I Love To Tell The Story ~ hymn

I Love to Tell the Story

Sometimes, we focus on over-seas missions when we talk about sharing the gospel. In fact, I would almost say that is the majority of the talk about sharing God’s Good News. That is one reason that the fourth verse of this hymn really catches my attention.

verse 4 – I love to tell the story
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thisting
To hear it like the rest.

The service I do within my church family is necessary and perhaps is reaching some of those who are hungering and thirsting to hear the story. It is easy to feel like you aren’t doing your part when you hear so much about reaching out beyond your little circle and touching those who are outside of it. But sometimes – many times, I venture to propose – those who need to hear the Good News are those brothers and sisters sitting around us in worship. Or perhaps those brothers and sisters who have avoided worship for one reason or another.

Today, as you worship with your church family, reach out to just one who needs a hug or a smile. That little act of service might just be what that person needs to see the love of God.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Hear it at In Search of the Lord’s Way by clicking on the play button by the title of the song, which is listed in alphabetical order.

I Love to Tell The Story

lyrics: Catherine Hankey (1866)
music: William G. Fischer (1869)

I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.

Refrain:
I love to tell the story,
’Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story
  of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story;
More wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies
Of all my golden dreams,
I love to tell the story,
It did so much for me;
And that is just the reason
I tell it now to thee. Refrain

I love to tell the story;
’Tis pleasant to repeat
What seems each time I tell it,
More wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story;
For some have never heard
The message of salvation
From God’s own holy Word. Refrain

I love to tell the story;
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story,
That I have loved so long. Refrain

Advertisements

Z – Middle School Book ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

Z

We are at the last letter for this round of ABC Blogging or Blogging Through the Alphabet (whichever you prefer to think of it as).

Z

Oh, this one was actually kind of easy to find a book for.

Zlatas diary

Zlata’s Diary: a child’s life in Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic
introduction by Janine Di Giovanni
translated  with notes by Christina Pribichevich-Zoric

I have tried to persuade my girls to read this one and have not yet succeeded. I may end up assigning it just to get them to take a chance on it.

This is a true diary, along the lines of Anne Frank. Zlata is 13 at the start of the diary, right before Sarajevo was blockaded and war broke out in 1991. Zlata’s family were not poor but money did nothing for them when there was nothing to be had. These are the thoughts that fill the head of a young girl who should be running around, visiting friends, and having fun, yet cannot leave the “safe room” in the building for fear of the shelling and shooting. As the war continues, thing deteriorate further and Mimmy (the name of the diary) is a friend when no others are there. Zlata is able to be evacuated safely a couple years into the war and so her story – and the story of so many other children trapped in war zones – is able to be heard. It is a tremendous read, full of life and emotion.

I will take a couple weeks break from the ABC series but will be back when the new round starts.

Blessings,
At Home.

blogging-through-the-alphabet-300x300

The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

My previous posts in the series:

A – All-of-a-Kind Family and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
B – Ballet Shoes and A Bear Called Paddington
C – Counting by 7s and Cheaper By The Dozen
D – Door In The Wall & D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
E – The Endless Steppe & Ella Enchanted
F – Family Tree & Fog Magic
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales
U – Under the Lilacs
V – Valkyrie & Voyage on the Titanic
W – War That Saved My Life & Wonderful Wizard of Oz
X – Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Betty Before X
Y – A Year Down Yonder
Z – Zlata’s Diary

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology ~ a Crew review

We have been using Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
in the past month or so. This is another very good science program from Apologia and we are pleased to review it.

Written by Jeannie K. Fulbright and Brooke Ryan, M.D., this program is a great and easy program to use. I was impressed that Mrs. Fulbright ensured that her information was accurate by having a co-author that was an M.D.

Apologia-Anatomy-Family

We received:

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD

reading text

Let’s start with the text. Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text is a hardback text. It is full color textbook and is not too heavy. The pages are sturdy without being too stiff to easily turn. The print is of a good size and is easily read by these “old eyes” of mine. The text is written to the student so it is not difficult for an elementary aged student to understand. It is intended for the student to be reading the text, allowing them to more engaged.

