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Ocean Waves

I am at a loss for words to describe the power and beauty of these ocean waves…

So I thought I would share a few scriptures about the Creator of the sea, our Father God.

Psalm 93:4  “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.”

Isaiah 51:15 “But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name.”

Jeremiah 31:34-35  “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.  Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name.”

Luke 21: 25-26  “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

May you be blessed today with knowing our Father God who is the Creator God.  He created you and me and the ocean waves.

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Home School In The Woods Review

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

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

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

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

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

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses File Folder Project

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses File Folder Project

18 pages

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Grades 3rd-12th

Retail $4

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

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

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

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

The Jamestown Replica

The Jamestown Replica

8 pages

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Grades 3rd-8th

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

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

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

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

The Progress of Faith From Europe to the Colonies Timeline

The Progress of Faith From Europe to the Colonies Timeline

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

16 pages

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Grades 3rd-12th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Thoughts:

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

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

We love using hands on history projects in our home. I would like to get more of these Á La Carte Projects soon. There are so many great projects to choose from.  It will be hard to decide.

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

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

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

Project Passport: The Middle Ages

Time Travelers: Industrial Revolution through Great Depression 

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

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

Activity Paks, Activity Studies, and Lap Paks

Time Travelers Series

Project Passport Series

Timelines and Maps

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Recipe for Fuitfulness

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

I came across a recipe in the bible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew 24:14-46

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

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

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

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

Recipe for Kingdom Fruit

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

 

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

2 Peter 1:5-8

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

Be wise and be blessed!

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

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

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

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We can TRUST Him.

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

Be wise and be blessed!

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Keep The Sabbath Holy

Father God established His calendar in the beginning.  Specific events are listed during the first week of creation that show He set his calendar in motion.  On the first day, He established that “evening” and “morning” equal a “day”.  On the fourth day, He established the method of keeping track of days.  On the 7th day of creation, He established the Sabbath day.

Genesis 1:1-5  “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Genesis 1:14-19  “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

Genesis 2:1-3  “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Later, when he had chosen a people for himself to be set apart from the world, he gave them 10 rules to follow called “commandments”, and He told them to remember the special Sabbath day and to keep it holy.

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.

He wrote these rules into stone with his own finger, and He signed them with his name “Yahuah” as a covenant between them.  There are 8 “Do Not” rules and 2 “Do” rules.  He said if they chose to obey them, it would bring life and blessings.  If they chose to disobey them it would bring curses and death.  He encouraged them to teach their children these commandments and pass them on to each generation.

The 4th commandment is to remember to obey His Sabbath day and keep it holy.  This is His Sabbath Calendar.

#4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

When is Sabbath and how do we keep it holy?

Exodus 31:13  “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”

There are 4 Sabbaths each month.  A month is about 29 evenings mornings (days) long on Father God’s Calendar.

The sighting of the moon by two witnesses begins the month, next work 6 days, then rest 1 evening and morning (Sabbath day) and repeat this cycle 3 more times to complete the month.

The next month begins with sighting of moon by two witnesses, next work 6 days, then rest 1 evening and morning (Sabbath day), repeat cycle 3 more times to complete the month.

These are the cycles of the Sabbath Calendar!

We are instructed to keep the Sabbath day holy!

Exodus 20:11  “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

The scriptures tell us the New Year begins when the barley is ripe for harvest and the next sighting of the moon takes place (this usually takes place during mid March-April time of year on the Gregorian man-made calendar).  The first appointed feasts of the year begin during the first biblical month according to the barley harvest and the sighting of the moon.  The following  months of the year continue the cycle of the Sabbath calendar by sighting the moon each month to establish the days for work, Sabbath rests, and any appointed feasts for that month.

There are 7 appointed feasts that are to be celebrated on specific dates during the year according to the scriptures.  These are “appointed” dates Father God has scheduled and are not man’s calendars and man’s traditions for holidays.  One must understand and obey the Sabbath days to understand when to keep the appointed feasts.  We will go over these in the next story about Father God’s Calendar.

