cut them in half along the seam, then hole punched them and inserted them into 3 ring binders for each of the kids.  This makes a handy way to store all of their written projects, a nice keepsake of their learning adventure, and a visual way to share what they have learned with others.

So far we have made lapbook folder pages Davy Crockett, pioneer life including vocabulary, Conestoga wagons, care of horses, plants and animals found in the forest and midwest, one on the state of Tennessee (flags, animals, birds, trees, symbols, etc), one on modes of transportation during this time in history (wagons, horses, walking, boat, etc), a lapbook folder page on the sate of Texas (flags, animals, birds, trees, symbols, etc), and then one on the Alamo that includes a minibook of the mission where the battle took place, people, and the history.

Future Plans:

I haven’t figured out all of the additional activities we will do to further the learning with the unit study, but a few will include:

  • primitive skills kits (I purchased making birch bark baskets, learning to make cordage from plants, and learning to make various survival traps)
  • quilting
  • embroidery
  • how to: knot tying
  • plant, tend, and harvest a garden
  • visit a living history farm
  • ride in a horse drawn wagon
  • ride a horse
  • ride in a boat
  • sketch a log cabin scene
  • sketch or paint a forest or river scene
  • visit the Cherokee Indian Reservation
  • visit the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina & Tennessee
  • visit the Smoky mountains of Tennessee
  • visit a grist mill
  • make homemade butter
  • cook deer stew and johnny cakes
  • make dandelion jam
  • make dried mint for tea
  • make a plantain healing salve
  • make homemade soap
  • wash clothes outside and hang them from tree to dry
  • learn to make felt from sheep wool
  • learn to make ink and write with a quill pen
  • camp overnight outside
  • go fishing for dinner
  • target practice with muzzle loader and sling shot (we did this last year when we studied about Daniel Boone and plan to do it again).
  • target practice with tomahawk and throwing knives.

This unit study project is a work in progress, as we are still working through the book and unit study and creating lapbook notebooks while adding more activities and field trips as we go.  We will continue on learning with this through out the rest of the spring and summer.

This has been a blast of fun and has turned out to be a very nice learning adventure for the whole family.  We have reviewed Heroes of History Daniel Boone: Frontiersman and Heroes of History Billy Graham: America’s Pastor and have really enjoy these books and the corresponding unit study guides and fun activities (arts and crafts, movies, field trips, worksheets, maps, books, etc).  I highly recommend homeschool families to check out the Heroes of History!

HEROES OF HISTORY

Heroes of History covers 7 periods of American History. Using Ywam Heroes of History books can help parents and teachers encourage and expand a students understanding of history and the people who helped make it happen.

  • The Beginnings of a Nation (4 books)
  • The Establishment of a Nation (3 books)
  • The Exploration of a Nation (3 books)
  • The Fracturing of a Nation (3 books)
  • The Growth of a Nation (3 books)
  • The Inspiration of a Nation (4 books)
  • The Future of a Nation (5 books)

Ywam Publishing continues to add more books to their  Heroes of History series.  They currently have 29 books that make a great edition to every homeschool family’s library.  This is a biography series of true stories of men and women who changed the course of history for the better.

Heroes of History series has 29 books.  Here are their titles listed in alphabetical order:

  • Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom
  • Alan Shepard: Higher and Faster
  • Ben Carson: A Chance at Life
  • Benjamin Franklin: Live Wire
  • Benjamin Rush: The Common Good
  • Billy Graham: America’s Pastor
  • Christopher Columbus: Across the Ocean Sea
  • Clara Barton: Courage Under Fire
  • Daniel Boone: Frontiersman
  • Davy Crockett: Ever Westward
  • Douglas MacArthur: What Greater Honor
  • Elizabeth Fry: Angel of Newgate
  • Ernest Shackleton: Going South
  • George Washington: True Patriot
  • George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist
  • Harriet Tubman: Freedombound
  • John Adams: Independence Forever
  • John Smith: A Foothold in the New World
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life
  • Louis Zamperini: Redemption
  • Meriwether Lewis: Off the Edge of the Map
  • Milton Hershey: More Than Chocolate
  • Orville Wright: The Flyer
  • Ronald Reagan: Destiny at His Side
  • Theodore Roosevelt: An American Original
  • Thomas Edison: Inspiration and Hard Work
  • William Bradford: Plymouth’s Rock
  • William Penn: Liberty and Justice for All
  • William Wilberforce: Take Up the Fight

They also have another Biography series called Christian Heroes: Then & Now that covers a lot more than American History, World History, World Geography, and the spread of the Christian Faith worldwide.  A portion of every sale at Ywam Publishing goes to help Ywam Missions spread the gospel around the world.  They have a total of 47 books in this series so far.

  • Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma
  • Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems
  • Betty Greene: Wings to Serve
  • Brother Andrew: God’s Secret Agent
  • Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language
  • Charles Mulli: We are Family
  • Clarence Jones: Mr. Radio
  • Corrie ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den
  • Count Zinzendorf: First Fruit
  • C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller
  • C.T. Studd: No Retreat
  • David Bussau: Facing the World Head-on
  • David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer: In the Midst of Wickedness
  • D.L Moody: Bringing Souls to Christ
  • Elisabeth Elliot: Joyful Surrender
  • Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold
  • Florence Young: Mission Accomplished
  • Francis Asbury: Circuit Rider
  • George Müller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans
  • Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime
  • Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China
  • Ida Scudder: Healing Bodies, Healing Hearts
  • Isobel Kuhn: On the Roof of the World
  • Jacob DeShazer: Forgive Your Enemies
  • Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose
  • John Flynn: Into the Never Never
  • John Newton: Change of Heart
  • John Wesley: The World His Parish
  • John Williams: Messenger of Peace
  • Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China
  • Klaus-Dieter John: Hope in the Land of the Incas
  • Lillian Trasher: The Greatest Wonder in Egypt
  • Loren Cunningham: Into All the World
  • Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China
  • Mary Slessor: Forward Into Calabar
  • Mildred Cable: Through the Jade Gate
  • Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer
  • Paul Brand: Helping Hands
  • Rachel Saint: A Star in the Jungle
  • Richard Wurmbrand: Love Your Enemies
  • Rowland Bingham: Into Africa’s Interior
  • Samuel Zwemer: The Burden of Arabia
  • Sundar Singh: Footprints Over the Mountains
  • Wilfred Grenfell: Fisher of Men
  • William Booth: Soup, Soap, and Salvation
  • William Carey: Obliged to Go

These books and corresponding Unit Study Guides from Ywam Publishing are wonderful.  There is a huge variety of people and topic options to learn about.  Here is a sneak peak of a few of the unit study guides, but be sure to check out their website for more.

