Friday, August 10, 2018

Things That Make Me Smile 5/25/18


Jake (12), Alyssa (10), Zac (8 1/2), Tyler (6), Nicholas (3)


I have been logging the Things That Make Me Smile weekly for 7 years (almost to the date, too). It's hard to believe that it's been that long. It takes some effort to record all these funny and precious memories about my kids, but I am so thankful to have them for years to come. So much life happens in a day. I would never be able to remember all of it without these lists.

In all that time, I've never been as behind on my lists as I am now. Life is always busy as a homeschooling family of 7, but this summer has been extra busy. I don't have any reviews to write over the next few weeks, so I'll be trying to catch up on Smiles during this time. When I get behind, I'm awful at recording quotes, so I'll be combining some weeks, too.

Get ready to Smile!


1. Nicholas, asking for chunks of peanut butter cup granola that was cooling: "Mama, can I have two? I have two eyes."

2. Nicholas, at church: "Where's Papa?"
Me: "He's on vacation."
Nicholas: "Really? Well, where's Gramma?"

3. Mother's Day


4. Nicholas: "Cheeseburger pizza, my favorite! Yummy! Good eats!"

5. Jake: "Do you know who my favorite chef is?"
Me: "No."
Jake, smirking: "Bobby Soufflé. (a play on Bobby Flay)

6. The kids love asking Siri questions. This response made me laugh.

7. Jake, making dinner: "I like chicken. Better than a lot of things . . . Like plants."

8. Family walk to 7-11.


9. Alyssa, eating a  peanut butter cookie fresh from the oven: "Mmm, these cookies are delicious. The best cookies I've had since the last time you made cookies."

10. The kids and I were playing Apples to Apples. It was Zac's turn to pick and his word was treasured.
Zac: "Someone put mom in and you'll win, for sure."

11. Jake: "Nicky is like a sprinkler. You load him up with toys and they spray everywhere."



What made you Smile this week?

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wonders of the World



I have wanted to study the Wonders of the World with my kids for a long time, so when we had the opportunity to review a product from one of our very favorite vendors that offered a study on them, I jumped at the chance. Home School in the Woods is known for their detailed, hands-on history curricula. We have used various resources from their many product lines over the years and have loved each one. From their Project Passports to their Activity Studies to their Hands-on History Lap-Paks to each À La Carte item, the choices are full of information, high quality, and so very fun. 

Home School in the Woods is a family business that was started as a way to make history real, understandable, and applicable. Using timelines and realistic illustrations as a foundation, they've created many resources to make learning history an enjoyable process.

The Wonders of the World study is part of the Hands-on History Lap-Paks series. Each Lap-Pak is a complete study of a specific topic with multiple projects and accompanying text.


The download (also available as a CD) comes as a zip file. Once you open it, and see the multiple folders, click on the "start" file. At that point, the entire program will open in your browser, making it very easy to use. Instead of clicking through multiple folders, trying to bounce back and forth among the resources, everything is laid out as you need it. 

There are full step-by-step directions for everything you need. The text is given in 2 ways: printed and audio. The printed form can be chosen for a booklet format or a full-size binder format. The audio is the word-for-word version of the printed text and is divided into 2 sections with each topic listing the time index, making it simple to advance to the needed place. 


The study includes Wonders from four categories:

  • Ancient 
    • Great Pyramid of Giza
    • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
    • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
    • The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
    • The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
    • The Colossus of Rhodes
    • The Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Medieval
    • Stonehenge
    • The Leaning Tower of Pisa
    • The Colosseum
    • The Hagia Sophia
    • The Great Wall of China
    • The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
    • The Lost Porcelain Pagoda
  • Modern
    • The Channel Tunnel
    • The CN Tower
    • The Empire State Building
    • The Golden Gate Bridge
    • Itaipu Dam
    • The Panama Canal
    • The Netherlands North Sea Protection Works
  • Natural
    • Mount Everest
    • The Grand Canyon
    • The Northern Lights
    • The Harbor of Rio de Janeeiro
    • The Great Barrier Reef
    • Paricutín: The Volcano in a Cornfield
    • Victoria Falls 

The suggested ages for the study is grades 3-8. My kids are in 8th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st grades. I'd say it is definitely perfect for my three older ones, but my little one had no issues following along. I chose to read the text to my kids, instead of listening to the provided audio. I find that they can focus better on me than a recording. Plus, I like stopping and adding my own thoughts or rabbit trails, looking up pictures, and discussing various aspects as a family. These Lap-Paks are both fantastic stand-alone studies and also great starting points to be enhanced with further resources. 


