Sunday, September 14, 2014

Scripture and a Snapshot: Declare HIS Glory

What a beautiful day this was.  GOD showed up and showed out and I was privileged to be a part of it.  I am still in awe of HIS creativity.

I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we declare HIS glory.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Home School Adventure GIVEAWAY and Facebook Party

Every once in a while, something comes along that completely transforms the way we do school at my house.  My late-to-read daugher had not been the least bit interested in writing -- in part because she wasn't confident enough in her skills and she pressured herself to get it all right the first time -- until we reviewed Home School Adventure Co.'s  newest writing resource Creative Freewriting Adventure last month.  It has been revolutionary for her and has turned my reluctant writer into an AUTHOR.  To say she loves it is the understatement of the year.  For the first time ever, she enjoys writing and ASKS to do it daily.  It's really that good, y'all.  That said, I'm excited to offer you a chance to enter this giveaway AND take part in the Facebook Party next week.  Check this out:

Home School Adventure Co. is ready to release their latest biblical worldview resource -- Creative Freewriting Adventure - A Journey Into Freewriting!

Creative Freewriting Adventure is a collection of thought-provoking freewriting exercises designed to inspire creativity and critical thinking, even in reluctant writers.

The official release of this wonderful resource will be at a Facebook Party on Thursday, September 18, 9 PM ET. I've heard there will be lots of prizes given away that night (and some free stuff for all guests, too). I hope you will join me! You can RSVP here.

I am joining author, Stacy Farrell, and Home School Adventure Co. to celebrate the release of Creative Freewriting Adventure with this impressive giveaway, valued at nearly $300! One winner will win PRINT copies of all of HSA's resources, plus 4 biblical worldview books and a lovely canvas tote bag.

Creative Freewriting Adventure Giveaway -- Winner will be announced at the Facebook Release Party on September 18


Here's what you could win:

Creative Freewriting Adventure - A Journey into Freewriting ($21.95)

Bring joy and excitement into your student’s writing with these simple-to-execute (yet significant) writing exercises. No prep required. Just grab a pen and paper, set a timer, and have fun!

Writing can be hard work. Good writing most often results from much rewriting, and much rewriting can make a writer weary. Since Philosophy Adventure students polish one primary writing assignment over the course of several weeks (supported by clear step-by-step instructions and seven writing checklists), we created freewriting exercises to offset their hard work with play!


Philosophy Adventure™ — Pre-Socratics Complete Set with Resources CD  ($89.95

DO YOU NEED to teach advanced writing and speaking skills? DO YOU WANT your students equipped to discern truth as ungodly messages bombard them? DO YOU WONDER how to cover all they need academically as well as practically? Philosophy Adventure may be your solution!

Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.


Mere Christianity Journal and Softcover Print Bundle (Journal & Book) ($38.95)

Have we forgotten whose we are? In this “Age of Tolerance,” Christians are in danger of forgetting (or never learning) what distinguishes a Christian worldview from other worldviews. The Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal is a powerful tool to strengthen critical thinking while cultivating a biblical worldview. A companion to Lewis’s classic work, the Journal can be used for independent study with teenagers or adults, or as a group study in families, homeschools, co-ops, classrooms, Sunday school, and small groups.

This bundle contains the Print Edition of the Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal with a softcover edition of Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis’s original work.


Philippians in 28 Weeks -- Scripture Memory Resource ($28.95)

What does it mean to love Him with all your mind? The Bible is banned in many countries. Countless believers have sacrificed their freedom—and many, their lives—to spread the message of God’s love and salvation contained within its pages. Are we exercising our freedom responsibly? Memorize the entire book of Philippians in 28 weeks!


The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions ($28.95)

How do you train a heart?

George MacDonald's The Wise Woman enchants readers while it contrasts the ugliness of pride, selfishness and conceit with the beauty of humility, sacrifice, and compassion.

The Wise Woman is a perfect story for a family to read together curled up on the couch under a warm afghan or after a meal. (It is only fair to warn you: once you read the first chapter, you might not put it down. More than one mom has stayed up late to read after her children have gone to bed.)

Read each chapter and discuss the literary analysis questions and vocabulary. Clear writing requires clear thinking. The exercise of formulating and writing answers will strengthen your students’ thinking and communication skills. Middle school and high school students create a profound keepsake as they write their answers in the book.

