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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Pencil Grip Review & Giveaway #hsreviews #pencilgrip #safetyscissors #preschoolsupplies

The Pencil Grip, Inc.
I love to watch little kids use scissors. It is always so cute the way they open their mouth when they open the scissors. We have a new pair of The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit from The Pencil Grip, Inc
The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors work just like any pair of scissors and are just as easy to use. The only difference is the blade has a fixed safety shield that remains in place over the blades even while the scissors are being used. The blade on the finger side of the scissors are connected to the safety shield. The blade connected to the thumb side moves up and down inside the safety shield. The piece of paper slides in between the fixed blade and the safety shield. There is a training lever that will automatically open the scissors after they have been squeezed closed. It can also be closed so that the scissors work like normal. These scissors are recommended for children ages 3 and up and would be great for kids preschool supplies.
The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit
The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit comes with 3 different grips that can be used on regular pencils and pens. They make holding them correctly easy and comfortable for children and adults. Both left-handed and right-handed people can use the grips correctly.
  • Step 1 is called the Crossover Grip. It is shaped like a "super hero cape" over the fingers. It is for training and provides structure and reinforcement for proper finger positioning. 
  • Step 2 is the Pinch Grip. This one has partial "wings" to allow transitioning to freedom but still has structure. By removing the "super hero wings" it allows the user to see their fingers to visually see how to hold the pencil or pen. 
  • Step 3 is the original Pencil Grip. It is refered to as the Graduation because it is the last one and can be used as long as the user needs to. This step provides a lifetime of comfort and control. 
The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors
Obviously, my kids are a little old for safety scissors, so we used them with my friend's little girl. She just turned 3 so she hasn't had much experience using scissors. Of course, she tried to use two hands at first but once we got them placed in her hand correctly it didn't take her long to figure out how they should work. We did have to help her get the paper in between the blade and the safety shield, but she could cut it. 
My kids always liked to cut and make crafts. Once they were a little older I would let them use regular scissors because regular safety scissors were not very sharp and my kids would get frustrated when they used them. We didn't have that problem with these scissors they're sharp, but there is no way a child could cut themselves with them.
We tried the pencil grip with her also, but I don't think she is quite ready to hold a pencil correctly. She would rather play with them than use them. We will keep trying to get her to use them so she can develop a good grasp when she writes. 
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Brinkman Adventures Audio Drama Season 4 Review #hsreviews

Brinkman Adventures
We may never get chased by a rhino or come in contact with an angry medicine man in real life, but we did just that in of The Brinkman Adventures Season 4.

The Brinkman Adventures are a based on a real missionary family. They use their actual missionary stories and add in some fictional events to create their audio dramas with the Brinkman family members all playing themselves.

Brinkman Adventures

In Season 4 we learn about the Remember Nhu foundation. Nhu was a young girl in Cambodia living with her grandmother. One day her grandmother sold her to be a slave. Carl Waston was wanting to give his life to do God's will and serve others when he saw a picture of Nhu and heard her story. He spent years looking for Nhu by traveling to Cambodia several times. He finally finds her and he opens Nhu Houses where young slave girls have a place to live and to learn a skill. We also see the struggles the missionary kids go through and how they develop their own love for other people and their desire to serve them unconditionally. Young love is also brewing when Michelle really likes a young boy and we see her desire for wanting her parents to see Anthony the way she does. How many things can go wrong on a wedding day? Does Anthony & Michelle tie the knot?

A Paradise Lost
Remember Nhu
Aisha's Fear
Heart Song
The Crashed Kitchen
Crisis In The Congo
They Mysterious Palm Feller
War Of The Raccoons
The Five Guys
Toughest Man
Cambodian Quest
What Brings Us Together

The six hours of audio drama is very captivating. The characters come to life with the music and background noises to recognize their surroundings, like rain falling, crickets chirping, and other background noises. When the Brinkmans recorded this season they could not find anyone to play the part of Nhu so they recorded it without her voice. They later met Nhu and had her play herself in the episodes.

The Brinkmans' share their lives and hearts and one important message in this season is about making your own convictions instead of doing the right thing just to be obedient not because you truly want to do it. We also see how each of the Brinkman children's talents develop and how they use them to serve as they grow up. Another message that is taught is you don't have to be a missionary to serve God. No matter what career path you choose you can serve God. These adventures aren't all serious. The little boy colors on himself with marker and ruins the eggs at camp because he was trying to help with breakfast. There is plenty of drama with a bridge being washed out, a baby being born at camp, and Jack Brinkman has a doppelganger and is arrested because the video footage looked like him.