Each Wonder of the World has a description about it, including where it was/is, when it was built, how it was built or created, why it came to be, and in some cases how it was destroyed (just ask my kids what they think about earthquakes, ha). They talk about people, materials, measurements, purposes, and all sorts of other fascinating details. 

Along with the description is a hands-on project for the Lap-Pak or lapbook. The activities can be as simple as a picture of the Wonder with a description glued to the back to more complicated parts like moving gladiators, swinging gates, or 3D stones. Most of the necessary materials are things like white and colored paper and cardstock, colored pencils, glue, and tape, but a few of the projects add some extra attention to detail by incorporating cardboard, salt, cotton ball, brads, and watercolors.

When the study is complete, all the projects are glued into the Lap-Pak. My kids love looking at these lapbooks from past studies we've done. They have fun opening flaps, spinning wheels, lifting folds, and moving parts. But even more than having fun, the kids remember more details about what they've learned. Seeing all those pieces in the Pak reminds them of the information they studied and helps them to recall so much more than if they simply sat and listened to me read. This Lap-Pak is an extremely important part of the study. 


If you've never used the materials from Home School in the Woods, it can be overwhelming at first. Expect a lot of printing. And cutting. And coloring and assembling and organizing. It is work, yes, but many important and well-done things are. When your child raves about a study--even during the summer months--talks for days about the informatio
n they've learned, or even picks up a project they had studied years before and can still recount many of the details, you will know that it was worth it.

This is why this company is one of our favorites. Their history materials are packed full of information. Their projects are creative and fun. The combination of the two makes the Hands-on History Lap-Paks a perfection addition to our learning. We can't wait to finish learning about the last few Wonders in the study.  

    
This study on the Wonders of the World was shorter and very specific. If you're looking for a longer and more detailed study about a time period and place, you would love the entire Project Passport collection.

We've taken "trips" to Ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages ourselves, so I was excited to hear that they recently completed the final installment to the series. Project Passport Ancient Rome will take your family to early Rome and teach you all about the Republic, everyday life, philosophy, education, architecture, religion, science, and so much more. Pack your bags, this will be a trip you don't want to miss!           



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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Learning About Science



We love all things science in our house, so the kids are always excited to review products that are based around it. We're every-day-learners, and even though we slow down on the schoolwork during the summer months, we always make sure to incorporate some educational activities. This  Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) from WriteBonnieRose is the perfect summer inclusion to our day.

WriteBonnieRose is produced by Bonnie Rose Hudson. She is an accomplished author, a homeschool advocate, and a contributor to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (the parent company of The Homeschool Review Crew) and SchoolhouseTeachers .com. Her desire for "every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him" is shown through many of her resources. She offers everything from coloring books to games to history to literature to science and more. She has a heart for missions and is often updating her freebies list. I think her Exploring with Jake series would be a fun addition to anyone who wants to learn about countries all around the globe and understand how to pray for the people who live there.   

    
The Learning About Science Collections are geared toward elementary students. Level 3 covers life science, earth science, and physical science in the following books:
  • Kinds of Animals and How They Live
  • What's Going on Inside Plants?
  • Life in the Ocean's Hidden Zones
  • Forecasting and Understanding the Weather
  • Discovering Rocks, Minerals, & Crystals
  • Exploring the Earth's Landforms
  • Energy and Its Many Forms

My 8-year-old is a self-proclaimed animal enthusiast and an explorer-in-training. I gave him and his 6-year-old brother the option of which book we were starting with, knowing full well which one he would suggest, ha. As expected, Kinds of Animals and How They Live was our first book.


