Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: The Classical Historian Medieval History Memory Game

We had the opportunity to review The Medieval History Memory Game by The Classical Historian. I must admit at first I wasn't sure how the kids would respond to it, considering we are on our Summer break and anything "School" related over the summer can get a...well..let's say not so nice response. :) I also wasn't sure how the little ones would respond being only 3 and 4, but to my surprise the games are created for students from preschool through the 12th grade. Score! 

The Classical Historian is a family run business that is focused on creating a love for learning History by using Games and Activities. The family consists of John De Gree, his wife Zdenka and their seven children which they homeschool. Mrs. De Gree,while growing up in Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia, found that playing fun games helped her learn simple facts about history and wanted to implement those same ideas here. 

The Memory Game Comes in three different categories, Medieval, American, and Ancient History. We reviewed the Medieval History. The Memory Game comes with two different versions to play. The first is the traditional Memory Game and the second is Categories. Considering the ages of my kids (3-8) we decided to just play the Memory game for now. The game comes with 64 matching cards and instructions for both games. 

I was thinking at first I would just let my older boys 6 and 8, play the game, but the littles were ecstatic at the mention of "Memory" so I decided to start the game with 24 tiles as opposed to 64 and work our way up by adding sets. To my surprise even my 3 year old LOVED the game (enter here sad face that my phone ended up with water damage and I lost the photos of them playing...the face he made making his first match was priceless!) Also, I was thrilled that even though we aren't in "School" at the time, each card sparked questions based on the photos and the names and gave us an opportunity to begin talking about these events. The littles did fantastic and I left the four to continue playing rounds and increasing cards as they go. I'm excited about using this, as well as, their other games and activities as a tool when studying History in the future. I would also highly recommend purchasing any of the 3 games as a tool in your own studies as well.  So, I know your just dying to know how to get your hands on your very own game aren't you?

Well lucky for you, I have the information you need to get one of these bad boys yourself! ;) The Memory Games sell for $14.95 each and can be purchased from their website. By visiting The Classical Historian you can also see the other options they have including go fish games and History Curriculum for 6-12 grades. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: How Do We Know God is Really There?

First off, I'm ecstatic to be writing my FIRST Review for Mosiac Reviews! This is going to be a great tool for our family and I look forward to sharing some fun & useful things with everyone! :) So, without further adieu, here's the first! :) I freely welcome your comments. (Keep them nice please!)

How Do We Know God is Really There? 
By Melissa Cain Travis

I was thrilled with the chance to review this book. Not because we struggle with our Faith or knowing if God exists, but simply because there are times it would be great to have a tool to use when sharing with the others about the Lord. Also, I feel that Science can be awfully confusing when so many subjects contradict what we are taught to believe through the Word of God. I'm Blessed to be able to Homeschool, and know that my Kids are being taught that not only does God exist, but he loves them very much. However, not everyone is called to teach their children, or for others it simply may not be a possibility. So with education not always being faith based, I truly believe this would be a great book to read and share with your kids or others who have questions regarding God's existence. 

Melissa Cain Travis is not only the fabulous creator of this book, but a Homeschooling mom with an advanced degree in Science and Religion from Biola University. She also works along side Apologia and speaks at Apologetic conferences and workshops regarding Science and Faith.

"I love Thomas pretending he's on a skateboard in space"- Princess Peach, 4 yrs

Thomas and his Dad love to spend their evenings together exploring space through the telescope in the backyard tree house. Like most kids, Thomas is curious and asks his Dad, How we Know God is Really There? Together they explore the evidence of God's existence by looking into space.

How do we Know God is Really There?' is just the first of a series of picture books that helps answer questions some might have regarding the Christian Faith.  Even pre-readers will enjoy the illustrations as they do a fabulous job of telling the story as well! My 3 & 4 year old's have sat and read it out loud just by looking at the pictures, but they also enjoy listening to it being read to them.

Although the graphics are easy to interrupt, the book is written so that older kids can understand it more and paint a great picture in their minds. I loved that my kids asked questions as we went along and popped up in the "ah-ha" moments. :)

"It's an awesome book! It really helps you understand that God made everything, something couldn't have come from nothing" Mario, 6

 How Do We Know That God is Really There? is available to purchase through the Apologia Website for only $16, This is a great investment into your book collection, to buy for a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or anyone who has questions or is struggling with understanding creation. My family is really enjoying this book and I'm confident that yours will as well.