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Captain Absolutely . . . Our Review

My boys have discovered graphic novels, but most of them that we have found have in my husband’s and my opinion to be really way too mature for our boys. Because of this, I was thrilled to introduce them to Captain Absolutely from Focus On The Family!
Captain Absolutely is over one hundred pages of exciting comic book style story which had the boys captivated. As a matter of fact, I was barely able to even get the mailing package open when “The Artist” had it GONE from my hands, lol! He had it finished in less than two hours!
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The other boys are also enjoying this story, although they have yet to get it completed as they all read slower than does “The Artist.”
Captain Absolutely comes to us from Focus On The Family,
and it is a spin off of the  Adventures in Odyssey series, a program that I can remember playing on the car radio for my kids when they were young and we had to run errands during the time it was being broadcast. We really enjoyed the program, so I was sure they would love this book! I was right, too!
Captain Absolutely tells us the story of librarian Josiah King. When there is an explosion, he takes shelter in a room full of Bibles, and while waiting to be rescued from the rubble, he begins reading the Bible, which he’s never seen before. In fact, the sign says they are BANNED! You see, Metropolitanville, where the library is, happens to be a city where anything goes, nobody has any sense of right or wrong.
During this time while stuck in the room reading, the city’s radioactive core was leaking, and slowly filling the room. By morning, a great change had happened to him, and as seems to always be the comic book way that superheros are made, the radioactive leak has made him into CAPTAIN ABSOLUTELY! And, like all superheros, Captain Absolutely has a nemesis. His name is Dr. Relative, who goes by the world view that right and wrong is changeable based on what is best for him at any given moment.
“The Artist” just told me that his favorite character is Lord Foulspleen. He says this is because he is  former time traveler who destroyed priceless works of art, until Captain Absolutely arrested him. When he was in prison, he turned his life over to The Lord, showing that everyone can get a second chance. Now he works at the Art Museum and supports Captain Absolutely. He also says it was fun to do the questions in the back of the book. You can check your answers because it gives the page number that goes with the questions.
“The Artist” also likes that the book says “God’s Word is true, but it’s not always simple. Discuss these questions with a parent or youth pastor as you dig deeper into Captain Absolutely.”

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My Boys, Shiloh, & Our Beautiful Hairstylist!

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Homeschool Rescue . . . My Review

I am SO excited to have been chosen as one of 100 reviewers to try out the Homeschool Rescue course, from Only Passionate Curiosity which was created for Homeschool moms like you and me!

Homeschool Rescue is an online video course which was created by Heather Aliano, a home-school mom like us. No matter where you are in your homeschooling journey, I believe that this course can be of help to you. No matter what style of homeschooling your family uses, I think this can help you. After all, there is no one right way to home-school, which is the beauty of being able to do this form of education!

Homeschool Rescue gives you a 60 day e-Course chock full of good, practical lessons to help you get your home education on track for YOUR family. Your home education will (and should!) look like it is uniquely set up for your family, as opposed to a carbon copy of all other homeschoolers. After all, that IS one of the reasons we took our kids out of institutional schooling, yes?

Along with the video lessons, you will receive audio lessons in case you like to listen on the go, and printable transcriptions in case you’d rather read your lessons.

There are printable workbook assignments for each video (don’t get too upset, it’s not difficult homework at all).

There will be ongoing support from other homeschool parents, resources for successful homeschooling, and bonus content which is added to regularly.

Now understand, this is for lifetime access! So anytime you feel a need for a refresh, you can go right back to it! Also, in addition to the online lessons, your membership allows you into a private Facebook group, where you are able to discuss with other homeschool moms who are doing this very same e-Class!

There are also a goodly number of planners you may choose from, or even mix and match to create the perfect planner for you.

One of the sections which absolutely appeals to me is where the course speaks to why we should stop comparing our kids to other kids, and also, why we should stop comparing ourselves to other homeschool parents.

This course is helpful in that I am learning more about the importance of self-care (to me, it’s like putting the oxygen on yourself before putting it on your kid when it drops down in the airplane). You can’t take care of others if you never take care of yourself. I also have to work harder on being able to say “no” without feeling such guilt for doing so. Both of these are so hard for me!

There is an area on homeschooling with special needs children as well, which is important to me in particular.

Heather appears to have really put her years of homeschooling to good use in creating this class! I can learn better time management and organization, how to find out your child’s/children’s’ learning styles and making that work better for them, and yourself.

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The Secret Bridge . . . Crew Review

The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing was written by author Amy Le Feuvre.  According to the web page, this book was written in the year 1899.  Lamplighter Publishing has a stated mission  “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, by building Christ-like character one story at a time.”

The Secret Bridge is a BEAUTIFUL book, both to look at and to hold, with it’s leather-tone embossed cover. It is a hard cover, collectible book, one which will be a permanent addition to my own library!

As the reader, I joined the main character Bridget Channing as she travels by ship to England. Her father has died, and she is on her way to England, to her uncle. On this journey she becomes acquainted with a fellow passenger named Godfrey Bullingham. They spend time in conversation with each other while on the crossing, and once having arrived in England, Godfrey ends up being there to help her when she discovers that her uncle, who had invited her to come and live with him, has recently died. Bridget is left penniless, as a woman had convinced her uncle to marry HER, and leave his money to her, as well, by promising to care for Bridget as her own.

