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My younger son (11) has been wanting to learn how to use a scientific calculator ever since he found my husbands very old, big and clunky, one from his college days. Not having a math head myself (or a science one really) I was rather uncertain how to help him follow this rabbit trail. But then we were given the opportunity via, Triad Math, Inc., to learn how to use the TI-30Xa scientific calculator using an online course and a softcover book, Mastering the TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator Augmented Intelligence for all 21st Century Students. How exciting when things come together like this right?

Typically I have drawn a hard line when it comes to using calculators; I don’t remember ever using one when I was in school. However, my son also pointed out how much I struggle to this day, with math and after looking over the foreword in the work book we received, I was certain that learning how to use a calculator like this would actually be a huge benefit to my son and his educational journey.

The book we received contains twenty five lessons in all; this includes the accompanying online video tutorials using the platform, Moodle. There is also a short online course help you learn how to use Moodle if you need it. The first 13 lessons should take about 10 minutes each. Each lesson contains: a pre-test, notes (pdfs you can download), video lesson, exercises, answers to exercises, post-test, and a forum. The pdfs in the lessons are also within the work book included for this course.

The first fifteen lessons were a wonderful “warm up” and confidence builder for my son as he refreshed his understanding of things like: real numbers, negative numbers, multiplication and division, percentages, squares, fractions, and fraction to decimal conversions. As we progressed, he would often comment on how much he liked Dr. Del being so clear and concise. My son likes those folks who know how to get right to the point, 🙂

My son had no problems, or hesitation, digging into this course (especially online) as he started out learning the many benefits of knowing how to use this scientific calculator. Referring to this calculator as the power tool of math was an analogy my son could really understand since he loves to build and use tools. He really loved the analogy that was made in the very first lesson that:

“Math is like a contact sport, You must play and practice to master the necessary skills and knowledge.”

When it comes time to begin trigonometry, the lessons following will be extremely helpful and lessons 21-25 are designed specifically for future STEM students. We are not there yet but I know we will be, all in good time. This program excellent for any student (in my opinion) in pre-algebra/algebra but also as an introduction to higher level maths. Seeing as we had no really delved into these, I was pretty impressed with how quickly he picked up on all of this.

Triad Math states that their mission is to deliver an effective, appropriate post-elementary math education to every individual who wants one—quickly, easily, and inexpensively using the many math programs created for middle and high school students to assist them in learning many varied math skills. They are not wrong. As I watch my son progress through this program I can attest to how quickly and easily he is gaining math skills and also having fun “playing math the sport.”

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In this current season, it has been on my heart for my children to learn and grow into well-informed citizens who hold a strong understanding of our judicial system. But how are we to go about this in a way that engages and invites our youth? With Homeschool Court we are provided with an easy-to-use Christian curriculum to hold your own mock trial, government or civic course, in depth. This is recommended for grades 4-8 but is easily adaptable for high school students; there are also supplements available to go deeper in learning. For this review we received downloadable pdf files of the following: Student Worktext, Teacher Manual, and Case Summary materials, as well as the supplemental high school materials.

The very first materials we dug into were the Homeschool Court Student Worktext, the Teacher Manual and the High School Supplement.  (The supplement comes with student and teacher materials needed)  We also starting exploring right away with the Case Summary: Dog Bite at the Dog Show. Since my kids are all huge dog lovers, I guess this one really got their attention. We often have conversations about dogs and safety, this was an unexpected but fun way to reinforce that.

My oldest son (15) has taken part in various speech and debate programs throughout the years. He very much enjoys creative opportunities; from writing and performing various musical song to instruction in language and Bible.

My younger son has begun exploring apologetics and although he is definitely not one for public speaking, he is very much someone who needs to understand more deeply. He has a great curiosity about how government operates, why things are the way they are.

