Chris Tomlin Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship CD {Review}

The last couple of weeks I have been preparing myself for Christmas with my new favorite holiday CD and that is Chris Tomlin Adore, it’s a Christmas Songs of Worship CD. My review is posting much later that I had anticipated as life got in the way, but I absolutely couldn’t let this season go by without telling you how much I really have been and am still enjoying this CD. It’s funny, a day or two after I started listening, I noticed a song on the local Christian radio station was very great to sing along with and I shazam-ed it with my phone to discover that it was actually a song on the Adore CD! I was amused and delighted. I had been considering buying the individually mp3 I enjoyed it so much. Well, now after listening to the CD several times I have discovered that I truly. . .

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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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Adding Classical Music to your School: Maestro Classics Review

Earlier this week, I mentioned that my first introduction to a great art program was at a homeschool convention. Something else that I discovered at that convention was the concept of educational music CDs from Maestro Classics, which I’m glad to review and share with you today. Through a few choices, I opted to order Casey at the Bat (recommended for all ages) as well as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (recommended for ages 4 & up). I came by these choices wanted to enhance our own homeschool studies planned.

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Over the River and Through the Woods illustrated by Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares’s lavish illustrations illuminate this definitive edition of a beloved seasonal classic.

The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather’s house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child’s verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.

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Wee Sing Bible Songs

When I started researching things that I wanted to implement into curriculum and start purchasing since I’d use them for years, one thing that kept coming up was Wee Sing. First it was mentioned, I think, in The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. Then again I saw it often in the references and catalogs from Veritas Press. Then again in the Memoria Press forums and again and again. Then when I started into the Animal Play Curriculum it was Wee Sing Animals Animals Animals. I knew I would have to get my hands on these.

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The Tuneables DVD/CD

The Tuneables is an award-winning children’s music educational DVD and CD series designed to teach the ABC’s of music at a critical time in a child’s development. Fun, interactive, and engaging, children will watch over and over while building a solid foundation of music learning. Sponsored by the Music Intelligence Project. Ages 3-8.

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Yael Meyer Music {GIVEAWAY!}

Kings of Convenience might as well have started a sonic revolution by coining the term “quiet is the new loud”. In a few words, this might be a good way to describe the music of rising indie pop star Yael Meyer.

Yael Meyer crafts unpretentious songs of incredible complexity. Compared to artists such as Jose Gonzalez, Jack Johnson, Feist and Death Cab For Cutie, her new album “Everything Will Be Alright” will be out November 15, 2011 on her own label Kli Records.

Born in Santiago de Chile, Meyer was drawn to performance and creative arts at an early age. Her parents, strongly believing that musical education was important, enrolled her in a classical music conservatory at the age of 5 where she studied piano for three years. She continued her lessons with private tutors until age 13 when she picked up the guitar. She then realized that her true calling as a musician, singer and songwriter could be better fulfilled with an instrument she could take along with her to pajama parties, camping trips…anywhere her close circle of friends could gather and she could play.

At age 18, Meyer set her sights on Berklee College of Music in Boston, and won a scholarship to attend, completing her studies in just 3 ½ years. It was there that she wrote, produced and recorded her debut album Common Ground, a blend of indie folk and lounge electronica which became a smash hit in her home country. It was hailed as one of the top 50 albums of the year by Rolling Stone Chile, and jump-started a career that would include tours of the U.S, Europe and South America.

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Five Little Bunnies from Twin Sisters Productions

Five Little Bunnies from Twin Sisters Productions Genre: Children’s Board Book/Music Pages: 20 Board Book Date Published: March 2010 Publisher: Twin Sisters Productions Simple rhymes and delightful illustrations in this oversized board book teach young children numbers 1 to 5. The Music CD includes the recorded story plus 19 new and classic children’s songs! Things have been crazy with the move and pregnancy so this review is late, but not for a lack of love! Five little Bunnies is a delightful addition to our keeper shelf. I have tons of cassette tapes with fun songs on them from my childhood, but only one good tape deck yet a plethora of CD/DVD players. So the fact that this little board/shaped book comes with a music CD is in the gold column in my book! Not only is their a read-along track of the book, but there are also some great songs. . .

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It’s a Meaningful Life VeggieTales DVD

Life is more than a game…

It was the biggest football game of his life and Stewart (Larry the Cucumber) had a chance to win it all. Injured in one bad play, his hopes of playing in the Salad Bowl—and living a life of fame and fortune—are dashed forever. Years later, silly-but-sweet Stewart loves his family, friends and job at the toy train factory, but still wonders “what if” things had been different. When he meets a mysterious train conductor who can turn back time, Stewart gets a chance to have the life he always wanted. Will he find all he’s been looking for? And what does this mean for those he loves most? Find out in this story of wonder and a lesson in being content.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful by Claire Page

An interactive, memorable way to introduce God’s Creation to children.

This beautiful book that looks at the wonder of creation, with each spread focusing particularly on one line from the classic hymn:

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All animals weird and wonderful
The Lord God made them all!

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