{Review} Heirloom Audio ~ The Cat of Bubastes

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes
Does your family enjoy radio dramas?  Heirloom Audio Productions has produced another quality radio drama called The Cat of Bubastes and we have had the pleasure of reviewing this production!  We listened to this production in the car as we were traveling to appointments.

Heirloom Audio Productions graciously sent us The Cat of Bubastes 2 disc CD Audio Drama and the following downloadable extras: The Cat of Bubastes MP3 Set, The Cat of Bubastes eStudy guide, MP3 Soundtrack of The Cat of Bubastes, The Cat of Bubastes E-Book, Printable Inspirational Bible Verse, Printable Cast Poster, Unlimited access to the Live The Adventure Letter E-Newsletter and the Behind the scenes of The Cat of Bubastes Documentary.

 

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes

 

Heirloom Audio Productions brings The Cat of Bubastes to life with a great cast, wonderful musical score and great sound effects.  The entire 2 hour audio theater adventure is for ages 6 to adult.

Cast Members include:

  • Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan, Robin Hood)
  • Russell Boulter (Ben Hur)
  • Elizabeth Counsell (The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Anthony Daniels (Star Wars)
  • Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who, The Hobbit)
  • John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones)

In The Cat of Bubastes,  Amuba, a prince, and his protector Jethro, are captured and sold to a family in Ancient Egypt.  Join them through adventures, trials, and discovering the truth about their gods.  I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil it!

 

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes

While only 47 pages, the Study Guide is packed full with questions & information!    There are many questions to answer, words to define, ways to expand learning, and a Bible study!  There are three sections (Listening Well, Thinking Further, and Defining Words) to each page of the study guide for The Cat of Bubastes and some pages have an additional section for expanding learning about the Egyptian culture, animals, and more. The pages correspond to the tracks on the disc and also include the information about which disc they are on, the track number, and the time location.  In Listening Well the questions require one to two sentence responses where as the Thinking Further questions require much more in depth answers.  The Defining Words are a list of vocabulary words.  Since the study guide is done in a color PDF file you have the choice of either printing or reading directly from a computer or mobile device.  The Study Guide also provides the historical background for The Cat of Bubastes and a list of additional books so you can learn more about Ancient Egypt.

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes
I have personally enjoyed listening to The Cat of Bubastes.  This review had perfect timing for our family.  We are studying Ancient Egypt in History and The Cat of Bubastes has been a wonderful addition to the audio dramas that we own and a great piece to start off our studies with!   As we are beginning our history lessons through Ancient Egypt, I have the kids listening to The Cat of Bubastes again and making connections between the two.  I appreciate how the study guide is organized!  It makes it great for a family (or a class) to listen to short segments of the audio drama at a time and have questions readily available to answer and discuss together.  Please check out The Cat of Bubastes and other Heirloom Audio Productions Audio Dramas.  We also have had the pleasure of reviewing The Dragon and the Raven and Beric the Briton by Heirloom Audio Productions!  You will be pleased with the quality of all of the productions!

There are a few different options when purchasing The Cat of Bubastes

  • There is a Family Four Pack for just $99.97 plus shipping and handling.  The Family Four Pack includes 4 copies The Cat of Bubastes along with all of the other special downloads mentioned earlier in my review.
  • The 2 CD set is available for just $29.97 plus shipping and handling. Included with the 2 CD set is the eStudy Guide, the downloadable inspirational Bible verse poster, and The Cat of Bubastes Soundtrack MP3 download.
  • A MP3 download version of The Cat of Bubastes is available for $19.97. Also included with the MP3 of The Cat of Bubastes is the eStudy guide and a downloadable inspirational Bible Verse poster.

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{Review} The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles
Ever since I was a young child I have enjoyed reading books.  I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to review The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles by Mark S. Mirza and published by CTM Publishing Atlanta.  I received a paperback copy of the book.

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles 

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles is a Christian Historical Fiction book that focuses on the importance of prayer.   The Pray-ers takes place in three different eras, First Century, Nineteenth Century, and Current Era and is told through the view of people, angels, and demons.  Every era has one main hero, Thales (First Century), Alexander Rich (19th Century), and Dr. Dale Riley (Current Era).  Their unwavering faith was shown throughout the entire book no matter the circumstance they came across as a believer they always turned to prayer.  Even though they are fictional characters, there is a lot to learn from them in The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles about prayer.

I loved the book!!  I could relate to each one of the heroes.  While their circumstances may have been different to mine their prayers are still very applicable.  It gave me a lot to pray about!  Something that stuck out with me was the way Epaphras (Thales’s uncle and mentor) loved to pray. Epaphras would  go to the Lord without his prayer list and he would then, with the Holy Sprit guiding, use Bible passages to weave into the situations that he desired to lift up.

