Monday, August 31, 2015

Dig-It! Games: Roman Town (iOS App) Review - TOS Crew

Dig It! Games Review

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Several weeks ago, I got a chance to review the iOS App from Dig-It! Games called Roman Town, and I have to say it was a big hit in my house!
Dig It! Games ReviewIn this game, a character named Ladrone, a master thief, is on the loose! You explore Pompeii, play games and solve puzzles as you try to find this thief. You solve other mini-games as you work your way through Pompeii, and each one is masterfully crafted to get you thinking, and keep you thinking. As you gather clues, each one will bring you closer and closer to stopping Ladrone once and for all.

The Features Include:

• 30+ puzzles you can play over and over
• Track and stop Ladrone, the master thief
• Ancient Roman games
• Detailed facts about life in Rome
• You get to explore Pompeii
• Free to download
• Problem solving & and critical thinking skills 
• Immersive learning
As you begin your adventure in Roman Town, you will be immersed in a unique learning experience that does an amazing job at blending history and puzzle solving into a fun and challenging grand adventure! The game is non-stop and engaging. You will be challenged by mini-games that make you think outside the box. It will continue to stretch your thinking in multiple ways: strategic thinking, spatial reasoning, memory, logic, math skills, and much, much more.  
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I don't know about your kids, but sometimes my kids really need a break from the traditional methods of learning. That is why I am so glad for companies like Dig-It! Games and their ability to bring game-based learning (GBL) into our home. Educational apps like Roman Town create unique and fun learning experiences that can be just what the homeschool mom ordered!!!

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Learning games are a great way to enhance critical thinking and problem solving methods in your child, not to mention the fact that it also improves your their ability to work independently. We all love that!!

Dig It! Games ReviewHow we used it:

As soon as my girls downloaded and got into the game, they were at it non-stop. Luckily for me school had not yet begun.....well.....I guess that is lucky for them!!  ha ha ha!
It was so fun listening to them talk back and forth excitedly with each other as they progressed through the mini-games, and puzzles. Everytime they had a free moment they were getting back onto the game to try to beat it!
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My Bottom Line:

It was a winner in my book! This is such an informative and fun game. The knowledge my daughters gained as they played through Roman Town was an added bonus! I took some time to ask each of them their opinion on the game. One of my daughters is in high school. She said, "It was really fun. It kept your attention throughout the entire game, and I found that I learned more than I thought I would!" My other daughter is in middle school. She had this to say about the game, "It was fun. I enjoyed it." Can you tell which one of them is more talkative? LOL!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When Trouble Comes - The Promises of God Part 6

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I read this verse while doing my devotions a few days ago and it really popped out at me.
"The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him." Nahum 1:7
I am so thankful that I am not one that is hopeless when trouble comes, instead I find my help in the Lord!
Sometimes putting our trust in God is not our first reaction. When trouble comes, there are times we try to handle things on our own. We instantly dig in and think that we can work things out on our own, but all we end up doing is wearing ourselves out.  It is only when I place my situation, no matter what it is, in God's hands that I find true peace, contentment and rest.
So no matter what it is you are facing remember the words of Nahum 1:7 and put your hope and trust in God....he is close to those who trust in Him!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

To Win Her Favor ~ A Family Christian Review
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"A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race.
Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever."

Today I am reviewing a historical fiction book. This is a little different than what I usually read, but I have really been drawn to historical fiction lately. This is the first book I have read from Tamera Alexander, and it was very well written! Although this book is the second book in the series, you don't miss anything by reading it before the first one. This book can definitely stand alone.

The main characters in To Win Her Favor are: Margaret (Maggie), her father, Gilbert Linden, and Cullen. There are also several other supporting characters that are woven throughout the story. Cullen is very straightforward and very not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. He is also very gentle with Maggie, which is very sweet and touching. Maggie is sweet, and thoughtful; not to mention she handles herself very well in difficult situations.

This book really gives a great snapshot of the south after the Civil War. It also taught me about horse racing as well. Maggie is stubborn, and she doesn't really care about what people think. She has set her mind on racing her mare, and she is determined that nothing will stop her. She finds out that her father is ill and he marries her off to an Irishman, Cullen McGrath. This was a bit of a blow to Maggie and she clashes with Cullen quite a bit, but Cullen's gentle persistence is what ultimately wins her over.

