REVIEW: Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

REVIEW: Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

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We’ve been looking to study Biblical feasts as part of both history and Bible in our homeschool and family. Learning About Biblical Feasts: A Study Guide to the Feasts of the Bible for Children & Families is the perfect resource and easy to implement.

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Why Learning About Biblical Feasts Is Important

We only know a small amount about God. Being that we live in the new covenant now, Holy Spirit gives us revelation, insight and understanding about the nature and character of God. Holy Spirit also reveals the heart of God as we seek Him.

A natural way to gain spiritual understanding is through symbolism. There are lots of symbolic events in the Bible. So to gain more understanding of God, we need to dig deeper.

Although I was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian at an early age, I never really dug into the Jewish feasts. Yet, I’ve always had an interest to learn.

Side note… this is one of the benefits of homeschooling – you learn what you teach your kids!

Studying and learning about the Biblical feasts helps you to know God more and celebrate what He's done. As a family, dig into this open-and-go study guide! #Christian #BiblicalFeasts #Bible

Learning About Biblical Feasts Study Guide

Included in the Study Guide:

  • Table of Contents
  • Biblical Feasts Calendar
  • Introduction – Importance of Learning About Jewish Feasts As Christians
  • The Jewish feasts in one year include: 
    • Purim (Feast of Lots)
    • Passover (Pesah or Pesach)
    • Shavuot or Pentecost (Feast of Weeks)
    • Rosh Hashanah (Feast of the Trumpet)
    • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
    • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
    • Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights)
  • What Does It All Mean?
  • A Prayer
  • Answers
Studying and learning about the Biblical feasts helps you to know God more and celebrate what He's done. As a family, dig into this open-and-go study guide! #Christian #BiblicalFeasts #Bible

How The Study Guide Works (And What We Did)

This study guide is for great for children and families; it’s truly and open-and-go.

  • The Biblical Feasts Calendar is a great tool to keep handy to remember the feasts throughout the year. (We have the calendar stored on the inside of our kitchen cabinet as our reminder!)
  • The Introduction is a great way to prepare your heart for why you and your family should take in the history of the Biblical feasts and how you can apply them today. 
  • Each feast is divided up into sections:
    • The History of the Biblical feast – This includes the happenings in the Bible leading up to the feast and the feast itself. It’s really a great summary making it easy to listen to and understand for children. We also incorporated a kids movie (Veggie Tales like this one is good for the littles) so they could watch the story leading up to the feast. You’ll find out fairly quickly that most movies don’t talk about the feasts themselves, which is too bad. This is where you want to make sure you’re picking up the study guide to reinforce the feast and why it was held.
    • How You Can Celebrate Today – I like how it takes the history and applies it to today as we live in the new covenant. This is what my children (and I) were particularly excited about. It also invites you to read the story out of the Bible as a family, which we love!
    • Questions – These are great for recall of history. My kiddos verbally answered, while I wrote their answers on the sheet provided.
    • Notebooking Pages – My children are smaller and are at the stage of drawing and beginning to write, so we just found an appropriate coloring sheet for the feast (such as Purim) and wrote the type of feast on it.
  • What Does It All Mean? – This ties the Old and New Testament together, which is really well done.
  • A Prayer – The prayer of salvation is so important, especially as we discover God’s goodness and His love for us, so this was a pleasant find.
  • Answers – Having answers is great for a quick reference, or if your older children are correcting their work by themselves.
Studying and learning about the Biblical feasts helps you to know God more and celebrate what He's done. As a family, dig into this open-and-go study guide! #Christian #BiblicalFeasts #Bible

Learning About Biblical Feasts study guide is a really great resource for the entire family. We highly recommend it!

So, how have you learned about Biblical feasts with your children?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

A Christian Preschool Curriculum We Loved!

A Christian Preschool Curriculum We Loved!

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If you’re looking for a good quality Christian preschool curriculum for your homeschool, I know the feeling.

