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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Zonderkidz- A Review


The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}
I was recently given the opportunity to review The Beginner's Bible by Zonderkidz.  The Crunchy Kiddos were really excited to get this one! They stalked the mail lady everyday to see when she would bring their new book!
The Beginner's Bible is a great Bible story book that includes stories from Old and New Testaments. These stories are written to make it easier for younger children to understand. The age range that is listed on the back of the book is 4-8, which seems pretty accurate in our house. Brother Bear and Sister loved the colorful pictures and the stories were perfect for their comprehension levels. Popper was able to read it independently which is a great help when the younger two want a to hear a story and my hands are in dishwater. Plus, what mom doesn't love seeing moments like this one?!


The Beginner's Bible (Zonderkidz)

We really enjoyed the amount of stories that are available! All of my favorite Bible stories written in a way that my kiddos can understand and grow to love! 


The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

They have also redone all of the artwork in the book to make it 3D! The kiddos and I really enjoyed the pictures. They were bright and colorful and the images seemed to really jump off the pages. It helped to draw my littles in. Sister is a huge fan of coloring and she really enjoyed pointing out all of the details and colorful images during the stories.


The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

I am always looking for good quality Christian books for both the littles to look at and for me (or Popper) to read to them! I love that we now have this as an option. And while I will not let this take the place of actually reading the Bible to them, it is a fun supplement to the stories that provide pictures of the characters to help make it easier for them to comprehend! It was a great addition to our morning basket. We used it to reread our Bible story for the week.


The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

One of my favorite things about this Bible storybook is that it lists the references from the Bible to the story right below the title. I am using this to help teach that we are to search out the truth for ourselves and make sure that we go to the source. The stories in this book were all accurate, but it is a great way to teach the kiddos because that is not always the case with every storybook.

Overall, this is a fantastic addition to our home library. I also think it will make a great birthday present for my nieces and nephew this year! 

Zonderkidz has many other great resources for children as well that you can find on their website: http://www.zondervan.com/children

You can also find Zonderkidz on social media:

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Other Crew-mates received a copy of The Beginner's Bible to review as well. You can read their reviews by clicking the link below! I always love seeing how everyone else is using the same product in different ways!


The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}



Crew Disclaimer

A New Year, A New Word

For the past two years I have prayed for one word that God would use to grow me and stretch me through the coming year. I loved the idea of focusing on a single word instead of a list of resolutions that would probably get broken. 
Two years ago my word was consistency, and I failed miserably. Last year I struggled about whether or not to accept the challenge when my word was trust. I knew that would be a tough one, and I was right! 

This year I prayed for almost an entire month, searching for the word that the Lord wanted to use in my life in 2017. I found a couple of words that I thought it might be, but after prayer, none were right.  
On Saturday the 31st I was talking with Daddy T about his one word and telling him how difficult this year seemed to be at finding the word that the Lord wanted to use. Right in the middle of me talking about how much easier the past year's search was, I knew! It was something that I had been dealing with in every area of my life for the past week. In that moment I not only knew my one word, but the verse that God was going to use with it:




I didn't argue this year. I didn't question if this was the Lord speaking. I just knew in my spirit that this was where He was leading me!

And so after praying, here are the areas that I believe He wants my focus:

-My spiritual walk- Jesus said that the 2 greatest commandments were 1. Love God 2. Love people   It really is that simple. It's time for me to readjust my focus (or rather let God readjust my focus and my heart) to have a heart that loves Him and ALL people! 

-My home- I have never wanted to admit that I love my stuff, but I do. I love finding a great deal, even on things I don't really need. This year I will be focusing on clearing out the excess, living simpler, and buying less.

-Our school- Hello Charlotte Mason friends! I remember in the very beginning telling Thomas that I would NEVER use Charlotte Mason's method. I loved Classical education, unit studies, and lots of fun activities! I couldn't imagine that something that simple could ever teach my kids all that they need to know! Then, I hit burn out. I just wanted to send my kids to public school and cry. In my desperate attempt to save our homeschool journey, I found "Charlotte Mason Companion" by Karen Andreola and it saved our school days! Joy has returned and the Crunchy Kiddos are thriving! We are simplifying! 

-Our family- In a world ran by electronics, where all the information and entertainment you could ever need can be found online, family time can tend to take a backseat. If we are in the same room, evenings are spent engrossed in the TV, iPads, Kindles, or cell phones. We have forgotten to communicate, play, and in general just enjoy each other. Boredom has become a word that is thrown around regularly. NOT ANYMORE!!! 
Psalm 139:16 says 
"...all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be."

I cannot imagine for an instant that the Lord wrote boredom into my life! I cannot fathom that He wrote out a plan for my family to be engrossed in the TV! We were created for MORE! And so we are simplifying our lives. 

I am excited about this years one word! How about you? Do you choose a word or phrase each year? I would love to hear about yours! 

The Homeschool Review Crew chose their one words for the year as well! You can read about their's by clicking the link below after Friday, January 6th:

Homeschool Review Crew Reflecting on 2016