BOTW: Buck First Bank Account by Buck Academy

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Today’s review features a detailed look at the BUCK FIRST BANK ACCOUNT book by Buck Academy. This story was written to be an easy-to-use guide to understanding bank options. The story introduces you to Buck, a dollar bill that explains how to choose a bank, the type of accounts available, and how to open a bank account. We received a physical copy of this paperback book and it was read individually by myself as well as each of my children. This book was written by Dustin Goss and illustrated by Febyolla Goss.

First, we noticed the mentions of helpful tips on saving, the long-term effects of being smart with your money, and step-by-step instructions for opening an account. Detailed descriptions are provided about debit card use, wise spending, and even the importance of giving. A Bank Account Comparison & Assessment form is also provided so you can carefully choose the right place for your money. A Glossary is also provided at the back of this 25-page book. You can tell that this information was carefully written for children to understand the importance of financial literacy and independence.

Though the book’s concept is great, there are a few issues with the design of the book. Due to the binding, several images, page borders, and some text aren’t visible. The organization of the text is also noticeable as some pages have multiple alignments which is a bit confusing. My children also mentioned the graphics and recommended the two human characters be updated to look more realistic. However, even with these minor issues, the purpose of Buck Academy to educate all on the basics of money and personal finance is quite evident. BUCK, FIRST BUCK ACCOUNT does a good job of introducing sustainable and simplified techniques for teaching the basic foundation of financial literacy to children.

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Best Books for Homeschool Moms & More!

Reading is fundamental! I’ve heard that since childhood as I developed a love for learning and reading. I truly believe we can learn new things and improve at any age! Reading helps us do that and more by applying the knowledge we receive between the pages. Today, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite books to educate, support, and encourage homeschool moms.

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VeggieTales NIrV Bible (Unboxing & Review)

VeggieTales is a well-known Bible cartoon that is a familiar staple in most churches. Many of us grew up exposed to the shenanigans of those Peas, the silliness of the Cucumber, and the motherly love of the Blueberry. Now, those same characters are found within the pages of the VeggieTales NIrV Bible. We purchased this from ChristianBook.com but I have seen it available at various retailers.

Bam Bam received this as his first Bible four years ago for Christmas. He really likes the color, activities within the book, and the cool cover. Now, that he is 8, he still uses this bible but has decided he is ready for a harder version. Our only con is that the text is all blue throughout the Bible. The black text would’ve been better to read and might allow children over 9 years old to keep using it. The NIrV text was truly easy to understand and Bam Bam had no trouble leading Bible Study when it was his turn.

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Noted Features:

  • Veggie Stories: 8 full-color, best-loved Bible stories as told in the VeggieTales videos, including Dave and the Giant Pickle; Rack, Shack, and Benny; and Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen
  • Book introductions: give important information about each book of the Bible
  • “Veggie Values”: teach lessons from the Bible like God made you special, God loves you very much, don’t be afraid, be kind to others, forgive one another, and many more
  • “Remember This”: highlights key verses of Scripture to remember
  • Dictionary: helps kids better understand key Bible words and concepts

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BOTW: Islands and Enemies *Imagination Station #28*

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The Imagination Station series is known for engaging and energetic children’s chapter books. Islands and Enemies by Marianne Hering is the 28th installment of the Tyndale series and it does not disappoint! We received a physical copy of this hardcover book. Every title within the series can be purchased via the website, various Christian bookstores or retailers, as well as wherever books are sold.

The Imagination Station is Mr. John Avery Whittaker’s time-traveling invention. During each tale, cousins Patrick and Beth head to a different period and learn about world history. Every story is historically accurate while encouraging young readers to grow in their faith. Islands and Enemies includes the unforgettable accounts of those that encountered Captain Ferdinand Magellan. It also includes details about those that were participants in or victims of local Witch Trials.

