Positive Action Bible Curriculum Building Life Castles {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I am so happy to have received 4th Grade – Building Life Castles from Positive Action Bible Curriculum.  for our family to review!

When I researched this curriculum to see the company’s doctrinal statement and foud it to closely match my own beliefs, and to discover that any scripture directly quoted is from the Bible version used by our family (King James Version), I was so happy that I immediately ordered a second Student Manual/Workbook so that both of the boys could use it.

With 160 pages, the Student Manual/Workbook is colorful and easy to navigate for the student.

Lessons 1 – 13 cover things such as the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, emphasizing His teaching and atonement for us, with the following titles:

  • Who is Jesus?
  • The Promised Messiah
  • The Boy Jesus
  • The Land Where Jesus Lives
  • Victory Over Temptation
  • The Disciples of Jesus
  • The Ministry of Jesus
  • Jesus Reveals His Power
  • Responses to Jesus’ Power
  • Jesus Teaches with Parables
  • Jesus Teaches About Salvation
  • The Crucifixion of Jesus
  • The Resurrectionof Jesus

Lessons 14 – 17 cover The work of the Holy Spirit in believers with the following:

  • The Arrival of the Holy Spirit
  • The Spirit’s Work in Us
  • The Fruit of the Spirit
  • Who Controls Your Life?

Lessons 18 – 28 is going to cover examples and explanations of godly character from both the Old and New Testaments:

  • God Cares for You
  • Your Inner Character
  • Confidence in God
  • Compassion for Others
  • Courage to Stand Alone
  • Learning to Trust God
  • The Value of Humility
  • Learning Submission
  • Patience to Endure
  • The Need for Forgiveness
  • Making Wise Choices

Lessons 29 – 35 teach the student about he life and ministry of the Apostle Paul with the following:

  • Saul the Persecutor
  • Saul’s Conversion
  • Paul’s Missionary Journeys
  • Earthquake at Philippi
  • Paul Faces Trouble
  • Paul’s Final Journeys
  • A Race Well Run

The Teacher’s Manual, has a good section of teaching materials, along with copies of the student pages with the answers.

The Teacher’s Manual also contains the quizzes for each lesson.

There are 10 Hymn lyrics in the back of Student Manual/Workbooks the books,

as well as a page for making a record of the student’s Scripture Memory.

There are 35 lessons, and this is intended to be a one school year curriculum. We are using is with one lesson per week, which is going quite well. My boys have some special needs (especially the eldest), and this is perfect  for them. “The Batman” was excited the second he saw the crossword puzzles, which were easy enough for him to handle! 

There is a sample from the Student Manual/Workbook and the Teacher’s Manual on the site for this curriculum.

His brother “The Artist” also liked the crossword.

They both enjoyed finding and reading the Bible verses to find the answers to the clues.

Here are some more pictures that I took the first week the began their lessons (after that, they wouldn’t let me bother them with the camera while working!).

I really, really like the Building Life Casles from Positive Action Bible Curriculum. I like that my boys are both willing and eager to jump into it everytime I ask, and I love that it fits our beliefs and the few times I’ve seen a piece of scripture directly quoted, it was KJV. If you do not use the KJV, it is very easy to use your own choice of Bible, because for the most part the lessons simply note which verse/s to look up.

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The Latest Freezer Prep!

As you know, with help from “The Artist” I do a freezer plan about once a month. I use the menu planner from My Freeze Easy, which makes it so easy to plan my menus and know what to shop for.

Here’s what we did this time . . .

Since I can set the meals up for my choice of servings, I choose 8, which allows me two meals per package. So the recipes listed above each give me two separate packages, so with 16 packages I get 32 meals total. Plus, I ended up with 4 packages of plain chicken breasts that weren’t used in the recipes, to use for quick meals, so a total of 36 meals by the time we finished.

Butterflying and then cutting all the way through to get 2 thinner pork chops each . . .

Poppyseed Chicken . . .

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Slow Cooker Pepperoni Chicken

A couple of the meals we’ve had so far . . .

Slow Cooker 3-Packet Pot Roast
French Onion Pork Chops

The bounty of 3 hours and 18 minutes of our work (counting the time spent when I had to go back to the store for something I thought we already had)!

The inside of the freezer when we were done!

