20 December 2014

Gifts for All from IEW During the 12 Days of Christmas Giving {and $50 for One of You!}

Whether you are familiar with The Institute for Excellence in Writing, new to them or have heard the rave reviews but not tried their materials yet, you will not want to miss the gifts they have for you December 26th through January 6th.  IEW will be holding their annual 12 Days of Christmas Giving.  Each day something new will be offered - something free!  You need to grab it each day, it won't stick around long.  

If you're like me and likely to forget from time to time, you can sign up and be reminded with a daily email.

Even better, one of you, my readers, will win $50 from IEW.  By entering the giveaway on this form (opens in a new window), you will also receive those daily email reminders.  The form says the giveaway ends 12-22, but we will keep this open through the 30th of December and draw the winner on the 31st.

Sign up now for your opportunity to win $50 at one of my favorite curricula providers and not miss a day of IEW's 12 Days of Christmas Giving!

Thanks to the Institute for Excellence in Writing for providing the prize for this giveaway!

05 December 2014

The Gospel of John ~ The Lumo Project #JohnOnNetflix

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." John 1:1

What some of you probably don't know is that John is my favorite gospel, tied with Genesis for my favorite book in the Bible.  When I first learned about the Lumo Project and that John would the first gospel produced, I knew I wanted to see it.  I wanted everyone to see it -- if it was good enough.

Well, I am happy to say it is not only good enough -- it is even better -- it is awesome (in every sense of the overused word)!  Currently (as of December 1st), you can watch The Gospel of John on Netflix.  You can choose two English versions or a Spanish version.  You are only limited by your access to Netflix.  Our internet speed is too slow to utilize the service.  Our sneak peek of the film (hosted elsewhere) was in HD and had many glitches - due to our internet speed, not the film or the host.  Most of my children (those 8 and up) really enjoyed watching.  Once they realized what they were hearing was word-for-word Scripture, they pulled out their Bibles.  The younger ones were not as captivated.  Family friendly?  Yes.  Dry or boring?  No!  The appeal is definitely for those mid-elementary age and older though. 

You may be wondering why there are two English versions.  First, you need to understand just what this film is.  It is a very authentic and beautifully made film of the life of Jesus.  While you watch and are carried away to first century Israel, you are hearing the Gospel of John (word-for-word text).  The NIV version is read by actor David Harewood; the KJV is read by actor Brian Cox.  The Spanish audio is read from the Reina Valera 1960.  You are still hearing the full sounds of the movie - feet walking, etc. and can almost hear the conversations (though they weren't in English).  These sounds were softer, muted, in the background so that the featured audio is the Scripture.  As a homeschool family, I am aware of how my children learn best - audio, visual, etc.  This film, The Gospel of John,  appeals to all and is as educational as it is enjoyable.

One of the aspects of this film that I find really neat is the possibility for the film to narrated in any language.  It will make the life-giving Gospel available to anyone.  "Ensuring that the Gospels are accessible to all, regardless of their language, location, background and upbringing, is the overriding mission of The Lumo Project."  And a beautiful goal that is.

11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”[f] 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[g]14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,[h]Who bring glad tidings of good things!”[i]16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”[j] 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Keep up with the Lumo Project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  #JohnOnNetflix

Thanks to Propeller Consulting for providing this opportunity.  No compensation was received; these thoughts are my own.

01 December 2014

Must Have Apps for Learning and Fun plus a Kindle Fire Giveaway

Our family has had a tablet (iPad) for just over a year.  We added a second tablet earlier this year and recently, our oldest daughter received an older Kindle Fire.  We are still finding more and more apps that are not only fun but sneak in some learning as well.  Of course, the children prefer the straight-up games, but when we find a game that is not only fun but reinforces something educational, we both win.

Some of our "must haves" are:

  • Audible - great for my dyslexic girl and listening lunches for all of us
  • Stack the States - all of us have fun with this state geography game
  • Word Ring - build words with the letters that drop around the ring before the stacks grow too tall.
  • Geoboard by the Math Learning Center - my youngest son loves this  It's a virtual geoboard with different color bands to place.
  • Guess the Chemical Element - clues to figure out the element
  • Peterson Backyard Birds - we have a physical guide, too, but with this you can hear the birds as well.
  • Skyview - so fun for skygazing
  • You Doodle - Our favorite drawing app.  There are so many options yet it is easy enough the four year old can use it (for hours).
These are all apps we have on our iPads.  We are just starting to look into all the possibilities for the Kindle Fire my daughter has.  She uses it for reading and listening and playing Angry Birds.  I am so thrilled with how much she reads I have no problem with the purely fun game she has.  We'll work on adding some stealth learning things soon!  What do you recommend for a Kindle Fire?

The Crew is on hiatus from writing reviews until January. So while we have a little time on our hands, we thought we'd bless our awesome readers with a super cool Christmas Fire Giveaway! Twenty of our team members and The Old Schoolhouse have joined together to sponsor this incredible giveaway with 3 winners! We are excited to be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Fire HD Tablets!

One person will win a Fire HD 7 Tablet, and TWO people will win a Fire HD 6 Kid's Edition (in your choice of lime green, blue or pink).

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