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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: Memoria Press–Christian Studies III (New Testament)

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We got to try out Memoria Press’s Christian Studies.  We used Book III Student Book and Teacher Manual for this review.  We also purchased the The Golden Children’s Bible to go with this unit for the review.  We tried to use the unit with a different picture bible, and while it was doable…we found it much easier to use the recommended text.

This curriculum is recommended for 3rd-6th graders.  It is a 4 part series, though the part IV is for 6th-8th graders.  All 4 parts of the series use The Golden Children’s Bible.  We only looked at Book III, though I assume the first 3 books are similar in format and only varying in context.

The Curriculum is designed (and outlined in the Teacher’ Manual) to do one lesson a week.  Day one is reading from The Children’s Bible, and introducing the memory verse.  Day two is discussing The Facts to Know section.  Day three is Memorizing and reciting the Memory Verse.  Day four is completing the Comprehension Questions and Day five is completing the Activities section and quizzing on the lesson of that week and previous lessons.

The Student Pages consist of The Facts to Know and Memory Verse on the left side and the Comprehension Questions and Activities section on the right side when opening the book.

How We Used It

The recommended outline did not work well for us….so, we adapted it (the beauty of homeschooling).  Day one we read the story and the Memory Verse and completed 2-3 of the questions.  Day two we discussed the Facts to Know section, read the Memory Verse and completed 2-3 questions.  Day three we did the Activities section, read the Memory Verse and completed the rest of the questions.  If we had more than 3 days of school that week we reviewed the Memory Verses and Facts to Know, as well as discussed the story and questions.

My son does not like to write a lot, so I pick and choose my battles.  Breaking the questions up over the days made it less over whelming for him to complete.  Reviewing the Memory Verse over several days helped him remember it better (though not always memorize it). 

What We Think

The Teacher Manual, though not absolutely necessary, is a great tool.  I recommend that you have it, if using this curriculum.

The New Testament lessons were very thorough, they were easy to understand for children and definitely helped provide better understanding.  There is a lot of material in the book that can be used for copywork as well, a great way to expand on the lesson.  The Books and chapters are also listed with each lesson, so an actual Bible (instead of picture Bible) could be used also, this may be good for older children, as we like to read from the King James Version in addition to a picture Bible. 

If you are looking for a Bible Curriculum for your older elementary or middle school child, check it out!

The Teacher Manual is $20.95, the Student Book is $17.95, the Lesson Plans are available for $5.00.  The Golden Children’s Bible is $17.99.  You can also purchase Study Sets I-III with the Children’s Bible for $119.95.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Poppins Book Nook–Weather Themed Books and Activities and #Giveaway

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20+ Weather Books and Other Resources


 National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away

 Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll


 The Everything KIDS' Weather Book: From Tornadoes to Snowstorms, Puzzles, Games, and Facts That Make Weather for Kids Fun!

 Weather (Eye Wonder)

 Extreme Weather! Weather For Kids Book On Storms: Hurricanes, Tornados, Blizzards, Thunderstorms & Much More (Kid's Nature Books Series 2)



 Weather Book for Kids: Fun Facts Childrens Weather Book; Storms, The Water Cycle, Activities, Jokes, FAQ & More

 Magic School Bus Presents: Wild Weather

 Weather (Mini Encyclopedias)

 THE WEATHER - An educational weather book for kids!


 The Best Book of Weather (Best Books of)

 Janice VanCleave's Weather: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects

 Feel the Wind (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)


You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Extreme Weather!

 What Will the Weather Be? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

 Weather Words and What They Mean


 Weather Bingo Game

Science Kits


 SmartLab Toys You Track It Weather Lab


 Thames & Kosmos Climate and Weather


 Tree of Knowledge Weather Science Kit

Other Activities

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Kid’s Meteorologist in the Making Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Kid’s Meteorologist In The Making Bundle. The winner will enjoy two fun weather themed learning items. The two items that they will win is the Weather Tracker and National Geographic’s Kid’s Everything Weather (*these are affiliate links and your purchase helps to run this book club). These two wondrous weather items can bring your children a fun weather activity or two.
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Promo Simple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Promo Simple below to win:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Share it Saturday

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Highlights from last week:

40 Ways to Welcome Spring Birds! DIY Bird Feeders, learning activities, crafts, and so much more on ChildLedLife.com     Kids' crafts     World War II Free Resournces for a Middle School Unit Study

Friday, March 27, 2015

Week in 32 in Review


Last weekend:  I had a GREAT weekend!  Busy, but great!  I attended the wedding and baptism of a dear friend!  Hubby had a scouting campout, so I solo’d the wedding with the kids in tow (always an adventure).  It was such a great event though!  So excited for her!  The kids also had their Past Times class at the Historical Society. 