The text is broken up periodically by some blue lettering that is a time for the student to review what was just covered. Whether it be a narration assignment or a written one, it is intended that the student take just a few short minutes to help cement the information better in their understanding. This allows the student to improve their ability to clearly and effectively learn to communicate their learning.

skeletal system activity

Throughout the chapter, you will also come across Try This! These are hands-on activities that go with the reading just finished and allow for the student to participate in the scientific method. For example, when we had read about the purpose of bones, there was a Try This! activity that had the student make a clay figure and try to stand it up. edible cellsThen they added toothpicks in place of some of the bones and tried to stand it up again. This time, with “bones” in place, the figure stood. What a great visual and hands-on activity that shows exactly how bones and the skeletal system benefit the body. The number of activities vary in each chapter and the types of materials needed will vary as well. Some only need things from around the house (such as a tape measure for comparing arm span to height) and others will need quite a few things that you might not have sitting around (such as lemon jello and lots of different candies to make an edible cell). These hands-on activities are what take this program from another good text to one that is over-the-top fantastic.

Each chapter closes with a What Do You Remember? section of questions. These are questions designed to jog the student’s memory and help them recall information. There are answers to these in the back of the book. There is a reminder of the notebooking activities to go along with the chapter or suggestions of some to do if you prefer to make your own notebook. There is also a Personal Person Project. This project is pretty cool. It has the student make their own person shape and overlays to show each of the systems that are studied in the text. The Notebooking Journal has the pieces for this project with the plastic overlays printed in color to glue down on top of the person’s shape. We decided we wanted to be able to see single systems and also to overlay several at once so Miss J created a little pocket on the page next to the person and will leave her different systems pieces there.  

The Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD that is available has been very interesting. It is read by the author so it has purpose and inflection and understanding that a “hired” reader just would not accomplish. Mrs. Fulbright’s voice is calm and pleasant. It is a pleasure to listen to her. This audio book includes the entire text of the course. The CD is best used with the student listening while viewing the text and following along. Mrs. Fulbright explains this early on the CD. It is helpful for most students who are using the audio to also have the visual to reinforce what is being talked about. Also, there are times when Mrs. Fulbright refers to diagrams and images in the text. If the student does not have those to view, the understanding will be hampered.

image of controller for audio book

image of control for CD on the computer

The audio CD would be of great benefit to a student that struggles with reading and comprehension, especially of scientific texts with so many new words and pronunciations. This would be of benefit to a student who is an auditory learner, as well. I can also see this being useful to a visual learner because the student is following along while someone else is reading. Thus, they are getting the visual while not having to struggle with pronunciations. We have had audio books for texts before and they were dry and boring. This is nothing like that. If you have a struggling reader, this might be just the thing.

Note that this is an MP3CD, not a regular CD. It must be played in an MP3CD-compatible CD player or on a computer.

We received two notebooking journals to go along with the study

Generally speaking, the regular journal has more writing than the junior one does and the lines are printed differently. For the junior notebooking journal, there is generally the three-line formation for the student to write on. Not always but for a number of the activities. The junior notebook also has coloring pages for each chapter while the regular notebook does not. Both journals are spiral bound and designed to complement but not replace the text; you must have the text but the journals will provide additional practice with the information.

