Online Unit Studies with Techie Homeschool Mom – A Homeschool Crew Review

I have always loved exploring the way my children learn. Each of the four learns in a different way. This makes it fun, and hard for me. Thankfully Ray Ray can do Unit Studies with Techie Homeschool Mom and I don’t have to worry about him. Currently, he is working his way through the Famous Artists Online Unit Study (Vol. 1).

What Is It?

Techie Homeschool Mom is an online program that gives you access to unit studies. They have a variety of studies available. While they are fully online for learning, there are many things that take the learning to different levels. You and your child will use different online programs (the free versions) and some other items from around the house.

Techie Homeschool Mom offers a variety of unit studies that will appeal to your child. Some take an hour, others take longer. But each is set up in the same way. The lessons are all online and are easy to follow.

Famous Artists is one of the longer studies that will take more than one day to complete. It is broken up into different sections. You will first learn about art itself and follow up with some of the famous artists like DaVinci, Monet, and Picasso.

As you go through each artist, you will learn about them, their pieces of artwork, and you will finish up with adding them to your own exhibit using Emaze. This was the fun part!

How We Used It

Ray Ray loves to take my laptop and disappear to do his schoolwork. This is not a fear of mine when he is working on his unit study from Techie Homeschool Mom. The units are laid out in step-by-step directions. He completes one and moves on to the next.

When it came time for Ray Ray to study art, I wouldn’t see much of him. He would get comfy someplace in the house and work through his lesson. The program shows me what is done and what needs to be done. I had a list from the beginning of what supplies we would need, so I was able to make sure we had them on hand. This meant that I wasn’t saying ‘We will come back to this when we have the supplies.” Or “We can’t do that right now.” Those are always huge setbacks for us.

There are about 5 sections per artist and 10 artists in this collection. We would do one section a day, completing an artist per week on average. This means that this collection would last for 10 weeks. Each day varied on how long it took, depending on the video or how much Ray Ray would write or design, but they didn’t last so long that he lost interest. Every Friday was the day that Ray Ray would work on Emaze exhibits.

What We Thought of It

We love Techie Homeschool Mom and her unit studies! While the majority is online, the platform she uses is not hard to understand. I liked that you complete one thing and move on to the next. I loved that she brought in other online elements to enrich our learning. These were the free versions, so I didn’t have to worry about purchasing something, yet I was able to allow my son to use new technology in his learning, bonus!

The lessons are not too long. And we can stop and start up as we need to. This is great for us. If a lesson gets too long, Ray Ray can pause, if needed. This didn’t happen much, as he was having fun playing with all the technology that is introduced to him. Being a “techie kid” meant that he loved the way Techie Homeschool Mom allowed him to express himself in the unit study.

We have used other unit studies from Techie Homeschool Mom and loved them as well. Ray Ray loved the one on Martin Luther King Jr. In that, he made his first picture graphic using a quote. This was great to see him think of ideas and make them come alive.

If you have a techie child at home who loves unit studies, I would recommend that you check out what Techie Homeschool Mom has to offer.

We were not the only ones to check out Techie Homeschool Mom. Head on over to The Homeschool Review Crew and see what everyone else thought!

 

Solar, Ancients and Famous People Unit Studies {Techie Homeschool Mom Reviews}
 

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Learning to Study with Victus Study Skills System – A Homeschool Crew Review

Learning how to study is an important skill for children to have, but just how do you help them learn how to study? We had the chance to get our hands on the Vitcus Study Skills System. After spending some time in the various books, all three of the older kids have learned more about the best way for them to study.

The first time we used this program, there was only one level. That level is the current Level 3. We loved using this and I was excited to see that they had added new levels to their already wonderful program. There are now 4 levels, from Level 1 (K-2/3) up to Level 4 (10/11 – college).

Moe Man was the one who had used Level 3 before. This is geared towards the middle school ages (5th – 10th-grade levels). One of the new levels is the college level (Level 4). I had Moe Man use this one this time. While he is not certain about what he is going to do after high school, this gave him good skills to have. I really liked that this book talks about the skills you need in college that are different from high school. The appendix is filled with a lot of great resources to enforce the lessons and really made Moe Man think more on the college level.

