Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. A theology primer for children... Several years ago, I was introducedto the writing of Marty Machowski thr Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. A theology primer for children... Several years ago, I was introduced to the writing of Marty Machowski through The Gospel Story Bible. The illustrations were a bit loud for my taste, but the writing and the scripture coming across was solid and good for sharing with my children (who do appreciate the wild drawings). Then in the last year I discovered Long Story Short (a devotional) on Kindle. I'm hoping that one day I will also find Old Story New go on sale there as well. Now when I saw that a new book, The Ology was coming out I had to jump for an opportunity to review it. I'm so blessed that I am able.
Little background, c'est moi. One of my degrees is a bachelor of arts in religious studies. Thus, I have read a lot and I definitely want my children to read something that can explain what others believe so they can build upon it. In our homeschool journey, I have looked at materials, but most worldview curricula start for older children than my own. It seems at this stage the best you can do is read a story-book Bible and discuss it. I grew up in the United Methodist Church. The Enginerd grew up a combination of Presbyterian and LCMS Lutheran. As a married couple, we've been members of both a WELS Lutheran and United Methodist Church with our own Catholic leanings. Last year we did use Seton Religion 1 and loved it, but the program ended up being too expensive to continue and we didn't love the rest of the enrollment program and decided to go a different diploma route. Now we are in a Bible class of sorts, but it is purely Bible history and not so much prayer, and self-action, as one might find in a catechism. Also, we haven't turned to just a catechism as they tend to be too dry for the littles. So now what? Well! that's where The Ology comes into play!
If you're going to be a parent who sits and reads to your children anyway, why not sit and read a bit of theology to give them something to build upon. Through this book, anyone can learn the basics of a Christian theology. The illustrations in this book are lovely, but beyond that Marty also uses word-pictures that help to truly make the story visual for kids to get an understanding of theology. Who said, "you're too young for theology"? That's not the case anymore. As a parent, you might have had to scrap together a curriculum before but building on The Ology the hard work and children aligned speech is already set up for you!
Theology of God. Theology of People. Theology of Sin. Theology of the Promise and the Law. Theology of Christ. Theology of the Holy Spirit. Theology of Adoption into God's Family. Theology of Change. Theology of the Church. Theology of the End Times. Theology of God's Word. As The Ology is designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource incorporates many built-in arrangements for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together. Read The Ology to preschoolers, read it with grade-school kids, and let older kids explore the “hidden” truths by reading the analogous Scripture passages for each section. No matter however you read it, The Ology will grant your children a gift that will endure a lifetime—a solid foundation to build upon of life-changing Biblical accuracy that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them.
A beginner’s book of systematic theology in the form of a beautifully illustrated story-book
Clearly explains life-changing theological truths with everyday examples and simple language that kids can understand
Takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies
Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, with built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together.
Perhaps one of my favorite things is that this is not a read once-and-done-book. Yes, you can take your time going through it introducing and teaching your children these theological concepts within the systematic theology which Marty has laid out. But there is more... You can go back through it again and turn it wholly into a Bible study. Each image within the book has a handful of scripture references added to the image, which add to the lessons being taught. This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama....more
My second-grade daughter and I have been working on her Elections Lap-Pak (lapbook and activities - review forthcoming) from Homeschool in the Woods. While she worked, cutting out materials and putting together our current lapbook section, I read aloud from a few picture books including the Michelle Markel's Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls are Born to Lead. I already knew that I enjoyed Michelle Markel's writing in picture books for female historical characters, as another book in our stack is Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909.
While I am not a political blogger.... This is an interesting and informative biographical book on the person of Hillary Clinton, regardless of my political opinions in contrast to her policy standings. As the 2016 elections are in the near future, this is an appropriate time for a picture book of a female candidate such as Hillary Clinton, as she recently announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America.
Hillary has made history again and again—running for president, managing diplomacy and worldwide international relations as secretary of state, leading the country as First Lady, and more. Smart, strong, and an incredibly hard worker, Hillary Clinton is a inspiration for young girls everywhere.
