Curriculum Review: Money Wise DVD Set

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Money Wise by Chad Hovind

 

Biblical Principals of Work and Finance

 

Moneywise is a 3 DVD Series with 14 lessons on what God says about money. The creators of this DVD set introduce the series with several promises of exciting interactions and visuals within the 13 week series of Moneywise lessons. Do they deliver? Yes!

 

Chad Hovind approaches the lessons with vivid visuals and interesting historical content. As an educator, I enjoy the fact that he is not only including facts about how to organize finances but rather shared and integrated a Biblical view of managing money. Although the content may be difficult for uninterested students, it is full of valuable information supported on the web through Godenomics.com.

 

As he progresses through the lessons Hovind lays out one opportunity after another to create connections between the Bible and prosperity. He begins with, Godonomics-What The Almighty Says About The Almighty Dollar, continued with, Godonomics and the Marketplace-Whistle While You: Work, Profit, Lead, Rest, Give, and finishes with, Common Sense Godonomics and the Wisdom of Solomon: Whistle While You: Manage, Spend, Serve and Give Freely.

 

There is so much information in this series you will want to go over it more than once.

 

 

 

I was given a free copy of this product through MasterBooks.com in exchange for my honest opinion. I wasn’t required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Reader View: There’s something missing in our classrooms – The Santa Fe New Mexican: My View

Reader View: There’s something missing in our classrooms – The Santa Fe New Mexican: My View.


Book Review: Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity

By Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez

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Including contributors like R.C. Sproul Jr, and Ken Ham was no mistake! This book will make a huge impact on you asking, “As Christians, We must ask ourselves this: What is our standard for determining how to train our children? “The content is heart breaking, frustrating, yet, inspiring and helpful. I have been in the public and private sectors of education as well as teaching in all grade levels before going into administration and currently owning my education center and this book expresses my very frustrations with our system and why I chose to break away. There is not a lack of resources to tap into with this book in your hand. We don’t want cookie-cutter kids that think life is all about faithless knowledge and average futures! Tap into Indoctrination to understand why homeschooling nurtures the mind, body, and soul more than any classroom ever will. You will also be encouraged to do something about education as Chuck LaVerdiere prompts you to challenge what you read and verify the sources. If you are ready to put your big boy pants on, this book will open your eyes to what’s really going on in our education system. It may just change your life!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, New Leaf Publishing Group, for reviewing it. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Book Review: Fierce Women

By Kimberly Wagner

41aqeTc+uYL__SL500_OU01_SS130_The Power of a Soft Warrior is the subtitle of this book and it is right on. She gently challenges women to do what they can to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home and heart allowing the husband to focus on his walk with the Lord and lead his home without conflict or unnecessary emotional obstacles.  (If you are offended… you know it’s true..lol)

I felt a bit coddled and then again pushed forward at the same time. I always find it amazing when I feel like an author is “reading my mail” through a book. I want to be beautifully fierce, some people say I already am (fierce that is) but honing in on how to be righteously fierce, now that is a whole other story. Every day I read this book I had a nice chat with Kimberly and God joined us! She touches on so many topics that bring reality to your thoughts, hopes, dreams and disappointments, clarifying your mind and heart to not dwell on preoccupations that are stealing your time and distracting you from where you are supposed to be on the way to where you are going.  Pride, fear, loosening the grip of things we are holding on to, being appreciative, and working on those unfulfilled dreams are just hitting the surface of where she goes.

Kimberly Wagner if you read this, thank you for pursuing the righteous walk that will break down doors, bring walls crashing down, and free an innumerable amount of women!

 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Moody Publishers, in lieu of giving my opinion in this book review.

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Book Review: Children’s ATLAS of God’s World

by Craig Froman

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BIG                BEAUTIFUL                 COLORFUL                  ORGANIZED                       INFORMATIONAL…

These are all words that describe this amazing text.

