Monday, April 11, 2011

Come and "See The Light" with The Crossmaker DVD Giveaway



"The Crossmaker" DVD
See The Light - Drawing Children To Him
2010 Legacy 4 God Publishing, LLC

http://www.SeeTheLightShine.com
http://www.facebook.com/SeeTheLightShineArt
To read other reviews/purchase this DVD at Amazon click here




I recently received a free copy of "The Crossmaker" DVD from See The Light to watch in return for an honest review of the product.  Let me tell you about this interactive DVD full of some of the best chalk art I've seen.  What a great combination - learning about the Bible and art at the same time! 

Contents:

This DVD contains the Easter Story and a number of art lessons using creative lettering (adding color and illustration to words), chalk pastel drawing, and water colors.

The Easter Story is told through the story of a boy, the son of a carpenter, who finds himself at the trial of Jesus.  The boy finds out that the cross he helped make was to be used during Christ's crucifixion.  The boy then has a face-to-face meeting with the risen Christ and learns about God's love.  The story is richly illustrated with colorful and realistic scenes. (16 minutes)

Art Lessons

**Creative Lettering - GLORY!  (28 minutes)  - this artist teaches creative lettering by adding color to the word Glory to "show" the meaning 

**Drawing Lesson Using Chalk Pastels - He is Not Here!  He is Risen!  (32 minutes)  - this artist leads step-by-step drawing lessons using chalk pastels

**A Water Color Tutorial - Three Crosses on a Hill - (25 minutes) 

&  great  Bonus Features

**Music performed by Jan Roper and Keven Dukes - "Breathing Room" - while the Easter Story is drawn
**The plan of salvation     **Commentary by the chalk artist     **The See The Light team

What I liked:  This has beautiful chalk drawings and uses an interesting "black light reveal" that makes the pictures come alive.  The story about the carpenter's son, Dominic, was easy to follow and quite moving with the illustrations.  The DVD indicates the story is for ages 3+ and the Art Lessons are for ages 6+.  I think those are pretty good age ranges for this DVD.  Having said that, I think adults will enjoy this DVD as much or more than their children.  The lessons are easy to follow and produce beautiful results quickly.  See The Light has a winner with this DVD.  I'm anxious to check out their Christmas materials.

I had a hard time finding anything I didn't like about the story and lessons on "The Crossmaker".   I wish there had been more art lessons for us to try.  I'm thinking we'll be checking out more from See The Light Shine.  Check this out if you're looking for new ways to reach your children with art.

Comments and observations are my own.  I was not obligated to provide a positive review of this product. 


GIVEAWAY!!!  I also was provided with an extra copy of this great DVD to giveaway to one lucky winner - to be received before Easter.  Drawing to be held April 15 at noon.

To have a chance to win all you have to do is visit www.SeeTheLightShine.com and leave a comment here about something interesting on their site. 

For a second chance to win "like" SeeTheLight on Facebook, you can do this from their website. 

For a third chance to win follow Pondering on the Prairie on Google Friend Connect or "like" Pondering on the Prairie on Facebook then let me know in a comment.

Blessings to all who enter! 

"Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, April 8, 2011

And The Winner Is . . .



The winner of the Rebecca St. James CD is Heidi.
Watch for an e-mail to verify your address.  Thanks to all who entered.

Science Weekly - A TOS Review


Science Weekly
CAM Publishing Group, Inc.
attn - Subscriptions
P.O. Box 70638
Chevy Chase, MD 20813-0638

Email: inquiries@scienceweekly.com

Toll Free: 1.800.4.WEEKLY
(1.800.493.3559)
Phone: 301.680.8804
Fax: 301.680.9240



As seen on the Science Weekly website at www.scienceweekly.com.
 We've been trying a fun science supplement of late.  I received a free issue of each level of one topic of the Science Weekly periodical and a copy of the related Teacher Notes to use and review as part of the TOS Review Crew.  Let me tell you a bit about what this supplement includes.