Patrick and Beth board the Victoria in 1521 but continue to make bad impressions after meeting Captain Ferdinand Magellan. Soon thereafter, the cousins are accused of being witches, a crime punishable by death. While under constant watch and scrutiny by the crew, the two must prove their innocence or suffer their punishment. The crew is anxiously awaiting any excuse to throw the cousins overboard. To avoid suspicion, Beth works as the voyage scribe while Patrick makes friends with the crew. Eventually, a dangerous line is drawn on the ship and everyone must decide whether they will support Magellan or not.

I always find The Imagination Station books to have a fun storyline with interesting characters. The plot always makes the book fun for children but includes enough historic details so adults also pay attention. The font is a nice size for young readers and the author does a great job introducing and explaining vocabulary for that time. Sergio Cariello did a fantastic job on the illustrations placed throughout the book. My children also liked the prize they received after finding the secret word in the book. After completing a puzzle, they entered the word in a form on the website and received a printable board game.

As usual Focus on the Family alongside Tyndale gave my family a safe, surprising, and unique reading experience. We recommend Islands and Enemies for children 6 to 13 years old. This book can be read alone or as a family read-aloud.

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Father’s Day Prayer

Today we celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful men that take care of our children in word and deed. We also appreciate those that have stepped up to become an important part of the village or community that we can rely on. Let’s remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families. Fathers also lift children up by speaking life over them which builds unmatched confidence that helps them achieve dreams once thought beyond reach.

Father’s Day Prayer

Lord, thank you for the men that take care of our children in word and deed. We also thank you for those men that have helped fill the void when needed when fathers pass or are absent from our lives. Thank you for fathers and father figures via grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, teachers, pastors, mentors, and coaches. Fatherhood does not come with customized instructions for each experience and life has proven that some fathers excel while others will fail. Yet, God please bless them all and help the children (and mothers) to apply forgiveness and grace where it is needed. Grant wisdom, strength, courage, and peace of mind to all fathers as they raise their children. Give them confirmation and comfort that in following you, they will do well by their children. Let the example of their faith, diligence, and love, be celebrated and acknowledged as well as respected by their wives, sons, and daughters. And, God thank you for being the Ultimate Father and covering us all.

In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen

From God, the ultimate Father, to my father, and my exquisite husband, Kevin I’ve seen how powerful the job of Father is. The strong men in my life have helped me grow into the woman I am today. So, thank you to the men that have been an intricate part of my upbringing and adulthood. I also want to say thank you to Kevin for gifting me the perfect view of fatherhood on earth. Words can not express how much it blesses me to watch him, love, edify, and even discipline our children. I hope you feel our love for you every day of your life.

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Understanding Algebra 1 by The Critical Thinking Co.™

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Today’s review features a detailed look at the Understanding Algebra I workbook by The Critical Thinking Co.™. This is a one-year course for students in grades 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. This soft-cover workbook has 384-pages, is perforated for easy removal, and includes detailed explanations of algebraic concepts. Examples, practice questions, enrichment problems, chapter reviews, a glossary, an answer key, and a final exam are also included.

Understanding Algebra I was written by Terri Husted, a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics with over 30 years of experience in education. She has also authored other popular The Critical Thinking Co.™ books. Each chapter begins with a detailed description of the concept and step-by-step teaching to solve the problems. Bold fonts show vocabulary, colored graphics note important functions, and charts. These components are a nice feature, even for older students, because it helps show important things that will be on the Chapter Review or Final Exam.

Course Contents

  • Set and Set Notation
  • Number Lines
  • Graphing
  • Rationals
  • Operations
  • Expressions
  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Word Problem
  • Percent Problems
  • Ratio Problems
  • Motion Problems 
  • Work Problems
  • Absolute Value
  • Polynomials
  • Factoring
  • Radicals
  • Linear Functions
  • Slope
  • Elimination
  • Graphing
  • Substitution
  • Absolute Value
  • Algebraic Fractions

Understanding Algebra I by The Critical Thinking Co.™ is an extremely user-friendly workbook. The layout makes it easy to use, review concepts, find definitions, and even view solutions. As a complete curriculum, your high school child can earn math credit after completing this book. We suggest using the Chapter Reviews as tests and having the Final Exam worth more during the end of the year grade calculation. This book can also be used as a supplement to help your student through a different Algebra I course. Either way, this course provides students with a strong foundation for higher-level math success.