Having our children take in good quality education filled with wonder, purpose and fun are something we want for our kids. I was so thankful to find God’s Little Explorers!

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A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun! #preschool #preschoolcurriculum #Christianpreschool

A Preschool Christian Curriculum: God’s Little Explorers

Review Summary: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Grades Used: PreK
Pros: Loved the interaction, activity, fun and all the learning!
Cons: It was a bit more involved on my part.

Preparation

I began with reading the beginning pages of the curriculum to get to know what was expected of my child and I. The sections to read included:

  • Table of Contents
  • Welcome to God’s Little Explorers
  • How is God’s Little Explorers Christian Preschool Curriculum structured?
  • What else will I find in the program?
  • Internet links
  • Assessment
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!

Detailed Review

PROS:

  • Biblical Adventure. First and foremost, I loved that this Christian preschool curriculum was about an adventure to find God and His Word. What a fun way to learn! It was hands-on and practical right from the get-go.
  • Bible. I chose the Read & Learn Bible based on the two recommendations from this curriculum, and it was a choice I was pleased with. I have a complete review of the Bible here.
  • Structure. The organization, plan and format of the curriculum is wonderful. It keeps things moving for a preschool-aged child and provides lots of options for me. The website links provided in the PDF were amazing as it gave printables, helps and so much more.
  • Songs. Songs are wonderful in helping children memorize, learn and have fun. With the songs being Bible-based, I found that my kids were memorizing scripture, too!
  • Life Application. This is so rewarding as we help our little ones apply what they’re learning, educating them about helping the family, responsibilities and manners.
  • Optional sections. There are so many options of learning including book bags, learning bags, hymn study, composer study and artist study.
  • You are not limited! There are so many learning ideas included in this curriculum!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!
A Christian preschool curriculum that includes adventure, education and fun!

CONS:

Preparation. Although the preparation wasn’t difficult, it still took some time, though the value in what this curriculum offers did not deter me from this fact.

Preschoolers also need the most hand-holding with everything, so there’s really no way of getting around what’s needed for this age.

Our Approach

Being that I’m not a very creative person when it comes to education and ideas, I like that this curriculum has it all including an organized plan.

We didn’t do everything as suggested by the curriculum whether it was for a lack of time, too much prep or we didn’t have the supplies on hand.

Finally

Enjoy the wonder, discovery and adventure that your children are on as they find God, learn and practically apply what they’re learning through this amazing Christian preschool curriculum, God’s Little Explorers.

I’d love to hear if you’ve used this curriculum or have any questions about it; I’d be happy to answer them!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

REVIEW: First Language Lessons Level 1

REVIEW: First Language Lessons Level 1

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I was looking for a gentle approach to grammar for grade 1.

We are relaxed homeschoolers meaning we use curriculum that works for us as a family and each individual child following no specific homeschooling style. I was pleasantly surprised with First Language Lessons Level 1. It ended up being amazing for not just my grade 1 daughter, but also my preschool son!

FIRST LANGUAGE LESSONS LEVEL 1

REVIEW SUMMARY: 5 out of 5 stars

  • Grades Used: Grade 1 (and unintentionally PreK)
  • Pros: Gentle, easy-going approach
  • Cons: None
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!

CHILD’S LEARNING STYLE

What’s important to know (because in homeschooling we get to choose materials based on our child’s learning style), is that my daughter:

  • is a perfectionist (is hard on herself when she doesn’t get a concept immediately)
  • prefers a predictable schedule
  • can sniff when you don’t know what you’re talking about
  • black and white is calming to her

Based on my daughter’s learning style, personality type and my teaching style, below is my detailed review of First Language Lessons Level 1.

There was no exchange for product in this curriculum review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

WHAT’S IN FIRST LANGUAGE LESSONS LEVEL 1

Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!

