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Bible Study Guide For All Ages Review

I had the opportunity to review a neat Bible curriculum this summer; Bible Study Guide For All Ages.  We are working through the Primary (1st & 2nd grade) level.  I had heard great things about this curriculum and wanted to try it.  My kids weren’t real excited about doing any school this summer, but when I put up the timeline and the maps they started to show a little interest.

They started asking some questions about how this all worked.  So I showed them their workbooks,

the timeline and map pieces, how the teacher’s guide shows me the lesson and that the label book binder with the timeline and map pieces shows us where to put them.  Then I showed them that we got these really neat cards.  One for each book of the Bible.

After that they were ready to dig into the first lesson.  I was as impressed with it as they were.  We received lessons 1-26.  They started with Jacob and his 12 sons and how Joseph was his very favorite.  I learned that Jacob chose favorites a lot.  He had a favorite wife and a favorite son.  The lesson continues with asking how does it feel when someone else is chosen the favorite and you are not.  This opened up some nice discussion with Evie (7) and Thomas (almost 6).  They were really understanding the story.  They worked in the workbook marking what my teacher guide instructed and applied what they were learning with real life situations.

After that we added some things on the timeline and places on the map.

I really enjoyed placing the labels on the areas we talked about.  It was neat to be able to instantly see how near or far some of these places were.  Also some of the bodies of water were smaller than we thought they would be.

The lessons continue with the same pattern as the first.  We learned about Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt, Joseph being sent to jail and how lies hurt people, Joseph’s and Pharoah’s dreams and more about Joseph and how is helped his family.  They liked working through the workbook, having discussion and adding things to the wall.  I’m very impressed with the amount of diverse information that they were able to remember with these lessons.  I personally like learning this way and am looking forward to continuing using this curriculum with them.

There are other levels to choose from so this can grow with them.  Currently I am using the same level for all three of my school age children (including 12 year old David).  This is just a supplement for David’s Bible curriculum and he is enjoying being a mentor during our lessons.  We received the first 26 lessons of 416.  These lessons work through the entire Bible in about 4 years of doing 2 lessons per week year round or 3 lesson per week for the school year. I was a little disappointed at first that we only had 26 lessons, but then realized that if my children are ready for the next level at lesson 27 I can just purchase the next lesson in the higher level.  This is great that I can customize the work just for them at their pace. Each 26 lesson packs of student pages are only $5.95 and teachers packs are $9.95.  I like that they are affordable and you can purchase only what you need when you need them. Each lesson pack contains lessons from both the Old and New Testaments.

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curriculum reviews, history, homeschooling

White House Holidays Unit Studies Review

White House Holidays Unit Studies from Silverdale Press LLC are a great way to keep learning happening while taking a break from regular history studies.  We started this unit study as our school year was coming to a close.  It was just what we needed to transition to our “summer break”.   Little do the kids know that we are still continuing doing “school” but in a much more active and creative way.

White House Holidays Unit Studies is a digital product to download.  This came to me  in individual studies and downloaded very quickly.  These individual units made it easy to find the study we were working on without going through the whole file.  I printed some for quick reference, but used most of the information right from my computer screen.  The kids followed along as I read.  Each study has reading and suggested activities for Kindergarten through sixth grade and one for 7th through 12th.  We used the one for younger children.

The first study we completed was the one about Labor Day.  It had 3 lessons.  I read it to David (12) and Evie (7).  They really had no idea what Labor Day was other than school started immediately after that day.  The information seamed to be a little over Evie’s head, but she did get it.  We worked through all of the lessons and had a lot of great discussion.  David and I just finished learning about the Civil War.  One of the things we read about was about how children of all ages worked in mills and factories.  We learned about how dangerous these conditions were and how wages and hours were not regulated like they are today.  He was able to apply what he was learning in this study back to what we had just learned.  It was one of those great light bulb moments that you love to see when your children get it!!

We read about labor conditions, formation of labor unions and looked at some photographs from that time period.  We learned about Eleanor Roosevelt, the controversy about who really should be credited with beginning the Labor Day holiday.

