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Thursday, November 6, 2014

David Nicholson Review - If He Had Not Come

David Nicholson Review 

We recieved a copy of David Nicholson story book If He Had Not Come to review. This book is a thin book that is updated in print and beautifully illustrated in color. 
The original author of If He Had Not Come was Nan F. Weeks, little is know about her other then she was a teacher and writer of stories and curriculum for children. The original version of this story in 1938 was  published and included in an anthology called Christ in the Fine Arts, by Cynthia Maus.  

When David Nicholson's children were young and in Sunday School, he heard this story and after many years of reading this to his family he wanted to reintroduce it to today's generation of family readers. 

Christmas Book Review
This book is about a boy named Bobby who is eager to celebrate Christmas and open gifts on Christmas morning. Before bedtime on Christmas Eve, he and his father sit down and read the bible turning to John 15:22, "If He Had Not Come."

 Soon after Bobby drifts off to sleep and wakes up on what is thought to be Christmas morning. The story begins to take a look at life and what it would of been, "If He had not come."  

When Bobby wakes up, he wakes up to see no evidence of Christmas. Feeling confused and scared Bobby goest to town asking what was going on? He tries to explain it is Christmas, Jesus' birthday but no one in town knew anything about this Christmas celebration or birth of Jesus. As he gazed at the town he notices that the church, children's home and hosptial are now gone. Bobby then turns towards home. Once he arrived he picks up his father's Bible, they read from the previous night. He opens it up in John only to read the words, "If He Had Not Come.

This book really puts in to perspective a world with out Christ. Not only is this a very good book to read and start a new family tradition around the holidays. This book is a very good conversation starter. Definitely will be sharing this book with others. I have already purchased an other copy for friend of our family. I have never heard about this book until this review and I am truly grateful for this opportunity to read this book again at Christmas.

This book is a hard cover book and in size it is 8.5 x11. This book is for children age 6 and up. A hard cover book is $18.95 no including s/h, an ebook copy is $3.99. To order a copy of this book click here.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fascinating Education

Fascinating Education Review

We did a review for Fascinating Education online curriculum. We recieved one course to use for a full year of use. We had a choice of Chemistry, Biology or Physics. We chose the Fascinating Physics. This online course would be a good alternative for for anyone looking to prepare for upcoming course or school year in the noted science being offered.
Fascinating Education Review

What is Fascinating Education?  It is an online curriculum that uses an audio-visual approach to teach the course of science you are learning with plain english and a clear illustration. This program was designed by Dr. Sheldon Margulies who is a neurologist and a author that studied how the brain works along with effective teaching methods. His program has been tested in various schools and results showed increased testing scores. To read more about this program and Dr. Sheldon Margulies research please click here.

Fascinating Education ReviewAbout Fascinating Physics:  Physics studies the orgin of matter, laws of motion, electricity, magnestism, sound, energy and atoms. There are 15 lessons in this course and lessons are suggested to take between 45-60 minutes. When you get to the site, log in and you are able to begin the lesson right away. Your student can repeat the lessons for a review if they want to. 

I should probably note that the physics includes a lot of higher math like geometry and trigonomtry. So depending on the level of math your student is working and or if your student struggles with the higher math, I just want to put this out front - there is a lot of math. That is good and that is bad. It is good for the student who accelled in the higher math and bad for the student who struggled a little. That would be my daughter, she did struggle a little with some of the math and we had to pause just to head over and refigure that math. Trigonometry is not her best subject. Although she worked this our 4 day work week she took a bit longer then most would because of her struggle with the math. 

Once each lesson is completed there is a test. Tests can be printed off and used or you can opt to complete the test online. My daughter prefers paper in hand. There is access for the teacher to log in and view answer keys. 

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I see a little more recapping in our future on this physics. Although it is a good approach, I think this was just a bit above my daughter's head. She struggled through out using this course. Especially in the math, having to pause on some of the problems.

 Fascinating Physics is $79 for a year long access, per student. They do offer discount packages here. This program is for high school aged students, but depending on the course you choose it can be used with middle school aged students. You can sign up to try a sample lesson by clicking here.  We like the program and believe it would be a great program for anyone to use. I would definitely recommend it to others for use. 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Liberty Videos Review

New Liberty Videos Review
We reviewed for New Liberty Videos recently. Our review crew was given one video via mail to review. The videos that are being reivewed by our crew are:

Anthem for a Nation  -  (Video Preview)  ●  The Forbidden Book  ●  Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls ●  A Nation Adrift  ● Teaching Origins Objectively  ●  Warriors of Honor

New Liberty Videos is family owned business that is founded by Brian Barkley. He worked in Hollywood for 40+ years as a television editor and now he is dedicated to producing Christian documentary DVDs. 

New Liberty Videos ReviewWe recieved the Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  The dvd is 60 minutes in length and covers three basic topics: Dead Sea Scrolls Hebrew Word Pictures The Forbidden Book. The Mysteries Dead Sea Scrolls DVD is $19.95 not including s/h. This video is for genreal audience. Although there is no age range, I would suggest it for middle and high school age students and up. 

The Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls has 3 different speakers. Joel Lampe covers the Dead Sea Scrolls, Dr. Frank Seekins speaks on Hebrew Word Pictures and Dr. Craig Lampe speaks on The Forbidden Book.  