Each chapter in the text has a corresponding section in the notebooking journals. The beginning of the chapter section in the journals is generally fairly open for the student to write about what was learned or better understood in that chapter. This space also includes boxes for the student to illustrate things of interest or worth remembering. Following this, there are different activities. There are scripture copywork passages that enhance the chapter and each one is generally in both print and cursive so that you can choose which style is best for your learner. The copywork is longer in the regular notebooking journal than it is in the junior notebooking journal. There are sometimes fill in the blanks or perhaps a crossword puzzle. There are matching activities and vocabulary work. There are also miniature books that are pulled out from the back of the notebooking journal, completed, and then placed with the chapter. You will also find project pages, more to explore suggestions, and field trip sheets. There are a lot of different ways to track and reinforce the learning.

working in junior notebooking journal

Each of the notebooking journals have a lot of activities for each chapter. It is definitely a place where you can complete them all but it may not be best for you to do so. I have one daughter who does everything in the regular notebooking journal. My youngest daughter is working in the junior notebooking journal and she does not do everything. It really depends on your student and how they learn.

The front of the notebooking journals is where you will find a suggested schedule for the anatomy and physiology program. Their suggested pace is two lessons per week. At this rate and following their schedule of activities, it will take 28 weeks to complete the program. Each lesson takes approximately 4 days/2 weeks to cover. It is restated here that you do not need to feel compelled to complete every activity. Pick and choose those best suited to your learners.

We have found that the junior notebooking journal actually has more learning for the anatomy and physiology course. If I were going to be purchasing this for my middle school student and my elementary student, I would purchase them both the junior notebooking. Below you can see a comparison of the same “pages” of learning in the two journals.

notebooking journals comparison

We used this two different ways. My 9 year old used it approximately 4 days per week, because we found early on that two days a week was taking too long for my daughter’s attention span. We did every single one of the Try It! activities, mostly as we came to them. Sometimes they had to wait for a different day or until the end of the reading. We read the text together and she did the blue review sections out loud. After doing our planned reading for the day, she would open up her junior notebooking journal and complete her activities in it. We prefer to do a little bit every day so this worked well for us and allowed us some flexibility in our plans. We broke up the schedule that was printed in the notebooking journals into two each and it has worked well. It provides a good bit of reading and activity, without overwhelming, and takes between 30 minutes and an hour. If it weren’t broken up, I think that 1 -2 hours of science work would be too much for my 9 year old.

mummification of apple slices

My 11 year old has been using it, also, though with the regular notebooking journal. She knows that she has to do everything on the week by the end of the week and is a very independent learner. She has generally done her reading all at once and then done the activities and the notebooking journal over the next 3 days. It has worked well for her since she prefers to get up and get her work done early on in the day. If your child is self-directed and an independent learner, this format works well.

We have enjoyed every Apologia review we have been blessed to participate in and we tend to fully complete them. If you would like to read about other product from Apologia that we have used, please visit the following posts –

Exploring Creation with Astronomy
Field Trip Journal
Writers In Residence
Ultimate Homeschool Planner
iWitness books
Flourish
What On Earth Can I Do?

Blessings,
At Home.

Please check out additional reviews and how other families used this program by clicking on the Homeschool Review Crew banner below.

2-Click-Here-to-Read-More-Reviews-2016Facebook:  www.facebook.com/apologiaworld    Tag:   @apologiaworld

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/apologiaworld      Tag:   @apologiaworld

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/apologia/            Tag:   @apologia

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/apologiaworld            Tag:   @apologiaworld

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/105053356034237782125

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/apologiaworld

3-Crew-Disclaimer-2016 

Where The Fire Falls ~ book review

So, this is the final book I get to review for Blogging For Books as they have closed. Still, I want to share this interesting book with you.

Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 7.24.48 PM

Where The Fire Falls is by author Karen Barnett. I reviewed another one of her Vintage National Parks Novels a while back (it was on Rainier National Park). These are fun, easy to read, adventure novels that are set in the national parks back in the early days of the parks.

Where The Fire Falls takes place in Yosemite National Park. Olivia Rutherford is an artist – a watercolor artist, specifically. She is sought after and has gallery showings that feature her and her alone. She is making it in the art world, though we get peeks into cracks in her persona pretty early on. She is trying hard to live “The Life.” But her background will always be a part of her, whether she wants it to be or not.