Science Weekly is a supplementary instructional periodical, "paper",  (think four page newspaper) for parents and/or teachers, designed to help their students improve higher-ordered skills in science‚ math‚ reading and writing.  This product is for public or private schools or homeschoolers.  Science Weekly is published fifteen times per year, twice per month in September, October, November, January, February, March and April, and once in December.
Each colorfully illustrated issue of Science Weekly is written at six reading levels‚ covering grades K–6. (Yes, that means parents with two or more children can order the same topic for each child, on their individual ability levels.)  In each issue there are hands-on activities which integrate reading‚ writing‚ science‚ math‚ and technology.  The price is fairly reasonable at $19.95 per child‚ per year.  (payable in advance) (individual rate for orders less than 20 subscriptions to the same address)    Classroom subscription rates (minimum of 20 to same address) are  $4.95 per student, per school year.  There is a lot of information in these subscriptions - no wasted money here.

Science Weekly explores a great variety of topics such as Pulleys, Cats, The Flu, Glass, Fractions, Composting, The Science of Movies, The Science of Money, Scuba Diving, Poisonous Animals, Caves, Teeth, Deserts, Green Buildings, and The Moon.  This research-based publication focuses on the four key content areas: Biological science, Life science, Physical science, and Technology.

The Science Weekly issue that we received to review was about The Flu.  Along with general information about influenza, there were vocabulary explanations and suggestions to stay healthy.  The inside pages contained a section of Vocabulary questions and a section of related Math questions.  These sections were followed by a "Weekly Lab" about how vaccines work.  The next activity was about "Writing in Science".  The scientific method (including "research question", "hypothesis", "procedure" or "method", "materials" used and "results" and "conclusions") was used to explain observations and conclusions from the weekly lab.  The last page contained a "Challenge" activity about  about virus receptors.  This section was followed by "Meet the Scientist", an article about an infectious disease expert.

Teaching Notes are also included to explain the information presented at the various levels.  Activities from the student Science Weekly paper are explained, and answers are provided.  Suggested questions and Weekly Resources are also included. (recommended resources and internet resource links)


In addition to the hands-on papers, there is also an interactive online option.  The interactive online material is set up like a digital book, but on the last page are links allowing you to print the material from a pdf file, like the hands-on papers, along with answers to the activities.  Downloadable pdf file coloring books on a variety of topics are also available. 

Our favorite part of the issue was the "cool" lab about how vaccines work.  Being the teacher mom, I was glad to see all of the vocabulary and math too!  The various levels of the periodical seemed appropriate to the grade levels indicated.  This teacher mom also likes the very helpful Teaching Notes and Weekly Resources.  It was great to be able to go to the website to look at and print the online interactive materials and coloring books.  I think this one is worth checking out if you need/want a supplement to make science more fun for your students.

I received this product free from the vendor in exchange for an honest review of the product as a member of the TOS Review Crew.  Observations and comments are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.  No further compensation was received.

To find out more about Science Weekly click here
To check out the interactive version of this product click here
To check out the downloadable coloring books click here


To see what other TOS crew members had to say about Science Weekly click here

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Chugga, Chugga, Chugga, Chugga - Chuggington Chuggers To The Rescue DVD Giveaway

Chuggington Chuggers To The Rescue DVD
Released 4/5/2011

Okay, this giveaway is  not my own but definitely worth checking out if you have any train fans.

This is the second Chuggington DVD.  Chuggington is an international TV series about Chuggington Train and his friends that airs on Playhouse Disney.  If you have a preschooler that is a Thomas the Train fan you should check out this giveaway on Thrifty Jinxy's blog.  The DVD contains 6 episodes your kids will enjoy.  Besides, we all need a new song in our head, right?  Chugga, Chugga, Chugga, Chugga Chuggington!

To find out more about the DVD and enter the giveaway go to www.thriftyjinxy.com .  All entries must be received by 11:59 PM CST 4/27/11.   While you're checking out the giveaway post spend some time checking out Jinxy's site too.  Lots of good stuff there!!

Rebecca St. James CD Giveaway

Rebecca St. James - "I Will Praise You"


Released 4/5/2011

Produced by Mark A. Miller
2011 Provident Label Group LLC, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Distributed in the USA by
ProvidentIntegrity Distribution, 741 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN 37067


This CD is Rebecca's first studio project since 2005. It was definitely worth the wait.   Only 2 more days until there's a lucky winner of this giveaway!!! 

I get to give a copy of the CD to some lucky winner. All that is required to enter my giveaway is one thing - leave a comment telling me your favorite Rebecca St. James song. If you don't have one yet I suspect you will after listening to this CD. (insert big grin here) Random drawing will be held at noon on April 8th.