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Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology Review

Apologia Educational Ministries is one of our favorite homeschool curriculum publishers.  One of the reasons we love Apologia so much is that their curriculum gives glory to Father God our Creator, and they teach all of their subjects, including science, from a Christian worldview.

We are excited to tell you about our experience using the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology by Apologia for our science studies.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

1 year Science Curriculum

Text

Audio CD (Text Read Aloud)

Notebooking Journal

Junior Notebooking Journal

Apologia has created four components for this curriculum.  Students typically use three of the four components depending on their age and skill level.   There is a Text book, an Audio CD, and two different age/skill options for the student Notebooking Journal.

Text:

The text book is a hardback book with 265 illustrated pages.  This curriculum covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body.  This course text book is suggested for use with kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Younger students may need the course read to them or if they have begun to learn to read but still need support, they can follow along with the Audio CD, where other students who are strong readers may not need the additional support.

Also older students (junior and senior high) may find this course beneficial too if they haven’t previously studied this material or to use it as review. Apologia has other science courses they recommend for older students.  However it is my opinion that this introductory course is very informative, contains lots of pictures, and covers a large amount of material that students of all ages (even adults) will benefit from reading.

Lessons:

There are 14 HUGE lesson modules covered in this curriculum. Each lesson module has two full weeks of lessons and science experiments within and is suggested to be used at least twice a week.  At this pace, it is expected for the curriculum to last about 28 +/- weeks or a full school year.

Lesson Modules covered include:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Lesson 2: The Skeletal System
Lesson 3: The Muscular System
Lesson 4: The Digestive and Renal Systems
Lesson 5: Health and Nutrition
Lesson 6: The Respiratory System
Lesson 7: Life in the Blood
Lesson 8: The Cardiovascular System
Lesson 9: The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Lesson 10: The Nervous System Extended
Lesson 11: Your Senses
Lesson 12:The Integumentary System
Lesson 13: The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
Lesson 14: Growth and Development

Contained within each lesson are components that encourage narration (both written and oral retelling of what has been learned), “Try This” mini-experiments, notebooking journal activities, a personal person project (a paper body model), and at the end of each lesson, students complete various projects and experiments.  Each lesson covers different information, but follows the same overall format.

A “Materials List” is included in the front of the Text book and each lesson also lists out the specific items needed to complete the projects and experiments.  There are suppliers for materials if you want a pre-made kit too.  To further the learning, students are given access to a course website for what is called “book extras” if students desire to dig deeper into learning more than what is covered in the text.

Audio CD

The Audio CD is an audio recording of the course read aloud by the author, Jeannie Fulbright.   Using this CD enhances the learning even more because it gives another way for the brain to receive and remember the information.

This CD is beneficial for students who are auditory learners who prefer using more than just a textbook, is helpful for slow readers, or others who may have learning disabilities that make reading difficult.  This Audio CD is also great for the whole family to listen and enjoy together too.

This is an MP3-CD and in order to listen to it, you must play it in an MP3-compatible CD player or on a computer.

Student Notebooking Journals:

Apologia offers two age/skill level student journals with this course to choose from. One of the journals is called the Anatomy Notebooking Journal and one is called the Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal (note the word “Junior” in front of the other words).

Both notebooking journals are huge soft cover illustrated spiral bound books.  They both have a suggested schedule for the school year.  They both are filled with worksheets and fun hands on activities and projects.  They both cover similar materials and review the material learned in the text book lessons.

The Anatomy Notebooking Journal (designed for grades 3-6) contains 202 activity and review pages, plus 65 mini-book (cut, fold, glue, fill in the blank) pages and template pages.

The Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal (designed for grades K-2) contains 230 activity, coloring, and review pages, plus 67 mini-book (cut, fold, and glue) pages and template pages.

Both notebooking journals are filled with activity and review worksheets and mini-books and templates.  Sections in the student journal include:

  • Lesson Plan Suggested Schedule
  • Fascinating Facts
  • What Do You Remember? Review Questions
  • Notbooking Assignments, Ativities, and Projects
  • Scripture Copywork
  • Vocabulary Crosswords
  • Project Pages
  • Cut and Fold Miniature Books
  • More To Explore (experiments and activities, additional book and DVD suggestions)
  • Field Trip Sheets
  • Final Review: 50 Review Questions that can be answered orally or in writing.
  • Answer key included.

The main difference in the two journals is that the regular student Anatomy Notebooking Journal has a higher level of writing expected on the assignments and projects, and it uses challenging crossword puzzles to go over vocabulary words and definitions.  There is less writing assignments in the Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal, flashcard style mini-books and simple crossword puzzles are used to review the vocabulary words (students cut out the word and glue it like a flap onto the definition), and the Junior version includes lots of coloring pages.

Our Experience

We love using Apologia products in our homeschool.  I am thankful for these resources to help teach my kids all about Father God’s creation, the human body.

We were sent all four components of this course for this review.  We used both of the student journals.   My 9 year old son used the Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal and my 13 year old son used the Anatomy Notebooking Journal.  My other children enjoyed watching their brothers do various science experiments and have requested to join in the learning fun. I intend to purchase additional journals for my other children to use for this coming school year.

Here are just a few examples of our Anatomy and Physiology learning adventure.  These pictures are a few examples of what my kids learned in lessons 2, 4, 5, 6, and 10.  Each lesson module covers different information, but follows the overall same format.

Text and Audio CD Lessons

My 9 year old son starts out each lesson with the Text book and Audio CD.  He places the CD into the computer and uses his earbuds to listen to the lesson.

A menu pops up on the screen to help you choose the lesson, but there are no pictures or video, so he has to follow along in the text book.

My 13 year old starts out each lesson with his text book and journal.  He is a strong reader and doesn’t prefer to use the Audio CD.