Just opening Children’s ATLAS of God’s World, I was already enthralled with the Introduction and Table of Contents! How many times can you say you have stopped to REALLY read the introduction? You will with this one! Vivid pictures unfolding the country’s culture, natural habitats, architecture, and more fill each page. I did think that some of the pins that locate historical landmarks may have been placed in the general area for some of the maps, possibly a little off, on only one or two points compared to more detailed maps, but the content on the pins and the information expressed were on target and beautifully illustrated in photographs and drawings.  On the corner of each page there is an entire globe with highlighted land area demonstrating where each country is located.  In another area of these pages are the “World Heritage Sites” listing important and interesting places to seek out on the map. I have always enjoyed the meaning of the flags as well and had fun discussing these with my students.  Overall, I have to say that the vast array of integrated subjects included in this book make it a wonderful resource for a parent or teacher.  I read about religion, culture, geography, literature, authors, sports, food, music and more. I enjoyed this book very much!

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group, in lieu of giving my own opinion in this book review.


Curriculum Review: American Literature By James P. Stobaugh

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With an extensive summer reading list, this American Literature curriculum is full of wonderful content. James P. Stobaugh created a delightfully organized system for imparting the content in a very valuable way. The lessons are short enough to capture the student’s interest while “meaty” enough to impart the information in a way that even the most reluctant student can enjoy. Chapters start with an introduction and learning objectives as well as clearly outlining what the students will learn.  The student text book and the teacher guide go together so wonderfully each complementing and completing each other like a good marriage. Each chapter also comes with weekly essay options which are vital for today’s youth. Too many students are getting by with not being able to express themselves clearly which has increased the practice of plagiarism. To combat this, each lesson starts with a warm-up mini lesson that includes a short writing assignment or discussion question. Students continue to do the assignment contained in the student text. These lessons include the student taking the responsibility of reading beforehand to be prepared for the daily lessons.  The most eager students will pleasantly find that there is a “Reading ahead” section at the bottom of each chapter introduction which will keep them on track.

Along with learning typical literary objectives such as setting, cause and effect, alliteration and such, Stobaugh set out for student to learn through keeping a prayer journal, learning to take notes and write essays.  He touches on great time periods and popular pieces of literature like: The Revolutionary Period includes The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Walden from the Romanticism New England Renaissance, The Crucible from The Modern Age, and Everything That Rises Must Converge to include Contemporary Writers. Aside from this he encourages increasing functional vocabulary by using 3 x 5 cards to create a pool of new words to learn and use in essay writing.

Teachers are clearly guided step-by- step so that the even the substitute teacher can follow along just as easily as the teacher her/himself.  I found this curriculum to be wonderfully pleasant as I favor math and science. I looked at this curriculum and for the first time I didn’t go into a cold sweat trying to understand where to start or how to impart the information.  Stobaugh also set out 3 grading options in order to make the criteria and clear to educators, parents and students. As an educator for almost 20 years I would completely recommend this curriculum to any teacher, parent, or student.

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Author:  James P. Stobaugh

I received a free copy of this curriculum from New Leaf Publishing Company. I was not required to submit a positive review. I expressed my personal opinion.

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Crayon Art On Canvas!

Students Creating Our First Art Project!

See instructions below!

 

Supplies:

a canvas (we started with 8×10)

hot glue gun

glue stick

hair dryer

crayons (broken or whole)

surface protection like newspaper or plastic (shower curtains are great for covering surfaces then washing off and reusing later)

Step 1: Pick out the colors you want to use and line them up or put them in a creative design.

Step 2: Use the glue gun to glue the design down. I suggest setting it up on the canvas and then removing a few pieces at a time and gluing down back down as you go. If you’re making a straight line glue first and last piece first so crayons won’t roll.

Step 3: Protect your surface with covering, hold the canvas at the angle you want the crayon to drip. If you are doing a special design it is better to melt it in the direction you want it to drip then let it dry before turning it because as you turn the canvas the crayons run in the direction you turn when they are still hot. Play around with settings on the hairdryer so you can control the splatter and the drip/running of the crayons.

TIP: think the colors through, use several of the same color if you want to get a good solid streak going down, using certain colors together make a muddy brown mix.

Step 4: Let dry and hang!