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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

Retail $3

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

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

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

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

The Progress of Faith From Europe to the Colonies Timeline

The Progress of Faith From Europe to the Colonies Timeline

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

16 pages

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Grades 3rd-12th

Retail $3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Thoughts:

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

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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What Every Child Should Know Along the Way Book Review

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

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

What Every Child Should Know Along The Way

Paperback Book

151 pages

Parenting Resource

Retail $11.95  (Sale $9.95)

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

Spiritual and Practical aspects of child training:

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

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

Chapters:

Chapter 1: Dynamic Devotional Living

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

Chapter 2: Cultivating Family Unity

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

Chapter 3: Gifts and Talents

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

Chapter 4: Biblical Character Traits

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

Chapter 5: Manners

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

Chapter 6: Practical Living Skills

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

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

Chapter 7: Personal Safety

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

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

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

Final Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Handwriting Skills With CursiveLogic Review

CursiveLogic: An Intelligent New Way To Teach Handwriting Skills.

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

CursiveLogic Quick Start Pack

Instructional Webinar

CursiveLogic Student Workbook

112 Pages

10 Cursive Writing Lessons

5 Step Method

Letter Shape Groups

Color Coded Shapes

Letter Strings

Catch Phrases

3 Dry Erase Practice Pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Art Of Cursive

Adult Coloring Book

Teaches Cursive Writing

4 Cursive Writing Lessons

27 Coloring Pages

27 Trace and Write Pages

Multi-sensory Approach

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

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

Our Experience:

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

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

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

Our Experience With CursiveLogic QuickStart Pack:

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

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

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

Our experience with the Art of Cursive book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is what he said, the actual quote:

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

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

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

Jeremiah 17:7-9 (KJV)

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

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

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

Final Thoughts:

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

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Magic Stix Washable Markers Reivew

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

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

Magic Stix Washable Markers

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

Bright & Bold Colors

Washable

Safe To Use

Non-Toxic

Odor Free

Vented Safety Cap (to reduce choking)

Won’t dry out for 7 days – guaranteed!

24 pack option with sturdy plastic storage case

12 pack option with sturdy plastic storage case

The COLORS:

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

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

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

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

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

The Case:

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

How we used Magic Stix Washable Markers in our home:

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

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

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

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

Here are a few of our projects:

Airplanes:

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

View of planes from the top side:

View of planes from the underside:

Proud pilots!

Trees:

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

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

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

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

Art Journals:

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

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

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

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

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

Final Thoughts:

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

The Pencil Grip, Inc

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

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

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Drive Thru History Adventures Review

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

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

Drive Thru History Adventures

Drive Thru History Adventures

Online Subscription (Yearly or Monthly)

3 History Courses

Ancient History, American History, Biblical History

Adventures TV

Easy Accessible

24 hours a day 7 days  a week.

Courses:

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

Ancient History Adventures (12 weeks)

Covers Empires of Greece, Rome and Asia Minor

American History Adventures (12 weeks)

Covers Early American History From Columbus to the Constitution

Bible History Adventures (18 weeks)

Covers the Life of Jesus

Visit 50+ locations in Israel

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

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

Bible History Adventures

Lessons:

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

Episode 1: The Historical Landscape

Episode 2: The Announcements

Episode 3: Jesus is Born

Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up

Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry

Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee

Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles

Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority

Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount

Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee

Episode 11: Jesus Travels North

Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem

Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem

Episode 14: The Last Supper

Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus

Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus

Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus

Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

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

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

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

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

Adventures TV:

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

Our Experience

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

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

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

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

Examples from Lesson 1: The Historical Landscape

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

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

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

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

Next is a photo on location.

Next is a summary of the learning.

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

There are examples of famous art and additional historical information.

Next is more historical information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final thoughts about using this program:

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

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

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

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

Discount Specials

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

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

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

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Starfall Home Membership Review

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

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

The Starfall Home Membership

Online Learning

Phonics, Reading, Spelling Games,

Music, Learning Games, Math

PreK – 2nd Grades

One Year Subscription

Retail $35

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

The Starfall Home Membership

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

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

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

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

The Parent – Teacher Center

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

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

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

Our Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holidays for January included:

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

Holidays for February included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Math songs help him remember different concepts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He is enjoying the various math games.

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

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

Final thoughts about the program:

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

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

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

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

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UltraKey Online Review

We are currently reviewing UltraKey Online Family Subscripton from Bytes of Learning in our homeschool.  My kids love it!  This program really makes learning to type fun.