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Homemade Apple Butter!

So, my regular readers know that I (with a lot of help from “The Artist,) put up meals in the freezer, raw and ready to cook. That will be another post this coming week. This time though, we needed Apple Butter for one of the recipes. We haven’t been able to get it in our preferred grocery store lately, so I went hunting via Google for an Apple Butter Instant Pot recipe. And I found one, very quickly!

Here is “The Artist coring the apples, then cutting them into quarters . . .

Here are all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot . . .

And the finished Apple Butter, still in the Instant Pot . . .

We used a good deal of it for the recipe we would make in the freezer menu plan, and had this to put in our fridge for later!

It took a bit over 40 minutes total, and for FAR less cost, to make our own fresh, no preservatives, Apple Butter!

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Simple, Straightforward Math Curriculum {ThemeVille Math Review}

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If you are looking for a straight forward homeschool math program, I suggest checking out the Grade level of ThemeVille Math which would fit your child the best. Because one of my special needs children has never been able to get beyond additions with a sum of less than 10, I decided to work with him in ThemeVille Math Grade 1.

The author of ThemeVille Math is Dr. Avi Patil.

Dr. Patil immigrated to the United States in 1996. He became a citizen, and completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He loves to teach.

One of the good things about this curriculum is that the Worktext is all in black and white. For my son, this is very important because it is much less distracting for him than colorful pages generally turn out to be. You can see below, he is working on a very plain and uncluttered page, and next to it, another simple, uncluttered page.

The Worktext is 590 pages. It covers:

  • Forward and backward counting
  • Comparison
  • Addition and subtraction with number lines and bar diagrams within 20
  • Word problems
  • Place values in operations
  • Hundreds chart
  • Numbers composition
  • Numerals – words
  • Money
  • Skip counting

And a good deal more! There is also a six page Appendix at the end regarding manipulatives, many of which we already own or can use household items to substitute. There are also instructions for making your own rulers.

There is a pre-lesson (review) for each of the 120 lessons in the worktext, enough to get you through the entire year.

There are 10 tests scattered throughout the Worktext, and a grading page in the back. The idea is to write the grade there each time a test is taken. The total grade for the year is calculated based on the cumulative grades for all of the tests recorded. 

The seperate Solutions book is much thinner. It is laid out with four student pages on each solutions page, as you can see below.

I have not needed the solutions book much yet, except for a couple of times when looking at a given page helped me to better explain what my son was supposed to be doing.

My son is not at all intimidated by the thickness of this worktext, and eagerly asks to do his math every day, and it is my hope that this will be the curriculum which finally makes it easy for him to get beyond where he has been stuck for so many years. So far, it’s working!

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Progress

I’m joining in with the Five Minute Friday writers this week. Each week, a one word prompt is given, and the challenge to write something prompted by that word for five minutes. This week, the word is “Progress.”

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Progress is measured in many ways. How much weight you lose, how many pages you write, how much packing you get done each day during a move, and on and on.

Right now for me, progress is little things. For a number of reasons, I’ve slipped into depression over the past few years. So now, I’m trying to do small things. Each day, I try to finish reading my paper copy of our newspaper on the same day we receive it. I’ve managed it most days, though not every day yet. It may seem small to you, but it’s a victory, and once I do it every day for a while, I’ll add something else.

You can do anything, if you do small things first.

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Home School In The Woods U.S. Elections Lap-Pack {Review}

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With products like The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak, Home School in the Woods makes it easy to add Civics, History and Social Studies to our studies.

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The U.S. Elections Lap-Pak is geared to kids in grades 3-8, but in my opinion, given that this is an election year it would work for just about anyone! Of course younger kids may need help with projects, but it would be worth it to get them a head start on learning learning about how our country works, particularly with the political climate we are currently living through. Older kids, and even adults will learn something new, given that schools don’t seem to be giving any in depth teaching about how our country is supposed to work.

Please see the blog post at Home School in The Woods to discover more about thU.S. Elections Lap-Pak, including a short video about how the Lap-Paks work.

