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Review of The Shepherd’s Treasure kit

Posted by Orilla on 4th December and posted in Homeschool Discount, Reviews

Heard of Elf on the Shelf? Who hasn’t!! The more that I’ve heard and saw of this, I wasn’t impressed and we never did it with our children. Teaching your children that if you aren’t good, Santa isn’t bringing them gifts isn’t my cup of tea. Kids will be kids and they won’t always be good, but it shouldn’t be just around Christmas nor should it be because they want gifts.

This is what comes with the box.

A few weeks ago I saw The Shepherd’s Treasure being advertised and contacted them about reviewing it. I loved the concept and wanted to see for myself what it was like. I LOVE it!

Every Christian family should have this to add to their Christmas traditions! The kit comes in a bright beautiful box. It consists of the book The Shepherd’s Treasure, the shepherd (bright, beautiful, soft, cuddly, wire inside to make moveable), manger (soft, bright, beautiful), and 25 bright, strong, advent cards with verses and short saying from the shepherd on them and a card with different things to do with the shepherd for every day.

The book is written with small children in mind. You can adjust the story and the different activities to the age of your children. We are using it with our 16 year old special needs child and he loves it!!

Day 1: You read and name your shepherd boy. Our shepherd is David.

The first thing I did was read the book all the way

through. The book is written from the Shepherd and it is very engaging and the pictures are beautifully done. At the back of the book you will find a Bible Verse Treasure Hunt to go on in the book.

The cards have a Bible verse on one side and a short note from the Shepherd on the other side. The cards are made from heavy cards and are really pretty.

You will also find a card that has a list of 25 things to do each day until Christmas. They also have a website that has more helps. The thing that I love is it teaches the child(ren) how to be used

Day 2: Isaiah 50:7

of God and find out the TRUE reason of Christmas. In all of it we receive the best gift by helping others as God would have us.

The first day is reading the book and naming your shepherd. We have done this and you can follow David along the journey to Christmas. We hope you will join us with this exciting journey this year. We will be modifying some of the days so fit what our son can do. We will be posting an update on our personal Facebook page of where and what is going on with David.

Get your own kit by going to https://www.theshepherdstreasure.com/. They have been wonderful and are giving us a wonderful gift by giving you 10% off your purchase by using code MATCH10. Even though December is already here, get yours and start it anyway or even buy it as a Christmas gift for the family and have it ready for next year. You can also buy 2 other different sets of advent cards so that you have 3 years worth to trade off.

I can hardly wait until Easter to see the Easter count down. Thanks Stephanie Parker for creating this wonderful product and sharing it with us!

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Activity Days for Homeschool Groups and Families by Marcia Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

I know there are several MATCH members that are involved in homeschool groups. This book is an awesome help to get more activities in your group and how to do it. I don’t believe I have ever seen so many activities listed in a book with all the helpful information that you will need to make it a success.

Marcia Washburn is one of our writers for Fireside Helps and she has done a wonderful job with this book! She first tells you all about what an Activity Day is and why your students need these days and how to organize them.

The next section is a list of ideas for Activity Days and exactly how to do them. A few of the days listed are:

  • Character Lessons
  • Exploring Your Senses
  • Math Day
  • Pioneer Crafts

There are 20 days covered in this section.

The third section is about Long-Term Activity Days. There are 8 different ones in this section. A couple of these days are:

  • Bible Quizzing
  • Special interest Groups

The last section of the book is a great resource help section. She has compiled places to get help for the different days and even has addresses and phone numbers.

This is a terrific book for anyone that is involved in homeschool groups or thinking about starting one. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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Encouragement For Homeschool Moms by Marcia Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

I have had the privilege to be asked to review the Management For Moms Series by Marcia Washburn. This book is one in that series.

If you are a mom, you have gone through those exciting and wonderful times that you are so happy to be a mom. But if you are a mom, you have gone through those down times and discouraging times that you wonder a lot of whys things happen. This is a wonderful book to help encourage you and remind you how awesome YOU are!

Marcia reminds us that we are special to our Creator and how to keep going even when things look dark.

While reading this 55 page book, I shed some tears. It really spoke to me and reminded me that I was special to God and as the first sentence of the first chapter says, “You are God’s first choice as the mother of your children.” Wow, it doesn’t matter if they are ours by birth or by other means, He chose ME.

You will find help and encouragement as you read through this wonderful book! The chapter titles are even wonderful!

