Review of The Captain Sun Adventures -Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith

My son loves reading this new comic book, Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith, from The Captain Sun Adventures. For many years now, our four children (three sons and a daughter), have been pulling me slowly into the world of comic books – at least in the movie format. We have been watching the Marvel and DC movies. Every chance they get, they buy comic books or Manga books. So when the opportunity to review this comic book came up, I knew it would be a perfect fit for our 17-year-old son.

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The Captain Sun Adventures is meant to be part devotional and part graphic novel. It is intended to help children develop a Christian worldview. There are currently three books in the series. Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith, the book we are reviewing is the first book in the series. This book combines a superhero with the Bible in a format designed to capture your child’s imagination.  People of all ages will enjoy this comic book with a Christian view.

According to their “About Us” page, Bryce Morgan is the pastor of Way of Grace Church in Buckeye, Arizona (www.wayofgracechurch.com) and a part-time cartoonist with the West Valley View newspaper. He wrote all three books and illustrated the second and third ones. He and his wife have three children who love comic books.

Now I do have to say our youngest son who is our third child is not my most ardent comic book lover. Some of his siblings love the genre more. However, he is my son that is always willing to jump in and assist me with a review. So I decided to have him read this book. At some point, I will have our 15-year-old daughter read it as well.

Our son found Chapters 7 and 8 to be his favorites. These chapters showed the main character was not all-powerful, and he could be defeated. Our son stated that he does not like undefeatable characters. He felt like the graphics were fairly well done. He felt the storyline was easy to follow. Our son also stated that ending did not give him closure. He felt like it would be a satisfactory ending, but the so he wants me to buy the other books for him.

It seemed like at the end of chapter 8, meaning the end of the comic book, it looked like it was heading in the direction of a “happily ever after” type ending, but for him, he felt the conclusion could have been elaborated more to make him more satisfied. He felt like the book implied there was more to the story, but for him, it just cut off and left him wanting more.

You can find The Captain Sun Adventures on Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

If you are looking for a Christian version of a comic book that has a superhero and references the Bible, check out Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith, from The Captain Sun Adventures.
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Review of Kingdom File Series from Barbour Publishing

 

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 Barbour Publishing sent us two new titles Who Was Jonah?  and Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? which are part of their Kingdom Files series.  These Christian books for kids are definitely worth reading. Our family has been enjoying their books for quite a while. So we were excited to have the opportunity to review two books from this new series.

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Kingdom Files is a Bible-based book series for children ages 8 to 12 years old. Every book in this series examines the life of a Biblical character and helps children become excited about learning about key people in the Bible who were part of God’s plan and kingdom. The books are written by Matt Koceich, who is an elementary school teacher and creator of the “Imagine” series of books. He makes his home with his family in Texas.

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Each book has a FACT FILE – which includes general information about the Bible character. This includes their name, what work they did (their occupation), where they lived, what work they did for the kingdom of God, a timeline along with key statistics. Next, there is an ACTION FILE – this is where the Biblical story is told in a way the child reading the book can understand. Finally, there is a POWER FILE – where the main lesson of the story is broken down to where the child can see and understand that the Bible stories from ancient times do apply even in today’s time.

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One of our family’s favorite parts of both books are the fantastic line art drawings that help capture the imagination of the readers. The books are written with a font that is easy to read regardless of age. Personally, I think these books would be perfect to use as a read-aloud for the entire family – regardless of age. Our youngest child is 15-years-old, so we each read the books independently. However, if she was in the age range of 8 to 12 years old, I would probably have required her to read some parts of the books out loud to me. I also would have had notebook sheets and possibly coloring pages to go along with the stories as well. Or since our daughter loves to draw, I may have had her draw what inspired her as I read the story aloud to her.

The possibilities are endless. “Who Was Jonah? examines the life of Jonah beginning when God wanted him to become a prophet. Rather than doing God’s will, Jonah instead decided to run away. Matt Koceich does an excellent job of telling the story in a way that captures the reader’s attention. He also does an excellent job of explaining ideas that may be hard for children to understand – such as when the sailors casting lots (meaning using either sticks with markings on them or small, flat stones with symbols on each one. The descriptions and explanations are perfect for children of the intended age range. The clue boxes are easy to spot and provide an excellent opportunity for students to engage in a meaningful way with the book. I could see these being used for oral narration, writing prompts or even family discussions at the dinner table.  There are even note pages that the reader can use to record their own thoughts, the memory verses and more to help with retention.

Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus?  examines the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus played in the Kingdom of God.  It discusses how the angel Gabriel visited Mary in her hometown.  It also discusses how she and Joseph probably felt about what was going on as a result of the pregnancy.  It goes through Mary’s encounter with Elizabeth – her cousin.  It examines the sacred night when Jesus was born and how it came to pass that Jesus was born in a manger.  Our family loved how Bible references were included throughout the book.  It talks about the magi, King Herod, Jesus at the temple when he was about 12 years old, and more.  One of our favorite parts of the book was the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine at his mother’s request.  We appreciated how the book discusses how Jesus wanted to honor God’s wishes before his earthly mother’s wishes.  But he did end up performing the miracle in the end.

The Power-Up Files at the end of the book provide a Bible verse to memorize along with informative commentary.  There are 10 files for each book.  One of our family’s favorite Power Up Files is the one entitled “God doesn’t Abandon”.  It talks about how Satan tries to convince us that God does not care about us, but Jonah’s story proves that God does provide.  It uses Hebrews 11:1 as the memory verse.  I have included a graphic of this verse below.  Our family felt like the amount of information along with the memory verse provided a perfect balance for children who are ages 8 to 12 years old.

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You can find Barbour Publishing on social media on  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.  So if you are looking for Christian books for kids, and especially biographies for kids, check out the Kingdom Series, including Who was Jonah? and Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus?   for yourself.  These books from Barbour Publishing by Matt Koceich are definitely worth reading.

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Review of GrammarPlaneti

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We are finally understanding sentence diagramming with this new online grammar program from GrammarPlanet.  Growing up, I was one of those unusal people who actually enjoyed sentence diagramming.  I was blessed to have teachers who demonstrated and explained sentence diagramming in a way that made sense.  So I wanted the same experience for our children.  I feel it is very important for them to have a good grasp on grammar.  This means they need to have an excellent understanding of the different parts of speech.  I felt GrammarPlanet fit the bill for our family’s needs.  It is an online product, which I find very convenient since it is self-grading for the most part.
GrammarPlanet’s creators are Erin Karl and Jerry Bailey.  GrammarPlanet is the realization of dream that has been years in the making.  It is designed to make grammar education affordable and available to anyone regardless of their background.  This program is meant for homeschoolers as well as public school students.  The program is designed for students ages 10 and up.  Even adults who wish to increase their grammar knowledge will benefit from this program.  Everyone benefits from having a strong grammar foundation.
The philosophy behind GrammarPlanet is  Erin Karl’s mother’s Analytical Grammar, which is a book-based program that has been available to homeschoolers for over two decades.  The love for grammar comes through each and every video.  While the videos are not fancy, it allows the message of the videos to take center stage.  There is little to serve as distractions for the students.
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There are two versions of GrammarPlanet available.  There is a free level that includes ads.  There is also a paid version which is ad-free.   For the purpose of this review, I decided to work through the units myself first before having our teenagers use the program.  Because it is a new program, I felt this was best.
I will say there was definitely a learning curve to using this program.  Each unit gives a list of process steps for completing the exercises.  If I went too fast or tried going out of order, I found I made more mistakes than if I took my time and worked in order.  While I was working through several of the units, my husband was in the room beside me.  He was very impressed by the program and I have a feeling he will wind up going through it at some point.  Several times, he stated he learned something he did  not know or heard terms he was not familiar with before that lesson.
I have to say I have been very satisfied with the order the parts of speech are taught.  I also love that a student can go as fast or slow as they or their parents want them to based on ability.  I also love that at the end of each practice section, the student has the option to continue or come back later.
The one thing I would caution about this program is that if a student misses too many ansywers in the practice exercises, the system will lock them out and a parent will have to unlock the lesson.  At the same time, I like that I have the ability as teacher/parent to reset progress when it is needed.  I also like how the grades display on the screen and are also emailed to me as the parent.  There is little parental involvement required. Upon reaching unit 6, sentence diagramming is introduced, initially with only prepositional phrases.  In the video, students and parents/teachers are advised students can do as little or as much diagramming as desired.  However, cautions are given that failing to do diagramming will cause problems later in the course.  I definitely agree with that caution.  So my children will be required to do sentence diagramming.
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All in all, I have to say I am really pleased with this program and am glad we had the opportunity to review it.  So if you are looking for an online grammar program, check out GrammarPlanet for yourself.  If you would like to read other reviews from members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.
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Review of God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn

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As a homeschool mom, we all need encouragement from time to time so I was excited to read God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn written by Julie Polanco.   I remember when we first decided to homeschool our oldest son when he was in the fifth grade.  Until that point, I never would have believed our family would ever be called to homeschool.  But God had other plans for our family.  We were blessed to have a local homeschooling community to walk beside us and encourage us.  I love the ideas she presents in this book about Christian unschooling.
Julie Polanco has been a Christian since 2000. She and her husband homeschooled their children from the very beginning. Serving in the Womens’ Ministry and the Worship team for her family’s nondenominational church keeps her busy. Her first child graduated in 2016. She is a regular contributor to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and their Homeschooling with Heart blog. She is involved in the homeschooling community on a local level and through her blog and books. She also finds time to be a freelance writer.
I know there are many who begin their homeschooling journey alone and with no support.  Julie Polanco shares her heart and experiences through the book God Schooling:  How God Intended Children to Learn.  The book is broken down into two sections:  Dispelling the Myths and then the actual practice.  Many people visualize unschooling as children running around all day unsupervised and unfocused.  However, Julie Polanco illustrates how unschooling God’s Way results in children who grow and learn in the manner God intended them to learn.  Julie emphasizes throughout the book that schedules and routines are perfectly acceptable and in many cases necessary for daily life.
As I read this book, I knew Julie Polanco could relate to everything I felt and thought through the years.  I love how everything in the book revolves around God, His Will and walking in His Way.  It takes away the myths of homeschooling being simply doing things the public school way at home.  At the end of each chapter, there are questions to answer that delve deeper into what has just been read.  I found these questions to be an excellent way of helping me to think more about what I had just read.

As I read how there is Biblical support for natural learning. As we began our homeschooling journey, I knew our oldest son needed time to decompress from his experiences at the public school. He needed time to connect with our family, our God and to recapture his love of learning. So we took the time to do those things. After reading Julie Polanco’s book, I wish I could have read this book when we began our homeschooling journey. As my daughter loves to say in general (and not specifically about homeschooling), “Many mistakes have been made!” I know we did a lot right, but I wish we had the ability to go back so I could do some things differently.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the beginning through the middle of the book:

 

As I read this book, I remembered the importance of recognizing the abilities and developmental readiness of our children was more important than what some other person (educator, other professional or parent) thought my child should be doing. For example, our youngest son experienced motor skill delays growing up. So I had to recognize that certain fine motor skills that came easily to our other children would not come as easy to him. We had to adapt and become creative in what his schoolwork looked like. On the other hand, his younger sister did not have any motor skill delays, so there were things she could do easier than her brother. When they were younger, we found a homeschooling gymnastic class that all four children could participate in together. The activity, motion, and patience of the teachers brought our youngest son a long way in his motor skill development.

I love the parts where Julie talks about how children need to be in motion.  Our three sons were extremely active when they were younger.  They seemed to be in perpetual motion.  If they had attended public school, I feel like we may have been told they suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder at the least and more likely we would have been told they suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  I realized they were just growing boys who needed to be active and to be in motion.  So as Julie suggests, I made sure the boys were in motion a good part of the day.

As I read God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn, I realize how different every child is and how God created each and every one of them with His specific purpose in mind. This means each child has specific gifts and talents, He intended them to have. So I can not ignore those facts.  Given our youngest child will be turning sixteen in a few months, the later section of the book was the most relevant to our family.  I love how she went in depth about choices for beyond high school.  With three teenagers and one child in his 20s, I know everyone does not need to go to college.  Our oldest son is now working as a nursing assistant by taking a three-week course earlier this summer.  So far, I think our third son is the only one who will be attending a normal four year college program.  Here are some other quotes I loved.

I also loved how various means of keeping records are discussed inlcuding scrapbooking, journaling and more.  Obviously the more stringent the requirements are for your location will help determine how detailed your records need to be.

