Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Classical Historian

History has never been my forté. To be honest, when I was in school, I hated it. That is until a professor in college made it fun! For the first time ever, I couldn't wait to get to history class. His presentation brought history to life. So of course when teaching my children about history I want to make sure not only are they not bored out their mind, but that I'm not either! That's why I was so excited to get the chance to review a product from the Classical Historian.

The company offers aides to help teach history through games and other creative curriculum ideas. It was founded by a couple, one that was a former public school teacher, looking to make history fun for their own children. They offer a variety of games, curriculum and hands on activities varying in price from $9.95 to $79.99.

I received the the Medieval History Memory Game ($14.95) to use with my kids. It was easy enough for my 3 year old to play and yet introduced my 7 year old to some parts of history we hadn't started learning about. I decided with her that the only way she could get her match was if she could also find a fact about the card she matched.

The game cam with 64 cards and instructions on a couple of different ways to play. The topics are divided into four categories (Europe, The Americas, Far East, Arabia), which could allow you to focus solely on a particular area you were teaching about. My kids love playing matching games so this was a perfect match (no pun intended) for our family to add to our curriculum.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: How Do We Know God is Really There?

Faith is funny's simple enough for a child to easily accept, yet difficult enough for an adult to question. However, just because you believe doesn't mean you or your children don't have questions. Helping your children understand the great universe God has created can sometimes be difficult. That's where Apologia comes in. They offer a variety of products to help navigate those sometimes hard to answer questions. One of those is How Do We Know God is Really There? It's the first in a series of adorable picture books to help introduce your child to ?? concepts of the Christian faith.

How Do We Know God is Really There? follows a little boy named Thomas, as he and his dad spend special time together exploring our solar system. They duo use a telescope to look at the moon, planets and stars, which opens the floor for the question "Dad, how do we we know God is out there?" The dad begins to explain creation in terms of science, while still backing up the Bible.

The book was a fun and imaginative story with wonderful illustrations. My 3-year old son, who is a Cars fanatic, was quickly captivated by the race car running around on Saturn's rings. We enjoyed some special time by reading about Thomas and his dad's special time. You can pick up a copy here for $16. And while your there check out some of the other great products Apologia offers like The Ultimate Homeschool Planner.