Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Adventures of Life

This Crew year is coming to an end for me.  Due to our move, I haven't been able to sign up for new items.  I have greatly enjoyed our year on the crew but I also look forward to a mild break.

Our life is filled with new adventures now.  We are seeing lots of new places and doing new things. Honestly, we're able to do things I never thought would be possible in our life and I can't wait to see where the Lord is leading us in this season of our life.

Is life perfect? No way but it's pretty good right now and that's all one could really ask for.  God has a plan and he's leading our way.  With Him, we cannot go wrong.

Carole P. Roman {Crew Review}

Carole P. Roman has become one of my favorite authors for children's books.  Her books are just beyond description.  Written for children to help them better understand History and Science.

For this review, we were gifted four books, all written by Carole P. Roman.  Two were books that we chose and two were books that Carole chose for us.  We are very thankful and love all four books which we received.

Our books that we received were:

Each of these books are uniquely written telling differing stories written specifically for children.  I will tell you more about each through the course of this review.  I'm sure your family will enjoy them as much as we have.


I chose this book for Laycie.  I thought she'd like the story of the young girl, Susannah.  She's currently into stories that she can relate to about children her age.  This is the first book in the Oh Susannah series, which I chose so she could follow the series and not miss out. 

Susannah is a mischevious child in some ways.  She's a little unsure and a little overwhelmed by life.  Susannah's day starts rocky with her parents' troubles spilling over on to her day.  

Susannah's Mom tells her to "eat her banana" but instead she sticks the banana into her book bag and takes it off to school.  Then Susannah is given several other things throughout her day which also get stuffed into the bag.  The bag gets heavier and heavier, as does her heart dealing with so much.  Finally, Susannah makes it back home and shoves the bag under her bed but her strange and anxious feelings do not go away so she tries to take it back out.  Her bag then bursts open showing all her shame and issues from the day. 

This story has a happy ending when Susannah's parents step in to help her deal with her problems and realize that Susannah is most important, more important than work or anything else they have to deal with.  Susannah realizes her parents love her no matter what happens or what she does in her day.  This encouraging story is perfect for any child.


Do you have a child who loves space?  Have you been looking for an adorable children's story for your little Rocket Man?  Rocket-Bye is the perfect bedtime story for your future astronaut!

Rocket-Bye takes your child on an adventure through the solar system.  It's a great introductory book for young children to learn their planets and about common constellations.  A beautifully illustrated adventure you won't wish to miss.

My five year old loved this book.  He loved watching the rocket ship soar by each planet and learning more about them.  The story is a simple rhyme but teaches so much on each page.  


This is a Captain No Beard tale.  Fribbet the Frog is a member of Captain No Beards crew and he's not thrilled about the Tadpoles that are aboard the ship.  He's not so sure these little guys are such a great thing.

But Captain No Beard explains that he once wasn't sure about his little sister either.  Over time though she grew on him and he grew to love her.  He assures Fribbet that he will do the same with his new brothers and sisters as well.

This story is really great.  It helps kids learn about the life cycle of a frog in a unique way.  It is also a great book for children learning it's okay to have a new sibling.  A unique story that covers many angles.

I chose this book for Jackson, though I had no idea what the story line would be.  He and I loved that it showed so much information about the life cycle of a frog.  The pictures are awesome.  This quickly became one of Jackson's favorite books.


Carole P. Roman is an amazing storyteller and historian.  The first books we reviewed for her long ago were from her If You Were Me and Lived in... series.  There's a TON of books for this series now.

If You Were Me and Lived in... the Ancient Mali Empire shares the history and present life of the people of the Mali Empire.  Mali means hippopotamus and the people lived from 1230 to around the 1600's.  Mali was a small part of the kingdom of Ghana.  Niani was the capital.  They spoke the language of Mandinka.

This book is packed full of information about the Mali Empire and the people who lived there.  It's written for children to understand and to learn from.  The book series is a great way to teach history and geography to children.