However, my 9 year old loves using the Audio CD and it has helped him gain more understanding and helped reinforce how things are pronounced and helped him move through the material at a good pace.

Try This Experiments

The kids can pause within the lesson as needed, or go back after they are done reading, to complete the suggested “Try This” experiments scattered through out the lesson.

Digestive System – measuring length of small intestines:

Digestive System – stomach simulation:

What Do You Remember?

Then we do the “What Do You Remember?” narrative.  These discussion questions help summarize the lesson and encourage the kids to put what they have learned into their own words.

Journal Activities

Next we completed the Notebooking Journal activities.  If you don’t have the Apologia Notebooking Journals, you can answer the Text questions from the lesson and do the suggested activity in just a regular notebook.

However, the Apologia Notebooking Journals have so much more to offer.  They are filled with pre-printed worksheets and hands on activities.

I would recommend you get these journals to go with the learning experience.

Some of the worksheets included are scientific speculation forms, project forms, fascinating facts, vocabulary mini-books, body organ mini-books, coloring pages, vocabulary crossword puzzles, diagrams to label, bible scripture copy work, and more.

Copywork examples from my 9 year old’s journal:

Copywork and Vocabulary Crossword examples from my 13 year old’s journal:

Personal Person Project

Next we added the body part we learned about to the Personal Person Project in the Anatomy and Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journals. If you don’t have a pre-made journal, there are directions so you can make your own person and body organ systems and add them to a homemade journal.  At the end of most of the lessons, a new body part gets added.

Experiments

The last thing to complete is the main experiment (s) or project at the end of the lesson.  These experiments are in addition to the many “Try This” experiments scattered through out the lessons. There is at least one main experiment or project at the end of each lesson, and sometimes two or more.  The experiments and projects at the end of each lesson communicate the overall learning experience and knowledge of the lesson.

Respiratory System Experiments – 1) lung and diaphragm model  2) visual lung capacity:

A Few More Explorations and Learning Fun:

We had a few props on hand to use as models.  It makes learning even more fun and interesting for kids to have a lesson related prop next to them while they study.

We used a magnifying glass to examine a plastic skeleton, plastic lungs and respiratory system, and a plastic skull and brain.

The kids made a head with a face from a plastic skull, playdough for connective tissue, a pencil sharpener nose, bouncy balls for eyes, a plastic mini-brain from a game, and a Mr. Potato Head mustache.  They played around with their model they created and also used a magnifying glass to check it out.

They have also used playdough for skin and covered the skull with it. But I didn’t get a picture of it.  I think we will come up with something else we can use for skin, perhaps we can find a lightly colored but transparent plastic bag material.  They also have a huge plastic tooth, a plastic liver, and a few other props not pictured that they used for some of their investigations.

Materials

Several materials are needed to complete the experiments.  In the front of the Textbook is a Master List of items needed for each chapter.  Most of these items for experiments are easily acquired either from your own cabinets and pantry or from the local store.  In addition to the items you need for experiments for this course, you might also have some things on hand you can use a props such as toys, puzzles, games, or books on your shelves that can enhance the learning too.

However, there are various pre-made science supply kits sold by different suppliers online that contain most of the items all in one kit or box.  These kits can save you time and makes doing these experiments very simple when you have everything you need all in one box and you don’t have to go and find each item.  You can find these science kit suppliers by doing a a quick google search for “Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Science Kit”.

Final Thoughts:

My family has truly enjoyed using Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.   This course covers a lot of information.  The Textbook, Notebooking Journals and Audio CD are well made.  This course encourages lots of hands on suggestions and explorations which makes learning fun for kids.

Apologia Educational Ministries offers wonderful science programs for students of all ages.  Their curriculum has won numerous awards and is well respected in the homeschool community.   I would encourage other homeschool families to check out these courses, and see what products Apologia has to offer to meet their needs.

Check out this video to learn more about Apologia Science courses. Apologia has many more wonderful products in other subject areas too.

Here are a few links to other Apologia products we have reviewed in our home.

Exploring Creation With Marine Biology

Internship for High School Credit

Where To Buy Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text (for grades K – 6)

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal (for grades K – 3)

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal (for grades 3 and up)

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD (audio recording of the text)

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Princess Cut Watchman Pictures Review

Do you enjoy wholesome family movies?  Watchman Pictures strives to produce wholesome movies that glorify Father God. They sent us Princess Cut, True Love Is Worth The Wait for our family to review and share our honest opinion about our experience with you.

Princess Cut

Princess Cut

True Love Is Worth The Wait

Movie DVD

Award Winning

Family Friendly

Christian Drama

Romance Story

Run Time: 97 minutes

Rated: Family Approved, 12+

DVD contains the movie plus special features:
The Making Of Princess Cut, Discussion Guide, Deleted Scenes, Blooper Reel, Behind The Scenes, and Film Trailers.

This story is about a young woman named Grace Anderson and her family.  She has reached adulthood and is longing to get married.  She grew up with her family on a farm in a small town in North Carolina.  She longs to have a relationship like her parents have, and she is looking forward to wearing a beautiful wedding ring with a full carrot “Princes Cut” diamond.

Grace has been dating a young man for over a year.  Just when she thinks he is going to propose at dinner with a group of his college friends, he announces he is getting married, but it is to someone else.  She realizes she is just another “friend” hearing the announcement.  Grace leaves the dinner broken hearted.

This event leaves her emotionally vulnerable and sends her into a string of troublesome events as she struggles to find a potential mate and almost makes a really bad choice with someone who doesn’t value sexual purity before marriage.  She doubts her faith and questions whether or not God wants her to be happy or married.

It takes Grace a while to learn to trust God for her future mate and stay true to her convictions.  Grace is easily affected by the opinions of her friends, a counselor, and other people’s advice, and is often confused about her future.  During her journey, she finds several “Mr. Wrong” (s) in her quest to find true love.

The guidance and faith of her Father, and the love of her family, is what helps guide her to a place of trusting God and making the right decision about choices she faces and finding true peace and happiness and true love.  In the end, she does trust God to show her the way and she finds true love with “Mr. Right” and receives the wedding ring that has been her lifelong dream.