Another fun level is Level 2 (Grades 2/3 – 4/5). I picked Ray Ray to work on this one. He really loved learning about his learning styles. This was something that we had not talked about before. The same day that we started using this, Ray Ray was busy putting it to the test with his other work. We found less stress and more enjoyment out of school! I knew how to present things to him, and he knew how to do them for himself as well.

My biggest excitement came with Level 1 (Grades K- 2/3). This is the smallest book of them all, but it was just the right information for the younger ages! Little Miss was thrilled to be working on these short lessons, and while they are shorter than the other books, she grasped a lot of what they were getting across.

All of the books, except Level 1 have 10 simple lessons to go through. Level 1 only has 6 lessons, but it is for a younger crowd, so this makes sense. It is recommended to do to the 10 lessons over 5 days. We decided for Ray Ray and Moe Man to do one lesson a day for 10 days. This meant, instead of one hour a day, we would spend about 30 minutes a day working on this, which matched our current school style of short lessons.

There is a teacher book that you can get that goes for all the lessons, Level 1 and 2 come with a supplement to the teacher book that helps you tailor the lessons to the age of the child. Ray Ray loved being able to play games that brought the lesson to life for him.

But, back to Little Miss and the fun new Level 1 books! At the younger age, you are not really focusing a lot on actually studying versus getting the idea of studying. These 6 lessons are a little different from the rest. They are only about a page long. The pages do not have distractions on them, and they are straight to the point. There is more teaching to talk about and the short page to enforce what you tell them. These lessons talk about how they study, how they learn best, goals (the longest lesson, but the most important in my opinion), time management, skills on reading, and listening.

I loved that the goals lesson is the longest. Teaching younger children what goals are and how to achieve them will set them up for greater success in the future. They are taught about goals, by examples of things in their everyday life, not just school. After learning about goals in life, they are brought back to school and making goals for their classes.

I really enjoy the Victus Study Skills System. I was happy with it in the past and am thrilled with the new additions!

I am not the only one who used this program, click below to check out what the other reviewers thought of this!

K through College Study Skills {Victus Study Skills System Reviews}
 

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Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors – A Book Review

I am always busy it seems like. I have so much going on with the kids and my husband’s health. Some days I just feel like I am not doing enough to raise my kids in the way that God wanted me to. I feel like I am messing them up more than preparing them for a future. Jami Amerine must have read my mind when she wrote Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors: How Less Than Perfect Parents Can Raise (Kind of) Great Kids.

What Is It

This is a 200-page paperback book with 17 chapters. There are two parts to this book, Part 1: Relent and Reprieve and Part 2: Reward and Receive. Between these two parts and the chapters, you will read about the biggest parenting lie we often believe, why we need to seek the Bible and the wisdom of spiritual giant, why we can’t make our kids love Jesus, how to rest in our identity as daughters of a perfect Father, and so much more.

Each chapter starts with a page with a quote on it. I really enjoyed this page and spent some time just sitting and pondering on this quote. The chapters are nicely written and on topic, and the pages are clean and uncluttered.

What I Thought Of It

I loved reading this book. It was like sitting down and talking with a friend. I was able to read this while raising my own kids. I could pick it up and set it down without feeling like I had to start over. I was also able to read this while spending time on the treadmill. It was not hard to read and get information out of while still being busy with those kids I am trying to raise.

I am thrilled to have had the chance to journey with Jami Amerine. To laugh with her and to cry with her. I really did feel like a friend was helping me through the tough times I have had to go through. And knowing that someone else has done the same while still moving forward, even on sticky floors, has helped me to slow down and think of my house as sacred ground.

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Beloved – A Devotional for Young Women (A Homeschool Crew Review)

Raising kids can be hard. Making sure they are learning all they are supposed to learn, from school, to chores, and of course their faith. Little Miss in my oldest girl, and when I got the chance to review Beloved: 365 Devotions For Young Women from Zondervan, I jumped at the chance!

What Is It

Beloved is a hard covered book with 370 heavier pages. The simple flower design on the cover goes throughout the book adding something to the pages without being too crowded. There is one devotion page for each day of the year. It is undated, so you can start your year whenever you want to.

This devotional is aimed at girls ages 13-18 years old. All of the devotions are based on different women and girls from the Bible. Through this devotional, we see that the Bible is not just a book for and about the guys. We have our eyes opened to the everyday and extraordinary women.

How Did We Use It

Little Miss is a few years younger than the recommended age for this devotional, but I knew this was something that she would still enjoy, so I decided that this was something we would do together. Little did I know, I would gain just as much as her as we read through each day.

