Monday, August 24, 2015

God Bless Our Fall By Hannah C. Hall and Illustrated by Steve Whitlow

God Bless Our Fall written by Hannah C. Hall and Illustrated by Steve Whitlow is an awesome book! I love fall and I love this book. I got it for my two year old and he really enjoyed it. With fall coming up I thought it would be a cute book to introduce fall to him. I was not disappointed. This book talks about all the lovely parts of fall that I love such as cooler air, colored leaves, pumpkins, hayrides, yummy treats and fall festivals. I love how the small kittens in the book like to bake with their mom and the greatest part is being with here. I thought it was so cute. Even my 13 year old liked this book and said it was really cute. This book is perfect for young kids. The illustrations are so cute, I enjoyed every page.
I have received this copy of God Bless Our Fall from the BookLook blogger program. I have received this book free for my honest review. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Submarines, Secrets & A Daring Rescue by Robert J. Skead and Robert A. Skead

     Submarines, Secrets & A Daring Rescue by Robert J. Skead and Robert A. Skead is the second book from the American Revolutionary War Adventures. It is published by Zonderkidz. I read this book with my 10 year old son in mind because he thought it would be interesting. It is designed for ages 8 to 12. I have some positives and negatives about this book. I will start with the positives. It is a very interesting book. It is action packed and keeps you wanting to find out what happens with the daring Clark twins who are only 15 years old. They find themselves in some rough situations, submarines, battle and spying. I liked that the book had some American history in it. The book also has a glossary, information on the real historical characters that names were used in the book and it has actual letters that were written referencing the "turtle" submarine, featured in the book. 
    I do have some negative feelings about this book. The first being, there is a cuss word in the book which I marked out so that my son would be able to read it. The second, is that the book has a lot of really rough situations in it that I am not comfortable with my son reading. I know it was written to be very realistic of war but some of the situations in the book were just a little to rough for me. One of the situations was a prisoner of war getting beaten. There was young men with knives being held to their throat and men getting shot and dying. The format of the book is for ages 8 to 12 but I felt like the content was more for older teens. I will not have my younger son read this book till he is older. 
 I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Setting up my classroom

I was asked a while ago about where I was able to find desks and chairs for my class after posting pictures on my blog of my classroom. So I am sharing the links to the desk and chairs that I bought for my classroom.

I bought all my posters and bulletin board materials from the Dollar Tree. I did find a few things from Walmart when they are stocking school supplies which is right now!

I really like my desks and I am very happy with the chairs also The desks are height adjustable so I was able to get the same desk for my 8, 10 and 13 year old. The chairs that I bought are a certain size (15.5" seat height) and fit my 8 year old (who is small for her age) to 12 year old. We measured the height of the chair and compared it to other chairs we had in the house to see if it would be height appropriate for them. They make smaller chairs that are the same style and they sell them on Amazon also. I wanted to share this information because we had a hard time finding a kids chair for a desk that was affordable stackable and what we wanted.

Above is the 15.5 inch chair

Above is a 12 inch chair

Above is a 13.25 inch chair

101 Things Every Girl Should Know By Zonderkidz

     101 Things Every Girl Should Know by Zonderkidz. This book is based on expert advice on stuff big and small from the Editors of Faithgirls and Girl's Life Magazine. I have to say that I wasn't sure if I was going to like the material in this book because I am very picky on what my girls are reading when it comes to advice for their lives. I was not disappointed with this book for a few reasons. The topics are very light and not heavy. They discuss simple things such as being nervous, taking better notes and how to handle a stressful week. It would have been nice if the book were more biblical based, it does not use versus from the Bible to make any points. Its a really simple, magazine style book with simple advice. The book has 102 tips for girls and I only didn't like a couple of them and it was mainly because of personal preference. I felt like the advice given was simple for example, being a good babysitter was mainly to pay attention to the children your watching instead of watching TV.  I don't think that it was the best advice book out there but I think it was fun for my girls and was simple enough that I didn't have to worry about the world teaching my girls things I am not ready for them to learn yet.  
     I let my 14 year old daughter read through the book before I wrote my review and she thought the book was ok. She felt like a lot of the tips were not useful. She said she would give it only 3 stars out of 5. She did like the pictures and how the book was set up. She said it was fun to read even if the tips were not useful. It had recipes which she liked and some good tips such as how to stay safe.

 I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Brave Queen Esther by Zonderkidz, pictures by David Miles

    Brave Queen Esther is a Zonderkidz, I Can Read! book. The pictures are by David Miles. This book is a level 2 reading book which is for children who are learning to read but still need some help. Brave Queen Esther tells the story of Queen Esther from the Bible that saved the Jews. This story follows the biblical story very well but also makes it easy to understand for children. This book allows children to see how Queen Esther had bravery to go to the king and tell him about Haman and that she was a Jew. 
    I read this to my two year old and it lost his attention within the first couple pages. My nine year old really enjoyed the book and she said it was good. I felt that the illustrations were good. I would recommend this book to anyone with kids that have been reading for a little while. It does have some larger words and hard names. My nine year old had no problem reading this book. I like that my children can read about stories from the Bible on their level and see illustrations to bring it to life. 

 I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Prayer Well Said

"I have to give this to You, Lord. I have to surrender my will to Yours. I may change my mind later, Father, but don't listen to me.... Take me, and take the whole situation. Have it be what You want it to be. I'm trying to play God, and You don't need my help. Cleanse me, Lord, from pride and stubbornness, and help me trust again." From the book To Know Her By Name by Lori Wick

I have been reading Lori Wick's Rocky Mountain Series and have been enjoying the books. I had to share this prayer that I read from To Know Her By Name. I read this prayer more then once when I came to it. I didn't have to put myself in the plot of the story to see how this prayer could really benefit me.  So many times I have caught myself trying to take control in my life. I need to give it to God, whatever is bothering me, whatever I feel like I need to control, whatever it is I need help with in my life I need to give to God. I need to surrender my will to God's will and not mine. I need to trust in him that his will is the best way whether I can see that or not. And I need to set aside my pride in controlling the situation. This was not meant to be a book review necessarily. I really felt like I needed to share this part of the book though in case there are others like me that just need to be reminded what I really should be asking God in my prayers.

If you are interested in reading any of the Lori Wick, Rocky Mountain Series I have posted some links where you can find them on Amazon. They are very good books that are clean with great presentations of salvation and of course romance.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Scavenger Hunt

It has been so hot outside that it seems like the kids have been getting tired of recess before it's over. Note: our recess is only thirty minutes. Today I found an outdoor scavenger hunt from

Kids Scavenger Hunt Free Printable

All my kids loved it from 2 years old to 14. They hunted in the yard for 25 minutes till I finally told them to come in. Then we reviewed what everybody found. Instead of just checking off the items on the list they brought them with them so they could show me everything they found. If you are looking for some summer fun for your little ones print out this scavenger hunt and enjoy!

Here are some other Nature Scavenger Hunts you may enjoy 

Free Hiking Scavenger Hunt Printables

Playground Hunt Treasure Hunt