The Kindred Chronicles : Between Two Worlds Review

A few months back, I was blessed to have received a copy of The Kindred Chronicles: Between Two Worlds by D. A. Chan. Haven’t been able to do much leisure reading for quite some time, I was excited to dive into the world of Chris and Elline. As I was being drawn to their world, I find the story as mysterious and fast-paced. The time jumps on the first parts of the book added excitement and the introduction  of the kindred people welcomed me a whole new world of fantasy and action.

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This book is recommended for young adults who crave for a fast-paced and new breed of society. It has elements of a love that we all long for and an attitude of heroism that we all desperate need. Looking forward to reading the next books from The Kindred Chronicles from D.A. Chan.

This book is available through Amazon’s Kindle and also in paperback form.

Mathemagis Singapore Math Summer Programs

We have started to use Singapore Math as our main math curriculum 4 years ago. It has helped my very visual daughter who didn’t like math  to understand basic arithmetic and appreciate math. But when we first used it, I wasn’t very confident in teaching it because I am not familiar with the Singapore Math method myself. Thankfully, through the years, there are several Math resources available.

This summer, I am sharing with you Mathemagis’ Singapore Math Summer programs. This is a perfect supplement for children using Singapore Math!

 

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The “Best Start to be Smart” in Math program is best for 4-6 years old and uses  fun and hands-on activities.  A love and confidence in math is the main goal for this stage.

Grade school students struggling with Math word problems will get a boost with “Visual Thinking Math”. Children learn the fun and easy way to solve math word problems using Singapore’s proven effective bar model strategy.

The Mathemagis’ Singapore Math Program is for gradeschoolers.  This program teaches Math concepts and enhances analytical skills for all students.

The summer programs are simultaneously happening in their different branches. Contact any of their branches in Serendra(833.7374), Makati(556.5109), Katipunan(225.6330), Timog Avenue(261.1611) and SM Pasig(209.8128).

They are also offering First Robotics workshop thru Kids Central. Kids Central is part of MatheMagis that provides other programs for kids. Please see image for the schedules of classes.

If you need further information, please visit their website at www.mathemagis.com and their FB page at www.facebook.com/mathemagis .

Kiddo-Preneur Summer 2016

Teaching our children about entrepreneurship is more than just reading books. Entrepreneurship is learned through hands-on activities and joining Kiddo-Preneur bazaars can give our children the experience they need!

 

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Kiddo-preneur bazaars have been going on for the past few years and have constantly provided children the bazaar experience they will not forget!

For the summer of 2016, Kiddo-preneur will happen on June 26th, Sunday, 9am – 6pm at the Shangri-la Mall.

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For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/kiddopreneur/

Shy Shelly is Back!

A few months back, I wrote about The Secret Story of Shy Shelly. I thoroughly enjoyed it and let my 8 year old son read it too. He was able to identify with the main character as he is quite shy himself and was encouraged to know that there are other shy people like him out there.

I was informed by OMF Literature recently that the second book in the Shy Shelly series by Justine Hail, illustrated by Elbert Or, entitled Shy Shelly vs the Bully is already available!

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“In the second book of the Shy Shelly series, author Justine Hail takes her readers even deeper into Shelly’s world. Get to know more of her friends and classmates— from Shelly’s best friend Vanna, the Secret Squad’s decisive leader Patty to the ever-ready for action twins Ryder and Dash— and the class bully Jake. Here, we also find out the secret location of the the Secret Squad’s meeting place in the big Claustro Field Academy Campus. Illustrator Elbert Or has also included a must-try recipe for chocolate cake into the mix, a handy guide on how to fix a hole in your pants, and the best advice from Patty on keeping secrets.” Summary from OMF Lit webpage http://omflit.com/shyshellyvsthebully/” 

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And as a treat to the readers of this blog… I was able to interview the author of this series,  Ms. Justine Hail. 

I asked Ms. Justine Hail to share a bit of information about herself…

My name is Justine Hail De Jesus. My pen name is Justine Hail. I’m a content creator and entrepreneur. While running Checkers, a condominium cleaning service I started with my sister, I write stories, poems and create videos. You can check out my work at www.justinehail.com.

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How did she come up with the character of Shy Shelly? Is she based on a real life character?

Back in the summer of 2013, while entering the pantry of our office, the idea of a girl who couldn’t introduce herself popped in my head. For every word unspoken, a moment of greatness passes her by. I felt just like her because there are times when I think I should speak but I opt to be silent. I felt that many people would be able to relate to Shelly because we are all shy to a certain degree. I thought of how many kids miss out on wonderful opportunities because of shyness. I don’t want kids to live with regrets. This inspired me to create the character of Shelly (whom I initially called Shirley) — a shy girl who fights to be heard.
 
