Monday, July 8, 2019

JORD Cassia Walnut and Vintage Rose Watch Review and Giveaway! #JORDWATCH

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My Favorite Accessory: A Watch by JORD

Jord (pronounced Yode) is a watch company based in St. Louis, Missouri. The name Jord is Danish for Earth. The watches are made of natural wood and other materials that make these timepieces unique and sophisticated looking.

Features I love about Jord watches:
  • The watch band may be sized for the recipient.
  • Most watch backplates can be engraved.
  • All Cedar humidor presentation boxes are engravable, as well!
  • Most watches have additional options for customization -- mixing and matching faces and woods!
  • They have a domed sapphire crystal that sits atop the clocks face for a transparent view. This is second only to diamond in hardness and scratch resistance. It also resists impact and abrasion really well.
  • They come in a variety of sustainable woods to choose from, like: acacia, bamboo, olive, purpleheart, zebrawood, ebony, and more.
  • Every watch comes with free worldwide shipping, a 1-year warranty, and hassle-free returns & exchanges.

I love the way this watch looks great with everything!

The Cassia is one of Jord's newest collections of women's watches. It is their first watch collection with a full Roman numeral dial. It is a 40mm, 2-hand classic quartz minimalist watch. It displays hours and minutes with the hands. This lovely timepiece comes in four different colorways that feature beautiful grained woods, muted dials, and luxury watch components.

JORD Cassia Walnut and Vintage Rose Watch and what it comes with.

About the Cassia:
  • With the Roman numerals it is easy to tell time with and so much classier than digital.
  • This lovely timepiece is great to wear dressed up or dressed down. Looks great paired with any outfit.
  • The metal and wood link interlaced band is seamless and has an ingenious anodized buckle that easily deploys open with a pinch of two metal clasps. It is effortless to get on one handed.
  • Easy to set the time with the crown, the little knob on the side of the watch. Just pull it out and twist until the hands come into position to set the time, then push it back in when done.
  • The full uninterrupted spherical case is made of wood and has an engravable metal core backplate.
  • The domed sapphire crystal sits in a bezel-less design and protects the watch's inner workings.
  • Features the Citizen Miyota GL20, Battery [silver oxide SR621SW (equiv)] Powered Movement (tuning fork type Quartz Crystal with a frequency of 32,768 Hz OR 1.35 V).
  • The Cassia is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM).
  • The wood is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils.
  • Lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood.
  • When storing this timepiece, avoid extremely hot, cold, and excessively dry/humid environments.
  • Specifications...case width: 40mm, case thickness: 10mm, band thickness: 13.8mm, band length: 203mm
  • Comes with a storage box, display pillow, extra links and pins for band, 100% natural finishing oil, cleaning cloth, and care booklet.

The JORD Cassia Walnut and Vintage Rose Watch.

I received the Cassia Walnut and Vintage Rose watch. I have not worn a timepiece since I was a teen, so this is such a great treat. I have been eyeing Jord watches for many years because of their gorgeous designs and natural look. I love this wristwatch's color. It reminds me of rose gold which I love to wear as jewelry and the large walnut trees on my farm. This watch is of wonderful quality and craftsmanship and I believe it will last a long time. The band and clasp is so much better than others I have seen. This is a lovely and unique piece that I am glad to have in my collection and since I have been wearing it I have received many compliments.

Early morning styling with my JORD Cassia Walnut and Vintage Rose Watch and cardigan.

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Lovely with other jewelry too.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set Review


My family had the privilege of trying the student guide, student workbook, and teacher's guide from the Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set produced by Hewitt Homeschooling Resources for this review to use in conjunction with our own curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Hewitt Homeschooling was founded in 1963/64 by Carl Hewitt and Dr. Raymond Moore. Their primary function has shifted from working with public education to now focusing on home education. Because of Dr. Raymond Moore's publications and books about home education this foundation became at the forefront of the homeschooling movement. They produce high quality curriculum that follows a balanced, flexible approach to homeschooling. Some of their products include: Lightening Literature, Unit Programs/Studies, My First Reports, Hewitt Readers, "Best" Literature, Math-It, Winston Grammar, State Chronicles, etc. They serve parents with students from kindergarten through high school.

The Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set is what we received and it is composed of the Lightning Lit: Grade 7 Teacher's Guide, Lightning Lit: Grade 7 Student's Guide and the Lightning Lit: Grade 7 Student Workbook. You can instead purchase the Grade 7 Lightning Literature & Composition Pack that has all the books that you will need for your student to read as well as what is also in just the set. These books, short stories, and poems are all reasonably and affordably priced if you purchase them on your own. Some are classics and others are new to us.


Students read in the following order:
  • “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling from Stories & Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Various poems from Stories & Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  • "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” a short story by Stephen Crane from Stories & Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • Various poems from Stories & Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

The Lightning Lit: Grade 7 Teacher's Guide is easy to follow, clear, and thorough. It includes an introduction of how to use the guide and a weekly lesson planner at the beginning. It contains answer keys to the comprehension questions and the workbook pages as well.

A page out of the Student Guide.

The Lightning Lit: Grade 7 Student Guide is guide that contains for each chapter: an introduction for the student to read before starting, vocabulary, comprehension questions, a literary lesson, a mini-lesson, and writing exercises. If you follow this you will easily have a complete literature, grammar, and composition curriculum for the whole standard two semester, 36-week school year.

The Lightning Lit: Grade 7 Student Workbook is a consumable workbook that has all of the workbook pages that should be done for each chapter before the writing exercises in the student guide. There are seven types of workbook pages: [L] exercises relating to the major literary lessons, [M] exercises relating to the mini-lessons, [C] activities that allow the student to practice composition skills, [T] thinking skills pages, [G] exercises the review grammar and mechanics, [P] puzzles, and [E] extra-challenge pages. The first five are mandatory for the student to complete. The last two are optional.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
 
I used the Hewitt Homeschooling Resources Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set with my daughter Teela who has just finished up fifth grade and is 11 years old. She is a strong reader and so these books are fairly easy reading and comprehension for her. She; however, is not as good with the grammar or composition so I got this for her to strengthen those. We also love to do summer reading programs and this has just fit into our summer reading quite well so far.

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set with my dad's passed down The Adventures of Tom Sawyer book.

I found that the book selection was very appropriate. I remember reading some of these as a child myself and enjoying them. We started with "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" and after that started The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I was happy to have had some of the books in our library at home. The others I found online or will be checking out from our city library. Teela had not read either of these before, but I had. We found the whole of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" online. My copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (and a copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) was actually given to my father at age 11 by his parents (It still has the inscription on the inside cover where it says this.) and passed down to me when I was young. I love that I get to share this part of my history with my daughter.

Part of the schedule of semester 1.

We worked on this 3 days a week instead of the 5 days a week that is recommended because it is summer. I had her read the short stories/books to herself. Then we followed the schedule that was given for doing the work. I really loved that the whole schedule was mapped out for us. This made it easier for us to know what we should be doing each week.

Teacher's Guide, Student Guide, Workbook Ch. 1 contents.

There was a lot of writing and other work though and frankly I think it was just too much for Teela especially since she was being distracted by summer things. Even though this is above her grade level I believe if she buckled down to do it, she could. Her favorite parts were the reading, discussion, crossword puzzles, and word searches.

Teela working on the Gr 7 Lightning Lit workbook pages.

Overall, I am pleased with the Hewitt Homeschooling Resources Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set. It is a great English homeschool curriculum that can be personalized and tailored to the student. We liked how it was laid out and the flow of the lessons. We will be reading the other books needed for this set at a later time when Teela isn't so distracted.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Memoria Press The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set Review


My family had the privilege of trying the The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set from Memoria Press for this review to use in conjunction with our own curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.


Memoria Press is a family-run publishing company that produces simple and easy-to-use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools. It was founded by a woman named Cheryl Lowe in 1994. They currently have preschool through ninth grade in most of their curriculum and some through twelfth grade. They also cover subjects in: Classical Core Curriculum, Latin, Classical Studies, Christian Studies, Logic & Rhetoric, Phonics & Early Reading, Penmanship, Literature & Poetry, American & Modern Studies, Writing & English Grammar, Science & Math, Greek, Modern Languages, Educational Resources, eBooks, Special-Needs, and Art & Music.