Valentine’s Day was the next study that we did.  This one was 5 lessons had some fun hands on activities.  We read love letters that John Adams and his wife Abigail had written to each other.  David and I enjoyed this because we had read a biography about John Adams not that long ago.  We had a little more background information about the times those letters were written.  Mr and Mrs Adams were separated for long periods of time and it was neat to see what they wrote to each other.  They expressed their love, but also discussed politics and everyday issues for them like small pox and the new vaccine that was just starting to be used.

We made love letters on old paper.  That was one of the suggested activities.  Well I made an old love letter, Evie made an old treasure map.  We tried to follow the suggestions.  The good thing is she did understand the lesson.

John Adams was just the first lesson.  The other lessons covered Ronald and Nancy Reagan, John and Julia Tyler, Grover and Francis Cleveland, Jacqueline Kennedy’s television tour of the White House.

The other holidays in the study are Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr, Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day.  We really enjoyed these unit studies and will be pulling them out again as we get closer to each holiday.  It was nice to learn about how these holidays came to be and how presidents were involved in them. They will become more relevant as we do them again closer to that holiday and as my little ones get older.

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CodeWizardzHQ Coding Class Review

I am so excited to share with you about a coding class from CodeWizardsHQ that we just finished.  They also offer homeschool computer programs as well as coding classes for all students.  They offer weekly class where students learn all types of computer languages.  This is a great skill for kids to have and there is a printable Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Honestly, I really try to steer away from online classes, especially live ones.  Having a crazy, busy, loud house is not always the best setting for no distractions and I know the other students don’t want to hear my younger kids!!  But this was coding and what 12 year old gaming boy doesn’t want to learn how to do coding!?

Here is a video that show explains more about this course:

My son David is 12 years old and finishing up sixth grade.  He loves video games and thinks school and screens should have nothing to do with each other because screens mean fun so then school would be a completely separate category.  He wasn’t sure what to expect with an online class.  He was sure his brother and sister would humiliate him. I explained exactly what the class was about and he was super excited!  I don’t think he ever really thought about learning to design the games himself.  I could see a door open up into the world of his future.  This class would put screens and school together in a fun way!  He was ready to take the Intro to HTML class!!!

The class was set up in  Go To Meeting.  He used his new gaming headphones with microphone.  I kicked out the little ones and the class started.  I was really neat to hear him talk to the teacher.  David attended his first online class and learned so much!!!

This is what David made on the “front end”:

This is what the “back end” looked like:

Here is some more of what you will find in the class:

I am glad we had the opportunity to have access to this one hour class for the purpose of this review. As much as I try to avoid online or live classes, I was so glad it was live.  David was able to learn so much more with having a live class and we had the convenience of being in our own home.  He really enjoyed this and was proud of what he learned and created in a short time.  I’m glad he had the chance to see what coding was all about and I think it would be something he is interested in pursuing the future.

This program is intended for students in fifth through tenth grades.  Make sure to look around their website.  Homeschool class pricing is available giving discounts for multiple students.  Also, there are flexible homeschool friendly hours available.

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Heroes of History: Abraham Lincoln Review

YWAM Publishing offered us several choices from their Heroes of History series of books and we chose to review Heroes of History- Abraham Lincoln.  YWAM Publishing also sent us a Study Guide to go along with our book.

My son David and I are finishing up his second year of American History.  We have taken the last few months to learn about the Civil War and are at the tail end of our study.  This book about Abraham Lincoln was a perfect book to take a closer look at the man who was president during this time.

The book begins when Abe was a young boy.  It was interesting to learn about Mr. Lincoln’s very humble beginnings and all the hardships in his life.  He was very hard working and determined to learn.  There were very few opportunities for Abe to have formal schooling but he constantly sought out ways to be educated.

His family moved west when he was young, he helped his father build their family’s home.  Sadly, Abe’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln died from “milk sickness” in 1818.  This was an interesting bunny trail that we followed.  We learned that when cows ate white snakeroot they would pass this poison through their milk before they showed any signs of being sick.  People would drink the milk, then the cow would get the “trembles”.  When this happened people knew it was just a matter of time before those who drank the milk would die.  We learned that it wasn’t until 1928 that the white snakeroot plant was discovered to be what caused the mysterious trembles.