Each day started with a short Bible verse. Each of these verses are about different women of the Bible. They do not jump around like other devotionals that I have read, rather, they go together from one day to the next, telling the story of the woman.

Following up after the Bible verse is the devotional that goes with that verse. This devotional will take a lesson from the Bible verse to teach us. On Day 36 the verse was Genesis 19:25-26, the devotional takes the disobedience of Lot’s wife and shows us that curiosity can lead to disobedience. This was the perfect starting point for a great conversation with Little Miss about curiosity and sinning.

And it wasn’t just that day that leads to conversation. Each day we sat down, we ended in conversation about how we can learn from this devotional. While the stories are old, they still ring true in what we face today as young women following Jesus.

What Did We Think

Both Little Miss and I fell in love with this devotional. This was exactly what we were looking for as a way to grow stronger in our faith together. This was not too old or too young for her. Reading it with me, she was able to understand and learn from it. I can see this being a devotional that she will use over and over again, always learning something new each time she reads it.

The pages are thicker, which means they will not likely tear from constant use. There is a space at the bottom of each page for notes, which I am leaving for when she can take her own, and there is even an attached ribbon bookmark, which makes her feel extra special when she uses it.

We both loved that the devotions were short, but they were deep. There was a lot of learning that we both got out of it. Where I would see something for me as a wife and mother, she would pick out something for her as a daughter and sister. This is a book full of lessons, and for now, a lot of bonding time between the two of us. I can not wait until Little Miss is ready to take this on her own and dig even deeper into her life as a young woman of God.

There are 60 other reviewers who had the chance to use this with their daughters, click the picture below to see what they thought of it!

 

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women {Zondervan Review}
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Art Journals from Ellie Claire – A Review

I love finding ways that I can have some alone time. The time that is spent doing things I want to do versus the things I have to do. When I had the chance to check out some cute journals from Ellie Claire, I jumped at the chance! There were three journals that I was given to review.

Illuminate Your Story Journal

This journal is a different style journal than I have ever looked at before. While there are a few pages to write your thoughts, or whatever you write in your journal, the main point of this journal is to bring back to life the illuminated letters that once were a huge part of books. You know, those letters that would start each new chapter? The ones that you always loved to look at? Yes, those letters! This journal will help you to learn how to draw those letters!

Faith and Lettering Journal

This journal is a journal that is a great way to work on your lettering. When I look at the designs of the letters and the phrases, I think of Bible Journaling and how these would be perfect for writing in those Bibles made for the journaling. There are pages that show you a verse, let you trace the verse, and practice it. Once you have mastered it, you can transfer it over to your Bible. But it is not only that, but you can learn how to write different styles of letters and symbols as well.

There are pages that allow you to write your thoughts, dreams, etc. There are regular lined pages, but there are also pages that have dots instead of lines.

The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal

This is my favorite journal out of all of them! This is a journal that includes adult coloring pages of Bible verses. My husband stole this one from me. He has had some PTSD issues and part of his therapy includes keeping a journal of his dreams. He has been looking for one, and a regular notebook was just not cutting it. He has been using this journal and really appreciates the Bible verses that help him along his journey.

All three of these journals are hardcovered and have a fancy binding. This allows them to open up yet doesn’t break the binding to make it hard to close them when you are done.

I am not a fancy letter drawing person, but I have always loved the idea of Bible journaling, so while my husband took the coloring journal, I have been eyeing up the Faith and Lettering Journal, as long as the kids don’t steal it from me! They are artsy like that, and I am not, so either way, I am fine with it.

 

If you know of someone in your life that enjoys lettering and being artsy in their journals, these are perfect for gifts for them! 

 

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Greatest Dot-to-Dot Review and Giveaway!

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

We love to take a break from our everyday school from time to time. But, while we may not have lessons open in front of us, I always love to make sure the kids are learning in some way or another. We have had the chance to check out The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Mini Travel Newspaper Volumes 1-4 from Monkeying Around. These books were perfect for us!

What It Is

We received the first 4 books of the 8 in the set. These are small, 5.5 x 5.5 inches, and paperback. They are just the right size to be able to throw them in my purse for on the go fun. There are 40 pages in each of the little books and the style of the puzzles vary from page to page.

