Louie Giglio The Wonder of Creation

The Wonder of Creation

The author of our very favorite devotional has come out with his next book: The Wonder of Creation. This devotional is available now!

Louie Giglio is known for his powerful messages about science and the Bible, and his passion for inspiring kids to notice, enjoy, and be in awe of God’s creation.

In The Wonder of Creation, children will find new delight in God’s creativity with 100 devotions that explore:

  •  Animals–from honeyguide birds to flying snakes to white rhinos
  • Space–from black holes to volcanic moons to gamma-ray bursts
  • People–from optical illusions to brain freezes to our immune systems
  • Earth–from rainbow rivers to blue lava to flowing
    glaciers
  • And much, much more!

The illustrations are engaging, and my children loved the photography. My kiddos are 5-11 years old, and everyone likes this devotional before bedtime. We read as a family, and they soak it all up.

There are 100 devotions that feature scientific fact or an easy activity for exploring faith, a related Bible verse, and a closing prayer. The book itself is a hard cover, beautifully embossed and bright, with a ribbon bookmark. The Wonder of Creation is going to be your perfect go-to for a Christmas gift this year, too!

What I love about the devotionals is they don’t argue any of the young earth/old earth ideas. They *just give fact,* and point it to God in scripture. For every scientific fact the author gives, he always uses it to show how Great God is. And it is just beautifully done. This devotional will makes a great addition to a homeschool STEM curriculum, or like our family, a perfect addition to a bedtime reading routine.

Along with the beautiful devotional, parents can download the free Parent Discussion Guide HERE. This is a free resource that parents and can use to go along with their devotional, no matter how you decide to sue it with your kids.

Get your copy ordered today, and give it to your favorite kids, or family!

Louie Giglio: The Wonder of Creation

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God With Us: A Journey Home {and giveaway}

God WIth Us: Children's Storybook Bible

We have been reading through God With Us: A Journey Home, by author Jeremy Pierre and illustrator Cassandra Clark. This beautiful retelling of the greatest story ever told is a children’s storybook Bible that will awaken children to their brave journey home- home with God.

I received an unofficial paperback copy, but your purchased copy will be a 268 page hardback, with the same beautiful illustrations. My children loved the pictures in this book. I like that the overall message gives children hope beyond what the world can give them.

We 100% read the actual Bible in our home, and I believe children understand so much more than we give them credit for. This beautiful storybook Bible is a wonderful addition to a home with young children because it helps them understand the overall message of scripture- A relationship with Jesus is the only way to heaven, and this earth isn’t our lasting home.

This place is beautiful, and full of God’s fingerprints, but it is not where we find our hope. The world isn’t our forever home.

Hallelujah!

This storybook Bible does include an  imaginative retelling perspective; like an adult telling a story to a child. It isn’t a word for word scripture retelling picture book.

God WIth Us: Children's Storybook Bible

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Practice Monkeys Online Piano, Violin and Self Defense

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Practice Monkeys

I am so excited to share Practice Monkeys with y’all again this year. We reviewed their violin program a few years ago, and recently tried out piano, and self defense in addition to our violin lessons. If you don’t know, Practice Monkeys is an online program that teaches many different instrument and self defense classes. Families will need a computer with a camera, or a device with a camera such as a iPad, since lessons are video based via Zoom. What I love is that enrollment for one class is for the entire family! If you enroll in piano, everyone can take piano. If you enroll in self defense, everyone in the family can take it.

We have used:

  • Violin for ages 3+
  • Piano for ages 3+
  • Self Defense for  ages 5+Practice Monkeys Online Instrument and Self Defense Classes

They also teach cello and guitar lessons!

How Lessons Work

Practice Monkeys classes are unique because they’re set up completely online; everything students need can be found in their Treehouse. This is like their lessons landing page, where all their skills, forms, and videos can be found. If a class is missed, recordings can also be found in the here.

Supplies needed are pretty simple; some instrument classes require a music book and accompanying CD, and of course your instrument. Here in the Treehouse (image below), families will find instruction for getting started, class links for their live lessons and recordings, and the videos for their Skills to Master. In the Treehouse parents will find the practice sheets to be filled out each week; this tells students what to work on and what they are reviewing, etc. This is for parents to fill out based on what the student is working on in the Treehouse.

Four days a week, Monday-Thursday there are live video lessons (the time depends on which lesson type and level you are in) which are in class practice. Then students can do their after class practice where they go through the assigned skills on their practice sheets. Especially in the earlier levels, students will need a parent to help them get things just right with their instruments.