Faith in Father God’s only begotten son, Jesus, Yahusha (Yahuah saves) brings us into a right relationship with Father God, and because we are forgiven and have been adopted as his children, we can walk in a right relationship with Father God.   We walk with Father God as we love him, think about him, and obey his commands.

He established the calendar schedule for blessings and life.  We are to Work, Sabbath Rest, and Celebrate appointed Feast Seasons with Father God at the days and times he established.  We do not need a blood sacrifice, ritual, building, or man-made tradition to meet with him, because of the perfect gift of Jesus Yahusha.  He is Lord of the Sabbath.  He said the Sabbath was created to bring blessings into the life of those who keep it.  Obeying Father God’s commandments and calendar is where blessings and power flow into the lives of those who will believe and obey.

Jesus said that if you accept and obey him, the same spirit that dwelled in him will also dwell in you.   The Holy Spirit of God worked through him to do all of the miracles he did during his time on earth, and raised him from the dead on the third day.   This spirit is able to work through you and empower you to do even more miracles than he did.

However, I believe the reason the followers of Yahuah Father God today have very little blessing and essentially no power in their daily life to help others is because they don’t follow His calendar and obey the true Sabbath and appointed time for Feasts.  Instead they have put a different calendar created by men in it’s place.  They choose to worship on Sunday, or Friday, or Saturday instead of the true Sabbath.

Jesus told us to continue with the way he showed us freely giving in love because it had been freely given to us.

Are we doing the “great commission” Jesus gave us by healing the sick, casting out demons, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, setting the captives free, and meeting the needs of those around us, and sharing the good news with all those we meet?

Or are we unable to fulfill his instructions?  Are we too far in debt, financially lacking, too physically feeble and weak in our own lives to meet this command of Jesus?

Why?  Jesus said “Man’s traditions nullify the power of God in people’s lives.”

We need to understand the importance of keeping the true Sabbath in honoring Father God.   We need to implement keeping the Sabbath day holy.   What does Father God want from a Sabbath?  The same instructions Jesus Yahusha gave us.

Read Isaiah 56-58.

Read Matthew 25:31-46

The sighting of the moon begins each month’s Sabbaths and the barley harvest begins each year’s cycle of Sabbaths and Feasts with Father God.  Check out the next post about the Calendar of Father God.

Be wise and be blessed!

Maranatha!

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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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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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Come, Ye Blessed Of My Father

If Jesus Christ showed up in your life today, at your church, job, or neighborhood, would you recognize him?

Would he stand out?

When he came the first time, he was of no reputation.  He didn’t stand out.

He didn’t hand out business cards.

He didn’t dress like a wealthy man.

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:7-8

Would you notice him?

Would he look like the perfect gift to you?

Would you see the treasure that is in him?

Or would you ignore him?

If he asked for a drink of water from your water bottle, would you freely offer it to him?

If he asked you for money, would you walk on by or would you reach into your pocket and give him some dollar bills?

If he had no where to go, would you buy him a hotel room for the night? Or would you invite him to stay at your home on your couch for a night or a week or indefinately?

If he didn’t look dressed for church, or the office, or presentable to go to dinner, would you sit next to him?

Would you avoid him or try to prevent him from sitting in the most desired seat, where the wealthy in your community, or church, or the most esteemed in your job or neighborhood sit?  Would you willingly give him your seat?

Would you stop him from walking to the front of the church and taking the microphone to read the scriptures out loud?  Would you stop him from speaking from the pulpit, or leading the church in singing?

If he tried to share his gifts and talents would you let him?  Would you have eyes to see the perfect gift of God?

Would you have room in YOUR ministry for him?

Would you pass over his gifts, would your mind be clouded by his appearance and lack of degrees and fame?  Would you prevent him from handling the offering plate, or greeting others at the door, or even sitting up front in a noticable seat?

If he tried to speak up and tell you that he must share his gifts anyway possible, would you let him?  Or would you let him know he is not a good fit for your church, let him know you will pray for him, and wish him luck to move on and find a church he is a “better fit” for?