Her agent sends her into Yosemite National Park with clients to create a series of paintings that feature the park for a lucrative contract. While there, she has to not only create the paintings that are part of the contract AND some paintings for the accompanying clients, she has to face a part of her past that she thought was dead and buried.

Clark Johnson is a park ranger that intends to have as little as possible with the people who visit the park. He wants to do what he can to keep it safe and protect the back country, which he is most familiar with. Instead, because of his familiarity with the back country, he is assigned to accompany Olivia and the other guests. In the process of trying to lure them into the actual back country and away from the main tourists, romance blossoms among the avant-garde artist and the rugged back country guide.

But Olivia’s past is not as dead and buried as she thought. Before she has time to get her contract fulfilled, someone inserts themselves into her adventure and risks become greater by the moment.

This Vintage National Parks novel is interesting and fun. There is plenty to help the reader learn a bit about the park while still providing a bit of romance. The adventure is strong and keeps the reader going.

Blessings,
At Home.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Making Edible Cells

edible cells

We have been working on a review for Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology. One the appeals of this curriculum is the hands-on learning that is built right into the curriculum.

Recently, we made an edible cell. Cells are the first lesson in anatomy and physiology and this really helped the girls see what all is part of these tiny little building blocks that we cannot see with our eyes.

Using jello as the cytoplasm and various candies to be the different parts of the cells, the girls created an edible cell. After we reviewed what each of the parts was and its job in the cell, the girls ate the cells. I thought they looked too, um, interesting to eat. They, however, thought the candy and jello looked too yummy to not eat. Edible cells, it is then.

This is a don’t miss activity with this curriculum. If you buy the pre-assembled kit that includes everything you need for the hands-on activities, you are good to go and can just open the packet for this lesson. You’ll have the jello and candy you need. It included almost enough to make two complete cells. We had to rummage around the kitchen to find a few bits of candy for a few of the things but overall, it was a simple and fun (and evidently yummy) activity with that pre-assembled kit.

Blessings,
At Home.

Watch for the review coming in just a couple of weeks with the Homeschool Review Crew.

Y – Middle School Books ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

Y

Y-titled books are not easy either. This is a book that I just adored from an author that is just tons of fun to read.

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

This story takes place at Grandma Dowdel’s once again. Due to the hardships of the Great Depression, Mary Alice goes to live with Grandma. The year provides a tons of activity and laughter. From turning the tables on the local bullies to doing good while no one is looking to making every season one to find hilarity in, Grandma gives Mary Alice an education she’d never get in Chicago. It turns out to be a wonderful year full of the kinds of memories we all wish our children would be blessed with.

As always, I definitely recommend Richard Peck as an author. I have yet to read anything that I wouldn’t share with my girls, though I keep finding new ones, so I obviously have not read all that he has written.

Got any Y-titled books that you adore? Please share their titles with me in the comments.

Blessings,
At Home.

blogging-through-the-alphabet-300x300

The ABC linkup is hosted by Hopkins HomeschoolDoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life and Biblical Womanhood.

My previous posts in the series:

A – All-of-a-Kind Family and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
B – Ballet Shoes and A Bear Called Paddington
C – Counting by 7s and Cheaper By The Dozen
D – Door In The Wall & D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
E – The Endless Steppe & Ella Enchanted
F – Family Tree & Fog Magic
G – Great Turkey Walk & The Great Brain
H – Half Magic & Horse Diaries
I – Indian in the Cupboard & Island of the Blue Dolphins
J – Journey to America & Julie: An American Girl – 1974
K – Kite Fighters & Key to the Extraordinary
L – Little Women & Long Way From Chicago
M – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mistakes That Worked
N – North Child & Number the Stars
O – One and Only Ivan & Our Only May Amelia
P – Pollyanna & Prism of Wings
Q – Quanah Parker & Quake!
R – Robin Hood & Rilla of Ingleside
S – Sisters Grimm & Singer of All Songs
T – Thick as Thieves & Twinkle Tales
U – Under the Lilacs
V – Valkyrie & Voyage on the Titanic
W – War That Saved My Life & Wonderful Wizard of Oz
X – Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters & Betty Before X

Princess Cut ~ a Crew review

Princess Cut movie

Once in a while we get a simple review to promote with the Crew. Princess Cut , a movie from Watchman Pictures, is one of those. Yet it is much more than just a movie.

