Monday, August 22, 2016

G A Henty - How many have you read?

My son has made a goal this year to read all the G A Henty books by the time he graduates college. We have been researching the books and have them in chronological order! So this is his goal to read through all of them - at least all of the historical ones.




Here's our list in chronological order - I am sure I am missing some but I will add to this if I find some more!

  1. The Cat of Bubastes - Ancient Egypt 
  2. The Young Carthaginian - Hannibal's Campaigns 
  3. Beric the Briton - Roman Invasion, Gladiators, Burning of Rome and Nero
  4. For the Temple - Fall of Jerusalem, 1st Century Jewish Revolt etc...
  5. The Dragon and the Raven - King Alfred
  6. Wulf the Saxon - Norman Conquest, Vikings, Battle of Hastings
  7. Winning His Spurs - Crusades, Holy Wars, Saxons, Normans
  8. In Freedom's Cause - Wallace and Bruce, Scottish History
  9. St. George for England - Crecy & Poitiers
  10. The Lion of St. Mark - War of Venice and Genoa
  11. A March on London - Wat Tyler's Insurrection
  12. Both Sides the Border - Glendower & Hotspur
  13. At Agincourt - The Hundred Year War, Henry V
  14. A Knight of the White Cross -Siege of Rhodes, War of Roses, Moorish Corsair Pirates
  15. By Pike and Dyke - Spanish-Dutch War, Spanish Inquisition
  16. St. Bartholomew’s Eve - Huguenot Wars, Protestants, Catholics
  17. Under Drake’s Flag - Circumnavigating the Globe, Search for North West Passage, High Seas
  18. By England’s Aid - Fall of Spanish Armada, Freeing of the Netherlands, Corsairs
  19. By Right of Conquest - Conquest of Mexico, Cortez, Aztecs
  20. The Lion of the North - Thirty Year War, Sweden, Scotland, Gustav II Adolf
  21. Won by the Sword - Thirty Year War, Richelieu, France
  22. Friends Though Divided - Cavaliers, the Roundheads, Charles II
  23. When London Burned - Great Plague, Great fire
  24. John Hawke's Fortune - Duke of Monmouth
  25. Orange and Green - Battle of Boyne
  26. A Jacobite Exile - Swedish-Russian War, King Charles XII, Jacobite
  27. The Cornet of Horse - War of Spanish Succession, Hanover and Prussia vs French and Spanish
  28. The Bravest of the Brave - Earl Charles Mordaunt III of Peterbourgh
  29. In the Irish Brigade King Louis XVI of France, War in Flanders
  30. Bonnie Prince Charlie - Fontenoy, Battle of Culloden
  31. With Wolfe in Canada - Fall of Quebec, Battle of Britain and France - North America
  32. True to the Old Flag - American Revolution (British View)
  33. With Fredrick the Great - Seven years war 
  34. Held Fast for England - Siege of Gibraltar, Tangiers
  35. Colonel Thorndykes Secret or The Brahmin's Treasure - English/Adventure 
  36. With Clive in India - Battle of Plassey - point of English influence leaving India
  37. In the Reign of Terror - French Revolution
  38. By Conduct and Courage - Napoleonic Wars
  39. No Surrender! - French Revolution
  40. A Roving Commission - Great Revolt in Hayti
  41. The Tiger of Mysore - India
  42. At Aboukir and Acre - Napoleonic War, Napoleon's invasion of Egypt
  43. At the Point of the Bayonet - India, British Mahratta War
  44. With Morre at Corunna - Napoleon, Britain, Peninsular War
  45. A Final Reckoning - Bush Life in Austraila
  46. The Plague Ship - Adventure on the Ocean, Pirate
  47. Under Wellington's Command - Peninsular War 
  48. The Young Buglers - Peninsular War
  49. Through the Fray - Luddite Riots
  50. Through Russian Snows - Napoleonic Wars
  51. One of the 28th - Battle of Waterloo
  52. With Cochrane the Dauntless - South American Revolution
  53. On the Irrawaddy - First Burmese War
  54. In Greek Waters - Greek Independence
  55. In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers - Mexican American - Southwest
  56. With the British Legion - Carlist Wars
  57. Queen Victoria - This is Biography
  58. The Sovereign Reader - Biography
  59. The Curse of Carne's Hold - Kaffir War
  60. To Herat and Cabul - First Afghan War
  61. The Treasure of the Incas - Adventure
  62. The Lost Heir - Adventure
  63. All But Lost I - British
  64. All But Lost II - British
  65. Captain Bayley's Heir - California Gold
  66. Through the Sikh War - Punjab Conquest
  67. All But Lost III - British
  68. Out of the Pampas - Mexican-American War
  69. Redskins and Cow-Boy - Western
  70. Gabriel Allen M.P - Adventure
  71. Jack Archer - Crimean War
  72. Facing Death - Coal Mines
  73. In Times of Peril - Indians
  74. The Queen's Cup - Yachting/Adventure
  75. Rujub, The Juggler - Indian Mutiny
  76. A Search for a Secret - Adventure
  77. In the Heart of the Rockies - Western
  78. With Lee in Virginia - American Civil War
  79. A Hidden Foe - Adventure
  80. Out with Garibaldi - Italy
  81. The March to Magdalaq - Abyssinian
  82. Dorothy's Double - Franco-Prussian War
  83. Maori and Settler - 2nd Maori Rebellion
  84. Sturdy and Strong - English Society
  85. A Woman of the Commune - Franco-Prussian War
  86. The Young Franc Tireurs - Franco Prussian War
  87. By Sheer Pluck - Ashanti War
  88. The march to Coomassie - Ashanti War
  89. For Name and Fame - 2nd Afgahan War
  90. Condemned as a Nihilist - Escape from Siberia
  91. The Young Colonists - Zulu and the Boer War
  92. The Young Midshipman - Alexandria
  93. The Dash for Khartoum - Expedition of the Nile
  94. Through Three Campaigns - Tirah, Chitral, Ashanti
  95. With Kitchener in the Soudan - Battles Atbara, Omdurman
  96. With Buller in Natal - 2nd Boer War
  97. With Roberts to Pretoria - South African War
  98. With Allies to Pekin - Boxer Rebellion

