Thursday, September 21, 2017

Let's Go Geography REVIEW

Let's Go Geography

If you are in the market for a good geography program then look no further than Let's Go Geography.  This hands-on fun homeschool geography curriculum is a hit with my crew.  I was excited to get a chance to review this product. It is written for K-4th graders but my 7th and 8th graders are also enjoying it.  The program is based on a membership option that can be purchased for the year (36 weeks) or by the semester (18 weeks).  It is an online program (you do need internet access) that works best when the modules are downloaded to your computer. You will need paper and a binder for your optional Travel Journal (Bonus Travel Journal covers are available as a free download when you sign up).

Travel Journal binder
Inside Travel Journal

This Charlotte Mason type curriculum is a wonderful way to learn this subject.  The program covers a country per week (30 per year) with a proposed 3-year curriculum (not EVERY country will be covered). You can start at any time during the year since each country (week) is a stand-alone product.  If you choose to start at the beginning of the school year you can submit your email to them and they will remind you to sign up before the school year begins.  I also really like that you have the option to get a weekly email reminding you to download the upcoming week's lesson.

Let's Go Geography
A typical week of lessons consist of: 
  • coloring your map
  • coloring, cutting out and pasting your flag
  • enjoying the music links provided
  • exploring and using the "sightseeing" links provided
  • coloring and making the craft
  • placing provided scrapbook pictures in your journal (optional)
  • writing in your travel journal what you learned (optional)
Flag page

I also have my crew complete the writing project each week on Friday which entails them writing about what they have learned for the week on the included journaling page from each lesson.

Featured craft for Hawaii

My older kids are just loving the coloring part.  They each have a heavier load this year and math has been taxing on both of them.  They enjoy the downtime to have some fun and that they are required to do some coloring.  While the lesson plan itself is geared for a younger crowd the information covered and learned through the provided links has been wonderful.  We are having fun exploring new lands and learning so many interesting facts about the different countries.  Did you know that even though Hawaii consists of 8 major islands there are in fact 137 islands?!!  Who knew?

I appreciate the optional library information for digging deeper into each topic covered.  Having all the links and information needed to enjoy a complete study of each country made this curriculum very user-friendly.  It was mentioned by fellow crew members that if they came across an expired or non-working link that the author was quick to fix it and offer any alternatives necessary.

Library info

Another fun activity that the kids enjoyed was making their passports.  There was opposition at first about pictures being taken, but once the protester saw the completed project they thought it was pretty cool.  We glue the country flag on the appropriate country page in the passport.

Proud of their journals and passports

We are keeping the pace just fine at one country per week and find it very doable.  We cover a lot of information, but it is far from overwhelming since we do just a little every day (you can easily choose to do geography on just one day a week and still keep this pace).  Each lesson for the day generally only takes about 6 to 15 minutes to complete.  We spend a little more time on some of it when we really get into researching some of the information available.  While it is written for K-4th grade my K4 student is really only interested in the coloring, videos, and activities.  When we read about or talk about the more in-depth material, she just colors.  I know that just by listening she is still learning. 

Continent Coloring Pages available as a free download

 The schedule allows for a break week at weeks 9, 18, 27, and 36.  No assignments are scheduled for those weeks and can be used as catch-up time if necessary.  Reviews (each covering 2 continents) are scheduled at weeks 12, 24, and 34 with a final review at week 35.  The final review looks like a lot of fun and covers games and an age-appropriate project souvenir for the kids to make and keep.  The project consists of printable pages that have fill-in-the-blanks that review what they have learned and a nice packet to create to hold it all in.

Coloring in her Continent Coloring Pages

Music link

The best part of all, besides the wonderful information learned, is that your subscription covers your family.  You can print out as many copies as you need for your students, it is not for just one.  It is a VERY affordable program at just $21.99 per year.  You can even break that into two payments of $12.99 (for an annual subscription) if you need to or one payment of $14.99 for only one semester.  What's even better is that if you are ready to purchase now they have 25% off coupon codes available right now.  I think the Let's Go Geography curriculum is a great fit for my crew and we recommend it if you want to learn more about our world and where to find what you are looking for on a world map.

Let's Go Geography

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Let’s Go Geography {Reviews}

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Imagine. . . The Great Flood Book REVIEW

We are on a read aloud roll around here lately and were so happy to be able to add another great book to our library.  Imagine. . . The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing was enjoyed greatly by my 7th and 8th graders.  It is a nice, short, simple Middle Grade Fiction chapter book suitable for ages 8-12.  It consists of 15 chapters in 110 pages.  This is the first Bible Adventure book in the Imagine Series.  The author is a schoolteacher and missionary.