While I was concerned that this might be a little over our heads, I have to say that all of the materials provided for this really helped to make things simple and enjoyable (even though this is a more complex topic to study). Reading over the Teachers Guide, I was thrilled to see there was even a “script” of sorts I could use (hoping to do this with our co-op in the near future) Public speaking is definitely not my strong suit so I always appreciate guides that I can precisely follow.

Right away we had to explain what a mock trial is and why we would ever want to participate in one. Mind you my three older children (9, 11 and 15) would make excellent lawyers with how they argue with one another about so many things. In some ways I admit, I saw this as an opportunity for my older kids to learn and grow together in understanding and growing together.

There is quite a lot to explore as we learn the basics of laws and legal vocabulary, as well as the Biblical foundation our laws are based upon. We also explore the different positions within the judicial system and the components that make it all up (including the state and federal courts, criminal and civil courts). There is also discussion about various trials and persuasive arguments (my older sons favorite from speech and debate days). Lastly there is discussion about preparing and running your own mock trial.

She includes a lovely section that helps you to prepare and assist various types of students within small group settings. From the very shy to the competitive, those with special needs – there are quite a few suggestions she offers for how to keep every learner at every stage engaged and actively involved in this. I love that because while it is only our family, we are still a small group and we do still have three very unique learners we are hoping to engage in working and learning together. 🙂

My boys read through the Student Manual individually) to get an introduction to things. As they read about the value and purpose of various laws they were also given a couple examples and asked to consider – what are the reasons behind the law and what could happen if this law were not in place. Of course this topic had us on a few rabbit trails as we talked about speed limits for example – my younger son remembering stories of the Autobahn in Europe – exploring the history of this famous stretch that once truly had no speed limit.

Typically it is advised that once you complete the Homeschool Court Student Worktext you then choose a case scenario to work through. We kind of jumped the gun however and dug into one of the cases at the same time. Some things just get really exciting and I have such a hard time telling my kids to wait when there is so much enthusiasm towards something!

Back to the Student Worktext – there are many different activities to help our children grow in understanding. Some pages require them to write definitions, others may encourage them to go deeper: write a regulation, locate a newspaper article regarding a lawsuit of some kind. There are additional books mentioned for them to read – quite a variety of ways for our kids to expand their learning and put things into practice.

Especially powerful (I feel) is the Biblical worldview that is woven into this program. It is always so refreshing to find materials that help our kids to see how things all connect back to the Word of God. I have felt very strongly myself in the last few months, the importance our own kids having a worldview that is Biblical, Jesus at the center of it all. Also so very handy to sneak a little bit of history into things!

Imagine the fun we had as we read through various vignettes given and using the information provided, to determine whether or not a crime occurred. What an opportunity to try to see both perspectives in the case and try to “get in their head” to imagine how they are thinking and feeling – Then being able to determine, fairly and justly, if and what crime was committed. This also led us on a bit of a trail, learning about ethics and how important it is for us to not see and involve our own personal experiences and feelings in decisions of this sort. That can sure be tough!

Are you ready to have your own mock trial? Grab one of the case scenarios provided (we chose the dog bite summary) to review and enjoy. These summaries are only a few pages in length but they have everything you need to hold your own trial. Witness statements, law statutes, evidence related to the crime – take all of this and consider it for yourself.

What fun this could be in a larger group setting I think! I mean, we are still really working through so much of this because, I fear if we go too quickly we might lose something and I really feel like this is something my kids need to understand as best as they are able. This is vital information for this day; as a people commanded to do justly, to love mercy, and to humble thyself, to walk with thy God understanding and connecting one to the other is vital. This is a wonderful tool for guiding our children in the way they should go and how they can God willing, care for the least of these, the orphans, the widows – Seeking truth and justice always.

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We recently received a one year subscription to LeapFrog Academy® by LeapFrog® . Who doesn’t love this stuff? All four of my children have enjoyed their products in one way or another through the years. My youngest loves their videos as she learns to read and do math. This is one of those names that just guarantees fun in learning so naturally, it has been a blast working on this program!

