Thursday, October 29, 2015

Maestro Classics - The Nutcracker {TOS REVIEW}

Maestro Classics Review


We love classical music. All three of my children play the piano and it's wonderful now my older two can actually play 'music' rather than the early 'plunking' on the keys. So when we were offered the chance to review The Nutcracker from Maestro Classics we were all really excited.

I think almost everyone has heard of the Nutcracker Ballet. It is a Christmas Classic! As a child I have watched this ballet numerous times, and my children have watch various TV/Video versions, but there is nothing like listening to an audio story and music in the car while you drive.

This CD arrived on a Friday morning just before a swim meet. We had a 90 minute drive Saturday morning, so I was really excited with the timing. So at 4:45 AM I put the CD in and turned it up loud relying on the beautiful music to keep me awake on the drive. Within a few minutes Jam was asleep on the backseat but Boo was sitting next to me and did a really good job at staying awake. However, it was 5 AM and she had 5 races that morning so I convinced her that the music would keep me awake and encouraged her to snuggle under her blanket and let the music drift her to sleep. The CD finished just as we were coming to the outskirts of the city we were swimming in and so I was really pleased. Boo was sad she missed it but I reminded her we still had a 90 minute drive home and I was more than willing to listen to it again.

The swim meet went well and everyone was in good spirits to drive home. Jam was riding with his friend as he was going straight to a youth church dance, so I had Boo and her friend riding home with me. They were both excited to play the CD so as we were leaving the pool car park I popped it in again. Both girls loved the music and the story and it kept us entertained all the way home. Boo kept comparing the story to her childhood cartoon version so it introduced a good discussion about artistic license and how some people change tradition stories when they reproduce them in a different format.



I don't think I need to dwell to much on the story but it starts out on Christmas Eve at a big annual Christmas party given by Clara and Fritz's parents. The most anticipated event of the night each year was when Herr Drosselmeyer gives the children his presents. This year was no exception and the children were thrilled with the life-size dolls, trumpet, and Clara's special Nut-Cracker.

This version is one-hour long and I felt shortens the story a little but the music is amazing. The only thing I wish is that it included a version of the music without the audio track. However, I understand the main purpose of the CD is to combine the two.

If you love classical music especially Tchaikovsky's music this would be a really nice addition to your collection. Jim Weiss does a really good job with the story telling.

I can't wait to listen to this again with my Christmas tree lights twinkling - perfect Christmas night activity.

We haven't had much chance to work on the curriculum guide. However when we listen to this again at Christmas I will definitely be using some of it with Captain. It talks about what a Ballet is, coloring pages and recipe ideas. Perfect for the holiday season.

Others on the crew reviewed the classic story of Peter and The Wolf. So you have to check out the other reviews! 

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Milk Jug Skeletons - Recycle Project

Last year I found this post on how to make a skeleton out of milk jugs and since Captain's birthday is in October we decided to make one. It turned out really well, but I had only saved enough milk jugs to make one. We all decided that our front porch looked a little lopsided with just one skeleton, so of course we all decided that we would need to make another one this year.

So for the last month or so we have been collecting milk jugs. Yesterday we made our matching milk jug skeleton and hung them both up outside.

Perfect matching skeletons just in time for Halloween fun!




They blow perfectly in the wind - and a it's recycling which is a huge plus!


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

IEW Phonetic Zoo Spelling Level C {TOS REVIEW}

IEW Phonetic Zoo


We love Institute For Excellence in Writing and we have been very fortunate to review two things from them this year. We reviewed their complete reading and writing package here. This time we were luckily to be able to review the Phonetic Zoo Spelling Level C [Starter Set]. We completed a placement test to decide which one to order. Level C is the highest level. There is also a Level A and a Level B

The spelling program it's self is designed for ages 9 and up. The placement test is split into different grades and so you need to start with the appropriate version of the test.

Spelling Placement Test I - Grades 3-5
Spelling Placement Test 2 - Grades 6 and up
Spelling Placement Test 3 - High School and up

Each test has instructions and they are very easy to follow. I would definitely recommend using these tests. They can be used directly from the website or printed off as a PDF.


Jam actually only got one word wrong on the level C placement test and so we decided to start with level C.

