2/23/17

My Top 10 Christian Children's Books For Spiritual Growth

Top 10 Christian Children's Books For Spiritual Growth
I love sharing my favorites especially when it comes to books! This week I've put together a few of my favorite Christian Children's Books that will help nurture their relationship with the Lord. If you click on the picture it will take you to the best deal available on amazon. 
The Oak Inside The Acorn christian childrens book

1. The Oak Inside The Acorn

By far, one of my all time favorites! It explains how you are to "grow" as a Christian as you age, or mature. This is a MUST in any Christian household.




God Gave Us You christian childrens book



2. God Gave Us You

Part of the God Gave Us series This adorable book explains that each child is wanted and a gift from God. Great for reassurance or to help answer the "Where do I come from" question.
 
The Children's Book Of Virtues christian childrens book




3. The Children's Book Of Virtues 

A classic! We have the entire set by William B. but If I had to choose one, this would be it.
God Is Watching Over You childrens book



4.God Is Watching Over You 
Perfect for those night time fears, this is a great book for reassurance of Gods love for us. Especially with those younger ears. 



If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart christian childrens book

5.If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart
This really teaches kids how God lives in each of us. It helps them see how they can use all of themselves to give God glory and do good work for his honor. 




6. The Ology

The Ology christian childrens bookThis is a great beginner's book for understanding who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. It helps teach children (and even adults) the inner workings of how Christianity "works" If you want to learn or teach your children the Truth of The Gospel This is a great book to begin with! 


Here's a few more to check out, and hopefully help you build your Child's relationship with God & help ease some of those fears and questions about his big scary world as they sometimes see it. 

I prayed for you christian childrens book It will be okay christian childrens book The armor of god christian childrens book good good father christian childrens book
Be sure to check out more posts from the review crew blog Round Up below! 
Literature for Kids with a Christian Worldview

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2/20/17

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece | Homeschool Review Crew

Ahh, Ancient Greece... Olives, Trojan Horses, Timeless Architecture, & home of the first Olympic Games. Today we are looking at fun unit study froHome School in the Woods , HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece. 

Home School in the Woods offers several Project Passport World History Studies including Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, The Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation and they are currently working on Ancient Rome, which will be out in 2018! They do a wonderful job representing the history without leaving God out of it. Our family appreciates this greatly. 

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study All Project Passport studies take your student(s) on a "trip" through world history. It comes on a CD, or as a download. This allows you to use it for multiple students and create a more customized experience. I personally love physical products, but I can see where this helps families that need to adjust things around or just simply pick and choose what they need without having excess. When you first open the program, I'll be honest it's a bit overwhelming. Once you get things set up though it is not that bad and It really does make the whole "trip" come to life.


You will print out and put together a passport and luggage folder, which will also be used for all other Project Passport studies, and a scrapbook of sights. We chose to do a joint one because my 5-year-old does lose interest. I will point out that it does take some time to put this together mainly due to having to select & print each page individually. I am hoping to see them address this issue in the future. Not all that printing is for nothing, in the end, you are left with a complete lap book for your students to look back on. The Program has everything you need right there ready to print or glance at, even reference pictures of each project for the stop. 

















For each study, there are 25 “Stops” on your journey, each one containing a Travel Itinerary that gives you an overview of what you’ll be studying or the project you’ll be working on that day. I tend to use a highlighter to mark off things once we complete them. Please note that you may skip certain activities as you see fit for your children. This makes this a true multi-age product. Most of the activities are lapbook or notebooking related, so they don’t require much more than paper and cardstock. There are however lots of other crafts, games and even recipes, included that make it a lot of fun!

Now, Before I go any further I do want to point out that we are slowly making our way through this. We are currently on "Stop 8"  of Ancient Greece. We love the flexibility, which is one great thing about this program. 









Once we have chosen the projects for the stop and printed off what we need (and sometimes there is a LOT of printing, so make sure you are prepared in advance) We read the through the "stop" which I always love because I feel like they did a great job at explaining the subject for both younger and older students. I usually read over this and leave out things that I know will be too much for them. I do not usually print off the travel itinerary for each "stop" (as pictured to the right) I will only use it as needed for projects. I just use the main itinerary (above) for my highlighting & planning purposes. 

We then work on our first project and tend to work on our projects over the next few days. We do 2 stops each week, I feel this allows us time to finish our other lessons and enjoy the crafts & projects. 

We are loving the "Dining Out Guide" of Recipes. That is one thing that really drew me to this study. I cannot wait to see our finished lapbook, as we loved our lapbooks prior to using Mystery Of History. It's been nice to take a break from it and get back into lapbooking! 

