Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum

Friends and Heroes Homeschool Curriculum

We are thrilled to have Friends & Heroes as a blog sponsor and were honored to be able to review their Homeschool Curriculum

{Be sure to read at the end of the post for discount codes!}

Friends and Heroes Bible Based DVDs

PacMan watched Friends and Heroes years ago and LOVED it!  If you aren’t familiar with Friends and Heroes, here is the description from their website

Friends and Heroes is an animated children’s adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows two young friends, Macky and Portia, as they fight for justice against the Roman Empire.  Each episode consists of two Bible Stories in which children can learn about characters from the Old and New Testament.

I honestly had no clue that they had a homeschool curriculum so you can imagine my excitement when they contacted me to become a blog sponsor and send me a review package!  I already loved the show, so it was a perfect fit!

Friends and Heroes Homeschool Unit Study 1Friends and Heroes award-winning adventures and Bible stories on DVD accompanied by an exciting, cross-curricular Homeschool Unit Study – easy-to-use, hands-on, attractively designed, colorful and FUN! The material is highly adaptable and may be easily incorporated with your other homeschooling activities to provide two to four weeks of learning. Ideal for students 7 to 11 years of age.

Unit Study 1 includes:

  • Friends and Heroes DVD Episode 1- Long Journey – which serves as stimulus material for cross-curricular studies
  • All teacher and student’s materials – included on CD-ROM – printable and reusable
  • Learner-centered, self-guided Unit Study manuals
  • Teacher’s Guide – with learning goals, background details, answer keys, internet links
  • Certificates of Achievement and binder covers

Unit Study 1 covers:

  • History/Geography: The Romans; Roman Trade; Roman money; Roman import and exports
  • Creative writing: Journal writing; Written expression and narration; Copy writing
  • Bible study: Daniel and the lions’ den and Jesus and the miraculous catch of fish; The Early Church
  • Science: Silver; Sand and cement; Greek and Roman discoveries
  • Crafts: Sculpture; Paper weaving; Pottery
  • Discipleship: Trusting others; Pride; Worries

We received the disks in the mail quickly and I popped them in and saw them nicely organized for me to print what I needed.

Friends and Heroes Unit One Files

 

I used 1/2” binders {for now} and made a student book and a teacher book {top}.Friends and Heroes -5306

 

We had fun diving into the first unit, and completed the lessons, but omitted creative writing and crafts.  We really enjoyed the history of Rome lesson, the science experiment and the Bible lesson focusing on Daniel!  For my kids, I will need to pick and choose which parts we use since our time is filled up with other subjects and learning. I chose what I thought were the meatiest lessons and we did those!

During the readings from the history/geography lesson, I gave the kids coloring pages that I printed from their website here.  Ladybug especially liked seeing the characters from the DVD we had just watched!  Krash chose to color our cover {which comes with the homeschool curriculum}.

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On our second day we were only going to watch a portion of the DVD again {as the manual recommended} but they begged to watch it all again.  So, we did.  It is an excellent show, so I didn’t mind at all!

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We did a science experiment with silver {the father in the movie is a silversmith} learning all about luster, tarnish, and malleability! This was a hit of course!

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Even I enjoyed seeing the chemical reaction!

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Additional online resources…

The Friends and Heroes Children’s website has tons of additional resources also.  Here are just the activities for episode 1!  There are games, quizzes and more! I will be investigating this more to find the best additions to our studies!

Friends and Heroes Online Puzzles and Games

What did the kids think?

PacMan {age 11} He enjoyed it but is definitely on the higher “age” end for the series.  He said he does want to keep watching and the learning is good for him, even if he doesn’t always enjoy listening to the history lessons! Science is always a hit and he loved the first experiment.

Krash {age 7} He LOVED the video, begged to watch the next one immediately after!  It is absolutely perfect for his age and interest level. He tolerated the history lesson and honestly didn’t retain much, but that is fine with me since he is on the younger end for the “school” part of this. I think in the future the historical concepts presented in the movies will sink in naturally as we keep learning together.  He too loved the silver experiment.

Ladybug {age 4} She also loved the movie!  I wasn’t sure she would, but she really did!  I have no clue what she is picking up on educationally, but I love having something she can easily be a part of and experience with us.

Mom ~ I absolutely love these movies, even I learn a lot about history from them!  I sit and watch with the kids, just like I did when Pac watched them years ago. The history lesson was a lot of me reading, since there’s no way Krash could have read it to himself. The kids got fidgety which is why I had coloring available. The content was awesome. It was nice to have it all in one place and to have the answers to the worksheets right there. I enjoyed having several lessons to choose from {History/Geography, Craft, Writing, Science, Bible Study, Discipleship}. 

Will we be using this next year?

I am still in prayer but I think so, definitely the DVDs.  I am praying about the cost, and fitting the lessons in on top of what we already have.  Last year we used What’s in the Bible and it was a great addition. I knew I wanted to change things up a bit this year {just for variety} and this might be the perfect fit. The DVD aspect is a huge bonus for me. I LOVE that I can add in extra learning easily {focusing on History, Geography, Science, and Bible Study for our family} with little prep time. I have about a month to decide!

 

Interested?

From now until July 31, 2013 you can get the following discounts applied to your order…

  • 20% off Friends and Heroes Homeschool resources {that’s what we reviewed}
  • 10% off other Friends and Heroes curriculum resources
  • Plus, the price of the Friends & Heroes DVDs for home use has recently been reduced by 25%!

    Visit THIS LINK to see the different discount codes to use for each category!

Homeschool Lunch Made EASY

I hate stopping in the middle of the school day to make lunch.  Even more than that, I hate to clean up after lunch.  When I stumbled upon EasyLunchboxes, I was HOOKED even before they arrived.

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We were recently sent a set of Easy Lunchboxes along with a cooler to review. I am about to admit how truly dorky I am. I was probably more excited for these to arrive in the mail than I have been for any other item we have had sent to us for a review!!!!! Yup, I LOVE containers and I knew if these ended up being half as great in person as they appeared online, I was in for a plastic container state of bliss.

They arrived and I tore into the box to find my plastic slice of heaven. They ARE better in person! I honestly had 2 main concerns that I knew I would have to figure out when they actually arrived…

  1. How easy the lids came off, and if they sealed enough for my liking without being too tight or too loose. They are PERFECT, seriously. Somehow they stay on, but yet the kids can open them alone.
  2. The quality of the plastic itself. I have used both Tupperware and also Ziploc…and I don’t loveeither. Tupperware tends to be a bit too tough for my liking, and the lids are often too tight and secure for me. Ziploc {and other cheaper brands} are too flimsy and don’t cut it for me either. Easy Lunchboxes are the perfect middle ground, Honestly I was shocked, they are much sturdier than Ziploc-ish containers, but the lids are still able to be removed easily.

Within hours of their arrival, they were neatly stacked in my fridge like this…IMG_3418…all ready for the next day. I also decided to color coordinate the boys’ juice cups {they only get 1 per day} and pre-fill those too. The container under the juice cups is the morning snack, and to the left are the boys’ water bottles.

Lunch the next day was a dream {and each day since then}. I pulled out the boxes and handed them out. It was wonderful.IMG_3514

After lunch, what wasn’t eaten, got left in the Easy Lunchbox and put right back into the fridge to be eaten before afternoon snack!!!! This was a feature I hadn’t thought of! It makes lunch easily re-storable for those little sweethearts who don’t eat all of their healthy food only to beg for snacks later. We don’t offer our children alternative meals, and if they don’t eat what is served, they are either done for the day {if it is dinner} or if it can be saved, it will be saved for the next time they are hungry. Easy Lunchboxes make this plan work beautifully!!!!

The boxes that were emptied went into the sink, and that was the ONLY mess I had to worry about! I didn’t have to clean up the entire kitchen after preparing lunch in the middle of our homeschooling day. Nor did I need to stop early to begin preparing lunch!!!! Doing the prep work at night saved me tons of stress!!!

I LOVE these things!!!!!! I highly recommend them to all of you…both for home use and for traveling use. Whether you homeschool or pack your child’s lunch for “going” school…they are perfect!

1000 Subscribers Celebration ~ Brainy Baby Puzzles

Krash is working pretty hard, and he loved what he was doing!

I am SO excited to have Brainy Baby as a sponsor of our celebration! Not only are they a sponsor, they are giving away 6 different products (and they sent all 6 to Krash and Ladybug to review for you)!!! You’ll have to stay tuned to see what else they are giving away, but for today, here’s their first great giveaway…


I immediately loved these simple and colorful animal puzzles and figured Krash would too. I put them on one of his trays and he was instantly attracted to them (which does NOT always happen!!!). He likes puzzles, so that’s a plus.


I showed him how to do one of them and then let him work away. He was able to complete them on his own with minimal help from me. He stuck with it and completed them all!


After he finished I showed him how he could flip them over to see the big words on the back. He enjoyed this also!


These are great, simple, 3-piece puzzles, just perfect for Tot School! You can buy your own set here.

1000 Subscribers Celebration ~ Kimochi

Want to meet K’s new friends? Want to see what awesome toy we are using along with our new Feelings Tot Book?

When I stumbled across this product on another blog I was instantly intrigued. I went straight to their website to begin reading and was very impressed with this! I contacted the owner, who is a wonderful lady ;) and asked her to be a part of our celebration! Not only did she say yes, but she so kindly sent Krash his very own Kimochi Cloud and an extra feeling pack! What in the world is a Kimochi Cloud and a Feeling Pack, you ask? Well, let me tell you a bit about them!

These are the oh-so-cute Kimochis…

This is the Kimochi Cloud that Krash is now in love with…
The Cloud itself comes with the 3 feelings shown and we also got to try out this extra set! In our extra set there was one particular feeling that Krash was quite fond of…jealous! I have no idea why really, he barely understands what jealous even means, but he loves this little green guy!

When our Kimochi came in the mail I gave it to Krash and just let him explore…
Then we began to discuss the different feelings and we made their faces! Here he is beingsurprised…
Krash (and even Pac Man-age 7) has spent tons of time playing with his Kimochi, with and without me. For awhile he slept with a few of the little feelings (jealous included) but then we began to lose them in the covers so I made him stop sleeping with them!
I was so inspired by this toy that I also created a Tot Book all about feelings to kick off our new school year!!! We will be using our Kimochi along with our Tot Book to really work on identifying all of our feelings and how to handle them.

This toy is creative, open-ended, fun, and educational. It is well made, adorable and loved by my boys! I highly recommend a Kimochis, especially if you have a younger child who struggles with emotions at all. You can buy your own Kimochi here and read all of the wonderful ideas they have on their site!