Motivate Your Child- Giveaway

I recently have been having a lot of trouble motivating AJ. She has lost motivation with school work, housework, and even gymnastics. I think a lot has to do with her being an 11 year old girl full of hormones, but I know there is more to it. I started reading a new book, Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told, and I am hopeful that it will really help. It isn’t going to change AJ overnight but so far there are a lot of wonderful tips and ideas that I plan on implementing. Watch for my review at the end of the month.

To celebrate the release of Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told,  members of the Launch Team are sharing a wonderful giveaway filled with a Go Pro Camera, $50 Mardel Gift Card, $25 Amazon Gift Card, and book bundles from both the National Center for Biblical Parenting and Thomas Nelson Publishing! Three winners will win prizes with a total value of nearly $800!

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GRAND PRIZE  ($500+ value)

Go Pro HERO3+ Silver Camera ($300 value)

HERO3+ Silver captures gorgeous, professional-quality 1080p60 video and 10MP photos at speeds of up to 10 frames per second. Built-in Wi-Fi enables you to use the GoPro App to control the camera remotely, preview shots and share your favorites on Facebook, Twitter and more. Compatible with all GoPro mounts, you can wear it or attach it to your gear for immersive POV footage of your favorite activities. It’s waterproof to 131’ (40m) and built tough for all of life’s adventures. Combined with stunning low-light performance, high-performance audio and an ultra wide-angle glass lens, HERO3+ Silver makes capturing and sharing your life easier than ever.  

NCBP Book Bundle ($115 value)

 The Christian Parenting Handbook  and Companion Guide Parenting is Heart Work God’s Awesome Story Hero Training Camp Children’s Curriculum

 

Thomas Nelson Book Bundle ($90 value):

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst  Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson   Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine  All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill  The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill 

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FIRST PRIZE ($165 value)

$50 Mardel Gift Card

 

NCBP Book Bundle ($115 value)

The Christian Parenting Handbook  and Companion Guide Parenting is Heart Work God’s Awesome Story Hero Training Camp Children’s Curriculum

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$25 Amazon Gift Card

 

Thomas Nelson Book Bundle ($90 value):

The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst  Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson   Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine  All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill  The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway dates: January 12, 2015 @12:00am ET through January 28, 2015 @ 11:59pm ET Terms and Conditions: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no way associated with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Amazon. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.
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A Love Letter from God – Review

Beautiful, fun new kids book

AJ and I were given the opportunity to review a beautiful new children’s book, A love Letter from God. It was written by P.K. Hallinan, illustrated by Laura Watson, and published by Ideals Children’s Books. 

A Love Letter from God is a fun little book where the author writes what she feels God might say in a personal letter written to a child. Throughout the book God’s love is shown in simple to understand, lyrical language.

I love you, My child! What more can I say? To Me, you are perfect in every way! 

It is a hardback book with very thick and durable pages. Each page has beautiful illustrations and shaped cutouts including; hearts, stars, clouds, and circles.

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What We Liked

We both fell in love with the colorful pictures. The cutouts in the pages added a fun element and really livened up the already lifelike illustrations. The book is short and to the point, but an enjoyable read. I like that AJ was able to read it to me without any problems, and she did so willingly. The best part would have to be the message. It tells of God’s love. My favorite page is a beautiful reminder of God’s love not only to children, but adults as well. 

Once in a while, a problem will come. You may even fumble or stumble on some. But always be certain I’ll take every wrong and use it for good to help make you Strong!

There honestly wasn’t anything that we disliked about the book except, we wish it was a little longer.

A Love Letter from God is available for $12.99 from Ideals Children’s Books.  But they are having a sale. For the month of January, every book with the word LOVE in the title will be 20% off when you use the code, LOVE2015 at checkout.

Many Thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing one of my readers with a copy of A Love Letter from God! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

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Body and Soul by Bethany Hamilton – Review and Giveaway

I don’t know about your kids, but AJ’s ideas about being healthy are far off. She is a gymnast and exercises all of the time so she thinks she can eat junk all of the time. Don’t get me wrong, she loves fruit and vegetables, but she also thinks she needs cookies and candy daily. Since we are with Grandma so much we are around sweets all of the time. Grandma loves her cookies and candy, and at 84 years old if she wants to eat candy every day no one is going to stop her. The problem is that cookies and candy every day are not healthy.

