From House to Home {Link Party} #129

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Homeschool High School Public Speaking: Drama, Speech, and Debate

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This month’s Homeschool High School Hop’s theme is about Electives. I have chosen to talk about some classes that some people may consider elective, but for us they are essential.

Public speaking is a life skill that we feel is important for all of our children to learn and practice. It’s one of those types of skills that is hard to do at home, though. Certainly, there is some work that can be done at home–writing the speeches, memorizing them, and practicing in front of your family. But the true way to attain mastery of the skill of public speaking is to present in front of a real audience.

My oldest son, who is now in high school, is involved in three types of public speaking: Drama, Speech, and Debate. Today I’m happy to share with you how you can help your homeschooled high schooler with drama, speech, and debate.

Drama: We are blessed to have a wonderful Christian theater organization in our area called Spotlight Youth Theater. Every year during the school year there are three musicals presented, and three 10-week class sessions that the kids are involved in. They also have summer camps. The classes are for ages 6 through 18. And the shows are for ages 8 through 18. I have written about all of the musicals that my kids have been in. Here are a few links:

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It has been an incredible experience for all the kids that are involved. If you have an opportunity to get involved in theater (especially by a Christian organization), I highly recommend it!

Speech and Debate: We have another wonderful organization that we work with called the Institute for Cultural Communicators, or ICC. It’s international, so you can start a chapter in your own town if you don’t have any other way to learn and practice public speaking! ICC’s mission is to train and mentor Christians to lead. They provide a wonderful curriculum and weekly or bi-weekly chapter meetings for ages 6-18 to learn the skills and practice speaking in front of each other. Then, there are other opportunities throughout the year to speak in front of the community.  In addition to my high schooler learning how to write and present different types of speeches and being pushed to present them in the community, he is also a student leader in our chapter which gives him leadership opportunites with the younger kids.

Every spring ICC holds tournaments so the kids can get feedback on their speeches. And they can also participate in debate. This past year was our first time to do debate. We still have a lot to learn! But it was a great experience, and now that my boys know how to prepare for it, I think they will keep improving each year.  Debate is really a wonderful skill both for learning to research a topic, but also for learning organize and speak your thoughts quickly.

I encourage you to find a way to include public speaking in your high schooler’s repertoire.  The sooner they can leaarn these valuable skills, the better it will be for them the whole rest of their life.

Now a little break from the Elective theme to bring you a special giveaway that ends on Sunday August 2, 2015.  Enter below to win a wonderful planner from Well Planned Day–your choice of high school or college!


Now for this month’s Homeschool High School Blog Hop on Electives:

Here are other posts in my Homeschool High School Series to help you in your high school planning:

Post #1: The How-To Book 

Post #2: Choosing the Coursework–What classes should my student take in order to graduate?

Post #3: Using a 4-Year High School Planner

Post #4: Our Curriculum Choices

The Top Tip for Planning Homeschool High School

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Violin Starter Set for Kids

Many of you might know that most of my kids take violin lessons. I have seen that there are so many benefits to taking music lessons!  See below for a great deal.

Violin Starter Set for Kids – On Sale Now! Perfect for beginners, this Violin Starter Set contains everything your child needs to play the violin. mvsp-lgviolinaccessories_300dpi-rgb_1_1_1_1 What’s more, it includes a great teacher, the award-winning eMedia My Violin interactive Win/Mac CD-ROM. Available in three sizes so kids as young as 5 can learn to play! Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 5.24.40 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 5.24.25 PM Here’s what Kole, age 11, has to say about the Violin Starter Set for Kids.

