Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Review of St. Bartholomew's Eve from Heirloom Audio

History doesn't have to be boring.  It can draw you in and keep you on the edge of your seat.  At least this has been our experience in the past with Heirloom Audio and the dramas they produce.  This is why we were excited to receive St. Bartholomew's Eve from Heirloom Audio to review recently.
St. Bartholomew's Eve
Heirloom Audio is a company that we always look forward to working with and we love to see what productions they come out with.  We know that they always produce quality audio dramas.  These dramas not only capture our attention, but they make us feel like we are right there in the middle of all the action with the characters.  As a parent, I appreciate this company because they strive to tell the stories of true Christian heroes while teaching strong moral values.  I love that their priority is bringing real history to life for their listeners.  Their audio dramas are based on the popular book series The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.  His books are filled with themes of bravery, loyalty, family, and happy endings while featuring moral values like integrity, courage, honesty, and perseverance.  These are great things for my kids to learn.
A Glimpse of Normal
I have to admit that we didn't know much about St. Bartholomew's Eve or the French Religous Wars before listening to this latest audio drama.  Of course, our family knows that the church over the years has faced much persecution and opposition, especially in the early years.  So before we took a listen to audio drama, I looked up both St. Bartholomew's Eve and the French Religious Wars so I could help my kids understand the background of what was happening in history and why this occurred.  The French Religous Wars took place between 1562-1598.  It was a war between the Roman Catholics in France and the Huguenots, which are the Reformed and Calvinists Protestants.  The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre happened in August of 1572 and it was a turning point in this religious war because the Huguenots lost many leaders.  The massacre lasted several weeks and targeted the Huguenots, many of them who had come to Paris for a royal wedding.  There were assassinations, Catholic mob violence, and many other horrible events during this massacre.  This is the basics of what was going on in this time period and what the story was about.  Once we knew these basics, we got ready to listen.
St. Bartholomew's Eve
As the story of St. Bartholomew's Eve opens we learn that the Huguenots are realizing that they must do something in order to protect themselves from persecution and execution from French Nobility that are Roman Catholics.  We meet Francois and his cousin Philip who are learning what is happening in France and deciding what they must do about it.  They learn that this whole religious war was started over disagreements over what is right regarding religious practices.  The Roman Catholics believe it is unholy to eat meat on Fridays.  They believed that you should honor the King of the Country over the King of Kings.  They also did not like that the Protestants worshipped in different manners than they did like singing the Psalms because this meant that more people than the priests could worship.  The Huguenots (Protestants) believed that they should honor God no matter what and although peace was their overall goal, they knew that if they had to fight to protect their beliefs they would do so.  Francois and Philip soon join up with Count De Luc and his troops.  Originally they planned to go to Paris to fight for their religious freedom, but then they decided to launch a surprise attack on Leon.  They attack Leon to the surprise of the city and then move on from there.  Their troops are increasing in size and the Huguenots seem to be winning the war.  As they get close to fighting near Paris, it seems to go back and forth, back and forth.  Philip and Pierre are sent on a mission to find out what the situation is in the city of Paris.  They find that Huguenots have to worship in extreme secrecy and Francois and the Count are captured.  Trying to learn more Pierre and Philip meet Argento, a young boy whose family has already suffered because of being Huguenots.  Argento helps Pierre and Philip find Nobility and Officials who have been persecuting and capturing the Huguenots.  After this, the battles go on and some are won and some...well...  It seemed that for every battle won, the Huguenots suffered other setbacks.  The Nobility and Officials don't forget that Argento helped Pierre and Philip and they retaliate against Argento.  Then the fighting gets fierce and it seems like everyone involved in the story will die.  You will have to listen to St. Bartholomew's Eve to know what happens because if I tell you more...
A Glimpse of Normal
We were on the edge of our seats for this story.  We listened to the entire 2-CD set in just 2 days.  The CD's we received are available for just $29.97 plus shipping and handling.  You can also order them as a digital download for $19.97.  We have listened to the over 2 hour drama again since then so we can hear details that we missed the first time.  Of course, we did hear things that we missed and we thought the audio drama was even better the second time we heard it.  Missy especially liked the "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" hymn that was included in the story.  She knew a little bit about this hymn because she played it last year for her piano lessons.  Hearing it in the context of the story, helped her see what the words to it really meant and how it symbolized the characters' bravery.  CJ liked that they were fighting for God and to stand up for their religious freedom.  He appreciated the roles of Pierre, Philip, and Francois and the way as young men, they stood up for their beliefs even though they faced death if caught.  I appreciated that this audio drama allowed us to learn more about the battles Christians faced.  It gave me an opportunity to discuss what we would think we might do in the same situations.  I must admit that I am not sure I am as brave as these characters were.  Heirloom Audio always produces great dramas that open up many discussions for the kids and me about character traits, Biblical qualities the characters possess, and what we would do if we were part of the storyline. For that reason alone, we love what the dramas they produce including St. Bartholomew's Eve.