 It feels as if Bethany is sitting there sharing tips with you. I think it is a wonderful book for teens, tweens, and even adults.

At just 11 years old, I am already hearing, “I am going on a healthy diet tomorrow” at least once a month. Then she will go about half a day making good choices but by dinner she is asking for candy and I am telling her, no.

Enter a new book, Body and Soul written by Bethany Hamilton and her trainer. When I was asked to review this book I wasn’t sure it would be a great fit. I love Bethany’s story of faith and perseverance so I decided to check it out. You never really know what you are going to get in a health/diet book, especially one for kids. In fact I haven’t even let AJ look at it yet because I wanted to read through it and see what exactly it was all about. What did I think? I liked it so much, that the signed copy of Body and Soul is currently wrapped up and under the Christmas tree, with all of the Christmas treats and junk around this time of year I figured this book would make sense after the holidays.(As I am typing this she is eating a giant Christmas Sucker at 8 in the morning) I think that this book will be amazing for AJ!

*Update – She loves the book and can’t wait to try out some of the recipes! She has already done a few of the workouts, and we plan to read through the entire book together over the next month or so. I have to admit, she was even more excited about the book than I was expecting!*

Bethany Hamilton healthy

About the Book

Bethany Hamilton has become a fitness expert by virtue of being a professional athlete who has excelled–and she’s done it while overcoming incredible challenges. Whether you know Bethany or not, whether you surf or not, everyone has challenges, and in Body and Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life, Bethany shares some of her core experiences with body, mind and spirit. Sharing her expertise as an athlete, Body and Soul helps young girls develop a healthy lifestyle, understand their changing bodies, gain confidence, and establish a pattern of healthy living starting at a young age. 

This book includes workouts specially developed for young girls by Bethany’s personal trainer, recipes and information on healthy eating based on “Bethany’s food pyramid”, which follows the Mediterranean diet, and advice on deepening your spiritual health, for a total body wellness book perfect for growing girls. This isn’t a book about Bethany, this is a book about wellness, becoming your best “you”, through physical and spiritual balance, because spiritual health is just as important as physical health. 

The book is 160 page full color soft cover book. It is broken into ten chapters, focusing on so much more than just diet and exercise.  It is really about living your best life. It is full of motivation and ideas. Throughout the book there are places to write things down like your 10 favorite things to do. Not only can you read the book, and record your thoughts, but this book is interactive too. Throughout the book when you come to a certain symbol you  can then open an app on your phone or tablet, scan the page and receive even more information about a topic.

There is an entire chapter devoted to exercise, with workout plans and step by step directions. I really love the fact that there are photos to go along with the exercises. Another chapter focuses on food. To be honest looking at the foods I thought that they were kind of odd. The recipes called for things like coconut flour, and a lot of kale.

Well, I bought some kale to try out the recipe for kale chips, and you know what, I LOVED them! I have had kale chips every day this week for lunch. AJ likes them too. The fact that we liked the kale chips gives me hope that we might enjoy some of the other recipes in the book. While I thought the food choices looked odd, they may be something that will work.

The recipes all seem fairly easy, and I am sure once you have a few of the uncommon ingredients on hand eating better would be easier.

What I really liked in the book was that Bethany states that you can look healthy and thin on the outside but be unhealthy inside, and that is something I think AJ needs to understand. There are no crazy fads in the book, just getting healthy through better food choices, exercise, and  focusing on God.

Body and Soul is an easy read and it feels as if Bethany is sitting there sharing tips with you. I think it is a wonderful book for teens, tweens, and even adults. It is a a book I could definitely recommend!

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Family Christian Bible Sale December 5th – 24th

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 There are so many different types of Kids Bibles available now compared to when I was a child. They have the very basic Bible with cute pink covers, Bibles covered with pink or purple glitter, and even some with fun animal shapes. There are Story Bibles and Devotional Bibles. With so many choices, Family Christian has the right Bible for you and your family.

Christmas Bible Sale

From December 5th until December 24 select Kids Bibles and Devotionals are 50% off! Almost all of the Kids Bibles are on a sale of some kind right now, but there are way too many to list them all here, I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

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I had a Beginner’s Bible when I was little, but it was nothing like this. This Bible is for 2-6 year-olds. Not only can they read the stories and look at the pictures, but they can listen to the stories! There is narration, music and sound effects for more than 90 stories. It has 512 pages and is hard covered, Originally $24.99 it is now on sale for just $9.99. When you look at the website it has a 5 star rating from everyone who rated it.
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Looking for something for a little girl? How about this amazingly priced Little Purse Bible? A great deal at the original price of $16.99, but a steal at the current price of just $5.99. It is not a full Bible, but it has all of the New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs. Great for a little girl who wants to carry her Bible to church.

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Is your child a little bit older and looking for a full Bible, but they still want some fun pictures and a little bit easier to understand vocabulary? Check out the Berenstain Bears Bible!It includes the entire Bible along with book introductions. a dictionary, larger font, and 18 full color pictures. This Bible looks like a fun transition Bible. It retails for $24.99 but is on sale for only $9.99.

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My all time favorite Bible, the Bible you see in all of the posts about AJ’s school work is the Deep Blue Kids Bible. It is not one of the Bibles on sale for 50% off, but it is on sale for 32% off. It retails for $18.99 and is on sale for only $12.99. It is an AMAZING Bible. It has notes, devotionals, trivia, reading challenges, and so much more. The version is easy to understand even for a struggling reader.

No matter what kind of Bible you are looking for, Family Christian has you covered! Don’t forget to check out all of the wonderful sales that are going on now!


Their Name is Today – Book Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review a book by Johann Christoph Arnold, Their Name is Today. 


From the back of the book:

Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide. Yes, we can reclaim childhood. says Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life. In Their Name is Today, he highlights drastic changes in the way our society treats children. But he also brings together the voices of dedicated parents and educators who are finding creative ways to give children the time and space they need to grow. Cutting through the noise of conflicting opinions, Arnold takes us to the heart of education and parenting by defending every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood.

About the author

Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, forty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.

He is a noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, education, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years.

What I thought about the book.

The idea is great – give every child a wonderful childhood. The problem is that no one can agree on how to do that, or even what a wonderful childhood looks like. Mr. Arnold makes a lot of great points in his book about the problems in today’s society when it comes to children. He talks about parenting to the heart of children and I really like the idea. However, I think a lot of his “fixes” are rather impossible in this day and age. He seems to have a very conservative view. He frowns on television, video games, guns, competitive sports, and too many rules. While I agree that some children have their faces in  a screen too often, I don’t think that taking them away completely is the answer. His views seem old fashioned. I think we do need to step back and let our kids be kids more often, but I also think balance is the key. To me, Their Name is Today isn’t focussing on today at all, but trying to bring todays kids back in time. Times were simpler back then, but I think that rather than sheltering our kids from life today, it is our job as parents to prepare them for the future and live a life of balance. I don’t disagree with everything in the book, but overall it wasn’t something that I could recommend.

6th Grade Curriculum Plan

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I can’t believe that AJ is in 6th grade this year! It seems like just yesterday she was in second grade I was contemplating bringing her home to learn. We have come a long way. I am still learning, but I feel confidant that this year is going to be a successful year for AJ. We will be schooling 4 days a week because honestly any more than that is just not realistic with our schedule, we do the same amount of work, but spread it over 4 days instead of 5. Here is what we have planned for the year.

Math

We are sticking with Key To Math. Last year we finished Decimals and half of Fractions. This year we will finish with Fractions and complete Percents. Last year I planned too much and didn’t give time for those instances where AJ just didn’t understand a concept. Math came easy to me and instead of planning by topic, I planned by the number of pages. This year I have went through each lesson and scheduled based on difficulty not just the number of problems.

We will finish Key To Percents with about 9 weeks of the year left. For those last 9 weeks she will be completing a geometry and a pre-algebra workbook that I picked up for free at the Pay What You Want Sale.

She will be doing book work 3 days a week, and then a Fun Math that I make up on the 4th day. The Fun Math will be lessons to make sure she has a good grasp of skills to be ready for Key To Algebra next year. Some skills I will be addressing are; mean, median, mode, range, graphing the coordinate plane, different types of graphs, area, volume, probability, and equations. I plan on sharing each of the Fun Math that I create here on my blog the week after we finish it.