When students need extra help, or are struggling with something, there are help classes on Wednesdays; this its a targeted, 1:1 help from their instructor. This is also a great time to make sure they are ready for assessments. We always try to do 1-2 help classes before we do an assessment, because there is always room to improve before moving up a level. There are help classes for the instrument classes, as well as self defense!

 

Assessments

Assessments are how students test into their next level. You will schedule an assessment via the website; this is $10-$30. This is a motivator to make sure your child is ready for the assessment 😉 In the Treehouse you will also find the assessment form, which is exactly what the instructor will use, so students can be sure they are prepared for everything on that sheet to move to the next level. We have found assessments to be great fun, and enjoy the time with Mrs. Sarah.

Violin

We have done all kinds of violin lessons since my daughter began-mainly because we have moved and needed a new teacher each time. No one has been as wonderful, hands on, or as knowledgable, as the instructors at Practice Monkeys. Mrs. Sarah is such a sweet, caring teacher. She wants students to succeed and gives great help and technique tips.

My daughter always enjoys her classes, working through her treehouse, and the help classes she’s done. We do take a while to work through a level, because she is a bit more timid about taking an assessment. But Mrs. Sarah has always been so kind and has never put pressure on her to move faster. She gets to move at her own pace, and we love that! We have had a couple of different teachers depending on the level my daughter was in, and they’ve all be great!

Piano

My older 3 children worked through piano lessons with Practice Monkeys the last few months. The lessons, like violin, are Suzuki style, which means that listening to the recorded music and learning to play by ear are taught first. I have seen the fruit of this teaching style in my oldest who has done violin since she was 3/4 years old.

While my kids wanted to know where every key was right away, they had to get used to learning the notes by ear as they learned where they were by sight, through practice. For some of them this was simultaneous, and for some it was not. Even my youngest, who was not taking lessons at all, was learning to play by ear by listening to the others. They were all so excited when they got down their twinkle twinkle variations.

The Piano classes were simple, focused on practicing skills from the Treehouse, and the teachers are always kind. Live lessons are kept short, so there is no problem keeping student’s attention, and there is plenty of time for after class practice. Students can ask questions here, but mainly they are working on skills with a teacher. My kids loved the finger songs and playing along with the teacher live.

Self Defense

“Well, how in the world do you take self defense classes online?” you may ask. I had the same thought, but yall- it was so great! They are online and video based. So students can interact with the teachers via video. The instructors show what they are working on, step by step, give specific instructions and corrections to help students as they go, and then they all work on the moves together. The instructor is able to tel students when they need to switch hands, and what to do next, just as if they were in a real classroom.

Practice Monkeys self defense is jiu jitsu style and Dr. Van Kleeck is great with the kids.  As students move through the program, they will graduate level to level via assessments, and end with their official belts. Dr. Van Kleeck is enthusiastic, patient, and enjoys seeing them learn and grow in their skills. This class requires 2 people, that can be the student and a friend, parent, sibling, etc. But there needs to be 1 person to practice the defense skills on; if 2 family members are taking the class together they simply take turns switching roles. This class was a lot of fun and in a few short weeks I saw my kids’ confidence grow so much!

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I want to say thank you to Practice Monkeys because this program is exactly what we needed for our family- lessons on our schedule, at our pace, in our own home. Driving al the way to the nearest large city every week was a lot when we tried to do that, not to mention the teacher really wasn’t worth it. With Practice Monkeys my kids get the best of the best, with all the help we could possibly need, and their skills grow! That’s worth our family’s time and money, 💯

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The Giving Manger {and giveaway!}

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Worhty Kids

Y’all. Every now and then along comes something that is just so beautiful and sweet, you feel the need to tell others.

The Giving Manger is one of those. WorthyKids has created something so sweet and simple, but impactful; you are going to love adding this to your family Advent celebrations. It doesn’t require daily crafts, snacks, or buying all the things. All you need is The Giving Manger and your family.

The Giving Manger

What It Is

The Giving Manger isn’t something else you have to add to your to do list. The Giving Manger creates an atmosphere of love and peace in homes because the end result isn’t about what everyone gets out of it. The end result is about loving others:

The purpose of using The Giving Manger for Advent is to honor Jesus, by loving and serving others. Just as He has served us.

The book itself is a hardcover picture book, with lovely cut-paper illustrations. The book will help get children excited about the tradition, while helping everyone understand how this new tradition honors Jesus and why you’re doing it. In the 32 page story, a dad explains to his children how Christmas will be different this year- they won’t be opening gifts on Christmas day, instead they will be giving Jesus gifts by loving and serving others during the Advent season.

