Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Classical Historian

As a member of the Mosaic Review Team, I had the opportunity to review a history game by The Classical Historian.   Batman just finished first grade and I've only touched a bit on Ancient History.   Medieval History Memory Game was our first introduction to this time period.

This game will help children learn about important historical people, symbols, maps, monuments, etc.  It's a good starting point when it comes to teaching medieval history to children.   This game comes with 64 matching images on sturdy cardboard and eight category tiles.   It can be played two ways: Matching or Categories.  

  This is a classic matching game appropriate for ages three and up.  The player who finds the most matching pairs wins.   This is the game that Batman and I played many times since the medieval time period was new to him.  I especially liked how each card had the name of historical people, symbols, places, etc on it.   Batman would read the card each time he picked it up.  After awhile he became very familiar with the cards and his pronunciation was spot on.

 Another way to place this game was to put the pictures in categories (Europe, The Americas, The Far East, and Arabia).   A player is timed on how fast they could put the cards under the correct headings.   This would be great for an older child (7 and up) and but not one Batman was ready for.  

   .Medieval History Matching Game just $14.95.
Covers Ancient, Medieval, and American History.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with what Batman learned why playing this game.   He had a lot of fun with it and actually wanted to learn more about history.  This game totally prepared us for our studies on medieval  times.  Great quality, great price, great time educating!  

Learning can be fun!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How Do We Know That God Is Really There?
A Mosaic Review
As a mother of a six year old I've had to answer my share of questions about our Christian faith.   Sometimes it's been easy to answer questions and other times not so much.  All I know is my family and I have been blessed richly in our lifetime.  God is good!

Recently I was given the opportunity to review How Do We Know That God Is Really There by Melissa Cain Travis and illustrated by Christopher Voss.  Published by Apologia, this book is a wonderful read for children age preschool and up.  Priced at just $16 this is must have in any home library.

This book is about a boy named Thomas and his father.   They loved spending time together at night in the tree house watching the stars and planets.    One night Thomas asked "Dad, how do we know God is out there"?   The book continues as his dad begins to examine the science of Edwin Hubble to explain that God is for real.  Using simple talk about the stars and galaxy help Thomas have a better understanding.

After reading this book Batman had a number of good questions to ask.   I could tell that he really absorbed the book in detail and was thinking about what he'd read.   Throughout the day he made comments about the book and even told his dad about it when he got home from work.

I enjoyed reviewing this book.  It's just 24 pages and is filled with beautiful pictures for your child to visually follow the story. 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

 I love summer!  I mostly enjoy the extra fun adventures built into our schedule.   Today we marked the beginning of summer with our "Summer Bucket List".   We sat down as a family and came up with some exciting things to do.   Some will just be family adventures but many will be with done with our great friends.   
 I have to say that Batman is excited for "Supper on Sticks"!   "Lunch with dad at work" is also a highlight.
 I can't wait to take Batman to his first ever drive-in movie!
I built some activities to go along with the upcoming 4th of July parade.  We'll be decorating Batman's bike!  So much fun!!