This 18-page ebook is dedicated to learning about the main animal classifications: vertebrates, invertebrates, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, and mollusks. There is an explanation for each group along with a handful of animals belonging to it. Each animal has a brief description, a simple picture that can be colored, and the name of it in dashed lines to be traced. We chose the cursive version of the collection, so our animal names and classes are in cursive (while the text is in print).

There are all sorts of interesting facts included. You'll learn what makes iguanas different from most lizards, what a strawberry poison frog eats, how many eyes scorpions have, how much a lion weighs, and more. If you have a fanatic who is often found sitting with animal fact books (and telling anyone who will listen what he has read), he might not learn any new information. However, most kids, like my other son, will be in awe with the information. 

My 8-year-old enjoyed chiming in with additional facts. To make the size references a little more relatable, we extended a tape measure across the house. To know that a salt water crocodile can be 23 feet long is one thing, but seeing that it can span the area from our front door through our kitchen is another. Even my animal boy was amazed to have that perspective. 


I know my boys are going to be excited with the Life in the Ocean's Hidden Zones book. We've studied oceanography a little, as my resident zoologist naturally has an interest in the animals in the water, too. This book is a similar format to the other. It divides the ocean into zones, lists a few animals that live there (except the first zone which lists 21 animals!), gives a short characterization of it, and includes a picture and traceable word. In this book, you'll learn about the sunlight zone, twilight zone, midnight zone, abyssal zone, and the trenches zone. 
 
Fun facts included in this book include the purpose of the narwhal's tusk, where cuttlefish hide their tentacles, which animal has 10-inch eyes, why the blobfish's stomach is coated in dark tissue, why the tripod fish got its name, and more. 


Another book I think they're going to really enjoy is Discovering Rocks, Minerals, & Crystals. My kids each have a rock collection, and our next two vacations have plans for specific rock finding. This book will teach them so much more than recognizing the pretty colors. It explains about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. It also has a general description of minerals and elements. The format of the book is the same as the others. I can already vision their excitement at getting to look up pictures of these rocks so they can color theirs to look realistic. 

Some of the interesting information that's listed is which crystal is so heat-resistant that it can be used to line ovens, which rock produces asbestos, which rock is made from marine animal skeletons, which rock is dark lava, and more.


These mini science books are a wonderful introduction to the world around us. They are designed to point to God's design from the tiniest cell to the vast universe. Each book ends with a review section that asks multiple choice questions with pictures. There is also a downloadable introduction to the series that includes dozens of links for further learning on each of the topics. You could easily take these books as a starting point for deeper study. 

The Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) is packed full of information, but done so in a way that is perfect for elementary students. The simple pages and snippets of facts keep the little ones engaged and interested without feeling overwhelmed. I can't wait to complete the series with my kids.    



Currently, Bonnie is offering a 50% discount on all 3 levels of Learning About Science Collections! (You can choose from Level 1Level 2Level 3 print, and Level 3 cursive. Buy one or buy them all!) Use coupon code REVIEWCREW50 to get each bundled learning set for only $6 a piece. For less than a dollar per book, you child can learn all about science in a simple, but fun way.


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Friday, July 27, 2018

Smart Kidz Radio Review




Music is a big part of our lives. I often have it playing during the day, whether we're doing chores, driving in the van, working in the yard, playing around the house, and even during school. In fact, I'm listening to music now as I type. There are many options for listening today than there were a decade ago. We have so many more conveniences than swapping a CD every time we want a change. Now, we, personally, listen to the majority of our music streaming online. There are a few different places we use, but we were just introduced to a new online radio station that is just for kids. 

Smart Kidz Radio, like all of the branches of Smart Kidz Media, is dedicated to the education of children. Their goal is to "give every child the opportunity for a basic education." That's why everything they produce is done so for the betterment of children and their families. And in order to show their commitment to this goal and to ensure that it's available for every child, they are offering a membership to their radio station free of charge.


Every song on Smart Kidz Radio was chosen just for kids ages 2-10. The songs promote self-esteem, teach valuable life skills, and encourage good manners. They sing about things like kindness, respect, love, compromise, sharing, friendship, emotions, exercise, nutrition, and more. The music that streams is played live like a typical radio station, so there are no options for replaying or skipping songs.

