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Friday, June 21, 2019

Recipe for Middle School Adventure: Britfield & the Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart (book review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge,from Frontgate Media, for review and giveaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own


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And now something for the tweens to keep them from being SO bored this Summer!



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Synopsis:

Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word Britfield, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s Royal mystery.


About the Series:
(from the author)

Britfield & the Lost Crown took me over four years and 2500+ hours to write and edit. The books are written visually and are perfect for a screen adaptation, and I'm hoping for a movie to be made for each one! There will be at least five books in the series: Britfield & the Rise of the Lion, Book II is finished and takes place in France. Book III will take place in Italy. We are still planning Book IV and Book V. With each book, Tom and Sarah will be one year older.

Review:

What would happen if you took the best from the Potter books, the wonder of the Narnia books, the fun of a modern mystery, and combined it with some English history, and you've got a book that your kids will ADORE once it sets its hooks in them (about after the escape)! We started out reading the book aloud, but soon Miss Grace had slid it away from me and kept reading much later than she should. But she was READING. Voluntarily! When you ahve a kid with dyslexia who WANTS to keep reading a book you not only jump for joy, but do NOT stop them! She loved the book and can't wait for the next book in the series. My only concern is for how long it the series will keep her entranced, as she is on the upper edge that it is aimed for. For younger kids, I think they will be able to grow with the series, and see it really enrich their history studies (Shhhh-they won't even realize it will! LOL). It's a fun Summer reading books and your tweens/middle agers will love it!

Bonus:
Online activities will be coming to the Britfield website later this Summer, so be sure to check it out too! Sign up for the newsletter, and you can read Chapter One for FREE!


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About the Author:

Born in Newport Beach, California, C. R. Stewart has 20 years of experience in writing fiction, non-fiction and movie screenplays. He is a prolific writer, producer, creativity specialist, international consultant and prominent speaker. Now based in San Diego, C.R. Stewart is a strong supporter of education and the arts and is an adjunct professor at Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University; and is Past President of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Ballet. Chad enjoys writing, world travel, reading, riding, swimming, sailing, tennis, and the Arts.



Recipe for Family? Mia and the White Lion (DVD review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this DVD and giveaway copies, free of charge,from Shout Factory!, for review, and giveaway, purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.




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Loooking for an AMAZING family film this Summer?

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 How about venturing across the world and into the wonder of Africa’s stunning landscapes and wildlife?

On July 2, 2019, Shout! Factory invites families and kids to embark on an inspiring and exciting live-action family movie adventure with MIA AND THE WHITE LION, arriving on two-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and DVD. On the same day, this movie will also be available digitally to own and rent on Amazon.com. 

What makes this movie so special?

Because of HOW it was made!

French director, Gilles De Maistre, devised an amazing production that was filmed at the Welgedacht Reserve in South Africa. De Maistre chose to shoot throughout a three-year period so that the film’s young stars Daniah De Villiers, and Ryan Mac Lennon, could bond and develop real relationships with the lions, and other animals that appear in the film. HOW different is that? You can see where more of a documentary feel, will come from the movie before you even see it! Kevin Richardson, a lion expert also known as the “Lion Whisperer,” oversaw the entire production process and all interactions between the lions and the children ensuring the safety of the animals, cast and crew on set. 

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Synopsis:

MIA AND THE WHITE LION is the heartfelt story of an extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a white lion, and her incredible adventure across the South African savanna to give her best friend a new home. Starring Daniah De Villiers (Zero is Not Nothing), Mélanie Laurent (Now You See Me, Beginners), Langley Kirkwood (Banshee, Black Sails), and Ryan Mac Lennan (Rumpelstiltskin), the film was directed by Gilles de Maistre (César Awards-nominated feature Le Premiere Cri) and written by Prune de Maistre and William Davies (How to Train Your Dragon). 

MIA AND THE WHITE LION centers on a willful young girl named Mia whose life is turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia finds happiness once again and develops a special bond with the growing cub. As Charlie grows to full size, Mia uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught that Charlie could be in danger, Mia decides to rescue him. The two friends set out on an incredible journey across the South African savanna in search of a sanctuary where Charlie can live out his life in freedom. 