This time of year we spend a lot of time in the kitchen canning the produce from our garden. We listened to Brinkman Season 4 while the girls and I made and canned salsa. We let ourselves get lost in the story and it made our day go by quickly. We have listened to The Brinkman Adventures from Season 2 and it is fun to hear how the kids have grown.

The Brinkman Adventures are great entertainment but we also like reading the true missionary stories from around the world after we listen to the adventure. Seeing the pictures that go with the stories add so much and help you get a vision of missionary life.

The Brinkman Adventures

Brinkman Adventures Season 4
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Jeremy Camp The Answer CD Review & Giveaway #TheAnswer #FlyBy

We listen to Christian music in the car all the time. We love to support our local Christian radio stations as well as listen to our favorite CDs. We were was so excited when we received the new Jeremy Camp CD The Answer to review and we had it in the CD player within minutes. We already liked the song Word Of Life from hearing it on the radio and really wanted to hear the other songs. The rest of the CD is just as good as Word of Life and Jeremy is so encouraging in his lyrics and very pleasant to listen to.

The Answer
Word of Life
My Defender
The Answer
My Father's Arms
Never Stopped Loving
Tell the Whole World
Heaven's Shore
Love So Great
Awake O Sleeper

Jeremy Camp witnesses in this new album by telling everyone that Jesus is the Answer to everything. That no matter what storm arises Jesus can be our hope if we lay down our burdens and find the peace in His arms. He wants to tell the world that he is proof that you can be forgiven and be free.

It is very easy to memorize song lyrics and this album portrays a powerful message in a way that can fill our hearts and be ready on our minds when we need to hear them.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Five Minute Friday Story #amwriting #fmf

The Five Minute Friday Prompt this week is Story.

When I hear the word story it can mean so much for such a small word. A story can take you anywhere you want to go. A story can take you to the past of your relatives, it can tell us of what is going on right now, or it can take us to the future of our minds own imagination. It can also take us to the past, present, or future of anyone we let take us there.

We all have a story and that story makes us who we are. Where did you come from? What decisions have you made that were either good or bad? They make up who we are and that story can determine where we go.

Do you let the chapters of your story dictate your life? Have you learned from those chapters and expounded on the good ones and made the dark chapters better.

I'm just like everyone else. I have some chapters from my story that I wish I could rip out and throw away. But I know if I did then I would be a different person than who I am today. Although I have things I regret I know I am forgiven of those things and I'm loved today for who I am and I wouldn't change the story I am in at this very moment.

Thanks Kate for hosting the Five Minute Friday!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Phoenix September 2017 Issue

The newest edition of The Phoenix has been published. I just want to say this magazine is a wonderful thing for homeschool high school students to participate in. It allows them an outlet for their creativeness and encourages them to try their best.

Delaney entered another story and two photos to go with it this time. When we were at my dad's farm in Indiana this summer he told us about a graveyard on the adjoining farmland. This is no ordinary graveyard. This is where a doctor from Madison, Indian buried black people when no one else cared. That is really all we know about the graveyard, but it makes you wonder what kind of man this doctor was and then I start comparing him to doctors today. He had compassion on those that everyone else didn't. Not only did he care for these people that probably had no money to pay him, but he took them back home and buried them on his own property.

Delaney also encouraged one of her homeschool friends to enter some of her photographs and she has two printed in this addition. So much talent and a great way to share it with others.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Captain Bayley's Heir Review #hsreviews #HeirloomAudio #CaptainBayleysHeir #LiveTheAdventure #BringingHentyBack #AudioAdventures #AudioDrama

Heirloom Audio Productions

Heirloom Audio Productions has done it again! Captain Bayley's Heir is their newest G.A. Henty audio drama and it is just as good as the other ones. Plus they have started a new community called Live The Adventure Club where you can keep track of all your Heirloom Audios.