Logic

We will be using different workbooks for logic. The plan is to do logic at least twice a week.

  •  Penny Press Easy Logic Puzzles. This book is full of puzzles that will require AJ to think. They start off simple and get more difficult.
  • Flash Kids Problem Solving. We are doing the 4th grade book because we never got to it last year. It has a lot of fraction problems and because of the way she is learning math we hadn’t covered some of the skills necessary for her to complete the problems until the end of last year.
  • Math Logic for Middle/Upper Grades. I picked this book up for $1 at a local teacher supply store. It is full of great logic problems. We will use this book over the next few years.
  • Sudoku Puzzles. I don’t have a specific book, but she has asked to learn how to do Sudoku puzzles so we will start easy and see where it leads us.

Science

We will be studying Earth Science this year. We will be using a few different resources.
    • We will use Creation Geology for the first part of the year, adding in lapbooks from Hands of a Child to go deeper into some subjects. We will be doing the following lapbooks; Rocks and Minerals, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes.

 We will continue or study of Earth Science with Creation Astronomy. We will use the Moon and Galaxies lapbooks from Hands of a Child to go along with our space study.

  • Weather on the Move from Homeschool Legacy. This is a once a week unit study that we have been reviewing. It is a lot of fun and brings science to life. We will be using it with the Weather, Extreme Weather, Hurricanes, and Blizzards lapbooks from Hands of a Child.
  • We will finish off Earth Science with Oceans and Water Cycle lapbooks from Hands of a Child.
  • Throughout the year we will be utilizing thec by Luke Gilkerson. This is an amazing star study that has short weekly assignments. I have never been one that could easily find different constilations, so we will both be learning with this neat book. I think it will be the highlight of our science study!

 

History

History will be the main subject this year. We are using……….

Diana Warring’s History Revealed Creation to Christ. We are so excited to start history this year; and that is coming from someone who hated history in school. AJ has never studied Ancient History, so I have a lot of hands on fun planned. This history uses a unit study approach and incorporates music, art and science into history.

Language Arts

Literature
AJ will be doing literature studies on a variety of books. See our book list here.
Writing
Writing is AJ’s weekest subject so we will use 2 main books to help her this year.
  1. Writing Strands level 3. We started this book last year but didn’t have time to finish it. I like the fact that the book breaks writing down into bite sized pieces.
  2. Jump In! After reviewing this a few weeks back I am confidant that it will help AJ to become a better writer.
The two programs are very different and I think by using both of them AJ will get the best writing instruction possible.
Grammar
Last year we decided to take a break on formal grammar. This year we are diving in with the use of these books.

  • Sheldon’s New Primary Language Lessons. I reviewed this a few weeks ago, it is a gentle approach to grammar that includes; copy work, dictation, and picture studies. We plan to work on this book for 15 minutes a day. This book won’t last the entire year because AJ already knows some of the topics.
  • Painless Grammar. I found this at the Good Will for $1 and fell in love with it. It teaches grammar in a funny story telling tone. Before I was given Sheldon’s New Primary Language Lessons, I had planned on using this book exclusively for grammar. It is a wonderful resource so I plan to use the two together.
  • Flash Kids Language Arts 6. Despite being a hands on learner, AJ likes workbooks. I like the Flash Kids workbooks because the lessons are short and topic specific.

Bible

We will be using Bible Road Trip Year 1. See my review here.



It should be a fun year full of learning. What are you learning about this year?

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I am also linking up with Our Busy Homeschool and the Not Back to School Blog Hop

Enough – Review

Have you ever read a blog post so amazing that you thought it should be made into a book? That is exactly what happened to Kate Conner. A simple post entitled, 10 Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls, written on March 25, 2012 ended up being viewed over 2 million times in less than 2 weeks. Today, August 1, Kate’s book, Enough –10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls, has been released for sale.

From the back of the book:

In a book based on her run-away blog post “10 Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls,” which garnered more than 2 million views in to weeks, Kate Conner calls us to action in Enough. We all have teenage girls in our lives who we love, whether it’s a sister, friend, or daughter. Kate had identified 10 things these girls need to hear today from someone who loves her. Peppered with wit and laced with grace, Kate’s list tackles relevant issues like Facebook, emotions, drama, tanning beds, modesty, and flirtation. Woven into each chapter is a powerful message of worth that transcends age, and will touch the souls of women, young and old alike.