We definitely recommend listening to St. Bartholomew's Eve from Heirloom Audio.  You can find out more about this audio drama here.  You can learn more about Heirloom Audio on their websiteFacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Instagram.  Please be sure to check out all that Heirloom Audio has to offer.  I know we will be checking them out to see what other series we can use this year for school.  My friends on the Homeschool Review Crew have also been reviewing this audio drama, so make sure you read their reviews by clicking the banner below.
St. Bartholomew's Eve {Heirloom Audio Reviews}
I mentioned that we have reviewed for Heirloom Audio before.  You can read our reviews of some of the other products by clicking on each title below.
Wulf the Saxon
Captain Bayley's Heir
In the Reign of Terror
The Cat of Bubastes
Beric The Briton

Monday, October 15, 2018

October 2018 Menu Plan - Part 2

October is almost half over and I can't believe how fast it is flying by.  It seems like fall is really setting in here.  Our trees are losing leaves which means lots of raking is coming our way.  The trees with leaves still are GORGEOUS and showing all their glamorous colors.  The days are becoming cool and crisp.  We are hurrying to wrap up some outside projects before the cold sets in for good.  I decided to give you October's Menu Plan in two parts because it is easier for me to plan our menu for two weeks at a time this month and we are trying to use up what is in our freezer before our beef comes.  You can find part one of the menu plan here.  Here is what we are eating for the rest of the month.
A Glimpse of Normal, October Menu Plan, Part 2, Whats for Dinner

15.  Hobo Dinner Packs
16.  Taco Soup
17.   Grilled Pork Chops
18.  Breakfast Burritos
19.  Stromboli
20.  Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin
21.  Crockpot Chicken Parm
22.  Sushi Rice Bowls
23.  Zuppa Toscana
24.  Spaghetti & Meatballs
25.  Street Tacos
26.  Deconstructed Pizza Casserole
27.  Lasagna Soup
28.  French Dip Sandwiches
29.  One Pan Mexican Quinoa
30.  White Chicken Chili
31.  Cauliflower Mash with Meatballs Smothered in Gravy

I updated my FREE printable menu planner so that you can print it and fill it in with your meals.  Let me know if you use it and like it.

As always you can find recipes for these meals on my October Menu Plan board on Pinterest.  There are lots of other meals on this board too so that you can swap out meals that your family won't eat.  Once I add a meal to this Pinterest board, I leave it on there for ideas and swap meals.  I hope my menu plans help you out.  What is for dinner this month at your house?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Review of Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures

One thing we like to do as a family is to listen to real-life missionary stories.  These stories whether they be on the radio, CD, or digital downloads are great ways to learn about real people and their work for God.  This is why I was excited for our family to receive the digital version of Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures to listen to and review.
Underground Rising Season 6 Brinkman Adventures
Brinkman Adventures is a radio show that you can listen to on the radio, audio CDs, or by downloading MP3 files.  These are true, modern, missionary stories that are told through the eyes of a fictional family, the Brinkman family.  These adventures are produced by Beachglass ministries which is a non-denominational Christian organization.  The purpose of the Brinkman Adventures is to inspire, motivate, and promote the next generation of Christian world changers.
Brinkman Adventures
Season 6: Underground Rising that we received can be purchased as audio CDs, but we were sent the audio downloads to listen to.  This season of the show features over 2 hours of high-definition audio.  Each show is full of action, missionary stories, and Christian inspiration.  In this season missionary stories, we got to hear about the lives of Reng and Lynn Van Kesteren, the Brinkman Family, Brian and Kelly Wonder, and Dave and Karen Eubank.  Through these stories, we got to travel to the Netherlands, Wisconsin, India, Thailand, Burma, and Myanmar.  Each story we listened to has an overall theme that honors God.  Here are the stories included in Season 6 along with their theme:
  • Dutch Underground, Part 1 - Resisting Evil
  • Dutch Underground, Part 2 - Helping When it's Risky
  • Twice Born Fly - Salvation
  • I Wonder Why - Trusting God's Plan
  • Free Burma Rangers, Part 1 - Can God Use a Warrior
  • Free Burma Rangers, Part 2 - God Guides Even When He Feels Distant
We got a chance to hear the Brinkman Adventures for the first time last year when we reviewed their Season 4 adventures and we really enjoyed them.  Now that we knew what to expect from their audio dramas, we were all excited to listen as soon as I got our mp3 files downloaded.  We listened to each and every story in Season 6 and then we spent some time talking about what happened in each story, the people in the stories, and how we thought we might react if we were in the story.  We were also able to go on the Brinkman Adventures website and find more information about each story on their "Real Stories" page.  This page had pictures for each story, more information about each story, maps, interviews, and more.  It was like going behind the scenes and finding out the why behind it all which always helps a story stick in my mind.

We all had a different favorite missionary story from this current season.  CJ liked both parts of the "Free Burma Rangers" stories.  He liked learning Dave Eubank's story.  CJ learned that even though Dave struggled to do right for part of his life, he turned his life around and felt God was calling him for a very specific mission.  After training and mission work, Dave and his wife, Karen, founded the Free Burma Rangers which try and help unite people, help people, and present the Gospel.  CJ even got to learn more about what they do on the Brinkman Adventures site.  He liked this story because it shows that a person can turn their life around and serve God in a great way.  Missy liked the "Twice Born Fly" story.  This one tells a couple of stories in one story.  Part of the story deals with Charlie swallowing a fly which made her laugh because she has swallowed a bug or two in her outside adventures.  The second part of the story is a story from Jack that he shares with the family.  The story he tells happened to him one time and it is full of excitement, prison breaks, and an edge of the seat adventure.  When she found out how the story ended (of course I can't tell you because I can't be a plot killer), she was amazed and said she didn't expect the ending at all.  She liked this story because it reminded her that we all change when we get saved.  Jesus takes us from being ugly sinners and makes us beautiful.  My favorite story was "I Wonder Why."  This story is from a family who felt led to pack up everything they own and move to India to run an orphanage.  The little girl in the story, Samantha, struggles because she feels like they gave up everything to go to India where bad things keep happening.  Just when everything feels like it is hopeless and the entire family starts to question why they are in India, the hearts of the orphanage kids are opened and they start accepting Jesus, their son Huck is healed from his allergies, and Samantha finally likes it in India.  It was a blessing for me to hear how God lead the family to India and He was working through them and with them all along, even when they didn't see immediate results.  It reminded me that God is always working even when I can't see it.
We definitely recommend Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures.  It is an exciting and fun way to listen to true missionary stories.  Brinkman Adventures is currently offering a reader special to you from now until October 31, 2018, so that you can get 10% off.  See the picture above for the code.  You can learn more about Season 6 here.  You can learn about the Brinkman Adventures on their website and Facebook page.  You can also check out what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew loved about these stories by clicking on the banner below.
Brinkman Adventures Season 6 Reviews