There is also a podcast section that features multiple well-known children's stories, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes. They are enhanced with music, sound effects, and various voices. There are some artistic liberties embraced in some of the stories. For instance, in Little Red Riding Hood,  the wolf does not want to hurt Little Red, but instead wants to eat her yummy goodies she brought to Grandma. They might not be the version of the stories your child is familiar with. Unlike the live stream songs, these podcasts can be played at any time. They can be paused, however, there is no option to fast forward or rewind. So when a story accidentally was closed one time, my kids chose to forgo the ending instead of listening to the majority of the story for a second time. Most of the podcasts are in the 15-20 minute range, but the songs and nursery rhymes are only a few minutes each.


The only ads on the site are for other Smart Kidz resources, so it is a safe environment for little ones. The live stream itself is a selection of original songs from their library which plays on a loop for a designated amount of time. At that point, a new live stream lineup is rotated in.

If you would like to select specifically which radio programs to listen to, you can upgrade your account to the On-Demand Programming. For just a few dollars a month, you have control of what is played. With hundreds of options including Bible stories, bedtime songs, Christmas carols, Peter Rabbit tales, all-time favorite sing-a-longs, and more, you have plenty of variety.



I have to preface this with explaining that our family is very selective in our music. We do not listen to typical pop culture music, but instead prefer Christian, classical, and typical sing-songy-type of children's music. Unfortunately, much of the music on Smart Kidz Radio does not fall into those categories. The melodies do not sound like regular children's songs, but rather would appeal more so to adults. My children had nothing nice to say about the music every time I turned it on.

Aside from the differences in musical style, I can not recommend this station because of the words themselves in many of the songs. They are designed to promote good behavior, yet there are many songs that include fighting, name calling, rude comments, and arguing. Those situations that are placed into the songs are done so to show the bad behavior and then sings about the good. However, you don't have to highlight the wrong to show the right. Little ones are like sponges. They soak things up. They repeat what they hear. I would not want my little ones getting these words cemented in their minds. For instance, there is a line in a song that says, "your brother is worse than a blister and your sister is a pain in the neck," and is repeated multiple times. Stupid, moron, and fatso are some of the name-calling inclusions.

Little ones are impressionable. Songs are catchy. I want my children singing songs that are uplifting and do not say things that I would not want them to repeat.

I know that everyone has their own opinions, and yours may be different from mine. You can check out the free Smart Kidz Radio station and decide for yourself, and it won't even cost you anything.



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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope



Today's review is of the newest book from Great Waters Press called No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope.

Yesterday I shared my review of Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality It was written to young men ages 12-20 to help them in their journey to become men and husbands that are full of character and purity. It's a quick, but powerful, read and definitely one you should check out, especially if you have a child in that category. While that book is for puberty and beyond, No Longer Little is geared toward the younger crowd in the stage just before that one. Tweens.


Tweens are the ones ages 8-14. They're not exactly kids anymore, but they're not quite teens yet either. This in between stage can be difficult as boys and girls are transitioning to adulthood. They are finding themselves, testing boundaries, and experiencing an emotional rollercoaster.

Hal and Melanie Young, award-winning authors of Raising Real Men, wrote No Longer Little to help parents as they guide their children through this transition. As parents of 8, they have been through this stage many times. Their wisdom and practical applications pour through their writing. With the Bible as their foundation and real-life stories woven throughout, their newest offering is a valuable resource.   

The book starts with an introduction to the parents. Not only do they explain the crucial importance of protecting your relationship with your preteens, but they also are transparent in struggles they faced in their own home. But my favorite part of this section? They give hope! No matter the turmoils the child is going through at this time, there are ways to help them through unscathed. 