Is Shy Shelly Ms. Justine Hail’s first book? Did she always aspire to be a writer when she was young?

Yes! I didn’t think that I would become a writer growing up. Although as a child, I did love studying my language notes, reading stories and writing scripts. I first wanted to be a newscaster because I was part of a kiddie journalist show in the 90s called 5&Up.  But my interests changed after college and I became a campus missionary for 4 years. Soon, I felt called to do something creative. Because I only had paper and pen and no high tech camera or laptop that time, I pursued writing. I attended screenwriting classes and eventually landed a copywriting job in the marketing department of OMF Literature. After working there for a couple of years, I decided to brave full-time content creation. 
 
What was her  favorite part on Shy Shelly vs The Bully? Why?

My favourite part was when Shelly discovered that the Secret Squad’s enemy is being bullied himself. I think it’s an important scene because it opens our eyes to the reality that hurt people hurt others too. 
 
Here is Ms. Justine Hail’s short message to all shy or introverts out there who loves Shy Shelly 🙂
Just like Shelly, there are a lot of great things you can do as a child. Silent-type or talkative-type, you can make a difference in your family, among your friends, in your school, even in the world! Who knows? You may be called to invent a toy, play a sport, declare a speech, write a story! Don’t let timidity get in the way of your childhood mission! Pray for courage. You can do it! 
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Shy Shelly vs the Bully is an ebook, available at AmazonBuqoFlipreads, Google Play Books, iBooks and Kobo

 

Grapevine Studies The Resurrection Review

In the past 6 years of homeschooling, I have seen other homeschoolers write about Grapevine Studies and I ‘ve always been interested to try it so when I got the opportunity to review one of their products, Resurrection: Multi-Level, I was excited to see how my kids ages 12 and 9 would like this homeschool Bible curriculum.

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We are taking a break from our usual Bible curriculum and decided to use Grapevine Studies since February. This review of the study about Resurrection came very timely since there are a few weeks before Easter. I received a digital copy in PDF format of the Resurrection: Multi-Level product. The files I received were:
– Teacher’s Guide
– Student Blank Worksheets
– Student Traceable Worksheets

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Grapevine Studies is the brainchild of John and Dianna Wiebe. Their children are homeschool and college graduates already and John is actively involved in teaching adult Sunday class in their church while Dianna helps John prepare for his lessons. Grapevine offers a tool that is easy to teach and help children process, understand and respond to the Bible.

The method of Bible study is through the reviewing of timeline, reading the Word of God, drawing stick figures from the passage, answering the questions about the lesson, memory work, a bit of Bible geography and using a Bible dictionary.

Aside from printing the Student Traceable Worksheets for my 9 year old son, we also used pens, markers, a Bible and a Bible dictionary. We also used a folder to store all the print outs. For my 12 year old artistic daughter, she opted to use a blank paper and draw her own version of stick figures.

The Resurrection study starts from The Last Supper shared by Jesus and His disciples. As my children listen to me read the scriptures assigned for the lesson, my son traces the outlines from the printout while my daughter creates her own stick figures.

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There is a total of at least 8 passages per lesson and each lesson approximately takes 40 minutes for us to finish. We used the product at least 3 times a week (with my kids begging to do some more each time)!  9 lessons is included for this Resurrection unit study. Here is a view of its contents.

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At the end of the lesson, there are ready made questions which I discussed with them. In the teacher’s guide, the answers are already provided. The questions are all related to the lesson with one question in the end that asks “what did you learn about God form this lesson”. Then the children are asked to draw about their favorite passage and to write down the memory verse.

What I Think About This Product

I loved this product! Here are my reasons:

  1. This is a very conversational and interactive kids bible study. I chose to read the Bible passages to my children even if they can do so by themselves because I wanted to interact with them and ask questions and be able to answer their questions. Through this approach, we had meaningful discussions about Christ and the happenings around His Resurrection more vividly.
  2. The product is Bible-centered. We read the Bible together as a family, and our discussions came from the stories and the situations each character faced. The children also saw how each of the gospels were related as we jumped from one text to the other. I liked it because it allowed us to see the connections in the Bible especially the gospels. It also allowed us to know more about God and His character through the lesson-end questions.
  3. The product is very easy to follow and use. Not much prior preparation needed at all and the teacher’s guide is easily understandable. My children were also able to easily follow and understand the flow of the lesson.
  4. I can use the product across all levels. This product is good for families with multi-level children.
  5. I will recommend this product to our kids ministry too. It is a good bible study material for children’s church too.

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