Groovy Lab in a Box Giveaway

Enter to win a fabulous subscription to Groovy Lab in a Box.  The winner will get a year’s worth of amazing science activities to do with her (or his) children.  All you have to do to win (well, to have a chance to win) is enter below!

@GroovyLabinaBox #STEM #giveaway perfect for #homeschool science curriculum

Sponsored by: Groovy Lab in a Box

 Hosted by: The Squishable Baby

 Groovy Lab in a Box is a monthly subscription STEM box with comprehensive hands-on activities in engineering, physics, chemistry and math. Your child will be treated to a full year-long science curriculum – focused on developing experimentation, creativity, and problem solving skills – all while creating a love for science. Groovy Lab in a Box is fun, engaging and complete science learning experience. Look at how much we enjoyed our launch-it box…

Experimentation is fun!

and

Learning About Elastics

 

All of the monthly boxes are unique. With one investigation a month, your child will get a full learning experience through Groovy Lab in a box’s Beyond the Box which includes supplemental videos, games and online activities. By the time your year is complete, your child will receive exposure to all branches of science!

 

This is the perfect for your year-long homeschool science curriculum

 

Enter Below for your chance to win a 1-Year Subscription to Groovy Lab in a Box.

 

 

 

 

Giveaway open October 14-November 4, 2014. Open to US residents only. RV $280.

 

The Squishable Baby and all participating Bloggers are not responsible for prize distribution.

Enjoy! –Wren

 

Just in time for Halloween!

I found these fabulous spooky goblets at our local CVS (2 for $5.00) can’t beat that for an impulse buy.

Goblet 1Perfect for traveling (as they are plastic) I plan to take these on our next trip to toast our 10 year anniversary, which happens to be only a few days before October 31st!

Goblet 2A little red light amps up the ghoul factor…enjoy—Finch

TOS Review: “Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls”

New Liberty Videos Review
Our latest Schoolhouse Review Crew review opportunity came with a fascinating DVD from New Liberty Videos called Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls

New Liberty Videos Review

The producers of this video have put together three compelling presentations in this DVD:

  • Joel Lampe’s “Dead Sea Scrolls”
  • Dr. Frank Seekins’ “Hebrew Word Pictures”
  • Dr. Craig Lampe’s “The Forbidden Book”

These lectures on different aspects of the Bible and its history will engage viewers of any age (although some material may not be appropriate for younger or more sensitive viewers).  I’d like to share with you some of the things we found most interesting about Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  (At least, as much as I can without giving away the whole story!)

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“Dead Sea Scrolls”

Joel Lampe gives us a compelling history lesson in the “Dead Sea Scrolls.”  We learn about what the 11 caves of the Qumran discoveries contained; not only books of the Old Testament, or Hebrew Bible, but also scrolls containing works on astronomy, science, math, hygiene and cooking.  How many scrolls were found?  What book of the Old Testament is the only one not found in the Dead Sea Scrolls caves?  What events concerning the 10th Roman Legion, Flavius Silva and the Jews caused these scrolls to lie hidden, unfound and unknown, in caves for thousands upon thousands of years?

We also learn about the materials on which the ancient scribes wrote, and how current-day scholars have been aided in their painstaking reconstruction of the scrolls by both infrared and DNA.  A multimedia presentation gives us greater understanding of the geography and history of this area northwest of the Dead Sea in Israel, and of how the fragments of the scrolls are being carefully put back together.  We also learn about the role Herod’s summer palace Masada played in the the story of this most important archaeological find, hidden for so long.

 

a Fall 2014 228“Hebrew Word Pictures”

Dr. Frank Seekins introduces us to the treasures hidden in the simple letters of the Hebrew language.  If, like me, you’ve always relied on Strong’s Concordance‘s English transliteration of Hebrew words in your Bible studies, to understand the Hebrew words you’re looking up, you’ll find this portion of the video amazing.  He tells us that these Hebrew letters are not only symbols of the Hebrew alphabet; they produce word pictures which communicate even more than the meanings of the words when they are put together.  We’re reminded that Hebrew is read right to left and that even English letters come from this origin, from the Hebrew and Phoenician alphabets.  Dr. Seekins also teaches us that Hebrew is a relationship-based language.  Isn’t that appropriate for the language spoken by God’s chosen people; the God whose very desire for relationship with us is indicated and underlined by the Hebrew language?

I don’t want to give away too much because you’ll find this teaching truly captivating.  But there is an enormous measure of meaning in both the pictures made by letters, and the Hebrew letters themselves in some of the words Dr. Seekins discusses with us; especially in the words for man, woman, amen, and especially Abba.

a Fall 2014 229“The Forbidden Book”

In “The Forbidden Book,” Dr. Craig Lampe takes us on a journey of the history of the Christian church, and how the Bible survived over the hundreds of years between the fourth century all the way through the times of the Reformation and the Renaissance.  We learn about Constantine and his vision of the coming challenges to the Christian faith and Jerome and his scriptorium.  Dr. Lampe takes us through the Dark Ages and into the works, lives and deaths of John Wycliffe, Erasmus, Martin Luther and William Tyndale.