What do I mean by the style of the puzzles? Are they not dot-to-dots? Yes, they are, but there are actually different styles of dot-to-dots. There are the regular dot-to-dots, but there are also Odd/Even numbers, Stars, No Dots, and Sets of multiple lines.

Having these different variations to the puzzles keeps my kids, and myself on our toes as we go through the books.

How Did We Use It

There is no right or wrong way to use these books. We took them with us when we went to Dad’s doctor appointments. They are 1.5 hours away, so there was plenty of time to do some puzzles in the car. We have also used them in place of math lessons for the day. It is not often that we would do that, but there are some days when we just wanted something different to do.

Ray Ray has claimed one of the books as just his. He loves to do the dot-to-dots as he gets ready for bed. This is a great way for him to wind down from the electronic use during the day. I love knowing that he is having fun and doing something creative before bed.

Little Miss is at a younger age and had a few issues following the different styles. Once I explained them to her, she picked up on them quickly. She still likes the normal dot-to-dots but will be able to use the other styles when she has to.

What We Thought Of It

We are in love. The size of the books was perfect. There was no large number of dots, I don’t think they even went over 200 dots. This made it easier for younger kids. The actual size of the book was also nice. They were easy to carry around with me and didn’t take up a lot of space. This meant we were able to bring them with us on more occasions.

Guess what I have for you? I have a giveaway and a coupon code! Yes, you heard me right, a giveaway of the four books we reviewed, and a coupon code for 30% off anything in their store.

First the coupon:

Use coupon code: DTD30HHS This will give you 30% off everything in the DOTSTORE. This code is good until October 26, 2018. These make great gifts, so get yourself started on some holiday shopping!

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This giveaway is for 4 Books: Greatest Dot-to-Dot Mini Newspaper Vol  1, 2, 3 and 4. Each of these books will be autographed by the author, David Kalvitis. This giveaway is open to any US address. This giveaway will go until October 24, 2018. Enter right here:
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One Blood for Kids by Ken Ham – A Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

My primary goal when raising kids is to raise them to see everyone as a child of God. This can be hard to explain in today’s political correctness that seems to be everywhere. Ken Ham and Master Books has helped me with this with One Blood for Kids: What the Bible Says About Race.

For this review, I received the digital download of One Blood for Kids. I was able to send this over to my Kindle account and access it on our iPads for the full-color experience (which I recommend!)

My copy had 64 color pages that talk to us about the 7 Spiritual “Races” of the Bible. When I say, color, I mean color! The pages are beautifully full of color and pictures that take what we are reading and allow us to see it as well!

This book talks about the young earth, and how the fossils that we find are from Noah’s Flood. This makes sense to our family, and even more sense when described in the way that Ken Ham described it.

There is no right or wrong way to read this book. We chose to read this book during our Bible Study time at the beginning of our homeschool day. I loved the little “Set the Tone” sections on the pages. I used those as our starting and stopping points of reading each day. Some days we would read more pages, other days it would be less.

On the days we read more, it was more of the storytelling side of it. The days when we had less to read, these pages were packed with a lot more information.

The main point throughout this book was that there was one race, the human race. This was further broken down to the 7 Spiritual Races of Created, Fallen, Rescued, Divided, Saved, Lost, and Lamb’s Race. We learn about each of these as we go through the book.

We have learned so much through reading this book, mom and dad included! The kids had a question that if we all came from Adam and Eve, how could we be different colors? That was explained in a significant way that everyone understood. It also helped us understand why, in our family, some kids have different colored hair and a slightly darker skin tone than the other.

My kids come running when I say that it is time to read One Blood for Kids. They are excited to learn more about the human race and how we are all related to each other. This is a great book that takes the politics out of the equation and only shows the history of the Bible as to where we all came from.

If you are like me and want to teach your kids that everyone is a child of God, no matter their skin color, One Blood for Kids is the book you will want to have in your hands!

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New York City – By the Way ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

I am going to admit something to you, I have a slight addiction. That addiction is to great books! Whenever we pass by a bookstore, my kids know that we will be spending quite some time there. Last year we had a chance to review a By the Way book, and we loved it. When we found out that there was a new book, New York City from, By the Way, we were excited to check it out!

What Is It

New York City – By the Way is a hardcover book that is filled with beautiful color pictures and cartoons. Each page is a heavyweight page and stands up to kids flipping through them (I know this because I brought it to Bible study one night and a dozen kids were busy reading it when they finished their work.)