Memoria Press The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set.

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set is an American history study for grades 5-8.  This set by H. A. Guerber was combined from the original two-volume set so that it can be studied a full year. Set includes: The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic text, The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Student Guide, and The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Teacher Guide.

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Text is a softcover historical reader that teaches the history of our country from Columbus to the Spanish-American war. It is 211 pages long and has 85 chapters. This edition of the text has been heavily edited to make it more concise and updated to the times.

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Student Guide is a workbook that includes includes important facts, vocabulary, and comprehension questions for each chapter, as well as enrichment activities such as map work, drawings, research, writing assignments, and more! It is 104 pages and covers 32 lessons. Appendix has maps, a 13 colonies chart to fill out, and important documents of the time.

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Teacher Guide is a answer key to the Student Guide workbook. It is 127 pages long and covers all 32 lessons. Appendix is the same with the 13 colonies chart filled out with answers. This also includes 4 tests for the student and then the keys for each.

Memoria Press 200 Questions About American History Set.

The 200 Questions About American History Set is a supplement to Guerber’s The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic. This is a compiled list of 200 questions that everyone should know about American history. The questions come directly from our newly edited Guerber book and from Story of the World Volume IV. This will help set the stage for grades 5-8 in preparation for a more difficult high school American history course. Set includes the: 200 Questions About American History Student Book, 200 Questions About American History Teacher Guide, and 200 Questions About American History Flashcards.

The 200 Questions About American History Student Book is a 25 page workbook for a student that is a great study guide for American history. It includes: drill questions, a timeline of America history, notable quotes from American history, and Presidents of the United States for the student to fill out. It also includes recommended texts and weekly schedule & guidelines for teachers at the beginning and notable songs and poems at the end.

The 200 Questions About American History Teacher Guide is a answer key to the Student Book workbook. It is 69 pages and covers all that the Student Book does. It also includes 7 tests for the student and their answer keys for the teacher.

The 200 Questions About American History Flashcards are a large stack of cards s to help with study and memorization of the American history questions and answers from the student book. These are 4 x 3 x 3 inches and pre-cut. There are a total of 203 flashcards. These flashcards are divided into sections: 150 Drill Questions, 30 Timeline Dates (When did it happen?), 20 Notable Quotes (Who said that?), and 44 U.S. Presidents (See if you can put them in order!).

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

We love Memoria Press and their classical christian curriculum for our homeschooling! We have a bunch of their other studies and have found them all wonderful. We've been very blessed to have been able to also receive a number of their curriculum to review here.

We used this with my daughter Teela who is in 5th grade. The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set is perfect for her to learn about American history before starting the middle and high school grades. We did this on an average of three days per week. This classical christian homeschool curriculum is fantastic!

Teela working on The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Text reader and Student Guide workbook.

Both Student Guides/Books) are consumable workbooks so only one student can use these. Each chapter in the text corresponds to the The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Student Guide workbook. The 200 Questions About American History Student Book has page numbers to find the information easily in the text as well. I do want to mention that the 200 Questions About American History Set was originally made to be used with Guerber and Everything You Need to Know About American History Homework, which is now out of print. However, it has been modified to now go with The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set. There are a few revisions that might need corrected in the books and they have compiled a list of those on the website.

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic text is well written and has short concise chapters of around 2-3 pages that are packed with information. In addition it has some hints for teachers in it as well. It suggests that the teacher first reads the chapter to the student and then the student reads it again for memorization purposes. It also suggests locating and marking places on the supplied maps that come up in the text should be done right away.

I found both teacher guides very convenient and thorough. I loved how they were laid out and how they had schedules and guidelines to help you, the teacher. I also had all the answers of the student books at my fingertips so I didn't have to seek them out myself. The tests are there too for easy access.

Teela working on the 200 Questions About American History Student Book and Flashcards.