Kole has a point – what is the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Do you know?? Leave your answer in the comments!! Here’s more ideas on how you can incorporate music to your lessons:

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Giveaway: “Living Hope” CD from Pizza Ranch

Giveaway of Living Hope CD
On June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope.  Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.
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The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.
I have truly enjoyed listening to this CD in the car! All of the songs were new to me, except one–and it’s a new version than what I hear on the radio! My favorite is definitely the Bart Millard song “A Little Hope”. His music is so fun.
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 The other songs were more mainstream pop or worship songs, like you’d hear on K-Love.
When we were returning from a road trip recently we drove by a Pizza Ranch, and I said we have to eat there; I’m reviewing their CD!
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Here are a few pictures from our time at Pizza Ranch:
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Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie’s mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch’s vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:  “This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album.  Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope.”
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From House to Home {Link Party} #128

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From House to Home!

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Happy Minion Birthday Party!

Minion Birthday Party

I have to admit that when we started planning my son’s 5th birthday party a couple of weeks ago, it wasn’t even on my radar that the Minions movie was coming out. Nevertheless, it came about that we had a Minion Birthday Party!

First, my daughter found some cupcakes on a Youtube video she said she wanted to make–and they were Minions.

Then, my kids bought my son a Minion hat as a present.

Then, my husband bought a Minion balloon for the party.

And, then he received a couple of other Minion presents!

Enjoy the pictures of my youngest son’s 5th Minion Birthday Party!

 

The adorable Minion cupcakes! My 11-year-old daughter made these all by herself.

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The Star Pinata:

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If I had planned ahead I would have gotten a Minion pinata.

Fun twistable balloons my kids made as party favors:

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Some other awesome presents:

Color Wonder Mess-Free Fingerpaints:

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Minion Jacket and Minion Hat!  It’s so funny how he’s wearing both at the same time. :)

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And, finally, he received a Build-a-Minion, which reminds me of Mr. Potato Head.

What fun themes of birthday parties have you had?

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Giveaway: Enrichment Studies Great Artists Set A with Fine Art Pages!

SALE:

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Enrichment Studies is having their big birthday celebration starting July 21. Everything will be 40% off from July 21-August 1 using coupon code BDAY40!  They used to be called Classical Composers Monthly, but changed names when they started adding other enrichment subjects, like art and poetry.  But you’ll find lots of music appreciation/history resources there, too!

FREEBIE:
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Everyone can get the Women Artists of the Renaissance Fine Art Pages totally free so head over there, pick it up, and see how awesome Enrichment Studies are for teaching art and music appreciation in your homeschools!

 

GIVEAWAY:

Great Artists (Set A)

I’m excited to off a giveaway for the Great Artists (Set A) plus the coordinating Fine Art Pages. Enter on the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be chosen on Tuesday July 28, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.
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Giveaway: Well Planned Day Planner for High School or College


I LOVE these Well Planned Day planners and am so happy to have one to give away today. In fact, you get to choose which one you want! The choices are any of the high school or college planners, including the awesome 4-year high school planner that I use with my students! And I know there are a lot of new college students out there, you’ll get off on the right foot if you have a planner to keep you organized in your new endeavors.

The website has lots of Well Planned Day planner samples, so you’ll want to head over there to see which Well Planned Day planner you like the best.

I have done a blog review of the Well Planned Day 4-year High School Planner, if you’d like to read about it.

And pick up a Freebie while you’re there!

Freebie: 2015 Homeschool Coupon Book

 

The giveaway ends on Sunday August 2, 2015.

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Review: Home School in the Woods Ancient Egypt study

Home School in the Woods Ancient Egypt
What a privilege is has been to review the Home School in the Woods Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt these past few weeks.

The Project Passport Ancient Egypt study is a digital download and there were pages that I printed for our use. I also downloaded a set of MP3s that were included and burned those to a CD to listen to in the car.

I have always loved Home School in the Woods! Amy Pak is an amazing artist; her timeline figures have been hanging in our upstairs hallway for years! I have used several other Home School in the Woods products if you’d like to read about those:

Old Testament

Civil War

Industrial Revolution through Great Depression

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For this Ancient Egypt review I decided to do something different than how I usually approach a study like this. Even though an extensive Additional Resources list is included, I didn’t get or use anything other than what was included in the download (well, except for school supplies!). I wanted my review to be helpful for those of you who need an all-inclusive study without having to go to the library or buy extra books.