Books set in an urban setting are always intriguing to me. Growing up in suburbia and rural areas I have no real knowledge about what it would be like to grow up in a city other than what I've read in books and seen on cartoons and movies on TV, thus I'm always intrigued to experience such stories and now to share them with my own children. Girl & Gorilla Out and About is a fun story about two friends on their way to play at the park, but it seems to be taking so long to walk there and in an attempt to pass the time they come up with all sorts of traveling games. But the fun part is that do not seem to realize they are doing so and they entertain themselves on the way there and while they're there and then it seems to start again on their way back home. This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama....more
Throughout the last few years as I've learned more and more about the various options of homeschool companies I have often had my eye on products from The Critical Thinking Co. ~ (http://www.CriticalThinking.com/) and placing many things on my wishlist. Through the TOS Crew I was blessed with an opportunity to check out one of their newest products in the physical book Fun-Time Phonics! (Gr. PreK-2). We were all very excited and the intent was to refresh with AppleBlossom (age 6) and start the basics with OrangeBlossom (age 4). We spent time in the book about 3-4 times per week. Fun-Time Phonics! is an 8x11" non-consumable full-color 320-page book. It not like any other phonics book that we have been exposed to and was a different experience. I love how I can look down and find the book easily in my bag as even the edges of the pages are a pale blue that make the book stand out very obviously. :)
Based on research from the National Reading Commission, Fun-Time Phonics! is a program designed to focus on vowel patterns and isolating vowel sounds. While it would be easy to make this multi-sensory by adding in writing, my girls worked with me and this program solely as read aloud and point and so on as necessary. The lessons are broken down into building sections including the following topics:
beginning and ending sounds rhyming* putting sounds together short vowel sounds
Alphabetics (longest section)
short vowel letters consonants and co-articulation
Beginning to Read
Words I Can Read*
For us, coming into this curriculum from one where we were labeling the phonetic markers it was an extremely different feeling and my opinion is that it just was not enough for us. We need a little, more. It is simple, it is no-prep, and it will guide you toward CVS (consonant-vowel-consonant) reading. However, it was not exciting for my budding reader and my non-reader found it frustrating. I think that this is a great supplement to a phonics program, but I do not fully trust it as a stand alone program. But let's not throw out that bath-water quite yet! It spirals, and reinforces and teaches things in an advanced fashion.
*I found that the section of rhyming is really useful and incredible for my children to learn with. This is something that both my girls needed a little more work to fully grasp and in my experience not all phonics programs cover rhyming. I was glad to see this one did. Also the Words I Can Read section was a good review and assessment for AppleBlossom as well.
Instead of where most phonics programs might have a child choose between words that were completely different, Fun-Time Phonics! actually uses words that are a bit easy to confuse if you do not fully grasp the concept. At first I thought this was too difficult, but then I realized that it is advanced and I quite like challenging my children. It is my understanding that this book is part one and that perhaps the series will be continued. I do not have any information on future books at this point, but I do find that to be hopeful as it is not quite a full program in my opinion with this one book.
I apologize, I couldn't seem to take very clear pictures today. There were some things that confused me from the standpoint of my previous experiences with phonics. Instead of it being the sound, it was more along the lines of the letter that we were pointing out. This took me aback, but for my beginning reader that has limited experience I felt that it was a neat way to go about things. As you see in the image above, /oh/ /n/ is meant to be the word on. Perhaps it is my locale, but we say /uh/ /n/ or more /ah/ /n/ rather than /oh/ /n/. Maybe if we were more properly anglicized?
Again in this image above, see /sh/ /oh/ /p/. I would read this in another program more as /sh/ /ah/ /p/. Perhaps it is the same issue, but when we've as a teacher I have previously been taught as the letter o having multiple sounds, it was different to only see it represented as /oh/ in what I came across in the book so far. From a spelling context of picking out the right letter, I can see the merit. And as I said, perhaps I have a misguided understanding of phonics. We're all in the beginning stages here.
Usually, I'm not a fan of materials that use clip art for illustrations. However, I found the images chosen for Fun-Time Phonics! are clear and attractive. All in all, I can see the financial value that is in this quality book. I think in the end it might make a good series and then be a full program. It is different from what we're used to, but it might actually be the better way to teach my more outgoing child. It is challenging for her and right now frustrating, but at the same time. She is looking at words and images with a more discerning mind than before! - and is that not progress?!