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Pole Barn - Part 3

I have not updated you on our pole barn for quite some time so I thought this week would be a good week to do that.  You can see part 1 here and part 2 here.  It has been a bit of a process to get our pole barn to the point it is now, but we are so happy with how everything is turning out.  We finally got our concrete floor in the pole barn and we painted it with garage epoxy paint, but it is a disaster right now so I don't have pictures of the inside for you right now.  In the past few weeks, we got concrete put around the one side of our pole barn where the doors are and our friend that did the work for us on that suggested a patio and I loved the idea so we went with it.  We also had the concrete for in front of the pole barn poured so we have more space to work if we are doing projects that need to be out in the open.  So without further ado...here is our pole barn...
A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3

A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3

A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3

A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3
These pavers will make a pathway that will connect to a path up the hill to the house.
A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3
Don't mind all the leaves and dirt, we have had a lot of rain that brought the leaves down and we have not raked yet.
A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3
Can you tell it is time to rake the leaves?
A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3
We are also in the process of putting in a little fire pit just off of the patio.  CJ has done the work on it for me so far and he is doing an awesome job.  I can't wait for it to be done and be able to sit around the fire.
A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3

A Glimpse of Normal, A Pole Barn Part 3
We love how it has turned out so far and we can't wait to finish up the work around it. #ireallyliveinabarn

Monday, October 8, 2018

A Review of CashCrunch Careers from CashCrunch Games

Figuring out what you want to do for a career can be a really hard decision.  We are trying to help CJ explore many options and think about what he would like to do especially because he is in high school.  We want him to be able to learn about many careers and think about what they would mean for his future before he graduates high school (all too soon for this mama).  This is why I was interested in having him take the CashCrunch Careers survey from CashCrunch Games.  CashCrunch Games was very generous and not only did they let CJ review their CashCrunch Careers, but I also got to review it too.
Cash Crunch Careers
 CashCrunch Games was founded by Paul Vasey.  It is his background teaching Business Studies that helped him see that many students associate money with math and because of that it intimidates them.  Paul set out to change that mindset by creating games that teach students to respect money and how it is used while making wise decisions about the use of their money.  He wants to teach students that you can make wise decisions about money without fearing it.  You can try out some of their  CashCrunch Games on their website for free if you create an account.  He also developed CashCrunch Careers to help students answer the "What would you like to do with your life?."  This is the part of this company that we got to review.
Cash Crunch Games
CashCrunch Careers has been created a career database to help give students or adults information that they can use when they are considering potential careers.  They use research from the US Department of Labor to help make their career directory so that there are plenty of options to explore and learn about.  It all starts with a survey of 75 questions that takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.  It asks you to assess your own inherent personality traits and abilities by having you choose the answer based on what you believe about yourself.  Then based on your survey answers, CashCrunch Careers picks careers that best match your work style and the characteristics you think you possess.  