DVD Special Features:

• Interview With Director Gilles de Maistre 
• Interview With Actress Daniah De Villiers
• The Making Of Mia And The White Lion Featurette
• The Extraordinary Friendship Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Casting Footage
• Theatrical Trailer
• Still Gallery


Review:

This isn't your typical warm and fuzzy animal family film. Far from it in fact. Yes the white cub, Charlie, is too cute for words, and yes, we would all love to have him in our homes. But the issue of what to DO with him as an adult (let's face it PREDATOR), IS a major issue, that we would all gladly keep far far away from. The fact that Mia was kept out of the loop of the family business, and learns that the animals she has cared for, do not meet the lives she thinks they do when they leave her family's farm, seems a bit odd to our modern age kids. While everyone understands Mias outrage, as an adult we see what she might not as a child, that the farm provides a living for her family, and that setting all the animals loose, may not be the best solution. An ethical one yes, but financially? Even my 12 year old questioned if Misa would ahve really hurt her family that way. Getting Charlie free, she was 100% for, but she also questioned how well he would truly survive on his own. BUT having said that, the movie WILL illicit quite a few family discussions, and it is a very unique movie for kids to see issues that might actually occur closer to their own homes, than they realize!

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About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Jump In With Sharon Watson and Her Middle School Writing Program! (curriculum review)

I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


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This past year we worked with Miss Grace and her writing with a great product for elementary kids, as her writing was behind, due to dyslexia issues. While it has really improved, I knew we needed to REALLY focus on it this next year, so when I heard that Writing with Sharon Watson has a new and revised program for Middle Schoolers, I knew that it was one that I needed for THIS new school year, for her 7th grade writing!

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The new program, Jump In, 2nd Edition , is a revised and updated program of her previous Jump In program. In the new edition, you student wil practice writing more paragraphs in different styles, BEFORE they learn the 9 types of essays covered in the program's 98 lessons. There is even a paragraph chart, to help reluctant learners remember what needs to be in a paragraph. Through the fun and BRIEF daily lessons, your student will eventually work theirself up to writing a story and research report!  It even teaches tudents to proof read their work (can you say Mom just gained MORE time?) via simple lessons and checklists! 

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As you can see, the lessons start off with an idea that will be covered, and then an example of what is being covered is shown, with the concepts pointed out. 

For my daughter this was REALLY important, as it helped her to VISUALLY see where the sections were and what was included!

The paragraphs are short and about topics that kids not only KNOW, but like, which makes them MORE readable! For Miss Grace, the workbook is also doubling as a reader help! LOVE it when workbooks can do double duty!

jump in 2nd edition student workbook sample 2I love how the daily lessons work from simple to more complex, to help your student gain CONFIDENCE as a writer, and not get them bogged down in the beginning, wit heavy assignments, that make them scream and NOT want to do their lessons!


By using something as simple as a Venn Diagram, students see how they need to sort out their ideas BEFORE starting to write them out. Miss Grace didn't really like that idea last year, when it was presented, but when I showed her how she can use a mind map app to do them on a computer, this past month, she realized how they can REALLY help her to keep her ideas organized (and saved!).

jump in 2nd edition teacher guide sample 1This year Miss Grace is writing all her work on the computer, so it is easier for me to see what she has written, as her handwriting can get sloppy when she has a lot to do. BUT this is also allowing her to better see what her writing looks like to OTHERS, and by reading it back to me, see where she needs to make changes, to better get her ideas across.  Bystarting with the lessons in the workbook, and then writing them up on the comuter, she's also learning valuable typing skills too! BUT you can use a regular notebook for the writing, if you'd prefer!

While the Student workbook is really aimed at students working self-directed, their is a Teacher's Guide for the program as well. Firstly, it has the schedule, where you can base it on a monthly, or year long schedule, based on your needs for YOUR homeschool. I LOVE that capability! There is even a 2 yr plan, is you want to use the book for 7th AND 8th grade writing! 

jump in 2nd edition teacher guide sample 2The Teacher's Guide also includes answers to each of the daily lessons, to make YOUR life easier as the Teacher! 

AND the BEST part, for me, was they also have VERY easy to use grading grids for EACH of the essay assignments! So you can not only use the actual writing for a grade, but you can also grade whether they used the proof reading checklist correctly. So you can basically have a quiz grade and a test grade! Woo hoo!

You can really tell that Sharon knows not only what the reluctant student writer needs to learn, and how to teach them, but what the parent/teacher, who may NOT have a writing degree, needs to know for getting their child through the course, like they would in any other school! 

Miss Grace and I are both giving this course a big thumbs up and you will too! You can check out a sample from the workbook on the Jump In, 2nd Edition webpage, to really give you an idea whether the set up is for YOUR child's liking! I love that Sharon offers that- it's a huge help, and let's you see how thoughtful the course is! They also have an excellent high school course, you can check out on the site as well.

