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Heirloom Audio: Dragon & Raven Unit Study Curriculum {Review}

We recently reviewed Heirloom Audio‘s newest audio drama The Dragon and The Raven and LOVED it! So when Heirloom Audio asked if anyone was interested in reviewing their BRAND NEW unit study curriculum that corresponds with this audio drama – I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough!

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I was excited when it arrived in the mail and I could get my hands on it and see exactly what it was with my own eyes. And … as typical for Heirloom Audio … they didn’t let me down! This study guide (as I’ll call it) is 8-1/2 x 11 and 117 pages. The pages are made of something slick and durable (I have no idea about paper so I’m not exactly sure what it is). It is full-color and VERY NICE. It is spiral bound which works WONDERFULLY as you are going through the different things with your kids. (As an added bonus, they sent us a “Live the Adventure Homeschool Adventure Family Planner” which is 79 pages of space for homeschool scheduling, meal planning, lists, book lists, and more.)

As a mom of boys, this is right up our alley! (I know girls like the audio production – based off reviews – so I’m sure they would like this too. But I’ll be posting as a mom of boys, which is what I am.) It covers so much it is amazing! Basically it covers all areas of the audio production in further detail – which is all about Medieval Times. So, if you are looking for something to supplement your Medieval Times learning – this would be it! (And, honestly, it might be enough to be an entire curriculum for this time period, depending on how much of the booklet you do.)

So, it covers:

Feudalism, Vikings, Writing, Weapons, Music, Storytelling, Latin, Poetry, Court Systems, Games, Ships, Mercy, Art, Math, and more!

Whew! It is a lot, but it doesn’t FEEL like a lot (and that is a good thing, in my opinion).

Each “section” has a little bit of an intro to what it is discussing. It then has different activities you can do. Some are looking up vocabulary, some are games, some are writing, some are researching … again, all areas of learning are covered! It also has activities for older or gifted students! Each section is about four pages.

So, one of the areas we really enjoyed was learning about feudalism.

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For this one we decided to use our iPads to look up vocabulary online. It was a nice opportunity to use it for an educational purpose.

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They had a “Feudalism Candy Simulation Game” that we kind of turned in to a general learning opportunity that allowed us to touch and visualize what feudalism meant. Who does the most work? Who, in the end, gets the most money? And things like that. It was a lot of fun and a nice visual for learning. We love fun ways to learn! In this, the peasants had 10 coins and had to pass 8 of them up to the Knights. The Knights had to pass 6 up to the Nobles and the Nobles had to pass 4 up to the King. (Although a smaller representation of reality it helped to really solidify what we were discussing.)

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Some questions they wanted us to answer:

Did “Learn the Adventure” meet your expectations? I would say, “YES! but … it not only met, but EXCEEDED my expectations!”

Would “Learn the Adventure” be a helpful addition to your teaching? I would say, “YES! Oh my gosh YES! There is NO DOUBT this is a teaching help!!” If so, how? It helps guide through many different subjects within the Medieval Times. It helps focus attention on important things, events and people. It offers suggestions of additional ways to learn as well as websites and other resources for additional learning.

For future editions of “Learn the Adventure”, would you add or subtract anything? I would say, “I definitely would not subtract anything. I would like to see more specific references within the guide that pertain to the audio drama as well as a little more specific instructions with the games. But overall, 99% of it I wouldn’t change a bit!”

Now, one thing I do not know is how much this will cost … so, I cannot share anything about that.

Thank you for this wonderful addition to your already amazing audio dramas Heirloom Audio, really, THANK YOU!

Here’s praying you enjoy the journey of learning!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Schoolhouse Review ~ FishFlix.com #hsreviews

FishFlix.com ReviewOur family LOVES movies! And Christian movies are even better! I suppose it is one of the easy ways I have found to momentarily “escape reality” and either laugh, cry … whatever. So, when the opportunity to do a review for a movie through FishFlix.com came as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was super excited! It was difficult to choose but we ended up with Superbook: A Giant Adventure.

FishFlix.com ReviewSuperbook: A Giant Adventure is a story about David and Goliath, but it isn’t necessarily your typical story. First, apparently Superbook movies have been around for quite some time as the original movie was also provided on the dvd.