We received the starter set which includes

  • 6 audio CDs these come with the MP3 downloads (or you can purchase just the MP3)
  • Lesson Cards with all three levels of spelling words and jingles
  • Personal Spelling Cards 
  • Zoo cards
  • Downloadable Phonetic Zoo Teacher's Notes PDF flie
  • Link to streaming video - Spelling and the Brain video

 The first thing Jam and I did was to watch the video 'Spelling and the Brain' of course Andrew Pudewa didn't disappoint. Jam watched the video with me as I wanted him to get an overall feeling of the program. We discussed together the fact that spelling is sequential and how important it is the letters to be in the correct order. This was an interesting discussion because we see it with Captain. He can remember all the letters to spell certain words but jumbles them up when he writes (he's 6) and so it was a good visual example for Jam.

The biggest thing I learned is that there is no rush. We are not to rush through this program just to keep on track. There is no point in moving on to the next lesson if all words are not learned. This was a complete 'of course' moment for me, and really helped me kick the attitude that he needed a new list every week. No - what he needs is to spend more time and become proficient in spelling each list before we move on.

Have you heard of the Blended-Sight-Sound program from Mrs Anna Ingham. She taught for 40 years and made huge innovations in her teaching that benefited children. With the help of her students (over 40 years worth) she developed the Blended-Sound-Sight Program of learning, which incorporated a balance of reading, writing, and spelling. She also focused on good discipline, good character, and goal setting opportunities.

How we used it:

The CD pack contains the lessons but Jam preferred to download the MP3 file to his personal player. He likes to be in control of his studies and this program is perfect for that. At first we worked together but I think after the first or second time he was completely self led (except when he asked me to help him review his words).

OK so here's a quick step by step.

  1. The student reads (or you read together) the large lesson card. I used a silver circle clip so mine are all attached together nicely. We discussed the rule and then spell each word aloud. 
  2. Jam would then look at the small Zoo card this served as a reminder of the rule and the animals that correspond to it
  3. Jam would listen to the MP3 lesson. (Listen to the introduction the first time after that it's not necessary.)
  4. Jam would take the test and then correct it by listening to the correct spellings on the CD. This is where it can take a little time. As Jam would keep repeating this stage until he got 100% TWICE on the test. At first he would be frustrated as he would spell a word correctly once and then miss it on the next. Then he found it a challenge, I have found that this has really helped him focus on his study skills. 

So that's as far as we have got because we haven't reached lesson 5 yet. (We are SO close) but we have been really strict on not moving on until he has got the words down perfectly.

At the end of every five lessons he will fill out a personal spelling words card. The instructions for this are on the CD. However, we haven't done this yet as I mentioned earlier.

At the end of level there is a final exam, it is supposed to include words from each spelling rule. Then using the scoring guide you can see if the student has learned enough to complete the level or whether they should repeat the course. There are 47 lessons in total which of course may take longer than a year. However there are only three levels and so if plan to do all three from 4th to 12th you have plenty of time to fit them in even if it takes longer.

You may wonder why the program prefers that the student uses headphones. The teachers handbook say that if the student uses headphones they will reap the greatest benefits from the program. The sound and experience are closer to the ear and the brain. It reduces distractions or auditory interferences. They also recommend that the student uses pen not pencil. This is something we swapped to a couple of years ago when we started using the IEW writing. You can read their opinion here.

We have really enjoyed this spelling program. You can keep up with the company by connecting with them online - see the links below.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ponderizing Scripture of the Week - October 25 2015

The last scripture took Jam a little over a week to memorize. We didn't change it over until this morning. He passed it off in Seminary on Friday. Then with all the birthday chaos this weekend I didn't get the new one written on the glass door in the kitchen. His goal is to pass this one off on Friday so of course Boo's goal is to pass it off on Thursday!



Counting Pinecones

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Random Five Friday - October 23 2015

1. It's been another great week here. The weather has been amazing and I even turned the air on for twenty four hours. It got up to 85 degrees in the house with the windows open and I couldn't deal with it any longer.

