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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.

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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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Garden Tomatoes #garden #quicklunch

I love this time of year when we have so many tomatoes in the garden. I love to slice a tomato and add Italian seasoning, a little bit of cheese, and a couple of pepperonis and stick it in the broiler for just a couple of minutes until the cheese melts. So good!

I also like to stick zucchini under the broiler with Italian seasoning and cheese with my tomatoes. This time we had a little bit of left over hamburger so I sprinkled some of that on top of the zucchini and topped it with my tomatoes. 

Quick and easy lunch.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Let’s Go Geography Review #hsreviews #geography #homeschoolgeography #geographyforkids

Let's Go Geography
My family loves to travel. They don't care where we go or when we go they are never ready to come home. One thing I know the entire family learns while we are taking road trips is geography. We would love to travel to other countries, but that isn't always easily done, so learning geography with Let's Go Geography is an easier way for K-4th-grade students to learn geography.
Let's Go Geography
Let's Go Geography explores the world one country at a time. This world tour will take your kids to a new country for one hour each week for 36 weeks. Each week you will receive an email for the new country to explore or you always have access to them all and can pick and choose which one you want to travel to. There is one weekly lesson for each country except the United States, it has two lessons.

While visiting other countries you will sing songs, see maps and flags as well as color and make crafts. Students will be immersed in the cultures by seeing what dads and moms might do for a living, how they worship, and what their cities look like.
Let's Go Geography
To begin with, students will make a travel journal by using a 3 ring binder to keep all their work in. Each lesson has a map with specific things to be labeled and questions relating to the map. Each country has a flag that can be colored and glued onto a world page to include in the travel journal. There are web links to allow children to hear songs from each country and watch a video that shows more about each country. The lesson also includes facts, notebook pages for the writing assignments, lots of local pictures, library reference for further research, and coloring page and craft idea.

Our adult daughter just got back from a trip to Hawaii and the second lesson in Lets Go Geography is about Hawaii so we had to start with that lesson. Right after that, we had to travel to Finland because my husband is half Finnish. His mom is from Finland and didn't move to the United States until she was twelve. My kids really enjoy listening to her talk to her other relatives in Finnish and listen to the stories she has to tell. If you visit Finland in this course you will see the reindeer herders, listen to their national anthem, take a tour of Helsinki. One link took us to a page that included more history, geography, and facts about their economy, their people, imports & exports as well as their religions and holidays.

Carol Henderson was a homeschool mom to her 5 kids and is currently an elementary history and geography teacher. Carol originally started as a place for parents and teachers to find good historically based reading books for their kids. It has expanded and now includes many geography resources with its sister site, Lets Go Geography.

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Imagine The Great Flood Review #hsreviews #biblestories #bibleadventure

Barbour Publishing

I still read out loud to my family every evening and historical fiction is we read the most of. Our newest historical fiction is Imagine...The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing.

Imagine...The Great Flood is a 110-page softcover chapter book recommended for children ages 8-12. This is the first book in the Imagine series with Imagine... The Ten Plagues coming out in March of 2018. The Imagine series lets kids imagine what it would be like to experience biblical stories.

IMAGINE... The Great Flood
When we read adventure stories out of the bible it is fun to imagine if you were there. To experience the flood would not be something we would want to actually experience but it is amazing to think about it. The power of water is incredible! That is just where we find ten-year-old Corey in Imagine...The Great Flood. Corey isn't very happy about their move from Texas to Florida. He is worried about things any ten-year-old boy moving to a new house and school worries about. He discusses some of his fears with his mother and after talking with her he realizes he needs to trust God in this move. While a thunderstorm is brewing Corey runs into the woods to bring back the dog when he trips and hits his head sending him back to Ancient Mesopotamia and the great flood. After experiencing the waters rising from the deeps and collecting animals we find Corey waking up in Florida. The dream Corey has about the flood while he is knocked out parallels the problems he is facing in his own life and he finally realizes that God loves him.

When we read historical fiction we know that there are going to be true facts mixed with someone else's imagination and I make sure my kids know the things may not be true. But usually, the facts are true with other assumed things added in. In The Great Flood book, there are details about the story of the flood that are not Biblically accurate. There is also a man that is like a wizard and a magic staff that helps bring the animals into the ark. With that being said we got to experience some adventures while reading about Corey. I read this book out loud to my kids and we got to see Corey meet Noah and the giants of the day along with some evil men.

When we read books about the Bible or people from the Bible we go back and read the biblical account together. This way I want to teach my kids to study the Bible for themselves so they will know what is true instead of believing anything they hear or read from someone else.

Matt Koceich is a public school teacher and lives in Texas with his wife and their four children. He has authored several books including My Texas which is an all in one social studies curriculum. It is a textbook/workbook all in one for students to learn about Texas from early Native American cultures to modern day living.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Five Minute Friday Support #fmf #amwriting

This week the Five Minute Friday Prompt is Support.

What do you think about when you hear the word support? 

Some plants need support all the time and some trees need support when they are young. It makes me think about the support people need. I think everyone needs support at one time or another but just like plants some people need a lot of support just to make it through every day life and some people don't need much support to accomplish great things. Moses needed support from Aaron and Hur just to hold up his arms. It also goes the other way. Some people are great about giving support when it's needed and some people aren't a very good supporter. 