Do you even know the voice of the master?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

Would you recognize him?

Would you recognize someone he sent in his place?

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

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to visit you?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”   Matthew 25:34-40

 

I pray that each of us can recognize each and every opportunity to be a blessing to those in need, and that we can see Jesus Christ in each person.  I pray we are found worthy and faithful servants, and we will hear those precious eternal words, “Come ye blessed of my Father.”

Be wise and be blessed!

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Good And Evil

Sometimes I wonder why Father God allows evil to exist.  I wonder why He allows evil people (people with evil intentions) who are found at all levels of society (including local and national community leaders, nation rulers, world rulers, religious leaders, thieves, liers, rapists, murderers, and deceitful people) to prosper in their evil deeds.

Why are they allowed to take advantage of God fearing, good hearted, loving people?  And why do evil people prosper?

Psalms 73:1-11

But I almost stumbled and fell,
because it made me jealous
to see proud and evil people
and to watch them prosper.

They never have to suffer,
they stay healthy,
and they don’t have troubles
like everyone else.

Their pride is like a necklace,
and they commit sin
more often than they dress themselves.

Their eyes poke out with fat,
and their minds are flooded
with foolish thoughts.

They sneer and say cruel things,
and because of their pride,
they make violent threats.

They dare to speak against God
and to order others around.

God will bring his people back,
and they will drink the water
he so freely gives.

Only evil people would say,
“God Most High cannot
know everything!”

It is something that is hard to understand.

I absolutely believe Father God is good, and He is love, and He has all power, authority, and dominion forever.  He is the Alpha and Omega and He knows the beginning from the end.  He knows who is evil and who is good.

He knows the entire story.  He knew you before you were knit in your mothers womb and watched each and every cell and fiber in your body form.  He is always with you.  At all times, He will answer you when you call on him. He loves you and waits for you to love and obey him.

He will never leave nor forsake you until you stand before him on Judgement Day, and he separates those who are evil from those who are good.  At that time, the books of people’s deeds will be opened and read, and Father God and His Son will either say something similar to “well done, you cared for my needs, you kept your first love, enter in to the eternal joy” or he will say something similar to “depart, be cast into eternal damnation, you wicked servant, I never knew you”.

So why does He allow good people to suffer, yet also allows them to draw near to him, and evil people to he allows to prosper and fall away from him in this life on earth?

I don’t know why.  He is a loving God.  He wants us to walk in his ways and be like him.  He is always with us through the good times and the bad times.  He gives each one of us a choice to do good or do evil with our life.

Sadly, I have heard some people say they won’t trust in Father God, mainly because they believe He allows human suffering, inequality, and injustice.  They don’t deny that Father God exists, and they don’t deny he has the power to stop the terrible events from happening, but they refuse to accept Him as their personal God whom they put their trust in.  They would rather trust in their ownself and direct their own path, or put their trust in scientists, doctors, and government for safety, healing, and answers to life’s dilemmas.

But they are missing out here on this earth and will miss out for eternity because of their lack of faith.

They are missing out on being in relationship and loving the only True God, Creator of the Universe, the true light, our loving Father who gives good gifts, who sent His only son, a part of himself as a sacrifice to redeem them from their sin, to rescue mankind so they can have eternal life with him where there is no more evil, no injustice, no murder, no lying, no jealousy, no crying, no hate, no sickness, no diseases, no famines.

I was reading about good and evil rulers in 2 Chronicles the other day.  I spent three hours reading through several chapters, covering several generations, and I was able to see a big picture in the lives of these men and their families.  Everything they ever did was written down in several books for future generations to know.  It was amazing to me how one ruler would love God and serve him, but his son or grandson would turn out to be horribly wicked rulers. Some were so evil and wicked that they murdered all their brothers and relatives and many innocent people.  Some of them went to war and killed thousands and stole women and children and stole all of the wealth and land from the groups they invaded.  Some of these men served as ruler a short time and some for a long time.  But eventually they all came to an end and their deeds (both good and bad) were written down.