I can tell you that you don’t need anything else!  The lessons included give you all the information you need and the hands-on projects are so fun and help the kids internalized what they are learning.

Here is what you find in your download:

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There are several folders chock full of information.

You see folders labeled Images, Lapbook, MP3s, and PDFs.  You can go into each of those folders and find everything. Or you can click the icon called Start and find this next page open on your computer:

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This is the easiest way to do it because everything is laid out so easily.

I printed the pages up at the top called Travel Tips, Travel Planner, and Additional Resources and put them in my teacher folder. Then I printed the Guide Book Text and Travel Itineraries for the first few lessons.  I read all that and then felt confident to get started with my kids.  The Guide Book Text is what you read to your kids for each lesson (or Tour Stop), and the Travel Itinerary gives instructions for all the projects you can choose from for that particular lesson.

You don’t have to print everything. Some pages I  just looked at online, such as the lapbook assembly pictures.  There is a lot there, but once you look through everything, you’ll understand the flow and figure out what you need.

One of our favorite parts of the Ancient Egypt study were the MP3 files. It was really easy to download them to iTunes on my computer and then burn it to a CD.  We listened to them twice in the car!  There were 8 stories–or Tour Stops which used drama to teach about the Nile River, mummification, the Pyramids of Giza, the Nile Delta, Hyksos Invasion, and the Exodus (plus a few more). I wish there had been a story for all 25 Tour Stops.

The hands-on activities were enjoyed by my kids ages 6, 8, 10, and 11.  My 3 and 5 year olds also liked that I printed extra pages for them to color.

My oldest daughter working on the Timeline:

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My middle girls really liked the Egyptian “Paper Dolls.”  They ended up coloring all of the pieces!

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This next project was for an Egyptian necklace.

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One of my favorite parts of this study was teaching the Egyptian history that is in the Bible.  In this next lapbook piece, the basket actually moves down the stream and opens!

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There is so much included that we barely scratched the surface! I highly recommend that you visit other reviewers (see the graphic below) to check out the pictures of different projects that they have posted. Once again I am not disappointed with a Home School in the Woods product.

 

 

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From House to Home {Link Party} #127

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From House to Home!

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SQUILT Sale for Music Appreciation

SQUILT July 2015 sale

If you haven’t bought any SQUILT music appreciation curriculum yet, you need to do it before Friday!  These lessons are wonderful–very little for mom to do to prepare for them, good for all ages, and the kids will be exposed to lots of new music!

Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time

Use code MUSIC15 at checkout to get 25% off any volume (usually $12 each) or bundle (usually $45 for all 4 volumes).

Sale ends July 15, 2015

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Music appreciation for

Volume 1: Baroque Era

Volume 2: Classical Era

Volume 3: Romantic Era

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Road Trip to Niagara Falls area: Tips and Recommendations

Road Trip to Niagara Falls area

We took an awesome road trip to Niagara Falls and surrounding area a few weeks ago. I’m happy to share today about this trip–where we went, what we did, where we stayed and ate, and tips on what you should do if you get a chance to go there!

I have also shared about other adventures that we took on this long road trip: to Quebec City, Maine post #1, and Maine post #2.

We live near Chicago, so we started our drive at 6:30 a.m. and stopped for lunch in Ann Arbor, MI. Whenever we go through a college town we try to drive by the university there–our easy way to do a “college visit” for the kids. :)  It was our 3-year-old daughter’s birthday so we had a nice lunch at Chili’s.  I’ve often heard about Detroit and the devastation economically there, but it was shocking to see large buildings falling in ruins. We crossed the border at the bridge there.  I was thankful that I got passport cards for the kids, because even though it was an extra expense and hassle to get them, it made the border crossings a breeze.

