06 December 2019

Shabbat Shalom

2019-2020 8th Grade Curriculum

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8th Grade Curriculum for my son this year. We are just about to complete our first semester of junior high. As usual I'm late getting this posted.

Subjects the kids do together:

Bible: we do this together as soon as we sit down and pray. Since the kids where young we start in Genesis and end in Revelation and cycle back through. We adapt occasionally to look over topics in the Word when I feel or the kids ask about something that needs to be addressed. 

Both kids also read the Bible every night by themselves and Dad reads with them daily.

On This Day in History: A Daily Spiritual Lessons from American History by Dr. Paul E. Barkey~ This is a historically-based devotional of American history. It is set up by date but, we don’t use it by the date and read one devotion a day during the school year. This will be used for two years. It has many stories about America’s early years as witnessed by our nation’s citizens and presidents. We love the historical accounts and a daily Scripture and prayer.

Read-out-loud: We do a read- out -loud together during the week. The main reason I still do this is so my daughter gets to hear stories above her reading ability. I have to admit that I love reading to my kids! I love the discussions we have together.

Language Arts:

Bob Jones Writing & Grammar 8

Fix it Grammar-IEW 

Put That in Writing Paragraphs


Script Hebrew-from Handwriting Without Tears 


Homeschool Legal Defense Academy Pre-Algebra

Supplements are CTC Math and Learn Math Fast Workbooks


From Adam to Use from Notgrass


The Rainbow Science from Beginning Publishings 


Online Live Coding Classes from CodeWizardHQ


Physical Education:

Tae Kwon Do 

Foreign Language:

 Biblical Hebrew-First Hebrew Primer and weekly classes


Creating a Masterpiece Drawing Program Online



Piano from Playground Sessions

We will also be adding in reviews as I have decided to continue another year with The Homeschool Crew.

This year has been good so far with a few ups and downs adjusting to curriculum. Overall it has been smooth. I can now count how many years of homeschooling I have left with my kids on one hand.

Blessing to you and your family in your homeschool this year.

04 December 2019

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls, Leathersoft over Board, Pink: Hundreds of Verses to Color Book Review & Giveaway

Girls can get creative with the detailed, ready-to-color line art surrounding the hundreds of inspiring verses in the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls. This Bible is a perfect gift for a special young girl in your life and will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.
Features include:
  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker
  • Beautifully designed Leathersoft-over-board cover featuring screen-printing and other cover embellishments
  • 8-point type size
Using the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) text makes the Bible accessible and easy-to-read for kids. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world.

My Thoughts:

This is a beautiful full Bible with a fun Leathersoft-over-board cover. There are several designs that will be very appeasing for girls. I love the fun colors and designs available. The recommended age is 8-12 with this Bible. There is a white ribbon book-marker to keep your reading place secure.

The Bible layout is one single-column with a margin. Some of the margin is lined for note taking or designing your own Bible journaling design. Other places for the margin has a design for you to color. The Bible lays out flat for easy coloring or designing.

The Bible doesn’t have an introduction page at the beginning of each book.  There are no maps at the back of the Bible.

This is a big thick Bible. I wasn’t expecting it to be so thick. It weights a little over two pounds!

The pages are your typical thin Bible pages but the page color is white. The only median you can color with no bleed through would be with coloring pencils or crayons. If you do use other medians I would recommend having a thick piece of paper to put behind it. You will have bleed through. The good thing is that the bleed through will be in the margins. Personally I would prefer thicker pages for a Bible that you can color in. I was a bit disappointed with the paper quality. 

There are some full page designs also. Some of the designs are scripture verses and others just fun designs to color.

The font size is 8 point type size! The font is way too small for me to read and for my daughter with vision issues. This may not be an issue for those with good vision and much younger than me.

This is a lovely Bible with a lot of potential. This will be very appealing to girls who love to be creative and a good start for Bible journaling.

You can color some of the designs by downloading the coloring pages here.

You can win your own copy by entering a Rafflecopter giveaway

“I received a copy of the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls from Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) for this review. This post is sponsored by Zondervan.”

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 information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

03 December 2019

Real Chemistry Experiments: 40 Exciting STEAM Activities for Kids by Edward P. Zovinka, PhD Book Review

Chemistry for kids can be so much fun! Real Chemistry Experiments has 40 exciting and engaging experiments with a real-life STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) connection for kids.

Become a better problem-solver, inventor, and innovator with these fascinating chemistry experiments. Each one has a clear purpose or question that’s being asked, step-by-step instructions, a list of materials you’ll need, questions to help you record your observations, and more. By the time you’re through, you’ll have chemistry for kids down to a science!