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Forgiving vs. Unforgiving Friends

Does forgiveness matter in friendship?

I thought this encouragement clip would be helpful for those still working through their friendship checklist. Let these tips guide you in building your custom friendship circle. Also, note and work to change any areas within yourself that need improvement.

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The Christian Woman’s Guide to Friendship course is STILL AVAILABLE! Through the LIVE SESSIONS and PLAYLIST shared below you will learn about the qualities of friends, making new friends, maintaining friendships, and much more. Use these guidelines to help assess your presence as a friend and those you call friends. Everyone has room for improvement! So listen and make adjustments as needed in your circle.

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Remember, friendship is important to keep us uplifted, on track, encouraged, and accountable. I hope and pray that these lessons are encouraging you to connect with others. All the previous lessons and collaboration videos can be found within the Christian Woman’s Guide to Friendship playlist.

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Summer Enrichment: 4 Ways to Review, Teach, & Make Learning Fun

Summer at our homeschool is all about only learning for fun! This year, our annual Summer Enrichment season began a little early due to multiple vacations. Thankfully, I was already prepared with my focal point of measurement paired with the Summer Brain Quest workbooks. Today I’ll be sharing information about creating a relaxed learning environment during your break.

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English II: Composition Skills by Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

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Today’s review features a detailed look at English II: Englush Composition Skills by Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. PAC English courses use the vignette teaching approach which encourages students to draw perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes from responses to story scenarios and situations. This is done to inspire students towards noble character, life purpose, enhanced vocabulary, and insight on wise decision making. We received print and digital copies of the Full Course Kit which contains Texts, Activities, and Teacher’s Resource Kit.

English II: English Composition Skills is the second of a four-level PAC English series. This 10th-grade class includes five soft-cover chapters and five student activity books that include section quizzes and chapter tests. During their sophomore year, your student will read, write, and evaluate various genres while learning to craft strong sentences and complete paragraphs. They will also learn how to properly use their increased vocabulary while writing poems, letters, essays, narratives, editorials, articles, speeches, allegories, and research papers. PAC curriculum also prompts students to create pieces from the various writing styles that are challenging, entertaining, informative, and persuasive.

Scope and Sequence

  • Chapter 1: word tone, denotation, connotation, synonyms and antonyms, analogies with homonyms, dictionary and thesaurus skills, idioms, nouns, pronouns, interrogative and reflexive, etc.
  • Chapter 2: verbs, tense (present, past, future, perfect, and progressive), participles (present and past), phrases, sentence fragments, diagramming, subordinate conjunctions, clauses, etc.
  • Chapter 3: spelling and pronunciation, vowels and consonants, blends, suffixes, prefixes, Latin roots, contractions, borrowed words
  • Chapter 4: writing basics, sentence construction, prewriting, planning, drafting, editing, proofreading, etc.
  • Chapter 5: narrative writing, vignettes, newspaper article, short story, nonfiction, fiction, descriptive writing, argumentative writing, expository writing, etc.

Bear chose this course as his first high school English class. He found the lessons to be detailed, engaging, and structured but easy to use and understand. I appreciated the emphasis on the literary concepts presented like cause and effect, logic, premises, comparison, and contrasts. Upon completion of English II: Composition Skills your child will earn one high school transcript credit. We have enjoyed using this curriculum and look forward to Bear completing the course. Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum has done a grand job incorporating honoring God while living and writing effectively with English II: English Composition Skills.

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Elementary Math Resources! Pre-K to 3rd

Math is a fundamental course that helps set the foundation for many careers and other subjects including science. Each of my Cool Kids has used different Math courses to meet the needs of their unique learning styles. We’ve also used quite a few resources over the years, and today, I’ll be sharing those with you.

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