My soon to be six year old daughter was super excited about this! From the moment we logged her on she has been working away and learning math, reading, science, problem solving skills, and more.  There are even lessons on music and art which encourage creativity in all kinds of ways.  Some days I literally have to “make” her take a break from this program. With all of the different activities that are here, she can some days get really consumed by this. Not such a bad thing really I suppose.

There is a handy parent dashboard so I can see everything my girl is working on and she can even download materials so that when we are on the go she can still play. We really like that feature since we spend as much time as we can out and exploring. There is also the option to choose a learning path and also to restart a path.

As you can see, there is just SO much to do on here and while I tend to be pretty strict about keeping screen time to a minimum, the various learning opportunities on this program are just amazing. She has so much fun, even her nine year old sister will come and sit with her for a time and they learn together. A handy way to build my older daughters confidence, when I hear her showing her little sis how to spell a word or helping her to sound out different things.

Did I mention how easy this is to use? She has really developed some amazing skills in regards to her independence since we started this. Able to click her way onto her learning map she will come downstairs many mornings and ask if she can play while she has eats breakfast. Some mornings I will let her (so I can read a little longer); she knows exactly how to get where she wants to go. Of course I remind her to work on her learning map before she goes and plays in the section where all of her favorites are saved. 🙂

We tend to try to be paper free for a lot of the work we so but I do like being able to get her off the screen to learn as well. Some of the fun printables we found included mazes, coloring pages, masks to color and wear; global eats are so fun (my girly loves to bake) There are worksheets for all sorts of fun!

It is truly impressive how much she is learning – I always say that songs and games are the best ways for our kids to learn- this definitely encourages that concept if you ask me. From the Aardvark Adventures to Bubble Buccaneers, there are some super cute names to go along with some very engaging activities. All guaranteed to be so much fun!

This is an amazing program for ages 3-6, and has so much more than you could begin to imagine. It is a fabulous way to encourage and grow a real love of learning in our younger kids as they play the day away learning all sorts of things. This is definitely a program I would recommend if you are on the look-out for something gentle for your little ones. Learn and grow in fun new ways!

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My oldest son (15) is working towards his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His siblings loved watching him at practice when they were able and later trying to imitate his moves. Since we manage to stay pretty  busy (even now) there wasn’t really any opportunity for them to learn in a formal way but recently we were given the chance to review Family Mixed Martial Arts Videos Preschool Mixed Martial Arts from Family Mixed Martial Arts Videos. Each lesson is taught by Miss Cheryl of Yamane Championship MMA. The entire program is digital and so that means we can do as much as we want, whenever we want.

As we began with this program, I was impressed with the emphasis that was placed on character development. This program was designed for children from ages four to seven. After we are introduced to the instructor a simple supply list is provided (basic materials such as a towel or (yoga) mat, ball, pool noodle, football). There is also a clear, simple explanation of the terms used and the fundamentals within this program.

The course contains sixteen lessons; you can complete these as quickly as you like and as often as you like. In some cases my girls chose to repeat a lesson until they felt like they really “got it.”

There are five pieces to each lesson. Lessons begin with a greeting and warmup, then moves into teaching of technique which is mixed martial arts (MMA)), next is the character lesson, review and a fun game (typically they work on the skill learned), also some fun exercises, and finally they finish up with review. They lessons can be completed in about twenty minutes, give or take.

The program provides a time stamp for each section of the lessons so you can always go back to a certain area as needed. I especially like to go over the character section of each one with my kids so we can discuss together what it means, what it looks like, why it matters.

While my girls did enjoy certain aspects of this program, they were not as attentive to it as I had hoped. They definitely enjoyed the warm-ups and the lessons on character; my older girl really appreciated learning how to defend herself. Certainly we will be continuing through this, albeit slowly, as we explore all that this program has to offer.

In a time when many seem to be “stuck” at home, perhaps struggling to find good opportunities to get our kids up and moving, keeping them physically and mentally alert, I definitely see this as being a great alternative to in person classes. And as things we progress and see so many skills woven together (from social and emotional to physical and mental) certainly there is a great benefit to our youth in this.