This book details a form of relaxed homeschooling that takes the students and families into consideration.  It is meant to develop a life-long love of learning.  So check out God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn written by Julie Polanco for yourself.For your information, the e-book version is available for half price sale through August 22, so now is the perfect time to check out this book for yourself.  If you want to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Branch Out World’s Picture Book Explorers – Paddington Bear

 

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Today I want to introduce you to Paddington Bear, a lit-based unit study, from Branch Out World.  For this review, we received a downloadable PDF file to print out.  Even though my youngest child is almost sixteen years old, I still love looking at what is available in the Homeschooling marketplace for younger children. As someone who loves to read, anything based on books is bound to get my attention. This unit study is recommended for ages five years old to ten years old, but if your family lives outside of the United Kingdom, you may find this book works for older children as well.  I could definitely see the benefits of using this curriculum if you have more than one child, even if some of those children are older than 10 years old.

Branch Out World is a company ran by a homeschooling family based in West Yorkshire.  Their family started homeschooling over 20 years ago and they love books.  They have created literature-based unit studies that can be tailored to your own child/children’s needs and interests. These studies can be used with multiple children at one time or with one child as they grow into them.

Paddington Bear is part of Branch Out World‘s Picture Book Explorer series.  The unit study is meant to be completed over five days.  I would definitely recommend starting on a Monday when you know your family could complete all five days in a row so that your child maintains their focus and interest.  To complete the study, you need the unit study printed out, the picture book, possibly the chapter book the unit study is based upon, and any other items listed for each day to complete the activities.  All of the extra supplies needed are listed on page 7 of the printable PDF file.  I would definitely recommend assembling these items the week prior to starting the unit study so you do not have to scramble to find anything.  On page 7 a list of optional extras is listed that include other books about Paddington Bear, books about Peru and a list of films and television episodes.

The unit study consists of reading the book every day and then doing different types of activities each day.  The days are broken down as follows:

  • Day 1 – Exploring the Setting
  • Day 2 – Exploring the Words
  • Day 3 – Exploring the Pictures
  • Day 4 – Exploring Science
  • Day 5 – Exploring Maths, Crafts & More

I have to say as I read through the guide, I was impressed by the variety of activities included and the way those activities are organized.  Each day has background information along with instructions for the day’s activities.  There are suggestions about how to complete the activities.  When my children were younger, they tended to enjoy coloring and map work, which is included on the first day.  I also like the fact that a variety of maps are included so you can pick the one which suits your family the best.  You can pick just one or you can pick more than one.

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If I was doing this literature-based unit study with my children, I would definitely probably have them complete it in a binder so they could add pages as needed and keep everything organized.  Also, since my daughter loves art and drawing, I think day 3 would be her favorite day. As a teenager, I could see myself wanting her to recreate the pictures she saw in the book concentrating on the characters and the architecture.

 

I know when our children were younger, they would have loved making their own passports and then would have wanted to have stickers and other things we could add to them to show where they had traveled through the books they were reading and lessons from history and other subjects.  I know they would have enjoyed the hands-on activities better than just reading a normal textbook.  I wish we had this opportunity when they were younger.

You can find Branch Out World on social media including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you have children who love hands-on learning and a variety of activities, I definitely recommend you check out Branch Out World, their Picture Book Explorer Series and Paddington Bear for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Home School in the Woods’ The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline

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Home School in the Woods is my favorite company for timeline materials, so I was super excited to receive The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline from their À La Carte Timelines projects. Our children tend to enjoy hands-on History studies rather than using a typical textbook.  So I was thrilled for our family to review this product.  I feel Home School in the Woods offers some of the best history studies available.

Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines for all grades from Kindergarten to high school.  These product lines include À La Carte Timeline projects, Hands-on History Lap-Paks, Time Travelers American History, and more.  For this review, we received the digital download of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  I was very excited for our 15-year-old daughter to receive this product.  Moreover, I was excited to work on it as well.

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This scrapbook-style timeline includes artists, historical figures, world leaders, religious leaders and more.  It is recommended for grades 3 to 12th.  I have to say I agree with that recommendation.  For the younger students, they will enjoy cutting and pasting the figures into the timeline. For older students like our daughter who is in high school, this can be a springboard for deeper studies.  My initial plan was to get the timeline completed, which we did.  Now for the upcoming school year, I plan on our daughter researching the events and people included on the timeline in more depth.  I want her to complete notebooking pages on some of the historical people and events on the timeline as well as write some more in-depth reports on others.