UltraKey Online Family Subscription

UltraKey Online

Typing Course

Easy To Use

Self Paced

Family Subscription for up to 8 people

Ages 5+ – Adult

(8+ independent, and ages 5-7 with parental involvement)

Engineered for all Mac OS X and Windows computers

UltraKey is a self paced typing program, and likely the only typing training program you’ll ever need.  All you need is a subscription, a computer with a keyboard, and internet service.  You can set personal goals and proceed to achieve them at your own pace.   It is adaptable to various ages and skill levels.

Lessons:

UltraKey Online lessons are self paced and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There are 12 main lessons and you can use the program at your convenience and take as long as you need to master each lesson.  UltraKey Online uses voice supported instruction, and the lesson format includes audio voice, video, and graphic animation.  Lessons appeal to a wide range of learning styles and skill levels.

Dashboard:

Each student has their own dashboard.  From your dashboard, it is easy to access lessons, set goals, see progress, print awards, and generate and print reports too.

The parent / family administrator also has a dashboard and can view and access the records, goals, reports, etc of all of their students at the same time or view each student individually.

Goals and Reports:

UltraKey has a great record keeping system.  It is easy to access everything you need and helps parents review and keep up with their students progress.  Parents can adjust program settings to guide the students as they operation the program, or leave it in default mode and the student can control their own settings.  You can easily print progress reports for individual students to keep in their portfolio and also reports for the entire class of students if you are teaching more than one.

Parents and students can also create or import their own content for further practice or customized practice if desired.  The program is flexible and allows you the option to import occupation-related, religious, or topics of your choice for practice and testing.

UltraKey is individualized learning and practice.  You can choose from several different levels from beginner to very advanced.  Many different options are available for challenge levels and the amount of practice can be tweaked to your individual preferences.  It helps identify remedial problems and offers help if needed.  Other ways UltraKey encourages progress is that it praises the student as typing improves and congratulates students when goals are achieved.

Game Zone

Game Zone is a lot of extra fun for the kids if they want to use it.  It helps build typing knowledge and fluency.

There are different categories to choose from such as:

  • Mixed Up Words
  • Spelling’s Important
  • What’s Missing
  • To The Finish
  • Rhymin
  • Capitals Capitols

International Typing Performance Standard

With UltraKey Online, you can also generate certifiable typing performance reports based on International typing assessment standards.  Below are the key International standards set for typing performance:

  • 5 keystrokes is a typing word.
  • The gross speed is the number of typed words per minute.
  • A typing word error is any typing word with one or more errors in it.
  • The net speed score is the gross speed less a penalty of 2 typing words per typing word error, per minute.
  • The best speed is the highest net typing speed.
  • The accuracy score is the number of correct keystrokes, divided by the overall number of keystrokes completed.

Video

Here is a video that explains more about how UltraKey Online works.

Our Experience

I am very pleased with our Family Subscription to UltraKey Online.  Before using it with our kids, I spent some time exploring the instructional interface, and the management dashboard to familiarize myself with the program.

In the “Dashboard” section, I can set goals and choose various settings.  I can also let my older kids set their own goals and give them more freedom to create their own unique experience with the program.

All three of my older boys (ages 17, 15, 13) have used this program for 20 to 30 minutes almost every day.  They all love using it.  Two of the three boys are audio visual learners.  One of the three boys can easily learn from just about any kind of program regardless if it is audio visual or not.  This program has met the needs of all three of them.

Two of my younger kids have also used it a few times a week though they are proceeding much slower than the older kids.

The fact that the kids can play the video lessons, and listen to the instructions, and then follow the examples has been a great help to them.  They started out completing the introductory videos, setting up his dashboard preferences, and set their typing level to beginner and practice level to heavy.  At the end of practice each day they do skills checks and typing tests.  Each day they practice, they make more and more gains in this program.

The 13 year old has improved from typing 7 words per minute to 27 words per minute with 99% to 100% accuracy consistently.

He just finished the program two days ago, got his diploma, and asked me to wipe the program clean so he can start over and improve his score.

After he started over and rewached everything from the beginning, his first few lessons and skill checks he was already mastering 34 words per minute.  We will see if he maintains that and continues to improve.  He is highly motivated to master this program.

My 15 year old really loves this program too.    He has improved from typing 10 words per minute to typing 24 words per minute with 100% accuracy.

Here is an example of the progress the 15 year old made during three of the lessons and skill tests.  Each day he worked through the program, I could see that he put in his best effort.