  IMAGINE... The Great Flood
Ten-year-old Corey is our main character who embarks on an adventure of a lifetime.  Imagine being part of history and getting to know Noah and his sons and see what Noah's Ark was all about in person!  Corey's family is getting ready to move from Texas to Florida.  Corey is not happy that he will be leaving everything he knows and all his friends.  His mom tries to convince him that God has a plan for them and things will work out but Corey is not buying it.  He takes his dog Molly on a walk to the park.  His mom continues to try to explain to him that God is in charge.

Corey does see that analogy between trusting in God and his dog Molly trusting him to lead and guide her through any and all danger.  It is getting ready to storm outside and as he chases Molly in the park he ends up falling and hitting his head. When he wakes up his mother and Molly are nowhere to be found and he finds that he has been transported back to 2400 BC in Mesopotamia!  He is faced with two lions and asks God for mercy in this situation. It is at this moment he meets Shem! Yes, Shem from the bible.  Shem, Noah's son.  Yes, Noah from Noah's Ark! Shem explains that things are different and the animals are not fierce.

Shem also introduces Corey to his brothers, Ham and Japheth and later his dad, Noah.  Shem warns Corey about the Nephilim, the giant hulk like superhuman creatures that are out to get them.  The Nephilim are huge, about 10 feet tall, and they carry large swords!  This story keeps you on the edge of your seat as you follow Corey battle it out with the Nephilim over and over.  He remembers his mom's words, "Rely on God, Rely on Him, Corey. He never changes." 

God has a plan.  His plan is that Noah and his sons preserve a remnant and the Nephilim will do whatever it takes to stop that plan from happening.  Corey misses his mom and just wants to go home.  He still doesn't understand how he even got to where he is. After Shem talks to Corey about God being a promise keeper and the importance of trusting in Him, Corey starts to realize that maybe his family's move to Florida was indeed in God's plan for their life.  Shem also reminds Corey that we must be obedient to God and not lose our faith in Him.

We soon meet Ardad who seems to be a friend to Noah and his sons.  Ardad is able to communicate with the Nephilim.  They ask Ardad to try to keep the Nephilim away from them as they complete the ark.  Ardad mentions the help of Elizar (whose name means The One Who Deceives) who is a sorcerer of some sort, but Shem declines his help.

As the story progresses and the Nephilim continue to attack, Corey comes to many realizations that relate to what he is experiencing.  He begins to see the "big picture" and that God really is in control and that if he puts his trust in Him, things will work out one way or the other.  With no weapons to fight the Nephilim Corey realizes that he must rely on prayer.

When Corey finds himself in a tight spot Elizar appears and offers to help.  He assures Corey that he is the answer and can control the Nephilim.  Thankfully Corey realizes that Elizar is not the answer and that relying on God is his only hope.  Elizar reminds me of when satan was tempting Jesus.  He keeps telling Corey that he has the answers and can even get him back home.  Just when Corey is about to accept Elizar's offer, Ardad steps in and interrupts him.  Corey trusts Ardad to get him to safety but soon finds out that he too betrays him and turns him back over to Elizar and the Nephilim.

Corey finds himself thrown into a well with no way out.  The flood is coming and his death is inevitable. In his deperation he realizes that only God has the answers and he cries out to Him for forgiveness and for Him to save him from his mess.  He remembers a story his Grandpa told him of the power of forgiveness.

The story is full of excitement and drama.  My kids (7th and 8th grade) really enjoyed it and hated the cliffhangers when we would stop reading for the day.  It will keep you wondering and guessing as to what Corey's fate will be.  Does he survive the Nephilim?  Will he be rescued?  Does he get to go back home? Will he ever see Molly and his mother again?  I encourage you to pick up a copy of this Christian Fiction for Kids book for your homeschool reading collection.  We really enjoyed reading Imagine. . . The Great Flood, a great Kids Fiction book.  It is a good reminder of the power of God and forgiveness, the importance of trusting in Him, and that He does indeed order our steps.  Corey learns a lot of valuable lessons that your kids can understand as he carries you through his harrowing story. It's a great example of Bible Stories for Kids.

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Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich {Barbour Publishing}
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

She's a Momma Again!

Oh boy!  Here we go again!  Silly mom who hatched out the 3 boys we have now decided it was time to sit again.  Sad thing is that I still don't have fertile eggs!  Ended up picking up 2 more buffs and 4 speckled sussex!!  I was SO, SO excited!  I really wanted to try some speckled sussex and there they were!  I am only keeping 2 (speckled sussex) and the other 4 are going to a friend.  Mom needed some babies to raise and this worked out just great.  She is such a good mom.  Babies are happy and healthy and oh so happy to have a mom :)  Be watching for more baby pic and updates in the future.
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