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Review: Bible Study Guide For All Ages

This review needs no cute introduction because all the materials we received from Bible Study Guide For All Ages speak for themselves. Today, I’ll be discussing the Beginner (3-K) first-quarter lessons, Intermediate (3rd & 4th grade) first-quarter lessons, and the Wall Maps and Timeline set.

The Beginner (3-K) set includes Beginner Student Pages and a Beginner Time Line. The student pages for each lesson include a large picture of the story, comprehension questions, and activities. There was also plenty of reading on each page for adults and not children. I think the showcased text should be written for younger children since some can read by this age. Teaching dialogue is shown in bold text on these pages too but I think that should be included in a teacher key instead. The Beginner Time Line includes 34 colorful, card stock pictures designed to show major people and events in the Bible. These were perfect for Bam Bam and Princess to visualize the bible stories and they liked walking through the timeline each school morning. This was specifically designed for non-reading children but I think all younger children can benefit from using it.

The Intermediate (3rd & 4th grade) set includes Intermediate Student Pages, Intermediate Teacher Key, Bible Book Summary Cards. The Teacher Key provides detailed instructions for each lesson. Directives for the placement of the corresponding map and timeline labels are also given. A copy of each student page is shown providing the correct answers. Review questions, additional scriptures, and teaching tips are available for each lesson as well. The student pages break down the bible stories using activities, art, and questions to help your children dig deeper. Each lesson begins with memory review exercises to go over the biblical timeline and previous lessons. The large Bible Book Summary Cards are flash cards that represent the message of each book within the Bible. A description of the pictures and comprehension questions can be found on the back of each card. Bear enjoyed the discussion and activities but preferred to use the timeline rather than the book summary cards.

The Wall Maps and Timeline set
includes three large maps and a two-piece timeline covering creation until now. Three wall maps are provided which show important places mentioned throughout the bible. The timeline and maps are printed on high-quality paper but should be laminated if you want to keep them for a while. The labels, instructions, and keys can be found inside the three-ringed Label Book. This book includes cardstock labels for every lesson in this curriculum. Though the maps and timeline work hand in hand, they don’t need to be located along one wall. Our timelines are on one wall and the maps were placed on the adjacent wall. These items take up plenty of wall space but it is so worth it.

Overall the Bible Study Guide For All Ages curriculum paired well with our current history studies. I appreciated that all age groups covered the same material and each lesson was easy to present. I think the activities within the Beginner (3-K) and Intermediate (3rd & 4th grade) lessons were geared toward a traditional classroom setting but they can be modified for your homescool. We used this twice a week throughout the late Spring and early summer. The Wall Maps and Timeline set was my FAVORITE feature of this curriculum and we will definitely continue using it throughout our next school year.

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Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha

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Bible Reading Plans, Part 2

It’s time for me to share an updated list of bible study reading plans that I have enjoyed since beginning of 2018. If you haven’t already be sure to check out the previous post featuring My 4 Favorite Bible Plans. I separated this list by topics and hope that you find something that peaks your interest.

MARRIAGE: It’s always great to have reminders to treat your spouse well, love them a conditionally, and pray for them. These reading plans have helped me remember who is priority in our home and to continuously pray for our endurance as a Christian married couple.

PRAYER & STUDY: These studies are devoted to learning how to pray effectively and gain a better understanding of commonly used scriptures. Twisted was one of my favorites because it provided details and background for the accurate meaning of misquoted passages.

MOTHERHOOD: These mommy motivational studies are so much fun to do in the morning. I love the honesty of the authors, the realistic situations presented in the devotionals, and the encouragement each provides.

FOOTBALL PLANS: I decided to search for plans that I could do with my husband and oldest son. I was so excited when I came across these football plans and elated when the guys wanted to join in. We liked discussing them each day and I learned so much about the sport.

