Monday, September 15, 2014

Really Big Numbers Book Review


We recently reviewed a really fun and unique book called Really Big Numbers by Richard Evan Schwartz.

If you are a long time reader of my blog, you may remember our review of another book by Richard called You Can Count on Monsters.  That book teaches about prime and composite numbers, and even though Funny Bunny was just 8 years old at the time, she loved it.  When we actually started learning more about prime numbers, it was the first things she ran to.  We still enjoy flipping through it together.

Well, Richard's new book, Really Big Numbers, is about just that.  Great for children ages 6 and up, this book takes you on a journey through the infinite number system, using crazy and interesting illustrations.


As you get further into the book, it's pretty much more than your brain can comprehend, but still fun to learn about.  You learn about numbers like a googol-plex.  That's really big in case you didn't know.


And it introduces children to numbers they have probably never heard of. Numbers greater than a billion or a quadrillion. Numbers like a quinquavigintillion.  That's a fun word, right?!


Find Out More:  You can find out more about Really Big Numbers at The AMS Bookstore.  Really Big Numbers retails for just $20.




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Menu Planning and Plant Based Eating


A couple of weeks ago I posted that I was beginning another 29-Day Plant Based Eating Challenge.  Today is Day 14, and I have to say, although it hasn't gone perfectly, I'm still trukin' along.

If you have never attempted a plant-based diet and are interested in learning more, here are a few helpful resources:

Engine 2 Diet
Happy Herbivore
Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Plant Based on a Budget

If you are thinking about starting a challenge or you just want to learn more about eating plant-based, I'd love to hear from you!!




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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thrifty Thursday


FREE Little Piano Book @ Amazon

FREE Hello Kitty Handwriting Printable @ Blessed Beyond a Doubt

FREE Feeding our Feathered Friends Webinars @ Bird Sleuth

FREE Biology Lab Manual @ Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies

FREE Johnny Appleseed Unit Study @ Blessed Beyond a Doubt

FREE Frozen Themed Writing Prompts @ Frugal Homeschool Family

FREE Apple Math Printable Pack @ Inspiring 2 N.H Kids

FREE Healthy Foods Kids Printable @ Living Life & Learning

FREE Human Body Study for K-3 @ The Sunny Patch

FREE Art Study Resource @ Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Piano Pieces


Since Funny Bunny will no longer play for anyone else but me, and I've been warned not to post any videos of her playing {which we just started taking}, here are a few of the piano pieces she is working on right now.  :)



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G.A. Henty Audio Drama: Under Drake’s Flag Review


We love listening to audio CDs in the car!  It passes the time away and it's always fun to find one that really captures our attention, especially mine.  Under Drake's Flag, by Heirloom Audio Productions, did just that!

Under Drake's Flag is two hours of fast moving, non-stop adventure, great for the entire family! Adapted from the book, Under Drake's Flag, by G.A. Henty, the story is about two boys and their adventures with Sir Francis Drake on the high seas.


The tri-fold CD case comes with 2 CDs and a beautiful 14-page study guide and copy of Sir Francis Drake's Prayer.  The Study Guide is an excellent tool for parents to use with their children, to help them understand the story line and principles.

Each set of questions in the Study Guide had three parts:

Listening Well - basic comprehension questions
Thinking Further - deeper questions about the characters and their intentions
Defining Words - finding the meaning of words to help better understand the story


At the end of the Study Guide there are three short Bible Studies on Godly Character:

Bible Study I: Godly Character
Bible Study II: True Manhood
Bible Study III: Confessing Christ


My Thoughts:  We listened to Under Drake's Flag while in the car back and forth to dance and running errands.  The stories are exciting and kept our attention, but what I love more is the message! The two boys, Ned and Gerald, are strong Godly characters.  When they are tested, they stay strong in their faith.  This is an exciting and powerful audio drama, for boys and girls alike!

Thoughts of an 11-Year Old:  Under Drake's Flag was about a boy, Ned, who is invited on Sir Francis Drake's ship in replacement of a sick crew-member. After he is aboard, he meets Gerald, a fellow deck-swabbing boy, and the adventures are just beginning!

Along the way, the two friends save a young girl, are shipwrecked, bomb enemies, hide in the forest with the Africans, and are put in prison - all while maintaining their faith for the one who keeps them safe!

I liked Under Drake's Flag because the story was extremely interesting, and it also had great moral values for kids and adults to really live by. The whole family would get a kick out of this audio. I really liked it!

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Heirloom Audio Productions. Under Drake's Flag is a 2-CD audio. It includes two hours of non-stop adventure and is great for ages 6 to adult. The instant access MP3 download, which also includes an eStudy Guide and printable copy of Drake's Prayer, is just $20.  The 2 CD Set is $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping.  As bonuses, the set includes the MP3 download, eStudy Guide, Soundtrack MP3 download, and printable copy of Drake's prayer.

You can also fine Under Drake's Flag on Facebook.

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