Friday, April 22, 2011

See the Light - Art Class DVDs - A TOS Review





See The Light - Drawing Children To Him
Art Class DVDs
Volumes 1-9

$99.99 for set of 9 volumes (not sold individually)

Master Artist, Pat Knepley
Parking Lot Productions
2010 Legacy 4 God Publishing, LLC
Email info@seethelightshine.com 


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Lately we've been trying something new for art, Art Class DVDs by See The Light Shine, with Master Artist Pat Knepley.  Pat has a degree and teaching credential in Art Education from Penn State and works as a Director of Children's Ministries in her church.  Let me tell you a bit about this fun art program. 

Pat takes the student through each lesson with an easy to follow, step-by-step, approach.  While teaching the various lessons Pat also blends in scripture which pertains to the lesson, to allow the student to look at art from a whole new perspective.  The lessons are short (about 15 minutes each), easy, and appropriate for elementary students (targeted for ages 6-10) right up through secondary ages (if the secondary child has not had art lessons).  Pat is very animated, positive and engaging.  If you're looking for a program to get your kids excited about learning to draw you should really consider checking these out.



***The Art Class is also available for $10 per month as an online subscription. This is a great option if you can't afford the 9 volumes as a set. (As noted above, the DVDs are only sold as a set for $99.99. They are not available individually.) With your initial subscription you receive access to the first four lessons. Each month thereafter your subscription provides the following four lessons while still giving you access to all the lessons you've already completed.




The programs consists of 9 volumes, each of which contains 4 lessons. (A bonus lesson is included in each of the first 3 volumes.)  Here's what you'll find on each one:

Volume 1:  The Basics
1.  Tools of the Trade (drawing "toolkit")
2.  It All Starts With a Line (contour drawing)
3.  Contours & Composition
4.  Draw What You See
Bonus - Chalk-It-Easy Chalk Art Lesson - with Gloria Kohlmann

Volume 2:  Shape & Space
5.  Shape Up - Part 1
6.  Shape Up - Part 2
7.  All About Space
8.  Putting It All Together - Line, Shape & Space
Bonus - Creative Lettering - with Heidi Shorts

Volume 3:  Value & Color
9.    It's Not Just Black & White
10.  Tone, Shade & Shadow
11.  Color, Color, Color
12.  Complements & Intermediates
Bonus - The Joy of Art - with Jim Pence

Volume 4:  Color Blending Techniques
13.  Blending with Colored Pencils
14.  Practice Makes Perfect
15.  Blending With Chalk Pastels
16.  Putting It All Together

Volume 5:  Proportions For Composition
17.  Stand Your "Ground" (background, middle ground, foreground)
18.  Keep Things In Proportion
19.  Scale
20.  Point Of View (bird's-eye, worm's-eye)

Volume 6:  Texture & Form
21.  The Element of Texture
22.  Choosing The Right Tool
23.  Make It 3-D
24.  One Shape, Three Results

Volume 7:  Perspectives For The Landscape
25.  Put It In Perspective (One-Point Perspective)
26.  Put It In Perspective (Two-Point Perspective)
27.  The Landscape (Part 1)
28.  The Landscape (Part 2)

Volume 8:  Balance & Foreshortening
29.  Balance & Symmetry
30.  Circles & Ellipses
31.  Whoa!  That Was Close
32.  The Bug Jar

Volume 9:  The Portrait
33.  Drawing People
34.  A Different View
35.  It Starts With a Stick Figure
36.  The Human Figure


We really like this program.  My daughter thought it was easy to understand and follow.  She liked the step-by-step approach.  We liked that the lessons were short, to be followed by some practice before the next lesson.  We also liked how the lessons connected to each other and to Bible references.  The lessons were fun to watch and very educational.  There's definitely a renewed interest in drawing at our house.  Although the full set is a bit expensive, the monthly subscription would be easier to fit into a budget if you have Internet access.  We also liked the natural and easy way that Pat tied in scripture with her lessons.  All in all, this is a great option to have fun while learning art.  

     As a side note, there are Easter, Christmas and other art lessons available too.  There are also art supplies, music and books available through See The Light.  Check out these products at the website mentioned above. 