By offering students 16 to 24 literary analysis questions per chapter, this 160-page spiral bound edition teaches critical thinking in a way that is engaging and transformational.


Nancy Pearcey Book Bundle ($63.98)

Nancy R. Pearcey  is scholar in residence and professor at Houston Baptist University, where she is also director of the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture. She is also a fellow at the Discovery Institute. Previously she was the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute, where she taught a worldview course based on her book Total Truth, winner of the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best book on Christianity and Society. She has also served as professor of worldview studies at Philadelphia Biblical University, during which time she wrote her most recent book, Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning.

This bundle of books written by Nancy Pearcey includes:

The Soul of Science - Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy
Total Truth- Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
Saving Leonard0 - A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals & Meaning


Home School Adventure Tote Bag ($18)

This duo color canvas tote is roomy enough to hold all of your Home School Adventure Co. reasouces! Sturdy and fashionable, it is emblazened with the Home School Adventure Co. logo on one side, and the words, "Cultivate and defend a biblical worldview" on the other.


The winner of this giveaway will be announced during the Creative Freewriting Facebook Release Party on Thursday, September 18, 9-10 PM ET. Please join us on the Home School Adventure Co. Facebook wall that evening to find out if you won!

(Winner does not need to be present to win.)

Be sure to RSVP here.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Schoolhouse Review: Heirloom Audio Productions' Under Drake'sFlag #hsreviews

The benefits of a mother's heartfelt prayer over her children . . .
Learning to live life to the fullest by following GOD's directives . . .
The importance of FAITH in everyday life . . .

These are the values discussed and the lessons learned that pierced our hearts as we listened together to Heirloom Audio Productions' Christian audio drama and adventure story-come-to-life Under Drake's Flag  ($29.95).  Adapted from G.A.Henty's book of the same title, Under Drake's Flag offers two full hours of faith-based adventure that is perfect for ages 6 - adult.  We have always enjoyed radio theatre and audio drama and have listened to quite a few books and tales through the years.  Under Drake's Flag is of the highest quality and was a wonderful addition to our library.   Listening to it together made for an easy transition for my 8th and 10 graders from summer vacation to school and we enjoyed the time spent hearing the stories of Ned Hawkshaw and his friend, Gerald, as they sailed the high seas with Sir Francis Drake,  The realistic sound effects put the listener right in the center of the action.  Not only do you hear about life on the high seas, but you also become a part of the story itself.  What a fun way to bring history to life.

My children enjoy travelling through time and seeing (hearing) history play out first-hand.  From the very first moments of listening to the CD, we felt as if we had known Ned all of our lives.  We could understand the fear his mother felt in letting him take off on his journey to manhood and we could feel his pride when gifted with his father's two-edged dagger.  As he encountered trials, we stood alongside him.  Through persecution and triumph, we were there -- sharing tears of disappointment and cheers of elation.

Analytical Grammar Review
Under Drake's Flag consists of two audio CDs, a pocket (abridged) Study Guide, and the eloquent prayer of Sir Francis Drake printed inside the CD case.  Using the enclosed Study Guide, you can easily turn this audio adventure into a full learning experience.  The CD is divided into chapters and each chapter has a corresponding section in the Study Guide that consists of three parts.  There are questions to make sure students are "Listening Well," questions designed to have students "Thinking Further," and a section of "Defining Words" which includes vocabulary words from the chapter.  The Study Guide ends with three Bible study sessions on Godly Character, True Manhood, and Confessing CHRIST.  We have incorporated these Bible studies into our daily school as a follow up to our listening time.  Additionally, there is a 15-page PDF download available once you purchase the CD set.  This Study Guide offers more comprehension questions for each chapter on the CD, hands-on learning activities such as map searches and ship size comparisons, and more vocabulary words to master.  There are even resources shared so that your students can do a more comprehensive study of Sir Francis Drake.

I must admit that tears streamed down my face at the end of the CD when Sir Francis Drake's prayer was shared.  What a testimony.  His prayer has become my prayer and I have adapted it so that I remember:

Disturb me, LORD, when I am too pleased with myself
When my dreams have come true
Because I have dreamed too little,
When I arrived safely
Because I sailed too close to the shore.  
Disturb me, LORD,
And don't let me lose my thirst for YOU.
Don't let me cease to dream of HEAVEN.
Push me forward, into the future, LORD.
In strength, courage, hope, and LOVE.