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My five year old “baby girl” is eager to learn how to read. She has been enjoying lots of lessons on letters and sounds and has quite a few words she is able to read on her own already. Since she is so excited and eager, I was thrilled to have the chance to review The Reading Game, 2nd Edition by Allsaid & Duun, LLC. For this review, we received the boxed set which includes six stages of memory games, picture flashcards and storybooks. As one who very much enjoys reading, there are little things I care for more, than ensuring my children develop a love of reading!

This program contains six colorful storybooks; each book and game adds an additional thirty words for a vocabulary of 180 words when the series is completed. This multi-sensory approach – using card game play, flashcards, and storybooks – is a sure way to grow retention as well as a love for reading!

Every memory card game contains thirty words, taught in five word increments. There are six decks of matching playing cards as well as a Teacher and Parent Guide. On their website you can find a Pre/Post Card Game Sight Word Assessment Worksheets to help you assess your child’s sight word recognition before and after playing the card games. They also provide a Pre/Post Sight Word Class Recording Sheet to help keep track of progress. 

My girly was just so excited when this arrived. We dug in right away and even my older daughter (9 and a struggling reader) really got into it all. Bright colors, fun animals on every book. I left for a moment to get coffee and came back to cards all over the place as my girls tried to read and match them. My oldest quizzing my youngest with the smaller cards. My younger encouraging my older to try to read the bigger cards containing short paragraphs. Serious enthusiasm which is a great sign, in my opinion.

Once we got everything a little more organized I decided to see what my girly could do. She really wanted to read a book right away and I hate to discourage that sort of thing so we got Book One out and sat down together. She is a determined young lady; I kept track of the words she struggled with as we read and when we were done we brought out the cards to play a bit of the matching game.

The premise of the game (I can attest that it works too) is that they have frequent exposure to thirty words; as they play they learn via rote learning, specific words, developing familiarity as well as comfort and confidence. We started out with ten cards, just like any other memory matching game. As matches are mad we read the word. Some days we would add cards as matches were made; some days we put out more than ten (all cards with words already mastered) just for fun. As these are mastered, we then began to read the larger cards which include captioned pictures with short sentences. These are great for introducing punctuation and capitalization. Even my older girl is gaining in her ability as she joins in with us.

There are six books included in these, all illustrated in black and white and each one about a specific animal (my kids love animals so this is a big bonus). I have always been a big fan of black and white; I like how it simplifies and draws focus to the story itself. Starting with Skunk and then reading in order: Snake, Bear, Penguins, Unicorn, and Zebra.

Each book is approximately 32 pages and each one corresponds to a specific groups of cards. As my girly masters her words, we move from one book to the next until she has confidence in her knowledge of the words. One step at a time, just like going up a set of stairs, one step at a time.

I think it is safe to say that we really enjoy The Reading Game, every part of it. I can definitely see progress as we read and play together each day. Not just in my younger daughter either; this has been a very gentle and fun approach to strengthening those basic reading skills in my older girl too. Reading needs to be fun. It needs to be inviting. There is so much we gain when we know how to read and enjoy doing so. I know in the past I have been guilty of pushing my kids to read, out of anxiety and out of fear, out of comparison – being caught up in all these stands set by others (who don’t know my kids) and we need to release all of that and relax. Our children are all so fearfully and wonderfully made. They are unique and learn in different ways. But we can all have fun playing games, without even knowing or feeling pressure, to learn.

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The Reading Game, 2nd Edition {Review}

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I love to read; there is nothing I enjoy more than a good book or more! A love of books was instilled in me when I was a child and while I strive to do the same with all four of mine, I know for my older daughter it is anything but a joy. We have attempted a couple programs in the past which have helped immensely with phonics and sight words but as things progress and get more complex, I feel like there is much more she still needs to learn. Curious, I accepted the opportunity to review Failure Free Reading Home Edition, a browser based reading program from Failure Free Reading Home Edition. We were given six months access and I was hopeful that perhaps this would engage my girl and help her become a more sure reader.