2. Captain had his birthday party today. It was really fun. We went to the pool and I made 'swimming pool cake' However I forgot how hot the indoor pool is and although my cake looked good when I made it the heat in there took it's toll before I took a picture with all the backstroke flags etc...

3. I was accepted for a Smiley360 Airhead Crafting Mission. I used airheads to help me make the lane lines for his swimming pool cake. Since he changed his mind for the cake the morning of his party I don't think it looked too bad. I wish I took a picture with the back stroke flags.


4. While hubby was away this week I found a new Netflix show. HGTV Extreme Homes. It's interesting to learn how some people live.

5. Dad and Jam are going on a 50 mile bike ride this weekend. Jam's been practicing for a while, They have been on some 25 mile ones but tomorrow is the furthest Jam has been. Swimming has been great, last weekend Jam dropped a lot of time in his races. He was really pleased with his progress.



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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Koru Naturals - {TOS Review}

Koru Naturals Review
This was my second chance this year to review some amazing products from Koru Naturals. I love the products I reviewed last time and even bought some more Emu Oil since we reviewed it last time. So I was delighted when I received the Manuka Honey Propolis SoapManuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial CleanserManuka Honey, Tamarind and Manuka Oil Facial Toner, and Skin Clear Cream.


When I first chose these products of the list available for review I was intending on using them myself. However, by the time they arrived I had been doing some more research on the products and decided to let Boo use them instead. She has a little trouble with her skin like a lot of up coming teenage girls and since I don't really have any skin problems and I really wanted to get a feeling for how well the products worked.

I wanted to see how the products felt for myself so before giving them to Boo to try I used them for about 3 days. I really loved how they felt on my skin, and they smelt amazing.

So after I tried it for a few days I handed over the products to Boo. She was really excited and is used to a face routine as she has used a face wash and moisturizer daily for quite a long time so the only thing we added to her routine was a toner.

Boo started using the products twice a day as soon as I gave them to her. She loves them, and her blemishes have reduced dramatically. It's quite amazing and even my husband noticed. I think this a set of products we will be purchasing again after our review products are used up.

So let's take a closer look at each product we have been using for the last few weeks.



Manuka Honey Propolis Soap - This soap smells amazing. I kept this product for myself and my husband. The first day I put it in my shower my husband used it first. I walked into our bathroom and could smell something amazing. We realized it was this soap. It was really hard for me to use it. I wanted to keep in forever and I'm sad to say that it's all gone. It was amazingly moisturizing. I didn't have to use much moisturizer while I was using it! It was very impressed when I read about the protective and moisturizing properties.



Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser -  This product is free of parabens and artificial colors. The ingredients are listed on the website ; Aloe Juice, Lavender, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Tartrate, Sodium Cocopolyglucoside Citrate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Vegetable Glycerin, Active Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil, Hydrolized Wheat Proteins, d-Calcium Pantothenate (Pro-Vitamin B5), Vitamin E, EDTA

You apply the cleanser directly to your face using upward motions, leave on for two minutes and then rinse. Boo finds this easiest to use before getting into the shower and then rinsing it off while she's in there.



Manuka Honey, Tamarind, and Manuka Oil Facial Toner - Since this toner was intended for acneic, oily, combination and sensitive skin. It is perfect for Boo. You use it after the cleanser but before moisturizer. The only drawback is that I wish the toner was available in a spray bottle instead of a pump. I feel that I waste a lot of the product squirting it onto a cotton ball. I would prefer a spray bottle so that I could spray it directly onto my face,

The ingredients are again listed on the website;  Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice,*, Vegetable Glycerin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Beta Carotene (Pro Vitamin A), White Willow (Salix Alba) Bark Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium) Leaf Essential Oil, Honey (Manuka 20+), Phenoxyethanol, Tamarind (Tamarindus Indica) Seed Extract, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Fruit Extract, Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita-Matricaria) Flower Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract*, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA


Although we love all the products I think our favorite product is the Skin Clear Cream. The main ingredients of this cream are unpasteurized Manuka Honey and pure steam-distilled East Cape Manuka Oil. These ingredients have been in this product for the last twenty years. The website also lists lots of new ingredients that have been added for this 20th anniversary edition of this cream.

