Monday, December 10, 2018

Mosdos Press Literature Pearl {6th Grade} Review


I have another exciting Timberdoodle homeschool curriculum to share with you today, Mosdos Press Literature Pearl.  Mosdos Press is available for grades 3-8 and each set is named after a gem: Opal (3rd grade), Ruby (4th grade), Coral (5th grade), Pearl (6th grade), Jade (7th grade) and Gold (8th grade).

Pearl is the curriculum for 6th grade and I have been using it with Mr. C.  This set includes the Student Reader, Student Activity Workbook, and a two book Teacher's Edition set.  This program includes short stories, plays, nonfiction selections, songs, brief biographies and poems.

So C uses both the Student Reader and Student Activity Workbook while I have the Teacher's Edition Part One and Part Two.

I want to start out by saying that the Teacher's books are large and full of information.  They contain the scope and sequence, annotated teacher's edition, and workbook answer guide.  Both Part One and Part Two contain the full scope and sequence as well as the full workbook answer guide.  Part One includes the annotated teacher's edition for Units One and Two while Part Two includes the annotated teacher's edition for Units Three through Six.  These books are not meant to intimidate you!  They are very thorough and well organized.  They really walk you through everything step-by-step.  Basically, these books do not assume you know anything about literature; therefore, everything is included and anyone can teach literature using this program.  How awesome is that?  The Teacher's books include every page of the Student Reader as a smaller size.  Around the margins of these smaller pages you will find information discussing the literary components within each story along with explanations.  This helps makes conversations and teaching a breeze.

Here is an example page from inside the Teacher's Edition so you can get a feel for what I am talking about.

Inside the Student Reader

The Student Reader is beautifully illustrated with color photographs, color drawings and black-and-white pictures for a nice variety.  Before each story within the Student Reader, there is an introduction that explains the story and some part/s of literature (character, theme, conflict, setting, climax, foreshadowing, etc.).  Vocabulary words are presented in boxes on the pages when they are first introduced.  I love this!  Students can quickly determine the meaning of these words if they are unknown and continue their reading.  The stories are followed by review questions which I really like.  They can help assess reading comprehension and encourage thoughtful analysis.  And there are lots of activities included within each unit.  There are so many activities, you are not meant to do them all.  You can really tailor this program and pick the ones that are best for your student.

Example from inside the Student Activity Workbook

The Student Activity Workbook contains corresponding vocabulary, creative writing, or comprehension questions.  It helps provide extra reinforcement for the parts of literature that are being taught.  This can be a great tool for you to assess your student's progress and which concepts they have grasped and which ones might need additional work.  Again, thoughtful analysis is encouraged (look at question 4 in the example above to see what I mean).

Another example from C's workbook

I'm working at a slower pace with C with this program because literature is a harder subject for him.  We are both really enjoying it and I really appreciate all the effort that went into making this curriculum easy for me to teach.  C is getting literature, vocabulary, and writing all from this curriculum!

If you are looking for a complete literature program for a student in 3rd grade - 8th grade, Mosdos Press might be the answer for you.

Feel free to check out more about Mosdos Pearl on the Timberdoodle site.  You can even download samples for each of the books.

Mosdos Press Pearl is a part of Timberdoodle's 6th Grade Curriculum kit.

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  Timberdoodle sent my family Mosdos Press Literature Pearl in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own.

B and D's Holiday Birthday Party

Photo Booth Fun

B and D had their "Holiday" themed birthday party yesterday and it was so much fun.  We had an amazing turnout and I'm so thankful to everyone who was able to celebrate the girls near and far.  We had lots of games set up around the house for all the kids to enjoy and we set up the volleyball net in the backyard for anyone who wanted to play.  We put up Christmas paper on a wall in our home and set up a photo booth with props and holiday themed headbands.  Enjoy the photos.

D with her balloon

 B with her balloons

D wanted a strawberry ice cream cake.  There are 9 strawberries!

D with her cake.

Inside the cake...

And B wanted a cookies and cream ice cream cake.  There are 13 Oreos!

 B with her cake.

More Photo Booth Fun

 Fun with Friends

We set up B's Instax camera and film at the photo booth so kids could take their own photos and take them home so I don't have a ton of photos on my camera from the booth but I think everyone enjoyed it.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Happy 13th Birthday B!

Beverly a few weeks ago on our trip to Wisconsin

Today my B turns 13 and officially is a teenager!  How I love this cold loving, tender-hearted girl of mine.  B you are going to do amazing things!

B and G at our CoOp Christmas Party

Monday, December 3, 2018

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women Review


I have a great devotional to share with you for young women, Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women.  This is a topical devotional that uses the inspiring stories of girls and women in the Bible (think Ruth, Esther, Mary, Abigail, etc.) to encourage faith in confidence in today's young women.  This devotional is great for everyday use and is a great tool for Biblical influence for young women.

A's copy of Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women

And here she is reading it in our hammock.

 I asked her to look up and smile for me!

Here is a peek inside, Day 7.

