Dig-It Games: Mayan Mysteries ~ Review

Recently, we had the opportunity to review the online game Mayan Mysteries from Dig-It! Games.  For this particular review, I have had Adisyn working through the game.  She is typically not a big “computer-game” fan; however, she has really enjoyed working through Mayan Mysteries!

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Mayan Mysteries provides about nine hours of online play and learning for the child (or adult) playing it; Mayan Mysteries isn’t just about playing!  Dig-It! Games was founded by Suzi Wilcynski whose quest was to “create fun, interactive learning experiences for middle school students.”  She is trained both as an educator and an Archaeologist.  Using this training, her goal is to bring history to life.

The goal at Dig-It! Games is to combine math, science, social studies and language arts in a fun game like atmosphere; in order to lead to critical thinking, independent learning and learning about other cultures.  To do this, they provide a variety of online and iOS apps that you can download.

In Mayan Mysteries, the goal is to discover more about the Mayan civilization while you help the team, Team Q, try to determine who the looter is that has been digging up precious artifacts.

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Along the way, Adisyn discovered that Ladrone is the looter who is causing such a mess and she has been working to help the team put a stop to her actions.  Throughout the game, she has had to complete puzzles looking for clues.  She has had to piece together maps.  One of her favorite parts is reading the comic book that comes from Team Q which features the conversations of the team.

Many of the questions are challenging and Adisyn has found the need to go back and study closer which has increased her retention of the lessons. The reward for those who remain pure of heart and preserve the ancient Maya artifacts is that the ancient city of Ich’aak might even be revealed to them.

 

How did we use Mayan Mysteries?

Adisyn has been working through Mayan Mysteries and is totally hooked on playing it. She has enjoyed learning about the Mayan culture and ancient artifacts.  She has also learned more about the job of an archaeologist; such as, using the proper tools to dig up artifacts.  She has “recovered” numerous artifacts so far.

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Another aspect of the games is the Achievements section.  It is within this section, that the student receives achievement awards such as; Ich’aak Idol (score 100% on All Learn Challenges at 6 Locations,) Time Traveler (score 100% on Ancient Puzzles,) Math Maniac (Solve 2 math puzzles without hints,) and numerous others.

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If you are looking for a fun, educational way to introduce your child or student to the ancient Mayan civilization, I would definitely recommend Mayan Mysteries from Dig-It! Games!

Blessings,

Jennifer

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Broken

A popular song on Christian radio right now entitled Broken Together, written by John Mark Hall and Bernie Herms has led me to think about many people’s expectations of  marriage. Here are the lyrics:

Broken Together Lyrics

What do you think about when you look at me
I know we’re not the fairy tale you dreamed we’d be
You wore the veil, you walked the aisle, you took my hand
And we dove into a mystery

How I wish we could go back to simpler times
Before all our scars and all our secrets were in the light
Now on this hallowed ground, we’ve drawn the battle lines
Will we make it through the night?

It’s going to take much more than promises this time
Only God can change our minds

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete
Could we just be broken together
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine
Could healing still be spoken and save us
The only way we’ll last forever is broken together

How it must have been so lonely by my side
We were building kingdoms and chasing dreams and left love behind
I’m praying God will help our broken hearts align
And we won’t give up the fight

It’s going to take much more than promises this time
Only God can change our minds

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete
Could we just be broken together
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine
Could healing still be spoken and save us
The only way we’ll last forever is broken together

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete
Could we just be broken together
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine
Could healing still be spoken and save us
The only way we’ll last forever is broken together

You can listen to the official Casting Crowns Music Video here.

How many of us have gone through these same feelings? We are surrounded with a culture in which “true-love” is portrayed as a love that completes us. We are conditioned to believe that there is a person who will somehow complete us and make us feel that overwhelming love that we truly desire.  Is this a realistic expectation?  I don’t believe that it is.  Our husband or wife isn’t meant to be the one who completes us.  We are all sinful. To have the expectation that somehow this sinful person that we love will never let us down or disappoint us is a huge mistake!

All too often when couples hit a rough patch, and every marriage will, they begin to think that maybe they married the wrong person.  In our culture, we are too often willing to throw something away that appears broken rather than fixing it.  What if instead of giving up on our broken marriages and relationships we were to come humbly before the Lord.  I believe that when we come before the Lord in our brokenness that is when we allow His glory to be seen by many.