The flashcards for the 200 Questions About American History are invaluable as well because they help with memorization, fixing the different history questions and their answers into the students mind. I love that I do not have to print or cut them myself. This is one reason why Memoria Press always goes above and beyond to help the teacher with having everything at their fingertips right away.

We highly recommend The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set by Memoria Press! It is a great American history curriculum. I look forward to using other curriculum books from Memoria Press with my children in the future.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group Nothing by Natalee Creech Book Review


My family had the privilege of trying the Nothing by Natalee Creech from WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group for this review to use in conjunction with our own reading at home. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.


WorthyKids is an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. WorthyKids/Ideals has kids' Christian and inspirational books. This line of colorful, interactive children's books includes such notable titles as: VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears. They reach the top 10 best-selling children’s books during the Easter and Christmas seasons each year.

Nothing: Nothing Can Separate You From Gods Love is a hardcover children's book by Natalee Creech and illustrated by Joseph Cowman. This book is based on the scriptures from Romans 8:38-39 in the Bible. The scriptural references in this children's book are from the Common English Bible (CEB). This has 32 pages of delightful rhyming words and adorable illustrations. This book is recommended for ages 4-7 years old. It is perfect for emerging readers to practice literary skills because there are not too many words per page. This book explores the answer to the question, "Can anything stop God's love and God's grace?" and affirms children's confidence in God's love.


Romans 8:38-39 King James Version (KJV)
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My daughter reading the Nothing by Natalee Creech Book.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

My youngest daughter, Zari, who is 8 years old read this to herself and looked at the pictures. She loves the rhyming because it is fun to read and the pictures because they are full of color and action. I love this book because it reminds my children that God's love is unstoppable and he forgives us of our wrong doings. We talked together about what she liked the best about the book and she said the octopus because she has been studying them in science. She also liked the message of the book as well.



We loved that there were a variety of things going on in the pages of the book all about what kids do best, use their imagination. You get to follow different kids all over the planet as they seek adventure to see if God's love will follow them. There were kids exploring mountain tops, scuba diving in the ocean, playing in tree forts, riding in a hot air balloon, soaring in space, diving in a submarine, etc. The illustrations go perfectly with the words of the book to show children that they can not be separated from God's love.

I highly recommend this whimsical book that teaches a great lesson for 4-7 year olds or anyone really that has an affinity for children's books like I do.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Techie Homeschool Mom Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study Review


My family had the privilege of trying the Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study from Techie Homeschool Mom for this review to use in conjunction with our own curriculum at home. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Techie Homeschool Mom is created by Beth Napoli. Beth is a self proclaimed “geeky homeschool mom” who is “inspiring digital learning and healthy tech habits for families”. She, having 5 homeschooled daughters decided to make her own Online Unit Studies. Now Techie Homeschool Mom has about 28 unit studies that teach topics like: Famous Artists, Holidays, Famous Inventors, Ancient History, Solar System, Stars, etc.

These online unit studies integrate a variety of subjects for many different ages of students. There are links for websites and videos that will be accessed by the student to help with completion of digital projects. No books or printed materials are needed. The courses are self-paced and the student and teacher can decide when to start and finish. The modules take about 2-3 hours to complete, but this depends entirely on the user. These courses have engaging hands-on projects included as well. Supplies for hands-on projects are listed for easy gathering. These unit studies are great for children mid-elementary to middle school age who can read and navigate the Internet on their own. Younger children can participate with assistance. After purchasing this access won't ever expire and you can use it on any device (PC, Laptop, Phone with internet access, or tablet).

Ancient Egypt Course Contents. Click on image to see larger version.

The Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study is a web based digital unit study that has 9 lessons. The student learns about Egyptian Civilization, Hieroglyphics, Rosetta Stone, Egyptian Daily Life, Inventions and Technology of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egyptian Clothing, Famous Egyptians, Pyramids, and Mummies. There are websites to explore, online projects, hands-on projects, and videos that are watched to engage the student in learning.

Our Cartouches of our names.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

I used this with my two girls, Teela who is in 5th grade and Zari who is in 2nd grade. We did about a module a week. The modules were easy to navigate and usually had us go somewhere else online to do an online activity or watch a video.

