It’s been a controversial topic for as long as I can recall whether to teach children at home or to place them into a public school system. I feel that I’ve had to constantly to defend my decisions and to give reasons why my family made the choice to keep our children out of public school. I’ve heard many questions as well as accusations that our choice to homeschool could have the potential to damage my children. Aside from not feeling like my children would receive a proper education, my main reason to do so is because Christianity has been stripped out of the classroom. I don’t feel that my children’s religious freedoms and faith in God should be removed as well as attacked.
As part of the Schoolhouse Crew Review team, I’ll be sharing a few of my own as well as my husband’s thoughts as well on Great Commission Films documentary IndoctriNation. They present a hot and very controversial subject on the decline of Christianity in America public schools. I believe every christian parent should see this film. Making ones self aware of what’s really going on is the first step to making the right choices. It’s not really equality that’s being taught if even mentioning the name of God can get a teacher fired, a valedictorians mic turned off during a graduation speech when she thanks Jesus, and so on.
I was recently given the opportunity to share my thoughts upon and spread the news on a new set of Christ centered books written specifically for children by Graham Blanchard & Callie Grant.
The Learn, Absorb & Praise™ Classic Collection has three titles which are Knowing My God: Jesus Shows Me, All of Me That You Can’t See, and Mud Puddle Hunting Day. Each of the books each have a specific purpose and come from certain lines that in different ways nurtures and has potential to grow the spiritual development of a child. This particular set is recommended for Ages 0-7 years old. My son age 4 and my daughter age 6 had benefited much from each! My aim is to have thought provoking books and those that point toward growing deeper in Christ in my home and this set certainly fits that target.
Weird and Wonderful Creations is a 4 books in 1 collaboration from the Made By God series! This engaging non-fiction children’s book gives a up close and personal look at many different types of insects, animals, and plant life! My nearly four year old son and my six year old daughter really like this collection! I do too, knowing they are learning about science, nature, and creator God of all living things through fascinating facts and information. I’ve found this collection to be a great assest in our homeschooling and plan on incorporating it into many different unit studies for both of the kids.
Weird and Wonderful Creations includes:
- Spiders, Snakes, Bees and Bats
- Big Bugs, Little Bugs
- Sea Creatures
- Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants
There are well over 200 facts throughout the book! I learned a few new things myself. My kids have been going around mentioning things they’ve learned like how Spiders aren’t actually insects! That’s one that even I wasn’t aware of. Each featured animal, plant, or insect has about 6-7 pages dedicated to it solely. The layout is done well with facts and information on every page. The book is very colorful and the photos are excellent in detail offering lots of up close views!
There are many creatures to learn about in this book such as snakes, spiders, butterflies, Bats, Bee, Butterfly,Venus Fly Traps, Lightening Bugs, Ocra Whales, Redwoods, and more! I asked my children if they had a favorite creature from this book but they said they enjoyed learning about them all. This one has been looked at a lot since it’s arrived.
The reading level for this book is geared toward children in first and second grade. My daughter whom is currently doing first grade work had no problem reading this book. In fact, when we first got it, she picked it up and started reading it all on her own! My son age four had enjoyed having this book read to him and looking at all the pictures. Overall, this is an excellent nature study book and I would highly recommend it to boys and girls!
Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz. I was not financially compensated for this post.
Learning Resources Word Construction makes spelling and word building a lot of fun! It’s definitely a unique and different option than what I’ve seen out there. The nuts and bolts approach is clever and it’s appealing not to just boys but girls too. I would like to mention that the age recommendation is for children ages five and up but even younger children can benefit from this learning tool. My son is is three and half and he’s been using these like a pro spelling consonant vowel sight words that we’ve been practicing this school year.
This set comes with thirty printed nuts, six bolts, a helpful activity guide, and a plastic tub for easy clean up and storage. I like that the set provides enough pieces that more than one child can use it easily. The nuts come in the colors orange, blue, green, and purple. The colors are vibrant and the pieces aren’t too big or too small making these easy for kids to handle. Each nut has a little lip on the inside which needs to be lined up with a part on each bolt to slide it into place. Once in place, the nuts twist easily on the bolt to make a variety of different letter and word combinations. There was no trouble or frustration whatsoever for my kids to figure out how to begin building words.
The green bolts feature vowels and the letter y while the remaining colors feature a variety of consonants . Note that not every consonant is included in the set. It’s not a huge deal but something to take into consideration. Each bolt can hold up to four nuts. My kids have been spelling all sorts of two, three, and four letter words! I’ve used this set for them to practice sight words as well as to reinforce my 1st graders spelling lists for each week. They’ve also asked to play with these throughout the day aside from our schooling time!
After testing them myself and offering them for use with my kids, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s totally hands-on learning at its finest. This set will get much use and I think it’s a great way to reinforce spelling, phonics, & word building aside from pencil and paper. Highest of recommendations!
Want it? Word Construction can be purchased on the Learning Resources website for $24.99 and you can also find this and other Learning Resources products on Amazon.com as well.
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