Birth of Jesus Review & Giveaway

Grapevine Bible Studies The Birth of Jesus

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links used in this post, I also received a free copy of the Birth of Jesus student and teacher eBook}

We have used and loved Grapevine Bible Studies for years!  This year we decided to use the Birth of Jesus mini study for part of our Christmas learning.  We already had the Beginner Level Birth of Jesus Study eBooks and Dianna from Grapevine kindly sent me the Traceable eBook {student and teacher} to review with Ladybug!

I don’t print my manual, I load it into iBooks and use my iPad, as shown below.  I also use my phone with the Bible app ready to go with our verses for the lesson. This helps me stay more streamlined in my teaching and works better for me.

The Birth of Jesus Grapevine Bible Study for Kids

 

I made each of my kids a mini book with their drawing pages inside.  I printed the beginner pages for my boys {ages 7 and 11} and printed the tracer pages for Ladybug {age 4}

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Each of my kids has a different color rectangle on the cover to easily grab the right one.  I made a few extra colors and left the names off in case you’d like to use them too.

 Download the covers here!

The Birth of Jesus Bible Study Covers

This study is 7 lessons, taking your kids through the events and people surrounding the Birth of Jesus; Mary, Joseph, The Birth, Shepherds, The Temple, The Wise Men, & Herod.

I set my kids up like this each day, using our lap trays from Michaels and our color coded school supply buckets.

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I stand at the dry erase board and teach them from there.  Stick figures make me happy.  Even I can draw them!

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I love how simple this study is, and that it is only 7 lessons.  Yes it is simple, but it is powerful.  The discussions that have stemmed from our lessons so far have been phenomenal!  I am so very thankful we decided to use it this year. It is one of the only things we can successfully learn together with the age range I have {ages 4, 7, 11}.

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My favorite drawing from the study so far is definitely from my oldest son, who manages to make his drawings quite unique! I shared this on Instagram here!

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This particular Instagram post got some questions about how we explain the concept of “virgin” to our young kids.  I answered over in the comments of the Instagram post if you’d like to see!

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It is not too late to use this study this December, since it is only 7 lessons you have plenty of time!  You can purchase it today and get started almost immediately as there is very little prep work! 

Buy it now and if you win the giveaway you’ll get your money back

Be sure to use the 20% discount code too: DecBlog.

Enter to win the eBook version of The Birth of Jesus Student and Teacher manual below in the Rafflecopter widget.  You get to choose the level if you are the winner.  This is a fast giveaway, ending Friday 12/13/13, so I can get the prize out this weekend for the winner!

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Lola’s ABC Party 2 ~ Learning App Review and Giveaway

Lola's ABC Party 2

We were given Lola’s ABC Party 2 to review thanks to our blog sponsor Lola Panda.  This game has a free version available here to try out {Android free here}, and a full version available for $1.99 for Apple or Android.

We had a few Lola games prior to this one being given to us so Ladybug recognized the panda when I gave her the app to review for me!  This one is a higher Kindergarten level so she isn’t the target age for it, and I had to help her a lot.  She did enjoy it when I was with her and I think she will like it a lot next year!

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This is a literacy focused app and teaches spelling, word construction and word recognition to children ages 5-8.

This game encourages the learning progress by rewarding children with fun surprises when they achieve success. The fun they’re having motivates them to continue, and to learn even more! For younger children, Lola’s ABC Party would be a better choice!

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Here’s a video trailer to give you a better idea of what this game focuses on!

 

Use Rafflocopter to enter to win one of 5 codes to download the full version of Lola’s ABC Party 2 {reg price: $1.99} These codes are only for Apple devices, and will be emailed directly to the winner using the email you provide below in Rafflecopter!

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 11/17/13.

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A Light for My Path ~ Review & Giveaway

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I am excited to share a new book from Apologia called A Light for My Path by Davis Carman.  I was sent this book to review and am honored to have Apologia as a blog sponsor. Help your children fall in love with God’s Word while learning their ABC’s with this beautifully illustrated book based on Psalm 119. This is so much more than an ABC book, introducing the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet and twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

A Light for My Path is simply beautiful.  I showed it to my daughter, who loves animals, and she was in love.  She looked at it periodically for a couple of weeks and then it was on my desk for awhile and out of her sight.  A couple of weeks ago I set it back out and just happened to be there when she saw it.  I promise these photos are not staged, at all!

She went nuts hugging all over the book, so excited to see it!

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It was really quite amusing, and yes I was thinking to myself, “Man these will make great photos for my review post!”

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I did ask her to show me a page, which she is doing below.  This gives you an idea of what the book is like on the inside.  Each page features a beautiful illustration and a large letter.  The left page says the same phrase on every page, so we shortened it as we read.  It does get repetitive when reading to a 4 year old, although some will love this, she did not. 

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In the back of the book, you’ll find Psalm 119  {which is an acrostic poem} written out in full.  You also see the Hebrew letter of the alphabet that correlates with each stanza at the top of each page.  What an amazing learning tool right at your fingertips!

We love this book and are happy to own it thanks to Apologia!


Along with this new book, Davis Carman has also written another amazing book we own and love, Good Morning God.  I purchased this book over a year ago and it is one of K’s favorites! Good Morning God

For our giveaway today, one of you will receive BOTH books {and the coloring book that goes with Good Morning, God}!

