Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NKJV Study Bible Full-Color Edition Book Review

The NKJV Study Bible : Full-Color Edition, Thomas Nelson

The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now in a full-color edition with added features! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.

Features include:

NEW attractive new full-color page design
NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
NEW in-text maps and charts 
Full cross-references with textual notes
Word studies and indexes
Bible Times and Culture Notes
Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names

My Thoughts:

With all the Bibles out there it is hard to choose one to fit your own learning style. When I received the NKJV Study Bible Full-Color Edition I pleased with the layout and all the features of this Bible.

The NKJV Study Bible Full-Color Edition is a hardback Bible with a nice simple dust jacket on it. It has 2,360 pages. This is a very large Bible in fact I don’t think I have ever had a Bible with this many pages in it. This will most likely be a Bible that I use for my home studying of the word.

There a lot of features that I appreciate when studying God’s word.


* One is the middle column it has cross scripture references. I noticed lately that many of the current Bible editions have done away with this feature. I was glad to see it in this Bible.

*I like how the gospel references are put together or as they call it, “Harmony of the Gospels”. This is a graph that tells you the event, location, where it is located in each of the Gospels. Nice feature that comes in handy.

*There is a nice introduction for each chapter. The introduction may vary some from book to book. Overall it includes an outline, a little history setting of the author and time frame, timeline, Christ in the history, purpose, theology, and purpose and literary form.

*Colored maps within the chapter that pertain to the chapter and maps at the back of the Bible. I love the maps being right in front of me.
*It has the references to the Strong’s # but, you will still need a Strong’s book to look it up. I really like this feature.

*Commentary throughout the Bible on everything to having references to the Messiah, articles, Bible times and culture notes, diagrams, concordances, and much more.

I think you are getting a lot of nice features for the price of this Bible.
I am not fond of the print size as I am getting older but, considering how thick this Bible is already I think I can justify the font size. I am sure for most people the font size would be acceptable as it probably is an average font size for a Bible.

It doesn’t have Jesus’s words in red. I like having Jesus’s word in red. 

This is a nice study Bible I don’t agree with all the commentary but, I could say that with any Bible as its man’s opinions on God’s word. I really love the full color within the pages. I would highly recommend the NKJV Study Bible Full-Color Edition.


Disclosure of Material Connection: BookLook Bloggers-Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me this Book free as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have or my own.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jim Hodges Productions A Knight of the White Cross Review

For years I have heard about Jim Hodges Productions and his enormous audio recordings and I have wanted to introduce these classical unabridged audiobooks to my children. Now that my children are old enough to actually appreciate these wonderful family friendly audiobooks I was excited when a review came available for the TOS Crew. It was hard to choose but, in the end the kids and I decided on A Knight of the White Cross (1470-1480) by G.A. Henty ($25.00). I received a physical copy of a MP3 CD as well as a Study Guide in a PDF format($12.00). You can also download these audiobooks for $18.00 and the Study Guides to accompany the audiobook.
A Knight of the White Cross (1470-1480) is most likely to appeal to older kids around 10 and up. However, my almost 9 year old son had no problem listening to this audiobook.

These audio recordings are MP3 CDs and will not play on a regular CD player. They can be played on a computer or a MP3 player.

Another wonderful feature is that these audiobooks are unabridged version. I never really appreciated unabridged books until my son started to read fluently. With an unabridged version your child can listen to the book while following along with a physical book. I didn’t do this with this particular book but, I felt it was worth sharing as I think it can really enhance your child’s education.

A Knight of the White Cross (1470-1480) is a running time of 12 hours and 49 minutes. There are 23 chapters in this audiobook.

This story begins during the War of the Roses in England. You will meet Gervaise Tresham who is a young man dedicated to God and joins the Knights of St. John in Rhodes. Gervaise stumbles upon a plot that bring him honor and he is then knighted. Gervaise will go into many battles and on many adventures. Then he faces the most difficult battle yet,  he falls in love with a woman and wants to wed her. For most men that is not an issue but Gervaise is a man of honor and have sworn a vow of chastity. This is full of a lot of action once the background is set and the plot gets deeper. I don’t want to give away too much so you will just have to listen to the story yourself.

