Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Barbour Publishing - Imagine...The Great Flood Review




We are always looking for new books to explore.  We had the opportunity to review a new to us series from Barbour Publishing entitled Imagine....The Great Flood by Matt Koceich.


In Imagine....The Great Flood ($5.99), you and your family will be swept back into another world.  Corey was caught in waters and he finds himself suddenly appears to be on Noah's Ark.

This is a Biblical event that we have read to our children many time through the years.  But even myself, I never really thought to put myself in Corey's shoe.  What would it be like to have been on the Ark.

Imagine....The Great Flood brings the time period of Noah's Ark to life for your children.  They can imagine as they read what it was like to be on the ark.  The age range for Imagine ... The Great Flood is roughly 8 to 12 years old, and the material could be read to younger kids and even by older ones.  The topic is appropriately presented and not too scary for younger ones.

We have seen similar series to Imagine...The Great Flood, and really enjoy them.  As I read stories such as Imagine...The Great Flood with the kids, I even feel like I am inside the time period or disastrous event.  Matt Koceich has written Imagine....The Great Flood story in such a way to make the details come to life.  He has brought a Biblical event to life that unless you have seen large bodies of water, you may not actually be able to imagine.

You could easily use Imagine...The Great Flood along with your Bible studies or history studies (since the history program we use is Biblically based).   I know you can read it for pleasure also, but I do love taking advantage of educational opportunities in all the books that we read.

Imagine....The Great Flood is the first in a series by Matt Koceich.  The next title will be out in March 2018, Imagine....The Ten Plagues.  This is another time period that it's hard to imagine.  We enjoyed this title so much, and I cannot wait until his next title is out.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Imagine....The Great Flood by Matt Koceich.  Visit the link below to see how they liked this story in their homes.

Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich {Barbour Publishing}
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Krazy Kuehner Days Fall Bucket List



Oh....my favorite time of the year!  Hot cider, hot cocoa, hot tea, campfires with cornbread, scarecrows, pumpkin everything!!  I have our fall bucket list ready to go so that we can get the most out of this beautiful season!  You can download your own copy if you would like!!

Krazy Kuehner Days Fall Bucket List


You'll notice how some of our activities include pears, as well as apples.  Caty is allergic to apples, so we just made a few adjustments so she doesn't feel left out!   Food allergies do not stop us!!

Have a great fall!!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Hawaii, Egyptian Art, Algebraic Expressions, and the Garden of Eden



We seemed to get into a bit of a groove this week.  It was nice to wake up and have coffee and get our work done.  Just a little normal running here and there.  I actually turned down two activities.  That's my goal, to cut back this year.  We'll still have plenty of activities and new experiences, I'm just going to try and not over-schedule us this year.

In Our Homeschool This Week....

This was our first week back with Science/Art club this week, and we only had art.  The other moms and I set up a schedule for our science studies.  Very exciting year coming up!!   On the Art side, we learned about Egyptian Art styles.  We watched this short video.


Our project this week was to work with watercolors and the kids did a variation of this silhouette project I had seen online.  Some of the kids did their silhouettes out of oil pastels, while others painted their whole sky and added pyramid cutouts.  We gave all the kids their choice.








In Geography, we finished up a lighthouse video that we didn't get finished last week.  We took an extra day off last week to go to Cedar Point.  So we finished talking about the New England area on Monday.


On Wednesday we started learning about Hawaii.  We read some books and watched a video highlighting areas of Hawaii, including volcanoes...which we all want to go and see!

The girls made paper leis.




We watched some videos on Pineapple Farms in Hawaii.  Some friends had visited there a few years ago and recommended them.


Language Arts ... The girls worked on writing descriptive paragraphs about their favorite treats.  Caty's created a fish sandwich cake.  Since she is working on actual spelling and writing, I write what she wants to say and then she copies it on the paper.


Lydia working on her snickerdoodle paragraph while eating a push pop.  What a hard life they lead!


Caty was excited to finish Life of Fred Butterflies and we started Life of Fred Cats.  She shocked herself working on her Page-A-Day math without looking at her addition board!!!  She is working on the Channie's One Page A Day Double Digit Math while I'm reading her Life of Fred everyday.  This week she reviewed tally marks also.


Lydia was working on simple algebraic expressions, and also her Horse Lover's Math - Level 1 book.  It's amazing how algebraic expressions are suddenly just clicking with her.


Caty is loving Draw Write Now!  In fact, she has actually been asking to do extra lessons, and I'm not stopping her.  I pretty much let her go until she decides to stop.  (That's the nice thing about the way I create lesson plans, since it's a word document, I can easily switch lessons around and make adjustments!)

Caty is also loving learning Spanish.  She's using Middlebury Interactive.  She's flying through the beginner level.


Lydia is working on a sign language refresher course I found her on Udemy.  She worked on signing colors and sentences using those color words.

In History (the girls) this week, we studied the Garden of Eden, Noah and the Tower of Babel.  After finishing their worksheets, the girls tried to build towers as tall as they could.  Caty actually got bored before she finished.  Lydia liked the project and then got bored also.  But Caty had a large tower.



Joey started back to work at the Dayhab.  He only goes 1 day a week now.  This week he finished another high school elective.  His transcript is filling up!!


Brayden went to Game Club this week.  It's a group with our local Special Needs organization.  He had fun playing both board games and they turned on the Wii also.


After pure chaos since the middle of July, Lydia is finally back to riding.  Next week she'll be back working at the stable also.


My niece is having a formal party this weekend, so a friend of ours gave the girls manicures as a special treat today.  Fancy nails to go with their fancy dresses.


I'm really taking things slowly and a few days at a time.  Since I haven't been feeling the best healthwise, I know I need to take it easy or suffer more illness.  I am still working a lot of hours on the computer, but will make it.  I just need to keep remembering to rest.

