Brinkman Adventures ~ Review

AJ loves being read to and really enjoys audio books, when we were given the chance to review The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3 I thought that AJ would enjoy them. We had never listened to any of the products from Brinkman Adventures  so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

An audio drama adventure that helps bring your child closer to God.

What is Brinkman Adventures?

Brinkman Adventures is an audio drama that tells stories of real life missionaries. Names and some details are changed for safety reasons, but the struggles, triumphs, and stories of God’s love are true. We received a physical copy of season three. It has 12 episodes that come on 4 CDs. The episodes covered in this season are:

  1. God’s Mule
  2. Mountain Mover
  3. The Silent Ambassador
  4. Translating Trouble
  5. Man-Up
  6. Acorns & Oaks
  7. A Saint’s Story Part 1
  8. A Saint’s Story Part 2
  9. Untouched
  10. Busy Bees and a Bullhorn
  11. Missionary Tourist Part 1
  12. Missionary Tourist Part 2

While this is season 3 in the series, you don’t have to listen to season 1 and 2 first. The only issue AJ and I had with not have listening to the previous series is that we didn’t know who the different voices in the story were. We were able to listen, learn, and enjoy each story even without knowing exactly who everyone was in the beginning.

The adventures you go on as you listen to the audio drama really come to life. The amazing sound effects and musical elements add to the suspense in the stories. I was surprised by the incredible details, from different voices and accents to back ground noises in the city, there was so much to take in. AJ said it was so realistic that she felt like she was watching TV with her eyes shut.

How We Used Brinkman Adventures

 

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Our original plan was to simply listen to an episode each day. That didn’t happen! AJ was so into the stories that we would listen as long as we had time for, some times three or four episodes a day. A few of them she wanted to listen to more than once. The best part is that there are more adventures waiting once you finish listening to the episode.

You can go to their website and find out more about the stories that you listened to. Depending on the story, you will find out who the story is based on and additional information. They even tell you which parts of the story were fictionalized. Some of the things we assumed were fictionalized were actually true, and that was fun to find out. Most of the stories contain pictures and videos of the real people or places that you learn about in the story.

After we listened to all of the episodes AJ and I went through the true stories online. We found it very inspirational.

What We Thought of Brinkman Adventures

It is amazing! The stories are fun to listen to and keep you at the edge of your seat, but most importantly, they show characters who are following God. The characters inspire you to be a better person and to do the right thing. I loved that they didn’t come off as preachy, but through the actions and decisions of each character your child is learning.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking to add a little adventure in their day! These would be great for road trips too.

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Galaxy Buck ~ Review and Giveaway

If you are a Buck Denver fan you will be excited to know that Buck is staring in a new video, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9. We love all of the What’s in the Bible? DVDs so we were anxious to watch this newest video.

Galaxy Buck

About Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9

Buck Denver has a simple dream – to save the galaxy.  Working for the Galactic Mission Board, Buck dreams of carrying God’s love to every corner of the Milky Way!  Except he doesn’t have a starship.  Or a crew.  Or even a captain’s license. He just needs a chance.  But when that chance comes and Buck finds himself leading a real mission into deep space, things don’t go at ALL like he imagined!  If he’s doing what God wants him to do, why is everything going wrong?  From VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything – even our dreams!

The movie is about 40 minutes long and has many of your favorite characters from the What’s in the Bible? series.

What we thought of Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9

AJ and I both enjoyed watching Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9. It was an adorable story that shows God’s love while incorporating humor and fun. Full of humor, laughter and teachable moments. I recommend it to any one who enjoys other videos created by Phil Vischer, he has a way of teaching kids about God in a wonderful way.

It is available on DVD October 20th.

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When Calls the Heart – Heart of the Family ~ Review

The last year or so I have watched numerous previews for the hit Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. A few months back I watched the season two premier of the series and instantly fell in love with it. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and like most television series I enjoy, I rarely see more than a few episodes. When we were given the chance to review When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family from FishFlix.com I was excited to catch up with some of my favorite characters. We received a physical copy of the DVD to review.