The cast of actors in this film did a good job portraying their character and communicating the message of this movie.  Actors staring in the film include:  Ashley Bratcher (Grace Anderson), Rusty Martin, Sr. (Jim Anderson), Jenn Gotzon (Brooke McClaren), Joseph Gray (Clint Masters),  Mimi Sagadin (Katherine Anderson), Cory Assink (Jared Cunningham).

Princess Cut was written by Paul and Sheilah Munger, produced by Paul Munger, and directed by Paul Munger from Watchman Pictures.  This movie was filmed in North Carolina.  Paul was homeschooled and many of the people who helped make this film were also homeschooled.

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Our Experience:

This movie came into our life at a unique time.  It is our 27th wedding anniversary.  We have been talking with our kids about dating, marriage, and what it was like for us in our journey to find each other, and how God directed our path.  Most of the people we knew growing up were not able to stay married and eventually divorced, which is not surprising given that the USA has over a 50% divorce rate.  We are thankful we yielded our life to Father God early in our journey, and we have had a good marriage and life together that has been blessed by God.  Following Father God and his son Jesus Christ has made a huge difference in our life.

Our family watched this movie together (Dad, Mom, and kids ages 17, 15, 13, 10, 9, 6).  This was the only picture I had of my 9 year old watching the movie, and he blinked at that moment I took this picture and his eyes look closed, but he was awake and taking it all in.  My camera ran out of battery after I took this picture so I couldn’t retake it of him watching the movie, and I also did not get a picture of two more brothers sitting on the other side of dad.

We enjoyed watching this movie. We have several teens, preteens, and younger kids in our household and we were all able to enjoy watching this movie together.  It was nice to be able to sit together and watch a movie with a Christian message and talk about it afterwards.  This movie seemed to be just the right message to share with our whole family at this time in our life.

Further the learning:

This movie would make a nice unit study, and lap book experience for homeschoolers.  Unit Studies are our preferred method of learning about various subjects because it is hands on and immerses a person into the subject to dig deeper. This movie has a lot of subject matter to cover, bible study opportunities, and vocabulary words that kids could study.  There is a short Discussion Guide with few questions included in the DVD and also information on the website to further the learning.   We used these segments to further our family discussions of the topics, and we added a few activities to further the learning.  However, I am contemplating creating an in-depth unit study and bible study to go with it too.

For now,  we talked about diamonds and what a “princess cut” diamond is. We discussed different kinds of wedding rings, and looked at my wedding ring that has a small stone to see what a diamond in a ring looks like.  We watched a video about how to find diamonds and then we did a little rock hound hunt in some dirt and sand from the nearby creek to see if we could find raw diamonds, but we did not find any.  We found some small clear rocks that look similar though.  Also I found some coloring pages online of a diamond and a diamond ring for the younger kids to color.

We might take a field trip to the area where the movie was filmed.  It was filmed in Winston-Salem, East Bend, Lewisville, & Pelham, NC and we could look for the Oakhaven Farm.  We have been to visit the Winston-Salem area in the past.  It is beautiful and filled with lots of history and beautiful scenery.  I think the kids would really enjoy going back there on a field trip to see the area where the movie was filmed.  Other related field trips might include a fishing trip, a visit to a jewelry store, visiting a farm planted with soybeans, and attending a harvest festival.

Our family could relate to the small town and farm life portrayed in this movie.  We have farmed and lived in small towns in several states most of our lives.  We have enjoyed the farming community and some of the festivals celebrated.  We especially enjoy the local fairs and harvest festivals.  Our favorite harvest festival we have visited so far is the Strawberry Festivals in Indiana, and the Apple Festival and Farm Days in Hendersonville, NC.  Our favorite country fairs we have visited is in Fair Play South Carolina and Wayne County Indiana.

Like Grace Anderson, we have lived in old farmhouses and baked a lot of cookies, breads, pies, and comfort foods, and ate a lot of meals around a large table just as they did in this movie.  It would be fun to find out what they prepared for meals and the cookies they baked and we could include cooking projects that relate to the movie in a unit study.

There is a special point in the movie when the family joins together to harvest a crop of soybeans from the field by hand when their harvest machine broke down. They were willing to pull together as a family and do the hard work of the harvest by hand, because their livelihood depends on it and without the harvest, they could loose their farm. Eventually the harvester is fixed and they are able to finish their harvest with equipment.  We are familiar with farming.  We have raised livestock, hay, corn, and produce.  We have watched neighbors raise soybeans, though we have not raised them ourselves, we were still able to relate to the farming aspect of the character’s lives.

One of my son’s lives and breaths everything farming.  He looked up the automobiles and tractors used in the movie.

There are clips in the movie of the Dad working on his tractor and at other times the neighbor also helps work on the tractor that broke down.  In his research, my son found the harvester was a John Deer 4420 Combine Harvester made in the early 80’s.

Also there was an older farm truck and two newer trucks in the movie.

He discovered the older one was a 1972 Chevrolet C20.  The family’s newer truck (not pictured here) was a 2014 Ford F-150 FX4.  The neighbor’s truck (not pictured here) was a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT.

My son loves tractors, trucks and everything to do with farming and he desires to own his own farm and get married and raise a family on a farm someday.  The message of this movie spoke to his heart.  He really enjoyed this movie.

We talked about wedding vows and what it means to commit to them and to each other before God and witnesses.  We talked about why it is important to be equally yoked with someone who also believes in Father God and his son Jesus Christ, and to let Father God have control over this area of our life, and to wait on him to show us who to marry.

Using an online bible with search tools, we found several verses in the scriptures about love, marriage, weddings, faithfulness, purity, fornication and sin, forgiveness, diamonds and other gems, family, etc to read and some passages to use for copy work.

Final Thoughts: 

We enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it.  It has a good message and the characters are people that everyone can relate too.  This movie would be great to give away as gifts too.  I would especially encourage folks with teens and young adults to watch it because of the message of trusting God with your life, purity, integrity, the peace of mind that comes from trusting God to help you find your mate, and giving God complete control.

Watchman Pictures

It is rare in our culture to find exciting movies that discuss real life events with a biblical worldview.  Most movies today are filled with fantasies, cursing, sorcery, sexual immorality, murder and gore, and are antiChrist.  However, there are movie producers out there with a message that points people back to God and family.