I found some situations/topics in the The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles to be more appropriate for older and mature readers.  While I would not allow my children to read the book right now (They are 8 & under.) I see no reason to not allow the kids to read the book when they are older.

There are Bible verses throughout the book as well in the footnotes to allow the reader to dive deeper into scripture, which is something I plan on doing as there wasn’t enough time allotted to be able to do so during the review period.  There is also a connection between a couple of the characters living in different eras but you will have to read the book yourself to find the connection yourself because I don’t want to spoil it!

At the end of The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles there is mention of a second book being released soon about Spiritual Warfare.  I look forward to its release!

 

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles

Author Mark S. Mirza

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Psalm 3

O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
I was crying to the Lord with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God!
For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek;
You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.

{Review} Help Teaching Pro Subscription

Help Teaching Pro Subscription {HelpTeaching.com}
Help Teaching Pro Subscription by HelpTeaching.com is a great resource to have for your home education program.  The Pro Subscription provides access to material and tests from Early Education through 12th grade.  During the review, my family used resources from mid-elementary school age and younger.

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HelpTeaching.com’s website is well organized and user friendly.  Available on the website are tests & worksheets, lessons, games, a test maker, online testing, and  a ‘My Content’ section.  The printables are searchable by grade level and subjects and the lessons are viewed through categories.    On the ‘My Content’ page you can find anything that you have saved to your HelpTeaching.com account or have assigned out to students.  You can also create separate accounts for every child!  I like that you have the option of doing the work online or printed out!

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Little Man (4) & Munchkin (almost 3) enjoyed the Alphabet Videos.  The videos are part of lessons introducing the letters of the English Alphabet and their sounds for Early Education.

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The lessons are short and the perfect length for the attention span of young children.  You first introduce the letter and then play a video that introduces the sounds of the letter.  Little Man and Munchkin both kept asking to watch the videos over and over.  After the videos are done, there are additional worksheets/tests to be completed.  I found the tests for this age had to be printed and cannot be completed online.  Instead of printing out the pages, I had Little Man answer the questions by pointing the answers to me.    I  did check out a few of the lessons for K-3 and their lessons are set up similar to the alphabet lessons that we used.

One of my favorite things is HelpTeaching.com provides the ability to generate your own tests and printables for Math and Games & Puzzles.

The test generator allows you to generate tests using your own questions or create a combination of questions that you have written plus other prewritten questions.  If you need to quickly create something quickly you can plug in the topic and the number of questions that you want and the test is done!

You can create addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division worksheets along with Bingo cards, Bingo word cards, and word searches with the Games & Puzzles generator.  The generator for the games and puzzles is very simple to use and with just three clicks you can switch the printable that you are creating!  You plug in the information you want and have the option of saving to your HelpTeaching.com account, printing, and downloading all pages.

For the Math printables you choose how many problems you want your student to complete up to 300 problems.  There are options to customize the problems to fit what you are working on (ex: times tables, 2 digit subtraction, 3 digit addition, etc).   With a click of one button you can create another page with a new set of questions.  The answer key is also available for every page that you create by clicking the box to show the answer key.  The only con that I have found is that you cannot create a page with mixed operations.

There are two different style Bingo cards that you can customize.  The standard Bingo cards are the standard numeric cards with B, I, N, G, O columns, numbers in the boxes, and a free spot and the Word Bingo cards are based off a word list that you provide the generator.  You tell the generator how many cards you want, you can add a title, customize the free space text, as well as an option of including a call sheet.  For the Word Bingo cards, you also have the option of including a free space and also putting the free space in a random spot and on the standard Bingo cards you can customize the word BINGO (I found that two characters per column worked but three were a tight squeeze).

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Sweet Pea loves word searches.  With the word search generator I plug in her word list, add a title and with the click of one button I have a word search printed out for her!  I also have the ability of having the generator placing some of the words backwards.  Numbers can be added to the word list but there is no option for a numeric word search or a mixed numeric/alphabetic word search so the numbers would stick out in a sea of letters.  Any spaces are represented by “-” when generated and in the photo below that is why there are not any spaces between certain words in the word bank.

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Labor Day Weekend Adventure!

My mom, Sweet Pea, and I went to visit my grandparents over the Labor Day weekend.  It was quite the adventure!  Hurricane Hermine had dumped tons of rain everywhere in our county.  So much that many areas had flooded.   On Friday, everything had seemed to settle down…or so we thought.  My mom looked at the radar and everything looked clear except for one itty bity patch of rain.  We were good to go to travel to my grandparents for the weekend (they live on the other side of the state).  Then it decides to rain, and rain, and rain some more.  That itty bitty patch of rain unexpectedly built up and dumped so much rain in a short amount of time in areas that were already saturated that there were flash floods everywhere.  It took us about 3 hours to get more than 5 minutes from my house.  We were determined to make this trip!  The three hours did include our dinner break.  We ate dinner hoping that it would clear up enough to let the roads drain and we could get out of our county because according to the radar, the rain was sitting just over our county and there was no rain to the north or south.