There are 48 pages full of information in this book. We follow Alex and Lexi with their youth group as they travel to New York City and learn about the history of New York City and even about the animals!

How We Used It

This is one of those books that you can hand to kids and not worry about what they will read. That is what we did at first. The kids tore it away from me when I opened the package and went off to look at it! The first thing they did was to take a look at finding the hidden images throughout the book.

After finding the images, it was time to read. There is a lot of information in this book. This is not a sit-down and read it all the way through in one sitting with a three-year-old book! Instead, this is a start at the beginning and read for a bit. In fact, after reading the first page, the kids wanted to jump to different parts that they found interesting while looking for the hidden images.

Ray Ray is in love with New York City. He does want to visit there one day, so he is the one who took the book to read the whole thing through. He came back to me with tidbits of information that he had learned. “Mom, did you know there are 175 zip codes for one city! We only have one for our whole city!” “I loved how they talked about 9/11, but I wanted more about this.”

What We Thought Of It

This book has been a hit in our house! The kids love looking through the pages and looking at the pictures. I really enjoyed the way the information is presented, in a story format. This made it easy for the kids to gain an interest in different topics. As they were searching for the hidden pictures, they found topics they wanted to learn more about. This was a great way to build their interest!

I also loved the way that the story shows God in everything. Not only did we learn bits of information about New York City, but we also learned about God and Jesus throughout!

After reading this book with the kids, we all long for a visit to New York City to see some of the sights that piqued our interest while reading this book!

Three other books were included in this review. They are Ireland, Indiana, and Alaska. Check out the reviews right here:

By the Way Book Series: New York City, Ireland, Indiana & Alaska {By the Way Reviews}
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Fitting Words – A Homeschool Crew Review

I am still in shock that I have a senior in high school this year! Where did all these years go by? There is only one thing harder than grasping you have a senior, it is finding curriculum for them that they love to use.

Roman Roads Media gave us a chance to review Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric (complete program). This is just what I knew Moe Man needed, and he loves using it, so it is a win-win!

What It Is

Fitting Words Classical Rhetoric is a curriculum that will provide high school students and above with a full year’s credit of learning how to communicate by studying the great speeches and giving their own speeches as well.

We received the complete program that comes with the student text, student workbook, video course, exam pack, and answer key. These all complement each other and makes this course a great one, especially for Moe Man.

The student text is a hardcover text with about 400 pages. Each of the pages is clean and uncluttered. This makes it easier to read. There is also room on the edges of the pages for notes if your child likes to take notes, mine doesn’t, but I love to, so noticed this right away!

The workbook is a spiral bound book. There are plenty of well-spaced lines for writing answers to the questions asked for each exercise. Even my large writing son had no problem writing his answers on these spaces.

The video course is my favorite aspect of this program. Moe Man is great at reading, but sometimes he doesn’t remember what he read. We all have those moments when listening to someone read or explain the lesson brings things to light that we would not have noticed before hearing it.

This video course is 4 DVDs that go with each lesson in the textbook. It is recommended to watch the lecture of the lesson first and follow up with reading the lesson after. Not only that but at the end of each lesson, there is a lesson application video to watch. There is even a pre-exam video that walks you through what you need to know for each exam. All the videos helped to reinforce what your child needs to know for each lesson.

The exams packet has review sheets for each exam. They are not study guides, instead just a sheet with the things the student should be able to do and know before the exam. This allows your child to review in the way that is best for them. You will also find all the exams in this packet. The last thing you will see is the speech judging sheets. This is an excellent way for me to be able to judge each individual speech. It also allows the student to know what they will be graded on for each speech.

Finally, we have the answer key. It is just that, a softcover book full of all the answers for the worksheets in the textbook as well as the exams.

How We Used It

At the beginning of the answer key, you will find two optional schedules on how to use this curriculum. There is an option for one or two years.

Since this is Moe Man’s last year of school (Yikes!) we opted for the one year schedule. Using the one year schedule, we see what to do each week and day. The bonus, it is only 4 days per week! Moe Man was happy to see this!

I wrote up what needed to be done on Moe Man’s planner, and with this guide, I could easily do the whole first semester in just about half an hour. After that, he logs in to see what he needs to do and goes. It is strange not to have to help him throughout the day like I used to have to do, but I am glad that he is getting better at doing things on his own, and the videos really help take my place in discussing the main point!

