Thursday, June 22, 2017

Israel - God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel Book Review

In the book, Israel - God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel (Skypics Israel, November 2016), top aerial photographer Ron Gafni shares his love of Israel's beauty from above. We soar across skies to see stunning photographs of ancient ruins, historic sites, and view vignette's of Israel's modern lifestyles in this book that brings Holy scripture alive. Author Kathleen Barrett offers thoughtful narrative with Christian scripture pointing to God's redemption plan for the world.

My Thoughts:
This small hardback book holds many breathtaking photographs of scenic places in Israel. I love looking at the pictures and hope someday I can actually visit these epic places from the bible. I love the reflective nature of the author's words. They remind me of God's almighty plan for us and His infinite wisdom. This book, though small, is impressive and would be a wonderful coffee table book or conversation piece. I highly recommend it to all who would love to learn more about the Holy Land and have a captivating scriptural journey with gorgeous photos along the way.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series Review

My family had the privilege of receiving all five books in the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. We have been reading the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh with our history lessons. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Rush Revere book series came to us in a blue ribbon.

Adventures of Rush Revere is a great historically based book series by Rush Limbaugh and his wife Kathryn Adams Limbaugh. This series is made up of 5 books so far and all have hardback covers. They go in this order: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, Rush Revere and First Patriots, Rush Revere and the American Revolution, Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner, and Rush Revere and the Presidency. These fictional books teach American History in a fun way with true facts, dates, events, and people interwoven through the text. The main characters are: Rush Revere, a seemingly typical substitute history teacher, his horse companion that talks named Liberty, and group of middle-schoolers from the Manchester Middle School honors history class. They are always up for adventure through time. Together they get to know history first hand. They meet some pretty neat people and experience some of America's great events, all while asking a lot of questions one might have about the journey. The books are geared towards ages 8-12, although older kids and kids at heart will enjoy these too. The glossy aged looking pages are filled with fun illustrations and historical photographs & documents all in vivid full-color.

Book Summaries:
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is about the pilgrims that crossed the ocean in the Mayflower in 1620 to escape religious persecution. It follows them to the New World where they brave their first winter and celebrate the first Thanksgiving. This book introduces Rush Revere, his horse, and two students (Freedom and Tommy) who travel through time to get the truth and answer questions surrounding these events. Meet famous people like: Miles Standish, William Bradford, Miles Standish, and several members of the Wampanoag Tribe such as Squanto, Massasoit, and Samoset along the way.

Rush Revere and First Patriots is about the people who were rising up against King George III because of his taxes in Boston in 1765. We learn about the Stamp Act, the Quartering Act, the Townshend Acts, etc. and the Boston Tea Party & other events that happened just before the American Revolution. The books characters: Rush Revere, his horse, and three students (Freedom, Tommy, and new student Cam) travel through time to get the truth and answer questions surrounding these events. They also try to stop Elizabeth, another student in their class, from changing history. Meet famous people like: Benjamin Franklin, The Sons of Liberty, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and Paul Revere along the way.

Rush Revere and the American Revolution is about the people and battles of the American Revolution around the year 1775. We learn about the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere's Midnight Ride & the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. The books characters: Rush Revere, his horse, and three students (Freedom, Tommy, and Cam) travel through time to get the truth and answer questions surrounding these events. Cam needs help understanding the true meaning of freedom to see why his father, a soldier, needs to be deployed oversees to Afghanistan and this trip will give him the understanding that he needs. Meet famous people like: Henry Knox, Dr. Joseph Warren, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Hancock along the way.

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner is about the nation's most iconic symbols. Here the Time-Traveling Crew take a field trip to Washington D.C. to distract Tommy from his anger and sadness about his ill grandfather, but then things go terribly wrong. We are whisked off to the year 1787 to see the Constitution and Bill of Rights, then a few years later to the year 1814 to read about a George Washington portrait being saved from fire at the White House and witness some of the Battle of 1812's major battles and the writing of the national anthem. Meet famous people like: James Madison, Dolley Madison, George Mason, Francis Scott Key along the way. Also a new member of the crew is introduced, a homeschooler named Maddie.

Rush Revere and the Presidency is about the first forefathers of America. When Cam decides to run for student-body president the crew go back in time to meet America's first three presidents and first ladies so that Cam can get a handle on how to be successful. We learn about elections, voting, leadership, and the early presidents. Meet famous people like: George Washington, Martha Washington, John Adams, Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson along the way. With the help of a local congressman and Cam's friends he learns what it really takes to become a great leader.

The website is jam packed full of wonderful bonuses! I love the Homeschool/Educational Depot because it has some great study guides to go along with each book. These can be printed out and saved. The website also has an Activity Depot that is full of fun games, activities and quizzes. Your child can also email the crew, apply for scholarships, and accomplish challenges. Feel free to look around because there is so much more to be discovered.

Teela and the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My daughter, Teela, who is 9 years old read the first 3 books in the series so far. She told me that they are fun to read. She especially likes the antics of the talking horse and says he gets into trouble because he loves to eat. She can relate to the horse because she too loves food and thinks horses are great! We have three horses and a mini pony of our own...not talking, of course 😁 She says he also has another power besides creating time portals and talking, but she says she doesn't want to spoil it for me by telling what it is.

Teela reading Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.

