Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Let's Go Geography {Homeschool Review}

Let's Go Geography

Let's Go Geography is a fun and exciting Geography program for K-4th grade.  Let's Go Geography will send your child/ren to a different country every week!  With weekly emails of your lesson which include fun activities, links to videos, a craft, and so much more, your child will love learning about all the different countries around the world. 

Let's Go Geography

We have reviewed this curriculum for roughly 6 weeks.  My favourite thing about Let's Go Geography is that they email you the lessons every week!  The email contains a link which sends you to your account on their website.  From there you can print out the activity and colouring pages, click on video links, and so much more.   No prep or late night planning for me!  I chose to do the curriculum in order, but you can chose any country in any order you want to do them.

We started with assembling our Travel Journal.  We chose our cover page, printed it out, then put it in a 3 ring binder.  Then we made a separate section for each continent, as you can see in the photos below.  

Our cover page and first section of our travel journal.

As you go week by week your travel journal will slowly start to fill up, and at the end of the three year course, you will have pretty much travelled the world.  

I thought I'd show you how we are doing our current week.  On Monday I received an email from Let's Go Geography, I clicked the link in the email and it sent me to the Belize link on their website.  From there I printed the necessary pages.  You can print out all of the pages (I believe this particular one had about 30 pages), or you can just print out the activity and colouring pages, maps, flags, etc.  Throughout the week I'll go through the lesson and pick videos for my 4th grader to watch.  He particularly loves the videos that shows what animals live in that country.  He also loves flags at the moment.  So we make sure that is one page we take the time to colour in.  We take as much or as little time as we need to complete the lesson.  We don't always do each activity, but there is so much in each lesson to chose from that we don't feel that we're missing out on much.  They have everything from maps, to flags, to national anthems, to colouring pages, to animals, to crafts in every lesson!

The photos below show some of the pages I printed out for the lesson on Belize. 

Again, you don't have to follow their plan, you can skip around to different countries.  No matter which way you chose, you will find the lesson plans easy to follow, the activities are exciting for the children, and the video links were very interesting.  

Here is their 3 year plan...
Let's Go Geography

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To read more reviews click the link below.
Let’s Go Geography {Reviews}

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Let the Little Children Come - Halloween Tract {Homeschool Review}

Let the Little Children Come Halloween TractLet the Little Children Come has graciously sent us a pack of 20 Halloween Tracts called Is There Anything Better than Candy? Box-Tract.  This is a great tool to use to share the Gospel with children.  Just put a piece off candy in the centre then fold up the box-tract and you're all set!

Here in Australia Halloween is not as big of a holiday as it is in the states (although it's slowly catching on).  We don't celebrate Halloween, and like to focus on Thanksgiving.  We hold a big Thanksgiving Dinner every year called "Give Thanks with the Yanks" and invite all our Aussie friends to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.  I am planning to use these box-tracts as table decor for the kid's table this year.  I know they'll love it!  Plus we can't get orange pumpkins here so these are a great substitute! 

Besides handing them out to trick-or-treators, you can also give them out to your Sunday School class, youth group, homeschool co-op, harvest party, and so on!  Such a fun way to share the Gospel! Don't forget to add a piece of candy in the middle!

They are very easy to assemble.  See video below.

Let the Little Children Come
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$15.95 for 1-10 packs
$14.95 for 11-20 packs
$13.95 for 21 packs or more
(There are 20 in each pack.)

For more reviews click below.
Is There Anything Better Than Candy?  {Let The Little Children Come Reviews}

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Update Via Photos

It's been busy around here, and my poor blog is being neglected.  I thought I'd do a little update via photos.  Enjoy.

The kids are still taking guitar lessons from the local school.
They both enjoy learning how to play and are doing quite well.

About a month or so ago, Patrick had the privilege to lead this young man to the Lord.  Two more people have also given their life to Christ at the local rehab facility where Patrick holds a weekly church service.

Autumn and Cody received these Bronco jerseys from the Uncle Josh.

We're learning about the life of David in Kid's Club.
I found this awesome printout of Goliath.

Autumn is part of a teen group that is going to a church camp in Queensland in just over a week.  They've worked hard at having two yard sales and two stalls at the local markets to help raise funds to get to camp.  After all their hard work the teens only each need $38!

Patrick's birthday was on Sunday.  Our people all got up front and shared testimonies thanking God for their pastor.  They sang happy birthday and surprised him with a gift.

Our newest pet, Lincoln the turtle.

A lovely sunset in Katherine and just a few bats flying around.

Just FYI I am starting a homeschool blog.  I'd love for you to follow me over there or share with your homeschooling friends.  Homeschool Australia  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Phonics Museum App by Veritas Press {Homeschool Review}

Veritas Press Phonics Museum

Vertias Press is a well known online curriculum, it is also the most awarded classical homeschool curriculum.  We have enjoyed using it in the past, and were excited to see that they now have an iOS app called Phonics Museum and we were given an annual subscription to try it out.  This app is geared for children ages 3-7.

Veritas Press

Veritas Press Phonics Museum
The Phonics Museum app (which you can download from iTunes here) is a fun app that teaches your child to read in record speed.  While my son already knows how to read, he enjoyed the app and would often play it when our friend's 6 year old daughter came over.  She loved the interactive games and songs.  We mainly used it on our iPad, but I also had it downloaded on my phone.
Teaching your child to read can be challenging.  For me, I didn't know where to start and was nervous I would teach them wrong.  Thankfully there are products like the Phonics Museum App that help do the teaching.  I wish it was around when I was teaching my kids to read.  Technology is all around us.  While too much can be a bad thing, I am glad for all the educational tools that come along with it.  