Elizabeth is in over her head in this When Calls the Heart DVD!

According to the website, When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family is the third film in the second series of the show. Seeing the word film, I incorrectly assumed that this was a stand alone movie with the characters from When Calls the Heart. While some may argue that it is a film, I honestly felt it was more like a combination of two episodes from the series. If you are unfamiliar with the series you will probably feel lost as to what is going on – but it is a great series, and FishFlix.com has all of season 1 available, so you can easily catch up.

So What is When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family

The film starts out with Elizabeth returning to Hope Valley. There is a welcome home party for her and she sees Jack, it is obvious the two still have feelings for each other. A few small story lines play out throughout the film with some of the other characters, but the main story line focusses on Elizabeth. She offers to help out a neighbor who has to leave his homestead to look in on an ill family member. Being raised in the city, Elizabeth ends up in over her head. She couldn’t even figure out how to pump water! Jack comes to the rescue and the two end up talking by firelight. A few days later Elizabeth’s former suitor, Charles, is in Hope Valley. Why is he there, and what will Elizabeth do? Well I can’t give it all away! You will have to watch it to find out.

The program is approximately 88 minutes long and includes some interesting behind the scenes interviews with the cast. It is not rated, but completely family friendly. There are a few kissing moments in the show, but that is all. It is even made clear that Jack didn’t stay in the house overnight with Elizabeth, instead he slept in the barn.

What Did We Think?

We decided to watch When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family as a family. I love the fact that since the movie is from FishFlix.com I don’t have to worry at all whether there will be any inappropriate content. AJ an I both enjoyed the DVD. There were moments of humor, suspense, and even a few sad moments. The only downside was that we were both a little lost at times.

One scene had two younger characters stealing a car. I didn’t recognize them and their names were never stated. That entire scene seemed misplaced, but had I watched the episode prior to the DVD, it may have made perfect sense.

I really enjoy the series, but I would never purchase a film from a season like this. To me it would make so much more sense to just purchase the entire season. It felt like I was given the chance to read a few random chapters in a book. No matter how good those chapters are, reading the whole book would be better.

Members from the review crew reviewed a few different films from FishFlix.com, including the AMAZING movie – Do You Believe? Click on the graphic below to see what other members of the Crew thought.

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Famous Men of Rome ~ Review

  Famous Men of Rome is a great product, even if you aren't a classical homeschooler!

We were given the opportunity to review the Famous Men of Rome Set from Memoria Press. It is classical year long course about Ancient Rome designed for 4th to 8th grade students. The set comes with a 157 page soft covered book, Famous Men of Rome. The book is broken down into 30 different chapters covering the history of Rome from the tale of Romulus and Remus to the end of the Western Empire. It is full of pictures, some black and white and others in color. The back of the book includes a glossary and full color maps of Ancient Rome. The length of each chapter really varies. Some are as short as 2 and a half pages while others are more than six pages long.

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To go along with the Famous Men of Rome, we also received a Student Guide. The Student Guide is a 120 page soft covered book. It includes a two page lesson for each chapter, 5 different review lessons, drawing pages to complete activities, maps (in black and white), a blank timeline to fill in, European geography lessons, a pronunciation guide, and additional resources.

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The final piece of the Famous Men of Rome Set was the Teacher’s Guide. The Teacher’s Guide is a 172 page soft covered book. It includes a short two page section explaining how to use the guide. The first 120 pages are basically another Student Guide that has all of the answers filled in. The rest of the book contains the 7 different tests and answer keys, 5 to be completed after the review lessons, a final test covering the entire book, and a European geography test.

Weekly lessons from Famous Men of Rome

Each lesson is designed to last a week. The lessons are broken up into four sections; Facts to Know, Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions, and Activities. The Facts to Know section lists the most important facts from the lesson. It is also the section of the lesson that is to be used for memory work and copywork if desired. The Vocabulary section takes words from the text. The student is to try and figure out the meaning of the word from the context that it is use in, if they can’t then they are to look up the word. The Comprehension Questions are questions based on the reading. Most of the questions require a short answer or a list from the reading. The Activity section changes each week. They include locating places on the maps, filling out the timeline, drawing part of the reading, looking up information, and questions from the reading. There are some questions marked throughout the book that can be used as essay questions as well.