Failure Free Reading is a nationally recognized reading comprehension program for struggling readings, especially those in which a phonics based program has failed to produce adequate results as well as for students who can read aloud but display little to no comprehension to the information they have read.  This program builds off of the belief that builds off the belief that when it comes to struggling readers, we underestimate the level of their ability as well as using the same instructional approach to reading.  Instead of using the same approach, this program believes changing the approach and the child’s reading abilities will improve, regardless of age, or reading ability. This program is designed to be parent and child friendly. There are two options available:  child initiated, self-paced, multi-sensory talking software lessons, complete with video instruction, or adding a scripted parent-led guided-reading instructional component.

There are three parts to this program; Joseph’s ReadersVerbal Master and Life Skills which all work to help develop vocabulary, comprehension and expression. Each unit covers five words; each cluster includes 6 units. On completion of all of the exercises, my girl is supposed to be able to recognize all of the words learned (30 in all).

When we received our information, we logged in and started the assessment to determine where my girl needed to start. My girl tends to get very anxious when it comes testing so it was nice that there were constant assurances throughout this, that it is not a big deal. But this test was very long and with my girl’s struggles in attention and focus it took a few days for us to complete this without any major meltdowns on her part (or mine). I encouraged her to do as much of the test as possible but I definitely don’t think she could have gotten through it all on her own.

When you login to the website you have a couple options: Enroll, Diagnose, Instruct a student, or View Reports. If my girl was more independent in this, I could check in to see her progress in the program. Since she really struggled to focus when working on this program I did tend to spend more time with it myself. 

As my girl worked in this program she would complete her lesson online; following that we would work through Teacher’s Guide which provided scripted lessons for further instruction. There were also worksheets that could be completed worksheets reinforcing what was learned. Typically, each lesson took us about 30 minutes to complete.

An example of a reader for one of her lessons was The Gas Station. There is a word list on the first page of the reader which we would look over together before getting started. I did find that the readers my girl worked through were difficult for her to engage in. Mostly due to the topics. The readers were about 20+ pages and often we would take a break and come back to the story later. Many of the readers seemed to be very focused on real life topics which can be great (my son loves that sort of thing) but for my girl she just could not maintain a desire to read these. So often we would read them together (which defeats the purpose but I am not a fan of schooling that requires tooth pulling).

I did like how each lesson would begin by introducing five words which my girl then learned how to spell, define, and use correctly in a sentence. Definitely an emphasis on comprehension and not just word recognition. There were also sentences to read, questions related to comprehension, some fill in the blank exercises, matching words with definitions. The activities included in each lesson are varied covering a wide range of learning styles; unscrambling words to make a sentence, matching and answers various questions related to the story.

There was a lot that I really liked about this program myself. I think the wide range of activities that were a part of each lesson are great for helping a child to really master the material they are learning. Knowing the word and being able to understand and use it properly, I feel, is essential to really learning how to read. I wish this had been a better fit for my girl; they say that first impressions are so very important – for my girl that tough test in the beginning soured her on the program and made it quite difficult for her. But do not let that keep you from exploring this program further for your reader. I definitely see this being a fun program for helping others grow their reading abilities.

 

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A few months ago my family made a decision to throw all caution to the wind and start our own business. A costly venture financially and time wise however my husband has had our older boys very involved in this whole experience. My oldest son also enjoys a part time job at a local horse farm where my other three children plan to work one day. Suffice to say, as they are earning money, I felt it was imperative to find a way to help them understand and learn financial responsibility. It is said that games can be the best way for children to learn so imagine the joy I felt when I was given the opportunity to review PersonalFinanceLab Budgeting Game, Stock Market Game and integrated curriculum from PersonalFinanceLab.com. The PersonalFinanceLab includes a budgeting game, stock market game and lots of lessons. We were given 9 months of access to this fabulously fun program!

