Kingdom Files: An Up-Close Look at People of the Bible

There are plenty of famous people in the Bible, and there are lots of resources dedicated to teaching kids about them. The Kingdom Files, which we have been reviewing over the last month, are a different way to look at the life and history of these people. These books are geared toward children ages 8 to 12, but I think they would be a good fit for a wider age group (mine are 7 and 5, for reference). We received Who Was Jonah? as well as Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? These books are writen by Matt Koceich and

T is for Tree, a Beautiful Alphabet Book (Review)

My goal as a homeschool mom is not just to teach my kids their ABCs and 123s. It’s to help them become well-rounded, competent adults who love the Lord. My duty to lead them to Christ is THE highest priority I have as their mother. Reformed Free Publishing Association has put out this beautifully illustrated book for young children that connects the alphabet with scripture. It’s called T is for Tree: A Bible ABC. It was written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer and intended for kids ages three to six. We received a copy of this hardcover book to

Bring the Bible to Life with the Planet 316 Story Bible

There are tons of children’s bibles out there! But none have the awesome addition of “augmented reality,” and we were elated to have the chance to review this newfangled way of teaching kids bible stories. The brilliant minds at Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals have done an amazing job and I’m excited to share their products with you. We received the Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App that goes with it. I used it on my iPhone 8 and I think it would have looked even better on the larger screen of a tablet, but

Crafting Fun With Zirrly Super Beads (Review)

I have two girls who looooooove crafts and art. They will paint, draw, cut, glue, assemble…and make messes to their hearts’ content. I, however, am not a fan of the mess nor the time it takes sometimes for me to be involved. I am steering them toward independence as much as is possible, while still keeping things safe for them, since they are young. Enter Zirrly. This is a company that makes all sorts of cool crafting stuff for kids. The Homeschool Review Crew have been reviewing the Super Beads, which are beads you fuse together after making a design.

Parenting Help for Christians (Review)

Okay, so we all have kids who have behavior problems from time to time, right? I mean, no parent is perfect and every child is an individual. Some of us struggle with strong-willed children who are less likely to be obedient. It often comes down to who can hold out the longest. That person should always be the parent, but it becomes exhausting, to say the least. My oldest child is particularly challenging, spunky as some would say (like her mama). I feel like we’ve tried so many ways to appeal to her, and while she has a servant’s heart

Improve Your Concentration With a Single App

I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. I didn’t show too many signs of it as a kid, other than excessive talking. I chalk that up to having a brain that never turns off – not necessarily ADHD, just an active mind. But, as an adult, it seems I have some problems with inattention. This started before kids, so I can’t blame them. Ha! As a writer, the ability to concentrate well is imperative if I want to get anything done. Now with the voices of children added into the mix, I had all but given up trying to

Can your babies swim?

Drowning is the leading cause of death for kids 4 and under. And guess what? It’s completely preventable. Kids as young as 6 months can learn the self-rescue skills that Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) teaches. Pictured here are two of my little ones floating on their own. This was when they were 9 months old and 2 years and 9 months old. Not even 1 and 3! And in full clothes on the day they graduated from the program. This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley Times. If you came here looking for this particular article but thought

Need to Spruce Up Your Decor? (Review)

We have moved nine times in seven years. Four of those were cross-country relocations, and each time, we have gotten rid of stuff in an attempt to downsize. One of those times, we only packed my van, hubby’s truck and a 6×12 box trailer. We sold off most of our belongings and started fresh. But each time, I never seem to replace our decor. Or I buy stuff with the intention of putting it up and it only gets half done, or I don’t get to it (like my picture frame wall that I have yet to get pictures for).

Teaching Your Kids Biblical Truths

Hey, Mom, teaching your kids about God and His Word just got a lot easier! I had been struggling to find the right way to help my young kids understand the happenings of the Bible, but we’ve been reviewing a new book called What God is Doing and it has been a prayer answered! Anne Marie Gosnell, the author, has written this book so parents can teach their kids in such a way that the point comes across without being diluted in the way most kids’ Bibles and books are (particularly the history in the Old Testament, which is often skipped