How we used Famous Men of Rome

While the lessons are intended to last a week, after the first week we decided to speed up the pace. We school 4 days a week and completed two lessons a week. The first day we would go over all of the Facts to Know sections from the previous lessons. Then AJ and I would read the first half of the chapter. She would answer any vocabulary or comprehension questions that she could answer from the first half of the chapter. Then she would choose 2 or 3 activities to complete, usually map work, timeline work, or drawing a picture.

On the second day we would go over all of the Facts to Know sections so far then finish up the reading. When she was finished she would fill out any unanswered vocabulary or comprehension sections. The reading time varied depending on the length of the chapter and her willingness to read, but the book work part never took longer than about 20 minutes.

What we thought about Famous Men of Rome

We are NOT classical homeschoolers. We don’t do memory work and rarely use text books. We enjoy reading great stories and learning in a hands on way. I didn’t know how AJ would take to trying to memorize dates and places, but I was pleasantly surprised. She really enjoyed reading the stories. They were exciting, full of drama, and in her words, crazy. The part she liked the best was the Facts to Know section. She loved trying to learn all of the facts. She remembered way more than I expected, and even took it upon herself to create flashcards for some of the ones she was having trouble with.

We both liked that the book work part of the lessons was short and sweet. The activities were varied enough to keep her interest and there was not too much writing. I love the fact that the vocabulary section came with answers. So many times we struggle with the vocabulary section because all dictionaries are a little different. It was nice to have the correct definitions at my fingertips.

My favorite part of the entire set was the pronunciation guide.  It was written where AJ could easily figure out how to pronounce the different Roman names. I can’t ever seem to get names right, so I found that section very helpful.

Famous Men of Rome includes some European Geography

The geography section was ok. By the looks of the book more geography is introduced in later chapters, but in my opinion you would really need more geography to have a solid grasp.

The major complaint I had was  the lack of instruction for the teacher. As I mentioned before, there is a two page section that tells you how to use the guide, but it isn’t very useful. The book doesn’t tell you how long a lesson should take, or give any suggested schedule. While I appreciate the answers, I prefer a teacher’s guide that has more to it.

The other issue I had was with the tests. The tests are in the Teacher’s Manuel, but they are not perforated for easy removal. They look difficult to remove. Since the answer key is right behind the test, giving the student the book really isn’t an option.

Overall we liked the Famous Men of Rome Set and I would recommend it to those who want to study history in a classical way. It is interesting, doesn’t have too much busy work, and AJ enjoyed it. We are planning on continuing with the books next year, but we will more than likely skip some of the vocabulary and continue with our faster pace. The stories are great and I feel that AJ has already learned so much from them.

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New Testament Crossword Puzzle

I have been making crossword puzzles and word searches with the Books of the Bible to help AJ learn them all. Today I am sharing the Books of the New Testament.

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Sovereign CD Giveaway

 
Michael W. Smith released his newest album Sovereign earlier this month! Today, May 27th he is released a brand new video of a single from the album, “Sky Spills Over.”
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If you enjoyed that video, you will love the fact that I am able to give away a copy of the CD “Sovereign” to one of my readers. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the CD yet, but with songs like the one in the video, I am sure it will be great!

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Old Testament Crossword Puzzle and Word Search

Yesterday I shared a crossword puzzle that covered the first three sections of the Old Testament; the Law, History, and Poetry. Today I have a fun crossword puzzle that covers the Books of Prophecy from the Old Testament. There are some hard names to pronounce in this section of the Bible, and spelling them can be very hard to learn. Using this crossword puzzle will not only help your kids to become more familiar with the books of the Bible, but with their spellings as well.

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I also am sharing a word search that contains all 39 books of the Old Testament. This puzzle is a little difficult, but with some determination I am sure kids 9 and up will be able to solve it. The answer key is included incase you get stuck!