 

With this product comes the timeline pages are broken down to time periods and indications on the pages what person or event belongs where.  It includes figures, predated lines, and a teacher’s key, so the only extra supplies needed are glue and scissors.  We simply printed our timeline and figures on normal printer paper.  However, I would recommend using cardstock at least for the timeline pages to make it sturdier.  Also for our purposes right now, we put the completed pages in a Presentation folder.  As I have our daughter do more in-depth studies and she completes more pages, I will probably have her move everything into a binder broken down into the timeline pages, notebooking pages, reports and other items she wishes to include as she completes them.  

 

I feel this product is an excellent springboard for more in-depth studies of historical events and people.  Our family definitely recommends this product line.

One of Home School in the Woods’ newest products is their Project Passport World History Studies.  This series includes hands-on activities.  Students receive a passport and a luggage folder in order to prepare for their journey.  According to their website, students will “Take a trip through history and discover cultures at another era of time with hands-on projects and activities that drive the lessons home in a fun way”  These studies are designed to take approximately 8-12 weeks and are meant for grades 3-8.  Students will learn about everyday life, agriculture, trade, education,  writing, medicine, government, the Bible and more.  So click here if you want to learn more about the Project Passport World History Studies.

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Review of Northwest Treasures’ Geology and Apologetics

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We recently had the opportunity two review the online class Geology and Apologetics as well as the introductory video Taking the Mystery Out of Geology from Northwest Treasures.  For our family, it is not just enough to believe in the Bible, but we beleive our children should also be able to state what they believe and why.  My children also have expressed an interest in learnning about geology.  We loved how the courses integrated both geology and apologetics.  Apologetics is the reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.  The courses we reviewed were online courses that required an Internet connection to access them.

You can read all about Northwest Treasures by clicking here.  Northwest Treasures offers online courses, kits and curriculum and more.  The company offers opportunities for children from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.  From field trips to Yellowstone National Park under the guidance of Patrick Nurre, the opporutnities and products offer a wealth of experiences to capture your child’s imagination.

The first product we reviewed was “Taking the Mystery Out of Geology”.  According to their website, “This short, 20-minute class from Patrick Nurre is a gold mine of information that will help you to understand geology from a Biblical perspective. You will learn 13 terms that will clarify just what is the science of geology, and what is the philosophy of it.”  Our family found this description to be accurate.  One of the things we absolutely loved about this course was the amazing photographs that were included.  It is meant for grades 5 and up and I felt this was a good range for this video.  However, I believe if you have younger children, they could benefit from listening along with their older siblings.

The second course we received to review was “Geology and Apologetics”.  This is a six-part course, again online, that includes six videos that is meant for grades 8 to adult.  Again, we feel this is an appropriate age range.  Each lesson includes a video to watch that range from around 13 minutes to about 22 minutes long.  The videos include the following topics:

  • Lesson One: Knowing the Scriptures in the Secular Geological Age
  • Lesson Two: Clarifying the Conflict Between Science and the Bible
  • Lesson Three:The Genealogies and Chronologies of Genesis. Are They Accurate and Reliable?
  • Lesson Four: Evolutionary Gaps in the Fossil Record, How Serious Are They?
  • Lesson Five: Dinosaur-to-Bird Evolution, the Story That Never Seems to Die
  • Lesson Six: Time and Chronology in the Secular Geological Age

Each video includes discussion questions at the end.  We were able to watch all the videos, and I have to say if you are looking for high-end expensively produced videos, this may not be for you.  If on the other hand, you are more concerned with content, beautiful photographs and Scriptures to back up what is being said, this will be perfect for your family.

Our family loved how Patrick Nurre seamlessly weaved Scripture, geology, apologetics and real locations into a breath-taking video shots, such as this stained glass window below.

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Another scene that caputred our attention was this one with Hebrew wrting.

