30.10.14

The Virtual Refrigerator


We are vacationing and have not been crafty, but Heather is learning to play her new banjo. Aren't these fall colors beautiful? Seeing the leaves changing around us is one of my favorite things about our fall trips to Missouri. Have you or your kids created any new fall art projects? I hope you will share them with us. 


Welcome to another week of the Virtual Refrigerator. Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Angels of Heart, Every Bed of Roses, Homeschool Coffee Break, and a Glimpse of our Life. Link up your art tutorials or projects that your children have been working on. Then pin the same to our virtual fridge by joining our group pinterest board, just ask any of us to add you.







Join us at the blogs of any of the four bloggers who are hosting the Virtual Refrigerator. Link up, visit others who join us, try something new, then come back and share that, too.

Jennifer

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28.10.14

Jim Hodges Audio Books

The following CD was provided by Jim Hodges Productions for the purpose of this TOS Schoolhouse Crew review.



Many homeschool families have enjoyed Henty's educational classics; our family recently joined their ranks. Jim Hodges Productions provides unabridged recordings as Audio Books, mixing these classic books with modern technology. We received Henty Short Stories Collection which includes five stories. The last short story (The Plague Ship) is the longest (almost an hour) and is in two parts. The other four range from 23-49 minutes. The total time is three and one half hours. The recording is available as an MP3 CD for $25 or a digital download for $18. Most of the other titles also include an accompanying study guide.



Chapters include White Faced Dick, A Brush With the Chinese, A Frontier Girl, Surly Joe, and The Plague Ship (parts 1 and 2.)

Because these recordings follow the unabridged versions of the books, children can follow along with the books while listening to the audio books. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest benefits of these recordings. My son is now reading books above his grade level, but there are many words in Henty's books that are new to him. There are also vocabulary lessons using words from the stories available for purchase on Jim Hodges Productions' website.

Jim Hodges shared that one of the reasons he chose to record Henty's stories was because they portrayed such accurate history. They are filled with action, adventure, and excellent role models. 
"His use of the English language is quite advanced and his vocabulary is vast. So much so that some paragraphs I've read turned out to be one sentence, and it seems every page has at least 5 to 10 upper level vocabulary words. I am pretty well read, and have encountered words used by Henty that I've never heard before and had to look up myself." 
Stories range from elementary through high school (and beyond.) You can reference the scope and sequence shared on their website for specific levels recommended for each story. Most are not recommended for children under eight years old. My ten year old listened with the rest of us. 
"My sincerest prayer is that all young men who read or listen to Henty historical novels will desire to become Mighty Men of Valor." ~ Jim Hodges 
Our family is enjoying incorporating Henty's stories into our homeschool, and these audio versions make that even easier. Before this review I didn't know that Henty wrote short stories in addition to his famous historical tales. These recordings are straight from the pages of Henty's books, not a dramatization. Jim Hodges reads as narrator and as characters, his is the voice in the recording. As our family is now used to audio dramatizations of stories we love, listening to this was a bit of an adjustment. 

Other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew received one of the following selections as well as the accompanying Study Guide in PDF format. Click the link below to read their reviews. 





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Jennifer 

27.10.14

Beyond Our Planet

Affiliate links are included in this post. 


The theme for this month's Poppin's Book Nook is "Beyond Our Planet."  

My fascination with astronomy started when I heard Louie Giglio share about the vastness of the earth accompanied by Chris Tomlin's song How Great Is Our God. If you haven't seen it yet, you are missing out on a perspective changing view. My kids have all studied astronomy in different ways. 

Earlier this year we reviewed Star Chronicles by Dawnita Fogleman. The Bible study featured each of the constellations and their surrounding stars. My kids all enjoyed drawing the constellations and pictures representing them with chalk.



My friend Kym at Homeschool Coffee Break  shared about this resource stellarium which is a free online planetarium. You can enter your location or somewhere else in the world and view the sky from that point.

We are vacationing in Missouri, and my son has spent several evenings playing with marbles before bedtime. My husband just got each of the kids a few more marbles. Funny how much entertainment is possible from those little glass balls. Two of these marbles pictured are called Milky Way and Galaxy.