All of Carol P. Roman's books are just amazing for children.  So many lessons and stories to learn from.  These books are a great addition to any library and for families every where. 


Carole P. Roman books are available online through Amazon or on her website.

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    Oh Susannah, Bedtime Stories, Captain No Beard, If you were Me ... {Carole P. Roman Reviews}


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    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    Unauthorized {Crew Review}

    Chara Games is a Christian based game company that provides great games like Unauthorized for gaming fun.  Chara Games encourages a strong relationship with God through their wonderful games.  They create an opportunity for Christians to learn and to grow in their faith through their great games.

    Every day Underground Churches are formed in places where God's word is NOT welcome.  People must keep their faith hidden so they are not persecuted for their personal beliefs.  These "unauthorized" church parishioners face the challenge of being caught, yet their faith is more important to them than anything else.

    Through Unauthorized you can experience the challenges that these folks face daily in believing in something that others do not support.  Through your choices in the game you can grow your church or you can stamp it out.  Your choices make the decision as to what happens, just like in real life.  The outcome is always based on what the players choose.

    This game is not an easy one to play.  It takes about 30 minutes and you need at the least 6 to 12 players to play it but it can be adapted and played with just 5 people if that's all you have.  However, it's not made for less than 5 people at all.

    Every player in this game has a role to play.  They use their unique powers to sway the other players to one side or the other: to build the church or stamp it out.  However, players can change sides during the game so you can never be sure who is one your side and who isn't.  Much like every day life.

    Because the other players positions can change and sway each other as well, the game can really go in any direction.  Those who you think are on your side, are not.  Those who you may question their support may very well be on your side.  It's all in the cards.

    Some of the roles included in the game are the Police, the Pastor, the Merchant, the Thief, among many others.  Each of these roles hold a significant part to the game and each part effects how it's played.

    There are also Experience Cards which help influence the choices made in the game.  Experiences like disease and sickness.  And Experiences of the exact opposite: Joy.  These can either make or break the game.

    How We Played It:

    Originally, I had planned to play this game with my kids and my best friend's niece and nephew.  I also planned to play with my husband and I and the kids.  But because we needed to move during the review period, the original plans changed.  So instead we have allowed our children to play the game with their cousins.  That's a total of 8 kids and they really enjoyed it.  There are so many scenarios that can happen.  The game really never gets boring.  It was interesting to see the differences in choices between our public schooled nieces and nephews and our own children as well.   In the end, the game has worked out well for us to play.

    Here is an instructional video on How to Play:

    Where You Can Buy It:

    Unauthorized is available for purchase on Amazon for $16.66.  It is a card game requiring at least 5 players but 6 to 12 is preferred.

    Social Media Links:

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    Unauthorized {Chara Games Reviews}


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    Imagine... The Great Flood {Crew Review}

    Have you ever sat down and thought about the various stories from the Bible?  Have you ever imagined you were really there in the moment the stories happened?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be swallowed by a fish, to feel the flame from the burning bush or to be engulfed by a huge wave as the Earth flooded?  Barbour Publishing presents IMAGINE... The Great Flood.  

    Matt Koceich has written a tale like none I've read before.  A first person account of the greatest flood ever known to man.  Corey, a ten year old boy, is completely engulfed by a huge wave of water.  He can't breath, can't fight against the waves, can't pull himself free of the waves.  Suddenly, he feels unseen hands grabbing him.  And that's all he really remembers.

    When Corey awakens he is finds not one, but TWO lions in front of him!  Can you imagine his fear, shock and surprise?!  I know I would have been.

    In Imagine... The Great Flood the story of Noah and his Ark comes to life.  You get to experience Corey's adventure first hand in this short, yet exciting novel.  Part one of a new series, bringing the Bible to life for readers ages 8-12.  Helping you to understand what life would really be like if you were to live through a monumental event like those that only God could create.