When they’ve done something to serve others, children place a piece of straw in the wooden manger (both are included with the kit), to prepare it for Jesus. And finally, on Christmas morning they get to place Jesus in the manger. This can be done at night by a parent as a surprise for the next day, by the children, or the family on Christmas morning.

The Giving Manger

How We Used It

Let me tell you- there is something about that little baby Jesus that children *love.* I am not sure what He is made of, it feels like a resin, or resin coated wood? He is sturdy and just perfect for small hands. My kids have been in awe of baby Jesus!

For the purpose of this review, our family began using The Giving Manger before Advent, but hey- what’s an extra month of intentionally serving others and being kind (especially when we are talking siblings)? First we read the book, which is a beautiful and simple explanation of The Giving Manger.

Then, we read through the list of ideas for serving others. This is found in the back of the book, and is a big help when little minds are drawing a blank about how to serve others. There are several pages of simple ideas such as: paint rocks and hide them in the park, put a kind note in a library book, help a sibling with chores, read a book to a younger child, etc.

Much like the children in the book, my kids became very excited once they realized that serving others meant doing something for others that shows your love to them. We talk about this a lot, and they do this in helping me often. But I am so thankful this book and Advent activity really opened their eyes to serving one another better. I saw a big change in the competitiveness that’s creeped into their relationships in recent months (I feel like this happens at certain ages?). And they come up with ways to serve those outside of our family, all on their own.

 

I’ve found them jumping up first to help when I need it, doing chores for a sibling when they are sick, helping keep each other’s doors shut (because toddler!), and reading to one another more. The ideas in the back of the book are very practical for most families, I don’t think they’re over the top or too difficult at all. Of course families can come up with their own ideas, too!

But mostly I’ve just seen their hearts soften and become a little less me focused. And isn’t that what we want for our kids year round? Of course it is! At Christmas, when hearts can become very focused on what’s under the tree, or all the many fun activities going on, The Giving Manger is a wonderful centerpiece for our home, that helps everyone remember why we celebrate Christmas at all.

 

This sweet little kit of book, manger, straw and baby Jesus have created a peace in our home, it has opened hearts to the idea of what serving others really looks like. It has made Jesus somewhat tangible for little minds, and made a concept that may seem abstract to children more concrete.

Thank you WorthyKids, this is definitely a new family tradition for our Advent season!

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Homeschool Redwall Study Guide {Progeny Press}

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My 11 year old has been working her way through the digital Redwall Study Guide from Progeny Press, and she has enjoyed it so much. We’ve used Progeny Press study guides before in our homeschool, and they never disappoint! You can read our experience with their Miss Rumphius guide here. This guide is for grades 5-8, and covers Redwall books 1-3, but Progeny Press offers many, many more guides at all levels. These are a great way to do language arts in your homeschool!

Progeny Press Redwall Study guide

 

What It Is

These study guides come in an E-guide format, which means they’re available as soon as you purchase them, no waiting on shipping (which we know is unreliable these days). Each comes in an easy to use, PDF format; I was able to open it on both my Mac and our Windows desktop where my daughter used it some.

Thanks to Progeny Press’s interactive feature, you can open their study guides using Adobe Reader program (which is free), and your student can type their answer directly in the guide! This is perfect for families like our who have students learning to type, or who struggle with physical writing large amounts at a time.

Progeny Press Redwall Study guide

The study guides are broken down into sections divided by chapters; for example the first section of Redwall’s guide was chapters 1-9. Each section includes activities; while not all activities are included in every section, some are:

  • Vocabulary- sometimes students match definitions, make their own sentences, multiple choice, etc
  • Dialect- this quizzes the students on what they think these odd-to-us phrases and words mean
  • Questions- these are comprehension questions about what happened in the book
  • Thinking About the Story- these are questions are where students make connections between the text, themselves and the world by critically thinking about what is explicitly said and what they must infer. I will post a screen shot below of an example
  • Dig deeper- these questions do just that
  • Class Discussion- this is a great opportunity for narration or family discussion
  • Chapter Activities- these include cooking, animal report, research, crafts, and art
  • Optional Writing Assignments or Discussion
  • Creative Writing Assignment
  • At the end there is a secretion of Final Project ideas
  • There is scripture all throughout the guide too, which I love

Throughout the guide there are interactive links and Pinterest boards for students and families to explore. My girl *loves* this. We do not yet have any ad blockers or special browsers for my kids to use, so I was hesitant at first to let her work alone. But the links from progeny Press are safe, and once she figured out using the browser it worked well for us.