But wait, I'm not the only one with a giveaway of this CD!  Here are several more blogs to check out along with their drawing dates.  Stop by and visit each one to raise your chances of winning.  Blessings to all.

4/8
 http://myhomeschoolgarden.com/2011/04/04/rebecca-st-james-review-giveaway/

 http://homeschoolblogger.com/alifebetterthanidese/784674/
 http://sistertipster.blogspot.com/2011/04/welcome-to-partysistert-is-partying.html
 http://homeschoolblogger.com/elcloud/785173/

4/9
 http://debrakb.blogspot.com/2011/04/review-and-giveaway-rebecca-st-james.html
 http://www.accidentallyhomeschooling.com/2011/04/giveaway-rebecca-st-james-i-will-praise.html

4/10
 http://thecowqueen.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-will-praise-you-cd-review-giveaway.html

4/11
 http://ahouseupontherock.com/review/rebecca-st-james-review-giveaway/
 http://walkinghomesk.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-will-praise-you-and-giveaway.html

4/12
 http://glimpseofourlife.blogspot.com/2011/04/review-and-giveaway-rebecca-st-james-cd.html
 http://acornsnuggetsofgold.blogspot.com/2011/04/released-today-rebecca-st-james-cd-i.html
 http://aliveinspirit.com/wordpress/2011/04/04/rebecca-st-james-i-will-praise-you-cd-giveaway-thru-41011/
 http://www.joyinourjourney.com/1/post/2011/04/rebecca-st-james-i-will-praise-you-cd-and-giveaway.html
 http://mcclanahan7.blogspot.com/2011/04/rebecca-st-james-i-will-praise-you.html


4/13
 http://ourhomeschoolreviews.blogspot.com/2011/04/rebecca-st-james-cd-giveaway.html

4/14
 http://thelegacyofhome.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-will-praise-you-cd-giveaway.html

4/15
 http://marinecorpsnomads.com/2011/04/rebecca-st-james-i-will-praise-you.html
 http://reedpartyof6.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-will-praise-you-by-rebecca-st-james.html


4/18
 http://homeschoolblogger.com/guidinglight/786373/
 http://homeschoolblogger.com/brindamorr/?p=1870

Rebecca says the collection is "her most personal recording to date."  This is some seriously great worship music. With songs such as I Will Praise You, You Never Let Go, Shine Your Glory Down, and You Still Amaze Me one can't help but praise and worship God--and thank him for the wonderful voice and heart of Rebecca St. James. The CD contains 10 songs which fill this listener with a true sense of the gentleness and power of the one true God that Rebecca sings about. This CD is such a blessing!


If you'd like to share in the preview of the CD stop by and join Rebecca's LISTENING PARTY at http:/rsjames.com/listeningparty


Or you can visit Rebecca's website at http://www.rsjames.com

Or her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/rsjames

Or hear Rebecca explain her song Shine Your Glory Down at http://rsjames.com/updates/2011/3/22/video-rebecca-explains-her-song-shine-your-glory-down.html

To purchase the CD visit Amazon at http:///amzn.to/ggOroA

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Rebecca St. James - New CD - I Will Praise You - and one to share

Rebecca St. James - "I Will Praise You
Releases 4/5/2011



Produced by Mark A. Miller
2011 Provident Label Group LLC, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Distributed in the USA by
ProvidentIntegrity Distribution, 741 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN 37067


We've been fans of Rebecca's music since we first heard her, and when I was asked if I would listen to this new worship CD and write a review to share my thoughts of course I was excited.  This CD is Rebecca's first studio project since 2005.  It was definitely worth the wait. 

Rebecca says the collection is "her most personal recording to date."  I'd have to say this was quite evident in her song choices.  This is some seriously great worship music.  With songs such as I Will Praise You, You Never Let Go, Shine Your Glory Down, and You Still Amaze Me one can't help but praise and worship God--and thank him for the wonderful voice and heart of Rebecca St. James.  The CD contains 10 songs which  fill this listener with a true sense of the gentleness and power of the one true God that Rebecca sings about.  This CD is such a blessing!

If you'd like to share in the preview of the CD stop by and join Rebecca's LISTENING PARTY at http:/rsjames.com/listeningparty 

Or you can visit Rebecca's website at http://www.rsjames.com

Or her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/rsjames

Or hear Rebecca explain her song Shine Your Glory Down at http://rsjames.com/updates/2011/3/22/video-rebecca-explains-her-song-shine-your-glory-down.html

To purchase the CD visit Amazon at http:///amzn.to/ggOroA


Now the fun part...