    How We Used It:

    We read this one aloud together, though since we were moving I allowed Emmalee to read it to the Littles more than I read.  They really enjoyed the story, how it was written and how it came to life thanks to the wonderful author.  We can hardly wait to read the next book in the series when it releases in 2018.

    Where You Can Buy:

    You can buy Imagine... The Great Flood from Barbour Publishing for $4.49.  This is an awesome deal for this great little book.

    Read Our Review for Diary of a Real Payne from Barbour Publishing!

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    Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich {Barbour Publishing}


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    Progeny Press: Charlotte's Web E-Guide {Crew Review}

    Progeny Press creates absolutely wonderful Study Guides for Literature.  These guides are written from a Christian perspective allowing God's light to shine even in Literature where he may not always be seen right away.  For this review, we were sent a PDF copy of their Charlotte's Web E-Guide for grades 4-6.

    Most people know the story of Charlotte's Web as it's a common childhood story taught in schools all over.  Charlotte is a spider.  She forms an unlikely friendship with a pig, Wilbur, who is to being kept in a barn and fattened up for Christmas dinner.  Charlotte's Web is the story of Charlotte, Wilbur and the girl named Fern, who loves Wilbur and has begged for his life.  It is a beautiful, yet sad story written by E.B. White.

    The Progeny Press Charlotte's Web Study Guide is interactive.  This allows you to have your student answer right on the PDF file as they learn.  Or you can simply print this file and use it with multiple students in your homeschool if more than one child is reading this book at the same time.

    The Study Guide begins by providing a Table of Contents followed by a note to the Instructor.  The Table of Contents of course made it easy to find each section as we covered the guide.  The Instructor's note explains that your child will need a few things to work through this guide, such as the book Charlotte's Web, a dictionary, a Bible and a few other things.  Nothing major though.

    Next the guide provides a Synopsis of the book.  This is a brief description of the story and story line.  This was great for me, as it's been quite a while since I've personally read this story.  It was a great reminder of the details within the book.

    Next the guide covers first the book's author and then the illustrator.  Information about each of these important contributors to the book is provided for your student to learn about in detail.  Interesting facts are explored here.

    The next section discusses pre-reading activities to do for the book.  Perhaps a study on pigs or spiders would be good.  Or maybe taking a field trip to a local barn to really bring this story to life for your student.  We personally viewed the spiders outside up close to see how they work and took a trip over to the hog house our family has to see the piglets first hand.

    The next section of the guide begins the good stuff: the actual questions about the book.  The first questions are multiple choice.  They are pretty simple and easy to answer.  After these are some more challenging questions that require written answers.  A descriptive writing activity is also included to build on writing and language skills.   This same format continues for all chapters of the book to help your student better understand the content of the book.

    Now the great thing about this guide is that it not only links Charlotte's Web to the book and breaks down what your child is learning through the story.  It also provides Biblical verse to teach your child how the Bible relates to the story.  It helps to teach good Character to your student as they read and learn through the story.  This is a wonderful way to cover Literature in a way that relates to God.

    At the end of the guide, there are some suggested Art Projects that can be completed.  These are simple things to put together for your child.  There is also a letter writing activity which your child can send off to a friend or family member if you choose.

    The last page of the guide provides suggested resources which can be used in addition to expand what this guide is teaching your child.  Related books and field guides are suggested here, as well as other books by E.B. White like Stuart Little.  It's a great extra bit of info to make the lessons into more.

    How We Used This Guide:

    I used this study guide with Laycie.  We read through this book together and I chose to have her verbally answer the questions in the guide as we went through the book.  She loved it.  She's really into farm animals right now though she's a little scared of spiders.  Still this story quickly became a favorite for her.  When we finished the story and guide, we watched the movie which she loved as well.

    Where You Can Find This Study Guide:

    Charlotte's Web E-Guide is available from Progeny Press for $17.99.  This is an downloadable, interactive PDF file.  It is reproducible as well with permission.