How did the Bible survive, as true and authoritative Scripture through these eras?  Watch this incredible video to find out.  You’ll come away even more grateful for the Bible that we can so easily own and read for ourselves today, when you learn about how impossible it often was for the common man or woman to have a copy of the Bible in his or her own language—and be able to read it!

How we used this DVD:

Jackson and I have spent some time this year studying both Biblical Hebrew and the history of the Christian church.  So, Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls was a perfect addition to our studies.  (However, even if we hadn’t been studying those things, the DVD would have been an excellent addition!)  We watched the DVD’s episodes on three separate days; not because we couldn’t have watched the one-hour video in one sitting, but because there is so much to digest from each of the three episodes in it, and because each episode covers a distinct topic.  Both of us thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m sure we’ll return to it again and again either for edification and encouragement, or because we’re studying the historical eras or personages covered in it.  I’d like to simply caution you to be aware, however, that because the martyred deaths of several figures, as well as the deaths of the Jews at Masada are covered, that you preview this before you show it to your younger children.  It is tastefully handled, however; so the videos are, for the most part, appropriate for general audiences.

In conclusion:

Jackson and I are happy to recommend Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls to you.  We came away from the video understanding missing pieces of the history not only of the Bible but of the Christian church.  It was a fantastic and fascinating presentation of the histories of the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls and a taste of the Hebrew language.  You’ll be very thankful for each one, when you finish watching!  You may purchase Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls from New Liberty Videos for $19.95.

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Enjoy! –Wren

 

 

New gourmet on the go!

Discovered these little gems at our local health food store; perfect for work or travel; they need no refrigeration or heating and come with a tiny spork.

St Dalfour, French Bistro:

First one I tried was the Couscous (enough for two people) although it was so good I kept eating! It came with a dressing, but didn’t need it as there was so much flavor!

Cous box

cous ciuCompletely vegan and only 195 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving (each can has 2 servings).

Contains: Couscous, kidney beans, sweet corn, red peppers, onions and raisins.

It stores well for up to 2 years; I’m definitely taking these on our next trip..no more awful airport food!

You can find it online at Amazon in 6 packs!

Try it…Finch!

Poppins Book Nook! October Book Review and Giveaway

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Welcome to October’s Poppins Book Nook!  This month the theme is Beyond Our Planet!  Space is one of our favorite categories of science; we are always on the lookout for neat science courses about the planets, our galaxy and beyond.  Not to mention the newest NASA news!

Review

a Fall 2014 233But, sometimes it’s hard to find great science fiction for my son, who’s 12.  We stumbled upon Sigmund Brouwer’s Robot Wars series awhile ago, and found much to interest us in them.  We haven’t read the entire series but we can recommend the first one, Death Trap, for young adult readers ages 12-16.

Death Trap tells the story of Tyce Sanders.  He’s a 14-year-old scientist in the Mars Colony who works with virtual reality.  The Mars Colony’s mission is, as you’d expect, to create a liveable home for humans, which means creating gardens, which produce air to breathe, and maximizing the talents and abilities of each person in the Colony.  (Which is why you find a 14-year-old scientist there!)

Tyce has a specific challenge that’s unlike any other resident of Mars Colony.  He’s in a wheelchair.  But this also gives him a reason to delve further into virtual reality; because there he controls a robot who can actually move around with the freedom Tyce lacks….either inside OR outside the Colony dome.

Unbeknownst to Tyce, however, all is not as calm and peaceful as it seems in the Colony.  Peril is just ahead; and those in charge think that some people who seem less important than others should be sacrificed so that others can live.  Tyce races against time to find a solution that will enable him–and others–to live and the colony to be saved.  Will he succeed?

Death Trap includes books 1 and 2 of the original Robot Wars series, and this review covers the first book.  If your teen enjoys science fiction and you’re looking for that genre with a Christian worldview, you’ll be glad you found this.  As a scientist, Tyce has only ever believed in what he could prove; and while his mother is a woman of faith, he didn’t believe that God could be proven…and that He was therefore not there.  As the events of the book unfold, Tyce realizes that he truly needs someone beyond himself; and someone who measures a person’s worth in better ways than the villains around him.

Enrichment Activities

Of course, with Beyond Our Planet as the month’s category, there are a plethora of cool space activities you can do with your children!  Here are just a few that we enjoyed this month!