The way the schedule is broken down, it is easy to complete all that is needed each day without the stress of too much to do. At first, Moe Man wasn’t sure about the videos. However, now on lesson 7, he is appreciating the videos to help him with the lessons! They are not long, only lasting about 10-20 minutes, but they are full of the main points and great examples of the topics the kids are learning about!

There are 5 speeches that Moe Man will give throughout this course, the first of which will come after lesson 13. I am looking forward to this because he has a hard time speaking in front of people. I have to decide and split up the speeches between us at home and a good friend of the family. I figure this will give Moe Man a different audience for different speeches, and it will give him a chance to be judged by more than one person.

What We Thought

We loved this curriculum. I loved the simplicity on my end, and Moe Man loved how he was able to do this on his own without my help. He loves being able to do his work on his time instead of mine, so having a curriculum that includes the videos to help him, has helped us both.

The suggested schedule is perfect for Moe Man, and it helps me. I am always one who loves a schedule that is done for me vs. me having to figure one out. One thing I did notice was that the Table of Contents was the same for both the workbook and the answer key. This isn’t a huge deal, but I kept wondering where the schedule was in the workbook, and couldn’t find it.

Finding a curriculum that focuses on the great speeches, like that of Martin Luther King Jr, Patrick Henry, or even Pericles, is hard to come by. But Fitting Words is just that. We love the style of teaching and the use of these and other great speeches to help us learn!

There were others reviewers who used this curriculum or the new Picta Dicta curriculum. Check out those reviews right here:

Classical Rhetoric and Picta Dicta {Roman Roads Media Reviews}
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Kingdom Files – A Homeschool Crew Review

As we started our new school year, I wanted to find a way to learn more about certain people in the Bible. I love our previous Bible studies, but this time I wanted something that we could cuddle up and spend time reading together. I found that option with Barbour Publishing and their Who Was Kingdom Files books.

We received Who Was Jonah? and Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? for this review.

The kids were excited about these books, but Ray Ray was a little upset. As he was looking through, he saw that there was Who Was David? which happens to be his favorite Bible hero. After falling in love with the first two, I had no issue grabbing him Who Was David? and loved watching him get excited and begging to read it right away!

What Is It

The Kingdom Files books that we have are all small paperback books that are about 80-90 pages long. They have a larger, but not huge, font that makes it an easy to read book. There are also beautiful black and white hand-drawn illustrations on the pages that go along with what you are reading.

The stories are broken down into three sections. You start off with the Fact File. This file folder gives you the key information about the character you are going to be reading about. You have the Action File that is the main story. This is where you will learn about the character’s story, what God wanted to share with them and how they reacted to God’s plan for them. Finally, we have the Power File. This is where we find some great information to remember about God. Our favorite from Jonah was God Doesn’t Abandon. This is combined with a memory verse that goes with the information.

Throughout the story, we also find Clue Boxes. These boxes are like the study boxes in your study Bible, and they offer your children ways to look at the story and how to apply what they are reading to their daily life and the life of the character you are reading about.

How We Used It

We started with Jonah. I mentioned that we wanted to find something for Bible that would allow us a way to study the people of the Bible comfortably. We would cuddle up on the couch, or around the table during snack time and read a chapter at a time. After reading, we would spend time discussing what we had read and how to apply that to our lives.

After each chapter, we would go to the Power File and grab a power-up to go with the chapter. While there is nothing that says you should do it this way, we found that spreading these power-ups through the chapters gave us more time to study the memory verse that went with each power-up.

What We Thought

We loved these books for our Bible study each day. They were a great way to learn more about the people of the Bible instead of just the events. The were able to see Jonah, Mary, and David as the real people they were.

We loved the way the books were set up and how easy they were to read. Every one loved that even though the books were easy to read, they were very informative. The information was easy to understand for the kids, but also allowed us to dig deeper. My kids were able to take the story and apply the lessons to the things we have gone through.

There are also other resources available here that you can use to go along with the books after you read them. You can find fun activities and teacher resources that you can use for different projects!

If you are looking for a way to show your children the people of the Bible as they were, real people, the Kingdom Files by Matt Koceich are the books you will want to read with your children.

Kingdom Files {Barbour Publishing Reviews}
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