One of the things I like A LOT about homeschooling is getting to do science experiments. I have always liked science and enjoy watching science come to life through experiments. So when I was given the opportunity to review Amazing Science! DVD set, I said "Yes, pick me, pick me"

The Amazing Science! DVD's were created by Jason Gibson. He has taken the time to walk through each of the experiments and explain the how's and why's behind them. It's a science lesson & fun experiment all in one! A little about Mr. Gibson: he has an MS in Electrical Engineering & one in Physics, and has worked for NASA for several years prior to leaving to work on his video series. With this, he brings a wealth of knowledge behind each science lesson, and because of his love for science & math, our children truly benefit. His website, ScienceandMath.com, offers video's in math from basic math to calculus, as well as the Amazing Science DVD's, Physics, & Chemistry. His goal: to create "a set of resources where you can learnn about Science and Math but more importantly you'll learn how they fit together" (scienceandmath.com).
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The Amazing Science! DVD set includes:
  • 2 DVDs - 23 Experiments!
  • Learn about Heat, Electricity, Magnetism, Chemistry, Physics, more!
  • Easy to Find Materials!
  • Multiple Camera Views!
  • Understand Every Concept - Make Science Exciting!
  You can see the whole list of experiments here

The videos are great to watch & the experiments are EASY & FUN to do. Mr. Gibson's explanations after each of the experiments allows you to really get a grasp of the concepts behind them. This is great! It's not always a simple task to explain science, but he does it smoothly and makes it seem straight forward.

As I said, I have always loved science & experiments. I love that there is so much that The Lord gave us to explore everywhere we look. One of Mr. Gibson's statement in his About This Site section of ScienceandMath.com says so this exactly:

"Learning doesn't have to be from a textbook:
you can learn science just by taking the time to look at the world around you
Here is a great, quick, trailer of the DVD set:
You can watch more interesting experiment videos on Science and Math's website, too.

We really enjoyed watching these videos. We performed a few of the experiments and, amazingly, they ALL worked! This doesn't always happen in our house, lol. The first experiment we did was getting an egg in a bottle. It didn't work at first, but I figured out (after listening to my DD) that I wasn't doing it the right way. Once I did, BAM, the egg was in. It was amazing!! And cool. I will say, though we liked the explanations of each of the experiments, some of them seemed very drawn out. I felt we "got it" early into his explanation but he kept going on, which seemed boring to the kids. I can understand the need for reiterating some of the information, but for us, it wasn't necessary in a few of the cases. This certainly did not deter us away from the videos at all. We continued watching & learning. 

 You can purchase the Amazing Science! volume 1 and watch & learn about all of the experiments for just $19.95 which includes both DVD's filled with experiments. You can also get these great video's now by purchasing the downloadable version for $17.99. You can also sign-up to receive free videos via email at ScienceandMath.com.  

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"The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting;
Give me understanding, and I shall live."

Psalm 119:144
 
 
I have had the pleasure of reviewing Classical Academic Press different times as a member of the TOS crew. Their company offers excellent curriculum for languages, poetry, logic, & Bible. They also offer classical education sources that can help you on your path of homeschooling the classical way. After reviewing their logic course, the Art of Argument and one of their latin courses, Latin Alive, I was excited to be able to again have the opportunity to review another of their sources. God's Great Covenant is a new Bible study course they offer that is geared for children grades 4 and up. At this time, there are 2 courses for the Old Testament and 1 for the New Testament.

We were blessed with the New Testament course. We received the Bible Course and the Teacher's Edition book. This course is wonderful. It offers children (& their parents) a down-to- earth approach of explaining The Gospels. Children can work alone or as a family, and learn about the historical, cultural, and geographical settings that existed at the time Jesus walked on this earth as they read through the 6 different introductions: Introduction, Historical & Political Intro, Chronological Intro, Geographical Intro, Religious Intro, & Daily Life Intro. These introductions discuss the Old Testament prophecies as well as other relevant facts & points. After the intro's, there are 4 units filled with lessons, worksheets, devotional guides, quizzes, and more. From CAP's description, the features are:
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  • 36 weekly chapters, divided into 4 themed units
  • Each chapter contains: a memory page that includes a weekly memory verse; Key facts chart, fulfillment of prophecy section; A thought-provoking “Think About It” question that encourages children to consider how to relate to God in their own lives
  • A worksheet and quiz
  • Unit reviews that contain a memory verse worksheet, devotional guide, and a fun short story of life in Simon’s world

Below are sample sheets from the Bible course. You can also view a sample lesson here, which includes the first introduction lesson and the first lesson of Unit 1. The review worksheet below asks specific questions from the lesson, which will help reinforce what was learned. The maps that are throughout the course, are very detailed. Because I enlarged the photo, it is not as clear as it is in the book, but if you view the sample lesson, you can see it clearly on page 43. 
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The Teacher's Edition provides you with the complete student course with answers. There are ideas and explanations to help you as you work with your child. There is also plenty of room to make notes right on the page, as you can see in the picture to the left. You can also view a sample of the Teacher's Edition here. I believe you be impressed with the care and detail that was put into this curriculum. 

You can purchase the student's edition for $26.95, the Teacher's Edition for $29.95, or as a bundle for $56.95. With the bundle, you will also receive the Audio Book Download., which sells for $9.95. This download includes MP3 files of the readings in God's Great Covenant book. They are "engagingly read by Christopher Perrin." There are over 3 hours of readings and include 32 stories from the 4 Gospel's. You and your child will enjoy listening along. 

We were delighted with this curriculum. We have been searching through the various Bible studies that are available and have found that God's Great Covenant is comprehensive yet easy to use. Both of my kids enjoyed working through the lessons and it has offered us a deeper understanding of some of the stories from The Gospels. This is always a plus.

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In Jan of 2010, Dr. Gary Chapman's book The 5 Love Languages, was published. This New York Times bestseller offered couples an insight into the different languages of love that each one may have; some alike & some completely opposite of their spouse.

Now, there is a wonderful new book by Dr. Chapman & Dr. Ross Campbell that can help you understand the The 5 Love Languages of Children. This book brings to light the interpretation of love from a child's eyes. We know that children are not just little adults, but we often forget, or don't realize, that they see the world with totally different colored glasses than we adults do. Sometimes we may remember our own thoughts from childhood, but as adults, our memories & ideas may have become skewed or altered. The 5 Love Languages of Children allows us to reconfigure our thought process just a little in order to speak to our children on their love level.
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"To be their best, children need to feel loved.
But if you and your child speak different love languages,
your affection might get lost in translation, affecting the child’s attitude, behavior, & development. Dr. Gary Chapman’s groundbreaking Five Love Languages series has helped millions of couples communicate love more clearly, and Dr. Ross Campbell M.D. has applied the innovative system to children as well. The 5 Love Languages of Children gives practical suggestions for learning how your children interpret love and creating a sense of security in which they can thrive." (5lovelanguages.com)

On To The Contest: I have been given the opportunity to offer to giveaway The 5 Love Languages of Children to one of you. This contest is easy to enter, too.

 
 
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There is a great new book that I have been given the opportunity to review: A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Rick Osborne & Gary Chapman. This book is wonderfully creative in helping children (and their parents) learn the art of love & their own "love language".

A Perfect Pet for Peyton is like a partner book to The 5 Love Languages of Children only in a "language" that children can understand. 

The setting is a birthday party at a pet store; what a better way to help children learn about love. Most children love animals, love parties, & love pet stores. But love means more than just desire to have, and that's a lesson that can be learned.

The illustrations are fun and colorful, and there are games/activities throughout the book for children to play. They encourage interaction and offers a challenge while reading or being read to. This is the description from the publisher:  

"This wonderfully imaginative children's hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, featuring four-color illustrations (with hidden details!) by Wilson Williams, Jr., will help children learn the importance of love. Based on Gary's highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again."
You can purchase A Perfect Pet for Peyton through a number of vendors: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, & ChristianBook.com are just a few. Amazon lists it for $11.55, which seems to be the best price.

You can click the following links to learn more or connect:
  A Perfect Pet for Peyton: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/resource/a-perfect-pet-for-peyton/
5 Love Languages of Children: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/resource/the-five-love-languages-of-children/
The 5 Love Languages: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/5LoveLanguages
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/drgarychapman
About A Perfect Pet for Peyton: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/resource/a-perfect-pet-for-peyton/

Now For The Giveaway! This giveaway has ended. Thank you for all that participated and congratulations to the winner: C. Owens! 
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