This product is in digital form, which means you will get it right away when you order it, although you can also order it as a CD and waith for it to come in the mail. It’s ready to go! I received a zip file. I simply clicked on it, and all the sub files opened. Since we have done a number of Home School In The Woods products for review, I already knew what to do. It’s pretty simple. Unzip your product, and you will see the following files:

  • Images
  • MP3s
  • PDFs
  • Start

Personally, I just go straight to the PDFs. Here you will find the following:

  • Introductions-And-Directions
  • LapBookProjectMasters
  • ReadingTextPages

I print out the Reading text pages

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and then continue on and:

Open Introductions-And-Direction, and you will find the following:

  • Booklet directions-Elections
  • Intro_Ackn_Res-Elections
  • LapBookAssembly-Elections
  • ProjectDirections-Elections

I print out the LapBookAssembly-Elections and the Project Directions-Elections for “The Artist,” and then go back to LapBookProjectMasters. Print these out in the order the projects are listed in ProjectDirections-Election, on whatever color paper or cardstock called for.

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Then, I let “The Artist” loose!

Here is just part of the production (and just PART of the mess!):

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Here is one project where instead of using the pre-printed symbols, he did his own:

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“The Artist” enjoys drawing, coloring, and making things, so the fact that he can do all that and learn at the same time is a definite plus! We have discovered this over and over in our family while reviewing other products from Home School In The Woods, and you can read those reviews here.

And, the finished product:

We have used unit studies put together into file folders since way before I ever heard of Home School In The Woods, and I am here to tell you that this company’s print and go format is by far the most friendly I’ve ever used! We love it!

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Freezer Meals 7/18/2020

Yesterday,  “The Artist” and I put up 18 dinner meals in the freezer.

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Here is “The Artist” putting together the Bacon Wrapped Chicken.

And here is what it looks like when it’s ready to eat!

Here we have the Mexican Pork Chops . . .

IMG_20200717_195410 This is all of the meals, ready for the freezer, plus two containers of boneless chicken breast for two other planned meals.

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We got this all done in 3 hours and 34 minutes, including the time wasted going back to the store for something that didn’t make the list. You can do this too, with My Freeze Easy! Here is my affiliate link. Enjoy!

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Progeny Press Study Guide For Animal Farm {Review}

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Progeny Press makes earning High School Literature credits easy with high school level study guides such as Animal Farm  Study Guide.

We received the Animal Farm Study Guide from Progeny Press for the purpose of this review, and I’m glad we did! This is a book I had never read, and after reading about it, given today’s political climate I was very interested in doing so.

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Written by Michael S. Gilleland, This study guide takes us through the book Animal Farm quite well. It is really comprehensive! Within this study guide you will find the following:

  • About the Study Guide Author
  • Table of Contents
  • A Note to the Instructor
  • Synopses of the book Animal Farm
  • About George Orwell, author of the book Animal Farm
  • Background information
  • Optional Pre-reading activities
  • The Chapter Sections, within which you will find:
  • Vocabulary activities: using a Thesaurus to choose synonyms and/or antonyms, using a dictionary to look up and define words, defining words based upon context, matching words and definitions, etc.
  •  Analogous Characters and Events, wherein we learned to figure out who, what , when and where the characters and places represented.
  • General Questions, which are, or should be, easily answered. They will give you an idea of how the student is retaining information.
  • Analysis  in which the student is given more open ended questions.
  • Dig Deeper questions are going to give the student the oportunity to think more critically about the feelings and behaviors of the various characters. In this section, you’ll also find scripture passages which the student will use to possibly see how there are things which apply to his or her own life.
  • Optional Projects and Activties
  • Optional Essays and Projects
  • List of Additional Resources

There is an answer key in a separate download that you can use.

We chose to use the study guide orally, which works so much better here. My kids sometimes get a bit balky at having to do a lot of writing, but doing it orally allows for them to go further with their answers. They are more likely to pay attention, and to really think about what is being asked. They are more apt to go further in detail when discussing. They even connected how the author’s view of what was happening when he wrote this novel, seems to be happening right now, but in the United States of America. I would whole heartedly recommend both this study guide AND the book, which I purchased from Progeny Press.

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Study Guides for Literature - A New Coat for Anna, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, My Side of the Mountain, Animal Farm & Little Women {Progeny Press Reviews} As always, I would just love it if you would join me in all of “My Journeys Through Life.” Just go to the subscription box at the top of the blog and enter your email information. After that, you will always know when there is something new happening. I hope to see you here very soon! -)

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