Someday they will be called, just as we all will be called, to stand before Father God and His Son and give an account of how we lived our lives and all of the good and bad things in our lives will be exposed.  The only way to escape the consequences of that day are to accept the sacrifice of God’s son, his sinless life he willingly gave in our place, and his shed blood offered to cover our sins so that Father God will forgive, and blot out our sin from the book.

John 3:15-21

“Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life. God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people.
He sent him to save them!

No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned.
But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son.

The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things
are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light.

People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light,
because it clearly shows what they have done.

But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light,
because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.”

 

Romans 13:9

In the Law there are many commands, such as,
“Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder.
Do not steal. Do not want what belongs to others.”
But all of these are summed up in the command that says,
“Love others as much as you love yourself.”

The advice in the scriptures is clear.

Walk away from evil.

Walk away from evil deeds and people who are determined to do evil.

Believe in and trust Father God,

Believing he sent His Son for your salvation,

Ask for forgiveness of your sin,

Obey His command to love Father God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself,

Because this the only way to escape damnation, enter into heaven and spend eternity with Father God.

Be wise and be blessed!

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Lego Adventures at Homeschool Coop: Space Exploration

I have enjoyed teaching courses to kids at homeschool get togethers, church, 4H, and parks for many years.  Sometimes these meetings are bible studies, other times they are classes held a local Homeschool Coops or Community programs.

On this day, I taught a Lego Adventures Bible Story class.   We had a great time of learning, activities, and growing our faith.   The kids learned about the fourth day of creation, when Father God created the Sun, Moon, and Stars.   They also learned a little bit about man’s attempts at space exploration, man’s theories about space, and the differences in asteroids and comets. 

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I used a wonderful book called Purposeful Design to teach this class.  I made a binder of lessons to go along with the book and also used a few printouts and coloring pages I gathered from free sources online.  For props to teach the class, I brought a bible, earth in space puzzles, space flash cards, lots of Legos, space exploration mini figures, and I made a space exploration discovery bin.  I brought enough items x 2 so that I could divide the class into two teams for a friendly competition too. 

Space Flash Cards

Space Flash Cards

For our bible learning, we studied the fourth day of creation.  This is when Father God created the sun and moon and stars and put them in the firmament we call “space”, and created time and seasons (seasons are not just a change in the weather, but God designed them to be special appointments with Father called seasons when we have special feasts known as holidays or holy days) on the earth.

“God said, “I command lights to appear in the sky and to separate day from night and to show the time for seasons, special days, and years. I command them to shine on the earth.” And that’s what happened. God made two powerful lights, the brighter one to rule the day and the other to rule the night. He also made the stars. Then God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth, to rule day and night, and to separate light from darkness. God looked at what he had done, and it was good. Evening came and then morning—that was the fourth day.” Genesis 1:14-19

The kids learned several vocabulary words and terms.  I provided them with crossword puzzles, question and answer sheets, and coloring pages that related to their vocabulary words.

Sun, Moon, Stars, Asteroid, Comet, space shuttles, space pod, rockets, rocket fuel, space ships, satellites, space center, astronaut, gravity, rover vehicles, robotics, science experiment, space exploration, planets and their moons, Earth, Saturn, Mars.

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Team Competitions:

We divided into two teams.  Each team was given the exact same team kits.  Each kit contained, an Earth in Space puzzle, space exploration props, black construction paper, and a box of random Legos.

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We had two competitions also.  The first was putting together a puzzle of the earth in space.  The second competition was building a space exploration diorama and space exploration vehicle to explore Father God’s creation in the firmament.

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At the end of the competition, we had a time of “Show and Tell” where each team gave a brief explanation of what they created and how it would be used based on what they had learned.

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After our lesson, we went outside for some friendly games.

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It was a great time and the kids had a lot of fun.

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If You Were Me and Lived In…Book Series Review

I have a lovely book series for kids by Carole P. Roman to share with you today.