As we were heading toward Niagara Falls, I pulled out our Jonathan Park audio dramas. My favorite set is Jonathan Park Volume V: The Explorers Society
–and the first episode is about Niagara Falls!

We arrived in Niagara Falls, Ontario at 7 p.m. that evening. After checking into our hotel Holiday Inn and resting a bit, we took a short walk over to the falls. We got there when it was dusk and had some great pictures taken.  Then, as dark struck, colored lights shone on the falls, which were beautiful!

Be sure to go to both sides of the Falls; you get unique views from each side. (You’ll need passports to pass over the border–so plan ahead!)

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American and Bridal Falls:

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Horseshoe Falls:

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We were pretty hungry by this point, but it was 9 p.m. and every restaurant we walked by was closed. We headed back to our hotel and found that their restaurant was open.  It turned out to be a very nice meal and not very expensive, since we had gotten some “kids eat free” coupons when we checked in.

The next morning we made a huge mistake by going to IHOP, way overpriced–don’t go there in Niagara Falls!  The following morning we went to Tim Horton’s — much cheaper!

We then drove over to New York to go on the Maid of the Mist boat ride which takes you directly into the spray of Horseshoe Falls.  Incredible!  They gave everyone a blue slicker, but my 5-year-old didn’t want to wear it. There was also a group of Amish people on the boat who didn’t wear the slickers.  I felt sorry for them-they got soaked!  I highly recommend doing this great boat ride.

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After that I took some of the kids one direction as my husband took them another. If we had had more time (and energy for walking) we would have walked over to the Goat Island.  By the way, look at the grassy area in the picture just below. My oldest son was wondering who actually goes out there to mow it.  I said he should get hazard pay for that job.

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I’m afraid of heights and can’t believe I actually stood at the top of this tower and overhang!

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Our oldest son talked us into driving into Buffalo, NY to get buffalo wings!

We found a great restaurant that I’d love to recommend: Duff’s.  The meal was delish and fun!

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After we got back into the car, there was a big downpour. It rained most of the way while we drove to the quaint little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which was back in Canada.  We got there just as Fort George was closing; otherwise we would have gone there. They re-enact the War of 1812.  I love history stuff like that!

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We walked into the town and got some ice cream at place called Cows.

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We had fun looking in an Irish shop, where I bought a beautiful framed quote.  We really liked this little town. There is a theater and lots of bed-and-breakfasts–would be perfect for a romantic giveaway.

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We drove back to the Holiday Inn and the kids had a ball swimming.  The hotel has an indoor and outdoor pool, but it was too chilly for the outdoor pool.  I was really grateful for the indoor pool!

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We ate leftover wings for dinner and headed to bed.  Then, we heard the fireworks that they were doing over the Falls.  We looked out the window, but couldn’t see them.  So, be sure to look into that if you go for a visit. I wish we had seen them!

A few other things I’d like to do if we ever get back there: Journey Behind the Falls, the tall tower on the Canadian side, and the walk over to Goat Island.

Here’s a journal entry from my 6-year-old daughter:

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If you enjoyed reading about this trip, be sure to read about some of our other road trip adventures: MontereySan Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Legoland California, Pennsylvania, Smoky Mountains.

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And now I’m happy to introduce you to the Summer Road Trip Series. Visit all these other bloggers and enjoy some more great Road Trip adventures and tips!

 

Summer Road Trip Ideas from Around the World

USA

Bar Harbor, Maine at Playground Parkbench

DC to NY Baseball Trip at Sunny Day Family

Indianapolis, Indiana at Mom Inspired Life

Upstate NY / Finger Lakes at My Joy-Filled Life

Sandusky/Put in Bay at Something 2 Offer

Charlotte NC at Beauty in the Mess

Newport, RI at Be Fed Again

Philadelphia, PA at The Fraggle Momma

Frankfort, Michigan at Purposeful Homemaking

UK

Northumberland, England at Peakle Pie

Scotland at Witty Hoots

North Norfolk Coast at Travelled So Far

Australia

Melbourne Australia at Every Bed of Roses

Canada

Grand Bend Beach and Bayfield at HEN Family

Algonquin Park, Ontario at Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Niagara Falls (New York & Ontario) at I Choose Joy!

