Friday, November 16, 2018

Hillsong Kids DVD Review & Giveaway


I have a fun DVD to share with you today, Hillsong Kids DVD, "Can You Believe It? - Songs of Truth".

"Can You Believe It - Songs of Truth" is both a question and a challenge...a statement of gratitude to a loving God and an invitation to explore the very foundations of faith.  It is the 7th release from Hillsong Kids.  It contains both old and new worship songs.  Classic songs like "My Best Friend", "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)", and "What A Beautiful Name" join brand new declarations of faith such as "As the World Shakes" and "Heaven Is Our Home".  I love the heart behind Hillsong Kids and this collection contains fun and vibrant songs that help children around the world engage in biblical truths about God's love and grace for them and others.  My kids are really enjoying it.

More About Hillsong:  Hillsong believes that teaching children to love God and others takes place in both the home and in the church.  For this reason, they seek to partner with parents (the greatest teachers of all) and with church pastors and leaders, equipping them with great resources.  Through fun experiences, meaningful music and ministry that encourages kids to participate, Hillsong Kids presents Jesus Christ and His Church in a relevant way, creating moments which children will never forget.

Check out the lyric video for My Best Friend below to get a better feel for this DVD and don't forget to enter to win your own copy as well.



You can purchase this DVD here!

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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 DVD 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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Chris Tomlin Holy Roar CD Review

Chris Tomlin's new CD, Holy Roar

I have a great new CD to tell you about, Holy Roar by Chris Tomlin.  I have loved Chris Tomlin's music for years and I remember back when he used to live in Austin!  He has an amazing voice and I love his songwriting - he is so gifted.  Not surprisingly, he has sold more than 8 million albums, 11.3 million digital tracks with 16 #1 singles - that is impressive!


The concept behind Chris's new album is freedom, experience, and the wonder of worship.  It is seeing the church come together, hands lifted to God, pouring out our praise with an eternal song in our hearts.  It's every voice together, changing the way we worship.  What a beautiful picture and concept for a worship album.  Check out the short video below to hear more on this.



This album has 12 songs:  Holy Roar, Nobody Loves Me Like You, Resurrection Power, Goodness Love and Mercy, Satisfied, Impact, Praise Him Forever, Is He Worthy?, Forever Young, I Stand In Awe, Praise Is The Highway, and How Sweet It Is.  And they are all good.  No, really.  A, D and I just took a trip to Dallas and we had the privilege of listening to this album both on the way there and on the way home.  We all enjoyed it a lot.  A thinks her favorite song on the album is Holy Roar.  I love that she downloaded it to her iPod right away.  Thanks Chris Tomlin for pouring your heart into another incredible worship CD.

See Chris's Official Lyric Video for Holy Roar below.  It gives you a great feel for this album.



Holy Roar is available for purchase here.

Disclosure:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing a copy of this CD in exchange for this review and post.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, November 5, 2018

E's Bike Party

E's Bike Cake

Yesterday, we finally had E's bike party.  Another family tradition of ours.  To get a bike party you have to be able to start your bike, stop your bike, and ride your bike without training wheels and without assistance.  The weather was great and we went to a local park to ride bikes, eat cake and celebrate E's milestone.  Love this girl!

E with her cake

 A and E celebrating at the park.

Friday, November 2, 2018

All About Reading Pre-Reading Review


I have an amazing Reading Program to share with you today.  As part of the Timberdoodle Blog Team this year I was sent the All About Reading Deluxe Kit, Pre-reading level to review with Mr. F.  He is 4.5 years old now, he will be 5 in January and he loves this program!  Every day he looks forward to working on his school and it has been such a joy to see him really think through his letters, sounds, and make words.

This particular set is designed for young learners in preschool through kindergarten.  The All About Reading Pre-reading builds a solid foundation by teaching five key skills:  print awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, listening comprehension, and motivation to read.  Learning is set up to feel like play and I think that's why F is having such a great time with it.  In fact, it has become a habit for Mr. G to join us during Mr. F's school time - he loves listening it as well.

So, what's included included in this deluxe kit?  A teacher's manual, student packet, The Zigzag book, The Lizard Lou book, lesson divider cards with activity box, Letter Sounds A to A app, reading tote bag, Ziggy Zebra puppet and animal stickers.  {Note:  If you are teaching more than one student at a time or plan to reuse this program for additional children, you can order additional activity books or photocopy each page per family use copyright.  You can also find the consumable progress chart and certificate of achievement as free downloads as well.}

The program is great in how much is figured out for you.  There is some set up required so let me walk you through it.  The PreReading picture cards are perforated for easy separation.  The lesson number for each picture card can be found in the lower right hand corner of the card.  After you separate all the cards, place them behind the corresponding yellow dividers in your reading activity box.  I would recommend storing these cards out of reach until lesson times as I have had to reorganize it multiple times from the boys dumping out the cards.  They 💖 them.  This is how the tote bag comes into play.  You can store all your items inside the tote until they are needed.  Woohoo.

Example of a page of picture cards

Activity Box with Lesson Cards

F posing with his letter posters.

I chose to laminate our AAR letter posters (upper case and lower case) and hang them on the wall of our school room.  They can be seen easily and they are a great visual for Mr. F when working through this program.  There are a few nontraditional selections.  For example, the capital U has a picture of a penguin with an umbrella.  This might seem off; however, when you read the capital U story in The Zigzag Zebra book, it is about a penguin who uses an umbrella.  The program ties in nicely together that way!