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    Study Guides for Literature {Progeny Press Reviews}


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    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Let's Go Geography {Crew Review}

    When you Homeschool, there are some subjects that come up which are sometimes hard to figure  out how to teach.  For me, Geography has been one of those.  (Am I the only one who wants to spell it Georgraphy??)  Sometimes it's included with other programs and then sometimes you just need a separate program to help expand what you're learning.  But many of those can be dry and boring.  Let's Go Geography makes Geography fun!  Their Let's Go Geography program is made to be thorough yet easy to use.

    Let's Go Geography was created for kids in grades K through 4th.  It was designed to make Geography easy to learn and easy to teach.  After purchasing the curriculum, you get sent weekly links to help guide you through the lessons and remember to complete them.  One hour long lesson a week is all that's needed to be able to complete this curriculum, so it doesn't take a lot of time or require a daily plan to do.

    So the first email we received was introductory and included covers for the 30 different countries you'll get to explore.  36 weeks of lessons are included with this curriculum, each covering individual information for each country you explore.  You're child learns details about that country, about the plants and people who inhabit the country and more.

    The first country covered is the United States.  When you log in to the website, you're brought to the Member Page where all the information is linked.  There's a button that say's Start Here and there's another place that says How To Use This Curriculum.  This explains all about Let's Go Geography and how it can be used.

    The curriculum offers many activities which you can complete or you can skip if you feel it's too much to do.  As I mentioned above, you're sent a reminder link for each week.  This takes you to the section of the curriculum you're currently working through.

    It is suggested you create a Travel Journal for the trip you take from country to country through this curriculum.  This can be done with a simple 3 ring binder.  Add in dividers for the continents so you can easily go back to the information later on.  As you visit each continent, you'll print out the maps and flags for that continent and place them right behind their divider so they are ready for you to use with your students.  Then you'll add in the information sheets for each country you're learning about on that particular continent.  Doing these simple things really helps you to stay on track with what you're learning, making it easy to locate, easy to learn and easy to teach as well.

    Now this curriculum is completely adaptable.  You can skip things as you need or see fit.  You can do a little research on your own and add in activities you may find through other sources.  It's really easy to make it work for you and your child.

    For this review, we received a full year or two semesters of the curriculum to use.  We've only been using it a few weeks but so far it's really enjoyable.  The very first is the US, the Northeast.  Each lesson is able to be downloaded so that you can print the PDF file and use it easily with multiple students or however you need to within reason.

    The PDF file lessons include many options for differing grade levels.  The itinerary for the trip covers coloring the map of the country you're learning about.  You cut, color and glue the flag for that country.  Learn about the Music from that country through links provided in the curriculum.  Go "sightseeing" and see the world as you learn.  Color and make a craft from the suggestions provided.

    You'll also need some additional books to learn more about the country you're learning about.  These can be easily found at the library or online if you'd rather have them remain in your collection.  (I prefer the latter.)  Either way, they are helpful in learning more.

    Next you'll find the other suggested materials for crafts and other things needed for the lessons.  The exercises are really simple to complete.  Color the US in Blue.  Color each state in the North East Region a different color of your choice.  Color the US Map.  Discuss the waters in the region.  Discuss landforms and other things.  Note what countries border the US.

    I really liked how this curriculum pretty much laid everything out for me.  I liked that I could do one lesson a week and it only took around an hour.  The activities and crafts were easy to do.  The lessons were short but taught a lot.  The kids greatly enjoyed learning through them, traveling the world through the program.  It made life easy for learning during a kind of stressful time in our life.

    You can get Let's Go Geography to use with your students for a full year at $21.99.  There are other plans available as well and a few additional products which can be purchased like a Passport to use for your travels for an additional low fee.

    Here is the 3 year plan for this program:

    Because we were moving at the time of this review, I was unable to take pics for the lessons but they were really easy to discuss and work on as we moved.

    You can find Let's Go Geography online at:

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    Let’s Go Geography {Reviews}

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