This book of chemistry for kids includes:

  • Easy-to-find materials―From tap water and paper towels, to popsicle sticks and dish soap, the materials needed for these experiments are quick and easy to find.
  • Real-life science―Learn the real chemistry behind how and why each experiment works, like why water and oil don’t mix in Oily Oceans, how geodes form in Eggshell Geodes, and more.
  • Chemistry basics―Get tons of info about chemistry and what it is, from the scientific method and the Periodic Table, to atoms and the five main areas of study.
Imagine all the things you can learn, create, and discover in this colorful book about chemistry for kids―the sky’s the limit!

My Thoughts:

My kids enjoy science and some days regardless of the science subject we are learning about in our homeschool.  We like to sometimes just do an experiment that isn’t related to our subject. Real Chemistry Experiments intrigued me the variety it had on several topics in chemistry.

The experiments are divided into chapters: Matter, Gases, Chemical Reactions, and Polymers. It has a decent introduction on explaining what chemistry is and how to use the book. In the end it pulls it all together. There are several resources in the appendix like a glossary and resources.

Even with the topics that are covered the book is broken down to help children understand in layman terms and details of the science of chemistry. Yet it will still hold the interest of those who are more advance in science. The book says it’s for ages 8-12.

The experiment tells you the level of difficulty from easy, medium, and hard. It gives you a time frame that each experiment should take.

For the most part the supplies are easily found at your local grocery or hardware store. Some things like a black light, eye dropper, magnet, alum, molding clay, glycerin, and a few other supplies are properly the ones you may have to look for if you don’t already have. Nothing that will cost you too much which is a plus! It’s more planning and making sure you have the supplies available to do the experiments.

I like that each experiment there is a box area that shows the STEAM Connection that shows you how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics are involved in chemistry. It has a section that tells you what you should be observing and some questions to ask. It also tells you what parts you will need a parent to help.

Some of the experiments we have personally done prior to this book but there is some that we haven’t done. I like that this has lots of full colored pictures.
I received a free copy of this product from Callisto Publisher's 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 information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

28 November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

27 November 2019

Coding Games for Kids

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My son has been coding for awhile now and has learned so much. I wasn't sure where to start at first when he asked me to learn how to code. Now it seems like everywhere you look there are games and activities to learn how to code.

I found that hands on activities have been really helpful throughout the years. I'm amazed at all the coding games that are available now. Here is a list of 39 coding games that you may find helpful. There is a nice variety of apps, board games, computer programs, robots, subscription boxes, and more. There are several that are free. This list would have been so helpful for me when my son started to learn coding. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to find coding activities for your kids. With the holidays right around the corner these will make great gifts!

If your interested in live classes you can sign up for classes with CodeWizardsHQ. The classes have been extremely beneficial with the help of a teacher guiding him. The classes are kept small to maximize learning. My son has enjoyed building projects.

The Truth Salvatore’s Revenge by Ta’Mara Hanscom Book Review

"When we started solving cases we had only our wits and common sense. We had no 'smartphones' or social footprints to follow. The FBI had a limited database of fingerprints (about two million), but there were no DNA files we could cross-reference. Early cellphone calls could not be traced; very simple, networked computers were limited to whatever had been inputted into them. The internet twenty years ago was not what it is today. We relied on paper files, old memory notes, microfiche, fax machines, and ordinary maps..."

Marquette Caselli, famed private investigator, faces his most difficult (and oldest) case. Set in the summer of 1998, he is without the benefit of modern day tools and technology. He will have to use his intellect to keep his family safe from the most dangerous member of the infamous Ponerello family, Salvatore Ponerello.

My Thoughts:

With much sadness one of my favorite book series has ended. When I started this series I went into it wanted something different to read with no high expectation. In book one I fell in love with Noah’s and Tillie’s characters. Then I met Tillie’s family and others. Then forget it, I was hooked and couldn’t wait for the next book in the series.

This book surprised me with the suspense and whirlwind of events coming together. There is a lot of action throughout this book. Some events transpired that I didn’t expect.

Many of the kids are grown up and starting their own lives. The story shifts into their lives as they are going out into the world. They have strong faith and morals and love being together with their family. It’s a different world then what their grandparents and parents grow up in. At the same time you’re still entwined with the rest Caselli. With all their imperfections and love of family and faith the story is just precious.

Alyssa, Vincenzo’s daughter who is a United States Marshall unexpectedly finds herself in the trenches of her Uncle Marquette’s case with the Ponerello case. This is no regular case as the old blackguard plans on taking revenge against this family.

Now that I have finished the series I regret giving out the previous book in the series because I want to read it all again to fully grasp all the events that began when Noah and Tillie met. Now I need to get the previous books in this series again!

This is a wonderful series that I highly recommend.

I received a free copy of this product from Reata Publishing 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 information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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