You will need to download the Letter Sounds A to Z app in the app store if you plan on using it.  This is what it looks like.  You can download the app to your computer, tablet or phone.  This will be used in later lessons.

And this is the app when it's open.

This app is very simple.  When you touch each letter, the app gives you the correct pronunciation for that letter.  Your child can listen to the most common sound for each letter.  F likes this.

The Teacher's Manual will walk you through all the lessons.  It is laid out really well.  It's simple design is easy to follow.  Lessons 1-26 are on the capital letters A-Z.  Lessons 27-52 are on the lowercase letters a-z.  And lessons 53-78 are on the sounds of the letters.  In lessons 1-26, you will use The Zigzag Zebra book, The ABC Craft Sheets for those lessons, the Ziggy the Zebra puppet, the activity cards associated with these lessons, and various craft supplies and books.  Most of the craft supplies are fairly simple and I already had them on hand!  I listed various books because a large part of this curriculum is daily reading.  They suggest 20 minutes a day.  We have a vast homeschool library and a nearby library so we read a variety of books and topics.  Lessons 27-52 is similar except you will use the Lizard Lou book instead of The Zigzag Zebra book and the activity cards associated with these lessons.  In lessons 53-78 you will use both books - The Zigzag Zebra and Lizard Lou as well as the Letter Sounds A to Z app.

Here F worked through the first Lesson on the letter A.

And here you can see some of our letter B fun.

Working on rhyming with activity cards.


Playing Get Out of the Wagon by removing the card that does not rhyme with the other two.

Mr. F having fun with dinosaur stickers during his time with the letter D.


F really likes the stories.

The teacher's manual has a page of ideas that you can use to have more fun with the alphabet.  These are suggestions.  You can do as many as you want or use them to come up with other ideas that work for your student and family.

Elephant friends helping out with the letter E and F's peanuts.

 Here is an example of the instructions for the letter pages, this one is for the letter F.  Each one is unique.

 
Above you see Mr. F making the fish for the pond with his thumbprints.

 Now coloring...


His masterpiece!

Some of our daily reading!

More Fun With Letters

I often found manipulatives around the house that tied into the letter that we were learning.

F loved turning the octopus over and feeling the tentacles.  This really gave him a great visual when he went to make tentacles using an eraser tip and paint.

Learning about syllables with the activity cards

There is a great progress chart and stickers that you can use after each lesson to document your child's progress.  F loved this.  It may be simple but it is important for him to get his sticker!

All About Reading is a multisensory, mastery-based curriculum.  You can really tailor it to your student and your schedule.  You can spend a day on a lesson or a week, it is really flexible.  The built in review systems really help solidify student learning.  This program is also available in numerous levels:  Pre-Reading, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4.

We have not finished this program but we are close to halfway there and it has been such a blessing for Mr. F.  He really enjoys it and I love the flexibility and ease of use.  I would highly recommend this curriculum.  If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to ask.  I'm happy to help!

The All About Reading PreReading Level is an outstanding component of Timberdoodle's PreK curriculum kit.  Trying to decide if your child is ready for All About Reading Prelevel?  Check out All About Reading PreReading on the Timberdoodle site and look for the Readiness Checklist.

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  Timberdoodle sent my family All About Reading Deluxe Kit, Pre-Reading level in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Fall Festival

Fall Festival 2018

We just got back from a local fall festival.  The kids had a great time.  It was raining off and on today so I am thankful that they moved all the festivities indoors!  A and B made their own costumes this year (Ace of Hearts and Queen of Hearts) and I made F's costume (A Wild Card) - card theme!  

A basically made this using red felt.

My favorite part was her homemade bow that she made using an ace of hearts playing card.

B's costume was also made from red felt.  The wand is felt and a chopstick.

We took a Dollar Tree tiara (left over from E's party) and spray painted it gold.  It worked great.

I made F's costume using felt and one Uno wild card.

He's pretty excited.

We had a few Star Wars repeats - a Jedi, Princess Leia and BB8.  

 This robe that I bought on Etsy a few years ago is still as amazing as ever!

Princess E as Princess Leia

 Our BB8

 And D was Sleeping Beauty.  Hope you had a fun filled night!

 
 Sleeping Beauty with her crown.  This is a similar crown that we spray painted for B's costume.

 Love this pose!

Happy Halloween 2018


I was able to take the youngest 4 to a nearby Trunk or Treat over the weekend.  We pulled together their costumes a few hours before the event - not bad!  G was BB8 (from last year), F was an Uno Wild card (I made it with felt), E was a Shopkins Cupcake Queen (costume from Grandma) and D went as a gymnast - easy peasy.

Halloween Peppers

Last night for dinner I made Halloween peppers.  I had seen a picture of them on the internet and thought they were so cute.  I just made my own stuffing.


Another view...

F and G at our local pumpkin patch

I thought I had missed it but I took F and G over to our local pumpkin patch today and I was able to get a few pictures - yay!  

Close up of G

Close up of F

 Another pose

 My pumpkin!

 Hope you have a fun, happy, and safe night tonight!  Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

No More Braces For A

 A with braces headed to her appointment.  Now you see them...

I'm so excited for A!  Last week the orthodontist removed her braces.  She is super excited to be able to eat all the long restricted foods.  Now, I need to take her to a movie and buy her a bucket of popcorn.

And now you don't!