Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Love Letters From God {Book Review and Giveaway}

I love books and Captain loves it when we get books in the mail to review. This latest one turned up and Captain was really excited. I used to love books with flip ups and pop ups when I was young. This book is cute and has flaps that are in the form of a letter from God.


The book is written for children from four to eight. Captain is at the higher age bracket and can read extremely well. He loves the book and likes that it's just a fun easy to read book. It combines both prose and poetry to tell the story of Jesus's birth. There are seven stories starting with Isaiah's prohect and ending with the visit of the wise man. After each storie there is a letter written as if from God attached to each page. There is a little space to write the child's name, so they can be addressed to the child. There are special bible verses, and words of love, promise and hope.

The book is written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Rachel Clowes. The pictures are amazing full of detail. I am so glas that we have been able to add this to our Christmas book traditions.

You can find the book on Amazon. or on the website.


Or you can enter below to win your own copy.




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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Homemade Compass - Apologia Science

Today Captain and I did a fun science project today. It was super easy. If you have the Apologia Astronomy book. The experiment is in the chapter about Earth.

We needed a small lid, cork, needle, and a strong magnet.

It took about 10 minutes and boom! Captain loved it!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Where Jesus Slept - Review and Giveaway

I love Christmas books. I was sent a wonderful Christmas book called Where Jesus Slept by Norma Lewis

This is a cute picture book written by Norma Lewis and illustrated by Katy Hudson.

My kids loves it when I get our Christmas books out. Captain was so excited when he opened a box to find a new book.

The story starts with the announcement written in Luke 2:10-11 that the Savior has been born in Bethlehem, the city of David.

It's a very simple but sweet story that tells about the birth of the Savior. I love the illustrations and although the story is very simple it is written in a very nice way.

The last scripture is John 3:16 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life'.

This will be a favorite in our Christmas library for many years.

I have a great opportunity for one of my readers - You can enter to win a copy of this book! Enter below.




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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Chara Games - Commissioned {SchoolHouse Review Crew}

Commissioned {Chara Games}

We love board games and so I was really excited to add Commissioned from Chara Games to our selection. I was very happy with the quality of the game when we recieved it. It is very well made and compares nicely to other high quality games in our cupboard.

Jam was the leader when it came to playing this game. He spent a lot of time watching the official 'how to play' video. I linked to the video below so you can check it out.


We played this for the first time when my husband was out of town and my parents were visiting. Jam was very good at explaining the game to everyone. The main difference with this game is that everyone is working together. Because of this it takes a little getting used to. My youngest kept on asking how he wins. We explained a few times that everyone either wins or loses.

Commissioned {Chara Games}

I love that this game is history based, and cooperative so if you can turn a family game night into family argument night then this game style might help. As you go through the game play you learn a lot about history around the time of the Apostles of the early church. Although this is based on the Apostles you don't have to be religious to play the game, or be a history buff. Instead of approaching this time period from a religous standpoint it's done through a historical standpoint.

Each player plays in turn. They are given an apostle card and 'become' that Apostle for the length of play. Everyone takes turn being the 'elder' and they lead the play for that round. Play is quite complicated and I had to watch the video a couple of times. Jam did a lot of the explaining he seemed to understand it quicker than I did - maybe I'm getting old! The first time we played we tried with six people.


This is Jam's explanation of how to play;

1. You set up the board as directed (he recommends watching the video first).
2. The order of play is;

ARM - Each player draws 6 cards from their Apostle deck.

LIVE - The Elder turns over a trial card. Then each player 'prays' by choosing two of of the six cards previously drawn that they think solves the trial card. Then after each player/Apostle has chosen their two cards and placed them in the prayer boxes everyone turns them over and the Elder chooses two cards from all of the ones presented. He used them to fix the 'trial' or he might only use one of them to solve the trial and place the other on one of the nine New Testament scriptures that are needed to complete the game. After the Elder applies the two cards, he gets two moves to either send missionaries to other cities or to send them to fellowship with other saints in a cities already occupied by the church. The next step is to add one church to every city that has at least three pieces. These pieces have to be either an Apostle (game piece), missonary meeple (looks like a little white person), or a church (white square). This is repeated 5 times (when you have 6 players) each time with another player being the 'Elder'. After the last person has been the 'Elder' you move to the 'Mature' part of the game

MATURE- In this section the player/Apostles buy new cards using the points they earned in the LIVE section.