Carole P. Roman is a well known author who has written over 35 children’s books.  She has won over 100 prestigious awards for her books.  She has written several historical series, cultural series, and fantasy adventure books for kids including:

  • If You Were Me and Lived in- Series with Cultural Focus
  • If You Were Me and Lived in- Series with Historical Focus
  • Nursery series
  • Oh Susannah- Early Reader
  • Captain No Beard Series
  • And More!

We are currently reviewing 4 books from Carole P. Roman’s investigative book series for kids called “If You Were Me and Lived In…” This series has two banches.  One branch is the Cultural focus series (3 to 8 year olds) and the other branch is a Historical focus series (8-12 year olds).

There are a lot of books in these series and she continues to add new ones. A few of the titles include:

If You Were Me and Lived in… (Cultural series)
Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mars, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, Turkey

If You Were Me and Lived in… (Historical series)
Ancient China, Ancient Greece, the Ancient Mali Empire, The American West, Colonial America, Elizabethan England, The Mayan Empire, The Middle Ages, Renaissance Italy, Viking Europe

The four books our family received for this review are:

If You Were Me And Lived In The American West

If You Were Me And Lived In Australia

If You Were Me And Lived In Russia

If You Were Me And Lived In Israel

 

Here is a little more about each of these books and what we learned. 

If You Were Me And Lived In The American West

This book is softcover, fully illustrated, and contains 54 pages.  It is all about the journey on the Oregon Trail in the 1800’s and living life as a settler in the American West.

The book sets the stage pretending the reader is a 12 year old boy from Ohio in 1843.  The reader goes on a historical journey and learns what his life could have been like if he had lived during this time.  He heads out leaving Ohio on the Wagon Train with his family and others in the Great Migration of 1843 to find a better life in Oregon.

My kids really enjoyed reading this story.  They learned about the covered wagons called “conestoga” wagons. These were like primitive campers made from a large wagon with wooden wheels and an arched canvas top for shelter. These wagons held all of a family’s personal possessions, clothing, tools, herbal medicines, as well as a kitchen and pantry of food such as flour, salt, beans, potatoes, coffee, etc., and were pulled by oxen or horses.

The kids learned that life for kids on the trail was difficult.  They had to walk most of the way for several months, as they traveled about 10 to 20 miles a day, sleep on the ground wrapped in a blanket next to a camp fire, and help with chores without the aid of modern appliances.  Eventually your family arrives at their destination. Then they learn about setting up a homestead, including building a log cabin to live in and barn for animals, making yarn, chopping firewood, and planting gardens and fields, and more.

My kids also read about life for the settlers / pioneers and the Native Americans,  Sometimes these groups got along and other times they were at war with each other. Finally, there is a glossary of words and their definitions in the back of the book as well as a pictures and explanations of some of the famous people who lived during this time in history.

To Further The Learning:

To further what we learned about the American West, we built a campfire in the back yard as those on the Wagon Trail would have done to cook their food and keep warm at night.  Gathering fallen wood, splitting firewood and building a campfire is something we do quite often and the kids always enjoy it.

My kids are familiar with living on a homestead and the challenges and chores farming families have.  I grew up in Kansas and lived on a homestead for many years.  For many years in my youth and then as an adult with my own kids we have lived on a homestead and milked cows, made butter, grew gardens, butchered animals we raised and wild animals we hunted, fished in the rivers and lakes, built barns and fences, and more.   Also while growing up, we could see wagon wheel ruts left by travelers on the Oregon Trail that were still visible in many locations in Kansas.  They were also visible in places we lived in Indiana too.

On the day we wanted to cook some “American West” style foods, it rained the day before and the area we like to sit on large rocks got muddy from the rain.  So we made our food inside and took it outside at the picnic table to do our taste testing.

We tried some dried beef called beef jerkey.

We baked some cornbread.

Our Wagon Trail meal included dried beef, campfire beans topped with spring onion, cornbread, and a cup of coffee (our coffee was really coffee mixed with hot chocolate).