  1. The Ideal Homeschool Mother
  2. God Knows Who You Are
  3. Homeschooling Through Difficult Times
  4. Special Days
  5. Caring for His Temple
  6. In His Image: Creativity for Christians
  7. Keep on Walkin’
  8. Just Pedal

Marcia has a special loving way about her writings. She is a positive person and shows us that no matter what we as Mother’s are going through, God picked us for our children. She even reminds us that we need to take a few minutes just for ourselves. “Caring for your body is a part of your spiritual service to the Lord.

MATCH highly recommends this book! To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

 

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Managing Your Children by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

Here is another Management for Moms Series! This is an awesome series and would be wonderful to use in your own home and then pass on to your children as they start their own.

In this book Mrs. Washburn uses examples of gardening to show how we need to nurture our children. We as Christians need to have encouragement and help from those that are older and have been through this part of life. She uses scripture to help show how God wants us to bring up our families.

  1. Protecting our children
    • Physical protection
    • Spiritual protection
    • Verbal protection
    • Speak the truth
    • Character protection
    • Financial protection
  2. Discipleship modeling
    • Self-discipline
    • Unity
    • Defining obedience
    • Telling the truth to your child
    • Winking at sin
    • Boundaries
    • Prepare for Battle
    • Assemble your own parenting manual
    • Using your parenting manual
    • 10 quick tips for creative correction
  3. Training your staff
    • Teach them how to do the job well
    • Birthday chores
    • Personal chores for preschoolers
    • Household chores for preschoolers
    • Personal chores for school age children
    • Household chores for school age children
    • Household chores for young adults
    • Quick ideas
  4. Table Manners
    • Table setting
    • Table manners
  5. Bumps, bangs, and bruises
    • Be prepared
    • Childhood “owies”
    • Illness
    • Chronic conditions
  6. Traveling with children
    • Making travel affordable
    • Where to go
    • Preparation
    • Enjoying the journey
  7. Travel tips
    • General trips
    • Airline tips
    • General packing list
    • Items to keep with you
    • For the children

This book is full of encouragement and helps that I can’t say enough about. Our children are precious and need us to bring them up to be able to face this sin filled world and this wonderful 98 page book will help you along this journey!

Our children are as little flowers in the garden and as Mrs. Washburn will explain, we need to water, protect and groom them for the future so they can bloom brighter than any other flower in their midst. No things won’t ever be perfect, but with the help of our Lord we are able to guide our little seedlings so they can grow and bloom.

As mentioned above she also gives helps for traveling with our children and making life fun. All families need that time away to enjoy and regroup. She has made lists to help make these trips cheap and enjoyable and the packing to go as easily as possible.

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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Managing Your Homeschool by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

This is part of the Management for Moms Series. This is a terrific series that every mom needs to have in her library. This is an awesome book to help you in keeping your homeschool running smoothly.

She starts out telling how to plan for your school year. To make your school year run smoother, there needs to be some pre-planning and getting everyone on the same page.

How to handle your school day and how things are done? The second chapter is awesome and very helpful.

  • Setting Priorities
  • Handling Assignments

Do you misplace things? Don’t know what to do with things? There is a whole chapter dealing with this!

  • Fileables
  • Non-Fileables
  • Make your job easier

Then comes the Paper Monster chapter!! If you are like me, I keep almost every single thing that my kids do!! Then you have all the other paper things that come in the mail. She goes through each type of paper that you might possibly have and what you should do with it. Yes, we in MO need to have a portfolio, but does that mean keep EVERYTHING?

Do you get to mid year and not know what to do? She goes through this in depth. Not just with schooling but even in maintaining the house. She shows us how to not let things get in the way and bog us down. Love this section!!!

The next section is a MIGHTY section for us homeschoolers!!! Keeping the HOME in Homeschooling: Dealing with extra-curricular. Wow!!! Again, Wow!!! I know we want to give our children the very best and every advantage possible. But do you see yourself coming and going at the same time? She goes through and helps you see how to not spend all your time pushing here and there and outside of the home. Remember what is IMPORTANT!!!

What makes successful homeschooling?

  1. Keep the heart in homeschooing
  2. Keep your priorities straight
  3. Keep on learning
  4. Become a student of your child
  5. Seek support
  6. Realize that every homeschool will look different
  7. Enjoy the journey
  8. Trust God for the results

She also goes in how important it is to know how to teach your child. Don’t just teach like a school teacher. Don’t just throw the books at them. But learn how others have done it and things didn’t work or how they succeeded. Remember that even those that something didn’t work, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Research and know what your child needs.

Another thing I love about this book is that she talks to the “Homeschool Vet”. When our last child is finished, does that mean that we are put out to pasture? What called us to homeshooling in the first place? She shows us how we can continue our calling but in a different way.

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at http://marciawashburn.com. Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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