I get to give a copy of the CD to some lucky winner.  All that is required to enter the giveaway drawing is one thing - leave a comment telling me your favorite Rebecca St. James song.  If you don't have one yet I suspect you will after listening to this CD. (insert big grin here)   Random drawing will be held at noon on April 8th.

Blessings to you all!

"Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Friday, April 1, 2011

Zeezok - ZGuide to the Movies - My Side of the Mountain - TOS Review


My Side of the Mountain
Z-guide to the Movies CD
Zeezok Publishing, LLC,
PO Box 1960, Elyria, OH 44036
info@Zeezok.com   (800) 749-1681

Z-Guide to the Movies – My Side of the Mountain
Written by Tim Spickler, M.Ed.
ISBN 97801061006-002-8
Copyright Zeezok Publishing, LLC 2010


While looking for something new to do with my teenage daughter, I recently revisited an old movie favorite of mine, My Side of the Mountain, based on the book by Jean Craighead George.  It's a story about a boy named Sam Gribley, who wants to escape the big-town life in Toronto, and his wilderness experience.  Sam considers Henry David Thoreau (writer, poet, naturalist) to be his hero.  After leaving a note for his parents, Sam rides a bus to the small town of Knowlton, Quebec with his pet raccoon Gus. Sam has a goal of living by himself, off the land, for a year to learn more about nature, himself, and algae.  As pre-1840 fur trade reenactors our family has learned and used a lot of survival skills while out "in camp" so this story was a fun one to look at closer. 

After we had great fun watching the movie, we spent some quality time learning more about the film and some of the movie topics through the use of a Zeezok Publishing Z-Guide to the movie.  I received this guide free from Zeezok to use and review for this blog post. 

The guide contains a topic overview, movie synopsis, and ten learning activities. We learned more about Henry David Thoreau and peregrine   falcons, made a plan for our own wilderness adventure, complete with a self-designed shelter for living out in the wild) and talked about the good and bad experiences that led to Sam's choices in the movie.  We discussed the pros and cons of hunting, with a gun and with a falcon.  Later we'll be discussing Thoreau and   "civil disobedience".  At the end of the Guide there is a helpful bibliography list with suggested resources for additional reading and study.  We'll being looking at those resources in days to come.  We'll be doing some further nature study (when the snow ever quits, heavy sigh)  and hopefully some journaling.  I'm hoping we'll have a chance to find out more about Thoreau and his writings as well as the areas mentioned in Canada.

The Z-Guide for My Side of the Mountain contains a Table of Contents, a How to Use This Guide
Topic Overview and more including: Movie Review Questions, More about Henry David Thoreau, Surviving/Thriving in the Wilderness, Design Your Own Wilderness Home, More on the Peregrine Falcon, My Side of the Mountain Alternative Ending, Spelling/Grammar Activity, My Side of the Mountain Personal Nature Walk, Worldview Activity, Civil Disobedience Memorization Passage, My Side of the Mountain Word Search, Family Discussion, Additional Resources for Further Study, Answer Key. 

This Guide is for middle school level students.  The CD contains a printable pdf file of the study guide.  (You have to purchase the movie separately, but Zeezok carries the movie too.)   What a great way to use media with any curriculum -- reading, research, writing, grammar, natural science and survival skills all in one place--and don't forget the great family movie.  The suggested age level appears to be about right due to a few more mature concepts, but I think older students might enjoy this study also.  The student using the Guide is able to get a thorough understanding of the movie and the concepts included while having a bit of creative fun.  We enjoyed this study and may likely pick another movie guide to do later.  The price is reasonable for the varied content and activities at only $12.99.  While Zeezok does sell the movies to go with their guides, I must admit that I purchased mine elsewhere.  I think that this guide would also be good to do again at a later time, when children are a bit older, to further their understanding of some of Thoreau's ideas and writings.  All in all, a thumbs-up at our house.