I hope everyone had a great week!!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chara Games - Unauthorized Review





We love a good family/friends game night.  We recently had the opportunity to review a new game from Chara Games entitled Unauthorized

Chara Games aims to create games that help develop relationship with God and people.  Run by Patrick and Katherine Lysaght, Chara Games wants to help people grow in their faith and strength families through game play. 






Unauthorized ($14.99) is a short played (only about 30 minutes) game for 6 - 12 players, ages 12 and up.  So it is great for impromptu game nights.  This game of social deduction allows you encourage growth or stamp out an underground church.  Each person's role power can sway the experience cards of other players in an effort to allow their side to win.  Will it be church or state?

Each Unauthorized deck comes with 12 role cards.



96 experience cards

1 Dealer card, 2 Reference Cards and full-color instruction booklet



We set up to play with just Joe and I at first.  We did not realize how playing with just a couple people isn't a great choice.  Unauthorized is really meant to be played with at least six people.  

To be honest, we felt a little overwhelmed with the rules and following the steps in this game.  It is really a great strategy game option for families, with a Christian theme.  Something that is hard to find when looking for quality game nights.  But Joe and I had to watch this video to help us understand what to do.  This helped us to teach the kids better also.


Once we got set up, we were ready to go.



The kids, I will be honest were not huge fans.  They felt there was too many steps for them to remember.  That's understandable due to their learning disabilities.  Multi-step problems and games like this are extremely challenging.  But they did make it through.

Joe and I though found some great opportunities how to explain to the kids about what happens in real life when the state may win vs. the church.  While playing we did have some wonderful discussions about how the state does and will continue to take down organized religious organizations because they feel religion as a threat.  We were able to use the recent events this past year in Russia as an examples of what can happen.

So we considered this a successful family game night.  We got the hang of playing Unauthorized, and we have attempted to play it again with the kids a couple more times.  They are getting used to play now, so it is easier for them than that first night.  Joey still feels a little strange about the topics, but we have been able to continue lots of great conversations about faith and the times we are living in.

If you are looking for a Christian family game, check out Unauthorized by Chara Games.  Chara Games have many other wonderful Christian games.  We have also had the opportunity to review Commissioned last year.  

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Unauthorized.  Visit the link below to find out how they used this game in their homes.

Unauthorized {Chara Games Reviews}
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Carole P. Roman - If You Were Me and Lived in ... and Oh Susannah series Review





We are HUGE fans of Carole P. Roman's geography series.  So I was very excited to get the opportunity to review more of her titles from the If You Were Me and Lived in....history series.  We had the opportunity to review, If You Were Me and Lived in ... Ancient Greece, If You Were Me and Lived in ... Ancient Mali and also two new stories in her O Susannah early chapter book series, Oh Susannah - It's In The Bag and Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump!!




We were very generously sent If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece and If you Were Me and Lived in Ancient Mali.  These durable and color paperwork books were written for ages 8 to 15.  That's right....the If You Were Me and Lived In .. historical series is perfect for multi-level teaching.

We were able to use our copy of If You Were Me and Lived In .. Ancient Greece during our recent talks about art in Ancient Greece.  The girls also got a start on looking up facts for when we study Ancient Greece in their history in a few weeks.



There's information on Greek Gods and Goddess.


And everyday life



As always, these stories are packed full of historical information for all ages.  The illustrations help to bring to life all the details in their minds.  Carole P. Roman does extensive research on each one of these books.  And you can tell from not only the story that you are reading, but the illustration also.




In the 78-page book of If You Were Me and Lived In .. Ancient Mali, you will be swept back in time to the continent of Africa in the 1300s.  You and your family will learn the culture, traditions, food and social structure of tribes living in that time period.



To be honest, we had never studied this area in any of our history studies.  The boys are going through a different ancient World History program than the girls.  So I had them read If You Were Me and Lived In .. Ancient Mali to go along with their ancient world history studies.



Even though these stories seem more like picture books, both boys who read at high school level, but are at a lower comprehension level, really enjoyed these books.  I really like that each on of the If You Were Me and Lived In .. books in the historical series have a Glossary in the back to make it easier for the kids to look up words that are new to them.

Even though these are listed as part of the history series, you could very easily use both of these titles along with geography studies for each of these countries.  I plan on pulling these out when we get back to those areas in our studies.  I like the simplicity and yet thoroughness of the If You Were Me and Lived In ... history series.  I have already started ordering more to go along with our ancient world history studies.  The boys usually balk a bit at the "extra" assigned reading I give them outside their textbooks.  But both of them thoroughly enjoyed these titles and I liked how it brought these areas to life. 

Our local history museum has historical trunks you can check out for "classroom" use with materials gathered together to give time periods hands-on learning for students.  I plan on sharing our copies of Carole's books with them, so they can see how wonderful they are and hopefully add them into their trunks!

We were also privileged to try out Carole's Oh Susannah early chapter book series.



Caty fell in LOVE!!  Written for Grades 3 - 6, Susannah mesmerized Caty and she couldn't stop reading the first story, Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag.  She laughed and was so excited to tell me about the story she read, she kept getting tongue tied.  She is working on Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump and is loving it just as much as the first book. Caty will be watching for the next book in this series and having me pre-order it as soon as we can.



Carole P. Roman is such a versatile author.  She can write historical non-fiction, geography, early chapter books and even nursery age books.  Everything we have ever read from Carole, we have really enjoyed and use them for pleasure reading and right along with our curriculum.  They are definitely worth the investment.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review several of the different books written by Carole P. Roman.  Click the link below and see how they used these stories in their homes.


Oh Susannah, Bedtime Stories, Captain No Beard, If you were Me ... {Carole P. Roman Reviews}

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