The book is divided into the following chapters:
  1. Getting Bigger -- hormones and body changes
  2. The Rollercoaster -- emotional upheaval
  3. Brains Turn To Mush -- why school goes awry
  4. Many A Conflict, Many A Doubt -- spiritual questioning
  5. The Awakening -- sexuality and virtue
  6. Social Struggles -- overcoming awkwardness
  7. Media, Gaming, and Discernment -- more than amusement
  8. Conflict At Home -- family relationships
  9. Transitioning -- youth in the Bible
  10. Celebrating Growth -- coming of age ceremonies
  11. Producers, Not Consumers -- work and stewardship
  12. The Next Big Thing -- high school and beyond

The first chapter sets the groundwork of explaining the emotional changes that are taking place long before puberty begins. It is filled with facts about growth spurts, acne, anatomy, weight gain, body odor, and sex education. These kids are experiencing a lot of changes, both physically and emotionally. 

The rest of the book tackles various frustrations a parent is likely to observe while raising a tween: lack of focus, forgetfulness, trouble in school, lack of self-confidence, doubt, social anxiety, avoidance, bullying, emotional instability, outbursts, argumentativeness, and foolish antics. Along with that comes an abundance of practical advice such as how to set screen time boundaries in a tech-dependent world, ways to build the relationships in the home, how to resolve conflicts by "fighting fair,"disciplining in love, the process of establishing a vision for the future, reminders to celebrate growth both physically and spiritually, the significance of teaching a strong work ethic and how to handle money, a challenge to embrace opportunities, and so much more.


No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope is 200 pages or so of much-needed wisdom. Hal and Melanie write with a casual, charming style. They are personal and transparent and aren't afraid to let you see a peek into their lives. Reading their book has the feeling of sitting on the couch with respected mentors. They tell you how it is, giving gentle rebuke and encouragement as necessary. I have 3 children who are currently in this age range and showing various signs of the tweenager characteristics. I found myself nodding in agreement and stopping to read portions of the book to my husband.

I have found so many helpful ideas in this book and know that I will reference this for years to come. This would be a valuable resource for anyone in the process of raising a preteen.



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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Love, Honor, and Virtue




As my oldest child is reaching his teen years, some of our reviews are moving beyond the cutesy juvenile products that are bright and colorful and fun. We've reached the point where more complicated, deeper topics are being discussed. I knew that Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality would help us, as parents, as we strive to raise our children to be virtuous.

This book, published by Great Waters Press, was written by Hal and Melanie Young. The Youngs are accomplished writers, popular conference speakers, and homeschool advocates. As parents of 8 children, they have much experience and share their practical applications and real-life stories with a Christ-centered focus. They are well-known for their award-winning book, Raising Real Men, which is also the name of their website.


Love, Honor, and Virtue is written directly to boys ages 12-20. Its purpose is to help them learn a Biblical attitude toward sexuality, especially during these foundational years as they are changing from boys into men. Obviously, I've never been through this stage myself, but I was taught repeatedly that the temptations are often stronger for boys than girls. As a whole, the male gender is driven by sight, and we know that, as a culture, we are bombarded with sexual images. From billboards to television to the internet  to signs in stores, there are inappropriate pictures everywhere. And now with phones in everyone's hands, it's extremely easy to access these visuals, even unintentionally.

My desire is for all my children to protect their minds and hearts, but I know that the struggles might be more intense for my 4 boys. We are just now entering this new chapter as our oldest is 12 years old. We've had gentle conversations with our kids as they gotten older. I've told them many, many times, "Once you see something, you can't unsee it." Most of the time I'm explaining why I won't let one of the little ones watch a "scary" part of a movie, but it applies to any image one should not meditate on. We all need to protect our thoughts.   

The book begins with an introduction "To the Young Men on the Battlefield." It describes a good analogy between British soldiers in 1755 and the older generation of men today. You can read that parallel along with the entire introduction to get a good understanding of the purpose of the book on their site.

The content of the book is divided into the following chapters:

  1. Sex Was God's Idea
  2. It's All Connected
  3. The Enemy Perverts God's Design
  4. How Can a Young Man Keep His Way Pure?
  5. Recovering From a Fall
  6. Guys and Girls 
The beginning of the book sets the foundation for their beliefs by explaining facts. It talks about men, women, and marriage. From there, the information remains factual as it explains hormones and the changes as boys and girls go through puberty. It describes the act of marriage, the process of conception, and the steps of growing and birthing a child.