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Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open to US residents only, and ends on November 14, 2013.

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All About Reading Giveaway

All About Reading Giveaway

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I am thrilled to host a giveaway for All About Reading!  You choose the level if you win! 

You can read my recent review of All About Reading Level 2 here…

All About Reading Level 2 Review

If you are the winner, you may choose from any available All About Reading Level…

Pre-Reading

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

You will also receive the Deluxe Interactive Kit along with level 1, 2, or 3. {Pre 1 is already a deluxe package}

Use Rafflecopter to enter below {if you don’t see the widget, be sure you are viewing on a computer and on the actual blog, not email or RSS feed}. 

Giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents and is open until November 11, 2013.

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Integrity Time Online Review & Giveaway

Integrity Time Online Review

I was given the following items to review…

After spending hours looking over this, I made the decision to use it for our character development this year!  It seems like a perfect fit and I think the music will really draw my kids in, they LOVE music!  Since my kids are ages 4, 7, and 11 I decided to go with the Know It {recommended for ages 4-7} curriculum, and focus on Ladybug and Krash mainly.  I won’t require PacMan to participate, but he will always be welcome.

To prepare for our year, I created a lesson binder, and a song binder.

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I also printed and laminated the characters and made popsicle stick puppets.  I had a long piece of styrofoam so I made a little display to make it easier to find them during our lessons.

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PacMan snapped some pictures while I was teaching the very first lesson, on our 2nd day of homeschool this year. 

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My favorite parts of this program are  the characters and the music.  When I presented the characters to my kids, they loved them.

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We met 4 characters on the first day,

  • Complaining Clemo
  • Helpful Henry
  • Positive Polly
  • Selfish Sellie

Just the characters alone were such a fabulous teaching tool as the kids could really relate to the faces the characters were making. 

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I made a playlist for the music and it was really easy to jump to the songs {which are specifically listed out for you in the manual}.

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What I Love ~

The music!  It is awesome and although not faith based, it aligns with my Christian faith.  The messages are definitely messages I want my kids hearing.  My kids LOVE the music, especially Ladybug, who dances around!

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The characters!  With the program, you get printable characters and I love the artwork.  The names are great, and are really meaningful to my kids.  This hands on addition makes the lessons come to life in a great way.

The lesson manual, song printables, and organization.  It really is all prepared at the beginning of the year and then I can just sit down and teach. It took some prep work in the beginning, but now I am done and just teach!

 

Thoughts to Consider ~

I have no negatives for you, just some thoughts to consider.  The curriculum is written to a class, not a family.  This is fine and is adjustable as you speak to your kids if homeschooling, but it is something I think as a homeschooler you might like to know!

There aren’t new characters presented with every lesson.  My kids LOVE the characters so I needed to bring them out for each new lesson.  I wish there was a new one introduced in each lesson. For lessons that don’t have a new character we just review and role play with the ones we have already met.

 

Final Thoughts ~

Obviously I have positive overall thoughts, as we have chosen to use this as our character program for the year. We are up to our 4th lesson, doing one per week, and I am already seeing great results.  The other day at our camper, one of our kids was being grumpy and complaining, and Ladybug said, “He’s being like Complaining Clemo!”  While it wasn’t exactly fabulous that she called her brother out, I was thrilled to see the lesson stuck!

If you are looking for a character development program to use, I definitely recommend looking into Integrity Time.  You can see more in my Learning with Ladybug series, where I share a bit about what we did each week!


Integrity Time is offering a giveaway for you!  Enter to win your choice of either Integrity Time Online Program!

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Based on the program you’d like to win, please choose which Rafflecopter widget to use.  The top is for the Know it {ages 4-7}, and the bottom is for the Grow It {ages 7-11}.  You may enter both, but you may only win one.

Giveaway is open worldwide, US winners will receive actual CDs, all others will receive a download of the music.  Curriculum is an online subscription. Giveaway ends 10/2/13.

1) 1 Integrity Time Online Know It 1 Year subscription and Know It! CD

· ABC Integrity Time Know It (preschool – 1st grade) is a unique program designed to teach our young children foundational values of Integrity. It includes 26 Lessons based on the ABC’s – A stands for Attitude, B stands for Behavior, C stands for Cooperation, etc. The children will learn through games, special snacks, fun puppets, and creative songs many lessons about the importance of choosing what is true and good and right.

· The Integrity Time Online subscriber will receive the entire 26 lesson curriculum in PDF format, along with excellent resources and supplemental materials to expand the Integrity Time Lessons.

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2) 1 Integrity Time Online Grow It 1 Year Subscription and Grow It! CD

· Integrity Time Grow It (2nd-4th grades) teaches children about some of the pitfalls which hinder integrity, including cheating, teasing, tattling, being mean, and being lazy, and shows how to avoid these pitfalls. The program encourages integration into the academic world of reading, creative writing, journaling, and art through guided journal entries, and student booklets. Integrity Time Grow It includes 26 lessons with 26 original integrity stories.

· The Integrity Time Online subscriber will receive the entire 26 lesson curriculum in PDF format, along with excellent resources and supplemental materials to expand the Integrity Time Lessons.

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