I was curious about the original series after watching it on this dvd because I had never heard of it. A quick online search brought out this information from GodTube: CBN created Superbook as part of a campaign to reach Japan nearly 30 years ago. It was a monumental success drawing a weekly audience of nearly 4 million people. During the fall of communism in the 1990s Superbook aired across the former Soviet Union where millions of lives where changed through the Superbook series and more than 100 countries watched the original Superbook series. It was translated into more than 43 languages, viewed by an estimated half billion people.

How cool is that!?!?!?!

So, back to the updated version … it is a 25-minute “computer generated” (not real actors) story about two kids and their robot. It starts out with modern day (today-ish). The boy is too scared to do a band audition so the kids are taken back in time through “Superbook” (the Bible) to walk along side David as he fights Goliath. The boy learns that he is to use his gifts (playing the guitar) for God and to use God’s strength when nervous (audition).

There is a discussion guide provided in the movie case as well but we didn’t use it.

So … have you heard of FishFlix.com? I hadn’t until this review. They carry all kinds of Christian movies! As I was clicking on the different categories I was excited to see a lot of the ones I’ve watched over the years – which means I found a new resource for Christian movies! WOOT!

Another exciting thing to share is that FishFlix.com is offering a giveaway specifically for Schoolhouse Review Crew readers! It is for a 5-Movie prize pack – including War RoomThe Ultimate GiftSuperbook: A Great AdventureMy Son, My Savior and Owlegories 2.  Over $80 in DVDs! Head over to their giveaway page!

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Here’s praying you have fun learning!

 

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Book Review – Better Together by Jill Savage

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I had the extreme pleasure of being on the launch team for Jill Savage’s newest book, Better Together. [Her daughter, Anne McClane, offers a little insight in the book too – which is very nice. Her parts are small but powerful.] To be honest, I am not sure if I have ever read one of her books – but after reading this one, I plan to read many more. Talk about POWERFUL! And not only powerful but encouraging! Something we NEED in our lives (or at least I do).

This 256 page book is packed full of information about personality types, differences, judgments and grace. Jill has an excellent way of “telling it like it is” while still leaving you feeling like although you may have made a mistake, you can still move forward and change who you are and how you treat others.

The main focus of this book is exactly as the title says – better together. We as women NEED each other. But unfortunately a lot of times we spend more time tearing each other down than lifting each other up. It is time to change this behavior and this book is a definite MUST when looking at ourselves and how we can become better women, and Lord willing friends, with other women.

I am a BIG SUPPORTER of less judgement and more grace when it comes to other women in my life so I really appreciated this book from that perspective. But even though we have the same basic perspective, this book provided me with a lot of “general information” about different personalities that I really still felt like I was learning something too (which I love!).

Here is the Table of Contents to help you see some of what the book is about:

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Jill starts out explaining the different ‘phases’ relationships go through from introductions to best friends forever (in which most of us don’t have many of these). She talks about different challenges we can do with ourselves to improve and work on relationships – possibly forming real friendships from the acquaintances we currently have (or are yet to come). She not only helps us to look at others with more grace but also helps “pave the way” with suggestions on how we can grow ourselves to become to others what we also want from others.

She shares the benefits of friendship:

  1. Connection
  2. A Sense of Belonging
  3. The Ability to Give
  4. The Ability to Receive
  5. Sounding Board
  6. Wisdom & Experience of Others
  7. Marital Health
  8. Spiritual Health
  9. Emotional Health
  10. Physical Health

Here are a few of my favorite parts from the book, just to give you an idea about it:

“Because our mothering community is no longer formed naturally within extended family relationships, we have to pursue, discover, and assemble it ourselves. We have to recognize the value of it and make it a priority in our lives because we’re stronger, wiser, and even healthier when we have a mom community around us.” Page 14

“Friendship is a Do It Yourself (DIY) project. No one can do it for you.” Page 31

“the most powerful four words a mom can hear are YOU ARE NOT ALONE” Page 134

“Yet linking arms with a friend is linking arms with an imperfect human being. You will likely let each other down and need to navigate some conflict along the way.” Page 172

“Theologian Paul Wadell said, “Friendships cannot last unless the friends become skilled in justice, generosity, and patience. They have no future without the virtues of loyalty, trustworthiness, care, and forgiveness.”” Page 182

Okay, I better stop with that or else I’ll just copy and paste the entire book here!

She offers a “Mothering Personality Inventory” (in the appendix) that is used to help you find out a little about yourself. Even though I am often weary of these, I took it and did find out some interesting things about myself. Not only do you get to take the test, but she explains both sides of each of the items – so you get to learn about those who are NOT like you – quite interesting!