Study Guide for A Knight of the White Cross (1470-1480)

The Study Guide for A Knight of the White Cross (1470-1480) covers all 23 chapters along with 4 quizzes. Included is an answer key. Each chapter section starts out with the vocabulary words which are alphabetically organized rather than the order they appear in the chapter. You have a space to copy the meaning of the word after you look it up in a dictionary. The definition is not included in the study guide so you will need a dictionary.

Next are questions about the story which also gives you a place to record your answers. The questions are set up like a reading comprehension for the audiobook. Then added activities like locating places on a map, lapbook activities, making a coat of arms, or going online for and activity. There is lots of variety to fit anyone’s learning style.

How did I use, “A Knight of the White Cross” in my homeschool?

My family has recently been diving into some of G.A. Henty books and this was a real treat for my knight loving and adventure seeking kids. My family loves history and this was very interesting for my family.

We listened to the majority of this at the house and also while driving back and forth in various car trips. Since my son is still young and writing is not done with too much enthusiasm we did it orally. My 11 year old has learning disabilities and arthritis so I didn’t require her to do any writing. I would read the questions out loud after we finished the chapter and we would go over the vocabulary words that the kids didn’t know. As far as the activities we did just the mapping as my kids enjoy geography. I didn’t do the lapbook activities or other components of the study guide.

I think adding the Study Guide to the audiobooks makes it a complete study unit. It covers everything from language arts, handwriting, art, history, and geography.

My family enjoyed this and I will be adding more audiobooks into our homeschool.

Other TOS Crew membership reviewed different G.A. Henty audiobooks so see what they thought of their particular adventure.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bug's Bat Mitzvah

Bug had her Bat Mitzvah on October 18th. This has been a long road of learning Hebrew for Bug. Having learning disabilities and a struggling reader has made the preparation interesting. She did it and I am so proud of her. We had to really customize her Bat Mitzvah and that is the beauty of it as it was an extension of her and her style. Having a child with Autism, SPD, and the list could go on makes learning interesting. Learning another language adds a whole new meaning to learning disabilities. Learning Hebrew at home for the most part has been an amazing journey. 

I have to put a plug in for one product as this hasn't been an easy journey for Bug. She had to work twice as hard to get to this day. I'm not getting paid or asked to sponsor this product . I just believe in sharing something that has enhanced our learning and I have seen the results to get to this day. We were at the point of thinking that it would be impossible for Bug to do a Bat Mitzvah. Then I stumbled on a Hebrew program that turned it around and I had hope that it was possible for Bug to do a Bat Mitzvah.

If you are wanting to learn Hebrew I would highly recommend Cap iT! Hebrew. I seen the light bulbs go off for Bug while teaching her Hebrew using Cap iT!. My son has completed all three courses and is doing extremely well in Hebrew. He reads Hebrew and is starting to comprehend more of what he is reading now. Now he just needs an outlet to speak it more so he can understand when someone is speaking Hebrew to him.

I will share the links of my reviews at the end of this post.
Bug did her Bat Mitzvah with another girl in our synagogue. We started out the service with the girls walking around with the Torah.
That's daddy and grandpa bringing out the large Torah scroll and the girls bringing out the smaller Torah's.
 Grandpa lead the Torah procession.
 Bug is looking pretty happy walking around with her bright purple Tallit.

She had some amazing helpers. Her Torah portion was B'Resheet (Genesis) 1:1 and 1:26. She didn't do the whole portion as it would of been two much for her.

We pre-recorded some of her presentation so it wouldn't overwhelm her. We had a friend recite the Torah blessing before and afterwards. Another one read some information out loud about HaShem's amazing creation that Bug put together. Which of course centered around different insects and honeybees.
 My little girl reading her portion.
 My proud, "Daughter of the Commandments". She is walking back to where I was sitting and gave me a big hug! Look at that smile on her face.
 Our Synagogue's Torah Scroll.
 This Torah Scroll came from Poland and is estimated to be around 300-400 years old. It is in need of some repair and it's starting to show as it is getting pretty fragile.
 Of course we had a honeybee theme for the celebration downstairs. The other girl had a candy theme - it was a good fit.
 We had lots of honey, honey stix, and honey candy to share with the guest.
 It was important for Bug to share her love of bees and insects. So we set up a display table downstairs. My little beekeeper had to show of her passion of being a backyard beekeeper.
 She wanted others to see products from the beehive.
 Then we showed the tools and a beehive box that you need to keep bees.
My beautiful little girl is pretty happy with everything. We served her favorite foods Macaroni and cheese, cake, and lots of challah bread. (With honey and even a few creamed honey's).