How we Used It and What We Think

We started with book 1, Redwall; I printed what we needed, when we needed it so y daughter could work on it whenever she had time, and could do a bit of writing. I chose to print a section at a time, which is convenient and not overwhelming for her. It’s so easy to print if you’re needing it as a family or for more than one student, because you can print as many copies as you need, and everyone can work at their own pace. Of course you can do this in PDF format on the computer for typing as well.

The answer key for the teacher is a different file, so no worries if you need to keep that from little eyes. However, I will tell you that there’s a reason teachers had us check our own work in school. 😂 It makes less work for the teacher, and students generally enjoy it! Also, I like doing this with my older kids because it gives them a chance to see with their eyes what it is you’re expecting from them. I can tell them I expect “complete sentences with detailed information from the book,” all day long. But when they see what is expected of them in print, compared to the answer key, it can help them really understand what I mean. We do this sometimes, especially with language arts.

I like the Progeny Press study guides, because we can use the smaller ones throughout the year. But larger ones like this we can savor slowly, and make it a larger project. I think using a larger one like Redwall over the course of  semester or two gives students time for quality work. It can become more like an independent unit study where they get to explore all the links and activities in the guide (and if you have more than one student doing the same one, the whole family can work together).

Progeny Press Redwall Study guide

My girl *loves* doing projects and cooking on her own, so this is a chance for her to do that without me having to put anything together on my own, which I don’t have much time for. Thank you Progeny Press!

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LightSail for Homeschoolers- homeschool language arts

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With my very book enthusiastic crew of kiddos, we have been using LightSail for Homeschoolers. This is a one-year, language arts subscription program; we have been using the premium subscription which focuses on the four pillars of language arts: reading, writing, vocabulary, and fluency. They offer over 14,000 books, over 100K resources, faith based content, for all grade levels. You can choose a monthly or annual subscription.

Their resources include, but aren’t limited to:

  • 14,00+ books from top publishers
  • 13,000+ audiobooks with read along options and real voice narration
  • 20,000+ educational videos
  • 40,000+ comprehension questions for all levels
  • 51,000+ World Book Encyclopedia articles
  • 1,000+ multimedia resources like maps, timelines, 360 photos and more!

LightSail is so comprehensive, and so full of features it is going to be hard for me to hit on all of them! We reviewed this with my 9 and 11 year olds, who are in 5th and 3rd grades. The program adapts to your child’s reading level using an assessment, and then adjusts it to their individual needs, as they move through the program.

Stress Free

Don’t worry about being overwhelmed by content. At the top of every page there is a small play button that explains where you are and also give options for other areas. you can use the bookmarks within the video to find what you need. It is so simple! The video pops onto your screen and can be moved around while you navigate the site.

Within LightSail, there are parental controls which allows parents to turn on and off reading of certain books; LightSail rates books for you, so that you don’t have to guess! I can’t tell you how many books we have had to put down because, though highly recommended by others, they were not a good fit for our family. The LightSail rating system gives you a list of all the topics that may be of concern, the books that include those topics, and then the ability to allow them or block them for now. LightSail takes the frustration and guess work out of selecting titles for your family! If you come across a book in the library that needs approval, the child safe content rating system will tell you what topics the book contains that you may need to be aware of. I noticed a few biographies with mental health as one of the notes on the rating system, or death of a child.

Within the program, families will find on the left side menu:

  • the Library
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • and Chat (within your family, regarding books and assignments)

When you the parent are logged in, you will see the dashboard and libraries from your perspective. You can also toggle to the child’s avatar to see what they see. However, for your child to work in their account (to log their data and complete their work) they need to be logged in. You can find their user name and password under settings.

The Library is just that- this is where your child will do all their reading. Within each book’s overlay are the questions, related content, and where you can check it back in. My children have really enjoyed reading the books and exploring the other media- videos, articles, streaming, etc. I love that books have related World Book Encyclopedia articles that correspond with the reading. For example Robin Hood corresponds with the articles Bioethics and Friendship. There are also videos, action clips, audiobooks, and related books listed for students to enjoy.

Reading offers unit studies, booklists, memory work, and so much more. There are family book clubs, and read aloud included (each child can listen on their own). There are built in assessments and record keeping.