They present this in the form of a report that lists your Career Work Styles, Motivators & De-Motivators, Career Attributes, and Matching Jobs.  The report list 20 jobs that could be a career match for you and it puts them in order of suitability according to your results.  Once you have these results you can click on each career suggestion and learn more about it.  Then you can learn the tasks you typically perform on the specific job and the activities typically associated with that job.  It also tells you the attributes, abilities, work values, and skills you need for this career.  You can also find a tab with a list of colleges throughout the U.S. that offer this degree.  Last, there is a tab that has a video that tells about the career and the skills you will need for it.  This website is available for you to access anytime after you take your survey so you have plenty of time to research all the careers they matched you with which you can find in your "Locker."  It has a wealth of information and even though it is $99 to access all this information, it does help a lot for helping direct your student in the correct path before they get to college.  Knowing which careers you are suited for and might want to study before you get to college can help you pick the right college and the right high school path to get to the right college.  It can help you pick a college that specializes in your field and sometimes these schools are not the typical 4-year colleges which can save a lot of money.
CashCrunch Careers has an easy to use "Locker" where you can quickly find everything.
CJ is in 10th grade and starting to plan for his future which is why I thought this career test would be perfect for him.  He took the survey based on the character traits he sees in himself and he was surprised by the results he got.  He is leaning toward small engine mechanics, but that is not very high on his list of results.  What we, his parents, know about CJ is that he has the qualities of a great leader.  He doesn't see this in himself and that is why he was surprised by his results.  His top careers were all management jobs that would require him to be in charge of others.  He understood that the character traits he has are what made the survey choose these types of careers for him.  We think he would do pretty well at those careers even though they are not at the top of his personal list of careers.  He has been looking through all the careers this survey suggested for him and even though it hasn't changed what he wants to do after he graduates, it has shown him what other careers he may be good at.  He still says he wants to do something with small engines, farm equipment, and such. which he is also great at.
They give you a great idead of your work style and what you may prefer according to the survey.
CashCrunch Games was generous and allowed me to take the CashCrunch Careers survey too.  I wanted to take this survey because my kids are getting older and eventually I plan to go back into the workforce.  Now that I have stayed at home for so long, it seems like there are tons of careers I want to try.  I thought this survey would be a good way to find out what I might be good at.  I love to host and entertain so I guess it wasn't that surprising to me that my motivators were helping others, opportunities to form and maintain relationships, and working with others.  I guess it did surprise me a little that the top of my list of jobs was Advertising and Promotions Manager.  I guess that I didn't think of myself as good at creating ads, but I wouldn't mind doing that type of work.  There were several types of management jobs that came up as a good fit for me based on the career survey.  So now I do have several careers that I can research and think about for a few years before I think about heading back into the workforce.  I liked that it told me my motivators, demotivators, and career attributes that I should look for.  I like that I can research all the careers it suggested for me.
They give you a list of your work motivators and demotivators.