2018 has been my freest year yet! I definitely attribute that to starting and ending my days with God. I appreciate the convenience of the YouVersion application and the variety of plans offered to the users. These are great to begin, reignite, or deepen your connection with God. No matter the plan length, make time to study the bible daily and apply God’s principles to your life.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Review: Planet 316 Story Bible & 3-D, Interactive App

To date, the Bible is the best selling book in the entire world and I think it’s because each one shares the most amazing story ever told. Our family was grateful for the opportunity to review the new, interactive Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App by Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals.

First, let’s discuss the features in this Planet 316 Story Bible. This children’s Bible includes over 100 stories from the Old and New Testaments. All the stories are written with early readers or those yet to learn in mind. Bam Bam and Princess were really excited to listen to each of the stories and couldn’t wait to hear what was going to happen next. The text seemed to captivate them and Bam Bam has actually memorized several passages already. The colorful illustrations will definitely catch the attention of the reader no matter their age. All the bright colors, attention to detail, and the illustrator’s ability to capture the story is spot on.

“I like this bible because I like to hear the people talking. I love the stories but I really like hearing them talk.” Bam Bam, 4 years old

Next, let’s break down the interactive awesomeness of the companion application. One of our favorite features of this Bible is that it offers augmented reality. Augmented reality is technology that superimposes a computer-generated, 3-D image with sound onto your phone or tablet. Yes! Your child will not only hear about Joshua fighting the battle of Jericho but they will get to watch him march into battle. Our children were especially fascinated with the sights and sounds provided via this application. Our oldest even took it upon himself to read this to his siblings daily because he thought the app was so cool. The Planet 316 Story Bible App is FREE and available for immediate download via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

“I like learning about the king and Jesus. The animals are so cute.” Princess, 2 years old

We used this Bible several times a week during our Bible study time. In most cases, I would read a story to the children or have them listen to their brother recite it. We have used the application on my cell phone as well as all the tablets in the house. We’ve never had an issue with the function of the application and it paired seamlessly well with the aforementioned Bible features.

“I like this bible because it is kid friendly. The stories are written at a level that my baby sister can even understand. The interactive capabilities are awesome! You can see the characters come alive and my brother and sister enjoyed it. This is my new favorite book to read to them.” Bear, 10 years old

Isn’t it truly amazing how the Bible has remained a relevant, timeless, truth-filled masterpiece since its creation? Our children have always enjoyed hearing the phenomenal Bible stories throughout their lives. With the Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App we are able to enjoy the word of God all the more. Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals have definitely found another grand way to share God’s word.

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Make this week fantastic,
Ta’Neisha K.

Body Talk: Love Your Selfie!

I posted this in 2015 and was encouraged all the more when it came across my Facebook memories a few weeks ago.

“Random FYI: It frustrates me to see photos from high school and remember how I thought that I was “fat.”  All women do it.  Ladies of all ages, embrace your bodies and every mark on it.  If you don’t like it then do the work to change it but never self shame.  I love all of me!  This body beat graves disease!  This body birthed and nursed 3 super cool children and carried precious angel babies!  This body is awesome now and will still be awesome as I lose weight!  Love your WHOLE self. Change if necessary but never stop loving you.

#confidenceiskey #embraceyourbody #loveyourbody #workhard #earnyourselfie #loveyourselfie”

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So, that is my tip for today and actually the reason I wanted to encourage you all to love your selfie this month.  Embrace every part of your body, without shame and be grateful that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Most High God.  If you want to change how you look then feel free to; however, adjust your body to be healthier and live longer, not for vanity or out of self pity.

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalm 139:13-16 The Message Bible

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 I recently participated in a YouVersion bible reading plan called Captured & Crowned: 7 Days of Promises  during which you read about God’s view of you, understand your Christ-centered value, and obtain a sense of esteem based on biblical principles.  We enjoyed this reading plan and I decided to share one of the prayers from the study.

“God, forgive me for complaining about the body you have given me.  It is a blessing to be able to walk, talk, breathe and hear.  There are so many people who can’t do those things.  I want to take a fresh new look at my body image in a way that honors you. Help me to praise you for each and every part of me.  Also, help me to work on my inner beauty even more than I do the outside. Thank you for the gift of my physical body. Amen” **obtained from Day 2 of Captured & Crowned: 7 Days Of Promises  via YouVersion**

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Seek God BEFORE Making Decisions

Keeping with this month’s theme, today I’m sharing how God blessed us with our daughter.