Enough is a 214 page soft cover novel broken up into 10 chapters, one for each of the items listed on her original blog post. The book is written from a Christian prospective and the Bible is quoted many times throughout. The book is written to adults to help discuss some of the harder parts of life including modesty, drama, Facebook, and so much more. It has a suggested retail price of $15.99.

Enough is an easy book to read and has a lot of good advice, but I didn’t agree with everything. On page 54 of her book Kate stated that her mother use to give her things to read and tell her to “Read it with her filter on.” She went on to explain that her mother meant, “I don’t agree with everything in here, and you don’t have to, either. Take the good and leave the rest.” I feel that statement is really how I feel about this book. The first chapter was the hardest for me to get through, it was the chapter on modesty. Everyone has there own opinions and this time I really disagreed with the author. I thought about putting the book down, but was glad I didn’t. There was a lot of good points in the book and a lot of common sense.

Overall, if you are looking for a book to help talk to your daughter about hard issues this book may be the answer for you. Would you like to win a copy of the book Enough? Enter the rafflecopter below.
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Bible Road Trip Review

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The first part of a 3 year study of the Bible for all ages.

The Bible is something that needs to be a bigger part in our homeschool. This last year we looked up a lot of verses and learned a great deal, but AJ really needs more. Our history program this year is Bible based, and so is our science (more on those in another post) but I felt we needed a Bible curriculum. The problem I have with most Bible curriculum is that they are too religious and often there are things in them that we don’t agree with. After looking into a few different options I found a few that I couldn’t afford (really it needed to be free) and a few that just didn’t seem like a good fit. Then I was given the opportunity to review Bible Road Trip written by Danika Cooley.

What is the Bible Road Trip?

Bible Road Trip is a 3 Year Bible Survey for children and young adults, beginning in Genesis and progressing through Revelation. Year One covers the books of law and history in the Old Testament. Year Two covers the books of poetry and prophecy in the Old Testament. Year Three covers the New Testament. It is for preschool to adults with different assignments for each level; pre-K and K, grades 1-3, 4- 6, 7-9, 10-12.

When I began reading the introduction to the Bible Road Trip I was pleased to find the following statement.

“Bible Road Trip does not address specific theological or doctrinal arguments.”

I was very excited that this program might be the right fit for us. I kept reading and was ready to start our trip, then we hit a road block. I didn’t realize that in order to use the curriculum that we would need an additional book. The additional resources vary by grade level, but we needed, What the Bible is All About: Bible Handbook for Kids by Frances Blankenbaker. The book is used throughout all three years and from the previews it looks like an amazing resource, but it isn’t in our budget right now.

So we looked over the curriculum and decided that with a little adjusting we could still use the Bible Road Trip. 

There are 32 weekly lessons to be completed however you choose. Each week there is a lesson guide that has suggestions for; Researching the Word, Reading the Word, Memorizing the Word, Notebooking the Word, Praying About the World, Learning More About the Word, and Crafting Through the Word. The Bible Road Trip retails for $20. To go along with the study there are also notebooking pages that are available for $20, but this week they are on sale for just $10.

There are a lot of great ideas in the Bible Road Trip, and I think the notebooking pages are beautiful. For now we are going to put the study on hold, but we will be picking it up when we start back to school. We will be doing the reading, memorizing, and praying (hopefully weekly) and throwing in some of the crafts as time permits. I think the study will definitely be a great addition to our homeschool.

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We have now been using The Bible Road Trip for the last five months and we LOVE it. We were able to get a copy of the book we needed and the What’s in the Bible DVDs.  AJ and I have learned so much. We love using the note booking pages to fill in the information that she learns. It is a wonderful program that is all planned out and easy to use. We plan to continue with it this year and to use year 2 next year.

6th Grade Reading List

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I think I have finally finished picking the books that AJ will be reading this year. She will be going into 6th grade and was a struggling reader. She is finally starting to enjoy reading so I know that I need a good list of books that will keep her interest. This year we are not using a curriculum for literature, instead we will be using a writing and a grammar curriculum (review coming this week) and will then do studies on different books. I picked a variety of books; some books that I remember reading as a child, a few Newbery Award winning books, and some that just look like fun stories. Some of the books are below the 6th grade reading level but I think that is okay. I am trying to instill a love of reading and feel that the variety in this list will make our literature studies fun, meaningful, and full of learning.