My sixth grader was SO excited when he heard about this. My high schooler was curious as well – They completed together a financial literacy class last spring (after my oldest got his first job and a savings account with a debit card). We learned in that class that my oldest is a spender and my younger a saver. Seeing the format of this program, the Budget Game especially, I thought this would be a really fun way to experience real life without real consequences financially. I know I would have loved to have more of an understanding of all of this when I was their age. I remember my first credit card and the mess I caused with it. If only I had had some financial literacy in my earlier years. So glad my boys can at least!

This is a super easy program to get started on. These are wonderful folks that are quick to respond and so patient with tech challenged folk like me. Plus there are tutorials to help us along every step of the way.

My boys both got into their “challenge” which I created adding every option available. 🙂 In the beginning this sets them up as part time employees attending college. There are certain options in the beginning (where you will live, cell phone package, grocery budget) each of my boys could choose before they were ready to start the game. To give you an idea as  to how fun this really is, I set up a challenge later on for my daughter, nine, because she was tired of her brothers get all the “good stuff.” She needs a little help now and then with some of the reading portions but she is really enjoying getting to pretend she is a” grown up.

Once the game has officially begun there are bills to pay, decisions to make about how to spend their time (go to the movies, study, learn a language), and of course there are those ever so fun unexpected things (flat tire, failed a test and need a tutor). There are also goals for them in regards to savings; you can include lessons for them to watch and read (which we did).

This game tracks not just financial details but also their quality of life and credit score so as to help our kids realize that while working all the time does give them more income and a bigger budget it also minimizes the time they have for enjoying fun with friends and family. What a great opportunity to discuss the importance of managing our time wisely.

As they continue in this game they will in time graduate college and move into full time employment. this is something you can set up to allow for your students giving them the change to experience even more the challenges that can come our way as adults, out of school and “on our own.”

There is also a Stock Market game which uses the real-world stock market. You are able to research different market trends and companies to buy, sell and trade using fake money of course. You are given $100,000 to get started building your own virtual portfolio of stocks, ETF’s mutual funds and bonds all at real-time price. With this one I added a lot more lessons for my boys to view. I will admit I have always been overwhelmed with the stock market, so this is fun to follow along with my boys and learn right along with them.

There is also an Integrated Curriculum that includes hundreds of articles and various resources to help your kids learn more about personal finance, economics, career development (we are using this one heavily right now since our oldest is really trying to figure out what to be when he grows up), accounting, management, and marketing I(another my oldest is very interested in since he did a class on brand marketing last summer at a local Creative Center).

My family highly recommends you check this out! What better way to get experience in financial literacy than this? It is a super fun and creative way to encourage our kids to start early thinking about their money and what they do with it. Plus, there is just so much more to help guide them in life in general. I think we can all use a little extra helping sharing with our kids the importance of wisdom and balance in our life.

We enjoy seeing what the word and theese are for each day!

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Personal Finance Lab {Review}

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For us, unschooling is about freedom; the freedom to live and learn as curiosity drives us. This can sometimes make it challenging to keep track of what all four of my children are exploring. For some time we really struggled to find resources that were of good quality but for the last few years we have been so abundantly blessed with SchoolhouseTeachers.com and we are all so very pleased with the many things they offer! As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, we were given the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. What a treasure trove this is!

Let me share with you, a few of the reasons why I do not think we can live without this! First of all, SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a “Christian, self-paced program providing homeschool courses with customizable curriculum.” There are over 400 courses from PreK-12th grade for you to choose from! (This may or may not be a benefit – for those of us who struggle with decision making, this can be tough!) Another great benefit to this is the variety of tools they offer: meal planning, report card creator, schedule builders, unit studies, devotions for parents, organization tips, and so much more. And I almost forgot to mention the access to Worldbook Online and Right Now Media that is included with this! Whether you are new to homeschooling, unschooling or somewhere in between this will surely bless your socks off. 🙂

Two of my four children tend to rebel against anything that they determine is “school” so it can be a bit of a challenge at times but thankfully we are able to match the things they love, with courses on here, to encourage them. My older daughter (9) loves piano and so we are working through music appreciation and composing courses. She loves learning how to read and write music, finishing her lesson each day with a performance of sorts.