Seriously, there have been very few books in my life that have really been books that will stick with me for life – but this is definitely one of them! This is a book I will read over and over I think (and most of the times I only read books once – they have to be REALLY GOOD for me to read them more than once – so that alone should tell you something). It is a very “relate-able” book … one where hearts are shared and you feel very connected to those writing it … you can feel them reaching out their hands and guiding you gently (well, maybe not so gently LOL) along.

Another important thing to share is that stories of Scripture and Scripture references are shared all throughout the book. The Bible is the cornerstone of which this book was written. This book is a book of ACTION … let’s get to it!

I believe this would be an EXCELLENT book to give to friends, new moms, new wives. It is a word that needs to be spread far and wide…let’s encourage one another, because we need one another!

Now, real quick, as the graphic at the top of this post says … pre-order by March 1, 2016 and get about $60 worth of FREEBIES! AWESOME! A book and free stuff! I love free stuff!

Here’s praying you have fun learning!

 

 

 

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Inexpensive Prayer Box

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16

Have you seen War Room yet? It is an absolutely amazingly wonderful movie that you MUST SEE! That movie helped me pick my “Word for 2016” which is PRAYER. Prayer has always been important to me (since I got saved) and the Lord has worked on me over the years in this area; like everything else it shifts as we grow in Him.

So, I shared my prayer box on Facebook yesterday and was overwhelmed with the response of those who loved the idea. Honestly I don’t even remember where or how I came up with the idea – I’m sure there were other people involved as I’m not very creative. *grin* But because they loved it so much there, I thought I would share it with you here!

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I have investigated many different “prayer” things over the years: fancy journals, binders, etc. but they were all too expensive for our family on a tight budget. So I came up with this. I have been using it for several years now and it really works well for me.

It is super simple and quite inexpensive.

I had a couple friends ask how I made it so I’ll share that with you too. It is very simple.

It is a regular 3×5 card holder. I took one (or more if necessary) of the cards and cut it in to pieces. I decided how many tabs I wanted and then taped each to its own 3×5 card to make easily seen dividers. One of the most important ones, for me, is the “Answered” tab. I *LOVE* going back through these and being reminded of how much the Lord cares for all of us. Honestly the majority of the answers are normally positive! (Which for some reason seems to be really easy to forget so this helps me remember.)

I keep blank 3×5 cards in the back of the box and fill one card out for each prayer request. I put the date at the top and then the request. I then file it under the appropriate area. Once the request has been answered I put another date and how it was answered. I then move it to the back behind “Answered”.

I have my Bible, prayer journal (which is just a regular spiral notebook that I write in each morning), any studies I am doing, Bible marking pencils, pen and prayer box all in one area so it is easy to find each morning. I start my coffee, take my thyroid meds and then start my “God Time” every morning. (For me, I’ve found that my days go better starting this way – it never fails that if I don’t, my day goes really badly.)

I hope you have found this helpful and let me know if you are moved to start your own prayer box – or let me know if you have something different that works for you! I am so excited to have been able to share this with you today!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Scripture & Snapshot ~ 9/21/14

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This post is linked to A Glimpse of Our Life

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Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Schoolhouse Review ~ Wizzy Gizmo #hsreviews

Wizzy Gizmo Review 

We had the opportunity to review Audio Drama One: Who Created Everything? offered by Wizzy Gizmo. This audio drama is recommended for ages 4 – 12 (but, in our opinion, will be enjoyed by all ages).

Wizzy Gizmo ReviewOur family LOVES audio dramas and Who Created Everything? is no exception! This is a different type of audio drama than others we have listened to as it shares a significant amount of actual Scripture within it. We really enjoyed that! We all listened to this as a family during the evenings since we don’t have a CD player that works in the cars right now. It worked really well as a “family read aloud”.

This is the story of some kids who go back in time with Wizzy Gizmo, an inventor…they go ALL the way back in time…to the beginning of creation. Once they arrive the story of creation is told. There are small pieces of Scripture shared by a “narrator” and then Wizzy helps explain the Scripture to the children through the audio drama story.

The cd covers all six days of creation as well as having several other tracks of songs that have to do with creation and the story shared. The entire cd is one hour in length (36 minutes of Bible audio drama and 24 minutes of “bonus track” things like songs). It consists of 22 tracks most of which are three minutes or less.