To visit the Zeezok website for more information about their products click here
To check out this and other Z-Guides click here

**Current Z-Guides include:  Twelve Angry Men, A Man For All Seasons, A Tale of Two Cities, Amazing Grace, Ben Hur, Cromwell, Driving Miss Daisy, Father Goose, Flyboys, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Inherit the Wind, Jason and the Argonauts, Johnny Tremain, Kit Kittredge, Knights of the Round Table, Les Miserables, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, My Side of the Mountain, One Night With the King, Scarlet Pimpernel, Sergeant York, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Hiding Place, The Red Badge of Courage, The Ten Commandments, and To Kill a Mockingbird.



To see what other TOS crew members thought of this and other Zeezok Z-Guides to the Movies click here

I received this product free from Zeezok to use for the purpose of this review.  Comments and observations are my own.  I am not obligated to give a positive review.  I received no further compensation.

Another Winner



The winner of the Melaleuca gift pack giveaway is Jennifer.   You will receive an e-mail to verify your address.  Blessings to all who entered.  Watch here for an Easter giveaway next week.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Giveaway -  Melaleuca Gift Pack


Yes, my cupboards are overflowing with stuff - again. 
These are great products, eco-friendly, kid-safe, and very effective.


Items included in this giveaway:

 1.    4 oz. Sol-U-Mel  Stain Remover Concentrate (will clean up about anything we've tried)
2.    1 bottle Activate Immune Complex (60 capsules)  (Does wonders for the common cold)
3.    .5 oz. tube Dermatin - Clotrimazole Antifungal Cream (for Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch, and Ringworm)


To have a chance to win all you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment indicating interest.
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2. For another entry, click to follow me on Google Connect, or tell me you already follow.
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3. For an additional entry, click to follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs, or tell me you already follow.
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4. For one more entry, go to the "Pondering on the Prairie" page and Facebook and click Like.

The lucky winner will be picked randomly from all entries and posted on Friday, April 1, 2011.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ecology For Every Kid - Winner!



Oh Beverly, you'll be learning about/teaching Ecology the fun way.  Congratulations.  (My darling daughter randomly picked your entry - and was tickled to take part by the way)

You will receive an e-mail to verify your address.

Thanks everyone!  Blessings.

Watch here for more giveaways.  Some that will be coming up are a Todd Wilson book, See the Light's The Crossmaker Easter Story & Art Lessons DVD, a Rebecca St. James CD and more.

Friday, March 18, 2011

We Have a Winner - The Art of Bread Making

Thanks everyone for making this first giveaway fun. 

Keep watching here for upcoming giveaways.  In addition to Janice VanCleaves Ecology for Every Kid (drawing to be held March 25th), I'll be having an Easter geared DVD coming up too.  I have a couple others up my sleeve too.





Congratulations to the lucky winner Tristan !  You'll be receiving an e-mail to verify your address. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Another Giveaway - Ecology for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave

It's Another Giveaway!! 

I recently got a copy of this thinking it might be helpful to someone.  If you'd like that someone to be you just follow the directions below.


Janice VanCleave's Ecology for Every Kid
Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun

Some of the lessons in the book include:

  • Space Sharers - What Ecology is About
  • Connections - How Plants and Animals Live with and Affect Each Other
  • Food Chain - How Plants and Animals Are Linked by Food
  • Up and Down - Learning About the Water Cycle
  • Boundaries - Understanding Ecosystems and Biomes
  • Woodlands - Learning about Plants and Animals in Forest Biomes
  • Watery Home - Learning about Plants and Animals in Ocean Ecosystems
  • Good and Bad - How Plastics Affect the Environment
  • Endangered - Learning about Endangered Animals 
          There are 25 lessons in all as well as a glossary of terms.   


To have a chance to win this book all you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment as to whether you've used any other books by the author and what you thought of them.
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2. For another entry, click to follow me on Google Connect, or tell me you already follow.
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3. For an additional entry, click to follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs, or tell me you already follow.
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4. For one more entry, go to the "Pondering on the Prairie" page and Facebook and click Like.


The lucky winner will be picked randomly from all entries and posted on Friday, March 25, 2011.
 
Good luck!
 

 

 



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? - Another TOS Review Favorite

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Who Is God and Can I Really Know Him?
Biblical Worldview of God and Truth
John Hay & David Webb    2009    

What We Believe Series
Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
22 Town Farm Road Bldg #13
Westford, MA 01886

Curriculum Help
Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220
Anderson, IN 46016
biblicalworldview@apologia.com
http://www.apologia.com/

253 full-color, indexed pages, hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781935495079
Retail: $39.00

We've recently been reading Who Is God?  And Can I Really Know Him? by John Hay and David Webb.  Let me tell you a bit about this wonderful book I recently received free from Apologia Educational Ministries in return for an honest review of the contents.