Slow shuffles are the best I think.

My oldest son is also a lover of music (15) and with a very nice drum set out back, we were too happy to access a course for drums. While it is a simple beginners class, my son is definitely enjoying tightening up some of those basic skills. He is very hopeful that there will one day be an advanced course as well.

Worksheets to complete. Fun to be had!

My younger son is a HUGE fan of Drive Thru History and it’s right here. American History and Ancient History. There is nothing better than learning history and geography in a way that brings it all to life. Drive Thru History is perfect for that too!

Such sweet, gentle lessons for our kids to enjoy. Love like Jesus.

The little ones need to have fun too! My youngest girl (5) just loves to read with momma and sing and dance. She has recently fallen in love with Donkey Ollie and is really enjoying learning about Jesus and the Parables. It’s so fun seeing and hearing her share the things she is learning from these sweet stories.

For all the artists out there, there are just SO many wonderful courses to complete on here too. For every age. My girls love to draw and paint – my older daughter (9) was so excited for a watercolor specific class. She received a lovely art set recently and has been looking for every opportunity to use all the materials in it. What amazing pieces of art she is creating too!

This is my other daughter enjoying a lesson she completed

Want to get really creative AND have fun at the same time? Some of our recent favorites are: Internet Entrepreneurship; Podcasting to Change the World and for those gamers? They have one for them too: Web Game Design. This isn’t fluff either. These are just three great courses that my kids are working through and learning so much from!

This is from their Filmmaking course.

Learning about World Cultures was one of the courses that I got really excited about! What a great way to explore the world.

Sing the anthem with me. Ha-Ha

To go along with that is a fabulous Bible study; Addressing Cultural Issues. I was so thrilled to be able to pair these courses together to do with my children. With so many great study tools, these are wonderful materials to help us better understand the Bible and what it means to those in different parts of the world too!

Since momma loves breads of all kinds, I was excited to jump into something just for me, the Breadmaking Devotional. Thanks to this sweet course, I have sourdough in the works, muffins and what is there to not love about garden breads?

Yet we cannot live by bread alone

If you are not sure what to choose, there is always the Homeschool Curriculum Box that provides everything you need for a fun year of learning with student, whatever grade or age they may be. Choose the grade and start having fun learning! No stress in this. 🙂

A super fun, educational activity for every day.

If you are looking for short term solutions, they have those too. What to do For a Month At Home is available for both elementary and middle/high school. One new activity each day helps keep the pressure down and the fun up high. From audiobooks and legos, to making slime and spelling words with colored rice.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com has so much to offer every family! If you are homeschooling or considering it, looking for something to supplement during vacations or on the side. There are just so many resources for everyone! Moms and dads, littles and not so littles, teens who are planning or unsure of the path they will take, there are family courses to enjoy all together, and so many great bonuses you will enjoy. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is having a sale too, which runs until January 31, 2021–only $139/year with the code START139 or $16/month with the code START16 to get started. What is there to lose?

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I love to Bible study (ask anyone who knows me) I always seem to have a variety of studies going. After our church shut down I decided to start a podcast specifically to share the things that I am learning as I study at the feet of my Jesus. Of course I was more than pleased to participate in a review of Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans bundle and Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Philippians from Julie Naturally. Hallelujah! Always Jesus provides what we need – time in Philippians is always so good for us too!

Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Romans Bundle is approximately eight weeks in length; there are videos to go along with with this too. The videos are about 12 to 15 minutes and length.

This includes memory cards, coloring pages (my girls love coloring and so this is a great way to get my younger girls involved).

Each day there is a portion of scripture to read and then there are some great questions to really get you thinking about what you read and what it means. It is amazing how much the scriptures reveal when you slow down and certainly the questions that are included in this study really help with that.