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Finally, some other photographs that captured our attention inlcuded these:

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The maps, charts, graphs and pictures Patrick Nurre uses during these videos reinforce everything he is saying.  We loved how everything he said was backed up with Scriptures and facts.  It is easy to see he loves what he does and loves sharing that knowledge with others.  Our favorite lesson was Lesson Three:The Genealogies and Chronologies of Genesis. Are They Accurate and Reliable?  This may be as a result of my husband, an ordained Primitive Baptist Preacher, spending so much time studying this geneaolgy through the years himself and sharing it with us.

For our first time through these videos, we decide to just answer the discussion questions orally rather than having anyone write anything down.  I felt it would give more involvement from our three sons and our daughter.  Moreover, we planned on just using this for enrichment rather than actual course credit. I feel like I want to print out notebooking pages for the vocabulary words, timelines for the time periods and also pages suitable for answering the questions and actually taking notes during the videos.  So I will be back with an update on how that goes and to share some of the pages.

Here are some pictures of the discussion questions for the 6th videos.  Each question comes up individually and you have to manually pause the video so there is time to answer the questions.  When we go back through the videos again, I will provide everyone with any questions, vocabulary, and Scripture references that are utilized in the videos.

In addition to the online classes, Northwest Treasures also offers physical courses such as the high school level Northwest Treasures Curriculum Project or for younger students the Geology for “Little Eyes” series.

You can find Northwest Treasures on social media here on Facebook and here on Pinterest.  Also, Northwest Treasures may be found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  I must say I loved that we had the ability to stream the videos through our television using our Roku device rather than having to watch on a small computer screen or hook our computer up to our television using an HDMI cord.

You should check out Northwest Treasures for yourself if you are looking for online courses that include geology classes, Apologetics, or dinasours.  You can read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew including Geology and Apologetics or Dinasours and the Bible by clicking here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude to Sexuality

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If you have boys between the ages of 12 and 20 you’ll want to check out Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality from Great Waters Press.  As the mother of three sons: ages twenty-two, ninenteen and seventeen along wiht a daughter who is fifteen, I have to say some conversations are much easier than others.  More importantly, I find conversations with my daughter are easier for me since we are both females.  However, with the days and times we live in, talks about sexuality, relationships and other related topics can not be ignored or avoided.  So I was  grateful to have the opportunity to review this book.
Christian parenting remains a challenge at best and diffiuclt in many cases, especially with teens or tweens.  Christian sex education can be a hard topic to discuss, especially if you grew up with parents who did not discuss the subject readily.  With all the other temptations and opporunties to be exposed to inapporopriate material, a parent has to take steps to counteract such exposures..  For our family, we decided to homeschool years ago, and one of the things we prayed for was the safety and well-being of our children.  However, with the Internet and smart phones, that can be easier to say than done.
Hal and Melanie Young are award winning authors who are not afraid to tackle the tough subjects.  More importantly, they do it in a way that builds on and focuses on Christian values.  They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and very popular conference speakers.  They are the parents of six real sons and two real daughters.  This provides a wealth of real world experience and background to relate to in their writing.
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The book covers everything from how sex was God’s idea to how the enemy perverts God’s Design to Recovering from a Fall to Guy and Girls along with the Road Ahead.  Hal and Melanie Young have done a wonderful job of making a hard topic to talk aout much easier.  One of the things I really appreciated while reading this book was the practical tips and thoughtful manner in which the topics were addressed.  It is defnitely hard for some parents to recognize how easy temptations, traps and other roads to sexual misconduct are for our teenagers and young men.  As the mother of sons, I want my sons to experience such Biblically based books that address these hard topics.  Moreover, as the mother of a daughter, I want the men she wil come in  contact with and eventually marry to be exposed to such materials.

Some of the features I really appreciated about this book was the five point defense along with the summaries found at the end of each chapter.

While these subjects are hard to talk about, this book does an excellent job covering the gap between what the world says and encourages versus what the Scriptures tell us God’s Word requires..   On page 63, I found a quote that summed the message of the book for me.

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So you should check out Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality or one of their other books like   from  Great Waters Press for yourself.  Another great book that members of the Crew are reviewing this week from Great Waters Press is No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope  .  So if you want to read posts from other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1)

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In this age of technology it is becoming more and more important for students to learn some basic programming skills so I was thrilled to be able to review Code For Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1) from Code for Teens.  Ever since our family joined the Home School Review Crew a litte over a year and a half ago, I have wanted at least one of children to learn to code, if for no other reason than to be able to help with our blog.  Our seventeen-year-old son carries the torch in this area.  He is willing to take the time and energy to learn to code in order to help me.

