Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wordless Wednesday on Thursday


Finally had the time to clean all the history and science projects from last year off the bookshelf. It's always fun to look back at what we created.  Now to find them a permanent storage place.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Homeschooling with Heart of Dakota - Week 1


Heart of Dakota: Resurrection to Reformation - Unit 1: The Ancient Church

Reading About History: Peril and Peace.  Funny Bunny is reading this book independently and says she likes the way it is written and is enjoying it.


History Storytime: Forbidden Gates.  I am reading this aloud and we are both enjoying it.  It's sometimes hard to put down.  It is set in Jerusalem around the time of the Apostle Stephen was alive.


History Project: Roman arch out of homemade clay.


History Notebook: A peek at her timeline and postcard.


Science Project/Experiment: Comparing the sizes of the planets.


Those are some of the highlights from our first week of 6th grade!



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thrifty Thursday


Here are the THRIFTY deals for today!

FREE Student Planner {Limited Time} @ Godly Glimpses

FREE Under Drake's Flag Audio @ Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies

FREE Calendar of Firsts @ The Charlotte Mason Way

FREE List of Living History Kindle Books @ Ben and Me

FREE Homemaker's Companion: Homeschool Edition @ The Road to 31

FREE Frozen Themed Handwriting Packs @ Frugal Homeschool Family

FREE ABC Biblical Character Cards @ Frugal Homeschool Family

FREE Scissor Preschool Practice @ Blessed Beyond a Doubt

FREE Civil War Copywork for Kids @ Write Bonnie Rose

FREE School & Chore Charts @ CurrClick

I hope you enjoy some of these FREEBIES! If you know of any others, please leave a comment below.



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wizzy Gizmo Fast Track Bible Pack Review

Wizzy Gizmo Review

Wizzy Gizmo?  It's a catchy name, but I'll be honest, until a few weeks ago I had never heard of them.  So who, or what, is Wizzy Gizmo?

According to their website, Wizzy Gizmo is a genius inventor who makes fun and fantastic gizmos, hence the interesting name. :)  Not only that, but he loves God and loves to explore the Bible.

So Wizzy Gizmo is a series of Bible books, audio dramas, and flashcards for kids. We've had the opportunity to review one of their products, the Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament cards.

Wizzy Gizmo Review

The New Testament Series is a 27 cards set, each card representing a book in the New Testament.  The cards are printed on the front and back on thick card stock, and are a large 5" x 9".

The front of each card contains a New Testament book summary, book theme, number of chapters, author, and date written.  The back contains an outline, key chapters, key passages, key doctrines, and key people.

You can click the picture below to see the first card, which is for the first book in the New Testament, the book of Matthew.


Included with the set is also a card which lists each of the 27 cards by book name, theme, date, author, and number of chapters.

The Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament cards are great for all ages and can be used in so many ways.

* Younger children can start slow by just reading the summary {or having the summary read to them} one day and selecting a key passage another day. That can continue until they are familiar with the book and/or verse.

* Early elementary age children can work toward memorizing the author, numbers of chapters, and date of the writing.

* Older elementary age children can continue on to memorize key chapters and/or passages.

* Middle school students can strive to memorize the outline and key people, as well as orally narrate the passage.

The cards can be easily hole punched and placed in a binder or on large key rings for easy storage and flipping.


Who can benefit by using these cards?

* Homeschool Families
* Children's Ministries
* Vacation Bible Schools
* Sunday Schools
* Christian Schools
* Bible Bee Participants

My Thoughts:  I think the The Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament cards are a great tool for children of all ages.  Because they are so versatile, parents and teachers can determine the best ways to use them for their student(s).  I like the large size and sturdiness of the cards, as well as the different colors on the back to distinguish the different sections.

Thoughts of an 11-Year Old:  The Wizzy Gizmo cards will be helpful for flash cards and memorizing the New Testament. For instance, the Matthew card says that "Matthew was excited about the Kingdom of Heaven". So as a quiz, you could say, "Who was excited about the kingdom of Heaven?" and they are good for little intros to Bible first-timers.

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Wizzy Gizmo.  The Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament cards are only $14.99 and is great for all ages. You can also save up to 10% off your purchase by sharing on multiple social media sites.

You can also find Wizzy Gizmo on Facebook, Twitter,  Pinterest, Google+, and Vimeo.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Curriculum Plans for 6th Grade


Last week Funny Bunny started 6th grade!  I seriously can't believe it!!  This year we are using Heart of Dakota once again.  Below is our 6th grade homeschool curriculum list.

We will be using Resurrection to Reformation from Heart of Dakota, which is a Christ-centered overview of the growth of the early church, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the exploration of the new world, and the advancement of science.

For History, we will be using several books including Peril and Peace, The Story of the Middle Ages, Monks and Mystics, Famous Men of the Middle Ages, and The Mystery of History, Vol. 3.


For Science we will mainly be using Exploring Creation With Astronomy and A Child's Geography Explore His Earth.

For Math we are going to continue with Saxon with Saxon Math 7/6.  Last year she completed Saxon Math 6/5 and over the summer she breezed through Life of Fred: Fractions for a nice review.


Last month we had the opportunity to review Analytical Grammar.  We had been using Rod & Staff in the past but are going to continue Analytical Grammar and see how we like it.

Analytical Grammar is meant to be used on a three-year schedule, but my plan for this year is to combine years one and two and see how it goes.  I really like it and think Funny Bunny will learn a lot!

For Writing we will be using IEW's Medieval History-Based Writing.  We have used IEW in the past so it should be seamless.

Finally, for Latin this year we are switching back to Latin for Children by Classical Academic Press.  We received it in the mail over the weekend so she will be starting Latin for Children B this week.

That is the majority of what Funny Bunny will be working on for 6th grade this year.  To see what we used from PreK to 5th grade, look to the sidebar on the left.



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