The Skin Clear Cream had quite a dramatic effect on Boo's skin. At least I am giving it credit. Of course it's probably all three of the face products combined. This cream is amazing! Boo and I love it. You don't need very much and it comes with a little spoon in the lid so you don't have to dip your fingers into the cream every time you use it. Using this has definitely helped Boo's skin. Her blemishes have reduced dramatically. I am sure even if you don't have skin problems you would enjoy using it. Instead of feeling heavy it leave a slight tingling feeling and smells amazing!

Boo will definitely keep using the Skin Clear Cream and probably the cleanser and toner too. I may even treat myself to the amazing soap too! We have loved everything we have tried from Koru Naturals. You can read about the other products I reviewed earlier in the year here.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Brookdale House - The Fun Spanish {TOS REVIEW}

 Brookdale House Review

 Brookdale House Review

Captain loves Spanish. He has been trying really hard with this fun program literally called The Fun Spanish published by Brookdale House.

Brookdale House specializes in homeschool curriculum and has a huge selection. Believe me it took me forever to decide what I wanted to apply for as all of the products offered to the crew looked awesome. I know I normally wait to the end to say this but you really do need to click on the link (after reading this though) so you can check out some of the other cool things that you can find at Brookdale House.

The Fun Spanish is recommend for grades 2 - 5 however, it's a fun way to introduce some sentence skills to older students too. I used this during the review period with Captain and I will continue to do so he has really enjoyed it. However, Boo has decided to add it to her current Spanish studies as she noticed that there were some things that she was learning while looking over Captains work. So literally as I am typing she is hole punching her newly printed 218 pages (thank goodness for that free paper deal I got last year) and putting it in a new three inch binder.

I received a PDF file containing 218 pages 'The Fun Spanish' A Begining Spanish Workbook Level  The program is based on the Charlotte Mason method and is comprised of memorization, copy work, and funny drawings.

Each lesson is divided into multiple sections. There are 17 lessons in all and they are broken up in very workable sections.

There are two suggested schedules the first suggested schedule is for one semester. Every thing is listed in a way to help you finish the program this way. There is also a year long schedule where basically the semester weekly schedule is split to last two weeks per lesson. Captain is very visual so we complete a page a day. Then review the verb conjugation as we go through. Because he is only six we may use this program again in a year or two to make sure he really knows they vocabulary.

The first thing I did was print off all 218 pages. If I don't have things printed and filed straight away I tend to skip if I am having a particularly busy day. This way I could even pop the page out of the big binder and put it in my organizer. This works great for days when we travel for our piano lessons. Captain always has his lesson first and since a family friend teaches them I work with him at their kitchen table.

Captain loves his Spanish program. We have actually worked on this at least four times a week, sometimes more if we don't have a field trip Friday planned.

Captains favorite sections are when he has to copy a sentence, translate it and then draw a matching picture. He loves that they are not serious sentences, in fact sometimes they are crazy.


I received the PDF copy of this curriculum. However, they also sell a printed book. The benefit of the e-book is like me you are free to re-print for more than one child. This makes it very cost effective. Although Boo normally works at a 8th grade level she is really excited to work through this program. She will probably complete it in less than one semester.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Random Five Friday October 16 2015

1. These week has been another warm one. I haven't turned the air on again though! The windows have been open 24 hours a day. I haven't suffered with allergies once!

2. Last Sunday we had a great walk around the lake. We found a ton of fossils. We wanted to find arrowheads though, but didn't. We did however find a very friendly tortoise.

3. We have our first USA swim meet of the season tomorrow. We can't wait to get back in the pool. It's a month later than last year. Better late than never.

4. Captain is now well on his way into his 2nd grade math curriculum. He listened to Jam and Boo discussing math today and said that he was glad his is easy. He also lost his second tooth this week!

5. Have you all made the switch to Windows 10? Mine is the last computer in our house that hasn't made the switch...I guess I don't like change.