PREPARATION

First Language Lessons Level 1 is an all-inclusive book meaning it has both the Teacher’s and Student portion included. Isn’t that amazing!?

I began with the opening pages of the book to gain an understanding of how to use it, which includes:

 

  • Table of Contents – I wanted to know how many lessons we were conquering in the year. There are 100 Lessons.
  • How to Use This Book – the various sections included were so helpful and really imparted wisdom. Included are these subsections:
    • General Thoughts on Teaching Language
    • The Method of This Book
    • Goals for Grade 1
    • The Tools Used in This Book: The “Four Strand” Approach
    • Using the Lessons
    • Materials List
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!

DETAILED REVIEW

PROS:

  • Scripted. This is just what I need! It indicates Notes to Instructor and what the Instructor needs to say.
  • There are 100 lessons. It suggests planning 2-3 lessons per week, which is such a gentle approach and one we loved.
  • Repetition = increase in memory. At the beginning you don’t know how your grade 1 child will be able to memorize a poem or definitions, especially with only doing 2-3 lessons per weekj. But just through the nature of repetition, it comes naturally. And then the surprise was suddenly hearing my preschool son say definitions and poems aloud for memory, too! I was so amazed to see what happens when you gently approach something, add repetition and application, the result is beautiful.
  • Amazing poems and stories. This book is based on good quality literature, which we value. The poems were easily memorized, and the stories are memorable with good morals. My daughter (and preschool son) LOVED listening to the stories.
  • Narration. Because there was such amazing literature, my daughter (and preschool son) found it easy to listen to the stories and recall them in their own way. They were easily able to answer the questions provided. The critical thinking part of the picture narration was an enjoyable experience for both my daughter and I.
  • Copywriting. This is not my daughter’s favourite part only because she doesn’t enjoy handwriting. We have a separate notebook for keeping her work (as was suggested in the “How To Use This Book” portion. Although my daughter doesn’t particularly like handwriting, she saw the value when it came time to doing some projects, like writing up an envelope to be mailed with the mailing and return address.

CONS (which isn’t really a con):

  • USA material. This is so minor that it doesn’t feel worthy to mention. It’s so easy to replace US material with Canadian whenever it does come up, which is seldom. (For example, it talks about state instead of province). This didn’t affect whether I’d use this book.
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!
Review: First Language Lessons Level 1 - Is this curriculum right for your homeschool? Find out here!

Have you tried First Language Lessons Level 1 in your homeschool? Are you considering it?

I’d like to know what were your successes and challenges with the curriculum if you did try it. Leave a comment below to let me know.

And yes, First Language Lessons Level 2 was certainly included in our Grade 2 curriculum picks.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

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Although choosing our homeschool curriculum is done at the beginning of our homeschool year, we also love adding new curriculum along the way. The reason for this is to change things up, work on new areas and refine skills.

So, I’ve decided to add Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B to my son’s kindergarten curriculum for the year.

Why I’m Adding Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B

With my son in kindergarten, we’ve been working on letter recognition and sounds.

He’s doing so well and understanding fairly quickly. But, I feel like I need to take a few different angles to help fill and prevent any gaps.

And Evan-Moor’s books are great for applying this thought so I’m incorporating the Basic Phonics Skills Level B.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

REVIEW: Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B (and how we’re using it)

Listen for…

The first page to a letter begins with recognizing the sound that the letter makes. This helps to identify the sound being learned by saying the word for each picture.

This works well for my son because he’s a visual and auditory learner.

I also say the word for the picture accentuating the sound. Once we’ve gone through the pictures, I do it again to make sure there’s understanding and confidence.

Handwriting with the letter sound

Anytime a page involves handwriting, my son resists.

I’ve added handwriting to what we do, but it seems to have to be on my son’s terms right now. He resists and is unwilling to do it if I point out the instructions. A benefit of homeschooling is to take this kind of thing slowly.

