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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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Missions Conference 2020

We had our Misions Conference at our church Mesa Baptist from March 1 through March 4.

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Jeremy and Kari Randle are serving in Baden-Wurttemberg Germany Kari wasn’t able to be here, as her father was having surgery, but Jeremy was, and we really enjoyed hearing from him!

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Larry and Sonny Harrison are serving in Whitehorse Yukon, Canada. Their church plant is Calvary Baptist. The Northern Lights are visible from there!

Our third missionaries for the conference are Glenn Kosiorek and hiis wife Shelley. They are serving in Alabama, and also sing as the Crosspoint String Band, singing and playing old fashioned bluegrass gospel music. Their church plant is Redemtion Baptist Church in Albertville, Alabama.

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We had such a grand time! Wonderful messages, great meals before churc on Monday through Wednesday, and WONDERFUL music from Glenn and Shelly Kosiorek! You can see videos of some of their music on their Facebook page.

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Excelerate Spanish Streaming {Review}

Our homeschool family is always looking for a way to learn Spanish, having moved cross country several years ago to New Mexico and when offered the opportunity to review Excelerate SPANISH Streaming from Excelerate Spanish we jumped on it.

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Excelerate SPANISH Streaming is completely different than any other Spanish curriculum we have ever used. We have used workbooks, audio recordings, and once, a game.

Excelerate is what I would consider to be somewhat immersive. Right from lesson 1 in Spanish 1, the teacher is giving words, phrases and sentences along with gestures to go along with them. She tells the students to follow along, using the gestures and movements. This method is called Total Physical Response (TPR). brain functionality and linguistics show that TPR facilitates foreign language acquisition for all age groups.  TPR aids in learning languages by activating different parts of the brain.

The videos are engaging, and the teacher is pleasant. As you can see in the video below, the TPR method is explained.

When we first learn to speak as babies, we do it with immersion. I remember that our oldest son “The Batman,” really spoke no words at all when he was age two (this is when we adopted him). I seriously spoke complete sentences to him, as I did things. For example, I sat him in his high chair next to me while washing the dishes, and said everything as I did it (This is a plate. I’m putting it in the soapy water and scrub it. I’m putting it under the running water to rinse it. I’m putting it into the drain tray so it can dry.”) This child who we were told might never learn to speak now runs his mouth All. The. Time. So, for babies, this is how language is learned, and how many grown people learn. This is learning with speach and movements, or TPR. I never knew this had a name!

In the beginning, there is no pressure at all to speak until you are ready. The words and action movements are repeated, and students remember and associate the actions with the words from then on.

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One good thing, as homeschoolers we can take all the time in the world, repeating things until we get them. In an institutional school, you get only so much time, and then you must move on. With us, while sometimes we can keep up with the suggested schedule, more often than not we can’t. This is one of the “can’t” times. The teacher goes way too fast for us to complete a lesson in the time allowed, so we have to repeat, repeat, repeat. But that’s OK, because we learn at home!

I had “The Puzzler” log on and try to learn Spanish.

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Normally, he would set up at the kitchen table with his Chrome Book and a pair of head phones, so that he could hear and not be distracted by everyone elses noise. It turned out that my son is very self conscious about doing the motions, and would not do them at all if anyone else could see him. It is taking him a long time to go through the videos.

We were given the Excelerate Spanish Streaming to review, but there are also workbooks available for purchase. Given that the video lessons are in an actual classrom and part of the lessons direct the students to pull out their workbooks and use them, I think it would have benefited “The Puzzler” to have them.

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Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece {Review}

 

Homeschool art curriculum such as the Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece is a great way to add drawing instruction to your child’s day, and even though my son “The Artist” already had a natural talent, he and I thought that the Drawing Program would improve his skills and knowledge.

For the purpose of this review, we were given a one year subscription to the Drawing Program.

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Once subscribed, you may use the lessons for each family member if you wish, but at this time only my son is using it. Maybe later on I’ll try too, but I have no drawing ability at all, so I don’t feel very confident.

This course is taught by master Artist and instructor Sharon Hofer. She makes sure the lessons are done in such a way that anyone, even a child, can follow them. My son says “She goes step by step and makes it easy for me to follow her. The lessons are fun!”

There are four levels in the Drawing Program :

  • Beginning Drawing
  • Drawing Level 1
  • Drawing Level 2
  • Drawing Level 3

Throughout the levels, there are 48 lessons, which cover 30 different drawings. The drawings cover:

  • Drawing in Pencil
  • Lessons in Charcoal
  • Lessons in Colored Pencil

Paper used:

  • Vellum
  • Heavy weight Bristol
  • White drawing paper
  • Black drawing paper

While you can probably get the recommended supplies at a good art store, we chose to purchase ours online. When you look at each project, there is a link tto a list of supplies.

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When we clicked on purchase supplies, it tooke us directly to a source for the specific supplies needed, with a cart pre-filled.

My son started right in at the Beginning Drawing level, doing the lessons in order. The first project was a cartoon giraffe, in which Sharon helps the student learn  foundational concepts and skills of the cartooning style. The drawing on the left is straight from following the lessons, while the drawing on the right is what he drew afterward, using the skills he had been taught.

The drawing just below is called Simplicity, in which “The Artist” began learning about seeing and incorporating values and shading. He also spent some time learning about planning and moving through a pencil drawing.

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Hoot Owl was fun, according to my son. In doing this drawing, he learned even more about the process of drawing. You can see the owl from the lesson at the top, and his versions below.

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In Polar Exploration, he began drawing with a white pencil onto black artist paper.

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In Field of Daisies, “The Artist” learned to use charcoal, vellum and an eraser to create his drawing. By laying down charcoal and then erasing selectively, this drawing was created!

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Baby Elephant is also done in charcoal on vellum, but this lesson is actual drawing, as was done with pencil previously. This time, he draws with the charcoal. Isn’t he so cute?

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In Moonstruck, Sharon taught my son more about the basics of value, shadow, and highlights as he created this drawing using colored pencils on vellum.

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Angling For Trout is another drawing in which “The Artist” first laid down charcoal and then used an eraser to draw with, much like Field of Daisies. The difference is the paper. While Field of Daisies is done on vellum, this drawing is on white Bristol paper. On the left, you can see the trout from the lesson. On the right, you can see the drawing he did when he decided to draw a pair of salmon!

My son has recently started the Level 1 lessons, and did this beautiful piece called First Thanksgiving on vellum with colored pencil. In this lesson, he began learning  how to draw fruits and vegetables and how to use colored pencils on vellum paper, and how to make them look three dimensional. I just love the look of this one!

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Working with texture, value and showing movement, Arctic Seal was drawn in white pencil on black paper.

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Overall, we feel that this program is a benefit to “The Artist’s” education. While he does have some natural talent, these lessons are definitely teaching him a lot that he didn’t know how to do. We are very happy that we were chosen for this review!

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A Place to Put My Oils!

We’ve been using Essential Oils from Young Living for a while now, but have had no place to really put them nicely.

My husband saw this on my Amazom wish list, and one day, it was delivered to our house! Here he is with my son installing it:

A,d. Voila!

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Independence Day Cookout!

Taco Burgers (from My Freeze Easy) being grilled!

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Taco Burger, chips & salsa!

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Happy Independence Day, everyone, and please, remember why this day exists!

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