My Overall Thoughts:
-It is extremely through. You truly get to learn about the entire Greek history & culture of the time period. 
-It is great for multiple ages! 
-The wide variety of projects are amazing! No more searching Pinterest for the perfect craft!
-If you like ready to go curriculum, this may not be for you. There is a lot of set up and printing involved. 
-I do feel my kids would have enjoyed Ancient Egypt more, they are currently really into pyramids and hieroglyphs. I think its just an age thing, or maybe just my kids, nothing to do with the product itself. 

I hope this review has helped you discover more about this wonderful product, please check out Home School in The Woods for more great products and click below for more reviews! 

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study Reviews

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study


2/12/17

Real Life Family Freezer Meal Prep

Real Life Freezer meals family

Meal Prep... It isn't always pretty, or fast or even in a day! Watch as I share a real life look into how it usually goes when I meal plan/freezer cook.

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2/8/17

5 Tips For Making Christ The Center Of Your Homeschool

As a part of the homeschool review crew blog round up:

We all have chosen to homeschool for a wide variety of reasons but I feel that Religion has a lot to do with why a lot of us choose to homeschool. Just with everything else in life we get busy or for some homeschooling is just so overwhelming. This can quickly get us off track with our original goals. Today, I will be sharing some tips to help your family's homeschool stay Christ centered.

1. Curriculum- Before you even have to sit down with your child, you have the opportunity to choose a curriculum that is christ centered. We all know that there's no need to have every subject the same company, so this comes in handy when trying to find a more suitable curriculum for each subject. 

The Mystery of History SeriesHere are some of my favorites:
A Reason For Handwriting
Cat & Dog Theology
Sonlight
Five in a Row
Switched on Schoolhouse & LifePacs by Alpha Omega Publications
and of course Abeka & Bob Jones

2. Prayer- We have become accustom to praying at each meal & snack. Thanks to my sweet little 5-year-old daughter, who will scold you if she sees you even take a nibble. Along with this, I also ask the children their prayer requests for the day. This usually happens when we are sitting down ready to start our morning basket. I also always lead this prayer and pray over our schooling. If someone is having a difficult day, I tell them to tell Jesus. Even as young children, it ALWAYS makes them feel better. It's easy to plug in times of prayer into your homeschooling. 

3. Morning Basket: I plan to do an entire video on this but to help you now, we have a basket that is filled with lots of things we do before any individual work. Included in this is our Bibles, highlighters, & our character curriculums ( yes we have several.)  This makes us stay accountable to dig into Gods word. It also makes it easier to pull our bibles out when another curriculum, such as our apologia science references a bible verse. We always discuss & highlight it. 

4. Local Homeschool Groups or Co-ops-  We are very fortunate to have an amazing Christian Homeschooling Group here. There's so much support, encouragement, and fellowship that is available through a good homeschool group. Check out your local groups and don't be afraid to change or join several. 

5. Holidays- We don’t have to adhere to a non-denominational holiday season like typical schools do. Instead, we can celebrate and prepare our children’s hearts and minds around Christ and we can do this all while homeschooling our children.

So that's it, that's how we've managed to kept Christ The Center Of Our Homeschool and I hope this post has blessed & offered you some encouragement as well!



2/7/17

Times Alive Review | Homeschool Review Crew

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

You may recall a few weeks ago I shared a photo on my Instagram of my oldest son, Mason using this awesome program called Times Alive, as promised here's the review! 

Times Tables The Fun Way Offers many wonderful products including the product I'll be reviewing today "Times Alive".  It is online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way. It teaches all of the times tables 0s through 9s.

My oldest son always looks forward to Times Alive, He even asks to do more at night after dinner. He started this program with very little knowledge or formal teaching of multiplication. I can see this giving him a huge head start with learning his multiplication facts.


Times Alive is based on the award winning popular book "Times Tables The Fun Way" There are 18 lessons in all, each one focusing on a certain group of multiplication facts. Including a mixture of songs,tests,movies,quizzes, and even painting.

2/3/17

Friday Favorites 2/3/17

I've decided to make a weekly go at this "Friday Favorites" thing and stick to it as much as possible. Each Friday I will share a few of my favorites from the week. It may be products, curriculum, TV shows,  or just happy moments from the week! Also, it could be in any form, photos and links like today, or a quick video.  Hope you all enjoy!

1. First up are these amazing precision pens by american crafts. They are perfect for journaling, Planning and anything else!



2. These are the best scrub for the money. It's a daily -must- for me with super dry skin.


3. My third and final item is Uncle Wiggly's Story Book. We are currently reading this as our daily reading. The stories are so well written and of course funny! They keep my kids attention easily. We Love it! 

Well that's it for today! I hope you like these products as much as we do! God Bless <3 

*In the spirit of full disclosure, this post includes affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything from the links above. I only recommend products & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands. Thanks so much for your continued support.

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