Do you have a hard time sharing what you believe about God with others?  Do  you have a hard time sharing it with your children?  Do you or your children have a hard time sharing it with others?  Do you want to make sure your children look at things from a Christian worldview?   Check out what this beautiful book has to offer:
  • Eye-appealing colorful pictures
  • Easy to read larger type font
  • Vocabulary definitions 
  • Bible verses to "hide" in the hearts of your children
  • Thoughtful prayers
  • Nicely outlined notebooking activities
  • Thought-provoking questions
  • Interesting Quotes
  • Interesting Stories
  • Basic Christian Truths and Biblical references from 8 different Bible versions 
  • Pictures of works of art by significant artists
  • Biographical Sections about famous people
  • There are even recipes for Phenomenal Brownies, S'mores Clusters and Creamy Mango Sorbet!
This book guides readers through a conversational, family-inclusive study of Bible concepts and introduces a Biblical worldview.  It's the first book in the What We Believe series which also includes:

Volume 2 - Who Am I? (And Why Am I Here?)
Biblical Worldview of Self-Image ISBN 978-1-935495-08-6 (Summer 2010)

Volume 3 - Who Is My Brother? (And Why Do We Need Each Other?)
Biblical Worldview of Servanthood ISBN 978-1-935495-09-3 (2011)

Volume 4 - What On Earth Can I Do?
Biblical Worldview of Stewardship ISBN 978-1-935495-10-9 (2012)

The information in the book is presented in 10 different lessons, written directly to students ages 6 to 14, which contain:
  • The Big Idea (main topic introduction)
  • What You Will Do (learning objectives)
  • Short Story (about children of ages similar to your child)
  • Think About It (questions to dig deeper)
  • Words You Need to Know (vocabulary significant to the lesson)
  • Hide It in Your Heart (verses to memorize)
  • Integrated Learning (additional articles on various related topics)
  • What Should I Do (godly character traits for your child to strive for)
  • Prayer (adaptable to individual or family use)
  • Worldview Study (Biblical emphasis)
  • House of Truth (a visual model memory-aid)
The book suggests a lesson plan based on 2 weeks per lesson, 3 days per week.  (This is very flexible, however, to allow your child to learn at their own pace.)  Additional teaching materials are available through the Apologia website at www.apologia.com/bookextras (using a password you will find in the book), and Notebooking activities are presented to create deeper learning opportunities.

Lessons Included:
  • Lesson 1:  Where Am I Building My Life?
  • Lesson 2:  How Can I Know What's True?
  • Lesson 3:  What Is God Like (Part 1)
  • Lesson 4:  What Is God Like (Part 2)
  • Lesson 5:  Who Are The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit?
  • Lesson 6:  If God Created The World, Why Isn't It Perfect?
  • Lesson 7:  Why Did God Create Me?
  • Lesson 8:  Will God Meet All My Needs?
  • Lesson 9:  Why Does Sin Keep Me From Knowing God?
  • Lesson 10:  Is Jesus The Only Way To God?
We enjoyed this book and the way it is presented.  Favorite parts included the extra articles, stories, and worldview-focused sections.  My daughter liked the stories and thought they tied in well with the lessons.
The lessons definitely held her interest.  The ages suggested for this book are pretty accurate, in my opinion.  Having said that, the book can also be used and enjoyed by children a bit older too, probably up to age 16.  Older children can definitely read this on their own, but we did the read-aloud thing for more discussion.

My favorite parts were the Biblical references, the vocabulary section, the notebooking activities and the memory verses.  This book is beautiful and content-rich.  I had a hard time thinking of anything that I didn't like about this book.  I guess if there were anything I would do different it would be to stick with one Bible version.  Then again, we all have a favorite version so the mixture was okay.  The cost may look a bit expensive, but I think this one is worth it.  (And I'm a thrift store shopper that rarely buys anything new!)  I suspect we'll be checking into the other volumes too! 

I received a free copy of this book from the vendor in return for an honest review.  All comments and opinions are my own.  I was not obligated to provide a positive review.  No further compensation was received.
                        
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