Thursday, October 30, 2014

SchoolHouse Review ~ Clued in Kids!

We love a good scavenger hunt around here! I usually make up scavenger hunts a few times a year. I have been known to have scavenger hunts for the kids for Christmas, 4th of July parties, birthdays...just to name a few. The kids will make up hunts for each other too! Who am I kidding, I have even made them for my husband. Its just what we do. Recently, we started GeoCatching and kind of fell in love with that.

Clued In KidsReview

Typically, I will make up the clues myself. If I am not feeling very creative, I will scour the Internet for ideas. So when I heard about Clued in Kids and the premade treasure hunts that they provide I was pretty excited.

I was given two different treasure hunts to review:

~ Multiplication Dragons: This was actually a set of FIVE different hunts. It is intended for kids ages 7 and up. Any child that loves treasure hunts and could use a little refreshing on their multiplication facts would benefit from this one. It covers 2's-6's. It comes as a digital product. All set is sold for $19.99.

~ Baseball Hunt: This is one hunt. It has a total of 12 baseball themed clues. The clues are centered around baseball but there are some math questions, riddles and mazes included! This hunt is intended for ages 4 and up. The math questions may be a little difficult for younger kids but with the help of older siblings it would work perfect. It sells for $5.99. It is also a digital product.

These hunts were created by a beautiful woman with a heart touching story. She had a lifelong dream to start a company making treasure hunts since she was a child. Her dream came true after some very difficult times in her life. Her story will make you love the product even more.

Both of the hunts that I received were digital products. I received an email with the link. Printed out the clues. Then the fun began! They also offer a handful of physical products as well. It is recommended to use the hunts with 1 -10 children. My kids loved doing the hunts together. They didn't really want me to wait too long once we received them to get started so....we kind of devoured them quickly.

Both of our hunts were meant to be used inside. At the bottom of each hunt it tells you were to hide them. the dryer, under the couch, in the bathtub.

So what did I think...
These hunts are a lot of fun and they take out the work behind it for me. I love to come up with my own clues but sometimes I am just too busy. (Can I get an amen from all the busy moms out there that still love to have fun with their kids!?) They also offer a wide range of topics. In the future I am looking to buy July 4th Teaching and the Christian Easter hunts. There was not anything about them that I didn't like. It was a great product to review.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SchoolHouse Review ~ New Liberty Videos

I did not grow up a history buff. I was pretty clueless to tell you the truth. As I started teaching my own kids, my love history grew with every lesson. All my kids are more interested in history more than I was at their age but Carter has a passion for it.

New Liberty Videos Review
When I got the chance to review a video from New Liberty Videos I was pretty excited. They have a handful of videos that all appear to be intriguing.

New Liberty Videos ReviewI decided that Warriors of Honor ($19.95) would draw Carter in just from the name. So that is what we went with. I couldn't have been more right. As soon as I told him I was reviewing it he started asking me a ton of questions and checked the mail every day. I told you, he has a passion about history. Add history and the word "warriors" and it exceeds passion. ;)

Before I tell you how we used Warriors of Honor and what we thought about it, let me give you a little detail about it.

Brian Barkely became a follower of Christ in 1977. He is the producer of these videos. He has been producing videos for the past 30 years and been in the motion picture business for over 40 years.

The video is presented in a documentary form while it takes you through the causes and major battles of the Civil War. It also describes the lives of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. It is interesting and enlightening. The quality is very good. It runs for 80 minutes plus 3 bonus segments. Slavery, Sam Davis and the Palmyra Incident. Those total about 20 extra minutes. It is intended for a general audience. It would definitely but up to each family to decide the children they would feel comfortable watching this.

So what did we think?

I thought it was great. The real photos and reenactments where very interesting. I learned a great deal of information about the family and faith of both of these men. It was a great kick off to our school year. It led to a lot of discussion and research. Books are a main source of information for our classroom but videos like this definitely have their place.

We watched it over 2 nights. Carter watched it numerous times. He also (on his own!) requested Civil War books from the library and watched a few other videos that he found. It opened up a a huge discussion between him and his dad about the similarities and differences between the information presented in the movies he watched.

This is what Carter had to say:
"I liked it. It changed some views I had on the Civil War. It was interesting compared to some videos that I have watched in the past. It wasn't just the facts. It was told in a way that kept my attention. I hope mom buys the other videos that he sells."

So there you have it! We all liked it. I hope to buy some of his other videos in the future.

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The Hunt is Over!

A few weeks ago, (yes, I'm terrible at this blogging thing!) I hosted a bridal shower for my little sister, Kassy. The theme was The Hunt is Over. It turned out so cute!

Kassy and her future husband, Bryan, are the cutest couple ever.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Random 5 on Friday ~ October 24th

1. I decided to go hunting with Brian last weekend. My first hunt and I shot a 10 point buck. It was awesome!

2. Today we get to process the deer. Fun. Not really but worth it.

3. I seriously feel like a chicken with my head cut off this week! Goodness, I think I might be losing my mind.

4. I got my hair highlighted. It didn't turn out. The highlights turned a weird gray white color. It was bad. I went back and she tried to fix it. She tried over and over and over again. The stylist was awesome though. She did finally get it fixed. I love it! She can't promise she will ever be able to do that again because of the huge process to get it how it looks now. Haha!

5. Have you heard of Jamberry nails? I would love to know your thoughts on them. I thought about selling them but Brian is not very sold on the idea. I would love to know if you like them, hate them, never heard of them, already buy from someone. Any details would be awesome!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Random 5 on Friday ~ October 17th

The Pebble Pond

I am so sorry for missing last week. Life seems to only be getting busier by the minute.

1. I hosted a bridal shower last weekend for my little sister. The theme was "The Hunt is Over". Kind of a country/rustic/camo theme. It was a blast! I'll post pictures soon.

2. I ditched Alyssa's history already. Didn't the school year just start. Goodness.

3. Today we are headed to a State Park and will start our nature notebooks for the year. Exciting stuff.

4. My kitchen is a mess at the moment. Literally, if you saw it you would question my sanity.

5. Fall is unbelievably beautiful in Ohio. Every time a new season rolls around, I swear it is my favorite. So lets just say I love fall instead of insisting it is my favorite. Okay? Okay.

Have a FABULOUS weekend. :)

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