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Old Testament Bible Puzzle

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Learning about the Bible can be hard! One resource that AJ and I have been using is a wonderful book, What the Bible is All About! This book has the Bible broken down almost by chapter. It is a great tool for us to use after reading chapters in the Bible when AJ has a question. I also enjoy that it goes into detail about who wrote each book and how the Old Testament connects to the New Testament.

Get your FREE Old Testament Crossword Puzzle covering the Books of Law, History, and Poetry

To help AJ learn all about the books of the Bible, I made this fun crossword puzzle. It covers the first three sections of the Old Testament; the Books of the Law, the Books of History, and the Books of Poetry.

You can download your copy of Old Testament Puzzles Part 1 today, come back tomorrow for more Old Testament Puzzles. Yesterday I posted a Books of the Bible Printable that will really help with this puzzle, you can find it here.

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This year AJ has been really interested in the Bible. I can often find her in her room writing down verses and reading through different chapters in her Bible. She watches the What’s in the Bible? DVDs all of the time and has learned a lot. In all honesty, I have learned a lot too. She came to me a few weeks ago and told me that she wanted to memorize all of the books in the Bible.

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I made her this list of the books of the Bible to put up in our school room. Today I am offering it to all of you as well. I made two versions a black and white version, and a colored version. The books of the Bible are broken up into their different sections. AJ has been working on memorizing them a section at a time.

Download your copy of the Books of the Bible Printable today and come back tomorrow for a FREE Bible Puzzle.

Motivate Your Child Action Plan

Back in January I was given the amazing opportunity to review the book, Motivate Your Child a Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told. The book was great and gave me a lot of incite on AJ and on my parenting style. Recently I was given the chance to review a wonderful resource that goes along with the book, Motivate Your Child Action Plan. It is written by the same authors, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN – the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting.

About Motivate Your Child Action Plan

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The Motivate Your Child Action Plan is a 162 page soft covered book, broken up into 12 chapters. It is really a workbook to help you as the parent identify specific problems in your child and form a plan that is unique to your child. Throughout the book there are questions for you to think about and answer. In chapter 1 you are introduced to the 5 step plan that should help you to motivate your child in 40 days.

When I first read that change was expected in the first 40 days I was a little skeptical. As I continued to read I came to understand that the book wasn’t claiming to change AJ completely in 40 days, but to make improvements. Page 16 really says it best,  “It’s not about taking solutions from another family or finding an easy fix. This book is about developing a strategy for change.”

Chapter 2 has you figure out what character traits your child needs in order to grow in the area of their life that they are lacking. They may need honesty, responsibility, or respectfulness. There is a long list, but what I like is that your are not asked to only focus on the negative, but the positive as well.

Throughout the book you are instructed to have meetings with your child. I really like this approach because you are working with your child to help them change their heart.

Like Motivate Your Child a Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told, this book focuses on parenting to the heart and focusing on the conscience. Along with sound parenting advice and practical tips it is full of Biblical values and helpful verses.

There is so much to this book! Although the two books can be used separately, in my opinion they are really best used together. Throughout the Motivate Your Child Action Plan you are pointed to the chapter in Motivate Your Child a Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told that go with the section you are working on.

What Did I Think

I have not completed the 40 plan with AJ yet. This month has been really busy for us so I decided to wait to implement the plan completely. Even so, just reading the book and putting some of the advice into action has helped me a lot. I have noticed a lot of changes in AJ. She is more thoughtful, considerate, and honest, when she wants to be. She can be the best kid in the world and help me do the things that need to be done. There are days that she feeds the dog, puts away the dishes, does her school work willingly, and takes out the trash without being told. Then there are days I can tell her five times to take out the trash, and when she finally does it she doesn’t put a new bag in.

I am seeing progress, but I need to take the time and fully commit to the plan, not just take bits and pieces of it in order for it to work completely.

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Would I recommend this book? Absolutely in a heart beat! I think it is full of wonderful advice, and numerous examples of families in different situations. I think that the two books together are really a great set to help motivate your child! If you are looking for a way to motivate your child, check out this book!

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