But to see what my fellow reviewers also thought of this wonderful course, click on the picture below, for their reviews:

Jump In, 2nd Edition {Writing with Sharon Watson Reviews}


Be sure to follow Sharon on social media for special discounts and more samples, as well as for some great articles to help yur student with their writing:





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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Kingdom Code Teaches Your Kids About Business AND Faith! (currciulum review)

I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.



While discussing math classes for high school with Miss Grace recently, we talked about her needed life skills that incorporated math, that isn't quite taught in math classes anymore- thinks like loans, budgets, checkbooks and annual tax forms. So I was on the lookout for a Financial Literacy class that we could add to her high school layout of classes. And then I got an email about a younger kid's program to review from an amazing company:


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The Kingdom Code is a Southern raised company devoted to "teaching the principles of money management to young students so they can become debt-free and self-sufficient adults. I believe students should understand what it means to be content, have a strong, positive work ethic, an appreciation for the free enterprise system, a dependency on God, and respect for others." And that concept resulted in their program called The Kingdom Code, from which we have been able to sample their The Complete Starter Kit!

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The Complete Starter Kit is everything you need to teach this financial business course to your student, ages 10-13, grades 4-8 (although you could go a bit younger and older, based on your child's level of understanding). The course is aimed at being 34 weeks long, making it a full year's elective or core course. The ideal is for it to be taught twice a week for 45 minutes each, and then for the student to be working on different projects and their business during the week as well.And because their are built in bible lessons each week, you can get the half credit for bible as well (you know how we LOVE multi-subject courses!)!

The Complete Starter Kit is JUST that- it has everything you need for the class, except for 3 three ring binders and divider tabs. If you're like most homeschoolers, you have those handy anyways, so you really don't need anything besides a pencil and your student! The kit IS aimed at one student, you would need more Student Packets for different students. You can also purchase the PDF version, but honestly it's not that much cheaper, and as the set even comes with holes punched for you, it's just worth the extra cost, to be able to 'open and go'!

kingdom code student text collageThe set includes The Kingdom Code Textbook- left, which is a spiral-bound, full-color (over 800 pictures!) book for your student. They are to read from it and answer questions to you, and then work on included pages.It's not small either, at 244 pages! The text uses 27 lessons to teach kids about budgeting, consumer math, economics, Bible codes, critical thinking, life skills, entrepreneurship, mentoring and even some interesting Texas history! All of which means this is NOT a boring textbook! Most kids in this age group still love all things medieval, so adding in that as the sub-theme that ties it all together also makes the course more fun! parents will like that it also teaches moral values of : Honor, Integrity, Kindness, Bravery,  and Perseverance. As you can see, each of the weekly lessons covers one of the Bible lessons (including Bible verses) and it is also split into multiple sections, like Quest for the Clue, Code of Honor, Treasure Seeking, and more to tie in with the medieval theme, but also for consistency, so that your child knows what will be in each section (like finances, budgeting, history), each week. This gives it the textbook feel as well. Miss Grace really liked the layout, as the sections also offer good stopping points for discussion and activities. Some weeks our lessons were short and extra days, other weeks, we did 2 days, but did the lessons off and on, all day. 

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The included Student Packet contains needed forms, notices, worksheets, KCK treasure map and stickers, KCK budget stickers, flashcards, posters, activity pages, and a receipt book. The 
lessons are set up the same each week, also for consistency. Each lessons starts with a Proclamation to introduce the theme, then students read a small section and start the first worksheet. Then they progress to the quest and finding clues, which can include reading about different economic situations, historical people, and modern business people. These examples really help to illustrate the the moral lesson being taught that lesson, and offer ideas for businesses. Along the way, your student also gets in a good amount of reading, and reading comprehension- sneaky but true! From there students learn the Code of Honor and how to apply it not only to their life, but to the business. Kids will enjoy being able to use the included stickers to mark their Quest Map and seeing how long it takes them to find the treasure! 

kingdom code student packet accessoriesThen there may be additional worksheets, or activities to do on their own, that can include research into what business they want to start, and even reaching out t people currently in those businesses, for more info! I love it when a program teaches life skills, don't you? The extra credit work doesn't even feel like it is that,as the activities are fun and easy to do! Miss Graced really liked the trip to the bank, as now it made more sense to her, what we had been doing! 

kingdom code student packet flashcardsEach lesson also includes use of the flashcards, via weekly vocabulary words, that they learn in the lesson, that are financial nature, but ones they need to learn, as a future business owner!  Score- English vocabulary done for the week too! The vocabulary word WITH pronunciation (all dyslexic kids THANK you for that!) on one side, and then the definition is on the back side. These will need to be cut out, as they come on 8 x 11 sheets!