LightSail for Homeschoolers

The Writing dashboard allows parents to see notes the child has taken on books, any book reports assigned, and this is a place to keep track of grades. There are so many ways for parents and students to document their writing here! We did not use them all for this review, but I most definitely will utilizing them in the future. I can’t wait for my daughter, who has been learning to type, to have a place to do some writing and documenting of her own. Students can become authors and share their books, there is essay writing options, grammar skills work, and authentic and informal writing options.

LightSail for Homeschoolers

Vocabulary is going to increase spelling and vocabulary using fun games, assignments, and filling in the blanks of reading (clozes), all while keeping record of your student’s progress. I really like that spelling lists can be curated by the parent.

Fluency is where students improve language fluency by connecting speaking, listening and writing. I love that there is a narration option- students can retell a book in their own words, via recording. Parents can then listen to the retelling at their convenience, and assign grades. This is so much fun! Here you will find read aloud, narration, speak-listen-write, and a memory module for memory work.

LightSail for Homeschoolers

Honestly, there is just so much in LightSail, I can’t hit on all of it. This is just a quick overview, with my personal opinion of things I love. What I don’t like? … Hmm, maybe that there is so much? But the program also offers settings to black out any distractions for students who are easily set off course by color and lights! So, really, I can’t find anything we don’t love about it.

The program includes all the classics, lots of more current books, but not a lot of mainstream reading. I don’t find this to be a problem for our family; the selections were fun and interesting to my kids. My daughter loved the Little Prince series (a retelling version) that has some 20 books in it. She is begging to do assignments and answer questions about the books she’s read in LightSail. My 9 year old thinks it is a fun challenge, so he is also enjoying it.

LightSail for Homeschoolers

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Bible Book Breakdowns {for your homeschool}

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Bible Breakdowns

My kids really enjoy using their Bibles as we do our Bible reading or memory verse work. When my kids are about 7, reading well and able to understand the Bible better, I get them their own Nirv Bible. Teach Sunday School has created dozens of helpful tools for children and adults; we’ve been using their Bible Breakdowns. These are really fun, easy to use, and visibly uncluttered breakdowns of the books of the Bible.

Old Testament Breakdowns

What Are These Bible Breakdowns?

These breakdowns cover each book of the Bible, and are divided into two sections: New and Old Testaments.

Each breakdown includes:

  • summary about the book
  • number of chapters
  • type of book (ex: history, Gospel, Epistle, as well as what category of each type)
  • date written
  • period covered
  • author
  • and an overview of each section of verse-what those verses are about, or what Bible story they pertain to, including not well known stories.
  • most popular verses from that book

How to Use Them

These Bible Breakdowns are going to be perfect for families studying the Bible together; whether during homeschool, bedtime devotional time, or for personal bible time, the breakdowns are helpful for anyone needing more in-depth information for studying their Bible. You can spiral bind them, which is what I plan to do, or hole punch and put in a folder for easy access. We liked using them before our homeschool Bible time, to go over all the specific information about that book of the Bible. It was easy for the kids to understand and helped me explain things without too much over thinking. It’s also great if your family is working through a timeline book, you can easily add the dates of each book and when they were written to your timeline.

The breakdown of Esther looks like this:

Bible Breakdowns Example: EstherBible Breakdowns Example: Esther

 

I also like that there are spots for you to check off as you go through and read each chapter of that book.

These Bible Breakdowns are so easy to use. My oldest has her own copy, and likes looking through them as she reads her Bible, or when she has questions. I think these are also going to be helpful if you’re reading the Bible on an app; you can keep the PDF version of the breakdowns on your device so you can easily reference them. I like pen and paper, so printing them was my preference.

 

Teach Sunday School has so many wonderful resources for anyone studying the Bible, doing Bible activities, or looking for information about the Bible for their home, small group, or classroom. Check them out!

New Testament Breakdowns

 

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Beginner Math with Counting Kingdom: a review

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counting Kigndom

 

A few days a week, we have been using Counting Kingdom, a fun online introductory math program from Reading Kingdom, for review. Reading Kingdom offers other programs: Story Smarts, Spelling ninja, along with Counting Kingdom that you can read about by clicking the banner at the bottom of this post. These are online based programs, and will require internet access to be used; they can be used on a desktop or device.

We found the program to be easy to use, and fun. My 5 year old used it on my iPad most of the time. Counting Kingdom is designed for children ages 4-8, and I found that this is probably the most appropriate ages, or more specifically, the right level. This is going to be a great supplement to homeschoolers with younger children not quite ready for full blown math curriculum, or students that need extra practice working on a 3rd grade level and below.