Paul Munger

Writer, Producer, Director

Watchman Pictures is a film company created by Paul Munger.   Some of the films he has worked on include:

Princess Cut
Alone Yet Not Alone
Hero
Animals In The Bible
Homeschooling Answers
An Introduction to Spell To Write and Read
Hidden Secrets To Language Success
Flood, Special Edition

I found the description of Paul Munger from various sources to be very interesting.  On the Princess Cut website, I found a news article that mentions he was homeschooled and had the help of several homeschoolers on producing the Princess Cut film.  On his Watchman Pictures website, he said he sees himself as a watchman, and his name actually means “humble watchman”.  He said the goal of a watchman is to sound the alarm for people to pay attention, to announce something or someone important, to get the people to prepare.

Isaiah 21:6, “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.”

Paul stated he desires to produce films and help upcoming film students create films on a wide variety of subjects, from a Christian worldview, that will entertain families while building godly Christian character.  He hopes his films will evangelize the lost and bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.

I also found these statements and scriptures about the person he is and what his mission is on his Watchman Pictures website.  Clearly he desires to point people to God:

“The mission of Watchman Pictures, then, is very simple, good stories well told, that communicate powerful ideas based on Truth, that entertains and edifies the viewer. All of this I will do in full dependence upon the Lord’s providence and gracious empowering, for without Him I can do nothing.”

Psalm 127:1, “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

Be sure to go to his “About” page at Watchman Pictures to read more about his company, the services they offer, films in development, and the films he has helped create.

What’s Next?

Watchman Pictures said on the Princess Cut website, that they are working on a couple of sequels to this movie that will follow Grace’s life in marriage and raising a family.  They asked the Christian viewers to keep them in their prayers as they write, budget, and produce the next movies.

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Highschool Diploma Review

Is anyone in your home ready to graduate?  If so, then you will want to check out the diplomas and graduating products available at Homeschool Diploma.  As members of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew, we were sent a Standard Diploma in exchange for writing an honest review.

Homeschool Diploma has something for every graduate.  They offer standard, personalized, and customizable  gilded diplomas and covers for highschool, eighth grade, and kindergarten graduates in two sizes.  You can choose diploma size options from an 8.5″ x 11″, 6″ x 8″, and you have the option to add on a portable wallet size to carry with you.

 

Standard

The Standard Diploma presents the basic information in a professional and attractive way.  Listed on the standard diploma, you have your school name, location of school (optional), name of student, a statement about having met graduation requirements, High School Diploma, and the date of graduation, and signatures.  You also have the option of choosing an honors seal, and one of 3 embossed graduation seals for the bottom area between the signatures.

Personalized

The Personalized Diploma includes all the above plus: you can choose from embossed or engraved seals, it has 4 customizable wording options and include a special Motto or Bible Verse, and customizable signature lines.

Customized

The Customized Diploma or Gilded Diploma includes all the above plus:  23-karat Gold illumination decorates the seal and school name, you can choose from 2 gilded seal designs, and gilding on the initial letter of the school name is included.

Affordable Pricing and Quality

Prices are affordable and start at $29.99 and up for diplomas based on the options you choose.

Product Examples:

Here are a few product examples of the graduation diplomas and other products Homeschool Diploma has to offer.

Highschool Diploma:

Diploma Covers:

They have lots of color options, and personalization of the cover is available if desired.

Laminated Wallet Size Diploma:

Eighth Grade Diploma:

Kindergarten Diploma:

Caps and Gowns:

They also have rings, shirts, graduation gifts, picture frames, announcement invitations and more to help you celebrate and share your graduation experience with family and friends.

Our Experience:

I am impressed with Homeschool Diploma.  They produce beautiful professional diplomas and graduation products.  Equally impressive is their customer service.  They are very kind and helpful.  If you need guidance or have questions, or if you are like me and have not graduated a student before and I had lots of questions, they are very quick to respond and give you the guidance you need.

We were sent an 8.5″ x 11″ Standard Diploma with a nice Cover.  We had the cover personalized to read the name of our school and my son’s name.  We also chose the option to add a laminated wallet size diploma to our order so he can carry it with him.  We were very pleased with the professional quality of the diploma when it arrived.

Though the Standard Diploma comes with less options than the Personalized Diplomas or Custom Diplomas, it was perfect for our needs. The website provides a questionnaire to walk you through each line item that will be on the diploma.  The outcome of this process is a beautiful diploma to display.

The lines and wording on our diploma include: At the top of the diploma our school name in a curved arch, then we had the option of putting in the city and state of your school or leaving it off.  Next is the name of the graduate.  Next is a sentence about having met graduation requirements.  This is followed by the words High School Diploma in large letters.  Next it references the month and year of graduation.  The last section is for signatures and seals.   To the left and right at the bottom of the diploma is room for signatures, an optional honor seal, and in the middle of the signatures is the large diploma seal of your choosing.

I am thankful there are options for graduation for homeschoolers who desire to graduate.   Some folks want a big ceremony, cap and gowns, extended family, a stage presentation, or a presentation at home and party with friends and family.  Other folks may want or need to pass through this milestone quietly.  Some folks with special needs or certain physical limitations may not be able to participate in large ceremonies even if they desired too.  Other folks graduate at various times of the year, some in May, some in December or January, and some in the summer or fall and it doesn’t always fit in with a big ceremony or with schedules for extended family to join.

A beautiful thing about homeschooling in America is that you can choose.  In America, you can choose where you will live, you can choose your career and how you spend your time, you can choose your faith and what you believe, you can choose if you will get married and your reason for raising a family, you can choose your reason for homeschooling or choose to send your kids to public or private school.  In America you can choose your homeschool curriculum, and you can choose the details of graduation that fits both the needs and personality style of your student and family.  There is no right or wrong answer, the correct answer is that it is fluid and it is what best fits your situation for your child and your family at that point in time.