I do want you to know that there are a couple parts between them that I would caution you about. Even though there is nothing explicit, it still brings you to the marriage bed and then shuts the door. A little bit close for my taste but I just skimmed over it and went on with the story. I just want you to keep that in mind.

The spiritual message of the book is woven throughout. I can see the gentle grace of God in the way that Cullen deals with Maggie. It was also interesting to see how they both learned from each other and became "one". It is also important to remember that God is always with us, even when we are walking through trials and troubles.

You can find your own copy at here!  Enjoy!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Quiet Time with God

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Have you noticed that with the growth of social media, there is an ever growing number of people that can't seem to do anything without an audience?

You have one group that HAS to be in a coffee shop or they can't get anything done. There they are smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a never-ending flow of audience members. This group of people arm themselves with free wifi and a coffee and dive into whatever schoolwork or writing project they have going.

Then there is that group of people that have to run everything through social media....whether it is their outfit selection or their boyfriend selection, you will see it first on social media ......and occassionally you may even get the opportunity to vote on it!
We don't want to do that to our relationship with God. If we aren't careful, spending quiet time with God can become something not practiced and can fall by the wayside. Worse yet, we could turn our spiritual life into a spectacle just for show. God's Word is very clear with how he feels about that.
Our time with God should be a time of reflection, as well as, sincere and heartfelt communication with God.
He is the One that never leaves us, and is there when social media is off and the computer is shut down. He is the One that knows even the intentions of our hearts.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Classical Conversations: The Conversation Review - TOS Crew

Classical Conversations Review

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It seems like yesterday I was bringing a little bundle home from the hospital. She was beautiful, tiny, and a little fussy. This was my second little one, so things seemed complicated overnight! Fast forward sixteen years and I have found myself all of a sudden smack dab in the middle of getting this bundle through High School!!  How did that happen? Time has a way of marching on no matter how we feel about it, and even though I didn't expect to be homeschooling a High I am.
That is why I am so excited to have had the opportunity to review The Conversation for Classical Conversations written by Leigh A Bortins. Leigh writes from the heart as she encourages parents to homeschool even through the "scariest" of them-----High School!
As you read this well written book you will learn exactly how to converse with your child using what she calls the five cannons of rhetoric: invention, arrangement, elocution, memory, and delivery. I know it seems difficult to comprehend how rhetoric could possibly apply to mathematics, but Leigh is able to show you in a simple way how you can teach a variety of classes successfully all while using the five canons of rhetoric. She weaves examples from her own experiences into the book and as you read them you find yourself refreshed and encouraged!  She helps you see that you can not only educate your child through high school, but you can make it through with sanity and emotions intact. This book will inspire you no matter where you find yourself.
You may be a person that is just beginning to play with the idea of homeschooling, I want to tell you that this book is written just for you!  You may be a person that has been homeschooling for awhile, but you think you don't want to homeschool through High School because you think it will be too hard, this book is written just for you!  You may be a person who is homeschooling a High Schooler, and you think it is too hard and you are becoming discouraged with the whole process, this book is written just for you!

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Leigh does such a great job of balancing the inspirational with the practical. She has charts at the end of each chapter summarizing how the five canons of rhetoric would apply to that subject. As you read this book, you can tell how much she has enjoyed her time homeschooling, and that joy is contagious! If I had not already made the decision to educate my children at home, I would do so after reading it! It was such a pleasure reviewing this book!

My Bottom Line:

This is a wonderful, well-written book of practicality! You will love every page, and will find yourself excited as you read it! This is a must have for every person that is even the slightest bit interested in homeschooling, no matter what age or stage your family is in!

I know you will enjoy it!  Happy reading!!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

God's Promises. Part 5

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I am so thankful for the faithfulness of God! 

His promises are not nullified when we make mistakes. They remain true for us no matter what our past has been, as long as we turn our hearts back to Him. He desires us to seek Him with all our hearts.
His ways are better than our ways and His plans for us are far above what we could hope for or imagine.
If you find yourself in a struggle, or depressed, or feeling bad about your past.....don't give up! Stand on his promise in Jeremiah 29:11-14. He STILL has a plan for you.....a great plan for you! One that gives you hope and a future!