We tried out a second meal made of items that would have likely been on a wagon trail adventure.

This meal consisted of potatoes with meat, beans, biscuits with dried cherry preserves and coffee to drink.

The kids spent an entire afternoon recreating the story in the book.  They built a small model of the old west (wagon, horses, campfire with food and coffee, men with rifles, a river, and a gold mine, etc) on the Oregon Trail.  We looked for our Lincoln Logs to build with, but we could not locate them, so we opted to build a scene using Legos instead and it worked out nicely.

It took a while to build each scene because they built each one from scratch. My favorite thing they created was the wagon.

They built a small campfire and firewood and made coffee and cooked their food.

I thought they did a nice job with the details they came up with.

They even put a fish and a frog in the river.

And one of the travelers caught a fish for dinner too.

They included some details about gold miners too.

We also watched a few episodes of Mystery At The Museum program which features stories about artifacts from America’s past including the Old West. This was a good way to include Dad in on the learning fun because he really likes this show.  These stories are built around articles (boots, hat, gun, wagon wheel, trunk, etc) found in museums across America and explore the famous people and events that occurred in history.

This book was a lot of fun to read.  We plan to do more hands on explorations about the American West soon.

 

If You Were Me and Lived In Australia

This is a softcover 24 page illustrated book.  In this book my kids learned about living in Australia and learned some of the words that refer to their parents, food, games, holiday, and other details of life in their country.

My kids enjoyed reading about Australia.  They learned that kids in Australia eat a sandwhich made of “veggimate” spread on bread, and enjoy playing games of “cricket”.  They also learned their summer season on that side of the world is during our winter and vice versa.  The colorful pictures in the book show various places to visit, the national holiday, the market, swimming and snorkeling on the reef off the coast, and more.

There is also a pronunciation guide with definitions to some specific Australian words in the back of the book to help kids learn about life in Australia.

To Further the Learning:

To further the learning about Australia, the kids colored some pages we found online.  They also watched a nature documentary about animals from the Australian continent and learned about kangaroos, vipers, crocodiles, and more.   Another fun thing the kids did was they watched a movie called Crocodile Dundee.  It is a funny movie from many years ago, but some of the scenes, as well as the accent of the main actor Mitch Dundee, local foods, local words, etc. are specific to Australia and the kids had fun watching it.

 

If You Were Me And Lived In Russia

This is a soft cover fully illustrated 28 page book about life of kids who live in Russia.  In this book kids learn about what their life might be like too if they lived there.

They learn about words they might call their family members, and names of other kids, as well as popular foods, clothing, national New Year holiday, and famous places to visit.

A few of the other interesting things my kids learned about in this book was the kids in Russia enjoy playing out door ice hockey in the winter, enjoy playing chess, and a variation of tag called “fipe” and enjoy playing with Russian nesting dolls called “Matryoshka”.

To Further The Learning:

To enhance the learning with this introduction to what life is like in Russia, we watched a couple of history documentaries available on Youtube. One program we watched was about a family who lives in the countryside on a farm and lives mostly from what they can produce themselves from the land and river near by.  We learned that some farmers in Russia eat a lot of home grown potatoes and homemade bread. We watched another documentary about animals and people who have returned to the site where a nuclear power plant called Chernobyl leaked into the surrounding air, water, and soils and the effects the radiation has had on various living systems over the past several years.   We also watched an episode about how Russian Nesting Dolls are made.  We plan to make some Russian themed art projects later this fall.

We also made a chunky potato soup and ate it with crusty buttered bread.

A point made in the book, that is very different from our family’s beliefs, is the use of “fortune tellers” for predicting or ‘telling” kid’s future during their New Year holiday celebration.  This practice is contradictory to our faith as Christians.  This detail in the book opened up a discussion with our family about why the bible refers to this practice as sorcery and as Christian’s and followers of Yahuah Father God, we don’t participate in fortune telling and sorcery activities.

