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Homeschool and Elections: An Excellent Lesson







It seems every election introduces a new learning point in how our system is suppose to work and how the founding fathers had such a keen astute knowledge to prepare for the future. It is ashame that the public school systems have deviated from instructing with a classical approach and much to my pleasure, I have found that classical schools are springing up nationwide. This is wonderful for the parent(s) that wants their children to be taught to ethics, morals, values and to be cultivated to have independent thought. One of the other key subjects not being taught is civics as well. We have a country half filled with very angry, disenchanted folks sprinkled with a voluminous number wishing to cause anarchy and violence if one does not bend to their way of thinking. On the other side, is a band of people who want religion brought back in to our daily lives including schools. These same people believe in the flag, the Constitution, our military, and the electoral system. The 2020 election will probably go into history being compared to the Bush-Gore election given it wasn't a cut and dry victory. This election is one full of learning points for my children as we watch how it unfolds. The difference, however, is I'm not just going to watch.

I am adamant with my students that what just unfolded over quite a long time that really goes back from the last century if not earlier. People evolve and when society and technology introduces changes, we change. We grow. We expect things as our intellect grows or perhaps even our boldness. It's how women fought to vote or how black people were freed, were given a Constitutional right to be citizens, and vote. We continue to progress and with that, comes new demands, expectations, and a desire for different rights. Many changes have been for the positive and although it seems they should have been inherently present without any fight, it is for history and for us to remember. 

We just spent several years with new demands for what some think our civil rights laws such as transgenders to children and it continues growing. There will always be pro and opposing views and we should allow those thoughts. This is an excellent time to teach our children what is occurring and how we can guide them into the righteous thought but a cohabitating way of living. The beauty of America is the ability to live and respect each other even if different. There is a systematic shift in those that hold vehemently one way of thought demanding the other side adopts the same way of thinking and attitude. This just didn't happen overnight rather it has culminated mostly from the 1960s to where those left to teach at the college levels which trickled down all the way to pre-school. The reason to provide the above talking points is it is directly related to education and elections.

I've been watching a lot of information on the 2020 elections with my students. I'm quite frankly confused as to why everyone would not want to have an election full of integrity and value. If one garners their news from legacy media, one view is hammered continuously without regard for truth and honesty. We do have a system of election rules that must be followed otherwise who dictates when rules can be broken or bent? It is in every American's best interest to demand the rules are followed. Imagine the tables turned and the Republicans are in control of a state's entire political system and decide to alter rules for whatever reason that appears reasonable. This entire scenario could be playing out in the reverse with President Trump being proclaimed the projected winner and thus, chaos, anarchy, and more would be pursued.

It is vital to our Constitutional Republic that we follow the rules, and if we change the rules, they were done legally. If there are reports, valid reports, of computer glitches from software programs or even reported updates the day prior to the election, we must examine the programs. If there are systematic reports of irregularities, we must verify they were not. It is every American's responsibility to demand an honest election. I've not spoken to one President Trump supporter that would be gracious in accepting defeat if it's fair. We all should be screaming from the roof tops, 'as long as it's fair.' 

But, we're not. The legacy media continues to be the major disrupter of life in the United States. The media is irresponsible and reports lies, reports in continued bias manners, and fuels the flame of emotion. Since I homeschool, I encourage and provide alternate sources to allow my students to learn independent thought. Nationwide, common core was introduced and the loss of thinking ensued. We, as parents, need to spend more time understanding what our children are being taught. We also need to teach events from both sides. We need to nurture the ability for our children to think for themselves, question what they hear or read, and to form conclusions. We need to ensure they aren't jumping on board to erase the past as it might be uncomfortable, horrying, or unpleasant. History is always repeating itself and we must not wipe it away. This election is full of teaching moments that are profound in many subjects. Our children must learn about the Constitution, the electoral process, and how we should behave from a civility standpoint.

We can be different. We can want different things. We must follow the rules, the laws, and we must return to civility, morality, and accountability.  We do have a voice and that is why I'm going to be writing my congressmen and senators as well as each Supreme Court justice to convey my thoughts as this election is for the American voter.

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High-quality, Self-paced, Online Homeschool Resources {SchoolhouseTeachers.com}


High-quality, Self-paced, Online Homeschool Resources {SchoolhouseTeachers.com}


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Homeschooling is not an easy task once you first decide to take the lead in your child's education. I started homeschooling many years ago to curtail germs as my youngest was prone to severe asthmatic episodes when sick with a cold. Throughout the years, I have tried many curriculum, both in book form and online classes, to no avail.  I truly believe the best system is one made of different mediums which is why I gravitated towards SchoolhouseTeachers.com. We have had the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership for over three years and enjoy all it offers. One of the features I like is the flexibility. I like that I can build my own curriculum for each of my children and to date, it has served us well.

The ability to access online classes and video components as well as access to downloadable and printables with over 360 courses for all ages and levels in every subject, really was what impressed me. The online electives are vast and full of great topics to those that are already interested in those subjects or to some that may not even realize they might love that direction such as drama. The best part for me is the ability to plan my children's schedules as to how I feel meets their individual needs. The fact that it's self-paced was critical as having one child with learning disabilities, I found online schools were too rigid with timelines and due dates. I have another child that is advanced, so she's not bored with waiting for these due dates to pass. This is perfect and I'm very happy to find non-common core resources.








  • Navigation:  As I first became aware of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, I found the ability to navigate between subjects and class levels effortless which cut down on the learning curve and allowed more time to dive into what was being offered and how I wanted to plan the new school year. 
  • Course Information:  Upon selecting a course(s), information is readily available that discusses the course introduction, length of course, age and grade recommendations, an outline of the course, introductory video, certificate of completion as what child doesn't like to see progress achieved on paper?  There are other features to each course when a student first begins but those are just a few.
  • Video Library:  Hundreds of videos are available to stream and most videos are available worldwide and are accessible immediately from the site.
  • Planning Resources: There are an array of resources ranging from weekly schedules to even sample 9-week schedules to aid in helping you build a custom schedule.  There are schoolhouse homeschool planners, ready-made calendars, printable information charts such as sign language, branches of the government, types of clouds and so much more. 
  • Resources:  This is another great feature full of many options to choose from whether it's topics such as High School Help, Special Needs, Literacy Center, Just for Parents and much much more.  
  • World Book Resource Library:  This resource is separated by Library, Grade and Subjects for a total of 10 libraries that holds an amazing amount of resources to aid in educating children. 




Whether you are new to homeschooling or not, the resources, the set-up of SchoolhouseTeachers.com is nothing like I've used before. I would recommend this particularly to the new homeschooling parent in breaking through the nervous barrier on the decision to homeschool.  I would also recommend it to the experienced homeschooling parent as it truly is a one stop website for educating all your children.

Mini Course Review

I wanted to provide an example of how robust the courses can be by providing a mini review of 250 Years of Exploration, Settlement, and Reformation: World History. This course is intended for those in 11th and 12th grade, is text based and covers 36 weeks of learning material. It's a world history course focusing on the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa during the time period of the 1500s through the 1700s. The course provides an intro for what will be required such as a notebook for note taking and research and there is a check off on the lesson plan.


It's a very comprehensive course that will not bog down your learner with too much information. I'm looking forward to completing the course with my student over the next several months.






I'm hoping by reading my review, you will be able to learn about the many resources available for homeschooling your child or children. After trying too many different curriculum's and spending a lot of money, my only regret was I didn't find SchoolhouseTeachers.com before I found them years ago. The 'where to start' resource page is extremely helpful for those new to the online site. I initially felt I would need to really spend a solid month getting absorbed with everything that is offered but after jumping in, I realized that it's all very intuitive and easy to use. Since one of my children has difficulty with reading, I sought the information available at the Literacy Center.  Again, I was extremely pleased with all the resources:
  • Downloadable books for K-4th grade.
  • Trek's Travels series of 12 early readers for PK/K which will be a great asset to my pre-K grandson.
  • Welcome to Reading collection of four series of early readers for K-2nd grade.  This will work perfect for my granddaughter in kindergarten.
  • The Classics is a collection of nursery rhymes, songs and stories for Pre-K-2nd grade.
  • Strategies in working with your child(ren).
  • A Getting Started section.
  • Comprehensive Skills to include a link to fun comprehensive games in World Book Early World of Learning Library.

Overall, SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a great membership filled with downloadable, printable elements as well as online classes and video components. It's a great opportunity if you are already homeschooling or if you are on the fence and are thinking about starting.  It covers Elementary Homeschool Courses, Middle School Homeschool Courses and High School Homeschool Courses.  

Now through January 31, 2020, there is a sale going on!  The Ultimate Annual Membership is only $99 or $12 a month.  If you renew, you are locked into that pricing!  Use code ONLY99 for the annual membership discount or ONLY12 for the monthly discount.  New members only.

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Online Homeschooling For the Whole Family {SchoolhouseTeachers.com Reviews}

Jim Henson: Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance; Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra; and Shadows of the Dark Crystal - Giveaway - Ends 12/20/2019




I'm excited to offer the following as a giveaway:

Jim Henson: Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal (hardcover): Age of Resistance; Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra (hardcover); and Shadows of the Dark Crystal (paperback)!

I previously wrote about the trio of books and will include it below as well.



  

Lore, legends, heroes and villains just in time to gift to yourself or someone else for Christmas. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will not disappoint. As a prequel to the 1980's cult classic, The Dark Crystal, author J.M. Lee dives in deeper to provide a thrilling tale. The Heroes of the Resistance is a comprehensive guide to the characters on the Netflix show for Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. The characters are revealed with a goal for each one, a story to provide more information on each character, a personality description and a physical description. It's a great companion if you watch it on Netflix. My brother saw it and immediately began to read it after exclaiming how cool!

Aughra'sWisdom of Thra is another hardcover book is a collection of quotes from The Dark Crystal. It's a nice companion book as well. It also has beautiful illustrations as does Heroes of the Resistance. 

Shadows of the Dark Crystal is a paperback encompassing 282 action filled pages of adventure. There are many exciting illustrations throughout the novel to add to the storyline by J.M. Lee. The readers gets to dive in and follow the three Gelflings as they venture out in this mystical and mythical world of Thra. If you like fantasy type novels, you will love this one!  If you haven't had a chance to check out the series on Netflix, it will be fun to watch after you read the novel and the two other books. The prequel involves Gelfling, Naia, leaving her home searching for her brother who has been accused by another clan of stealing. 

The Giveaway:

One reader will receive the same set as I received of three books.

To Enter:

Complete the entries on Rafflecopter and a winner will be chosen on 12/21.

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BACKGROUND:


We have an exciting giveaway coming soon straight from The Jim Henson Company as they celebrate the broad critical acclaim for their epic fantasy adventure, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.  Not only do they get the rewards of the exciting reviews and interest but you will also have an opportunity to enter to win a collection of these sensational new books and comics. These are available just in time for Christmas so if you won't want to wait to see if you can win a set, they are available now.

Background Details:

Called a “perfect revival” (The Washington Post), “a whimsical, fun and entertaining series” (The Hollywood Reporter), and “a prime example of how television can do fantasy right” (Variety), the Netflix Original series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, is a 10-episode puppet-filled prequel to the 1982 classic cult film.

And now, fans of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance can become further immersed in the lore, legends, heroes and villains of the expansive world of Thra with all of these new books!   New fans can learn more about their favorite characters from the series, while longtime fans can delve further into the rich canon of this pop culture phenomenon, and everyone can discover the behind-the-scenes magic that brought the many creatures of Thra to life.

Giveaway Details:

Our upcoming giveaway will include a 3-book package from Penguin Random House: Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal (hardcover): Age of Resistance; Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra (hardcover)and Shadows of the Dark Crystal (paperback) - (Value: $32.97).

Again, these are available now:  IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

In the interim, follow to stay up to date on the following social media:

Follow The Jim Henson Company:

Follow the Dark Crystal
https://www.facebook.com/darkcrystal




Additional Information:

And for comic book fans, from Boom! Studios is Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 12-issue official prequel to the Netflix series. Return to another world, another time, Before the Age of Wonder. The Skeksis rein over Thra, but there are distant echoes of rebellion. Gelfling and unlikely heroes emerge to champion what is good and just, but their paths to legend started long ago. Epic tales of adventure, magic, and mystery send us back in time to the Age of Resistance to witness the untold histories that forged these protectors of Thra. Based on a story by The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series writers, Will Matthews & Jeffery Addiss, writer Nicole Andelfinger (Lumberjanes) and Matias Basla ( Sparrowhawk ) tell the tale of the mighty Ordon and a young Fara on an impossible quest.  An all-new arc from writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno spotlighting Hup, the heroic Podling, debuts on January 15, 2020.

Availability:  Print copies available at local comic book shops (comicshoplocator.com) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies available from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.   Individual issues MSRP $3.99; Ages 12+

More about the Netflix Original series!

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a 10-episode puppet-filled prequel to the 1982 classic film that follows three Gelfling who discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out on an epic journey to reignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.  Directed by Louis Leterrier and executive produced by Leterrier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, the series stars an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art characters and creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and designed by Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer. Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Anya Taylor-Joy lead a stellar voice cast including Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Mark Hamill, Lena Heady, Jason Isaacs, Theo James, Toby Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Simon Pegg, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, and Benedict Wong.  




I Love My Toyota Highlander





I haven't written a post on brand loyalty in some time. As I was driving yesterday, I happened to hit the button to see what my mileage was on my 2013 Toyota Highlander.  I hadn't looked in some time as I'm not the one that gets the oil changed and I rely on the alert reminders that it's time to change the oil so that's my excuse for having no idea what it would read. 94,790!  I was astonished and I'll tell you why.

This SUV was purchased in El Paso, Texas after it was briefly used by Air Force pilots to drive during an air show at Ft. Gordon. This SUV has been around the block and then some! It went a couple of times from El Paso to Augusta, Georgia as my oldest found out she had ovarian cancer and needed to surgery. It has went numerous times to Indiana to see my family, namely my father. It was also present for my father's funeral a couple of years later.

It also has seen a lot of fun and participated in making memories on many different road trips. Our biggest road trip outside of back and forth to Augusta, was starting in Texas, moving up through New Mexico to Colorado as I had to stop and see where Peyton Manning played given how much I love that man!  No, I'm not a stalker! I also wanted to see the playground built in memory of a sweet little girl who was murdered. Her name was Jessica Ridgeway. After Colorado, it was onward to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. From there, we went to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and eventually stayed at a ranch in Idaho. On our way home, we continued down Utah and Arizona until back again in Texas. 

This Toyota also went from El Paso to Virginia a couple of times crossing many more states. Another time, it visited Gettysburg, PA to pay our respects to the men of the Civil War. It also visited many many Civil War battlegrounds.  It's been to Florida several times and visited cool places like Ft. King George and many more. 

Needless to say, this Toyota Highlander has probably seen more states than many people in our country. Obviously with 97,000+ miles! The big deal about this is that this vehicle has NEVER been in the shop. I've never had any issues with it with the exception of maybe a minor recall for a part. It's now nearing the time where it needs a visit as it sounds like I'm almost driving a diesel now. The brakes are starting to get a little loose but stop on a dime. It won't be long though. I did replace the tires once. I've owned quite a few new cars throughout my life and none have ever had such a great driving history as this Toyota. I'm amazed and couldn't be happier!  

My son-in-law works at a Toyota plant which I'm pretty proud of because Toyota is about quality. Last weekend, I was able to see the new Toyota Highlander in our local parade and it looks amazing!  I don't hear much about people giving others grief about buying American but I can tell you living in a town that has a big facility, buying a Toyota does support America. I see the vast number of employees parked at their facility and I see all the feeder businesses that cater to them. Buying a Toyota is buying American.  What can I say other than I love my Toyota!


The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance from The Jim Henson Company Giveaway Coming Soon



  


We have an exciting giveaway coming soon straight from The Jim Henson Company as they celebrate the broad critical acclaim for their epic fantasy adventure, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.  Not only do they get the rewards of the exciting reviews and interest but you will also have an opportunity to enter to win a collection of these sensational new books and comics. These are available just in time for Christmas so if you won't want to wait to see if you can win a set, they are available now.

Background Details:

Called a “perfect revival” (The Washington Post), “a whimsical, fun and entertaining series” (The Hollywood Reporter), and “a prime example of how television can do fantasy right” (Variety), the Netflix Original series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, is a 10-episode puppet-filled prequel to the 1982 classic cult film.

And now, fans of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance can become further immersed in the lore, legends, heroes and villains of the expansive world of Thra with all of these new books!   New fans can learn more about their favorite characters from the series, while longtime fans can delve further into the rich canon of this pop culture phenomenon, and everyone can discover the behind-the-scenes magic that brought the many creatures of Thra to life.

Giveaway Details:

Our upcoming giveaway will include a 3-book package from Penguin Random House: Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal (hardcover): Age of Resistance; Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra (hardcover)and Shadows of the Dark Crystal (paperback) - (Value: $32.97).

Again, these are available now:  IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

In the interim, follow to stay up to date on the following social media:

Follow The Jim Henson Company:

Follow the Dark Crystal
https://www.facebook.com/darkcrystal




Additional Information:

And for comic book fans, from Boom! Studios is Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 12-issue official prequel to the Netflix series. Return to another world, another time, Before the Age of Wonder. The Skeksis rein over Thra, but there are distant echoes of rebellion. Gelfling and unlikely heroes emerge to champion what is good and just, but their paths to legend started long ago. Epic tales of adventure, magic, and mystery send us back in time to the Age of Resistance to witness the untold histories that forged these protectors of Thra. Based on a story by The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series writers, Will Matthews & Jeffery Addiss, writer Nicole Andelfinger (Lumberjanes) and Matias Basla ( Sparrowhawk ) tell the tale of the mighty Ordon and a young Fara on an impossible quest.  An all-new arc from writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno spotlighting Hup, the heroic Podling, debuts on January 15, 2020.

Availability:  Print copies available at local comic book shops (comicshoplocator.com) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies available from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.   Individual issues MSRP $3.99; Ages 12+

More about the Netflix Original series!

A picture containing person, indoor, table, woman

Description automatically generated


The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a 10-episode puppet-filled prequel to the 1982 classic film that follows three Gelfling who discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out on an epic journey to reignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.  Directed by Louis Leterrier and executive produced by Leterrier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, the series stars an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art characters and creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and designed by Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer. Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Anya Taylor-Joy lead a stellar voice cast including Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Mark Hamill, Lena Heady, Jason Isaacs, Theo James, Toby Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Simon Pegg, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, and Benedict Wong.  




Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books: Horses in History Series Review





My girls really like horses and my middle one LOVES them which is why I thought it was a great match to review Mattie Richardson's Horses in History Series by Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books. Turns out that Ms. Richardson is a fellow redhead which also appealed to my middle one who also has red hair. The series, recommended for ages 8-14, includes four paperback books: AppaloosyDusty's TrailGolden Sunrise, and Day and Night. Ms. Richardson even signed each one making it more special for them when they received the series. We also received the brand new Day and Night Enrichment Guide for the Day and Night book in PDF format.


What makes the books even more interesting is the historical nature they take on. Each book takes place during a different historical time point so one is not required to read before the next.



The first book, Appaloosy, has a few black and white illustrations that compliment the story. It is told by Storm, an Appaloosa of course! The book has a table of contents and begins with native Nez Perce words and their meanings since they are incorporated into the story. The main character, Storm, a young stallion desires nothing else but to be free. Unfortunately for him, he is owned by the Nez Perce tribe. Try as he might, he attempts to not be domesticated and wins out until his luck runs out. After being too persistent in not getting broke, the Indian handed Storm on to his son, White Feather. White Feather was different and he ended up surrendering to him and became his loyal warrior. Time proves that things always change and now, after a turn of events, he was in the hands of the white man. As the story continues, he faces trials and tribulations as a horse on the western front and eventually becomes the horse of a girl named Faith. He finally learns to trust again and although he has a chance to finally be free, he will have to decide but you'll have to read to find out what he chose!


Near the end of the book is a section titled Blast from the past that provides additional background information with historical facts.



The end of the book provides a little about the author, Mattie Richardson, and the illustrator. Ms Richardson was only thirteen years old when she wrote Appaloosy and published it when she was sixteen!  To me, that's pretty amazing as the books are so well written, researched and entertaining. Clarissa Richardson drew the illustrations when she was only thirteen as well. Both are quite accomplished and great role models! Ms. Richardson has other books and has a new one titled The Secret of the Hemlock Forest.