My son asked me to keep his graduation simple.  He doesn’t want to graduate with a group or be displayed in a public way.  He did not want me to order cap and gown, or throw a party per his request.  I doubt he would change his mind as we get closer to that time.  He is a quiet fella who enjoys learning, and enjoys challenging his skills, but he doesn’t seek out attention or desire acknowledgement.  Though he is kind and is the first one to help or come to the rescue, and is usually the first one to grasp a concept or complete his schoolwork, he never wants recognition.  I couldn’t be more proud of him and the Godly young man he is.  Even though his big accomplishment may not be filled with cap and gown and “pomp and circumstance” as it was when I walked across the stage in public highschool, and the way many of our homeschool friends graduate and might get together for a graduation ceremony, I am thankful that Homeschool Diploma offers these beautiful graduation diplomas to mark this milestone in his life and he can graduate with his own style.  That is the beauty of homeschooling, that kids can reach their learning goals and develop their skills and character, and at the same time be themselves.

However you plan to acknowledge and celebrate this milestone, I would recommend Homeschool Diploma to everyone looking for a professional quality diploma for their graduate.

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Homeschool Diploma

Homeschool Diploma, also known as Cornerstone Graduate Supply, Inc is a family owned business and has been serving the needs of graduates and their families since 2002.  They take pride in their products and are quick to respond to questions and provide guidance as needed to help you customize your graduation products.

They also have quick turn around for orders and ship most of their products within 3 to 5 days of receiving the order.  They share their mission statement on their website and state they are grateful for Christian education and their over all goal is to bring honor to Jesus Christ.

I am so glad to learn about this company through doing this review.  They truly care about homeschool families and want to help them succeed and graduate their students.  They know what they are doing and do it well.  I highly recommend Homeschool Diploma to everyone!

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Creation Illustrated Unit Studies Review

Have you heard about Creation Illustrated?  They are a magazine and curriculum publisher.  The photography in their publications is amazing and some of the best I have ever seen. Creation Illustrated has been called “the Christian answer to National Geographic” because of the amazing photography in their magazines, their focus on Father God our Creator, and the faith filled stories they publish.  I am sure you will be encouraged and inspired when you read Creation Illustrated.

Creation Illustrated is expanding and creating a new line of digital products and we have been asked to review two of their digital Creation Unit Studies.  Creation Unit Studies are fun hands on learning opportunities that expand on stories that have been published in the Creation Illustrated magazines.

Creation Unit Studies cover a variety of subjects, are filled with fascinating information that points the student a better understanding of Father God our Creator, and they are affordable.  They are easy to do and will help spice up the learning in your homeschool.  They are currently on sale for $6.95.  They have eight unit studies listed for sale at this time, and have plans for several more. The current list includes:

  • Badgers – The World of Badgers
  • Black Bears – Bear Essentials
  • Dragonflies – Dragons of Paradise
  • Fragrance
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Mellow Manatees
  • Pine Trees
  • Snow – Intricacies of Snow

We were sent Intricacies of Snow Unit Study and Pine Trees Unit Study from the Creation Unit Studies collection, and they are filled with fascinating information we want to share with you.

Creation Illustrated: Intricacies of Snow Unit Study

Intricacies of Snow

Creation Unit Study

Digital Curriculum

Downloadable PDF

17 Full Color Illustrated Pages

Teacher’s Answer Key

Grades 5-8

Primarily for grades 5-8, but younger grades can use with assistance or modified.

Lessons and Contents:

  • Reading Resources (page 3)
  • Educational Videos (page 3)
  • Writing & Penmanship (page 4)
  • Vocabulary & Spelling (page 4-5)
  • Bible Study (page 6-7)
  • Science (page 8-9)
  • Math (page 10)
  • Geography (page 11)
  • Art (page 12)
  • Puzzle (page 13)
  • Teacher Answer Keys (page 14-17)
  • and Other Fun Facts.

Example of Student Worksheet:

Example of Teacher’s Answer Key:

Creation Illustrated Magazine Winter ’18 Edition:

Winter ’18 Digital Edition of Creation Illustrated contains articles and beautiful photographs that correspond with the Intricacy of Snow Unit Study.

In addition to reading through the unit study and magazine articles, the unit study also contains a lot of suggested reading and research links and suggested videos to watch. When students finish this unit study about snow, they will have a better understanding and appreciation of snow and a better understanding of Father God and his creation.

Creation Illustrated: Pine Trees Unit Study

Pine Trees

Creation Unit Study

Digital Curriculum

Downloadable PDF

16 Full Color Illustrated Pages

Teacher’s Answer Key

Grades 5-8

Primarily for grades 5-8, but younger grades can use with assistance or modified.

Lessons and Contents:

  • Reading Resources (page 3)
  • Educational Videos (page 3)
  • Vocabulary & Spelling (page 4-5)
  • Bible Study (page 6)
  • Geography (page 7)
  • Science (page 8-9)
  • Math (page 10)
  • Writing & Penmanship (page 11)
  • Art (page 12)
  • Puzzle (page 13)
  • Teacher Answer Keys (page 14-16)
  • and Other Fun Facts

Example of Student Worksheet:

Creation Illustrated Magazine Fall ’17 Edition:

Creation Illustrated Fall ’17 Digital Edition contains articles and beautiful photographs that correspond with the Pine Trees Unit Study.

In addition to reading through the magazine articles, and unit study worksheets, there are also suggested reading and research links, and suggested videos to watch.  There is also an identification worksheet in the study that is great to use for taking a field trip, or a hike into nature to see the trees up close and identify them.  When students complete the Pine Tree Unit Study, they will have a better appreciation for these trees and how they have impacted our lives, and a better understanding about Father God and his creation.

Our Experience

We were sent the digital Intricacies of Snow and Pine Trees unit studies and the corresponding digital magazine editions, Winter ’18 and Fall ’17, of Creation Illustrated.

We have completed the Pine Trees Unit Study, and have started the Intricacies of Snow Unit Study.   We focused on the Pine Trees Unit Study for the purpose of this review.

We have experienced the end of winter and beginning of spring while doing this unit study.  You can see the snow on the pine trees in the two pictures posted above. Though the winter was cold where we live, we got very little snow, and it was usually gone within a day of falling.  In hindsight, I wish I would have focused on the snow study before the pine study as it would have been nice to have had snow actually on the ground that we could experience while studying it.  I will post how our snow study went soon.

Here are some pictures of our nature walk we took to identify pine trees in the forest.  We saw a variety of trees and lots of wildlife too.

We found pine buds full of pollen as well as fully intact pine cones on the same trees.

We harvested some of the young pine buds and pine needles for making recipes and several pine cones for crafts.

My kids enjoyed participating in this study, and the older kids did all of the worksheets, and the younger kids did a few of the worksheets.

We found an insect hiding in this pine tree.  We also found  bird nests, and lots of spiders (not pictured) that like living in pine trees.  We saw several squirrels check for food in the pine trees and jump from tree to tree playing tag with each other and shaking their tails.

We investigated pine cones, pine buds, pine needles, and tree bark up close.

We also found some wild grape vines that had climbed some of the tall pine trees in the forest and were starting to bloom with bright yellow flowers. The winding vines and yellow blooms were beautiful and smelled amazing, and were such a contrast to the tall pine.

Here are some examples of my kids worksheets and activities from this unit study:

Further The Learning:

Though we have finished the Pine Trees Unit Study, I plan to stretch this learning out further over the next several weeks this spring and into the summer.  I plan to add in a couple of building projects for the older three boys using pine lumber from the local lumberyard.

They have been learning woodworking skills using pine over the past year or so and they are getting better and better with their creations.  They helped make a workbench table from pine lumber during this unit study. You can see the frame of the table in this picture.  They have completed it since I took the picture and use it for a workbench for making handcrafts.  They are enjoying it very much.  They have been making lots of woodworking and leather projects on it.

They also helped make loft beds from pine lumber for their rooms last summer.  They love their beds and they had a lot of fun learning to work with wood.

They are also learning bushcrafting skills.  They are familiar with looking for dead pine trees in the forest, and they cut and chop these dead trees into smaller pieces for firewood.  We plan to learn to make “fat wood” with pine for fire starting and make several primitive traps too.  We have several templates and kits ready to make.

All of my kids enjoy whittling.  They usually just work on a stick and whittle away at the bark and usually focus on getting one end to a point.  The younger kids sit with daddy outside, and enjoy passing the time whittling.   The bigger boys have developed their skills and whittle when ever they want and don’t require being supervised like the younger kids.  The younger kids are only allowed to have their pocket knife while being supervised for safety.

One of my older sons has really taken a liking to whittling.  He enjoys sitting outside by himself, whittleing, with the quiet sounds of nature.  Sometimes he sits on the back porch and sometimes he sits on a bench he made in the forest.  He cut several pine branches to size, about 24 inches, and using cordage to attach the cut pieces to a tree that has two trunks with a gap between them, he created a bench seat with a ladder back that goes up the tree.  He can climb up to have a look around if he wants too.  He loves to sit in nature and whittle.  He has progressed into carving with pine, cedar, and birch trees.  He requested some chisels and has made some lovely wooden spoons.  He has made about six different spoons of different sizes and different purposes, and he has made walking sticks, and made a lovely walking cane with a handle.  He has whittled, chiseled, shaped, and sanded several projects by hand with the wood he collected from the forest.

All of the kids really enjoy working with their hands, learning life skills, practicing those skills, and learning to make different projects they find interesting.

To further the learning even more, I am planning to do several additional art, cooking, and science projects with all of the kids, lap booking pages about pine trees, and a “Pp” letter of the week project for my youngest son to reinforce what he has learned about pine trees and pine cones too.

I also plan to use the knowledge we gained in this unit study about pine trees and apply it to an American History unit study we are also working on about a fronteir man named Davy Crocket.  Learning about pine trees and their special place in history, and use as a food and medicine and building materials, as well as the impact on economics of the pine tree lumber industry on the people, will go well with the American History study we are doing.

Final Thoughts:

My kids have enjoyed this unit study.  I appreciate the biblical worldview of the curriculum and the beautiful photography and stories in the magazine.

I definitely recommend Creation Illustrated magazines and Creation Unit Studies for homeschool families. It is easy to download the digital PDF files and put them in a binder, read the magazine articles online and click through the related links and watch a few videos, grab your bible, and complete the worksheets. Older students can do these studies independently and younger students can do the studies with help from parents and older siblings.

We have had subscriptions to Creation Illustrated in the past, and had it for several years.  It was a regular part of our homeschool learning.  We have also reviewed their magazine for our readers several years ago, way back in 2012.   I regret that I let our subscription expire when we moved a couple of years ago.  I have been so inspired again by the magazine while doing this review that I plan to purchase a new subscription, and purchase more of these unit studies, and I would like to order several back copies of the magazine too.  These make wonderful reading for my family, and inspire us in our faith.  These make lovely gifts for extended family and friends and church libraries too.  These would be wonderful to benefit communities and leave as reading material in offices around town too.

I would recommend Creation Unit Studies and the Creation Illustrated magazines to everyone!

Latest Eddition:

The latest edition Creation Illustrated Spring ’18 has just been published.

Current Spring 2018 Edition

NEW Ad-Free Keepsake Edition

Features include:

  • ​Creation Up Close: Nature’s First Responders –by Evelyn Sayler
  • Creatures Near and Dear to Us: Butterfly Birth –by Rosanne Pallini-Veriezza
  • Re-Creation Outdoor Adventure: Trekking Through Myanmar –by Janae Bowman
  • Creation Day 4 of the Creation Story: Sun, Moon, and Stars –by Nikolas Grosfield
  • Creation Highlights and Creation Stewardship news briefs
  • My Walk with God: Redeeming the Desert –by Shirley Conley
  • Gardens from Eden: A Season of New Beginnings –by Joanne Taylor
  • Genesis Cuisine: Korean Treats Recipes –Korean 3-Radish Noodle Salad, Korean Mung Bean Vegie Pancakes, Korean Sweet Rice Cakes.
  • Children’s Story: Bumblebee Rescue –by Tatiana Claudy
  • Creation Character Building Lesson: Service and Ministry –by Terry & Jean McComb
  • New Coloring & Photo Contests for all ages
  • Photo and Coloring Contest winners
  • Study Guide, Spring Family Fun Activities
  • Poetry: All Creation Sings –by Bret Suarez
  • And more!

Video:

I found this 2015 video interview of Tom and Jennifer Ish. They are homeschool parents who began publishing Creation Illustrated in 1993.  That is over 25 years!  What an accomplishment for the kingdom of God!  Only God knows how many people, perhaps millions, have been inspired to draw near to him because of this ministry.  This interview is filled with fantastic information about the mission of Creation Illustrated and it’s worldwide outreach.