 

If You Were Me And Lived In Israel

This book is a softcover fully illustrated 32 page book.  In this book, kids learn learn about the country of Israel and the city of Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world.  They learn that people from four different ancient cultures who live in Israel share sections of the city of Jerusalem (Jew, Christian, Muslim, and Armenian) and the richness of their cultures (and history of ancient buildings and events recorded in history), attracts tourists from around the world.

In this book, kids learn about common names for other kids, and words for their parents, grandparents, local foods, going to the marketplace, money, and they learn about typical treats to eat at their grandparents house.  Kids also learn the favorite game to play in Israel is “football” which is called “soccer” in the USA.

This book also includes an introduction to the national Israeli holiday called Purim which celebrates Queen Esther when she saved her people from destruction by evil Haman.  This is one of our family’s favorite biblical stories.  If you are interested in reading about this special woman and the holiday that remembers her great courage in the face of despicable evil, check out the book of Esther in the bible.

There is a clarification I would like to make to this book regarding the Purim Holiday:

The book says that Esther saved her people from “an evil king”.  However, she saved her people from destruction by Haman.  Haman was the Prime Minister, Viser, or “first in command” under King Xerxes of Persia.

Esther was a Jew and was newly married to King Xerses.  Years earlier, her people, the Israelites, had become subjects to the Persian Empire after they disobeyed Father God and he allowed them to be conquered and come under the subjugation and rule of Persia.

Haman was evil and hated the Jews and plotted a scheme to have them completely destroyed.  He especially hated Esther’s uncle Mordecai whom the king cared about because Mordecai had helped save the King’s life and was a good man.  Haman devised a plan to kill Mordecai and all of his people and tricked the king into making it law, but the king did not know it involved Mordecai or Esther or their people.

When Esther learned of Haman’s evil plans to have all her people killed and how he had tricked the King Xerxes, Esther and all of the Jews fasted and prayed. She was afraid for her life, but recognized her unique position and access to the king.  After fasting and praying, and through a series of events Esther was able tell the King what Haman had planned for her and her people.  She was able to expose the trickery and evil deceit of Haman and his intention to have all of the Jews killed through the decree he had tricked the King into allowing into law.  However, after exposing the truth, the King was very angry with Haman and wrote a new law allowing Esther’s people, the Jews, to defend themselves and Haman was arrested and hanged in the gallows that he had intended to use to kill the Jews.  Every year, Purim is celebrated in remembrance of Yahuah (Father God) grace, protection, and provision, and Queen Esther’s courage.

In this book, kids also learn a little about the healing properties of the Dead Sea.  It is the lowest place on the earth that can be traveled to by car.  The water there is so salty, nothing can live in it, yet it brings healing to the body to soak in it and many people travel there to use it as a healing spa.

To Further The Learning:

To further the learning about what life is like in Israel, we watched a few videos, and ate chickpeas (garbonzo beans), learned about barley, vineyards, made unleavened bread with flour, oil, and water, and ate hummus (mashed garbonzo beans, sesame seed past, garlic, lemon juice, salt) with a side of carrots, we ate dates, and drank grape juice.

Israel has currently been in it’s annual grape harvest and we saw pictures of an Israeli vineyard and winery.  We also went to a Middle Eastern style restaurant and the older kids ate sandwiches made with spiced lamb and the younger kids ate spiced chicken on pita bread.

Our family has used a body scrub that contains salt from the Dead Sea, mixed with herbs and oils from Israel.  The salt of the Dead Sea is special and has amazing healing qualities.  I think it would be wonderful to take a trip to Israel and swim in the salty Dead Sea someday.  But did you know, the bible prophesy’s that the Dead Sea will someday hold fresh water and spring forth with fish and new life?  It may sound impossible but it is actually happening now.  There are many Israeli’s recording this event on video and posting the videos to Youtube.  There are places along the shore of the sea, that fresh water springs are beginning to flow and fish can be found living there. Amazing!