That longing we have to really feel loved can only be filled by One, the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

If your marriage is struggling, I really recommend digging into God’s Word and finding a Christian counselor. Also spend much time in prayer for you, your spouse and your marriage.  Also here are some websites set up just to help strengthen marriages:

http://www.fireproofmymarriage.com/

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/marriage-challenges/page/1

I believe marriage really is worth fighting for!

Blessings,

Jennifer

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Magic School Bus Science Club Sale!

Do Your Kids Love Hands-On Science Experiments?

Mine do!  One of their all-time favorite science projects have been the paper mache’ volcanoes that they made.  After the volcanoes were dry we used baking soda, vinegar and food coloring so that we could watch them EXPLODE!  With the Magic School Bus Science Club you can experience these types of experiments with your kids!

 If your kids enjoy hands-on science experiments as well, check out the deal over at Educents on the Magic School Bus Science Club.  From now through Wednesday August 26th (midnight PST), you can sign up for 12 months of Magic School Bus Science Club for 50% off!

Kit Topics Include:

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With the Magic School Bus Science Kits, your children will explore science through exciting and thrilling experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science. Each kit includes a colorful manual based on the characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme.

Here are Some Interesting Volcano Facts For Kids:

  • There are about 1,900 active volcanoes on the earth. This means they have
    erupted recently or they might erupt. Some volcanoes are extinct. Over 80      volcanoes have been found in the ocean.
  • Most volcanoes happen on fault lines, or cracks in the Earth’s surface.
  • Most of the earth’s volcanoes are in the Pacific Ocean, in an area called the
    Ring of Fire.
  • The word “volcano” comes from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
  • Lava from volcanoes can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Volcanoes spew out ash and toxic gases, as well as lava and lava boulders.

Make sure to head over to Educents to check out this and other great deals.  Some are even 100% off!

Blessings,

Jennifer

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Alpha Omega Publications: Horizons 2nd Grade Phonics & Reading Set ~ Review

I was blessed to receive the complete Horizons 2nd Grade Phonics & Reading Set, for this review.  I received two student workbooks, two student readers and the Teacher’s Guide from Alpha Omega Publications. 

Alpha Omega Publications is a leading Christian homeschooling curriculum publisher.  They have print-based, computer-based and online formats available.  Over their 30+ years of serving the Christian school and homeschooling market they have won numerous awards for their curriculum, including Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 Picks, Homeschooling Parent Magazine: Homeschool Friendly Stamp of Approval Award, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine: Excellence in Education Award and Practical Homeschooling Magazine Reader Awards.

What Does Horizons 2nd Grade Phonics & Reading Set consist of?

There are 160 full-color lessons and activities in the workbooks which are designed to help the student master phonics, spelling rules, and vocabulary. The pages of the workbook are perforated so they can easily be removed to make it easier for the student to write neatly.

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The Readers are also divided into 160 lessons.  Some of the stories are actually read over multiple lessons but they are clearly marked as to where the lesson ends and the next one begins.  Reader 1 contains the story of Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children and several classic stories and poems. While Reader 2 features classic stories and poems such as The Wolf and the Goslings and A Little Princess.

The Teacher’s Guide is laid out in a very easy to follow manner.  In the front of the book, is a Lesson List, Scope & Sequence, and a section with Phonics & Spelling Rules.  Each lesson is presented on a two-page spread with an Overview, Materials & Supplies list, and Teaching Tips.  The pages from the student’s book are also included as reduced size black and white images. This makes it easy to follow along with the student book while having the teacher’s instructions close at hand.

FullSizeRender-3 (2)How Did We Use It and What Did We Think?

When given the opportunity to review Horizons 2nd Grade Phonics & Reading Set, my hope was that I could use it with Eli to help him improve his reading skills.  I am happy to say that he has, in fact, been improving!  Hooray!

We have been working through Workbook 1 and Reader 1. Eli has enjoyed the both the workbook and the reader.  I like how simply the Teacher’s Guide is laid out; I can truly open it and go.  There isn’t a lot of prep time to use this Phonics & Reading Set which I really appreciate!  Having a complete, easy to use curriculum for Phonics & Reading is such a blessing.

I would definitely recommend using Horizons 2nd Grade Phonics & Reading with either a struggling reader or a student starting 2nd grade.  For my struggling reader, it has been a great fit!

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Blessings,

Jennifer

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Patterns of Evidence – Exodus Winner!

Congratulations, Donna on wining a copy of Patterns of Evidence-Exodus DVD!!

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Blessings,

Jennifer

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