This process is repeated until all trials cards have been used or you complete your challenge on the card. If you complete the challenge before all candle have been snuffed out then you win. A candle is snuffed out when a church is lost from one of the countries. If you run out of trial cards before you complete the mission you also lose.

Jam found the game interesting he liked the blend of History and Religion. It reminded him of another strategy board game where your conquer the world except this time you conquer the world with religion instead of rolling die to win countries.

Commissioned {Chara Games}


I am looking forward to reviewing another one of their games soon. It's called Three Seeds it looks fun and only takes 30-45 minutes. Jam is looking forward to it! So keep an eye out for the review soon.

Check out the company on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

Click below to see all the other reviews!

Commissioned {Chara Games}


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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. 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.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day

Although I live in the USA my Dad was in the RAF for 22 years. I honor all those who have served in both of these great countries I love.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Critical Thinking Co.™ - Sentence Diagramming Beginning - {Homeschool Review Crew}

Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}

Boo asked me a few months ago about learning sentence diagramming. Although I teach English as a second language and have a pretty good understanding of grammar I hate diagramming sentences. So I actually distracted her and hoped she would forget about for a while. Of course I'm a member of the Homeschool Review Crew and what should pop up on our review list Sentence Diagramming Beginning for grades 3-12+ by The Critical Thinking Co. It was perfect timing and she was very excited. Yes, you read that right - excited for grammar!

We have used products from Critical Thinking Co before and have always been impressed with their quality and ease of use. So I was hoping that they could make diagramming understandable too.

The Critical Thinking Co.™ has been around since 1958 and has a great selection of award winning products. All of their subjects whether it be reading, math, science, writing, or history contain some aspect of critical thinking. They believe in teaching children to think for themselves rather than just learn facts. I love this thinking!

Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}
There are three books available beginning, level 1, and level 2. I was glad that we were able to start with level 1. The books are written for all grades (over 3rd) and Boo found it very easy to understand. The book is written by Angela Carter who was teaching diagramming to elementary children and couldn't find quality resources that explained diagramming in a logical way. She found herself making up her own sentences and planning her own lessons. So she decided to write them down and share them! I am SO glad she did.

The book is broken down into 12 lessons and ends with a review. The answers are conveniently found in the back of the book but each page is perforated for easy removal. So you could tear out each page and give to your child or tear out the answers and store them separately if you child would rather work out of the booklet.

Each lesson build upon each other gradually getting harder;

Lesson 1 - Simple Subject and Main Verb
Lesson 2 - Direct Object
Lesson 3 - Adjectives
Lesson 4 - Adverbs Modifying Verbs
Lesson 5 - Predicate Adjectives
Lesson 6 - Predicate Nouns
Lesson 7 - Prepositional Phrases (Adjectival)
Lesson 8 - Prepositional Phrases (Adverbial)
Lesson 9 - Compound Subjects
Lesson 10 - Compound Predicates
Lesson 11 - Compound Direct Objects
Lesson 12 - Compound Predicate Adjectives and Nouns

Review - (5 pages)

At the begining of each lesson there is a little grammar lesson. It explains the concept and introduces how to diagram that particular grammar point. As I said each lesson builds on the one before allowing for a deeper understanding. The student then looks at a couple of sentences that have been diagrammed wrong. The student has to find the mistake and correct each sentence. Then the student is given some sentences and they have to diagram them. After that the student writes their own sentences and then diagram them. Each lesson follows the same format but adds a new grammar topic as shown in the list above.

When I asked Boo what she thought of it she was very positive. She has tried a different diagramming book before that she didn't find as clear. She says that the instructions and lesson is clear. She has been working dilligently through the book and says she intends to finish it.

There are a lot of other programs and books being reviewed by the crew. I would recommend you checking them out by reading the reviews on the link below.

Alphabet Song Game - software
Letter sounds Song and Game Software
Vowel Sounds Song and Game software
Fun-Time Phonics

You can learn more about these programs here and here.

Some other reviewers were using their Language Smarts Level E book.

There are so many different products available so check out the company on FacebookGoogle + and Pinterest.


Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}


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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. 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.” ©2011-2017 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Homeschool Legacy - Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims Micro Study (Homeschool Review Crew)

Once-a-Week Studies {Homeschool Legacy}

I was born and raised in the United Kingdom and so American history was something I was taught as an outsider. It was someone else's history - not mine. However, since adopting this great country as my own I need to make sure that I give them a great understanding of this country we call home.