The Phonics Museum App follows Miss Biddle and Percival (a talking suit of armour) around a fun, interactive museum and teaches the rules of phonics.   In this museum everything comes to life!  There are over 900 games, books, videos, and songs that will encourage a love of reading in your child.  You start off in the lobby and from there you get on the elevator (or lift as we like to call it here in Australia) to go to the first floor.  Each floor has paintings on the wall that takes you to another section that has videos, games, and songs that you complete.  Once you complete all the activities for that painting you go on to the next painting.  From there you then you work your way up to the next floor.  (I didn't see a way to skip floors, but maybe I missed that part.)

Videos, songs, and games!

Miss Biddle talking with a mummy.

There are many ways to learn on this app through all the fun activities.  I think your child will learn and enjoy this app whether they are a textile learner, a visual learner, or an auditory learner.   

If you are interested in trying the app they offer a free two week trial.  If you like it the membership is only $9.99 per month or $99 a year (which is charged to your iTunes account) and can be used for up to 3 children.

Social Media Links:
Twitter:  @VeritasPress

To read more reviews for the Phonics Museum app click below...
Phonics Museum App {Veritas Press Reviews}

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

G180 Mission Group Visits Australia!

This is a looooong post....

We had the blessing of hosting the G180 Mission's Team from Lighthouse Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware last month.  We had fun things planned and lots of ministry activities to do, but a few days before they arrived my husband got very sick and wasn't even able to get out of bed to drive to the airport to pick them up.  Thankfully some friends offered to take a big church bus up to Darwin and pick them up for us.  The group ended up with a flight delay and didn't land in Darwin until 9pm, which didn't get them to our house until way past midnight.

Here is a photo of the group before they left.

The group arrived late Saturday night/early Sunday morning at our house.  Because my husband was so sick we had to cancel church, thankfully there is a good baptist church in town, so the group and the kids and I went there.  By the time they got home my husband was able to get out of bed and greet everyone.  We had a rest day on Sunday as I'm sure the group was quite jet lagged.  Here is a photo of the guys sleeping quarters in our backyard... 


Then Monday we did some food shopping, went out to check out Nitmiluk (the Katherine Gorge).  Everyone enjoyed the hike to the overlook and then we had lunch.

That evening we went to a friend's block of land and camped out.  We had such a great time that we ended up camping for another night.  This was actually my first time camping in Australia.  It was really fun, but it was also a great time to get to know everyone a little better.

Unloading gear for 22 people
(13 from the group, our family of 4, and 4 from the Holmes family)

A gorgeous sunset.

Our campsite.

For dinner we had hot dogs over the fire!


Because of our lovely friend who decided to shoot his gun early in the morning 
we got to enjoy the sunrise.

Our handsome chef making breakfast.

Lincoln's first Aussie breakfast.

To get to our camp we had to drive 2-3 kilometres down a very bumpy path which was only possible with a ute.  Some of us had finding standing and riding on the back.

Tuesday afternoon we took the group to Barunga to help clean up the church as we had several funerals coming up.  Everyone did a fantastic job, and the church looked great.

That evening we went back to our campsite for another fun evening.

Kangaroo and chicken kebabs, with a few leftover hotdogs.

Jill made some yummy pavlova with fruit.

Another glorious campfire!


Wednesday we went to Cutta Cutta Caves.  Patrick had a funeral that morning, but made it back in time to join us.
On our way to the caves.

Pathway to the caves.

Cody with Curtis and Clayton, his new friends.

So while we were camping Cody managed to break and dislocate his finger.  This has been quite an adventure as a week later he ended up in surgery for it, but that's for another blog post.  :)

Wednesday evening we ordered pizza for the group,
and us adults went out for dinner.

We left the older girls in charge.

A nice time of fellowship at the Big Fig.


We went back to the hospital on Thursday,
and they put his finger back in place and gave him a cast.

Practicing some songs in Kriol for church on Sunday.

Kid's Club! 

Brad agreed to our crazy idea of taping lollies to his shirt.
The kids had so much fun going after him for the lollies.


Friday we took the group to Darwin to do some sightseeing.  Our first stop was the Jumping Crocodile Cruise, where you are guaranteed to see some crocs!

Eating local bush tucker - the bum of a green ant.

Megan and Kelly were troopers!

Overlook at Litchfield

Patrick did some snake catching with the group.


Saturday was a rest day for everyone.  Allowing people to do laundry and just rest.   Patrick went out to Venndale to do a service there, so I have no photos of that.

Clayton turned 16 while he was here!


The group sang a few specials for our morning service.
We had a great crowd of people turn up.

They even sang two songs in Kriol,
which our people loved!

Pastor Josh preached the morning message.

After the morning service we had a bbq and time of fellowship.

Our church loved the group from the states,
even now a month or so later they still talk about them.
A few of our ladies are trying to figure out a way to go over and visit them!

Sunday afternoon the group began packing.
Cody was trying to figure out a way to hide in one of the suitcases to go back to the states with them.

Sunday evening service at Savannah Way Baptist Church in Katherine, NT.

Saying goodbye.

One last meal at Maccas.

We then drove up to Darwin and dropped them off at the airport for their 1am flight.  We had a wonderful time and are so thankful for the new friends God brought into our lives.  We are hoping to visit them during our next trip to the states.

A special thanks to Dave and Jillian Holmes for all their help of driving the bus and for camping supplies!  Check out Jill's blog for more photos from their trip, she even has a video.