BOTW: Quest for the King’s Crown a Last Chance Detectives mystery

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Quest for the King’s Crown by Robert Vernon, from Tyndale House Publishers and Focus on the Family, is the seventh installment of the Last Chance Detectives series.  This series follows the adventures of four friends that find themselves solving various mysteries. During each book, the group learns to push past each test of their friendship and faith. Within the group, Mike is a leader and noted as fearless but often puts his crew in danger. Winnie, the only girl, was known for her knowledge of news and the desert. Ben has a vivid imagination which aids in his ability to problem-solve. Lastly, Spence is a technical genius which makes him the brains of the outfit.

In Quest for the King’s Crown, the crew finds out people aren’t always what they seem during a treasure hunt. Winnie and her friends come across an ancient artifact that could be worth riches beyond their wildest dreams. However, an unexpected break-in that even has the local sheriff puzzled almost puts an end to their plans. Then the arrival of a mysterious stranger makes everyone wonder if this mission is more dangerous than they realized.

We used Quest for the King’s Crown as a family read-aloud and enjoyed how the children worked through realistic issues kids face as they grow up. They help each other learn to overcome fear, trust in God, forgive others, and many more important biblical lessons. We also enjoyed how the Last Chance Detectives wouldn’t stop until the mystery was solved! We appreciate Focus on the Family and its mission to provide engaging, safe, spiritually edifying reading material for all to enjoy.

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Our Favorite Online Literacy & Math Supplement

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Today’s review features an updated tour of Reading Eggs! This year we received a 1-year subscription to the program which includes Reading Eggs and Mathseeds. This also includes the program’s additional features of Reading Eggspress, Fast Phonics, and Reading Eggs Jr.

Reading Eggs is our favorite online literacy and math supplement! We enjoy the games, lessons, rewards, books, and other resources that teach literacy readiness to children ages 2 to 13 years old. The graphics, organization, and user-friendly interface provided via the website and app were carefully designed for young children to enjoy a self-paced daily reading routine. The app and website use colorful animation, fun characters, songs, and rewards to keep children engaged and motivated.

Mathseeds provides concepts and problem-solving skills to children ages 3 to 9 years old. Each new concept is modeled by one of the five main characters and then they practice the new skill with different activities. Early lessons focus on counting, shape recognition, and numbers. As your child builds their skills they move on to addition, subtraction, measurement, early multiplication, and division. Mental Minute is a brand new area within Mathseeds designed to build fluency with quick recall of basic math facts. Each attempt only takes a minute! These are reminiscent of the quick math worksheets I would do with my class as a child. There are over 100 timed sessions that gradually increase in difficulty as your child progresses. This portion is solely focused on achieving mastery of the concepts in a new, challenging way.

This year, I had Bam Bam and Princess retake the placement tests for Reading Eggs and Mathseeds. Bam Bam passed the tests for each program so he is now solely using Reading Eggspress. This program is for children 7 to 13 years old. Princess surpassed her current level for both programs and was able to move ahead and skip 5 lesson maps. She has also become fond of the Library and reads through five to nine books a week. Each book also ends with a comprehension quiz that assesses their understanding. The detailed reports that are emailed showcase what has been completed, comprehension, and areas of improvement. There are also corresponding activity worksheets that can be downloaded for additional practice.

All of my Cool Kids have used Reading Eggs since 2019. It has been great to see my oldest move on to other things while my younger children are beginning to access all the program features. This program grows with your child and practicing these skills will aid in building a foundation for their future education.

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BOTW: Blue Skies West by Mattie Richardson

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Appaloosy Books is the heart and home for author Mattie Richardson’s books. She sent us a physical copy of her newest book Blue Skies West which is the fifth story in the Horses in History series. This series tells parts of U.S. History from the horse’s point of view. Blue Skies West tells the story of life along The Oregon Trail.

Blue is an energetic horse that enjoys exploring with his boy, Charlie. The pair have lived in Iowa farmlands their entire lives but all that is about to change. Both are eager to begin a new adventure and this one will consist of traveling 2,000 miles along The Oregon Trail.  Getting started is the easy part and navigating the trail will allow Charlie’s family to see the fabled lands of Oregon, where they will make their own home. This new land brings the promise of excellent farmland, abundant grass, water for livestock, gold, and timber. However,  warnings of diseases of cholera, dysentery, and influenza are also very present. The family must also endure dangerous water crossings, livestock stampedes, and even wagon train robbers are also possible during their travels. Will adventure or danger win as Blue and Charlie brave the trip to Oregon?

I read Blue Skies West myself and enjoyed Mattie’s creative take on history through the horse’s eyes. She did a great job including imagery that set the scene for each Territory. I also loved how the chapters were named after the present-day state and that she included a map designed the same way. Additional historical information and a bibliography are also included after the story for further research. The vocabulary and storyline are easy to read and children should not have an issue understanding. She did not shy away from tragedy or danger but was sure to not make those issues the focal point of view.

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Jonathan Park Audio Adventures Series

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Does your child enjoy action-packed adventure stories? If so, then you’ll be excited to hear about Jonathan Park and The Adventure Begins, Series 1. This is a children’s audio adventure set that focuses on faith-building and includes a creation view of science, backed with evidence. We received a 4-Disc Series Pack of The Adventure Begins, Series 1. This set is also available in digital format compatible with Android and IOS devices.