As a member of the TOS Review Crew I was provided with a free copy of the first volume of Art Class from See The Light to use in exchange for an honest review of the product.  No further compensation was received.  Opinions and observations are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! - A TOS Review

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Nutrition 101:  Choose Life

Growing Healthy Homes
P.O. Box 3154
Bartlesville, OK 74006
918-841-2934
  
 CD ROM $79.95
 Book $99.95
 Book & CD ROM $129.95

Use the code TOScrew11 to get a 15% discount
Co-op License $35.00

Ages:  Toddler-Adult
Recently we've been looking at a great unit study about nutrition - Nutrition 101:  Choose Life!  This is a 448 page text on nutrition and the body from a biblical perspective.  Science, anatomy, biology, nutrition and health are covered in a way which encourages us to be good stewards of the bodies God has given us. 
The study is set up to be used on a daily or weekly schedule.  The six units are designed to be completed in a year.  Each chapter includes the relevant topical material, discussion questions, activities ("Elementary" and "Secondary"), additional resources, "power" recipes and additional recipes.  There is a lot of relevant scripture quoted, and I thought these references would be good memory verses.  There are also discussion questions to gain a deeper understanding of the scripture verses and the topical information.  There are 6 units, each of which contains 4 chapters, an Activity Guide for the units and 31 Appendices.
 Here's what you'll find in this very comprehensive book:
 Unit 1 - The Brain and Nervous System
  • The Brain
  • Brain Health and Nutrition
  • The Nervous System
  • Nervous System Health and Nutrition
Unit 2 - The Digestive System
  • The Digestive System
  • Digestive Health and Nutrition
  • Enzymes
  • Elimination
Unit 3 - The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory and Visual Systems
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Olfactory System and the Nose
  • The Auditory System and the Ears
  • The Visual System and the Eyes
Unit 4 - The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
  • The Skeletal System
  • Joints and the Muscular System
  • Skin, Hair and Nails
  • Exercise
Unit 5 - The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Heart Health and Nutrition
  • The Immune System
  • Carbohydrates and Sugar
Unit 6 - The Endocrine System and Emotions
  • The Endocrine System
  • Endocrine Health and Vitamins
  • Diabetes
  • Emotions

The Activity Guide, which is found at the end of the units, contains answer keys for each unit.

Finally, the numerous Appendices contain :
  • Health Statistics in the United States
  • Food Pyramid/Food Pyramid Serving Checklist
  • Shopping List
  • How to Select Fresh Produce
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Vitamin Chart
  • Mineral Chart
  • Alkaline/Acid Chart
  • Nutritional RDA for Children, Women and Men
  • Fats and Omega Essential Fatty Acids
  • Fiber-Rich Foods
  • Baking With 100% Whole Grains
  • Protein-Rich Plant and Animal Sources
  • Calcium-Rich Foods
  • Milk-The Big Debate
  • Sugar Alternatives - Artificial vs. Natural
  • Asthma - Taking a Deep Breath
  • Mold
  • Labels and Household Toxins
  • Are Toxins in Your Personal Care Products?
  • Nail Health Guide
  • Reproductive Health
  • Cancer
  • Sleep
  • Microwaves
  • Cadmium - A Silent Culprit
  • Spices for Good Health
  • Top Foods
  • How to Choose and Enzyme Supplement
  • Choosing Nutritional Supplements
  • Healthy Home Resources
What we liked:  This book is easy to read, colorfully illustrated, contains Fun Facts and great "Power" Recipes.  The "teacher" in me really liked the "Word Power" vocabulary sections too.   The material and activities are very adjustable for age and abilities.  Although the additional resources (Web sites and Books) looked interesting we did not have time to review many of them.  The Appendices are wonderful!  Lots of useful information in this book.  This could easily be used over a couple of years with varied activities and extra resources.    We'll be spending more time finishing this book and most likely use it again with different activities next year.  Even though my daughter was not excited at first, she thought the information and discussions were pretty good.  She especially liked the related activity ideas.

Something to Consider:  Although at first glance the price looks a bit high, this Nutrition 101 unit is worth every penny.  This book will be a great reference book to refer to as needed.




  


I received this product free from Growing Healthy Homes as part of the TOS Review Crew to use and review.  No further compensation was received.  Opinions and observations are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.