You can find a lot of the G A Henty books on Amazon (not affiliate link) and one of our favorite places is Librivox. If you have never heard of Librivox you really need to check it out. A lot of people have read books and put them in audio format. Some read better than others and we have our favorites. But they make great audio books to listen to when driving. Plus it's the full book which is great and cuts a lot of 'I'm bored' out of our road trips. Of course our favorite audio's are the G A Henty Audio Classics we have reviewed from Heirloom Audio Productions We have all the ones they have done so far and I am hoping to get the lasted "The Cat of Bubaste' soon!!! These productions are like having a audio movie and are perfect for all the family. We recently listened to ours again on a road trip - at the request of my husband and kids. No movies were watched in the car for 8 hours - they are that good!!!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Enlivenze LLC - FlipStir Puzzles {TOS REVIEW}

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews


We have been having fun with the Solar System Flipstir Puzzle from Enlivenze.LLC. If you haven't heard of this fun new style of puzzle you are in for a treat!


If you have always wanted a puzzle that could never loose a piece you don't have to look any further! I can remember when the kids were little and they thought taking a puzzle on a road trip was a good idea. It was crazy, if a piece didn't get lost in the car, it most certainly did in the hotel room. A missing piece makes a puzzle useless and it ends up being tossed in the trash.

Now imagine a puzzle where all the pieces are contained in a plastic tube and you use a spoon like device to line them up correctly. No, I haven't lost my mind that's exactly what this is!

Captain is studying Astronomy and so I chose the Solar System Flipstir as it fitted in perfectly and I thought it would be a great reminder! It was perfect we love it! Captain found the puzzle quite hard but I managed to do it on the first day.

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

It takes a little skill and each time you do it it's slightly different because the pieces are in different places. You use the little paddle or spoon to move the pieces around. At first I had to keep the picture of the solar system next to me...as I forgot the order of the planets in the moment of stress. I know crazy right! We took this on vacation with us and guess what - it made it back with no pieces missing!

There are four different puzzles being reviewed by the crew, and there are two different levels the solar system was a level 2 and then there are;

Level 1 - Rainbow Pencils
Level 1 - Tyrannosaurus Rex
Level 2 - Statue of Liberty

Check out the product on Facebook ,Twitter.

Click on the link below to check out the other puzzles being reviewed!

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews


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New LDS Seminary Year - New Testament

I am so excited for this new LDS Seminary Year Boo gets to join Jam at 6:00 AM every morning, and they have a great class and amazing teacher!

This year they are studying The New Testament and so of course we will be studying 25 special scriptures this year with them and studying the doctrine within each one.

Matthew 5:14-16
Matthew 11:28-30
Matthew 16:15-19
Matthew 22:36-39
Luke 24:36-39
John 3:5
John 7:17
John 14:15
John 15:16
John 17:3
Acts 3:19-21
1 Corinthians 2:5,9-11
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
1 Corinthians 11:11
1 Corinthians 15:20-22
1 Corinthians 15:40-42
Ephesians 2:19-20
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
2 Timothy 3:15-17
Hebrews 12:9
James 1:5-6
James 2:17-18
1 Peter 4:6
Revelation 20:12

I am so excited for this year. Having been a Seminary teacher myself for 6 years I'm a little jealous but of course in a good way. Studying these scriptures with them is in part to help them, but mainly for me. I need to have this daily input of scriptures in my life. I think that's what I miss most about early morning seminary is that daily input and concentration. The need to study. The problem with life is things get pushed in front. It's hard to make time for scripture study - not just reading, when there is not a lesson to teach etc... I have found that since the children are older it's easier to turn scripture reading time into study time. They have so many ideas, views, and questions it really is fun!

I can't wait to see growth in the kids testimonies this year.



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids - Starter Set 1 {TOS Review}

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

We have been using the Starter Set 1 with Captain from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids to learn Spanish this summer.

