Friday, February 15, 2019

For The Temple from Heirloom Audio: A TOS Crew Review

For The Temple from Heirloom Audio

Welcome back!  Our first review of the new Crew year - and one of our favorite companies! For The Temple from Heirloom Audio is a fully dramatized audio adventure.

This 2 CD set is 2 1/2  hours of action-packed excitement, set in the days of Roman occupation of Israel around AD 70.   Heirloom Audio has a star-studded cast of voices including, Brian Blessed, Chris Larkin, George Blagden and more!  In addition, we were sent a 51 page downloadable Study Guide to go along with the audio.

We love taking our learning on the go with us in the van.  This audio was a HUGE hit!  Our protagonist, named John, is a courageous young man that must face deadly difficulties and heart wrenching decisions as he defends the Jewish temple. He must leave his family and finance to face his fears.

This story is part of The Extraordinary Adventure of G.A. Henty series.  G.A. Henty was a prolific author.  He combines historical events with fictional characters.  His books have been a big hit with my boys, and his characters exhibit strong character traits, true heroes for our children to look up to.

In For the Temple, we listen as John learns what is worth fighting for.  Historical figures like Nero, Josephus and Vespasian are interwoven into his story.  John encounters Jesus through his early followers. You will get an up-close view of this time period as you listen.  John must use his courage and cunning to protect the Temple, but he learns that the threats are not only from the Romans.  Themes of courage, friendship, duty and love are brought to life by the characters.

This story kept all of us on the edge of our seats, and we may have actually spent time simply sitting in the van...just to listen!  These audios are professionally produced, the sound effects make the story come to life.

In addition, we were sent a 51 page downloadable Study Guide to go along with the audio.The PDF Study Guide makes this listening adventure a learning adventure too!

Each listening section of the audio has 3 types of questions you can use:
  • Listening Well - Comprehension style questions to make sure they are understanding what they hear.
  • Thinking Further - Questions that make your child think deeper by doing additional research, discovering maps or even using the Bible to answer questions.
  • Defining Words - vocabulary and important words to know.

Throughout the Study Guide - sidebars with interesting figures, art, maps and historical importance are highlighted.   Background information is included to make sure your child understands the historical setting.  Additional Reading Suggestions are included for your older students.


Best of all - 3 Bible Studies are included on "No Other Savior", "Proper Worship" and "Christ, our Temple".

I love how Heirloom Audio takes us back in time, to truly experience events that change history.

These audios are family favorites and we highly recommend them.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A day in the life..

I just thought you might like a peek into a day in the life... at my Coop.  We love getting to learn together with our friends...

Marine Biology - photosynthesis experiment with aquatic plants -

Brain training with Balls -

Chocolate Creating with our Literature study -

Measuring out the real size of a giraffe for Science - 

Renaissance art class - with a personal twist - 

Learning about our personal strengths with our Honor Society!

And all that happened on the SAME day!  

Friday, February 8, 2019

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

We're back for another semester of learning!

My sweet literature class is reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - of course, we HAD to make chocolate creations!

I finally found another use for those silicon cupcake holders - they make great chocolate holders too!

 I put out a variety of yummy "fillings" - marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanuts, M &M's and craisens.  My chocolate designers did the rest!

Next, we used my leftover chocolate bark from Christmas baking and poured it over the top.

 Once it hardened, we could easily pop them out and we had our very own - Wonka-style creations!

One of our yummest classes yet!

Friday, February 1, 2019

My favorite gift

I love my new birdhouses!

My dad took my license plates (yes, I kept them all...don't you?)  and turned them into adorable birdhouses!

Exactly what my fence needed...

Texas - I was super bummed that someone had stolen my license plate, until I realized that left me with one for my birdhouse...and I didn't have to move!

Arkansas- we spent 5 years in this beautiful state!  Even their license plates are natural!

Minnesota - the first 40 years of our lives!  I learned to drive on those frozen lakes!

Monday, January 21, 2019

On Pointe - again!

She's back on Pointe!  After taking a 2 year break to pursue other interests (like riding), she's back to her first love.

We are delighted to have found a serious dance studio, that also makes it possible for girls who love dance to do it, without needing to devote every.waking.moment to dance. Ballet moms, you know what I'm taking about.

The pointe shoe fitting comeback...

I love watching her dance!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tacos and Trees

Tacos and trees, another Bentz tradition!

I just took the two college kids back after a wonderful break.  So, I'm feeling lonely and started looking through our pictures.

Have I told you about our family tradition of picking our our Christmas Tree, after going out for Tacos?  What else do you do in South Texas?

Here we are - my favorites all at one table!  The college boys do NOT let us get the tree until we get them home...I think it's more about the tacos for them!

They humor me every year....

Monday, January 7, 2019

NYE 2019

We are ready for 2018 to go... and we had the best surprise to begin 2019!

Our dear friends came from AR to help us celebrate, and our dear friends here in TX joined us!  It was a perfect blending of our worlds. 

The best way to start this brand new year...

These girls have grown up together - and distance doesn't make a difference!

Puzzle time... Jerry is our pro!

Goodwill shopping, of course!

Music Making together!

These boys!

New friends that feel like old friends!

The NYE bags had some surprizes this year...

This is how we roll....