Happy Harvest Day – Pumpkin Patch fun from the Farm

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We had an amazing time as we do every year heading out to the local apple orchard and pumpkin patch!  The biggest advantage to this is the boys can play for hours in their play area! Look at that huge trampoline 🙂

Alrighty – stay tuned to see what we do with those amazing apples!

Amanda

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A Science We LOVE for homeschooling – Christian Kids Explore series

So, we’ve been using the Book Series Christian Kids Explore for over 9 years in our local homeschool cooperative.  We do the 4 books in the cycle 🙂

Christian Kids Explore Biology

Christian Kids Explore chemistry

Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space

Christian Kids Explore Physics

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Well ~ the deal is, the content is easy to use for a big family.

It covers multigrades and you can expand it!  If you have littles, add some fun readers in the same topics 🙂   The Biology is probably the easiest, so if you have the younger ages – (grades 2-6) start there! The Physics is the hardest, think my edition is labeled grades 4-8.  You can really easily help kiddos on either end get a great exposure!

It is awesome hands on 🙂   (this is the inner core, outer core, mantles and crust!)

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(plate tectonics!)

If you love homeschooling and hands on application of Science, consider this great series!

a review: Galapagos Islands ~ A Different View

I’ve long been a fan of Master Books and the amazing works that they publish.  Over the next several months, I plan to share how I’ve used their books in schooling – going back for over the last 6-7 years, especially for high school.

I have this love of Creation Science, I think it all comes back to my love for God and His creation and my want of materials that can help us be prepared to defend God’s word!   I believe that the Word of God is true and I am thankful for resources that help teach this to our children.

Last summer I got asked by a friend if I would be interested in helping at the Master Books table at the NICHE  Homeschool convention and I jumped at the chance.  What an opportunity!  After getting home, I was asked to come aboard the Moms of Master Books Review Team!

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Of course I said yes!  An opportunity to review new material from some of my favorite people AND share it with my friends!  (materials for the reviews are provided by Master Books!)

Don’t worry I’ll be bluntly honest about whether something works for my family or not!

This month we received the book Galapagos Islands ~ A Different View, it is edited by Georgia Purdom and has many different contributors.

Galapagos IslandsThe Beauty of this book starts with the cover. The amazing pictures that are used to teach are used throughout the book, drawing people into the science and beauty that is the Galapagos Islands.

The book was appropriate for middle school and higher but the written material is challenging.  The pictures drew in my elementary students and we had great conversations.  We were familiar with many of the concepts thanks to our field trip to the Creation Museum but some of the kids didn’t remember as much so the pictures really brought up an opportunity to revisit those concepts.   The best example of this was the Finches and the Tortoises.

The book is not just beautiful (which it definitely is) it is primarily scientific. This is where its true beauty comes in, this book gives a defense of the young earth creationist perspective using the SAME place that Darwin once used!   It covered the topics of geography, climate, the volcanic activity, the animal  and the plant life on the island from an in-depth perspective offering both the evolutionary and the Christian young earth answer.  It also adds some personal experiences of people being at the Islands and what it meant to them from a biblical worldview. What an encouragement!

If I ever had the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands, I would jump on the opportunity  – and this book would go with me!  It might not be a book we use frequently  in our homeschool but if you are covering Creation or Darwin, this is definitely a book I’d want on our shelf!

Check out this video from New Leaf Publishing to get a glimpse yourself!

You can also see what others think about the book here

Blessings!

Amanda