Spain

Santander to Girona at In The Playroom

Road Trip Through Maine: Boat Tour and Pemaquid post #2

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If you missed our first Maine post, check out Road Trip Through Maine: Acadia and Bar Harbor post #1 here.  Today I’m sharing about the third day we were in Maine.  Since the first two days didn’t work out to go on our boat tour in the harbor off of Mount Desert Island, we decided to stay a little longer in the Bar Harbor area and go at 10 a.m. in the morning. I’m so glad we did! We were really happy with the Acadian Nature Cruise.    Our tour guide and boat captain were great!

Here are some of the things we saw:

Bar Harbor shoreline buildings, cottages and mansions, Porcupine Islands and Bar Island, Egg Rock Lighthouse, seals, eagles, and other sea birds.  We decided not to go further out, even though I would have really loved to see whales and puffins, because I was worried that some of us would get seasick.

There are beautiful mansions on the island overlooking the sea.

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If you look closely in this next picture, you’ll see a man on the rocks with an easel. He was painting the house in the previous picture.

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Egg Rock Lighthouse (according to our tour guide) has been voted Maine’s ugliest lighthouse. I thought it was kind of cute.

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There were lots of harbor seals in the water around this tiny island.

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Not what I expected as a boat captain. :)

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We saw lobster buoys everywhere in the water. Each lobsterman has his own “colors” so they can be told apart.

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After the boat tour we headed down the coast of Maine toward our destination of Boston.  Originally, I had a great scenic tour planned for the entire day where we would see quite a number of lighthouses. (There are six lighthouses in the Portland area alone!)

A book I love to take along with us on road trips is Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips.  We have been blessed to do many of the drives!

But since we got started so late after the boat tour we only went to Pemaquid Point and then a quick drive through Kennebunkport.  Pemaquid Point is absolutely beautiful. Go there if you can!  We also got to go up inside the lighthouse, which was really cool.

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They also had a small museum. The little guys weren’t allowed to go up inside the lighthouse, so they got to ring this bell instead.

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Next, I’ll be sharing about the first part of our trip– to Niagara Falls (U. S. and Canada) and the surrounding area!

You’ll also want to read about our visit to Quebec City.

 

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Review: Teen Prasso Bible Study

Teen Prasso Review
At the beginning of the summer we were offered a wonderful new Bible Study for teens from Prasso Ministries.  I thought, what a great study for my high school son to do this summer! We reviewed 2 physical products, the Teen Prasso Teacher’s Manual (which says Teaching Lessons on the cover)
and Homework Manual (which says Student Journal on the cover).

“Prasso” is a Greek word that means to repeatedly, continually, and habitually practice.

We were really happy to review for review the Teen Prasso Bible Study.  My 9th grader is using this all summer, 5 days a week for 12 weeks, and will receive a 1/2 credit in Bible for completing it. But, of course, more important than the high school credit is the learning and training he is receiving through the study.

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Each book is paper back and has a nice plastic ring binding. The Teacher’s book has 124 pages and is the typical 8 1/2 x 11 inch size.  The Student book is square, about 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and has 187 pages.  The Teen Prasso lessons are written by Eddie Zdanio and are based on the Prasso Ministries materials by Laura Baker.

The Bible study is written to be used with a group of teens–perfect for a youth group, Sunday school, small group, dicipleship group for new teen believers, etc. We just used it at home, though, and I went through the teaching lessons with just my son and me.

If you have never taught or led a group of teens before in a study like this, don’t worry. This book has everything you need!  It starts out by explaining the 3 essential features: the daily student journal, the weekly teaching lesson, and the weekly small group discussion.  A chart on p. 4 tells you what each lesson is about (subjects such as God’s love, lies, pressure, forgiveness, and pride).