Princess Cut is a family-friendly movie that promotes relationship and God’s plan for love and marriage. Grace is a young woman who has been struggling with love. She has been hurt and characterizes her heart as having been “passed around like a football.” She has begun to feel that God does not want her to find love and happiness.

In the midst of these struggles, Grace knows who she is and what her parents and God expect of her. But she struggles with that and finds that when she is not honest, it is very hurtful. After yet another hurt, Grace turns to her parents to guide her more directly. Her dad tells her that perhaps their priorities have been wrong and they have been trying to reap a harvest before planting the seed. This illustration is perfect since the family grows and harvests soybeans for a living.

When Grace decides to focus on getting her own life right and building up the family relationships she has, God brings a neighbor into her family’s lives. Clint becomes one the family trusts and cares for. Their friendships grow and Clint approaches Grace’s father and mother to ask their permission to pursue more of a relationship with Grace.

Through a friendship approach to getting to know each other more, Grace and Clint come to care deeply for each other. When someone from Clint’s past shows up, things become complicated. When it looks like Grace is about to be hurt yet again, her mother and father guide her well. The ending of the movie brings things pretty well full circle and we end with a smile on our faces and a warm feeling in our hearts.

waiting on God's timing for true love

What I thought:

I really enjoyed the movie. It is a make-you-feel-good kind of movie. There is much in this movie that is fairly true to life, especially when young women look around and see so much “love” and “romance” happening around them. It is easy to have your focus swayed away from God’s will for your life. The themes of this movie bring us back to God and allowing Him to move in your life, bringing about the love and faithfulness in His plan.

The theme of this movie is “True love is worth waiting for.” I like that but it needs a bit more since this phrase is often directed towards the physical parts of a relationship. The movie’s theme is more – true love is worth waiting on God’s timing for. Grace is urged and guided by her parents to wait for God to direct her path and in doing so, she finds a man who will walk beside her the way God designed marriage. That is a beautiful picture.

My girls really enjoyed the movie. Miss E has watched it more than once, also wanting to share it with her friends. I appreciate the quality of the movie and the focus on God’s will in Grace’s life. I also really appreciate that Grace turns to her parents for guidance. These are good models for the girls as they approach and move further into their teen years.

We had some really good discussions about love and friendship and relationships in watching this movie. The girls had a few questions and the movie provided a framework to look at some ideas through. My youngest asked questions about why the boy was mad that Grace did not feel he was the right person for her to date. My oldest had some deeper questions about how to follow God if someone is not a Christian. Lots of good discussions can come out of this.

There is a scene that I want to warn you about because it is unexpected and my youngest would hide her eyes. Towards the end, there is a scene in the barn where the jilted man decides to attack someone with a shovel. There is no contact and everyone is safe in the end but it could be scary for a younger viewer.

The extras will provide some hooting laughter, too. My girls have watched, over and over, the extended versions of the men who came to the door to answer the want ad in the movie. These are hilarious and lots of fun. These are the types of things that help a movie become a family favorite and I think Princess Cut is going to make that cut.

Overall, we were very pleased with the quality of the movie – from the themes to the real-to-life family scenes (big sister/little brother – bet you can imagine!) – we would not have a problem recommending this movie to others.

Blessings,
At Home.

Want to read other families’ reviews? I know I always appreciate multiple viewpoints when trying to decide whether to show a movie to my girls. Head over to the Homeschool Review Crew blog and pick a few of the other reviews to read.

2-Click-Here-to-Read-More-Reviews-2016

3-Crew-Disclaimer-2016

 

%d bloggers like this: