Friends and Heroes Family Devotion Pack Review

Friends and Heroes Family Devotion Pack Review

{disclaimer ~ Friends and Heroes is a blog sponsor, affiliate links are used}

We have enjoyed Friends and Heroes for many years now. We were given DVD 1 and a Homeschool Unit Study to review and ended up buying the remaining DVDs on our own and have used them ever since! We recently reviewed their new Homeschool Bible Study here, and are excited to share the all new Family Devotion Pack with you!

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  • Devotions based on video adventures and Bible stories that children love.
  • Easy-to-use parent-led devotions created for families with children ages 5-12. 
  • Dynamic, fun devotions designed to get the whole family involved.
  • All materials are printable and reusable (PDF files).
  • Loads of FREE online resources on the Friends and Heroes Children’s Website to supplement your devotional time.

Before I get into my personal review, I want to be sure you know about the current promotion going on, which lasts through Aug. 15, 2016.

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    The new Family Devotional Pack is based on Friends & Heroes Series 1 video episodes which we already owned personally. We got the Family Devotion Pack DVD which contains the materials in PDF form for this review and so far it is my favorite Friends and Heroes addition!

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    I loaded the devotions {in PDF form, I use Dropbox and open in iBooks} onto my iPad to use digitally and printed the worksheets and Bible verse memory cards for Ladybug to use.

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    We haven’t used Friends and Heroes as our main Bible curriculum recently, it’s been a few years. I honestly wanted to try out this new set to see if it might be a good addition for her for the coming school year.
    We sat and watched the first episode together, and she was reminded how much she loves it. I chose to print the Extra! Extra! worksheet which led us on a Bible discovery all about fish. One of the featured Bible stories in episode 1 is based on The Miraculous Catch of Fish from Luke 5. The extension activity was really neat as it took us on a journey of looking things up in the Bible.
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      Below you can see her almost complete sheet. We answered questions together like…

    How many fish were used to feed the 5000?

    On what day did God create fish?

    Which Old Testament character was swallowed by a big fish?

      and more! This was a really neat activity and prompted some great discussion.
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    I am planning to continue to use the Family Devotion Pack with Ladybug. I know it is intended for families but my boys just don’t have the time to add something like this into their school schedule and my oldest is a bit too old.

    I want her to go back through the video series, they are just SO good and teach so much church history as well as specific Bible stories. I like this Family Devotion Pack because of the discussion, simple extension printables and verse cards. It is just the simple plan I need with her to take her through Friends and Heroes again. She was really little when we used it as our main Bible curriculum.

    Here’s the general layout I plan to follow…

    • Watch the episode together
    • Read the devotion together and discuss
    • Do one extension activity {I choose from the options in advance and have it printed}
    • Use the Bible Verse Memory cards

    The Family Devotion Pack is designed for families doing devotions together and I definitely recommend it for that purpose. As you can see it is extremely flexible and can be adapted to use however best fits your family.

      

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    Math Grab ~ A Fun Multiplication Game for Kids

    Math Grab Multiplication Card Game for Kids

    {disclaimer ~ Math Grab is a blog sponsor and sent us a game to review}

    Memorizing multiplication facts is a task all kids must do!  Anything to make this more fun and hands-on is a plus in my book!  We were sent the Math Grab game to review and I used it with my son, who is in 4th grade.  He knows all of his multiplication facts but is a bit slower with some so this was a GREAT game for him!

    What is Math Grab?

    Math Grab Multiplication Card Game

    Math Grab is a fun Multiplication Card Game to help kids learn their multiplication times tables! Unlike most other methods kids use to learn multiplication, Math Grab uses a new effective, fun, and quick way to get kids to memorize times tables. The game is simple. Each round, one player flips over a card, and everyone else quickly reviews their cards to determine if they have a match.. if so GRAB IT and discard. First player to discard all cards wins!  See more about how to play here!

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    He is HIGHLY competitive so this game is a winner in our house!  He wants to be faster with all facts so he can beat me!  As you can see below, I had a multiplication chart next to him to glance at if he came upon a fact he couldn’t remember.  Having to look made him slower, but gave him the confidence in having the ability to self-correct if needed.

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    Math Grab is a great addition to our homeschool, it is now on his lesson plan to play at least once a week with a parent for review of multiplication facts!

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    Friends and Heroes Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum Review and Giveaway

    Friends and Heroes Homeschool Bible Study Review

    We have loved Friends and Heroes for many years now.  They are currently a blog sponsor and sent us their new Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum to review!  It was great timing as I was ready for something new to try with Ladybug who is almost 7 and in 1st grade.  After looking at the initial lessons, I was thrilled!

    I began using the curriculum with her a few weeks ago and so far it is a good fit for her.  She already loves Friends and Heroes so she was naturally drawn to it and very excited.

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    Here are some details about the curriculum itself…

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    • Lessons based on video adventures and Bible stories children love.
    • Easy-to-use homeschool Bible study curriculum designed for students ages 7-11 years.
    • Active, creative lessons that help kids learn while having fun!
    • Helpful teacher’s guide.
    • All materials are printable and reusable (PDF files) and can be used with multiple students simultaneously or over multiple school years!
    • Loads of FREE online resources on our Children’s Website at www.friendsandheroes.tv to supplement your class time.
    • Read even more about this curriculum here!

     

    Our experience so far…

    I printed the first few weeks of the student pages and am keeping the teacher’s guide on my computer to reference. I put her papers in a 3 ring binder to make it easy for us to read together. 

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    Ladybug is loving our discussions and the movies especially.  She loves work like the word search shown below so I am pulling resources from the Children’s Website mentioned above.  The curriculum itself is mostly discussion so far, with a bit of writing from the child.  She is one who really enjoys writing activities {NOT at all like my boys}!

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    Below you can see one of her activities, which she did after discussing the Bible story about Jesus and Simon Peter and the fish! We had a GREAT discussion which stemmed from the curriculum, all about the disciples and how Jesus called them.  Her assignment was to illustrate “Jesus Loves Me” and as she did, we discussed this in depth.

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    One thing I really love about this new Bible Study Curriculum is the options for purchase.  You can choose a DVD, a digital download, a pre-printed curriculum, and one with or without the DVDs {in case you already own them}.

    We will be continuing on with this curriculum after this review, she is really enjoying it and I am loving our discussions.  We already loved the DVDs so this is a natural fit for us. I look forward to digging deeper into the curriculum with her.  I am so glad we got the chance to review this and can continue to use it in our homeschool.  Stay tuned, I bet you’ll be seeing more about us using it on Instagram or in my homeschool wrap-up posts!

     

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    Even better, there is an awesome promotion going on right now AND a special just for my readers!  These promotional offers will expire Feb. 5, 2016. The discounts below include Friends and Heroes curriculum resources for homeschoolers and churches. This includes the Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum!

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    Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Review and Giveaway

    Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint

    {disclaimer ~ Kwik Stix is a blog sponsor and sent us a pack to review, affiliate links are used in this post}

    I thought we had all of the art supplies we wanted to have.  Boy, was I wrong! When Kwik Stix contacted us to become a blog sponsor I didn’t expect to be so impressed with these paint sticks!  Impressed is definitely the word.  The full review is below, but in short – yes, you want these!  They are an awesome addition to your art area!

    So, what are Kwik Stix?

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    They are solid tempera paint sticks, in lipstick-like tubes.  They dry in 90 seconds or less – we have confirmed this many times!  My kids are simply amazed by this. They don’t need water, are very low-prep, low-mess, and high-fun!

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    I was concerned that they would run out quickly but I think I was wrong.  I twisted the stick up so you could see how much is in the tube.  I think they will last awhile and be worth the cost!

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    The reason I wasn’t expecting to be impressed…

    I thought they would just feel like markers. I couldn’t imagine how they could actually feel and look like paint.  I was wrong! The smooth gliding feel is totally different than markers and they give a vibrant look of paint. I found myself painting with them along with my kids.  For some reason they are very soothing to use, they slide on the paper easily.

    In action at our house…

    Recently we used our Kwik Stix with our Christmas Ornament printables.

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    The thick lines on these ornaments made them a great fit for the thicker Kwik Stix. Even my biggest boy couldn’t resist joining us for a relaxing art time!

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    The finished ornament decorating our homeschool room!

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    Final thoughts…

    I definitely recommend adding these to your art supply stash.  I wish I had found these earlier, I think they would have been great for Tot School and Preschool.  You can get Kwik Stix here on Amazon!

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