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Dec
21

The World’s Greatest Stories

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I believe in God.  I believe He actually came to earth, in the flesh as Jesus Christ, because He loved each of us so much.  I believe in The Bible, as the inspired, inerrant Word of God.  I believe it is the world’s greatest book and the more we read it and hear it, the better chance we have of applying it to our daily life.

The World’s Greatest Stories are quoted directly, word for word, from The Bible, and narrated by master storyteller, George W. Sarris.  These stories are true to the words of Scripture and they are dynamically, vocally illustrated by Mr. Sarris.  He captivates your attention, while The Word of God is being spoken into your Spirit!

 

Currently, there are six volumes available, in CD format:

  1. The Prophets
  2. The Life of Christ
  3. Beginnings
  4. Joshua and Esther
  5. Joseph and His Brothers
  6. Defeating Giants

 

23 stories covered in approximately 6 hours of audio!  Each CD is $7.95, and is available in the King James Version (KJV) and the New International Version (NIV) of The Bible.  The investment is minimal, especially in light of the eternal value.

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

email – GeorgeSarris@gmail.com

or

Engage The Culture! Blog

and

George W. Sarris facebook page

It’s my opinion that this is an outstanding Biblical resource!  You can read additional opinions, written by my TOS crew mates, when you click on the graphic below.

 

Abundant Blessings to you and yours,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

 

 

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Dec
16

It is FRACTAZMIC!

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I’ve found that the best way, or at least the yummiest way, to teach fractions, and actually make them stick, is in the kitchen.  Measuring to mix a batch of gooey, chocolate fudge brownies, cutting a veggie-loaded pizza or slices of hot apple pie, or adding the measures that triple a recipe of Gramma’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles, so they’ll be enough for this crew.  The problem I’ve found, there is no way I can cook enough, or we can eat enough, for my students to thoroughly practice using fractions.  The more you use fractions the easier they are to use.

Fractazmic (TM) is a 60 card game of fraction-practice-fun!  Created for 1st-8th grades, and beyond!  It’s from I See Cards (TM), the maker of the award winning Pyramath (TM) game.

 

 

Using colorful cards, with easy-to-grasp graphics, it teaches fractions, numbers and measurement and there’s no dishes to wash!  My children learn to convert and add fractions, reinforce the relationship between fractions and measurements and show real world use of fractions, without the added expense of chocolate chips or vanilla bean ice cream!

 

 

There are three sets of color coded cards – sixteenths, twelfths, and tenths.  The object is to make sets of cards that equal one whole.  When a player has used all of his cards the game ends and the player with the most sets of 1 whole, wins.  We played this game, and others using this deck.  My youngest daughter’s favorite is Go Fish!  She learned to recognize the fraction on the card and the proper way to say it – one half, four sixteenths, etc., while enjoying the thrill of beating her older sister at a game!  Dr. Ron teaches Fractazmic Trap and Fractazmic Rummy in his free download, Math Success Booklet.

 

My view ~ “Educational fun for a fraction of the cost!”    Truly, the game is only $6.95 or play Fractazmic (TM) Speed Version online; if your speed is the fastest, you could win a free deck of cards.  Warning:  Online Fractazmic can become addicting.

 

If you have comments, questions, orders, need support or have an idea for new cards:

emailcorporate@iseecards.com

You’ll find other reviews when you click the graphic below and read what my TOS crew mates have to say about I See Cards (TM) and Fractazmic (TM).

 

I hope you enjoy this game as much as we have enjoyed it.  My husband said, “Finally, a way for you to teach fractions without having to feed the neighborhood!”

 

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 Thank you for your comments.

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

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Dec
09

Hands-On

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I love hands-on learning!  Building.  Creating.  Going.  Doing.  Definitely more of an action-verb sort of teacher, rather than a state-of-being type.  I’m not fond of seat work, although it has it’s place and I use it.

I love Pitsco Education! They are the epitome of relevant, hands-on learning activities and they are dedicated to student success.

 

 

Pitsco has been a leader in education for 40 years.  They “offer a robust array of STEM-oriented [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] classroom solutions.”  Their classroom kits would work well for co-op groups, but they also have full line of individual, homeschool kits, available.  They care about their students, their teachers AND their reputation.  Therefore, they are constantly seeking to improve and expand their product line, “providing students with the most positive and meaningful experiences possible,” while maintaining an exceptional system of customer support.

Our most recent experience with Pitsco Education involved learning about and building a catapult and a trebuchet, using their Medieval Machine Pack.  It retails for $21.95, includes a Trebuchet Kit, Catapult Kit, Mass Plates, and the Seige Machines Book.

From the website:  “Teach basic math, science, and problem-solving skills. With this pack, your child learns about catapults and trebuchets through hands-on activities that cover three areas:

  • Science: Tension versus torsion, elasticity, gravity and levers, and force and motion
  • Math: Metric conversion, calculating averages, and prediction
  • Experiments: Mass versus distance, testing rubber bands, targeting, and more.”

This pack is designed for use by Intermediate – Middle School age students, but all of us in my house, elementary through high school and adult, gained knowledge with this hands-on activity.  The kit activities did require some additional items such as measurement and hand tools, all of which we already had in the house.

 

Here’s a look at our catapult assembling journey ~

Contact:

Mail –

Pitsco Education

P.O. Box 1708

Pittsburg, KS 66762

Call –

800.828.5787

or

800.835.0686

For more detailed information about Pitsco, please, follow the many links I’ve included throughout this post.  You can also read other reviews, by my TOS crew mates, when you click the graphic banner below.

Take a few minutes and explore Pitsco Education.  It could have a positive impact on your curriculum at best and a definite influence on your Christmas list, in the least.

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

Thank you for your comments.  I’d love to hear about YOUR favorite Pitsco Education product.

*Contents of this blog and photographs are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

 

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