I received;
  • DVD with videos for Levels 1-3
  • Three Parent-Teacher Guides which sets out a detailed lesson plan, with a suggested viewing schedule and a variety if fun, supplemental and hands on activities to choose from to reinforce the material taught in the videos.
  • Flashcards and Card Games for Levels 1 to 3
  • Workbooks for Levels 1-3
  • Stickers for Levels 1-3
Captain is a very visual learner and this program had barely arrived when he realized what it was and stuck the DVD in the player.

Each level has a parent-teacher guide so I had to quickly jump in and read it to catch up with Captain as he wanted to go go go with this program. I of course started with the parent guide to level 1, When you open the parent guide the first section you read is called 'program overview' it explains a little behind the concept. The videos start at 8:00 am (breakfast) and end at 8:00 pm (bedtime) and shows what could be a typical weekend day of a family. However, there are lots of twists and turns and fun and laughter. Captain started copying phrases the very first time he watched and what was even better was he understood what was being said - everything is in Spanish there is no translating and no English subtitles. Of course there are other aspects to the course and I'll explain that in more detail as I tell you how we used it.

My goal is for Captain to feel comfortable with Spanish so in the long run he can communicate easily. Wouldn't that be awesome to be fluent in another language. We have used other immersion programs so Captain wasn't surprised when it was in 100% Spanish. If not he may have been a little surprised so if you are using something like this for the first time, you may find a little push back from your child. However, it is well worth the perseverance - you will definitely see results quicker than other types of programs.

How We Used It:

The teacher guide is broken down into lessons and so this program is really each to teach - even without a lot of Spanish knowledge. You can do a short lesson by just watching the video and completing the rapid review (found at the end of the video) or a longer lesson by adding more of the optional material in. We did some of both - depending on how well Captain seemed to pick up on the vocabulary.

There is a video summary - for parent use only (so you know what's going on). Plus a vocabulary list. There is even a little note at the bottom related to some geography facts to share with your child. After reading the lesson it's really easy to jump straight in. Honestly there is not a lot of preparation which is super important to me! I like open and go!
Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

We completed one lesson twice a week and it was easy and fun for both of us!

Let me run you through lesson 1 -


  • Watch the assigned video clip from the DVD
  • Discuss during and after the video about the vocabulary and what is happening.
  • Discuss the Geography - talk about Lima, Peru - We looked for it on our globe and did some online research. 
Lesson 2 added some of the other materials I was sent - stickers! Now my hubby and I don't like stickers around the house so we did more of a game with these - I gave Captain a sticker (still on the paper and he had to find the item in the house that matched the Spanish word. He liked it and it didn't ruin my furniture or TV. 

By the time you get to lesson 3 you introduce the workbook. Captain loves the workbooks. They are quite thin and so I don't think they were very intimidating. Plus they feel nice... I know that sounds strange but it's true the paper is very smooth and a little glossy with bright vibrant colors. They are fun! I could tell because Captain wanted to work in them! In fact they are called 'In-Flight Magazine' and that's definitely what they feel like!

We love this program and will definitely be finishing it! The books are consumable but since Captain is my youngest that's okay if not you would definitely want to purchase extra books. This is by far my favorite home school Spanish program! 

To learn more about the company check out their Facebook page!

Check out what others thought by clicking on the link below! 

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Canoes, Kickapoo River, and Irrational Fears...

I have an irrational fear of canoes. I don't know why but since our last adventure on the Kickapoo river it is a very well known fact that Mom doesn't like canoeing. Well to say I don't like it is a little harsh. I love being in the canoe, I don't even mind paddling. But if someone comes near my canoe resembling what my kids love to call 'canoe wars' I freak out! It's crazy, I know it's irrational - I can swim - well. I just don't know what comes over me. I get scared to death!

The Kickapoo wasn't very clear the day we canoed on it. They said due to recent rain and run off it was muddier that normal. My husband said that might have been part of my problem. He is under the illusion that if the water was crystal clear and I could see to the bottom I would be fine. So he's already planning our next family canoe trip... So watch this space, maybe I will be able to beat this or maybe I will just have to realize that the fear of tipping in a canoe (which Jam and I did once - I have the bruise on my knee to prove it!) is on a parallel with spiders for me.


The craziest part of this is that we were canoeing on an average of a foot of water. I know crazy right, It's not like I couldn't of stood up in the water, in fact that's excaltly what happened. Our canoe tipped - we hit something at a funny angle and the canoe flipped. My ego was the hardest hit...well beside my bruised knee. Luckily Boo, Captain and Hubby had tipped out first so at least we weren't the first to go under!

We used Drifty's Canoe Rental we agree to promote them and we paid for our canoes, but if you are ever in the area they are a great service to use. We got in the water right there in Ontario and had planned to canoe for about 6 hours plus stops. Because the water was a little cold and we didn't take a long time to swim and play we were going to arrive at our pick up place about an hour early. Hubby had phone signal and gave them a quick call explaining we would be early. They were awesome about picking us up and were there right on time. This pick up from the canoe stop was included in our very reasonable rental price.

Like I said, when I was in no fear of tipping, I really loved this experience.

Fun, day out with the family if you are ever in the Ontario WI area!

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