We had just given birth to our miracle, surprise Bam Bam, (read that I didn’t know I was pregnant story via this testimony hyperlink) and afterwards the OBGYN came to tell me that we should never have another child.  I was a bit taken aback because I’d never met her prior to coming into the ER that day and after her horrible bedside manner I didn’t plan on seeing her again.  I asked why and she explained that I’d lost a lot of blood during this delivery and I probably end up dying if I tried again.  I told her that I understood but I also prayed that God would heal me and make me whole.  Plus, I had just had a surprise baby 24 hours before so I definitely did not want any more children right then. LOL

Fast forward a year and I started getting that baby itch again but after what the OBGYN said my husband was not in agreement.  Usually he was the one that was full of faith but this time he looked at me and said “I can’t lose you.” I told him I understood but I also reminded him that we’d prayed for three children when we first got married, Bear had been praying for a baby brother and baby sister since he was two, and that if God had done it before he could do it again.  Kevin was unmoved on the issue so I also informed him that I would not ask about it again until he told me his final decision.  One day during prayer time at church, I was on my knees when someone came up behind me and said “God said he can do it again and if you two want another child then you need to make the decision.”  Usually the first part would have people go into immediate worship mode but I was actually grateful for the latter portion of the statement, ‘make your decision.”  Those were the exact words used when I talked with Kevin and with God during my prayer time.  A few days later Kevin said he was ready, we would be alright, and he wanted another baby.  Soon thereafter we were pregnant with our Princess and we knew our family was complete.

Now that our Princess is two years old we all find it hard to imagine what our life would be without having her here.  Had we decided to take the only the word of the doctor and not seek God, we would’ve been content with our two sons and continued life without the sparkle, sugar, and spice only Princess could bring.  Bear has also wanted a brother and sister since he was three years old so I’m glad we listened. Our TTC journey was hard but prayer matched with biblical obedience and faithfulness helped us endure. God has given us beautiful blessings through our children! 

Can you remember a time when others tried to make you go one way but through prayer, you understood that God was pulling you in a different direction?

 Make wise decisions, 

Ta’Neisha K.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not saying to ignore doctor’s advice.  In the aforementioned  situation, the doctor was not familiar with my medical history, previous pregnancy history, and was only used because when I arrived to the hospital I was in the final stages of labor and my doctor was unavailable.

God’s Provision Can’t Be Beat!

Happy November!  As the season of thankfulness is upon us it is only fitting that I share a few testimonies of God’s instant provision over the years for #TeamKEMP.

I remember being so angry when I received the letter from our duplex manager, also fellow neighbor, stating that the landlord had been foreclosed on and we had to be out of the property by the end of the month.  The sneaky landlord had been collecting rent money for months without paying the bank and he also waited to inform the tenants about the foreclosure after the current month’s rent had been paid.  We searched all over for a home that was in a nice neighborhood that we could afford.  Again, there were plenty of nice neighborhoods in our area of The Lone Star State but we needed to be able to afford the home and monthly bills.  We were both working at the time and still found it hard to come up with the $725 every month but somehow, we never paid late and it always worked out.

While driving through random neighborhoods after work I came across a for rent sign in front of a small brown house.  I felt a strong urge to call the number and gather the information from the owner who ultimately wanted what everyone else did, a deposit that matched the monthly rent of $800.  That was $75 additional every month and I knew we would need all the help God could give to work this one out.  I passed this information on to my husband who decided to go by and check out the place.  While doing the walk through my husband did the unthinkable, he told Mr. Fuller the truth.  He told him about the sneaky, thieving landlord and upcoming foreclosure, he explained how we couldn’t afford the deposit but we really needed a safe place to move to with our infant son.  Mr. Fuller listened intently, offered his own negative opinion of that mean old landlord, and then said “here’s what I will do.”  He lowered the rent down to $725, told us we could pay “whatever we could” towards our deposit starting the second month, and he let us move in before the first of the month FOR FREE.  We were grateful that God caused Mr. Fuller to be so nice and caring towards a young, newlywed couple that he’d never met. 