The first thing we did was learn about The Birth of Egyptian Civilization, the Nile River, hierarchy of Ancient Egypt, and made a pyramid of the social classes in a graphics program called Canva in which we had to make a separate account for. We also learned about writing Hieroglyphs, watched a video of how to make papyrus, and made cartouches out of tin foil. There are many other things we learned and did...these are just a few examples. Also you are supposed to pick a book from the list at the beginning and read a few chapters and then answer questions about it at the end of each lesson in the BookClub section. We already had The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt by G.A. Henty in Audio Book format from Heirloom Audio Productions, so naturally we chose it.

Some of the online activities that are offered.

Canva, the free graphics program that is totally online, was a bit awkward to use with more than one student and time consuming to learn. The Social Class Pyramid took a while for us to figure out even though we have other graphic arts programs at home that we use. We didn't want to take so much time in this, so we skipped the next ones after the pyramid for this review. We will, however; go back and do them at a later date.

My daughters making their own cartouches with foil.

We thought that the Techie Homeschool Mom Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study was a lot of fun and had was very educational. We learned a lot about Ancient Egypt that we didn't know even though we had studied this subject before. We liked that these lessons could be taught to multiple grade levels at the same time. We did have an issue with one of the videos in the Egyptian hair and makeup section that was not available anymore. Also, to view the Curiosity Stream videos you have to get a free trial, but you apparently can't do that without signing up to get a membership with a credit card...no thanks. Overall though the online unit study worked very well and had very few glitches. We loved the projects and definitely want to make the Tiger Nut Sweets when we can get the ingredients. They sound really yummy! We will definitely be checking out some of Techie Homeschool Mom's other homeschool unit studies as well.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Vintage Botanical Canvas Prints on Sale at Jane: Last Day Today!


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Jane is having a sale on these lovely botanical prints and today is the last day to get these at this sale price! Don't delay! These would look lovely in any home and they have 86 different prints to choose from!  Was $14.99 - Now $5.45 - Vintage Botanical Canvas Prints (4/13 to 4/15)

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Easter Story Egg: Colorful Nesting Toy with Resurrection Book Review


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Star Kids Company was created by momprenuer, Natalie Ard, in 2014. She is a wife and mom to 3 kids. The first product she created was Star from Afar, a wooden game counting down to Christmas, then other products were born...including The Easter Story Egg. These children's toys and gifts help bring meaning to play. These also build good character and values.

The Easter Story Egg is a great tradition that is done with family around Easter time. It consists of 7 wooden eggs that nest within each other and a hardcover book. The Story Egg book begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. Each egg has a coinciding story that rhymes in the book and pertains to one of each of the seven days of Holy Week. This shares the story of Jesus' final days on Earth in a thoughtful and meaningful way to children as they open each egg and read the corresponding story. This can be done daily throughout Holy Week or all at once. You can choose.

The Story Egg Nesting Eggs include:
  • Palm Sunday (largest egg with a palm leaf painted on it)
  • House of Prayer Monday (next largest egg with a temple painted on it)
  • Teacher of Love Tuesday (next largest egg with a heart painted on it)
  • Give and Take Wednesday (next largest egg with a jar filled with perfume painted on it)
  • Last Supper Thursday (next largest egg with the Last Supper painted on it)
  • Good Friday (next to smallest egg with a cross painted on it, Jesus died on the cross for all our sins)
  • Holy Saturday (smallest egg that is painted grey like the stone rolled away of the tomb)
  • Easter Sunday (open the smallest egg to reveal emptiness, much like the tomb of Jesus because He is Risen!)

Zari with The Easter Story Egg Kit.

What We Thought:

The Story Egg is a ostrich size egg that opens up like a Russian nesting matryoshka doll. Each egg is panted with a different picture to help tell the true meaning of Easter throughout Holy Week. It comes with a lovely hardcover book with rhyming words and colorful pictures.