The rest of the book is devoted to helping young men with purity. It warns against sexual sins, both mentally and physically. The Youngs also give solid advice for avoiding temptations and ways to keep accountable. Their Five Point Defense not only gives steps to help those going through temptations, but also practical ways to implement them.

Footnotes on the bottom of the pages list Bible references that are used throughout and various other references that are included. The end of each chapter contains a summary with bullet points listing the key ideas, which makes a great refresher for anytime.

This book is a quick but powerful read with just shy of 100 pages that are packed full of wisdom. It discusses very mature content, and though we've discussed many of these topics with our boy, I think I will wait a little while before handing him the book to read. However, I do believe this is a valuable resource for young men and a good complement to ongoing conversations. It may also help bridge any awkwardness of speaking face-to-face.


Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality is a wonderful book to help young men remain honorable and make good choices to become men and husbands that are full of character and purity.


I was also sent a copy of Hal and Melanie's newest book, No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope (full review). If you have a preteen in your home, this is another book that you'll want to read! It's packed full of practical advice to help you--and your tween--through these years while strengthening your relationship.



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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Josefina Story Quilt



Our family loves reading. Literature is the foundation of our education, so we always appreciate reviewing products that are based around books. There's something very special about opening a story and getting lost in its pages together as a family.

When we want to take our learning deeper than just simply reading the book, we utilize the help of study guides. These aids enrich the experience and help the reader fully grasp the themes within the pages. One of our favorite companies to use for this purpose is Progeny Press. We've used their products multiple times in the past and were excited to work with them again using the The Josefina Story Quilt - eGuide.  

Progeny Press is a Christian company owned by Michael and Rebecca Gilleland. It is their mission to "teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!" They offer more than 100 study guides for classic, popular, and award-winning books. The guides are designed to help students better understand and enjoy literature by getting them to think through the themes and ideas written in the stories. The study guides are available in three formats: a physical book, a CD with a PDF ebook, and a downloadable PDF file. 

We generally like to do these studies as a family, but since I chose a book from the 1st-3rd grade list, I figured my 8th grader probably wouldn't be interested. My daughter is over the recommended age too, however, since she's a bibliophile I wasn't surprised when she was eager to join it the study with her younger brothers.

The Josefina Story Quilt, written by Eleanor Coerr, is a short chapter book. Only 60+ pages long and large type make the book a quick read. The story takes place in 1850 as it follows Faith, her hen, and her family as they pioneered to California. The story relates their struggles and surprises. It's a story of perseverance, love, and true friendship.


The study eGuide is 33 pages long and contains various activities that are designed to help students understand the story at a deeper level. The beginning includes a synopsis of the story, a short background of the author, and historical facts about wagon trains in the 1800s. The Before-you-read Activities get the student busy with map and encyclopedia skills, a recording of a classic, and discussion questions. There are also many vocabulary words pulled from the story and exercises that teach their definitions.

The story is broken into two sections in the guide. Both parts include questions about the book along with some questions to make the reader think. Within these sections are also Bible verses that complement the lessons in the story. The verses are written out in the guide itself, but we chose to pull out our KJV and read directly from the Bible. There are also questions that accompany the verses and reinforce the themes.


There are some hands-on activities that are included, as well. There is a crossword puzzle, a recipe for golden white bread (which my 10-year-old made completely by herself), and art projects such as creating a wagon wheel poster and sewing quilt squares. The guide ends with suggestions for further reading of other books by the author and those of related interest for the age range.

My kids (10, 8, 6 yr) enjoyed the story. They felt sad for Faith at the end, but were happy that she had put so much care and effort into her quilt. They enjoyed working through the discussion questions with me and completing some of the other activities. I, personally, appreciate that the guide incorporates the Bible and helps the kids see a deeper meaning behind a cute story. Whenever you can apply a lesson, rather than just hear about it, it's much more likely to make a lasting difference.


The Josefina Story Quilt was a quick study for my little ones, but if you're looking for more involved learning, Progeny Press offers study guides from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. Their resources are greatly enjoyed in our home. 




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