Skills test 1: 10 words in 1 minute 96%

Skills test 2: 20 words in 2 minutes 99%

Skills test 3:  22 words in 2 minutes with 99% accuracy.

and so on.

Every day when he is finished, he prints out a report of his skills check.   It records what he typed, for how long, how many wrong keys, missed keys, additional keys, etc and generates a score of words per minute/accuracy percentage/result of passing or not.  This has been great feedback for him.

My 17 year old is an independent learner.  He has taken a typing class before, but did not have this kind of instant feedback to his efforts and see these kind of results.  He is really enjoying this program and has improved from typing 15 words per minute to currently typing 30 words per minute with 99% to 100% accuracy.

UltraKey Online Family Subscription is great for a wide range of ages in the family.  My kids are enjoying using it.  The younger kids need more time and practice than the older ones to grasp the concept, but they too are doing really well with the program.  I hope to start my youngest son as well as my husband and myself as students on it soon since we have the large family subscription with space for up to 8 people of any age from the same family.  I can’t wait to see my own typing skills improve as much as I have watched my kids skills improve.  The results from this program are very impressive!

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Schoolhouse Teachers Review

My kids are loving the variety of Homeschool Courses available with the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

There are almost 3 million children currently being Homeschooled across all 50 states in the USA.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a great “go to resource” for these Homeschool families, for both students and parents. They offer great courses and Homeschool helps at an affordable price.  Be sure to check out the time limited special offer below.

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350+ Courses Online

Available 365 days a year

24 hours a day at your convenience.

 Preschool through Highschool and courses for Parents too.

Resources for Teachers

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Online Subscription Membership

With a membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com it is easy to find just the right courses to fit your family’s needs.

Courses are available by Grade Level and are easy to access.

Courses are also available / organized by Subject Area so you can find what you need that fits your interests.

These courses are USER FRIENDLY.  Besides being extremely convenient and available 24/7 many of the courses also have varying components like choosing either to use the lessons online or download them to your computer, printable lessons, printable worksheets and video components, etc.

Once you select the class or classes you want to do, then each class has more user friendly information such as:

How to Use This Course
Course Details
Course Introduction
Components
Length
Ages/Grades
Course Outline
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Download a Preview
For courses with videos – Watch a Preview Video
Course Completion Certificates
Links to lessons
Links to lesson plans if available

Additional Resources and Help For Members:

In addition to the huge variety of courses, some of the other features I love about our Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com include:

Media Center which includes a FREE subscription to The World Book eBook Library.  World Book is an online educational encyclopedia and resource hub filled with eBooks, written articles, videos, games, worksheets, quizzes, experiments, trivia, lesson plans and more.  This is a new component of the Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Preschool Playground which includes a full curriculum covering a wide variety of subjects, plus lots of tutorials and helpful resources.

Bible
Language Arts
Multi-Subject Learning
Numbers, Patterns, and Cognitive Skills
Manners and Healthy Habits
Arts, Crafts, and Music
Science
Social Studies

Focused Learning Centers for kids who are struggling.

High School Helps includes a list of courses and tips and resources for fulfilling transcripts.  There is also a really neat Highschool Planner you can print out to help your student set goals, organize assignments, and stay on track. 

Special Needs Resources includes helpful tips for choosing curriculum and making modifications and adaptations to the lessons.

Literacy Center includes how to teach your child to read in 101 easy steps, and includes activities for better comprehension.

Just for Parents section that includes courses, planners, and unit studies to make it easier to balance homeschooling, managing your home, maintaining a healthy marriage, and much more.

Schoolhouse Expos is like being able to get all the great information at a homeschool conference (great speakers on a wide variety of homeschool topics) from the comfort of  your living room!

Monthly Menu section helps you create family meals that your family will love.

TOS Magazine Resources

Certificate Library includes downloadable, printable certificates so parents can reward and motivate their students.

Help Charts include printable charts for homeschooling and household management.

Videos Library includes hundreds of free streaming videos.

Our Experience

We have been using SchoolhouseTeachers.com consistently for the past year in our homeschool.  A great feature with this site is that no additional text books are required.  Also most of the supplies needed for courses are usually found around your house or easily acquired through a local store or online if needed.  But usually you can find away to do the class without additional expenses.  Sometimes library books are suggested, but you can usually find everything you need on the internet for FREE.

We had used SchoolhouseTeachers.com a few years ago, prior to this past year, with a break in-between, and after using it again this past year I can honestly say their website just gets better and better each year with more classes and resources offered with your membership.  I missed it the year we took off and was truly glad to have a subscription for 2017.  As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, we were sent a new 1 year subscription for 2018 in exchange for writing an honest review.

