Book Review: The Conversation by Leigh A. Bortins

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I have recently had the pleasure of reading Classical Conversations‘ newest physical book The Conversation: Challenging Your Student with a Classical Education, by Leigh A. Bortins. From the very beginning of my homeschooling journey, about 14 years ago, I have been focused on teaching with the classical method of education. We don’t do it fully, but it does guide many of our decisions for curriculum. I now have a high schooler, which means he is now in the rhetoric stage.  So, this book {Read More}

Review/Giveaway: Old Fashioned books and DVD

Old Fashioned DVD & books giveaway

Wow–what a great giveaway today! The winner will receive the Old Fashioned movie on DVD as well as Old Fashioned, the novel by Rene Gutteridge and The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance by Ginger Kolbaba. You can read a detailed review of the movie at this post.  But if you don’t click over there, let me just tell you that my husband and 2 teen sons enjoyed this movie.  It’s not prudish and it’s not a {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway: Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Another wonderful children’s book is here for a review and giveaway today  .  This one is Jesus Calling for Little Ones by Sarah Young, illustrated by Antonia Woodward. It’s a “Jesus Calling” book, which means that it comes from the adult book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (which I have written about here).  These devotions are so special because they are written as if Jesus were speaking directly to you. I have also reviewed (and love!) Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway: Noah’s Noisy Zoo: A Fit-Together Shapes Book

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   Today I’m happy to share a Review and Giveaway of Noah’s Noisy Zoo: A Feel-and-Fit Shapes Book, illustrated by stuart Lynch and published by Tommy Mommy. As you can see from the pictures this is a very cute and colorful board book for babies and toddlers.  The shapes of some of the animals are cut into the page and others protrude out, which is why they call it a fit-together shapes book.  These are fun for babies and toddlers {Read More}

Review: Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool

One of my favorite bloggers, Marcy Crabtree of BenandMe.com has put together a new ebook called Delightful Planning: A Unit Study Planner for Every Homeschool. If this book interests you at all, you’ll want to pick it up before the end of day on July, 2015 because it’s 25% off all month! Delightful Planning is 49 pages long.  I had expected it to only be a planner, full of different worksheets (which is has), but didn’t realize that it’s also an ebook {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway: “Daddy Loves You So Much!”

Daddy Loves You So Much

What a precious book to review for you today! Daddy Loves You So Much is a padded board book for babies and toddlers.  It’s published by Tommy Nelson and illustrated by Jo Parry. I think this book is just perfect for Father’s Day!  It reminds me of my husband with his little boys and girls.  Each of the 10 pages features a different father and child animal pair with a 4-line rhyme.  We talk about the Daddy who loves, cares, {Read More}

Review: Redo Your Room- 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do in a Weekend

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Do you have a teen or tween daughter who is looking for some ideas to tweak her bedroom?  I think you’ll really enjoy this book review today of Redo Your Room- 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do in a Weekend.  It’s published by FaithGirlsz by Zonderkidz.  The book is a handy small size, paperback, 127 pages, and in full color! My daughters and I definitely had fun looking through the different ideas and thinking through which ones they would like to {Read More}

Review: “S is for Smiling Sunrise” by Vick Wadhwa

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I’m happy to review a wonderful children’s book today called S is for Smiling Sunrise by Vick Wadhwa of WordsBright. I was afraid this would be “just another average kids book.”  But it isn’t, and I really like it! It’s beautiful and colorful and immediately grabbed my 4-year-old son’s attention.  He looked through it and listened to the CD singing the words of it twice when he first saw it.  Then he said, “I wish there was a DVD of it.” {Read More}

Review: “Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies”

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We received a very cute book recently called Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Donna Chapman. It’s a sweet padded board book, just perfect for ages 2-5.  I’ve been reading it to my 2-year-old daughter. *Encourages child to spend time with God at bedtime and have a peaceful night sleep *Teaches little ones about God’s many loving attributes, through Bible verses and prayer starters This book begins with a “Note to Parents” explaining about the importance {Read More}

Book Review: “The Daniel Plan” by Warren, Amen, and Hyman

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I just finished reading The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Warren, Amen, and Hyman.  I can tell you that there haven’t been too many books I’ve read that have actually changed my life, but this one did! I was intrigued by it because someone close to me had recommended it when she was going through cancer treatment.  I saw how she changed her eating habits and was inspired by it. But I couldn’t seem to get {Read More}