They give you a list of possible job matches for you based on your survey answers.
If you are interested in helping your children or yourself find a direction for a career path, then CashCrunch Careers could be a good resource to use.  We like that it suggests careers and then gives you more information about each career and colleges that offer programs in that in one place.  You can learn more about CashCrunch Careers survey here.  You can learn more about CashCrunch Games on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.  You can read what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew found out about their children's careers by clicking the banner below.
CashCrunch Careers {CashCrunch Games Reviews}

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A Review of Books of the Bible At-a-Glance from Teach Sunday School

Learning about the Bible is important in our house.  I want our whole family studying God's Word and digging deeper into the Bible.  This is why I was interested to see what Books of the Bible At-a-Glance from Teach Sunday School was all about and how our family could use it when we got a chance to review it recently.
Books of the Bible at a Glance
Teach Sunday School believes that teaching the Bible should be a joy and not a chore.  They have designed many resources for busy parents and Sunday School teachers to use to teach the Bible to all ages.  They offer lesson plans, printables, games, crafts, and more that will help you quickly be ready to teach.  They even have Biblical parenting resources that they offer.
The Books of the Bible At-a-Glance that we received came as a digital download.  Once we got it downloaded, I could print it all at once or print it as I needed each sheet.  I chose to print the sheets as we needed them for the review period, but I am going to print the rest of them out so that I can make a binder with all the pages for easier access.  The Books of the Bible At-a-Glance is designed to be a quick way for students of all ages to understand each book of the Bible.  It also shows how each specific book of the Bible fits into the entirety of the Bible.  There are 66 summary sheets, one for each book of the Bible.  Each summary sheet features the book title, order the book appears in the Bible, what the book is famous for (like Matthew contains the Beatitudes), who wrote the book, the date the book was written, the time period it covers, famous stories in the book, the most famous verses from the book, and important points about the book.  So you can see there is a lot of information that is covered on each summary sheet.  Since there is so much information covered, there are tons of ways to use each sheet.  Teaching Sunday School suggests that you can use them with students as an overview before you start studying a specific book of the Bible, make Bible lessons from these sheets, or make worksheets from the At-a-Glance Sheets.  I did some brainstorming to come up with other ways to use them and decided you could use them to make a Bible Trivia game, study famous people from the Bible, read famous stories from the Bible, make History timelines that coincide with the book you are studying, and use them to memorize verses.  I think there are unlimited ways that you can use these Bible summary sheets.
I used these Books of the Bible sheets a few different ways in our house.  I had CJ, who is in 10th grade, using them to study the details of each book.  I printed him off a summary sheet and then I had him finding where in the book each of the details were.  Then he would study each story and we would discuss them and why they were important.  We discussed the main characters on the sheet and found where they appeared in the books.  CJ covered the books of Joshua and James using these methods.  I also had him look at and try to memorize the most famous verses.  He enjoyed using the sheets to study because he said he could look over the sheet and get the basics and then use his Bible to study the details.  I had Missy, who is in 5th grade. using these Bible summary sheets as an overview.  She studied the books of Esther and Jonah.  We have been working our way through each of these books in the Bible and I had her use the summary sheets to go over what was in each book and see what the main stories she would be reading are.  Once she read through the sheet, we started reading through the book in the Bible.  We would check off the parts we read about on the sheet just so she could keep track visually of what she read.  Missy liked the sheets because they gave her an overview of what she would be learning before she learned it.  She is my "why" kid that likes to know the why of what she is learning so it helped her to have the overview.  I have been using these sheets to learn all quick "facts" of the Bible.  I am helping with Awana this year at our church and since I will be working with different age kids, I think it will help me to know lots of different facts, stories, and verses.  So I have been going through the sheets and memorizing where I find the main stories of each book.  Many of them I already knew - Creation and Noah's Ark can be found in Genesis, Luke has a detailed story of Jesus' birth, and Hebrews tells about the faith of people in the Old Testament, but others I don't know as well so it has been very helpful to have these sheets.  They are like cheat sheets for me so that I can study highlights and once I learn all of them, I can go back and learn key verses, then time period, and so on.  I love these At-a-Glance sheets because there are so many ways you can use them and they have so much you can learn from them.  I also love them because you can use them with every age.  In my opinion, they are not just for kids and everyone can benefit from having these sheets.
I highly recommend Books of the Bible At-a-Glance from Teach Sunday School.  It is a great resource for learning about the Bible.  You can learn more about Books of the Bible At-a-Glance here and you can see all that Teach Sunday School has to offer here.  You can also find them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.  You can read about the ways my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew used these sheets by clicking on the banner below.
Books of the Bible At-a-Glance { Teach Sunday School Reviews}

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Review of Forensic Faith for Kids from David C Cook and Case Makers Academy

Teaching my children skills that will help them investigate what they are learning about is important to me.  I think it is an especially important skill when you are researching anything, but it becomes even more important when you are examining Christian books and the Bible.  This is why I was curious to examine Forensic Faith for Kids from David C Cook and Case Makers Academy when Missy and I got a chance to review this book.
Forensic Faith for Kids
Forensic Faith for Kids is the latest book in the Case Makers series from J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace.  J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case detective that used his detective skills to learn the truth about Jesus.  This led him from being an atheist to being a Christian.  It has become J. Warner and Susie Wallace's mission to help kids learn these real-life detective skills so that they can examine the Bible, faith, and Christianity to make a decision about Jesus for themselves.  Their books are designed for children ages 8-12 and they have created the Case Makers Academy to accompany the books.