Here is our 6th Grade Reading List


Fantastic Mr. Fox Here is the FREE Unit Study I created for this book.


 Matilda


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Stuart Little


The Trumpet of the Swan


 Because of Winn-Dixie


 Pippi Longstocking Here is the FREE Unit Study I created for the book.


 Mr. Popper’s Penguins  You can find the Free literature study I created over at Home & School Mosaics.


 The House at Pooh Corner


 Abel’s Island


Super Fudge


The Sign of the Beaver


The Indian in the Cupboard

She will still pick some library books for free reading, but these books are the ones we will be reading together and picking apart. There will be some author studies and a few comparing and contrasting books and movies. We will be doing a variety of activities with the books. I have lapbooks and worksheets that I have found for part of the books. (That Curric Click sale was a blessing for us!) So far I have made my own studies for The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Pippi Longstocking. I still have a few more books to find resources for but the planning is in session!

So what is your plan for language arts this year?

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Experience History Through Music

Oh, Susanna, Yankee Doodle, Home on the Range, you  know the songs but do you know the stories and history behind the songs? There is so much history to be learned while learning about the music from the days of our ancestors. This year one of AJ’s assignments was to learn about the history of the song Yankee Doodle. I was surprised that there was not anything kid friendly that explained the history behind the song. Sure there were song books, but nothing that explained the song. We used a few different things and AJ understood the basics behind the song, but I really wished there was a better way to learn. Fast forward a few months and I was offered the opportunity to review Diana Waring’s Experience History Through Music. From the description it seemed as though these books would be exactly what I was looking for, and they were.

Experience History Through Music is a fun way to do just as the title states, learn history through music. There are three titles available in the Experience History Through Music series; Westward Ho! The Heart of the Old West, America The Heart of a New Nation, and  Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Each book  is soft covered and contains beautiful stories and pictures. The books each have between 13 and 16 songs and the stories behind them. Included in the back of each book is the sheet music and lyrics for the songs discussed in the book. There is not really an age requirement for these books, but older teens may find the music a little hoaky. AJ is 11 and enjoyed most of the songs.

Attached to the back cover of each book there is a CD. Each CD was professionally recorded with beautiful instrumental music and vocals.

AJ and I were given a physical copy of; the Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Westward Ho! The heart of the Old West, and all three CDs. We were given a digital copy of America The Heart of a New Nation.

Westward Ho! The Heart of the Old West contains music and stories that have a pioneer spirit. Songs include; Home on the Range, Gooey Duck, Westward Ho!, and many more.We both really enjoyed this book. It shows both the good and bad that happened during the times of the pioneers and really digs into American history. While we read the stories and listened to the songs AJ was learning so much, but she didn’t think of it as school work, she just thought we were having fun. Our favorite song in this book was Gooey Duck. Neither of us has ever heard the song before, but is is upbeat and entertaining. The story behind the song is really eyeopening to what the pioneers had to do to survive.

Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder was the book I was looking forward to the most. Songs include; Wait for the Wagon, Buffalo Gals, Pop! Goes the Weasel, and many more. The pictures and stories in this book would make a great addition to any Little House study. We loved being able to hear some of the music that Pa played for Laura while they were growing up. It is full of pictures of the Ingalls family and the places described in the Little House books. I do have to admit though that out of all the CDs, this one was the one we liked the least. Some of the songs were a little slow and in AJ’s words kind of boring, but that is just the type of music it is.

America The Heart of a New Nation was the book we spent the least amount of time on, mainly because we don’t really enjoy reading books on the computer. The stories were great and even include Yankee Doodle. Other songs included in this book were, Oh, Susanna, Polly Wolly Doodle, She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain and many more. This CD was a favorite around our house, and if we were only going to be able to buy one book I think this one would have been our pick. The music was upbeat and fun and the CD contains so many of the songs we already knew.

All of the books were full of great information to help you and your child learn history through music. The books are available separately for $18.99, but for this month only you can get all three books for only $50. If you are going to be learning about American history, or if you just want to add in a little bit of fun these books might be for you.

Learn more about Diana Waring and her other great programs here.
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