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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:

Check Local Times To View

O dont forget to take pictures... :)

Free Easy Peasy Online Curriculum K-8

This is a great find. Definitely want to tab this or book mark this resource. 

Easy Peasy All-In-One Online School K-8 (there is also highschool attached to web page after you open the below link).

Grammar Printables Resource

In my search for GRAMMAR Printables I found this site with printables:

and then we found this cute game for kiddo's learning NOUNS, ADJ & VERBS