Monday:  I had our homeschool review today.  It went well.  It’s only our 2nd ever (in Hawaii we didn’t have formal reviews).  I was surprised it was so early, I guess they go in ABC order, and well…I’m an A.  But it did go really well.  Hubby had off for a dentist appointment, so I was able to go kid free (my preferred method) and then he took them to MMA and I had a quiet afternoon home! 

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Tuesday:  Field Trip!  We went to Mount Vernon – more on that next week for Field Trip Friday!

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Wednesday:  This was our only “school day” all week.  But it was a good one!  It was also Hubby’s birthday!  It was a light load day, as we finished up stuff last week and didn’t want to start anything new that we wouldn’t be returning to for a bit.  We wrapped up Freshwater biomes (and they will have a freshwater field trip with hubby on Tuesday, weather permitting).  I attended book club for the book Maude (I mentioned a week ago or so), stayed way to late, got home at midnight and was locked out of the house!   I pounded on the doors for 10mins when hubby finally woke up and let me in.  I guess he locked them out of habit, b/c he said he didn’t remember doing it. 
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Thursday:  We had co-op.  We only meet every other week and the kids always look forward to it!  C made this great Washington wig!  It was a beautiful afternoon so hubby took the kids bike riding at the park behind our house.

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Friday:  Swimming!  It was the last day of swimming for the session.  We will start back up after a week off.  After swimming we watched a science video on ocean biomes and we also did an art project!  I have a girls night out tonight with two dear friends…our oldests are the same age and we met in baby play group back when they were infants.  We always try to get together, and the schedules never pan out…but we put this on the calendar over a month ago!!  Can’t wait!  I feel bad being gone another night this week, but hubby is a good sport.  It just worked out that way. 

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We will see what the weather does this weekend, that will impact our plans.  It’s suppose to snow tonight… say wha???

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book Review: Kidnapped by the Taliban by Dr. Dilip Joseph

Kidnapped by the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope, and Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Dr. Dilip Joseph was a great read!  I think you will be surprised of his experience as a Taliban hostage. 

Dr. Dilip Joseph was in Afghanistan doing non profit medical work when he and 2 of his associates were kidnapped by members of the Taliban.  In this book he recounts his experience as a hostage, and his rescue and return home.

This book is very well written and was enjoyable to read.  I am prior military, so maybe that aided to my interest of the topic, but I feel that this book would be enjoyed by anyone. 

Dr. Joseph is of Indian descent (from India) and I feel his race aided in his treatment as a hostage, none the less, I think you will be surprised, as was I, to his experiences.  Being a charitable worker, he sees his captors through very different eyes.  He is a Christian and relies on his faith to help get him through. 

I highly recommend this book, I enjoyed it very much!

Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from BOOKLOOK in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.  This post contains affiliate links.

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Field Trip #164 Friday Blog Hop

Field Trip Friday!
Blog Hop designed to share 'FIELD TRIP' related Blog Posts

(does not have to be a 'home school field trip', can be any trip to any place with your children!)

**NOTE:  Before linking up please review guidelines HERE


    A family that we do swim lessons with invited us out to England Acre Farm in Mt. Airy, where the mom works, to see the lambs!  Kids had a blast!  Baby Girl was a bit wary of getting close, but she still had a good time.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Workbox Wednesday–Birds (FREE Printable)

     National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America: The Best Birding Book   for Kids from National Geographic's Bird Experts
     Bird Bingo
     Birds, Nests & Eggs (Take Along Guides)
     Birds for Beginners (Learn Birds! Series Book 1)
     Audubon's Birds of America Coloring Book
     Birds (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)
     Backyard Birds (Field Guides for Young Naturalists)
     The Burgess Bird Book For Children (Illustrated) (Burgess Animal Books 1)
     The Birdwatcher's Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)
     My First Bird Book and Bird Feeder
     National Geographic Angry Birds (A fun one for the Angry Birds fan!)
     National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds: A Beginner's Guide


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    We filled this orange bag with yarn, string, hair and other nesting materials!
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