Galatians 6:2 says carry each other's burdens, and in this you will fulfill the law of Christ. I think this is true do to the fact that when we support other people with their burdens and trials of life we take the focus off of ourselves. 

Thank you Kate for hosting the Five Minute Friday.

Chara Games Unauthorized Review #hsreviews #ChristianBoardGames #StrategyGames

Chara Games
My kids and I love to play games. I tend to like card games the best, but we will play anything except my husband. He is not a game player unless it is just two people. Of course, the girls talked him into playing our newest game Unauthorized from Chara Games and he liked it and even help figure out how to play.
Unauthorized is a deduction card game for children ages 12 and up. It is recommended for 6-12 players and takes about 30 minutes to play. By using your role playing cards to sway other players you will either build the underground church or destroy it. Unauthorized Kickstarter was fulfilled early making the game available on August 8.

The game comes with a total of 112 playing cards and an instruction manual in a nice sturdy cardboard box. There are 12 double-sided role cards, 1 dealer card, 2 reference cards, and 97 experience cards. Each game will have 4 rounds of three phases then the game is over. If the majority of the players have green church cards and no one is in prison the church prevails. If more players have red cards they are loyal to the state and the state wins.

There are 12 role playing cards. You will need one card per player and you will always have at least one pastor and one police officer. The rest of the people can be chosen at random. Each character has a different power. The thief can randomly take another player's card from their hand and keep it, the counselor can force someone to discard a card and other such actions.

There is one dealer card and two reference cards. The dealer card is just that it goes to the dealer each time and it includes the tasks for each of the four rounds. The 2 reference card includes the task that is completed after the card actions.

There are 97 experience cards. If you are playing with 12 people you will use all of the cards, if you are playing with less than you should remove the ones indicated with a number on the back. The cards are red, green, or the wild card is red and green. They are called experience cards because they each have something written on them that people experience in their lives that could persuade them to stand for God and build the church or side with the state. The red and green card can be played either way; green for the church or red for the state. Some of the experiences on the red cards are church politics, state education, and church hypocrisy. The green cards include things like encountering spiritual truth, selfless sacrifice, and experience faith.

On each player's turn, they will play two cards in different ways for each round, next they will use the power that is on their role playing card, and lastly they will choose something from the reference card. After the fourth round, the game is over and it is time to see if the underground church survived.
As a game playing family with 5 kids, it is sometimes hard to come up with new games that everyone can play. We played this game altogether and the more we played it the more we enjoyed it and the more we wanted to play it. Unauthorized is a great way to include more people in our game time. The mission seems pretty simple, but the extra rules really add a lot to it. If you only play with 6 people the game can be different by switching out the role playing cards every time. There is a great video that can help you figure out how to play quickly. We had a lot of fun playing the game and it'll be a great one to pull out when we have a lot of people or if we only have a little time since it only takes 30 minutes to play.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Carole P. Roman Review #hsreviews #childrenshistory #historystorybooks #culturalstudies

Carole P Roman Blog
Reading can open up the world to our children. When your child can read and enjoys it they can take an adventure anywhere they want to go. My kids all like books no matter if they are reading or if I am reading out loud to them. Alaina is 12 and her reading level is above her age, but she still enjoys books with pictures sometimes. She is my only kid that still enjoys playing with toys at this age too. That is okay with me because they grow up way too fast. 
One of Alaina's favorite authors is Carole P. Roman and she was so excited to get four new books from her. We received two books from the cultural series; If You Were Me and Lived in....Elizabethan England and If You Were Me and Lived in....Renaissance Italy. We also received Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag and Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump.
Carole P. Roman is one of Alaina's favorite authors and even though the books she has from her are below her reading level she doesn't want to pass them along to anyone and still pulls them out occasionally to read again. 
Books by Carole P Roman
If You Were Me And Lived In .... Elizabethan England is a 41-page colorful book that starts with a depiction of London today and one of London is 1578. You get to read about what your name could have been, what the people ate, how they dressed, and so much more. In the back of the book, there is a glossary of terms used in the book and a list of important people from that time including their picture. 
Books by Carole P Roman
If You Were Me and Live In.. Renaissance Italy is 43 pages and is set up just like the Elizabethan England book. We see Florance today and in the 1400s, shopping in the marketplace and even sharing your plate with someone else.
Books by Carole P Roman
Oh Susannah: It's In The Bag is a new beginning chapter book with 34-pages and nine chapters. It is about a little girl named Susannah Maya Logan. In this book, Susannah starts her day off with homework trouble and it only gets worse from there. It shows how children can deal with their worries.
Books by Carole P Roman
Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump is 50 pages and 10 chapters. In this book, Susannah is worried about staying the night at her friend's house. She thinks it is scary! As Susannah goes through her day she realizes that other people have things they fear and they learn to overcome them. 
Susan P. Roman has written over 50 children's books. Not only does she write about places around the world and Susannah, but she also writes about pirates and princesses. Carole has also co0authored other books for adults and she is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author's Monthly.
Although these books are below Alaina's reading level she still really likes the If You Were Me and Lived in.... Series. She loves that in just a few minutes she can learn about how people used to live including their names, their housing, the customs, food, and how they worked and played. And the little kid that is still inside her loves the pictures. 
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