Hillsong Kids – Can You Believe It DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!

Can you tell my kids were excited to check out this DVD? (Even Baby Bear! Ha!) We are a music loving family. My husband and I participate in our church’s praise band, so we are singing and playing music ALL the time. Worship is such a powerful way to connect with God, so I love that Hillsong has made music for our kids to worship with! This DVD is jam packed with some phenomenal songs that even the adults will enjoy. You’ll find “Can You Believe It” clips from Funny Man Dan, some select music videos, live in the studio clips and lyrical videos.

We’ve been using this DVD as a way to get some energy out. The kids love to dance, but they prefer dancing to videos… but we all know that YouTube has questionable ads sometimes, so I love that I can pop this DVD out and trust that the content is not only kid friendly but also showers my kids with the love of Jesus!

I’m even more excited that I get to share a copy with one of my readers! It’s easy to enter, just follow the instructions in the form below.

Hillsong Kids Can You Believe It DVD

 

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Chris Tomlin’s “Holy Roar” Album Review

One of my favorite things to review is MUSIC, we have some pretty amazing Christian artists right now. I’ve been pretty blown away by the lyrics and music that has come out lately and I feel like the Lord is really moving in a big way! Chris Tomlin does not disappoint with his new album, Holy Roar. The concept of Holy Roar is quoted as, “the freedom, the experience, the wonder of worship. It is seeing the church come together, hands lifted to God, pouring out our praise with an eternal song in our hearts. It’s every voice together, changing the way we worship.” I find that to be SO powerful.

Every song on this album is a powerful worship song that brings you closer to God as you sing, the lyrics and melodic music is exactly what you need for your time of worship. I imagine that we might end up singing some of these in my own church!

You can buy a copy of this album at most retail stores online, you can find out more HERE.

 

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Review

I think it’s pretty obvious, if you follow my blog, that I LOVE books. I’m always looking for new books to add to not only mine, but my children’s library as well. This illustrated bible was the perfect addition to our collection, the illustrations are beautiful and my kids love how the stories are told.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings over 40 of our favorite Bible stories to life with beautiful illustrations by Fernando Juarez. Doris Rikkers is the author and she has done a wonderful job bringing these stories to life. Every page is full of color and adorable depictions of each story.

My kids are thoroughly enjoying reading through this Bible with me, I’ve even been including it with our Bible curriculum for school!

Want to learn more and check out a free sampler? Head on over to Zondervan to do so!

I received a free copy of this book in return for a review, a positive review was not required. All opinions and statements are my own.

Our Kindergarten Curriculum – Bubby 2018

My sweet boy has been asking since about January when he would get to be a kindergartener. It doesn’t matter that grades aren’t really official or necessary for homeschooling, all he knew was that his best buddies at church were starting kindergarten this year and he wanted to be one too! Well big guy, you are in kindergarten!

Bubby is 5 years old, 6 in November and he is beyond excited. Is he excited about doing school work every day? Nope, definitely not. But when he is, he is on it and he has seriously amazed me. There are things we’ve worked on that I thought for sure would be hard and we’d have to review. That wasn’t the case, he’s actually flying through some of his work and I’m so proud of him.

So first up is our language arts curriculum. I’m also using The Good & the Beautiful for Bubby and we are starting with the PreK book first. My reasoning for this is that we needed to review some of our ABC’s before moving on to learning to read… he’s flying through it, but I’m glad to be doing so as there have been a few letters here and there he wasn’t sure about. This curriculum is a little advanced anyways, so once he finishes his PreK book we will move on to K Primer. I’m assuming we will spend the remainder of the year on it and move on to the K book in 1st grade. As I stated in Boogie’s post, she’s on Level 1 in second grade, which is what comes after Level K.

I am really loving this curriculum, there are lots of fun manipulatives and the flip book is so much fun to review letters. Bubby doesn’t always enjoy it because it can be repetitive, but I switch it up sometimes and have him utilize it in different ways and that helps a lot!

For Math we are using Math Lessons for a Living Education for Bubby as well. He’s in Level 1 and is really enjoying it so far. Right now we are reviewing shapes, recognizing and writing numbers 0-9 and counting. So we are moving fairly quickly through it right now, but I know that we will start hitting new concepts soon, so we will see how he does with that. I had debated trying the new Good and the Beautiful math, but for now I wanted to try this since Boogie had enjoyed it so much.

For handwriting we are continuing with Handwriting Without Tears, this curriculum is what Bubby’s occupational therapist used with him last year to help with his handwriting and penmanship. We really liked it so I purchased the next book as well as some of the manipulatives which I will link below. I really like the way you teach each letter with this curriculum, it’s especially great for kids like Bubby who need straightforward, no frills directions.

You can click on the image above to find the book we are using, we also are using the following manipulatives (these are not affiliate links as the prices are OUTRAGEOUS on Amazon):

That’s it for Bubby! He participates in History when he likes and we are using some science and bible curriculum together as well, but I will share those with you in a post about our family style curriculum. I’m very happy with the choices I made for Bubby this year, he seems to be enjoying everything and it’s short and sweet and to the point! All of this fits in Bubby’s tote – I can keep the Pre-K manipulatives in my own bucket as we use those with Bird as well.

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Christmas Around the World – Curriculum Review

One of the things I wanted to be sure to do with my kids when we decided to homeschool was to learn about how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas. I remember in public school learning about it and how much fun it was to try different foods, learn about different children and all the things they did for the holidays. It’s one of my favorite memories of school.

For geography we are using a curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler, we really like it and it does include a small section for Christmas but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Then I received this curriculum from Paradise Praises. This book is packed full of so many resources, worksheets, it’s awesome! Katie Hornor has done a phenomenal job of putting this curriculum together. It covers 29 countries and then at the very end has Christmas Carols from all over the world you can study. How fun is that? Music is a big part of our life, so I thought this was a very fun addition.

At the beginning of the book you’ll find your table of contents, this makes it easy to find which countries you want to study about. You’ll also find a section on how to use this book and how the lessons are laid out (which I’ll talk about in a minute). I also like that Katie has included extra resources, there’s an entire list in the book and includes the link where you can find them. This resource list includes printable passports, travel calendars, coloring pages, crafts, journals, maps, and more! (You can see the table of contents below with all the countries that are included.

As for the lessons in this book, each country has a section that talks about Christmas in that country. There are extra learning resources and recommendations on what you can incorporate for that particular country. For instance, for Italy she suggests a few books for extra reading, a coloring book and a travel guide. There’s also some recipes and coloring pages that you can check out as well! Also, for each country you will find book lists, coloring pages, journal entries for writing, notebook pages, and then each country has a different activity you can complete (i.e. word matches, crossword puzzles, etc – these all vary by age/skill level).

I highly recommend this book for your geography lessons, it’s a great addition to utilize near the holidays, or all year if you wish! I’m already planning how we are going to utilize this come November as we start preparing for the holidays. I’m excited to share some fun activities and recipes with the kids when we begin using this.

You can find more information about this curriculum and other resources that Katie Hornor offers HERE at Paradise Praises, or you can purchase this curriculum directly from Amazon HERE. (This is an affiliate link, I will receive a small profit from your purchase. All profit made on this blog goes directly back to Mustard Seed Mommy.)

 

I received a free copy of this curriculum and received compensation for my review, however all opinions and statements are my own. A positive review was not required.