Captain Bayley's Heir
My girls and I love to go on adventures with G.A. Henty and Brian Blessed. I'm not sure how many Henty books my son read when he was younger, but those were among the things he wanted to take with him when he left home. My girls haven't gotten into reading them, but they love the Heirloom Audio version and every time their brother comes home for a visit we all listen to our newest audio drama together. If he doesn't make it home before Christmas this year I may want to send him Captain Bayley's Heir so he can listen on his own and he is almost 27.

In Captain Bayley's Heir, we see a young man named Frank get falsely accused of a crime. After running away he encounters so many adventures on his way to America from England to clear his name. In America, he finds himself in the middle of the Gold Rush. Before we actually get to that part of the story we are introduced to several different people and learn about their lives until we see how they are all connected together and discover who Captain Bayley's Heir really is from an emblem on a spoon. While listening to the story we experience riches, poverty, heartache, yearning, fighting, deadly storms, outlaws, and cowboys.

This audio drama is once again recorded with well-known actors and actresses and plenty of background sounds to make you feel you are actually part of the story. The horse neighing, rain falling, the fire crackling, doors opening, people walking really bring the story to life. If you listen with headphones or speakers the sound will move from one speaker as if you are surrounded and actually there. The adventure last 2 1/2 hours and is recorded on two CDs. It is recommended for children 6-adult and includes bonus materials available at Live The Adventure Club. 

Live The Adventure Club is an online community that keeps all your bonus material for each Audio Heirloom CD set you own plus so much more. The bonus material for Captain Bailey's Heir includes several elements. 
  • You can listen to the adventure online or download it. 
  • Study Guide & Discussion Starter
  • G.A. Henty's book is available as an e-book with colorful graphics added in that can be read online or downloaded. 
  • An Official Soundtrack
  • A Printable Cast Poster
  • Inspirational Hymn Poster
  • Desktop Wallpaper

The Study Guide is 38 pages in full color and can be downloaded or printed. At the beginning, we are introduced to G.A. Henty and the story of Heirloom Audio Productions. At the end of the Study Guide, there is a reading list to learn more about the Victorian England, and the American West. There are also 3 Bible studies one on God's Grace, one on Becoming a Christian, and the third one on Honoring Your Parents. Each chapter is set up the same way and has three sections: 
  • Listening Well~ Are questions to see if you have listened to the story. All the answers come directly from the story itself.
  • Thinking Further~ These questions are to get you thinking about what else is happening in the story. They help you draw conclusions as to why events are happening or what people were thinking. 
  • Defining Words~ Working with the vocabulary words will help you understand parts of the story & you may need to use a dictionary.

On each page of the Study Guide, there is the CD #, Track #, and the exact spot on the recording to help you find the exact spot you will want to listen to that chapter. The Bible Studies included contain a lot of scripture, but as with any Bible study, I recommend studying the topics out completely for yourself. The Bible study on becoming a Christian does not discuss being baptized to become a Christian and the Bible says you should. 

You can also listen to the adventure one chapter at a time while following along by using the Read Along Script. The Thinking Further questions are included on the same web page, and the vocabulary words are listed at the bottom. When you hover the word the definition will appear in a bubble. There is also a quiz for each chapter that can be taken online. If the correct answer is selected it is highlighted green if the wrong answer is selected it will be highlighted red.

I listened to this drama with all three of my girls several times. We like listening to these stories if we have a long car drive, but we also listen while we are cleaning the house or the girls will listen while they color or some other craft project. The problem with my girls cleaning or crafting while listening to Captain Bailey's Heir I would find them sitting quietly instead of cleaning because they would get so lost in the adventure. We have all The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty from Heirloom Audio Productions that have been made and my girls will make sure we have every new one they produce.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Mathew West All In CD Review & Giveaway #ALLIN #FlyBy

I always tell my kids that no matter what they do in life, in school, in sports, that they should try their hardest and Matthew West's new CD is about just that. It is called All In and he encourages everyone to give their ALL to their family, their community, and their all with God. There are 13 tracks on this upbeat album and there is no way I could choose a favorite. Matthew does a great job getting his message out while still being entertaining.

  • All In
  • Broken Things
  • Mercy Is A Song
  • Amen
  • The Sound of a Life Changing
  • Something Greater
  • Jesus & You
  • The Beautiful Things We Miss
  • 1 Song
  • Power Love Sound Mind
  • Never Ever Give Up
  • Dream Again Becoming Me
  • You Are Known

Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

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Broken Things (story behind the song)

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