We received The Easter Story Egg and proceeded to try to open the egg to see all the littler eggs inside. I had major trouble getting the first egg open. I looked at their website and they have an instructional video on how to do this. They say not to twist, but to pull the egg apart. They made it look pretty simple. Zari and I had much difficulty with this and I had to get my husband to pry it open. The egg was very hard to grip and it was slippery. He tried to pull it apart like it said and he couldn't even do it...then he used a razor blade and went around the seam with it, then tried again. He rocked it slowly back and forth until it finally popped open. Some of the eggs inside were just as difficult to get open. I feel like if some wax was applied to each lip inside the seams then they would come apart much easier, but I do not think that with as much trouble we had, a small child could do this on their own. It says on their website that because the eggs are brand new, hand carved, and made of natural wood that still has some moisture they might be hard to open at first. We let them set out to dry for a few days while they were closed like they said to and after a few more times opening and shutting the eggs, they started loosening up.


The Easter Story Egg apart.

The book is a wonderful addition to The Story Egg. Zari loves reading the rhyming pages and looking at the pictures. It starts out with a poem about why we celebrate Easter and what the egg is for. Then it goes through and tells the story of Jesus' final days on Earth. At the end of every story it has a scripture from the Bible associated with it written in New International Version, NIV. The book is multicultural as well as it shows multiple skin tones throughout the book. It ends with the resurrection of Christ.


Resurrection book, showing how it is multicultural.

I love the idea of this product. I hope that the eggs loosen up after using more so that they can be enjoyed. I would love for this to become a tradition in my home for Holy Week. We like the idea of it counting down to Easter Sunday, much like an advent calendar does for Christmas. It seems like a wonderful way to help teach the true meaning of Easter in the home or at Sunday School. This would be a great addition to an Easter basket or as an Easter gift.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

YWAM Publishing Heroes of History Daniel Boone: Frontiersman and Unit Study Curriculum Guide Review


My family had the privilege of reading the Heroes of History - Daniel Boone book from YWAM Publishing for this review to use in conjunction with our own curriculum at home. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

YWAM (YOUTH WITH A MISSION) Publishing is a nonprofit organization that produces and distributes books that help Christians make a difference in the world by giving a portion of every dollar spent to buy books through YWAM Publishing to children and adults in other countries that are in need. Their books focus on evangelism, educational training, prayer, discipleship, and mercy ministries.

YWAM Publishing has two popular book series; one called Heroes of History and the other called Christian Heroes: Then & Now; in which true stories are told of real people that lived in our history. In the Heroes of History series we learn about great men and woman who changed the course of history. In the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series we learn about ordinary people who have put their trust in God and in doing so accomplish extraordinary things. Both of these book series help us as: parents, teachers, and caretakers; give our children wholesome biographies to read or be read to that teach good character traits, values, and virtues.

Daniel Boone: Frontiersman Book

Daniel Boone: Frontiersman by Janet & Geoff Benge is part of a series of 29 biography books called Heroes of History by YWAM Publishing. This series covers the years 1451 to 1951. This book tells the true life story of Daniel Boone who was a frontiersman who led settlers into the Kentucky wilderness. This Christian biography book from YWAM Publishing about Daniel Boone teaches great character traits, values, and virtues too. This book covers the years 1734-1820. It chronicles his life from his about the age of 5 to his death in 1820. It is a total of 19 chapters and 213 pages long. I had previously heard bits and pieces of his life and his adventure in history class at school while growing up before I read this biography book.

Daniel Boone Unit Study download page tab.

The Unit Study Curriculum Guide that is paired with the Daniel Boone: Frontiersman book that I received was in the digital downloadable format and opened as an executable file. The digital version is downloadable in a zipped format, so you will have to unzip before you use it. After selecting where it will go on your computer, unzip it, and find the folder it placed it all into. Find the file version you need: __MACOSX for Macintosh and the other for PC. Click on the file that has START HERE in its title and it will open in a new window in your browser. You can then read a very short synopsis of the biography under the Daniel Boone tab, download the unit study under the Unit Study tab, etc.

The Unit Study downloads in PDF format. It also has a 25 page guide for classroom and homeschool as well as a 12 page guide for a small group that tells you how to best use the unit study. This shows how flexible you can be with the unit study. You can do the whole study or just parts of it. It is all up to you how you use it. The unit study goes in depth to help you go above and beyond the book and explore other areas that pertain to the material like: crafts, cooking, art, and writing assignments; has questions to ask your children to see if they comprehended the reading, and quotes to use as copywork to enhance handwriting or memorization. The unit study is broken into two parts.

