Thursday, October 12, 2017

Brinkman Adventures {Review}

Brinkman Adventures

If you enjoy audios, then I know you will love Brinkman Adventures.   We have listened the Brinkman Adventures in the past and were excited to review Brinkman Adventures Season 4.  Season 4 includes these 12 fun, exciting, and action-packed episodes along with their theme...

37. A Paradise Lost - God is in Control
38. Remember Nhu - Persevering
39. Aisha's Fear - Overcoming Fear with Love
40. Heart Song - Tenacious Faith
41. The Crashed Kitchen - God Doesn't Make Mistakes
42. Crisis in the Congo - People over Projects
43. The Mysterious Palm Feller - Confronting Evil
44. War of the Raccoons - Faithfulness in Work
45. The Five Guys - Listening to God
46. Toughest Man - Surrendering Everything
47. Cambodian Quest - Going Deeper with God
48. What Brings Us Together - Glorifying God in Every Vocation

Brinkman Adventures

Listening to audios is a great way to unwind.  I like to just turn on an audio and let the kids draw or colour while we just rest and listen.  The Brinkman Adventures has been a great addition to our school time. 
Season 4 takes you from Wisconsin to Cambodia to the Middle East to Russia to the Congo and even to some undisclosed locations!  I love that each episode has a theme.  From "God is in Control" to "Going Deeper with God."  

I love that these stories are based on real life happenings.  Some things are changed to help the story line flow better and to make it child friendly (as in the episode "Remember Nhu"), but you can read the Real Stories, see photos and videos here at this link.  I really love that they have this part of their website.  I enjoyed reading through all the real stories behind the episodes.

I don't want to give away all the episodes, but here is some info on some of our favourites.

My daughter just spent a week at camp, so it was fun to listen to the first episode of season 4.  While it did rain while my daughter was it camp, it was nothing compared to the Brikman's and their campers went through.  

"Remember Nhu" was a powerful episode, and was an eye opener of what is happening in Cambodia.    I loved this story and how they have opened safe houses for the girls in Cambodia.  I also love how it emphasises how important it is to listen to that small still voice from God.  Had he not listened to God speaking to him, things could be very different in Cambodia.

I encourage you to check out The Brinkman Adventures website.  Listen to a few samples.  I'm sure you'll be hooked!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Super Teacher Worksheets {Review}

 Super Teacher Worksheets

We were given the Individual Membership from Super Teacher Worksheets to review alongside our regular homeschool curriculum.  I am not one to step outside my curriculum very often, but the past few weeks have been very busy for me, so having the Super Teacher Worksheets as a backup for my kids has been a lifesaver for me!

 Super Teacher Worksheets

I've been using Super Teacher Worksheets for the past few weeks and still feel I have only scratched the surface of what all they have to offer.  I have used this for my 9 year old son who is in 4th grade (year 4).  They have worksheets for literally everything.  I cannot think of one area they have missed.

When I knew we were going to have a busy day and I wouldn't be available to do our main curriculum, I went onto the Super Teacher Worksheets and printed off a heap of worksheets for my son to do.  They have everything from reading comprehension to multiplication to science to writing prompts and so much more!

The pages have fun, colourful graphics that caught my son's eye.  So when I put "extra" work in front of him there was no grumbling and complaining.  I printed off a lot of fun activities for him.  I like to call this "sneaky school."   I love when he is learning and he doesn't realise it.  

Reading Comprehension is an area that I know he struggles with, so I love that Super Teacher Worksheets had fun stories that he was interested in reading, and then he'd answer the questions on his own.  This gave me a good idea of where he is at with his reading.  By the way, the worksheets come with the answers so mum doesn't have to worry about reading the story to check his answers!

There are plenty of seasonal worksheets, as well.  While we don't have the fall season here, we do miss it.  So my son enjoyed doing worksheets with a fall theme. 
This was one of his favourite worksheets.

Another fun area that Super Teacher Worksheets has to offer is that YOU can create your own worksheets.  Again, I feel that I've only scratched the surface of this great website, but I made a word search for my son using land animals that he has learned about in his science.  As you can see in the photo below, I simply added the words, and they made the word search.  It comes with the answer key and the info.  I secretly like to see that it was created by: Mum!  Haha!

I have also used multiplication worksheets to help reinforce the times table for my son, and we've done a few worksheets on adjectives and adverbs.  There is just so much here, I encourage you to take some time to look over the website - Super Teacher Worksheets.  

 Super Teacher Worksheets
The Individual Membership is only $19.95/year for one user to have unlimited access to all the printable resources.  Totally worth it in my opinion.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Bauer Homestead is Expanding

Last week I went out to feed and water our animals and discovered 8 baby ducks!
Momma and babies are doing just fine.

They are adorable!

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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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
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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