I love the fact that these books contain accurate history along with humor and science fiction. This is a bestseller book series for good reason. These are great for use with any homeschool or school American History studies especially with the study guides that are on the website. We love history and love the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series so far. Teela can't wait to read more of the books and we hope that this series doesn't end at book 5.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Whistlefritz Spanish Educator's Collection Review

My family had the privilege of trying the Spanish Educator's Collection from Whistlefritz for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Whistlefritz is a great foreign language curriculum with videos on DVD, music CDs, lesson plans, matching cards, etc. Whistlefritz’s award-winning French and Spanish products teach children these languages using the immersion method. This means the child is taught by the exclusive use of the language by hearing and speaking only that language without translation. This is one of the most effective ways to teach a language.

The Spanish Educator's Collection from Whistlefritz is a wonderful Spanish curriculum for ages 1-7. This collection includes a lesson plans book, Spanish videos for kids on 5 DVDs, 3 Spanish music CDs, and some Spanish matching cards. These work together to provide a complimentary program that appeals to all types of learners.

Whistlefritz Spanish Educator's Collection.
The Educator’s Spanish Collection comes with:
  • Whistlefritz Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids book
  • Whistlefritz Ultimate Collection Spanish for Kids DVDs & CDs
  • Whistlefritz Spanish Matching Cards

Whistlefritz Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids is a 273 page book of 40 reproducible lesson plans. This manual doesn't rely on drills or memorization to learn Spanish. Instead, it uses a multi-sensory approach with projects and activities like: crafts, sorting, playing games, drawing pictures, coloring, etc. to go along with each lesson. This helps the child learn the language easier because they are actually learning by doing and making as well. The lesson plans start with the lesson number and title with: a short description of lesson, goals, objectives, vocabulary, materials needed, and time taken. Then it has activities and their: focus and review (if any), teacher input, guided practice, independent practice, closure, and extension activities. This lesson plan book also has over 50 flashcards and other pages to copy, print, and use for use with the lessons. This can be used as a stand alone lesson book to teach Spanish, but it does reference the other products in it as well for the some of the extension activities. These lessons build upon each other and come back to words and themes that were previously taught to reinforce the vocabulary. You can also find Translation Guides and extra Lesson Plans to download on the website.

Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids book and some pages. Zari with her puppet.

Whistlefritz Ultimate Collection Spanish for Kids is a compilation of 5 DVD videos and 3 music CDs. This educational and fun series is a blend of animation and live-action with Latin rhythms to get kids dancing and singing. These programs have fun characters: Maria, Jorge, Fritzi, and the rest of the gang that engage the learner with enjoyable themes, songs, and stories. It also features live, native-speaking adults and children so the child learning can hear the language spoken in complete sentences. This helps teach the structure and cadence of the language. The child learning the language learns the vocabulary by actually using it too. You can listen to a Spanish music sample here. The videos can be watched in any order, but recommended to be watched in order in which they were created if you have a child 3 and under and if you have a child older than 3, start with Adentro y Afuera, then circle back to the earlier videos. The videos were created in the following order from first to last: Los Animales, Vamos a Jugar, Adentro y Afuera, Las Estaciones, and La Fiesta de Fritzi. Each video focuses in depth on specific themes and vocabulary. All teach greetings, introductions, and numbers.

Some images from the Spanish DVD videos.

Whistlefritz Spanish Matching Cards are a set of 50 fun memory cards. These are made up of 25 cards with a match to themselves. These show a illustrated fox that has been drawn to be doing different commonly-used action words. At the bottom of each card is the action word or phrase in only Spanish. These cards introduce new vocabulary and reinforce words that are introduced in the DVDs, CDs, and Lesson Plans.

Zari found her first match!
How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
I used the Whistlefritz Spanish Educator's Collection with my daughter Zari who is 6 years old. She knew a bit of Spanish from me teaching her at home. I had taken 3 years of Spanish in high school and so I remembered how to pronounce the words well, but I was still not as fluent as I would have liked to be. I am glad we got this program to try together.

We started watching the videos first. We started with Adentro y Afuera like they suggested. Even though Zari can't read yet, I still thought it best to turn off the subtitles so that it could be viewed without translation. We found that this video was about directional terms, rooms in a home, and foods. The lady named Maria was trying to find the animated mouse named Fritzi with the help of children and audience. She also showed foods by asking a dog puppet what he liked to eat...then later she asked a mouse puppet, and in the credits a horse puppet. They are educational, fun, entertaining and Zari learned quite a bit while watching. I loved all of these. They are very pleasant and can be watched over and over for repetition without being irritating.

After we got done with the videos she did some lessons out of the lesson plan book. The first lesson she did had an activity to make a paper bag puppet and then make it say phrases in Spanish about personal identity and greetings that she learned in the lesson. Each lesson takes about 30-40 minutes depending upon if you do all the extension activities as well. These lessons had great hands-on activities and Zari liked the projects and playing the games and seemed to learn Spanish better when engaged with making and doing something with the vocabulary.

We also tried the matching cards out. First we set them all upside down on the table and she flipped two over trying to match them. Since there were 50 cards total it took a while for her to finish finding all the matches. She had fun anyway and as she matched up two cards together I would tell her the action on the cards reinforcing the learning from the videos and lesson plans.

I highly recommend this foreign language program. We love Whistlefritz! The Spanish Educator's Collection is great for teaching Spanish to children ages 1-7. These programs are a wonderful multicultural homeschool curriculum for a child to learn to be bilingual.

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