And The Book Goes To . . .


Congratulations to Briana, the winner of Homeschooling From A Biblical Worldview by Israel Wayne.  Enjoy!  Blessings to all who entered.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Homeschooling From a Biblical Worldview - Book Review/Giveaway

Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview
Israel Wayne
ISBN 0-615-11365-6

Wisdom's Gate
P.O. Box 374
Covert, MI 49043
1-800-343-1943
www.WisdomsGate.com
www.ChristianWorldview.net


Not too long ago I had the pleasure of meeting Israel Wayne, the author of Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview.  This is one of the most scripture-filled (NIV), passionate books about homeschooling using a Biblical worldview I've read.  Let me share a bit about the book to persuade you to go find a copy.

Mr. Wayne starts his Introduction by pointing out how discipleship of young children is not happening in modern American churches.  In his book Israel reminds us that being sheltered from evil influences, being given a love of learning and the ability to reason, an emphasis on Godly character, consistent discipline, a modeled example of holy living, the call of God on our lives, training in a Biblical worldview, a freedom from peer pressure and a love of truth are all important parts of parenting and teaching our children to "know the God of their fathers".   This book is, as he says, "a unique reflection on an educational philosophy that has undergirded my (Israel's) upbringing." 

After 25+ years of homeschooling, and over fifteen years of publishing the Home School Digest, this book is an attempt at giving the reader a new perspective on parenting and homeschooling.  Take a look at what you'll find . . .

Chapters in this 159 page paperback book include:

1.     Keeping an Eternal Perspective
  • Why Are We Homeschooling?
  • The Obedience Factor
  • The Biblical Mandate
  • A Response to God, Not a Reaction to Public School
  • God Wants the Hearts of Parents
  • The Parents Eternal Key
  • God Wants to Train and Equip Children
  • The Student's Eternal Key
  • God Wants to Use Us!
  • Traditional Learning Methods Can Be Modified

2.     A Biblical Education
  • The Purpose of Education (Secular/Humanist, Marxist/Leninist, Capitalistic, Christian)
  • The Controversy (Christian Worldview, Modernism, Post-Modernism)
  • The Immoral Basis of Government Schooling
  • A Christian Education
  • The Teaching Method
  • Researching and Learning by Doing
  • Emphasizing Character Building

3.     The Importance of Reason
  • How the Liberals Operate
  • We Need to Equip Our Children
  • 12 Basic Rules/Guidelines for Rational Thinking

4.     Teaching the Core Subjects (History, Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, Philosophy, Literature)

5.     Counter Culture (High Culture, Folk Culture, Popular Culture, A Culture of Despair)

6.     Multiculturalism
  • A View From the Left
  • Eurocentrism
  • Valid Multicultural Arguments
  • The Value of Human Life
  • Christian Education
  • National Sovereignty
  • A Biblical Model

7.     Parents' Rights  (Rights, Privileges, Responsibilities for Individuals, Families, The Church, Parent's Rights, Abuse of Authority)

8.     Socialization or Socialism

9.     Developing a Family Ministry

10.     Common Excuses to Keep From Homeschooling (Money, Qualifications, Resources, Inadequate Education, Time, Children as "salt and light", Sports and Extra-curricular Activities, College)

Complete, well-reasoned, scriptural and convicting are only a few of the ways to describe this gem!

I have to admit that this book takes a while to read because there is so much to take in.  If you are concerned about presenting your children with a Biblical Worldview while teaching them about academic subjects and life you should definitely read this!!

In addition, if you'd like to know more about the author click here to see an interview by Christianbook.com (purchase information is included also) or click here to visit Israel's website.

You can also click here to go to his Facebook page.

Because this is soooo good I want to share it with one of my readers.  For a chance to win this book:

1.  Leave me a comment telling me why you're interested in this book 
2.  For a second chance, visit Israel's Facebook page and "like" him.
3.  For another chance, visit the Wisdom's Gate site at http://www.wisdomsgate.com/ and mention which of their products looks interesting.
4.  For 5 more chances, blog about this review and giveaway and send me the link.

Drawing will be April 20th.  Good luck all.  Blessings!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

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!

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

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