The company that produces these does so to help parents follow the Scripture of Deuteronomy 6:5-7:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

They also feel that being thoroughly Biblical (2 Timothy 3:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”) and thoroughly wholesome (Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”) are of great importance. These two things are extremely important to our family as well so we appreciate their efforts to provide things that are within our desires for our children as well.

An interesting “side note” about the people involved with this ministry which I was VERY EXCITED to learn…many of them are also associated with The Master’s College or The Master’s Seminary which are both part of John MacArthur’s ministry. Personally, I have enjoyed John MacArthur’s teachings since I first got saved about 15 years ago.

If you are curious to hear what this audio drama series sounds like click HERE and scroll down.

The cost is $14.99 but you can get up to 10% off for sharing via social media (that is pretty cool…I have never seen that before!).

Other ways to keep in touch with Wizzy Gizmo:

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Read more Wizzy Gizmo reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew…there were several different items reviewed so go check them out!

Here’s praying you have fun learning!

 

 

 

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Schoolhouse Review ~ Roman Roads Media – Economics for Everybody #hsreviews

Roman Roads Media ReviewWhat is your first thought when you hear “economics”? BORING? YAWN? NUMBERS? Well, I am super excited to share about an item we had the opportunity to review…Roman Roads Media Economics for Everybody. (This curriculum is recommended for middle school students and up.)

Curious about the company? Roman Roads combines ‘technical expertise’ with ‘classical education’ to create video courses and resources mainly focused toward the homeschooler. What does this mean for you? QUALITY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES! (Curious what “classical education” is? Click HERE to find out more.)

Roman Roads Media ReviewEconomics for Everybody is a video based curriculum that comes with a study guide. R.C. Sproul, Jr. is the teacher who speaks on the video – he is entertaining and educational! Although we have not yet completed the course, we have thoroughly enjoyed what we have done so far.

This curriculum consists of 12 lessons. Each video lesson runs 15 – 30 minutes. The study guide is the same size as the DVD and fits in the same box. It is 236 pages and has an outline of each lesson from the DVD, followed by some multiple choice questions and discussion questions. (See more on this below as the “Scope and Sequence.”)

Honestly I don’t know if I ever took an Economics class…if I did it was apparently so boring I don’t remember it. But I CAN tell you that the thought of an Economics class makes me {yawn}. What I can also tell you is that is NOT what this set does! RC Sproul, Jr speaks in a manner that keeps your attention, he also moves his hands around so your eyes are drawn to the screen.

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Throughout each lesson there are multiple pictures shared which helps to keep your eyes and thoughts drawn to what is being shared as well. Most of the pictures we’ve seen so far are “olden type” pictures like shown below. These, to me, are very interesting as they also are showing the history that this class is trying to convey. Nice touch!

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Most importantly and probably what sets this completely apart from other Economics classes is that it is BIBILCALLY BASED! What does that mean? It means that it is all brought back to God and what His overall plan is.

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Economics for Everybody is designed to be the base of a one-semester economics class for homeschool high school students. If followed as shared, it will good for one-half credit in economics. The course can be used in two ways: by itself as a lighter study to introduce basic economics concepts (9th/10th graders), or used together with another economics textbook as a more in-depth study for students with worldview training (10th to 12th graders). If you choose to do the latter, it is recommended that you purchase Basic Economics, Third Edition by Carson and Cleveland. We did choose to purchase this book and plan to do this as a semester class this coming school year. I will say that this book is not nearly as fun as the video but that it too ties everything back to Scripture.

For the purposes of this review, we watched one video per week followed by answering the questions in the study guide and reading SOME of the Basic Economics book we purchased. Just the video would have been perfect for “summer break” time but I wanted to see how the other book (we chose to purchase…you do NOT have to buy it if you don’t want to) fit in with it. If you are only watching the video and doing the study guide you could EASILY do more than one lesson a week. The reading in the additional book was quite a bit so a week would be better for that route.

Here is a link to the Scope and Sequence / Study Guide Answer Key which provides complete details for teaching the class.

I am SO EXCITED we found this Economics class!

If you are looking for a little more information, you can download three FREE lessons HERE.

And to wrap it up…cost. The two DVD set with the study guide runs $45.00. Or you can get the set (which includes the additional book Basic Economics) for $85.00. I would like to quickly share that Compass Classroom is having a sale RIGHT NOW (from August 4 – 11, 2014) so this would be a GREAT time to make a purchase if you are interested!

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Read more Roman Roads Media reviews (which cover much more than just this Economics curriculum!) from the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

Here’s praying you have fun learning!

 

 

 

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