The goal of the program is to take your student from thinking about starting a business, working out what they might be good at, finding out if there is a need for such a business and then taking all the necessary steps to get it off the ground and running properly, and ethically, along the biblical moral lessons they have learned in the program! Even parents can learn about starting a business alongside their student! The program is SO thorough, just about everything is covered (local government needs might be different)! I loved how the kids actually have to go through all the processes, like getting tax ids and permits- those real life skills (even if being handled by the parent as the entity for approval), will serve them ALL of their lives, once they are learned! But it doesn't just stop at getting your business running, like other programs! It keeps helping your student to actually RUNNING their business, with things like ongoing budgets, customer billing and issues, and making needed changes!  

kingdom code teaches guide collageThe Teacher's Guide includes the lesson plan and schedule, for those that want to adhere to it exactly. The first 8 lessons are made to be Teacher led, so you DO need the Teacher's Guide as you lead your student in doing the included activities and worksheets and setting up their business. These also include step by step instructions for the teacher, in case you need help teaching the course. Once your student has their business up and running, the rest of the lessons refer to that business, so your student just needs minimal oversight form you at that point with the text and their business activities, like balancing their budget, keeping records, making sure their customer service needs are met, etc. It also is hole punched and ready for you to use. Answer sheets are also included for the different worksheets, especially those that refer back to the readings. It also includes helps for the different bonus activities, feedback forms and additional ones you might need as a teacher.

Miss Grace opted for a landscaping business for her business model. While she has friends who mow yards, they don't do any landscaping. So she contacted those customers, using business contact lists she 'bought' (aka they exchanged services for list-her helping them on yards) from her friends, and worked out a few customers already, doing needed gardening and landscaping, that no one wants to get out in this 90 degree heat and do! Plus for those who wanted a small vegetable garden, she developed small container gardens that she can install for them, that can easily be rolled around and moved where they want them to be. Or she can come over and keep them up, and they benefit from organically grown produce on their patio! 

miss grace  landscape collage 2Look at those pepper plants from her first customer- does she have a green thumb or what?  

She's also cleaned up quite a few current flower beds and helped plant new ones for Summer, She is at 6 customers already, with 2 more to start next week, while they are on vacation. Yup- she even added in 'vacation' care for yards and plants! 

While she hasn't made a huge amount of profit yet, after another couple of weeks, she will be at pure profit (she had a big initial cost outlay, in getting new tools, etc). She is loving the work, and her customers love what she has accomplished in such a short time for them! AND as she told me, she is serving other people and that gives her a really good feeling! Parental score!!!!

You could even teach this course as a family unit, including older teens, but they probably would not be interested in the map and earning stickers. But you could walk them through all the entrepreneurship worksheets and info, just like the younger students, and get them running their own business, or updating the side business they already have (ie babysitting, yard care, paper route) too! This is a solid financial course, and we love how it is bible based, and would highly recommend it!

Check out what my fellow reviews thought of the course, by clicking the picture below, and then come back, because I not only have a discount code for you, I have a VERY special giveaway!

The Kingdom Code Complete Starter Kit {The Kingdom Code Reviews}

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Our friends at The Kingdom Code are offering all BTHM readers a special Coupon Code offering YOU 10% off of their products, purchased online from their website at The Kingdom Code , like the The Complete Starter Kit, we reviewed! 

Just use Coupon Code10TKC38 at check out!

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prize pack The Kingdom Code

Our lovely friends at The Kingdom Code have blessed our readers with a sample pack for giveaway here at BTHM!

The Giveaway set is aimed at kids ages 4-10 and includes:
1.JR. KCK Budget Kit - teaches kids how to budget their money at home (no business program). Includes a budget poster, a sticker set, six coloring pages, budgeting percentages page, and instructions on using the budget kit. It uses the same budgeting allocation as the business kit, only does not include putting money into the business. 
2. Kingdom Code coloring book - The Kingdom Code Coloring Book is a 32-page book of coloring pages for students, dealing with the Kingdom Code lessons, with pictures of bible verses, knights, treasure boxes, budgeting shields, and more!

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