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Amazing! Wonderful! I love this 'big sister' book and I've read quite a few. This is my favorite. The simpl Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Amazing! Wonderful! I love this 'big sister' book and I've read quite a few. This is my favorite. The simple Peter H. Reynolds illustrations are delightful as per usual. Rhyming text from Amy Krouse Rosenthal is enlightening and covers more than just the initial excitement and then chaos. Every big sister should get this book!
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Now from my youth, there was no science if it wasn't enriched by the Magic School Bus! Now, there are non-f Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Now from my youth, there was no science if it wasn't enriched by the Magic School Bus! Now, there are non-fiction readers to go along!! I've bought every one I've found as they've been published. In the same fun format, but with much much more scientific reference details for your little learners.
Nursery Rhymes, Folk & Fairy Tales, Favorite Fables, Stories & Poems, and Things to Know.
Once UponReview in progress... ---------------------
Nursery Rhymes, Folk & Fairy Tales, Favorite Fables, Stories & Poems, and Things to Know.
Once Upon a Time is the first book in the Childcraft Encyclopedia series as of 1988. In 1984 the first book was 'Poems and Rhymes'. In between these releases, the information was re-sequenced. The material within 'Once Upon a Time', 'Time to Read', and 'Stories and Poems' of the 1988 editions comes mainly from the 1984 editions first two titles of 'Poems and Rhymes' and 'Stories and Fables'. The third book 'Children Everywhere' does not have an equal in the 1988 edition set.
The inside front says 0716601885, however this may be an ISBN for the entire 1988, 15-book set.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Transportation / General Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 40 Jacketed Hardcover 11x9" Date Published: September 2014 Publisher:Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Transportation / General Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 40 Jacketed Hardcover 11x9" Date Published: September 2014 Publisher: Balzer + Bray
What a fun title to read for Fire Prevention Safety Week! This is a firetruck with personality, that's for certain. Lots of descriptions too. Interactive text and pages will keep readers entertained and sure to come back for more. Lots of things I wouldn't even know! but it will be sure fun to learn. This is an energetic story that explains a lot. With colorful words and excited fonts that share about a very brave truck.
I'm Brave! is the first collaboration I've experienced from Kate and Jim McMullan, but it was delightful and I'd love to get my hands on their others.
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This is a good introduction for kids that are not familiar with visiting the doctor. From kids that are scared of the unknown, seeing the rooms of the doctor's office, the step by step procedure, to a sticker finish.
This board book is new to me, and I look forward to reading it. It was a recommendation in the Memoria Press Level B Curriculum package (ages 3-4). WeThis board book is new to me, and I look forward to reading it. It was a recommendation in the Memoria Press Level B Curriculum package (ages 3-4). We also happen to own some other editions, abridged and non. And even then I confess to still wanting the Tasha Tudor illustrated version.
Only one typo, a missing end quotes after "I feel really really terrible."
This was fun and quirky and absolutely appropriate for our story before napOnly one typo, a missing end quotes after "I feel really really terrible."
This was fun and quirky and absolutely appropriate for our story before naptime today with my girls (almost five and three years old, as of this summer). As a parent that has experienced that horror movie soundtrack in the back of my mind when my youngest daughter runs into the room with full on squealing with glee "Look what [AppleBlossom] did, she gave me a haircut!" I know how 'that' particular surprise feels and the mix of horror and adoration of cuteness... (In the most recent particular incident she actually cut a few side bangs for both of them, and it actually looks pretty good and stylish, however I left that comment for just the Enginerd's ears and my stern face greeted the girls.)
Sadie and Eva are adorable and their experience is another great reminder for the girls of what NOT to do (including climbing in the tub, standing on the toilet, and opening mama's cabinet!) and a good conversation and discussion starter on what they should do with their opinions. (If you think her hair is causing a problem, such as brushing the potty when she sits, tell us! And we can discuss real options as a family.)
I'm delighted with the cuteness of this book and do agree that it is in the same vein as Fancy Nancy sibling love. I definitely think fans will agree. Sadie and Eva are fun and I wouldn't mind more if their adventures.
As of now I haven't heard the original NPR radio-telling of the story, but I plan to look it up soon.