In the daily Student Journal , there are 6 20-minute lessons a week for the kids to do on their own.  They read a little bit of introduction, read and write out verses of Scripture, and answer questions.  Sometimes they are directed to places to find more information such as at leestrobel.com or answersingenesis.org.  The actual lessons they are being taught are spot on–lessons about who God is (all powerful Creator, omnicienct, all-loving, and forgiving). The kids learn how to give their life to Christ and how to live for him. They are given tough, deep, and personal questions to consider–like “Are you a lost sheep?” and “If God truly loves, then did He love Job when all of this took place?”  I also like the lay-out of the student book: the font is fun and there are drawings interspersed.

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Next, in the Teacher’s Manual, you find the Instructions for Group Discussion Leaders.  They explain what the leader’s role is (I should only be talking 20% of the time) and how to prepare each week.  There is a script to follow that is following an exciting story about 2 young men (teens) who are hiking in the Rockies.  Interspersed with the story is a lesson teaching about the concept (God, love, etc.)  After that part is over with the group (takes about 20-30 minutes), you lead the kids in a group discussion, which could take as long as you have time for!  The questions are found in the Student Journal (about 7-12 each week); some are starred and those are the ones you focus on if you are running out of time.

Teen Prasso Bible Study

One great page in the Teacher’s Manual was called “How to deal with a diverse group.” It gives tips on how to react and guide different types of teens within a discussion group (the class clown, debater, interrupter, and 7 others).

Overall, I’m very happy with this study.  My son didn’t feel it was very deep, probably because he has done lots of Bible studies before. He thought it would be great for a new believer or one who hasn’t been discipled yet. Still, I know that God is teaching him through it, and I enjoy doing the discussions with him each week.  He’ll be finishing it up this summer!

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From House to Home {Link Party} #126

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts and pins!

I really want to pin your posts to my “Favorites From House to Home Link Party” board on Pinterest. It’s the 3rd board on my Pinterest page!  So, be sure the follow the new rules, so I can easily pin them for you.
Visit Gena Mayo @ I Choose Joy!’s profile on Pinterest.

Only 2 rules:

  • Link up family-friendly posts (up to 3 and exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!
  • Link up Pins for me to repin in the same categories (up to 3). Precede the description with “Pin” so we’ll all know which are blog posts and which are pins.
  • Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)
  • Optional: Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

 

 

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Using Unit Studies for Delight-Directed Learning

Using Unit Studies for Delight-Directed Learning

Today I’m happy to be guest posting over at Ben and Me blog about using unit studies for delight-directed learning.

I share

  • what delight-directed learning is
  • what a unit study is
  • how we have used unit studies
  • about a specific unit study we did on cowboys

Head over there and read all about it!  You can also learn more about our Cowboy Unit Study here.  And check out Marcy’s awesome ebook and planner about delight-directed learning and unit studies:  Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool.  It’s 25% off for the month of July.

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Road Trip Through Maine: Acadia and Bar Harbor post #1

Road Trip Through Maine

 

We had a totally awesome road trip this year!  We headed from Chicago through Michigan and to Niagara Falls. Then we went through Canada to Quebec City. Next we drove through Maine to Acadia National Park and down along the coast. Finally, we spent a day in Boston. I’m happy to share today about our road trip through Maine, part 1. I had never been there before; I love Maine!!!

We entered Maine from Canada. It was our 4th time to go through the border crossing.  My husband and I have passports and earlier this year we got passport cards for the kids.  It made the crossings very simple. They just asked a few questions and then looked at each person’s face matching it with the card or passport.  At this crossing the border patrolman said he wishes he would be blessed with 8 kids like we are, but it’s “not in His plan.” I have since prayed often for that young man. Will you pray for him, too?

He also warned us to be careful of moose crossing for the next 100 miles. I so wanted to see a moose! But we didn’t.  But the scenery was gorgeous.

