Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Barbour Publishing- A Book Review

Our most recent review opportunity is one that Popper was excited about! He enjoys reading books about adventures. He could not wait to get a chance to read Imagine...The Great Flood by Barbour Publishing. I knew that this book would be right up his alley! Plus, anything that make him want to read, is definitely a winner in the Crunchy Household.

IMAGINE... The Great Flood

We received a physical copy of Imagine. Popper immediately took it and began reading. He loved this book so much that he was finished within three days! This is such an unusual occurrence in our home. I started asking him all about the book, as I was flipping through it, to make sure that he actually read the whole thing. It gets even better, everywhere we went he told all his friends about his new favorite book! 

Because this is Popper's book, I decided to let him tell you about it in a question and answer style. 

What is the name of the book and who wrote it? "Imagine...The Great Flood" by Matt Koceich

Who is the book about?   Corey a ten-year-old boy. 

Where does the book take place?  It starts in Texas present day, but it ends up during the Great Flood of the Bible in 2400 B.C. Mesopotamia.

Can you tell me a little bit about the story without giving away the ending? Corey has just found out that his family is moving to Florida and is very upset.  He takes his dog, Molly, for a walk and begins playing fetch with his her. Corey throws the ball into the woods and notices that the sky is filling with black clouds. When Molly doesn't return with the ball immediately, Corey goes after her. As he is running to get her, his foot gets caught and he falls down. The fall knocks him out.
When Corey wakes up, he realizes that he is in a boat surrounded by water on all sides, and being watched by lions. Shem, the son of Noah, calms him down by telling him that the lions cannot hurt him because Noah has a staff that keeps the animals from attacking the people.  He is given a tour of the boat. 
Corey and Shem are then transported to before the flood began. This is where things get crazy. Shem accidentally lays down the staff and walks away. The chaos starts. The rest of the book is Corey, Noah and Shem trying to get back to the boat and retrieve the staff. 

Do you or would you recommend this book to your friends?  Yes!

Do you think that you will want to read the next book?  YES! It's about the ten plagues!

I think it's safe to say that Popper enjoyed this book! This was a perfect addition to our family library. Popper and his friends are excited about this book and the next one, "Imagine...The Ten Plagues" coming out in March 2018! We parents are thankful for a clean, safe, adventure book that our kiddos can (and want to) read! 

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Other members of the Crew received a copy of Imagine as well! You can read their thoughts by clicking the link below:

Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich {Barbour Publishing}
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Carole P Roman- A Review

We love books in the Crunchy Household. When I come across an author that we all enjoy, I can't wait to share it with all my friends!  Recently we had the opportunity to review 3 books by Carole P. Roman. He books are both fun and educational. The books that we received to review were If You Were Me and Lived In GermanyIf You Were Me and Lived In The American West, and Being A Captain Is Hard Work. We loved them and couldn't wait to share them with you!

Books by Carole P Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In Germany provides a glimpse at life in Germany from a child's perspective. There are both photographs of actual countryside and buildings as well as illustrated images throughout. The Crunchy Kiddos liked that the book included the types of foods that are popular in Germany. They love trying new things in the kitchen, and currently have me searching for a recipe for knodel to try!
We were able to discuss the differences in the euro compared to the US dollar which they thought was neat. They found the German names funny at times. We talked about how the German kids would probably think that their names sounded funny too!

Books by Carole P Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In the American West was a perfect fit for our school this year. We are studying early US history. The talks of gold rush caused quite a stirring here. The kiddos thought searching for gold would be fun. They were not as excited about how hard life in the west was. The trail rides would be exhausting, and we all decided that the long winter nights would have gotten boring. 
The kiddos decided that we should go camping in a tent and cook like the pioneers. I think that would be a great way to experience a glimpse into what life was like for them. However, I reminded the kiddos that we have a car and so it wouldn't be as realistic. They exclaimed how thankful they were for our car and that they didn't have to travel for days just to get to town! 

Books by Carole P Roman

Being a Captain is Hard Work was a great story with an incredible message for both adults and children! We used this one as a bedtime story. The characters made the kiddos laugh and joke about animals talking and how their voices would really sound. The idea of sailing a ship was intriguing until the storm hit, then reality was none of us wanted to be on board that ship! Captain No Beard learned a valuable lesson on listening to his friends! I plan on using the cloud guide in the back of the book in the future as part of our science lesson!

Carole P. Roman books were a great addition to our family library. We are enjoying reading them over and over! I think any family would enjoy her books. Especially if you are studying a country or a specific time period. These are a great way for children to get a feel for what life is like for people of different countries and how people lived during different periods in history!  

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Good Reads

Other members of the Crew received these and several other titles from Carole P. Roman you can read about their books by clicking the link below:

Oh Susannah, Bedtime Stories, Captain No Beard, If you were Me ... {Carole P. Roman Reviews}

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday Moments

We've been so busy the last few weeks as our Community Days have started with Classical Conversations. We are enjoying our time with friends, and, even though we are working harder than we ever have, we are enjoying our days more than we ever have. I tried to post this last night, but due to technical difficulties I was not able to load pictures. The name was supposed to be Sunday Snapshots, but instead is Monday Moments. I hope that you enjoy this glimpse into our world:

Popper has the biggest change this year. He is in both Foundation and Essentials. Here he is working on a presentation on a Bible story. He chose Moses and the Plagues.

The songs!!! There is so much memory work involved with Classical Conversations and of course the easiest way to learn is through song. Popper is working to memorize charts for his Essentials class by listening to the song on my computer. 

Brother Bear is loving CC as well. His least favorite part is the presentations. He is my shy kiddos. He gets all excited to share, but when it is his turn, he whispers and rushed through it. Here he was sharing about his monkey, Velcro.

 Sister is the most nervous on community days. However, that is changing quickly. She is starting to make new friends and she loves her tutor, Ms. Jenny! Here Ms. Jenny is teaching her about lenses by dropping water on a penny.

Of course, at home is still where the bulk of our learning happens. I love that we can still add our own style to our days. My art loving kiddos enjoyed getting to paint skeletons while learning the parts of the axial skeleton. 

Our days are full of learning together and the kiddos and I are loving it! I hope that your school year is going well too!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Big News for Quik Stix!

If you follow me at all, you know that we LOVE Quik Stix!

They just announced big news: they are now available at ALL BJ's Wholesale Club! Even better the 24pk is only $19.99!

If you haven't tried these yet, you definitely should! You can read my reviews of them here and here.