I like the variety of courses available to us, 350+ courses, plus videos, World Book eBook Library, printable resources, and more.  I also like the freedom to choose as few or as many courses as we want that fit our family’s needs.  I like the flexibility of doing the classes at our own pace and the ability to change courses if we desire and there are no penalties.  I like all the special features for parents like making calendars, lessons plans, certificates of completion, and help with dinner menus.  I especially like the variety of self-paced highschool courses available.

Some of the classes my kids used this past year from SchoolhouseTeachers.com are:

  • Introduction To Architecture
  • Elementary Art
  • Drawing With Realism
  • Leadership 101
  • Public Speaking
  • Studio Art For Teens
  • Digital Art and Product Design For Small Business
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Art Tips with Jan Brower
  • Preschool Playground
  • Bible Stories For Kids

Here are two examples of SchoolhouseTeachers.com courses the kids have taken.

Course Example 1:

Introduction to Architecture.

My son loves this course and he highly recommends it to other kids.  It includes 37 lessons and qualifies for a full highschool credit on his transcript.  This is a big course and covers 246 pages.  Each lesson is several pages long and includes background and historical information, geography, maps, research, videos, websites, vocabulary worksheets, and architecture projects.

Module 1 – Ancient Structures

Lesson 1 – Introduction/Architecture in the Beginning
Lesson 2 – Pyramids
Lesson 3 – Pantheon

Lesson 4 – Parthenon
Lesson 5 – Coliseum
Lesson 6 – Petra
Lesson 7 – The Great Wall of China


Bonus Lesson 8 – Gingerbread Houses and Christmas Architecture

Module 2 – Transportation Structures

Lesson 9 – Tower Bridge
Lesson 10 – Brooklyn Bridge
Lesson 11 – Golden Gate Bridge
Lesson 12 – Panama Canal
Lesson 13 – Hoover Dam
Lesson 14 – Channel Tunnel

Module 3 – Living Structures

Lesson 15 – Neuschwanstein
Lesson 16 – Mount Vernon
Lesson 17 – Fallingwater

Module 4 – Entertainment/Touring Structures

Lesson 18 – Guggenheim
Lesson 19 – Eiffel Tower

Lesson 20 – Statue of Liberty
Lesson 21 – Washington Monument
Lesson 22 – Grand Canyon Skywalk
Lesson 23 – Spaceship Earth
Lesson 24 – Sydney Opera House

Module 5 – Skyscrapers

Lesson 25 – Empire State Building
Lesson 26 – Willis Tower
Lesson 27 – World Trade Center (before and after 911)


Lesson 28 – Petronas Towers
Lesson 29 – Taipei 101
Lesson 30 – Burj Khalifa

Module 6 – Worship Structures

Lesson 31 – St. Basil’s Cathedral
Lesson 32 – Cathedral of Notre Dame
Lesson 33 – St. Peter’s Basilica

Module 7 – Government Structures

Lesson 34 – Capitol Building
Lesson 35 – Pentagon
Lesson 36 – Architectural Fails
Lesson 37 – The Architect

For this course, and most of the courses we have used, we have had the option to download all of the lessons onto our computer with the provided link or use the lessons online.  He wanted to download them, and he had quick and easy access and it was easy to download and save them to the computer.

Each time he logs in to his course at his convenience, he reads through his lesson, watches a few linked videos, prints out and completes a worksheet that includes vocabulary and definitions, world maps of locations of buildings, he researches and then puts this into his 3-ring binder, and then he completes a building challenge in almost every lesson.

Some of the building projects have been 3 D paper models of famous structures around the world such as Roman Coliseums and Pantheons and the Great Wall of China.  One of the projects was building a ginger bread house.  In the curriculum, there are many links to paper models you can print out and build and my son has made a few of them, but he prefers to use 3 D models made of metal, plastic, wood, or building blocks for building famous bridges and other structures.  He has made a wish list of various models available on Amazon and Ebay that he wants us to buy for him and he plans to put them on a display shelf in his room when he finishes them.  He is only half way through the course at this time and is really enjoying it.

Course Example 2:

Elementary Art

Elementary Art covers 22 lessons /weeks including learning about 12 famous artists, 10 advent art lessons, art techniques, suggested library books, and looking up resources about each artist online and more.

12 Artists

My kids have enjoyed studying about 12 famous artists and their unique styles of art, and the projects they did in each style.

Lesson 1: Michelangelo
Lesson 2: Pablo Picasso
Lesson 3: Vincent van Gogh
Lesson 4: Georgia O’Keefe
Lesson 5: George Caleb Bingham
Lesson 6: Cassatt
Lesson 7: Grant Wood
Lesson 8: Rembrandt
Lesson 9: Pierre Renoir
Lesson 10: Andy Warhol
Lesson 11: Leonardo da Vinci
Lesson 12: Claude Monet

Here is an example of Lesson 2 and learning about the Abstract Art Style called Cubism by the famous artist Pablo Picasso. 

Their project assignment for this lesson was to use various shapes cut from colored papers to make their own masterpiece.  They really enjoyed this lesson.

Here is an example of Lesson 3 and a Van Gogh painting project.

We found a coloring page of Starry Night by Van Gogh.  The kids didn’t want to finger paint this day, so they modified painting the picture using the pressure technique with a brush.

Advent Art

The course also contains another 10 lessons called Advent Art that centers around the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus Christ.

Lesson 1: First Saturday of Advent – Luke 1:26-28, 31 An Angel Appears
Lesson 2: First Sunday of Advent – Luke 1:46-55 Mary’s Song
Lesson 3: Second Saturday of Advent – Matthew 1:20 Joseph’s Dream
Lesson 4: Second Sunday of Advent – Luke 2:4-5 The Journey
Lesson 5: Third Saturday of Advent – Luke 2:6-7 He Has Come!
Lesson 6: Third Sunday of Advent – Isaiah 9:6 Prince of Peace
Lesson 7: Fourth Saturday of Advent – Luke 2:8-11 Good News of Great Joy
Lesson 8: Fourth Sunday of Advent – Luke 2:13-18 Glory to God in the Highest
Lesson 9: Christmas Eve – Matthew 2:1-11 Three Visitors, Three Gifts
Lesson 10: Christmas Day – John 1:14 The Word became Flesh!

We did not do all of the Advent Art section of the course as it is listed.  Many of the arts and craft projects are designed to create a baby Jesus with felt, or paper plate angels, or star ornament with popsycle sticks, etc.

However there were a couple of projects in this section that I really liked such as Lesson 6 where the kids learn the “Names of God” and create a word picture.

Father God has many names.  The lesson provides several names for your picture, however there is still room on the page to add several more.

Yahuah = Father, He who breaths life

Yahusha = Yahuah Saves

1. YAH (“I am”) = Father and Judge (Creator and King)
2. YAHuah (“I am He who breaths life”) = Father (Abba)
3. YAHusha (“I am He who saves”) = Yahuah Saves = Son (Jesus)
4. Ruach HaQodesh (“the Dedicated Breath”) = Holy Spirit
5. Adonai (“Master”) = Lord
6. HaMashiach (“the Dedicated One”) = MessiYAH (Christ)
7. HalleluYAH = “You follow The Way of YAH”

Learning the names of God and making a list of his names on beautiful paper is fun to do.  This makes a lovely picture to hang on the wall, or put in a frame, and remind yourself and your kids of how great and loving Father God is and that he sent a part of himself, his only son, to save us.

I plan to tweak the Advent section of the Elementary Art course. I want to add in a few other bible art projects, while still focusing on the suggested bible scriptures about God sending his son Jesus to save mankind.  One tweak I am making is to help my kids create a bible art journal that includes the scriptures about Jesus Christ the Messiah.  I alternated colored paper and lined writing sheets so they can have plenty of space for writing and for art.  It has a “Jesus Christ Messiah” theme instead of a “Christmas holiday” theme and I believe will be more beneficial in learning about and focusing on faith in Jesus year around.  I am debating what binding to use for this project, so for now, the pages are loose and put into a folder.  I may simply use a three ring binder for them so it will be easy to add more pages when desired.  This journal will be a great way to keep related bible art projects and bible scriptures together and will make a fun memory book and encourage their faith.

Coming UP for 2018

Coming up this semester, some of the courses we will be using include:

  • Classic Architecture
  • All About Art
  • Accounting 101
  • Starting A Micro-Business For Teens
  • Early American History
  • Changes in Transportation, Communication, and Technology
  • Whole Foods Cooking with Sue Gregg
  • Fun With Cooking
  • Machines
  • Health and Fitness
  • More Preschool Playground!
  • Camping With Jesus course is filled with activities and discusses issues such as: What Will Heaven be Like? What Is Sin? Who Is Jesus, and Why Did He Die on the Cross? What Does It Mean to be Forgiven? How Do I Grow to Know God More?

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