We spent some time studying the 10 commandments that are the foundation of the Jewish and Christian faiths.  We focused on the 7th Day Rest called the Sabbath.  Modern Israel celebrates the Sabbath from sundown Friday evening until sundown on Saturday and modern Christians celebrate the Sabbath from Sunday morning until Sunday evening.  But we found as we studied the instructions that neither system was inline with the ancient Israelites, the Jews that were then called Hebrews.

Exodus 31:14
“Keep the Sabbath holy. You have six days to do your work, but the Sabbath is mine, and it must remain a day of rest.”

The kids learned that according to the instructions the Hebrews were given by Father God, the true Sabbath is celebrated on the 7th day according to each moon cycle.  When a new sliver of the moon is seen, the count begins for the 7 days and the pattern repeats 7 days for a total of 4 Sabbaths in a month’s time.  Then it starts over with the sighting of the next new sliver of the moon and then count of 7 days repeat.  This Sabbath day is Holy unto Father God and he first gave these instructions to the Israelites and they are recorded in the bible.  Somehow this information has been lost and is no longer practiced, and instead the 7th day biblical calendar and lunar moon cycle has been substituted for pre-made civil calendars where the 7th day has become a fixed day of the week.

The kids also colored pictures that represent cultural aspects and foods eaten in Israel and foods eaten during the Sabbath.

The start of the New Year is another thing about the culture of Israel that we looked at. There are cute songs on Youtube that teach the kids about the New Year and the other holidays.  When we took a closer look in the scriptures, we saw the bible has the New Year beginning in the spring (March/April) with the sighting of the barely grain being ripe for harvest coinciding with the first sighting of the moon to kick off the New Year and the Harvest of First Fruits.  However, the civil calendar of modern Israel starts the New Year in the fall (September/October).  As we learn more about Israel, and the Hebrews and early Christians recorded in the bible, verses modern customs of Jews and modern Christians, we are learning about the difference in following man made systems and traditions verses following the instructions and calendar established by our creator Yahuah.

If You Were Me And Lived In Israel was the book I was most looking forward to receiving and reading with my kids for this review.  Partly because as Christians, the story of Father God, Yahuah, and his Son is the foundation of our Christian faith and is intimately intertwined with Israel and the Hebrews/Israelites/Jews, and the teachings of the early Christians who helped build the Christian faith.  I would love to travel and visit Israel and see the ancient locations, including Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, that we have read about.

When I explain where Israel is located to my kids, I tell them to think of the Mediteranian Sea as a market place neighborhood culdesac where a huge amount of world trade takes place.  Not all of the neighbors on the culdesac get along and it has been this way through most of history.  The sea is the road for all the ships to bring in their cargo and make stops at all the ports (neighborhood driveways) along the way.   The turn around at the end of the culdesac is where Israel sits, at the far eastern end of the watery highway called the Mediteranean Sea.  The ships enter on the west, then drive their ship toward the east and past all of the neighbors (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon on the north side of the road.  Moroco, Algeria, Egypt, etc on the south side of the road) before they reach the end of the culdesac at destination Israel where they can load or unload cargo and turn their ship around and visit other neighbors then head back out of the neighborhood and enter the Atlantic Ocean.

Final Thoughts

Each of these books are colorful and full of interesting facts about what life could be like for kids living in various countries and various times in history. These books are easy to read and fun to explore.   These books are fun to read at anytime, and would also be great to include for children doing a country, geography, or history focused unit study.

I plan to build some more unit study activities into our homeschool learning later this fall and read these books again with my kids.  We will also keep these books on their book shelf to read at anytime they are interested.  Over the years, I have learned that kids benefit from what they have learned in books even more when they can be “hands on” and take the learning adventure to a whole new level.  When I get our unit study put together, we will learn more about each country and the people and animals that live there, we will make a recipe, learn a song, play a game, practice speaking the language, read books and watch videos, and include specific related art projects for more wonderful hands on learning opportunities during this school year.

Overall, we enjoyed reading these books.  They were a great way to introduce different aspects of culture and history to young children.  I encourage other families to check into using these books in their homeschool learning adventures with their kids.

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