My daughter read Appaloosy and enjoyed how history was told from the horse's perspective. My other daughter read Day and Night. She likes how the perspectives were changed from chapter to chapter. She thought it was a unique way to tell a story. Both of my girls are always writing and hope to be published too so she provided them with a push.



The Day and Night Enrichment Guide PDF has eight parts and includes work in reading comprehension, vocabulary, history, a soldier's life, the history, geography, horses and history, creating your own story and a biography. It's a wonderful addition in creating a more in-depth educational experience with the story and the Enrichment Guide.



There are numerous fun and educational activities on every page.

Day and Night


Day and Night The Story of Tucker and Shiloh in the Civil War is told by Tucker who was a horse in the U.S. Mounted Infantry and Shiloh who was a horse in the Confederate Volunteer Cavalry. This is an interesting and captivating story of two brothers, horses, get separated during the Civil War. Just as humans, some fought for the north and some for the south, Tucker is on the north side and Shiloh is on the Confederate side. This story dives into other aspects of the Civil War that not everyone has heard or thought about like women in the war and border wars. 

The Civil War is one part of history that fascinates me and a couple of years ago, I took my girls to Gettysburg and other places like Manassas and Antebellum. This story was even more interesting to them. I liked how she wrote of the various states the men were from as well as their occupations such as doctors, farmers and railroad men and how no matter their backgrounds, they united for the common good. As I noted above, my other daughter liked how the chapters changed the voice from Tucker to Shiloh and back again. She thought it provided a different perspective on what life was like pending which side one was fighting for.

Dusty's Trail


Dusty's Trail is told by Dusty who was an American Quarter Horse. His story is about the Pony Express in the 1860's. Dusty being a Quarter Horse means he can run a quarter of a mile really fast but being fast for long distance is not their forte. Dusty prefers to take on the quiet life but his faithful human companion, Levi, has other plans for him. This is a great story to tell the readers more about the Pony Express as usually people just have images of mail delivery but there was much more to it. One excerpt details them being attacked by Indians with arrows shooting about. It's another tale that provides not just a story and adventure but provides an educational opportunity.

Golden Sunrise


Golden Sunrise is told by a Palomino horse named Cheyenne during the 1800s in Texas. Another story my girls can relate to as we used to live in Texas. Those that know history and Texas know of the fight to gain independence against Mexico. One of the biggest historical events in Texas happened during this time period. There have been many stories told about the Alamo but I've never read one in the voice of a horse. She once again set an adventurous story that was charming and delightful.


Overall, it's a fun entertaining series to read and to learn more about historical facts. She is a very talented author and has a way in engaging the reader into the stories while teaching a very important subject of history.





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Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name! Review




Amazing Names by CrossTimber



Children love videos especially ones that have are personalized which is why I wanted to review Your Amazing Name - Personalized Adventures for EVERY name! by CrossTimber - Name Meaning Gifts. It is a fun adventure filled video that makes for a nice gift for little ones especially because it's all about them ... their name that is! We had a chance to review it and had fun watching my grandson's reaction. The video is longer than I had expected at a little over 28 minutes but he watched with his eyes glued to the computer. It was delivered digitally making it easy to store and share.





I thought it was really neat to see his artwork on the screen and then they turned it into a rocket ship. He was excited to see his name flash on different screens.


The music is playful and the character illustrations are cute and whimsical. They name the child's name over and over to really see that the video was made for them. They don't miss an opportunity to have the child's name on something on the set to further personalize the video. There are even Biblical passages throughout the videos reinforcing the Christian connection that I love. The interaction with the child's drawing was pretty cool too. 




At the end of the video, is the letter that is written to the child detailing how his or her name was chosen. It's a wonderful keepsake that the child can retain forever. He smiled big when he heard that part. It concludes with the meaning of the name and a certificate to include a personalized set of activity sheets too.  The ending with the Biblical versus were the perfect ending!




Overall, it is a fun video for your kids to have and the ability to write a letter to have forever is a nice touch!  The personalized activity sheets were a hit too.

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