Jonathan Park is a family-friendly audio adventure that can be enjoyed at home, in the car, or outside at any time.  The “Original Adventures” is about Jonathan Park in his younger years as he travels along with his family and friends. These were created with children ages 7 to 13 in mind. The “New Adventures” features 16-year-old Jonathan Park and his friends as they travel to the middle east. It also includes their discovery of compelling archaeological evidence that aligns with scripture. This set was designed with children ages 10-16 in mind. Each episode is approximately 26-minutes and each series contains 4 albums or 12 episodes.

We listened to Jonathan Park The Adventure Begins, Series 1 in the car and at home as a family. My younger children enjoyed the voices, storyline, and creativity within this series. We listen to audiobooks often but this provided more description and action than our usual novels. This educational entertainment series truly uses imagination and immersive stories to uplift the future of our world, the children. It has been nice to take a guilt-free break and listen to faith-based work that the whole family can enjoy.

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High School Curriculum Choices

Today, we continue the Homeschool Virtual Open House Tour by learning what Bear chose for his Freshman year of High School. Most subjects came from SchoolhouseTeachers.com and others are from recent reviews. He chose four core subjects and three electives to begin his high school career. He is currently on track to earn 7.5 credits upon completion of his 9th-grade year.

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Embrace a Biblical Worldview One Verse at a Time

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Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11 KJV

This passage of scripture reminds me of the importance of scripture memory for all Christians. As a family, we are using a product from Scripture Memory Fellowship to help us accomplish our goal. We received the 14:6 – The Way course which includes 84 verses about salvation. The product includes a physical flip book and can be purchased in KJV, ESV, or the NKJV translation. This course is designed for ages 7 and older to memorize approximately three verses every week.

The 14:6 scripture memory series provides opportunities for consistent practice in learning God’s word, applying it to our daily lives, and sharing it with others. This series was designed from John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” so each volume focuses on a different aspect of a biblical worldview. 14:6 – The Way covers 84 verses on salvation divided into 7, 4-lesson units. The lessons begin with a title and special icon detailing the doctrine covered that week. There are options to memorize 1-3 verses and each is color coordinated. Next, a thesis statement summarizes the doctrine contained in the verses. Finally, you practice by reciting them often and eventually via memory to someone else. The goal is to recite the scripture from memory without help.

We decided to use this course as a family to learn one scripture a week. We found the design to be simple and like that this is a spiral notebook rather than flashcards. Storing this between uses and passing between one another was easy. The colors used throughout were eye-catching, especially for our younger children. The icons also helped jog our memory when reciting to each other. Overall, we enjoyed using 14:6 – The Way by Scripture Memory Fellowship in our family bible study time. We found their creative use of tools helped streamline the memorization process that helped us study and apply God’s Word.

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Let’s Chat: 3rd Grade Curriculum & Resource Books

Today, I’m continuing my homeschool virtual open house by sharing our selections for Bam Bam. Again, keep in mind that you’ll see A LOT of items in this video but most are just there as resources. I also specify which items are his actual math, language arts, science, and reading curriculum.

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2nd Grade Curriculum Choices, Supplements, & Resources

As you saw last week I am back on the My Father’s World path with my younger Cool Kids. Even though we are using a “boxed curriculum” we still need items for spelling, math, and language arts. So today I’ll be sharing the various resources and curriculum choices I have for Princess. Now, keep in mind that you’ll see A LOT of items in this video but most are just there as resources.

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I’m excited to work with Princess as we customize her 2nd-grade journey. These workbooks have been great throughout the years and I’m looking forward to using them again.

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CTCMath: What’s new, FAQs, and more

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By now you’ve realized how much we enjoy using CTC Math in our homeschool. Today I’m sharing some answers to frequently asked about the 12-month family membership.

1) Is this program a curriculum or supplement? At Team Kemp Academy we use it as both! I’ve used this as a curriculum for my oldest and as a supplement for my younger children. Even though its purpose fluctuates in our homeschool, CTCMath is a fully online math curriculum with options for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

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2) Does the program adapt based on student responses to questions? Yes, this program now offers adaptive questions! The difficulty level of the interactive questions will adjust depending on your child’s responses. The new algorithm will also use tracked progress to deliver questions to help master concepts.

3) Are the videos live classes or can we access them as needed? All video tutorials and summaries are available to watch at your leisure. These clear videos involve a whiteboard where the text is perfectly visible while the teacher explains each lesson. They were designed and recorded so your student feels like they have a personal teacher.

4) My child has trouble reading so will they be able to read the information on the screen? Yes! All screen information, questions, etc have the option to be read aloud. So, if your child still needs help reading you can still choose CTCMath without worrying.

5) Is CTCMath aligned with Common Core? NO! CTCMath was started with and continues teaching traditional mathematics.

6) How many children can use the CTCMath account? There are NO LIMITS on the number of students on your family account. Every child living with you is included in your 12-month family membership.

We have been using our 12-month family membership by CTCMath for several years. All of my children have benefited from this online program and that’s why I  share it with others. We recommend this website for homeschool families that enjoy an online math curriculum.

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My Father’s World Adventures in U.S. History (Unboxing & Extras)

I can’t believe it is time to begin a new school year again. I’ve been preparing for a month to start our adventure through the history of the United States of America. Even though I did not really enjoy going through this with Bear, I decided to try it again with my younger Cool Kids. Bam Bam requested to learn this and I obliged because that’s what homeschool is for. Plus, at the end of the year, we visit Six Flags over Texas so the reward for completing this curriculum is worth it.

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Opening this curriculum brought back beautiful memories. I am looking forward to starting fresh and teaching this curriculum in a fun, new way. Bear enjoyed it and it is my prayer that Bam Bam and Princess like it as well.

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