So I’m approaching the handwriting portion of Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B book in a different way. This is in part to keep my son’s attention in learning, but to also prevent him from not wanting to do what I know he can.

How we do handwriting…

When it comes to the handwriting portion, my approach has to be creative. So I get my son to write letters on the whiteboard or chalkboard, he air-writes them, uses bands with a geoboard, or even using teddy bear counters.

We talk about the words we’re seeing and emphasize the letter sound.

When any of the pages are asking to identify if the letter sound is at the beginning or end of a word, this becomes trickier for my son, but a good challenge as he masters his phonics.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Basic Phonics Skills, Grades K-1 (Level B) - Print
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

Interactive activities

These types of pages my son loves, whether it’s matching, cutting and pasting.

Phonics readers

Although we haven’t gotten to the phonics readers at the back of the book just yet, I’m excited to have him read these little books and know that he is reading and can do it!

A bonus for me!

Tracking my child’s progress is important to me which is why i love the Student Record Form. It allows you to identify and write down the progress of your child. This is why I also like that this book comes in an E-book format.

Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum
Why I'm adding Evan-Moor's Daily Basic Phonics Skills Level B to our Kindergarten curriculum

If you’re looking to help your child with phonics, the Evan-Moor’s Basic Phonics Skills Level B is a great resource!

Have you used this book in your homeschool?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

REVIEW: Evan-Moor Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book

REVIEW: Evan-Moor Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book

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I was looking for a resource that would supplement and provide extra support in helping my child with phonics and reading. I found that Evan-Moor has a Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book, and thought it might be a good fit and I was pleasantly surprised!

I had the pleasure of reviewing Evan-Moor’s Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book in exchange for my honest review.

The Struggle With Reading

My daughter has found reading to be a challenge. Although she can easily tell me individual letter sounds, it’s reading blends and sight words that have been a bit of a struggle.

She’s been so disheartened at times.

I see her lack of self-confidence and the disappointment in herself for just having to work so hard to get what she feels like she should already know.

So to avoid any resentment towards reading, we have slowed right down and chosen to be intentional in what we do to help her read.

With that, I’ve decided to add in reinforcements and supplements to my daughter’s grade 2 curriculum helping her see quick wins and build confidence. This has proved to be a great decision using Evan-Moor’s Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-Book!

Evan-Moor Daily Phonics Grade 1 Curriculum Review E-book

How We’re Using Evan-Moor’s Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-Book

Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to:

  • reinforce the phonics that have already been learned
  • help build my daughter’s memory work
  • develop confidence
  • see quick-wins
  • move at our own pace

Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!) I just print out the sheets we need as we go along.

How We're Using Evan-Moor's Daily Phonics Grade 1 Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to reinforce what's already been learned and to help build my daughter's memory work. Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!)  Based on what we're working on during our reading lessons, or the review we're doing, I print out the sheets we need. We don't go in order of the book, although, that can work, too if it's being used as a complete curriculum.
How We're Using Evan-Moor's Daily Phonics Grade 1 Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to reinforce what's already been learned and to help build my daughter's memory work. Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!)  Based on what we're working on during our reading lessons, or the review we're doing, I print out the sheets we need. We don't go in order of the book, although, that can work, too if it's being used as a complete curriculum.

The Pros of the Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book

  • Lessons are short. This made the curriculum approachable for both my daughter and I. With shorter lessons, it also brought quick wins, which is exactly what I was looking for.
  • You set the speed. Although we could follow the lesson plan (which is daily for 32 weeks and simple to follow), we found that we could also do what worked for us. So we sometimes combined 2 days into 1 or skipped some days if my daughter had the concept mastered.
  • Lessons are simple to understand. There’s no confusion as to what was being asked of each lesson.
  • Language Arts fundamentals are included. I’m fond of the multi-sensory approach involving listening, reading, writing, speaking and spelling.
  • Print what you need. If extra review was needed, I could print out extra copies easily.
  • Scripted Teacher’s Manual. I like a scripted format when it comes to a teacher’s manual, and this curriculum has it and it’s easy to follow.
  • Answer Key. Found at the back of the book. It’s a great inclusion if needed.
How We're Using Evan-Moor's Daily Phonics Grade 1 Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to reinforce what's already been learned and to help build my daughter's memory work. Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!)  Based on what we're working on during our reading lessons, or the review we're doing, I print out the sheets we need. We don't go in order of the book, although, that can work, too if it's being used as a complete curriculum.
How We're Using Evan-Moor's Daily Phonics Grade 1 Our approach and goal in using this curriculum is to reinforce what's already been learned and to help build my daughter's memory work. Because this is our approach, the e-book works best for us. (The HP Instant Ink subscription has been a life-saver!)  Based on what we're working on during our reading lessons, or the review we're doing, I print out the sheets we need. We don't go in order of the book, although, that can work, too if it's being used as a complete curriculum.

The Cons of the Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book

  • Nothing. We didn’t find anything that both my daughter and I didn’t like, although a colour option would be a great alternative.
Daily Phonics, Grade 1 - Teacher's Edition, E-book

For your copy of the Evan-Moor Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book, get it here.

What products have you used to help your child with phonics?

Have you used Evan-Moor’s Daily Phonics Grade 1 E-book? How did it work in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + *NEW* FREE PRINTABLES

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + *NEW* FREE PRINTABLES

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We’re using Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons differently the second time around. My almost 5-year son has been hungry to learn and shows his readiness by what he’s retaining, so we’ve pulled the book out again.
Check out my *NEW* FREE PRINTABLES below!
(includes sticker chart, letter flashcards & word flashcards)
I was so nervous teaching my first child to read. To me, reading is THE most crucial subject and I didn’t want to mess this up with my daughter. In my mind, to avoid a disaster meant seeking out a highy recommended book to teach reading. Based on my teaching style, I knew I needed a scripted teaching book to help me! So, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons became THE book that was recommended. Here is my detailed review when I used it with my first child.
Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + FREE sticker chart, letter sound flashcards & word flashcards!

How We’re Using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons:

My son has begun to start reading 1/2 a year earlier than when my daughter started. This has everything to do with where he’s at, his desire to learn and how naturally it’s coming to him. My son took to learning his uppercase and lowercase letters quite quickly, so now that he’s mastered that, I’ve decided to incorporate reading so I don’t hinder his progress.

What I’m doing differently this time with the book

SLOWER PACE

I’ve already decided that the pace we’re going to go at is much slower, and so far it’s working. This book might be easy in the sense of the format (the layout, the review, the script, how soon your child will read, etc.), but it’s not necessarily easy for the one who’s learning to read. My desire is for my kids to read AND like it! That’s said, we’re not doing a lesson a day. In fact, we’re doing a lesson a day sometimes, and mostly doing a lesson over two days. I’m trusting that this will help build confidence and an enjoyment to read my son.

LOTS OF REVIEW

At such a young age, the ability to sit down for more than the 20 minutes as suggested by the book, is just too much for a wiggler. We write letters on the blackboard and whiteboard, review letter sounds and words using flashcards (see my free printable below), and we talk about letter sounds as we go about our day. I’ll find that my son just starts recognizing the letter sounds by looking at a word and will begin to sound them out loud. I love this because it becomes the connection between learning and living! When this happens, I’m reminded of what amazing benefits to homeschooling there are.

GET YOUR FREE PRINTABLES

Since we bought a used and older copy of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, it didn’t seem to have what I needed. So I created what I needed and I’m offering it FREE for you below when you sign-up to be on my email list. These printables are new and updated since my printables offered here.

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

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Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + FREE sticker chart, letter sound flashcards & word flashcards!
Have you taught your child to read successfully using the book Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons? If so, what were your strategies? If you’re new to using the book, was this helpful? Please share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie