Favorite Homeschool Resources This Week

We’re thinking about sharing other favorite resources besides homeschool stuff. Let us know in the comments what you would find helpful – book/music/restaurant/food reviews/recommendations, kid activities, thoughts about family-related topics, or something else?

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*Liberty’s Kids

We love when we find resources that help us learn but is also so fun it doesn’t feel like learning! We discovered Liberty’s Kids after we bought the complete *Carmen Sandiego series. You can go on adventures with two young reporters who work with Benjamin Franklin from the Boston Tea Party to “We the People.”

Get your own copy *HERE.

*Ed Emberley drawing books

If you’re like me (Mom Joyce) and aren’t a natural at drawing and other art stuff, these Ed Emberley books are great. (You can see it works because here is my pirate ship.) I think Emily’s tutor used one of his books to have the class work on drawing upside down this past week. She had them draw shapes on their paper and slowly, as it came together, they saw it was an upside castle!

Get your own copy *HERE.

How Do Our Bodies Move? by SciShow Kids

Other Faves:
These are not directly homeschool-related but I have gotten so much out of the Ultimate Bundles. I have shared on social media from time-to-time which specific resources I have used and have been helpful. I don’t use all the resources, but the 70-98% off total price is completely worth it. If you are interested in the topic of healthy living, make sure to sign up to be notified when it is available to purchase. Sign up to be notified of the *Healthy Living bundle HERE. OR if you are a blogger or know lots of people interested in the topic, you can even sign up to be an affiliate and you can make a percentage when others purchase from them. *Sign up to be an affiliate HERE.

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What are some of your current favorite school resources?

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God Our Maker Series

These two books from Gary Bower’s God Our Maker series are adorable. God Paints the World and God Loves the World are great books to start a little library for a new little one. You know I love a book with a good rap rhyme. The illustrations stand out with bright colors and will be wonderful for younger kiddos to look at. Keep reading to find out what Melody and Emily think about these two books, and don’t forget to enter to win your own copies!

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Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Gary Bower/Tracy Cottingham
Price: $6.99
Format: Board book
Page Count: 20
Ages: 2–5

*God Paints the World

I like everything in the book about color and Creation that God made.

It is about how God loves His World and us.

I recommend this book as a read-aloud book or for a kid who is learning how to read. – Emily (8)

Get your own copy *HERE.

*God Loves the World 

I like that God loves us all, no matter who we are. No matter who our family is, whether we’re short or tall, or where we live, God still loves us.

I wasn’t sure about “Some are round, and some are thin.”  But overall, I liked it because God really does love His world!

I would recommend this book to early readers or kids who have just started to read. – Melody (10)


Get your own copy *HERE.

Author Gary Bower fell in love with picture books at an early age, while sitting in his mother’s lap. As a youngster, he entertained himself for hours by writing his own stories, jokes, poems, and skits. As an adult, his years of professional and volunteer experience ministering to children and teens, combined with thousands of story nights with his twelve children, have helped him polish his storytelling skills.

Illustrator Tracy Cottingham is happiest when creating pictures and patterns. After finishing her art degree, she began to sell her art for greeting cards and textiles, but creating illustrations for books is her ultimate joy. She can usually be found working at her desk, sipping coffee, and chewing on gummy candy. Tracy lives and works in London.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Gary Bower’s God Our Maker series! Giveaway ends Friday, September 15th. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite children’s book or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the series, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Coming soon!

God Paints the World – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | goodreads | BookLook Bloggers
God Loves the World – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | goodreads
 | BookLook Bloggers

+We received these books from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Favorite Homeschool Resources This Week

We’re thinking about sharing other favorite resources besides homeschool stuff. Let us know in the comments what you would find helpful – book/music/restaurant/food reviews/recommendations, kid activities, thoughts about family-related topics, or something else?

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*The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Vol. 3: Early Modern Times

We have had The Story of the World books for many years now. The regular books are good reads. We’ve done the map work on and off from time to time from the giant activity book. We recently got the audiobooks since we have seen/heard so many people rave about them. They seem to be great for road trips and such. This is our first year listening to the stories and the girls love them more than I thought they would. (Note: We listen to one chapter once a week and we’ve only been doing this for 2 weeks.) We are listening to the chapter that correlates to the history sentence we are working on in Foundations. While the CD is playing, the girls work on a coloring page that goes with the chapter. And then we do the map work. None of us are audio learners so this is great practice for us to work on our listening skills. I also plan to use the test books this year. The questions are a bit hard if you don’t work through more than one activity from the activity book so they will be working together on the tests.

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*Basher Science Human Body

We have a bunch of these Basher books but we’ve been reading this Human Body book as well as the Astronomy and Planet Earth ones since those are the topics we were currently studying. They make learning so fun (even for parents!), as well as make hard-to-understand topics and processes easier to understand. Sidenote (or warning, depending on what knowledge you want your kiddos to have right now): Sperm and Egg are two of the “characters” in this book, as well as Hormones if you’re ready to have a discussion.
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*FORAY Mini Magnetic Dry-Erase Board, 11″x14″

Okay, to be honest, I did not think I would like having white boards in our home. If you have used white boards, you know the smell of the markers (even the low odor ones) and all the mess of the black (or whatever color you use) stuff that gets all over the place when you erase the board. We have a big board which we have yet to put up on the wall…probably the reason we don’t really use it. :p Well, this smaller board has been a game-changer and I’m going to get another one…or two. The girls love their board!! We use it for everything. They do review work. I use them to teach new concepts. They draw on them. When we have a break, I can write an encouraging note on them. Yes, the markers are still smelly and black stuff still get all over the place, but so far there are more pros than cons.

Get your own board + dry erase marker *HERE, ultra fine markers *HERE, or dry erase marker *HERE.

Kids Learning Tube

Other Faves:
National Number Knockout
– *Crayola Colored Pencils, 50 Count

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What are some of your current favorite school resources?

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Favorite Homeschool Resources This Week

I’m not sure if this will “stick” but we oftentimes get asked about resources we use for homeschooling. I will post from time to time and see if it’s something readers want to check out and/or if I have time to keep up. I love when friends share their recommendations so I can make a better decision on what is a great fit for us and what we want to include in our schooling.

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*Draw the USA

We are learning about the United States this year so we thought it would be fun to also learn to draw the states. We have worked on 6 states so far and we enjoy learning a few facts from Maps of the USA before we start our drawings.
Get your own copy *HERE.

 

*Draw Write Now Book 2: Christopher Columbus, Autumn Harvest, Weather

We’d had this set of books for a few years and worked on them here and there. It is a little of everything – drawing, writing, and history.
Get your own copy *HERE.

 

Tour the States by Marbles The Brain Store

Other Faves:
– *Bostitch QuietSharp 6 Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener
– *Office Depot Top-Loading Sheet Protectors
– *EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Ultra Fine Tip

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What are some of your current favorite school resources?

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Chance of Showers

My mom got an email when summer started, and through this, I got a great opportunity to go to a girls’ group called Project Serve. I had to pray about it. God was telling me yes, so I told my mom yes, I would go. The group was led by our choir director. In Project Serve, we planned out our service projects. This was one of the 3 projects that will happen. And here’s an inside glance on WHY we were there….

Introduction + Captions by: Melody (10)
Final Thoughts + Photos by: Joyce (Mom)

Why We Were There

First, we had to decide on an idea, then we decided on what to do, where to do it, and when. My partner and I decided that we would be making care packages for the homeless. It happened at my church last Sunday at Chance of Showers. There are regular volunteers who serve by helping with check-in, monitoring the showers, making meals, and prepping clothes, but they were short on people coming to sort and prepare care packages.

What We Did

Everybody had a little to contribute. We all were assigned parts at the beginning, but it turned out there was a lot at the church, too, so we got a lot of things from there. We filled four entire tables with care package items.

How Many Care Packages Did We Put Together?

At first, we were thinking 24 (the number of water bottles in the case we bought) but they told us there is an average of 48 people who come to Chance of Showers every 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoon. So the grand total (we counted multiple times) was 48 CARE PACKAGES! 

Making a Difference

We waited for a long time after we finished the bags because we didn’t know what to do. Luckily, we saw some people going into the showers…and they told us they were ready for us afterward since they were eating!

Handing them out was the hardest part. I was so nervous and didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know who was homeless and who wasn’t*.  Fortunately, the Chance of Showers coordinator came over and introduced us to everybody. Then we handed them out as we went. Some people refused us, turned us down…but a lot accepted. Some person even took two for their family! But one thing that really made me sad was when one guy came back and asked if he could trade his bag. We told him yes, of course he could, because, actually, every bag was different, somehow. So he ended up taking two instead of one. Wherever he is now, I wish him good health and I hope he doing great.

After we handed out the bags, the coordinator of the event was so grateful. He prayed with us for the homeless.

I was so glad to help them and it gave me a great feeling (even though I was hot).

You can help others in small ways too. Just think of the small ways you can help your community. It only takes one step…and one opportunity.

Thoughts from Melody’s Mom

*I remember having the same thought as Melody when our youth group served meals to the homeless in San Francisco. As we have been learning at our church, the population of homeless people is growing and they don’t always look like you see in the movies. Sometimes they are people who work regular jobs but unable to afford a place to live. This is not uncommon in the San Francisco Bay Area!

I am thankful for this opportunity from the girls’ choir director to learn and grow and lead in this way. Like I always post on (mostly) my Instagram account, I don’t believe our kiddos are the “future,” they are already doing amazing things! They can still learn from our wisdom and can’t fully “lead” yet, but they are definitely leaders.

Also, another learning point occurred when Emily was counting out items to be packed. Chance of Showers have received lots of donation items for the care packages but they have not been sorted so some of them are not in the best condition. There was a soap box that was fairly messed up and likely just decluttered from someone’s travel supply stash. I reminded her that if it wasn’t something she’d like to receive, we should put it aside and put in something nicer. Just because someone does not live like we do does not mean they are anything less. One neighbor shared a few months ago how our Sunday breakfasts have blessed him, not only because he got some food to eat, but because it was made-to-order like a restaurant.

Another thing to note is that service projects do not always have to take much time. This was our first time doing this so we didn’t know of the time commitment, but if you ever have 30-60 minutes to pack 50 care packages (there were 8 of us – 4 girls, 3 moms, and a leader), I’m sure you will be a welcomed help to this group!

What are some of the service projects you and/or your family have been a part of locally or globally? What was the experience like?

Note: If you are local to us and would like to donate or serve, let us know. Chance of Showers happens every 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoon, and Neighbors in Need (breakfast) happens every Sunday morning before church service. We also have opportunities to serve the kiddos in the community schools with the after-school program and many other ways.  I can already think of a dozen groups/organizations in our area who are doing a wonderful work!

Books for Young Readers

Here’s a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family:

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*Little Jesus, Little Me

Sweet book with the main character being Jesus as a little toddler. This is my favorite from the stack. We always picture as a grown man doing ministry work but we forget that He really want God in human form and He experienced all the things we did growing up – minus the Internet and such. – Joyce (Mom)

Get your own copy *HERE.

*Once Upon a Time Bible for Little Ones

The book is comprised of popular Bible stories in simple words for little ones to understand. Each story ends with a Happily Ever After example or reminder of God’s love for us. – Joyce (Mom)

I like the baby Moses story. Little kids will like the stories. I recommend it for bed time stories. – Emily (8)

Get your own copy *HERE.

*The Beginner’s Bible Complete Book on Audio CDs

If you’re familiar with The Beginner’s Bible, this is the Bible PLUS audio CDs of the stories. If you have an audio learner or just a kiddo who loves to listen to stories, this is a great way to introduce them to the stories through spoken words to go along with the words in the Bible book. – Joyce (Mom)

Get your own copy *HERE.

*If You’re Happy and You Know It

The title says “A Sing-Along Book” but they should have put “A Rap-Along Book” because that’s how I always read rhyming books. :p The illustrations are super cute and at the end of the book, there is sheet music for the song if someone knows how to play the notes. – Joyce (Mom)

Get your own copy *HERE.

*Brave Beauty

I really like this one for tween girls. There are 100 mini-chapters (hooray! I love short chapters!) on topics that girls deal with on a regular basis. Some chapters have mini-quizzes to get the girls thinking on the topic. Other chapters have a call-to-action with practical tips. And still, other chapters have journaling questions. But they all end with a “Courageous Call” (prayer) related to the chapter’s topic. Being brave in this stage of life is challenging and this book helps tween figure out how to be more fearless with God on their side. – Joyce (Mom)

“Last Wednesday I had an EEG (click THIS link to see what that is). The night before I opened this devotional and started to read.

On Wednesday afternoon I had my audition for a choir. It was, to me, the most life-changing, stressful thing ever.

I was stressed out that day. But I faced it. Before all of this, my mom asked me if I wanted to face it. And I told her yes. Sometimes, we have challenges we have to face. I like this devotional because it helped me through some tough days. It helped me to be brave. And I found out all I have to do is be me – Melody.” – Melody (10)

Get your own copy *HERE.

*NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible

Is it a coloring book? Is it a Bible? It’s both! This is a complete Bible with 52 pages of inspiring words throughout to color. A great way to have inspiration stand out as you read the Word. – Joyce (Mom)

Get your own copy *HERE.

OTHER REVIEWS

Little Jesus, Little Me – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads
Once Upon a Time Bible for Little Ones – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads

The Beginner’s Bible Complete Book on Audio CDs – Coming Soon! | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | goodreads | BookLook Bloggers
If You’re Happy and You Know It – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook
Brave Beauty – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads
NIV Inspiring Words Holy Bible – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

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SF MoMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

Captions by: Melody (10) and Norm (Dad)
Photos by: Dad Norm
More info here –> sfmoma.org

Before the SF MoMA

We got to ride on the BART train. I wasn’t so happy since I get motion-sickness. Once we got there, we walked, since we had to go to the Embarcadero station. We got special permission from the agent to go to Embarcadero since our tickets were damaged. I had to go through the emergency gate.

Lunch in San Francisco

Once we got there, we went to California Pizza Kitchen. Apparently, it’s also known as CPK. We sat at the bar and got great service. I got strawberry lemonade and my dad got Vitamin Water. Then, we ordered a half-pineapple, half-Margherita pizza, for us to share. I really liked it. Also, I got an extra napkin. I needed it since I was getting messy with my pizza.
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Off to the SF MoMA!!!

We walked to the SF MoMA. It was quite a walk, but worth it because we got a lot of pictures with all the pieces I liked. (I’ll tell you more about that later.) So when we got there, the lady at the front desk recommended we start at the 7th floor (the museum has 7 floors) and work our way down to the bottom.

FLOOR 7

We followed her advice and went to the 7th floor, which turned out to be a music floor! My dad and I both love music, so this floor was perfect for us. This floor also had a wheel that powered all of the other machines around it. Each one powered the other.

The next room had a big “lake” with ceramic bowls floating around in it.  Once one bowl hit another bowl, a bell-like sound was emitted.  The area was very peaceful and tranquil.
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We went to a room with a bunch of red cords next. Everyone was putting on headphones and walking alongside the cords. At first, I was thinking to myself, “Why are they doing that?” But when I put the headphones on, I understood. There’s an energy coming from the headphones and it sort of buzzes in your ear, getting louder, and LOUDER, and LOUDER as you get closer to the cords. I wasn’t too crazy about it since the buzzing was really loud, but my dad stayed longer. We ended up going back to the tranquil bowl place – which, luckily, did not have buzzing.
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The next room had a big box with a bunch of cans and strings all across the place. Think of the game Telephone times 100. I know it’s kind of crazy, but you can actually hear the person if you find the right can! It’s sort of like a maze. Sort of like life.
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FLOOR 6

One of the art pieces I liked was this water reflection painting.
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This art sculpture was so amazing. I couldn’t even figure out which side was the front of it! It was really complicated, and my dad and I both agreed it looked like a stack of dominoes. All stacked up, just in a complicated – very, very, very, complicated way.
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FLOOR 5

There were a lot of sculptures on this floor. If I was a namer for this museum, I would name this floor “the sculpture floor” because it’s full of sculptures. We also went to the Oculus Bridge, which isn’t a sculpture. We had to look way down to the first floor. I’m scared of heights! So I just stood back.

FLOOR 4

This is another painting that I liked. It was rainbow and hilly. There was also a distortion mirror you can look really funny in.
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FLOOR 3

There’s also a sculpture garden outside where there is a “one-way” sign and people who come from way back when.  My dad wanted to take a picture with them. I refused. No matter how much he told me. Note: I am never going to blend in with historical figures. The wall behind the figures is a “living wall” that consists of 21 California native species of living plants.

FLOOR 2

On floor 2 is the Norman Zammitt (Canadian-born American) painting. We both really liked it because it was colorful and looked like a sunset so we tried to take a picture but it didn’t work. Somebody took a picture for us.
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We also thought Emily would like this flower piece.
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FLOOR 1

Floor 1 was the Figure 8 brown statue. We went inside it (we were allowed to go in) but it took us FOREVER, it seemed, to get out!
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That was the end of our wonderful and exciting day.  Of course, our feet were tired and we were tired. But it was worth it. Because we love each other and had a good time together.

How far we walked: 4.88 miles

Have you been on a local mini-adventure lately? Where did you go?