This was a sad time in the Lincoln house.  Thomas (Abe’s father), Sarah (Abe’s sister) and Abe mourned the loss of Mrs Lincoln.  Fourteen months after her death Thomas declared he was going back to Kentucky to get a wife.  He returned with his new wife Sally Johnston and her three children.  Abe was not sure how this new arrangement would work out, but Sally was a wonderful step mother and the children quickly all became like siblings.

The story then follows Abe through a series of jobs.  He chops wood for steam boats, ferries people to missed steam boats, he helped build a flat bottom boat and delivered a shipment of sweet potatoes and corn to New Orleans.  With each job he learns more, collects more books and observes more people.  He works in general stores, a post office and eventually has an interest in law.  He works very hard and becomes a lawyer.

This book has so many details about Abraham Lincoln’s life.  It is written in a conversational tone that is great for read alouds.  Many ages can come away learning so many interesting things.  The study guide is a great addition to this book.  There is a map of the United States and a map of Illinois.  This was great to see where things in the story were taking place.  There is also a timeline.  We love using timelines to get an ideas of the order of all these events.  We like to compare them with things we’ve learned in the past.

The study guide also contains many great activities to do as you read through the book.  There are questions for the end of each chapter, the answers in included at the end.  There are vocabulary words to define, writing prompts to use and suggested reading and movies.  Crafts, field trips and a culminating event are also suggested.

David and I used the end of the chapter questions and the writing prompts.  He is also planning a culminating event.  He wants to have a dinner showcasing food from that time period.  He is also hoping to watch one of the documentaries listed in the guide.

I can honestly say I love all the Heroes of History books that we have read!  We have also read one Christian Heroes books too. I’m seriously considering using the Christian Heroes books for a study about missionaries next year.

Here are the ones we have read and reviewed in the past:

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Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Review

We have loved Apologia‘s Young Explorer Series science in the past so I was thrilled to get to review Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.

We received this entire set:

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD

I have used other Apologia Young Explorer books with David (my now 6th grader) and he has always done very well with them.  This time we included Evie, his 1st grade sister.  She is very happy to be doing one of her favorite subjects with her brother, to her she has finally reached “big kid” status!

In the past, I have read the text and David listened.  This time I have not read any of it to them.  I put the CD in my computer and had them listen while they work in the notebooking journal, color/doodle or follow along in the book and it has worked brilliantly!!!  The author Jeannie Fulbright reads the text.  She has done a wonderful job.  She’s a pleasure to listen to and kids really seem to like her!  They have already learned a lot and I am so glad this format is working for us.  She can pronounce those big science words better than I can.   We will continue for a few more weeks and then pick up where we left off in the fall.

In both the regular and the junior notebooking journal there is a suggested schedule.  They work together so that both levels study the same part in the book.  The regular journal has more advanced activities.  The junior notebooking journal has some coloring pages and not as many activities.  David has always used the junior notebooking journal in the past, but is doing well with the other one.  It’s easier for him to complete the lessons he doesn’t enjoy now that he’s doing it with his sister. I’m loving that they are working together and actually doing more than if they did it separately.

I am enjoying the pace of the schedule.  Each lesson is broken into 4 sections over 2 weeks.  Most lessons are laid out in a similar way.  The first week you spend 2 days reading through the text and the next week you spend 1 day finishing the text and 1 day doing journal activities and a project at the end.  There are “try this” experiments/activities to do as you come to them in the text.  We save those until the reading portion is over and then go back.  This has helped to keep my kids attention during the reading time and it’s like a prize at the end.

Here are a few pictures of the kids’ first project:

This is the project at the end of lesson one.  It is an edible cell made with jello and different candies.

We named each part of the cell as we placed them.


I loved that the supplies I didn’t have were easy to find and they were super excited for all this candy!!!

Here is David’s cell ^

Here is Evie’s ^

This one is little brother Thomas’.  He is in kindergarten this year and wasn’t interested in our lessons, but this project brought him to the table.  Note: he didn’t actually eat all of this, but thought it was a lot of fun!!!

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