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

Monday, June 15, 2015

Bedtime Devotions with Jesus (My Daily Devotional for Kids)


    Bedtime Devotions with Jesus (My Daily Devotional for Kids) is for young elementary age children. It has a devotion for each day of the year and even comes with a bookmark built in to easily keep up with your reading. The devotions have so many topics for young children including but not limited to salvation, forgiveness, praying, family, obedience, and sin. This book is designed to read every night with your young child. It is set up in weeks instead of actual dates so you can start at anytime of year. 
   I choose to review this book because I have young children ages ten, eight and two. This book is probably a little to young for my 10 year old. But is great for my eight year old and two year old. I love the cover and the illustrations of the bears in the book. The little bears are really cute and simplistic. The devotions are well made. I have not read them all but the ones we have read are very good and simple. I like all the topics I have read so far and I feel like they can help a young child in their daily walk with the Lord.  My only complaint is that they put a Bible verse with every devotion and they used verses from the International Children's Bible. My family reads from the King James Version and therefore reading a verse to my children that is not what they normally learn in Church or their own Bible Studies can make it confusing. So I just prefer to read my own Bible with the devotion. 

 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. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

School Days (first week)

   The time finally arrived to start our homeschool. I chose to do year round schooling to keep my kids busy year round and to have more time off throughout the year. I have prepared for months for this week. I was worried that the kids would be bored or hate it. I worried I would have to much stress and not enough time to do anything else in the house. Of course when you choose to homeschool your children there is a lot of what if's?

    It is day three of our four day work week and I am ecstatic. Everything is working out so well. The kids are doing their work and not complaining. I have time to do house work. Our curriculum is awesome. The kids have even had some fun projects. My toughest critic (child number 2) even has admitted that its not that bad. We decided to break early for lunch and go get some fast food and I had one child suggest they take their books to finish their subject. They actually wanted to do their work?? This is one happy mom!

    I did have a couple small snags in my first day but nothing that wasn't easily solved. I had to order a microscope that came a little late for a project. Also my two year old would not take a nap. But that has been the roughest time we have had. It is about time for my kids to get out of school so I am going to sign off for today.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Noah's Village (I Can Read!, Adventure Bible) by Zondervan, Pictures by David Miles

     Adventure Bible, Noah's Village is an I Can Read! book by Zondervan illustrated by David Miles. This book is a children's book that is a reading level 2 (reading with help). This book is the simple story of Noah's Ark. It retells Noah's voyage from the Lord asking Noah to build the ark, the flood, sending out the dove and all the way to Noah making it safely on land and God delivering a promise through a rainbow in the sky. This book follows along the biblical story in an easy way for children to understand. All age groups of children would enjoy reading this book but it is designed for children who are learning to read with a little help. The sentences are a little longer then the beginning levels. 
     In my opinion the book was very well made. The story was very clear for a child to understand. The illustrations were simple like the book but very well done. I especially think the picture on the cover is cute and is a good representation on how the rest of the pictures appear in the book. I always enjoy getting to read about real events from the Bible.  I would recommend this book to anyone who has children that are learning to read. It is a good book for younger ages. 

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.

Creating a Classroom

     Do you make a classroom for your homeschooling kids or do you let them do their work wherever? To each family is a different answer. Some families choose to have a separate room for their kids to do their work while others say that their kids can learn anywhere and do not need the structure of a separate learning area. 
    I had to figure out what would be best for my family. I knew that I did not want them taking over my dining room table where we eat meals together. I already had plenty of experiences having them clean off the table so we could eat without them doing their school there. I thought about my children's specific needs in learning and their ability to pay attention to their task when the house gets noisy. Because of all the factors above and more I decided to create a classroom. 
    A classroom is difficult in my house because we have very limited space. I had to use my spare bedroom/entertainment room/now classroom. This room has a futon and mounted TV for company and is used a lot by the kids when they want to watch their own movies. I had to make the most out of my space. 

TIPS: Buy posters and school organizers from the dollar tree


As a new homeschooling mom I am open to all kinds of ideas. What are some things you find are essentials to your classroom or study areas for your schooling?