You'll want to make sure to connect with Under Drake's Flag through Facebook as there is some really neat stuff there.  And guess what?  The next audio drama is already in the works and will be released this fall.  You can preorder your copy of In Freedom's Cause, the story of William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce that reminds us true freedom is worth the fight.  The Sneak Preview was enough to let us know we definitely want to add it to our collection.  We are excited to know it will soon be ready and can't wait to listen along.  Join us as we Live the Adventure today and everyday.

Crew Disclaimer

I was given the opportunity to review Under Drake's Flag as a member of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew thought of this and other products as well (or just click on the banner below.)

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

HIS Provision

Watching these beautiful birds makes my heart smile.

I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we claim HIS WORD is TRUTH. I am so very thankful that GOD PROVIDES.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Random Thoughts for Friday

  1. One bad experience will ruin all other similar experiences for life.  Math and the dentist are perfect examples of this.
  2. Sometimes planning is more fun than doing.  I love to plan.  I love to map it all out.  But then I'm tired and doing is tough.
  3. I need to rearrange my living room and my dining room (they are connected) to make them function better for school this year.  It is on my short list.
  4. Hummingbirds make me happy.  We have had two (now there are THREE) visiting this week.  I wish we had ten.
  5. There are also two butterflies outside.  They make me smile.
Scary stuff

Fragile Beauty

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Showcasing Art on the Virtual Refrigerator

My older girls have had the opportunity to take art lessons from different people throughout the years.  They both took art and pottery from a dear couple during their elementary years.  They took from another locally famous artist for several years while they were in high school.  The Eagle Scout and the Princess took a summer pottery course at the performing arts school here in town and they've done numerous art projects at Long Leaf Academy.  I still have special pictures and love notes to mom from each of my children hanging on the refrigerator (some from very early days of stick drawings).  Although they're growing up, this mama's heart hangs on to the sweetness of days gone by.  I even have a spot on the wall that I refuse to paint over because it's a first little drawing of love.  Canvases hang throughout my house to showcase the world's beauty through the the eyes of my children.

I enjoy seeing their creative sides explode in a variety of mediums.  I'm excited that the Princess has chosen to follow in the footsteps of her big sisters and take an Art and Art History class this year.  She's only been to two classes thus far, but I'm proud to see her pencil and ink drawings as she studies technique and practices the craft.  It is my pleasure to share a page from her sketch pad with you today.  Enjoy . . .

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Curriculum Choices as the school year begins . . .

I have been mulling over curriculum choices and looking through resources to try and determine the very best plan of action for our 2014/2015 school year for several weeks now.  For the first time ever, I have only two students at Long Leaf Academy.  The Princess is beginning the 8th Grade and the Eagle Scout is beginning the 10th Grade.  We've spent the last four years working through an entire curriculum's cycle and now that it has come to an end, it's hard for me to narrow down what I want the focus to be on for this year.

I think I have finally decided upon the following:  (Learning together unless otherwise noted)

  • GOD and Life Student Workbook for Religious Emblem (Eagle Scout)
  • Apologia iWitness:  Biblical Archaeology, Old Testament, and New Testament
  • We'll also be studying Bible Drill Verses, Key Passages, and Bible Answers.

  • Economics for Everybody

Foreign Language
  • Middlebury Interactive Languages' German


Language Arts
  • Fix-It Grammar


  • CTC
  • Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance
  • Standard Deviants Algebra

Music Appreciation & History

Personal Development/Reading
  • Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
  • Horsing Around Homeschool Legacy's Once-A-Week Unit Study 
  • No Small Thing by Natale Ghent (8th Grade)
  • My 8th Grade daughter will begin Marriage & Family (a self-designed "course" I've had all of my daughter's work through).  My 10th Grade son will continue reading through the Preparation for Manhood book list (another self-designed course).


  • FTC Robotics
  • Apologia General Science (8th grade)
  • Apologia Biology (10th Grade)
  • Standard Deviants Nutrition

  • Fortuigence's Essay Rock Star Personal Statement Writing Course (10th Grade)
  • Essentials in Writing (8th Grade)

I know that there will be additional resources added to this list, but this is where we begin.  I'm leaving myself some wiggle room for review items and for delight-directed learning like the Horsing Around Unit Study. This is quite an extensive list, but keep in mind we don't do every subject every day.  Some things follow a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule, some follow a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and others might just be once a week or so.  I'm excited and I think it's going to be a great year.

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