Review: Samantha Sanderson On the Scene

I have finished the second book in the Samantha Sanderson series, called Samantha Sanderson On the Scene. These are books written for tween girls by Robin Caroll and published by Zondervan in 2014. It’s a paperback book 264 pages long. Synopsis: Sam Sanderson is a junior high student who is a cheerleader and works on the school newspaper.  Her dream is to become an investigative reporter like her mom, who travels often. Sam’s father is a police officer, and Sam {Read More}

Review: Weird and Wonderful Creations

  Here’s a fun book for ages 4-8: Weird and Wonderful Creations published by Zonderkidz.  It’s a full-color hardback book with 123 pages.  It’s actually 4 books in 1!  The four books are: Spiders, Snakes, Bees, and Bats; Big Bugs, Little Bugs; Sea Creatures; Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants.  As you can probably tell from the titles, this is a book that would appeal to boys! Each page has a wonderful photograph of the animal or plant that is being {Read More}

Book Review/ Giveaway: “Rescue- Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture”

I now have a teenager, and next year I will have 2! It won’t be long, in fact, until I’ll have 5 teenagers all at once! So, when I was offered the opportunity to review Candy Gibb’s book Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture, I felt like I could use a refresher course on what to expect from the teen years, as well as what the new issues are that I’ll be facing. Rescue is a very helpful book for {Read More}

Review of “Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation”

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    Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation by author Jay Schabacker is a new book we have been reading in our home lately, and I’m happy to review it for you today.  You can see more about it at the Purposeful Design website. There are several ways to describe this beautiful book: It’s a great Coffee Table book, for guests to pick up and leaf through. It’s an informative and enjoyable book for reading aloud to your kids about our God’s awesome creation.  (My {Read More}

Review: “The Legend of St. Nicholas”

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Today’s review is of a Christmas book you might want to get this Christmas: The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. In this modern-day story, Nick is a young boy who is going Christmas shopping with his dad.  He’s not real excited about getting something for others; in fact he’s hoping there is money left over so he can get something for himself.  As he is wandering around the {Read More}

Review: If He Had Not Come by David Nicholson

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Are you looking for a new Christmas book to read to your kids this year?  I’ve found one for you!  Today I am reviewing If He Had Not Come by David Nicholson. This story is best for ages 6 and up and is a beautiful physical hardback book in full color. David Nicholson has reintroduced the story which is a classic Christmas story by Nan F. Weeks.  It is illustrated by Charles Jaskiewicz. I really enjoyed reading If He Had Not Come.  My {Read More}

Review: The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

Here’s another great Berenstain Bears book written by son Mike Berenstain called Blessed are the Peacemakers. This story is based on the verse from Matthew 5:9 where Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” The cubs are at school and we find that there are several groups who are always bickering with each other.  They’re trouble-makers and tease and bully.  Everyone joins in for the all-school play, though.  And it’s pretty ironic that {Read More}

Review “Samantha Sanderson at the Movies” by Robin Caroll

I enjoy getting books that would be good for my tween daughter (who just turned 11) to read.  She loves to read and she loved reading the Samantha Sanderson books.  When we received them I didn’t have time to read them yet; my daughter read them in a matter of days! The first book in the Faithgirlz! Series for Tweens by Robin Caroll is Samantha Sanderson At the Movies.  We are introduced to Sam who is a 7th grader in {Read More}

Review: 2 Adventure Bible “I Can Read” books

  It’s always fun to receive some new “I Can Read” books for the beginning readers in my home.  Here are two unique ones I’d like to review for you today: God’s Great Creation and Moses Leads the People. The Bible Stories come from The Adventure Bible–a very popular Bible for kids.  These small paperback books are 32 pages long and are written for Level 2, which is described as “High-interest stories for developing readers”.  They are $3.99 each. The {Read More}

Review of 3 New Veggie Tales Books

We have 3 great new Veggie Tales books in our home that I’d like to share with you today. First is Yuletide Ice Cube Fair by Karen Poth.  The Veggie Tales characters are all getting ready for Christmas!  They ice skate and then hear the bell calling them over to the annual ice cube carving contest.  Everyone works hard creating their incredible carvings to display what Christmas means to them.  The finalists are a shopping mall, angels singing, the peas {Read More}