Here is the Unit Study Curriculum Guide Contents:
Part 1 -
Introduction (how to use the study)
  1. Key Quotes (great for copywork, memorization, theatrical presentation, or art display)
  2. Display Corner (an area designated for hands on display of items relating to the reading)
  3. Chapter Questions (questions that enhance the reading: 1 vocabulary, 1 factual, 2 comprehension, and 2 open-ended)
  4. Student Explorations (essay questions, creative writing, hands-on projects, audio/visual projects, arts & crafts)
  5. Community Links (field trip ideas)
  6. Social Studies (places, journeys, terms/vocabulary, geographical characteristics: mapping, timeline: plotting historical events, conceptual questions)
  7. Related Themes to Explore (cultures, math, literature, history, current events, science & medicine)
  8. Culminating Event (sort of a show and tell ending, ideas include: invitations, clothing, competitions, presentations, food, displays)
Appendix A: Books and Resources
Appendix B: Answers to Chapter Questions
Appendix C: Social Studies Reproducibles

Part 2 -
Appendix C: Social Studies Reproducibles (continued)


Teela reading YWAM Publishing Heroes of History Daniel Boone: Frontiersman.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

I read the book to my 8 year old daughter Zari so we could have time to get through some of the study guide too. My daughter Teela who is 10 and my sons who are 16 and 18 have been reading it to themselves and doing some of the projects from the study guide on their own time. Zari enjoyed listening to me read about Daniel Boone. We learned more about Daniel Boone's adventures and mishaps from reading this book than any textbook we had read or movie we had watched previously. It was quite refreshing to learn more about this important man.

After each chapter my girls and I did the first three questions from the study guide which are geared toward the younger students. They include a vocabulary question, a factual question coming from the reading, and the first comprehension question. The study guide is geared toward ages 10+. So I had to help Zari with the some of the vocabulary because of its advanced nature. We would look up the words in a dictionary and thesaurus as well, for more understanding. My boys, Jaedan and Delbin, who are 16 and 18, had no problem with the reading and vocabulary, but that is because they are voracious readers. I had my boys do all of the chapter questions. Besides the chapter questions I had my girls do copywork from the key quotes and I had my boys memorize them and say them back to me. I will have my sons do an essay as suggested in the study guide under the student explorations and essays. They also will be doing some creative writing.

My son, Jaedan, and I went to Louisville Kentucky in May of 2015. They have the Boone Family Bible in the Frazier Museum collection. In Louisville there is also a monument and statue of Daniel Boone at the Eastern Parkway entrance of Cherokee Park. I don't remember seeing it while we were there, but it would have been really cool to go back someday and do so.

This photo of the Boone Family Bible in the Frazier History Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This photo of the Boone Family Bible plaque in the Frazier History Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor

We also went to other websites in the books and resources section of the study guide to learn more about Daniel Boone, Shawnee Indians, Chief Blackfish, Kentuky, Cherokee Indians, Transylvania Company, Wilderness Trail, Wilderness Road, flintlock rifle, Appalachian Mountains, Cumberland Gap, Woodsmanship, American Revolution, French and Indian War, Frontier Life, Boonesborough, etc. We also loved learning about Woven Wampum Beadwork and want to try our hand at making these when we get more time. We also learned that Daniel Boone has two grave sites in different places dedicated to him. I was very disappointed though that most the website links they gave were either broken or had problems loading, but that didn't stop us from exploring on our own online.

Daniel Boone Monument, Cherokee Park. Photo by: Aura Ulm-Scene World Imaging-Louisville KY

There was so much to learn and explore in this unit study. We were amazed at the very complexity of it all. We didn't even begin to scratch the surface and were still very engaged in the lengthy unit study.

The YWAM Publishing biographies are historical and true. These true stories along with the unit studies are great for homeschooling families. We hope to get to read about Davy Crockett next in their extensive biography list. I highly recommend these!

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