Maine roadside view

We stopped at a road-side diner and had a nice dinner before heading to Ellsworth where we planned to stay the next 3 nights.  I made a huge mistake with that hotel choice. No pool!  But it did have free breakfast, which we hadn’t had in Niagara Falls or Quebec City.

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The next morning we drove across to Mount Desert Island, much of which is Acadia National Park. After a quick stop at the visitor center, we started on the scenic drive around the island.

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One of the stops was Sand Beach. The kids didn’t have swim suits (of course!) but didn’t get too wet.  We did, thankfully, have beach towels in the car.

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This one is my favorite!

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The kids had fun getting to walk around the rocks.

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After the morning drive, we headed into the cutesy, touristy town of Bar Harbor for lunch. The oldest males had some lobster.  Then we walked around the town (I got a lighthouse souvenir ornament.) We went to the harbor to see if we could get on a boat ride that afternoon, but they weren’t running until the next morning.  (It ended up being rainy the next morning, so we postponed it for the day after that.)  We decided to drive around the island some more and go see one of the lighthouses- the Bass Harbor light.

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I loved the beautiful lupine that we saw all over.

Lupine Road Trip Through Maine

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We went back to the hotel and found that it was right next store to the L.L. Bean outlet store, so the girls and I went shopping!  We got take-in sub sandwiches and watched the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup!

Since it was so rainy the next morning, we decided to go to an oceanarium and lobster hatchery that was on Mount Desert Island.  It turned out to be a very cool adventure, very fun and educational.

This is a blue lobster, which occurs in about one in every million!

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This was a real lobster boat that was in the building.

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My daughter is sitting on a chair made of a lobster trap.

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We absolutely loved the presentation by this gentleman, who had been a lobster fisherman.  All 3 presenters made references to God and his creation, which was so refreshing!  There was also Scripture on the wall in one of the rooms. This first man taught us all about lobster fishing.

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The next room was the lobster hatchery.  The man in there told us about their mission. They get these pregnant lobsters from fisherman who catch them by accident.  See the thousands of black eggs on her?

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They hatch the eggs, and keep the lobsters through their first 4 stages of development. When they are about 1/2 an inch long, they go out on one of the lobster boats and put they baby lobsters back in the ocean.

The final room had a touch tank where the kids got to touch quite a few ocean creatures: sea squirt, sea cucumber, horseshoe crab, sea star, and moon snail.

 

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It was still very foggy, but we decided to drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain. We headed back to the hotel and my oldest went to the next-store music store because he was having guitar-playing withdrawal.  Then, we drove to the town of Castine to see a second lighthouse: Dyce (or Dice) Head light.

When we drove around Maine, we totally enjoyed the beautiful churches and other buildings.

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That evening my husband took the older boys out for a lobster dinner.  I wasn’t interested. :)

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Join us next time for Part 2 of the Maine adventure–out on the boat in the harbor and down the coast, including a visit to Pemaquid Lighthouse!

Blessings this Independence Day

Independence Day

I pray blessings for you and your family this Independence Day.  May the Lord continue to guide our country.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. Psalm 33:12

We have been listening to  For God and Country (Adventures in Odyssey) and learning about how God has been our Lord in the past. I highly recommend these to you this 4th of July!

 

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From House to Home {Link Party} #125

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts.

I have something brand new I’m adding this week. I really want to pin your posts to my “Favorites From House to Home Link Party” board on Pinterest. It’s the 3rd board on my Pinterest page!  So, be sure the follow the new rules, so I can easily pin them for you.
Visit Gena Mayo @ I Choose Joy!’s profile on Pinterest.

Only 2 rules:

  • Link up family-friendly posts (up to 3 and exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!
  • Link up Pins for me to repin in the same categories (up to 3). Precede the description with “Pin” so we’ll all know which are blog posts and which are pins.
  • Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)
  • Optional: Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

 

 

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