A really likes this devotional.  She likes how it relates to the Bible and she is really enjoying the stories of the many women in the Bible.  I love having the opportunity to have even more faith conversations by asking her what she thinks of this devotional!!  The days are short and easy to read but have more depth than you might think.  I look forward to hearing what A thinks when she has completed this book.

Happy 9th Birthday D

D when she turned 1

Today my D is 9!  She is such a fun girl to have and she is such an old soul.  We just returned from our 2 week trip up North and this girl did handstands and bridges the whole way through.  I just love her!  Happy Birthday D!

Handstand in the snow in Wisconsin

A bridge up in the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

And a bride down below...

9 looks great on you D!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Ellie Claire Interactive Art Journals Review

Ellie Claire Journals

I have some of the most amazing art journals to share with you from Ellie Claire:  Illuminate Your Story, The Illustrated Word and Faith & Lettering.  These journals are each so unique and such fun additions for my creative soul.  These journals offer an interactive way to get creative with your quiet time.  I love that they teach and encourage a breadth of creative expression of faith.  If one style doesn't work for you there are plenty of other options!

Ellie Claire's Faith & Lettering Journal

This beautiful journal is designed to be a safe and comfortable place to try your hand at different handwriting styles and grow in your lettering skills.  This journal walks you through the basics of practicing hand lettering, Bible journaling, and sermon sketch note-taking - awesome right?  Let me show you just one example.

 Here is a page that shows you the verse, asks you to trace it, and then practice it on your own.

The second column shows you my tracing.

 And voila, I'm so happy with how my free hand turned out!

I love that this journal comes with basic instruction, tips and lots of ways to practice.  If you have ever been timid about Bible journaling or wanted to get a bit more creative and found yourself at a loss of where to start this would be an amazing journal for you.  I think it also works for pros too letting you fine tune your skills and possibly learn some new things along the way.

 Ellie Claire's Illuminate Your Story Journal

In this book I learned that the term "illuminated manuscript" was derived from the usage of silver or gold leaf decoration within text, which became illuminated when captured by the light.  Initials, borders, and miniature illustrations comprise most of this style.  This journal encourages you to explore your skill and create images that beautify your writing.  I loved the easy to follow step-by-step instructions for illuminated letters.  Again, let me show you just one example from this journal.

 Step-by-Step instructions for one style of the letter K

 My completed K!

Ellie Claire's The Illustrated Word - An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal

In this journal 40 illustrations have been recreated as line drawings for you to color.  Included in this gem are full-color illustrations from the Museum of the Bible archives.  I love that this journal has illustrations to color and pages to journal right along side them!  The lined pages are interspersed throughout the journal.

Here is an example of a page I am currently working on.

As you can see all three of these journals have similar features in that they are beautifully bound (just stunning), have lay-flat binding (no interference), have thick paper (no bleeding through pages) and encourage creative faith expression to name a few.  I hope I have highlighted a few of their differences as well so you have a feel for what they each offer.  I would highly recommend these journals and I think they would make unique gifts as well.  Let me know if you have any questions - I'd love to answer them!

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Ellie Claire for sending me all three of these journals for review in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

NIV Adventure Bible Polar Exploration Edition & Giveaway


I have a pretty cool Bible to share with you today, the NIV Adventure Bible Polar Exploration Edition.  With over 9 million copies sold, the Adventure Bible brand is beloved by Christian schools, churches and families alike.  We own several copies!  Now, this Bible is available in an exciting polar exploration theme - and just in time for winter and the Holidays.  While on this arctic adventure, readers meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of facts about the Bible.

I really like the themed pages.


Features of the NIV Adventure Bible Polar Exploration Edition include:
- the same trusted Adventure Bible content in a frosty new theme
- full-color images of polar animals, arctic outposts, and icy landscapes throughout make learning about the Bible engaging
- Life in Bible Times - articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days
- Words to Treasure - Highlights great verses to memorize
- Did You Know? - Interesting facts helpy you understand God's Word and the life of faith
- People in Bible Times - Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible
- Live It! - Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths in your life
- Twenty polar-themed pages focus on topics such as how to know you are a Christian, famous people of the Bible, highlights of the life of Jesus, and how to pray
- Book introductions feature arctic art and important information about each book of the Bible
- Dictionary/concordance for looking up tricky words
- Color map section to help locate places in the Bible
- Complete text of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible
- Thrilling new glacial cover on metallic paper

Some of the above features

I personally love all things animal and two of my kids are studying marine biology this year so the illustrations of sea lions, walruses, and penguins tie right in!  If you are looking for a fun themed Bible for your kid/s this is a great option.

You can purchase your own copy of NIV Adventure Bible Polar Exploration here.  Be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one!  There is also a book of devotions in this theme as well.

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Disclosure:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winner and opinions are 100% mine and not influenced by monetary compensations.  I did receive a copy of this Bible in exchange for this review and post.  Giveaway open to continental U.S. residents only (no Canadian winners this time).  Also, only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotion in the last 30 days on this same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.