After dinner we drove north.  The big intersection that we needed to get to was still hosed due to flooding but we were able to travel a couple of back roads to bypass the intersection.  At that point we were committed to the trip because we probably would have had the same issues getting back to our house as we did leaving it.  It did build up some more to the north but we eventually got out of the rain.  We were hoping to surprise Sweet Pea but due to all of the driving and a couple of bags in the car she eventually figured out that we were going to her great grandparent’s house not too long after we got out of the area.

We finally got to the interstate but due to the late time and another band that built up we decided to stop for the evening at a hotel.  Sweet Pea had a ball.  She loved that the hotel had a little window seat that she could sit in and even lay down on. Then the next day we drove the last one hour of the trip to my grandparents house.

It rained a lot at my grandparent’s house on Saturday and Sunday so we didn’t get to do as many things as we had planned.  We saw my uncle and aunt for a few minutes when they stopped by on Sunday.  On Monday, my mom and I got to visit my great uncle on my dad’s side (He lives just a few minutes from my mom’s parents.) and Sweet Pea and her Papoo got to go fishing.  She had been asking all weekend to go finishing but due to the weather they hadn’t been able to.

The pictures are from the trip, her and PaPa fishing, and my mom came across a photo of Sweet Pea and Nanny that was taken in the kitchen a few years ago and recreated the photo so I have included both of the photos in the post.

Have a blessed week!

 

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{Review} CHSH-Teach.com

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}

I am always looking for new resources and fun activities to do with the children.  The CHSH Download Club from CHSH-Teach.com has many educational resources as well as support for me as a homeschool mom!   My family received an annual subscription to the CHSH Download Club to review.

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Members of the CHSH Download Club have access to over 50,000 downloads of educational material!  There are unit studies, notebooking and journaling pages, games, homeschool resources and much more.  There is an opportunity for members to share their own creations as well and ew downloads are frequently added.  In the screen shot below you can see that five newest downloads have all been added within the past week.

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The subscriber interface is very user friendly and searching for what you are looking for is a breeze.  You can search by categories, topics, key words, subjects, grades, months of the year, organization, and there is a section for miscellaneous files.  The age range is PreK through 12th Grade and there is something for everyone!

There are too many subjects / topics to list but here are some of the things that you can expect to find!

  • Bible Resources – memorization, flashcards, notebooking and copywork pages, puzzles and games, sermon notes, and around the world studies.
  • Languages Arts – Writing, Reading Instruction & Literature, English/Grammar, and Spelling & Listening.
  • Social Studies – Geography (including map skills), History/Government, Economics, Time Periods, Civilizations, People Studies, and vocabulary.
  • Foreign Languages – Spanish, French, Italian, and American Sign Language.
  • Math – Topics covered in grades K through High School as well as references and posters.
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  • Science – Biology, Astronomy, Anatomy, Zoology, Marine Science, Physical Science, and much, much more!
  • Health – There is General Health Curriculum for Kindergarten through 5th grades, a General Health Curriculum for the Middle School grades, Dental Health Curriculum, as well as Body System studies
  • Organization – Calendars, classroom helps, how to files, flashcards, and other various organizational items.
  • The miscellaneous pages include fun pages such as word searches and coloring pages and lapbook & journaling resources.

One of the things that comes up in my homeschool groups are families looking for affordable homeschool material.
The CHSH Download Club is very affordable for everyone!  The current price for an annual subscription is $25 per year.  Christian HomeSchool Hub currently also offers a lifetime subscription for less than $100.00.  For the amount of content that is available across a wide age range it is well worth the cost.chsh3

What we have used?

I found an alphabet train set for the train buff in our house.  There is one alphabet letter per page and to the right you can a picture of the letter M from the set.  These cards are designed to be hung on the wall but with wall space being a premium, I have found an alternative!  I am printing the cards on cardstock, laminating them, and comb binding them.

Another, favorite are all of the Preschool and Kindergarten resources in one place!  I have two little kids (4 & almost 3) and they like to have their own work to do while their older sisters are working on school work.  There is a large variety of things that I am printing for them including pages to review their colors, shapes, and alphabet.

I will be finding activities and other pages to complement that the older girls are currently learning so CHSH will be use many times this year!

Also, available at Christian HomeSchool Hub is a free membership with access to their forums, community blog, newsletter, and Freebie downloads.  Come on over and check out CHSH-Teach.com and see what they have to offer!

 

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