We have been using a fun micro-study program called Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims from Homeschool Legacy. This study is perfect for this time of year as it's a great reminder before the Thanksgiving holiday. I have been working mainly with Captain as the others have studied this before, but they enjoyed telling him what they know as well as discussing it as a family.

Once-a-Week Studies {Homeschool Legacy}

The once a week micro-study is designed to be used over 6 weeks and we are about half way through. It's been really interesting and I am looking forward to the rest of the study. It's broken down well and is easy to follow.

I printed out the study book, it's 22 pages but I kept the PDF on my computer easily accessible because there are some links that make it easier to find extra information. I could have just worked from the computer, but it was easier to carry around when it's printed.

Week One - The Scrooby Separatists

This was a great week for us. It covers Scrooby, England and Captain loved it! Mainly because we have been there! The last time we went to England we went there for an afternoon. It's a really little village near my husband's parents house. Literally a 10 mile drive. The kids thought it was fun that the stories we had been teaching them about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims started so close to Nana and Grandpa's house!


The week assignments contain some reading suggestions and a page with the history and geography related to the time being studied. We got the maps out and found it, of course finding Nana and Grandpa's house too. The week study went on to cover the pilgrims in the Netherlands. We have a friend that lived there for a while. I always find it good to tie in ways to talk about different countries. Captain thought it was interesting that the pilgrims thought they were becoming too Dutch. Since we are immigrants to the United States. He asked what we do to keep some of our British heritage. This lead to quite an interesting discussion. This week also focuses on the First Amendment. When we became citizens we had to study quite a lot about American government and how it works. It was a great reminder to review the importance of the First Amendment.

Week Two - The Voyage

This was a very interesting week too. We took the older two to Plymouth when they were little. It was fun looking at the pictures of our trip there. The kids tried really hard to remember their time exploring the Mayflower replica. The information included excerpts from William Bradford's journal. We were able to refresh their memories by watching a virtual tour of the replica by clicking on a link in the study guide. We also studied about The Mayflower Compact and why it is such an important document. It's amazing to think it was penned 150 years before the United States Constitution.

Week Three - At Home in Plymouth

This part of the study was all about the trials during the first winter in Plymouth. It talks about how they continued to live onboard the Mayflower during the winter of 1620-1621. Captain found it interesting that the Pilgrims started to work on their houses on December 25th. Of course we discussed how they didn't celebrate Christmas yet! This also talks about the Pilgrams making contact with the Native Americans. I love the Internet links throughout the study. It really helps and saves time for searching for related information.

Week Four - Happy Thanksgiving

This week's study contains a recipe that we will definitely be making. There is a link where you can watch and listen to Wampanoag and Pilgrims interact online. Again just an easy click away. Captain was amazed that Thanksgiving wasn't a national holiday until 1863!

Week Five -  The Puritans

I have looked ahead to this week. The kids can't wait to make popcorn and cranberry garlands!

Week Six - Merry Christmas

I have looked forward and read through this week. It focuses on the book 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. We love this book and read it every year! This week also includes a recipe for homemade wassail!

I am so excited to finish this study. It's fun to have every link readily available in the PDF file.

There are quite a few other studies being reviewed by members of the Homeschool Review Crew so you definitely need to check them out. I really want to check out Victoria and Her World.

Check out Homeschool Legacy on Facebook.

Once-a-Week Studies {Homeschool Legacy}

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. 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.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Kwik Stix - The Perfect Stocking Stuffer and giveaway

Have you ever wandered around the store looking for those perfect stocking stuffers for your kids. I have different ages of kids and so I love it when I can buy a variety of one thing that everyone loves!

I have raved about my love of Kwik Stixs  by The Pencil Grip Inc before but I have been recently using some amazing new varietys! Neons and Metalix. We love painting but I hate the paint mess that comes with regular paint! My kids love them and we have had some great fun with them but for this review I wanted to play with them.

I used a mixture of the sticks that I have and used a canvas. I wasn't sure how the canvas would work but I was thrilled with the result!


Now I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination but I love sunflowers and wanted to paint something fun and bright. The look these give on the canvas is really fun. Of course the biggest plus is that I did this with no mess, no bottle of water to blend colors, and no wet soggy paintbrushes. The colors can be used quickly after each other because they drive super fast. The inside of the sunflower was layered easily without having to wait. You can't quite see on this picture but I highlighted the sunflower and the sky with metalix gold and blue! When the light catches it is amazing. Boo has already claim this for her bedroom!