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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Oct 14th 2015


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Progeny Press Literature Study Guide - Sam The Minuteman {TOS Review}

Progeny Press Review
Captain is still very new to reading and so literature guides are still very new to him. We were accepted on a review from Progeny Press with his very first literature study guide for the book Sam The Minuteman I wasn't sure if the book would be too hard for him to read by himself but it turned out to be a perfect fit. It's a fictional story with a fictional main character however set in a historical period all American have heard off. The first 'shot' of the war of Independence. The book we bought (not part of the review) was the level 3 'An I can Read Book' for grades 2-4. To complete the study guide I bought the book, we also needed a dictionary, and our bible. We used the King James Version. I don't want to tell you too much about the story as it's a really good.

Progeny Press has a ton of study guides geared to all ages lower and higher elementary, middle school, and high school. Really if you are reading a book and you want to dig deeper check out the list on their website.

I had never used a study guide with Captain before I was unsure how he would take too it. We started out by reading the book through together. I read the book first and Captain loved the story. He had previously read a book about Paul Revere and because he is mentioned he instantly recognized the story. As we read Captain is used to asking about vocabulary that he is unsure of which made it easier by the time we came to work on the study guide. Jam had used a Progeny Press study guide before for Hunger Games and really liked it so I knew that it would be a good fit for us.

I printed out the whole study guide at once. It was a lot shorter than the high school study guide that Jam had done and it fit in a little folder easily.

The beginning of the study guide sets the stage for the book. We learn about the time period and so we had some great discussions about the Revolutionary War and what was happening in the world at that time. We have studied this time period already this year and so we didn't need to spend too much time on this.

The workbook section consists of :

Vocabulary Practice - The guide covers about 10 - 20 new words found in the book. Some of these were knew to Captain and some not. However we used this time to practice using a dictionary. Plus it was good practice to find information, condense it and write it down,

Mystery Word - In this section Captain had to answer a question and write the correct word on dotted lines. One of the lines had a number which was then used to find a mystery word. If all the answers were correct then you correctly guessed the 'mystery word'

Cause and Effect - This section helped Captain learn and discuss the results of our actions. I loved this section and we implemented into our lives.

Word Pictures - We discussed how words are used when writing to give us pictures in our minds that help enjoy the story. This section was followed by 'How the Author Creates Mood'.

Captain loves crosswords and was quite in his element every time one came up.

There are so many more sections like this that really helped us dig into the story and understand what was happening in the story.

Check out the other reviews as the crew have been working like crazy on lots of different books. Remember click on the link below to read them.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Scripture of the Week Oct 12 2015

Jam has to memorize twenty-five scriptures this year as part of his LDS Early Morning Seminary Class. This is his first year and he is studying the Old Testament. He has a wonderful teacher who gets up early every school day and teaches a group of 9th - 12th graders at 6 am. He has already passed off a few of them.

This week we are all studying it. I write the scripture we are working on on my glass door in the kitchen so we can see it all day.


Counting Pinecones


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The Magic School Bus Deal at Educents is Back!


SPECIAL OFFER: Save 50% on a year’s subscription through Educents... and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. This deal is amazing... just $10 per month, DELIVERED!
 
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  • Each manual is based on the popular Magic School Bus books and TV series
  • Includes an adult section so that adults with no science background will find the kits easy to use
  • Materials and information necessary for a range of interactive experiments
  • Online Clubhouse for further exploration on each kit topic
  • Certificate of Completion
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Friday, October 9, 2015

Random Five Friday - Oct 9 2015

This week has been a blast! We have completed a few reviews and learned a lot of new things.

1. Captain amazes me constantly. He loves to watch documentaries especially ones about animals. When we are alone he always comes up with a new fact or something to tell me about, it's so fun!

2. We are coming to the end of another School House Review Crew Year. I have been on the crew now for three consecutive years and I love it. So if it's something that you think would be interested in, make sure that you click here!

3. My older kids have been going to the same piano teacher since they were in fact we travel every other week an hour each way because we love going to her so much. However, this week Boo added a new piano teacher so she now gets four lessons a month. Two from our original teacher who lives an hour away and one that lives literally around the corner.

4. I just sat through the Disney movie Descendants. I think Disney keep trying to make a new 'High School Musical'. Hubby had to very patient as he's not a huge of any musical. Boo says I can't say anything bad about it because she quite liked it even if it was a bit cheesy.