Try before you buy:

If you would like to try it out before you buy, Creation Illustrated offers a FREE digital edition of their magazine, and a FREE unit study on Fragrance which includes the corresponding digital magazine too.  Be sure to check those out.

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Zirrly Super Beads Mega Pack Review

We have a fun arts and crafts project to tell you about today.

We have been trying to find ways to involve the whole family, the older kids and the younger kids, in arts and crafts projects more often.  Sometimes you just want a break from the usual school studies.  We were thrilled when our family was offered to try Super Beads by Zirrly for some fun arts and crafts projects and write an honest review of our experience.

Zirrly is a craft supply company that has been providing fun engaging arts and crafts projects for families to create since 1956.  Their craft kits and supplies are both creative and educational.  They have many different kinds of craft kits and supplies.  These can be used for enjoyment and used in a variety of ways in various settings that help develop fine motor skills and creativity for kids and adults, rehabilitation, special needs, and the elderly too.

Super Beads are:

  • Fun, Educational and Creative Fun For All Ages
  • Portable
  • No Mess
  • Safe and Non-Toxic
  • Flexible and Won’t Crack
  • No Ironing
  • No Gluing
  • Super Beads Fit Snugly Onto Board so They Won’t Move Around While You’re Working
  • Simply Spray With Water and the Super Beads Fuse Together

The Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review a Super Beads project of their choosing.  There were several great options to choose from:

Jungle Animals

3D Animals

Birds Set

3D Car and Truck

Spinning Tops

Jewelry Set

Mega Pack

Super Beads: Mega Pack

For the past few weeks, we were able to incorporate using Super Beads Mega Pack for arts and craft projects in our homeschool, and each of our six kids have been able to spend time creating something affordable and fun.

Super Beads: Mega Pack

  • 4500 Super Beads in large bag
  • 2 Spray Bottles
  • 1 Design Tool
  • Instructions
  • 4 Different Design Templates: Apple, Turtle, Elephant, Cupcake
  • 5 Copies of each Design Template (if you have multiple students working on same design)
  • 4 Design Boards

The kids were so excited when our package of Super Beads arrived.

We received a large bag of beads with several colors (white, yellow, brown, red, blue, green, pink) and two small packs of beads with colors (black and orange) that were not part of the larger pack.

Everything you need to complete each design is included.

I put the kit into a dishpan to contain everything until we were ready to begin.

I had a feeling it wouldn’t be a good idea for 4500 plastic beads to spill.

When it was time to work on our crafts, we took some time to sort the colors into an ice cube tray that had 10 dividers.

I dumped about half the bag of beads into a pie plate for sorting.

This step was tedious and took a lot longer than we expected.  Thankfully we had lots of hands helping out.

It was quite a pretty sight when they had the beads sorted and the tray filled.  However, our tray wasn’t nearly large enough to hold very many at one time.

Four of our kids could work with the beads at the same time.  They each received a design tray.  The trays can be used one at a time, or they can be combined to make larger projects.

Next they inserted their design of choice onto the back of the tray.

The tray is see through so you can see the design from the top side.

Next they got busy adding beads to their design tray.

Here is what their designs looked like once they had added all of the beads onto their design trays.

Once they had their designs complete.  It was time to spray them with water.  The kit comes with two spray bottles to share.   Just fill them with water and they are ready to use.  One of our bottles leaked slightly, so that reinforced the idea that we should empty out the water and dry the spray bottles before storing them away, especially if you plan to store them with your extra beads.

On the back of the design instructions, is a “Tips and Tricks” helpsheet to help you understand the best method for spraying the design.

You want to be sure to get just enough water to make the beads fuse together, but not to much water and not too little either.

We set our designs out to dry.  It takes as little as 60 minutes for them to be removable from the design tray.  We removed one design after an hour and let the other designs alone to dry overnight.

Completed designs are supposed to be flexible and won’t crack.  If they do come apart, it is likely because they didn’t receive enough water in that spot to fuse to the next bead, so just simply place them back on the design board and spray with water again and let it dry.  We had no trouble with removing ours from the boards and they held together very well.

You can find additional designs online or “think outside the box” and create your own designs.   Besides doing the regular designs, my kids enjoyed making their own creations.

Final Thoughts:

We really enjoyed making crafts with Super Beads: Mega Pack.  We would also like to try out the 3D Car and Truck set.  My kids are very interested in making cars and trucks.  My daughter and oldest son would like to try out the Jewelry Set.

These beads and templates would be a lot of fun to take the nursing home and do as a project with some of the residents the next time we go.  I would like to take them the Jungle Animals, Birds, and the Mega Pack.  It might remind them of fond memories from their visits to see animals at a zoo, and with the mega pack they could get creative with their own designs too.  It would make a nice keepsake of the time they spent with the kids creating a project.

In our homeschool, as the three big boys get older, and their school work gets harder and takes more time to complete, we noticed there is less time for them to enjoy doing fun crafts, especially if they are complicated or have expensive ingredients.  We still have three younger kids in the house too, so less complicated arts and crafts such as coloring, gluing, and painting are still important part in their learning.  Now we can add Super Beads as an affordable craft they can all enjoy designing and creating.

Arts and crafts are an important part of learning to be creative, learning to follow directions, and learning how to think and create outside the box.  These skills are important and enjoyable and they will benefit the person who learned them most likely through out their life.

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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

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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

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Grades 3rd-8th

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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

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Grades 3rd-12th

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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.

While we worked on our projects for this review, 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. I would like to get more of these Á La Carte Projects soon. There are so many great projects to choose from.  It will be hard to decide.

I think my kids would enjoy The Art of Quilling 3D Project.  This looks project like a lot of fun and a way to really be creative once you learn how and do a few templates first.  I would think imagination and how much time you have to give it would be the only limit to this.  It also looks like a great “quiet” activity, which is needed sometimes. 

We would also like the do the Greek Life! File Folder Game.  The older three kids have been learning Greek and I think this game would enhance their learning even more. It comes with lots of pieces to create including a game, players, cards, ancient coins, and more.

A few of the wonderful Home School In The Woods projects we have completed in the past few years 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

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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.

FREE OFFERS

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)

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