Christmas Comes to America (Unit Study) from Homeschool Legacy {Review}

  Last year, I discovered the wonder of Homeschool Legacy and the unit studies that Sharon has written to share with other parents in our own organization of teaching a particular topic in a great immersion for several weeks. Last year, from my time with The Forest for the Trees Homeschool Legacy unit-study I knew there was also a Lewis & Clark study, and this would be the perfect time to look into it! This year, we have actually been working on the Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea (7-weeks) as well as this review product Christmas Comes to America (4-weeks) Once-a-Week Unit Study. With the foundation of Homeschool Legacy’s Once-a-Week Unit Study Forest for the Trees I feel inspired about our learning possibilities and encouraged to run with enthusiasm to topics that inspire and delight. This feeling continues into my experiences with Christmas Comes to America as well! The joy. . .

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The Christmas Story for Children by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, & Karen Davis Hill {Review}

The Christmas Story for Children

  I love this. Taking out the special pages from The Story for Children and enlarging and elaborating on them for the Christmas season. As long as I can remember, to me, Max Lucado has been a trusted name and source in Bible study and devotional resources. When I stumbled across The Story for Little Ones I could not be more pleased. Little Ones encompasses ages 2-5 while The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible I believe is meant for ages 4-8. This is part of a large campaign that includes all ages. The Story for Children (early elementary), The Story for Kids (later elementary), The Story Teen Edition, God’s Story Youth Edition, and then the adult books in The Story, God’s Story Your Story, and a few more. I think from what I have seen (my copy of The Story for Little Ones, God’s Story Your Story (reviewed) and a. . .

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The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas by Jan & Mike Berenstain {Review}

Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas

A Christmas story from the bestselling Berenstain Bears Living Lights series. We love Berenstain Bears, especially those in the Living Lights series from Zondervan by Mike Berenstain. These have quickly become our favorites. The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas is an 8×8 paperback perfect for a quick read during the Christmas season. As the cubs settle down with Papa to hear the story of the nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ, so to your little one can read the excitement of the cubs and learn the story as well. A good one to read again and again. It will be going in our seasonal Christmas box of books, for sure! View all my reviews

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Book List for Christmas (Day 1)

Prepping a book pile for mama, and craft ideas for the wee ones. Today’s recommendation for children is of the canine sort. Today’s recommendation for mamas is:   My review of The Advent Bride from last season is here. Get a start in the 12 Brides of Christmas Collection! And if you just cannot wait for more recommendations, you can check out my picture Christmas reading list from 2012. Today’s family craft: Christmas Strawberries!

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2015 Christmas Christian Historical Fiction {Reading Challenge}

Okay, hear me out! I’m definitely one of the first people that wants to celebrate the crisp beginnings of fall… And the events of All Saints Day or Halloween (no matter which you celebrate). After all, November is my birthday month! and perhaps Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. But Christmas is something special. This year I want to make sure to get the word out for any and all who wish to join me in reading for the Christmas Christian Historical Fiction Reading Challenge through ChristianHistoricalFiction.com! So I’m announcing it early! So you can start picking your titles and making your to-be-read piles and stacks!! I want you to join me!

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If He Had Not Come by David Nicholson

This story takes place in the 1930s where a boy goes to bed thinking about the idea of what if Jesus had never come, then goes on to dream about the possibilities. It is eye-opening and a conversation starter for sure. Overall, I just wasn’t impressed by the illustrations or the way the story was told.

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Mary Engelbreit’s Nutcracker republished for 2014!

The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most timeless Christmas stories, and Mary Engelbreit’s delightful interpretation of these memorable characters, now in a durable new format, makes this a classic tale that’s truly beautiful to behold.

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A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan {Review}

In this follow-up to the bestselling BAD DOG, MARLEY!, John Grogan and Richard Cowdrey deliver a heartfelt holiday story with many hilarious Marley mishaps along the way.

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Peace on Earth, a Christmas Collection by Mary Engelbreit

A Christmas collection from bestselling and well-known illustrator Mary Engelbreit.

Mary Engelbreit’s Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection rings in the holiday with classic Christmas carols, the story of Jesus’ birth, and beloved poems that celebrate the season with her beloved and engaging illustrations.

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The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy (12 Brides of Christmas, #1)

Melanie Douglas attempts to connect with a troubled student using an advent box with hidden rewards. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a remarkable change in his son, he has to meet the new teacher. Will more than one prayer be answered in the small Nebraska town?

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Kinder Cottage Publishing: Peter Rabbit Books

Creative Madness Mama was sent two books in the Peter Rabbit series for review, I chose to go with Christmas and Easter as I’ve never read a Peter Rabbit story with these topics. The concept and desire of Kinder Cottage is delightful and their job is well done. Kinder Cottage has a wonderful idea and delivers it in a great little package. The quality is wonderful and the preservation of something for a new generation is a delightful concept. I do hope they will continue to publish more and more vintage titles in the future. As is the case with all publishers, I’m not going to like every single book I come across and read, but there is a good plethora of ones that I will!

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