  1. Make a papier mâché Mars.  I’m sure you’ve done this before, but I think 3D models and art are SO fun!  First, find a round balloon and blow it up to the size you’d like your planet to be, and set it on a plastic cup.  Then, mix up your paste.  I used 2C water to 1C flour.  You’ll want to use a whisk to make sure that all the lumps get stirred in; otherwise, your glue won’t be quite as thick as you need it to be.  Next, cut or tear strips of newspaper.  (We think 1″ wide strips work the best.)  Now you’re ready to dip the paper strips into the paste mixture, and wrap them around your balloon.  You’ll want to fit them as closely as possible. a Fall 2014 222When you’ve got the planet the size you want it to be, let it dry overnight.  The next day, you can paint!  We did a search on bing.com to find some great photos of Mars.  We know it as the red planet, but the pictures we saw had more of an orange cast, so that’s what we painted.  We also added the darker areas and the white polar ice caps. a Fall 2014
  2. Visit the NASA website!  You can find out about current missions and news, watch NASA Television and videos, and visit the galleries of incredible photos.  There is also an awesome NASA Kids Club, where students can learn more about space and play challenges.  **As with any website, things can change quickly; I always recommend that parents and children visit recommended websites together.
  3. Check out some cool apps.  One of our newest favorite Android apps is Stellarium, which enables you to set your time and location in the app.  Once you do that, you can see what constellations and planets are over your home.  You can view this in several ways; with just the names beside the lights in the night sky, or with the entire constellations drawn over them.  It is just fascinating and an incredible science tool.  I can’t wait to use it the next time we go camping!

Giveaway

Beyond Our Planet Bundle GiveawayBeyond Our Planet Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of Beyond Our Planet.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons and a Space & Astronauts Bucket Playset.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Poppins Book Nook Themes 2014 - 2015

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

Quote of the Day: Creating Beauty

a Fall 2014 231“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.”  –Alice Walker

I love Alice Walker’s quote because I want to be reminded of my own need to create beauty.  And not that the act of creating beauty replaces my soul’s need for God’s restoration (Psalm 23:3) or His movement in my life to refresh and renew.  Rather, He uses the act of creating beauty…especially when it’s being done alongside members of my family… to refresh me.  And in ways, creating together restores me as it builds community.

One of our favorite things to do is to gather together at the dining table with an art journal, a canvas or paper.  I was inspired to do this after reading one of Amanda Soule’s books about family and creativity, and it’s been one of the best tips for family activity ever!  We get out the paints, the brushes, the water; we push back the tablecloth and we sit down together and create.  Generally, we do this alongside each other, rather than on the same piece of canvas.  But it is wonderfully restorative, restful and relational.

Sometimes we start with a theme or an idea (fall, pumpkins, Christmas trees) and sometimes a word (journey, life, holiday).  Other times we just paint and see where the creativity takes us.  We chat as we work, and we view our paintings without judgment or criticism; for us, in these moments, the goal is relationship, creativity and enjoyment, not perfection!

Try creating art together with your children.  Even if, like me, you are not an artist yourself.

Enjoy!  –Wren

Reminder–Awesome Science Giveaway!

Did you miss the opportunity last week to enter the giveaway for the amazing science fun Groovy Lab in a Box? It’s not over yet…you’ve still got some time. But I wanted to remind you to enter!

@GroovyLabinaBox #STEM #giveaway perfect for #homeschool science curriculum

Sponsored by: Groovy Lab in a Box

 

Hosted by: The Squishable Baby

 

Groovy Lab in a Box is a monthly subscription STEM box with comprehensive hands-on activities in engineering, physics, chemistry and math. Your child will be treated to a full year-long science curriculum – focused on developing experimentation, creativity, and problem solving skills – all while creating a love for science. Groovy Lab in a Box is fun, engaging and complete science learning experience. Look at how much we enjoyed our launch-it box…

 

Experimentation is fun!

and

Learning About Elastics

 

All of the monthly boxes are unique. With one investigation a month, your child will get a full learning experience through Groovy Lab in a box’s Beyond the Box which includes supplemental videos, games and online activities. By the time your year is complete, your child will receive exposure to all branches of science!

 

This is the perfect for your year-long homeschool science curriculum

 

Enter Below for your chance to win a 1-Year Subscription to Groovy Lab in a Box.

 

 

 

 

Giveaway open October 14-November 4, 2014. Open to US residents only. RV $280.

 

The Squishable Baby and all participating Bloggers are not responsible for prize distribution.

Enjoy; and I hope you win! –Wren

 

National Pizza Month!

Who knew..?

October is National Pizza month and pizza, specifically, thin crust cheese with pineapple and tomato slices (I  know, my husband thinks I’m weird) is my absolute fave. We are fortunate to have a fabulous locally owned pizza place that hands down, beats all the typical chains.

pizza slicing

It’s a guilty pleasure at least once a month, typically on Sunday nights (especially now during football season)!

So let’s all raise a slice and celebrate this month:)

http://pizza.com/national-pizza-month

Enjoy—Finch!

 

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