5. I am SO excited about the changes that Aldi has made in this latest news release about removing a lot of undesirable ingredients from their shelves.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Reading Kingdom {TOS Review}

Reading Kingdom Review



Reading Kingdom Review


Teaching your child to read is something that every parent wants to do. This review is not just focused to home-school parents but anyone with a young child who is learning to read and spell. Captain was given a year subscription to Reading Kingdom Online.

Reading Kingdom teaches; Phonics, Sequencing, Writing, Meaning, Grammar, and Comprehension. Captain has been working on this nearly everyday, sometimes working on more than one lesson. In fact the program tells you the average Captain has been working on a average of 4 days a week. I don't think this takes into account if he does multiple lessons on one day.

The program is designed for children aged 4-10 and teaches them how to read and write to a third grade level.



Captain reads really well, in fact quite a bit about grade level and so I was a little surprised when he was placed lower in the program than I thought he would. The placement test is supposed to be done without help - to get an accurate placement and so I emailed the company and asked if they could reset it because I wasn't in the room when he did it and I was concerned. They did and I sat next to him this time but still didn't help in anyway. He did test slightly higher but after reviewing the program guidelines again, I realized that Captain can read a lot better than he can write, which caused the lower placement in the program. The program works on both reading and writing together and builds the child in both ways at the same time.

The teaching activities are organized in such a way that the Captain is learning to read and write new words, and learning to write the words he already knows - Brilliant right!

This graphic helps explain it a little better. You can read more about how the program customizes
here.


Reading Kingdom has information on the following levels;
Preschool Reading
Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade

They also focus on Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers.

The Reading Kingdom is based on a unique, patented system of education that was developed by Dr. Marion Blank, the Director of the Light on Learning Institute at Columbia University. You can see some sample lessons here.


Captain has complete control over this program. He knows he is required to complete at least one lesson 4 days a week. I say that to accommodate a schedule that requires us to leave the house for piano lessons, swim team practice, swim meets, and just life in general. Although I don't give him a maximum time limit, he knows he is required to do at least one lesson. He has his own laptop and I gave him a short cut on his desktop, saved the username and password and he is independent. However, I can log on to the program on my computer to check on his progress any time. You can also download reports in excel format or request weekly email updates.

This program is very easy to use. Captain seems to like it and it is helping his reading, writing, and spelling skills. It is fun enough that he doesn't mind doing it, but serious enough that I can tell he's working. We will definitely keep using this program.

Others from the crew reviewed ASDReading.com that teaches students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to read, write and comprehend. Check on the link below to read more reviews.

https://www.facebook.com/readingkingdom
https://twitter.com/readingkingdom
https://www.pinterest.com/readingkingdom/


Reading Kingdom Review


Crew Disclaimer

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Finding Noah - An Adventure of Faith

I was given an opportunity to have a preview of the new documentary Finding Noah.



This movie is about a modern day hunt for evidence of the existence of Noah's Ark.

I found the information disclosed in the movie very interesting. I didn't realize that there was so many reports of people viewing the actual ark going back for hundreds of years. Mount Ararat is located in Eastern Turkey and is also known as "The Painful Mountain". It's been a very unstable area which makes it very difficult to confirm a lot of the 'eye witness' reports.

The director/producer Brent Baum and the film crew follows a group of explorers on their trip up the mountain. There is a very real chance of accidents and even death. The lack of oxygen alone makes the journey arduous and difficult. Right at the beginning of the trip when the group are moving from the first base camp someone falls and has such a bad injury that a military helicopter has to come and make a rescue trip. The scenery throughout the movie is breathtaking.



So this video is an amazing documentary using modern technology, satellite imagery, archaeologists, scientists, and professional mountaineers searching for the answer to the question that has been asked since the beginning of civilization as we know it. "Did Noah and his Ark exist?"


I definitely recommend watching this if you are interested at all in the story of Noah and whether or not it really happened. It's an amazing story of trial, struggle and faith.



To find out more about this amazing project follow on social media.

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Purchase Tickets



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Hewitt Homeschooling - Speeches {TOS REVIEW}

A few years ago I was excited to review a 1st grade curriculum by  Hewitt Homeschooling  we really enjoyed it and so was thrilled to hear...