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We received the DVD, Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story from FishFlix.com. FishFlix.com is an Online Christian Movie Store whose goal is to use media and entertainment to glorify God. They seek to educate, inspire and entertain through new release Christian movies and Feature films.
The Torchlighters is a series of award-winning, animated DVDs that are about “real people, real stories, and real heroes,” which are produced with children ages 8-12 in mind. However, those younger and older can also enjoy them. Continue reading
When we were given the opportunity to review Knights & Nobles from Homeschool Legacy, we jumped on the opportunity. This year we have been studying the time period from the Resurrection of Christ through the Reformation. This once-a-week unit study tied right in to what we had been learning and added a fun, rich element to our lessons. Knights & Nobles and the other Homeschool Legacy unit studies are written by Sharon Gibson a veteran, homeschool mom.
Knights & Nobles is designed to be used once-a-week for four weeks for students in 2nd-12th grades. A few of the activities included:
- family game nights featuring games that have been passed down since the middle ages
- learning about medieval art and architecture
- learning about knights
- learning about life in a castle
- prepare a meal fit for a king.
Recently we set up an automatic waterer on a pallet so that it could be portable. We don’t really want to put a lot of permanent infrastructure on this farm as we are just renting it, but we also like the convenience of automatic waterers for our livestock. The waterer we used was a “new” waterer that had never been used. We bought five of these waterers last summer in an auction. They are several decades old but have never been used. We have had to replace the floats as they were not in very good shape but everything else has been working fine.
We started with a standard size pallet and attached a floor to the top of it. We actually reused an old barn door and cut it to size and screwed it down. Next Scott put a piece of plywood on top of the barn door where the waterer was going to be attached.
I received a hardcover copy of the of the 2015 National Parenting Publications Bronze Award winning S is for Smiling Sunrise published by WordsBright, access to the downloadable teaching guide, and the mp3 song version of the book. WordsBright is a small, independent publishing company whose focus is on enjoyable, meaningful children’s books.
S is for Smiling Sunrise was written by Vick Wadhwa a Southern California dad who wrote the book initially for his two year old daughter when she was bored with the A-B-C books he was reading to her. The rhythm of the story can be sung to the tune of the ABC song. The song version of S is for Smiling Sunrise is even available as a free-mp3 download on WordsBright. My kids loved listening to the song and would play it over and over again (especially Quinton who would also insist that I show him the book and sing along!) Not only is the music fun to listen to it also helps the children learn the positive concepts taught in S is for Smiling Sunrise.
S is for Smiling Sunrise takes learning the letters of the alphabet to a entirely new level. Not only is the alphabet being introduced but important life lessons and virtures are also being taught. Below are sample pages for the letters V and W from the book as well as an exert from the teaching guide which is available for free from the WordsBright website. Continue reading