You used to just be able to buy these fun paints online, but TODAY they became available in Target and Target.com  This is huge and will make adding them to your Christmas list so easy. In fact I am going to get some in for birthday presents - the kids and parents would love them!

So now you have read how much I love these, you can have the chance to win some for your own! The Pencil Grip Inc are offering one reader the chance to win a six pack of Metalix Kwik Stixs and a 6 pack of regular Kwik Stixs. So make sure to enter below!






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Accountable2You Internet Accountability Plan - {HomeSchool Review Crew}


Accountability across all your devices {Accountable2You}

The Internet is a wonderful but scary thing! There is so much information to help us, but also so much we don't need to see. It's hard when you have children that are learning to negotiate through the World Wide Web! I recently signed up for the Family Plan from Accountable2You. We have been using it for a few weeks now and we really like it. They also offer a Group Plan, Individual Plan, and a Small Business Plan.

We have always tried to have some kind of Internet protection as our children each have their own laptops and my oldest two have smartphones. We have used software and apps that limit searches etc in the past but I was really interested in trying this new accountalility software for my older two children. My youngest still used our old program that really limits his online experience, as he is only eight I felt this was important. However, with my older two I thought the way this program works was really a really great way to give them more freedom.

Accountability across all your devices {Accountable2You}

When I received my email from the company. My oldest was the most excited. He has had a very childish program on his computer which really blocked his access quite a bit. However, I hadn't found a program for older kids that I like yet, so I made him keep it until I did. He brought me his laptop straight away and asked me to download the program. It was really simple to do, for the sake of the review we chose the strictess setting so that I would hopefully start getting alerts quite quickly.



 You can ask the program to send just email alerts or text alerts for 'high' threats. So this is what we did. After installing the program on Jam and Boo's computers I gave them login passwords for their laptops and explained that they were now accountable to me for any searches made when they are logged in. Since they have their own computers this was very easy to monitor. It would be a little more difficult if more than one person shared a computer. We did this with our spare computer in the office. It is used by everyone and is password protected (only my husband and I have the password). However, sometimes it seems to not switch off automatically so I wanted to know when it's used.

This can be used on smart phones too and I have downloaded it on to Jam's and Boo's cell phone too. You can set time limits which is a great  tway for me to feel good about letting my kids use their phones in their rooms as alarm clocks. My son once received a text after bedtime. He slept through it and it was a family member returning a text he had sent earlier. His face was pretty amused when I asked him what the person had texted him about the next morning, before he had even told me about it. I hadn't told him about this part of the program so it was a surprise.

I set myself up on their devices as their accountability partner and so far it has been working great. Jam was looking for the work around on a game he was playing and the word 'cheats' was in the search title. He found it amusing that I received a text alert because of the word 'cheat'.

My husband and I were talking about this program just a couple of days ago and we have decided to add this program to the computer that is hooked up to our TV. We don't have cable or other service but do watch shows via the computer from our subscription services. When we leave the house we have been trying to remember to lock this computer. However, with this accountability software we both feel comfortable downloading it onto this computer to monitor the usage. It keeps everyone accountable, which is great.

I have often told my children that you know the character of someone by the choice they make when they are alone. This program is an excellent resource for parents wanting to give their children more independence while still keeping an eye on them while they are vunerable,

It's easy to keep an eye on your devices -

Although you can set up the program to receive email and text results it is easy to go online too - The picture below shows the usage of our spare computer located in our piano room. However, the 0 questionable activity is for all our devices in a certain time period. You can choose what period of time for the report to cover -  24 hours, 7 days, or 15 days.


There are quite a few plans available. We were given 12 months access to the Family Plan and I really like it. Check out the other reviews from the Homeschool Review Crew to see how they used it, and which plan they used.

You can follow the company on social media - Facebook and You Tube


Accountability across all your devices {Accountable2You}
Crew Disclaimer

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. 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.” ©2011-2016 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Happy Halloween

Yesterday was so much fun I forgot to wish you all a Happy Halloween!

Do you like Groupons and Coupons - Now you can have BOTH!!!

I love  Groupon  I always check out their offers before paying for an activity with the kids. I have even got their link saved for the c...