With software engineering being among the fastest growing career paths around today, I feel like I would be doing our youngest son a disservice if I did not expose him to coding.  The Code for Teens website states, ” This book is written with the goal of teaching young teenagers to code without ANY parent or teacher involvement. Important concepts are introduced gradually with ample review and many drills and small challenges to ensure that the child understands the concept fully before moving on.”  I loved the idea of my son being able to work independently.

The book was written by Jeremy Moritz and illustrated by his wife Christine Moritz.  I have to say I absolutely love the illustrations.  You can read the introduction and first chapter here on the website just above the superhero looking graphic.  Because JavaScript is the most common language for computer programming, students learn about it in this book.  The book is basically designed for anyone who has at least a sixth-grade reading leve- so basically older children and teenagers.

The book contains an introduction, a section for parents, and then starts off slowly and builds through ten chapters that cover a variety of topics and include such chapter titles as “Hello World!”, “Time to Operate”, “Comments on String Section”, “Projects Galore and More”.  The book also includes a conclusion, answers and a glossary.

Each chapter includes reading, activities, a quiz, key concepts, and drills.  The very first chapter required our son to find the average age of our family using coding.  He really enjoyed this.  Starting with chapter 2, the review is cummulative.  In Chapter 2, the learner works on a project which builds on the concepts introduced in the chapter.

So far our son has completed Chapter 2 and is working on Chapter 3.  Because he already has coding experience, he felt like the book started off a little bit slow for him.  However, a child with no coding experience will probably find this book perfect.  I had him glance through the book and he stated chapter 5 begins to reach a level that will hold his interest more.  You can find Code for Teens on Facebook here.

So far our son is really enjoying the book and I am enjoying seeing what he is creating.  Even though we are off to a slow start, I  can not wait to see what else he learns.  Code for Teens is worth checking out for your own family if your family is interested in learning more about computer programming, coding, or JavaScript.  If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Progeny Press’ Perelandra-eguide

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Progeny Press makes earning High School Literature credits easy with high school level study guides such as  Perelandra – eGuide.  When I saw the opportunity come up to review this product, I was thrilled.  I thought my science fiction loving 17-year-old son would possibly love reviewing this product.  When looking for literature curriculum, I want products that include Christian values and beliefs.  I also prefer literature guides that utilize an entire book, rather than ones with a lot of pieces and parts from different literature choices.  I also prefer ones that have lessons plans and involve critical thinking skills. For this review we received the e-guide for Perelandra.  This means we received a downloadable study guide along wth the downloadable answer key.

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Progeny Press is a Christian company that provides literature study guides and e-guides for Kindergarten through twelfth grade. They offer a variety of selections and choices.  The guide we received included activities ranging from vocabulary terms to critical thinking questions to essays and more.  I really loved the study guide included vocabulary, reading comprehension, anaylsis and more.

Because I typically prefer to know what my children are studying and learning about, I decided to work through the Perelandra – eGuide myself before having my son start it.  While I am very familiar with C.S. Lewis, this series was not one I had really heard of , so I was interested in learning more about it.

 

I felt like we were at a slight disadvantage because we had not read the first book in the series.  So I really wish we could have gone through a study guide for the first book in the series before beginning this one.  My recommendation would definitelty be to familiarize yourself with the first book in the series before beginning the guide.  For convenience, we decided to download the actual book for Perelandra by C. S. Lewis on our Kindle app so we could take it wherever we happened to be going. I also downloaded the e-guide and the answer keys on my iPad in iBooks so we could travel with it as well.

 

The guide is meant to be completed in about eight to ten weeks.  Since it is summer here in the United States we went at a slightly slower pace.  We decided to read the chapter(s) in the book before we worked on the questions in the e-guide.  So one day we would read and then we would take the next few days to complete the vocabulary or other questions in the e-guide.  I encouraged our son to take his time with the analysis questions.  If you have a student who finds answering in-depth analysis questions, you many need to provide extra guidance for your learner.

 

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All in all, my son and I have been very pleased with this product and are glad we had the opportunity to use it.  You should definitely check it out for yourself.

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