“As Paul starts the Book of Romans, he describes himself. What phrases and words
does he use? How does he describe what he represents?

The Faith Journeys Bible Study Series: Philippians (Digital) is a four week study; this one also includes daily readings, questions to consider, Bible coloring pages and memory verse cards. Personally, I find this particular book to be a real healing balm. Especially in times like this where there is so much distraction, lots of things pulling our eyes and minds to other things.

What could you do right now, within your limitations, to be a light to
others? (Can be as simple as making a phone call or a visit to someone
who needs the love of Christ).

While I have to admit that I do prefer a physical book in my hands, I did very much enjoy both of these studies (especially when my girls would join me). As I worked through these I was pleased how they encouraged (almost demanded) that I slow down and really meditate upon the words that I was reading.

We need materials like that. Ones that challenge us to go deeper, to really take the time to taste and see that the Lord IS good. In this season especially, it is so good for us to soak let the Word of God overflow within us. We need His truth in our hearts and minds now more than ever before. ❤

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My two girls are so much fun! They love to dress up and dance and be as girly as they can be. I appreciate their desire for modesty even at their tender age and I regularly seek out resources they can enjoy that encourage and show a Godly example. We stumbled across a number of The Adventures of Rooney Cruz books not long ago and my girls just love them! So we were so thrilled to be blessed with the latest one, The Adventures of Rooney Cruz RINGLEADERS from Truth Becomes Her.

We received quite a few books for this review. The Journal for Mothers and Daughters; Ringleaders: A Devotional for Girls; Ringleaders Coloring Book as well as the hardcover book itself, with 208 pages of inspiration and adventure for our girls to enjoy.

We’re setting out to present women in the Bible in a way that has never been done before. We want girls to connect with them and find out what being truly beautiful is all about. We want girls to remember their names, their stories, and how special they are.

The time has come. Get ready.

It’s time to teach girls everywhere what it means to be a Bible Belle.

My oldest girl is nine; she struggles with reading but she does love to curl up and read a good story with her momma. I especially love finding her reading to her little sister, who is five. Since she does struggle with confidence when it comes to reading, I know how important it is for her to not just find quality books at her level but also to find stories that are meaningful to her and really come alive. I know when i was young a quality book made all the difference and such an impact in my life.

We have always been SO impressed with the quality of the books, the pictures and the stories themselves. This was definitely not a disappointment. My girls both love this book (and the others we received).

“How can you bring their words to life?”

In this story Rooney learns about her five superpowers: prayer, patience, loyalty, bravery and leadership. She also learns how powerful her voice is (so like my oldest daughter) and when she does she also learns what it really means to be a messenger of the Lord.

So often women are loud, bossy, pushy and assertive – I know in the world these are considered to be positive qualities – God’s ways are not our ways. He has a purpose for his daughters; one that reminds us of the power of a meek and gentle spirit. I love how this is a lesson in being different; in being kind yet also standing for truth and righteousness. For leading in a way that represents the love of God.

Then there is the devotional – what a great way to start the day! Daily devotions that highlight six heroic women in the Bible – this includes memory verses, prayers and activities to help our daughters learn and live out the life God has for her. There are also some great questions for discussion and room for our girls to take notes too. 🙂

The journal and coloring book were huge hits too; the coloring book in particular. My girls both love to draw so not only did they enjoy coloring but also trying to draw for themselves some of their favorite characters and scenes. Always so glad for my girls to have inspiration that points them to Jesus. It sure helps that it is hours of fun!

Certainly as my girls get older and as they deepen their understanding of these stories and how they relate to our life today I am sure we will really enjoy the journal a lot more. Full of questions to help us see how we can be more like these Belles of the Bible we are reading about, it is good for them to begin considering how to encourage others, how to be bold and stand for what is true and right without being unkind.

Let’s say yes to God in more of our lives and live in a way that helps our girls to do the same, making a different kind of noise. A noise that is beautiful and points others to the glory of our great God!

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