Clued in Kids TOS Crew Review

What kid doesn’t like a good adventure and searching out treasures? My kids love seeking out treasures and playing learning games. We have been reviewing Clued in Kids and have been going on some treasure hunts using the Multiplication Dragons $19.99 and Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt $5.99.

I received a PDF printable that I downloaded and printed each treasure hunt out for both of my kids. You can use these treasure hunts with anywhere from 1-10 kids. Most of the treasure hunts are from ages 4 and up. I don’t know too many kids who don’t love puzzles, decoding secret words, mazes, and riddles. These are set up to use as a one day activity with each set. You can use the PDF printables over and over once you purchase the set. Clued in Kids also has a physical set which are intended for a 1 time use.

Clued in Kids are so easy to prepare. It took me less than 10 minutes to prepare each one.  I just printed each set out. I then cut them in half to make the cards. Each card is a half of a page and is numbered to keep them in order. They also have a space to write the child’s name if you are using this with more than one child. Putting a child’s name on each set also allows you to customize it with each child to make it harder or easier to fit each child’s needs. You can see how it works more from this page.

Next is the set up to begin the treasure hunt. You hide the cards throughout your house. The nice part is that you don’t have to think about where to hide each card because each card gives you directions as to where to hide the cards to fit the theme of the set. 
Another fun part is that you get to choose the treasure and place it at the last clue. You can do something simple like stickers, treats, or a toy. Whatever motivates your child or fits in your budget. Our reward was playing outside and mom even got on the play-set which is not something that happens often. The kids thought it was great having mom swing and go down the slide with them.

During the treasure hunts I just sat down and let the kids go on an adventure throughout our house. I had to help them with some of the clues with the Multiplication Dragons.

The Multiplication Dragons is for ages 7-9 to help them retain multiplication facts. This has five times tables 2 xs, 3 xs, 4 xs, 5 xs, and 6 xs. Both of my kids did these treasure hunts. My daughter who is 12 and 6 th grade and has learning disabilities and my 8 year old in 3 rd grade who is actually just learning his times table. These hunts a jammed packed with fun activities to help teach multiplication.

The Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt is for teaching nutrition and to help those children who need help in this area. Having a daughter on the spectrum and a whole list of issues food can be a very stressful time in our home. Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows that almost a year ago my daughter became very sick and the doctors were almost ready to put in a feeding tube. Fortunately, we have been able to not go that route and get her in food therapy. I am always looking for something to help encourage her with eating a well-balanced diet. This can be used with kids who have allergies, ADHD, autism, sensory processing disorder, or any other issues. This isn’t exclusive to children with special needs as what child doesn’t need to know information about choosing and eating healthy. This could be used with ages 4 and up easily.

How did I use Clued in Kids in my homeschool?

Little Man is just learning the basics of multiplication and didn’t like it when his sister knew the answer before him. I literally just introduced him to multiplication a few days before we began the Multiplication Dragons. He is my math star and well he is a boy and is pretty competitive. For this particular hunt I had them work together on some of the times tables and on other times table which I knew Little Man would most likely catch on to quickly I had him do a set by himself. This was a great introduction to the times table. I wasn’t sure at first if this would frustrate him but, I made sure I did the Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt first as I didn’t want to overwhelm him with a new concept and make him not so excited about a completely different set. It was a good decision on my end as he knew that something exciting or yummy waited him at the end.

I took Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt to Bug’s food therapist and she was extremely impressed with it and is going to look into it more and see if it could be something they could use at the therapy center and even possibly the school. The food therapist was impressed enough want to look into Clued in Kids and want to recommend Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt to other parents who have kids with feeding issues.

My Final Thoughts: 

This has been a lot of fun for the kids. They both had a great time on their treasure hunt. It was extremely simple to put together. I like things that don't require a lot of prep time as I just always seem to be a bit short on time. I like that the activities varied and that they aren't to difficult. The quality of the contend in which set I used was quite impressive and the cost is extremely reasonable for what you get. I love it when I feel like a super mom when my kids are having fun and learning some valuable skills at the same time.I just told you about 2 sets from Clued in Kids. They have other sets available for different occasions from birthdays, holidays, educational, and so much more. You can see what else they offer to fit your occasion. Clued in Kids also has a membership that you can receive a treasure hunt every month. They have a 3 month, 6 month, and a 12 month membership.


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