Saturday, February 17, 2018

America the Beautiful Florida Florida by Tamra B. Orr

We scanned this book to learn more about Florida.
The book is very comprehensive, covering the state's discovery, its history as a territory and a state, its current government and economy and the different regions.
The photographs and maps add a lot of appeal.
-Borrowed from the library.

Ranger's Apprentice #4 The Battle of Skandia by John Flanagan

My eleven year old read this book to himself.  Below is his summary:
"In the cabin in the mountains of Skandia, Will breaks free from his wormweed addiction.  Horus and Halt come look for him.  Then Evanly is captured.  A massive invasion of Temujai is coming to invade Skandia."
He loves this series!
-Borrowed from the library.
The library has this book in the "young adult" section.
Warning: swearing (dn and hll)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ali Baba Fooling the Forty Thieves An Arabian Tale by Marie P. Croall illustrated by Clint Hilinski*

A graphic novel
My eight year old and I read this aloud together (he read the male parts; I read the narrator and female parts).
Although we are studying Persia in the 500s BC and this story was written in the 1500 AD, it was fun to read a story that takes place in Persia.
Very exciting!
Warning: murder (2 times) No blood is shown.  Stealing (I discussed with my son how Ali Baba was actually stealing too.)
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

Victory on the Walls A Story of Nehemiah by Frieda Clark Hyman

My eleven year old read this to himself to build schema before we study this part of history.
Bani, Nehemiah's nephew, relates the story of Nehemiah and how the people of Judah rebuild Jerusalem's walls.  The narrative takes children to this time in history and brings it alive.
Strategies: character traits, character change/development
We own this book.

Tales of Persia by William McElwee Miller illustrated by Bruce Van Patter*

Mr. Miller was a missionary to Islamic Iran in 1919 and for years thereafter.  In this book he explains the Islamic religion and also many stories how God allowed Muslims come to know Him as Lord and Savior.  He wrote these stories with children in mind as his audience so the stories are written in a manner that will appeal to them.
Inspiring and encouraging!
I read this aloud to my boys during our study of Ancient Persia (although these stories took place just recently).  A Bible scripture reading was suggested at the end of each story.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed via Inter-Library Loan (my local county does not own this book).


Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Surprising Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn*

I first heard Mrs. Feldhahn share her research findings about happy marriages on Focus on the Family, and was impressed with how articulate, intelligent, and energetic she was.  These same traits are manifested in her book where she reveals her findings about happy marriages after conducting research with over two thousand men and women.  These married couples included a wide variety of race, cultural and religious backgrounds.
The surprising secrets are:

  • know a few small actions make a big difference
  • believe the best-believe your spouse cares for you
  • go to bed mad-wait to resolve issues at the best time
  • keep score-keep track of how your spouse is blessing you, how hard they are working etc. and   try to give back to them
  • boss their feelings around
  • factual fantasies-expect and are grateful for ways their spouse can meet needs
  • use sign language-a special signal for reconciliation 
  • hang out
  • don't tell it like it is-be kind with words
  • look higher-depend on God
  • get in over their heads-divorce is not an option
  • think they hit the jackpot-give credit to spouse for a great marriage
She advises not to implement all of these strategies at once, but to pick one to work on and go from that point.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed via Interlibrary Loan (my local county does not own it).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Arabian Nights as told by Jim Weiss*

Greathall Productions Inc. Presents a Storyteller's Version of Arabian Nights

These stories were exciting and captivating.  We listened to this to support our study of Ancient Persia (Although these stories are from a later time period than what we are studying.)
This audio CD included the following:

  • Scheherazade
  • The Bird Who Speaks
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • The Fisherman and the Genie
*Highly recommend
-Borrowed from the library.