Later, I asked my husband why he decided to share all of that information, not knowing how it would turn out.  He told me that he’d prayed and knew that God was in control, would provide, and it would be okay.  My husband was right.  His faith in God over the years has challenged me to step my belief in God, all the way up!  Together, we just know that as long as we are obedient to him, God will come through.

 

God recently came through for us approximately six months ago when our dryer started acting up.  My husband began saying we would get another one and in my prayer time I would thank God for our new dryer.  Soon thereafter the dryer completely died on us and the next week as my husband was rolling out our old Kenmore, our neighbor rolled over a new one for us.  Yes, a miracle dryer delivered right to our laundry room courtesy of The Most High God.  We were truly grateful that God supplied our needs and that we didn’t have to wait long for that blessing.

So, don’t let the dim moments of life allow you to forget the omnipotent, omnipresent, King of kings, and Lord of lords.  Never make your problem bigger than Jehovah Jireh because he knows what you need and will supply in due time.  Remain obedient while you wait and be sure to share your testimony so it will encourage others.  


Can you remember a time when God supplied your need immediately?

Trust God always, 

Ta’Neisha K.

The Lord’s Prayer Curriculum with Kid Niche Christian Books

Today’s review features a look into the bible and prayer curriculum Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 from Kid Niche Christian Books.  This program is designed to walk upper elementary students through The Lord’s Prayer with various activities, thought provoking questions, and correlating scripture.

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The complete Weave Your Word in Me curriculum uses My Whole Self Before YOU, which is rhythmical prayer modeled after The Lord’s Prayer, as the basis for each lesson.  Part 1 includes thirty-six lessons which focus on God as our Heavenly Father, importance of prayer, Jesus Christ, Christ’s ministry on earth, the resurrection, salvation, and Christ’s return.  The lessons come packaged perfectly and pre-punched for a three-ring binder which makes storage extremely easy.  Each lesson includes various scriptures that reiterate the focus and give the student opportunity to breakdown the verses for clearer understanding.  Throughout the workbook the verses are clearly marked for the translation used and the answer key features responses for:

  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)

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During our review period we used this curriculum three times a week and depending on their length, some lessons were spread over two days.  I enjoyed discussing the scriptures with Bear and listening to his responses which led to some great conversations over breakfast.  The provided comprehension questions were great for verifying his understanding of the verses, especially because we use the King James Version.  I also enjoyed how each lesson ended with a prayer outline giving your child the chance to expand their prayer language and ability to have a specific focus for each prayer.  Kid Niche Christian Books also provides additional activities for each lesson as FREEBIES on their website.  The activities within this workbook and on the website include:

  • Cartoons
  • Charts
  • Definitions
  • Drawing
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Matching
  • Sequence
  • True and False
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Art
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Poetry

The only concerns I had in using this curriculum was some of the artwork illustrations used throughout, though quite popular, aren’t actually in support of Christianity.  Any images we deemed inappropriate were explained to our son before we moved on.  In addition, we opted not to use the My Whole Self Before YOU prayer since Bear had already memorized the KJV of The Lord’s Prayer.  The model prayer also left out a portion about forgiving others and God’s power in Heaven and Earth which can easily be explained to the audience this curriculum is geared towards.  I think the model prayer might work better for younger students and definitely isn’t needed for this particular program.  These minor issues didn’t hinder our experience in anyway but I felt they needed to be noted for this review.

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Overall, we have enjoyed this bible and prayer curriculum from Kid Niche Christian Books and will continue using it for the remainder of our school year.  Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 has been a great in-depth look at The Lord’s Prayer and I feel that the tweaks made for our household only enhanced our learning experience.  This curriculum would be a good match for homeschools, elementary Sunday School programs, and I even suggested it to the Christian after school program directors that I know.  The complete Weave your Word in Me program is currently available as a set or each part can be purchased individually.

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 You can read additional reviews on this curriculum from other homeschoolers via this hyperlink.

 Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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