Visit the other Poppins Book Nook bloggers and read their kids responses:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~  My Bright Firefly ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~  The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama
Jennifer


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25.10.14

Scripture And A Snapshot

Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.  Psalm 33:3 (KJV)

     Thank you for joining Scripture & A Snapshot. Leave a comment with a verse that God has placed on your heart this week, or leave a link to your own post sharing a Scripture and a snapshot. You can even join us with an Instagram link now. Take time to visit  some of the other links, too. If you would like to join our group Pinterest board for Scripture & A Snapshot, simply follow the board then let me know your Pinterest name or email used there so that I can add you to it.
Jennifer

Scripture and Snapshot




Movie Review: Warriors of Honor by New Liberty Videos

The following DVD was provided by New Liberty Videos for the purpose of this TOS Schoolhouse Crew review.

My children have been learning about American history this year, so these New Liberty Videos fit well with our lessons. We received the DVD Warriors of Honor which is about "The Faith and Legacies of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson." 


Each of the DVDs from New Liberty Videos are $19.95. Much different than a traditional movie, instead of watching this 80 minute American history documentary Warriors of Honor straight through at one sitting, we split it into several sessions. 

Warriors of Honor focuses on two key Christian leaders during the Civil War. "Both were masterful generals, brilliant strategists, and above all faithful Christians. The faith of these 'Warriors of Honor' governed their lives on and off the battlefield, and their legacies continue even today." As well as details about the war, details about the lives of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are provided in this Civil War documentary. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson who owned slaves in Virginia started Sunday school classes for them. 

     "Duty is ours: consequences are God's." Stonewall Jackson

This is not a dramatized movie about the war and is not light viewing. Unrated, Warriors of Honor is designed for a general audience, and my ten year old son watched it with us as well as my high school daughters, though I'm sure that he will better understand some of the content when he is older. The causes and major battles of the Civil War are presented but the main focus is the two Confederate Generals. Reinactment videos are shown, but the majority of this documentary is narration with historic photographs. 

     "They do not know what they say. If it came to a conflict of arms, the war will last at least four years. Northern politicians will not appreciate the determination and pluck of the South, and Southern politicians do not appreciate the numbers, resources, and patient perseverance of the North. Both sides forget that we are all Americans. I foresee that our country will pass through a terrible ordeal, a necessary expiation, perhaps, for our national sins." Robert E. Lee

From the reinactments and annual spring pilgrimage in Natchez, MS to the antebellum homes throughout Louisiana, living history field trips are often a part of our homeschool experience. As was revealed at one of our recent tours, history that is shared at such exhibits is not always accurate. I appreciate the truths of our Christian heritage that are evident in this film. 

This American history documentary is now part of our homeschool resource library. I'd like to add more titles from New Liberty Videos. 

New Liberty Videos Christian DVDs are made by Brian Barkley. After working in Hollywood editing television series, he became a follower of Jesus Christ while making a prison documentary. He has spent the last 30 years producing Christian movies in Kansas. 

Other Schoolhouse Crew reviewers received the following New Liberty Videos:

Anthem for a Nation (Video Preview)
The Forbidden Book
Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls
A Nation Adrift
Teaching Origins Objectively

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Jennifer

23.10.14

The Virtual Refrigerator


We recently joined a homeschool co-op, and while my son is in his geology and geography classes I help with art. My help is minimal. The mom in charge is so prepared I just do things like washing paintbrushes. Recently she shared with the kids about the artist Kandinsky. 


Kandinsky inspired art.



The little ones made dinasaurs.

I got to watch my son give his state report.
He wasn't nervous at all.


Welcome to another week of the Virtual Refrigerator. Our weekly blog hop is co-hosted by Angels of Heart, Every Bed of Roses, Homeschool Coffee Break, and a Glimpse of our Life. Link up your art tutorials or projects that your children have been working on. Then pin the same to our virtual fridge by joining our group pinterest board, just ask any of us to add you.

Join us at the blogs of any of the four bloggers who are hosting the Virtual Refrigerator. Link up, visit others who join us, try something new, then come back and share that, too.

Jennifer

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