Godfrey convinces Bridget to marry him, not telling her until AFTER the wedding that he needs her to keep secret from his family that they are wed. She is left on her own to do this, as he is to be gone for a year in the Military, and we the readers are left to read on and discover the why of his request.

This is a wonderful story, both of the deepening relationships among the characters, and also of Bridget’s learning to love the Lord. In the beginning of the story, while on the ship, she states right out that she is not a believer, and does not love God. However, later on in England, she meets a Mr. Jocelyn, who subtly encourages her to “Acquaint thyself with him.” As she begins to try to do so, she also tries to help her husband to do the same.

There are secrets aplenty in The Secret Bridge, and it is well worth the read to get to them! I very much enjoy a book that was written as long ago as this one was. One of my long time favorite book series was written at the turn of the last century, and I re-read them at least once a year. I can certainly see this story joining them as a yearly favorite! I like a book that is clean, without objectionable content, and this story very much qualifies.

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ArtAchieve . . . My Review

My boys and I have been enjoying learning new drawing techniques with lessons from ArtAchieve’s  Entire Level I.

I chose the Entire Level 1 because I wanted to participate, and am in no way whatsoever an artist. I am actually enjoying this, though, and we are taking it very slow, as a supplement to other school work. There are five different levels, so you can go to the ArtAchieve website and choose what would be best for you and your children.

I must confess that in all of the time I have been a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I have ALWAYS shied away from any of the art lesson products. What made me change my mind and ask for this one, you ask? Well, I will tell you!

ArtAchieve is not just lessons in how to draw. The thing that really drew me to this product are the extras. For each and every lesson,, there are suggestions for Cross Curricular Connections, such as these for The Czech Cat, which thus far has been our favorite project. Part of ArtAchieve‘s aim is to create lessons even a child (or someone like me, lol!) could draw and be pleased with. For this project, the inspiration came from a bracelet charm that was found in a  Czech Republic jewelry shop.

Cute, isn’t it? And all we needed for this lesson were:

  • 1 sheet of 8 ½” x 11” color laser printing paper
  • 1 fine tipped black magic marker
  • 1 set of colored markers
  • 1 Czech Cat warm-up

We decided we would rather use colored pencils, however, even though the effect is different.

Here we are working on our warm up pages:

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Each lesson gives us a warm up page to learn the various strokes in the picture we will be learning how to draw. The warm up sheet shown here is for the Czech Cat.

What you see in the picture blow is a sample picture to help us remember how to put the pieces together (the sample would also be a good coloring page!) The drawing in the foreground is mine, before I began coloring and giving hr some personality.

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Here are our completed drawings!

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I really am not, and never have been all that interested in adding “busy work” into my homeschooling day, something that was always part of the box curriculum that we used when my older two boys were little. To be honest? I pretty much left those books separate and then sold them as new. But this? We LOVE ArtAchieve ! And we are enjoying Complete Level 1 so much that I can actually see myself considering moving on with additional levels after this.

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Daily Bible Jigsaw . . . My Review

I have been working to complete puzzles with the  Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316. This is a free, downloadable app that have the following options for use:

I downloaded my Daily Bible Jigsaw

from Google Play, and have been playing with it on my Android phone.  I was given five hundred play coins in my account for the purpose of this review.

I will be totally honest with you right now. I am NOT a fan of jigsaw puzzles, I am not very good at them at all! However, these come in little, bite sized chunks, and even *I* have been able to handle them! 🙂

One Daily Bible Jigsaw  puzzle is free to play every day, and you can play more puzzles by using some of your coins. You can earn coins by solving puzzles, by connecting the power piece within a certain time, or by watching commercials within the app for other games. I also do Google surveys to earn Google money! You can also purchase extra coins at prices which begin at $1.99 for 20 coins. Along with the daily free puzzle, you can play bonus 56 piece puzzles for free.

There are tools within the game to help you with the puzzles. They cost coins to use, although on some days one or more tool is free. My favorites have been the Edges (removes everything but the edge pieces), the Rotate tool (this turns all of the pieces to the correct position), and Sweep (moves single pieces out-of-the-way.) The Guide tool gives me a peek at the completed puzzle, and the magnet tool randomly connects two pieces for you.

The pictures that show up when a puzzle is completed are very nice, and there is a Bible verse associated with them, although I don’t think it is from the King James Version, something my regular readers already know that I would prefer. However, I CAN always go from my completed puzzle to my own Bible and look up the verse for myself!

I decided one day when the game asked me if I wanted, to open the game in Facebook. It’s been kind of fun to see the scores of some of my friends along side my own results!

After you complete each daily puzzle, a new piece is shown on the calendar page. Once you complete each day of the month, the entire thing will be uncovered!

I am still not much of a jigsaw puzzle fan, however, this has been helpful when I have just a few minutes to kill. It was also a good thing to have recently, as I was admitted into the hospital overnight. Just later that same week, I had to take “Mr. Loquacious” to the emergency room after he had a skateboarding accident and hurt his wrist.  Having the Daily Jigsaw Puzzle from Planet 316 gave me something to do during the time we had to wait around!

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New Hairstyle With My Stylist, New Nails, & the Easter Bunny!

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