The Dead Sea Scrolls is about the 19,000 pieces of scrolls that were recovered, how they were discovered and how with using technology they were able to piece them back together. Joel explains why the scrolls were abandoned in the Caves of Qumran using history and geography through his explanation. This one was very interesting, very full of details. Held my attention because it was like a puzzle being worked back together.

The Hebrew Word Pictures with Dr. Frank Seekins was also interesting. He discusses Ancient Hebrew and the Hebrew Language and how every words meaning can be illustrated through pictures that show truth found through out scripture.

Last, Dr. Craig Lampe covers the Forbidden Book. He speaks on how the Bible was brought to the world in the dark ages. John Wycliffe, Martin Luther and William Tyndale are prime examples of men obeying God and bringing scripture to a world full of superstition and ingnorance. 

Again this dvd is full of historical information. Some of which went way over mine and my 16 yo head. Very detailed and interesting but some areas ya feel like they are a bit winded in details. I like that they use scenes, slides or other visual illustrations to bring to life their findings. Wow! That is a lot of information to retain and because it is so much it did lose me personally at times. Though it is still a good dvd. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
We were given an annual subscription to Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses for a review. This is a online subscription to all of their courses for multiple students. The lessons start out using video content, then you can print the remainder of the lesson off to be completed. Most assignments are automatically graded, those that are not, parent accounts are easily customized and make grading fairly easy. The site is fairly easy to work around. Once you log in you select the courses you will be using and they save your subjects in one location, you select the subject your students will begin and then select the lesson to begin. 

Their courses are for grades 3 up to high school and the subjects included:

Arithmetic • Fundamental Math • Science • Nutrition • Algebra • Biology • Chemistry • English Comp. • U.S. History • AP Biolody • AP Chemistry • AP U.S. Government & Politics • AP U.S. History • AP Eng. Composition • Also offer Test Prep courses.

Parent Accounts include access to: Grade Reports • Editable Scoring • Track Progress   Rubrics • Recieve Red Flag Alerts
Student Accounts include access to: Video lessons • Assignments • A print function • A note taking feature • Automatic grading of testsand quizzes  They can message their parent for
 help on lessons. (see video below on students).

Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Course can be purchased for one student at the price of $99 for a year, or $24.95 per month. They also offer AP Courses, one course for one student at $14.95 per month. They do offer a 6 month Free Trial, to sign up click here.

Our oldest is using this in place of a few subjects she was short. We use it through our 4 day school week. She started out with AP American Government, she has not begun any of the other subjects as we wanted to focus on one subject for review. She is a tad behind because our computer went down for little over a week, thanks to daddy and working hard to get us back up she will finally be able to catch up and continue her work. My oldest likes the online courses but she prefers the book in her hands and working through her books. She learns well visually but she still likes the books in her hands. These courses work great for her replacement subjects and she will continue to use this and I will add my 9 yo on to one or two of the subjects that she is struggling in to see if this helps some. All in all we do like the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Course.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Apologia Review

Apologia Review

We did a review for Apologia Educational Ministries and their Christian Apologitics iWitness books. The iWitness series is a way of presenting scholarly material in a fun and visually rich way for people who are interested in the answers but are turned off by scholarly books. Through these books the evidence is presented and you will get to do the investigation. All you are asked to do is think through the information.

We received the following three books:
Apologia ReviewiWitness Biblical Archaeology Names, places or events they are all part of God's revelation of Himself to all of us. For centuries a lot of these places and people were lost to history and were only known through scripture. Now you can read about how archaeological discoveries are revealing the Bible to be accurate. In this book you get to go in the field and experience these important finds. This book is $14.00 not including s/h. This book is a fairly thin book.

How is the Old Testament different from the Hebrew Bible? Who wrote the ancient books? Is it mythology of history? Questions like these and others are discussed through a visual tour of Jewish history, their tradition and we can learn why the Old Testament is the Word of God, all inside this book. This book is $14.00 not including s/h. This book is a fairly thin book.

Have you ever wondered who wrote the New Testament? How can we know if we have the original text? In this book we will uncover the truth through a visual presentation of history and information of the canon. This allowing you to follow all the evidence and decide for yourself. This book is $14.00 not including s/h. This book is a fairly thin book.

The author of iWitness books is Doug Powell. He was born in Concord, Massachusetts but grew up in Oklahoma where he earned a BFA in graphic design for OU. Later receiving a masters degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University. He is the art director for Apologia and the author of the best-selling Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics. Doug is also a recording artist with nine records to his credit. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CNN, and NPR. He has contributed to both The Apologetics Study Bible and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. To read a full interview on Doug Powell please click this attached link: Christian Aplogetics for students and adult:. An interview with the author.

These books do exactly what Doug Powell intended them to do. Pull the reader in to the book and encourage them to be the investigator. When I first opened the books I was skeptical because of the scroll like font that was chosen for the books. Although it makes the book more interesting it can also make it more difficult to read at times. These books are certainly engaging and draw you in to each mystery. My oldest (16) and I read through each of the books and we enjoyed them. I did not have my younger ones to read them at the time of the review as I knew they would be full of more questions with some of the books detail being a little more over their head. Overall we really enjoyed these books.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blood Moon known as LUNAR Eclispe

The second and last Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) for 2014 will be early this morning, Oct. 8, 2014. It will begin at 4:15a eastern standard time, 1:15a pacific standard time. This will wrap up just after 6a.

If your viewing area is overcast you can follow it on NASA TV at the attached link below:

You can learn more about the lunar elcipse, actual times for your area, weather and more at the below attached link:

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O dont forget to take pictures... :)