Forensic Faith for Kids is a 141-page book and the copy we received is a paperback.  The book features two mysteries that are solved by the Junior Detective Academy cadets.  The main cadets in the story are Daniel, Hannah, Jason, and you (the reader).  The Junior Detective Academy is lead by Detective Jeffries and in this book, they begin the Forensic Investigations Academy.  The story starts out with Daniel and Jason at a car wash.  They are busy washing cars when all of a sudden Daniel feels something licking his leg.  It is a cute corgi puppy named Bailey.  No one seems to know where it came from, but they do know that since Bailey has a collar with her name on it that she must have an owner.  Later that same day we are introduced to Hannah who is at youth group.  She is talking with her friend Tiana about a boy named Marco who isn't sure if God exists and he is convinced that Jesus is not God.  This really bothers Hannah because she can provide an immediate defense of this argument to Tiana so that she can talk to Marco.  Both mysteries are brought to the Academy meeting the next day in hopes that Detective Jefferies can help solve who the dog belongs to and how to prove that Jesus is God.  As children read the book, they learn several "Detective Definitions" which are concepts and techniques that they need to help them investigate.  They also are also taught to think deeper and examine all the evidence around them.  They are also given "tools" to put in their "Detective Bag."  These are concepts and character traits that they can carry with them all the time.  The book also has "CSI Assignments" that send them to specific passages in the Bible that they need to investigate.   This book also encourages them to "Dig Deeper" and visit the Case Makers Academy online.  This is website was designed specifically for the Case Makers Series of books.  Once you are there, you can click on Forensic Faith for Kids.  Then there are video clips featuring J. Warner Wallace that go over the concepts taught in each chapter of the book.  There is also a detective notebook that you can print for your student.  Then each video has worksheets that you can download and print for your student to work on.  These worksheets go in the detective notebook and they review the material read in the chapter and help your student practice the detective skills discussed in the book.  By the end of the book, both mysteries are solved.  We find out who Bailey's owner is and we learn how we can prove that Jesus is God.

Missy and I really enjoyed Forensic Faith for Kids.  I had her read this book aloud for our Bible class each day.  She loved that one of the mysteries was about a puppy and of course she wanted to find out who the owner was too.  She also liked learning the Bible studying skills that were taught in the book so that she could learn how she can explain more about Jesus to others.  She liked how the book taught her to gather evidence from the Bible, take notes about what she finds, organize her notes, and then present what she has found.  While proving that Jesus is God is a hard concept for children to understand this book presented in such a way that children can understand it.  It did a good job of having the characters research this concept and figure out exactly what the Bible says and since Missy was the "you" from the characters of the book, she was researching that concept right along with Hannah.  She really liked how she was a part of the book and I thought this was a great way of making the book feel real to her.  Missy also enjoyed working through the Case Makers Academy online.  It helped her dig deeper in the book and reinforce the concepts she learned.  She liked the activities it had her do like crosswords and games.  I liked the worksheets that reviewed the story and had her looking through the book for answers.  I also liked the Adult Leader Guide that you downloaded with each chapter.  This told you what to read in Forensic Faith (the adult version) and the chapter to read in Forensic Faith for Kids.  It talked about the important concepts in the chapter and gave discussion question you could ask.  This was a good way to get an overview of what Missy would read before she would read it.  I didn't get a chance to read the adult version of Forensic Faith, but it is definitely on my list of books to read.  The Case Makers Academy isn't required for you to read the book, but using it is a great way to reinforce what is taught in the book.  She finished the book last week and finished her work at the Academy on Monday.  She is excited to be a graduate. 
We definitely recommend reading Forensic Faith for Kids.  This book was easy for Missy to read, but it had a lot of great concepts and ideas in it for her to learn.  It also taught her more about defending her faith which is always a good thing.  You can learn more about Forensic Faith for Kids by clicking here.  You can learn about the Case Makers Academy here.  You can check out all the books that David C Cook has to offer by clicking here.  There is also a Facebook group for Forensic Faith for Kids that you can join if you want to.  You can read more about this book by clicking the banner below to see what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew had to say about it.
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