Counting kingdom

 

About the Program

The program says for best results, use 4 days per week. I can see how this could hinder some use, but the idea is to use the program consistently.  Students will learn math concepts including recognizing, counting, and understanding numbers up to 10, 1:1 correspondence, and more.

  • level 1: teaching and understanding number concepts using 1-10
  • Level 2: starts with introducing higher level math concepts using terms such as same, all, some
  • Level 3: starts adding memory tasks and introduces basic operations

Students begin in lesson 1:1 and move up through the program. You can adjust the student’s level in the settings, if needed.  There is an option to adjust the speed of the program as well, allowing more or less response time. Parents can also get a report on how well students are doing. There is a key for what each symbol means in the dashboard for parents to easily see progress.

Reading Kingdom

 

My 5 year old did enjoy this program more than my 7 year old. I started it with my 7 year old, but switched to the 5 year old because most of the concepts were new to her. I really like that it works with a ten frame and creates that visual concepts- this was the main reason I wanted to review the program. Ten frames are such a great tool for math concepts using numbers 1-10.

My older girl was definitely not as interested; it is a slower paces program which is going to serve its purpose for some students, 💯! For others it is going to be too dull and slow. As always, knowing your student and what they need is going to be best for your family. The concepts are solid, and I think for students that need help with fewer distractions (crazy noises, bright lights, flashing/moving characters) this is going to work well for them!

 

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God’s Not Dead: We the People

Tonight is the opening night for the next film in the God’s Not Dead franchise- God’s Not Dead: We the People is an inspiring, must-see movie for the homeschooling community!  Everyone is going to love this film, but I know my homeschoolers are going to appreciate it ? 

A Christian homeschool mom, played by Christian singer Francesca Battistelli, who’s fighting for the right to continue educating her children at home. 

Several original members of the God’s Not Dead cast are back in this film as well, including David A.R. White as Reverend Dave Hill, Paul Kwo as Martin Yip, and Hadeel Sittu as Ayisha Moradi.

Anyone who is paying attention to what is happening in our country knows that educational freedoms are already under attack, and will be even more so in the future. This is one of those films that is going to hit home for many, and you don’t want to miss it!

God's Not Dead We The People

In God’s Not Dead: We the People Reverend Dave is called to defend a group of Christian homeschooling families.  He finds himself taken aback by the interference of the government. Believing the right for parents to educate their own children is a freedom worth fighting for, Reverend Dave is called to Washington DC where he will testify in a landmark congressional hearing. This hearing will determine the future of religious freedom in our country for years to come.

 

Get your tickets to see GOD’S NOT DEAD: WE THE PEOPLE, only in theaters October 4, 5 & 6!

Many thanks to Pinnacle Peak for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.

Roar Like a Lion Family Devotional- enter to win!

You know our family loves a good devotional- every night at bedtime we read from the Bible, and/or a devotional, and often we read a from a book as well. The last few weeks we have been using Roar Like a Lion, from Tommy Nelson.

Roar like a Lion 90 Day Family Devotional

This 90 day devotional features eye catching art that isn’t too crazy or busy, with fascinating stories, Bible verses, and prayers to read aloud. Of course children can read it to themselves too, but it is so sweet to read as a family. =) Each devotion offers simple action steps for dealing with a problem with God’s help. Families will find prayers and idea that help them talk to God, grow a stronger  relationship with Him, and learn to walk closer with the Lord.

My children have enjoyed reading from this so far, and I find them talking about it later, even days later they will mention something we read or  prayed for together. I love that each devotional shows children of God’s faithfulness and love for his children.

What I really like? The topics are relevant to today’s kids in a BIG way. Manny of the popular phrases children see and hear are debunked as worldly sayings that don’t really fit in a Christian’s life- ex: you do you- They authors have taken that phrase and shown how that’s not how we are called to live as Christians. Just because it is popular doesn’t make it right.

Truth! I love that the truths are relevant to things children today deal with, but it’s done Biblically with everything pointing back to scripture and God.

Topics covered include:

  • facing fears in life
  • dealing with peer pressure
  • bullying
  • handling new challenges
  • dealing with disappointments
  • moving through grief
  • trying new things
  • courage
  • understanding that we do fit into God’s story, and how

This devotional is simple and sweet, but impactful. It has blessed our family and hopefully it will bless yours as well! Order yours now!

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.

If you would like to enter to win a physical copy for your family, or a family you love, leave a comment below with your family’s favorite times spent together! This giveaway is limited to US winners only

 

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